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ART OF THE CUT with Tiffany Hillkurtz, editor of “The Secret Life of Pets 2”

ART OF THE CUT with Tiffany Hillkurtz, editor of “The Secret Life of Pets 2”

Tiffany Hillkurtz started working in animation in 1997 as an assistant in the animation department. She continued through the ranks of editorial on films like Space Chimps, Astro Boy, Madagascar…

Learn Maya in 30 minutes, for free

Learn Maya in 30 minutes, for free

With the market squeezing editors more and more to become generalists, 3D animation skills are becoming highly valued. But learning Autodesk’s Maya—the industry standard 3D package—has been…

SMPTE Hollywood explores Immersive VR and shows holographic display

SMPTE Hollywood explores Immersive VR and shows holographic display

Star Trek’s holodeck continues to be the goal in terms of Virtual Reality projects, and at SMPTE’s next meeting a group of specialists will discuss their plans for…

Trackpad & mouse support arrives to iOS and iPadOS

Trackpad & mouse support arrives to iOS and iPadOS

Although Apple omitted it from the WWDC keynote last week, several beta testers of iOS 13 and iPadOS have now confirmed and demonstrated that trackpad and mouse support has finally…

Classic Course: Lens Blur

Classic Course: Lens Blur

Continuing our look at effects that take advantage of “blur maps”, the two movies below focus on Lens Blur. This effect is a much more advanced version of Compound Blur…

Self-feeding Particle System

Self-feeding Particle System

Self-feeding Particle System Build an infinitely animating procedural system. This week Thanks for stopping by again to check out another random video tutorial based on an experiment I ran…

ART OF THE CUT with Oscar-winning editor, Lee Smith, ACE on “Dark Phoenix”

ART OF THE CUT with Oscar-winning editor, Lee Smith, ACE on “Dark Phoenix”

I last spoke to Lee Smith, ACE, when he edited Dunkirk, which won him an Oscar for Best Achievement in Film Editing and the ACE EDDIE for Best Edited Feature…

Cine Gear: Images & Items of Interest

Cine Gear: Images & Items of Interest

Another year, another Cine Gear. Is there any other show that brings together so many unusual film and video toys? The ACES Central grading theater was held in an open…

Allegiance Studios tap into global talent pool of VFX artists using Signiant Media Shuttle

Allegiance Studios tap into global talent pool of VFX artists using Signiant Media Shuttle

Allegiance Studios is the only feature-level VFX house in the Okanagan Valley of Canada’s British Columbia. A full-service company, Allegiance provides everything from pre-production services to…

Apple unveils modular Mac Pro + optional matte or glossy display

Apple unveils modular Mac Pro + optional matte or glossy display

Today at Apple’s WWDC (Worldwide Developer Conference), the Cupertino company unveiled the new modular Mac Pro desktop workstation for 2019, plus its companion XDR (Extreme Dynamic Range) display with…

Classic Course: Compound Blur

Classic Course: Compound Blur

An important concept in After Effects is the idea of a “blur map”: a layer that tells you how to blur another layer. This is often used in compositing – often…

ART OF THE CUT with the editors of “Yellowstone”

ART OF THE CUT with the editors of “Yellowstone”

The TV show Yellowstone, on the Paramount Network, is directed by Taylor Sheridan. Sheridan also wrote and directed the chilling crime drama, Wind River. His editor on that project was…

AI in broadcasting: optimizing production and distribution of content

AI in broadcasting: optimizing production and distribution of content

The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for broadcasting applications has moved past in-lab research demonstrations and theoretical constructs, and solutions are being used in real-world broadcasts. The use…

Simulating Lava

Simulating Lava

Simulating Lava Build a lava particle simulation with X-Particles…

How to control Avid Media Composer’s Audio Mixer in real-time with an iPad

How to control Avid Media Composer’s Audio Mixer in real-time with an iPad

I saw a request on Facebook or Twitter for a tutorial about the Avid Mixer. What does LIVE MODE do? That got me thinking that I miss having a control…