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4K Studios Uses Blackmagic UHD to deliver old Kung Fu Movies in 4K

Kung Fu never looked better

By Brian Hallett | January 25, 2015

San Francisco based 4K Studios are using Blackmagic Design gear to scan old 35mm Film prints to bring old Kung-Fu movies to the world's first all 4K Ultra HD streaming network. Roundhouse kicks, mis-matched dialogue dubs, and Kung-Fu style snap zooms straight out of the 70s never looked so good.

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Creating SD DVD’s from HD, 2K & 4K Projects part 3

Let's wrap up our look at creating DVD's by building them in our favorite DVD creation applications

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 24, 2015

In this week's Media Composer 101 tutorial, I'm going to show you four different DVD burning applications, and how simple they are to use, when creating your screening DVD's!

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Blackmagic’s 2.0 Firmware Update Released

Adds 444 ProRes 4K & HD To The URSA

By Brian Hallett | January 24, 2015

Blackmagic releases Camera Firmware 2.0 adding new recording features to the URSA. The Studio Camera 4K, Studio Camera, Pocket Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Cinema Camera all get minor improvements or bug fixes.

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Product Review: DSLRPros Expedition Series P2 Aerial Kit

Product Review: DSLRPros Expedition Series P2 Aerial Kit

Adventure-Ready and Totally Portable P2 Aerial Photography/Videography System

By Jeff Foster | January 21, 2015

Taking the popular and durable design of the DJI Phantom 2, DSLRPros has created a truly portable kit for the extended-travel road warrior, camper, hiker or outdoor explorer, with the DSLRPros Expedition Series PD Aerial Kit. I live with this kit for a couple of months and take it with me out in the country, down the coast and even on the job of a major sky rise construction site downtown. Durability and dependability... we'll see how it holds up to the task!

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Simple DIY bounce boards

How to make a set of reflective foam boards for under $20

By Matthew Jeppsen | January 19, 2015

It seems like every grip truck has a few beadboard / foam bounce boards in the package, they are lightweight and very useful in a variety of lighting scenarios. I recently needed a few of these in various sizes for small local jobs, and decided to build my own. For about $20 in materials, I was able to build a set ranging in size from 24x36 to 42x42.

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Odyssey 7Q and 7Q+ get expanded 4K ProRes recording options

4K DCI ProRes recording from RAW sources

By Matthew Jeppsen | January 18, 2015

 

The Convergent Design Odyssey series of monitors and recorders has been a work in development since they first shipped in the fall of 2013. Since then, they have been rolling out regular firmware updates to fully enable the capabilities of the monitor/recorder.

Now we sit a little over a year later, and the latest 4.10.100 firmware update (released on Dec 19th) has enabled 4K RAW to Prores HQ recording from Canon C500, Sony FS700, and Sony FS7 cameras. In October of 2014, the 3.10.100 update had previously enabled FS700 4K RAW to UHD Apple ProRes recording, as well as non-RAW 4K sources to both UHD and 4K DCI. But with the December update, that support has now been extended to include UHD and 4K DCI from C500, FS700, and FS7 RAW sources, at up to 30 fps.

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Creating SD DVD’s from HD, 2K & 4K Projects part 2

Let's compress our files with an application you might already have at your disposal.

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 15, 2015

In this week's Media Composer 101 tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe will show you that no matter what compression application you have, whether it Sorenson Squeeze, Adobe's Media Encoder or even Apple's Compressor, with a little forethought, you will be creating your M2V and AC3 files, lightning quick!

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Allan Tépper to give 4 tech seminars in México City

Allan Tépper to give 4 tech seminars in México City

From January 26–29, Allan Tépper will give seminars in México City.

By Allan Tépper | January 15, 2015

From January 26–29, I’ll be giving four tech seminars in México City. Actually, three of the four will be tech (audio/video/podcast production/post/distribution), while the first presentation will be free, and will be about language issues. All four presentations will take place in México City, and will be presented in Castilian/castellano (aka “Spanish”). Details ahead.

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First look: Cinema FV–5 for Android, similar to FiLMiC Pro for iOS

First look: Cinema FV–5 for Android, similar to FiLMiC Pro for iOS

With USB audio coming to Android, I began to explore Cinema FV–5 and initiated talks with the developer.

By Allan Tépper | January 15, 2015

I recently covered how proper digital USB audio is coming to Android (link ahead), which means that iOS devices like iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch will now face some healthy competition for audio/video production. That’s why I purchased and began conversing with the developer of an Android app called Cinema FV–5, which is similar to FiLMiC Pro on iOS. Initially, I’ll be using Cinema FV–5 with the Sony Exmor IMX214 sensor (f/2.0 aperture, 13MP, 4K DCI and UHD) in the OnePlus One phablet/phone. Ahead you’ll see features, a demo, and the developer’s response to my first comments and questions.

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Blackmagic’s “Slow-Motion” Feature

Making 30 fps work for you

By Brian Hallett | January 14, 2015

Right now, the only two Blackmagic cameras that shoot high frame-rates are the URSA and the Studio Cameras.  Until Blackmagic fixes this we are left with wild speculations for NAB 2015 and 30p as our highest frame rate.  I'll do my best to show how I have been able to create slow looking footage out of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera.  

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Sync-N-Link X for Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | January 13, 2015

Why would you want a separate app to sync audio and video clips?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Sam Mestman from FCPworks.com returns to make the case for Sync-N-Link X for Final Cut Pro X.

As he explains to Steve Martin of Ripple Training, Sync-N-Link X not only... Read More

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Tuesday Deal: Senal SMH-1000 Headphones

Expires January 13

By Rich Young | January 13, 2015

B & H had a special today on Senal SMH-1000 Professional Field and Studio Monitor headphones, which seem to be knockoffs of the SONY 7506. The advantage is that they're cheaper today and have two detachable cords of different lengths, which makes it easier to store while protecting against cord failure.

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Surviving Your First Film Market

Surviving Your First Film Market

Dear Filmmaker: you really need to start learning about this end of the business.

By Arthur Vincie | January 11, 2015

In November I went to my very first American Film Market.  If you're a filmmaker or any kind of "content creator," you really need to start learning about this end of the business.  I'm still a neophyte, so this is less a definitive guide and more of a set of observations and tips that I picked up while there.

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Product Review: Pegasus2 M4 SSD RAID

A blazing fast RAID in a very small package.

By Helmut Kobler | January 10, 2015

I’ve been impressed by Promise’s Pegasus2 line of Thunderbolt-enabed RAID drives. They’re fast, reliable, come in multiple configurations (4 drives, 6 drives, 8 drives), and are low-cost as far as hardware-based RAIDs go. Now Promise is adding a new Pegasus2 to the lineup.

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Drone Academy X DJI Phantom Flight Training Series

Drone Academy X DJI Phantom Flight Training Series

The Best Basic Training for UAVs on Video from DSLRPros

By Jeff Foster | January 07, 2015

Want to learn to fly that new DJI Phantom you got and get professional results (and fewer crashes)? DSLRPros has produced what I think is the best, most professional video training series I've seen to date, with their Drone Academy X DJI Phantom Flight Training Video Series.

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Top Cinematographers Come Together to Share Their Expertise

Top Cinematographers Come Together to Share Their Expertise

A free online event for the filmmaking community featuring presentations by accomplished cinematographers

By PVC News Staff | January 06, 2015

It's that time again. The Big League CineSummit is back, and the free online event for the filmmaking community featuring presentations by accomplished cinematographers is more jam-packed than ever. You can register now to gain access.

For previous Summits, ProVideo Coalition has... Read More

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Zacuto Gratical HD pre-orders get a $700 price drop

New pricing for pre-orders, now $900 off retail

By Matthew Jeppsen | January 06, 2015

Zacuto and their resellers have dropped the price on pre-orders for the Gratical HD EVF. Pre-orders for this new electronic viewfinder were previously listed at $3600, and as of today listed at $2900. This price drop is retroactively available to anyone who has already pre-ordered, they will simply need to contact their reseller to confirm the new price. 

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Motion Graphics for Business - Part 1: Inspirational Films

20 years of films that have inspired motion graphics for the corporate market

By ChrisZwar | January 03, 2015

The New Year is traditionally a time for lists, and as many of the articles I published during 2014 reflected on the last 20 years of desktop video, I thought I’d wrap up the year with a list of films that have made a significant impact on motion... Read More

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Creating SD DVD’s from HD, 2K & 4K Projects part 1

Creating DVD screeners is trickier than it seems in Media Composer, unless you think things through first!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 01, 2015

In this week's Media Composer 101 tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe will show you how to create SD screening DVD's from HD, 2K, 4K and UHD projects.  If you don't think through what you're doing, you could run into trouble quicker than you think.

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Master the Art of 4K Editing in Avid Media Composer

Lesson 1: Setting Up 4K Projects

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 31, 2014

4K is all the rage now, whether you're actually editing projects in 4K or not, is another question, but having the tools at your disposal is essential, so when you get that call from your client, you're all set to go!

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