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Arri Alexa and Rosco LitePads Come Through for OnLive’s First National Spot

The project started out as a web-only teaser. When the client saw it they added another shoot day and turned it into a national spot. Here's why, and how.

By Art Adams | June 11, 2011

Originally slated to be a web-only spot, the first shoot day went so well that when the client saw the results they ordered a second shoot day, added an actor and made a $1m+ national ad buy. Read More

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After Effects Apprentice Free Video: The “Cascade” Type Animation Recipe

Getting multiple characters to transition smoothly requires diving deep into a text animator's parameters.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | June 07, 2011

As we mentioned earlier, we've been busy this year creating an extensive, multi-course video training series based on our popular beginner's book After Effects Apprentice. Each course has a selection of movies that are free for all to view; we're re-posting those videos here on PVC to make sure you don't miss them. This one is for those who have been trying to create their own type animations, but have trouble getting After Effects to animate more than one character at a time. Read More

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Unboxing the GoPro 3D Hero System

New 3D System from GoPro Even Has Its Own Software

By Clint Milby | June 02, 2011

I just received the very cool GoPro 3D Hero System.  I first saw this gem when GoPro's Rick Loughery showed it off a bit at NAB 2011. I have been anxiously awaiting its arrival ever since, (see the video below). Read More

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Adobe’s Speech Analysis is still chugging along in Premiere Pro CS5.5

It's still far from perfect but as a time-saving tool it saved me quite a few keystrokes

By Scott Simmons | June 01, 2011

When Adobe introduced CS4 they also introduced a new feature that many thought would be the suite's first real killer feature: Speech Transcription. I think the fantasy might have been this: gone was the day of paying a human to transcribe footage as the machines could finally do it for us. That wasn't the reality as the results were often a garbled mess. The humans continued to do a better job. Adobe's transcription accuracy has been improved since version 4 and with CS5.5 it's actually usable. I used it recently and I'm convinced it saved a lot of typing. Read More

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After Effects Apprentice: Parenting

Our latest video training course on lynda.com demonstrates how to group and coordinate layers. Plus, we rescue a bonus movie from the cutting room floor...

By Chris and Trish Meyer | May 30, 2011

As we mentioned earlier, we're in the process of recording our book After Effects Apprentice as a series of training videos, where you get to look over our shoulders and hear what we're thinking as we work through each lesson. Our latest installment is on the subject of Parenting. Parenting is a way to group multiple layers within the same composition inside After Effects. In this lesson, Chris shows how to set up a parenting chain, discusses what makes a good parent, and demonstrates several techniques using Parenting such as creating a title animation with a minimum number of keyframes, building a geometric construct, and bringing an anthropomorphic robot arm to life. Sidebar topics include avoiding a scaling gotcha with parenting, and creating abstract backgrounds using the Fractal Noise effect. Read More

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Using Twixtor in Premiere Pro

Plugin Offers Excellent Solutions to Slowing Motion

By Clint Milby | May 28, 2011

One of the greatest pieces of software that came my way this year was a little motion effects plugin called Twixtor. If you're not familiar, Twixtor is part of a family of products from RE:Vision Effects, a research and development company focused on providing software solutions to modify, control, and enhance digital video imagery at the highest quality. Read More

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Update Alert! Apple ProKit 7.0

A few fixes for FCP, Motion, Soundtrack and Logic

By Scott Simmons | May 18, 2011

Yesterday Apple pushed out a Pro Applications update in the form of ProKit 7.0 for Snow Leopard 10.6.6 and later. It doesn't look to be anything more than some minor issues with FCP, Motion, Soundtrack Pro and the Logic apps. This one: "Fixes leaks and improves stability for the color picker and timecode interface in Final Cut Pro and Motion" intrigues me a bit. I installed yesterday and so far all seems well. It's available from the above link or via Software Update. Read More

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After Effects Apprentice Free Video: Managing Audio Levels

Audio doesn't work like other parameters...

By Chris and Trish Meyer | May 17, 2011

As we mentioned earlier, we've been busy this year creating an extensive, multi-course video training series based on our popular beginner's book After Effects Apprentice. Each course has a selection of movies that are free for all to view; we're re-posting those videos here on PVC to make sure you don't miss them. This one is for those new to handling audio, and wondering how to best control its level. Read More

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NAB 2011: Teradek Revolutionizes Live Broadcast

Landmark Broadcast at NAB Proves the Power of the Cube

By Clint Milby | May 13, 2011

We had a chance to visit with Rod Clark of Teradek who talked about the evolution of their products. Read More

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CMG Hidden Gems: Effects Roundup Bonus

A handful of videos on some general concepts and specific effects.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | May 13, 2011

Last week's installment of Hidden Gems on effects was so well received, we decided to break out of our normal one-chapter-a-week rhythm this week, and instead provide some more resources on using effects. A couple of years ago, we started a course on lynda.com dedicated to sharing insights into some of our favorite effects, also based on Bonus Chapter 23 from our book Creating Motion Graphics. After adding 46 movies on general concepts plus specific effects, we had to set the concept aside; we hope to revisit some time in the future. In the meantime, several of those movies are available for free. We'd like to share those with you here. Read More

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NVIDIA’s Quadro 4000 for Mac, more affordable speed for the right application

Cheaper and smaller than the Quadro FX 4800, the 4000 can greatly compliment the right application.

By Scott Simmons | May 11, 2011

It's been several months since NVIDIA released their newest graphics card for the Macintosh. The Quadro 4000 for Mac uses their newest GPU architecture called Fermi. This card packs a whopping 256 cores onto a card that is half the physical size of the older Quadro FX 4800 (it had only 192 CUDA cores, the slacker). The other bit of news is that the 4000 has a smaller price than the FX 4800 had, coming in at just over $700 (street price) from an Amazon search. On top of all that there's quite a few applications out there that are taking advantage of NVIDIA's CUDA technology that lets apps harness all this GPU power. Read on for a look at several post-production tools and how they work with the 4000. Read More

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After Effects Apprentice Free Video: Track Matte Render Order Tips

Workarounds for when effects aren't working the way you expect with Track Mattes.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | May 11, 2011

As we mentioned earlier, we're creating a video training series based on our popular beginner's book After Effects Apprentice, which progresses from "I haven't used it before" through core skills including keyframing, masking, text animation, and 3D space to advanced techniques such as motion tracking, green screen, and expressions. Each course has a selection of movies that are free for all to view; we're re-posting those videos here on PVC to make sure you don't miss them. This one demonstrates a common problem encoutered when trying to combine Track Mattes with effects, and provides a few different ways to get the desired result. Read More

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Update Alert! Magic Bullet Grinder

A free update to version 1.5 adds some nice features

By Scott Simmons | May 05, 2011

I really like good, focused, affordable post-production tools. Magic Bullet Grinder, one of the most focused tools of all, was updated today to take it from 1.0 to 1.5. That's $49 for the Canon DSLR transcoding tool to buy it new but the 1.5 update is free. What's new in 1.5? Best of all is more ProRes codecs and timecode support. Read More

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Is Cloud Based Editing In Your Future?

Avid showed it last year at NAB. Is Apple about to open a new data center just in time for FCP X?

By Terence Curren | May 05, 2011

Is the cloud the future of editing: with a facility cloud or a remote cloud? How will the tape shortage change delivery into the cloud? How does cloud editing work? Will the cloud be suitable for archive? Will the cloud lead to outsourcing?Check out the latest Terence & Philip Show by clicking below to join the conversation on the future of editing. Read More

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Blackmagic Design at NAB 2011 Part 2

Have A Look At Hyperdeck

By Bruce A Johnson | May 04, 2011

Blackmagicdesign Hyperdeck Products from ProVideo Coalition on Vimeo.

The extended death of tape continues. Blackmagic Designs gives us a look at the Hyperdeck line. Again, the audio is pretty rough, but the info is good enough to share. Read More

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Blackmagic Design at NAB2011 Part 1

A quick look at Davinci Resolve 8

By Bruce A Johnson | May 04, 2011

Blackmagicdesign from ProVideo Coalition on Vimeo.

Here's a quick look at Blackmagic Davinci Resolve 8, including discussion of its new XML capabilities to ease the workflow with Final Cut Pro. A combination of a loud room and a hoarse throat doesn't help the audio, but the info is good enough to share anyway. Enjoy! Read More

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After Effects Apprentice Free Video: Using Masks to Create Vignettes

This "shortcoming" exhibited by some lens and films can help focus the viewer's attention and add class to a composition.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | May 03, 2011

As we mentioned earlier, we're creating a video training series based on our popular beginner's book After Effects Apprentice, which progresses from "I haven't used it before" through core skills including keyframing, masking, text animation, and 3D space to advanced techniques such as motion tracking, green screen, and expressions. Each course has a selection of movies that are free for all to view; we're re-posting those videos here on PVC to make sure you don't miss them. This one demonstrates how to masks to quickly create vignettes. Read More

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NAB 2011 - Odds ‘N’ Ends

Stuff I saw that didn't fit in any of my other NAB articles.

By Adam Wilt | May 01, 2011

Chromaticity plot of NorthernLights LEDs. Triangle is Sony F23's gamut.

The chart at the top of the page shows the chromaticity coordinates of the wide-gamut LEDs used in the DSC Labs NorthernLights chart at the end of this video clip. The LEDs get around the problem of making highly-saturated reflective patches and allow you to test the limits of a camera's saturated-color handling ability. Read More

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NAB 2011 - Cameras

In which I look obsessively at a Swedish design statement, almost to the exclusion of all else.

By Adam Wilt | April 29, 2011

The obligatory Sony F65 photo.

There wasn't one overall theme to the NAB camera announcements. 4K cameras and HD-resolution LSS (large single sensor) cameras shared the spotlight with workaday small-sensor cameras packing ever more features into the same sorts of form factors we've seen for years. But Sony did make a leap into uncharted waters with the NEX-FS100, while Ikonoskop's A-cam dII throws out all the rules, rethinking camera design from square one. [Updated 2011-04-30: corrected F65's sensor size.] Read More

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After Effects Apprentice: Type and Music

Our latest video training course on lynda.com dives deep into text animation.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | April 28, 2011

As we mentioned earlier, we're in the process of recording our book After Effects Apprentice as a series of training videos, where you get to look over our shoulders and hear what we're thinking as we work through each lesson. Our latest installment is the lesson on Type and Music. One of the cornerstones of motion graphics is creating and animating type. In this course, Trish will show you how to typeset titles professionally and create your own custom animations, as well as apply and modify the hundreds of text animation presets that After Effects ships with. Additionally, Chris will show you how to add audio to your projects, including spotting "hit points" to align your keyframes and video action. Read More

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