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Lagoa Makes Digital 3D Content Creation Available to Everyone, Everywhere

Lagoa Makes Digital 3D Content Creation Available to Everyone, Everywhere

An interview with Lagoa CEO Thiago Costa

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | October 18, 2013

I first found out about Lagoa when I visited their booth at SIGGRAPH this year and talked to Jason Brynford-Jones about their platform. What jumped out at me was that the solution allowed rendering to be done on the cloud where they can take advantage of massive processing power, which I know... Read More

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Organize Project Assets: FREE After Effects Script

Get organized for free!

By David Torno | October 08, 2013

     Disorganized project files have bugged me for the longest time. Everyone has dealt with it at one point or another. Your co-worker is unorganized and brings assets into a project haphazardly, a client supplies you with a jumbled mess of a project as a starting point, an... Read More

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Keying a Shot in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | October 08, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us how to key a shot in Final Cut Pro X.

Shooting a subject against a solid color background in order to remove that background and replace it with something else is more popular than ever. Green is the... Read More

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Smarter Smart Collections

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | October 01, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us a great tip regarding Smart Collections in Final Cut Pro X.

If you use iPhoto or iTunes, then you are already familiar with how Smart Collections operate: you create a set of criteria, or rules, that... Read More

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Ríchard Izarra of PRODU.com debuts his Canon XA20 camcorder

Ríchard Izarra of PRODU.com debuts his Canon XA20 camcorder

The XA20 and the XA25 are the closest cameras yet to fulfilling Beyond AVCHD Manifesto specs.

By Allan Tépper | September 30, 2013

In one of his extremely brief visits to Miami, I met with Ríchard Izarra of PRODU.com, who was debuting his Canon XA20 1080p HD camera. Frequent readers will recall that I previously published how the XA20 (and XA25) are the closest cameras yet to fulfilling my Beyond AVCHD Manifesto specs. Although I haven’t yet received a review unit from Canon, Ríchard gave me initial impressions while I snapped a couple of photos with my Nexus 4.

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NewTek scopes white paper now available in both PDF and Kindle formats

NewTek scopes white paper now available in both PDF and Kindle formats

The white paper I wrote for NewTek is now available both as a PDF and Kindle book.

By Allan Tépper | September 28, 2013

The recent white paper I created for NewTek regarding its scopes is now available in PDF format, in addition to the Kindle book that was previously available, and still is. To remind readers, NewTek has made a fundamental change in the way it labels the waveform monitor’s graticule, which solves a half-century problem regarding black level measurment. Ahead you’ll get links to the prior articles and all versions of the white paper.

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The Clamper

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | September 24, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training and I go a little "behavior crazy" as we animate a photo to look like it's been thrown onto a desk.

In Motion, almost any animation task can be accomplished in two different ways: either using traditional... Read More

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Transvergence Summit:  Kip Haynes, Chief Technologist, All These Worlds LLC

Implementing Transmedia Solutions for Veterans with PTSD & Other Military Applications

By Clint Milby | September 21, 2013

Kip Haynes is one of the most highly sought-after consultants for design and development of training applications for commercial and military users.  He spent the early part of his career developing high performance parallel distributed rendering applications for large scale data... Read More

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Átomos announces Spyder for Samurai Blade monitor/recorder

Átomos announces Spyder for Samurai Blade monitor/recorder

Now you can calibrate your field monitor with one click while you record 10-bit 4:2:2 HD video.

By Allan Tépper | September 13, 2013

At IBC in Amsterdam, Átomos announced its new Spyder calibration system for its Samurai Blade monitor/10-bit 4:2:2 HD recorder. According to Átomos, this new device allows one-click accurate calibration of the Samurai Blade’s display to Rec 709 color space with a D65 (6500 degrees Kelvin) white point with 100% gamut. Now you can calibrate your field monitor with one click while you record 10-bit 4:2:2 HD video.

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HP does Thunderbolt! Yes!

HP does Thunderbolt! Yes!

Thunderbolt support from HP is wonderful for pro video producers, whether they are Mac or Windows centric.

By Allan Tépper | September 10, 2013

Now that the non-disclosure agreement is finally over, I can happily announce that HP is adding Intel’s Thunderbolt to many of its desktop and mobile workstation computers. Some HP desktop workstations will receive Thunderbolt 2 connectivity, while some HP mobile workstations will receive... Read More

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Color Correction Filters in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | September 10, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how I use color correction filters in Motion.

If you want to change the color or luminance of a video, photograph, or graphic in Motion, you have a lot of options. In fact, in the Filters section of... Read More

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Television for the Troops

The First TV Network Built in a War Zone - The American Forces Vietnam Network

By Richard Wirth | September 08, 2013

As America’s involvement in the war in Afghanistan winds down, I think back to another long running war – Vietnam. It is well known Vietnam was the first war brought into people’s homes by television. But television proved useful going the opposite direction as well.

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Modifying Photoshop® Files in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | September 03, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training demonstrates how well Photoshop® and Final Cut Pro X play together.

Video editors frequently need to integrate photos and graphics into their work, and Photoshop is the grandfather of all editing... Read More

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NewTek’s new waveform monitor graticule… and more

NewTek’s new waveform monitor graticule… and more

NewTek has solved a half-century video problem, and has made it easier to match camera sources properly with your TriCaster.

By Allan Tépper | August 26, 2013

In April 2013, you probably read how delighted I was to announce that NewTek had committed to adding scopes (both waveform monitor and vectorscope) to the entry-level TriCaster 40. Now I am just as happy to announce that NewTek is also making a fundamental change in the way it labels the... Read More

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IMAG 101 - Part 2

The Positions

By Aaron Williams | August 21, 2013

IMAG 101

The previous post in this series covered the basic gear involved with an IMAG system. If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, go check it out so you’re up to speed.

Part 2: The Positions

Running an IMAG system takes a big team effort, and involves several... Read More

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Etching and Sketching in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 20, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to build a virtual Etch-a-Sketch© in Motion.

Following up from our Spirograph© episode based on a viewer request, I use Motion to recreate a toy that was popular in my childhood that let you... Read More

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KTLA & the Atomic Bomb - LIVE!

How a Pioneering Los Angeles Station Broadcast Coverage the National Networks Wouldn't Touch

By Richard Wirth | August 18, 2013

On my annual pilgrimage to NAB this past April, I decided I would finally check out the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas.  I’d driven past it many times in the past but never took the time to go in. During the tour, I was gratified to see they had included a small homage to a historic event in the development of television.

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Make Dual Mono work between FiLMiC Pro and FCP X 10.0.8 & 10.0.9

Make Dual Mono work between FiLMiC Pro and FCP X 10.0.8 & 10.0.9

Now that we can record “stereo” 48 kHz audio with FiLMiC Pro, learn how to make FCP X treat it as Dual Mono.

By Allan Tépper | August 15, 2013

As I have covered in several recent articles and videos, it is now possible to record “stereo” 48 kHz audio using FiLMiC Pro on an iPad. However, most often pro video producers need to use that “stereo” recording as Dual Mono. Among those cases, sometimes we need to deactivate one of the two channels completely, while other times we need to have access to each one as independent monophonic sources, and be able to manipulate them separately. Ahead you’ll see how to do this using FCP X 10.0.8 and 10.0.9.

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ENG mic comparison: Audio Technica BP4002 versus Electro-Voice RE50N/D-B

ENG mic comparison: Audio Technica BP4002 versus Electro-Voice RE50N/D-B

A real life, in field comparison between the popular Electro-Voice RE50N/D-B and the Audio Technica BP4002 microphone.

By Allan Tépper | August 13, 2013

In this short video, we compare the sound quality of the popular Electro-Voice RE50N/D-B and the Audio Technica BP4002 microphone. Both are dynamic omnidirectional handheld mics. Ahead you’ll see and hear the difference, plus see a review of why omnidirectional mics generally are most... Read More

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FiLMiC Pro 3.3 adds external audio monitoring + remote

FiLMiC Pro 3.3 adds external audio monitoring + remote

Now users of FiLMiC Pro on iOS devices will get true audio confidence in their ears, instead of just on screen.

By Allan Tépper | August 11, 2013

I am delighted to see that FiLMiC Pro’s palindromic upgrade to version 3.3 finally includes external live audio monitoring via headphones, especially for cases when the renowned sub-US$5 app is used with an iPod Touch or iPhone (which can’t currently work with the DUO-CAPTURE EX field mixer from Roland I recently covered, the way an iPad can). Even when you use an input device with a built-in monitoring output like the DUO-CAPTURE EX with an iPad, direct audio monitoring from the recorder always gives the operator the maximum confidence. FiLMiC Pro version 3.3 also adds wireless monitoring and remote control from another iOS device via a companion app called FiLMiC Remote.

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