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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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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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Have I Finally Perfected My Backup Strategy?

By Dan Carr | January 26, 2015

Like many people, I’ve struggled over the years to find the perfect backup solution for all of my digital content.  As file sizes creep ever upwards, it’s been a permanent upgrade process that’s often caused more than its fair share of headaches.  All drives will... Read More

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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:

The great news is that this craft is so... Read More

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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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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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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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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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Audio Splits, Stems & Elemental Tracks

Additional Mixes for The Longevity of Your Project

By Woody Woodhall | January 19, 2015

A post sound mixer's main task is to create an awe inspiring mix that enhances and elevates the story being told.  But, post mixers' responsibilities are far more than just creating a great soundtrack. Using sophisticated digital tools, the mixer must be sure to meet and exceed all... Read More

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

Let's compress our files with an application you might already have at your disposal.

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 15, 2015

In this week's Media Composer 101 tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe will show you that no matter what compression application you have, whether it Sorenson Squeeze, Adobe's Media Encoder or even Apple's Compressor, with a little forethought, you will be creating your M2V and AC3 files, lightning quick!

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Allan Tépper to give 4 tech seminars in México City

Allan Tépper to give 4 tech seminars in México City

From January 26–29, Allan Tépper will give seminars in México City.

By Allan Tépper | January 15, 2015

From January 26–29, I’ll be giving four tech seminars in México City. Actually, three of the four will be tech (audio/video/podcast production/post/distribution), while the first presentation will be free, and will be about language issues. All four presentations will take place in México City, and will be presented in Castilian/castellano (aka “Spanish”). Details ahead.

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Sync-N-Link X for Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | January 13, 2015

Why would you want a separate app to sync audio and video clips?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Sam Mestman from FCPworks.com returns to make the case for Sync-N-Link X for Final Cut Pro X.

As he explains to Steve Martin of Ripple Training, Sync-N-Link X not only... Read More

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Tuesday Deal: Senal SMH-1000 Headphones

Expires January 13

By Rich Young | January 13, 2015

B & H had a special today on Senal SMH-1000 Professional Field and Studio Monitor headphones, which seem to be knockoffs of the SONY 7506. The advantage is that they're cheaper today and have two detachable cords of different lengths, which makes it easier to store while protecting against cord failure.

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Surviving Your First Film Market

Surviving Your First Film Market

Dear Filmmaker: you really need to start learning about this end of the business.

By Arthur Vincie | January 11, 2015

In November I went to my very first American Film Market.  If you're a filmmaker or any kind of "content creator," you really need to start learning about this end of the business.  I'm still a neophyte, so this is less a definitive guide and more of a set of observations and tips that I picked up while there.

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Product Review: Pegasus2 M4 SSD RAID

A blazing fast RAID in a very small package.

By Helmut Kobler | January 10, 2015

I’ve been impressed by Promise’s Pegasus2 line of Thunderbolt-enabed RAID drives. They’re fast, reliable, come in multiple configurations (4 drives, 6 drives, 8 drives), and are low-cost as far as hardware-based RAIDs go. Now Promise is adding a new Pegasus2 to the lineup.

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A Little (Big) Avid Media Composer & Final Cut Pro X Trimming Demonstration

This is my contribution to a recent Twitter discussion about the joys of Dynamic Trimming

By Scott Simmons | January 09, 2015

Ever since the release of Final Cut Pro X there’s been a lot of discussion around FCPX’s trimming capabilities. They are quite strong with a very fluid way of trimming edits using the mouse, looping playback as well as some keyboard shortcuts. Users of Avid Media Composer have... Read More

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How to Survive The Post House Implosion

How to Survive The Post House Implosion

How to make a living in the post-post house world

By Eric Escobar | January 06, 2015

Even in good times, video production/ post-production is a risky business. In bad times it’s downright foolish. A company has to be scrappy enough to weather the stagnant months, but robust enough to crew up for a big project that could walk through the door any second. 

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The Magic of Hard Links

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | January 06, 2015

What exactly are "hard links" anyway?

A better question might be "why are they useful?" - which is exactly what Sam Mestman shows Steve Martin from Ripple Training on this week's episode of MacBreak Studio.

Hard links allow the Finder to represent files on a... Read More

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