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Review: Átomos Spyder monitor calibration system

Review: Átomos Spyder monitor calibration system

Quickly and easily calibrate 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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My Ultimate Field Monitor

17", Lightweight, Dual Angle, Battery-Powered and Wireless

By Helmut Kobler | October 23, 2014

A few months ago, I put together the ultimate field monitor — for my purposes, anyway. I’m so happy with it that I find myself talking it up to clients, fellow shooters, and now to you, dear Reader.

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Lookout Movi You’re Not the Only Kid In Town

My 2 Days with the Defy G5

By Bobby Marko | October 23, 2014

For the last two years the largest innovation in camera support and movement has to be the motorized gimbal. These devices have taken the filmmaking and video industry by storm. It’s hard to find one industry blog or magazine who isn’t talking about these devices. From handheld... Read More

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Remember your Ps and Qs: Performance and Quality Top Priority for Consumers Watching On-Demand

Remember your Ps and Qs: Performance and Quality Top Priority for Consumers Watching On-Demand

Consumer trends guiding the industry

By John Riske | October 22, 2014

With BBC iPlayer announcing that viewers will be able to watch their favourite shows on-demand for 30 days, rather than the previous maximum of seven, the question on everyone’s mind is what’s next for VOD?

Despite being in the relatively early stages of... Read More

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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 2 - What’s New in Version 8.2

What's New in version 8.2 of Media Composer Subscription

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | October 19, 2014

Much like with most applications, you wait for the major updates (version 4, 5, etc) for new features to add to your editing toolkit.  Well, with the new Subscription Model of Media Composer, the world best editing application now gets new features every few months.  Here's what's new in version 8.2.

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PVC at AES 2014 - Exclusive Info About the DR-60D from Tascam

Four channel audio recorder designed specifically for DSLR filmmakers

By Woody Woodhall | October 18, 2014

Improving location audio is one of the simplest ways to greatly enhance the overall quality of your productions. Exceptional digital audio recorders have dropped drastically in price in recent years, offering vastly improved field sound recordings. Tascam has been in the audio recording... Read More

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Ask an Expert: How to Market Yourself, Applying a LUT and Using the Angle Editor in FCPX

Ask an Expert: How to Market Yourself, Applying a LUT and Using the Angle Editor in FCPX

This month in the ProVideo Coalition Mailbag

By The ProVideo Coalition | October 14, 2014

In our October 2014 Mailbag, readers asked questions about editing clips from different angles, the best approach to LUTs, Premiere Pro logistics and plenty more. Art Adams, Bruce Johnson, Scott Simmons and Adam Wilt weighed in to answer most of the questions this month, and you can see what they all have to say below.

If you have any questions you’d like to see our writers answer in an upcoming mailbag or as a Roundtable article, email them to us at ask@provideocoalition.com or tweet us with the hashtag #askpvc to have your question answered by an expert.

 

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First Look: Hands-on with the GoPro HERO4 Black

First Look: Hands-on with the GoPro HERO4 Black

Actual Results and Dispelling Misconceptions for Aerial Videographers

By Jeff Foster | October 14, 2014

Since the announcement of the flagship camera in GoPro's new HERO4 lineup, I get to give the HERO4 Black a test with several devices and gimbals to see how it compares to the HERO3+ and share my initial results.

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I Need You but Can’t Pay You: 4 Things to Remember When Asking for Free Work

By Bobby Marko | October 14, 2014

We've all been there! The all too familiar passion projects - ie: short films, documentaries, even feature films. When we create these projects we know in order to pull them off, we have to invite others to get the vision, to hopefully be as passionate about the project as we are, all in... Read More

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Know the Pro: Stu Maschwitz

We talk Star Wars, the Visual Effects Industry, Video Copilot and all things Red Giant with Stu Maschwitz

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | October 07, 2014

This article series, to be posted once a month, will focus on one person in the Film or Television industry who’s name might not jump out at you right away, but you’ve definitely been influenced by their work.  This month, we’re talking to Visual Effects Guru, and Creative Director of Red Giant Software's Magic Bullet product line, Stu Maschwitz.

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TriCaster Mini from NewTek: a first (but intense) look

TriCaster Mini from NewTek: a first (but intense) look

TriCaster Mini is likely to become the most revered “multicamera studio in a box” in its class.

By Allan Tépper | October 07, 2014

Today NewTek announced TriCaster Mini, the newest member of its TriCaster family of “multicamera studio in a box” products. Frequent readers will recall that I have covered TriCasters in the past, and —full disclosure— have also written several contracted white papers for NewTek, in two languages. Under a non-disclosure agreement, I had a rather intense advanced briefing/discussion about TriCaster Mini with the company, and ahead you’ll see everything I love, plus details I would really like polished in an upcoming software update.

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Epson Moverio BT-200 Smart Glasses with the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+

Epson Moverio BT-200 Smart Glasses with the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+

A New Experience for Flying/Shooting FPV with HUD on Clear Lenses

By Jeff Foster | October 06, 2014

Unlike typical FPV goggles that basically block out the world around you and force you to only see what the on-board camera sees, the Epson Moverio BT-200 Smart Glasses work directly with the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ with the DJI VISION app and the WiFi extender.

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Mastering a Craft

Mastering a Craft

How does a person know when he or she has become a master at something?

By Misha Tenenbaum | October 05, 2014

Editors at every level, from students to established professionals, question their creative abilities.  From one day to the next, their feelings can go from total confidence to utter hopelessness.  One reason for this emotional fluctuation is that editors lack a concrete method of measuring their progress.  Their feelings are usually based on isolated events (e.g., screenings) that can go well or go poorly depending on a variety of factors — some of which they may not be able to control. 

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Reimagining the Way Content is Created

Reimagining the Way Content is Created

Eliminating limitation while enabling collaboration

By George Olver | October 05, 2014

How many times have you been working on a project and found yourself running into logistical or physical limitations? How many times have you known exactly what sort of shot you needed, only it was of a location that was halfway around the world? How many times have you had an... Read More

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The Padcaster Mini is now available

The Padcaster Mini is now available

iPad Mini mediographers now have more frame/case/mount options.

By Allan Tépper | October 04, 2014

Joining the original (larger sized) Padcaster, the new Padcaster Mini is similar, but sized to match Apple’s iPad Mini and iPad Mini Retina. Padcaster Mini’s purpose is to mount the iPad Mini (Retina) on a tripod or other support device, and to mount accessories and lenses. In many prior iOS mediography articles, I have covered the original Padcaster and its closest competitor, the iOgrapher. Ahead you’ll find virtues of each and help you pick the option for your iPad Mini (Retina).

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Product Review: DSLRPros 3-Axis Handheld Stabilizers

Product Review: DSLRPros 3-Axis Handheld Stabilizers

Two Amazing New 3-Axis Powered Stabilizers for Smartphones and GoPros

By Jeff Foster | October 03, 2014

Never before have 3-axis brushless motor-driven handheld stabilizers been more needed than with release of the latest smartphones and GoPro cameras! I've had a chance to test both of these products from DSLRPros and give you a sample of how they work and what kind of results you can expect from them.

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5 Questions About 5 Things

5 Questions About 5 Things

An interview with Michael Kammes about his new web series

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | October 03, 2014

As the Director of Technology & Marketing at Key Code Media, Michael Kammes is well versed in the technical details surrounding acquisition, storage, editorial, audio, finishing, encoding and plenty more. He’s been involved in the design and build of hundreds of NLE systems and... Read More

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Product Review: 3D Robotics RTF Y6 Multicopter

Product Review: 3D Robotics RTF Y6 Multicopter

Precision, Power and Autonomous Flight Control

By Jeff Foster | September 27, 2014

Beyond traditional smaller quadcopter designs on the market, the usual choice for an upgrade is a hex or octocopter... but the form factor of 6 motors and props on the three-armed "Y" formation of the 3D Robotics RTF Y6 airframe provides not only good stability in windy conditions, but a hotrod of a UAV capable of over 55mph and some truly impressive video footage. But hold on - this sucker can really FLY!

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Adobe at IBC 2014 - the show in review

Product previews, brilliant customer presentations, and thousands of visitors

By Eric Philpott | September 25, 2014

It felt like summer in Amsterdam, host city for the International Broadcasting Convention, Europe’s largest industry tradeshow. Inside the spacious RAI convention center thousands of visitors came to see the latest in film and broadcast technology – including previews of the next... Read More

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Product Review: Lightpanels Astra 1x1 LED Light

Product Review: Lightpanels Astra 1x1 LED Light

Power, expandability, accessories, and a lower price.

By Helmut Kobler | September 22, 2014

The Litepanels Astra is the next-generation 1x1 LED light from the company that invented the first generation. After Litepanels founded the genre, a lot of companies followed its lead with cheaper — and, more lately, competent clones — but the $1350 Astra raises the bar again with dual daylight/tungsten LEDs , high-powered output, DMX expandability and a nice ecosystem of light-shaping accessories. It’s easily the best 1x1 panel I’ve come across. 

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