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ScopeBox 3 delivers software scopes for Mac for only $99

The price is coming down from near $700 to $99.

By Scott Simmons | April 11, 2011

I stopped by the Divergent Media booth to check out their updated ScopeBox version 3software. You might remember ScopeBox was a near $700 when it came along quite a few years ago. This newest version is going to be a totally different business model as price goes to $99. Read More

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DaVinci Resolve goes to 8, goes multilayer, goes free

It's quite an impressive upgrade and exactly where Resolve needed to go.

By Scott Simmons | April 11, 2011

I was excited to see DaVinci Resolve 8 when I walked into the NAB show floor. I was even more excited to see that version 8 supports a multi-layer timeline as that's has always felt like one of Resolve's limiting features. 8 wasn't the only big news on the Resolve front as they also introduced DaVinci Resolve Lite, a free, 2-node version of the software. Read More

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NAB 2011 - Sunday Seminars

I sampled several seminars in the Post|Production World and Digital Cinema Summit.

By Adam Wilt | April 11, 2011

DP Brian Pearson wields an EPIC as RED's Ted Schilowitz watches.

On Sunday I sat in on several classes and sessions, to get a feel for the non-show-floor goings-on at NAB. Herewith, my fragmented, barely-edited notes. Read More

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Adobe Premiere Pro hits 5.5

The incremental update gets some new features, Mercury still screams

By Scott Simmons | April 11, 2011

Here we are at NAB again and here's another release of Adobe Premiere Pro (and the entire Creative Suite). This year's release isn't quite the watershed release that last year's CS5 was but Premiere Pro CS5.5 packs some very nice updated features in overall, while still ignoring a few that I personally think they need to address to keep it moving forward and winning in the minds of editors. Read More

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The Coolest Things I’ve Seen at NAB So Far

Of course I haven't seen anything yet...

By Scott Gentry | April 11, 2011

OK, lame headline, and I didn't mean to get you to read this under false pretenses. However, I checked in and needed a new toothbrush. For all you creative, print types...Pantone now makes toothbrushes. My teeth, will be #ffffff tomorrow! Read More

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Baselight introduces Baselight on Final Cut Pro

Along comes another high-end color grading option for the rest of us

By Scott Simmons | April 09, 2011

One of the first big announcements out of the NAB gate comes from Filmlight and it involves their Baselight product line. The overall news is an update to Baselight (taking it to version 4.3) and a new Blackboard 2 control surface. But the biggest surprise comes in the form of the Baselight Plug-In for Final Cut Pro. This "under $1,000" plugin looks to offer parts of the actual Baselight user interface right in FCP's Viewer window. Read More

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Are you ready for FCP X?

Rumors over Supermeet are flying!

By Steve Hullfish | April 05, 2011

Rumors are flying that Apple will be using the Vegas Supermeet to announce the next version of Final Cut Pro. Supposedly, Apple will be taking over the entire event for their announcement, canceling all other sponsors, including AJA, Avid, Canon, BlackMagic, Autodesk and others, who were set to give presentations.I am waiting for some confirmations from inside sources at various companies but some of the "proof" that is public so far:Daniel Berube, a co-producer of the event with Michael Horton, has rushed back to Vegas early from LA due to changes at Supermeet.UPDATE: Philip Bloom just confirmed with me that Canon has canceled his appearance at the Supermeet, though he still may present (possibly as a guest of Apple.) At present he doesn't know if he will speak or not. Canon was told last night that Apple has demanded ALL "lecturn" or stage time exclusively. Some sponsors who were not using presenters may continue to sponsor the Vegas event, but none of them will be presenting on the stage. I can't imagine any news that would warrant this kind of "take-over" other than to announce and demonstrate the next full version of Final Cut Pro and possibly an entirely newly designed FCS4.Frank Capria mentioned on the Avid-L2 that Avid would find another venue to present director Kevin Smith, who was scheduled to present at Supermeet. (UPDATE: Avid confirmed that Supermeet (Michael Horton) told them last night that their sponsorship had been canceled. According to Avid, "Apple doesn't want anyone to have stage time but them.") (UPDATE: Avid will be hosting Kevin Smith at other venues during NAB, for more information: http://community.avid.com/forums/p/95640/547333.aspx#547333)AJA offered a "no comment" on their Supermeet sponsorship and referred all questions to Michael Horton (who runs Supermeet). AJA has their own party that night at a different location, so it probably doesn't affect their plans too much.Black Magic also gave me a no comment, though they acknowledged that something was happening with their Supermeet sponsorship.I'm still waiting to hear from Michael Horton and Black Magic. UPDATE: 8:44pm, April 5th) The Supermeet website recently changed, dropping all previously mentioned presenters and mentioning a "very special guest" with a "sneak peak at something very special." This basically confirms most of the rumors. (http://www.supermeet.com/)UPDATE: Here is the statement I just received from Autodesk (6:15pm Central time, April 5):Autodesk will not be presenting on the main stage at Las Vegas SuperMeet during NAB, but will be participating in the SuperMeet Digital Showcase. For more information on the SuperMeet event, please contact the FCPUG organizers. During NAB, there will be numerous opportunities to see Smoke in action, both through customers presentations and Autodesk demonstrations on the Autodesk tradeshow booth SL2120. We are also providing free hands-on Smoke training in the North Hall on Monday & Tuesday.UPDATE: Black Magic Design has confirmed that they - and actually most of the sponsors - are STILL sponsors of the Supermeet. The main thing that changed with the addition of the Apple announcements is that the STAGE presenters have been changed. BMD is excited to be giving away over $20,000 of prizes at the event.Stay Tuned for more!!! Keep checking back for updates or add me to your RSS feed. Read More

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After Effects Apprentice Free Video: Time Stretch versus Altering the Frame Rate

So you changed a clip's speed - did you expect the keyframes to change as well?

By Chris and Trish Meyer | April 05, 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 new course has a selection of movies that are free for all to view; we're periodically presenting the YouTube versions of them here in case you missed them. {C} Read More

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Is Netflix the “New” Studio Model?

Netflix is making it's own programming now. What does this mean for the existing networks and cable outlets?

By Terence Curren | April 05, 2011

Philip and I consider the changes to the financial dynamics caused by Netflix's funding of "House of Cards." Is Netflix a new studio model? Where's the opportunity for innovation in programming if everything is data driven? Are we trading one set of controllers for another? Read More

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Tantalizing News From Telestream

Apple ProRez Encoding On The PC?

By Bruce A Johnson | March 31, 2011

It's no secret that I am a PC user. I'm very happy with the performance of Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 (and all the other programs in the Adobe suite) on my HP Z800 machine. However, some of my client's end-users are Mac people, and have at different times demanded output in the Apple ProRez codec...,,,which, of course, PCs cannot do. At least, until now, if what Telestream has to say pans out. Imagine my interest when I saw this headline in an email:Telestream Enables Encoding to ProRes on Windows Server ProductsDetails as of now are hazy, and I have asked for clarification. But if this turns out to be what it sounds like, it could be a great step forward in making peace between the Windows and Apple editing camps.Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? What do you think? Read More

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Video post-production: a 2011 top career that is dying

The research analysts have spoken so it must be true

By Scott Simmons | March 29, 2011

If you were wandering around the Twitter world this morning you might have seen discussion of a Wall Street Journal story that listed "video post production services" as one of the top 10 dying industries! But don't be too sad fellow editors, this Business Week article lists editors as one of the Top 10 Careers of 2011! We're damned if we do, damned if we don't. Read More

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Lightworks Touch: an NLE from the past

A dedicated unit such as this might make editing a bit more pleasant

By Scott Simmons | March 28, 2011

One of the booths I'm most excited about hitting at this year's NAB show is the Editshare booth to check out their Lightworks project. Lightworks was an early non-linear editing system that Editshare purchased a couple of years ago and released as a free open-source download. They've got an impressive roadmap and since I don't have a PC at my disposal I'll have to wait until the Mac version comes along to really test it out at home but I will be checking their demo out at NAB. Read More

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After Effects Apprentice: Creating Transparency

Setting motion graphics compositing apart from editing full-frame footage.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | March 24, 2011

We're often asked: What's the difference between editing and motion graphics? Although there's always exceptions to every rule, one way to distinguish between them is the way a project is built: Editing projects tend to be arranged horizontally, cutting between different scenes over time; motion graphics projects quite often are arranged vertically, with multiple elements - including footage, text, and other graphics - appearing on screen at the same time. The logical next question is: How do you see through one layer to the other elements underneath? This is something we've written a lot of articles and recorded a lot of videos about, including our most recently released courses on lynda.com. Sounds like a good time for a quick reference to them all. Read More

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More on the Sony NEX-FS100U AVCHD LSS Camcorder

The large-single-sensor "NXCAM 35" unveiled. Plus: writeups, NAB seminars, press release.

By Adam Wilt | March 23, 2011

NEX-FS100 next to a PMW-F3, from a Sony NAB Seminar email.

This image of the "NXCAM 35" camcorder is lifted from a promotional email for Sony's Super 35mm Seminars at NAB (more below). Jon Fauer shows a different configuration from his Japan trip along with his un-embargoed writeup. Read More

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ProxyMill - the encoder that can encode just about every camera format out there

Including XDCAM directly to ProRes. I'm sure there's some camera that ProxyMill can't encode but it seems to do more than most any I've used.

By Scott Simmons | March 22, 2011

I don't do a lot of XDCAM work. Before the Canon revolution it seemed there was a lot more Panasonic HXV200 shooting than XDCAM in my market. But that recently changed as two Sony EX-1 projects came on board. As I was figuring out workflow for the first time I was researching the best way to get the media to ProRes for a Final Cut Pro edit. It seemed it was a two step process: re-wrap the original media to XDCAM .mov files and then convert those to ProRes. Finally I found an answer to the single step: ProxyMill from Imagine Products. Though it wasn't without a bit of frustration. Read More

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Book Review: Alexis Van Hurkman’s Color Correction Handbook

This is a MUST read for those interested in color grading and a SHOULD read for everyone else.

By Scott Simmons | March 18, 2011

If you're wanting to learn more about post-production then you've got quite a few areas where you can target studies. There's creative editing and storytelling (of course), there's audio mixing and sound design, there's the technical world of editing where you're dealing with workflow and media organization, there's graphics, effects and color grading as well. A good place to learn any of these specific tasks is the right book. For color grading there's Alexis Van's recently released book Color Correction Handbook: Professional Techniques for Video and Cinema. Read on for a review of this great book. Read More

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PluralEyes for Premiere Pro CS5 (Mac) reviewed

You'll wonder how you ever survived without it

By Allan Tépper | March 14, 2011

If you ever record dual-system audio or multiple camera angles without synchronized timecode, you'll wonder how you ever survived without PluralEyes added to your editing software. Users of Premiere Pro CS5 for Mac who are aware of PluralEyes for other editing programs will be happy to know that a version of PluralEyes is now available for their preferred app too. This article will go over PluralEyes' general features and then illustrate the specific workflow used with Premiere Pro CS5 compared to the way it works with other video editing software. Read More

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More random, mindless speculation about the new Final Cut Pro

Even I admit, this is way too many words written about something we know virtually nothing about (though I hope there's some food for thought here).

By Scott Simmons | March 14, 2011

Here we are a couple of weeks past what is just slightly more than a rumor about the next version of Apple's Final Cut Pro. Let's call it FCPx as someone on Twitter stated and not FCP Awesome as was tweeted by another. I like FCPx for the mindless speculation. There has been more digital ink spilled over so little information concerning FCPx than pretty much anything besides the next great Canon DSLR or Obamacare. I'm about to add a bit more. Read More

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Canon jumps on Thunderbolt

Canon first to jump on Apple Bandwagon

By Steve Hullfish | March 11, 2011

So, when Apple recently announced support for Thunderbolt the biggest question after the release by many in the video community was: "Who else is going to support this?"The answer has come from a major player: Canon. This is a natural partner who can obviously utilize Thunderbolt's 10Gbps port. Read More

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After Effects Apprentice Free Video: Overshoot Animations

A freebie from our new video training series on lynda.com that includes some Graph Editor tips you may not know.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | March 10, 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. The third course is based on the Advanced Animation section of the book, where we demonstrate a number of tools in After Effects to create more sophisticated animations - from mastering the Anchor Point and getting over your fear of the Graph Editor, to using Motion Sketch, Smoother, Auto-orientation, Roving keyframes, Motion Blur, and Hold keyframes. Read More

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