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Holiday gift lists for digital video creators

By Rich Young | December 10, 2014

Best of 2014 and holiday gift lists are mushrooming, but there aren't so many lists for digital video creators at this point, and it seems that most of them are on PVC (with more coming). We'll link in a few extra lists, and look back the year in After Effects for more ideas.

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An unfair yet justifiable mic comparison: AT2005USB versus Plantronics .Audio 326

An unfair yet justifiable mic comparison: AT2005USB versus Plantronics .Audio 326

Even though it may be unfair, I have logical justifications to make this mic comparison/shootout.

By Allan Tépper | December 09, 2014

I have covered the Audio Technica AT2005USB hybrid microphone (analog XLR + digital USB) in past articles and ebooks, and it has been my chosen studio microphone for my recent podcasts. On the other hand, I recently reviewed the Plantronics .Audio 326 headset microphone with outstanding results. Now, even though it might be considered unfair, I am doing a direct shootout. Ahead are my justifications and test results, including simultaneous recordings through each mic.

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7 Ways To Help Prep for an International Doc Style Project

By Bobby Marko | December 09, 2014

I recently returned from my sixth trip to Guatemala, capturing footage in support of Athentikos' I AM ART intiative. It never fails, I learn something new each time I travel internationally for video production. But this time I decided to write some things down to share with you in the... Read More

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Stocking Stuffers for Shooters and Cinematographers

Production gifts that are useful

By Matthew Jeppsen | December 09, 2014

With Christmas fast approaching, here are ten stocking stuffer gift ideas for the filmmaker. These are all tools I own, love, or use on a daily basis. 

1. Bongo Ties

$6 at Amazon

With a thousand uses for these handy rubber band ties, I try to... Read More

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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 6 - Bins part 2

Let's continue our look at bins with some great "hidden" features you'll definitely want to know about.

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 04, 2014

In the second of our two part look at bins, we'll take a look at some tucked away features of Media Composer that will really help you get organized, and stay organized right from import to delivery.

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Enhanced Storyboarding in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | December 04, 2014

Do you still need a reason to use Motion?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training picks up from the prior week's discussion about using the Placeholder generator in Final Cut Pro X to pre-visualize a shoot by building a storyboard. If you... Read More

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Review: Luxi For All Incident-Metering Photosphere for iOS and Android

The 2nd-generation Luxi fits any iOS or 'droid device up to 1 cm / .4” thick

By Adam Wilt | December 03, 2014

Luxi For All (US$30) from Extrasensory Devices is a small, translucent white hemisphere with a spring clip. It’s designed to clamp over the front-facing camera of a smartphone, transforming it into an incident-reading light meter.

Luxi For All on an iPhone running Cine... Read More

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MXF Support in Final Cut Pro 10.1.4

On This Week's Under 5

By Mark Spencer | December 02, 2014

Final Cut Pro X version 10.1.4 is out today. In the above Final Cut Pro in Under 5 Minutes video, Steve Martin from Ripple Training explores one specific new feature: how to import and export MXF files. 

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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Goes To Space

Meteorological ballon carries camera to new heights

By Brian Hallett | December 02, 2014

A Japanese scientist takes the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera to new heights capturing footage of the stratosphere and eventually space.  See how the Pocket Camera survived its flight

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Collaborate Efficiently and Effectively Away from Your Desktop with HP’s Remote Graphics Software

Collaborate Efficiently and Effectively Away from Your Desktop with HP’s Remote Graphics Software

“RGS is a lot easier than a hardware solution”

By Christian Jones | December 02, 2014

As the product marketing manager for HP’s remote graphics software, or RGS, I’m keenly aware of how productions of all sizes have been impacted by our solution. On large productions we’ve seen different groups who are working on different things use HP RGS to instantly share... Read More

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Panasonic Varicam 35mm New Low-light King?

With Dual Native ISOs of 800 and 5000

By Brian Hallett | December 02, 2014

Should you shoot at 800ISO or the blindly sensitive 5000ISO, your choice.  Digital Cinema Society shares their examples of Panasonic's Varicam 35 unique dual native ISOs.  

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Get to know…...Boris FX

Get a brief look at what Boris FX has to offer with its flagship product

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 30, 2014

My recent review of Red Giant Universe got me thinking, after taking a look at some Facebook comments, that there are a lot of users out there who might not know some of the 3rd-party plug-in companies out there, so I thought as a recurring article series, we would take a brief look at all the plug-in companies out there, and what they bring to the table for you, the end user.  I thought I’d start with a company I’m very familiar with, and that is Boris FX.

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Decent cheap earphones: backups and stocking stuffers

By Rich Young | November 30, 2014

For event recording, it's good to have emergency sealed headphones, and being extremely portable and cheap, earphones fit the bill. Amazon is touting a selection of Stocking Stuffer Headphones Under $10, and when you land there, you're greeted by "Major Sound with a Minor Price." If you shop for $10 headphones, what can you expect? Probably better than that list. Happily, manufacturers sometimes ship inexpensive products that don't sound half bad.

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REVIEW - Red Giant Universe

Is this a Universe you want to visit?

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 29, 2014

NAB 2014 has been over for about seven months now, and most people might be wondering why I am writing a review of Red Giant Universe now, as opposed to when it was first announced/released around the time of NAB.  To be honest with you, the review I'm writing today is very different from the one I would have written then.

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Creating a Storyboard in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | November 28, 2014

How do you tell a visual story without any visuals?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us how to do exactly that.

Final Cut Pro X contains a collection of generators: "generated" content that you can use in your projects. These... Read More

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The making of a music video in Spain, including crowdsourcing of B-roll

The making of a music video in Spain, including crowdsourcing of B-roll

For her latest music video, Sole Giménez crowdsourced the B-roll…

By Allan Tépper | November 28, 2014

For her latest music video, where the main shots were shot on a beach in Valencia, Spain, singer/songwriter Sole Giménez crowdsourced the B-roll shots via social media. Ahead are production details, including cameras, directors, editors, and graders.

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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 5 - Bins part 1

Media Composer 101 - Lesson 5 - Bins part 1

Let's get back to basics with the start of a multi-part look at Bins in Media Composer

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 27, 2014

Let's get back to basics and take a look at bins inside of Media Composer.  This first of a multi-part lesson will give you a good running start, so you can start organizing yourself lightning quick!

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The case of the white t-shirt

The case of the white t-shirt

An assortment of analogies to help understand the video production business

By ChrisZwar | November 24, 2014

In an earlier article I said that when I began my career, I found business issues more difficult to understand than any software or hardware matters.  This article elaborates on some of those issues, and presents several different analogies to help you think about you and your business... Read More

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Sony PXW-X180 Camera Review

1080 60p, Variable ND, and a load of great features found in this versatile hand-held camera.

By Brian Hallett | November 23, 2014

Just when you thought 1/3 inch cameras were on the way out, Sony goes ahead and makes a versatile hand-held camera with quite a few surprisingly good features.  From professional codecs, great slow-motion capabilities and a ND filter upgrade that really needs to be included in all of Sony's cameras. 

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SmartView 4K monitor: like a DreamColor monitor with built-in Teranex?

SmartView 4K monitor: like a DreamColor monitor with built-in Teranex?

SmartView 4K monitor features built-in 3D LUTs, Teranex scaler, and more.

By Allan Tépper | November 22, 2014

At IBC in Amsterdam, Blackmagic showed its US$1995 SmartView 4K (Ultra HD) monitor, which features built-in 3D LUTs, Teranex scaler, adjustable on screen markers, H/V delay, blue only, 12G-SDI inputs, and more. Many readers may immediately imagine that the SmartView 4K might be a direct competitor to an HP DreamColor. I conducted a short interview about some of its yet unpublished specs. Let’s see in which respects it’s like a DreamColor, and in which it isn’t.

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