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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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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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Blackmagic Cameras and Adapting Lenses To Fit

Nikon, Leica, & More

By Brian Hallett | February 26, 2014

Do you have a bunch of Nikon glass in your house, and you want to use them on your Blackmagic Camera?  Or, did your Dad have a little bit of Leica Love when he was younger and those old R mount lenses are still in his closet?  Well, you can use those lenses on your Blackmagic Cameras.

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To 4K or Not to 4K - A PVC Roundtable Discussion

ProVideo Coalition writers weigh in on 4K questions, concerns and logistics

By The ProVideo Coalition | February 23, 2014

John Bourbonais says it all in the title of his recent article, Why 4K is Wrong. In it, Bourbonais looks at the issues 4K presents around quality, post, delivery and future-proofing while laying out why 4K doesn't add anything to the process or the product. He doesn't delve to... Read More

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Book Review: Between the Scenes

Book Review: Between the Scenes

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | February 23, 2014

The transitions that take you from one scene to another in a movie or TV show aren’t the sort of things audiences typically consider. Unless the transition piece is something designed as a glorified gag (think Austin Powers) or done with a genuine purpose (think 24), audiences don't... Read More

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Ask Me No Questions And I’ll Speak In No Fragments

Secrets For Filming Interviews

By Don Starnes | February 20, 2014

A sign taped to the door says "Quiet-- filming." This only makes you more nervous. You enter the room: it's pitch black, except for the brightly lit chair in the middle.

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Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Pocket Cameras were “The Only Choice“

We all have choices. What will yours be?

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | February 14, 2014

“The Only Choice” was written and directed by Christopher Califano.  A short film that was shot in three days, it tells the story of a woman who seems to have only one choice left with her boyfriend, and details how she comes to that decision.

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The New Face and Mobile Capabilities of globaledit

The New Face and Mobile Capabilities of globaledit

An interview with the team behind one of the industry’s most powerful workflow tools

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | February 13, 2014

This week Industrial Color Brands rolled out the release of its software division’s new website and branding, along with the industry’s most advanced mobile application. It’s a big change and will allow... Read More

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Blackmagic 4K Production Camera Now Shipping

With A New Low Price

By Brian Hallett | February 10, 2014

Blackmagic Design surprises everyone by dropping the price on the 4K Production camera as they announce the camera is shipping world-wide.  Will this new lower price affect those who have pre-ordered the camera? 

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Music Video Shot With All Three Blackmagic Cameras

Can you tell which shot was shot with what?

By Brian Hallett | February 09, 2014

The cameras from Blackmagic Design have definitely made an impact on video productions everywhere.  They are inexpensive, easy to use, and pack a powerful punch making all three an easy choice for shooters world-wide.  Now you can see footage from all three cameras in one music video, and I bet you will have just as much trouble as I when it comes to figuring out which shot was shot with which camera.

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At the 2014 Editors Retreat, It’s All About You

At the 2014 Editors Retreat, It’s All About You

An interview with program designer and master of ceremonies Jeff Greenberg

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | January 28, 2014

The Editor’s Retreat 2014 is an exclusive summit for experienced editors. Taking place this February 26th through March 2nd in Savannah, GA, the event is reserved for a small, elite group of experienced editors selected through an application process.  Their goal is to help... Read More

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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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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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A Point and Shoot Camera For Shooters

A Point and Shoot Camera For Shooters

Stuff this in your already full camera bag. You won't be dissappointed.

By Brian Hallett | January 12, 2014

I admit to not being the biggest fan of small point & shoot cameras.  They're small, lack features, and I already have a Canon DSLR and a Blackmagic Cinema Camera.  So why would I even think about picking up a Canon S110?  Then I won one and I found it to be one of the best little cameras one could cram into an already full camera bag. 

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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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A Requiem for NBC Burbank

A Requiem for NBC Burbank

The Demise of Beautiful Downtown Burbank

By Richard Wirth | January 05, 2014

In 1982, I began what was to become one of the most favorite periods of my life.  I was hired at NBC in Burbank, California.  It wasn’t the most prestigious position nor was it the best job I would ever have.  But it was the best place I would ever work.

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