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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.

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The Sights and Sounds of IBC 2014 – Part 1

The Sights and Sounds of IBC 2014 – Part 1

See what AJA, Blackmagic and Adobe had to showcase at IBC this year

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | September 12, 2014

The first day of a trade show is typically a little bit crazy. Attendees try to cover as much ground as they can to get a sense of the event, while exhibitors are focused on talking to as many people as they can while also trying to find time to prepare for or... Read More

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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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PVC at IBC 2014 - Welcome to Amsterdam

PVC at IBC 2014 - Welcome to Amsterdam

Exclusive coverage from the conference and show floor

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | September 11, 2014

IBC bills itself as the premier annual event for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of entertainment and news content worldwide. Since it attracts over 50,000 attendees from more than 170 countries, it’s hard to argue with that... 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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Tracking and Managing the Business Side of Producing Content

Tracking and Managing the Business Side of Producing Content

An interview with Joel Stoner, CEO and Founder, AlterMedia

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | September 09, 2014

Studio Suite is a leading studio management software, and it meets the demands of thousands of users in post-production facilities in over 40 countries. Their customers include huge companies like Sony and Warner Bros but also hundreds of small boutique & corporate in-house production... Read More

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The Terence and Philip Show: Episode 64 – Finding the Resolution Sweet Spot with 4K

The Terence and Philip Show: Episode 64 – Finding the Resolution Sweet Spot with 4K

Terence and Philip discuss 4K – the good, the bad, and the bandwidth

By PVC News Staff | September 09, 2014

To listen to the Terence and Philip Show episode #64 where Terence Curren and Philip Hodges discuss 4K pipeline issues, a sweet spot with resolution and more, click the player below. A transcript of the episode itself is below the player.

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Adobe Video tools: Fall CC 2014 preview [updated]

rounding up blogs and video

By Rich Young | September 08, 2014

At IBC 2014, Adobe is previewing the latest features coming to Creative Cloud pro video apps (blog). Features are a bit light this time, except for some important new ones in Premiere, but these are updates not new version releases. Hopefully there are few kinks in any UI changes amid the high-DPI functionality upgrades. Read More

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Living and Working Off-Site and Online

Living and Working Off-Site and Online

What sort of considerations come into play now that so many professionals are allowed to and even required to work remotely?

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | September 07, 2014

Homer Simpson once described working from home as his dream, and it’s a sentiment shared by many professionals. How many people have dreamed of a morning commute lasting no longer than 30 seconds? A lunch break spent on the back porch? Or having the desire to do something at the end of... Read More

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Comparing 3D type options for After Effects

Ray-traced 3D is walking dead

By Rich Young | September 04, 2014

While some may claim that the After Effects CS6-era Ray-traced 3D renderer is a minor feature that you can ignore, it's still a strong option for basic motion graphics with realistic reflections and refractions, and very fast if you have an Nvidia CUDA GPU. If you're not committed one way or another, you may want to check out an integrated in-depth resource from Eran Stern that compares major alternatives for creating 3D type.

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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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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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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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