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Multicam Audio Editing in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | April 01, 2014

Multicam in Final Cut Pro X has gotten even better.

The multicam implementation in Final Cut Pro X was exceptional from the time it was first introduced. The flexibility of the different options for syncing angles, including a very fast and accurate automatic sync feature... Read More

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Media Composer - You Ask, I Answer! - Lesson 3

A viewer wants to do a simple split screen in Media Composer? Let's see how it's done!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | March 31, 2014

In this tutorial, exclusive to PVC, I'm going to answer a question about creating simple split screens inside of Media Composer 7.  3D Warp tool, or Avid FX, which one will you choose?

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The Secret - or not so secret - world of Templates

The Secret - or not so secret - world of Templates

How to be an After Effects imposter for less than $20

By Steve Hullfish | March 31, 2014

Writing about anything on a forum with users as widely varied in their experience as provideocoalition is  a trick. Half the people will say “I never heard of that” and the other half will say – like the Geiko Insurance ads – “Duh! Everybody knows... Read More

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Magic Bullet Looks Reborn

Magic Bullet Looks Reborn

Completely rebuilt. GPU-accelerated. New color correction tools. Free update.

By PVC News Staff | March 31, 2014

Today, Red Giant announced Magic Bullet Looks 2.5, an upcoming free update for current users of Looks and the Red Giant Color Suite. The free update includes new color correction tools, better previewing of presets, and a major bump in speed.   “It might look mostly the same at... Read More

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NAB 2014: Marshall Electronics Releases Line of 4K-Compatible Quad-Viewer Monitors

NAB 2014: Marshall Electronics Releases Line of 4K-Compatible Quad-Viewer Monitors

The 17”, 24” and 27” Quad-Viewers give users the convenience of a quad-viewer with superior image resolution

By PVC News Staff | March 31, 2014

Marshall Electronics introduces three new monitors with 4K viewing capability: the QVW-1708 17” 1920 x 1080 Resolution Display, the QVW-2410 24" 1920x1200 Resolution Display and the QVW-2710 27” 2560x1440 Resolution Display. Each monitor has four independent 3G/HD/SD-SDI inputs to... Read More

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Halftone techniques for After Effects

By Rich Young | March 30, 2014

A halftone is an image or printing technique that "simulates continuous tone through the use of dots, varying either in size, in shape or in spacing." In the Illustrator and Photoshop worlds, there's a long list of halftone filters, swatches, and compositing techniques used for printing and newsprint, comic, retro, and other effects. But the fun of After Effects is animation, and some techniques may not be immediately apparent without the built-in filters found in the other apps.

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Ultra-Portable Devices Change Workflows and Capabilities for DPs and DITs

Ultra-Portable Devices Change Workflows and Capabilities for DPs and DITs

An interview with Colorist and DIT Lorne Miess

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | March 30, 2014

DP Michael Balfry, csc, and Colorist/DIT Lorne Miess check out a shot on-set of "The Haunting Hour".

 

R.L. Stine's "The Haunting Hour" is a Canadian/American original anthology horror-fantasy series for The Hub Network. As you can imagine, the look and feel of the... Read More

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A Hands-on Experience with the ARRI AMIRA

In cameras, as in life, you get what you pay for

By Justin Aguirre | March 30, 2014

The opportunity to head up to the ARRI headquarters in Burbank for a one-on-one experience with its prototype AMIRA camera made me feel like a kid who found out I was going to Disney World.

From its classic 16mm cameras to the current ALEXA, ARRI has always had a special place in my... Read More

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Adobe Premiere Pro and Multiple GPUs

Adobe Premiere Pro and Multiple GPUs

You can get a significant speed boost using a variety of hardware solutions

By Chris and Trish Meyer | March 28, 2014

Apple’s inclusion of dual GPUs in every model of their new Mac Pro has caused a bit of a stir (and confusion) among video editors wondering if their NLE of choice can take advantage of them. Applications don’t automatically detect and use multiple GPUs; the drivers must support them, and the software must be written to exploit them. It’s expected that Apple’s own Final Cut Pro can; many seem to assume that Adobe’s Premiere Pro can’t – but that’s not the case.

While working with Adobe to update their Hardware Performance White Paper (which contains tips for non-geeks to optimize their hardware based on the different needs of Adobe’s video software), we learned that not only can Premiere Pro take advantage of both GPUs in the new Mac Pro, you can also install multiple GPUs in an older generation Mac Pro as well as Windows workstations to get similar or even greater performance gains. We’d like to share that information with you here, hopefully boiling the raw numbers down to a few takeaways for you to consider when choosing or configuring a system.

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Product Review: Areca ARC-8050T2 8-drive RAID with Thunderbolt 2

Add your own drives to this very fast, robust, affordable RAID

By Helmut Kobler | March 28, 2014

Areca’s new ARC-8050T2 is a industrial-strength 8 bay RAID that has a few unique things going for it. For starters, it uses a new Thunderbolt 2 connection, so it’s blazing fast when connected to a Thunderbolt 2-equipped Mac or PC. In fact, it’s the fastest 8 bay RAID I’ve ever tested, reaching about 1 GB/s read and writes in a RAID 5 configuration. Secondly, it’s the only big Thunderbolt RAID I’m aware of that you can buy without drives (street price is as low as $1,799 for the empty chassis), so you can buy your own drives without a markup, saving hundreds of dollars or more. I had a chance to set up and then run an 8050T2 on a number of projects for three weeks, and came away very impressed. If you’ve got even a mild do-it-yourself spirit, this is probably the RAID for you.

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Radio spot production: 30-second spots for CASTILIAN CONSPIRACY books

Radio spot production: 30-second spots for CASTILIAN CONSPIRACY books

Read about the production details, and listen to the two high-end, 30-second spots.

By Allan Tépper | March 26, 2014

I just produced two 30-second audio spots for playback on over-the-air radio, as well as podcasts. Although I wrote and produced them, my voice and studio were not used at all in this production. Instead, one female and three male local voice talent were used, as well as the highest grade audio production equipment I’ve ever seen. Listen to the spots, and learn the who, the how and the why, ahead…

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ProMAX Announces Platform Series Shared Storage Solution for NewTek Products

ProMAX Announces Platform Series Shared Storage Solution for NewTek Products

ProMAX Platform fills need for high-performance storage support to NewTek TriCaster™ & 3Play™ content streaming

By PVC News Staff | March 26, 2014

ProMAX is joining the NewTek Developer Network by providing ProMAX Platform series shared storage solutions, a first for NewTek’s TriCaster™ and 3Play™ multi-camera production and instant replay systems. ProMAX’s Platform integration meets the demanding performance... Read More

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2014 NAB Show Creative Master Series Keynote to Address the Evolution of “Trancendence”

2014 NAB Show Creative Master Series Keynote to Address the Evolution of “Trancendence”

Academy Award-Winning Cinematographer Wally Pfister to Go Behind the Scenes of Directorial Debut With Cinematographer Jess Hall

By PVC News Staff | March 26, 2014

NAB Show, the world's largest annual conference and expo for professionals who create, manage and distribute entertainment across all platforms, will host Director Wally Pfister and Cinematographer Jess Hall, BSC, in the Creative Master Series keynote presentation, as they give attendees a... Read More

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How Does NAB 2014 Fit Into Your Schedule?

How Does NAB 2014 Fit Into Your Schedule?

ProVideo Coalition writers talk through what it means for them to make the trek out to Vegas in early April

By The ProVideo Coalition | March 25, 2014

from NAB 2009...NAB 2009 Wrapup Discussion, by Matt Jeppsen

 

NAB Show bills itself as the world's largest B2B media & entertainment event, and it's hard to dispute that claim. In recent years they've made a conscious effort to focus on content creation... Read More

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VoiceOverMart upgrades to Pro Tools 11 HD & more

VoiceOverMart upgrades to Pro Tools 11 HD & more

Miami-based voiceover studio has just upgraded to Pro Tools 11 HD, with video upgrades from Blackmagic and Sony.

By Allan Tépper | March 25, 2014

VoiceOverMart is a Miami (Coral Gables), Florida based professional voiceover studio, equipped with ISDN & standard phone patch, and is owned and directed by Víctor Martorella, a renowned voice talent for the Hispanic market. VoiceOverMart recently upgraded to Pro Tools 11 HD, together with video upgrades. These upgrades facilitate their audio spot production and ADR (audio dialogue replacement). Ahead are details of the upgrade via an interview.

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Getting Started with Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | March 25, 2014

Is it time to learn Motion?

Motion is one of the companion applications to Final Cut Pro X (the other is Compressor). You use it to create motion graphics and visual effects, like animated title sequences, green screen composites, tracking shots, particle effects, and much... Read More

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My NAB 2014 Post|Production World sessions

If you're attending, these are the classes I'll be teach. Please come!

By Scott Simmons | March 24, 2014

NAB 2014 is just around the corner and I’m happy to once again be leading several sessions at the Post|Production World Conference. Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro CC and panel discussions are on the agenda amongst all the other things at NAB. I’m always humbled and honored that a random editor from Nashville, Tennessee gets to interact with editors and production folks from all over the world during these sessions. As I’ve said before, I learn as much as they do.

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Flying The 4K Blackmagic Production Camera

Test Flight

By Brian Hallett | March 23, 2014

4K in the air... does the greater resolution make that much of a difference? Is it necessary to shoot aerials at 4K so one can stabilize in post?  Can the Octocopter we had on hand lift the 4K Blackmagic Production Camera long enough to get all the shots needed? 

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PVC Video Production Podcast Roundup - March 2014

PVC Video Production Podcast Roundup - March 2014

Gearing up for NAB 2014

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | March 23, 2014

Brian Mulligan's 10 Best Podcasts for Video Production is a great resource and excellent introduction to a number of podcasts that focus on different areas of production and post-production. While some of the podcasts in his article are no longer being produced, it gives you a... Read More

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Thinking About Crew Prep

Thinking About Crew Prep

By Arthur Vincie | March 23, 2014

One of the biggest mistakes I see first-time filmmakers commit is to think solely in terms of production time when it comes to crewing up.  The crew shows up on the first day, leaves on the last day, and anything that happens in between, before, or after is just donated or doesn’t... Read More

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