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Final Cut Library Manager

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | May 20, 2014

It's 10 o'clock; do you know where your libraries are?

And even if you do, do you know what's in them? This week on MacBreak Studio, I talk with Steve Martin from Ripple Training about an indispensable application if you use Final Cut Pro X.

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Inside the After Effects camera

A technical overview for scripters and expressioneers

By ChrisZwar | May 18, 2014

One of the most powerful features of After Effects is the ability to work with 3D layers and a virtual camera.  While it is simple to add a camera to a composition and animate it, greater creative control over the end result can be achieved with a basic technical understanding of how... Read More

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Avid ships their new Media Composer with new licensing options

While a few things are missing this is a new era for Media Composer

By Scott Simmons | May 18, 2014

It was announced at NAB and now it’s shipping: the next version of Avid Media Composer which looks to be version 8. I had heard that Avid was going to move away from version numbers with the new subscription program but you might see the v8 designation which is this new version. The official name is now Media Composer | Software for that downloadable version most of us will use.

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Nebula construction in After Effects

By Rich Young | May 17, 2014

Nebulas can be created several ways in After Effects: with "cards in space" of real images, or generated by Fractal Noise or 3D particle systems, commonly fractal-displaced particle arrays like Trapcode Mir, Form, Hitfilm Atomic Particle, and other particle systems.

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Discover How Lars von Trier’s Films Ravish and Revolt Audiences Across the World

Discover How Lars von Trier’s Films Ravish and Revolt Audiences Across the World

Watch the webinar archive with VFX designer and colorist Peter Hjorth

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | May 14, 2014

Peter Hjorth is a long time collaborator of the most interesting Scandinavian directors and Lars von Trier in particular. Peter serves as 2nd unit director, visual effects supervisor and/or post production wizard on all kinds of special projects. Other collaborators include Thomas Vinterberg,... Read More

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Do video hardware product drivers really have to live behind a registration wall?

You can't use hardware without drivers so why not make the download easy?

By Scott Simmons | May 13, 2014

Not to jump onto a soapbox here but I’ve had two instances in the last week or so of product drivers hidden behind registration walls that has prompted this post. On the surface this seems like not such a big deal as one would think that a registered hardware product would be a simple sign-in and download. But what if you haven’t registered that product? Or have forgotten your log-in details? Or what if that hardware isn’t yours?

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Pro Tools 11 Hardware and Software Upgrade

Life is a Beta Test

By Woody Woodhall | May 13, 2014

There are many of us in Hollywood and beyond who depend on the dependability of Avid’s Pro Tools digital audio workstation.  Many of us have been using it for many years and in many different hardware and software iterations.  Studio owners like myself, wade in slowly as we take... Read More

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Don’t Copy Those Proxies!

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | May 13, 2014

Do you have to keep editing when you travel?

This week on MacBreak Studio, I talk with Steve Martin from Ripple Training about taking your edit on the road.

The scenario is this: you are editing in your office on a Mac Pro with your media on a large RAID like a... Read More

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Blackmagic Production Camera Noise Test

How much can you clean up a noisy image

By Brian Hallett | May 12, 2014

How much noise is too much noise?  Or, is the better question:  How much noise can DaVinci Resolve's noise reduction clean up pushed Blackmagic Production Camera footage?  I take the Production Camera and test all three ISOs to see exactly where each setting lands when it comes to noise, and how likely noise reduction can save your shot.

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A Recipe for Analog to Digital Video Transfer:  Baking

A Recipe for Analog to Digital Video Transfer:  Baking

Problems encountered in the process of preserving our video past

By Richard Wirth | May 12, 2014

We had a project come to us recently that required the transfer of ¾ inch videotape to digital files. To those for whom analog videotapes have become a mysterious relic akin to Egyptian hieroglyphs, let it be known that much of our cultural heritage still exists only on this medium.

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After Effects for print: Making GAEA

+ ETLAT (edit this, look at that)

By Rich Young | May 09, 2014

A couple of years ago, Jesse Michael Newman released a layer-by-layer video deconstruction of an After Effects project, DECONSTRUCTING GAEA I - Flowing Meditation though the end result was a printed piece as part of a Kickstarter campaign. He has a new piece, DECONSTRUCTING GAEA II, to support a short sale on art prints.

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Replacing Temp Music in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | May 06, 2014

 

    How can you reconnect media in a managed library?

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training the answer to that question by using a common scenario: replacing temp music.

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UPDATE: PVC Experts & Answers Webinars: NAB 2014 Wrap-up

UPDATE: PVC Experts & Answers Webinars: NAB 2014 Wrap-up

Watch the On-Demand version now!

By PVC News Staff | May 02, 2014

ProVideo Coalition writers Scott Simmons and Matthew Jeppsen talked through what they saw and what they didn't see at NAB this year during a live webinar. The guys told us what technology and tools they saw at the event and discussed what these things mean to individuals and to the industry... Read More

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Tidbit: YouTube buffering mysteries

By Rich Young | April 30, 2014

Last November we did a quick exploration of 'How YouTube Works', which even with an update (on the "secret" algorithm) still left questions about caching unanswered. But explanations become apparent with a simple search word change to "buffering".

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Tracking in Final Cut Pro X with SliceX

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | April 29, 2014

How can you track an object in Final Cut Pro X - and why would you want to?

In this episode of MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin answers the second question to provide context and motivation for the first.

In a nod to Alfred Hitchcock's movie Notorious, Steve wants... Read More

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NAB 2014: My Experience

What's it like for someone to work AND play at NAB 2014? Here's my experience!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | April 28, 2014

I have to admit.  This year’s NAB was like my Oscars.  Normal people (like you and me) would go to the Academy Awards to do some “Stargazing”, as the expression goes.  That’s what I feel that I spent almost a week doing.  Star gazing.  Yes, I was there for work, and work I did, but as we all know, NAB is much more than that. 

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PVC Video Production Podcast Roundup - April 2014

PVC Video Production Podcast Roundup - April 2014

Experiencing and recovering from NAB 2014

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | April 28, 2014

NAB is still the bullseye on the calendar of so many people across the industry, and 2014 was no different. digitalCINEMAcafe produced shows before and during NAB that talk through the people and technology that were all over the event, while The Cutting Room streamed interviews with... Read More

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I Will Provide Professional Editing Services For $5

I Will Provide Professional Editing Services For $5

Yes, you can hire an editor on Fiverr

By Misha Tenenbaum | April 28, 2014

About a month ago, I stumbled across a website called Fiverr (pronounced 5’er).  Fiverr is a platform where people offer to perform all kinds of tasks for the tiny fee of five dollars. Need a logo designed?  A jingle? Five hundred likes on Facebook? These are all services... Read More

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NAB 2014 Wrap-up. Winners, Losers, Storage and Software

The single biggest thing I saw in the south hall: storage

By Scott Simmons | April 28, 2014

Once again NAB 2014 was a very busy NAB. And once again I didn’t seem to venture very far out of the post-production-centric South Hall other than to head to the North Hall for teaching at Post|Production World. There was one visit to the GoPro booth but other than that the camera and acquisition-centric Central Hall was just a tunnel to the north. In addition to the winner and losers (which I’ll cover in just a bit) there were a few interesting things I noticed down south.

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PVC at NAB 2014 - FCPWORKS and their demo suite

Final Cut Pro X integration was the name of the game at this off-site NAB demo

By Scott Simmons | April 25, 2014

If you were watching PVC during the Monday of NAB 2014 you probably saw a series of videos posted about our visit to the FCPWORKS suite that was setup outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center. We were one of the first to take a tour of this suite dedicated to Final Cut Pro X workflows. It was an impressive collection of technology that revolved around FCPX.

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