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In third grade, Richard Wirth was already reading anything he could find about television while dreaming of becoming a professional in the world of television and film production. Stops on the life timeline at American Forces Television, the Motion Picture Association, several mid-western pr...

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Texas Sound Guy Reviews Mount For The Sanken COS-11

By Christian Dolan | April 05, 2011

Tyler Faison, AKA the Texas Sound Guy, has been playing around with a prototype lav mount from LMC. Read More

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Is Netflix the “New” Studio Model?

Netflix is making it's own programming now. What does this mean for the existing networks and cable outlets?

By Terence Curren | April 05, 2011

Philip and I consider the changes to the financial dynamics caused by Netflix's funding of "House of Cards." Is Netflix a new studio model? Where's the opportunity for innovation in programming if everything is data driven? Are we trading one set of controllers for another? Read More

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Korg IMS-20 Tutorial 1A: Analog Powerhouse for $15 on the iPad

Korg IMS-20 Tutorial 1A: Analog Powerhouse for $15 on the iPad

Introduction and Tutorial for Kicking Out Fast Product for the Korg IMS-20 virtual modular analog synth and step sequencer on the iPad.

By George Sanger, The Fat Man | March 27, 2011

Shortcut: This software costs fifteen bucks. Fif. Teen. Bucks.Shortcut: The video tutorial shows an ultra-quick, low-effort, high-reward method of creating your own tune based on the demos that shipped with the software.Big Picture: This is a "consumer item" that can be used in professional audio production in place of thousands and thousands of dollars worth of vintage stuff. Big Picture: This video contains a nice overview of how step sequencers are and how they work, in case you didn't know and/or were wondering.The smartest fifteen bucks I've spent in years got me thousands of dollars worth of modular analog synth fun--and with it's smart interface and that glowing tone typical of Korg, it's way useful for professional audio productions. I feel like everything I do on it makes a sound I can use for a gig, and that is the sign of a good instrument. Read More

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No More HDCAMSR Stock! Now What?

The tape shortage crisis and what it means to production and post.

By Terence Curren | March 26, 2011

Terence and Philip start discussing the tape shortage crisis - particularly HDCAM SR - caused by the situation in Japan: is tape dead, or will it merely lead to a resurgence of D5? Who's accepting file-based delivery, is that even practical, and who gets to drive the need for tape delivery?Remember, "No-one ever voluntarily changes their workflow"!Considerations of tape shortage leads to discussion on archiving non-tape sources, and the issues surrounding that. Click below to join in on the conversation in Episode 23 of The Terence & Philip Show. Read More

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iPad, you Pad, we all Pad for iPad

iPad, you Pad, we all Pad for iPad

A couple stupid, useless, and irresistible iPad hacks. And maybe one or two stupid, useful and irresistible ones.

By George Sanger, The Fat Man | March 20, 2011

I do love my iPad, and it's a serious workhorse for me. But that's not what this article is about. It's about something far more important--the effect having an iPad has had on my mind. Read More

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Thunderbolt!

What impact will this blazing new technology have on our world?

By Terence Curren | March 18, 2011

You've likely heard about the new interconnect technology called Thunderbolt. With two 10 Gbit/sec channels this has some interconnect power, at budget pricing. It'll make a big difference when momentum gathers.How will affect production and post production? What will it do to the future of computers? Will Apple still need to make towers?Philip Hodgetts and I debate this and more on episode 22 of the Terence&Philip show. Click below and join the debate. Read More

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First Principles

AudioMedia Magazine interviews production mixers Simon Hayes and Chris Munro.

By Christian Dolan | March 10, 2011

Simon Hayes had a very interesting conversation with a post sound mixer that informs his work to this day: Read More

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NewTek is Giving Away a TriCaster

NewTek is Giving Away a TriCaster

By Jason Pruett | March 08, 2011

Calling all SXSW attendees, webcasters, bloggers and groupies. NewTek is looking for the next great webcaster and needs your help. Read More

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LightWave 10 VPR

LightWave 10 VPR

Enhanced workflow with LightWave 10's VPR mode

By Dan Ablan. CPP | March 07, 2011

This week, I received a box in the mail. I wasn't sure what it was, and even though I don't remember things as well as I used to, I'm always aware when new software is on it's way. When I opened up the box, it was a copy of LightWave 10! I know what you're thinking, "but Dan, didn't you just finish writing the Inside LightWave 10 book?" Yes, I did, and of course that means I had the software already. True, but the final release disc, and box had not yet arrived and to me, this means the release is truly official. With any new release, there are plenty of great new features to explore, and one of my favorites is VPR mode. Read More

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Final Cut 8 or iCut Pro?

The secret is out and some have seen it. What to expect from the next version of Final Cut Pro

By Terence Curren | March 05, 2011

Philip Hodgett's and I discuss the new, yet to be released Final Cut Pro. Philip also explains what is replacing Quicktime in the new Mac universe. Join us on episode 21 of the Terence & Philip show. Read More

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Gotham Sounds’ SD CL-WiFi Hands-On

By Christian Dolan | March 04, 2011

Gotham Sound fires up the Sound Devices CL-WiFi controller in-house. They like it, with a couple of caveats. Read More

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What He Said

By Christian Dolan | March 03, 2011

As I was preoccupied with a top-secret paramilitary op to rescue adorably scruffy orphans with one hand whilst decimating enemy forces with nothing more than can of hairspray and a Soviet-era paperclip in the other (god, who hasn't had one of those days?), I fell behind a bit in my coverage, so some catch-up will be the order of the day. Read More

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WiFi Art Thou?

WiFi Art Thou?

Sound Devices Announces the CL-WIFI/ iOS App For the
788T

By Christian Dolan | February 28, 2011

For those of you looking for something to do on your iphones and ipads (between rounds of Angry Birds), Sound Devices has developed the CL-WiFi and an attendant iOS app, which provide remote control and metadata editing for the 788T. Read More

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Avatar: Building a Virtual 3D Art Department

Avatar: Building a Virtual 3D Art Department

Innovative tools and novel techniques power the groundbreaking virtual workflow behind the year's most spectacular visual effects.

By Courtney Howard | February 25, 2011

As an awe-struck, six-year-old boy watching George Lucas's Star Wars, Rob Powers dreamt of being involved in filmmaking. He could not have imagined, nor could anyone have predicted, however, that in the years to come, he would join forces with another groundbreaking director to help revolutionize filmmaking forever. Read More

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Prepare Clips for Playback in NewTek TriCaster™ Using Apple® Final Cut Pro

Prepare Clips for Playback in NewTek TriCaster™ Using Apple® Final Cut Pro

A Common TriCaster Question Answered

By Jason Pruett | February 24, 2011

The DDR, or digital disk recorder, in NewTek TriCaster allows you to playback video clips, motion graphics and animations during your live production. Producers often ask what format to use for export from Apple Final Cut Pro for best compatibility in TriCaster, especially for HD clips. By following just a few easy steps, you'll have those clips ready to import and drop into your playlist. Read More

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Is “Good Enough” Killing Our Industry?

With the advent of high quality acquisition tools for relatively little money, is there really a role for the highest quality production outside of niches?

By Terence Curren | February 24, 2011

I contend that the "it's good enough" mentality is killing quality, and especially in our industry. Philip sees it differently. What do you think? Episode 20 of the Terence & Philip Show. Read More

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This Just In From the “Yikes” Department….

An altercation over loud popcorn eating during a screening of Black Swan turns fatal in Latvia.

By Christian Dolan | February 21, 2011

You could make it up, but why? Snip: Read More

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Dream a Little Dream

New York Times interview with the Inception sound team.

By Christian Dolan | February 18, 2011

The Carpetbagger talks with Ed Novick, Richard King and Gary Rizzo about working with Christopher Nolan. Snip: Read More

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NewTek Releases TriCaster™ Virtual Set Editor

NewTek Releases TriCaster™ Virtual Set Editor

New application lets users personalize their HD production with customizable sets

By Jason Pruett | February 17, 2011

NewTek is pleased to announce the release of NewTek TriCaster™ Virtual Set Editor (VSE), breakthrough technology which allows TriCaster TCXD850 and TriCaster TCXD300 users build and customize HD virtual sets and double-box effects for use in their live productions. Read More

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Zaxcom’s Mystery Box Gets a Name; No, It Isn’t “Little Z”

By Christian Dolan | February 15, 2011

Rumors have been swirling around the intertubes for some time about Zaxcom bowing a new portable recording unit at this year's NAB, and the name of the unit has just been made public via Coffeysound's Twitter feed. Behold: Read More

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