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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 3 - Project Selection/Creation

The Project Selection window in-depth!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | October 30, 2014

In the next lesson of Kevin P McAuliffe's "Media Composer 101" tutorial series, he takes a look at the Project Selection window, and why you really need to think about what you're doing, before choosing that project preset.

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iPad Air 2 is semi-matte!/My MacBook Air is now matte too!

iPad Air 2 is semi-matte!/My MacBook Air is now matte too!

The new iPad Air 2 is non-reflective and reduces glare by 56%! The "least reflective tablet on the market"...

By Allan Tépper | October 19, 2014

Frequent ProVideo Coalition readers know that I strongly prefer matte screens, whether its for media production or general use. In fact, I recently even sent my MacBook Air to have its display transplanted for a matte display. Now, I am ecstatic to see that Apple is finally offering a non-reflective screen on its latest iPad Air 2. I am only disappointed not to see it offered on the iPad Mini 3 or an any current iPhone. Details ahead.

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Review: ThunderBay IV 4-bay 12TB Thunderbolt system

Review: ThunderBay IV 4-bay 12TB Thunderbolt system

Now we can do RAID5 via software and save substantially.

By Allan Tépper | October 19, 2014

Back in June, I published my first look article on the ThunderBay IV 4-bay 12TB Thunderbolt system with the palindromic price —in this configuration— of US$979, which has since been lowered to US$959. OWC offers other configurations too, with smaller or larger capacity, and now even some with Thunderbolt 2. Ahead I review the various available configuration options (JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 0+1, RAID 4, RAID 5) and compare their performance versus redundancy, logistical benefits of each one, and more.

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PVC at AES 2014 - The Amazing Nucleus Board from Solid State Logic

An all-in-one solution for anyone who wants to record, track and mix

By Woody Woodhall | October 15, 2014

In a world filled with computers replacing the desk and shelf space of mixing consoles and recorders, there have been a number of solutions over the years to address the tactile connection to the audio that mixers and sound engineers require. Avid has rolled out a number of controllers over the... Read More

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Know the Pro: Stu Maschwitz

We talk Star Wars, the Visual Effects Industry, Video Copilot and all things Red Giant with Stu Maschwitz

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | October 07, 2014

This article series, to be posted once a month, will focus on one person in the Film or Television industry who’s name might not jump out at you right away, but you’ve definitely been influenced by their work.  This month, we’re talking to Visual Effects Guru, and Creative Director of Red Giant Software's Magic Bullet product line, Stu Maschwitz.

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Review: Plantronics accidentally enters broadcast headset market

Review: Plantronics accidentally enters broadcast headset market

When combined with a portable A>D converter, the Plantronics .Audio 326 becomes a broadcast headset.

By Allan Tépper | September 02, 2014

Plantronics is a renowned headset manufacturer for office communication, general listening, mobile telephony, and gaming, but not for broadcast or multimedia production. However, due to an unusual set of circumstances, I discovered that their completely analog Plantronics .Audio 326 headset (when combined with a portable preamp/A>D converter) transforms itself into an ultra-affordable broadcast headset for production and live streaming. Here’s my review with test recording.

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Review: RØDE NT-USB studio-grade digital microphone

Review: RØDE NT-USB studio-grade digital microphone

The NT-USB includes a pop-shield + table stand, and works with Mac, Windows, and iPad.

By Allan Tépper | August 28, 2014

The new NT-USB from RØDE is a studio-grade digital microphone that officially works with Mac, Windows, and iPad. Unofficially, it also works with iPhone and iPod Touch. Ahead is my review, including exclusive comparative audio recordings with Chilean singer Bárbara Intriago.

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SmartSound Plug-ins For Soundtrack Creation With Adobe Video Apps

Use SmartSound Plug-ins with Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects CC For Round-Trip Music Soundtrack Creation and Editing

By Jeff Foster | August 27, 2014

SmartSound has made some great advancements in their software plug-ins for Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects since I did my last how-to tutorial two years ago and posted here on ProVideo Coalition. I just recreated two new short video tutorials and wanted to share them with you here, to show you just how easy this NEW round-trip method is to create/edit music soundtracks for your video/animation projects starting inside your video production apps.

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Professional Platforms for Sales and Marketing Videos

Professional Platforms for Sales and Marketing Videos

Choosing the right video platform for video marketing, sales, and corporate communications.

By Chris Potter | August 27, 2014

Clients ask you to wear many hats. In addition to producing & editing video, you may be seen as the expert in online video distribution.

Using YouTube or Vimeo Pro to host and embed videos is a pretty safe choice. Both platforms provide great video playback and instant access to large communities that can expose your content to a broad audience.  However, they may not always be the best choice for you or your clients.

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Mike Russell Makes Audio Awesome with Adobe Audition

Making radio promos, jingles, voiceovers and podcasts with Adobe's audio app

By Eric Philpott | August 13, 2014

Hailing from England’s southeast, Mike Russell is a digital audio expert, voice over artist, and popular instructor. He is also an enthusiastic proponent of Adobe Audition, which he uses for all his audio - along with many other Creative Cloud applications for other parts of his work.... Read More

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Boris Red 5.5 for Media Composer Editors

This webinar replay will give you a new look at a classic AVX plug-in/app with a major update!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | August 07, 2014

More and more these days, Media Composer editors find themselves trying to stay in their timeline to get simple tasks done.  Boris Red 5.5 is the successor to Avid FX, and it will let you do some common tasks super quick, and keep you out of the time vampire of importing and exporting! Read More

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Initial review: iRig Mic HD from IK Multimedia

Initial review: iRig Mic HD from IK Multimedia

iRig Mic HD is a handheld digital mic from IK Multimedia

By Allan Tépper | August 05, 2014

I am honored to be one of a few tech journalists who have received the iRig Mic HD from IK Multimedia for initial review. The iRig Mic HD is a handheld digital-exclusive mic, made for use with iOS (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch), Mac and Windows and produces rich and full bodied sound recordings (and this is not a shampoo commercial). I have a lot to say about the iRig Mic HD, so let’s get started.

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RT and DirecTV Sports go beyond conventional mic flags

RT and DirecTV Sports go beyond conventional mic flags

Using a technique virtually unused in the US, networks like RT and DirecTV Sports are getting better branding on their mics.

By Allan Tépper | August 04, 2014

Most people who produce sports or news for TV know that branding is important, both on location (with signs and mic branding) and on screen (via electronic graphics). That is nothing new. However, I have recently seen how two TV networks from outside of the US are taking advantage of a device —and a technique— that grants them better branding by going beyond conventional mic flags.

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Handheld vocal microphones: a trend towards condenser electret?

Handheld vocal microphones: a trend towards condenser electret?

Have an open mind to condenser electret when considering new handheld interview microphones, together with traditional dynamics.

By Allan Tépper | August 04, 2014

With new handheld vocal microphones I am currently testing for reviews, there is a new trend toward condenser electret, which challenges the long established thinking. In traditional ENG (Electronic News Gathering), for decades there has been a preference for dynamic handheld interview mics. One of the reasons for that is because dynamics are generally much more durable. However, several factors are changing, so we must have an open mind when evaluating.

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Review: iRig Pro preamp/A>D from IK Multimedia

Review: iRig Pro preamp/A>D from IK Multimedia

Use the iRig Pro confidently as a mic preamp, an A>D converter, or both simultaneously.

By Allan Tépper | July 16, 2014

Although I have reviewed many audio preamps and A>D (analog-to-digital) converters, the iRig Pro I am covering here is truly unique for several reasons, two of which are why I purposefully excluded it from my recent roundup of five other preamp + A>D devices for iOS. Ahead you’ll learn everything I love about the iRig Pro for both audio and video, yet why I still can’t recommended the iRig Recorder app for video producers.

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Q and A about the new post-production health resource Fitness In Post

We all know that editors and post-pros probably aren't the most active and fit bunch

By Scott Simmons | June 24, 2014

If you’re an editor, motion graphics artist, colorist or most any other post-production professional you’ll probably be interested in Fitness In Post. It’s a new online community with the lofty goal of getting post-pros off their rears and moving around; be it with a standing desk, exercise or some sort of subjecting yourself to unspeakable horrors that is a Spartan Race. That’s probably a bit extreme for some. You’ll hear a lot of talk about standing desks.

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New Adobe Creative Cloud video applications now available

2014 release of Adobe Premiere Pro and other production tools launched today

By Eric Philpott | June 18, 2014

At a special event in New York City, Adobe today announced the launch of the new 2014 versions of the Creative Cloud desktop apps, new mobile apps and tools, and expanded integration. Included in these are new versions of Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, SpeedGrade CC, Adobe Audition CC,... Read More

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3 workarounds for iOS mediographers (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch)

3 workarounds for iOS mediographers (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch)

If you produce audio or video with an iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, you’ll likely have found some of these limitations.

By Allan Tépper | May 31, 2014

Whether you have been using one of the audio/video production apps I have been covering (including Bossjock Studio, FiLMiC Pro, and RØDE Rec) or some others I have yet to cover, you’ll likely have encountered software limitations. This article covers three workarounds to use in the meantime, while app developers add direct support for essential features like SFTP, Gmail app, and until Apple fixes AirDrop between iOS and Mac OS.

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Cure audio spill in multi-mic situations with an AT-MX351a automatic mixer

Cure audio spill in multi-mic situations with an AT-MX351a automatic mixer

With the AT-MX351a from Audio Technica, you can sound as good with multi-mics as with a single one.

By Allan Tépper | May 10, 2014

If you have ever been disappointed when your audio quality drops exponentially as you add more microphones with a talk show, interview or reality, due to a phenomenon called spill, bleed or “crosstalk”, and you can’t afford the time to mulitrack and fix it in post, you’ll be happy to know that there is a hardware device to solve it in real time, either live, “live on tape” or —more commonly nowadays— "live to flash memory”. Enter the AT-MX351a automatic mixer from Audio Technica. Here are my introduction and initial tests.

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NAB 2014: My Experience

What's it like for someone to work AND play at NAB 2014? Here's my experience!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | April 28, 2014

I have to admit.  This year’s NAB was like my Oscars.  Normal people (like you and me) would go to the Academy Awards to do some “Stargazing”, as the expression goes.  That’s what I feel that I spent almost a week doing.  Star gazing.  Yes, I was there for work, and work I did, but as we all know, NAB is much more than that. 

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