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Miller Air Carbon Fiber Tripod System Review

Lightweight, affordable DSLR focused support

By Dan Carr | February 27, 2015

The Air Tripod System Range is comprised of the Air Alloy and Air Carbon Fiber and both feature the same Air Fluid Head.  The Air Tripod System is billed as a lightweight and affordable option for DSLR users, though a Canon C100 MKII or similar would... Read More

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The Evolution of Film Editing

The Evolution of Film Editing

By Meagan Keane | February 27, 2015

Originally posted to the Adobe Conversations Blog by Bill Roberts, Senior Director of Product Management, Creative Cloud Video segment

In 1934 the Academy Awards introduced a new category: Film Editing, awarding an Oscar to Conrad A. Nervig for his work on the movie Eskimo. Often... Read More

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Sony FS-7 Gets A Firmware Update

Adds support for 4K (4096x2160) and ProRes codec added

By Brian Hallett | February 27, 2015

In the FS-7 firmware V2.0 the versatile camera will add 4K (4096x2160) recording in XAVC-I which is an improvement over the UHD 4K the camera currently records (3840x2160).  

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Studio Binder - Call Sheets Simplified

By Dan Carr | February 26, 2015

 

Studio Binder is a new cloud-based production tool that's looking to simplify the call time process for cast and crew.  The service lets you store projects and cast/crew information in the cloud, delivering a simple interface to schedule call times to all... Read More

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Blackmagic URSA Used On Television Mini Series “Gallipoli”

Creating a stunning opening sequence

By Brian Hallett | February 25, 2015

"Gallipoli" is one of Australia's most anticipated television series inspired by the book "Gallipoli" by Les Carlyon.  The series follows the lives of World War I solders from the initial military landings to the troop withdrawals from the shores of Turkey in one of the most devastating battles of World War I.  

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David Levy explores new worlds with “PLUG”

David Levy explores new worlds with “PLUG”

Famed Hollywood concept artist directs/produces sci-fi short using Adobe Creative Cloud

By Meagan Keane | February 25, 2015

David Levy is an acclaimed art director and concept artist to the videogame and film industry. His credits include Avatar 2, Tron: Legacy, Ender’s Game, Prometheus, and Tomorrowland. He has now debuted his own short film, PLUG, which introduces the concept for a TV series he hopes to get... Read More

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Understanding & using the breakthrough XAVC Long GOP códec/file format

Understanding & using the breakthrough XAVC Long GOP códec/file format

The third category of Sony’s XAVC is the most enticing for me.

By Allan Tépper | February 25, 2015

Back in 2012, Sony deployed the first version of XAVC, one that can offer color depths of 8-bit, 10-bit, and 12-bit and chroma subsampling of 4:2:0, 4:2:2, or 4:4:4. That first version is i-frame and found on very high-end cameras. Then Sony released the consumer version, XAVS S, which is Long GOP up to 4:2:0 and 8-bit and is found in such cameras as the A7S. But the most enticing version (for me) is the professional XAVC Long GOP, which offers up to 4:2:2 10-bit in cameras like the PXW-X70 at up to 50 megabit/second. More ahead…

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Creating a Night Sky in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 24, 2015

Because the night...belongs to us!

I couldn't say it better than Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen but this week on MacBreak Studio, I do try to show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to "take back the night" by creating a night sky scene from scratch in Motion, using... Read More

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7 Ways to Improve Your Work When You’re Not Working

By Bobby Marko | February 23, 2015

The last half of 2014 was excruciatingly slow for me as work was not coming in like I had hoped. I couldn’t understand why. I’m not one to sit around and wait for the phone to ring. Even though I often self produce my own films, I’m like everyone else who relies on actual... Read More

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HPA Tech Retreat 2015 - Final Thoughts

What just happened? Plus, Mark's fiendish quizzes

By Adam Wilt | February 17, 2015

[Updated 10:53 PST 18 Feb: Quiz 5 winner]

The HPA Tech Retreat is an annual gathering of some of the sharpest minds in post, production, broadcast, and distribution – and the 2015 Retreat is now over. As Leon Silverman and Jerry Pierce like to ask, what just... Read More

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - 4K Workflows Part 3: DaVinci Resolve Roundtripping

Let's take a look at how easy it is to have DaVinci Resolve team up with Media Composer to get your 4K projects looking awesome!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | February 17, 2015

In the last of our 3 part introductory look at 4K workflows inside of Media Composer Subscription, we take a look at taking your Media Composer timeline, sending it via AAF to DaVinci Resolve, have Resolve open your DNxHR media, and then send it back to Media Composer for final client approval!

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Managing Sound Effects in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 17, 2015

How do you preview sound effects in Final Cut Pro X?

If you've been using the Sound and Effects Browser, Steve Martin from Ripple Training has a great tip for you today. In this week's edition of Mac Break Studio, he shows us a method for storing, filtering, and... Read More

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48 reasons why GarageBand is kryptonite for video production

48 reasons why GarageBand is kryptonite for video production

GarageBand’s lack of 48 kHz sampling rate even limits audio producers from making soundtracks for video

By Allan Tépper | February 17, 2015

The market is full of capable digital audio editing applications. I am familiar with many of them and have covered several. Many are capable of recording —and all are capable of editing and delivering — a final product of 44.1 or 48 kHz (or more) with a single glaring exception: GarageBand from Apple. That makes GarageBand kryptonite for video producers, and even for audio producers who either want to shoot themselves on video or ever produce a soundtrack for a video producer. Ahead we’ll review what this all means, including what audio sampling rate is, and best practices for a producing a music video.

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Blackmagic Design Announce New Intensity Pro 4K Capture Card

A new super fast PCIe card that allows Ultra HD capture & playback

By Brian Hallett | February 16, 2015

The Intensity Pro 4K is a new super fast PCIe card that allows you to capture and playback SD, HD and Ultra HD video on Windows, Mac and Linux PCI Express computers

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Calling Mr. Blue Sky

Secondary Color Correction in Final Cut Pro X

By Mark Spencer | February 16, 2015

In this Under 5 episode, Steve Martin from Ripple Training demonstrates how to boost the color in the sky using Final Cut Pro X's Color Mask and Color Board.

 

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Davinci Resolve: Roundtripping with Final Cut Pro X

A workflow overview in under 5 minutes

By Mark Spencer | February 16, 2015

In this Under 5 episode, Alexis Van Hurkman from Ripple Training shows you how to export a project out of Final Cut Pro X as an XML, import it into DaVinci Resolve while maintaining the effects and assets of the Final Cut Project, and then send the final result back to Final Cut Pro... Read More

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Accelerated File Uploads for Production & Post

Using UDP-based transfer protocols to speed file delivery.

By Chris Potter | February 15, 2015

As production and post workflows become increasingly distributed, the ability to send large source files quickly and reliably is becoming more important.

Unfortunately, upload speeds can be a huge bottleneck for people that want to move source files from one place to another over the Internet. Upload speeds aren’t increasing nearly as fast as file sizes. What may possible with HD source files is not possible when you move to a 4K workflow.

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KEEP CALM: The FAA and sUAVs/Drone Rules UPDATED

KEEP CALM: The FAA and sUAVs/Drone Rules UPDATED

Filtering-out the Facts from Fiction & Paranoia (UPDATED 2/15/2015)

By Jeff Foster | February 15, 2015

With the publishing of Jack Nicas and Andy Pasztor's speculative and interpretive article in the Wall Street Journal in the fall of 2014, it seems every news agency, media outlet and publication has totally lost their minds in a fit of hysteria liken to Chicken Little proportions; sparking "end of days" tweets and forum discussions throughout the social mediasphere that has brought on an industry-wide panic akin to Orson Wells' War of the Worlds live broadcast radio play. Let's just stop right there and breathe for a moment - turn off the TV, put down that paper and let's look at some facts... (UPDATED 2/15/2015 with FAA Rule Proposal at bottom of article)

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HPA Tech Retreat 2015 - Day 4

SMPTE, AXF, MPEG-H, lightfield capture, QC, analysis, optimization, and more... even a half-day is chock-full.

By Adam Wilt | February 13, 2015

From SMPTE updates to the speed of future Ethernet and a really-big announcement from Belden's Steve Lampen, plus the post-retreat treat, which – unusually – is not a Mark Schubin confection.

[Updated 13:35 PST: Final]

The HPA Tech Retreat is an annual... Read More

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HPA Tech Retreat 2015 - Day 3

Acquisition, creative intent, the cloud, not your mama's post, and more

By Adam Wilt | February 12, 2015

At the Tech retreat today: technical aspects of 4K capture, grading colorspaces, ACES 1.0, and... wait for it... drones for dummies!

[Update 19:15 PST: Final again (save for any additional corrections); added missing Josh Pines preso and "Snowflakes to Standards" panel; added closing... Read More

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