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28 Days of Quicktips 2015 -  #28daysofquicktips

28 Days of Quicktips 2015 -  #28daysofquicktips

A tip a day for 28 days. Send your own and maybe win a prize!

By Scott Simmons | January 31, 2015

Way, way back in the year 2009 when I started this channel on PVC I published the 28 Days of Quicktips. And then we did it again in 2011 and included reader quicktips. It was exactly what the title says, one Quicktip a day for the entire month of February that somehow related to post-production. We’re going to do it again for 2015. Like we did in 2011, this year we're also looking for user submitted Quicktips. Just send us your favorite short Quicktip and an accompanying image or two that helps illustrate the tip and we'll try to publish those as well. And as an incentive to send us your own Quicktips I will choose what I personally judge to be the best submission and send them a free copy of the Color Correction Handbook. Details below.

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Sports Solutions white paper for NewTek LatAm/EMEA

Sports Solutions white paper for NewTek LatAm/EMEA

I wrote a new white paper for NewTek Latin America, and Europe/Middle East/Africa is now requesting an English translation.

By Allan Tépper | January 30, 2015

After the great popularity of the NewTek New Scopes white paper I published for NewTek US, the Latin American department then contracted me to translate/localize it for its own region. Later, the NewTek Latin American division requested a series of other white papers, starting with the NewTek Sports Solutions white paper. Despite its rather narrow title, this white paper will also be quite valuable for anybody planning a live multicamera video system. Shortly thereafter, the NewTek EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) division requested an English translation/localization. Ahead you’ll find the table of contents and more.

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HPA Tech Retreat: Registration Closes on Monday

There's still time to sign up for the 2015 Tech Retreat... but only through Monday, February 2

By Adam Wilt | January 30, 2015

If you've been thinking about attending the HPA Tech Retreat in Palm Springs, February 9-13, better make up your mind: it's close to selling out, and advanced registration closes this coming Monday, February 2. As the press release says:

The Tech Retreat is a relaxed yet... Read More

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AE + C4D: Some Minor Assembly Required

AE + C4D: Some Minor Assembly Required

Properly setting up your AE and C4D Lite projects to best work together

By Chris and Trish Meyer | January 29, 2015

We’re fans of the Live 3D Pipeline workflow between After Effects CC and CINEMA 4D Lite. And Adobe has automated a large portion of the process to get the two to work together: In After Effects, create a New > Layer > MAXON CINEMA 4D File, and not only is a layer created in AE with the CINEWARE plug-in applied (where all the magic happens), C4D Lite is also opened with a new project linked to that particular instance of the plug-in for live rendering. However: At least as of AE CC 2014.2, not all of the necessary information about the AE composition is passed onto the C4D project, and neither is the AE project configured to match some assumptions C4D is making. Therefore, it’s up to you to fill in or correct the necessary parameters.

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In Guatemala, Shogun reverses 29.97PsF pulldown for 8-camera live-switched show via Datavideo HS2800

In Guatemala, Shogun reverses 29.97PsF pulldown for 8-camera live-switched show via Datavideo HS2800

Thanks to the reverse telecine feature in the Shogun and other Átomos recorders, Staff/HDTV got its wish.

By Allan Tépper | January 27, 2015

Staff/HDTV in Guatemala really wanted to record pure progressive 1080/29.97p for its multi-camera TV shoots. They strongly considered NewTek’s TriCaster lineup, but TriCaster didn’t offer any option with 8 HD-SDI inputs in their desired price range, so instead they chose Datavideo’s HS2800 mobile studio, which starts with 8 HD-SDI inputs and is expandable to 12. The initial problem was that the SE–2800 contained in the HS2800 package only handles interlaced 1080i, but a workflow I previously published solved the problem and allowed Staff/HDTV to have their cake and eat it too. Details ahead.

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Dynamic Trimming in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | January 27, 2015

What is dynamic trimming, anyway?

There has been a lot of discussion on this topic lately, and today Steve Martin from Ripple Training jumps in with his take on what the term meant when applied to legacy Final Cut Pro and what it means today in Final Cut Pro X.

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I am a Bird

Experiencing the Inspire 1

By Mark Spencer | January 26, 2015

This weekend my friend Gary Yost took out his new DJI Inspire 1 for some test flights. The footage is so pretty I thought it was worth sharing.

Though overall he loves the Inspire 1, he does have some criticisms. In his words:

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Story of daredevil legend Evel Knievel premieres at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Story of daredevil legend Evel Knievel premieres at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Editor Davis Coombe takes on ambitious editing project for larger-than-life documentary using Adobe Premiere Pro CC

By Meagan Keane | January 25, 2015

Screening at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Being Evel recounts the true story behind American icon Robert “Evel” Knievel. The feature documentary, co-produced by A&E IndieFilms, History Films, and  HēLō, with post production by Milkhaus, goes behind the scenes... Read More

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4K Studios Uses Blackmagic UHD to deliver old Kung Fu Movies in 4K

Kung Fu never looked better

By Brian Hallett | January 25, 2015

San Francisco based 4K Studios are using Blackmagic Design gear to scan old 35mm Film prints to bring old Kung-Fu movies to the world's first all 4K Ultra HD streaming network. Roundhouse kicks, mis-matched dialogue dubs, and Kung-Fu style snap zooms straight out of the 70s never looked so good.

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Creating SD DVD’s from HD, 2K & 4K Projects part 3

Let's wrap up our look at creating DVD's by building them in our favorite DVD creation applications

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 24, 2015

In this week's Media Composer 101 tutorial, I'm going to show you four different DVD burning applications, and how simple they are to use, when creating your screening DVD's!

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Why Digital Sprockets edits video with DaVinci Resolve instead of FCP X

Why Digital Sprockets edits video with DaVinci Resolve instead of FCP X

Benjamín Fernández of Digital Sprockets has 6 reasons why he prefers to edit video with DaVinci Resolve instead of FCP X.

By Allan Tépper | January 24, 2015

Benjamín Fernández is the director of Digital Sprockets in México City, where since 1994 he has offered post-production, telecine (film-to-tape) and film restoration services. While I’m in México City doing seminars, I visited Digital Sprockets and heard all 6 interesting reasons why Benjamín prefers editing video with DaVinci Resolve than with Final Cut Pro X.

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Blackmagic’s 2.0 Firmware Update Released

Adds 444 ProRes 4K & HD To The URSA

By Brian Hallett | January 24, 2015

Blackmagic releases Camera Firmware 2.0 adding new recording features to the URSA. The Studio Camera 4K, Studio Camera, Pocket Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Cinema Camera all get minor improvements or bug fixes.

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Easy Flying Logos with AE + C4D Lite (+ Illustrator)

Easy Flying Logos with AE + C4D Lite (+ Illustrator)

Your Creative Cloud subscription has all the tools needed for this common motion graphics task

By Chris and Trish Meyer | January 22, 2015

One of the most common, bread-and-butter motion graphics jobs you’re going to get is to take your client’s flat, two-dimensional print logo, turn it into a 3D object, and animate it onto the screen for an endless variety of video destinations (trade shows, press events, training videos, web & social media, etc.). This used to mean having to buy and learn a 3D program in addition to After Effects and/or your NLE of choice, rendering it out of one, and bringing it into the other to potentially integrate over additional footage. Now that CINEMA 4D Lite is bundled with After Effects, and there is a direct render path between the two, this task is now a bit easier.

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Product Review: DSLRPros Expedition Series P2 Aerial Kit

Product Review: DSLRPros Expedition Series P2 Aerial Kit

Adventure-Ready and Totally Portable P2 Aerial Photography/Videography System

By Jeff Foster | January 21, 2015

Taking the popular and durable design of the DJI Phantom 2, DSLRPros has created a truly portable kit for the extended-travel road warrior, camper, hiker or outdoor explorer, with the DSLRPros Expedition Series PD Aerial Kit. I live with this kit for a couple of months and take it with me out in the country, down the coast and even on the job of a major sky rise construction site downtown. Durability and dependability... we'll see how it holds up to the task!

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Review - Wipster

Can something so simple and free be any good? Yes, yes it can!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 21, 2015

There have been a couple of great articles here on PVC in the last little while about Review and Approval.  Scott Simmons had an article that focused on the Review and Approval options for you out there, and Dorian Heller had posted his look at Wipster.  Well, with this review, I hope to take Dorian’s great review, and expand on it with my own take on Wipster, and look at not only the product itself, but the man behind it, Rollo Wenlock, Wipster's CEO, and his vision for the company. Read More

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The Public Domain Project

The Public Domain Project

Pond5 just saved you countless hours. And probably some money, too.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | January 21, 2015

We all need footage - but there’s not always the budget to license or shoot it. We can try to hide behind the illusion of “Fair Use” - but in reality it’s hard to qualify for the exemption. In theory, if we know where to look (such as the Archive.org, or anything funded by the US government - as long as you’re a US citizen), we may be able to dig up some public domain assets that are suitable - but that would take hours upon hours of searching and browsing, and the quality may not be great. Until now.

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“Things of the Aimless Wanderer” finds its way to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

“Things of the Aimless Wanderer” finds its way to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

New feature film from award-winning director/editor duo edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CC

By Meagan Keane | January 21, 2015

Kivu Ruhorahoza and Antonio Rui Ribeiro are best known for their collaboration on the feature film Grey Matter, winner of—among many other awards—the Jury Special Mention for Best Emerging Filmmaker at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. In 2014, they teamed up for Things of the Aimless... Read More

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The Compound Clip Conundrum

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | January 21, 2015

Handles? We don't need no stinkin' handles!

That's what a compound clip in Final Cut Pro X might say when you try to ripple, roll, or extend an edit point or add a transition between a compound clip and another clip. You'll find there is no extra media... Read More

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“Cop Car” starring Kevin Bacon delivers drama and humor at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

“Cop Car” starring Kevin Bacon delivers drama and humor at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Editors use Adobe Creative Cloud for editing and visual effects on Park City At Midnight premiere

By Meagan Keane | January 20, 2015

The Park City At Midnight film lineup at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival comprises fun genre movies that most festival goers can’t wait to see. Among this year’s highlights: Cop Car, a thriller/comedy starring Kevin Bacon, directed by Jon Watts and co-written by Watts and... Read More

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“Fresh Dressed” break-dances onto the big screen at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

“Fresh Dressed” break-dances onto the big screen at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Editor Andrea B. Scott cuts hip-hop fashion documentary using Adobe Premiere Pro CC

By Meagan Keane | January 19, 2015

Hip-hop is more than a musical genre, it is an entire subculture that includes unique musical and vocal styles, dance moves, and distinctive fashion. Director Sacha Jenkins created Fresh Dressed, screening at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, to document the history of hip-hop fashion from its... Read More

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