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Holiday gift lists for digital video creators

with a quick look back at 2014 in After Effects

By Rich Young | December 10, 2014

Best of 2014 and holiday gift lists are mushrooming, but there aren't so many lists for digital video creators at this point, and it seems that most of them are on PVC (with more coming). We'll link in a few extra lists, and look back the year in After Effects for more ideas.

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Quick Tour of mocha AE CC 2014

Quick Tour of mocha AE CC 2014

free video from the After Effects CC Updates course

By Chris and Trish Meyer | December 09, 2014

We recently added several movies to our After Effects CC Updates course on lynda.com, covering the new user interface design, CINEWARE v2 and CINEMA 4D Lite R16, mocha AE CC 2014, Dynamic Link color management changes, and the embedded Adobe Color Themes panel (formerly known as Adobe Kuler). We selected the movie on mocha to be the freebie for this round, as not only does it cover the user interface and feature updates for this new version, it also gives a very quick tutorial of performing a simple track or stabilization inside mocha AE:

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An unfair yet justifiable mic comparison: AT2005USB versus Plantronics .Audio 326

An unfair yet justifiable mic comparison: AT2005USB versus Plantronics .Audio 326

Even though it may be unfair, I have logical justifications to make this mic comparison/shootout.

By Allan Tépper | December 09, 2014

I have covered the Audio Technica AT2005USB hybrid microphone (analog XLR + digital USB) in past articles and ebooks, and it has been my chosen studio microphone for my recent podcasts. On the other hand, I recently reviewed the Plantronics .Audio 326 headset microphone with outstanding results. Now, even though it might be considered unfair, I am doing a direct shootout. Ahead are my justifications and test results, including simultaneous recordings through each mic.

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7 Ways To Help Prep for an International Doc Style Project

By Bobby Marko | December 09, 2014

I recently returned from my sixth trip to Guatemala, capturing footage in support of Athentikos' I AM ART intiative. It never fails, I learn something new each time I travel internationally for video production. But this time I decided to write some things down to share with you in the... Read More

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Stocking Stuffers for Shooters and Cinematographers

Production gifts that are useful

By Matthew Jeppsen | December 09, 2014

With Christmas fast approaching, here are ten stocking stuffer gift ideas for the filmmaker. These are all tools I own, love, or use on a daily basis. 

1. Bongo Ties

$6 at Amazon

With a thousand uses for these handy rubber band ties, I try to... Read More

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Christmas Gift Ideas for the Editor - 2014 Edition

Christmas Gift Ideas for the Editor - 2014 Edition

Products, services and lots of other goodies

By Scott Simmons | December 07, 2014

There’s only a couple of weeks left until Christmas 2014 so shopping is in full force. As always there are a lot of gadgets and gizmos that an editor could use both in and out of the edit suite so here’s our annual list of Christmas Gifts for the Editor. The Editblog's editor gift list was the first and is still the best but if you don’t see what you want here check out the 2010 edition, the 2011 edition, the 2012 edition and the 2013 edition. There’s lots of great ideas in there as well.

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How I tripled my podcast listenership after Apple iTunes censorship

How I tripled my podcast listenership after Apple iTunes censorship

Apple censored my CapicúaFM podcast in October 2014. Now I have more than 3x more listeners than before, and they still increase

By Allan Tépper | December 06, 2014

Apple censored my CapicúaFM podcast at the end of October 2014. There was no notification or explanation. They just removed CapcúaFM from iTunes, while leaving my older TecnoTur podcasts (two different language versions) untouched in iTunes. CapicúaFM was first published in June 2014. Between June and October, CapicúaFM had then earned over 4000 listeners. Now it has over 13,000 listeners according to Podtrac Inc., and continues to increase steadily each week. Ahead are the details.

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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 6 - Bins part 2

Let's continue our look at bins with some great "hidden" features you'll definitely want to know about.

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 04, 2014

In the second of our two part look at bins, we'll take a look at some tucked away features of Media Composer that will really help you get organized, and stay organized right from import to delivery.

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Enhanced Storyboarding in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | December 04, 2014

Do you still need a reason to use Motion?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training picks up from the prior week's discussion about using the Placeholder generator in Final Cut Pro X to pre-visualize a shoot by building a storyboard. If you... Read More

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Review: Luxi For All Incident-Metering Photosphere for iOS and Android

The 2nd-generation Luxi fits any iOS or 'droid device up to 1 cm / .4” thick

By Adam Wilt | December 03, 2014

Luxi For All (US$30) from Extrasensory Devices is a small, translucent white hemisphere with a spring clip. It’s designed to clamp over the front-facing camera of a smartphone, transforming it into an incident-reading light meter.

Luxi For All on an iPhone running Cine... Read More

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Panavision Acquires Light Iron

Panavision Acquires Light Iron

Adding Workflow Innovator Significantly Expands Trusted Brand's Service Offerings

By PVC News Staff | December 03, 2014

Panavision has reached an agreement to acquire post production technology innovator Light Iron. The acquisition leverages the strengths of the entertainment industry's most respected designer, manufacturer and rental provider of high precision camera systems with the leader in digital... Read More

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MXF Support in Final Cut Pro 10.1.4

On This Week's Under 5

By Mark Spencer | December 02, 2014

Final Cut Pro X version 10.1.4 is out today. In the above Final Cut Pro in Under 5 Minutes video, Steve Martin from Ripple Training explores one specific new feature: how to import and export MXF files. 

Before getting into the workflow, it’s important to define... Read More

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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Goes To Space

Meteorological ballon carries camera to new heights

By Brian Hallett | December 02, 2014

A Japanese scientist takes the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera to new heights capturing footage of the stratosphere and eventually space.  See how the Pocket Camera survived its flight

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Eliminating Banding and Color Shift Issues in Your After Effects Renders

Eliminating Banding and Color Shift Issues in Your After Effects Renders

An interview with the creatives behind Compression Preview, a new plug-in to preview renders

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | December 02, 2014

Compression Preview, announced today by ZERO VFX, is the company's first new software plug-in for the post production marketplace. It enables After Effects artists to preview sequences prior to rendering, check for unwanted artifacts, banding and color shifts and make tweaks and changes to... Read More

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Collaborate Efficiently and Effectively Away from Your Desktop with HP’s Remote Graphics Software

Collaborate Efficiently and Effectively Away from Your Desktop with HP’s Remote Graphics Software

“RGS is a lot easier than a hardware solution”

By Christian Jones | December 02, 2014

As the product marketing manager for HP’s remote graphics software, or RGS, I’m keenly aware of how productions of all sizes have been impacted by our solution. On large productions we’ve seen different groups who are working on different things use HP RGS to instantly share... Read More

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Panasonic Varicam 35mm New Low-light King?

With Dual Native ISOs of 800 and 5000

By Brian Hallett | December 02, 2014

Should you shoot at 800ISO or the blindly sensitive 5000ISO, your choice.  Digital Cinema Society shares their examples of Panasonic's Varicam 35 unique dual native ISOs.  

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Video Copilot Element 3D version 2 released

3D model deform, modes, reflections, shadows, + more

By Rich Young | December 02, 2014

Video Copilot released Element 3D v2 today. E3D v2 is $199 or a $99 upgrade, with more bundle upgrade discounts. The plug-in is compatible with After Effects CS5 + above.

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5 features I miss from Final Cut Pro 7 “Classic”

All of these items would be welcome features added to other NLEs

By Scott Simmons | December 01, 2014

I spent most of the last week of November working on a job in Final Cut Pro 7; or Final Cut Classic as we seem to call it these days. This was the first FCP7 job I had done in over a year (at least I think as they all run together after awhile). Cutting in FCP7 was at the client’s request and while I have tried to convince them to move to a more modern NLE this job was to be an FCP7 job. It went well and I made a note of five features that I miss when working in other NLEs.

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ASCII Art & After Effects

Easy-to-use scripts and other resources

By Rich Young | November 30, 2014

ASCII art, pioneered by Victorian female stenographers, has enjoyed brief periods of interest and cobbled together solutions for After Effects, but there's now easy-to-use AE scripts to speed solutions. Read More

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WordPress For Video Professionals

5 minute setup + best themes and plugins

By Dan Carr | November 30, 2014

This article is intended to be great starting point for someone who’s looking to either improve their existing website, or start their first one. 

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