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Adobe Anywhere released

Adobe Anywhere released

By Rich Young | July 10, 2013

Adobe announced the release of Adobe Anywhere for video. With Adobe Anywhere, headaches in video post involving management of assets, especially large file transfers, can be lessened for enterprise-level organizations.

Adobe Anywhere can serve to bring teams together virtually, enabling them to log, edit, share and finish video post-production using standard networks and hardware.

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The Blackmagic Cinema Camera in a News Environment

Tight Deadlines

By Brian Hallett | July 10, 2013

When I heard about the Blackmagic Cinema Camera I could not wait to shoot with it.  Now I’m using it in my broadcast news work.  I’ve heard... and experienced, all the camera’s needs.  It needs: a viewfinder, a cage, batteries, and a way to shoot handheld.  Well, I don’t have any of that equipment, and I’m enjoying it.

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Making Waves in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | July 09, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training several different methods for creating wave animations in Motion.

When using Motion to create motion graphics, you can often accomplish a give task using many different approaches. Using an example of a... Read More

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Vintage Video Collections

Vintage Video Collections

Analog Television Equipment Alive and Well

By Richard Wirth | July 07, 2013

In 1953, color television became a reality in the US.  At the time, the cameras weighed over 300 pounds and were referred to as “coffins” because they were so huge.

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Blackmagic adds 1080p to new ATEM 4K US$1995 a/v mixer

Blackmagic adds 1080p to new ATEM 4K US$1995 a/v mixer

New firmware update adds 1080p in ATEM 4K model; indirectly invites Átomos H2S sales.

By Allan Tépper | July 05, 2013

 

At NAB 2013, Blackmagic announced its new US$1995 ATEM Production Studio 4K audio/video mixer (“switcher”), which joins other ATEM models. When set for 4K, the new model offers progressive-only (Yes!), so I immediately asked Blackmagic about 1080p modes,... Read More

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Canon Looks To Revolutionize DSLR Video AF

Canon Looks To Revolutionize DSLR Video AF

New Dual Pixel CMOS AF System

By Dan Carr | July 03, 2013

This week Canon launched the latest in their lineup of of XXD cameras, the EOS 70D.  It features a 20.2MP APS-C sensor, environmental sealing and 7fps continuous shooting speed with built in WiFi connectivity.  What's particularly interesting about this launch though is that the headline feature of the whole launch has nothing to do with shooting photos at all.  It's all about the video functionality. 

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Multicam for YouTube in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | July 02, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us how easy it is for anyone to create a multicam edit in Final Cut Pro X.

Got a few friends and a few iPhones and/or iPads? Got Final Cut Pro X? That's all it takes to put together your own multicam... Read More

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Vegas Visits Vivid - Part 2

Animating over 10,000 neon lights in After Effects for the Sydney Vivid Festival

By ChrisZwar | July 02, 2013

Earlier this year, Sydney design company Spinifex headlined the Vivid Festival with a striking building projection on the iconic Sydney Opera House.  Attracting huge crowds and critical acclaim, the fifteen minute sequence was comprised of a number of distinctly themed sections, designed... Read More

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Vegas Visits Vivid - Part 1

Animating over 10,000 neon lights in After Effects for the Sydney Vivid Festival

By ChrisZwar | July 02, 2013

Earlier this year, Sydney design company Spinifex headlined the Vivid Festival with a striking building projection on the iconic Sydney Opera House.  Attracting huge crowds and critical acclaim, the fifteen minute sequence was comprised of a number of distinctly themed sections, designed... Read More

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Technicolor kills their Color Assist color grading application

It was a nice little application that no one you knew was using

By Scott Simmons | June 30, 2013

Word came out over the weekend that Technicolor has discontinued Color Assist and Color Assist Looks, their low cost video grading applications. This comes as a bit of a surprise as they were very recently still actively marketing the product. They had introduced a looks package called Color Assist Looks and there had been a recent update to work with Adobe products. In fact, as of this writing the front page of the website still shows After Effects integration while the Color Assist page is the death announcement. I think it's safe to assume there's two parts of the company not communicating very well.

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Product Review: Flashpoint DSLR/DV Cinema Bundle & Accessories

Affordable Cinema Gear for Students & Aspiring Filmmakers

By Jeff Foster | June 30, 2013

Adorama's affordable Flashpoint brand has offerings for entry-level DSLR/DV students and budget-conscious indie filmmakers. So I've taken the gear to task in some various shooting situations to see how well it works under normal conditions and if I found them a helpful tool or not. Note that I've never used any cinema gear with a DSLR before (though I've seen rigs my colleagues have) so my review here is only based on first-time user experience, intuition and usefulness - not to compare with any other gear or manufacturer on the market today - we all know who those players are. But I will discuss different features and what they do and how well I feel the build/design quality is vs the price point. This review is primarily focused on the Flashpoint DSLR/DV Cinema Bundle and I thought it would be good to include a bit about the other support products and accessories as well, but I will save a more detailed review on the Flashpoint monitors until later so I can do a thorough testing and comparison with it on several cameras.

 

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Waving a flag in After Effects

Looking at a real-life project that creates a 3D flag effect using standard After Effects plugins

By ChrisZwar | June 29, 2013

This video tutorial takes an old project, originally created in After Effects CS3, and explains all of the stages involved to create the final result.  It doesn't just explain HOW to do it, but it explains WHY everything has been done the way it is.

Although there are... Read More

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After Effects ExtendScript Training: Ep. 13

ExtendScript Script Writing Training

By David Torno | June 29, 2013

Welcome to episode 13 of the After Effects ExtendScript Training series. Today is a special day. Today, I am releasing my ExtendScript Developer Utility (E.D.U.) script.

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Avid Media Composer 7 ships. Here’s 25 new features

These come to the web courtesy of Wim Van den Broeck

By Scott Simmons | June 27, 2013

Avid has officially released Media Composer 7 and it’s ready for download. Sadly I’m right in the middle of a job using once of Avid’s competitors so I haven’t been able to try this new version yet. But never fear, the power of the internet brings us a great list of the top 25 features of MC7. These come courtesy of Wim Van den Broeck. If you’re not following Wim on Twitter then do so now as he’s the Avid guy to follow. And yes anyone can embed a tweet but we are doing it with permission from Wim. Thanks for putting these together.

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Another test for Golden Eyes

Another test for Golden Eyes

Are your eyes color deficient?

By Steve Hullfish | June 25, 2013

I posted another one of these color tests several months ago and it went viral, so I'm going with another one I found recently.

This doesn't have a UI that's quite as fun as the last one, but it's quite challenging.

According to the X-Rite website, 1 in 255... Read More

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I’ve Been Shattered

This week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | June 25, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to shatter an image in Motion.

After Effects has a great Shatter effect built-in (it used to be a separate plugin way back in the day that was developed by AE guru and instructor Brian Maffitt, from... Read More

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After Effects ExtendScript Training: Ep. 12 Part1&2

ExtendScript Script Writing Training

By David Torno | June 22, 2013

Welcome to episode 12 (part1 and part2) of the After Effects ExtendScript Training series. Last week we focused on building a floating panel with GUI elements, so this week we are gonna rebuild the same thing, but with a twist. We will use the same elements, but we are going to use... Read More

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DeckLink Quad: the little PCIe card that could?

DeckLink Quad: the little PCIe card that could?

Why so few apps to make the Decklink Quad card reach its potential?

By Allan Tépper | June 20, 2013

The DeckLink Quad card from Blackmagic reminds me of two pop culture titles: The Little Engine that could and Rebel without a cause. In this case, the adjusted titles would be The little DeckLink PCIe that could and Rebel PCIe card without an app. Of course, it is not that the... Read More

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Animating Layered Graphics in Final Cut Pro X

This week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | June 18, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us a cool trick for animating layered Photoshop files in Final Cut Pro X.

While you may know how to use the Ken Burns effect on an image, did you know it also can be applied to individual layers of a... Read More

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New Adobe Creative Cloud Applications Now Available

New Adobe Creative Cloud Applications Now Available

Significant upgrades to Adobe Premiere Pro CC and other pro video tools

By Eric Philpott | June 17, 2013

The wait is over: the new Creative Cloud applications are now available. Creative Cloud members can download all the latest Creative Cloud video tools including After Effects CC, Adobe Audition CC, Adobe Prelude CC, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, SpeedGrade CC, and Adobe Story CC Plus. Creative Cloud... Read More

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