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Video in DSLRs: The Speed Limit

When photographers move into video, they learn something very puzzling: there is a speed limit! Time to get a special filter.

By Jose Antunes | June 07, 2014

Photographers control exposure with a triangle comprised of aperture, shutter speed and ISO. It's so common that no one thinks about it... until they turn the button on their DSLRs to video mode and discover, after some initial tests, that their videos are all jumpy. The solution is simple, but it is not always clearly explained. I could say it involves leaving the triangle behind and going for a square. It's something that asks for a new way of thinking. Let me explain.

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First look: ThunderBay IV 4-bay 12TB Thunderbolt system

First look: ThunderBay IV 4-bay 12TB Thunderbolt system

Over the upcoming weeks, I’ll be reviewing this quite flexible Thunderbolt storage device.

By Allan Tépper | June 06, 2014

Long time readers know that I have reviewed several different Thunderbolt storage (and other) devices from diverse manufacturers. One of those is OWC, aka Other World Computing. I am now honored to be invited to review their new ThunderBay IV 4-bay 12TB Thunderbolt, system, which can be configured in several different ways and promises to offer quite a punch for its relatively low —and even palindromic— price of US$979. Here’s a first look.

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Send Better Video Project Pitches Faster

Proposal software and templates can help you prepare proposals faster, track whether they've been viewed, and win business.

By Chris Potter | June 04, 2014

Before I started work building our video review and approval platform I worked in the consulting business. A big part of the job involved preparing client pitches and proposals.

The process was pretty tedious. Proposals were built based off of templates we had prepared. More often... Read More

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Replace/Relink in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | June 03, 2014

When to replace and when to relink?

This is the question Mark and Steve from Ripple Training tackle on this week's MacBreak Studio.

If you need to replace a video clip, graphic, or audio file in your Final Cut Pro X project, one way is to use the aptly-named... 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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Get those nice bright MacOS Finder label colors back

Mavericks introduced Tags but removed the easy-to-see labels making the colors much less useful

By Scott Simmons | May 30, 2014

Any readers out there who are using the Mac OS and editing video have probably made good use of Mac OS Finder labels over the years to assign a designated color to a folder, file or group of files for whatever reason one might color anything. They were big, bright colors that were easy to... Read More

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Hands-On Review with the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+

Hands-On Review with the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+

Ready to Fly with 14MP/1080p Camera and 3-Axis Stabilized Gimbal

By Jeff Foster | May 29, 2014

The Phantom 2 Vision+ (plus) is DJI's latest offering of their popular consumer-level multirotor "flying camera". With their own built-in 14MP/1080p camera on a 3-axis gimbal, this quadcopter is indeed ready-to-fly right out of the box. I've given it a few flights to test it and here are my first impressions...

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First Look: DJI S1000 Octocopter with EOS 5D MKIII

Video Review of the Latest Multirotor UAV for Serious Aerial Cinematic and Photographic Imagery

By Jeff Foster | May 28, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to interview photographer Stephen Wheatcraft with his new DJI S1000 UAV and get a full run-down on the setup and operation of the craft and camera.

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Which Sony Camera is Going to Work Better for Your Production, the PXW-Z100 or PMW-300?

Which Sony Camera is Going to Work Better for Your Production, the PXW-Z100 or PMW-300?

A review of both cameras to help you make the right choice

By Alister Chapman | May 28, 2014

I decided to review both of these cameras together. Why? Well because many of the people I have met recently have been looking at both of these cameras as possible options. The price of both of these cameras is very similar, yet both cameras are actually quite different. On the one... Read More

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Review and Approval Options for Video Pros

Vimeo's new Copyright Match on private videos means many editors might be looking UPDATED 5/23/14

By Scott Simmons | May 22, 2014

Vimeo has dropped a bomb on their community with the May 21 announcement of Copyright Match on Vimeo. Of course this sent the internet into a tailspin as any big change in a useful, popular service always does. It has also sent a lot of content creators, filmmakers and editors into orbit as they have used Vimeo and its private link option as a review and approval service for their clients. It is easy to use and share private links but Vimeo was never meant to be a review and approval service. Thankfully there are a lot of R&A services out there. READ ON FOR A 5/23/14 UPDATE FROM VIMEO.

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Dissecting the recent Adobe Creative Cloud outage

Personally I was fine but curious as to who was hit and why

By Scott Simmons | May 20, 2014

Unless you were living under a rock last week you most likely heard that Adobe’s Creative Cloud service suffered a major outage. You may have even been affected by it. Or quite possibly you worked right through it using your Adobe apps and never knew it was happening. Maybe you knew it was going on but your Adobe apps hummed right along. I worked right through the whole thing in Premiere Pro CC . I was curious as to exactly who was affected and what those situations were so I took to Twitter to try and find out.

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Final Cut Library Manager

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | May 20, 2014

It's 10 o'clock; do you know where your libraries are?

And even if you do, do you know what's in them? This week on MacBreak Studio, I talk with Steve Martin from Ripple Training about an indispensable application if you use Final Cut Pro X.

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Bentley Motors does high-end short, shot on iPhone 5s

Bentley Motors does high-end short, shot on iPhone 5s

It lasts 4:25 including the making-of.

By Allan Tépper | May 16, 2014

Thanks to Jeff Taylor of TeleverseStudios.com, I just became aware of Bentley Motors' high-end short, which they shot completely with an iPhone 5s and FiLMiC Pro. The duration is 4 minutes, 25 seconds, including the making-of. Ahead is the video and my comments.

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Pro Tools 11 Hardware and Software Upgrade

Life is a Beta Test

By Woody Woodhall | May 13, 2014

There are many of us in Hollywood and beyond who depend on the dependability of Avid’s Pro Tools digital audio workstation.  Many of us have been using it for many years and in many different hardware and software iterations.  Studio owners like myself, wade in slowly as we take... Read More

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Don’t Copy Those Proxies!

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | May 13, 2014

Do you have to keep editing when you travel?

This week on MacBreak Studio, I talk with Steve Martin from Ripple Training about taking your edit on the road.

The scenario is this: you are editing in your office on a Mac Pro with your media on a large RAID like a... Read More

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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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RØDE’s PinMic takes lavalier microphones to a new esthetic level

RØDE’s PinMic takes lavalier microphones to a new esthetic level

The RØDE PinMic is the least obtrusive body mic short of hiding a conventional lav inside clothing.

By Allan Tépper | May 07, 2014

In addition to offering the wonderful RØDE REC application for iOS which I recently reviewed (link ahead), RØDE is primarily known as a renowned microphone manufacturer from Australia. One of its unique designs is the PinMic, the least obtrusive body mic I’ve ever seen, short of hiding a conventional lav inside clothing. With the PinMic, absolutely all components and cabling stay inside the clothes, except the microphone element itself, which connects to the rest via three tiny pins, which perforate the shirt or dress non-destructively.

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Replacing Temp Music in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | May 06, 2014

 

    How can you reconnect media in a managed library?

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training the answer to that question by using a common scenario: replacing temp music.

As editors, we often spend countless hours combing... Read More

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A Recipe for Analog to Digital Video Transfer:  Baking

A Recipe for Analog to Digital Video Transfer:  Baking

Problems encountered in the process of preserving our video past

By Richard Wirth | May 05, 2014

We had a project come to us recently that required the transfer of ¾ inch videotape to digital files. To those for whom analog videotapes have become a mysterious relic akin to Egyptian hieroglyphs, let it be known that much of our cultural heritage still exists only on this medium.

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Have AJA/Blackmagic forgotten about ABC/Disney/ESPN/FOX?

Have AJA/Blackmagic forgotten about ABC/Disney/ESPN/FOX?

It is understandable not to record 720p internally, but what about 720p over the live SDI output?

By Allan Tépper | May 02, 2014

Both AJA and Blackmagic showed cameras at NAB 2014, as I covered in other articles. All of these new cameras offer some type of SDI connector for studio use, and all can shoot the matching framerates for 720p (50p & 59.94p), but none of these cameras (even those specifically marketed for studio use) includes 720p in any of their specs. Could have AJA and Blackmagic forgotten about 39+ US networks that use 720p? Or what…?

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