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Interweaving in 3D space in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 10, 2015

Can you wrap a light streak around text in Motion?

That's the question on this week's MacBreak Studio with Steve Martin from Ripple Training that I attempt to answer, using an example from an earlier episode on creating light streaks.

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Day 10 #28daysofquicktips - Create an Audio-only Multicam Clip in Premiere Pro

This can be very handy when you want to audition many music tracks

By Scott Simmons | February 10, 2015

For some reason Adobe Premiere Pro CC doesn’t seem to let you create a Multi-camera sequence from a batch of audio only clips. That can be handy if you want to quickly audition different music cuts in an edit. You can do it but you have to trick PPro to make it happen.

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Hands-on with the Panasonic Varicam S35

Two cinematographers take a quick look at the new 4K Varicam

By Matthew Jeppsen | February 09, 2015

A few years ago, Panasonic showed early prototypes of what would become the 4K Varicam, their S35 digital cinema camera. That model is starting to trickle out into the wild, and DP Noel Evans has shared his findings after using the camera on a project. Watch below. 

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Day 9 #28daysofquicktips - Trim to Playhead in Adobe Premiere Pro

These keyboard trimming shortcuts will speed up your editing flow

By Scott Simmons | February 09, 2015

There’s a batch of keyboard commands that kind of all work together in Adobe Premiere Pro CC to improve trimming and make it considerably faster once those keys are learned. It takes a bit of time to remember them but once you do they are very handy.

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Local 700: State of the Union

Local 700: State of the Union

By Misha Tenenbaum | February 08, 2015

During his 2015 State of the Union Address, President Obama spoke about unions saying, “We still need laws that strengthen rather than weaken unions, and give American workers a voice.” He then expressed support for a myriad of labor-related issues including paid sick leave, maternity leave, affordable healthcare, and even free tuition at community colleges.

We, the members of the local 700 Editors Guild have been fighting for worker’s rights since the 1930’s, and this past year included numerous highlights in our campaign. Over the past twelve months, we saw three worker’s strikes as well as a statewide debate over the expansion of film tax credits. Today, it’s time that we take a look at the state of our union in the year 2015.

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - 4K Workflows Part 2: RED 4K Offline/Online in v8.3

Navigate the Ins and Outs of shooting in 4K and finishing in HD in Avid Media Composer

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | February 08, 2015

In the second part of our look at 4K workflows inside of Media Composer Subscription, we take a look at a RED offline/online scenario working totally in 4K, with a little help from REDCINE-X PRO.

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Day 8 #28daysofquicktips - Use a Trackpad for Better Navigation

This reader Quicktip comes to us from Alex Gollner

By Scott Simmons | February 08, 2015

Continuing in yesterday’s vein of using an external input device today’s Quicktip comes to us from Alex Gollner (that’s @Alex4D to many) and it is all about using a trackpad on your Mac for better navigation. That’s a trackpad on your laptop or an external trackpad.

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Gratical HD EVF Review

Real-world shooting with Zacuto's powerful new viewfinder

By Matthew Jeppsen | February 07, 2015

The following is my detailed review of a pre-production Zacuto Gratical HD EVF unit. The production version of Gratical HD began shipping this month to pre-order customers.

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Day 7 #28daysofquicktips - Remap the H key away from the HAND tool

Really, how often do you use the Hand tool anyway?

By Scott Simmons | February 07, 2015

Going back to keyboard discussions for today’s Quicktip I always remap the H key on most NLEs (that’d be FCPX and Adobe Premiere Pro) that are tool based as the H is the HAND tool. I’ve never found myself using the Hand tool very often and it seems a shame to have a key so close to JKL scrubbing that I don't use.

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How to Setup a C-Stand

C Stand Basics with DP Shane Hurlbut

By Matthew Jeppsen | February 06, 2015

One of the most basic but important things you must know on set is how to configure and use a c-stand. This c stand tutorial from cinematographer Shane Hurlbut will show you the basics of these essential grip & light stands, from safety to ettiquete. And Shane's diffusion... Read More

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Day 6 #28daysofquicktips - Option click to move the Final Cut Pro X playhead

Clicking a clip moves the skimmer but you might want to move the playhead too

By Scott Simmons | February 06, 2015

The Final Cut Pro X Skimmer is an awesome thing. But you still have a traditional playhead when working in an FCPX timeline (or Project if you want to use Apple’s term for a timeline). There might be times when you want the playhead to move to a specific frame but just clicking a clip doesn’t move the playhead, it selects the clip.

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Canon 5D Update Leaked

As well as a new wide lens

By Brian Hallett | February 05, 2015

Canon's latest update to the 5D line has been leaked. Some of this news we have seen, like the 50.6MP CMOS Sensor, and some of this news is new.  For me, I hadn't seen the new 11-24mm F4 lens until today, which by the way is very wide.  

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Day 5 #28daysofquicktips - Move a Clip’s Connection Point in Final Cut Pro X

Sometimes that little connection tail isn't in the right place

By Scott Simmons | February 05, 2015

One fundamental concept of Final Cut Pro X and its trackless timeline is Connected Clips. When editing clips outside of a Primary Storyline all clips must connect to something in the Primary Storyline and they move according to that parent clip. But you can, thankfully (and mercifully depending on your POV), move that connection point.

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The Digitization and Distribution of PBS

The Digitization and Distribution of PBS

Open Text helps viewers across the world access shows like Downton Abbey, Sesame Street and Sherlock

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | February 05, 2015

2014 was a big year for PBS, as it marked their 45th anniversary as a broadcaster. That wasn’t the only milestone for them though, as they also saw their content streamed millions of time and accessed in ways it had never been distributed or watched across the entire world. There’s... Read More

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Blackmagic Design Releases DaVinci Resolve 11.2

Improved Cinema DNG processing & adding Avid's new codec

By Brian Hallett | February 04, 2015

Blackmagic Design releases DaVinci Resolve 11.2 adding new codecs, cinema DNG tone improvements, and edit page improvements that move the color correction software closer to an NLE that can handle more than simple edits.  

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Day 4 #28daysofquicktips - Override clip connections in Final Cut Pro X

There are times when you just don't want those Connected Clips to move

By Scott Simmons | February 04, 2015

One fundamental feature of Final Cut Pro X is the Connected Clip be they single video or audio clips or Secondary Storylines. Once you’ve made them and established those connection points Connected Clips will slide around and move as their parent clips are moved; be that via a trimming operation or click and drag. But there are times (quite possibly a lot of times) when you want the Connected Clips to stay put as you adjust the parent clip. The tilde (or grave accent) key comes to the rescue to Override Clip Connections.

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Sweeping Up in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 03, 2015

This week on MacBreak Studio Steve Martin from Ripple Training (check out the brand new completely updated website) and I dive into Motion in order to respond to a viewer's question, who wanted to know how he could fly a camera by an object, while having the camera continue to... Read More

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Exploring Workflow, Storage & Archive in M&E Part I – Isn’t This Someone Else’s Problem?

Exploring Workflow, Storage & Archive in M&E Part I – Isn’t This Someone Else’s Problem?

ProMAX Systems' Jess Hartmann helps us dig into how professionals across the industry can and should think of asset management

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | February 03, 2015

The nuts and bolts of the creative process are not my specialty. When I worked at a post house, I had my own system for versioning, and it was not one my coordinator appreciated. Even when I’m grabbing footage at places like NAB or IBC, I know I should be backing up everything,... Read More

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Day 3 #28daysofquicktips - Remap numbers 1 to 9 on your Final Cut Pro X keyboard

These commands are on your keypad and you don't use them that often anyway

By Scott Simmons | February 03, 2015

While we are on Final Cut Pro X keyboard keys (see yesterday’s quicktip about G for Storyline Mode) here is something I did very early on when using FCPX: I made a new keyboard set and began remapping the number keys 1 - 9. 

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NewTek Now Shipping TalkShow

NewTek Now Shipping TalkShow

Unique tools on studio-grade Skype video calling production system provide complete control of entire video call workflow

By PVC News Staff | February 02, 2015

NewTek™ announced today that TalkShow™ VS-100, the video calling production system designed specifically for television studios and live video producers is shipping. Introduced at IBC 2014, TalkShow is the new studio-grade solution that enables broadcasters and video producers to... Read More

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