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The case of the white t-shirt

The case of the white t-shirt

An assortment of analogies to help understand the video production business

By ChrisZwar | November 24, 2014

In an earlier article I said that when I began my career, I found business issues more difficult to understand than any software or hardware matters.  This article elaborates on some of those issues, and presents several different analogies to help you think about you and your business... Read More

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Sony PXW-X180 Camera Review

1080 60p, Variable ND, and a load of great features found in this versatile hand-held camera.

By Brian Hallett | November 23, 2014

Just when you thought 1/3 inch cameras were on the way out, Sony goes ahead and makes a versatile hand-held camera with quite a few surprisingly good features.  From professional codecs, great slow-motion capabilities and a ND filter upgrade that really needs to be included in all of Sony's cameras. 

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SmartView 4K monitor: like a DreamColor monitor with built-in Teranex?

SmartView 4K monitor: like a DreamColor monitor with built-in Teranex?

SmartView 4K monitor features built-in 3D LUTs, Teranex scaler, and more.

By Allan Tépper | November 22, 2014

At IBC in Amsterdam, Blackmagic showed its US$1995 SmartView 4K (Ultra HD) monitor, which features built-in 3D LUTs, Teranex scaler, adjustable on screen markers, H/V delay, blue only, 12G-SDI inputs, and more. Many readers may immediately imagine that the SmartView 4K might be a direct competitor to an HP DreamColor. I conducted a short interview about some of its yet unpublished specs. Let’s see in which respects it’s like a DreamColor, and in which it isn’t.

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Reformatting your Footage

Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Reformatting your Footage

This lesson will help you format your 4x3 footage correctly, inside your 16x9 timeline!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 20, 2014

We're heading back to the mailbag to answer another viewer question, and it's one that throws people for a loop a lot of the time, and that is getting your SD footage to look correct in your HD 16x timeline.

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Coming Soon: Veydras Micro 4/3 Cinema Primes

Dedicated cine primes will improve cine-style workflows for MFT cameras

By Adam Wilt | November 19, 2014

Los Angeles lensmen Ryan Avery (formerly with Schneider Optics) and Jim Zhang (a behind-the-scenes designer for the likes of Century Optics, Chrosziel, and 16x9) have teamed up to build the “Veydra” line of Micro 4/3 Cinema Lenses.

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Amadeus Pro, Audio Hijack, Sole Giménez and CapicúaFM

Amadeus Pro, Audio Hijack, Sole Giménez and CapicúaFM

How I used several Mac audio apps to produce the latest episode of CapicúaFM

By Allan Tépper | November 19, 2014

Previously, I described how to produce a podcast live-to-drive using BossJock Studio with an automatic mixer (article links ahead). However, that isn’t practical when you’re interviewing a Spaniard singer/songwriter like Sole Giménez (ex-Presuntos Implicados) about her latest album via an international phone call, and also want to intertwine pieces of her own music based upon her sometimes unexpected responses. Ahead is the workflow and the final recording I used with CapicúaFM’s latest episode, including many of the audio apps used.

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Ask an Expert: OS Upgrade Issues, Retiming Animations within Titles and Camera/TV Combos

Ask an Expert: OS Upgrade Issues, Retiming Animations within Titles and Camera/TV Combos

This month in the ProVideo Coalition Mailbag

By The ProVideo Coalition | November 18, 2014

In our November 2014 Mailbag, readers asked questions about how to solve their OS upgrade issues, retiming animations within titles, what might be a good camera/TV combo and plenty more. Mark Spencer and Jose Antunes offered their insights and get specific about how readers can solve these... Read More

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Want to see 4K editing in Media Composer before its release?

Avid is very excited about the impending release of the next version of Media Composer, and wants everyone to see it!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 14, 2014

And no, I’m not breaking any embargoes, NDA’s or anything like that.  Avid is very excited about the impending release of the next version of Media Composer, and officially wants everyone to see it, and get excited about it as well.

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Roundtripping to After Effects

Getting your MC timeline to AE is easy. Getting it back requires a little more thought!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 13, 2014

In the next lesson of Kevin P McAuliffe's "Media Composer 101" tutorial series, he sidesteps from the basic training to cover an advanced lesson, based on an e-mail from a viewer, and some online confusion.

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Growing pains - the desktop video identity crisis

The agony and the angst of beginning a new career with new technology

By ChrisZwar | November 11, 2014

Some of the most confusing aspects of a job have nothing to do with hardware problems or software upgrades.  Everyone using After Effects knows that Video Copilot produce great tutorials, but none of them tell you how to deal with a co-worker who has bad body odor, or what to do if a... Read More

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Product Review: SteadiDrone QU4D 2014 Quadcopter

Product Review: SteadiDrone QU4D 2014 Quadcopter

Heavy Duty and Stable Flying Multirotor for Aerial Videography

By Jeff Foster | November 07, 2014

This UAV manufacturer based out of South Africa has set out to make durable, stable and easy to transport designs that run on the popular 3D Robotics Pixhawk GPS Flight Controller and provide smooth footage for a GoPro HERO4 in a brushless gimbal. I think they're on to something here...

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5 Ways Creating Documentaries Helped Me Improve My Storytelling

By Bobby Marko | November 06, 2014

Back in 2008 I had a discussion with my wife about how I wanted to do something more with my talent and skill as a filmmaker. I loved the pay check I earned for what I was doing at the time (corporate, wedding and web video content) but it wasn’t enough. I felt like there was something... Read More

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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 4 - Composer Overview & Intro to Bins

This lesson will teach you that organization is the key to a smooth edit!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 05, 2014

In the next lesson of Kevin P McAuliffe's "Media Composer 101" tutorial series, he gives you a general overview of Media Composers interface, and starts his talk about bins, and why organization is the key to getting your edits done to time, and on time!

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Video Bookmarks Give Creators a New Way to Highlight Relevant Info for Their Audiences

Video Bookmarks Give Creators a New Way to Highlight Relevant Info for Their Audiences

Bookmarks allow audiences to choose what additional info they want to see and when they see it

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | November 05, 2014

While saying that television shows and football games are just what you see between commercials might be oversimplifying how the broadcast model works, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s more or less accurate. Advertisers want and need an opportunity to get their message... Read More

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First look: Sony PXW-X70 10-bit/4:2:2 handheld camcorder

First look: Sony PXW-X70 10-bit/4:2:2 handheld camcorder

Its 1" sensor, 4:2:2/10-bit internal recording, and 4K UHD upgradability make the PXW-X70 unique in its price class.

By Allan Tépper | October 30, 2014

I am quite intrigued with Sony’s new under US$2600 PXW-X70 camcorder. It has been a while since I used that term, but there is a good reason, since the “—corder” part of the X70 is at least as important as the “cam—” part in this compound word. The “cam—” part employs a 1-inch 4K UHD sensor, while the “—corder” part features up to 50 megabit/second 4:2:2 10-bit recording. So I decided to publish a first look before doing a full review later.

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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 3 - Project Selection/Creation

The Project Selection window in-depth!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | October 30, 2014

In the next lesson of Kevin P McAuliffe's "Media Composer 101" tutorial series, he takes a look at the Project Selection window, and why you really need to think about what you're doing, before choosing that project preset.

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Review: Ninja Star tiny featherweight 4:2:2 10 bit recorder

Review: Ninja Star tiny featherweight 4:2:2 10 bit recorder

“Is that a 10-bit 4:2:2 HD video recorder in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?”…

By Allan Tépper | October 29, 2014

Over the past several years, I have reviewed several 10-bit 4:2:2 HD video recorders, but the Ninja Star that Átomos sent me to review is certainly the tiniest: It weighs only 230 grams (8.1 ounces) including battery and media, which qualifies for many low-capacity drones. As you’ll see ahead, Ninja Star fortunately does not sacrifice any audio/video quality for its size. Its two secrets? It has no built-in video monitor, and it records onto the breakthrough new CFast format I recently covered, which is also used by other pioneers like Arri and Blackmagic.

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Blackmagic Studio Camera Review

Blackmagic steps into the Live Broadcast Market

By Brian Hallett | October 29, 2014

Without a doubt, the Blackmagic Studio Camera is a niche camera with a dominating monitor and Super 16mm sized sensor. This camera is designed for the world of multicam operations, and in Blackmagic's special way, they take the usually expensive arena of broadcast and make it a whole lot less expensive and available to the masses.  

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Streamline Your Entire Production Process with Catalyst Browse and Catalyst Prepare

Streamline Your Entire Production Process with Catalyst Browse and Catalyst Prepare

Learn how in this interview with Sony Creative Software's Michael Bryant

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | October 28, 2014

Sony had plenty to showcase at IBC this year, and while many people were focused on the exiting news around the FS7, Sony Pro wasn’t the only division that got people talking. Sony Creative Software had some pretty big news as well, as they showed off the updates to Sony Vegas... Read More

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Review: Átomos Spyder monitor calibration system

Review: Átomos Spyder monitor calibration system

Quickly and easily calibrated to Rec 709 from Mac or Windows.

By Allan Tépper | October 23, 2014

Last year I published a short article when Átomos announced its Spyder monitor calibration system. Now I am privileged to have received one to review. With it, we can quickly and easily calibrate any calibratable Átomos monitor/recorder (i.e. Shogun, Samurai Blade, or Ninja Blade) to Rec 709 color space with a D65 white point (6500 degrees Kelvin). This is a special offering of Datacolor’s Spyder, with special software and a LANC cable. Details ahead.

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