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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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Being a Videographer in Virtual Worlds

Creating a Space Simulation video is easy with the tools available to videographers. Let me take you into a virtual world!

By Jose Antunes | July 08, 2014

I continue to test PowerDirector 12 as an option to edit my videos, and this is a new article about the program and what I am doing with it. It is also a mix of different technologies in use, from nVidia's ShadowPlay to a PC game that will be launched this year, Elite: Dangerous, from Frontier, so I thought this may interest some readers.

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The Library Inspector in Final Cut Pro 10.1.2

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | July 01, 2014

Last week Apple released its 12th update to Final Cut Pro X since its release 3 years ago.

This 10.1.2 update includes a variety of workflow improvements which we covered in detail in this PVC article. Over the next few weeks we'll be discussing these changes here on... Read More

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Product Review: Genus Elite Matte Box & Bravo Follow Focus MK3

Professional Filmmaking Gear That Keeps Working

By Jeff Foster | June 27, 2014

I've had the opportunity to use the Genustech cine gear for several months now on a variety of cameras from a Sony EX3, to a Canon 60D to a Blackmagic Design Cinema Cam and a BMD Pocket Cam. Highly adjustable, durable, and travels very well. In one word: Solid.

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Hands on with the Atomos Samurai Blade and Connect Converter/TSG

Hands on with the Atomos Samurai Blade and Connect Converter/TSG

The First High-Definition HD-SDI Test Set That Fits in Your Hand

By Kevin Owen | June 26, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to try out the new Samurai Blade from Atomos and was really impressed with all of the features they managed to pack into such a small package.

I stumbled onto the product almost by accident - I had just purchased one of their Connect signal... Read More

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Getting Tricky with Auditions in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | June 26, 2014

Something else you can do with Auditions?

Yes, although we have talked about Auditions in Final Cut Pro X before, this week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training demonstrates another way to work with this powerful feature.

For the uninitiated,... Read More

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CapicúaFM: First podcast I recorded with Bossjock Studio

CapicúaFM: First podcast I recorded with Bossjock Studio

CapicúaFM was the first podcast I recorded “live-to-drive” with Bossjock Studio, the automatic mixer, and iRig Pro

By Allan Tépper | June 25, 2014

ProVideo Coalition readers who are interested in audio production will recall my recent article about Bossjock Studio, and my review of the AT-MX351a automatic audio mixer which kills crosstalk (links ahead). Well now I recorded and published my first “live-to-drive” podcast, as opposed to post-producing everything later, as I did in the past. I also used the iRig Pro A-to-D converter. Ahead is the setup, and the experience.

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GoPro Dual HERO System for Stereoscopic 3D

GoPro Dual HERO System for Stereoscopic 3D

Housing and Sync System for Twin Hero3+ Black Cameras

By Jeff Foster | June 24, 2014

GoPro introduces the Dual HERO System for two Hero3+ Black Edition cameras to create 3D stereoscopic images and I get to take it to task in this review, shooting still image pairs and video clips.

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A Wearable 4G LTE Camera

The Liquid Image Ego LS camera allows live streaming beyond the range of Wi-Fi, but there is a catch: the resolution.

By Jose Antunes | June 24, 2014

While many action camcorders in the market offer wireless connectivity, only the Liquid Image Ego LS, which will be launched this Summer, is able to transmit over a 4G LTE network video in WQVGA at 30fps. If by now you're confused, let me share this with you: WQVGA is a nominal resolution of 400x240, with multiple variants, the biggest of them covering 480x272 pixels. Yes, that's what the Liquid Image Ego LS does on 4G.

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EOS 600D/Rebel 3Ti: The Best and Cheapest DSLR for Video

If you want a DSLR for video and have few lenses, the EOS 600D may be your best investment.

By Jose Antunes | June 18, 2014

The humble EOS Rebel 3Ti/EOS 600D DSLR from Canon, launched in 2011, is one of two Canon cameras offering your lenses a unique feature: as if by magic, your 100mm becomes a 300mm. But Canon dropped the function in most recent models.

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mObject for Motion and Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | June 17, 2014

3D objects in Motion and Final Cut Pro?

Well yes, it is possible, thanks to a new plugin from MotionVFX.com called mObject.

With mObject, you can create or import 3D objects, add lighting and textures, and then manipulate them directly inside either Final Cut Pro X... Read More

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Blackmagic finally removes (part of) the Band-Aid!

Blackmagic finally removes (part of) the Band-Aid!

After several years + 241 electronic signatures, some DreamColor Monitor users can rejoice and sell their Band-Aid, but not all

By Allan Tépper | June 15, 2014

A few days ago, I received a cryptic message from an Australian reader (a countryman of Blackmagic, but apparently not a Blackmagic Design employee). It said: “Looks like Blackmagic have removed the Band-Aid. Latest software supports RGB 10bit on HDMI!”. I immediately downloaded the ReadMe for the latest update to Blackmagic’s Desktop Video Software, which also automatically updates firmware when appropriate. I had a couple of questions and contacted Blackmagic PR. Ahead are the critical details you need to know.

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