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The Desktop Video Revolution - Part 2

The Desktop Video Revolution - Part 2

How desktop technology revolutionised video production - 1997

By ChrisZwar | June 10, 2014

The video production industry has radically changed over the past 20 years, a period of time that can be called "the desktop video revolution".  As desktop computers evolved to become faster and cheaper, they gradually displaced the traditionally expensive "black boxes" that had governed... Read More

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The Desktop Video Revolution - Part 1

How desktop technology revolutionised video production

By ChrisZwar | June 10, 2014

The video production industry has radically changed over the past 20 years, a period of time that can be called "the desktop video revolution".  As desktop computers evolved to become faster and cheaper, they gradually displaced the traditionally expensive "black boxes" that had governed... Read More

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Video framerates and the Tower of Babel: a translation guide

Video framerates and the Tower of Babel: a translation guide

Until manufacturers start speaking the same language, we need a cheat sheet.

By Allan Tépper | June 10, 2014

What does “24p” or “30p” mean when a manufacturer states it? How can we tell if —and when— they really mean 23.976p, 24.000p, 29.97p, or even the non-standard 30.000p? Unfortunately, each manufacturer has its own policy about this, which reminds me of the biblical story of the Tower of Babel: At the end of the story, all of the workers were speaking a different language and couldn’t understand each other. Ahead is a translation guide, including Adobe, AJA, Apple, Avid, Blackmagic, Canon, Corel/Pinnacle Systems, Datavideo, GoPro, JVC, FiLMiC Pro, NewTek/TriCaster, Panasonic, and Sony, plus an FAQ.

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Pinnacle Studio for iPad adds 25p + more improvements

Pinnacle Studio for iPad adds 25p + more improvements

Fortunately, Pinnacle Studio for iPad added several improvements, but several simple ones remain desperately missing.

By Allan Tépper | June 10, 2014

Pinnacle Studio for iPad (previously known as Avid Studio for iPad) has thankfully added missing framerates including 24 + 25, plus other improvements. In my articles in ProVideo Coalition magazine, I have covered the application since its birth from Avid, when it changed its name and owner, and when it became the first iOS video editing app to support translucent alpha channels. Ahead I’ll cover the improvements in detail, what’s critically missing, and what is simply wrong and must be fixed.

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The VFX Business in 2014: an interview with Scott Ross, Part Two

The VFX Business in 2014: an interview with Scott Ross, Part Two

As the last major VFX studio in Los Angeles leaves town, we look what could change current trends

By Mark Christiansen | June 10, 2014

At the close of last week, Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) announced it would be moving its headquarters from Los Angeles to Vancouver. While inevitable to many visual effects industry observers who understand the role of subsidies in moving VFX work away from California and the U.S., this... Read More

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Strategic Through-Edits

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | June 10, 2014

When is an edit not an edit - and why should you care?

Steve Martin from Ripple Training tackles this deep philosophical question on this week's MacBreak Studio.

We are of course referring to a "through-edit": something Steve defines as "an edit with continuous... Read More

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Video in DSLRs: The Speed Limit

When photographers move into video, they learn something very puzzling: there is a speed limit! Time to get a special filter.

By Jose Antunes | June 07, 2014

Photographers control exposure with a triangle comprised of aperture, shutter speed and ISO. It's so common that no one thinks about it... until they turn the button on their DSLRs to video mode and discover, after some initial tests, that their videos are all jumpy. The solution is simple, but it is not always clearly explained. I could say it involves leaving the triangle behind and going for a square. It's something that asks for a new way of thinking. Let me explain.

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First look: ThunderBay IV 4-bay 12TB Thunderbolt system

First look: ThunderBay IV 4-bay 12TB Thunderbolt system

Over the upcoming weeks, I’ll be reviewing this quite flexible Thunderbolt storage device.

By Allan Tépper | June 06, 2014

Long time readers know that I have reviewed several different Thunderbolt storage (and other) devices from diverse manufacturers. One of those is OWC, aka Other World Computing. I am now honored to be invited to review their new ThunderBay IV 4-bay 12TB Thunderbolt, system, which can be configured in several different ways and promises to offer quite a punch for its relatively low —and even palindromic— price of US$979. Here’s a first look.

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Send Better Video Project Pitches Faster

Proposal software and templates can help you prepare proposals faster, track whether they've been viewed, and win business.

By Chris Potter | June 04, 2014

Before I started work building our video review and approval platform I worked in the consulting business. A big part of the job involved preparing client pitches and proposals.

The process was pretty tedious. Proposals were built based off of templates we had prepared. More often... Read More

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Replace/Relink in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | June 03, 2014

When to replace and when to relink?

This is the question Mark and Steve from Ripple Training tackle on this week's MacBreak Studio.

If you need to replace a video clip, graphic, or audio file in your Final Cut Pro X project, one way is to use the aptly-named... Read More

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Product Review: Hexolux D7 LED Fresnel Light

Product Review: Hexolux D7 LED Fresnel Light

An LED light with good color precision, power and control.

By Helmut Kobler | June 02, 2014

The Hexolux D7 LED light ($2400) is one of those lights that breaks ground because it can take the place of many conventional lights you’ve been using for years without the compromises that have typically characterized LEDs.

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Sony Enters the 4K Video Race

Sony Enters the 4K Video Race

The new Sony A7S camera, announced just before the NAB show in Las Vegas, offers full frame (35mm) 4K video.

By Jose Antunes | June 02, 2014

The newest camera in the Alpha family (Sony says α7 and α7R) is not only one of the smallest full frame camera's in the world, it is also a sign that the race for 4K video in full frame (35mm) sensors has begun. Sony cameras are no DSLR as we know them, these mirrorless models are something different, but in the end it does not matter: Sony is at the pole position for the new competition, and chose NAB to show the A7S. Read More

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3 workarounds for iOS mediographers (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch)

3 workarounds for iOS mediographers (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch)

If you produce audio or video with an iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, you’ll likely have found some of these limitations.

By Allan Tépper | May 31, 2014

Whether you have been using one of the audio/video production apps I have been covering (including Bossjock Studio, FiLMiC Pro, and RØDE Rec) or some others I have yet to cover, you’ll likely have encountered software limitations. This article covers three workarounds to use in the meantime, while app developers add direct support for essential features like SFTP, Gmail app, and until Apple fixes AirDrop between iOS and Mac OS.

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Taking your BCC AE looks to BCC AVX

What might seem like a tedious process is actually very simple

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | May 31, 2014

Last week I had an interesting situation come up.  I was working on a commerical for Tom Cruise's "Edge of Tomorrow", and I needed to make a small revision to some text.  I didn't want to go into After Effects to do it, but my problem was, is there a simple way to take my BCC AE look, and quickly get it into Media Composer?  Well guess what, there is!  In this exclusive PVC tutorial, I'll show you how simple it is!

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Get those nice bright MacOS Finder label colors back

Mavericks introduced Tags but removed the easy-to-see labels making the colors much less useful

By Scott Simmons | May 30, 2014

Any readers out there who are using the Mac OS and editing video have probably made good use of Mac OS Finder labels over the years to assign a designated color to a folder, file or group of files for whatever reason one might color anything. They were big, bright colors that were easy to... Read More

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Free Video: Creating Your Own Background Loops

Free Video: Creating Your Own Background Loops

Have some fun with your camera and shoot out-of-focus video that you can later repurpose into video backdrops

By Chris and Trish Meyer | May 30, 2014

A couple of months ago, we released a video training course titled Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects: Enhancing Production Value. Some of the tricks in that course relied on using blending modes to add lighting effects from second footage layers that had color, abstract patterns and movements. There is a lot of stock footage available with these patterns; in the following video, we share some tips on creating your own:

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Getting Started with BCC Lite for Media Composer Part 1

Your new Media Composer Software subscription comes with some hidden gems. Let's see how to get up and running quick and easy!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | May 29, 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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Blackmagic Cameras and Clean Audio

How to "sweeten" the audio in your NLE

By Brian Hallett | May 29, 2014

No doubt, good sound is as important as good pictures. The problem?  How can you record good sound on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Pocket Cinema Camera when the in-camera preamps are a little less than desired?  I'll show how you can use your NLE's audio equalizer and on-camera accessories to help everything sound a little bit better.  

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Hands-On Review with the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+

Hands-On Review with the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+

Ready to Fly with 14MP/1080p Camera and 3-Axis Stabilized Gimbal

By Jeff Foster | May 29, 2014

The Phantom 2 Vision+ (plus) is DJI's latest offering of their popular consumer-level multirotor "flying camera". With their own built-in 14MP/1080p camera on a 3-axis gimbal, this quadcopter is indeed ready-to-fly right out of the box. I've given it a few flights to test it and here are my first impressions...

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First Look: DJI S1000 Octocopter with EOS 5D MKIII

Video Review of the Latest Multirotor UAV for Serious Aerial Cinematic and Photographic Imagery

By Jeff Foster | May 28, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to interview photographer Stephen Wheatcraft with his new DJI S1000 UAV and get a full run-down on the setup and operation of the craft and camera.

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