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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.

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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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AJA converts PsF-to-progressive with new Hi5-Plus converter

AJA converts PsF-to-progressive with new Hi5-Plus converter

Despite popular confusion, 23.976PsF is not the same as 23.976p-over–59.94i.

By Allan Tépper | April 25, 2014

At its press conference at NAB, AJA launched its new US$395 Hi5-Plus converter which —in addition to converting from SDI to HDMI— can also convert PsF to true progressive, which I love. Frequent readers know that I am extremely intrigued by this topic. I am the same guy who —so far— has published 10 chapters in the PsF missing workflow series, and has reviewed products from Átomos, NewTek, and SoundDevices that convert PsF signals to true progressive and remove nasty pulldown on the fly. Let’s see what these devices have in common, what differs, and when each “fits” in a particular situation.

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PVC at NAB 2014 - G-Technology

New drives solution to match your new Mac Pro are just one of the G-Tech options

By Scott Simmons | April 25, 2014

I couldn’t go to NAB without stopping by G-Technology and see what’s new in their storage options. These guys will always hold a special place in my heart as there were some of the first firewire drives that I ever owned. Firewire is long in the past and Thunderbolt is their thing now. The new STUDIO SERIES was their big showcase but they had other stuff as well.

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PVC at NAB 2014 - ATTO Technologies Helps You Create an Effective Workflow

PVC at NAB 2014 - ATTO Technologies Helps You Create an Effective Workflow

Access storage and networks at speeds not previously available with firewire or USB

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | April 24, 2014

Wayne Arvidson, VP of Marketing & Channels at ATTO Technology, talked to us about the products they showcased at NAB as well as how people have and are dealing with workflow challenges. ATTO ThunderLink and ThunderStream products are focused on prosumer and professional audio and video... Read More

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PVC at NAB 2014 - NewBlue FX and Titler Pro 3.0

Among other improvements to Titler Pro think TEMPLATES!

By Scott Simmons | April 24, 2014

While in the plug-in pavilion at NAB 2014 I dropped by the NewBlue FX booth to take a look at Titler Pro 3.0. This is a big update to their popular Titler Pro product that includes one very nice, very helpful thing: templates.

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PVC at NAB 2014 - Digital Rapids Showcases Exciting Changes and Products

PVC at NAB 2014 - Digital Rapids Showcases Exciting Changes and Products

Find out the details around a big acquisition and their file-to-file media transformation solutions

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | April 24, 2014

Mike Nann from Digital Rapids talked to us about the big news that was just announced at NAB, which was around Imagine Communications acquisition of Digital Rapids. He talks through how the vision of both companies line up well, and also tells us about their file-to-file media transformation... Read More

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PVC at NAB 2014 - Check Out K-Tek’s New Take on Audio Bags

PVC at NAB 2014 - Check Out K-Tek’s New Take on Audio Bags

Learn more about the Stingray and their new audio harness

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | April 24, 2014

Woody Woodhall talks with K-Tek's Dave Fisk about their new product line of audio bags. They talk through the features of the Stingray bags that were on display at the show. The Stingray audio bag features a rigid internal frame that allows the bag to stand up on its own. The rigid... Read More

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PVC at NAB 2014 - Autodesk and the changes coming to Smoke for Mac

A subscription license and a product divergence are the highlights

By Scott Simmons | April 24, 2014

Autodesk was on many people’s minds at NAB 2014 as they were wanting to see the next advancement with Smoke for Mac. Autodesk didn’t make a huge feature splash with Smoke for Mac 2015 but instead announced a subscription model (yet another!). They also surprised many (and didn’t surprise others) with a new product called Flame Assist.

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PVC at NAB 2014 - Promise Technology

A very small and very fast new RAID was on the agenda

By Scott Simmons | April 23, 2014

Promise Technology is best known in our circles as early supporters of Thunderbolt. They are also some of the first to market with Thunderbolt 2 support. The new thing they had to show at NAB 2014 was the small Pegasus2 M4, a little brother to their larger RAIDs.

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PVC at NAB 2014 - CoreMelt and Imagineer Systems

mocha planar tracking technology for all! FCPX, PPro as well as their own mocha Pro

By Scott Simmons | April 23, 2014

Imagineer Systems is always part of the plug-in pavilion but didn’t have anything new to show this year, rather taking the time to have a small technology preview. But they did have Roger Bolton of CoreMelt in their booth again and Roger was demoing TrackX, the phenomenal tracking tool for Final Cut Pro X that uses mocha planar tracking technology.

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PVC at NAB 2014 - iOgrapher

Covering a tradeshow? Then the iOgrapher might be just your thing ... among other uses that is.

By Scott Simmons | April 22, 2014

Smack in the middle of the plug-in pavilion was what looked like a retail store. That was for iOgrapher and their iPad mount/holder/all-around-helper accessory that will come in most handy if using the iPad for camera-related or new-gathering work.

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PVC at NAB 2014 - Announcements and Updates from ProMAX

PVC at NAB 2014 - Announcements and Updates from ProMAX

Find out the details around their tech preview as well as their alliance with NewTek

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | April 22, 2014

Woody Woodhall talked with Jess Hartman, CEO ProMAX Systems, about ProMAX's launch of their tech preview for their v4 software. This version allows you to mange the entire platform infrastructure from the browser.  They also talk about the ProMAX alliance with NewTek and the award... Read More

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PVC at NAB 2014 - The Sony Production Experience

PVC at NAB 2014 - The Sony Production Experience

Take a tour of the various products and workflows from Sony

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | April 22, 2014

Mike DesRoches, Sr. Sales Support Engineer at Sony Electronics, gave us a tour of the Sony booth at NAB 2014 which encompassed almost every area of production. We started with some details and announcements around the the F5 and F55 as well as the shoulder mount Build-up Kit for these cameras.... Read More

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PVC at NAB 2014 - EditShare and Lightworks

I talked both storage and NLEs at the EditShare booth with new devices and the Mac Lightworks Beta

By Scott Simmons | April 22, 2014

The EditShare booth is always a good stop at NAB as you can cover both storage and its many flavors as well as editing in stop. While EditShare offers many different storage options I wanted to take a look at the Field units that we reviewed on PVC last year (in the field and in the edit). And, of course, there’s that little thing called Lightworks and that beta that is supposedly finally coming to the Mac.

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