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KTLA & the Atomic Bomb - LIVE!

How a Pioneering Los Angeles Station Broadcast Coverage the National Networks Wouldn't Touch

By Richard Wirth | August 18, 2013

On my annual pilgrimage to NAB this past April, I decided I would finally check out the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas.  I’d driven past it many times in the past but never took the time to go in. During the tour, I was gratified to see they had included a small homage to a historic event in the development of television.

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After Effects ExtendScript Training Complete Series

ExtendScript Script Writing Training

By David Torno | August 17, 2013

After Effects ExtendScript Training is a video training series on Adobe® ExtendScript for After Effects®. Below are direct links to the entire collection right here on PVC. Enjoy and please spread the word. The After Effects ExtendScript Training series is the first... Read More

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Expression Shorts Complete Series

After Effects Expressions

By David Torno | August 17, 2013

ExpressionShorts is a video tutorial series focusing on After Effects Expressions. There are lots helpful code snippets in this series along with a full breakdown as to how the code works. Each post contains a video tutorial and a text equivalent explanation.

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VFX Essentials Launched

Professional VFX Tips and Tricks

By David Torno | August 17, 2013

Hi and welcome to the new VFX Essentials channel. PVC has been very gracious enough to give me my very own piece of PVC to better organize and present my work to all of you. If you have been trying to find any of my old content on PVC or have been wanting to more easily keep track of... Read More

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Product Review: Red Giant BulletProof

Product Review: Red Giant BulletProof

DSLR shooters now have a great file ingest and management tool

By Jeff Foster | August 17, 2013

Red Giant recently released BulletProof - their new data transfer and management tool for DSLR shooters. BulletProof was first introduced as a "teaser" at NAB 2013 back in April along with the premiere of Seth Worley's "Spy vs Guy".

What makes BulletProof unique is its easy to follow and use workflow and controls to ingest and manage your data in the field, on-set and through to the edit bay. The simplicity of the software's UI makes it feel like a simple utility - until you get under the hood and discover what it really does for your media - including automatically creating a backup to a separate location/drive when you ingest from your media cards. But there's really so much more...

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Creating a watercolour wipe in After Effects - Part 2

Creating a watercolour wipe in After Effects - Part 2

Deconstructing a complex transition

By ChrisZwar | August 14, 2013

Over 3 years ago, in a rare moment when I had some spare time, I attempted to create an After Effects project that revealed an image as if it were a watercolour painting.  I posted the result on my website and since then it has proved immensley popular, and I've always been meaning to... Read More

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Creating a watercolour wipe in After Effects - Part 1

Creating a watercolour wipe in After Effects - Part 1

Deconstructing a complex transition

By ChrisZwar | August 14, 2013

Over 3 years ago, in a rare moment when I had some spare time, I attempted to create an After Effects project that revealed an image as if it were a watercolour painting.  I posted the result on my website and since then it has proved immensley popular, and I've always been meaning to... Read More

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ENG mic comparison: Audio Technica BP4002 versus Electro-Voice RE50N/D-B

ENG mic comparison: Audio Technica BP4002 versus Electro-Voice RE50N/D-B

A real life, in field comparison between the popular Electro-Voice RE50N/D-B and the Audio Technica BP4002 microphone.

By Allan Tépper | August 13, 2013

In this short video, we compare the sound quality of the popular Electro-Voice RE50N/D-B and the Audio Technica BP4002 microphone. Both are dynamic omnidirectional handheld mics. Ahead you’ll see and hear the difference, plus see a review of why omnidirectional mics generally are most... Read More

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Using the Link Behavior in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 13, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how you can connect the animation of different parameters on different objects using the Link behavior.

The Link behavior is part of the collection of parameter behaviors - some of the most powerful... Read More

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FiLMiC Pro 3.3 adds external audio monitoring + remote

FiLMiC Pro 3.3 adds external audio monitoring + remote

Now users of FiLMiC Pro on iOS devices will get true audio confidence in their ears, instead of just on screen.

By Allan Tépper | August 11, 2013

I am delighted to see that FiLMiC Pro’s palindromic upgrade to version 3.3 finally includes external live audio monitoring via headphones, especially for cases when the renowned sub-US$5 app is used with an iPod Touch or iPhone (which can’t currently work with the DUO-CAPTURE EX field mixer from Roland I recently covered, the way an iPad can). Even when you use an input device with a built-in monitoring output like the DUO-CAPTURE EX with an iPad, direct audio monitoring from the recorder always gives the operator the maximum confidence. FiLMiC Pro version 3.3 also adds wireless monitoring and remote control from another iOS device via a companion app called FiLMiC Remote.

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After Effects ExtendScript Training: Ep. 19

ExtendScript Script Writing Training

By David Torno | August 11, 2013

Welcome to episode 19, the final episode of the After Effects ExtendScript Training series. We end this series this week by building some helpful custom functions that will reveal layer types, retrieve all fonts used in your project, retrieve text layer justification settings, and... Read More

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Useful Tools for Editors: Hot Mid-August Edition

Some free, some cost, always useful

By Scott Simmons | August 10, 2013

It’s that time again where we take a look at a number of tools that an editor might find useful. Some free, some not, some software, some not … and a table. 

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Secret Clip Selections in Final Cut Pro X

On this week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 06, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training and I share a couple of tips for selecting clips in a Final Cut Pro X project.

There are times when it can be quite useful to be able to select a group of clips in your project. For example, you may want to put a... Read More

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It’s official: Avid is finally going to lay the DS to rest

It won't come as a shock to many though some will definitely be sad to see it go

By Scott Simmons | August 06, 2013

It probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone but it would appear that Avid is finally going to bring the axe down on their long suffering, little loved, often misunderstood but rabidly niche product the Avid D|S. Rumors of the demise of DS have floated about for a long time, most recently at NAB 2013 when Avid didn’t see fit to even bring DS to the show floor. A thread in the Avid Community forums on Monday night gave the unofficial word as Marianna, Avid’s amazing customer rep, told the world the product is End of Life.

UPDATE: Official word from Avid is below at the bottom of this post. The letter from earlier today wasn't the official release so we've pulled it. We'll post the new letter customers when we receive it. The Q and A is still posted which answers a lot of questions. The official updated letter is now below.

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After Effects ExtendScript Training: Ep. 18 Part 1, 2, & 3

ExtendScript Script Writing Training

By David Torno | August 03, 2013

Welcome to episode 18 of the After Effects ExtendScript Training series. This week We tackle our fourth full length script and it will involve roughly 260 lines of code. Today we will build a functioning dockable GUI that contains a button that launches our process to search for all... Read More

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Roland DUO-CAPTURE EX US$199 field audio mixer for iPad

Roland DUO-CAPTURE EX US$199 field audio mixer for iPad

The DUO-CAPTURE EX audio mixer connects digitally to the iPad, at 48 or 44.1 kHz.

By Allan Tépper | August 03, 2013

The US$199 DUO-CAPTURE EX from Roland (like the excellent hybrid microphone I’ve applauded in several articles and ebooks) connects digitally to the iPad, selectively at 48 kHz (for video and very specialized audio applications) or 44.1 kHz (for general audio applications). This... Read More

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2.5K FOR 2K

Price Drop & Update to BMCC

By Brian Hallett | August 03, 2013

$2,995 to $1,995

Grant Petty and Blackmagic Design dropped the price on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera from $2,995 to $1,995.  That's 2.5K for 2K.  Let's take a second... Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is $995 the Blackmagic Cinema Camera is now $1,995, and the soon to be... Read More

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Which Blackmagic camera models output live native progressive, and when?

Which Blackmagic camera models output live native progressive, and when?

The answer depends on the camera model, framerate, and whether or not overlays are active.

By Allan Tépper | August 03, 2013

Which Blackmagic camera models output live native progressive 1080p, and when? This situation is a bit confusing, and hasn’t been completely revealed publicly so far. It varies among specific Blackmagic camera models, which framerate is selected, and whether or not you have the overlays turned on or off. It took several days for me to get even the partial answers from Blackmagic, and I expect one of the answers to change again in the near future. Ahead you’ll see how it stands as of publication time of this article.

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Blackmagic slashes camera prices, updates firmware

Blackmagic slashes camera prices, updates firmware

Blackmagic has added new features and lowered the prices of two camera models.

By Allan Tépper | August 02, 2013

This morning Blackmagic announced important firmware updates for its cameras and slashed the prices of two models. The firmware update adds new features. Ahead you’ll see the new features and learn which two models were lowered in price, and by how much.

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Why video producers/distributors should embrace Chromecast

Why video producers/distributors should embrace Chromecast

Chromecast is a no-brainer to embed in your website or app.

By Allan Tépper | July 31, 2013

Chromecast is the name of a US$35 digital media streaming adapter developed by Google and released last week, in addition to being a free API/SDK and Chrome browser extension. The Chromecast device, a 51 mm (2-inch) dongle that plugs into the HDMI port of an HDTV or monitor, plays audio/video media from supporting content providers by connecting over WiFi and streaming it from the web. The user selects content to play on her/his TV from either a supported app on a mobile device, or a tab from the Chrome web browser on a computer. The device was announced on July 24, 2013 and made available for purchase the same day.

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