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I miss digitizing footage from video tape

In today's way-too-much-footage file-based world that realtime capture feels like an old school luxury

By Scott Simmons | May 21, 2013

Ok, I’m going to just come right out an admit it … I miss digitizing. For those young ‘uns unfamiliar with the term that would be the process of actually having to take a video tape and capture that into the computer for editing. Some folks call it ingest, others do use the term capture but I’ve always referred to it as digitizing. I used to hate it but now I miss it. Sometimes I miss it a lot. Is that crazy?

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FCP X, Photoshop, and RAW

On this week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | May 21, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training gives us some tips on working with RAW images in Final Cut Pro X.

We've talked about RED RAW workflow in an earlier episode of MacBreak Studio - how you can work with these RAW video files natively in FCP X,... Read More


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What’s In a Name?

On the differences among grading controls and operational ordering

By Alexis Van Hurkman | May 20, 2013

In this week's somewhat detail-oriented "Answers Occasionally Given," I start out tackling the differences among color and contrast controls with similar names; in particular, the difference between Lift, Shadow, and Offset controls. Then, I move on to a reader's question about the best stage of a multi-operation color adjustment in which to adjust Luma. It's GRIPPING, I tell you…

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Beyond AVCHD: a proposed new standard for AVCHD cam manufacturers

Beyond AVCHD: a proposed new standard for AVCHD cam manufacturers

Herein you’ll find the Beyond AVCHD Manifesto.

By Allan Tépper | May 20, 2013

Back in November 2011, I published an Open Letter to professional AVCHD camera manufacturers. In that Open Letter, I clarified what I liked about the then current offering of pro AVCHD cameras;pointed out details I found inappropriate especially for pro users; and made requests. Now I am going... Read More


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After Effects ExtendScript Training: Ep. 7

ExtendScript Script Writing Training

By David Torno | May 18, 2013

Welcome to episode 7 of the After Effects ExtendScript Training series. This week we will be creating new comps and folders as well as creating Nulls, Solids and Text layers.


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NAB 2013: Atomos Ninja-2 Price Drop & DSLR Support

HDMI Field Recorder Now Compatible with 5D Mark III

By Clint Milby | May 14, 2013

After discovering Atomos back in January of 2013 at the San Francisco Supermeet, I was intrigued by the Ninja-2 especially when I realized a pending firmware update for the 5D Mark III would make it compatible with the Ninja-2.  

This portable field recorder and... Read More


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Archiving Final Cut Pro X Projects and Media

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | May 14, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training talks about archiving your projects in Final Cut Pro X.

Once you've delivered your edit to your client, they've approved it and you've been paid, how do you go about saving that project and storing it... Read More


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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 " 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 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

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