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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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Day 18 #28daysofquicktips - Avid Media Composer keyframes: Fixed vs Elastic and others

It's also good to know Shelf, Linear, Spline and Bezier

By Scott Simmons | February 18, 2015

Today’s Quicktip comes to us from Josh Short of EditVideoFaster.com. It’s an effects based keyframing tip that is buried deep within Avid Media Composer's Effects Editor. It is imperative an editor knows these tips if they want to get the most out of animating effects in Media Composer. Take it away Josh.

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HPA Tech Retreat 2015 - Final Thoughts

What just happened? Plus, Mark's fiendish quizzes

By Adam Wilt | February 17, 2015

[Updated 10:53 PST 18 Feb: Quiz 5 winner]

The HPA Tech Retreat is an annual gathering of some of the sharpest minds in post, production, broadcast, and distribution – and the 2015 Retreat is now over. As Leon Silverman and Jerry Pierce like to ask, what just... Read More

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - 4K Workflows Part 3: DaVinci Resolve Roundtripping

Let's take a look at how easy it is to have DaVinci Resolve team up with Media Composer to get your 4K projects looking awesome!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | February 17, 2015

In the last of our 3 part introductory look at 4K workflows inside of Media Composer Subscription, we take a look at taking your Media Composer timeline, sending it via AAF to DaVinci Resolve, have Resolve open your DNxHR media, and then send it back to Media Composer for final client approval!

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Managing Sound Effects in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 17, 2015

How do you preview sound effects in Final Cut Pro X?

If you've been using the Sound and Effects Browser, Steve Martin from Ripple Training has a great tip for you today. In this week's edition of Mac Break Studio, he shows us a method for storing, filtering, and... Read More

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48 reasons why GarageBand is kryptonite for video production

48 reasons why GarageBand is kryptonite for video production

GarageBand’s lack of 48 kHz sampling rate even limits audio producers from making soundtracks for video

By Allan Tépper | February 17, 2015

The market is full of capable digital audio editing applications. I am familiar with many of them and have covered several. Many are capable of recording —and all are capable of editing and delivering — a final product of 44.1 or 48 kHz (or more) with a single glaring exception: GarageBand from Apple. That makes GarageBand kryptonite for video producers, and even for audio producers who either want to shoot themselves on video or ever produce a soundtrack for a video producer. Ahead we’ll review what this all means, including what audio sampling rate is, and best practices for a producing a music video.

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Flex Light Review and Photometrics

A comparison test with Westcott's flexible LED panel

By Matthew Jeppsen | February 17, 2015

Recently I had the pleasure of working on a project with Jem Schofield. Jem has a gear obsession that borders on a medical condition, and I was delighted to see that he brought along a set of Westcott Flex lights.

Working with the Flex light, I was surprised at their relatively powerful output and clean color performance…color accuracy and output power are often weak points for LED lighting fixtures, and these new lights didn't seem to suffer from those issues. I'm always on the lookout for tools that are lighter and smaller for travel documentary and interview work, so I decided to do some lighting tests to see if they were powerful enough.

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Day 17 #28daysofquicktips - Mute a Video Clip in Avid Media Composer 8

This new feature was a long time coming

By Scott Simmons | February 17, 2015

This Quicktip is a version specific Quicktip and our first for Avid Media Composer. It’s a small change but a big thing for editors that was added in the recent version 8 update: The ability to mute clips in the timeline. And that's not only mute audio: it’s mute as in disable the clip so it stays in the timeline but isn’t visible in the playback or output.

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Blackmagic Design Announce New Intensity Pro 4K Capture Card

A new super fast PCIe card that allows Ultra HD capture & playback

By Brian Hallett | February 16, 2015

The Intensity Pro 4K is a new super fast PCIe card that allows you to capture and playback SD, HD and Ultra HD video on Windows, Mac and Linux PCI Express computers

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