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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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GoPro Replacement Lenses for Hero3/3+ Black from Peau Productions

Affordable Quality Glass Lenses Give You More HFOV Options with Your GoPro

By Jeff Foster | March 22, 2014

The more that I've gotten into aerial videography & photography with the GoPro Hero3/3+ Black, the more I've had issue with the GoPro's OEM "fisheye" wide angle HFOV (Horizontal Field Of View), which distorts the horizon and creates a curved "bubble" effect. The biggest issue with that is when the quadcopter is in motion or the camera is tilted up, the bowing effect of the horizon or long straight lines such as fences, buildings and light poles look like rubber. There are a couple different third-party producers of replacement lenses for the GoPro and after some research, I decided to contact Peau Productions to test a couple of their lenses. Here are my results of this test...

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The Creation of “The Invisible Peak”

The Creation of “The Invisible Peak”

By Gary Yost | March 20, 2014

Gary Yost is a filmmaker and photographer living in the San Francisco Bay Area who focuses on telling stories about the interesting people and places where he lives. In a former life he was the leader of the team that created and then sold 3ds Max to Autodesk. See more from him on his... Read More

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Get Started Fast with Avid for Final Cut Pro 7 Editors : Lesson 5

Let's Get Started Fast with Avid for Final Cut Pro 7 Editors - In Lesson 5 - Sound Mixing

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | March 18, 2014

If you've just made the switch from FCP7 to Media Composer 7, than the last lesson in this five part tutorial series will help you make the transition as smooth as possible!

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How To Get Trained

Hint: it isn’t by reading this.

By Don Starnes | March 18, 2014

Almost everyone now seems interested in video or cameras or movie making. Filmmaking has become a popular hobby and even a sport. This is perfectly fine. However, I find that very few people are serious about becoming a professional filmmaker.

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ScreenLight Review and Approval For Video Pros Comes to PVC

ScreenLight Review and Approval For Video Pros Comes to PVC

By Chris Potter | March 18, 2014

Think back to the last project where you shared media for a production with your team, clients, or other stakeholders. If you are like most people, it was probably a pretty fragmented process.

Project media tends to get distributed among a wide variety of different tools. Scripts,... Read More

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ARRI Releases Software Update Packet (SUP) 9.1 and ARRIRAW Converter 3.0

By PVC News Staff | March 18, 2014

As technology evolves, ARRI continues to sustain and improve the performance of the ALEXA family of cameras with the release of ALEXA Software Update Packet (SUP) 9.1 and the ARRIRAW Converter (ARC) 3.0. The ARRIRAW Converter is ARRI´s free reference tool for processing ARRIRAW files in... Read More

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The Demise of NBC Burbank Part 2

The Demise of NBC Burbank Part 2

Technical and Engineering Advancements Made at NBC

By Richard Wirth | March 16, 2014

Recently, I wrote about the beginnings of NBC’s historic lot in Burbank as the Peacock network completed its move to nearby Universal Studios.  The look back on NBC Burbank’s sixty-two year history wouldn’t be complete without exploring some of the technical history NBC engineers made over the years.

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Product Review: Steadicam Curve for GoPro Hero3/3+

Steadicam's Latest Mini Handheld Stabilizer for the GoPro

By Jeff Foster | March 16, 2014

First came the Steadicam Smoothie a couple years ago and they teased us with the Curve about a year ago at NAB 2013, but now it's finally shipping and I got one to test with. Smaller and more compact than the Smoothee but is it better?

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Useful Tools for Editors - Editors Retreat Edition

The Gearheads session provided a nice list of useful tools for editors and filmmakers alike

By Scott Simmons | March 13, 2014

If you read my Notes From the 2014 Editors Retreat post then you might have seen the mention of a session called Gearheads. This was a fun session where attendees were asked to submit some piece of gear they like or find useful. This could be hardware, software, an app, anything really. I though the Gearheads submissions would make for a great Useful Tools for Editors entry. Here’s some that I made note of.

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The Story Behind a 21st Century Post House

The Story Behind a 21st Century Post House

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | March 12, 2014

When we last caught up with Josh Senior, Senior Post founder, we focused on what makes his company different as well as how they’ve been able to utilize the Creative Cloud in their workflow. This time we wanted to get into the specifics around how they’re able to focus on... Read More

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