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The Desktop Video Revolution - Part 1

How desktop technology revolutionised video production

By ChrisZwar | June 10, 2014

The video production industry has radically changed over the past 20 years, a period of time that can be called "the desktop video revolution".  As desktop computers evolved to become faster and cheaper, they gradually displaced the traditionally expensive "black boxes" that had governed... Read More

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The VFX Business in 2014: an interview with Scott Ross, Part Two

The VFX Business in 2014: an interview with Scott Ross, Part Two

As the last major VFX studio in Los Angeles leaves town, we look what could change current trends

By Mark Christiansen | June 10, 2014

At the close of last week, Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) announced it would be moving its headquarters from Los Angeles to Vancouver. While inevitable to many visual effects industry observers who understand the role of subsidies in moving VFX work away from California and the U.S., this... Read More

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Strategic Through-Edits

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | June 10, 2014

When is an edit not an edit - and why should you care?

Steve Martin from Ripple Training tackles this deep philosophical question on this week's MacBreak Studio.

We are of course referring to a "through-edit": something Steve defines as "an edit with continuous... Read More

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Fixing soft edges & number counters with automatic rounding

Using the Math.round expression in After Effects

By Rich Young | June 09, 2014

A few years ago, Stu Maschwitz noted the utility of the Math.round method, which rounds a number to the nearest integer. If you're repositioning or animating an object in AE, you'll often run into AE's subpixel positioning in Best Quality, which as noted long before expressions were a feature by Trish Meyer as the source of bad renders with lossy formats. But you can use an expression to force rounding on scale/position to whole numbers, in order to avoid softening on anti-aliased text or other layers. It's much easier to use that than to adjust entries by hand, and its utility goes further.

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First look: ThunderBay IV 4-bay 12TB Thunderbolt system

First look: ThunderBay IV 4-bay 12TB Thunderbolt system

Over the upcoming weeks, I’ll be reviewing this quite flexible Thunderbolt storage device.

By Allan Tépper | June 06, 2014

Long time readers know that I have reviewed several different Thunderbolt storage (and other) devices from diverse manufacturers. One of those is OWC, aka Other World Computing. I am now honored to be invited to review their new ThunderBay IV 4-bay 12TB Thunderbolt, system, which can be configured in several different ways and promises to offer quite a punch for its relatively low —and even palindromic— price of US$979. Here’s a first look.

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Send Better Video Project Pitches Faster

Proposal software and templates can help you prepare proposals faster, track whether they've been viewed, and win business.

By Chris Potter | June 04, 2014

Before I started work building our video review and approval platform I worked in the consulting business. A big part of the job involved preparing client pitches and proposals.

The process was pretty tedious. Proposals were built based off of templates we had prepared. More often... Read More

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Replace/Relink in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | June 03, 2014

When to replace and when to relink?

This is the question Mark and Steve from Ripple Training tackle on this week's MacBreak Studio.

If you need to replace a video clip, graphic, or audio file in your Final Cut Pro X project, one way is to use the aptly-named... Read More

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MovieType For Element 3D: new for After Effects

Animation & camera presets, materials, bevels, and more

By Rich Young | June 03, 2014

Motionworks has released MovieType For Element 3D. The package includes over 200 time-saving type animation presets, 60 camera animation presets, 450 materials, 150 bevel presets, 3D backgrounds, a camera and light rig, 6 tutorials, and associated AE project files. Also included is MoBacks, an After Effects backgrounds kit with over 55 AEPs and HD renders of grunge, starbursts, lighting effects, techno, smoke, ink, cellular, metal, paper, stone, plastic, leather, liquid, etc.

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Directing Motion with Vincent Laforet

Directing Motion with Vincent Laforet

An interview with the man on a 10 week, 32 city tour of the country

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | June 03, 2014

Vincent Laforet is a man with no shortage of accolades. A three-time winner at the prestigious 2010 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, Laforet has been named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Photography.” He was also awarded with a Gold, Silver, and a Bronze... Read More

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White balance in After Effects and Premiere

plus blending modes

By Rich Young | May 31, 2014

There are a number of ways to white balance footage in After Effects and Premiere Pro, and Chris and Trish Meyer recently added another method, sampling with the Tint effect on a Solid layer set to Divide mode above the source layer. Eran Stern also recently added a method, using CC Color Neutralizer in Premiere.

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Taking your BCC AE looks to BCC AVX

What might seem like a tedious process is actually very simple

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | May 31, 2014

Last week I had an interesting situation come up.  I was working on a commerical for Tom Cruise's "Edge of Tomorrow", and I needed to make a small revision to some text.  I didn't want to go into After Effects to do it, but my problem was, is there a simple way to take my BCC AE look, and quickly get it into Media Composer?  Well guess what, there is!  In this exclusive PVC tutorial, I'll show you how simple it is!

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The VFX Business in 2014: an interview with Scott Ross, Part One

In which we look at where things are headed in the wake of recent events

By Mark Christiansen | May 30, 2014

A little over a year ago we ran an interview with Scott Ross regarding the state of the visual effects business on ProVideoCoalition. I was fortunate enough to catch up with Scott recently for a conversation about what, if anything has changed in the VFX business since then.

What... Read More

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Get those nice bright MacOS Finder label colors back

Mavericks introduced Tags but removed the easy-to-see labels making the colors much less useful

By Scott Simmons | May 30, 2014

Any readers out there who are using the Mac OS and editing video have probably made good use of Mac OS Finder labels over the years to assign a designated color to a folder, file or group of files for whatever reason one might color anything. They were big, bright colors that were easy to... Read More

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Free Video: Creating Your Own Background Loops

Free Video: Creating Your Own Background Loops

Have some fun with your camera and shoot out-of-focus video that you can later repurpose into video backdrops

By Chris and Trish Meyer | May 30, 2014

A couple of months ago, we released a video training course titled Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects: Enhancing Production Value. Some of the tricks in that course relied on using blending modes to add lighting effects from second footage layers that had color, abstract patterns and movements. There is a lot of stock footage available with these patterns; in the following video, we share some tips on creating your own:

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Getting Started with BCC Lite for Media Composer Part 1

Your new Media Composer Software subscription comes with some hidden gems. Let's see how to get up and running quick and easy!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | May 29, 2014

As most Media Composer editors are now aware, BCC is no longer included in your Media Composer Symphony upgrade.  That's because with your monthly subscription, you are now getting Symphony included.  But, that doesn't mean that you're without some awesome BCC effects to get you moving in the right direction.

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Blackmagic Cameras and Clean Audio

How to "sweeten" the audio in your NLE

By Brian Hallett | May 29, 2014

No doubt, good sound is as important as good pictures. The problem?  How can you record good sound on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Pocket Cinema Camera when the in-camera preamps are a little less than desired?  I'll show how you can use your NLE's audio equalizer and on-camera accessories to help everything sound a little bit better.  

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Discover the Present and Future of Premiere Pro

Discover the Present and Future of Premiere Pro

Richard Harrington tells us what to expect at the upcoming Premiere Pro World Conference

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | May 28, 2014

Conferences of different shapes and sizes take place at various times throughout the year, but the Premiere Pro World Conference is set to be very different. Taking place this July, the three-day training conference brings together world-renowned industry experts, the Adobe Premiere Pro team... Read More

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Wriggle it - just a little bit

Wriggle it - just a little bit

Creating a hand drawn stop motion look in After Effects

By ChrisZwar | May 27, 2014

Hand drawn and stop motion animations have a very distinct look.  Every frame is slightly different, and when played back at full speed those small differences can add visible character and warmth to the end result - think of the Red Bull ads that have run for many years, or the opening... Read More

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Animated Tilt-Shift in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | May 27, 2014

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us an unusual application for the SliceX plugin for Final Cut Pro X.

SliceX and TrackX are plugins from CoreMelt that work inside Final Cut Pro X and are powered by Imagineer's Mocha planar tracking... Read More

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Free Video: Quick & Easy White Balance Adjustment

Free Video: Quick & Easy White Balance Adjustment

Use blending modes in After Effects or Premiere Pro

By Chris and Trish Meyer | May 27, 2014

A couple of months ago, we released a video training course titled Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects: Enhancing Production Value on spinning the straw clients often give us into visual gold. One of the movies in that course demonstrated a dead-easy white balancing trick that removed color tints from footage using Blend Modes:

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