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Product Review: SteadiDrone QU4D 2014 Quadcopter

Product Review: SteadiDrone QU4D 2014 Quadcopter

Heavy Duty and Stable Flying Multirotor for Aerial Videography

By Jeff Foster | November 07, 2014

This UAV manufacturer based out of South Africa has set out to make durable, stable and easy to transport designs that run on the popular 3D Robotics Pixhawk GPS Flight Controller and provide smooth footage for a GoPro HERO4 in a brushless gimbal. I think they're on to something here...

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5 Ways Creating Documentaries Helped Me Improve My Storytelling

By Bobby Marko | November 06, 2014

Back in 2008 I had a discussion with my wife about how I wanted to do something more with my talent and skill as a filmmaker. I loved the pay check I earned for what I was doing at the time (corporate, wedding and web video content) but it wasn’t enough. I felt like there was something... Read More

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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 4 - Composer Overview & Intro to Bins

This lesson will teach you that organization is the key to a smooth edit!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 05, 2014

In the next lesson of Kevin P McAuliffe's "Media Composer 101" tutorial series, he gives you a general overview of Media Composers interface, and starts his talk about bins, and why organization is the key to getting your edits done to time, and on time!

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Does that Preferred Video Editing Software survey really mean anything?

It's probably just more noise in an otherwise useful article

By Scott Simmons | November 05, 2014

I let myself get sucked into a click-bait blog article the other day and it got me thinking about what I had done. It was click bait for a number of reasons but the actual content of the majority of the article was a decent summary of the non-linear editing tools we have available. With a title like What’s the Best NLE Software for Professional Movie Editing? you know it might likely do downhill from the first click.

The article came from a learning resource called Lights Online Film School and since it was a resource I had never heard of I guess the article achieved its purpose of getting their name and their website out there. I used the term click bait above and that’s, for the most part, a derogatory term and I think that might be a little harsh for the Lights Film School Filmmakers Blog overall as they have quite a few good articles there that aren’t click baity at all and don’t have sensationalist headlines.

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Sonnet Announces Thunderbolt™ Pro P2 Memory Card Reader

Sonnet Announces Thunderbolt™ Pro P2 Memory Card Reader

Thunderbolt™ Pro P2 Memory Card Reader Designed for Ingesting Panasonic P2 HD, P2 VariCam® Camcorder Video and Metadata

By PVC News Staff | November 05, 2014

Sonnet Technologies today announced its new single-slot P2 memory card reader with a Thunderbolt™ interface. The Thunderbolt Pro P2 Card Reader is a rugged, pocket-size device for videographers using Panasonic P2 HD and P2 VariCam® camcorders. With its ability to ingest footage from... Read More

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Video Bookmarks Give Creators a New Way to Highlight Relevant Info for Their Audiences

Video Bookmarks Give Creators a New Way to Highlight Relevant Info for Their Audiences

Bookmarks allow audiences to choose what additional info they want to see and when they see it

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | November 05, 2014

While saying that television shows and football games are just what you see between commercials might be oversimplifying how the broadcast model works, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s more or less accurate. Advertisers want and need an opportunity to get their message... Read More

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ProDAD Respeedr

Software to speed you up or slow you down...

By Bruce A Johnson | November 04, 2014

ProDAD is a company that really, really aims to please.  Over the last few years they have come out with software that addressed the realms of transitions (Vitascene), video stabilization (Mercalli) and action-video optimization (ProDRENALIN) in clever, albeit unique, ways.  Respeedr... Read More

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Mastering the Keyboard in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | November 04, 2014

Can you edit without a mouse or trackpad?

That's the challenge our guest Sam Mestman tackles this week with Ripple Training host Steve Martin.

Executing commands with the keyboard is almost always faster than using a mouse or trackpad input device, so the more... Read More

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SMPTE Time Code - Virtually Unchanged After Almost 50 Years

SMPTE Time Code - Virtually Unchanged After Almost 50 Years

How this tool came to be and how it has withstood the test of time

By Richard Wirth | November 03, 2014

The more things change, the more they stay the same.  So goes the old proverb.

SMPTE Time Code is like that.  While the entire production and post world around it has changed radically, time code has remained virtually the same.

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Attend a Panel Discussion About the Merging of Production and Post at the Atlanta Creative Ball

Attend a Panel Discussion About the Merging of Production and Post at the Atlanta Creative Ball

Join us on Saturday, November 8th for a presentation by the Atlanta Cutters

By PVC News Staff | November 03, 2014

The evolution of digital production has brought about a cosmic shift in the “traditional roles” of Production and Post.  No longer separated by time and distance, now many aspects of Post are done almost simultaneously to production and very often right on... Read More

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Automating Your Creative Business

The best part about this stuff? Most of it is absolutely free!

By Dan Carr | October 31, 2014

In the first couple of posts in this series we took a look at some useful services to help creative professionals with accounting, and then we took an introductory look at using email marketing to promote your services.  This month I want to show you... Read More

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PVC at AES 2014 - Details About the New Upgrades to Ozone from iZotope

Mixing and Mastering Audio with Ozone 6

By Woody Woodhall | October 31, 2014

iZotope was previewing their updated version of Ozone at AES 2014 in Los Angeles and I had a chance to catch up with Evan Allen, Product Specalist at iZotope, who took us through a tour of the redesigned interface and all of the enhancements that have been added to this latest iteration of the... Read More

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ProRes 4444 XQ in Creative Cloud

the highest-quality ProRes codec

By Rich Young | October 30, 2014

Apple released a new codec this summer with updates to its video apps, Apple ProRes 4444 XQ. Arri decided to include ProRes 4444 XQ as a recording option in the ALEXA XT & XR. The codec isn't available in Adobe and most other QuickTime-aware apps, but you can manually install it for general use with or without installing Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2.

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Wringing the Life Out of an Old Mac Pro Tower

Like a good automobile it just keeps chugging along. And it is paid for.

By Scott Simmons | October 30, 2014

There’s a whole lot of us who still have a big, old aluminum Mac Pro tower sitting around doing a lot of work. We haven’t moved to 5K iMacs, Macbook Pros (or PCs) just yet. We also haven’t spent the money on a new Mac Pro. A conversation early at NAB 2014 got me thinking about all the stuff one could add to an old Mac Pro to help extend its life. NAB was the perfect place to talk to vendors who make those products you can stuff inside, or attach to, an old Mac Pro. A bunch of emails, phone calls and boxes later I’ve tried most all the gear mentioned below with my machine. I think of this current tower like a good, reliable, paid for car: I'm going to drive this thing until the wheels fall off.

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First look: Sony PXW-X70 10-bit/4:2:2 handheld camcorder

First look: Sony PXW-X70 10-bit/4:2:2 handheld camcorder

Its 1" sensor, 4:2:2/10-bit internal recording, and 4K UHD upgradability make the PXW-X70 unique in its price class.

By Allan Tépper | October 30, 2014

I am quite intrigued with Sony’s new under US$2600 PXW-X70 camcorder. It has been a while since I used that term, but there is a good reason, since the “—corder” part of the X70 is at least as important as the “cam—” part in this compound word. The “cam—” part employs a 1-inch 4K UHD sensor, while the “—corder” part features up to 50 megabit/second 4:2:2 10-bit recording. So I decided to publish a first look before doing a full review later.

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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 3 - Project Selection/Creation

The Project Selection window in-depth!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | October 30, 2014

In the next lesson of Kevin P McAuliffe's "Media Composer 101" tutorial series, he takes a look at the Project Selection window, and why you really need to think about what you're doing, before choosing that project preset.

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Review: Ninja Star tiny featherweight 4:2:2 10 bit recorder

Review: Ninja Star tiny featherweight 4:2:2 10 bit recorder

“Is that a 10-bit 4:2:2 HD video recorder in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?”…

By Allan Tépper | October 29, 2014

Over the past several years, I have reviewed several 10-bit 4:2:2 HD video recorders, but the Ninja Star that Átomos sent me to review is certainly the tiniest: It weighs only 230 grams (8.1 ounces) including battery and media, which qualifies for many low-capacity drones. As you’ll see ahead, Ninja Star fortunately does not sacrifice any audio/video quality for its size. Its two secrets? It has no built-in video monitor, and it records onto the breakthrough new CFast format I recently covered, which is also used by other pioneers like Arri and Blackmagic.

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Blackmagic Studio Camera Review

Blackmagic steps into the Live Broadcast Market

By Brian Hallett | October 29, 2014

Without a doubt, the Blackmagic Studio Camera is a niche camera with a dominating monitor and Super 16mm sized sensor. This camera is designed for the world of multicam operations, and in Blackmagic's special way, they take the usually expensive arena of broadcast and make it a whole lot less expensive and available to the masses.  

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Is Editing Killing Us?

Sitting is the new smoking.

By Terence Curren | October 28, 2014

Sitting is literally killing us. We all work ridiculous hours in our caves. We all need more sunlight. We visit the snack wall too often. We don’t socialize enough. And we are all tired of feeling like garbage.

Enter Zack Arnold to help educate and literally save... Read More

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Streamline Your Entire Production Process with Catalyst Browse and Catalyst Prepare

Streamline Your Entire Production Process with Catalyst Browse and Catalyst Prepare

Learn how in this interview with Sony Creative Software's Michael Bryant

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | October 28, 2014

Sony had plenty to showcase at IBC this year, and while many people were focused on the exiting news around the FS7, Sony Pro wasn’t the only division that got people talking. Sony Creative Software had some pretty big news as well, as they showed off the updates to Sony Vegas... Read More

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