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Blackmagic URSA Used On Television Mini Series “Gallipoli”

Creating a stunning opening sequence

By Brian Hallett | February 25, 2015

"Gallipoli" is one of Australia's most anticipated television series inspired by the book "Gallipoli" by Les Carlyon.  The series follows the lives of World War I solders from the initial military landings to the troop withdrawals from the shores of Turkey in one of the most devastating battles of World War I.  

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How to Navigate the Film Festival Marketplace

How to Navigate the Film Festival Marketplace

By Jeremy Osbern | February 25, 2015

This year I was fortunate enough to have a film I shot and co-directed premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival as part of the Digital Bolex Fearless Filmmaking Showcase. Last year, I was at Slamdance with a drama that I executive produced, and before that I was at Sundance with a... Read More

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Understanding & using the breakthrough XAVC Long GOP códec/file format

Understanding & using the breakthrough XAVC Long GOP códec/file format

The third category of Sony’s XAVC is the most enticing for me.

By Allan Tépper | February 25, 2015

Back in 2012, Sony deployed the first version of XAVC, one that can offer color depths of 8-bit, 10-bit, and 12-bit and chroma subsampling of 4:2:0, 4:2:2, or 4:4:4. That first version is i-frame and found on very high-end cameras. Then Sony released the consumer version, XAVS S, which is Long GOP up to 4:2:0 and 8-bit and is found in such cameras as the A7S. But the most enticing version (for me) is the professional XAVC Long GOP, which offers up to 4:2:2 10-bit in cameras like the PXW-X70 at up to 50 megabit/second. More ahead…

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Day 26 #28daysofquicktips - Make an Audio-only Dissolve in Final Cut Pro X

Download Alex4D's Sound only dissolve and be a happier FCPX user

By Scott Simmons | February 25, 2015

For some reason, unbeknownst to us mortal editors, Final Cut Pro X doesn’t allow you do make an audio dissolve right out of the Transitions browser. Editors know how essential a 4, 5, 6 frame dissolve can be to smooth out a frankenbite or just how handy that can be when mixing audio in general. But such an audio-only dissolve is possible with this free plug-in from Alex4D (aka Alex Gollner). This might be the most useful thing you’ll download for FCPX this week.

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Day 25 #28daysofquicktips - Consolidate Media Outside (Externally) of a Final Cut Pro X Library

It took me awhile to understand this but I'm glad I got it figured out.

By Scott Simmons | February 25, 2015

Final Cut Pro X has some rather intricate media management capabilities built into its Library functionality. The Library concept itself is loved by some, hated by others. I think if you understand how you can move media in and out of a Library it might embrace one the concept (thought you still might choose to always leave media outside of a Library). I finally understand it a little bit better but it wasn’t without some study.

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Creating a Night Sky in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 24, 2015

Because the night...belongs to us!

I couldn't say it better than Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen but this week on MacBreak Studio, I do try to show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to "take back the night" by creating a night sky scene from scratch in Motion, using... Read More

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Exploring The Wonder List with Philip Bloom

Exploring The Wonder List with Philip Bloom

We talk with him about his CNN series dealing with the places and people that have to be seen before they might disappear

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | February 24, 2015

Philip Bloom is a world-renowned filmmaker who needs no introduction. He has worked for all the major UK broadcasters as well as many others around the world. His freelance projects are too numerous to list, and all of that is in addition to his work on his site, which is an... Read More

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Day 24 #28daysofquicktips - Nesting Audio in Adobe Premiere Pro CC

This workaround can get you an audio nest with the drag of a mouse.

By Scott Simmons | February 24, 2015

Here we go with a reader Quicktip from Jack Bibbo that is for Adobe Premiere Pro. It’s a tip for nesting audio. I do very little nesting of video or audio so this is a good reminder of how PPro nesting works. Jack even made a video to go along with it. Couple this with the tip about making an audio-only multicam sequence and you’ve got some good Premiere tips here. Take it away Jack.

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ARRI Announces Compact and Lightweight ALEXA Mini

ARRI Announces Compact and Lightweight ALEXA Mini

By PVC News Staff | February 23, 2015

ARRI announces the new ALEXA Mini, a versatile additional tool in the ARRI ALEXA camera range that combines a compact and lightweight form factor with the same unparalleled image quality that has made the ALEXA system a gold standard for the industry. Designed for specialized... Read More

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7 Ways to Improve Your Work When You’re Not Working

By Bobby Marko | February 23, 2015

The last half of 2014 was excruciatingly slow for me as work was not coming in like I had hoped. I couldn’t understand why. I’m not one to sit around and wait for the phone to ring. Even though I often self produce my own films, I’m like everyone else who relies on actual... Read More

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Day 23 #28daysofquicktips - Use Special Characters for a Star Rating System

This tip probably works best with Final Cut Pro X's Keywording but you could use it on other apps too

By Scott Simmons | February 23, 2015

This reader Quicktip was sent to us by John Flanagen and it borrows the idea of a star-rating system on the Macintosh as a way to rate footage in your NLE. John uses this in Final Cut Pro X but you could utilize it in most any application that supports Special Characters.

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Top 20 Awards That Accurately Depict Filmmaking

Oscar Awards That Filmmakers Deserve

By Matthew Jeppsen | February 22, 2015

Today marks the 87th Academy Awards, where filmmakers are honored by peers for their finished work. Which got my colleague Kendal Miller thinking...last night he tweeted "What are your ideas for Oscar categories that more accurately depict the actual filmmaking process?" Here are the top twenty picks from the #RealWorldOscars hashtag.

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Day 22 #28daysofquicktips - Add a Specific Track Number in your Avid Media Composer Timeline

You don't have to add just the next track number when creating new timeline tracks

By Scott Simmons | February 22, 2015

This reader submitted Quicktip actually came from two different editors out there and it is a shortcut that I wasn’t aware of: a way to add a specific Media Composer track number beyond the next sequential number.

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Day 21 #28daysofquicktips - Use EDL Comments to View Notes in Avid Media Composer Timeline

This is an alternative to Markers if you want to add timeline notes to your clips

By Scott Simmons | February 21, 2015

There’s an old feature hanging around Avid Media Composer that is a holdout from the days of linear online editing that can be an alternate way to make notes to yourself right in the timeline.

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Day 20 #28daysofquicktips - ALT (Option) + U to re-enter Avid Media Composer Trim mode

This shortcut takes you right back to the previous trim and its trim roller setup

By Scott Simmons | February 20, 2015

Today we have another reader Quicktip for Avid Media Composer (these have been pouring in from the Avid editors out there) from Alain Dessauvage about an old favorite timesaver around Avid’s Trim Mode that I bet a lot of people don’t know.

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“The Chair” explores filmmaking through the lens of two first-timers

“The Chair” explores filmmaking through the lens of two first-timers

Production team uses Adobe Premiere Pro CC to turn 3,000 hours of documentary footage into 10 compelling television episodes

By Meagan Keane | February 19, 2015

Chris Moore, executive producer of Project Greenlight, has long been fascinated by the way different creative visions can take projects in wildly different directions. The Chair is a documentary series that follows two directors as they develop their first feature-length films based on the same... Read More

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UPDATE: Join Jeff Greenberg as He Explains How Professionals Can Speed Up Their 4K Workflow

UPDATE: Join Jeff Greenberg as He Explains How Professionals Can Speed Up Their 4K Workflow

The post-production expert shares how you can speed up your workflow by over 30% during a live webinar on February 24th, 2015

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | February 19, 2015

Questions around how professionals can and should utilize 4K are as pervasive as ever. What sort of hardware requirements are needed for a 4K production? Will you need to upgrade or install different software? Are you working as efficiently as possible in your 4K production?

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Exploring Workflow, Storage & Archive in M&E Part II – The Carrot or the Stick?

Exploring Workflow, Storage & Archive in M&E Part II – The Carrot or the Stick?

How do you get people to buy into a new or different process?

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | February 19, 2015

In Part I of this series, I mentioned that I have my own system for versioning and dealing with backups. Anything that takes me away from the way I’ve been doing things, regardless of whether or not it’s something that’s inherently better, is going to be a difficult... Read More

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Day 19 #28daysofquicktips - Using the Scratch Removal Tool as a shortcut in Avid

If you use the Scratch Removal tool the long way get ready to rejoice

By Scott Simmons | February 19, 2015

Today’s Quicktip is another Avid Media Composer reader tip sent to us by Ra-ey Saleh. It’s an big timesaving tip if you have to use the Scratch Removal tool to remove artifacts from a single frame in your edit.

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World’s Widest Angle and Highest Zoom Ratio Lens

The new Canon HJ24ex7.5B Broadcast ENG Lens goes from 7.5mm to 180mm.

By Jose Antunes | February 18, 2015

Canon U.S.A., Inc. announced today the launch of the Canon HDTV Zoom Lens HJ24ex7.5Bi, an affordable, high-quality portable telephoto HD lens for high-end Electronic News Gathering (ENG) applications.

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