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Blackmagic 4K Production Camera Now Shipping

With A New Low Price

By Brian Hallett | February 10, 2014

Blackmagic Design surprises everyone by dropping the price on the 4K Production camera as they announce the camera is shipping world-wide.  Will this new lower price affect those who have pre-ordered the camera? 

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Music Video Shot With All Three Blackmagic Cameras

Can you tell which shot was shot with what?

By Brian Hallett | February 09, 2014

The cameras from Blackmagic Design have definitely made an impact on video productions everywhere.  They are inexpensive, easy to use, and pack a powerful punch making all three an easy choice for shooters world-wide.  Now you can see footage from all three cameras in one music video, and I bet you will have just as much trouble as I when it comes to figuring out which shot was shot with which camera.

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First look: Panasonic Lumix GH4 4K camera with YAGH

First look: Panasonic Lumix GH4 4K camera with YAGH

The GH4 does 4K, has a full 4:2:2/10-bit HDMI output

By Allan Tépper | February 09, 2014

Thanks to reader René Borroto, I became aware of Panasonic’s announcement of the new GH4 camera and its optional YAGH “broadcast” adapter. The GH4 camera adds 4K video recording, additional framerates, and lower compression rates. The YAGH adds XLR audio inputs, timecode inputs, HDMI & 3G-SDI output. Details ahead, plus UPDATED with test footage.

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WebM in Premiere and After Effects

export through Adobe Media Encoder

By Rich Young | February 04, 2014

Brendan Bolles of fnord software released beta versions of open source WebM and Theora plug-ins for Premiere that allow import and export of WebM movies through Adobe Media Encoder. And that common Mediacore plug-in bundle also lets you import WebM, with the new VP9 codec for Ultra HD, into After Effects and export through Adobe Media Encoder (AME).

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The Mac Pro and Thunderbolt 2

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 04, 2014

What's the difference between Thunderbolt 1 and Thunderbolt 2? And do you really need Thunderbolt 2 in order to work with 4K material?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin and Mark Spencer from Ripple Training continue their 4-part series exploring the ultimate 4K... Read More

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Editing video with the EditShare Field2

While a single editor connected isn't EditShare's exact target market the Field2 performed very well

By Scott Simmons | February 03, 2014

A recent edit saw the opportunity to test out a type of media storage that I hadn’t used before: that unit was the EditShare Field 2 portable shared storage server. A hard drive isn’t just a hard drive as configurations, connections and speed are all determining factors when it comes to choosing storage. It’s also important how storage performs in the field as the file-based acquisition world we live in means drives are just as important on the set as they are in the edit suite. Enter the EditShare Field 2 as it went right from shoot to post.

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The Ultimate Final Cut Pro X System

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | January 30, 2014

 

Are you thinking of upgrading your editing hardware? Considering the new Mac Pro?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin and Mark Spencer from Ripple Training kick off a 4-part series exploring the ultimate 4K Final Cut Pro X editing system built around... Read More

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Get Started Fast with Avid for Final Cut Pro 7 Editors : Lesson 1

Let's Get Started Fast with Avid for Final Cut Pro 7 Editors - In Lesson 1 - Sequences

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 29, 2014

If you've just made the switch from FCP7 to Media Composer 7, than this five part tutorial series will help you make the transition as smooth as possible!

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Music To Edit By (In the Background, Not the Timeline)

Some Twitter suggestions to help build your playlist

By Scott Simmons | January 28, 2014

Do you like to listen to music while working post-production? I very often do depending on the task at hand. Certain parts of post-production lend themselves well to music: color grading, logging and marking b-roll, stringing out a paper edit just to name a few. I was doing some of that... Read More

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Vimeo upgrades its player with multiple benefits

Vimeo upgrades its player with multiple benefits

Vimeo’s new player adds several new features and benefits.

By Allan Tépper | January 26, 2014

According to Vimeo, its brand-new audio/video player is the product of 14 months of development, and has been redesigned from scratch. It is faster, more accessible, and has a few more features that make me like Vimeo (and Vimeo Pro) even more than before (and this is not a sponsored article). Details ahead.

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DSLRPros Enhances Their Ultimate Phantom Quadcopter System

DSLRPros Enhances Their Ultimate Phantom Quadcopter System

Serious Upgrades for Serious Aerial Imagery!

By Jeff Foster | January 25, 2014

With several major updates and accessories to their popular Ultimate Cinema Edition Aerial Kit, DSLRPros has pushed the capabilities of the DJI Phantom quadcopter to a new level; including the new Futaba 8FG Black Edition transmitter, Long Range FPV Commander Kit with 7" LCD monitor and Diversity Receiver, Skyzone FPV goggles, FPV OSD Android App and custom CF Vision-style Props.

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A Q and A about those hard drive docking stations we all use

Are they good? Bad? Dangerous? Will you lose data?

By Scott Simmons | January 24, 2014

If you work in post-production then chances are you have one (or more) hard drive docking stations and a slew of bare hard drives to insert into the dock. They are very affordable, come with many different connection options and are incredibly convenient. Back in August the Digital Cinema Cafe featured guest Topher Martini and they talked hard drives. There was a comment about drive docks that made me want to follow up with Topher. The result is a short Q and A about hard drive docking stations (and a lot of pics of those who are using them).

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Moving Media in Final Cut Pro 10.1

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | January 21, 2014

What happens when you move a clip from one event to another?

In this week's episode of MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training demonstrates exactly what happens and why.

The new unified library model in Final Cut Pro 10.1 really simplifies media... Read More

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Diffusion Filters For The Blackmagic Cinema Camera

Crafting That Specific Look

By Brian Hallett | January 20, 2014

The Blackmagic Cinema Camera can put out some sharp footage.  2.5K to 1080.  Raw to ProRes... Even DNxHD.  It all can have that "I can see all the way down to the pores" look to the footage.  This is great for many different situations, but trying to make your on-air talent look fantastic... not so much.  

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Apple promotes iPad videojournalism in new promo

Apple promotes iPad videojournalism in new promo

In a recent promotional video spot and photo, Apple features Josh Apter and his Padcaster in Iguazú Falls, Argentina.

By Allan Tépper | January 19, 2014

Even though I know Josh Apter, the inventor of the Padcaster, I didn’t find out about this from him. I just happened to be on the Apple website for other reasons and saw their new promotion called Your Verse, which includes both still photos and a video spot. I noticed there was someone using a Padcaster in Iguazú Falls, Argentina, and then I looked closer and recognized that the man in the picture was Josh Apter. Ahead you'll see a still photo and a video.

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Sony new NX3 camcorder compared with the Canon XA20

Sony new NX3 camcorder compared with the Canon XA20

Sony just announced the NX3 camcorder. Let’s do a 22-point comparison with the Canon XA20, and see some footage too.

By Allan Tépper | January 19, 2014

Last week, I attended Sony’s webinar about their new products, and saw the new HXR-NX3 1080p camera, which reminded me a lot of the Canon XA20, although the prices don’t seem to be in the same range. Both cameras a very intriguing to me. Let’s compare the specs, footage quality, price, and determine which comes closer to fulfilling my Beyond AVCHD Manifesto.

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From Padcaster to iOgrapher: María’s migration story

From Padcaster to iOgrapher: María’s migration story

iPad videojournalism flourishes, and its technology evolves.

By Allan Tépper | January 17, 2014

Padcaster was the first truly complete device to attach an iPad to a tripod, with cold-shoes for accessories and a lens mount. I first covered Padcaster at NAB 2012, and in 2013, I mentioned it within several articles. In December 2013, Jeff Foster published a review on a competing device called iOgrapher. This article will cover the unusual set of circumstances that followed Jeff’s review, and led to an unexpected migration.

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Should Professional Editors care about FCPX (again)?

Sam Mestman thinks so: he's betting his company on it. I think he's right. Attend his demo 25 January and make up your own mind.

By Adam Wilt | January 15, 2014

Last October Kevin McAuliffe told us in two articles that Final Cut Pro X wasn't worth caring about: "FCPX is still not ready for professional use". He caught a lot of crap for saying so, but he was right... in a very constrained context (which, if you read his rants, he carefully... Read More

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Adobe at Sundance 2014

Celebrating emerging filmmakers and great cinema

By Eric Philpott | January 15, 2014

Adobe will be at the Sundance Film Festival again this year in support of emerging independent filmmakers and great new cinema.

Adobe will present a special filmmakers panel Friday, January 17th from 3-4:30pm MST at the New Frontiers Microcinema: Engaging Story, Brilliant Visuals,... Read More

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