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NAB 2009 Impressions

NAB 2009 Impressions

The trends and the products that stood out at NAB 2009.

By Alex Lindsay | May 01, 2009

2009 was almost the first NAB's I've missed in a decade. In the fall, I looked at my schedule and declining conventions and wasn't sure if I was even going to go. Interestingly enough, this year's show actually turned out to be one of the most useful and interesting years in recent memory. For me, it was not about big news items but, rather, many small revolutions that, as an aggregate, were very exciting. In this article, I will cover the trends that seemed to emerge and the products that caught my eye. Read More

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Offlining 24p in Apple’s Final Cut Express

Offlining 24p in Apple’s Final Cut Express

How your client can save money during offline, and still give you something you can use.

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | May 01, 2009

About a year ago I had a client that was working on thirteen episodes of a show, and much like most shows these days, they had no budget to work with. When they initially approached me, I told them that the easiest way to save money right off the bat was for them to do a "rough" offline (meaning that the picture was 99% locked, and I would take a day to do some minor tweaks). That way, instead of paying $5000 per week to do an offline, they could do a rough cut at home, then they could spend $1000 for a one day edit per week to sit with me to smooth things out. At least, that was the theory... Read More

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Tiffen DFX 2 Digital Filters

Take your footage to the next level with this simple post option

By Art Adams | April 30, 2009

Tweaking footage for your reel is a huge advantage. Here's how to take your footage to the next level without taking on a second full-time job as a colorist. Read More

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First video footage from the new Panasonic Lumix GH1 hits the web

By Scott Simmons | April 30, 2009

Panasonic Lumix GH1. First footage from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

Super-duper camera guy Phillip Bloom has gotten his hands on a Panasonic Lumix GH1 and has posted video from the not-quite-35mm cam for all the world to see. He has also written a piece on his blog of early thoughts about using the camera. Whoo hoo! It doesn't shoot to H.264 and has some manual control! Read More

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NAB 2009 Video - Crowd Control

Quickly create massive crowds for your motion graphics projects

By Matthew Jeppsen | April 30, 2009

At the Red Giant Software booth, Aharon Rabinowitz showed us a unique product called Crowd Control, it allows you to use a pre-built library of actor composites to generate realistic crowds for editing projects. Read More

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NAB 2009 Video - Red Giant Particular 2 and ToonIt 2

Demonstration of the latest versions of ToonIt and Particular

By Matthew Jeppsen | April 30, 2009

Red Giant Software showed their new Particular 2 and ToonIt 2 After Effects software at NAB 2009, here's a demonstration of the featureset offered by both plugin packages. Read More

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NAB 2009 Video - Marshall Monitors

OLED monitors and new updates to Marshall's monitor line

By Matthew Jeppsen | April 29, 2009

Marshall has made a name for themselves in the LCD field monitor world, and at NAB 2009 they were showing off new models with advanced features like a false-color exposure mode that Red One shooters will recognize. They also were demonstrating a new OLED monitor that will be coming out this fall. Read More

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NAB 2009 Video - Beachtek DXA-5D and Blackmagic Design

Beachtek's DXA-5D for DSLRs, update from Blackmagic

By Matthew Jeppsen | April 29, 2009

At B&H's booth, Beachtek showed their audio adapter unit for the Canon 5D MarkII, a box that offers two XLR inputs, level controls with VU meters, headphone monitoring, and a AGC-Disable switch that can defeat the 5D's audio auto gain control. Check out the video for the details on how they accomplished this. Read More

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Tip: Force an After Effects Render not to Fail

Tip: Force an After Effects Render not to Fail

Had it with Out of Memory errors? Here's a hack to help in CS3 and CS4.

By Mark Christiansen | April 29, 2009

If you've ever tried rendering a composition made up of one or more large images - say, a single huge matte painting or several layers of 4k footage - you have probably encountered the dreaded Out of Memory error causing your render to fail. What to do about this? Read More

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NAB 2009 - Wilt’s Wrap-Up

Three top themes from NAB 2009, and other observations.

By Adam Wilt | April 29, 2009

An Akeley Audio Camera at the ASC booth.

When it comes to cameras and production gear, I saw three major themes at NAB this year: 3D, storage, and digital cine accessories. I'll discuss these, look at what the "big 3" camera suppliers had on offer, and mention other things of interest at the show. Read More

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NAB 2009 Video - Sony PDW-F800

Sony's update to the F700 adds a host of pro features

By Matthew Jeppsen | April 28, 2009

At the Sony booth, we spoke with an XDCAM shooter about the new PDW-F800 camera, and the pro-level improvements it offers over it's predecessor. Read More

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NAB 2009 Video - Adobe Flash and Story

Flash for settops and concept software for production

By Matthew Jeppsen | April 28, 2009

Adobe's big announcement at NAB seemed to be centered around the integration of Flash into settop boxes, bringing it into the livingroom. They also were showing a concept software product called Adobe Story, which helps round out their complete integration from initial creative concepts all the way through post-production. We stopped by for a demo of both announcements. Read More

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NAB 2009 Video - Element Technica

Element Technica's accessories for RED shooters

By Matthew Jeppsen | April 28, 2009

Element Technica was at NAB, showing a wide variety of accessories and hardware solutions for Red shooters, tools that solve common issues and enhance and streamline working with the camera. Read More

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The Missing Video: Sonicfire Pro + After Effects

How we go back and forth between video and music to enhance how they work together.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | April 28, 2009

A few years ago, SmartSound commissioned us to create video training on how an editor or motion graphics designer could start in their Sonicfire Pro intelligent stock music software to select a soundtrack for a commercial, edit the source clips in After Effects (or any NLE, for that matter) to match the music, and then go back into Sonicfire to massage the music to work better with the now-edited video and voiceover. This video is theoretically still available on SmartSound's web site, but has become hard to find since they updated their site to tout their latest version (SFP5). As we think it still contains some very useful advice on how one can work more effectively with music and video, we got permission to re-post it here. Although it is specific to Sonicfire and After Effects, the concepts it contains have broad application (especially the middle section "Spotting and Editing to a Soundtrack"). The content contained in the CMG Blogs and CMG Keyframes posts on ProVideoCoalition are copyright Crish Design, except where otherwise attributed. Read More

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NAB 2009 Video - Redrock Micro DSLR Rigs

Redrock Micro's new rigs for DSLR video

By Matthew Jeppsen | April 27, 2009

At NAB 2009 a popular topic was convergence...a good example of this are the new Canon 5D MKII still/video cameras. But as good as these cameras are, the form factor leaves something to be desired. We stopped by Redrock Micro's booth to check out their their highly-configurable DSLR shooting rigs, designed to eliminate some of the shooting and handling issues associated with these DSLR cameras that are still designed primarily for photography. Read More

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NAB 2009 Video - Zylight LED Lighting Solutions

Unique LED lighting solutions from Zylight

By Matthew Jeppsen | April 27, 2009

For NAB 2009, Zylight launched their new full-size professional LED lighting fixtures. Previously they offered small on (and off) camera solutions, now they are transitioning into larger, fully-adjustable fixtures as well. Read More

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NAB 2009 Video - Viewfactor Studios

VF Studios Remote Follow Focus is now shipping

By Matthew Jeppsen | April 27, 2009

We've covered the Viewfactor Studios Inclino Remote Follow Focus unit in the past, and at NAB 2009 we learned that they are shipping the units out to reservation holders. Curt from Viewfactor spent some time with us, showing how the system operates, and demonstrating it's featureset. Read More

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NAB 2009 Video - Letus

B4 and 1/2 lens mounts for Letus Extreme, Ultimate, and Elite users

By Matthew Jeppsen | April 27, 2009

Letus was at the B&H booth at NAB, showing their 2/3" and 1/2" pro adapter mounts, as well as the Ultimate and their rod system. Philip Bloom walked us through the key updates to the system, and spoke from his experience as a Letus user. Read More

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NAB 2009 Video - Focus Enhancements

Media archiving software and FS5 updates

By Matthew Jeppsen | April 27, 2009

At NAB Focus Enhancements NAB booth they were showing off their FS5 direct-to-edit recorder for all flavors of cameras, as well as an archiving solution for solid-state shops. Read More

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NAB 2009 - New PL Mount Lenses

It's all RED's fault: an explosion of PL mount lenses. Here's what I found at NAB.

By Adam Wilt | April 27, 2009

As soon as the RED ONE was announced, the market for PL mount lenses capable of covering a Super35mm-sized image started heating up. Aspiring R1 owner/operators hunted down almost every decent used lens available, and caused the lead times on new PL mount glass to skyrocket. At NAB '09 several vendors stepped forward to fill the demand, mostly at bargain prices (at least by traditional cine lens standards). Read More

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