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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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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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ViewFinder Mark II Review: A Director’s Viewfinder in Your Pocket That You Will Want!

A mobile, digital viewfinder for your iPhone

By Bobby Marko | September 22, 2014

It was about two years ago I wrote a post about DIRE Studios ViewFinder Cine app for cinematographers and photographers. They had a few variations of this app depending on your wants and features. Earlier this year they totally revamped the app and renamed it ViewFinder Mark II and bundled... 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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Pinnacle Studio/iOS adds 48 kHz + non-integer framerates, but instructions are required

Pinnacle Studio/iOS adds 48 kHz + non-integer framerates, but instructions are required

Pay attention to some details, and we can now have audio/video that complies with our target format.

By Allan Tépper | September 16, 2014

As the developer previously committed, Pinnacle Studio for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch has now added both 48 kHz audio as default for all iOS devices except for the first iPhone 4, and non-integer framerates like 23.976, 29.97, and 59.94 fps, together with integer ones like 24, 25, and 50. The way to handle these framerates requires a bit of explanation, as I’ll cover ahead.

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9 New Features That Make The EOS 7D Mark II Canon’s Best DSLR For Video

An old workhorse finally gets an update

By Dan Carr | September 15, 2014

The original EOS 7D was launched in September 2009, a lifetime ago with the pace of change in this industry.  That camera’s lifespan was considerably lengthened by a major 2.0 firmware update in August 2012, so it’s only now that we are finally seeing the 7D Mark II, just announced at Photokina 2014. 

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Blackmagic Adds PL Mounts

PL Mounts for 4K & 2.5K Cinema Cameras

By Brian Hallett | September 12, 2014

At IBC Blackmagic announced a ton of news ranging from buying Eyeon Software to adding PL mounts to two of their cameras.  After a summer of constant firmware updates Blackmagic continues to improve and upgrade the 4K & 2.5K Cameras to make these cameras as useful as possible.

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122 Slides on the Sony PXW-FS7

122 Slides on the Sony PXW-FS7

Sony’s new Super35mm camcorder, introduced by Product Manager Juan Martinez

By Adam Wilt | September 11, 2014

The Sony PXW-FS7 “Vérité”, being announced at IBC as I post this, is a large-single-sensor camera aimed specifically at shoulder-mounted run’n’gun work: things like documentary shooting, news, direct cinema, and (shudder) “reality TV”.  It... Read More

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Avid announces Resolution Independence for Avid Media Composer

That's 4K and beyond ... plus some background rendering and other stuff

By Scott Simmons | September 11, 2014

Over in Amsterdam Avid held their most recent Avid Connect event and we finally got the Avid Media Composer news that many have been waiting for - resolution independence is coming to Media Composer. This wasn’t totally unexpected as it has been hinted at for some time but this was the official announcement with this new version hitting in Q4 2014. And we’ll get Avid DNxHR - “4K beauty without the bandwidth.”

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Apertus Axiom Beta

The 1st Open Source 4K Camera Is Now Fundraising

By Brian Hallett | September 11, 2014

Recently, Apetus announced the start to their crowdfunding campaign for the Axiom Beta camera, which might be one of the most affordable 4K cameras yet.

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Dissecting those upcoming Adobe Premiere Fall CC 2014 Preview Features

The CC train continues to steam along with a preview of even more new and needed features

By Scott Simmons | September 10, 2014

In advance of IBC 2014 Adobe has shown a whole slew of updates that we can expect to see in the next version of Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014 as well as a lot of other Creative Cloud video apps. This release looks to be another important update for those hardcore PPro users as there are some very important things coming. Adobe is still listening as these are all things we’ve been asking for. Let’s dissect some of them.

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iPhone 6+ (5.5“): The new iPad for iOS mediographers?

iPhone 6+ (5.5“): The new iPad for iOS mediographers?

As I hoped, Apple made this new 5.5” version even better for iOS mediographers

By Allan Tépper | September 09, 2014

In hopeful anticipation of greater things in a (then only rumored) iPhone 6 (5.5 inch version) with improved mediography capabilities, I put my iPad Mini Retina 128GB up for sale last week. Today, Apple confirmed the rumor that there would indeed be a 5.5 version of the iPhone 6, which is officially called the iPhone 6 Plus. Ahead are its new video features and specs.

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Batch Encoding in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | September 09, 2014

Batch exporting directly from Final Cut Pro X?

That's what Steve Martin from Ripple Training explores in today's episode of MacBreak Studio.

While there are many sharing options built into Final Cut Pro X, some folks turn to Compressor, Apple's... Read More

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Review: Tascam iXJ2 preamp/A>D enables dual-mic/2-channel opportunities for iOS mediography

Review: Tascam iXJ2 preamp/A>D enables dual-mic/2-channel opportunities for iOS mediography

A discontinued interface from Tascam is still ideal for certain recording and streaming events.

By Allan Tépper | September 05, 2014

Although the Tascam iXJ2 preamp/A>D is officially discontinued, fortunately it is still available (for now). Ahead you’ll discover why the iXJ2 is a unique enabler for high-quality dual-mic/2-channel, 48 kHz/24-bit iOS recordings, including several use-cases: interviews, sportscasting, and even voiceover auditions; when it’s appropriate, and when it isn’t.

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TurbulenceFD Depth Pass Using Cinema 4D

Free script to aid in creating a depth pass for smoke simulations

By David Torno | September 04, 2014

Creating a depth pass for a smoke simulation should be a simple task you might think. In most cases with professional softwares it can be, but not all softwares support this feature. In this particular case it is the Fire and Smoke simulation plugin TurbulenceFD (TFD). I am a... Read More

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New Blackmagic URSA Footage

Captain Hook shares his compilation of shots with the URSA

By Brian Hallett | September 02, 2014

There are not many URSA's out in the wild but that does not mean we have to wonder how the footage from the camera performs.  Thankfully, Captain Hook of "A Couple of Night Owls" has just released this beautiful video which shows off the camera's 4K 60 FPS.

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