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.


Ernie Kovacs: Making Comedy a Uniquely Television Experience

Written by Richard Wirth  |  November 30, 2015
If you aren’t saying to yourself “Ernie who?” then you might be saying “Why Ernie Kovacs?"  These articles have been about the technical side of developments that took place in the salad days of television.  Yes, Kovacs was part of early television but as a writer, producer, director and talent in front of the camera. ...

Free Function Friday resizeComp

Written by David Torno  |  November 27, 2015

Ep. 09 resizeComp Free Function Friday


REVIEW: Lexar Professional 3400x CFast 2.0 Card

Lexar's CFast 2.0 card system works great on the new Canon C300 Mk II
Written by Helmut Kobler  |  November 24, 2015
With the delivery of my new Canon C300 Mk II, I’ve had to retire my trusty CF card collection, which served my original C300 so well for nearly 4 years. But the C300 Mk II, with its 4K and raw recording modes, requires CFast 2.0 cards, which look like CF cards but are much faster and, of course, more expensive. When I went...

Free Function Friday retrievePrimaryComps

Written by David Torno  |  November 20, 2015

Ep. 08 retrievePrimaryComps Free Function Friday



The CUE-D75 is small, light, affordable and unique
Written by Helmut Kobler  |  November 19, 2015

I prefer the V-mount battery world over gold mounted batteries because of all the variation and innovation you find among V-mounts. A great example is IDX’s CUE-D75 battery (73 watt/hours, at $218 at B&H), which I came across when I was looking to power a variety of gear (a smaller camera system, a wireless director’s monitor) while keeping battery size small and weight low.


Free Function Friday moveToFolder

Written by David Torno  |  November 13, 2015

Ep. 07 moveToFolder Free Function Friday


That PVC Show – All About Cinematography

A crew of seasoned professionals discuss some essential cinematography insights
Written by PVC News Staff  |  November 9, 2015
During the month of September Art Adams rolled out a new entry in his 28 Days of Cinematography Insights series, and he covered everything from details like the most important light on a set to advice around breaking into the industry. On the latest installment of the PVC...

Free Function Friday getSelLayBlendMode

Written by David Torno  |  November 6, 2015

Ep. 06 getSelLayBlendMode Free Function Friday


REVIEW: Litepanels Astra in 2015

More lights at lower prices, and easy wireless control for iOS devices
Written by Helmut Kobler  |  November 6, 2015
Litepanels' Astra is the best 1x1, bi-color LED panel I’ve come across, which is what I said when I reviewed it about a year ago here on Pro Video Coalition. I loved a lot of things about the light: its great color rendering, super-bright output, the tungsten to daylight color...

Free Function Friday collectAllPrecomps

Written by David Torno  |  October 30, 2015

Ep. 05 collectAllPrecomps Free Function Friday


Free Function Friday itemLongestSide

Written by David Torno  |  October 23, 2015

Ep. 04 itemLongestSide Free Function Friday


Free Function Friday aeToOSFolder

Written by David Torno  |  October 16, 2015

Ep. 03 aeToOSFolder Free Function Friday


Review: A First Look at SmallHD's New 702 7-Inch 1920x1080 Monitor

More Than Just the 502's Big Brother!
Written by Bobby Marko  |  October 14, 2015

If you were like me and the thousands of other attendees at this past year’s NAB conference when SmallHD announced their smartphone sized 502 monitor, you knew SmallHD was no longer the baby cousin in the family of monitor manufacturers. With added features such as multiple page views, LUT previews, HDMI/SDI in a 5in. monitor, and so on, they had just moseyed themselves up to the grownups table and taken a comfortable seat.


Comedy is tragedy plus time, and always a good story

Episode #3 of Radio Film School explores how perspective can influence the present and future
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  October 12, 2015
Episode #3 of the Radio Film School podcast sees host Ron Dawson showcase some very personal stories that have helped define his career as a filmmaker. The details around a fight with his wife and his ill-fated career as a hip-hop mogul are funny to hear about now, but there was little to laugh about when...

Manhattan Edit Workshop Artist in Residence Spotlight on Editor Sabine Hoffman

Written by Janet Dalton and Jason Banke  |  October 9, 2015
MEWShop recently sat down with our September 2014 Six Week Intensive Artist in Residence Sabine Hoffman, ACE. Sabine has edited independent feature films for over 12 years, including Rebecca Miller’s films Personal Velocity (Sundance Grand Jury Award and Best Cinematography...

Free Function Friday runMenuCmd

Written by David Torno  |  October 9, 2015

Ep. 02 runMenuCmd Free Function Friday


Free Function Friday getLayerEffects

Written by David Torno  |  October 2, 2015

Ep. 01 getLayerEffects Free Function Friday


Radio Film School uncovers origin stories and exposes filmmakers’ vulnerabilities

Digging into some of the themes and topics of Radio Film School episode #2 with host Ron Dawson
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  October 1, 2015
On episode #2 of Radio Film School, host Ron Dawson explores why personal stories and vulnerability are such key aspects of filmmaking by getting into what those things have meant to and for his own work. It’s a continuation of the journey he began in episode #1, and explains...

Mask Adjuster for After Effects

Mask Adjuster After Effects Script
Written by David Torno  |  September 28, 2015

FREE After Effects "Mask Adjuster" script available today.


REVIEW: Broadcast Camera Batteries in Gold and V-Mounts

Big, no-frills batteries at a low price.
Written by Helmut Kobler  |  September 15, 2015
Big brick batteries with the typical Gold-mount or V-mount connectors are very versatile in that you can use them to power cameras and their accessories, field monitors, mobile LED light kits, and so on. But those 14v batteries from industry leaders Anton Bauer and IDX can be expensive, especially if you need a bunch of units along with their...

Keeping It Simple: Interview with Cinematographer Paul Koestner

Written by Bobby Marko  |  September 14, 2015

Paul is originally from Kalamazoo Michigan and now resides in Port Washington, NY with his wife Deb. Paul is primarily known for his work with comedian Louis CK, but has also shot features, documentaries and series-based shows such as the Hulu comedy, “Deadbeat”. Paul will be taking part in a panel discussion for the upcoming Manhattan Edit Workshop event September 30th, 2015 along side other cinematographers such as Nancy Schreiber, ASC (November, The Nines, The Comeback) Matt Porwoll (Cartel Land, Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1), Jerry Ricciotti (Vice, Vice News), and Bob Richman (An Inconvenient Truth, The September Issue, Paradise Lost: the Robin Hood Hills Child Murders).


The top 15 insights and updates from IBC 2015 – Part I

HDR, development cycles for AJA and Blackmagic plus a new drone company are just a few of the highlights
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  September 12, 2015
This isn’t the first time the PVC team has been out to Amsterdam for IBC, but it’s amazing to think and see how much things change from one year to the next. The pace of technology in media & entertainment is rapid, but nowhere is that more evident than the floor of trade...

An exploration of fathers and filmmaking

Exclusive insights around the very first episode of the new podcast, Radio Film School
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  September 9, 2015
With several ProVideo Coalition writers hosting their own podcasts, we’re obviously big fans of the medium, which means we’re always on the lookout for new shows. We recently found out about a brand new podcast called Radio Film School, and...

I had the pleasure of speaking with Nancy Schreiber, ASC, who will be featured at the upcoming Manhattan Edit Workshop event September 30th, 2015. She will be presenting with other notable cinematographers like Hugo Perez (Betty La Flaca, Juliet Y Ramon), Matt Porwoll (Cartel Land, Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1), Jerry Ricciotti (Vice, Vice News), and Paul Koestner (Louie, Deadbeat, Better Things). Nancy has a huge list of work throughout her career ranging in short films, documentaries, TV and feature films.


The aftermath of the film vs video debate - A PVC Roundtable Discussion

The debate has been decided, but what does that mean for the industry?
Written by ProVideo Coalition  |  September 6, 2015

You don't often see articles like these anymore, where a famous filmmaker or cinematographer explains their decision to move away from film/celluloid in favor of video/digital. A few years ago this sort of thing was a big deal, but now using film is the exception rather than the rule. Sure, there are plenty of A-list directors who are still using and championing film, but the numbers don’t lie. Movie film stock sales have dropped by 96% since 2006. Fujifilm has stopped production of the majority of their Motion Picture Film products because the revenue numbers weren’t adding up, leaving Kodak as the only major company still producing film.


Does Media 100 (still) make sense for your post-production workflow?

An interview focusing on the past, present and future of Media 100
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  September 1, 2015
Media 100 is a name that prompts numerous memories for experienced professionals. Back when it debuted, the software changed the way professionals thought about editing. As Media 100 founder John Molinari detailed, their mission was to “to build...

Filmmaking insights around directing, producing, editing and plenty more

An education at the RocketJump Film School
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  August 31, 2015
The old maxim says, “those who can do; those who can’t teach,” but Freddie Wong and his talented associates at digital movie studio RocketJump are proving that to be incorrect. As the...

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...
Written 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...

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
Written 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 industries, to the point that right now, software can piece together a...

The new Hollywood and independent film paradigm

Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  August 23, 2015

A recent question submitted to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. was from a indie movie producer who wanted to know about investor splits and percentages. The question struck me as a bit naïve, but after looking into some of the details around how projects are created and sold these days, naïveté should be least of anyone’s concerns.


The end of “Big Optics” in photography

Rapid advances in digital image sensor technology have begun to outstrip the capabilities of conventional optics
Written 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...

Helping filmmakers realize the full potential of VR storytelling

An interview with Mirada technical director Andrew Cochrane
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  August 14, 2015
Figuring out how content creators can and should approach storytelling in a virtual environment is something I’ve explored in the past, as the interest in VR continues to build on both sides of the camera. It represents a completely new...

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
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  August 11, 2015

When we teased out Eric Escobar’s recent piece on social media, a number of people jumped on us for publishing click-bait. That was obviously not the intention, as anyone who read the article can attest, but it’s an understandable reaction to seeing "Video Editor: A job on the edge of extinction". After all, how often do you see a headline along the lines of “The Machines are Coming for Your Job!” only to find out the headline is just as misleading as the info the article possesses.


Restoration of a Piece of Television History

How the most honored television show in Emmy Award history was saved from oblivion
Written by Richard Wirth  |  August 3, 2015
Previously, we explored how the invention of monochrome video tape and the FCC’s approval of RCA’s compatible color television system came...

That PVC Show – Archiving, Storage and Backups

A discussion that digs into the details around spinning disk, LTO and how long you need to keep your content
Written by PVC News Staff  |  August 3, 2015
Not too long ago, Matt Jeppsen laid out how he built a 24TB RAID6 for under $2800, while Scott Simmons put together a Q and A about those hard drive docking stations we all use. Both articles underscore that strategies...

Tutorial: using any midi controller as a video controller in your editing software

Take time with the setup and you can be rewarded with a multifunction controller that offers more than just audio mixing controls
Written by Mike Zimmer  |  July 25, 2015
Curious about how to use your midi controller into a video controller in your NLE? I'll show you how in this exclusive tutorial, but you'll need a few things first. What you need: A midi controller with a decent layout An editing software with lots of hotkeys for editing

When does 4K matter? What do you need to know about 8K?

A free infographic and download with some essential info about resolutions, screen size, viewing distance and more
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  July 24, 2015
The debate over the necessity and utility of 4K is mostly an academic one these days. Many professionals have embraced the technology while others find it completely unnecessary, but 4K TVs are are now readily available, and content providers like Netflix and Amazon Prime have started to provide more 4K video. The push to embrace these higher...

Filming the Energy and Intensity of Furious 7 and Mad Max: Fury Road

An interview with Camera Assistant and Camera Coordinator Michelle Pizanis
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  July 21, 2015

Furious Seven and Mad Max: Fury Road were both huge blockbusters in 2015, and a quick glance at the trailers for each tells you exactly why that’s the case. Whether it was the unbelievable car stunts from Furious 7 or drama behind surviving a post-apocalyptic nightmare in Mad Max, audiences from across the world responded to the action and adventure that were showcased in both films.


Capturing the Science and the Story Behind Mythbusters

An interview with Mythbusters DP Scott Sorensen about his work behind the scenes of the hit TV show
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  July 17, 2015
For well over a decade, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman have been busting myths on their Discovery Channel program, Mythbusters, to critical and audience acclaim. A few of the myths they’ve confirmed, busted and tested have centered around the plausibility of escaping...

Explore the Details Around the New Stock Plugin for Premiere Pro from Pond5

An interview with Avtandil Chachibaia from Pond5
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  June 30, 2015
The plugin for Adobe Premiere Pro that gives editors instant access to nearly 5 million royalty-free video and audio clips just received an update, and those details are available via the press release....


How to hit the big screen for small change
Written by Don Starnes  |  June 28, 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.


Delivering an All-in-One Production/Post Solution to the Chinese Market and Beyond

An interview with ASSIMILATE CEO Jeff Edson
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  June 19, 2015
  You don’t have to look too far to realize the power of the Chinese marketplace. Jurassic World just had one of the biggest openings ever, and a large percentage of that total

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...

Find Out What’s In Store for Attendees of The 6th Annual New Media Film Festival

An interview with the people putting on a festival for the best in new media
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  June 8, 2015
Taking place on June 9th and 10th, the 6th annual New Media Film Festival embodies the transformative power of the cinematic arts and it reaches across cultural bridges to wed story and technology for everyone. The festival explores how new...

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...

Discover What It Means to Create and Utilize the New Sapphire 8

An interview with professionals on both sides of the latest release from GenArts
Written by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  January 16, 2015
With the release of Sapphire 8, GenArts has unleashed the biggest addition to Sapphire in its history, but those aren't just the bold words of a press statement. Professionals across the industry have taken notice of the new and updated...

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 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 13, 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...