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Product Review: Areca ARC-8050T2 8-drive RAID with Thunderbolt 2

Add your own drives to this very fast, robust, affordable RAID

By Helmut Kobler | March 28, 2014

Areca’s new ARC-8050T2 is a industrial-strength 8 bay RAID that has a few unique things going for it. For starters, it uses a new Thunderbolt 2 connection, so it’s blazing fast when connected to a Thunderbolt 2-equipped Mac or PC. In fact, it’s the fastest 8 bay RAID I’ve ever tested, reaching about 1 GB/s read and writes in a RAID 5 configuration. Secondly, it’s the only big Thunderbolt RAID I’m aware of that you can buy without drives (street price is as low as $1,799 for the empty chassis), so you can buy your own drives without a markup, saving hundreds of dollars or more. I had a chance to set up and then run an 8050T2 on a number of projects for three weeks, and came away very impressed. If you’ve got even a mild do-it-yourself spirit, this is probably the RAID for you.

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Radio spot production: 30-second spots for CASTILIAN CONSPIRACY books

Radio spot production: 30-second spots for CASTILIAN CONSPIRACY books

Read about the production details, and listen to the two high-end, 30-second spots.

By Allan Tépper | March 26, 2014

I just produced two 30-second audio spots for playback on over-the-air radio, as well as podcasts. Although I wrote and produced them, my voice and studio were not used at all in this production. Instead, one female and three male local voice talent were used, as well as the highest grade audio production equipment I’ve ever seen. Listen to the spots, and learn the who, the how and the why, ahead…

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How Does NAB 2014 Fit Into Your Schedule?

How Does NAB 2014 Fit Into Your Schedule?

ProVideo Coalition writers talk through what it means for them to make the trek out to Vegas in early April

By The ProVideo Coalition | March 25, 2014

from NAB 2009...NAB 2009 Wrapup Discussion, by Matt Jeppsen

 

NAB Show bills itself as the world's largest B2B media & entertainment event, and it's hard to dispute that claim. In recent years they've made a conscious effort to focus on content creation... Read More

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VoiceOverMart upgrades to Pro Tools 11 HD & more

VoiceOverMart upgrades to Pro Tools 11 HD & more

Miami-based voiceover studio has just upgraded to Pro Tools 11 HD, with video upgrades from Blackmagic and Sony.

By Allan Tépper | March 25, 2014

VoiceOverMart is a Miami (Coral Gables), Florida based professional voiceover studio, equipped with ISDN & standard phone patch, and is owned and directed by Víctor Martorella, a renowned voice talent for the Hispanic market. VoiceOverMart recently upgraded to Pro Tools 11 HD, together with video upgrades. These upgrades facilitate their audio spot production and ADR (audio dialogue replacement). Ahead are details of the upgrade via an interview.

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Getting Started with Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | March 25, 2014

Is it time to learn Motion?

Motion is one of the companion applications to Final Cut Pro X (the other is Compressor). You use it to create motion graphics and visual effects, like animated title sequences, green screen composites, tracking shots, particle effects, and much... Read More

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My NAB 2014 Post|Production World sessions

If you're attending, these are the classes I'll be teach. Please come!

By Scott Simmons | March 24, 2014

NAB 2014 is just around the corner and I’m happy to once again be leading several sessions at the Post|Production World Conference. Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro CC and panel discussions are on the agenda amongst all the other things at NAB. I’m always humbled and honored that a random editor from Nashville, Tennessee gets to interact with editors and production folks from all over the world during these sessions. As I’ve said before, I learn as much as they do.

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Flying The 4K Blackmagic Production Camera

Test Flight

By Brian Hallett | March 23, 2014

4K in the air... does the greater resolution make that much of a difference? Is it necessary to shoot aerials at 4K so one can stabilize in post?  Can the Octocopter we had on hand lift the 4K Blackmagic Production Camera long enough to get all the shots needed? 

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PVC Video Production Podcast Roundup - March 2014

PVC Video Production Podcast Roundup - March 2014

Gearing up for NAB 2014

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | March 23, 2014

Brian Mulligan's 10 Best Podcasts for Video Production is a great resource and excellent introduction to a number of podcasts that focus on different areas of production and post-production. While some of the podcasts in his article are no longer being produced, it gives you a... Read More

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Thinking About Crew Prep

Thinking About Crew Prep

By Arthur Vincie | March 23, 2014

One of the biggest mistakes I see first-time filmmakers commit is to think solely in terms of production time when it comes to crewing up.  The crew shows up on the first day, leaves on the last day, and anything that happens in between, before, or after is just donated or doesn’t... Read More

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How Do You Showcase a Live Event? Ustream

How Do You Showcase a Live Event? Ustream

Alden Fertig, Ustream's Director of Customer Success, talks to us about what it takes to stream an event

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | March 21, 2014

The PVC general mailbox is a collection of messages from users across the Internet and all over the world. It can be a great resource for us, as we get a fair share of industry announcements as well as emails from folks looking to showcase their talent or work. But of course, we also get emails... Read More

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Chromatic aberration: creation and fixes with After Effects

By Rich Young | March 21, 2014

A few years ago there was a spate of interest in chromatic aberration -- fixing footage containing the color fringing, but mostly creating it for motion graphics and VFX realism. At some point, questions on creating this effect must have reached a critical mass, and tools and tutorials popped up to help.

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The Creation of “The Invisible Peak”

The Creation of “The Invisible Peak”

By Gary Yost | March 20, 2014

Gary Yost is a filmmaker and photographer living in the San Francisco Bay Area who focuses on telling stories about the interesting people and places where he lives. In a former life he was the leader of the team that created and then sold 3ds Max to Autodesk. See more from him on his... Read More

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Do I Have to Open the Library?

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | March 19, 2014

Archiving your completed Final Cut Pro X project and the associated media has become much easier in version 10.1. If you are working with managed media - meaning all your media is contained within the library - you can simply drag the library in the Finder to your archive volume. If... Read More

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Get Started Fast with Avid for Final Cut Pro 7 Editors : Lesson 5

Let's Get Started Fast with Avid for Final Cut Pro 7 Editors - In Lesson 5 - Sound Mixing

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | March 18, 2014

If you've just made the switch from FCP7 to Media Composer 7, than the last lesson in this five part tutorial series will help you make the transition as smooth as possible!

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ScreenLight Review and Approval For Video Pros Comes to PVC

ScreenLight Review and Approval For Video Pros Comes to PVC

By Chris Potter | March 18, 2014

Think back to the last project where you shared media for a production with your team, clients, or other stakeholders. If you are like most people, it was probably a pretty fragmented process.

Project media tends to get distributed among a wide variety of different tools. Scripts,... Read More

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Long shadows: adding body to flat design in After Effects

By Rich Young | March 18, 2014

The trend toward flat design hit big in 2013 with newer user interfaces of Windows 8 ("Metro") and iOS7, and website and logo redesigns by Google and others. As part of a general move away from skeuomorphism, Adobe application design elements “flattened out” after CS5. Flat and thin may be in, partly due to hi-res screens, but a missing dimension of "long shadows" added to flat elements became popular too.

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The Art of the Cut: “12 Years a Slave” Editor, Joe Walker

The Art of the Cut: “12 Years a Slave” Editor, Joe Walker

An interview that turned into a must-read master class in editing

By Steve Hullfish | March 17, 2014

It’s not often that Hollywood’s stars publicly recognize the great stewardship that an editor of a film has of their performance. But it’s a long journey between what an actor emotes in front of a camera and the reception of that performance by an audience. The director certainly has a strong influence on that performance, but the editor (with the director’s guidance) is the final gatekeeper of the performance the audience sees and the context in which it’s seen.

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The Demise of NBC Burbank Part 2

The Demise of NBC Burbank Part 2

Technical and Engineering Advancements Made at NBC

By Richard Wirth | March 16, 2014

Recently, I wrote about the beginnings of NBC’s historic lot in Burbank as the Peacock network completed its move to nearby Universal Studios.  The look back on NBC Burbank’s sixty-two year history wouldn’t be complete without exploring some of the technical history NBC engineers made over the years.

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Looking at the Tangent Element from an Editor’s POV

Does an editor need to spend thousands of dollars on a color grading control surface?

By Scott Simmons | March 16, 2014

If you’re an editor these days then you’re probably asked to do some color correction and color grading. In fact you might not ever have the luxury of sending a program out to a dedicated colorist. Chances are you also make use of DaVinci Resolve for many of those color grading tasks as it works amazingly well and the very powerful lite version is free. Those using Resolve and any other number of color grading tools will definitely find that a dedicated control surface like the Tangent Element is a luxury that will make that color work a lot more fun and productive.

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Useful Tools for Editors - Editors Retreat Edition

The Gearheads session provided a nice list of useful tools for editors and filmmakers alike

By Scott Simmons | March 13, 2014

If you read my Notes From the 2014 Editors Retreat post then you might have seen the mention of a session called Gearheads. This was a fun session where attendees were asked to submit some piece of gear they like or find useful. This could be hardware, software, an app, anything really. I though the Gearheads submissions would make for a great Useful Tools for Editors entry. Here’s some that I made note of.

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