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The Compound Clip Conundrum

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | January 21, 2015

Handles? We don't need no stinkin' handles!

That's what a compound clip in Final Cut Pro X might say when you try to ripple, roll, or extend an edit point or add a transition between a compound clip and another clip. You'll find there is no extra media... Read More

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Creating SD DVD’s from HD, 2K & 4K Projects part 2

Let's compress our files with an application you might already have at your disposal.

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 15, 2015

In this week's Media Composer 101 tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe will show you that no matter what compression application you have, whether it Sorenson Squeeze, Adobe's Media Encoder or even Apple's Compressor, with a little forethought, you will be creating your M2V and AC3 files, lightning quick!

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Allan Tépper to give 4 tech seminars in México City

Allan Tépper to give 4 tech seminars in México City

From January 26–29, Allan Tépper will give seminars in México City.

By Allan Tépper | January 15, 2015

From January 26–29, I’ll be giving four tech seminars in México City. Actually, three of the four will be tech (audio/video/podcast production/post/distribution), while the first presentation will be free, and will be about language issues. All four presentations will take place in México City, and will be presented in Castilian/castellano (aka “Spanish”). Details ahead.

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First look: Cinema FV–5 for Android, similar to FiLMiC Pro for iOS

First look: Cinema FV–5 for Android, similar to FiLMiC Pro for iOS

With USB audio coming to Android, I began to explore Cinema FV–5 and initiated talks with the developer.

By Allan Tépper | January 15, 2015

I recently covered how proper digital USB audio is coming to Android (link ahead), which means that iOS devices like iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch will now face some healthy competition for audio/video production. That’s why I purchased and began conversing with the developer of an Android app called Cinema FV–5, which is similar to FiLMiC Pro on iOS. Initially, I’ll be using Cinema FV–5 with the Sony Exmor IMX214 sensor (f/2.0 aperture, 13MP, 4K DCI and UHD) in the OnePlus One phablet/phone. Ahead you’ll see features, a demo, and the developer’s response to my first comments and questions.

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Blackmagic’s “Slow-Motion” Feature

Making 30 fps work for you

By Brian Hallett | January 14, 2015

Right now, the only two Blackmagic cameras that shoot high frame-rates are the URSA and the Studio Cameras.  Until Blackmagic fixes this we are left with wild speculations for NAB 2015 and 30p as our highest frame rate.  I'll do my best to show how I have been able to create slow looking footage out of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera.  

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Sync-N-Link X for Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | January 13, 2015

Why would you want a separate app to sync audio and video clips?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Sam Mestman from FCPworks.com returns to make the case for Sync-N-Link X for Final Cut Pro X.

As he explains to Steve Martin of Ripple Training, Sync-N-Link X not only... Read More

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Tuesday Deal: Senal SMH-1000 Headphones

Expires January 13

By Rich Young | January 13, 2015

B & H had a special today on Senal SMH-1000 Professional Field and Studio Monitor headphones, which seem to be knockoffs of the SONY 7506. The advantage is that they're cheaper today and have two detachable cords of different lengths, which makes it easier to store while protecting against cord failure.

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IK Multimedia: Android will finally receive proper USB audio support

IK Multimedia: Android will finally receive proper USB audio support

Thanks to IK Multimedia, many Android devices should receive proper USB audio support soon.

By Allan Tépper | January 10, 2015

For the past few years, I have been covering many third-party USB audio devices for iOS phones and tablets in ProVideo Coalition magazine, including digital microphones and audio interfaces with built-in A>D conversion. Even though I am a Mac user who prefers Android for my mobile phone, I have so far emphasized iOS (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch) since there has been such weak support for digital USB audio with Android. This was supposed to change with Android 5 (Lollipop). However, there have still been latency issues. IK Multimedia promises to be the hero to resolve this soon for certain Android phones and tablets. Details ahead.

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A Little (Big) Avid Media Composer & Final Cut Pro X Trimming Demonstration

This is my contribution to a recent Twitter discussion about the joys of Dynamic Trimming

By Scott Simmons | January 09, 2015

Ever since the release of Final Cut Pro X there’s been a lot of discussion around FCPX’s trimming capabilities. They are quite strong with a very fluid way of trimming edits using the mouse, looping playback as well as some keyboard shortcuts. Users of Avid Media Composer have... Read More

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Drone Academy X DJI Phantom Flight Training Series

Drone Academy X DJI Phantom Flight Training Series

The Best Basic Training for UAVs on Video from DSLRPros

By Jeff Foster | January 07, 2015

Want to learn to fly that new DJI Phantom you got and get professional results (and fewer crashes)? DSLRPros has produced what I think is the best, most professional video training series I've seen to date, with their Drone Academy X DJI Phantom Flight Training Video Series.

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The Magic of Hard Links

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | January 06, 2015

What exactly are "hard links" anyway?

A better question might be "why are they useful?" - which is exactly what Sam Mestman shows Steve Martin from Ripple Training on this week's episode of MacBreak Studio.

Hard links allow the Finder to represent files on a... Read More

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Grading with Resolve

Side-by-Side Comparison Video

By Mark Spencer | January 05, 2015

My friend Gary Yost has been enjoying learning Resolve. He recently graded a short project I directed, shot, and edited for the Delfina Restaurant Group in San Francisco. Then, he made this great comparision video that shows the original shots next to the graded shots. I thought you... Read More

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Motion Graphics for Business - Part 1: Inspirational Films

20 years of films that have inspired motion graphics for the corporate market

By ChrisZwar | January 03, 2015

The New Year is traditionally a time for lists, and as many of the articles I published during 2014 reflected on the last 20 years of desktop video, I thought I’d wrap up the year with a list of films that have made a significant impact on motion... Read More

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Creating SD DVD’s from HD, 2K & 4K Projects part 1

Creating DVD screeners is trickier than it seems in Media Composer, unless you think things through first!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 01, 2015

In this week's Media Composer 101 tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe will show you how to create SD screening DVD's from HD, 2K, 4K and UHD projects.  If you don't think through what you're doing, you could run into trouble quicker than you think.

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Master the Art of 4K Editing in Avid Media Composer

Lesson 1: Setting Up 4K Projects

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 31, 2014

4K is all the rage now, whether you're actually editing projects in 4K or not, is another question, but having the tools at your disposal is essential, so when you get that call from your client, you're all set to go!

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Here are Simple Methods to Help You Start Your Film Project in 2015!

By Bobby Marko | December 30, 2014

So you have an idea for a project you'd like to kick off in 2015 - it could be a short film, feature film, documentary, animation, anything in which you will need time, money and resources. But there is this seemingly invisible wall that stands in your way of starting. No matter which way... Read More

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Using The Ronin To Capture Driving Shots

Capturing smooth cinematic driving shots

By Brian Hallett | December 29, 2014

You have this great brushless gimbal and you have to shoot car footage. You have a few options, like holding the Ronin out the back of a SUV or Pick-up.  Which can turn out fantastic, but what if you what something else.  Well, we straped the DJI Ronin to the hood of our car.  Read how we did it. 

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Fast Title Changes in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on Under 5

By Mark Spencer | December 22, 2014

On this week's Final Cut Pro X Under 5, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us how powerful the Timeline Index can be when it comes to modifying titles. If you've been navigating to titles by scrolling along the timeline, you won't want to miss this tip.

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Wrapping Text Around an Object

On This Week's Motion Magic

By Mark Spencer | December 22, 2014

Motion's text formatting, styling, and animating capabilties are deep - and when combined with Motion's realtime playback engine, creating text-based animations is downright addictive.

This week on Motion Magic, I show you how you can wrap text around an object in 3D... Read More

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Product Review: The Padcaster Mini

Product Review: The Padcaster Mini

The Best Way to Use your iPad Mini in Production!

By Jeff Foster | December 21, 2014

In addition to the original Padcaster for the full-sized iPad, they've developed a solid, smaller variation for the iPad Mini, plus a host of other accessories to make this ingenious design even more attractive in production - more than just a frame to hold while shooting video and time-lapse shots.

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