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  • by Kevin P. McAuliffe  |  August 27, 2015
    So, we're wrapping up our look at Transcoding in the lesson with a look at transcoding larger than HD material in larger than HD projects.  This, for many editors, is where they get confused.  They first worry about the project size, and then the media they'll be working with.  As I always stress, YOUR INITIAL PROJECT...
  • by Brian Hallett  |  August 27, 2015
  • by Steve Hullfish  |  August 26, 2015
    Really, I’m the wrong guy to review this product. I am just not the target user for it. In order to review the product itself, we need to determine the audience for the product. This is an exercise that I go through with every client before every video I create has even started. If you don’t know your audience, your project...
  • REVIEW: Wooden Camera’s new shoulder rig, matte box and accessory arm trio
    Three great new camera products from a company that’s on a roll...
    by Helmut Kobler  |  August 25, 2015
    It’s been a busy few years for Wooden Camera. The company started off selling a single little audio accessory for Red cameras in the spring of 2011. Now, Wooden Camera is the most prolific camera accessory maker around, with a broad lineup of gear for every camera system I can name, featuring sturdy quality, reasonable prices and great...
  • by Mark Spencer  |  August 26, 2015
    On this week's Final Cut Pro X in Under 5 Minutes, I explain how you can very quickly create a "snapshot" of the current state of your project without interrupting your editing process....
  • by Mark Spencer  |  August 25, 2015
    This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training the power of combining multiple concepts in Motion. The...
  • That PVC Show – Editor: A job on the edge of extinction
    Scott Simmons talks with Eric Escobar, Steve Hullfish and Christian Glawe about the impact automation will have on editing and post
    by PVC News Staff  |  August 25, 2015
    Eric Escobar speculated about where or not what has happened in the world of print will happen in the world of video post-production, specifically to the job of the editor. Automation has completely changed entire...
  • After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Write-on
    Write-on is more powerful than the Stroke effect: its width can change over its length.
    by Chris and Trish Meyer  |  August 24, 2015
    The Stroke effect in After Effects is a workhorse, but it has one major limitation: It’s width is constant over the entire length of the stroke. You can edit and even animate its Brush Size parameter, but this changes the entire stroke. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could...
  • Are Blackmagic Studio Cameras now the obvious choice?
    In the past month, Blackmagic both added the previously missing 720p option and lowered the prices of both its Studio Camera models.
    by Allan Tépper  |  August 23, 2015
    If you are building a multicamera video studio today, you may be asking whether one of the Blackmagic Studio cameras —either the HD-only or the 4K UltraHD model— is now the obvious choice. In the past month, Blackmagic both added the previously missing 720p...
  • by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  August 23, 2015
    Vintage movie coming soon sign, from Shutterstock   A recent question...
  • EOS C300 Mark II: Canon publishes 4 White Papers
    The Canon EOS C300 Mark II will be available from September on. Canon published four White Papers documenting essential aspects of the new camera and 4K.
    by Jose Antunes  |  August 23, 2015
    The EOS C300 Mark II, a new 4K video camera with outstanding dynamic range and twice as fast as the original EOS C300,  according to Canon, offers multiple new features that need to be understood by users. Canon published free...
  • by Bruce A Johnson  |  August 19, 2015
    It’s been about a decade since the first usable LED camera-top lights made their debut.  I have fond memories of an original LitePanels unit that was essentially a hundred daylight LEDs soldered to a huge heatsink and powered by a lithium-ion battery.  While it was certainly an improvement over any tungsten-bulb lamp, it wasn’t...
  • Portable Rig, Dolly and Cage on Kickstarter
    Does the world need another video accessory able to transform between a Shoulder Rig, Cage, Underslung Rig and Dolly, that folds easily into a camera bag? Apparently, yes, says the creator, Scratch Ideas.
    by Jose Antunes  |  August 21, 2015
      LOKI is the name of the new product launched on Kickstarter this August. It’s a modular camera rig that’s ultra-portable, modular and robust, the result of over one year of production of countless prototypes, aiming to find the perfect balance of strength,...
  • The end of “Big Optics” in photography
    Rapid advances in digital image sensor technology have begun to outstrip the capabilities of conventional optics
    by Matt Whalen  |  August 21, 2015
    In the middle of the last century, observational astronomy had hit a wall. Larger telescopes were needed to see farther out into the universe, but massive glass mirrors like the one used in the 200-inch Hale telescope had become technically and financially impractical to build and maintain. The solution to this problem was the multiple mirror...
  • by Brian Hallett  |  August 20, 2015
    16.52 LBS 16.52 pounds is the weight of the Blackmagic URSA without a lens or a battery. For many, 16.52 pounds is a deal-breaker. Yet, here's an interesting thought, the Arriflex 16SR3...
  • Ryan Mah: a Leica for black & white video
    Not many people think of a Leica camera as a video tool, but Ryan Mah, co-founder of Black Rhino Creative, does. He loves the small footprint of the system and cinematic feel of the lenses.
    by Jose Antunes  |  August 20, 2015
    Three Leica cameras and four lenses were used in a recent video produced by Black Rhino Creative. From the film itself to the behind the scenes and stills, all was shot with black and white in mind. Presented last May, the Leica M Monochrom (Typ...
  • by Brian Hallett  |  August 20, 2015
        The HD and SD Mini...
  • Feature Request: A Notepad built into non-linear editing applications
    By being project based an NLE Notepad could store text, frame, audio and other things you didn't want to lose in the mix
    by Scott Simmons  |  August 18, 2015
    While editing on a very large job the other day I had an idea for a new NLE feature that would be a great addition our editing applications. How about a notepad built into each NLE that lets an editor take project specific notes that would open up and travel with a project. Seems simple enough. I can’t...
  • by Brian Hallett  |  August 17, 2015
    Blackmagic announces new camera firmware 2.6. The updated firmware is available for download on Blackmagic's support page
  • KEEP CALM: The FAA and sUAVs/Drone Rules UPDATED 8/16
    Filtering-out the Facts from Fiction & Paranoia
    by Jeff Foster  |  August 16, 2015
    With the publishing of Jack Nicas and Andy Pasztor's speculative and interpretive article in the Wall Street Journal in the fall of 2014, it seems every news agency, media outlet and publication has totally lost their minds in a fit of...
  • After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Revealing Curved Shapes
    If you need to wipe on a curved shape in After Effects, there's a better way than animating a mask.
    by Chris and Trish Meyer  |  August 17, 2015
    A favorite motion graphics effect is wiping on an intricate, curved object (such as handwritten text) as if it was being painted or drawn. It would seem that animating a mask shape with a bit of feather or motion blur would be a good approach, but you can quickly get yourself tied into knots. The better...
  • by Steve Hullfish  |  August 16, 2015
    On this installment of Art of the Cut, Sidney Wolinsky talks about cutting some of the top TV shows on television. With 33 episodes of “The Sopranos” plus episodes of “House of Cards,”...
  • Review: Logitech K400 wireless keyboard/trackpad (Spanish version)
    The Logitech K400 Spanish ISO version is ideal for writers, editors, and TriCaster operators, even if they only type in English.
    by Allan Tépper  |  August 17, 2015
    The Logitech K400 is a combo wireless keyboard/trackpad with excellent build quality. The K400 competes well with Apple’s wireless keyboard, and does even more, at a fraction of the price. It’s well suited for editors, writers, and TriCaster...
  • by Art Adams  |  August 13, 2015
    This is essentially a continuation of this other article. If you haven't read it first then it might be a good idea to check it out. Recently I shot a project with three RED Dragons. The client booked...
  • by Art Adams  |  August 14, 2015
    It's not my best lighting, but I didn't know we were doing video until just before the interview started. Otherwise I would have diffused my sidelight a bit more or added some fill. Still, the content isn't bad. See what you think...
  • Gnarbox: mobile editing for GoPro and DSLR
    The world’s first mobile solution for viewing, backing-up, editing and sharing your HD footage from any GoPro HERO or DSLR camera without the need for a computer, made it on Kickstarter.
    by Jose Antunes  |  August 16, 2015
    Gnarbox is the little baby of a team that dreamed of having a way to share content with a new generation of mobile users. With an initial goal of $100,000, the project was funded on Kickstarter recently. A total of...
  • Onward and upgrades
    New firmware continues to improve Sony’s handheld cameras
    by Sony Staff  |  August 14, 2015
    Firmware 2.0 endows the FS7 with full 4K (4096 x 2160) internal recording. The age of fixed feature lists in professional cameras has yielded to the era of free firmware upgrade paths. And owners of Sony® cameras are reaping the...
  • Veydra cine primes to gain E- and C-mount options; 12mm to ship in September
    Soon you'll be able to use Veydras on Sonys and on the D16 natively
    by Adam Wilt  |  August 12, 2015
    It’s been a busy week for affordable cine primes, with the
  • by Daniel Powell, Soundsnap.com  |  August 12, 2015
    Bumper. Chopper. Sweeper. No, they’re not kickboxing moves, they’re sound effects. Just like film editors have terms like ‘dissolve’ and ‘cross cut,’ sound effects editors have their own specialized lingo. As a filmmaker, you’ve probably already heard a lot of these elements in action, but you...
  • by Mark Spencer  |  August 12, 2015
    Alexis Van Hurkman from Ripple Training gives us an overview of the new transition curves editor in Davinci Resolve 12.
  • Have a copy of my Resolve 12 Editorial menu/keyboard cheatsheet
    It's just the Resolve 12 editing shortcuts but there's a lot of them in the Edit menu
    by Scott Simmons  |  August 11, 2015
    The much anticipated DaVinci Resolve 12 beta has become available for download and with it a host of new editing features to add on top of its industry leading color...
  • Are we looking at the evolution or extinction of editing and post-production?
    An exploration of opinions and insights around what the future holds for editors and other post-production professionals
    by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  August 11, 2015
    TV editor working with vision mixer photo from...
  • by Eric Escobar  |  July 28, 2015
    I know this post has a clickbait sounding title, and for that I apologize, but I’m not writing this for click throughs or ad impressions. This is about the things that software can do now and guessing at what it will do in the very, very near future. Right now, software “reads” articles and emails, and this is how Google analyzes...

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