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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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The pCam Film + Digital App

The one app for cameramen.

By Brian Hallett | May 19, 2014

If there was one app... and only one app you could carry on your iPhone/iPad/ and iPod Touch then the pCam app is it.  It is my go-to shooting app.  It, quite literally, has more than a little bit of everything and will help with those on-set calculations to be done quickly and smoothly.   

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Bentley Motors does high-end short, shot on iPhone 5s

Bentley Motors does high-end short, shot on iPhone 5s

It lasts 4:25 including the making-of.

By Allan Tépper | May 16, 2014

Thanks to Jeff Taylor of TeleverseStudios.com, I just became aware of Bentley Motors' high-end short, which they shot completely with an iPhone 5s and FiLMiC Pro. The duration is 4 minutes, 25 seconds, including the making-of. Ahead is the video and my comments.

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Who Wants to Take ANOTHER Lighting Class?

Who Wants to Take ANOTHER Lighting Class?

I'm hosting my second "Lighting for Faces" workshop at Mole Richardson in Hollywood on May 28th.

By Art Adams | May 15, 2014

 

Due to the success of last year’s lighting class Abel Cine has asked me to come back and do it again. So I am:

“How to Light Faces: Hard Light, Soft Light and Damage Control”

It will be held on May 28th, 2014 at the Mole Richardson Stage in... Read More

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Discover How Lars von Trier’s Films Ravish and Revolt Audiences Across the World

Discover How Lars von Trier’s Films Ravish and Revolt Audiences Across the World

Watch the webinar archive with VFX designer and colorist Peter Hjorth

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | May 14, 2014

Peter Hjorth is a long time collaborator of the most interesting Scandinavian directors and Lars von Trier in particular. Peter serves as 2nd unit director, visual effects supervisor and/or post production wizard on all kinds of special projects. Other collaborators include Thomas Vinterberg,... Read More

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Pro Tools 11 Hardware and Software Upgrade

Life is a Beta Test

By Woody Woodhall | May 13, 2014

There are many of us in Hollywood and beyond who depend on the dependability of Avid’s Pro Tools digital audio workstation.  Many of us have been using it for many years and in many different hardware and software iterations.  Studio owners like myself, wade in slowly as we take... Read More

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Blackmagic Production Camera Noise Test

How much can you clean up a noisy image

By Brian Hallett | May 12, 2014

How much noise is too much noise?  Or, is the better question:  How much noise can DaVinci Resolve's noise reduction clean up pushed Blackmagic Production Camera footage?  I take the Production Camera and test all three ISOs to see exactly where each setting lands when it comes to noise, and how likely noise reduction can save your shot.

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Cure audio spill in multi-mic situations with an AT-MX351a automatic mixer

Cure audio spill in multi-mic situations with an AT-MX351a automatic mixer

With the AT-MX351a from Audio Technica, you can sound as good with multi-mics as with a single one.

By Allan Tépper | May 10, 2014

If you have ever been disappointed when your audio quality drops exponentially as you add more microphones with a talk show, interview or reality, due to a phenomenon called spill, bleed or “crosstalk”, and you can’t afford the time to mulitrack and fix it in post, you’ll be happy to know that there is a hardware device to solve it in real time, either live, “live on tape” or —more commonly nowadays— "live to flash memory”. Enter the AT-MX351a automatic mixer from Audio Technica. Here are my introduction and initial tests.

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The Apertus Axiom Beta Camera

Interview with Sebastian Pichelhofer

By Brian Hallett | May 04, 2014

Do you want a chance to help build a better camera?  Then read this:  Apertus, an open source camera project, will soon kick off their crowd-funding campaign where they will be looking for early adopters and developers for their upcoming Axiom Beta Camera.  One just has to be willing to put down their money on a camera that is in the development phases.  

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UPDATE: PVC Experts & Answers Webinars: NAB 2014 Wrap-up

UPDATE: PVC Experts & Answers Webinars: NAB 2014 Wrap-up

Watch the On-Demand version now!

By PVC News Staff | May 02, 2014

ProVideo Coalition writers Scott Simmons and Matthew Jeppsen talked through what they saw and what they didn't see at NAB this year during a live webinar. The guys told us what technology and tools they saw at the event and discussed what these things mean to individuals and to the industry... Read More

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Using Google Earth and Helios For Location Scouting

Using Google Earth and Helios For Location Scouting

By Kendal Miller | May 01, 2014

It has been said that 90% of good cinematography is pointing the camera at something that looks good, and for me a large part of that equation means shooting the right time of day for the right location. I have used Helios for a while to help determine when and where I should be for the best light, but on a recent project I was able to push this technology to a whole new level. Cultivate Studios recently received a call from a client. They wanted to be shooting on location in Turkey in ten days and I had no budget for a scout to work remotely and I had never been to the country. It was time to do some homework.

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