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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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New version of the Canon FCP Log & Transfer plug-in

Biggest change seems to be addressing folders structure issues

By Scott Simmons | April 26, 2011

There's a new version of the Canon EOS MOVIE Plugin-E1 for Final Cut Pro Log and Transfer plug-in that came online 4-05-2011. This is a maintenance update but it appears to address a few features in regards to the rigid folder structure that the plug-in has required (though it seems to have broken importing for a bunch of my 7D backups). Plus it's free. Read More

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After Effects Apprentice Free Video: Behaviors

One set of Animation Presets that ship with After Effects create movement without adding keyframes.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | April 25, 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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NAB 2011 - FilmLight

The film scanner / color management / grading system company's NAB offerings.

By Adam Wilt | April 24, 2011

FilmLight's Blackboard 2 softkey control surface.

UK company FilmLight is packaging their high-end color-grading system Baselight as an "under US$1000" plugin for Final Cut Pro. They've also announced the new Blackboard 2 soft-key control surface, and they're now the non-US distributor for Visionary Archive. Read More

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AJA KiPro Mini review + commentary

By Allan Tépper | April 21, 2011

Like a miniature version of the original KiPro from AJA (which I reviewed in October 2009), the KiPro Mini performs many of the same functions (although not all of them) in a fraction of the space -and at a fraction of the cost- and is designed to dock onto the back of many professional camcorders, while it makes a higher quality recording than that is possible internally with most of them. With a flood of other 4:2:2 dockable recorders reaching the market (and one that existed previously which recorded MPEG2 8-bit), this article will attempt to point out the KiPro Mini's unique virtues, so you'll have a better idea why it may -or may not- be the best one for you. Read More

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Adobe Audition for Mac at NAB 2011

Completely new for Mac and 5.5

By Scott Gentry | April 20, 2011

Adobe Audition from ProVideo Coalition on Vimeo.

Ellen Wixted narrates a brief Adobe Audition demo for the Mac. Read More

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Maxx Digital at NAB 2011

More storage videos

By Scott Gentry | April 20, 2011

Maxx Digital from ProVideo Coalition on Vimeo.

Maxx Digital booth at NAB 2011. Read More

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CalDigit at NAB 2011

Storage solutions

By Scott Gentry | April 20, 2011

CalDigit from ProVideo Coalition on Vimeo.

Here's a very brief walk through of CalDigit's product focus at NAB 2011 Read More

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Canon DSLRs at NAB 2011

Interesting partnership with Technicolor

By Scott Gentry | April 20, 2011

Canon USA from ProVideo Coalition on Vimeo.

We spent a good deal of time with Chuck at NAB. I was interested in the DSLR as much as the new video cameras. What caught my attention most was his discussion of the Technicolor partnership. I would bet we hear more about that, and expanding that partnership over time... Read More

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Adobe CS 5.5 Video Walk Through

Karl Soule provides a great overview of what's new in 5.5

By Scott Gentry | April 20, 2011

Adobe CS 5.5 Walk Through from ProVideo Coalition on Vimeo.

As Karl completed giving a presentation to a large audience at NAB, I asked him if he'd provide a similar walk through for PVC online. It's a long video (15 minutes) but very worth watching in my opinion. Read More

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The Secrets of the Chroma Du Monde, Explained Live (on tape) at NAB!

If you've always wanted to find out if I present on video as well as I write... click here to find out!

By Art Adams | April 20, 2011

I spent a lot of time in the DSC Labs booth at NAB, giving Chroma Du Monde demonstrations and teaching basic waveform/vectorscope tricks. PVC's Scott Gentry stopped by and asked me to say a few words on video, and this is the result. Enjoy! Read More

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Tweak Software at NAB 2011

RV

By Scott Gentry | April 19, 2011

Tweak software from ProVideo Coalition on Vimeo.

Seth explains more about Tweak and RV in particular. RV now supports ARRI Raw. Read More

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After Effects Apprentice Free Video: Pyrotechnic Composites

Please: Stop using Luma Key on footage (such as pyro effects) shot on black. There's a better way.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | April 19, 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.

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A Mix of Film and HD Doesn’t Scare Arri’s Alexa

By Art Adams | April 18, 2011

The client wanted contrasty toplight against seamless white, and then they wanted to intercut that with stock footage shot on film. Thanks to Arri's Alexa, what the client wants--the client gets. In spades. Read More

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Adobe Premiere Pro On ThunderBolt by Dave Helmly

Blazing fast speeds with Premiere Pro and Thunderbolt!

By Scott Gentry | April 18, 2011

Adobe CS 5.5 and Thunderbolt Tech from ProVideo Coalition on Vimeo.

(updated with extensive Comments at the end from Dave Helmly of Adobe on 4k, multicam, and hardware - it's a second article in itself)We're all waiting for Thunderbolt peripherals, but Adobe's booth had some to play with, and was able to demonstrate the speed at which Premiere Pro can really fly. This is cool. Watching the demo, really made me want to edit these videos this way. Read More

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Here we are nearly a week after the Final Cut Pro X sneak preview

I'm more excited about trying FCP X now than I was then but it's still very iMovie-looking.

By Scott Simmons | April 18, 2011

The most interesting tid-bit to come out of the whole Final Cut Pro X preview at Tuesday night's SuperMeet came not during the hour long on-stage demo but rather it was during the time after as I walked around the SuperMeet expo and talked to a number of developers and fellow editors to get their reaction to FCP X. The reaction was mostly cautiously optimistic. I also happened into a conversation with someone who works for Apple and had been (or maybe still is) on the FCP team. And then when I got home I dug back into iMovie and darn if they really don't look a lot alike. Read More

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PVC NAB 2011: Topaz Labs

A Pretty Incredible Demo

By Bruce A Johnson | April 16, 2011

PVC NAB 2011: Topaz Labs from ProVideo Coalition on Vimeo.

You know how hard you laughed when you watched "CSI" or any other cop show and the detective told the computer kid to "zoom in on that photo...and...enhance"? This demo might just give you pause. Great looking software, too. Read More

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FCP X, Game Changer or iMovie Pro?

Is this just a case of "fanboys" going overboard, or is this the next big thing in post?

By Terence Curren | April 16, 2011

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RED Booth with Ted

A sort of behind the scenes tour.

By Scott Gentry | April 15, 2011

RED Booth at NAB from ProVideo Coalition on Vimeo.

Ted realized most of PVC's readership has probably already seen heaps of Epic, Scarlet and more form the RED booth. This part 1 of 2 series takes a look at some other really cool tech that RED was displaying at NAB. From RED in 3D, to iPad control of Epic and more.Running time: a little over 12 mins. But oh so worth every second. Read More

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Pomfort Silverstack SET, workflow solution for on-set use

This iPhone video from the NAB show floor is an offload, back-up and transfer option.

By Scott Simmons | April 14, 2011

One interesting tool that I wanted to get a look at before leaving NAB 2011 was Silverstack SET from Pomfort. It's an "All-in-one workflow solution for the set" hence the name Silverstack SET. I had seen an early demo a year or so ago and I really liked the interface and design of the application but since it was more geared toward on-set use I didn't follow up on it until this year. Read More

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