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Get those nice bright MacOS Finder label colors back

Mavericks introduced Tags but removed the easy-to-see labels making the colors much less useful

By Scott Simmons | May 30, 2014

Any readers out there who are using the Mac OS and editing video have probably made good use of Mac OS Finder labels over the years to assign a designated color to a folder, file or group of files for whatever reason one might color anything. They were big, bright colors that were easy to... Read More

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Free Video: Creating Your Own Background Loops

Free Video: Creating Your Own Background Loops

Have some fun with your camera and shoot out-of-focus video that you can later repurpose into video backdrops

By Chris and Trish Meyer | May 30, 2014

A couple of months ago, we released a video training course titled Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects: Enhancing Production Value. Some of the tricks in that course relied on using blending modes to add lighting effects from second footage layers that had color, abstract patterns and movements. There is a lot of stock footage available with these patterns; in the following video, we share some tips on creating your own:

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Getting Started with BCC Lite for Media Composer Part 1

Your new Media Composer Software subscription comes with some hidden gems. Let's see how to get up and running quick and easy!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | May 29, 2014

As most Media Composer editors are now aware, BCC is no longer included in your Media Composer Symphony upgrade.  That's because with your monthly subscription, you are now getting Symphony included.  But, that doesn't mean that you're without some awesome BCC effects to get you moving in the right direction.

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Blackmagic Cameras and Clean Audio

How to "sweeten" the audio in your NLE

By Brian Hallett | May 29, 2014

No doubt, good sound is as important as good pictures. The problem?  How can you record good sound on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Pocket Cinema Camera when the in-camera preamps are a little less than desired?  I'll show how you can use your NLE's audio equalizer and on-camera accessories to help everything sound a little bit better.  

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Hands-On Review with the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+

Hands-On Review with the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+

Ready to Fly with 14MP/1080p Camera and 3-Axis Stabilized Gimbal

By Jeff Foster | May 29, 2014

The Phantom 2 Vision+ (plus) is DJI's latest offering of their popular consumer-level multirotor "flying camera". With their own built-in 14MP/1080p camera on a 3-axis gimbal, this quadcopter is indeed ready-to-fly right out of the box. I've given it a few flights to test it and here are my first impressions...

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First Look: DJI S1000 Octocopter with EOS 5D MKIII

Video Review of the Latest Multirotor UAV for Serious Aerial Cinematic and Photographic Imagery

By Jeff Foster | May 28, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to interview photographer Stephen Wheatcraft with his new DJI S1000 UAV and get a full run-down on the setup and operation of the craft and camera.

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Wriggle it - just a little bit

Wriggle it - just a little bit

Creating a hand drawn stop motion look in After Effects

By ChrisZwar | May 27, 2014

Hand drawn and stop motion animations have a very distinct look.  Every frame is slightly different, and when played back at full speed those small differences can add visible character and warmth to the end result - think of the Red Bull ads that have run for many years, or the opening... Read More

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Animated Tilt-Shift in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | May 27, 2014

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us an unusual application for the SliceX plugin for Final Cut Pro X.

SliceX and TrackX are plugins from CoreMelt that work inside Final Cut Pro X and are powered by Imagineer's Mocha planar tracking... Read More

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Free Video: Quick & Easy White Balance Adjustment

Free Video: Quick & Easy White Balance Adjustment

Use blending modes in After Effects or Premiere Pro

By Chris and Trish Meyer | May 27, 2014

A couple of months ago, we released a video training course titled Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects: Enhancing Production Value on spinning the straw clients often give us into visual gold. One of the movies in that course demonstrated a dead-easy white balancing trick that removed color tints from footage using Blend Modes:

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Animating the Hand of God

When your hand-drawn animation is literally hand drawn

By ChrisZwar | May 23, 2014

In the film & TV industry, voice-over narration is sometimes referred to as "the voice of god".  So when I was stuck thinking of a way to describe images that are drawn on by an invisible animator, it seemed fitting to refer to the style as "the hand of god".

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Review and Approval Options for Video Pros

Vimeo's new Copyright Match on private videos means many editors might be looking UPDATED 5/23/14

By Scott Simmons | May 22, 2014

Vimeo has dropped a bomb on their community with the May 21 announcement of Copyright Match on Vimeo. Of course this sent the internet into a tailspin as any big change in a useful, popular service always does. It has also sent a lot of content creators, filmmakers and editors into orbit as they have used Vimeo and its private link option as a review and approval service for their clients. It is easy to use and share private links but Vimeo was never meant to be a review and approval service. Thankfully there are a lot of R&A services out there. READ ON FOR A 5/23/14 UPDATE FROM VIMEO.

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BCC 9 AVX New Features Round-Up

Media Composer Editors take note! There are some great new additions to BCC9 AVX

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | May 20, 2014

With BCC now not being included in any Media Composer purchase or monthly license, the decision to upgrade becomes an important one.  Boris FX needs to put the right tools into BCC9 that will make it worth while for editors to upgrade.  Well....let me tell you....they did!

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Dissecting the recent Adobe Creative Cloud outage

Personally I was fine but curious as to who was hit and why

By Scott Simmons | May 20, 2014

Unless you were living under a rock last week you most likely heard that Adobe’s Creative Cloud service suffered a major outage. You may have even been affected by it. Or quite possibly you worked right through it using your Adobe apps and never knew it was happening. Maybe you knew it was going on but your Adobe apps hummed right along. I worked right through the whole thing in Premiere Pro CC . I was curious as to exactly who was affected and what those situations were so I took to Twitter to try and find out.

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Final Cut Library Manager

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | May 20, 2014

It's 10 o'clock; do you know where your libraries are?

And even if you do, do you know what's in them? This week on MacBreak Studio, I talk with Steve Martin from Ripple Training about an indispensable application if you use Final Cut Pro X.

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The pCam Film + Digital App

The one app for cameramen.

By Brian Hallett | May 19, 2014

If there was one app... and only one app you could carry on your iPhone/iPad/ and iPod Touch then the pCam app is it.  It is my go-to shooting app.  It, quite literally, has more than a little bit of everything and will help with those on-set calculations to be done quickly and smoothly.   

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Inside the After Effects camera

A technical overview for scripters and expressioneers

By ChrisZwar | May 18, 2014

One of the most powerful features of After Effects is the ability to work with 3D layers and a virtual camera.  While it is simple to add a camera to a composition and animate it, greater creative control over the end result can be achieved with a basic technical understanding of how... Read More

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Avid ships their new Media Composer with new licensing options

While a few things are missing this is a new era for Media Composer

By Scott Simmons | May 18, 2014

It was announced at NAB and now it’s shipping: the next version of Avid Media Composer which looks to be version 8. I had heard that Avid was going to move away from version numbers with the new subscription program but you might see the v8 designation which is this new version. The official name is now Media Composer | Software for that downloadable version most of us will use.

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Bentley Motors does high-end short, shot on iPhone 5s

Bentley Motors does high-end short, shot on iPhone 5s

It lasts 4:25 including the making-of.

By Allan Tépper | May 16, 2014

Thanks to Jeff Taylor of TeleverseStudios.com, I just became aware of Bentley Motors' high-end short, which they shot completely with an iPhone 5s and FiLMiC Pro. The duration is 4 minutes, 25 seconds, including the making-of. Ahead is the video and my comments.

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Who Wants to Take ANOTHER Lighting Class?

Who Wants to Take ANOTHER Lighting Class?

I'm hosting my second "Lighting for Faces" workshop at Mole Richardson in Hollywood on May 28th.

By Art Adams | May 15, 2014

 

Due to the success of last year’s lighting class Abel Cine has asked me to come back and do it again. So I am:

“How to Light Faces: Hard Light, Soft Light and Damage Control”

It will be held on May 28th, 2014 at the Mole Richardson Stage in... Read More

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Do video hardware product drivers really have to live behind a registration wall?

You can't use hardware without drivers so why not make the download easy?

By Scott Simmons | May 13, 2014

Not to jump onto a soapbox here but I’ve had two instances in the last week or so of product drivers hidden behind registration walls that has prompted this post. On the surface this seems like not such a big deal as one would think that a registered hardware product would be a simple sign-in and download. But what if you haven’t registered that product? Or have forgotten your log-in details? Or what if that hardware isn’t yours?

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