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Here are My Rules of Thumb When Choosing a Codec

Here are My Rules of Thumb When Choosing a Codec

I know just enough to be dangerous and keep myself out of trouble

By Art Adams | August 10, 2014

Olympic codec rankings. AVCHD is the most accurate... pic.twitter.com/ncRykgBznq

— Shane Ross (@comebackshane) July 16, 2014

 

Everything I know about codecs could fit on the head of a dime. That's after compression, of course. Prior to compression I... Read More

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After Effects and Alexa - The Expurgated Version

Log C in After Effects in 3 minutes...

By ChrisZwar | August 08, 2014

OK so you've got some Arri Alexa footage in Log C format, and it looks funny in After Effects.  You don't have time to sit through my 2-part, 40 minute video on the best way to deal with Alexa footage in After Effects, you just want to know the basic details NOW!

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After Effects and Alexa - Part 2

Working with Arri Log C footage in After Effects

By ChrisZwar | August 08, 2014

The Arri Alexa is a hugely popular digital camera, but it records footage in a proprietary Arri colourspace called Log C.  While there are many ways of working with Log C footage in After Effects, none of them are immediately obvious – and if you’re new to log colourspaces then... Read More

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After Effects and Alexa - Part 1

Working with Arri Log C footage in After Effects

By ChrisZwar | August 08, 2014

The Arri Alexa is a hugely popular digital camera, but it records footage in a proprietary Arri colourspace called Log C.  While there are many ways of working with Log C footage in After Effects, none of them are immediately obvious – and if you’re new to log colourspaces then... Read More

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Getting Started with BCC Lite for Media Composer Part 2

In Part 1 we looked at BCC Colorize and Lens Flare 3D, now let's check out BCC Scanlines & Swish Pan

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | August 07, 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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Initial review: iRig Mic HD from IK Multimedia

Initial review: iRig Mic HD from IK Multimedia

iRig Mic HD is a handheld digital mic from IK Multimedia

By Allan Tépper | August 05, 2014

I am honored to be one of a few tech journalists who have received the iRig Mic HD from IK Multimedia for initial review. The iRig Mic HD is a handheld digital-exclusive mic, made for use with iOS (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch), Mac and Windows and produces rich and full bodied sound recordings (and this is not a shampoo commercial). I have a lot to say about the iRig Mic HD, so let’s get started.

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The Improved Voiceover Tool in FCP X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 05, 2014

Can you record a voiceover track directly into Final Cut Pro X?

Yes, and you've been able to do it since the very first version of Final Cut Pro X was released. However, in the recent 10.1.2 update, Apple added several new features which make this tool more useful than... Read More

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RT and DirecTV Sports go beyond conventional mic flags

RT and DirecTV Sports go beyond conventional mic flags

Using a technique virtually unused in the US, networks like RT and DirecTV Sports are getting better branding on their mics.

By Allan Tépper | August 04, 2014

Most people who produce sports or news for TV know that branding is important, both on location (with signs and mic branding) and on screen (via electronic graphics). That is nothing new. However, I have recently seen how two TV networks from outside of the US are taking advantage of a device —and a technique— that grants them better branding by going beyond conventional mic flags.

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Theatrical Television

Theatrical Television

Large screen projection was a gleam in television’s eye long before today’s digital systems

By Richard Wirth | August 04, 2014

Television has been trying to grow up and be a projection medium since its inception.  With the advent of digital, the little box of light and shadows has finally gotten its big boy pants and even whipped its big brother, film, to take over supremacy in the theatrical world.

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Essential Kit for DSLR Videography

Buying your first equipment to create video with your DSLR camera? Then you should read this guide!

By Jose Antunes | August 01, 2014

You've got your DSLR with video capabilities and just decided you want to try them out. Imagine you had $500 to spend on accessories. What should you buy?

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The dawn of CFast video recording

The dawn of CFast video recording

A tiny CFast chip now rivals HDCAM SR tape, and a US$50 CFast reader now rivals an HDCAM SR deck which typically costs US$50k +

By Allan Tépper | July 31, 2014

The first CFast devices were shown at CES in 2009, but NAB 2014 was the first time I saw professional video products using it. CFast is a derivative format of CompactFlash which offers the very high bit rates required by virtually lossless intraframe 10-bit 4:2:2 códecs like ProRes 422 and DNxHD for HD, and even for 4K. The pioneers I saw using it were Átomos and Blackmagic. A tiny CFast chip now rivals an HDCAM SR tape, and a US$50 CFast reader now rivals an HDCAM SR deck which typically costs well over US$50k. Ahead are the details.

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Relatively Speaking, Absolutely!

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | July 31, 2014

 

Absolute or Relative?

It's up to you, as you'll discover in this week's episode of MacBreak Studio, in which Steve and Mark from Ripple Training continue their exploration of the feature enhancements in the 10.1.2 update to Final Cut Pro X.

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Sharknado 2 and Vashi’s Premiere Pro Editorial Workflow

You can use Adobe Premiere Pro CC to edit feature films. Sharknado 2's editor tells us how.

By Scott Simmons | July 29, 2014

Sharks and tornados go together so well that Syfy is on their second round of Sharknado movies with Sharknado 2: The Second One. This second coming of sharks and tornados was edited on Adobe Premiere Pro CC by Vashi Nedomansky (IMDB) as he shoehorned PPro into what has traditionally been a Final Cut Pro Classic workflow. I was curious as to how the process went (and feature film editing in general on tools other than the standards) so I sent over a list of questions that Vashi was kind enough to answer. Watch the mayhem on July 30 at 9/8c on Syfy.

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Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014.0.1 - the biggest little update you’ll see today

Minor in number but a few major enhancements for offline to online delivery

By Scott Simmons | July 24, 2014

It seems like only yesterday that Adobe updated Premiere Pro CC to the 2014 version. Well check your updaters because now we have version 2014.0.1. The nomenclature is minor but there’s a couple of big editing enhancements that those who have been wanting them will be thrilled with.

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Blackmagic Production Camera Gets A New “Heads Up Display”

Audio Meters, Time Remaining & Histogram

By Brian Hallett | July 24, 2014

Blackmagic release firmware 1.9 with a new "heads up display." To say the new features found in firmware 1.9 is good news is a massive understatement.  If you own or shoot with a Blackmagic Production Camera download this firmware as quickly as possible, because these features will only make capturing great footage and sound easier.

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Finding Unused Clips in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | July 22, 2014

 

Did I use that clip already?

Continuing their exploration of new features introduced in the 10.1.2 update to Final Cut Pro X, this week on MacBreak Studio Steve Martin and Mark Spencer from Ripple Training demonstrate the expanded capacity to filter and build... Read More

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A Simple Suction Cup for Your DSLR

The Manfrotto Suction Cup 241V is a simple solution for mounting your camera inside or outside a moving car.

By Jose Antunes | July 21, 2014

Usable as a camera support to shoot through a car window or windshield, the Manfrotto Suction Cup 241V is also usable on a car bonnet, for video capture on the move. Or for some unique photographs or time-lapse!

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Blackmagic Adds New ProRes Options To Their Cameras

Longer Record Times

By Brian Hallett | July 17, 2014

Blackmagic announces camera firmware 1.8.2 which adds three Apple ProRes formats to three of their cameras.  Meaning longer record times with significantly smaller file sizes.  

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Choosing a Pole for Aerial Video

With drones starting to be "grounded" by legislation, it may be a good idea to look for alternatives like Pole Aerial Video.

By Jose Antunes | July 17, 2014

It started out as PAP, for Pole Aerial Photography, but now it also is PAV, or Pole Aerial Video. It's a technique that allows you to create images that have an aerial look, although they are taken from the ground. It's a low altitude video solution for your DSLR or smaller camera.

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Half-Priced Pocket Cinema Camera

A Steal of a Deal

By Brian Hallett | July 16, 2014

The Pocket Cinema Camera goes on the discount sales shelf if only for a limited time. If you want to take advantage of the deal then you better hurry this sale goes until August 31st or until they run out of supplies.

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