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Behind the Color of X-Men: Days of Future Past

Behind the Color of X-Men: Days of Future Past

An interview with DOFP colorists Adrian DeLude and Stephen Nakamura

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | June 24, 2014

DaVinci Resolve was used by EC3 dailies colorist Adrian DeLude for near set dailies grading on the Twentieth Century Fox blockbuster “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” EC3, part of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group's near set dailies offering, harnesses the technology and... Read More

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Alpha channels: premultiplied vs straight

By Rich Young | June 20, 2014

Alpha channels are grayscale channels in addition to the color channels of a file. They define transparency and often delineate objects or selections as a matte or stencil. Alpha channels can come pre-matted ("shaped") or as straight, with transparency anti-aliased only when composited.

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Creative Cloud 2014 June Release

Much more added to NAB video apps reveal

By Rich Young | June 18, 2014

This April, Adobe revealed many of the new features of Creative Cloud at NAB 2014, but that was for After Effects, Premiere, & the other video apps. It appears there's much more -- over 1000 feature updates for 14 desktop apps, plus numerous mobile and cloud updates. 

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New Adobe Creative Cloud video applications now available

2014 release of Adobe Premiere Pro and other production tools launched today

By Eric Philpott | June 18, 2014

At a special event in New York City, Adobe today announced the launch of the new 2014 versions of the Creative Cloud desktop apps, new mobile apps and tools, and expanded integration. Included in these are new versions of Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, SpeedGrade CC, Adobe Audition CC,... Read More

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Dynamic Range & Blackmagic’s 4K Production Camera

How much over/under can one shoot?

By Brian Hallett | June 17, 2014

Blackmagic Design lists the dynamic range of the 4K Blackmagic Production Camera at 12 stops.  What does this mean in real-world situation?  How much range is in the 4K ProRes file?  For me, I wanted to see what I can over/under expose and still get a great image out of the footage

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mObject for Motion and Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | June 17, 2014

3D objects in Motion and Final Cut Pro?

Well yes, it is possible, thanks to a new plugin from MotionVFX.com called mObject.

With mObject, you can create or import 3D objects, add lighting and textures, and then manipulate them directly inside either Final Cut Pro X... Read More

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Dolby Gives Us Improvements to Visual and Audio Experiences That Make a Difference

An interview with Roland Vlaicu from Dolby Laboratories

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | June 17, 2014

Dolby Laboratories creates audio, video, and voice technologies that transform entertainment and communications in mobile devices, at the cinema, at home, and at work. They’ve already made several big announcements this year, and we wanted to learn more about these initiatives. We... Read More

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Fold and unfold layers in After Effects

Scripts, some tutorials, and plug-ins

By Rich Young | June 16, 2014

Folder or unfolding layers has become popular in After Effects and other apps in the last several years, and tutorials, scripts, and even animated typefaces have popped up to help spread the meme. All we need now is an origami plug-in.

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Blackmagic finally removes (part of) the Band-Aid!

Blackmagic finally removes (part of) the Band-Aid!

After several years + 241 electronic signatures, some DreamColor Monitor users can rejoice and sell their Band-Aid, but not all

By Allan Tépper | June 15, 2014

A few days ago, I received a cryptic message from an Australian reader (a countryman of Blackmagic, but apparently not a Blackmagic Design employee). It said: “Looks like Blackmagic have removed the Band-Aid. Latest software supports RGB 10bit on HDMI!”. I immediately downloaded the ReadMe for the latest update to Blackmagic’s Desktop Video Software, which also automatically updates firmware when appropriate. I had a couple of questions and contacted Blackmagic PR. Ahead are the critical details you need to know.

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Adobe to hold special online event on June 18

Everything new is new again in Creative Cloud

By Eric Philpott | June 12, 2014

On June 18, Adobe will host a worldwide event from New York City on what's coming next in Creative Cloud. The presentation will start at 1:00 pm ET (10 am PT) and anyone can register to watch live.

At NAB this year, Adobe revealed new versions of all of the Creative Cloud... Read More

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The Desktop Video Revolution - Part 3

The Desktop Video Revolution - Part 3

How desktop technology revolutionised video production - 2013

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 Desktop Video Revolution - Part 2

The Desktop Video Revolution - Part 2

How desktop technology revolutionised video production - 1997

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 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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