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Review: SliceX powered by mocha is a must have for FCPX

Now if only we could get this tool in Adobe Premiere Pro

By Scott Simmons | June 12, 2013

When it comes to quality motion tracking it’s hard to beat Imagineer Systems and what they have with their mocha technology. When it comes to masking tools inside of Final Cut Pro X it’s hard to beat what CoreMelt has come up with in their SliceX masking tool. Combine that masking of SliceX and the tracking of mocha and you’ve got a very must-have tool for FCPX in the recently released, $149 SliceX powered by mocha.

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Creating a Spirograph Effect in Motion

This week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | June 11, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I talk with Steve Martin from Ripple Training about how to recreate the Spirograph (tm) effect in Motion.

For those of us old enough to remember, Spirograph was a drawing kit consisting of transparent gears with holes. You would place a gear... Read More

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Exposure levels using EI ISO and zebras with the PMW-F5 and RAW

Exposure levels using EI ISO and zebras with the PMW-F5 and RAW

By Alister Chapman | June 10, 2013

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The PMW-F5 and F55 are fantastic cameras. If you have the AXS-R5 raw recorder the dynamic range is amazing. In addition because there is no gamma applied to the raw material you can be very free with where you set middle grey. Really the key to getting good... Read More

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After Effects ExtendScript Training: Ep. 10

ExtendScript Script Writing Training

By David Torno | June 08, 2013

UPDATED: 6/30/13 Welcome to episode 10 of the After Effects ExtendScript Training series. In this episode we will create a custom function that will allow us to easily retrieve specific types of project items like CompItems, FolderItems, or FootageItems. We will also get into setting... Read More

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NVIDIA K5000 - Next step in GPU power and tech

NVIDIA K5000 - Next step in GPU power and tech

H-264 hardware encoding enabled and waiting

By Steve Hullfish | June 07, 2013

Before I received the NVIDIA K5000, I read about it and was excited that it had H.264 encoding capability on the board. I tend to do a lot of H.264-encoded deliverables. Unfortunately my excitement was short lived when I found out that while NVIDIA had delivered on their end, nobody else had... Read More

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Making Ken Burns Obey

On this week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | June 04, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us how to "take charge" of the Ken Burns effect in Final Cut Pro X.

This effect makes it fast and easy to create pans and zooms on still images (or video for that matter). However, it does suffer from one... Read More

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Together or Apart, Organizing the Fusion of Style and Balance

On different approaches to balancing scenic color and adding stylistic adjustments

By Alexis Van Hurkman | June 03, 2013

In this week's "Answers Occasionally Given," I tackle a question about efficient scene balancing workflow; whether it's better to apply stylistic adjustments as part of one's initial grade, or separately. Then, I discuss another reader's strategy for identifying color imbalances, and how it intersects with the use of automated tools for color balancing. 

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ScopeBox 3.3: Affordable and customizable video scopes

And with the new ScopeLink feature maybe one less computer required to implement it

By Scott Simmons | June 03, 2013

Video scopes are one of those things we often take for granted. Most all NLEs have video scopes somewhere in the software. They are very important when it comes to the color grading / color correction process but many of those working in post-production don’t really know how to properly use them (I say partially raising my own hand). Sometimes it’s a matter of making the right window arrangements to use an app’s built-in scopes but if you don’t save that window configuration then you’ll be less prone to use them when the time comes. Enter a product like ScopeBox which is $100 stand-alone video scope software. Video scope software, for the most part, requires its own computer and hardware to run, but ScopeBox 3.3 breaks that tradition with a new feature called ScopeLink.

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After Effects ExtendScript Training: Ep. 9

ExtendScript Script Writing Training

By David Torno | June 02, 2013

Welcome to episode 9 of the After Effects ExtendScript Training series. We will continue from last week and modify our script even further to search through our project layers for all of our blue solids and change their source color to red. We will also update the blue solid names by... Read More

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The Punk Rocker Who Became a Filmmaker

The Punk Rocker Who Became a Filmmaker

Richard Jobson uses all Adobe pipeline on Wayland’s Song

By Eric Philpott | May 31, 2013

We really pushed the boundaries of what you can do with the Creative Cloud software. For me, it's almost like being in a punk band again with Adobe: SpeedGrade and After Effects are my drummer and my bass player and Premiere Pro is my guitarist, who’s been getting much better. I have my... Read More

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HDSLRShooter at NAB 2013:  Adobe After Effects CC

HDSLRShooter at NAB 2013:  Adobe After Effects CC

Sr. Product Manager for After Effects, Steve Forde breaks down new rotoscoping abilities and Maxon Integration

By Clint Milby | May 29, 2013

Prior to NAB 2013, we had the chance to visit Adobe Headquarters in San Jose and get an overview of the new Creative Cloud, including After Effects CC, (check it out here:  http://bit.ly/12MCxlw). At NAB, we were treated to a private meeting with Steve Forde, Sr. Product Manager... Read More

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HDSLRShooter at NAB 2013: Kinotehnik LCDVFe & Accessories

More than a loop on a monitor, it's a true EVF for HDSLR

By Clint Milby | May 29, 2013

Kinotehnik originally introduced the LCDVFe last year, but since that time, there has been some huge improvements and new accessories that make the device compatible with HD-SDI cameras.First of all, we'd like to say that this is by far the BEST LCD EVF on the market.  Tonis of... Read More

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HDSLRShooter at NAB 2013:  Manfrotto LED Lighting

Manfrotto illuminates NAB with a new brand of LED Lighting

By Clint Milby | May 28, 2013

In addition to their long line of video and photo support gear, Manfrotto is now stepping deeper into the realm of LED lighting with their new line of 1x1 and on board camera lights.

There are 5 models of on board lights planned for... Read More

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Creating a Cosmic Zoom in Motion

On this Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | May 28, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to do a "Cosmic Zoom" effect in Motion.

Inspired by Andrew Kramer's excellent After Effects tutorial on his site Videocopilot.net, I demonstrate how you can achieve a similar result using... Read More

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HDSLRShooter at NAB 2013:  Lensbaby Movie Maker’s Kit

Save time in post by capturing your effects on set with Lensbaby

By Clint Milby | May 27, 2013

Lensbaby lenses and optics allow you to get "creativity in the camera" saving you both time and money in post production.  However, the Lensbaby system works best as a system which might catch some shooters off guard. In the past, you had to get each lens, optic, accessory, etc.... Read More

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After Effects ExtendScript Training: Ep. 8

ExtendScript Script Writing Training

By David Torno | May 26, 2013

Welcome to episode 8 of the After Effects ExtendScript Training series. Using a lot of what we've already learned, we are going to combine some of the past code and make a decent sized script to create multiple comps of different sizes. We will also use Undo groups to package our... Read More

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HDSLRShooter at NAB 2013: Redrock Micro’s One Man Crew

New Motion Device Helps You Raise the Bar Without Raising Your Budget

By Clint Milby | May 25, 2013

NAB 2013 will be remembered as the year of the improvement or refinement of existing products. This is true for many manufacturers but not Redrock Micro.Redrock came out strong at NAB 2013 with a new device that promises to help budget conscious producers raise the bar... Read More

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Canon XA20 and XA25 take key steps towards Beyond AVCHD

Canon XA20 and XA25 take key steps towards Beyond AVCHD

I am ecstatic that Canon has taken the first steps towards Beyond AVCHD, and I hope the other cam manufacturers do the same soon

By Allan Tépper | May 24, 2013

Earlier this week I published the Beyond AVCHD Manifesto. Simultaneously, I mentioned that the Canon XA20 and XA25 are the first professional AVCHD video cameras to take serious steps to comply with Beyond AVCHD. In this article, I’ll cover exactly what these two models have... Read More

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Canon answers most of Tépper’s questions about XA20/XA25

Canon answers most of Tépper’s questions about XA20/XA25

Canon answered most of my questions about their new cameras.

By Allan Tépper | May 24, 2013

Recently, I sent a list of questions to Canon’s public relations department about the new XA20 and XA25 cameras. A couple of weeks later, I got answers. Most were excellent news; some were unclear; while some were bad news for the short term, although could possibly improve via... Read More

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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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