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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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Theatrical Television

Theatrical Television

Large screen projection was a gleam in television’s eye long before today’s digital systems

By Richard Wirth | August 04, 2014

Television has been trying to grow up and be a projection medium since its inception.  With the advent of digital, the little box of light and shadows has finally gotten its big boy pants and even whipped its big brother, film, to take over supremacy in the theatrical world.

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Essential Kit for DSLR Videography

Buying your first equipment to create video with your DSLR camera? Then you should read this guide!

By Jose Antunes | August 01, 2014

You've got your DSLR with video capabilities and just decided you want to try them out. Imagine you had $500 to spend on accessories. What should you buy?

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The dawn of CFast video recording

The dawn of CFast video recording

A tiny CFast chip now rivals HDCAM SR tape, and a US$50 CFast reader now rivals an HDCAM SR deck which typically costs US$50k +

By Allan Tépper | July 31, 2014

The first CFast devices were shown at CES in 2009, but NAB 2014 was the first time I saw professional video products using it. CFast is a derivative format of CompactFlash which offers the very high bit rates required by virtually lossless intraframe 10-bit 4:2:2 códecs like ProRes 422 and DNxHD for HD, and even for 4K. The pioneers I saw using it were Átomos and Blackmagic. A tiny CFast chip now rivals an HDCAM SR tape, and a US$50 CFast reader now rivals an HDCAM SR deck which typically costs well over US$50k. Ahead are the details.

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Relatively Speaking, Absolutely!

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | July 31, 2014

 

Absolute or Relative?

It's up to you, as you'll discover in this week's episode of MacBreak Studio, in which Steve and Mark from Ripple Training continue their exploration of the feature enhancements in the 10.1.2 update to Final Cut Pro X.

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Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014.0.1 - the biggest little update you’ll see today

Minor in number but a few major enhancements for offline to online delivery

By Scott Simmons | July 24, 2014

It seems like only yesterday that Adobe updated Premiere Pro CC to the 2014 version. Well check your updaters because now we have version 2014.0.1. The nomenclature is minor but there’s a couple of big editing enhancements that those who have been wanting them will be thrilled with.

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Finding Unused Clips in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | July 22, 2014

 

Did I use that clip already?

Continuing their exploration of new features introduced in the 10.1.2 update to Final Cut Pro X, this week on MacBreak Studio Steve Martin and Mark Spencer from Ripple Training demonstrate the expanded capacity to filter and build... Read More

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Choosing a Pole for Aerial Video

With drones starting to be "grounded" by legislation, it may be a good idea to look for alternatives like Pole Aerial Video.

By Jose Antunes | July 17, 2014

It started out as PAP, for Pole Aerial Photography, but now it also is PAV, or Pole Aerial Video. It's a technique that allows you to create images that have an aerial look, although they are taken from the ground. It's a low altitude video solution for your DSLR or smaller camera.

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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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Pinnacle Studio for iPad to add missing framerates & 48 kHz!

Pinnacle Studio for iPad to add missing framerates & 48 kHz!

The developer has committed to adding non-integer framerates and standard audio sampling.

By Allan Tépper | July 16, 2014

Last month, I published an article covering improvements in Pinnacle Studio for iPad, which is a video editing app which was originally an Avid product. At the same time, I made some constructive criticisms to the lack of non-integer framerates and proper 48 kHz. I am now delighted to let you know that the developer has committed to adding all of those. Ahead are the details.

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Taking Flight: Drone Photography & Videography Workshop

2-Day Online Streaming Video Workshop on CreativeLive

By Jeff Foster | July 15, 2014

Whether you're new to Aerial Photography/Videography and looking for how to get started, or have some experience and want to see how to get more out of your productions or take it to the next level, then this online streaming video workshop may be just the help you're looking for!

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Inexpensive balanced XLR lavalier microphone test

Inexpensive balanced XLR lavalier microphone test

Can you really get a pair of balanced XLR lavalier mics for under US$100?

By Allan Tépper | July 15, 2014

If you have ever priced lavalier microphones with balanced XLR connections, you know that they typically cost upwards of US$150 each, and sometimes can cost more than double that price. However, my friend María found a package deal where she was able to receive not one, but two balanced XLR lavalier microphones for well under US$100, which means that each mic cost less than US$50. Ahead you’ll get to hear four recorded tests and make your own conclusion about the quality.

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Finder Logging for Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | July 15, 2014

I can log my footage in the Finder?

Yes, that is now possible thanks to a new feature in the 10.1.2 update to Final Cut Pro X which imports Finder Tags as keyword collections.

In Mavericks, you can now assign metadata to any file in the Finder with Finder Tags - an... Read More

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Inventing the non-linear edit suite

How five different products were created from five different philosophies

By ChrisZwar | July 15, 2014

If you're developing a groundbreaking new product, where do you start?  The desktop video revolution was driven by the emergence of non-linear editing systems running on home computers, but adapting them for video production was a gradual process.  The products that were being... Read More

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Useful Tools for Editors - Been a Long Time Edition

Rejoice in small software developers!

By Scott Simmons | July 13, 2014

It’s been a long time, been a long time, been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time since we last had a Useful Tools for Editors roundup. Let’s jump into it with a long list of stand-alone applications, tools and items that support many different other tools and workflows. They all have one thing in common which we’ll discuss at the end of the post.

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Renaming and Relinking Files in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | July 08, 2014

 

 

Keep your filenames - and find them more easily.

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve and Mark from Ripple Training continue their exploration of the new features in the 10.1.2 update to Final Cut Pro X. Today, they explore two improvements:... Read More

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