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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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Radio spot production: 30-second spots for CASTILIAN CONSPIRACY books

Radio spot production: 30-second spots for CASTILIAN CONSPIRACY books

Read about the production details, and listen to the two high-end, 30-second spots.

By Allan Tépper | March 26, 2014

I just produced two 30-second audio spots for playback on over-the-air radio, as well as podcasts. Although I wrote and produced them, my voice and studio were not used at all in this production. Instead, one female and three male local voice talent were used, as well as the highest grade audio production equipment I’ve ever seen. Listen to the spots, and learn the who, the how and the why, ahead…

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VoiceOverMart upgrades to Pro Tools 11 HD & more

VoiceOverMart upgrades to Pro Tools 11 HD & more

Miami-based voiceover studio has just upgraded to Pro Tools 11 HD, with video upgrades from Blackmagic and Sony.

By Allan Tépper | March 25, 2014

VoiceOverMart is a Miami (Coral Gables), Florida based professional voiceover studio, equipped with ISDN & standard phone patch, and is owned and directed by Víctor Martorella, a renowned voice talent for the Hispanic market. VoiceOverMart recently upgraded to Pro Tools 11 HD, together with video upgrades. These upgrades facilitate their audio spot production and ADR (audio dialogue replacement). Ahead are details of the upgrade via an interview.

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Getting Started with Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | March 25, 2014

Is it time to learn Motion?

Motion is one of the companion applications to Final Cut Pro X (the other is Compressor). You use it to create motion graphics and visual effects, like animated title sequences, green screen composites, tracking shots, particle effects, and much... 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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Do I Have to Open the Library?

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | March 19, 2014

Archiving your completed Final Cut Pro X project and the associated media has become much easier in version 10.1. If you are working with managed media - meaning all your media is contained within the library - you can simply drag the library in the Finder to your archive volume. If... Read More

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Get Started Fast with Avid for Final Cut Pro 7 Editors : Lesson 5

Let's Get Started Fast with Avid for Final Cut Pro 7 Editors - In Lesson 5 - Sound Mixing

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | March 18, 2014

If you've just made the switch from FCP7 to Media Composer 7, than the last lesson in this five part tutorial series will help you make the transition as smooth as possible!

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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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GH4 4K camera gets a price & delivery date: Let’s analyze…

GH4 4K camera gets a price & delivery date: Let’s analyze…

The Panasonic Lumix GH4 and “broadcast” interface finally has a price & delivery. Let’s analyze it.

By Allan Tépper | March 12, 2014

In February, I published my first look at the 4K Panasonic Lumix GH4, where I included most of the known specs, together with its “broadcast” adapter, the YAGH. At that time, we were missing the price and availability. Now that we have them, let’s analyze them with possible system accessories (XLR audio, external recorders, and studio connections), and a new video/commentary by Bryan Harvey.

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Why Use Camera Archives in Final Cut Pro X?

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | March 11, 2014

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Why would you want to use a Camera Archive to import your video clips?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Mark Spencer talks with Steve Martin from Ripple Training about Camera Archives. When transferring footage from a camera's card, you can of course simply drag the... Read More

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Replay XD1080 / XD720 HD POV Action Cameras

Smallest Profile and Most Robust Design of Any POV Action Cam on the Market

By Jeff Foster | March 07, 2014

The Replay XD HD cams are a truly unique design, with a low-profile and they're built like a tank. Made with hard-anodized aluminum cases that are water resistant without the need for an external housing for most applications, these lightweight POV action cams have the versatility and durability that even the most popular competitors can only dream of.

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Bring on the Backups in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | March 04, 2014

How does Final Cut Pro X back up your work?

On this week's episode of MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training takes us through the what, why, when, where, and how of backups in Final Cut Pro X.

Final Cut backups are enabled by default and they back up... Read More

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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: Over 200 people have asked you to remove the Band-Aid!

Blackmagic: Over 200 people have asked you to remove the Band-Aid!

Over 200 DreamColor users have signed the online petition for Blackmagic to remove the Band-Aid!

By Allan Tépper | February 26, 2014

Back in May 2012, I created an online petition directed at Blackmagic. Why did I do that? Because despite years of diplomatic prodding on my part, both via articles in ProVideo Coalition magazine and private emails, Blackmagic had (and has still) avoided and postponed offering RGB on its HDMI outputs. [If you’ve read my articles regarding HP DreamColor connectivity, you already know that the DreamColor engine demands digital RGB (not YUV/component) and true progressive (not interlaced or even PsF).]

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Audition Tips in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 25, 2014

How do you use Auditions in Final Cut Pro X?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us some novel and practical ways to use auditions that you may not have considered.

Auditions are kind of like single "multiclips" that obviate the need... Read More

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Optimizing performance in Premiere & After Effects

Some resources

By Rich Young | February 25, 2014

Adobe offered a free webinar, Optimizing your system for peak performance with After Effects & Adobe Premiere Pro, on February 27, 2014. Presented by Todd Kopriva (After Effects QA) and Steve Hoeg (Premiere Pro engineering manager), the session covers how CPU, graphics cards, and RAM affect performance, as well as platform-specific considerations, including the new Mac Pro.

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It’s a calibrated 709 field monitor! No, a 10-bit 4:2:2 recorder! It’s Ninja Blade or Samurai Blade!

It’s a calibrated 709 field monitor! No, a 10-bit 4:2:2 recorder! It’s Ninja Blade or Samurai Blade!

It’s a bird!? It’s a plane!? No, it’s a calibrated 709 monitor + a 10-bit 4:2:2 recorder!

By Allan Tépper | February 25, 2014

It isn’t easy to decide whether to call Átomos’s Samurai Blade or new Ninja Blade (just released this morning at BVE in London, England, UK) a calibrated 709 monitor which happens to have a built-in 10-bit 4:2:2 recorder, or to call it a 10-bit 4:2:2 recorder which happens to have a built-in calibrated 709 monitor. Some people might use it primarily as a monitor, and as a backup recording from higher end cameras that already record high end signals internally, while others might buy it as their primary recorder, when the internal camera one is at 8-bit 4:2:0 or to record the output of a video mixer. Either way, one comes with the other. Ahead are some details and comparative test recordings.

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The Post Podcast Episode 11 - Imagineer Systems

We talk to Ross Shain, Chief Marketing Office at Imagineer Systems about all things tracking!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | February 21, 2014

In this weeks show, we look at news & views from the week ending February 21st, 2014.  We're talking motion tracking with Ross Shain, Chief Marketing Officer at Imagineer Systems, and we're giving away a copy of Mocha Pro!

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First look: Canon’s VIXIA/LEGRIA mini X 1080p cameras

First look: Canon’s VIXIA/LEGRIA mini X 1080p cameras

The mini X 1080p camera can seamlessly intercut with a C300; partially complies with Beyond AVCHD Manifesto.

By Allan Tépper | February 19, 2014

Canon’s latest tiny yet ferocious 1080p cameras, the VIXIA mini (US$299) and VIXIA mini X (US$399) —together with their 25p cousins, the LEGRIA mini and LEGRIA mini X, boast irresistible features while taking positive steps towards the Beyond AVCHD Manifesto. This first look article will focus on the more capable (and quite intriguing) mini X, including videos, specs, potential applications, and my few criticisms.

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Useful Tools for Editors - Winter’s End Edition

Lots of FCPX stuff in this list. And a $150 iPad app

By Scott Simmons | February 18, 2014

It’s been awhile since we’ve looked at some Useful Tools for Editors so with this new batch of utilities that have popped up recently let’s have a look. We’ve got quite a few for Final Cut Pro X, a color correction app for those with deep pockets and one that might help with tricky file format conversions.

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