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Kicking the tires on Avid Media Access Part 2

Kicking the tires on Avid Media Access Part 2

As the second part to my “kicking the tires” test of the new Avid Media Access architecture I wanted to try and understand how AMA works as part…

Free Deshaker plugin for Virtualdub fixes shakes, CMOS wobble

Virtualdub is the free swiss-army-knife utility for Windows users that offers tons of features and plugins. One of the latest plugins for the app is Deshaker, an image…

FXScript: FCP’s Most Under-appreciated Feature

FXScript: FCP’s Most Under-appreciated Feature

So, these guys throw me a feature needing some digital janitorial work. I spend a few days in Motion and Shake, hand-tracking in fixes atop super-wide-angle, wildly…

Kicking the tires on Avid Media Access Part 1

Kicking the tires on Avid Media Access Part 1

When Avid announced Media Composer 3.5 and the new Avid Media Access architecture the first thing I wondered was how would this new way of importing and using media…

Fun clips for the end of a long agency edit day

Fun clips for the end of a long agency edit day

As we sat for a long while at the end of the edit day recently waiting for either an approval or changes to come down from on-high we killed…

The joy of Quantel’s RED workflow via Automatic Duck

The joy of Quantel’s RED workflow via Automatic Duck

It seems like only a year ago that doing post-production on the RED ONE camera was a confusing imbroglio of what to do and what tools to use to…

The History of SmoothCam

As they say, it's not the destination that's important, it's the journey, and that can be said about a lot of things. We as…

Avid Media Composer 3.5 update is INTEL ONLY

Avid Media Composer 3.5 update is INTEL ONLY

If you haven’t heard, on Monday Avid announced and released an update to Media Composer (as well as Symphony and News Cutter), version 3.5. It has added…

My War Against DI

My War Against DI

Well, I guess I should rephrase that to my war against the blatant misuse of the term “DI”. As overused acronyms go, this is a chart topper in…