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Adobe Ask a Video Pro 2014 - webinar roundup

Learning from the best

By Eric Philpott | December 19, 2014

Ask a Video Pro is a webinar series  where users can learn from the video production experts to help them get more out of their Creative Cloud tools. Every few weeks attendees log on to find out more about new new features, deepen their knowedge, or expand their skill set by learning a new... Read More


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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 7 - Settings Part 1

Your settings are what are going to keep you editing at top speed!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 18, 2014

You settings are exceptionally important inside of Media Composer.  They are what are going to give you access to all the bells and whistles that will make the difference between a slow edit and unhappy client, to a fast edit, and an exstatic client!

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Adobe video applications updated

Creative Cloud offers pros performance and compatibility with the latest technologies

By Eric Philpott | December 16, 2014

Adobe release updates today for its pro video applications including Adobe Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, Adobe Media Encoder CC, SpeedGrade CC, Adobe Audition CC, Adobe Story CC Plus, and Adobe Prelude CC. The 2014.2 release offers feature enhancements and updates, including YouTube... Read More


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Editing the Bioneers 25th Anniversary Conference

On-site Multicamera editing with Final Cut Pro X on a Mac Pro

By Mark Spencer | December 15, 2014

Editing the Bioneers 25th Anniversary Conference

In October 2014, the Bioneers ( held their 25th anniversary conference in San Rafael, California. Bioneers is a non-profit educational organization that explores innovative solutions to planetary issues. The... Read More


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First Look: Veydra Mini Primes for Micro Four Thirds

I test four new cine lenses for GH4s, BMPCCs, and other MFT cameras.

By Adam Wilt | December 15, 2014

I’ve had some time to play with four prototype Veydra MFT Cine Lenses: the 16mm, 25mm, 35mm, and 50mm. Here’s what I’ve seen. [UPDATE #4 6:00pm PST 17 Dec: Kickstarter project funded at over 5.4x the goal.]

Four prototype Veydra Mini Primes and a GH4

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How Will an HP Z Workstation Impact Your Production?

How Will an HP Z Workstation Impact Your Production?

Explore the logistics around the many ways an HP Z Workstation can change your approach to a project

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | December 15, 2014

The Mac vs PC debate feels like it’s been going on forever in media & entertainment. It’s a debate that has passionate defenders and opinions on both sides, but the unfortunate reality is that those same people often don’t realize what the other side has to offer. With... Read More


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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Avid Pan and Zoom

Creating the Ken Burns effect inside of Media Composer is simple, AND included in your MC Subscription

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 11, 2014

In this week's Media Composer 101 tutorial, we're going to look at an effect that is used in just about every documentary, and that is the Ken Burns Effect, or a Pan and Zoom effect.  The effect comes standard inside of Media Composer, and is quite simple to use!

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Best of 2014 Aerial Videography Gear Guide

Best of 2014 Aerial Videography Gear Guide

A General Guide for Aerial Photo/Video Gear Currently Available

By Jeff Foster | December 10, 2014

2014 has been an amazing year for aerial/drone photography and video, and I've compiled a list of great products that will appeal to fliers and shooters for all levels!

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Holiday gift lists for digital video creators

with a quick look back at 2014 in After Effects

By Rich Young | December 10, 2014

Best of 2014 and holiday gift lists are mushrooming, but there aren't so many lists for digital video creators at this point, and it seems that most of them are on PVC (with more coming). We'll link in a few extra lists, and look back the year in After Effects for more ideas.

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An unfair yet justifiable mic comparison: AT2005USB versus Plantronics .Audio 326

An unfair yet justifiable mic comparison: AT2005USB versus Plantronics .Audio 326

Even though it may be unfair, I have logical justifications to make this mic comparison/shootout.

By Allan Tépper | December 09, 2014

I have covered the Audio Technica AT2005USB hybrid microphone (analog XLR + digital USB) in past articles and ebooks, and it has been my chosen studio microphone for my recent podcasts. On the other hand, I recently reviewed the Plantronics .Audio 326 headset microphone with outstanding results. Now, even though it might be considered unfair, I am doing a direct shootout. Ahead are my justifications and test results, including simultaneous recordings through each mic.

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7 Ways To Help Prep for an International Doc Style Project

By Bobby Marko | December 09, 2014

I recently returned from my sixth trip to Guatemala, capturing footage in support of Athentikos' I AM ART intiative. It never fails, I learn something new each time I travel internationally for video production. But this time I decided to write some things down to share with you in the... Read More


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Stocking Stuffers for Shooters and Cinematographers

Production gifts that are useful

By Matthew Jeppsen | December 09, 2014

With Christmas fast approaching, here are ten stocking stuffer gift ideas for the filmmaker. These are all tools I own, love, or use on a daily basis. 

1. Bongo Ties

$6 at Amazon

With a thousand uses for these handy rubber band ties, I try to... Read More


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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 6 - Bins part 2

Let's continue our look at bins with some great "hidden" features you'll definitely want to know about.

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 04, 2014

In the second of our two part look at bins, we'll take a look at some tucked away features of Media Composer that will really help you get organized, and stay organized right from import to delivery.

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Enhanced Storyboarding in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | December 04, 2014

Do you still need a reason to use Motion?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training picks up from the prior week's discussion about using the Placeholder generator in Final Cut Pro X to pre-visualize a shoot by building a storyboard. If you... Read More


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Review: Luxi For All Incident-Metering Photosphere for iOS and Android

The 2nd-generation Luxi fits any iOS or 'droid device up to 1 cm / .4” thick

By Adam Wilt | December 03, 2014

Luxi For All (US$30) from Extrasensory Devices is a small, translucent white hemisphere with a spring clip. It’s designed to clamp over the front-facing camera of a smartphone, transforming it into an incident-reading light meter.

Luxi For All on an iPhone running Cine... Read More


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MXF Support in Final Cut Pro 10.1.4

On This Week's Under 5

By Mark Spencer | December 02, 2014

Final Cut Pro X version 10.1.4 is out today. In the above Final Cut Pro in Under 5 Minutes video, Steve Martin from Ripple Training explores one specific new feature: how to import and export MXF files. 

Before getting into the workflow, it’s important to define... Read More


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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Goes To Space

Meteorological ballon carries camera to new heights

By Brian Hallett | December 02, 2014

A Japanese scientist takes the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera to new heights capturing footage of the stratosphere and eventually space.  See how the Pocket Camera survived its flight

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Collaborate Efficiently and Effectively Away from Your Desktop with HP’s Remote Graphics Software

Collaborate Efficiently and Effectively Away from Your Desktop with HP’s Remote Graphics Software

“RGS is a lot easier than a hardware solution”

By Christian Jones | December 02, 2014

As the product marketing manager for HP’s remote graphics software, or RGS, I’m keenly aware of how productions of all sizes have been impacted by our solution. On large productions we’ve seen different groups who are working on different things use HP RGS to instantly share... Read More


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Panasonic Varicam 35mm New Low-light King?

With Dual Native ISOs of 800 and 5000

By Brian Hallett | December 02, 2014

Should you shoot at 800ISO or the blindly sensitive 5000ISO, your choice.  Digital Cinema Society shares their examples of Panasonic's Varicam 35 unique dual native ISOs.  

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Get to know…...Boris FX

Get a brief look at what Boris FX has to offer with its flagship product

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 30, 2014

My recent review of Red Giant Universe got me thinking, after taking a look at some Facebook comments, that there are a lot of users out there who might not know some of the 3rd-party plug-in companies out there, so I thought as a recurring article series, we would take a brief look at all the plug-in companies out there, and what they bring to the table for you, the end user.  I thought I’d start with a company I’m very familiar with, and that is Boris FX.

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