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Moving on Up to the Creative Cloud, the State of the VFX Industry and NLE Updates Galore

Moving on Up to the Creative Cloud, the State of the VFX Industry and NLE Updates Galore

The Year in Review on ProVideo Coalition: 2013

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | January 05, 2014

2013 saw a number of announcements and updates from the biggest names in the industry, but really that’s the case every year. Specifically, NLE systems saw a huge amount of love as the big three (Adobe, Avid and Apple) all updated their software while Adobe completely changed... Read More

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Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO audio interface review part 2: with Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO audio interface review part 2: with Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

Part 2: an audio/video recording to show performance with a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

By Allan Tépper | December 31, 2013

For part 2 of the Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO audio interface review, I got together with Ríchard Izarra in one of his extremely brief visits to Miami to test audio with his new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. Ahead you’ll see (and hear) a brief audio/video clip.

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Understanding Libraries in Final Cut Pro 10.1

On This Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | December 31, 2013

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

In this episode, Steve Martin from Ripple Training and I discuss the fundamental structural change in this very significant update: the move to a unified library model. While there are many workflow... Read More

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Final Cut Pro X 10.1 now speaks Castilian (aka “Spanish”)

Final Cut Pro X 10.1 now speaks Castilian (aka “Spanish”)

Version 10.1 of FCP X can finally display its menus in Castilian, the most widely used Spanish language.

By Allan Tépper | December 25, 2013

After upgrading Final Cut Pro X to version 10.1, I was delighted to see that it was addressing me —quite unexpectedly— in the language of Cervantes. With other updates of Final Cut Pro X, I have always read the release notes, but for some reason this time I didn’t.... Read More

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Kicking the Tires on Final Cut Pro X 10.1

The update is new, big, fast and free. Still missing stuff.

By Scott Simmons | December 20, 2013

Thursday was the big day that Apple Final Cut Pro X users have been waiting for for quite a while as FCPX 10.1 was released into the world … for free. I had been waiting for it to so after a rather painless update process, first to OSX Mavericks then to FCPX 10.1, I was up and rolling the morning of the release for a couple of days of editing. I wouldn’t call this update Earth-shaking, though there are some very welcome changes. But I wouldn’t call it inconsequential either because if you’re working with FCPX you going to want to be on 10.1 … without a doubt.

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Burning DVDs from Final Cut Pro X-without FCP X!

On This Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | December 17, 2013

On this episode of MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us a great trick for burning DVDs from projects created in Final Cut Pro X.

Now some of you may be saying "what's a DVD?" - but DVDs are still a widely-used offline distribution medium so a... Read More

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BeachTek DXA-SLR PRO audio interface review part 1: with Canon 7D

BeachTek DXA-SLR PRO audio interface review part 1: with Canon 7D

In part 1, we review design, a unique feature, specs, and performance with a Canon 7D.

By Allan Tépper | December 05, 2013

I was happily surprised when BeachTek recently contacted me regarding their DXA-SLR PRO audio interface. Ahead you’ll see part 1 of my review, including design, a unique feature, specs, and preamp performance with a Canon 7D camera, thanks to Acquest Multimedia. Upcoming articles will cover its use with other types of cameras, including both the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and traditional video cameras.

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Dancing to the Beat

Animating Text to Music in Motion

By Mark Spencer | December 03, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how animate text to "dance to the beat" of a song.

The audio parameter behavior is one of the unsung heroes of Motion. It's so easy to use, yet so powerful at the same time. You can use it to animate... Read More

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Cable Television

It all began on a wooden power pole

By Richard Wirth | December 02, 2013

As cable television’s customer base shrinks due to the rise in Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) delivery and driven by the use of mobile devices, it’s appropriate to look back at cable’s beginning.  Before there was HBO, Showtime, Superstations or CSpan, there was Community Antenna Television.

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All the 2013 Black Friday Deals in one place

All the 2013 Black Friday Deals in one place

Is the software you want on sale? I'll be updating this list up until the weekend!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 26, 2013

I'll be updating this list up until Black Friday, to keep everyone up to date on the great sales happening around the "post" web!

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Wrapping Text in Motion

On This Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | November 26, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how wrap text around an object and animate it.

There are five different Layout Methods for text layers in Motion. The default is "Type" and it's the one you'll likely use most often. The Paragraph... Read More

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One Ring to Rule Them All - Random Text Animation in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | November 20, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to create a random text animation in Motion.

Motion's text styling and animating capabilities are superb - especially when it comes to animating text with behaviors. And while there are many great... Read More

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Why Manuela returned to FCP after loving Premiere Pro CS6?

Why Manuela returned to FCP after loving Premiere Pro CS6?

A year ago, Manuela Santana migrated to Premiere Pro CS6, but unusual circumstances made her return to FCP.

By Allan Tépper | November 12, 2013

A year ago, professional editor Manuela Santana abandoned FCP X and migrated to Premiere Pro CS6, but has just returned to FCP. This article will explain why an unusual discovery about footage shot with FiLMiC Pro made Manuela go back to FCP.

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Creative Uses of the Range Tool in Final Cut Pro X

On This Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | November 12, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training explores the Range tool in Final Cut Pro X.

The Range tool - found in the Tools menu or invoked with the keyboard shortcut "R" - has a surprisingly large number of uses throughout the editing of a... Read More

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IMAG 101 - Part 3

The Technique

By Aaron Williams | November 10, 2013

IMAG 101

The last two posts covered the equipment and crew that it takes to run a successful IMAG show. Now we’re gonna wrap it all up by talking about how to take your gear and your crew and run your show well.

Part 3: The Technique

We’re mainly going to be talking... Read More

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Is now the time to move to Mavericks?

Is now the time to move to Mavericks?

Have you made the plunge? I haven't!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 07, 2013

Why do we do it?  We always fall into the same trap.  The dreaded OS update.  In this article, I'm not even going to talk about Windows, as that's an article unto itself.  In this article, we're only going to talk about Mavericks, as it's release is still hammering Mac editors/motion graphic designers/etc who are trying to get their projects done with problems that might be related to their NLE/compositing app, or might be related to Mavericks or both.

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The AW-HE2 could be a gem with a simple firmware update, if Panasonic “got it”

The AW-HE2 could be a gem with a simple firmware update, if Panasonic “got it”

Panasonic AW-HE2 1080p ePTZ camera wows while it disappoints, at least for now.

By Allan Tépper | November 01, 2013

As I wrote in my “first look” back in July, the US$995 AW-HE2 is not a camcorder, but an intriguing camera with a live 1080p (or 720p) output at selectable framerates, together with extensive remote control capabilities via IP or infrared. I am extremely impressed and equally baffled as to why it is missing the most desired possible framerates, while including more obscure, virtually non-distributable ones.

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How to adjust audio levels with Blackmagic cameras

How to adjust audio levels with Blackmagic cameras

The third method may be the charm for the Pocket Cinema camera.

By Allan Tépper | October 31, 2013

 

As several people begin receiving Blackmagic’s Pocket Cinema cameras, many begin to ask me how to deal with their audio with them. They want to know how to connect their mics, how to monitor, and how to adjust levels. This has been further complicated by the fact that surprisingly, Blackmagic has still not added any audio metering to their cameras via a firmware update.

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Tracking Points in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | October 29, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to create a "stretchy" animation by using the Track Points behavior in Motion.

The Apple Developer's Conference this past summer opened with a beautiful motion graphics animation. I wanted to see... Read More

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An Interview with the Hearts and Minds Behind Dell’s M3800

An Interview with the Hearts and Minds Behind Dell’s M3800

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | October 24, 2013

Back in July at SIGGRAPH 2013 I stopped by the Dell Whisper Suite to check out a couple of the new products that were on display and one of them was the Dell Precision M3800 mobile workstation. The folks there shared some key details around what the product would eventually look like but were... Read More

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