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User interfaces (UI) in the movies—and beyond

'Make It So': a noteworthy book

By Rich Young | October 03, 2013

About a year ago, interface designers Nathan Shedroff and Christopher Noessel published their book 'Make It So: Interaction Design Lessons from Science Fiction', on how sci-fi and real world interfaces influence each other. User interfaces and human-computer interaction is a vast topic. Mostly we're interested in creating graphics that visualize what might be possible, or perhaps prototyping actual interfaces, so it's nice to peek at what others imagine and who's involved, especially if they use After Effects and Creative Cloud.

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REVIEW:  ProDAD ProDrenalin

A one-stop shop for your action-cam footage needs

By Bruce A Johnson | October 02, 2013

A few months back, I wrote a review of fish-eye management software from ProDAD called DeFishr.  Never ones to rest, ProDAD has followed up in record time with DeFishr on steroids – this time called ProDrenalin.  In addition to fish-eye reduction, ProDrenalin adds stabilization,... Read More

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Smarter Smart Collections

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | October 01, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us a great tip regarding Smart Collections in Final Cut Pro X.

If you use iPhoto or iTunes, then you are already familiar with how Smart Collections operate: you create a set of criteria, or rules, that... Read More

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Ríchard Izarra of PRODU.com debuts his Canon XA20 camcorder

Ríchard Izarra of PRODU.com debuts his Canon XA20 camcorder

The XA20 and the XA25 are the closest cameras yet to fulfilling Beyond AVCHD Manifesto specs.

By Allan Tépper | September 30, 2013

In one of his extremely brief visits to Miami, I met with Ríchard Izarra of PRODU.com, who was debuting his Canon XA20 1080p HD camera. Frequent readers will recall that I previously published how the XA20 (and XA25) are the closest cameras yet to fulfilling my Beyond AVCHD Manifesto specs. Although I haven’t yet received a review unit from Canon, Ríchard gave me initial impressions while I snapped a couple of photos with my Nexus 4.

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NewTek scopes white paper now available in both PDF and Kindle formats

NewTek scopes white paper now available in both PDF and Kindle formats

The white paper I wrote for NewTek is now available both as a PDF and Kindle book.

By Allan Tépper | September 28, 2013

The recent white paper I created for NewTek regarding its scopes is now available in PDF format, in addition to the Kindle book that was previously available, and still is. To remind readers, NewTek has made a fundamental change in the way it labels the waveform monitor’s graticule, which solves a half-century problem regarding black level measurment. Ahead you’ll get links to the prior articles and all versions of the white paper.

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Final Cat Pro attempts to enhance FCPX with some missing features

They aren't really plug-ins but offer an interesting new addition to the FCPX ecosystem

By Scott Simmons | September 27, 2013

The seemingly infinite world of Final Cut Pro X third party enhancements and plug-ins have expanded recently to include an intriguing new set of tools from the oddly named little company Final Cat Pro (www.finalcatpro.com). This $29 addition isn’t effects you’ll find in the Effects Browser to spiff up video clips but rather a set of Mac OS Services that that work to extend the functionally of FCPX by making some difficult or repetitive tasks easier. With six basic tools, some are hidden gems while others are just menu items.

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The Clamper

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | September 24, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training and I go a little "behavior crazy" as we animate a photo to look like it's been thrown onto a desk.

In Motion, almost any animation task can be accomplished in two different ways: either using traditional... Read More

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Blackmagic Cinema Camera Post Work-Flow

How to process 2.5K when you have a crap computer

By Brian Hallett | September 23, 2013

You bought the BMCC... You’ve been shooting ProRes or DNxHD... and now you want to harness the full potential of the camera.  2.5K... raw.  The problem... you’re computer isn’t exactly up to the suggested specs to run DaVinci Resolve. 

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Editorial to Color Grading from a Colorist’s POV: A Guest Post From Robbie Carman

Prep and Communication Are Key

By Scott Simmons | September 17, 2013

PVC is happy to welcome Robbie Carman from Mixing Light aboard for a guest post about the editor and colorist relationship as well as discussion on the editorial to color grading workflow. This article is a companion piece to an article on the same topic written by PVC’s own Scott Simmons that is posted over at Mixing Light. The idea of these companion posts is to discuss two very important parts of post-production (editing and grading) from two different points of view. We hope you enjoy these unique articles that are exclusive to Pro Video Coalition and Mixing Light.

Take it away Robbie …

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Secondary Color Correction in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | September 17, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us a method for performing selective or "secondary" color correction in Final Cut Pro X.

While primary color correction is concerned with overall changes to the luminance range, hue, and saturation of an... Read More

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The CALM ACT (Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation)

Why Is The US Congress Messing With My Mix?

By Woody Woodhall | September 15, 2013

For many years home viewing television audiences have been frustrated by the loudness of the commercials.  No matter how loud or soft the prior program was, the commercials always seemed to pop in louder - much louder.  In the US it seems that the Congress (don’t worry, no... Read More

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Review Update: DJI Phantom Quadcopter for GoPro Hero3 with Zenmuse H3-2D Gimbal

Part 3 of my review series on the DJI Phantom with updated hardware

By Jeff Foster | September 13, 2013

This has been a long time in the making as we've been awaiting all the hardware updates surrounding the release of the DJI Zenmuse H3-2D gimbal first introduced back in April at NAB. I've also been waiting for the updated hardware and electronics to arrive before posting this update so you can get the most current information possible, directly from the manufacturer.

Upgrades covered in this review:

• Zenmuse H3-2D Gimbal for GoPro Hero3

• Updated Motherboard/controller electronics and cabling, hardware

• Prop Guards for 8" props

• Installation and testing - plus tips on getting the best results

 

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Átomos announces Spyder for Samurai Blade monitor/recorder

Átomos announces Spyder for Samurai Blade monitor/recorder

Now you can calibrate your field monitor with one click while you record 10-bit 4:2:2 HD video.

By Allan Tépper | September 13, 2013

At IBC in Amsterdam, Átomos announced its new Spyder calibration system for its Samurai Blade monitor/10-bit 4:2:2 HD recorder. According to Átomos, this new device allows one-click accurate calibration of the Samurai Blade’s display to Rec 709 color space with a D65 (6500 degrees Kelvin) white point with 100% gamut. Now you can calibrate your field monitor with one click while you record 10-bit 4:2:2 HD video.

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4K in Premiere Pro with Thunderbolt on HP

Video from Adobe's Dave Helmly

By Rich Young | September 10, 2013

Early yesterday at IBC, Adobe announced major updates to Adobe Video apps in Creative Cloud for mid-October. There's more news from Adobe and partner HP on support for Thunderbolt on Windows, and a testing demo from DAV's TechTable on 4K in Premiere with HP Thunderbolt.

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HP does Thunderbolt! Yes!

HP does Thunderbolt! Yes!

Thunderbolt support from HP is wonderful for pro video producers, whether they are Mac or Windows centric.

By Allan Tépper | September 10, 2013

Now that the non-disclosure agreement is finally over, I can happily announce that HP is adding Intel’s Thunderbolt to many of its desktop and mobile workstation computers. Some HP desktop workstations will receive Thunderbolt 2 connectivity, while some HP mobile workstations will receive... Read More

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Color Correction Filters in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | September 10, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how I use color correction filters in Motion.

If you want to change the color or luminance of a video, photograph, or graphic in Motion, you have a lot of options. In fact, in the Filters section of... Read More

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My 5 favorite things from the upcoming Adobe Premiere Pro release

I'm sure there will be more to like but these things really caught my eye

By Scott Simmons | September 10, 2013

Big, happy news came to light yesterday for most all Adobe Premiere Pro users out there; that is happy news for those who are on the Creative Cloud subscription model. The news came in the form of the announcement of another big update to PPro that should hit in October and bring a ton of new... Read More

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Television for the Troops

The First TV Network Built in a War Zone - The American Forces Vietnam Network

By Richard Wirth | September 08, 2013

As America’s involvement in the war in Afghanistan winds down, I think back to another long running war – Vietnam. It is well known Vietnam was the first war brought into people’s homes by television. But television proved useful going the opposite direction as well.

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Creative Cloud October update - over 150 new video features

...with video demos

By Rich Young | September 08, 2013

At IBC, Adobe has announced major updates to Adobe Video apps in Creative Cloud, which should be available in mid-October. This comes after Premiere Pro CC got 25 new features + bug fixes in a July update. Regular subscription updates do seem to be coming as expected, making it easier to use and digest changes.

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Brilliant Visuals | Fluid Workflows

Over 150 new pro video features coming to Creative Cloud in October

By Eric Philpott | September 08, 2013

Last month at IBC, we showed off many awesome new features coming in the October 2013 releases of Creative Cloud pro video tools. Instead of the usual 12 or 18-month wait, we’re proud to be offering the major updates just four months after the original CC products were launched. Over 150... Read More

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