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The Desktop Video Revolution - Part 1

How desktop technology revolutionised video production

By ChrisZwar | June 10, 2014

The video production industry has radically changed over the past 20 years, a period of time that can be called "the desktop video revolution".  As desktop computers evolved to become faster and cheaper, they gradually displaced the traditionally expensive "black boxes" that had governed... Read More

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Video framerates and the Tower of Babel: a translation guide

Video framerates and the Tower of Babel: a translation guide

Until manufacturers start speaking the same language, we need a cheat sheet.

By Allan Tépper | June 10, 2014

What does “24p” or “30p” mean when a manufacturer states it? How can we tell if —and when— they really mean 23.976p, 24.000p, 29.97p, or even the non-standard 30.000p? Unfortunately, each manufacturer has its own policy about this, which reminds me of the biblical story of the Tower of Babel: At the end of the story, all of the workers were speaking a different language and couldn’t understand each other. Ahead is a translation guide, including Adobe, AJA, Apple, Avid, Blackmagic, Canon, Corel/Pinnacle Systems, Datavideo, GoPro, JVC, FiLMiC Pro, NewTek/TriCaster, Panasonic, and Sony, plus an FAQ.

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First look: ThunderBay IV 4-bay 12TB Thunderbolt system

First look: ThunderBay IV 4-bay 12TB Thunderbolt system

Over the upcoming weeks, I’ll be reviewing this quite flexible Thunderbolt storage device.

By Allan Tépper | June 06, 2014

Long time readers know that I have reviewed several different Thunderbolt storage (and other) devices from diverse manufacturers. One of those is OWC, aka Other World Computing. I am now honored to be invited to review their new ThunderBay IV 4-bay 12TB Thunderbolt, system, which can be configured in several different ways and promises to offer quite a punch for its relatively low —and even palindromic— price of US$979. Here’s a first look.

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Come See Adam Wilt and I at CineGear

By Art Adams | June 05, 2014

Mark your calendar: Saturday, June 7th, at 2:45pm, in the Sherry Lansing Theater at Paramount. Adam Wilt and I will spend an hour discussing "The Sony F55: Swiss Army Knife of Cameras."

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Art Adams and Adam Wilt on the F55 at Cine Gear Expo

Two PVC contributors talk about Sony's do-almost-anything cine cam

By Adam Wilt | June 05, 2014

In Los Angeles for Cine Gear Expo this weekend? Art Adams and I will be giving an hour-long presentation on the Sony PMW-F55 at the Sherry Lansing Theater on the Paramount lot, Saturday 7 June, from 2:45 - 3:45 in the afternoon. 

I'll go over the camera's versatility: with... Read More

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Directing Motion with Vincent Laforet

Directing Motion with Vincent Laforet

An interview with the man on a 10 week, 32 city tour of the country

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | June 03, 2014

Vincent Laforet is a man with no shortage of accolades. A three-time winner at the prestigious 2010 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, Laforet has been named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Photography.” He was also awarded with a Gold, Silver, and a Bronze... Read More

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Product Review: Hexolux D7 LED Fresnel Light

Product Review: Hexolux D7 LED Fresnel Light

An LED light with good color precision, power and control.

By Helmut Kobler | June 02, 2014

The Hexolux D7 LED light ($2400) is one of those lights that breaks ground because it can take the place of many conventional lights you’ve been using for years without the compromises that have typically characterized LEDs.

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Sony Enters the 4K Video Race

Sony Enters the 4K Video Race

The new Sony A7S camera, announced just before the NAB show in Las Vegas, offers full frame (35mm) 4K video.

By Jose Antunes | June 02, 2014

The newest camera in the Alpha family (Sony says α7 and α7R) is not only one of the smallest full frame camera's in the world, it is also a sign that the race for 4K video in full frame (35mm) sensors has begun. Sony cameras are no DSLR as we know them, these mirrorless models are something different, but in the end it does not matter: Sony is at the pole position for the new competition, and chose NAB to show the A7S. Read More

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Taking your BCC AE looks to BCC AVX

What might seem like a tedious process is actually very simple

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | May 31, 2014

Last week I had an interesting situation come up.  I was working on a commerical for Tom Cruise's "Edge of Tomorrow", and I needed to make a small revision to some text.  I didn't want to go into After Effects to do it, but my problem was, is there a simple way to take my BCC AE look, and quickly get it into Media Composer?  Well guess what, there is!  In this exclusive PVC tutorial, I'll show you how simple it is!

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Free Video: Creating Your Own Background Loops

Free Video: Creating Your Own Background Loops

Have some fun with your camera and shoot out-of-focus video that you can later repurpose into video backdrops

By Chris and Trish Meyer | May 30, 2014

A couple of months ago, we released a video training course titled Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects: Enhancing Production Value. Some of the tricks in that course relied on using blending modes to add lighting effects from second footage layers that had color, abstract patterns and movements. There is a lot of stock footage available with these patterns; in the following video, we share some tips on creating your own:

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Getting Started with BCC Lite for Media Composer Part 1

Your new Media Composer Software subscription comes with some hidden gems. Let's see how to get up and running quick and easy!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | May 29, 2014

As most Media Composer editors are now aware, BCC is no longer included in your Media Composer Symphony upgrade.  That's because with your monthly subscription, you are now getting Symphony included.  But, that doesn't mean that you're without some awesome BCC effects to get you moving in the right direction.

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Blackmagic Cameras and Clean Audio

How to "sweeten" the audio in your NLE

By Brian Hallett | May 29, 2014

No doubt, good sound is as important as good pictures. The problem?  How can you record good sound on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Pocket Cinema Camera when the in-camera preamps are a little less than desired?  I'll show how you can use your NLE's audio equalizer and on-camera accessories to help everything sound a little bit better.  

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Hands-On Review with the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+

Hands-On Review with the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+

Ready to Fly with 14MP/1080p Camera and 3-Axis Stabilized Gimbal

By Jeff Foster | May 29, 2014

The Phantom 2 Vision+ (plus) is DJI's latest offering of their popular consumer-level multirotor "flying camera". With their own built-in 14MP/1080p camera on a 3-axis gimbal, this quadcopter is indeed ready-to-fly right out of the box. I've given it a few flights to test it and here are my first impressions...

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First Look: DJI S1000 Octocopter with EOS 5D MKIII

Video Review of the Latest Multirotor UAV for Serious Aerial Cinematic and Photographic Imagery

By Jeff Foster | May 28, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to interview photographer Stephen Wheatcraft with his new DJI S1000 UAV and get a full run-down on the setup and operation of the craft and camera.

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Discover the Present and Future of Premiere Pro

Discover the Present and Future of Premiere Pro

Richard Harrington tells us what to expect at the upcoming Premiere Pro World Conference

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | May 28, 2014

Conferences of different shapes and sizes take place at various times throughout the year, but the Premiere Pro World Conference is set to be very different. Taking place this July, the three-day training conference brings together world-renowned industry experts, the Adobe Premiere Pro team... Read More

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Which Sony Camera is Going to Work Better for Your Production, the PXW-Z100 or PMW-300?

Which Sony Camera is Going to Work Better for Your Production, the PXW-Z100 or PMW-300?

A review of both cameras to help you make the right choice

By Alister Chapman | May 28, 2014

I decided to review both of these cameras together. Why? Well because many of the people I have met recently have been looking at both of these cameras as possible options. The price of both of these cameras is very similar, yet both cameras are actually quite different. On the one... Read More

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Animated Tilt-Shift in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | May 27, 2014

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us an unusual application for the SliceX plugin for Final Cut Pro X.

SliceX and TrackX are plugins from CoreMelt that work inside Final Cut Pro X and are powered by Imagineer's Mocha planar tracking... Read More

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Review and Approval Options for Video Pros

Vimeo's new Copyright Match on private videos means many editors might be looking UPDATED 5/23/14

By Scott Simmons | May 22, 2014

Vimeo has dropped a bomb on their community with the May 21 announcement of Copyright Match on Vimeo. Of course this sent the internet into a tailspin as any big change in a useful, popular service always does. It has also sent a lot of content creators, filmmakers and editors into orbit as they have used Vimeo and its private link option as a review and approval service for their clients. It is easy to use and share private links but Vimeo was never meant to be a review and approval service. Thankfully there are a lot of R&A services out there. READ ON FOR A 5/23/14 UPDATE FROM VIMEO.

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BCC 9’s FX Browser

BCC 9’s FX Browser

Find your looks quick and simple with this much needed addition to Boris Continuum Complete!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | May 20, 2014

The addition of the FX Browser to almost every effect across Boris Continuum Complete makes picking the right look quick and easy!

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BCC 9 AVX New Features Round-Up

Media Composer Editors take note! There are some great new additions to BCC9 AVX

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | May 20, 2014

With BCC now not being included in any Media Composer purchase or monthly license, the decision to upgrade becomes an important one.  Boris FX needs to put the right tools into BCC9 that will make it worth while for editors to upgrade.  Well....let me tell you....they did!

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