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GH4 4K camera gets a price & delivery date: Let’s analyze…

GH4 4K camera gets a price & delivery date: Let’s analyze…

The Panasonic Lumix GH4 and “broadcast” interface finally has a price & delivery. Let’s analyze it.

By Allan Tépper | March 12, 2014

In February, I published my first look at the 4K Panasonic Lumix GH4, where I included most of the known specs, together with its “broadcast” adapter, the YAGH. At that time, we were missing the price and availability. Now that we have them, let’s analyze them with possible system accessories (XLR audio, external recorders, and studio connections), and a new video/commentary by Bryan Harvey.

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Why Use Camera Archives in Final Cut Pro X?

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | March 11, 2014

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Why would you want to use a Camera Archive to import your video clips?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Mark Spencer talks with Steve Martin from Ripple Training about Camera Archives. When transferring footage from a camera's card, you can of course simply drag the... Read More

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First Look: The 4K Blackmagic Production Camera

4K For Everyone?

By Brian Hallett | March 10, 2014

Blackmagic's New 4K Production Camera is here and I have been shooting with it as soon as I could rip the box open. If you've had time to shoot on any of Blackmagic's cameras then this camera has a few pleasant surprises in store for you.

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Replay XD1080 / XD720 HD POV Action Cameras

Smallest Profile and Most Robust Design of Any POV Action Cam on the Market

By Jeff Foster | March 07, 2014

The Replay XD HD cams are a truly unique design, with a low-profile and they're built like a tank. Made with hard-anodized aluminum cases that are water resistant without the need for an external housing for most applications, these lightweight POV action cams have the versatility and durability that even the most popular competitors can only dream of.

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Notes from the 2014 Editors Retreat

It was my first time attending and I really want to go back

By Scott Simmons | March 06, 2014

This past week I was able to attend my first ever Editors Retreat in Savannah, Georgia. It was an unbelievably fun week of learning, networking, eating and drinking. This was an event I have wanted to attend for years but 2014 was the first time it has worked out. While not inexpensive, I made the decision to attend in January after a number of Editors Retreat alumni all said the same thing: the Retreat is a great creative reboot. I whole heartedly agree.

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Bring on the Backups in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | March 04, 2014

How does Final Cut Pro X back up your work?

On this week's episode of MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training takes us through the what, why, when, where, and how of backups in Final Cut Pro X.

Final Cut backups are enabled by default and they back up... Read More

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The Art Adams Zone System for HD

Want to use a light meter to nail perfect exposures in HD? Think the Ansel Adams Zone System is too complicated? Try my method!

By Art Adams | March 03, 2014

I used to be frustrated by my inability to use light meters in HD the way I used to in film. A while back I figured it all out, and now I'm going to tell you how to do it too. In particular I'm going to tell you how to use the Zone System with an incident meter. That's right, not a spot meter, but an incident meter. Read on...

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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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