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Useful Tools for Editors - Been a Long Time Edition

Rejoice in small software developers!

By Scott Simmons | July 13, 2014

It’s been a long time, been a long time, been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time since we last had a Useful Tools for Editors roundup. Let’s jump into it with a long list of stand-alone applications, tools and items that support many different other tools and workflows. They all have one thing in common which we’ll discuss at the end of the post.

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New icons for all of those different Adobe Creative Cloud Apps

Well for After Effects and Premiere Pro really but you can make more

By Scott Simmons | July 11, 2014

If you updated your Adobe Creative Cloud apps a few weeks ago then you might have noticed it didn’t really update the apps at all. Rather you got brand new 2014 versions of the CC apps like Premiere Pro in your applications folder. You may have noticed those app icons look the same. Never fear the Internet is here to help with that first world problem.

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Color Grading for the Masses

Adjusting color in your video footage does not always have to cost hundreds of dollars. ColorDirector 2 is a good example.

By Jose Antunes | July 09, 2014

Color Grading is an advanced video editing technique used by all professional film makers to inject mood and energy into productions. Color Grading was, in the past, almost a science practiced by a few selected, but in fact, these days, it is accessible to almost anyone, either through specific programs or with plugins that extend functionalities of popular NLEs.

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Adobe Premiere Pro and the evolution of the NLE

Interview with product manager Al Mooney

By Eric Philpott | July 09, 2014

Al Mooney, senior product manager for Adobe Premiere Pro, has a long history in digital video editing and has played his part in the evolution of the NLE. Mooney grew up in the Southwest of England and studied music and sound recording at the University of Surrey. Starting out as a broadcast... Read More

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Using CycoreFX plug-ins in Premiere Pro and After Effects

By Rich Young | July 09, 2014

Over the last several years a few users have experimented with using CycoreFX ("CC") plug-ins built into After Effects inside of Premiere Pro. The current version that ships with AE, the only supported host app for the product, is CycoreFX HD (AE Bundle Only). CS6 saw an upgrade of dozens of the effects to 16-bpc and 32-bpc color depth.

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After Effects Menu Command ID’s

AE menu command id listing

By David Torno | July 08, 2014

 

Update: AECC2014_MenuIDs_v1_0.pdf released 7/29/14

So for awhile now, many After Effects community members have been using After Effects menu command id's in their ExtendScript scripts. Some compare the numbers against the text version of a menu command,... Read More

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Thinking About Extras

Thinking About Extras

By Arthur Vincie | July 08, 2014

This happens a lot: I’m budgeting a script and I get to this crowded street scene, or a basketball game, or a really killer dance set piece.  I figure out as best I can how many extras are needed, and budget all the related costs accordingly.  Then I present the budget to the producer and she’s horrified.  “One hundred thousand for extras?  What the hell?”

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Renaming and Relinking Files in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | July 08, 2014

 

 

Keep your filenames - and find them more easily.

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve and Mark from Ripple Training continue their exploration of the new features in the 10.1.2 update to Final Cut Pro X. Today, they explore two improvements:... Read More

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After Effects Icons

Free AE Application Icons

By David Torno | July 07, 2014

Update: 07/08/14 Added AE 7 just for fun

Random post this week. I wanted to share some application icons for After Effects. I made these mostly for my ridiculous laptop that is running AE versions as far back as CS3 AE7. Being that the Adobe included icons are simple in... Read More

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3D Technology Revolutionizes Advertising and Distribution for Everyone

3D Technology Revolutionizes Advertising and Distribution for Everyone

An in-depth interview about how developments in 3D are impacting the way we produce and consume content

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | July 07, 2014

San Francisco-based DMAX Imaging creates high-end visualizations and animations for leaders in design and innovation such as Beats, Mini and Nest. Founded by three partners who wanted to reinvent the prepress experience, DMAX focuses on meeting customer needs instead of selling a particular... Read More

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Brian Hallett’s New Channel: In Focus

With permanent links to everything I've published on PVC

By Brian Hallett | July 07, 2014

I've been contributing to various production/post-production channels on the PVC Exclusive channel for awhile now, but my new channel, "In Focus" is where you'll be able to find new articles from me moving forward. Below are the links to everything I've published on the Exclusive... Read More

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Lightworks: a Professional Editor for Free

The Non-Linear Editor from EditShare for Mac, Windows and Linux, has a free version for users that only need to work at 720p.

By Jose Antunes | July 03, 2014

A non-linear editor system praised by many of Hollywood's top names, Lightworks is not on the top list of video editors, but that does not stop the creators from investing in a program that is popular in Windows and now can claim to be the first offering versions for Mac, Windows and Linux. Furthermore, there are recent public beta versions of the program to download, for the different platforms. So, why not give it a try?

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The Library Inspector in Final Cut Pro 10.1.2

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | July 01, 2014

Last week Apple released its 12th update to Final Cut Pro X since its release 3 years ago.

This 10.1.2 update includes a variety of workflow improvements which we covered in detail in this PVC article. Over the next few weeks we'll be discussing these changes here on... Read More

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Do More While Saving Time and Money with 4K

Do More While Saving Time and Money with 4K

An interview with the team from Dawnrunner highlighting their upcoming webinar

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | June 27, 2014

4K has been called everything from a trend to the future of the industry, but no matter what your feelings are it’s not something that you can ignore. Numerous opportunities are created at nearly every stage of production with 4K, and decisions around shooting or not shooting in 4K impact... Read More

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“Unmult” with and without special plug-ins

Unmult, Xmult, channel and matting effects

By Rich Young | June 27, 2014

Third-party unmult plug-ins for After Effects are used to create a composite with an alpha channel of a layer based on luminance or brightness. They're often used instead of composite modes like Screen that don't create an alpha channel. Alpha channels were discussed in a companion post recently, Alpha channels: premultiplied vs straight. Read More

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Hands on with the Atomos Samurai Blade and Connect Converter/TSG

Hands on with the Atomos Samurai Blade and Connect Converter/TSG

The First High-Definition HD-SDI Test Set That Fits in Your Hand

By Kevin Owen | June 26, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to try out the new Samurai Blade from Atomos and was really impressed with all of the features they managed to pack into such a small package.

I stumbled onto the product almost by accident - I had just purchased one of their Connect signal... Read More

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Getting Tricky with Auditions in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | June 26, 2014

Something else you can do with Auditions?

Yes, although we have talked about Auditions in Final Cut Pro X before, this week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training demonstrates another way to work with this powerful feature.

For the uninitiated,... Read More

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A 4K Video Editor for Enthusiasts

What has multicam viewing (up to 4 angles) 3D and 4K editing and output and costs $99?

By Jose Antunes | June 26, 2014

If you're in the market for a video editor, one program you should probably look at is Cyberlink's PowerDirector 12, launched in September 2013, winner of a CES 2014 Innovation Award, selected by PC Magazine as the Best Video Editing in 2013 and receiver of multiple world-class awards since its introduction in September 2013.

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Video Editing in Photoshop

Photographers using Photoshop and interested in video already have an excellent video editor available: Photoshop!

By Jose Antunes | June 25, 2014

Photoshop CS6 has video editing features that will be enough for a lot of people to edit their videos, and that should be an incentive for photographers (like me) to explore this side of their DSLR cameras, something many have not done/tried yet.

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Autodesk Smoke 2015

Autodesk gets serious with Smoke 2015 to go against the big three - Apple, Adobe and Avid - to win over some editors!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | June 24, 2014

In the past, the battle of the Non-Linear Editor’s pretty much comprised of three main apps.  Final Cut Pro (7 or X), Premiere Pro (CS6 or CC) and Media Composer.   With the move ahead to 2K and 4K post, FCPX and Premiere Pro have moved ahead slightly with 2K/4K finishing capabilities, but as we all know, there’s more to finishing than just editing.  You still need color correction/grading, compositing, titling and effects.  Now, I know that each application has built in and third party effects that you can use, but for right now, let’s look at each of them as stand-alones.  No third-party plug-ins included.

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