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After Effects World keynote by Andrew Kramer

Demo reels and keys to becoming a better artist

By Rich Young | October 02, 2014

Andrew Kramer presented the keynote at the 2014 After Effects World conference and made it available on Video Copilot. It was edited using the multi-camera workflow in Premiere Pro CC.

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ALEXA’S 10th Software Update Released: SUP 10.0

ALEXA’S 10th Software Update Released: SUP 10.0

By PVC News Staff | October 02, 2014

ARRI customers are rushing to download the 10th free software update for ALEXA, which was released this week following an open beta that began in August. It is available now at http://www.arri.com/camera/alexa/downloads/.

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Small UAV Coalition Launched to Advance the Commercial Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Small UAV Coalition Launched to Advance the Commercial Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Big News in the Fight for Aerial Videography and Photography in the US!

By Jeff Foster | October 02, 2014

Iconic photo and commercial small drone manufacturers, 3DR, Aerialtronics, Airware, Amazon Prime Air, DJI Innovations, Google[x]'s Project Wing, GoPro, and Parrot all join forces to form a coalition to fight for the rights to commercial small UAV/UAS useage and work with existing orgnaizations to devlop safety and proper regulatory oversight in this exploding industry.

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Boris FX Adds Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve Support to Boris Continuum Complete and RED Product Lines

Boris FX Adds Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve Support to Boris Continuum Complete and RED Product Lines

By PVC News Staff | October 01, 2014

Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated VFX and workflow technology for video and film, announces added host support for Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve to its flagship product line, Boris Continuum Complete (BCC), and to Boris RED. "From the advanced vector titling of Boris RED 5.5 to the... Read More

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Email Marketing For Freelancers - Why You Need A Mailing List

By Dan Carr | September 30, 2014

I started off this series of posts last month with a look at simplified accounting for freelancers, using FreshBooks.  This month I want to talk about an incredibly powerful, yet highly underused marketing tool, the email newsletter.

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Premiere Pro News Notes #10

By Rich Young | September 30, 2014

Here's another collection of news on tutorials, tips, and related tools assorted with Adobe Premiere Pro. Things have been a little slower, perhaps in anticipation of a Creative Cloud update, though paywall training courses saw several new releases.

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Preparing for Cinema 4D Lite v2.0

Preparing for Cinema 4D Lite v2.0

How not to lose your current presets when you upgrade

By Chris and Trish Meyer | September 30, 2014

Adobe pre-announced many of the new features for the next version of After Effects CC 2014 at the just-passed IBC show. One of the big additions will be upgrading Cineware and Cinema 4D Lite - the 3D modeling and animation program that comes bundled with After Effects CC - to version 2.0, based on Maxon’s Cinema 4D R16 (Cinema 4D Lite is based on R14).

This is mostly great news, as this means a ton of new features for us After Effects CC users (see the series of movies Maxon posted on their Cineversity site for R15 and R16). However, some of these updates have obsoleted older features, which in turn means some of the currently provided factory presets for C4D Lite may be lost. Read on to learn how to proactively set these aside so you can still access them when the next update indeed happens.

 

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Shatter glass in After Effects

By Rich Young | September 30, 2014

The easiest way to simulate shattered or broken glass in After Effects is with Shatter, an older 8-bit per channel plug-in that ships with After Effects. Originally developed by Brian Maffitt under the Atomic Power banner, Shatter is mostly used for shattering glass, brick walls, puzzles, and so forth, but also used to generate 3D text or shape blocks. But there are other options available if Shatter doesn't work for your needs.

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Multi-screen Multicam in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | September 30, 2014

 

Putting the Angle Viewer into the Timeline?

That is essentially what Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us how to do in this week's episode of MacBreak Studio. So why would you want to?

When editing a multi-camera shoot in Final Cut Pro X, you first... Read More

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OFFICIAL: GoPro HERO4 Lineup Announcement!

OFFICIAL: GoPro HERO4 Lineup Announcement!

The New Lineup of GoPro Cameras Now Includes Real 4K/24-30fps Capability, Built-in Touchscreen and Overall Improved Performance

By Jeff Foster | September 29, 2014

Beyond the leaks, rumors and speculation over the past month, we've got the official press release directly from GoPro this morning, complete with images and a great new launch video. This lineup of cameras is truly impressive and we'll be sharing a hands-on review with you shortly as well.

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Review: iZotope RX 4

World Class Noise Reduction Tools

By Woody Woodhall | September 26, 2014

A few years back, audio plug in developer iZotope, changed the landscape of digital audio restoration with their groundbreaking software, RX. Several years and several iterations later they’ve released their latest and greatest restoration bundles yet - RX4 and RX4 Advanced.

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Adobe at IBC 2014 - the show in review

Product previews, brilliant customer presentations, and thousands of visitors

By Eric Philpott | September 25, 2014

It felt like summer in Amsterdam, host city for the International Broadcasting Convention, Europe’s largest industry tradeshow. Inside the spacious RAI convention center thousands of visitors came to see the latest in film and broadcast technology – including previews of the next... Read More

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Wipster Launches New Cloud-Based Collaboration Platform For Media Teams

Wipster Launches New Cloud-Based Collaboration Platform For Media Teams

Wipster Creates Simple, Elegant Media Review and Approval Experience for Content Creators, Filmmakers, In-House Video Teams

By PVC News Staff | September 24, 2014

Wipster today announced it has successfully completed an extensive beta program and is formally launching its new cloud-based, collaborative video review and approval platform. Created by filmmaker Rollo Wenlock and a team of creative media tech experts, Wipster is a beautifully designed,... Read More

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Useful Tools for Editors: The Denoise Edition

Remove noise (and other stuff) from both audio and video with some of these tools

By Scott Simmons | September 24, 2014

 

Here we are back again with another round of Useful Tools for Editors. Today there’s a few things that can help reduce the noise in both your audio and your video as well as some options to beauty up your image be it someone’s skin or bringing it into a... Read More

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Creating Final Cut Pro Transitions in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | September 23, 2014

How do you customize effects in Final Cut Pro X?

That's a question I hear frequently from legacy Final Cut Pro editors. They are used to changing the settings of a built-in effect, then saving the modified version so they can use it again in other projects with all their... Read More

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Product Review: Lightpanels Astra 1x1 LED Light

Product Review: Lightpanels Astra 1x1 LED Light

Power, expandability, accessories, and a lower price.

By Helmut Kobler | September 22, 2014

The Litepanels Astra is the next-generation 1x1 LED light from the company that invented the first generation. After Litepanels founded the genre, a lot of companies followed its lead with cheaper — and, more lately, competent clones — but the $1350 Astra raises the bar again with dual daylight/tungsten LEDs , high-powered output, DMX expandability and a nice ecosystem of light-shaping accessories. It’s easily the best 1x1 panel I’ve come across. 

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Shame on you, PBS

When even PBS uses its flagship programs as advertising backdrops, is it any wonder viewers are dumping OTA TV for OTT VOD?

By Adam Wilt | September 21, 2014

I went back to Ohio  But my pretty countryside  Had been paved down the middle  By a government that had no pride

"My City Was Gone" - Chrissie Hynde, The Pretenders

This past week, PBS aired Ken Burns' latest 7-part... Read More

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Arri Announces 6K 65mm Camera

Alexa 65

By Brian Hallett | September 21, 2014

The 65mm Alexa rumor is now confirmed.  Arri announces a 6K 65mm Alexa called Alexa 65 with a 54.12 x 25.59 mm (diagonal 59.87 mm) frame which is larger than 65mm film.

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Z-Depth from 3D After Effects layers

How to generate a z-depth pass from 3D layers in After Effects, without 3rd party plugins

By ChrisZwar | September 19, 2014

I recently posted a video tutorial that demonstrates how to generate a z-depth map from Particular, and then use it to composite multiple layers of Particular together.  This technique opens up a whole range of creative possibilities, and allows extremely complex scenes to be created with... Read More

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LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt Review

By Dan Carr | September 18, 2014

Having robust mobile storage solutions that you can rely on is important, as is the speed of them.  I recently purchased the latest LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt drive and ran it through some tests.

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