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Driving Plates and Composites

in Premiere Pro and After Effects

By Rich Young | January 21, 2014

Driving Plates is a Premiere Pro tutorial by Eran Stern that uses Artbeats driving plates as backgrounds for composites of actors driving a car. Driving plates (also known as process plates, car plates, or vehicle plates) are POVs shot simultaneously from multiple angles, and sold as individual clips or as sets.

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Diffusion Filters For The Blackmagic Cinema Camera

Crafting That Specific Look

By Brian Hallett | January 20, 2014

The Blackmagic Cinema Camera can put out some sharp footage.  2.5K to 1080.  Raw to ProRes... Even DNxHD.  It all can have that "I can see all the way down to the pores" look to the footage.  This is great for many different situations, but trying to make your on-air talent look fantastic... not so much.  

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From Padcaster to iOgrapher: María’s migration story

From Padcaster to iOgrapher: María’s migration story

iPad videojournalism flourishes, and its technology evolves.

By Allan Tépper | January 17, 2014

Padcaster was the first truly complete device to attach an iPad to a tripod, with cold-shoes for accessories and a lens mount. I first covered Padcaster at NAB 2012, and in 2013, I mentioned it within several articles. In December 2013, Jeff Foster published a review on a competing device called iOgrapher. This article will cover the unusual set of circumstances that followed Jeff’s review, and led to an unexpected migration.

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Adobe at Sundance 2014

Celebrating emerging filmmakers and great cinema

By Eric Philpott | January 15, 2014

Adobe will be at the Sundance Film Festival again this year in support of emerging independent filmmakers and great new cinema.

Adobe will present a special filmmakers panel Friday, January 17th from 3-4:30pm MST at the New Frontiers Microcinema: Engaging Story, Brilliant Visuals,... Read More

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SnapStream Helps Businesses and Organizations Leverage the Power of Computing for TV Content

SnapStream Helps Businesses and Organizations Leverage the Power of Computing for TV Content

An Interview with SnapStream President Aaron Thompson

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | January 15, 2014

The face of television has completely changed, and SnapStream is one of the companies that's helping buisnesses and organizations take advantage of this fact. Founded in 2000, SnapStream is a Houston-based software company focused on solving "TV search" problems worldwide. You can record,... Read More

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Money

How to get it. What to do with it.

By Don Starnes | January 14, 2014

Imagine this:

It's the Producer's Invitational Pancake Breakfast. Large hotel ballroom: happy grips, electricians and DPs are pouring batter and flipping pancakes for their guests. Directors, camera assistants and editors are distributing steaming paper plates and coffee. Just as the producers are cutting into short stacks with their plastic forks, all of the doors are locked.

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The Sights and Sounds of CES 2014

The Sights and Sounds of CES 2014

Big screens, curved screens and washing machines

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | January 12, 2014

The Consumer Electronics Show, better known as International CES, is an event that can fly under the radar for many of the folks in our industry. Obviously the focus at this show is on the consumer end of things, and with that being the case, many of the gadgets and gear that are... Read More

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Five iOS-capable, dual-input balanced>USB audio interfaces compared

Five iOS-capable, dual-input balanced>USB audio interfaces compared

Mission: Connect two balanced XLR mics to your iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, bypassing the iDevice’s inferior preamp and A>D converter

By Allan Tépper | January 11, 2014

In prior articles, we have established that the best audio quality on iOS devices is achieved when connecting digitally, thus bypassing their inferior preamp and internal A>D converters. We have also discovered that starting with iOS 7, iPhones and iPod Touches can now join the digital party, together with iPads. It’s easy to connect a single (compatible) USB mic to your iDevice, but what about connecting two mics digitally? In this article, I’ll compare devices from ART, Avid, Roland, SoundDevices, and Tascam, between US$79 and US$899, from specs/features to actual recording samples.

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Avid Quick Tip Tuesday - Tip 1

Finding Old Audio Effects

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 07, 2014

In the first of a new tutorial series exclusive to PVC, Kevin P McAuliffe shows all you Avid Editors out there, how to get back old audio effects that you thought were lost! Read More

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Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7: Lesson 4

Let's continue to Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7 - In this lesson - Effects

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 06, 2014

If you've been thinking that Media Composer is a little to daunting to get started with, than part four of this five part series will get you up and running lightning quick!

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Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO audio interface review part 3: with GH3

Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO audio interface review part 3: with GH3

Part 3: an audio/video recording to show performance with a Panasonic Lumix GH3 camera.

By Allan Tépper | January 06, 2014

For part 3 of the Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO audio interface review, I visited Luna Studio in Miami Lakes, Florida, to test audio with his Panasonic Lumix GH3 camera. Ahead you’ll see (and hear) a brief audio/video clip done with his camera and the AT2005USB from Audio Technica, currently my favorite handheld hybrid dynamic microphone.

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Moving on Up to the Creative Cloud, the State of the VFX Industry and NLE Updates Galore

Moving on Up to the Creative Cloud, the State of the VFX Industry and NLE Updates Galore

The Year in Review on ProVideo Coalition: 2013

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | January 05, 2014

2013 saw a number of announcements and updates from the biggest names in the industry, but really that’s the case every year. Specifically, NLE systems saw a huge amount of love as the big three (Adobe, Avid and Apple) all updated their software while Adobe completely changed... Read More

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Book Review: Preparing for Takeoff – Preproduction for the Independent Filmmaker

Book Review: Preparing for Takeoff – Preproduction for the Independent Filmmaker

Discover how you can take an idea for a movie and turn it into an actual film

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | January 04, 2014

Ever since I was a little kid I had always wondered why producers had their names at the beginning of a movie or TV show. I knew why the actors and people like the music supervisors were up there, but what exactly does a producer do? Even after having worked in production and post production... Read More

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Product Review: Lowel GL-1 Power LED Flood/Spot Light

Dimmable and Focusable Portable Light for Shooting Photo & Video On-Location

By Jeff Foster | December 31, 2013

The Lowel GL-1 Power LED is a compact handheld portable light source that is ideal for any type of event or location photography. It's dimmable and with the adjustable Fresnel lens, it has an 8:1 focus range from full flood to a tight spot and works either handheld or mountable to any tripod.

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Using Mini Quads as Training Tools: Hubsan X4 H107D FPV Quadcopter

Inexpensive RC Quadcopter with Live Video FPV Helps Hone Flying Skills

By Jeff Foster | December 29, 2013

Go ahead and call these mini RC quadcopters "toys", but they won't be insulted, because they're serious flying machines that have many of the same features that the big boys have! But learning to control and pilot these relatively inexpensive quadcopters may help you manage and fly your more expensive DJI quadcopter with greater ease and precision, and build your skills and confidence.

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Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7: Lesson 3

Let's continue to Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7 - In this lesson, Editing, Audio Mixing and Title Creation.

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 27, 2013

If you've been thinking that Media Composer is a little to daunting to get started with, than part three of this five part series will get you up and running lightning quick!

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Product Review: iOgrapher for iPad/iPad Mini

Shoot Video, Timelapse and Photos with your iPad/iPad Mini with this Simple & Affordable Rig

By Jeff Foster | December 21, 2013

The iOgrapher Mobile Media Case for the iPad Mini and the full-sized iPad are made from injection-molded polycarbonate - making them flexible and durable and able to withstand a lot of abuse. With several cold-shoe attachments, a tripod mount and a threaded 37mm lens mount for wide angle and telephoto lenses, large easy-grip handles and an amazingly inexpensive price, make this a must-have accessory for your iPad.

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The First 4K Footage From The Blackmagic Production Camera

See The Footage Shot By Grant Petty

By Brian Hallett | December 18, 2013

We first saw it, along side the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, at NAB 2013.  That day in April I drooled, pined, and even thought about canceling my Blackmagic Cinema Camera order to get my hands on this camera.  It was what I was looking for in a camera: 4K, Global Shutter, a S35 sized sensor, only a stop less dynamic range than the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, and a base ISO of 500.  

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