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NAB 2013: Canon XA20 & XA25 Camcorder

New Entry Level Pro Camcorders Boast AVCHD, XLR Audio Inputs, a SDI Option, and iphone Integration

By Clint Milby | May 13, 2013

Canon released to new entry level pro camcorders at NAB 2013, the XA20 and XA25. 

The XA20/XA25 both posses a "...new high-sensitivity 2.91-megapixel 1/2.84-inch HD CMOS image sensor and the new Canon DIGIC DV 4 image processor",... Read More

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After Effects ExtendScript Training: Ep. 6

ExtendScript Script Writing Training

By David Torno | May 12, 2013

Welcome to episode 6 of the After Effects ExtendScript Training series. This week we will be learning to collect data from multiple assets into an Array() via a loop. We are also going to learn how to set various values of comps, layers and properties via ExtendScript.

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OS X: Fixing AVCHD media to avoid the dreaded “CANNOT OPEN”

OS X is too picky for its own good with AVCHD media names. Here's how to fix things.

By Adam Wilt | May 10, 2013

If you’re using OS X and you copy AVCHD media folders to a NAS (network-attached storage) or a case-sensitive disk, you may run into problems: opening the media in 10.8’s Finder gives you “CANNOT OPEN” instead of a clip browser, FCP X can’t see the clips, and so... Read More

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Two Questions About Video Scopes

Ruminating on the Differences Between Visual and Graphical Analysis

By Alexis Van Hurkman | May 09, 2013

In this inaugural post of my new question-and-answer column, I tackle two kickoff queries about video scopes from colleague Scott Simmons, who thoughtfully saved me from having to come up with something on my own. If you have a question about color grading, postproduction workflow, or any interesting intersection of production and post, send it my way at ask@provideocoalition.com. I'll answer via this column as time permits.

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Premiere Pro (and all the Adobe apps) are going cloud only

No more software boxes or 4 figure purchase either for that matter

By Scott Simmons | May 09, 2013

It’s been an eventful few days in and around the general world of film and video post-production. If you haven’t heard (but of course you have) Adobe made the decision to move all of their software licensing to the cloud, their Creative Cloud, and charge $50 a month to access to everything they make. No more paying some $1,500 up front for the Production Premium and having a box shipped to your door. While it would be nice to have a less expensive monthly access to only those video-centric apps (I’m never going to use Dreamweaver, InDesign or Muse among others) you really do get a lot for that $50 (check out the pricing page for other price options that could lower your monthly bill to Adobe). 

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NAB 2013: The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

New Cinema Camera Sports a Super 35 Sensor

By Clint Milby | May 08, 2013

Blackmagic Design uleashed a campaign of "shock and awe" with the announcement of not just one but two cameras at NAB2013.

 

In this video, HDSLRShooter talks to Kendall Eckman about each surprise package, starting with the... Read More

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NAB 2013: The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

Big Things Come In Small Packages

By Clint Milby | May 07, 2013

At NAB 2013, Blackmagic Design offered two big suprises, and while the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K was a surprise, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera was the show stopper. We're still reeling from the implications of this tiny titan, and how it may shape the future of... Read More

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Text Animation in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | May 07, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training a few tricks for animating text in Motion.

Text, like shapes, particles, replicators, cameras, and other objects in Motion, has a dedicated set of behaviors available for animating it in various ways. In... Read More

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Useful Tools for Editors: After NAB Edition

Another round-up of useful tools you may or may not know about

By Scott Simmons | May 05, 2013

Another NAB has come and gone so things can begin to get back to normal. With that end to NAB let’s have a new entry into the Useful Tools for Editors category with our After NAB Edition. We talk PCs, relinking, keyboard emulators, slideshows and (of course) FxFactory.

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After Effects ExtendScript Training: Ep. 5

ExtendScript Script Writing Training

By David Torno | May 04, 2013

Welcome to episode 5, this week we will be accessing renderqueue items, templates, outputmodules, as well as the file output name and path. I will also be taking the single item access approach from last week and will now show you how to access multiple items. To do this we will be... Read More

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Visualizing hard drive speeds with the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test

A few images for those new to editing to see the extreme differences in drive speed

By Scott Simmons | May 03, 2013

I was having a discussion with some students recently about hard drive speeds and why it’s important to have a fast drive for editing. All the discussion of data rates and different types of connections can only go so far as students new to editing need to see that speed in action. The Blackmagic Disk Speed Test (Mac App Store link) is a good way to visualize drive speed but we didn’t have that handy so here’s those big speedometers scaling from USB up to a very fast Thunderbolt connection.

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Image Quality and the Contemporary Cine Lens

Image Quality and the Contemporary Cine Lens

Exclusive video content from a Canon Live Learning Event

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | May 01, 2013

The proliferation of digital cinema cameras over the past half-decade has seen an accompanying expansion in new cine lens designs and Canon has become an increasingly active player in this exciting new arena by developing nine new cine lens models in just the past year alone. The February 6th... Read More

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JVC commits to adding SFTP (Secure FTP) to GY-HM650 camera

JVC commits to adding SFTP (Secure FTP) to GY-HM650 camera

In addition to live streaming, JVC is adding SFTP to the GY-HM650 camera.

By Allan Tépper | May 01, 2013

After an Open Letter in 2009 about the importance of using SFTP (Secure FTP) in order to have our passwords travel through the Internet encrypted, followed by two short articles about JVC’s GY-HM650 news camera, I am glad to report that JVC has now committed to adding SFTP to the GY-HM650... Read More

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Creating a DVD - Without the DVD

This week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | April 30, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us a neat trick for creating a "diskless" DVD straight from Final Cut Pro X.

Although DVDs are becoming less prevalent due to the rapid rise in web-delivered HD video, some clients still require them. Plus,... Read More

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After Effects ExtendScript Training: Ep. 4

ExtendScript Script Writing Training

By David Torno | April 27, 2013

Welcome to episode 4 of the After Effects ExtendScript Training series. This week we will be diving into the After effects Object Model structure learning the order in how we can access After Effects via ExtendScript. I'll also go over some helpful tips on preparing your script... Read More

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Canon’s new XA20 and XA25 cameras fulfill wishes from my Open Letter to pro AVCHD cam manufacturers

Canon’s new XA20 and XA25 cameras fulfill wishes from my Open Letter to pro AVCHD cam manufacturers

In addition to adding many other general improvements, Canon is first to fulfill wishes from my Open Letter.

By Allan Tépper | April 26, 2013

Back in November 2011 (17 months ago) I published an Open Letter to pro AVCHD camera manufacturers. With their introduction of their new XA20 and XA25 cameras at NAB 2013, Canon has fulfilled some of the key wishes I had expressed in that Open Letter, in addition to making other improvements... Read More

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Using Behaviors in Motion

On this week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | April 23, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I talk with Steve Martin from Ripple Training about using behaviors instead of keyframes for creating animation in Motion.

Almost everything in Motion can be animated either with traditional keyframing methods or by using procedural objects... Read More

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Rubén Abruña tests his Blackmagic Cinema Camera with waterwheel short

Rubén Abruña tests his Blackmagic Cinema Camera with waterwheel short

See Rubén’s grading workflow from uncompressed CinemaDNG RAW 12-bit to DaVinci Resolve & FCP X.

By Allan Tépper | April 22, 2013

Rubén Abruña (who now lives in Zurich, Switzerland) recently received his new Blackmagic Cinema Camera which he had ordered in July of 2012. Rubén decided to take a one-day break from the grading of his La Casa Ausente documentary to test his new camera and its... Read More

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After Effects ExtendScript Training: Ep. 1, 2 & 3

ExtendScript Script Writing Training

By David Torno | April 19, 2013

Welcome to the After Effects ExtendScript Script Writing Training series. My name is David Torno and I will be taking you through the process of creating scripts using Adobe's scripting language called ExtendScript. This is a weekly series focused on teaching you, the After... Read More

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NewTek commits to adding internal waveform monitor to TriCaster 40

NewTek commits to adding internal waveform monitor to TriCaster 40

Sometime in 2013, even the entry model TriCaster 40 will have an inboard waveform monitor to facilitate camera matching.

By Allan Tépper | April 19, 2013

After expressing my profound constructive criticism about the lack of an internal waveform monitor in the TriCaster 40 (both publicly (in ProVideo Coalition magazine and privately) in 2012, I am now delighted to report that I have just received written confirmation of NewTek’s... Read More

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