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Z-Depth from 3D After Effects layers

How to generate a z-depth pass from 3D layers in After Effects, without 3rd party plugins

By ChrisZwar | September 19, 2014

I recently posted a video tutorial that demonstrates how to generate a z-depth map from Particular, and then use it to composite multiple layers of Particular together.  This technique opens up a whole range of creative possibilities, and allows extremely complex scenes to be created with... Read More


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LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt Review

By Dan Carr | September 18, 2014

Having robust mobile storage solutions that you can rely on is important, as is the speed of them.  I recently purchased the latest LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt drive and ran it through some tests.

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Pinnacle Studio/iOS adds 48 kHz + non-integer framerates, but instructions are required

Pinnacle Studio/iOS adds 48 kHz + non-integer framerates, but instructions are required

Pay attention to some details, and we can now have audio/video that complies with our target format.

By Allan Tépper | September 16, 2014

As the developer previously committed, Pinnacle Studio for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch has now added both 48 kHz audio as default for all iOS devices except for the first iPhone 4, and non-integer framerates like 23.976, 29.97, and 59.94 fps, together with integer ones like 24, 25, and 50. The way to handle these framerates requires a bit of explanation, as I’ll cover ahead.

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Toggling Corrections in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | September 16, 2014

How do you turn off a color correction?

This is the question we tackle on this week's episode of MacBreak Studio, where I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training a simple way to make toggling corrections in Final Cut Pro X much faster and easier.

When setting up... Read More


iLoud: a multifaceted powered speaker that impresses

iLoud: a multifaceted powered speaker that impresses

Use iLoud for playback during music video production, to present live, or during editing.

By Allan Tépper | September 15, 2014

After i recently reviewed two other products from IK Multimedia, the iRig Pro preamp/A>D converter and the iRig Mic HD, they graciously sent me their iLoud, a rechargeable stereo powered speaker that impressed me quite a bit. Although IK Multimedia markets the iLoud for musicians, I immediately saw several other applications for our ProVideo Coalition readers, including playback for a music video production, to present live, or even to monitor when editing audio or video, with the usual disclaimer for the last one. Ahead are the details.

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9 New Features That Make The EOS 7D Mark II Canon’s Best DSLR For Video

An old workhorse finally gets an update

By Dan Carr | September 15, 2014

The original EOS 7D was launched in September 2009, a lifetime ago with the pace of change in this industry.  That camera’s lifespan was considerably lengthened by a major 2.0 firmware update in August 2012, so it’s only now that we are finally seeing the 7D Mark II, just announced at Photokina 2014. 

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Blackmagic Adds PL Mounts

PL Mounts for 4K & 2.5K Cinema Cameras

By Brian Hallett | September 12, 2014

At IBC Blackmagic announced a ton of news ranging from buying Eyeon Software to adding PL mounts to two of their cameras.  After a summer of constant firmware updates Blackmagic continues to improve and upgrade the 4K & 2.5K Cameras to make these cameras as useful as possible.

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122 Slides on the Sony PXW-FS7

Sony’s new Super35mm camcorder, introduced by Product Manager Juan Martinez

By Adam Wilt | September 11, 2014

The Sony PXW-FS7 “Vérité”, being announced at IBC as I post this, is a large-single-sensor camera aimed specifically at shoulder-mounted run’n’gun work: things like documentary shooting, news, direct cinema, and (shudder) “reality TV”.  It... Read More


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Movidiam Is A New Creative Network For Filmmakers And Photographers

By Dan Carr | September 11, 2014


Movidiam is a creative network that allows brands, agencies and creative professionals across the globe to connect and collaborate on projects in a new way. 

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Avid announces Resolution Independence for Avid Media Composer

That's 4K and beyond ... plus some background rendering and other stuff

By Scott Simmons | September 11, 2014

Over in Amsterdam Avid held their most recent Avid Connect event and we finally got the Avid Media Composer news that many have been waiting for - resolution independence is coming to Media Composer. This wasn’t totally unexpected as it has been hinted at for some time but this was the official announcement with this new version hitting in Q4 2014. And we’ll get Avid DNxHR - “4K beauty without the bandwidth.”

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Apertus Axiom Beta

The 1st Open Source 4K Camera Is Now Fundraising

By Brian Hallett | September 11, 2014

Recently, Apetus announced the start to their crowdfunding campaign for the Axiom Beta camera, which might be one of the most affordable 4K cameras yet.

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Achieve an Efficient Production by Becoming Proficient at Pre-Production

How to better understand the importance of pre-production

By Bobby Marko | September 10, 2014

Problems always occur in video and film production. It’s the nature of the work we do. There are always outside forces beyond our control and no matter what we do to prepare for them, we are always faced with a problem to solve that we didn’t count on or didn’t foresee.... Read More


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Dissecting those upcoming Adobe Premiere Fall CC 2014 Preview Features

The CC train continues to steam along with a preview of even more new and needed features

By Scott Simmons | September 10, 2014

In advance of IBC 2014 Adobe has shown a whole slew of updates that we can expect to see in the next version of Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014 as well as a lot of other Creative Cloud video apps. This release looks to be another important update for those hardcore PPro users as there are some very important things coming. Adobe is still listening as these are all things we’ve been asking for. Let’s dissect some of them.

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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 1

Let's get started learning Avid Media Composer Subscription

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | September 10, 2014

In this introductory Lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe introduces you to Avid Media Composer Subscription (also called MC8). 

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Batch Encoding in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | September 09, 2014

Batch exporting directly from Final Cut Pro X?

That's what Steve Martin from Ripple Training explores in today's episode of MacBreak Studio.

While there are many sharing options built into Final Cut Pro X, some folks turn to Compressor, Apple's... Read More


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Sir Richard Branson Invests In 3D Robotics

Brings Aerial Expert Colin Guinn to Necker Island for a Demo

By Jeff Foster | September 07, 2014

In a surprise posting on the Virgin website this weekend, Sir Richard Branson share about interest in this emerging technology and acknowledges his investment into the tech company founded by Chris Anderson.

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Review: Tascam iXJ2 preamp/A>D enables dual-mic/2-channel opportunities for iOS mediography

Review: Tascam iXJ2 preamp/A>D enables dual-mic/2-channel opportunities for iOS mediography

A discontinued interface from Tascam is still ideal for certain recording and streaming events.

By Allan Tépper | September 05, 2014

Although the Tascam iXJ2 preamp/A>D is officially discontinued, fortunately it is still available (for now). Ahead you’ll discover why the iXJ2 is a unique enabler for high-quality dual-mic/2-channel, 48 kHz/24-bit iOS recordings, including several use-cases: interviews, sportscasting, and even voiceover auditions; when it’s appropriate, and when it isn’t.

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TurbulenceFD Depth Pass Using Cinema 4D

Free script to aid in creating a depth pass for smoke simulations

By David Torno | September 04, 2014

Creating a depth pass for a smoke simulation should be a simple task you might think. In most cases with professional softwares it can be, but not all softwares support this feature. In this particular case it is the Fire and Smoke simulation plugin TurbulenceFD (TFD). I am a... Read More


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New Blackmagic URSA Footage

Captain Hook shares his compilation of shots with the URSA

By Brian Hallett | September 02, 2014

There are not many URSA's out in the wild but that does not mean we have to wonder how the footage from the camera performs.  Thankfully, Captain Hook of "A Couple of Night Owls" has just released this beautiful video which shows off the camera's 4K 60 FPS.

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