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iPad video editing finally supports translucent logo overlays!

iPad video editing finally supports translucent logo overlays!

Now you can edit video on your iPad and include translucent logo overlays via alpha channel.

By Allan Tépper | February 14, 2014

Back in 2012, I wrote about many editors’ frustration about iPad video editing apps that (back then) unfortunately did not respect alpha channel in logos they imported, to allow for translucency. Most producer/editors I know who edit 1080p video capsules for the web demand this capability, especially for their lower thirds. For many, this issue has been the only reason they have continued to use a laptop to edit video. This has now changed. For those editors and organizations, this change represents a quantum leap! Details ahead!

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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.

Califano shot with the... Read More

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Performance Testing Final Cut Pro X on the new Mac Pro

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 11, 2014

So how fast is Final Cut Pro X on the new Mac Pro?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin and Mark Spencer from Ripple Training continue their 4-part series exploring the ultimate 4K Final Cut Pro X editing system built around the Mac Pro.

In this third episode,... Read More

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First look: Panasonic Lumix GH4 4K camera with YAGH

First look: Panasonic Lumix GH4 4K camera with YAGH

The GH4 does 4K, has a full 4:2:2/10-bit HDMI output

By Allan Tépper | February 09, 2014

Thanks to reader René Borroto, I became aware of Panasonic’s announcement of the new GH4 camera and its optional YAGH “broadcast” adapter. The GH4 camera adds 4K video recording, additional framerates, and lower compression rates. The YAGH adds XLR audio inputs, timecode inputs, HDMI & 3G-SDI output. Details ahead, plus UPDATED with test footage.

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The Mac Pro and Thunderbolt 2

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 04, 2014

What's the difference between Thunderbolt 1 and Thunderbolt 2? And do you really need Thunderbolt 2 in order to work with 4K material?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin and Mark Spencer from Ripple Training continue their 4-part series exploring the ultimate 4K... Read More

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Editing video with the EditShare Field2

While a single editor connected isn't EditShare's exact target market the Field2 performed very well

By Scott Simmons | February 03, 2014

A recent edit saw the opportunity to test out a type of media storage that I hadn’t used before: that unit was the EditShare Field 2 portable shared storage server. A hard drive isn’t just a hard drive as configurations, connections and speed are all determining factors when it comes to choosing storage. It’s also important how storage performs in the field as the file-based acquisition world we live in means drives are just as important on the set as they are in the edit suite. Enter the EditShare Field 2 as it went right from shoot to post.

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Get Started Fast with Avid for Final Cut Pro 7 Editors : Lesson 2

Let's Get Started Fast with Avid for Final Cut Pro 7 Editors - In Lesson 2 - Common Tasks

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 30, 2014

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

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The Ultimate Final Cut Pro X System

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | January 30, 2014

 

Are you thinking of upgrading your editing hardware? Considering the new Mac Pro?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin and Mark Spencer from Ripple Training kick off a 4-part series exploring the ultimate 4K Final Cut Pro X editing system built around... Read More

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Get Started Fast with Avid for Final Cut Pro 7 Editors : Lesson 1

Let's Get Started Fast with Avid for Final Cut Pro 7 Editors - In Lesson 1 - Sequences

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 29, 2014

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

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Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7: Lesson 5

Let's wrap up our look at how to Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7 - In this lesson - Delivering Your Finished Project

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 29, 2014

If you've been thinking that Media Composer is a little to daunting to get started with, than the last part of this five part series will get you up and running lightning quick!

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Moving Media in Final Cut Pro 10.1

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | January 21, 2014

What happens when you move a clip from one event to another?

In this week's episode of MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training demonstrates exactly what happens and why.

The new unified library model in Final Cut Pro 10.1 really simplifies media... Read More

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Apple promotes iPad videojournalism in new promo

Apple promotes iPad videojournalism in new promo

In a recent promotional video spot and photo, Apple features Josh Apter and his Padcaster in Iguazú Falls, Argentina.

By Allan Tépper | January 19, 2014

Even though I know Josh Apter, the inventor of the Padcaster, I didn’t find out about this from him. I just happened to be on the Apple website for other reasons and saw their new promotion called Your Verse, which includes both still photos and a video spot. I noticed there was someone using a Padcaster in Iguazú Falls, Argentina, and then I looked closer and recognized that the man in the picture was Josh Apter. Ahead you'll see a still photo and a video.

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Sony new NX3 camcorder compared with the Canon XA20

Sony new NX3 camcorder compared with the Canon XA20

Sony just announced the NX3 camcorder. Let’s do a 22-point comparison with the Canon XA20, and see some footage too.

By Allan Tépper | January 19, 2014

Last week, I attended Sony’s webinar about their new products, and saw the new HXR-NX3 1080p camera, which reminded me a lot of the Canon XA20, although the prices don’t seem to be in the same range. Both cameras a very intriguing to me. Let’s compare the specs, footage quality, price, and determine which comes closer to fulfilling my Beyond AVCHD Manifesto.

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From Padcaster to iOgrapher: María’s migration story

From Padcaster to iOgrapher: María’s migration story

iPad videojournalism flourishes, and its technology evolves.

By Allan Tépper | January 17, 2014

Padcaster was the first truly complete device to attach an iPad to a tripod, with cold-shoes for accessories and a lens mount. I first covered Padcaster at NAB 2012, and in 2013, I mentioned it within several articles. In December 2013, Jeff Foster published a review on a competing device called iOgrapher. This article will cover the unusual set of circumstances that followed Jeff’s review, and led to an unexpected migration.

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Should Professional Editors care about FCPX (again)?

Sam Mestman thinks so: he's betting his company on it. I think he's right. Attend his demo 25 January and make up your own mind.

By Adam Wilt | January 15, 2014

Last October Kevin McAuliffe told us in two articles that Final Cut Pro X wasn't worth caring about: "FCPX is still not ready for professional use". He caught a lot of crap for saying so, but he was right... in a very constrained context (which, if you read his rants, he carefully... Read More

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Working with Libraries in Final Cut Pro X

On This Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | January 14, 2014

Welcome to our third MacBreak Studio on the brand new Final Cut Pro 10.1!

In this episode, Steve Martin from Ripple Training dives into the nitty-gritty of working with Libraries.

A few weeks ago we discussed the concept of the unified library model that was... Read More

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HP Z1 G2 offers Thunderbolt2 and matte display! (First look article)

HP Z1 G2 offers Thunderbolt2 and matte display! (First look article)

HP has fortunately addressed what I considered to be the two key weaknesses of the first generation Z1 all-in-one Workstation.

By Allan Tépper | January 12, 2014

I am so glad that HP has addressed what I considered to be the two biggest weaknesses of the first generation of the Z1, the company's first all-in-one workstation, which forced the user to use a very glossy display and had absolutely no connection for an external disk array (RAID). HP just announced the second generation of the Z1, and both issues have been addressed, together with performance improvements and other user choices. Let’s take a first look in this very short article and video.

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Five iOS-capable, dual-input balanced>USB audio interfaces compared

Five iOS-capable, dual-input balanced>USB audio interfaces compared

Mission: Connect two balanced XLR mics to your iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, bypassing the iDevice’s inferior preamp and A>D converter

By Allan Tépper | January 11, 2014

In prior articles, we have established that the best audio quality on iOS devices is achieved when connecting digitally, thus bypassing their inferior preamp and internal A>D converters. We have also discovered that starting with iOS 7, iPhones and iPod Touches can now join the digital party, together with iPads. It’s easy to connect a single (compatible) USB mic to your iDevice, but what about connecting two mics digitally? In this article, I’ll compare devices from ART, Avid, Roland, SoundDevices, and Tascam, between US$79 and US$899, from specs/features to actual recording samples.

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A Q and A with Avid about Sphere, ISIS and Interplay

I admit to not being able to keep these products straight so I thought I'd ask Avid to explain them to me

By Scott Simmons | January 08, 2014

Adobe made a big splash over the last year + with Adobe Anywhere, their “real-time collaboration” platform meant to connect editors without physical limitations. If you have the right hardware then Adobe Premiere Pro CC is ready for Adobe Anywhere. Avid also has their own version of this real-time collaboration idea … in fact Avid had this option available before Adobe had Anywhere. It’s called Interplay Sphere and I don’t know much about it. Since The Editblog did a Q and A with Adobe about Anywhere it’s only fair we do the same with Avid.

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RØDE Rec audio app for iOS has come a long way

RØDE Rec audio app for iOS has come a long way

Many improvements have been added to the RØDE Rec audio app since the last time we saw it with a different name.

By Allan Tépper | January 08, 2014

RØDE Rec is the new name of an extremely powerful —yet inexpensive— audio app for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch I have covered previously, in several articles and ebooks back in 2012, by its original name. The renowned Australian microphone manufacturer (RØDE) actually took the core of the original app and invested a year of custom development to improve it. Ahead we’ll cover the improvements, and point out the only missing details that I’d really like them to add.

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