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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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Cosmetic fixes, blemish removal, and skin retouching in post-production

Digital beauty treatments

By Rich Young | August 31, 2014

Digital beauty treatments and cosmetic fixes in post-production often involve isolating skin with tracking and mattes for color correction and matching, skin smoothing, and blemish removal. Even skin matching across shots isn't always easy, but there's some help along the way in basic and advanced tutorials on the wide variety of tools available. Read More

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Premiere Pro News Notes #09

By Rich Young | August 30, 2014

Here's another collection of news on tutorials, tips, and related tools assorted with Adobe Premiere Pro.

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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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Optical Kerning preference in After Effects

Edit the preference file for always on auto-kerning

By Rich Young | August 27, 2014

Optical kerning is a newer feature in Adobe apps. If you have a tendency to forget about kerning, be sure to enable Optical kerning, even it means occasionally overriding a font's built-in kern tables.

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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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Follow Alexis Van Hurkman Down the Rabbit Hole to Find “The Place Where You Live”

Follow Alexis Van Hurkman Down the Rabbit Hole to Find “The Place Where You Live”

The director talks to us about the short film he wrote, produced and edited

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | August 24, 2014

Alexis Van Hurkman is a man of many talents. He might be best known for his expertise in post-production, and as the writer of books such as the “Color Correction Handbook,” and “Adobe SpeedGrade: Getting Started,” that should come as no surprise. ProVideo Coalition... Read More

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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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MaskTracker+: quick planar tracking inside After Effects

new from Mamoworld

By Rich Young | August 19, 2014

MaskTracker+, a new AE script from Mamoworld, expands the Rigid Mask Tracker in After Effects, opening up planar tracking capabilities that allow you to do much more than just moving masks.

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From Still Frames to Fine Art

From Still Frames to Fine Art

Chris is hosting a free webinar dedicated to creativity

By Chris and Trish Meyer | August 19, 2014

If you want to get Chris upset, come up to him and profess that you’re not creative. Despite his background as an engineer, we’ve had a very nice 20+ year career as graphic designers, and we’ve both started fine art careers. As a result, Chris agreed to create a webinar for... Read More

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Cinemagraphs in FCP X and Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 19, 2014

Final Cut Pro X or Motion?

Both FCP X and Motion allow you to perform compositing and animation. How do you decide which to use? This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to approach the same task in both applications.

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Network with Movers and Shakers from Across the Industry at the Upcoming SuperMeet in Amsterdam

Network with Movers and Shakers from Across the Industry at the Upcoming SuperMeet in Amsterdam

Michael Horton and Daniel Bérubé tell us why a SuperMeet is unlike anything else you’ll experience at IBC

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | August 18, 2014

IBC will be taking place in early September, and just like the previous six years, the Creative Pro User Group Network (CPUG Network) are set to put on a SuperMeet. The event is happening on Sunday, Sept 14, 2014 at the Hotel Krasnapolsky in the heart of Amsterdam. Our very own Kevin... Read More

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Reaching and Interacting with a Worldwide Audience

Reaching and Interacting with a Worldwide Audience

An interview with the producer of Teradek’s live NAB and IBC coverage

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | August 17, 2014

We’ve previously covered how content creators can get started with streaming, and it’s amazing to see how the technology allows creators to deliver their content. Whether you’re looking to stream a high school football game or broadcast simultaneously from time zones across... Read More

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Samurai Blade Keeps DP’s Happy in the Studio and on Location

Samurai Blade Keeps DP’s Happy in the Studio and on Location

My DP and other camera operators were instantly blown away at the quality and clarity of the new IPS screen

By Faryl Kagan | August 15, 2014

I’ve been using Atomos recorders on various jobs over the last 2 years on about 15 productions but a recent corporate video project was the first time I’d worked with the Samurai Blade. I have been following the screen technology market closely and was extremely excited... Read More

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Mike Russell Makes Audio Awesome with Adobe Audition

Making radio promos, jingles, voiceovers and podcasts with Adobe's audio app

By Eric Philpott | August 13, 2014

Hailing from England’s southeast, Mike Russell is a digital audio expert, voice over artist, and popular instructor. He is also an enthusiastic proponent of Adobe Audition, which he uses for all his audio - along with many other Creative Cloud applications for other parts of his work.... Read More

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Have a copy of my Final Cut Pro X Menu / Keyboard Shortcut Cheat-sheet

I made this a long time ago but have recently updated it

By Scott Simmons | August 12, 2014

I’m currently deep into the biggest Final Cut Pro X edit that I’ve done to date. Back when FCPX was new I did a webinar where I gave out a document I had made of some of the FCPX menus to help learn the keyboard shortcuts. I thought it was a good time to update that menu... Read More

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New Features in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 12, 2014

New features in Motion?

That's right - they aren't earth-shattering, but there were a few new features added to the Motion 5.1.1 update that came out the same time as the Final Cut Pro 10.1.2 update a few weeks ago.

In truth, there has been a lot of work... Read More

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Making Project Management Simple and Efficient

Making Project Management Simple and Efficient

CEO Fredrik Limsäter tells us how ftrack can help creators keep their project on track

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | August 10, 2014

Project management is an issue that industry professionals of all sizes and types deal with. Keeping track of shots, figuring out how to collaborate with someone who’s on the other side of the world and trying to organize budgeting and scheduling logistics are just a few of the issues... Read More

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