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Written by a collection of the best writers in the industry and covering topics ranging from editing to motion graphics to live production. This channel features an incredibly diverse collection of authors and articles. Find out more about each of them...

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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Book Review: “The DSLR Filmmaker’s Handbook: Real-World Production Techniques”

By Barry Andersson and Janie L. Geyen

By Jeff Foster | January 22, 2012

There's little more popular these days than being a budding Indie filmmaker slinging a 5D MkII over your shoulder and firing off hours of footage that you can then spend months editing to make your masterpiece come alive! The biggest problem is that MOST folks entering this endeavor are totally clueless about the process or where to even start - thus making every mistake in the book in the process. The DSLR Filmmaker's Handbook: Real World Production Techniques (Sybex ISBN 978-0-470-87660-2) aims to help you get started with not only the basics of using the gear, but also the film-making production process in a visual overview - PLUS some very cool tips & tricks. Read More


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Null Swapper - Plexus/Particular Utility Script

Swap Null layers for Light layers.

By David Torno | January 22, 2012

Update 11/25/13: Added AECC compatibility Need a helping hand changing your 3D/2D Null layers into Light layers so you can use them for Plexus or Trapcode Particular? Well this short tutorial will show you how, plus you get a free script that does the actual work for you. HOORAH! Read More


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Step into the Edit Suite with Christine Steele

Insights and Info Regarding Her Editing Experience and Upcoming Webcast

By Laura Pursley | January 19, 2012

Creative Director, Producer, and Editor Christine Steele will be leading the webcast "Confessions of a Switcher: Moving to Adobe Premiere Pro and using an HP Workstation" on January 26, 2012. Createasphere caught up with Christine to get a sneak peak of what she'll be bringing to the webcast. Read More


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Expression Shorts - Read External Text Document

AE Text Layer source text from external document.

By David Torno | January 16, 2012

Welcome to the first episode of at least five at the moment in the Expression Shorts series. With this series I have put together some short tutorials on various After Effects Expression code that can be very handy. Read More


Free Best of TV Webcast: Boardwalk Empire

Exclusive deal for PVC Members

By PVC News Staff | January 13, 2012

See how the creative team from the award-winning Boardwalk Empire goes through the story, production, and editing process of HBO's period tale. Read More


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Is There A Future For Editors

Will we be outsourced or automated out of existence?

By Terence Curren | January 13, 2012

In this latest episode of "The Terence and Philip Show" we discuss the outsourcing of editing jobs, remote (a.k.a cloud) editing and automation in production. What's happening now and how will it evolve in the near future. Philip also sneaks in a preview of an interesting show he'll be involved with in 2012.Click the link below and join the conversation.Since we recorded this show, another automatic editing application went live. Check out Magisto Read More


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Learn Why The Entertainment Technology Expo Is Just the Right Fit

Abba Shapiro on Thunderbolt and other technologies at November's Expo.

By Laura Pursley | January 12, 2012

We caught up with Adobe & Apple Master Trainer Abba Shapiro after his "Making the Switch to Adobe Premiere Pro" Intensive presentation at the Entertainment Technology Expo in November 2011. Hear what he had to say on the value of the Expo. Read More


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The Utility and Ease of Use for GenArts’ Sapphire Edge

By PVC News Staff | January 04, 2012

GenArts' Sapphire Edge is not a color grading plug-in in the traditional sense. If you're looking for endless numbers of sliders, dials and switches that adjust an image using terms like lift, curves or channel mixer, then Edge is not your tool. But if you are looking for a large set of high-quality looks that can be applied with ease and quickly customized with only a minimal learning curve, then Sapphire Edge is just such a tool. Read More


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A Year in Review

Createasphere thanks you for a great 2011 and looks ahead to 2012.

By Kristin Petrovich Kennedy | January 03, 2012

As we come to the close of 2011 and celebrate this holiday season, it is a good time to reflect on the year past. 2011 has been a year of many challenges and wins in our industry, a number of which mirror what we have experienced at Createasphere. Read More


Green Screen Lighting on the Cheap!

Low-voltage portable cool lights you can build yourself and save $$!

By Jeff Foster | December 30, 2011

Before you go out and spend hundreds of dollars on a cheap light kit online or through a catalog, consider the option of making your own portable, durable and ultimately flexible low-voltage lighting kits. You'll not only have more control over how much light you want to put on your background and your subject, but also how much you want to spend! Read More


Slo-Mo with the GoPro HD Hero2

Static Camera & Moving Objects @120fps

By Jeff Foster | December 29, 2011

By now we've seen hundreds of really amazing videos with a GoPro strapped to someone's helmet, snowboard, jumpsuit, surfboard or bike - but I wanted to explore the capabilities of the GoPro HD Hero2 shooting at 120fps in a stationary and tabletop setting and let the action happen around it... in Slo Mo! Read More


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Digieffects v2.5 - Damage & Delirium Explored

Taking a look into Digieffects latest creative plugin effects

By Jeff Foster | December 27, 2011

Digieffects has updated and optimized their plugin effects to be Adobe CS5/64-bit compatible and have added some great new tools to their suite of tools! Both Damage v2.5 and Delirium v2.5 are fully compatible with the latest versions of After Effects, Premiere Pro, FCP and Edius. Even better news, this is a free upgrade for registered v2.0 owners! Read More


Simulated Camera DOF In Video with Photoshop CS5.5

Simulated Camera DOF In Video with Photoshop CS5.5

Part Two: Video Editing & Animation with Photoshop CS4/CS5 Extended Series

By Jeff Foster | December 23, 2011

Learn how you can create a simulated Camera DOF effect on your video footage right inside of Photoshop CS5.5 Extended! This technique can be applied to on any video footage and doesn't require any plug-ins, but rather, it utilizes the 3D Camera to achieve a realistic DOF effect. Read More


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What Is The Future Of The Post House?

Or is there any...

By Terence Curren | December 17, 2011

In the latest episode of "The Terence & Philip Show," Philip and I start by discussing an article, "Hollywood & the Job Crisis" that leads to questions about constantly the changing business model of post. Right now the model seems to be "how low can you go" which is ultimately self defeating. Where do you go from here? How did post houses get to this, and what will the future hold? What is your Unique Selling Proposition?Hear all this and more when you click the link below and join the conversation. Read More


ProVideo Coalition Panel at the 2011 Entertainment Technology Expo in Burbank, CA

ProVideo Coalition Panel at the 2011 Entertainment Technology Expo in Burbank, CA

The working writers of discuss which products and developments of 2011 changed their production and post production worlds, what impact these had on content creation and much more.

By PVC News Staff | December 16, 2011

This past November, PVC writers David Torno, Terrence Curren, Adam Wilt, Art Adams,Kendal Miller, and Chris Meyer (from left to right) assembled at the Createasphere Entertainment Technology Expo in Burbank to discuss what developments had affected their work in 2011 and what they were preparing for in 2012. What broke out was not only a debate about technology and trends, but also how these interact with art, commerce, and client demands. This is a discussion any sole operator, studio, or client looking to hire video and film services would benefit from watching to properly calibrate their expectations, and streamline their workflow on future productions. Read More


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Why Do You Make That Edit… Not How!

Instead of focusing on the technical aspects, this popular Editors' Lounge panel focused on the creative side of editing and why we make specific editing choices.

By Terence Curren | December 10, 2011

The Editors' Lounge, sponsored by Alpha Dogs post in Burbank is thrilled to bring you another installment of the Editors' Panel, a series of moderated discussions with industry-leading editors on a variety of topics affecting the editing community.With over 100 years experience on the panel, there is a lot to learn about the creative process here. Click the links below and join this 4 part series. Mark Goldblatt, Feature Editor: from Piranha in 1978 to Rise of the Planet of The Apes in 2011. Andrew Seklir, Episodic TV Editor: Battlestar Galactica, Warehouse 13. Derek McCants, Reality TV Editor: Big Brother, Sarah Palin's Alaska. Bee Ottinger, Music Video & Commercial Editor. Moderated by Debra Kaufman, industry writer and founder of MobilizedTV.Com Read More


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Let’s talk Avid Media Composer 6

How does it compare with the other NLE approaches?

By Terence Curren | December 08, 2011

In this latest episode of The Terence & Philip Show, Philip and I discuss the different approaches manufacturers have taken to updating their NLEs to 64bit modern architectures. Focusing heavily on Media Composer 6, Avid's just-released 64 bit update to the venerable Media Composer.Click the link below and join the conversation. Read More


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From the Video Vault: Avatar

Finishing the pinnacle of 3D movies.

By Laura Pursley | December 02, 2011

Createasphere is proud to present a blue ribbon panel of post production talent that set the creative ideal and box office records for 3D movies.Sponsored by American Cinema Editors, POST Magazine and the Visual Effects Society. Read More


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Choosing the Right Green Screen Materials

...and you'll never find them at Home Depot!

By Jeff Foster | November 30, 2011

Okay, you've seen the green screen "Kits" that come with some cheap lights, stands and a green screen cloth backdrop… or someone tells you to just go down to Home Depot and get a couple gallons of their "greenest" paint - a couple hundred bucks and you're good to go, right? WRONG! A setup like that will be of little use if you're seriously trying to get a decent matte. Without the right green screen materials, even the best lighting and camera won't help you.The entire green screen process is a careful balance of color & light - a very narrow spectrum of colored light that reflects back through the lens and is easily matted (or "keyed") out with sophisticated software. Read More


Basic Video Editing with Photoshop CS4/CS5 Extended

Basic Video Editing with Photoshop CS4/CS5 Extended

Part One: Video Editing & Animation with Photoshop CS4/CS5 Extended Series

By Jeff Foster | November 28, 2011

Are you a photographer that is just starting to discover the world of video with a new HD DSLR?  Do you have video clips that just needs some basic editing but haven't yet sprung for the high-priced video editing suites like Final Cut, Premiere Pro or Avid Xpress? You can do some basic video editing right inside Photoshop CS4 and CS5 Extended and retain all the resolution of your original footage. Unlike using a consumer utility like iMovie or Movie Maker, you will have total control over color correction, video layer modifications and even plug-in effects that you're already familiar with. Read More