Post Production

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Update Alert! Magic Bullet Grinder

A free update to version 1.5 adds some nice features

By Scott Simmons | May 05, 2011

I really like good, focused, affordable post-production tools. Magic Bullet Grinder, one of the most focused tools of all, was updated today to take it from 1.0 to 1.5. That's $49 for the Canon DSLR transcoding tool to buy it new but the 1.5 update is free. What's new in 1.5? Best of all is more ProRes codecs and timecode support. Read More


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NAB 2011: Adobe’s Al Mooney Gives Us the Upside of Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5

NAB 2011: Adobe's Al Mooney Gives Us the Upside of Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5

By Clint Milby | May 05, 2011

On Monday at NAB, the amazing people at Adobe arranged for me to meet with the project manager for Premiere CS5.5, Al Mooney, who very graciously took some time to enlighten me on what people can expect from this upgrade. I was a bit skeptical going into the interview, as many times software upgrades that involve decimal points are repackaged versions of the previous one, but I have to say I was totally taken back by just how many new and improved features Adobe is offering in Premiere CS5.5.According to Al, Adobe has been taking advantage of their very healthy community of users and bringing some of the top editors who use different platforms such as FCP or Avid to watch and see what these guys found challenging. Read More


Blackmagic Design at NAB 2011 Part 2

Have A Look At Hyperdeck

By Bruce A Johnson | May 04, 2011

Blackmagicdesign Hyperdeck Products from ProVideo Coalition on Vimeo.

The extended death of tape continues. Blackmagic Designs gives us a look at the Hyperdeck line. Again, the audio is pretty rough, but the info is good enough to share. Read More


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Blackmagic Design at NAB2011 Part 1

A quick look at Davinci Resolve 8

By Bruce A Johnson | May 04, 2011

Blackmagicdesign from ProVideo Coalition on Vimeo.

Here's a quick look at Blackmagic Davinci Resolve 8, including discussion of its new XML capabilities to ease the workflow with Final Cut Pro. A combination of a loud room and a hoarse throat doesn't help the audio, but the info is good enough to share anyway. Enjoy! Read More


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New version of the Canon FCP Log & Transfer plug-in

Biggest change seems to be addressing folders structure issues

By Scott Simmons | April 26, 2011

There's a new version of the Canon EOS MOVIE Plugin-E1 for Final Cut Pro Log and Transfer plug-in that came online 4-05-2011. This is a maintenance update but it appears to address a few features in regards to the rigid folder structure that the plug-in has required (though it seems to have broken importing for a bunch of my 7D backups). Plus it's free. Read More


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NAB 2011 - Recorders

On-camera recording devices, plus the end of tape?

By Adam Wilt | April 24, 2011

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If NAB had an unofficial theme this year, it was "the year of compact on-camera digital recorders." And the subtext? Suddenly, silently: ProRes everywhere. Read More


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NAB 2011 - FilmLight

The film scanner / color management / grading system company's NAB offerings.

By Adam Wilt | April 24, 2011

FilmLight's Blackboard 2 softkey control surface.

UK company FilmLight is packaging their high-end color-grading system Baselight as an "under US$1000" plugin for Final Cut Pro. They've also announced the new Blackboard 2 soft-key control surface, and they're now the non-US distributor for Visionary Archive. Read More


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AJA KiPro Mini review + commentary

By Allan Tépper | April 21, 2011

Like a miniature version of the original KiPro from AJA (which I reviewed in October 2009), the KiPro Mini performs many of the same functions (although not all of them) in a fraction of the space -and at a fraction of the cost- and is designed to dock onto the back of many professional camcorders, while it makes a higher quality recording than that is possible internally with most of them. With a flood of other 4:2:2 dockable recorders reaching the market (and one that existed previously which recorded MPEG2 8-bit), this article will attempt to point out the KiPro Mini's unique virtues, so you'll have a better idea why it may -or may not- be the best one for you. Read More


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Adobe Audition for Mac at NAB 2011

Completely new for Mac and 5.5

By Scott Gentry | April 20, 2011

Adobe Audition from ProVideo Coalition on Vimeo.

Ellen Wixted narrates a brief Adobe Audition demo for the Mac. Read More


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FirstCom Music Library at NAB 2011

How do you video a music library?

By Scott Gentry | April 20, 2011

Firstcom from ProVideo Coalition on Vimeo.

Sure, there's not much to see in a video about a new website for a music library, but the spokesperson is engaging and informative. Read More


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CalDigit at NAB 2011

Storage solutions

By Scott Gentry | April 20, 2011

CalDigit from ProVideo Coalition on Vimeo.

Here's a very brief walk through of CalDigit's product focus at NAB 2011 Read More


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Adobe CS 5.5 Video Walk Through

Karl Soule provides a great overview of what's new in 5.5

By Scott Gentry | April 20, 2011

Adobe CS 5.5 Walk Through from ProVideo Coalition on Vimeo.

As Karl completed giving a presentation to a large audience at NAB, I asked him if he'd provide a similar walk through for PVC online. It's a long video (15 minutes) but very worth watching in my opinion. Read More


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NAB 2011:  Chuck Westfall and The Future of Canon EOS

Westfall Talks Technicolor Picture Styles, Firmware Updates and More...

By Clint Milby | April 20, 2011

I had a great opportunity to meet with Chuck Westfall of Canon USA. Although EOS didn't have any new cameras to talk about, Chuck did elaborate on an exciting new picture style developed with Technicolor that will allow Canon EOS users to dial in a picture style to match other cameras on the market. Read More


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JVC At NAB 2011

Cameras, Cameras, Cameras

By Scott Gentry | April 19, 2011

JVC from ProVideo Coalition on Vimeo.

I've known Dave Walton at JVC for about 17 years. They've made great strides in the broadcast space in that time and at NAB 2011, they had a slew of cameras and add-ons to extend their reach. This is a near 8 minute video, but he walks us through several cameras, and at the end talks about wireless direct from the camera with a new product. Read More


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AJA Kona Upgrade at NAB 2011

Bryce Button and AJA, part 2

By Scott Gentry | April 19, 2011

AJA Kona from ProVideo Coalition on Vimeo.

A quick update on Kona. Read More


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Here we are nearly a week after the Final Cut Pro X sneak preview

I'm more excited about trying FCP X now than I was then but it's still very iMovie-looking.

By Scott Simmons | April 18, 2011

The most interesting tid-bit to come out of the whole Final Cut Pro X preview at Tuesday night's SuperMeet came not during the hour long on-stage demo but rather it was during the time after as I walked around the SuperMeet expo and talked to a number of developers and fellow editors to get their reaction to FCP X. The reaction was mostly cautiously optimistic. I also happened into a conversation with someone who works for Apple and had been (or maybe still is) on the FCP team. And then when I got home I dug back into iMovie and darn if they really don't look a lot alike. Read More


PVC NAB 2011: Topaz Labs

A Pretty Incredible Demo

By Bruce A Johnson | April 16, 2011

PVC NAB 2011: Topaz Labs from ProVideo Coalition on Vimeo.

You know how hard you laughed when you watched "CSI" or any other cop show and the detective told the computer kid to "zoom in on that photo...and...enhance"? This demo might just give you pause. Great looking software, too. Read More


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FCP X, Game Changer or iMovie Pro?

Is this just a case of "fanboys" going overboard, or is this the next big thing in post?

By Terence Curren | April 16, 2011

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PVC NAB 2011: Mushroom Networks Teleporter

Live Shots Keep Getting Easier

By Bruce A Johnson | April 16, 2011

PVC Mushroom Networks Teleporter from ProVideo Coalition on Vimeo.

Mushroom Networks offers live HD from anywhere you can make a phone call. Read More


PVC NAB 2011: TVUPack

Will Cell Phones Replace Satellite Trucks?

By Bruce A Johnson | April 16, 2011

PVC TVU Networks from ProVideo Coalition on Vimeo.

HD over 4G was definitely one of the growth categories at NAB 2011. TVU Networks showed the TUVPack. Read More