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Review 1: Telestream’s Switch aims to overtake & surpass QuickTime Pro

Review 1: Telestream’s Switch aims to overtake & surpass QuickTime Pro

In many ways, Switch has already surpassed QuickTime Pro…

By Allan Tépper | August 20, 2014

Back in December 2013, I published my “first look” article about the then just-announced Switch application for Mac OS from Telestream, which in many ways has already gone way beyond what the QuickTime Pro app ever did. Now that Switch is shipping, I was able to get a review license from the company and ahead you will see what I like, and what should be added to this promising audiovisual tool.

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Cinemagraphs in FCP X and Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 19, 2014

Final Cut Pro X or Motion?

Both FCP X and Motion allow you to perform compositing and animation. How do you decide which to use? This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to approach the same task in both applications.

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4K Monitors Under $850

The price of 4K monitors is dropping fast, while the specifications go the other way. But not all that glitters is gold!

By Jose Antunes | August 18, 2014

Here they are! 4K monitors for everybody on a tight budget, already under the $1000 many potential users define as the right price point to start looking for a new monitor. 2014 is the - first - year for cheap 4K monitors. And new models are announced each new week.

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Product Review: DSLRPros Cannes Cinema Edition P2 Aerial Kit

The Next Generation Aerial Kit Does So Much More!

By Jeff Foster | August 15, 2014

The DJI Phantom 2 is the second generation quadcopter from the industry giant, boasting better performance and longer flight time and it's remained pretty much a "hobbyist" craft as it comes from the factory - but I'll show you why the DLSRPros Cannes Cinema Edition P2 Aerial Kit has turned this "RC toy" into a serious, useful aerial videography tool. Read More

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First Footage From Blackmagic’s URSA Camera

The $6,000 Camera's Spectacular Sunrise Footage

By Brian Hallett | August 13, 2014

Australian John Brawley Director of Photography, known for testing Blackmagic Cameras before they are released, shows off the first footage from Blackmagic's new URSA Camera.  In predictable Brawley fashion; it is spectacular.

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Have a copy of my Final Cut Pro X Menu / Keyboard Shortcut Cheat-sheet

I made this a long time ago but have recently updated it

By Scott Simmons | August 12, 2014

I’m currently deep into the biggest Final Cut Pro X edit that I’ve done to date. Back when FCPX was new I did a webinar where I gave out a document I had made of some of the FCPX menus to help learn the keyboard shortcuts. I thought it was a good time to update that menu... Read More

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New Features in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 12, 2014

New features in Motion?

That's right - they aren't earth-shattering, but there were a few new features added to the Motion 5.1.1 update that came out the same time as the Final Cut Pro 10.1.2 update a few weeks ago.

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Here are My Rules of Thumb When Choosing a Codec

Here are My Rules of Thumb When Choosing a Codec

I know just enough to be dangerous and keep myself out of trouble

By Art Adams | August 10, 2014

Olympic codec rankings. AVCHD is the most accurate... pic.twitter.com/ncRykgBznq

— Shane Ross (@comebackshane) July 16, 2014

 

Everything I know about codecs could fit on the head of a dime. That's after compression, of course. Prior to compression I... Read More

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After Effects and Alexa - The Expurgated Version

Log C in After Effects in 3 minutes...

By ChrisZwar | August 08, 2014

OK so you've got some Arri Alexa footage in Log C format, and it looks funny in After Effects.  You don't have time to sit through my 2-part, 40 minute video on the best way to deal with Alexa footage in After Effects, you just want to know the basic details NOW!

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After Effects and Alexa - Part 2

Working with Arri Log C footage in After Effects

By ChrisZwar | August 08, 2014

The Arri Alexa is a hugely popular digital camera, but it records footage in a proprietary Arri colourspace called Log C.  While there are many ways of working with Log C footage in After Effects, none of them are immediately obvious – and if you’re new to log colourspaces then... Read More

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After Effects and Alexa - Part 1

Working with Arri Log C footage in After Effects

By ChrisZwar | August 08, 2014

The Arri Alexa is a hugely popular digital camera, but it records footage in a proprietary Arri colourspace called Log C.  While there are many ways of working with Log C footage in After Effects, none of them are immediately obvious – and if you’re new to log colourspaces then... Read More

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Getting Started with BCC Lite for Media Composer Part 2

In Part 1 we looked at BCC Colorize and Lens Flare 3D, now let's check out BCC Scanlines & Swish Pan

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | August 07, 2014

As most Media Composer editors are now aware, BCC is no longer included in your Media Composer Symphony upgrade.  That's because with your monthly subscription, you are now getting Symphony included.  But, that doesn't mean that you're without some awesome BCC effects to get you moving in the right direction.

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Initial review: iRig Mic HD from IK Multimedia

Initial review: iRig Mic HD from IK Multimedia

iRig Mic HD is a handheld digital mic from IK Multimedia

By Allan Tépper | August 05, 2014

I am honored to be one of a few tech journalists who have received the iRig Mic HD from IK Multimedia for initial review. The iRig Mic HD is a handheld digital-exclusive mic, made for use with iOS (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch), Mac and Windows and produces rich and full bodied sound recordings (and this is not a shampoo commercial). I have a lot to say about the iRig Mic HD, so let’s get started.

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The Improved Voiceover Tool in FCP X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 05, 2014

Can you record a voiceover track directly into Final Cut Pro X?

Yes, and you've been able to do it since the very first version of Final Cut Pro X was released. However, in the recent 10.1.2 update, Apple added several new features which make this tool more useful than... Read More

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RT and DirecTV Sports go beyond conventional mic flags

RT and DirecTV Sports go beyond conventional mic flags

Using a technique virtually unused in the US, networks like RT and DirecTV Sports are getting better branding on their mics.

By Allan Tépper | August 04, 2014

Most people who produce sports or news for TV know that branding is important, both on location (with signs and mic branding) and on screen (via electronic graphics). That is nothing new. However, I have recently seen how two TV networks from outside of the US are taking advantage of a device —and a technique— that grants them better branding by going beyond conventional mic flags.

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Theatrical Television

Theatrical Television

Large screen projection was a gleam in television’s eye long before today’s digital systems

By Richard Wirth | August 04, 2014

Television has been trying to grow up and be a projection medium since its inception.  With the advent of digital, the little box of light and shadows has finally gotten its big boy pants and even whipped its big brother, film, to take over supremacy in the theatrical world.

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Essential Kit for DSLR Videography

Buying your first equipment to create video with your DSLR camera? Then you should read this guide!

By Jose Antunes | August 01, 2014

You've got your DSLR with video capabilities and just decided you want to try them out. Imagine you had $500 to spend on accessories. What should you buy?

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The dawn of CFast video recording

The dawn of CFast video recording

A tiny CFast chip now rivals HDCAM SR tape, and a US$50 CFast reader now rivals an HDCAM SR deck which typically costs US$50k +

By Allan Tépper | July 31, 2014

The first CFast devices were shown at CES in 2009, but NAB 2014 was the first time I saw professional video products using it. CFast is a derivative format of CompactFlash which offers the very high bit rates required by virtually lossless intraframe 10-bit 4:2:2 códecs like ProRes 422 and DNxHD for HD, and even for 4K. The pioneers I saw using it were Átomos and Blackmagic. A tiny CFast chip now rivals an HDCAM SR tape, and a US$50 CFast reader now rivals an HDCAM SR deck which typically costs well over US$50k. Ahead are the details.

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Relatively Speaking, Absolutely!

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | July 31, 2014

 

Absolute or Relative?

It's up to you, as you'll discover in this week's episode of MacBreak Studio, in which Steve and Mark from Ripple Training continue their exploration of the feature enhancements in the 10.1.2 update to Final Cut Pro X.

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Sharknado 2 and Vashi’s Premiere Pro Editorial Workflow

You can use Adobe Premiere Pro CC to edit feature films. Sharknado 2's editor tells us how.

By Scott Simmons | July 29, 2014

Sharks and tornados go together so well that Syfy is on their second round of Sharknado movies with Sharknado 2: The Second One. This second coming of sharks and tornados was edited on Adobe Premiere Pro CC by Vashi Nedomansky (IMDB) as he shoehorned PPro into what has traditionally been a Final Cut Pro Classic workflow. I was curious as to how the process went (and feature film editing in general on tools other than the standards) so I sent over a list of questions that Vashi was kind enough to answer. Watch the mayhem on July 30 at 9/8c on Syfy.

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