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Have AJA/Blackmagic forgotten about ABC/Disney/ESPN/FOX?

Have AJA/Blackmagic forgotten about ABC/Disney/ESPN/FOX?

It is understandable not to record 720p internally, but what about 720p over the live SDI output?

By Allan Tépper | May 02, 2014

Both AJA and Blackmagic showed cameras at NAB 2014, as I covered in other articles. All of these new cameras offer some type of SDI connector for studio use, and all can shoot the matching framerates for 720p (50p & 59.94p), but none of these cameras (even those specifically marketed for studio use) includes 720p in any of their specs. Could have AJA and Blackmagic forgotten about 39+ US networks that use 720p? Or what…?

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Fiilex Releases the Q500 Specular LED Light

750W Equivalent Output with Tunable Color & Hue Control, DMX Control and more.

By Jeff Foster | April 30, 2014

Fiilex introduced the new Q500 (AC) at NAB 2014 this year and I got a chance to try it out at the show. Since then, I got a review unit to shoot with in the studio and am very pleased with the results!

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Tracking in Final Cut Pro X with SliceX

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | April 29, 2014

How can you track an object in Final Cut Pro X - and why would you want to?

In this episode of MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin answers the second question to provide context and motivation for the first.

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NAB 2014: My Experience

What's it like for someone to work AND play at NAB 2014? Here's my experience!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | April 28, 2014

I have to admit.  This year’s NAB was like my Oscars.  Normal people (like you and me) would go to the Academy Awards to do some “Stargazing”, as the expression goes.  That’s what I feel that I spent almost a week doing.  Star gazing.  Yes, I was there for work, and work I did, but as we all know, NAB is much more than that. 

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I Will Provide Professional Editing Services For $5

I Will Provide Professional Editing Services For $5

Yes, you can hire an editor on Fiverr

By Misha Tenenbaum | April 28, 2014

About a month ago, I stumbled across a website called Fiverr (pronounced 5’er).  Fiverr is a platform where people offer to perform all kinds of tasks for the tiny fee of five dollars. Need a logo designed?  A jingle? Five hundred likes on Facebook? These are all services... Read More

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NAB 2014 Wrap-up. Winners, Losers, Storage and Software

The single biggest thing I saw in the south hall: storage

By Scott Simmons | April 28, 2014

Once again NAB 2014 was a very busy NAB. And once again I didn’t seem to venture very far out of the post-production-centric South Hall other than to head to the North Hall for teaching at Post|Production World. There was one visit to the GoPro booth but other than that the camera and acquisition-centric Central Hall was just a tunnel to the north. In addition to the winner and losers (which I’ll cover in just a bit) there were a few interesting things I noticed down south.

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Blackmagic 4K Production Camera & IRND

How To Keep Out Infrared Pollution In Your Blacks

By Brian Hallett | April 27, 2014

That wide-open aperture... in full sun-light... I love it.  F/2.8, and lower, gives us the feeling of intimacy and helps us achieve the "film" look.  How much Neutral Density does it take to reach that look?  More importantly, how much Neutral Density can one use before Infrared pollution changes the color of your blacks?

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PVC at NAB 2014 - FCPWORKS and their demo suite

Final Cut Pro X integration was the name of the game at this off-site NAB demo

By Scott Simmons | April 25, 2014

If you were watching PVC during the Monday of NAB 2014 you probably saw a series of videos posted about our visit to the FCPWORKS suite that was setup outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center. We were one of the first to take a tour of this suite dedicated to Final Cut Pro X workflows. It was an impressive collection of technology that revolved around FCPX.

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AJA converts PsF-to-progressive with new Hi5-Plus converter

AJA converts PsF-to-progressive with new Hi5-Plus converter

Despite popular confusion, 23.976PsF is not the same as 23.976p-over–59.94i.

By Allan Tépper | April 25, 2014

At its press conference at NAB, AJA launched its new US$395 Hi5-Plus converter which —in addition to converting from SDI to HDMI— can also convert PsF to true progressive, which I love. Frequent readers know that I am extremely intrigued by this topic. I am the same guy who —so far— has published 10 chapters in the PsF missing workflow series, and has reviewed products from Átomos, NewTek, and SoundDevices that convert PsF signals to true progressive and remove nasty pulldown on the fly. Let’s see what these devices have in common, what differs, and when each “fits” in a particular situation.

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PVC at NAB 2014 - G-Technology

New drives solution to match your new Mac Pro are just one of the G-Tech options

By Scott Simmons | April 25, 2014

I couldn’t go to NAB without stopping by G-Technology and see what’s new in their storage options. These guys will always hold a special place in my heart as there were some of the first firewire drives that I ever owned. Firewire is long in the past and Thunderbolt is their thing now. The new STUDIO SERIES was their big showcase but they had other stuff as well.

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World’s First 3-Axis Hand-Held Sub-Pixel Stabilizer for Smartphones!

DSLRPros 3-Axis Smartphone Stabilizer

By Jeff Foster | April 24, 2014

The world's first 3-Axis smartphone hand-held stabilizer has arrived!  This is NOT just another Kickstarter campaign for a hopeful product - this is a real device designed and in production now from DSLRPros.

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PVC at NAB 2014 - NewBlue FX and Titler Pro 3.0

Among other improvements to Titler Pro think TEMPLATES!

By Scott Simmons | April 24, 2014

While in the plug-in pavilion at NAB 2014 I dropped by the NewBlue FX booth to take a look at Titler Pro 3.0. This is a big update to their popular Titler Pro product that includes one very nice, very helpful thing: templates.

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PVC at NAB 2014 - Autodesk and the changes coming to Smoke for Mac

A subscription license and a product divergence are the highlights

By Scott Simmons | April 24, 2014

Autodesk was on many people’s minds at NAB 2014 as they were wanting to see the next advancement with Smoke for Mac. Autodesk didn’t make a huge feature splash with Smoke for Mac 2015 but instead announced a subscription model (yet another!). They also surprised many (and didn’t surprise others) with a new product called Flame Assist.

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PVC at NAB 2014 - Promise Technology

A very small and very fast new RAID was on the agenda

By Scott Simmons | April 23, 2014

Promise Technology is best known in our circles as early supporters of Thunderbolt. They are also some of the first to market with Thunderbolt 2 support. The new thing they had to show at NAB 2014 was the small Pegasus2 M4, a little brother to their larger RAIDs.

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PVC at NAB 2014 - CoreMelt and Imagineer Systems

mocha planar tracking technology for all! FCPX, PPro as well as their own mocha Pro

By Scott Simmons | April 23, 2014

Imagineer Systems is always part of the plug-in pavilion but didn’t have anything new to show this year, rather taking the time to have a small technology preview. But they did have Roger Bolton of CoreMelt in their booth again and Roger was demoing TrackX, the phenomenal tracking tool for Final Cut Pro X that uses mocha planar tracking technology.

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PVC at NAB 2014 - iOgrapher

Covering a tradeshow? Then the iOgrapher might be just your thing ... among other uses that is.

By Scott Simmons | April 22, 2014

Smack in the middle of the plug-in pavilion was what looked like a retail store. That was for iOgrapher and their iPad mount/holder/all-around-helper accessory that will come in most handy if using the iPad for camera-related or new-gathering work.

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PVC at NAB 2014 - EditShare and Lightworks

I talked both storage and NLEs at the EditShare booth with new devices and the Mac Lightworks Beta

By Scott Simmons | April 22, 2014

The EditShare booth is always a good stop at NAB as you can cover both storage and its many flavors as well as editing in stop. While EditShare offers many different storage options I wanted to take a look at the Field units that we reviewed on PVC last year (in the field and in the edit). And, of course, there’s that little thing called Lightworks and that beta that is supposedly finally coming to the Mac.

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Fixing Titles in Final Cut Pro X

On This Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | April 22, 2014

How good is your spelling?

Even if it's great, and even with Final Cut Pro's built-in spellchecker, it's still easy to make mistakes, particularly when adding titles to video that include people's names.

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PVC at NAB 2014 - GoPro and the GoPro Studio Software

We all know GoPro's well so I discussed the software side of GoPro Studio, Cineform and ProTune

By Scott Simmons | April 21, 2014

Everyone knows GoPro and most everyone owns a GoPro or two so no need to dwell on what GoPro is all about. They didn’t have anything new at the show so I took the time to talk with one of their software engineers about GoPro Studio, camera settings for post-production and their post-production technology.

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Dynamic Perception’s New Stage R

Versatile 3-Axis Motion Control

By Brian Hallett | April 21, 2014

Dynamic Perception delivers news on their long awaited 3-axis motion control unit: The Stage R.  See all the details into the kickstarter campaign helping this small company get their product out there.

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