PVC Exclusive | Industry Experts

PVC Exclusive | Industry Experts

Written by a collection of the best writers in the industry and covering topics ranging from editing to motion graphics to live production. This channel features an incredibly diverse collection of authors and articles.

DIY DCP


Written by Don Starnes  |  June 29, 2015

How to make your own digital theatrical 'print' using Final Cut Pro, After Effects, guerrilla DCP software, pluck and maybe a little help from your friends.

MODO 901 Simplifies What You’re Doing and What You Want to Be Doing

An interview with Shane Griffith from The Foundry
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  June 17, 2015

The recent update to MODO represents far more than just a technology upgrade. Version 901 certainly does deliver new creative tools and an enhanced workflow, but the fact that The Foundry was focused on how the roles of artists are changing and how they could adjust this tool to help those artists in a shifting landscape makes it relevant in a completely new way.

Zacuto's Gratical HD vs Alphatron's EVF-035W-3G

Zacuto’s Gratical HD EVF Sends My Alphatron Out to Pasture...
Written by Helmut Kobler  |  June 16, 2015
For the last few years, if you wanted a solid electronic viewfinder (EVF) for your DSLR or video camera, there was largely one choice that offered solid quality and a decent price: Alphatron’s EVF-035W, which you can still get for around $1,100 new. I see Alphatrons frequently in the...

Watching Experts Do What They Do

An interview with WatchMeWork creator Chris Weiher
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  June 12, 2015
You can find free and paid tutorials for just about any software in this industry, many of which are available on PVC. Chris Zwar has shown us everything from automatic versioning to z-depth from 3D layers in After Effects, David Torno published a massive AE Extendscript Training series while...

The Terence and Philip Show Episode #68: Planning for the Future


Written by PVC News Staff  |  June 8, 2015
To listen to the Terence and Philip Show, episode #68, where Terence Curren and Philip Hodgetts talk through the present and future of this industry along with what it means to preserve our present for the future, click the player below. A partial transcript of the episode is underneath the player.

Under the Radar at Cine Gear Expo 2015


Written by Helmut Kobler  |  June 6, 2015
This year's Cine Gear Expo seemed bigger than ever, and while the show attracts many big-name vendors and their latest releases (Arri's Alexa Mini, the Canon C300 Mark 2, etc.), I like the show because it's a great opportunity to discover gear that doesn't normally get quite so...

Frankie Makes Content Sharing and Client Review Simple and Easy

A tool that anyone from client to artist can easily jump into and use
Written by Mike Griggs  |  June 5, 2015
So – what's the hardest thing to manage in any digital project? It's not the shot list, or the asset databases, or the ever-encroaching deadlines – it's the people involved! From artist to producers to clients, getting everyone on the same page (or frame) can take as much time as getting the actual production work...
Ever since folding DAM Coalition into PVC, we’ve been exploring what terms like digital asset management, media asset management and metadata mean to media & entertainment professionals....

That PVC Show – NAB 2015 Wrap-up

Bruce Johnson and Kevin P. McAuliffe join Scott Simmons to talk all things NAB 2015
Written by PVC News Staff  |  May 28, 2015
You don’t have to look too far into the PVC archives to find out what Scott Simmons, Bruce Johnson and Kevin P. McAuliffe were up to during NAB 2015. All three of them were in Las Vegas for the annual event, and each of them posted videos along with detailed thoughts and...

Finding Your First or Latest Job in Production and Post

Katrina de Leon from ProductionHUB talks to us about the best approachs around locating work in the industry
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  May 27, 2015
Finding work in production and post-production environments is typically a hustle, and that's been the reality for decades. But things certainly have changed. Cameras and editing systems are cheaper and easier to use than ever, but the Internet and mobile devices have completely altered the way in which people connect with each other. How do...

Exploring Workflow, Archive & Storage in M&E – Influencing Every Aspect of Production and Post

An interview with James McKenna from Facilis
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  May 22, 2015
One thing that comes up over and over as we explore workflow, archive and storage is how misunderstandings around these topics can impact the way people work as well as their bottom line. Figuring out what info is needed to discover the best solutions is critical, but it can be a difficult process. As the old saying...

Television in Transition - The 1950’s Version

One program stands out as an embodiment of a deluge of changes in a young industry then went on to make more history 30 years later
Written by Richard Wirth  |  May 20, 2015

“An Evening with Fred Astaire” shines to this day as an example of excellence in early television.  The program was produced in the midst of the turbulence over television's transition from kinescopes to videotape, monochrome to color, and live to recorded.  But NBC, the network that aired it, was working through dilemmas largely of its own making.

Piecing Together the Editing Puzzle with Rampant Design

Flexibility is key for an editor of any genre or story
Written by Monica Daniel  |  May 19, 2015
First and foremost, I’m an editor. I love telling stories. Naturally, there are an infinite amount of ways that a story can be told, and nowhere is that more evident than when you find yourself looking through the raw footage of a project. Obviously, every project has a creative vision behind it before the camera ever starts to roll,...

Bill Holshevnikoff Looks to Change the Mentality Around Lighting for Cinematographers

An interview focusing on his career, real-world experiences and an upcoming lighting workshop in Chicago
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  May 14, 2015
More than anything else, ProVideo Coalition is a place where experienced professionals can talk through the essentials around what you need to know. Whether that’s Brian Hallett telling us his thoughts about the FS7, Jeff Foster explaining the latest from the FAA when it comes...

Exploring Workflow, Storage & Archive in M&E – Bridging the Gap Between Security and Usability

An interview with digital security expert Ian Hamilton, CTO of Signiant
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  May 13, 2015

More than a few experts labeled 2014 as the “year of the breach”, and a list of all the companies that experienced security issues last year would be an entire article itself. Massive organizations are the ones that get the headlines when they experience a security issue, but companies that are infinitely smaller are just as vulnerable to breaches, if not moreso.

THAT Studio Panel Empowers Editors, VFX Artists, and Independent Filmmakers

An interview with THAT Studio Chief Kanen Flowers about the opportunities his tools open up for professionals
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  May 12, 2015
Most companies wait for NAB to arrive before they roll out their announcements, but Kanen Flowers and his THAT Studio team got a jump on the news cycle by releasing info about their Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects integration the week...

The Other Side of Content Creation

If content creators are basically required to move at the speed of technology, what does that mean for companies creating this technology?
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  April 8, 2015

Listening to a recent episode of the Terence & Philip podcast got me thinking about the amount of change we constantly see throughout media & entertainment. Their discussion briefly touched on the speed that content creators have to move, and they mentioned how staying up-to-date with everything can be a job in and of itself. Individuals are constantly updating and upgrading their gear as the need to perform their jobs better, faster and cheaper increases.

The Terence and Philip Show Episode #66: Nobody Cares About Terry!


Written by PVC News Staff  |  April 6, 2015
To listen to the Terence and Philip Show episode #66 where Terence Curren and Philip Hodgetts talk about the challenges of being a mid-sized post-production facility, click the player below. A partial transcript of the episode itself is below the player.

Exploring Workflow, Storage & Archive in M&E– Getting Business Users Involved

Michelle Munson, CEO of Aspera, talks to us about how and why business users have become a part of this process
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  April 6, 2015

As I’ve been exploring what it means to effectively utilize workflow, storage and archive in our industry, I’ve seen these concepts go far deeper than I initially imagined. A workflow for a small post house might be very similar to what a workflow for a major studio looks like in principle, but in practice those workflows come together and function in a very different way. Similarly, having a storage capacity of 30TB might be more than some content creators need, while others are getting into exabyte levels and finding that’s still not enough.

Attend the 14th Annual SuperMeet to Connect with and Learn from Industry Professionals at NAB

An Interview with SuperMeet Co-Founders Daniel Bérubé and Michael Horton
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  April 2, 2015
NAB is often a whirlwind of meetings, presentations, and discussions because it’s usually the only time of the year that everyone you want to meet with and talk to is in one place. It’s the date...

Find Out Why the MediaMotion Ball is a Must Attend Event for Anyone Headed to NAB

An interview with MMB founder Carey Dissmore
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  April 1, 2015
With all three halls at the Las Vegas Convention Center in full swing for NAB, attendees often find themselves totally exhausted by the end of each day. Between attending seminars, visiting with exhibitors and discovering new products and technologies, many people just want...

Frame.Io - A Video Review and Approval Process for Professionals, by Professionals

An interview with co-founder & CEO Emery Wells
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  March 31, 2015
There are a plethora of review and approval options for video pros out there, but the folks behind Frame.io are positioning their tool as something different. Initially developed as an internal tool for the creator’s...

Experience Wipster at NAB

Find out what’s in store for the show and for the product
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  March 30, 2015
We’ve previously talked with Wipster CEO Rollo Wenlock about their video review and approval tool, and in fact we’ve had multiple contributors check out the system in detail. Suffice to say, if you’re struggling with the...

The Sights and Sounds of the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference 2015 – Day 2

Focusing on new developments in media & entertainment
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  March 19, 2015
The NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference pulls together professionals from across various industries to showcase where computing power is at and where it’s headed. Media and entertainment is certainly one of those industries, and it was great to discover that NVIDIA has...

Budgeting Wisely for an In-House Video Studio


Written by Greg Ball  |  March 19, 2015
In our last article, we discussed building an in-house corporate studio. Assuming that you’ve got the approval to move forward, the next challenge is budgeting for the studio.

The Sights and Sounds of the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference 2015 – Day 1

A lot of smart people in one room
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  March 18, 2015
NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference is impressive in both scale and scope. The conference is geared toward professionals who are working on the technical side of things in various markets and verticals, which is probably why you see so many people walking around with PC’s. Charts, numbers and code are all over the place, but their...

Helping Professionals View and Share Video Wirelessly

An interview with Dan Kanes from Paralinx and Nicol Verheem from The Vitec Group about their recent news
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  March 12, 2015
Mergers and acquisitions continue to be a big deal in the media & entertainment industry, and the recent announcement that The Vitec Group has acquired Paralinx was a reminder of this fact. The Vitec Group brings together some incredibly respected brands in the industry, and adding Paralinx, a...

Ask an Expert: Copyright Primer for Video Professionals

Talk through clearing, registering and enforcing intellectual property rights
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  March 10, 2015

What do video professionals need to know about copyright and protecting their works? To find out, we talked with Peter Harvey and Naomi Jane Gray of Harvey Siskind LLP, a leading firm that specializes in clearing, registering and enforcing intellectual property rights.

The Past, Present and Future of ProVideo Coalition

Welcome to the New PVC
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  March 7, 2015

With this relaunch, we've made a concerted effort to install improvements based on the feedback we've gotten from our audience via surveys, social media, email and even in person. Readers identified that they wanted more and easier ways to find relevant content that they know is housed on PVC, and also wanted to see a streamlined version of the site. So those are changes you should be able to notice immediately.  

The Terence and Philip Show Episode #65: Look back on 2014

Terence and Philip look back on the trends of 2014 and express an opinion or two
Written by PVC News Staff  |  March 4, 2015
To listen to the Terence and Philip Show episode #65 where Terence Curren and Philip Hodgetts discuss what resonated with them in 2014 and how many of those developments are impacting them in 2015, click the player below. A transcript of the episode itself is below the player.

How to Navigate the Film Festival Marketplace


Written by Jeremy Osburn  |  February 25, 2015
This year I was fortunate enough to have a film I shot and co-directed premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival as part of the Digital Bolex Fearless Filmmaking Showcase. Last year, I was at Slamdance with a drama that I executive produced, and before that I was at Sundance with a period western that I shot. I have now hit the...

Exploring The Wonder List with Philip Bloom

We talk with him about his CNN series dealing with the places and people that have to be seen before they might disappear
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  February 24, 2015
Philip Bloom is a world-renowned filmmaker who needs no introduction. He has worked for all the major UK broadcasters as well as many others around the world. His freelance projects are too numerous to list, and all of that is in addition to his work on his site, which is an incredible resource...

7 Ways to Improve Your Work When You’re Not Working


Written by Bobby Marko  |  February 23, 2015
The last half of 2014 was excruciatingly slow for me as work was not coming in like I had hoped. I couldn’t understand why. I’m not one to sit around and wait for the phone to ring. Even though I often self produce my own films, I’m like everyone else who relies on actual paying work to get the bills paid so I can have the freedom to...

Find Out How the Pond5 Public Domain Project Helps Content Creators Make History and Make Media

An interview with Pond5 co-Founder and CEO Tom Bennett about their groundbreaking announcement
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  February 20, 2015
  Last month, Pond5 broke down barriers that have existed forever with the announcement of their Public Domain Project. The collection is a gathering of copyright-free multimedia content that’s...

Exploring Workflow, Storage & Archive in M&E - Value Propositions for All

An interview with the CTO of Signiant around SaaS solutions that are both scalable and easy to use
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  February 20, 2015
As we continue to explore what workflow, storage & archive mean for professionals in media and entertainment, it helps to gain some perspective around how individuals and companies of all sizes handle these issues. So we talked with Ian Hamilton,...

Exploring Workflow, Storage & Archive in M&E – The Carrot or the Stick?

How do you get people to buy into a new or different process?
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  February 19, 2015
In Part I of this series, I mentioned that I have my own system for versioning and dealing with backups. Anything that takes me away from the way...

Local 700: State of the Union


Written by Misha Tenenbaum  |  February 8, 2015
During his 2015 State of the Union Address, President Obama spoke about unions saying, “We still need laws that strengthen rather than weaken unions, and give American workers a voice.” He then expressed support for a myriad of labor-related issues including paid sick leave, maternity leave, affordable healthcare, and even free tuition at...

Understanding Your Audio Deliverables

Woody Woodhall is set to explain what the requirements are, as well as why the requirements are
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  February 6, 2015
The Los Angeles Post Production Group (LAPPG) is an organization for digital filmmakers with an interest in post-production and film finishing. Founded by our own Woody Woodhall, the group is composed of many of Hollywood’s working industry professionals and is a supportive community...

That PVC Show – Surviving Your First Film Market

Scott Simmons goes in-depth with Arthur Vincie around film distribution
Written by PVC News Staff  |  February 6, 2015
As part of the transition of That Post Show into That Studio Show, our own Scott Simmons will be hosting PVC-themed episodes from time to time, where he’ll talk with the author of an article that appears on PVC to explore further details. In the first of these episodes, Scott talks with Arthur Vincie...

Shooting in Raw

The Real World Use of Raw Footage
Written by Dorian Heller  |  January 30, 2015
We've all heard it, but how many actual know the benefits of shooting in a raw format? Most modern camera systems have the ability to capture raw photos or even video. An Easy Way To Think About It: Let's take photography as an example; your camera lets you shoot in either raw or a compressed format such as a jpeg. Raw...

Jumping into the 10G Networking Market

Bob Zelin tells us about the game changing difference that Sonnet’s Twin 10G represents
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  January 30, 2015
Late last year, Sonnet Technologies announced the Dual-Port 10GBase-T Thunderbolt™ 2 Adapter, which promised to be a near-plug-and-play solution for adding 10G network connectivity to any computer with Thunderbolt 2 or...

How to Build an In-House Studio

So the decision has been made to bring video production in-house.
Written by Greg Ball  |  January 13, 2015
So the decision has been made to bring video production in-house, and you’re the company’s video guru. You’ve been tasked with building an in-house video facility. You’re not sure whether to jump for joy or to become a stock holder in Alka Seltzer. Where do you start? Prior to starting my...

Surviving Your First Film Market

Dear Filmmaker: you really need to start learning about this end of the business.
Written by Arthur Vincie  |  January 10, 2015
In November I went to my very first American Film Market.  If you're a filmmaker or any kind of "content creator," you really need to start learning about this end of the business.  I'm still a neophyte, so this is less a definitive guide and more of a set of observations and tips that I picked up while...

New Workflow for Client Review

Wipster.IO: An In Depth Look
Written by Dorian Heller  |  January 9, 2015
A year ago, sharing review videos for my clients meant a password protected Vimeo link and an email with the link and password to access. It also meant the client watched the video, and then emailed back a list of changes, perhaps with timecode marks, although sometimes not. In many cases, my...

A Look Back on 2014

The Year in Review on ProVideo Coalition
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  December 31, 2014
As a few ProVideo Coalition writers have already mentioned, 2014 saw a continuation of a number of developments that have dominated the industry for the last few years. The democratization of the industry continues to be a hot topic, and it has and...

Here are Simple Methods to Help You Start Your Film Project in 2015!


Written by Bobby Marko  |  December 30, 2014
So you have an idea for a project you'd like to kick off in 2015 - it could be a short film, feature film, documentary, animation, anything in which you will need time, money and resources. But there is this seemingly invisible wall that stands in your way of starting. No matter which way sideways you move, there doesn't seem to be a break in...

From Filmmaker to Stock Footage Evangelist

How one filmmaker has discovered the creative and financial benefits of using and shooting stock footage
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  December 22, 2014
Not too long ago a particular image on Twitter caught my eye, and you can probably see why… From period pieces to shot-on-film aerials, see some epic new footage in Recreated. http://t.co/gigZfLgfmW

Networking, Establishing Skills and Staying Inspired

Advice From A Motion Designer
Written by Dorian Heller  |  December 20, 2014
Developing your skills as a motion designer is a vital part of becoming a successful artist in the field. However, in the industry it takes more than just technical merit to be an expert. Experience and the Value of Networking I started looking out to my local Seattle community of artists to see what was...

Cameras in the Sky


Written by Richard Wirth  |  December 14, 2014
"Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives." — Socrates If Socrates were alive today, he would probably own a drone. It’s getting to the point where almost everyone does anyway.  Okay, a bit of an...

7 Ways To Help Prep for an International Doc Style Project


Written by Bobby Marko  |  December 9, 2014
I recently returned from my sixth trip to Guatemala, capturing footage in support of Athentikos' I AM ART intiative. It never fails, I learn something new each time I travel internationally for video production. But this time I decided to write some things down to share with you in the...

Eliminating Banding and Color Shift Issues in Your After Effects Renders

An interview with the creatives behind Compression Preview, a new plug-in to preview renders
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  December 2, 2014
Compression Preview, announced today by ZERO VFX, is the company's first new software plug-in for the post production marketplace. It enables After Effects artists to preview sequences prior to rendering, check...

Creating, Promoting and Utilizing Corporate Video Content

An interview about the ins and outs of corporate video content using 4K, YouTube and more
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  November 23, 2014
As companies and organizations of all sizes realize the importance of a digital presence, video professionals have the opportunity to create video content which enables those companies and organizations to establish and build that presence. Digital content is becoming incredibly relevant in countless ways but what sort of approach can creative...

Ask an Expert: OS Upgrade Issues, Retiming Animations within Titles and Camera/TV Combos

This month in the ProVideo Coalition Mailbag
Written by The ProVideo Coalition  |  November 19, 2014
In our November 2014 Mailbag, readers asked questions about how to solve their OS upgrade issues, retiming animations within titles, what might be a good camera/TV combo and plenty more. Mark Spencer and

Cinema 4D and After Effects Interaction: Exploring Cineware

Cineware and Other 3D Renders In After Effects
Written by Dorian Heller  |  November 14, 2014

My name is Dorian Heller and I’m Seattle-based motion designer and visual fx artist. I’ve done work for Microsoft and several other companies with deadline driven deliverables. Therefore, it’s imperative for my work to look professional and also be efficient. This can mean...

The Changing Face of Film and TV Distribution


Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  November 7, 2014
Distribution is often the last thing filmmakers and content creators think about, but HBO's recent annoucement could be an indication that it should be among the first. Knowing where and how an audience is going to find your content is a critical consideration these days, and with so many more options the topic has become a very complex one....

5 Ways Creating Documentaries Helped Me Improve My Storytelling


Written by Bobby Marko  |  November 6, 2014
Back in 2008 I had a discussion with my wife about how I wanted to do something more with my talent and skill as a filmmaker. I loved the pay check I earned for what I was doing at the time (corporate, wedding and web video content) but it wasn’t enough. I felt like there was something more I could do, something that I could be a part of that...

Video Bookmarks Give Creators a New Way to Highlight Relevant Info for Their Audiences

Bookmarks allow audiences to choose what additional info they want to see and when they see it
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  November 4, 2014
While saying that television shows and football games are just what you see between commercials might be oversimplifying how the broadcast model works, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s more or less accurate. Advertisers want and need an opportunity to get their message in front of people, and broadcasters leverage this fact by...

SMPTE Time Code - Virtually Unchanged After Almost 50 Years

How this tool came to be and how it has withstood the test of time
Written by Richard Wirth  |  November 3, 2014
The more things change, the more they stay the same.  So goes the old proverb. SMPTE Time Code is like that.  While the entire production and post world around it has changed radically, time code has remained virtually the same. Still relevant after all these years, time code allows us to easily sync...

Streamline Your Entire Production Process with Catalyst Browse and Catalyst Prepare

Learn how in this interview with Sony Creative Software's Michael Bryant
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  October 28, 2014
Sony had plenty to showcase at IBC this year, and while many people were focused on the exiting news around the FS7, Sony Pro wasn’t the only division that got people talking. Sony Creative Software had some pretty big news...
Janusz Kaminski, Phedon Papamichael, ASC and Wally Pfister, ASC are a group of cinematographers that need no introduction.  Their personal histories stretch...

Using Reward-based Crowdfunding to Build Exposure: The Results


Written by Jerome Goerke  |  October 23, 2014
Near the start of our reward-based crowdfunding campaign I wrote a piece for PVC outlining the ‘partnership approach’ we were taking to build exposure so that we could reach the desired ‘tipping point’ - that point where a key...

Lookout Movi You're Not the Only Kid In Town

My 2 Days with the Defy G5
Written by Bobby Marko  |  October 23, 2014
For the last two years the largest innovation in camera support and movement has to be the motorized gimbal. These devices have taken the filmmaking and video industry by storm. It’s hard to find one industry blog or magazine who isn’t talking about these devices. From handheld support to aerial cinematography, needless to say, these...

Behind the Workflow and Post-Production Process of Gone Girl

An interview with Gone Girl post engineer Jeff Brue and assistant editor Tyler Nelson
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  October 16, 2014
David Fincher’s latest feature film, Gone Girl, was shot in 6K and reviewed in a full 4K pipeline. It’s the first feature film to be cut on Adobe Premiere and needed to employ an incredibly advanced technical workflow to handle all of the data and ensure there weren’t any bottlenecks.  Two...

Ask an Expert: How to Market Yourself, Applying a LUT and Using the Angle Editor in FCPX

This month in the ProVideo Coalition Mailbag
Written by The ProVideo Coalition  |  October 14, 2014
In our October 2014 Mailbag, readers asked questions about editing clips from different angles, the best approach to LUTs, Premiere Pro logistics and plenty more. Art Adams, Bruce Johnson,
We've all been there! The all too familiar passion projects - ie: short films, documentaries, even feature films. When we create these projects we know in order to pull them off, we have to invite others to get the vision, to hopefully be as passionate about the project as we are, all in order to utilize their skill for either very low...

A Q and A with Experienced Adobe Anywhere Users


Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  October 12, 2014
Ever since Adobe Anywhere was announced, editors and producers alike have had questions about how it could and would be utilized. Some were encouraged by the concept of real-time collaboration between editors, while others were skeptical about the logistics of such a process. Our very own Scott Simmons

Changing the Way You Communicate During the Video Creation Process


Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  October 10, 2014
There are various review and approval options for video pros out there, but finding the right one is about more than the nuts and bolts. Everyone wants to use something they're going to be comfortable with, but also know that it's...

5 Questions About 5 Things

An interview with Michael Kammes about his new web series
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  October 3, 2014
As the Director of Technology & Marketing at Key Code Media, Michael Kammes is well versed in the technical details surrounding acquisition, storage, editorial, audio, finishing, encoding and plenty more. He’s been involved in the design and build of hundreds of NLE systems and facilities,...

ViewFinder Mark II Review: A Director's Viewfinder in Your Pocket That You Will Want!

A mobile, digital viewfinder for your iPhone
Written by Bobby Marko  |  September 22, 2014
It was about two years ago I wrote a post about DIRE Studios ViewFinder Cine app for cinematographers and photographers. They had a few variations of this app depending on your...

Using Reward-based Crowdfunding to Build Exposure


Written by Jerome Goerke  |  September 17, 2014
Among the different forms of crowdfunding that are now available to entrepreneurs and creators, the reward-based option is presently the one most favoured by those working in the creative industries, with many tech products also finding their feet on reward/perk-based platforms like...

PVC at IBC 2014 – Everything You Need to Know


Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  September 16, 2014

The Sights and Sounds of IBC 2014 – Part 3


Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  September 15, 2014

The Sights and Sounds of IBC 2014 – Part 2


Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  September 14, 2014

From Kinescopes to Digital Cinema


Written by Richard Wirth  |  September 14, 2014
Last time, we charted early efforts to project TV signals on theater screens.  This time, we look at the camera side – electronic acquisition. In the end, digital firsts in BOTH projection and acquisition came down to one movie in a place nowhere near...

The Sights and Sounds of IBC 2014 – Part 1

See what AJA, Blackmagic and Adobe had to showcase at IBC this year
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  September 12, 2014

PVC at IBC 2014 - Welcome to Amsterdam

Exclusive coverage from the conference and show floor
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  September 11, 2014

Tracking and Managing the Business Side of Producing Content

An interview with Joel Stoner, CEO and Founder, AlterMedia
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  September 9, 2014
Studio Suite is a leading studio management software, and it meets the demands of thousands of users in post-production facilities in over 40 countries. Their customers include huge companies like Sony and Warner Bros but also hundreds of small boutique & corporate in-house production companies. They deliver massive quantities of content,...

The Terence and Philip Show Episode #64: Finding the Resolution Sweet Spot with 4K

Terence and Philip discuss 4K – the good, the bad, and the bandwidth
Written by PVC News Staff  |  September 9, 2014
To listen to the Terence and Philip Show episode #64 where Terence Curren and Philip Hodges discuss 4K pipeline issues, a sweet spot with resolution and more, click the player below. A transcript of the episode itself is below the player.

Creating an Interactive Tablet Experience


Written by Jerome Goerke  |  September 8, 2014
When the iPad first came out, I was intrigued by the storytelling possibilities of haptics and what role they would play in the works of future writers and content creators. I was also interested in seeing how the iPad would be used as a new storytelling canvas, and how long it would be until we saw hybrid concepts that...

Living and Working Off-Site and Online

What sort of considerations come into play now that so many professionals are allowed to and even required to work remotely?
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  September 8, 2014
Homer Simpson once described working from home as his dream, and it’s a sentiment shared by many professionals. How many people have dreamed of a morning commute lasting no longer than 30 seconds? A lunch break spent on the back porch? Or having the desire to do something at the end of the workday rather than the urge to collapse in a...

Follow Alexis Van Hurkman Down the Rabbit Hole to Find “The Place Where You Live"

The director talks to us about the short film he wrote, produced and edited
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  August 24, 2014
Alexis Van Hurkman is a man of many talents. He might be best known for his expertise in post-production, and as the writer of books such as the “Color Correction Handbook,” and “Adobe SpeedGrade: Getting Started,” that should come as no surprise. ProVideo Coalition readers are also familiar with him for his

Everyone Needs Storage… and Lots of It


Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  August 22, 2014
Storage requirements for production and post-production have increased exponentially over the past few years, and that growth shows no sign of slowing down.  With things like 4K, 8K and collaboration that takes place across continents, being able to access and store data has become an essential part of any project. The folks at...

Helpful Ways for Cinematographers to Get a Grip on Lighting Part 4

Part 4: Types of Lighting Tools
Written by Bobby Marko  |  August 22, 2014
Lighting is an evolving art form. Not only does technique change and advance but so does the technology of how light is produced and generated. Even a decade ago the landscape of production lighting was much different from what it is today. Just like with the cameras that are coming out today, the affordability of owning your own light kit is...

Network with Movers and Shakers from Across the Industry at the Upcoming SuperMeet in Amsterdam

Michael Horton and Daniel Bérubé tell us why a SuperMeet is unlike anything else you’ll experience at IBC
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  August 18, 2014
IBC will be taking place in early September, and just like the previous six years, the Creative Pro User Group Network (CPUG Network) are set to put on a SuperMeet. The event is happening on Sunday, Sept 14, 2014 at the Hotel Krasnapolsky in the heart of Amsterdam. Our very own Kevin P....

7 Reasons to Stop Working on That Script

Long-term success depends on delivering a steady stream of work, not on writing one script
Written by Arthur Vincie  |  August 18, 2014
Folks, I'm here to tell you: it's time to put that script down, unless you can afford to make it with your own money without declaring bankruptcy.  I've been there.  You pour your heart and soul into a script, and it just doesn't go anywhere.  You're trying to raise money and no one wants to chip in for it.  You're...

Reaching and Interacting with a Worldwide Audience

An interview with the producer of Teradek’s live NAB and IBC coverage
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  August 18, 2014
We’ve previously covered how content creators can get started with streaming, and it’s amazing to see how the technology allows creators to deliver their content. Whether you’re looking to stream a high school football...

Helpful Ways for Cinematographers to Get a Grip on Lighting Part 3

Part 3: Single Source Method
Written by Bobby Marko  |  August 15, 2014
Here we are in Part III of our series, Lighting Tips for Cinematographers. To recap, in part 1 I discussed the topic of lighting for foreground and background exposure. I wrote about how to achieve the...

Making Project Management Simple and Efficient

CEO Fredrik Limsäter tells us how ftrack can help creators keep their project on track
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  August 10, 2014
Project management is an issue that industry professionals of all sizes and types deal with. Keeping track of shots, figuring out how to collaborate with someone who’s on the other side of the world and trying to organize budgeting and scheduling logistics are just a few of the issues that come up during production and post. The...

Helpful Ways for Cinematographers to Get a Grip on Lighting Part 2

Part 2: The Checker Board Pattern Method
Written by Bobby Marko  |  August 8, 2014
The last post we talked about how to get a proper initial setting when lighting your subject/foreground and background. If you missed it, check out Part I: Foreground and Background Exposure. For this post I wanted to...

Theatrical Television

Large screen projection was a gleam in television’s eye long before today’s digital systems
Written by Richard Wirth  |  August 4, 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.  

Helpful Ways for Cinematographers to Get a Grip on Lighting

Part I: Foreground and Background Exposure
Written by Bobby Marko  |  July 31, 2014
I spent the 1st half of this year releasing two films, a feature length documentary and a short film narrative (Becoming Fools and Fruitcake respectively). Through this process I've attended screenings and festivals of our own films...

Your 4K Questions Answered

Participants of the live webinar answer all of the questions that came in during the event
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  July 30, 2014
During the live "The Benefits of Using 4K Now" webinar, presenters James Fox, Geoff Peck and Scott Hamilton presented info that...

ProMAX Delivers a New Experience for Users Across Media & Entertainment

An interview with ProMAX CEO Jess Hartman about how acquisition of Cache-A affects their present and future
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  July 29, 2014
Big news was announced on July 22nd, as ProMAX went public with their acquisition of Cache-A, a leading supplier of network-attached video archive appliances. The move will allow ProMAX to integrate Cache-A’s archival...

Radiant Images Creates Simple and Effective Solutions for Filmmakers of Every Size

An interview with Sinclair Fleming , Director of Engineering at Radiant Images
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  July 25, 2014
Radiant Images is solution-oriented rental house singularly focused on advancing cinematography. At Cine Gear they showcased their Novo action camera accessories and a wide selection of custom camera stabilizers for attendees.  Their focus on simplicity in design and operation and ease of use...

Inspiring Hate and Love with Sharks and Tornadoes…Again!


Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  July 22, 2014
Although the Syfy channel has been producing original movies since 2001 (when it was known as the Sci-Fi channel), it’s safe to say that none of them have made an impact like the original Sharknado. When it first aired in the summer of 2013, the movie

ProVideo Coalition Webinar Showcase


Written by PVC News Staff  |  July 16, 2014
WEBINAR SPOTLIGHT:   PVC Experts & Answers Webinars: UAV's, Green Screens and Post with...

Thinking About Extras


Written by Arthur Vincie  |  July 9, 2014
This happens a lot: I’m budgeting a script and I get to this crowded street scene, or a basketball game, or a really killer dance set piece.  I figure out as best I can how many extras are needed, and budget all the related costs accordingly.  Then I present the budget to the producer and she’s horrified.  “One hundred...

3D Technology Revolutionizes Advertising and Distribution for Everyone

An in-depth interview about how developments in 3D are impacting the way we produce and consume content
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  July 8, 2014
San Francisco-based DMAX Imaging creates high-end visualizations and animations for leaders in design and innovation such as Beats, Mini and Nest. Founded by three partners who wanted to reinvent the prepress experience, DMAX focuses on meeting customer needs instead of selling a particular product or technology. McKay Hawkes, CGI...
AJA Raw Workflow, from the AJA website   Mergers and acquisitions have been part of the way businesses have operated for centuries, but the incredible pace of technology makes these sorts of transactions more powerful than ever. That's especially true...

Connecting People with the Possibilities of Motion Capture Technology


Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  July 1, 2014
Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D, a 3D animated reboot of the original 1968 horror classic. The film features visual effects from The Graphic Film Company that relied on the iPi Soft markerless iPi Motion Capture software solution. iPi Soft is a developer of markerless motion capture software, and their solution...