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Avid announces Resolution Independence for Avid Media Composer

That's 4K and beyond ... plus some background rendering and other stuff

By Scott Simmons | September 11, 2014

Over in Amsterdam Avid held their most recent Avid Connect event and we finally got the Avid Media Composer news that many have been waiting for - resolution independence is coming to Media Composer. This wasn’t totally unexpected as it has been hinted at for some time but this was the official announcement with this new version hitting in Q4 2014. And we’ll get Avid DNxHR - “4K beauty without the bandwidth.”

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iPhone 6+ (5.5“): The new iPad for iOS mediographers?

iPhone 6+ (5.5“): The new iPad for iOS mediographers?

As I hoped, Apple made this new 5.5” version even better for iOS mediographers

By Allan Tépper | September 09, 2014

In hopeful anticipation of greater things in a (then only rumored) iPhone 6 (5.5 inch version) with improved mediography capabilities, I put my iPad Mini Retina 128GB up for sale last week. Today, Apple confirmed the rumor that there would indeed be a 5.5 version of the iPhone 6, which is officially called the iPhone 6 Plus. Ahead are its new video features and specs.

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Batch Encoding in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | September 09, 2014

Batch exporting directly from Final Cut Pro X?

That's what Steve Martin from Ripple Training explores in today's episode of MacBreak Studio.

While there are many sharing options built into Final Cut Pro X, some folks turn to Compressor, Apple's... Read More

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ARRI Alexa Firmware To Enable 3.2K ProRes For Up-Scaling To 4K

By Dan Carr | September 05, 2014

Not wanting to leave Alexa owners out in the cold after last week’s 4k Amira announcement, Arri have unveiled plans for an Alexa firmware update in early 2015 that will enable 3.2k ProRes recording.

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Review: Tascam iXJ2 preamp/A>D enables dual-mic/2-channel opportunities for iOS mediography

Review: Tascam iXJ2 preamp/A>D enables dual-mic/2-channel opportunities for iOS mediography

A discontinued interface from Tascam is still ideal for certain recording and streaming events.

By Allan Tépper | September 05, 2014

Although the Tascam iXJ2 preamp/A>D is officially discontinued, fortunately it is still available (for now). Ahead you’ll discover why the iXJ2 is a unique enabler for high-quality dual-mic/2-channel, 48 kHz/24-bit iOS recordings, including several use-cases: interviews, sportscasting, and even voiceover auditions; when it’s appropriate, and when it isn’t.

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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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A Bunch of Random Hard Drive Speed Tests

As drives come into the edit suite I've been noting their read/write speeds for no other reason than because I can

By Scott Simmons | August 28, 2014

As a freelance editor I get a lot of hard drives sent to me with footage to edit. Usually all of that media is transferred off of those hard drives and onto a RAID for editing. Occasionally I might have a quick turnaround or just fixes on a project and I’ll cut right off the hard drive sent to me. The faster the drive the better for both of these tasks. I’ve been keeping a running log of hard drive speeds for the last few months and with the help of Blackmagic’s Disk Speed test I offer up this cornucopia of various drive speed tests and their connections. Little commentary is provided here but if you have a production asking why you’re questioning their use of a cheap little black Seagate drive from Target then send them to this blog post to see exactly what slow speeds that cheap drive will mean and how that will add time to editorial because of file transfers alone.

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GoPro Launches New Field Guide Video Series

Learn from GoPro's in-house media team

By Dan Carr | August 26, 2014

GoPro's in-house production crew are the guys responsible for creating things like the Hero 3+ launch video, currently sitting at over 16 million view on YouTube.  If there's ever anything you wanted to learn about shooting with a GoPro, these are the guys to teach it to you.

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Sony’s Latest Budget A5100 Mirrorless Camera Delivers Surprising Video Features

XAVC S, Clean HDMI & more....

By Dan Carr | August 25, 2014

The A5100 is the latest edition to Sony’s increasingly popular mirrorless system and for the price point they’re hitting, this camera comes with a few surprising video features.

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3D Robotics - The Future of Autonomous Aerial Imaging

3D Robotics - The Future of Autonomous Aerial Imaging

Leading Technology for Filmmakers and Industry with Flying Robots

By Jeff Foster | August 23, 2014

You might hear the name 3D Robotics and say "Oh yeah, I've heard of those guys. They also make small UAVs don't they?” ...and you'd be right.. kind of. I take a closer look at this innovative company and peek into the future with one of the industries' great visionaries and technology leaders... and I get excited for what this all means for aerial imaging!

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Review 1: Telestream’s Switch aims to overtake & surpass QuickTime Pro

Review 1: Telestream’s Switch aims to overtake & surpass QuickTime Pro

In many ways, Switch has already surpassed QuickTime Pro…

By Allan Tépper | August 20, 2014

Back in December 2013, I published my “first look” article about the then just-announced Switch application for Mac OS from Telestream, which in many ways has already gone way beyond what the QuickTime Pro app ever did. Now that Switch is shipping, I was able to get a review license from the company and ahead you will see what I like, and what should be added to this promising audiovisual tool.

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Simplified Accounting For Freelancers With FreshBooks

Simplified Accounting For Freelancers With FreshBooks

Get on top of your invoicing, estimates and expense tracking.

By Dan Carr | August 18, 2014

A recent survey of PVC readers really underlined just how many of you are freelancers, so I thought it would be a great time to kick off a series of articles that tackle some of the business aspects of freelance creative work. We’re going to start today with a very dirty word for many of us; accounting.

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4K Monitors Under $850

The price of 4K monitors is dropping fast, while the specifications go the other way. But not all that glitters is gold!

By Jose Antunes | August 18, 2014

Here they are! 4K monitors for everybody on a tight budget, already under the $1000 many potential users define as the right price point to start looking for a new monitor. 2014 is the - first - year for cheap 4K monitors. And new models are announced each new week.

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New Features in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 12, 2014

New features in Motion?

That's right - they aren't earth-shattering, but there were a few new features added to the Motion 5.1.1 update that came out the same time as the Final Cut Pro 10.1.2 update a few weeks ago.

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A Tale of Two Thunderbolt Drives

The AKiTio Neutrino Thunder Duo and the Other World Computing ThunderBay IV

By Scott Simmons | August 05, 2014

If you’re lucky enough to have Thunderbolt in your workflow then you know the joys of its ease of use and insanely fast transfer speeds. Whether that’s moving multiple gigabytes of data in a few seconds or getting well over 700 megaBYTES a second transfer speeds while editing, Thunderbolt is a massive step up from Firewire and eSATA. This is a story of two very nice, very fast Thunderbolt RAIDs: the AKiTio Neutrino Thunder Duo and the Other World Computing ThunderBay IV . Have both of these in your arsenal and you’re all set for a variety of editing tasks.

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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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The Improved Voiceover Tool in FCP X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 05, 2014

Can you record a voiceover track directly into Final Cut Pro X?

Yes, and you've been able to do it since the very first version of Final Cut Pro X was released. However, in the recent 10.1.2 update, Apple added several new features which make this tool more useful than... Read More

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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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