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Now Shipping: Veydra Mini Primes for Micro Four Thirds

Kickstarter-funded MFT cine primes are being delivered. They look good.

By Adam Wilt | March 02, 2015

[Update 12:05pm PST: 12mm prototype to arrive in April]

The first four Veydra Mini Primes for micro four-thirds cameras, announced on Kickstarter last November and previewed here in December, started shipping last Monday to Kickstarter backers, resellers Hot Rod Cameras and Duclos... Read More

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“My RØDE Reel” – The World’s Largest Short Film Competition Returns Bigger and Better for 2015

“My RØDE Reel” – The World’s Largest Short Film Competition Returns Bigger and Better for 2015

By PVC News Staff | March 02, 2015

Pro-audio brand RØDE Microphones is excited to announce that the ‘My RØDE Reel’ international short film competition - first launched in 2014 to huge international acclaim - will return in 2015, with an increased total prize pool of more than $200,000 in prizes. My... Read More

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Defining Visual Language for a Travel Documentary

Cinematography case study on The Flying Dutchmen

By Matthew Jeppsen | March 01, 2015

Last August I had the opportunity to DP a 3-week documentary feature film called The Flying Dutchmen. In this article I want to talk about our visual language choices, and how those choices drove the gear and tools used to accomplish the look of the film. You may also be interested in a podcast discussion on how we used the DJI Ronin on this project (linked below).

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Day 29 #28daysofquicktips - A Batch of Media Composer & FCPX tips from Jesús

This big batch of quicktips will round out the month

By Scott Simmons | March 01, 2015

It’s day 29 of the #28daysofquicktips and that’s one day over. This big list of tips came from Editor, Trainer & Workflow Consultant Jesús Pérez-Miranda and it’s too good of a list not to publish. While Jesús seems to be very pro FCPX these days he’s an editor of many NLEs so he has provided tips for Avid Media Composer as well as FCPX. It’s a great way to round out the #28daysofquicktips on a Sunday. A few of his tweets are embedded as well. Coming all the way from Madrid, Spain here’s day 29.

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Shockwaves in After Effects

Shockwaves in After Effects

By Rich Young | February 28, 2015

Andrew Kramer has been the most enthusiastic provider of footage and tutorials on creating shockwave effects in After Effects, and recently Daniel Brodesky created something similar, using Trapcode Particular instead of Fractal Noise for the base of the effect. There are a few other resources too, but much of what's been published is outdated or no longer available.

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My Top 11 Favorite New Features of Resolve 11

My Top 11 Favorite New Features of Resolve 11

By Steve Hullfish | February 28, 2015

There are only so many pieces of software a person can master or even try to become relatively proficient in, so you need to decide which ones are worth your time. Whether you’re just starting out or are an experienced media professional, the arguments for putting Resolve in the... Read More

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Pro XAVC Long GOP compatibility bulletin 2015.1

Pro XAVC Long GOP compatibility bulletin 2015.1

More XAVC Long GOP compatibility reports are now coming out of the woodwork.

By Allan Tépper | February 28, 2015

I recently published an article about the breakthrough pro XAVC Long GOP códec/format from Sony, which is the third group of XAVC born in 2012. In the first article, I covered the status of third party software that support professional XAVC Long GOP. Since then, more compatibility reports are coming out of the woodwork. Ahead is a compatibility update, and even a video from a Canadian reader.

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Day 28 #28daysofquicktips - A few Avid Media Composer tips from Marcin

He actually got these from Shortcutworld.com but they are nice shortcuts

By Scott Simmons | February 28, 2015

How about a quick batch of Avid Media Composer Quicktips instead of one big one to round out our #28daysofquicktips? Here’s a few all the way from Poland sent to us by Marcin Zwolski. There are four little keyboard shortcuts that you might find useful. Thanks Marcin.

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Creating Animated Background Beds

A job normally reserved for After Effects can easily be done in your Media Composer timeline.

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | February 27, 2015

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how easy it is to create a background bed for your text, right in your Media Composer timeline.  Using Timewarp, BCC Colorize (which comes with your MC subscription plan), the built in MC Blur effect, and a simple title, you can add some style, and save yourself all the time it takes to export your footage to a program like After Effects.

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Codex Multi-Camera Recorder

Alexa Mini partner

By Dan Carr | February 27, 2015

 

Alongside the launch of the exciting looking ARRI ALEXA Mini a few days ago, long-time ARRI partner Codex, revealed a new multi-camera recorder.  The recorder features 8 HD-SDI inputs meaning that up to 4 simulatneous ARRIRAW streams can be recorded with a total... Read More

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Miller Air Carbon Fiber Tripod System Review

Lightweight, affordable DSLR focused support

By Dan Carr | February 27, 2015

The Air Tripod System Range is comprised of the Air Alloy and Air Carbon Fiber and both feature the same Air Fluid Head.  The Air Tripod System is billed as a lightweight and affordable option for DSLR users, though a Canon C100 MKII or similar would... Read More

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Sony FS-7 Gets A Firmware Update

Adds support for 4K (4096x2160) and ProRes codec added

By Brian Hallett | February 27, 2015

In the FS-7 firmware V2.0 the versatile camera will add 4K (4096x2160) recording in XAVC-I which is an improvement over the UHD 4K the camera currently records (3840x2160).  

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Day 27 #28daysofquicktips - Use Un-sync Locked Tracks for Easier Music Revisions

I wish I had thought of this a long time ago.

By Scott Simmons | February 27, 2015

This reader Quicktip is a very nice Avid Media Composer tip from editor Austin Flack that will come in handy if you have to edit a lot of music beds and the deal with changes and revisions. It’s demonstrated in Media Composer but could apply to most any track-based editing tool. I had... Read More

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Studio Binder - Call Sheets Simplified

By Dan Carr | February 26, 2015

 

Studio Binder is a new cloud-based production tool that's looking to simplify the call time process for cast and crew.  The service lets you store projects and cast/crew information in the cloud, delivering a simple interface to schedule call times to all... Read More

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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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