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Blackmagic didn’t quite remove the Band-Aid after all…

Blackmagic didn’t quite remove the Band-Aid after all…

As I sadly discovered in Guatemala, Blackmagic didn’t quite add RGB over HDMI after all…

By Allan Tépper | September 02, 2014

In June 2014, I published an article stating that Blackmagic had finally removed the Band-Aid for original DreamColor monitor users, based upon information published in their own ReadMe and a direct statement from Blackmagic’s US president, which I quoted. In mid August, I went to Guatemala to configure a system, and discovered that RGB over HDMI wasn’t really available. After a few weeks of email exchanges, Blackmagic has finally clarified their position via the public relations department.

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Review: Plantronics accidentally enters broadcast headset market

Review: Plantronics accidentally enters broadcast headset market

When combined with a portable A>D converter, the Plantronics .Audio 326 becomes a broadcast headset.

By Allan Tépper | September 02, 2014

Plantronics is a renowned headset manufacturer for office communication, general listening, mobile telephony, and gaming, but not for broadcast or multimedia production. However, due to an unusual set of circumstances, I discovered that their completely analog Plantronics .Audio 326 headset (when combined with a portable preamp/A>D converter) transforms itself into an ultra-affordable broadcast headset for production and live streaming. Here’s my review with test recording.

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Moving Proxy Media in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | September 02, 2014

How can I take my proxies with me?

It's a question we've heard enough times that in this episode of MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training some options for doing so.

The scenario is this: you have your original media on a RAID - a large... Read More

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Z-Depth compositing with Particular - Part 2

Create z-depth maps in Particular and composite multiple layers together

By ChrisZwar | September 01, 2014

Trapcode’s Particular is probably the most popular 3rd party plugin for After Effects, and amongst its many powerful features is the ability to read a z-depth map.  What it doesn’t have, however, is an obvious way to render out its own z-depth map - but by manually adjusting... Read More

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Z-Depth compositing with Particular - Part 1

Create z-depth maps in Particular and composite multiple layers together

By ChrisZwar | September 01, 2014

Trapcode’s Particular is probably the most popular 3rd party plugin for After Effects, and amongst its many powerful features is the ability to read a z-depth map.  What it doesn’t have, however, is an obvious way to render out its own z-depth map - but by manually adjusting... Read More

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Sony F5 Internal 4K “Hack” Video Tutorial

A step-by-step video on how to enable internal 4K on the Sony F5

By Brian Hallett | August 29, 2014

In a few easy steps, Sony F5 camera owners can implement a "Hack," that Sony has not sanctioned, to enable internal 4K recording; a feature originally reserved for the much costlier Sony F55. In this article, Nathan Thompson, of Contrast Visuals & Consulting, and I have produced a video tutorial showing you the steps needed to enable internal 4K recording.

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Review: RØDE NT-USB studio-grade digital microphone

Review: RØDE NT-USB studio-grade digital microphone

The NT-USB includes a pop-shield + table stand, and works with Mac, Windows, and iPad.

By Allan Tépper | August 28, 2014

The new NT-USB from RØDE is a studio-grade digital microphone that officially works with Mac, Windows, and iPad. Unofficially, it also works with iPhone and iPod Touch. Ahead is my review, including exclusive comparative audio recordings with Chilean singer Bárbara Intriago.

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A Bunch of Random Hard Drive Speed Tests

As drives come into the edit suite I've been noting their read/write speeds for no other reason than because I can

By Scott Simmons | August 28, 2014

As a freelance editor I get a lot of hard drives sent to me with footage to edit. Usually all of that media is transferred off of those hard drives and onto a RAID for editing. Occasionally I might have a quick turnaround or just fixes on a project and I’ll cut right off the hard drive sent to me. The faster the drive the better for both of these tasks. I’ve been keeping a running log of hard drive speeds for the last few months and with the help of Blackmagic’s Disk Speed test I offer up this cornucopia of various drive speed tests and their connections. Little commentary is provided here but if you have a production asking why you’re questioning their use of a cheap little black Seagate drive from Target then send them to this blog post to see exactly what slow speeds that cheap drive will mean and how that will add time to editorial because of file transfers alone.

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SmartSound Plug-ins For Soundtrack Creation With Adobe Video Apps

Use SmartSound Plug-ins with Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects CC For Round-Trip Music Soundtrack Creation and Editing

By Jeff Foster | August 27, 2014

SmartSound has made some great advancements in their software plug-ins for Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects since I did my last how-to tutorial two years ago and posted here on ProVideo Coalition. I just recreated two new short video tutorials and wanted to share them with you here, to show you just how easy this NEW round-trip method is to create/edit music soundtracks for your video/animation projects starting inside your video production apps.

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Professional Platforms for Sales and Marketing Videos

Professional Platforms for Sales and Marketing Videos

Choosing the right video platform for video marketing, sales, and corporate communications.

By Chris Potter | August 27, 2014

Clients ask you to wear many hats. In addition to producing & editing video, you may be seen as the expert in online video distribution.

Using YouTube or Vimeo Pro to host and embed videos is a pretty safe choice. Both platforms provide great video playback and instant access to large communities that can expose your content to a broad audience.  However, they may not always be the best choice for you or your clients.

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Metabones Announces Canon EF to Micro Four Thirds Adapter

This speed booster will sell out fast

By Brian Hallett | August 26, 2014

Metabones, the fine manufacturer of lens adapters, announces a speed booster and smart adapter to use Canon EF lenses on Panasonic's GH4.  Do these adapters make the GH4 a more popular camera?

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GoPro Launches New Field Guide Video Series

Learn from GoPro's in-house media team

By Dan Carr | August 26, 2014

GoPro's in-house production crew are the guys responsible for creating things like the Hero 3+ launch video, currently sitting at over 16 million view on YouTube.  If there's ever anything you wanted to learn about shooting with a GoPro, these are the guys to teach it to you.

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Subroles in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 26, 2014

There are no tracks in Final Cut Pro X.

This fact really throws folks at first because it seems that tracks would be required for some very basic editing, compositing, organizing, and exporting functions. However, Final Cut's magnetic timeline, connected clips, and use of... Read More

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Sony’s Latest Budget A5100 Mirrorless Camera Delivers Surprising Video Features

XAVC S, Clean HDMI & more....

By Dan Carr | August 25, 2014

The A5100 is the latest edition to Sony’s increasingly popular mirrorless system and for the price point they’re hitting, this camera comes with a few surprising video features.

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Internal 4K Recording Coming To The Sony F5…For Free??

By Dan Carr | August 25, 2014

One of the main differentiators between Sony's F5 and F55 cameras is the ability for the latter to record 4k XAVC footage internally to its SxS cards, but this might all be about to change.....

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DJI Ronin Field Test

Putting the 3-axis gimbal through the paces

By Brian Hallett | August 24, 2014

It is the 3-axis brushless gimbal that has placed itself in direct competition with Freefly's Movi. It is less expensive and claims to handle heavier cameras, but what is the real story. In this review I turn a blind eye to all the marketing spin and focus on whether or not this is the 3-axis gimbal to buy. 

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3D Robotics - The Future of Autonomous Aerial Imaging

3D Robotics - The Future of Autonomous Aerial Imaging

Leading Technology for Filmmakers and Industry with Flying Robots

By Jeff Foster | August 23, 2014

You might hear the name 3D Robotics and say "Oh yeah, I've heard of those guys. They also make small UAVs don't they?” ...and you'd be right.. kind of. I take a closer look at this innovative company and peek into the future with one of the industries' great visionaries and technology leaders... and I get excited for what this all means for aerial imaging!

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Helpful Ways for Cinematographers to Get a Grip on Lighting Part 4

Part 4: Types of Lighting Tools

By Bobby Marko | August 22, 2014

Lighting is an evolving art form. Not only does technique change and advance but so does the technology of how light is produced and generated. Even a decade ago the landscape of production lighting was much different from what it is today. Just like with the cameras that are coming out today,... Read More

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Discounts on After Effects World and Adobe MAX

Discounts on After Effects World and Adobe MAX

We’re speaking at both events; here’s ways to save a little when you register

By Chris and Trish Meyer | August 21, 2014

In addition to the free Moviola webinar on creativity Chris is presenting next week, we’re both speaking at the upcoming After Effects World and Adobe MAX conferences:

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Review 1: Telestream’s Switch aims to overtake & surpass QuickTime Pro

Review 1: Telestream’s Switch aims to overtake & surpass QuickTime Pro

In many ways, Switch has already surpassed QuickTime Pro…

By Allan Tépper | August 20, 2014

Back in December 2013, I published my “first look” article about the then just-announced Switch application for Mac OS from Telestream, which in many ways has already gone way beyond what the QuickTime Pro app ever did. Now that Switch is shipping, I was able to get a review license from the company and ahead you will see what I like, and what should be added to this promising audiovisual tool.

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