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Canon 5D Update Leaked

As well as a new wide lens

By Brian Hallett | February 05, 2015

Canon's latest update to the 5D line has been leaked. Some of this news we have seen, like the 50.6MP CMOS Sensor, and some of this news is new.  For me, I hadn't seen the new 11-24mm F4 lens until today, which by the way is very wide.  

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Blackmagic Design Releases DaVinci Resolve 11.2

Improved Cinema DNG processing & adding Avid's new codec

By Brian Hallett | February 04, 2015

Blackmagic Design releases DaVinci Resolve 11.2 adding new codecs, cinema DNG tone improvements, and edit page improvements that move the color correction software closer to an NLE that can handle more than simple edits.  

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A roundup of 70+ After Effects roundups

AEP topic roundups, including Premiere Pro

By Rich Young | February 03, 2015

Here's a roundup (ok, list) of AE Portal topic roundups on PVC. Many of them have been updated since their initial release. Read More

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Exploring Workflow, Storage & Archive in M&E Part I – Isn’t This Someone Else’s Problem?

Exploring Workflow, Storage & Archive in M&E Part I – Isn’t This Someone Else’s Problem?

ProMAX Systems' Jess Hartmann helps us dig into how professionals across the industry can and should think of asset management

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | February 03, 2015

The nuts and bolts of the creative process are not my specialty. When I worked at a post house, I had my own system for versioning, and it was not one my coordinator appreciated. Even when I’m grabbing footage at places like NAB or IBC, I know I should be backing up everything,... Read More

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Motion Graphics for Business - Part 2: Beyond Hollywood

The videos that influenced videos

By ChrisZwar | February 02, 2015

As the interest in motion graphics rapidly expanded following the release of Seven, Hollywood embraced innovative title design, and many Hollywood title sequences helped define the look of motion graphics for years to come.  As I noted in Part 1, the early books on motion graphics design... Read More

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Product Review: ikan PD1 Remote Air One Remote Follow Focus

An affordable remote follow focus for the rest of us...

By Helmut Kobler | February 01, 2015

Ikan’s Remote Air One (also known as the PD Movie) is a wireless remote follow focus that’s easily the most affordable I’ve seen. You can get a single-channel kit at B&H Photo these days for $1599, including a hard case, a handheld transmitter, receiver, single .8... Read More

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - 4K Workflows Part 1: HD Projects

Navigate the Ins and Outs of shooting in 4K and finishing in HD in Avid Media Composer

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | February 01, 2015

In this first of a two part look at working in 4K in Media Composer, we look at the scenario of a client shooting 4K material, for a project that will only ever see the light of day in HD.

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Media Composer Quick Bite 1

"Working with Photoshop Guides" for Media Composer editors

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 31, 2015

Media Compser editors know that our Title safe and Picture safe guides are an essential part of our titling workflow.  Working in Photoshop is no different, but sometimes I see editors run into problems with their guides in Photoshop, and just need a little push in the right direction. Read More

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Sports Solutions white paper for NewTek LatAm/EMEA

Sports Solutions white paper for NewTek LatAm/EMEA

I wrote a new white paper for NewTek Latin America, and Europe/Middle East/Africa is now requesting an English translation.

By Allan Tépper | January 30, 2015

After the great popularity of the NewTek New Scopes white paper I published for NewTek US, the Latin American department then contracted me to translate/localize it for its own region. Later, the NewTek Latin American division requested a series of other white papers, starting with the NewTek Sports Solutions white paper. Despite its rather narrow title, this white paper will also be quite valuable for anybody planning a live multicamera video system. Shortly thereafter, the NewTek EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) division requested an English translation/localization. Ahead you’ll find the table of contents and more.

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Renting Lenses from LensRentals.com

What it's like to rent gear by mail.

By Adam Wilt | January 30, 2015

For my December lens tests with Veydras and Rokinons (among others), I needed some Rokinons, otherwise it wouldn't really be a test with Veydras and Rokinons (among others). I also needed a PL-to-MFT mount adapter, and a Nikon-F-to-Canon-EF adapter. None of these were items stocked by... Read More

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Exclusive Details Around the New Aerial Robotics and Drone Pavilion at NAB Show

Exclusive Details Around the New Aerial Robotics and Drone Pavilion at NAB Show

Jeff Foster will serve as Program Manger

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | January 27, 2015

Word about the new Aerial Robotics and Drone Pavilion was just made offical, and even though NAB Show 2015 is still months away, it's already shaping up to be one of the highlights of the event. It's set to feature a flying cage, a demonstration area with seating, and daily... Read More

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In Guatemala, Shogun reverses 29.97PsF pulldown for 8-camera live-switched show via Datavideo HS2800

In Guatemala, Shogun reverses 29.97PsF pulldown for 8-camera live-switched show via Datavideo HS2800

Thanks to the reverse telecine feature in the Shogun and other Átomos recorders, Staff/HDTV got its wish.

By Allan Tépper | January 27, 2015

Staff/HDTV in Guatemala really wanted to record pure progressive 1080/29.97p for its multi-camera TV shoots. They strongly considered NewTek’s TriCaster lineup, but TriCaster didn’t offer any option with 8 HD-SDI inputs in their desired price range, so instead they chose Datavideo’s HS2800 mobile studio, which starts with 8 HD-SDI inputs and is expandable to 12. The initial problem was that the SE–2800 contained in the HS2800 package only handles interlaced 1080i, but a workflow I previously published solved the problem and allowed Staff/HDTV to have their cake and eat it too. Details ahead.

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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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Review - Wipster

Can something so simple and free be any good? Yes, yes it can!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 21, 2015

There have been a couple of great articles here on PVC in the last little while about Review and Approval.  Scott Simmons had an article that focused on the Review and Approval options for you out there, and Dorian Heller had posted his look at Wipster.  Well, with this review, I hope to take Dorian’s great review, and expand on it with my own take on Wipster, and look at not only the product itself, but the man behind it, Rollo Wenlock, Wipster's CEO, and his vision for the company. Read More

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Simple DIY bounce boards

How to make a foam board reflector set 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 jobs, and decided to make my own. For about $20 in materials, I was able to build a set ranging in size from 24x36 to 42x42. Read on for details and example framegrabs from these foam reflectors in use.

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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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