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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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Get to know…...Boris FX

Get a brief look at what Boris FX has to offer with its flagship product

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 30, 2014

My recent review of Red Giant Universe got me thinking, after taking a look at some Facebook comments, that there are a lot of users out there who might not know some of the 3rd-party plug-in companies out there, so I thought as a recurring article series, we would take a brief look at all the plug-in companies out there, and what they bring to the table for you, the end user.  I thought I’d start with a company I’m very familiar with, and that is Boris FX.

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Decent cheap earphones: backups and stocking stuffers

By Rich Young | November 30, 2014

For event recording, it's good to have emergency sealed headphones, and being extremely portable and cheap, earphones fit the bill. Amazon is touting a selection of Stocking Stuffer Headphones Under $10, and when you land there, you're greeted by "Major Sound with a Minor Price." If you shop for $10 headphones, what can you expect? Probably better than that list. Happily, manufacturers sometimes ship inexpensive products that don't sound half bad.

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REVIEW - Red Giant Universe

Is this a Universe you want to visit?

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 29, 2014

NAB 2014 has been over for about seven months now, and most people might be wondering why I am writing a review of Red Giant Universe now, as opposed to when it was first announced/released around the time of NAB.  To be honest with you, the review I'm writing today is very different from the one I would have written then.

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iMovie 10.0.6 gets official ProRes, audio only export, and more

iMovie 10.0.6 gets official ProRes, audio only export, and more

Now Apple’s free editing tool gets more flexibility, and there’s a way to set framerate to 23.976p, 25p, or 29.97p.

By Allan Tépper | November 29, 2014

With iMovie version 10.0.6, Apple’s free editing program now gets official support for ProRes, new custom H.264 export, and audio only export. Although previously there have been unofficial ways to use ProRes with iMovie, it is finally official. Also, learn how to set an iMovie 10.x project framerate to 23.976p, 25p, or 29.97p despite no official settings to do so in this version.

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Creating a Storyboard in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | November 28, 2014

How do you tell a visual story without any visuals?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us how to do exactly that.

Final Cut Pro X contains a collection of generators: "generated" content that you can use in your projects. These... Read More

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The making of a music video in Spain, including crowdsourcing of B-roll

The making of a music video in Spain, including crowdsourcing of B-roll

For her latest music video, Sole Giménez crowdsourced the B-roll…

By Allan Tépper | November 28, 2014

For her latest music video, where the main shots were shot on a beach in Valencia, Spain, singer/songwriter Sole Giménez crowdsourced the B-roll shots via social media. Ahead are production details, including cameras, directors, editors, and graders.

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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 5 - Bins part 1

Media Composer 101 - Lesson 5 - Bins part 1

Let's get back to basics with the start of a multi-part look at Bins in Media Composer

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 27, 2014

Let's get back to basics and take a look at bins inside of Media Composer.  This first of a multi-part lesson will give you a good running start, so you can start organizing yourself lightning quick!

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Dear Vimeo: Before supporting 4K, please prioritize this more urgent need

Dear Vimeo: Before supporting 4K, please prioritize this more urgent need

Many people are requesting 4K on Vimeo, but there’s something easier that is needed much more urgently.

By Allan Tépper | November 24, 2014

It is clear from the buzz in forums that many people are obsessed about having Vimeo offer 4K, whether it be the UHD (Ultra HD) version or the larger DCI version. However, there is something much more urgent for Vimeo to support, which is both easier and a higher priority than either of the 4K requests because it immediately affects many more video producers who already have multiple years of footage, and countless more viewers already own a proper screen for it.

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