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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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Product Review: Zacuto Z-Drive Follow Focus and Tornado Grip

A unique way to pull focus while keeping a shoulder-rig steady

By Helmut Kobler | April 09, 2014

Zacuto’s Z-Drive and Tornado Grip are an out-of-the-box answer to the problem many camera operators face when using a shoulder rig: how do you pull focus while keeping your shoulder rig steady?

 

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PVC at NAB 2014 - Avid Everywhere Connects Everyone in  a More Powerful Way

PVC at NAB 2014 - Avid Everywhere Connects Everyone in a More Powerful Way

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | April 09, 2014

Scott Simmons talks with Doug Hansel from Avid about Avid Everywhere and how it will allow collaboration on a totally new scale. They also talk through some of the other announcements Avid had to showcase at NAB 2014.

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PVC at NAB 2014 - Take a Tour of the FCPWORKS Suite Part 2

PVC at NAB 2014 - Take a Tour of the FCPWORKS Suite Part 2

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By Jeremiah Karpowicz | April 07, 2014

FCPWORKS has taken a different approach than many at NAB 2014. They’ve chosen to setup a demo suite off-site of the busy show floor so those curious about Final Cut Pro X and how they are integrating Apple’s NLE into a number of different workflows can have a much more quiet,... Read More

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PVC at NAB 2014 - Take a Tour of the FCPWORKS Suite

PVC at NAB 2014 - Take a Tour of the FCPWORKS Suite

A PVC Exclusive

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | April 07, 2014

FCPWORKS has taken a different approach than many at NAB 2014. They’ve chosen to setup a demo suite off-site of the busy show floor so those curious about Final Cut Pro X and how they are integrating Apple’s NLE into a number of different workflows can have a much more quiet, personal demo. PVC took a tour of all the different stations set up by FCPWORKS that includes storage, digital asset management, and many different types of workflows. It was quite interesting to see the many different solutions from on-set logging via Lumberjack to the capture of 8 streams of live video with Softron to a very cool DIT station.

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Teaching Creative Editing

Teaching Creative Editing

By Misha Tenenbaum | April 03, 2014

When students walk into a class named 105 Intro to Editing Aesthetics, they don’t know exactly what to expect but they are almost universally excited by it. It’s as if they are about to learn a secret. How to edit creatively. Ah! If only they had this one class years ago they would... Read More

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Preview: The Mini XTC 9250-XL

The Wait Is Finally Over

By Don Starnes | April 01, 2014

Just in time for NAB, the 9250-XL is everything that a producer could want in a camera. The revolution has begun...

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Ultra-Portable Devices Change Workflows and Capabilities for DPs and DITs

Ultra-Portable Devices Change Workflows and Capabilities for DPs and DITs

An interview with Colorist and DIT Lorne Miess

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | March 30, 2014

DP Michael Balfry, csc, and Colorist/DIT Lorne Miess check out a shot on-set of "The Haunting Hour".

 

R.L. Stine's "The Haunting Hour" is a Canadian/American original anthology horror-fantasy series for The Hub Network. As you can imagine, the look and feel of the... Read More

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A Hands-on Experience with the ARRI AMIRA

In cameras, as in life, you get what you pay for

By Justin Aguirre | March 30, 2014

The opportunity to head up to the ARRI headquarters in Burbank for a one-on-one experience with its prototype AMIRA camera made me feel like a kid who found out I was going to Disney World.

From its classic 16mm cameras to the current ALEXA, ARRI has always had a special place in my... Read More

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Product Review: Areca ARC-8050T2 8-drive RAID with Thunderbolt 2

Add your own drives to this very fast, robust, affordable RAID

By Helmut Kobler | March 28, 2014

Areca’s new ARC-8050T2 is a industrial-strength 8 bay RAID that has a few unique things going for it. For starters, it uses a new Thunderbolt 2 connection, so it’s blazing fast when connected to a Thunderbolt 2-equipped Mac or PC. In fact, it’s the fastest 8 bay RAID I’ve ever tested, reaching about 1 GB/s read and writes in a RAID 5 configuration. Secondly, it’s the only big Thunderbolt RAID I’m aware of that you can buy without drives (street price is as low as $1,799 for the empty chassis), so you can buy your own drives without a markup, saving hundreds of dollars or more. I had a chance to set up and then run an 8050T2 on a number of projects for three weeks, and came away very impressed. If you’ve got even a mild do-it-yourself spirit, this is probably the RAID for you.

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How Does NAB 2014 Fit Into Your Schedule?

How Does NAB 2014 Fit Into Your Schedule?

ProVideo Coalition writers talk through what it means for them to make the trek out to Vegas in early April

By The ProVideo Coalition | March 25, 2014

from NAB 2009...NAB 2009 Wrapup Discussion, by Matt Jeppsen

 

NAB Show bills itself as the world's largest B2B media & entertainment event, and it's hard to dispute that claim. In recent years they've made a conscious effort to focus on content creation... Read More

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Flying The 4K Blackmagic Production Camera

Test Flight

By Brian Hallett | March 23, 2014

4K in the air... does the greater resolution make that much of a difference? Is it necessary to shoot aerials at 4K so one can stabilize in post?  Can the Octocopter we had on hand lift the 4K Blackmagic Production Camera long enough to get all the shots needed? 

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PVC Video Production Podcast Roundup - March 2014

PVC Video Production Podcast Roundup - March 2014

Gearing up for NAB 2014

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | March 23, 2014

Brian Mulligan's 10 Best Podcasts for Video Production is a great resource and excellent introduction to a number of podcasts that focus on different areas of production and post-production. While some of the podcasts in his article are no longer being produced, it gives you a... Read More

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Thinking About Crew Prep

Thinking About Crew Prep

By Arthur Vincie | March 23, 2014

One of the biggest mistakes I see first-time filmmakers commit is to think solely in terms of production time when it comes to crewing up.  The crew shows up on the first day, leaves on the last day, and anything that happens in between, before, or after is just donated or doesn’t... Read More

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How Do You Showcase a Live Event? Ustream

How Do You Showcase a Live Event? Ustream

Alden Fertig, Ustream's Director of Customer Success, talks to us about what it takes to stream an event

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | March 21, 2014

The PVC general mailbox is a collection of messages from users across the Internet and all over the world. It can be a great resource for us, as we get a fair share of industry announcements as well as emails from folks looking to showcase their talent or work. But of course, we also get emails... Read More

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The Creation of “The Invisible Peak”

The Creation of “The Invisible Peak”

By Gary Yost | March 20, 2014

Gary Yost is a filmmaker and photographer living in the San Francisco Bay Area who focuses on telling stories about the interesting people and places where he lives. In a former life he was the leader of the team that created and then sold 3ds Max to Autodesk. See more from him on his... Read More

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How To Get Trained

Hint: it isn’t by reading this.

By Don Starnes | March 18, 2014

Almost everyone now seems interested in video or cameras or movie making. Filmmaking has become a popular hobby and even a sport. This is perfectly fine. However, I find that very few people are serious about becoming a professional filmmaker.

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The Demise of NBC Burbank Part 2

The Demise of NBC Burbank Part 2

Technical and Engineering Advancements Made at NBC

By Richard Wirth | March 16, 2014

Recently, I wrote about the beginnings of NBC’s historic lot in Burbank as the Peacock network completed its move to nearby Universal Studios.  The look back on NBC Burbank’s sixty-two year history wouldn’t be complete without exploring some of the technical history NBC engineers made over the years.

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The Story Behind a 21st Century Post House

The Story Behind a 21st Century Post House

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | March 12, 2014

When we last caught up with Josh Senior, Senior Post founder, we focused on what makes his company different as well as how they’ve been able to utilize the Creative Cloud in their workflow. This time we wanted to get into the specifics around how they’re able to focus on... Read More

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First Look: The 4K Blackmagic Production Camera

4K For Everyone?

By Brian Hallett | March 10, 2014

Blackmagic's New 4K Production Camera is here and I have been shooting with it as soon as I could rip the box open. If you've had time to shoot on any of Blackmagic's cameras then this camera has a few pleasant surprises in store for you.

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Discover How The Foundry’s Tools Can Impact and Improve Your Workflow

Discover How The Foundry’s Tools Can Impact and Improve Your Workflow

An interview with New Deal Studios' Digital FX Supervisor & Technical Lead Jeff Jasper

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | March 02, 2014

New Deal Studios is a 21st Century Media Studio that invents, prototypes, designs and creates projects for film and TV. They use The Foundry's workflow solutions in various, innovative ways that have allowed them to take on some amazing projects. And Digital FX Supervisor & Technical... Read More

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