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Product Review: Zacuto Z-Drive Follow Focus and Tornado Grip

A unique way to pull focus while keeping a shoulder-rig steady

By Helmut Kobler | April 09, 2014

Zacuto’s Z-Drive and Tornado Grip are an out-of-the-box answer to the problem many camera operators face when using a shoulder rig: how do you pull focus while keeping your shoulder rig steady?

 

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PVC at NAB 2014 - Avid Everywhere Connects Everyone in  a More Powerful Way

PVC at NAB 2014 - Avid Everywhere Connects Everyone in a More Powerful Way

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | April 09, 2014

Scott Simmons talks with Doug Hansel from Avid about Avid Everywhere and how it will allow collaboration on a totally new scale. They also talk through some of the other announcements Avid had to showcase at NAB 2014.

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PVC at NAB 2014 - Take a Tour of the FCPWORKS Suite Part 2

PVC at NAB 2014 - Take a Tour of the FCPWORKS Suite Part 2

A PVC Exclusive

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | April 07, 2014

FCPWORKS has taken a different approach than many at NAB 2014. They’ve chosen to setup a demo suite off-site of the busy show floor so those curious about Final Cut Pro X and how they are integrating Apple’s NLE into a number of different workflows can have a much more quiet,... Read More

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PVC at NAB 2014 - Take a Tour of the FCPWORKS Suite

PVC at NAB 2014 - Take a Tour of the FCPWORKS Suite

A PVC Exclusive

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | April 07, 2014

FCPWORKS has taken a different approach than many at NAB 2014. They’ve chosen to setup a demo suite off-site of the busy show floor so those curious about Final Cut Pro X and how they are integrating Apple’s NLE into a number of different workflows can have a much more quiet, personal demo. PVC took a tour of all the different stations set up by FCPWORKS that includes storage, digital asset management, and many different types of workflows. It was quite interesting to see the many different solutions from on-set logging via Lumberjack to the capture of 8 streams of live video with Softron to a very cool DIT station.

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Adobe to reveal next wave of innovation in pro video apps at NAB 2014

Creative Cloud delivers the complete filmmaker’s toolkit

By Eric Philpott | April 04, 2014

Editing and video content creation workflows are about to get easier and more exciting, with major updates coming soon to Creative Cloud, bringing more Adobe magic, expanded support for cutting edge technologies, and an even more connected creative experience.  At NAB 2014 Adobe will... Read More

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An Introvert’s Guide To NAB

An Introvert’s Guide To NAB

These tips will help you meet new people and have some great conversations at NAB.

By Chris Potter | April 04, 2014

Do you shudder at the thought of networking in a crowd of nearly 100,000 people. If so, take a deep breath. I’ve got some tips that should help you meet some new people and have some great conversations at NAB.

You see, I’m a textbook introvert. When I attend events like NAB, I have to make a very conscious effort to get out and speak with new people. I make the effort because it’s worth it for my business and for my personal development.

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The Making of ‘Adobe and the Frog’

By Rich Young | April 03, 2014

Film Riot and Adobe have a slick little web ad for the new Creative Cloud NAB 2014 reveal. It was edited in Premiere CC, with the CG character rendered in After Effects CC using Element 3D, and color graded using Magic Bullet Looks.

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JuiceLink pre-announces wearable pro audio recorder

JuiceLink pre-announces wearable pro audio recorder

JuicedLink will show a wearable pro audio recorder at NAB. How will it compare with wearable proposals from other companies?

By Allan Tépper | April 02, 2014

JuicedLink, a leading manufacturer of external audio interfaces for cameras, just surprised me by pre-announcing its first portable audio recorder, and it joins several other wearable recording proposals. In this first look, let’s see how the new Little DARling Distributed Audio Recorder will compare with other proposals from Audio Technica, IK Multimedia, and RØDE, all of which propose adapting your smartphone or iPod Touch to become a wearable audio recorder by adding their hardware, plus some software.

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Canon Unveils XF200 & XF205 Professional Camcorders

Canon Unveils XF200 & XF205 Professional Camcorders

Popular HD camera gets an upgrade with wireless and ethernet capabilities

By Dan Carr | April 01, 2014

The XF100 and XF105 get a spec bump and some ergonomic changes for NAB this year, adding wi-fi and ethernet connectivity to both the new XF200 and XF205, as well a few extra connection options on the 205 model.  The right side of the camera now also features a rotating grip with zoom... Read More

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Canon Launches New 17-120 Cine-Servo Lens

Canon Launches New 17-120 Cine-Servo Lens

Cine lens lineup expansion for ENG shooting

By Dan Carr | April 01, 2014

With NAB starting in just a few days, Canon has today unveiled several new products including the very interesting looking CN 7x17 , or Cine-Servo 17-120.  The red ring around the lens tells the main story here, this is not a B4 mount 2/3" lens, but a PL (or EF) mount cine lens with a... Read More

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Preview: The Mini XTC 9250-XL

The Wait Is Finally Over

By Don Starnes | April 01, 2014

Just in time for NAB, the 9250-XL is everything that a producer could want in a camera. The revolution has begun...

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Media Composer - You Ask, I Answer! - Lesson 3

A viewer wants to do a simple split screen in Media Composer? Let's see how it's done!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | March 31, 2014

In this tutorial, exclusive to PVC, I'm going to answer a question about creating simple split screens inside of Media Composer 7.  3D Warp tool, or Avid FX, which one will you choose?

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Ultra-Portable Devices Change Workflows and Capabilities for DPs and DITs

Ultra-Portable Devices Change Workflows and Capabilities for DPs and DITs

An interview with Colorist and DIT Lorne Miess

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | March 30, 2014

DP Michael Balfry, csc, and Colorist/DIT Lorne Miess check out a shot on-set of "The Haunting Hour".

 

R.L. Stine's "The Haunting Hour" is a Canadian/American original anthology horror-fantasy series for The Hub Network. As you can imagine, the look and feel of the... Read More

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A Hands-on Experience with the ARRI AMIRA

In cameras, as in life, you get what you pay for

By Justin Aguirre | March 30, 2014

The opportunity to head up to the ARRI headquarters in Burbank for a one-on-one experience with its prototype AMIRA camera made me feel like a kid who found out I was going to Disney World.

From its classic 16mm cameras to the current ALEXA, ARRI has always had a special place in my... Read More

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Product Review: Areca ARC-8050T2 8-drive RAID with Thunderbolt 2

Add your own drives to this very fast, robust, affordable RAID

By Helmut Kobler | March 28, 2014

Areca’s new ARC-8050T2 is a industrial-strength 8 bay RAID that has a few unique things going for it. For starters, it uses a new Thunderbolt 2 connection, so it’s blazing fast when connected to a Thunderbolt 2-equipped Mac or PC. In fact, it’s the fastest 8 bay RAID I’ve ever tested, reaching about 1 GB/s read and writes in a RAID 5 configuration. Secondly, it’s the only big Thunderbolt RAID I’m aware of that you can buy without drives (street price is as low as $1,799 for the empty chassis), so you can buy your own drives without a markup, saving hundreds of dollars or more. I had a chance to set up and then run an 8050T2 on a number of projects for three weeks, and came away very impressed. If you’ve got even a mild do-it-yourself spirit, this is probably the RAID for you.

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Radio spot production: 30-second spots for CASTILIAN CONSPIRACY books

Radio spot production: 30-second spots for CASTILIAN CONSPIRACY books

Read about the production details, and listen to the two high-end, 30-second spots.

By Allan Tépper | March 26, 2014

I just produced two 30-second audio spots for playback on over-the-air radio, as well as podcasts. Although I wrote and produced them, my voice and studio were not used at all in this production. Instead, one female and three male local voice talent were used, as well as the highest grade audio production equipment I’ve ever seen. Listen to the spots, and learn the who, the how and the why, ahead…

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How Does NAB 2014 Fit Into Your Schedule?

How Does NAB 2014 Fit Into Your Schedule?

ProVideo Coalition writers talk through what it means for them to make the trek out to Vegas in early April

By The ProVideo Coalition | March 25, 2014

from NAB 2009...NAB 2009 Wrapup Discussion, by Matt Jeppsen

 

NAB Show bills itself as the world's largest B2B media & entertainment event, and it's hard to dispute that claim. In recent years they've made a conscious effort to focus on content creation... Read More

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Flying The 4K Blackmagic Production Camera

Test Flight

By Brian Hallett | March 23, 2014

4K in the air... does the greater resolution make that much of a difference? Is it necessary to shoot aerials at 4K so one can stabilize in post?  Can the Octocopter we had on hand lift the 4K Blackmagic Production Camera long enough to get all the shots needed? 

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PVC Video Production Podcast Roundup - March 2014

PVC Video Production Podcast Roundup - March 2014

Gearing up for NAB 2014

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | March 23, 2014

Brian Mulligan's 10 Best Podcasts for Video Production is a great resource and excellent introduction to a number of podcasts that focus on different areas of production and post-production. While some of the podcasts in his article are no longer being produced, it gives you a... Read More

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Thinking About Crew Prep

Thinking About Crew Prep

By Arthur Vincie | March 23, 2014

One of the biggest mistakes I see first-time filmmakers commit is to think solely in terms of production time when it comes to crewing up.  The crew shows up on the first day, leaves on the last day, and anything that happens in between, before, or after is just donated or doesn’t... Read More

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