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Now Shipping: Veydra Mini Primes for Micro Four Thirds

Kickstarter-funded MFT cine primes are being delivered. They look good.

By Adam Wilt | March 02, 2015

[Update 12:05pm PST: 12mm prototype to arrive in April]

The first four Veydra Mini Primes for micro four-thirds cameras, announced on Kickstarter last November and previewed here in December, started shipping last Monday to Kickstarter backers, resellers Hot Rod Cameras and Duclos... Read More

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Defining Visual Language for a Travel Documentary

Cinematography case study on The Flying Dutchmen

By Matthew Jeppsen | March 01, 2015

Last August I had the opportunity to DP a 3-week documentary feature film called The Flying Dutchmen. In this article I want to talk about our visual language choices, and how those choices drove the gear and tools used to accomplish the look of the film. You may also be interested in a podcast discussion on how we used the DJI Ronin on this project (linked below).

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Pro XAVC Long GOP compatibility bulletin 2015.1

Pro XAVC Long GOP compatibility bulletin 2015.1

More XAVC Long GOP compatibility reports are now coming out of the woodwork.

By Allan Tépper | February 28, 2015

I recently published an article about the breakthrough pro XAVC Long GOP códec/format from Sony, which is the third group of XAVC born in 2012. In the first article, I covered the status of third party software that support professional XAVC Long GOP. Since then, more compatibility reports are coming out of the woodwork. Ahead is a compatibility update, and even a video from a Canadian reader.

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Creating Animated Background Beds

A job normally reserved for After Effects can easily be done in your Media Composer timeline.

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | February 27, 2015

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how easy it is to create a background bed for your text, right in your Media Composer timeline.  Using Timewarp, BCC Colorize (which comes with your MC subscription plan), the built in MC Blur effect, and a simple title, you can add some style, and save yourself all the time it takes to export your footage to a program like After Effects.

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Codex Multi-Camera Recorder

Alexa Mini partner

By Dan Carr | February 27, 2015

 

Alongside the launch of the exciting looking ARRI ALEXA Mini a few days ago, long-time ARRI partner Codex, revealed a new multi-camera recorder.  The recorder features 8 HD-SDI inputs meaning that up to 4 simulatneous ARRIRAW streams can be recorded with a total... Read More

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Miller Air Carbon Fiber Tripod System Review

Lightweight, affordable DSLR focused support

By Dan Carr | February 27, 2015

The Air Tripod System Range is comprised of the Air Alloy and Air Carbon Fiber and both feature the same Air Fluid Head.  The Air Tripod System is billed as a lightweight and affordable option for DSLR users, though a Canon C100 MKII or similar would... Read More

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Sony FS-7 Gets A Firmware Update

Adds support for 4K (4096x2160) and ProRes codec added

By Brian Hallett | February 27, 2015

In the FS-7 firmware V2.0 the versatile camera will add 4K (4096x2160) recording in XAVC-I which is an improvement over the UHD 4K the camera currently records (3840x2160).  

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Studio Binder - Call Sheets Simplified

By Dan Carr | February 26, 2015

 

Studio Binder is a new cloud-based production tool that's looking to simplify the call time process for cast and crew.  The service lets you store projects and cast/crew information in the cloud, delivering a simple interface to schedule call times to all... Read More

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Blackmagic URSA Used On Television Mini Series “Gallipoli”

Creating a stunning opening sequence

By Brian Hallett | February 25, 2015

"Gallipoli" is one of Australia's most anticipated television series inspired by the book "Gallipoli" by Les Carlyon.  The series follows the lives of World War I solders from the initial military landings to the troop withdrawals from the shores of Turkey in one of the most devastating battles of World War I.  

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How to Navigate the Film Festival Marketplace

How to Navigate the Film Festival Marketplace

By Jeremy Osbern | February 25, 2015

This year I was fortunate enough to have a film I shot and co-directed premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival as part of the Digital Bolex Fearless Filmmaking Showcase. Last year, I was at Slamdance with a drama that I executive produced, and before that I was at Sundance with a... Read More

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Exploring The Wonder List with Philip Bloom

Exploring The Wonder List with Philip Bloom

We talk with him about his CNN series dealing with the places and people that have to be seen before they might disappear

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | February 24, 2015

Philip Bloom is a world-renowned filmmaker who needs no introduction. He has worked for all the major UK broadcasters as well as many others around the world. His freelance projects are too numerous to list, and all of that is in addition to his work on his site, which is an... Read More

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ARRI Announces Compact and Lightweight ALEXA Mini

ARRI Announces Compact and Lightweight ALEXA Mini

By PVC News Staff | February 23, 2015

ARRI announces the new ALEXA Mini, a versatile additional tool in the ARRI ALEXA camera range that combines a compact and lightweight form factor with the same unparalleled image quality that has made the ALEXA system a gold standard for the industry. Designed for specialized... Read More

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7 Ways to Improve Your Work When You’re Not Working

By Bobby Marko | February 23, 2015

The last half of 2014 was excruciatingly slow for me as work was not coming in like I had hoped. I couldn’t understand why. I’m not one to sit around and wait for the phone to ring. Even though I often self produce my own films, I’m like everyone else who relies on actual... Read More

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Top 20 Awards That Accurately Depict Filmmaking

Oscar Awards That Filmmakers Deserve

By Matthew Jeppsen | February 22, 2015

Today marks the 87th Academy Awards, where filmmakers are honored by peers for their finished work. Which got my colleague Kendal Miller thinking...last night he tweeted "What are your ideas for Oscar categories that more accurately depict the actual filmmaking process?" Here are the top twenty picks from the #RealWorldOscars hashtag.

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Exploring Workflow, Storage & Archive in M&E Part II – The Carrot or the Stick?

Exploring Workflow, Storage & Archive in M&E Part II – The Carrot or the Stick?

How do you get people to buy into a new or different process?

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | February 19, 2015

In Part I of this series, I mentioned that I have my own system for versioning and dealing with backups. Anything that takes me away from the way I’ve been doing things, regardless of whether or not it’s something that’s inherently better, is going to be a difficult... Read More

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HPA Tech Retreat 2015 - Final Thoughts

What just happened? Plus, Mark's fiendish quizzes

By Adam Wilt | February 17, 2015

[Updated 10:53 PST 18 Feb: Quiz 5 winner]

The HPA Tech Retreat is an annual gathering of some of the sharpest minds in post, production, broadcast, and distribution – and the 2015 Retreat is now over. As Leon Silverman and Jerry Pierce like to ask, what just... Read More

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - 4K Workflows Part 3: DaVinci Resolve Roundtripping

Let's take a look at how easy it is to have DaVinci Resolve team up with Media Composer to get your 4K projects looking awesome!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | February 17, 2015

In the last of our 3 part introductory look at 4K workflows inside of Media Composer Subscription, we take a look at taking your Media Composer timeline, sending it via AAF to DaVinci Resolve, have Resolve open your DNxHR media, and then send it back to Media Composer for final client approval!

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48 reasons why GarageBand is kryptonite for video production

48 reasons why GarageBand is kryptonite for video production

GarageBand’s lack of 48 kHz sampling rate even limits audio producers from making soundtracks for video

By Allan Tépper | February 17, 2015

The market is full of capable digital audio editing applications. I am familiar with many of them and have covered several. Many are capable of recording —and all are capable of editing and delivering — a final product of 44.1 or 48 kHz (or more) with a single glaring exception: GarageBand from Apple. That makes GarageBand kryptonite for video producers, and even for audio producers who either want to shoot themselves on video or ever produce a soundtrack for a video producer. Ahead we’ll review what this all means, including what audio sampling rate is, and best practices for a producing a music video.

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Flex Light Review and Photometrics

A comparison test with Westcott's flexible LED panel

By Matthew Jeppsen | February 17, 2015

Recently I had the pleasure of working on a project with Jem Schofield. Jem has a gear obsession that borders on a medical condition, and I was delighted to see that he brought along a set of Westcott Flex lights.

Working with the Flex light, I was surprised at their relatively powerful output and clean color performance…color accuracy and output power are often weak points for LED lighting fixtures, and these new lights didn't seem to suffer from those issues. I'm always on the lookout for tools that are lighter and smaller for travel documentary and interview work, so I decided to do some lighting tests to see if they were powerful enough.

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Blackmagic Design Announce New Intensity Pro 4K Capture Card

A new super fast PCIe card that allows Ultra HD capture & playback

By Brian Hallett | February 16, 2015

The Intensity Pro 4K is a new super fast PCIe card that allows you to capture and playback SD, HD and Ultra HD video on Windows, Mac and Linux PCI Express computers

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