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Wringing the Life of an Old Mac Pro Tower

Like a good automobile it just keeps chugging along. And it is paid for.

By Scott Simmons | October 30, 2014

There’s a whole lot of us who still have a big, old aluminum Mac Pro tower sitting around doing a lot of work. We haven’t moved to 5K iMacs, Macbook Pros (or PCs) just yet. We also haven’t spent the money on a new Mac Pro. A conversation early at NAB 2014 got me thinking about all the stuff one could add to an old Mac Pro to help extend its life. NAB was the perfect place to talk to vendors who make those products you can stuff inside, or attach to, an old Mac Pro. A bunch of emails, phone calls and boxes later I’ve tried most all the gear mentioned below with my machine. I think of this current tower like a good, reliable, paid for car: I'm going to drive this thing until the wheels fall off.

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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 3 - Project Selection/Creation

The Project Selection window in-depth!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | October 30, 2014

In the next lesson of Kevin P McAuliffe's "Media Composer 101" tutorial series, he takes a look at the Project Selection window, and why you really need to think about what you're doing, before choosing that project preset.

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Streamline Your Entire Production Process with Catalyst Browse and Catalyst Prepare

Streamline Your Entire Production Process with Catalyst Browse and Catalyst Prepare

Learn how in this interview with Sony Creative Software's Michael Bryant

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | October 28, 2014

Sony had plenty to showcase at IBC this year, and while many people were focused on the exiting news around the FS7, Sony Pro wasn’t the only division that got people talking. Sony Creative Software had some pretty big news as well, as they showed off the updates to Sony Vegas... Read More

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Rating and Filtering in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | October 28, 2014

Guest Bill Davis takes us back to the basics this week.

One of the foundational building blocks for working in Final Cut Pro X is a firm grasp of  rating and filtering clips. This process utilizes Final Cut's underlying database model and its ability to leverage... Read More

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Cineform in Creative Cloud: render quality settings + more

By Rich Young | October 28, 2014

GoPro Cineform, aka the SMPTE ST 2073 VC-5 video compression standard, is a cross platform codec that in Creative Cloud piggybacks onto QuickTime (warts and all). The codec is available in Adobe video apps in CC 2014.1, and plays system-wide if you download the free player or free GoPro Studio app. GoPro Cineform is a wavelet-based codec that holds up well even after multiple encodes, and features full support for alpha and large frame sizes of 4K and beyond.

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HitFilm 3 Pro for free if you own HitFilm Plug-ins

new version announced for late November 2014

By Rich Young | October 27, 2014

FXHOME has announced HitFilm 3 Pro, now available for pre-order for release in late November 2014 for just $299. Hitfilm, available for Mac and Windows, supports modern filmmaking workflows that require you to be an editor, VFX artist, and colorist at the same time.

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MOX and Open-Source Video

Noted developer launches Indiegogo campaign to create a universal video playback format

By Mark Christiansen | October 24, 2014

Earlier this week Brendan Bolles launched an Indiegogo campaign to support a six month development effort that would result in a new open-source video format called MOX. I had the opportunity to interview Brendan about the project, and the full transcript of the interview follows.

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Remember your Ps and Qs: Performance and Quality Top Priority for Consumers Watching On-Demand

Remember your Ps and Qs: Performance and Quality Top Priority for Consumers Watching On-Demand

Consumer trends guiding the industry

By John Riske | October 22, 2014

With BBC iPlayer announcing that viewers will be able to watch their favourite shows on-demand for 30 days, rather than the previous maximum of seven, the question on everyone’s mind is what’s next for VOD?

Despite being in the relatively early stages of... Read More

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Introducing NUKE 9: The biggest evolution in NUKE’s history

Introducing NUKE 9: The biggest evolution in NUKE’s history

Huge performance improvements across the board plus a brand new addition to the range and a non-commercial version

By PVC News Staff | October 21, 2014

Leading creative software developer, The Foundry, today unveiled NUKE 9, the biggest ever shake up of its NUKE technology, including the brand new addition of NUKE STUDIO. The offering brings powerful node-based VFX, Editorial and Finishing into a new single studio application, as well as... Read More

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Visual Effects Workflow with Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | October 21, 2014

How does Final Cut Pro X fit into the visual effects workflow of a feature film?

Quite comfortably, as we discover on this week's episode of MacBreak Studio, where I get the opportunity to speak with Mike Matzdorff who was the first assistant editor on a big-budget studio... Read More

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Adobe ‘Gone Girl’ panel: Premiere & After Effects

a roundup of resources

By Rich Young | October 21, 2014

You can join Adobe for a panel discussion with the editorial and post-production team behind the movie Gone Girl from director David Fincher. As you may have heard, the Fincher team leveraged Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects in a workflow based on RED Dragon 6K raw footage files framed in 5K.

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Kicking the Tires on the Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014.1 Update

It's more than kicking the tires really since I've cut two jobs in it already

By Scott Simmons | October 20, 2014

It was announced at IBC and shipped at Adobe MAX (I wonder if this will become the norm?) and it’s another big update to Adobe Premiere Pro. We dissected the features when this update was announced but now that we’ve had the chance to work with it we can dig in a bit deeper. I’d have posted this sooner but I’ve been editing!

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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 2 - What’s New in Version 8.2

What's New in version 8.2 of Media Composer Subscription

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | October 19, 2014

Much like with most applications, you wait for the major updates (version 4, 5, etc) for new features to add to your editing toolkit.  Well, with the new Subscription Model of Media Composer, the world best editing application now gets new features every few months.  Here's what's new in version 8.2.

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Review: ThunderBay IV 4-bay 12TB Thunderbolt system

Review: ThunderBay IV 4-bay 12TB Thunderbolt system

Now we can do RAID5 via software and save substantially.

By Allan Tépper | October 19, 2014

Back in June, I published my first look article on the ThunderBay IV 4-bay 12TB Thunderbolt system with the palindromic price —in this configuration— of US$979, which has since been lowered to US$959. OWC offers other configurations too, with smaller or larger capacity, and now even some with Thunderbolt 2. Ahead I review the various available configuration options (JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 0+1, RAID 4, RAID 5) and compare their performance versus redundancy, logistical benefits of each one, and more.

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PVC at AES 2014 - Exclusive Info About the DR-60D from Tascam

Four channel audio recorder designed specifically for DSLR filmmakers

By Woody Woodhall | October 18, 2014

Improving location audio is one of the simplest ways to greatly enhance the overall quality of your productions. Exceptional digital audio recorders have dropped drastically in price in recent years, offering vastly improved field sound recordings. Tascam has been in the audio recording... Read More

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Behind the Workflow and Post-Production Process of Gone Girl

Behind the Workflow and Post-Production Process of Gone Girl

An interview with Gone Girl post engineer Jeff Brue and assistant editor Tyler Nelson

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | October 15, 2014

David Fincher’s latest feature film, Gone Girl, was shot in 6K and reviewed in a full 4K pipeline. It’s the first feature film to be cut on Adobe Premiere and needed to employ an incredibly advanced technical workflow to handle all of the data and ensure there... Read More

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PVC at AES 2014 - The Amazing Nucleus Board from Solid State Logic

An all-in-one solution for anyone who wants to record, track and mix

By Woody Woodhall | October 15, 2014

In a world filled with computers replacing the desk and shelf space of mixing consoles and recorders, there have been a number of solutions over the years to address the tactile connection to the audio that mixers and sound engineers require. Avid has rolled out a number of controllers over the... Read More

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Ask an Expert: How to Market Yourself, Applying a LUT and Using the Angle Editor in FCPX

Ask an Expert: How to Market Yourself, Applying a LUT and Using the Angle Editor in FCPX

This month in the ProVideo Coalition Mailbag

By The ProVideo Coalition | October 14, 2014

In our October 2014 Mailbag, readers asked questions about editing clips from different angles, the best approach to LUTs, Premiere Pro logistics and plenty more. Art Adams, Bruce Johnson, Scott Simmons and Adam Wilt weighed in to answer most of the questions this month, and you can see what they all have to say below.

If you have any questions you’d like to see our writers answer in an upcoming mailbag or as a Roundtable article, email them to us at ask@provideocoalition.com or tweet us with the hashtag #askpvc to have your question answered by an expert.

 

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Interactive Title Design in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | October 14, 2014

Did you know you can do interactive, realtime title design directly inside Final Cut Pro X?

This is the subject we tackle in this week's edition of MacBreak Studio. While Motion is the primary companion application for creating motion graphics for editors using Final Cut... Read More

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I Need You but Can’t Pay You: 4 Things to Remember When Asking for Free Work

By Bobby Marko | October 14, 2014

We've all been there! The all too familiar passion projects - ie: short films, documentaries, even feature films. When we create these projects we know in order to pull them off, we have to invite others to get the vision, to hopefully be as passionate about the project as we are, all in... Read More

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