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Blackmagic: Over 200 people have asked you to remove the Band-Aid!

Blackmagic: Over 200 people have asked you to remove the Band-Aid!

Over 200 DreamColor users have signed the online petition for Blackmagic to remove the Band-Aid!

By Allan Tépper | February 26, 2014

Back in May 2012, I created an online petition directed at Blackmagic. Why did I do that? Because despite years of diplomatic prodding on my part, both via articles in ProVideo Coalition magazine and private emails, Blackmagic had (and has still) avoided and postponed offering RGB on its HDMI outputs. [If you’ve read my articles regarding HP DreamColor connectivity, you already know that the DreamColor engine demands digital RGB (not YUV/component) and true progressive (not interlaced or even PsF).]

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Blackmagic Cameras and Adapting Lenses To Fit

Nikon, Leica, & More

By Brian Hallett | February 26, 2014

Do you have a bunch of Nikon glass in your house, and you want to use them on your Blackmagic Camera?  Or, did your Dad have a little bit of Leica Love when he was younger and those old R mount lenses are still in his closet?  Well, you can use those lenses on your Blackmagic Cameras.

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Audition Tips in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 25, 2014

How do you use Auditions in Final Cut Pro X?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us some novel and practical ways to use auditions that you may not have considered.

Auditions are kind of like single "multiclips" that obviate the need... Read More

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It’s a calibrated 709 field monitor! No, a 10-bit 4:2:2 recorder! It’s Ninja Blade or Samurai Blade!

It’s a calibrated 709 field monitor! No, a 10-bit 4:2:2 recorder! It’s Ninja Blade or Samurai Blade!

It’s a bird!? It’s a plane!? No, it’s a calibrated 709 monitor + a 10-bit 4:2:2 recorder!

By Allan Tépper | February 25, 2014

It isn’t easy to decide whether to call Átomos’s Samurai Blade or new Ninja Blade (just released this morning at BVE in London, England, UK) a calibrated 709 monitor which happens to have a built-in 10-bit 4:2:2 recorder, or to call it a 10-bit 4:2:2 recorder which happens to have a built-in calibrated 709 monitor. Some people might use it primarily as a monitor, and as a backup recording from higher end cameras that already record high end signals internally, while others might buy it as their primary recorder, when the internal camera one is at 8-bit 4:2:0 or to record the output of a video mixer. Either way, one comes with the other. Ahead are some details and comparative test recordings.

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To 4K or Not to 4K - A PVC Roundtable Discussion

ProVideo Coalition writers weigh in on 4K questions, concerns and logistics

By The ProVideo Coalition | February 23, 2014

John Bourbonais says it all in the title of his recent article, Why 4K is Wrong. In it, Bourbonais looks at the issues 4K presents around quality, post, delivery and future-proofing while laying out why 4K doesn't add anything to the process or the product. He doesn't delve to... Read More

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Product Review: Genus Mini Jib

Truly Compact and Portable Jib for DSLRs and HD Camcorders

By Jeff Foster | February 22, 2014

The new Genus Mini Jib was designed for portability and simple setup/operation on location. It's not meant to be a studio jib but while it can handle a decent payload of about 9lbs, you can manage to get a decent load to balance and maintain control of the operation. I give the Genus Mini Jib a thorough test with two different camera configurations and push it to the limits.

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Hey Adobe, how about that video focused Production Premium CC bundle?

Even if it only saved us $60 a year, that's something

By Scott Simmons | February 22, 2014

When Adobe ditched the “boxed software” model of pay one price get the product forever and moved to a monthly subscription model the outcry was loud. Some loved it. Many hated it. There were more level headed critiques. Most of use were more like: whatever … how much and is this software good? From the video production perspective it is good, even great, software tools that Adobe is creating these days. But while installing CC on a new laptop the other day I couldn’t help but wish we still had some type of video focused Production Premium CC option. Like our cable subscriptions, many of us are paying for things we’ll never, ever use.

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The Post Podcast Episode 11 - Imagineer Systems

We talk to Ross Shain, Chief Marketing Office at Imagineer Systems about all things tracking!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | February 21, 2014

In this weeks show, we look at news & views from the week ending February 21st, 2014.  We're talking motion tracking with Ross Shain, Chief Marketing Officer at Imagineer Systems, and we're giving away a copy of Mocha Pro!

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Ask Me No Questions And I’ll Speak In No Fragments

Secrets For Filming Interviews

By Don Starnes | February 20, 2014

A sign taped to the door says "Quiet-- filming." This only makes you more nervous. You enter the room: it's pitch black, except for the brightly lit chair in the middle.

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First look: Canon’s VIXIA/LEGRIA mini X 1080p cameras

First look: Canon’s VIXIA/LEGRIA mini X 1080p cameras

The mini X 1080p camera can seamlessly intercut with a C300; partially complies with Beyond AVCHD Manifesto.

By Allan Tépper | February 19, 2014

Canon’s latest tiny yet ferocious 1080p cameras, the VIXIA mini (US$299) and VIXIA mini X (US$399) —together with their 25p cousins, the LEGRIA mini and LEGRIA mini X, boast irresistible features while taking positive steps towards the Beyond AVCHD Manifesto. This first look article will focus on the more capable (and quite intriguing) mini X, including videos, specs, potential applications, and my few criticisms.

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Useful Tools for Editors - Winter’s End Edition

Lots of FCPX stuff in this list. And a $150 iPad app

By Scott Simmons | February 18, 2014

It’s been awhile since we’ve looked at some Useful Tools for Editors so with this new batch of utilities that have popped up recently let’s have a look. We’ve got quite a few for Final Cut Pro X, a color correction app for those with deep pockets and one that might help with tricky file format conversions.

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Final Cut Pro X and Mac Pro Performance

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 18, 2014

How many streams of 4K can you play on a new Mac Pro?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin and Mark Spencer from Ripple Training answer that question and more.

To be fair, a more accurate way to phrase the question would be: how many streams of UHD RAW,... Read More

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iPad video editing finally supports translucent logo overlays!

iPad video editing finally supports translucent logo overlays!

Now you can edit video on your iPad and include translucent logo overlays via alpha channel.

By Allan Tépper | February 14, 2014

Back in 2012, I wrote about many editors’ frustration about iPad video editing apps that (back then) unfortunately did not respect alpha channel in logos they imported, to allow for translucency. Most producer/editors I know who edit 1080p video capsules for the web demand this capability, especially for their lower thirds. For many, this issue has been the only reason they have continued to use a laptop to edit video. This has now changed. For those editors and organizations, this change represents a quantum leap! Details ahead!

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Product Review: Fiilex P360 and P180E Full-Spectrum Color LED Studio Lights

ENG Portability and Professional, Tunable, Light-Shaping Unmatched with LED Panel Lighting

By Jeff Foster | February 12, 2014

Designed for portability for the independent videographer shooting interviews, quick setup talking head studio shots or even portable green screen, Fiilex P-series LED lights provide a wide range of flexibility to match ambient lighting or provide enough light to give a decent single-subject studio shot on their own. With their proprietary Dense Matrix cluster LED design, and full-spectrum color tuning in a quality built fixture, I test a kit with two P360 lights and two P180E lights with all their accessories in different scenarios and see how they compare to standard multi-element LED lighting.

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Media Composer - You Ask, I Answer! - Lesson 1

Have you ever moved media from one drive to another, only to have it go offline? Let's "fix" that pesky problem!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | February 11, 2014

In this tutorial, exclusive to PVC, I'm going to answer a question about AMA Re-linking to.  Once you see how easy it is to move your media around, and keep organized in MC, the next time you need to move media, you won't hesitate!

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Performance Testing Final Cut Pro X on the new Mac Pro

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 11, 2014

So how fast is Final Cut Pro X on the new Mac Pro?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin and Mark Spencer from Ripple Training continue their 4-part series exploring the ultimate 4K Final Cut Pro X editing system built around the Mac Pro.

In this third episode,... Read More

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Entering Production: SLR Magic ANAMORPHOT 1,33x 50

SLR Magic’s anamorphic adapter is available for pre-orders until 14 February

By Adam Wilt | February 10, 2014

I’ve just received a “test sample” of the SLR Magic ANAMORPHOT 1,33x 50 adapter built with final parts, so it’s pretty much as it will be delivered. I’ll have a proper review in a few weeks, but as the window for pre-orders is short, I thought I should post this... Read More

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Blackmagic 4K Production Camera Now Shipping

With A New Low Price

By Brian Hallett | February 10, 2014

Blackmagic Design surprises everyone by dropping the price on the 4K Production camera as they announce the camera is shipping world-wide.  Will this new lower price affect those who have pre-ordered the camera? 

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Music Video Shot With All Three Blackmagic Cameras

Can you tell which shot was shot with what?

By Brian Hallett | February 09, 2014

The cameras from Blackmagic Design have definitely made an impact on video productions everywhere.  They are inexpensive, easy to use, and pack a powerful punch making all three an easy choice for shooters world-wide.  Now you can see footage from all three cameras in one music video, and I bet you will have just as much trouble as I when it comes to figuring out which shot was shot with which camera.

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First look: Panasonic Lumix GH4 4K camera with YAGH

First look: Panasonic Lumix GH4 4K camera with YAGH

The GH4 does 4K, has a full 4:2:2/10-bit HDMI output

By Allan Tépper | February 09, 2014

Thanks to reader René Borroto, I became aware of Panasonic’s announcement of the new GH4 camera and its optional YAGH “broadcast” adapter. The GH4 camera adds 4K video recording, additional framerates, and lower compression rates. The YAGH adds XLR audio inputs, timecode inputs, HDMI & 3G-SDI output. Details ahead, plus UPDATED with test footage.

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