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WEB SPOTS: Fast, simple, cheap, P2

My first P2 projects, three web spots, are now live–and I’m impressed at what we did with a small crew and a tiny camera. The crew…

EX1 Gammas

EX1 Gammas

When I reviewed the Sony PMW-EX1 camcorder, I raved about its cine gamma settings, derived from the hypergamma curves in the F23, F900/R, and various XDCAM HD &#8216…

PMW-EX1 Update

PMW-EX1 Update

A few days ago I obtained a new, production-build PMW-EX1 camcorder, serial #103171. Its shipment had just arrived in the USA, so it’s a sample of…

Toolfarm Sales and New Releases

Toolfarm Sales and New Releases

ToolfarmIs a handy one-stop shop for anyone looking to buy plug-ins for After Effects, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Shake, Motion, Cinema 4D, Avid, or Autodesk products…

DCS RED ONE Event – March 1st, Sunnyvale, CA

What: Digital Cinema Society (DCS) RED ONE Event – Northern California/Pacific Northwest Chapter Join us for an exciting and informative afternoon exploring the RED ONE camera and the RED…

After Effects 8.0.2 Interpretation Rules Issue

Normally, when you install a minor update to After Effects, it does a pretty good job at remembering your previously-installed plug-ins and the such. That said, there is…

Nifty EPS Conversion Tool

Nifty EPS Conversion Tool

Ever need to convert a puny JPEG or GIF of a client logo to EPS so you could scale it up? Adobe Illustrator’s Live Trace will do the…

The “Air” Apparent

First things first, I completely agree with Mike Curtis, that the MacBook Air isn’t for us. Except that…. Excuse me while I hit the way-back machine…

Whither The HVX200?

Whither The HVX200?

The PMW-EX1 is Sony’s answer to Panasonic’s HVX200: a variable-frame-rate, progressive-scan, multiformat HD camcorder using solid-state storage. The EX1 has higher…

dvMatte Studio 3 and The Conduit Suite

dvGarage has made major updates to their innovative dvMatte keying plug-in and Conduit nodal compositing plug-in and stand-alone application. dvGarage claims the new version of dvMatte is…

Motion Graphics concepts demonstrated…on a trampoline.

This isn’t new, but we just stumbled across it, and thought it would provide some comic relief going into the weekend. It’s a live, one-take…

New Century HD Lens Accessories for Sony PMW-EX1

New Century HD Lens Accessories for Sony PMW-EX1

Schneider Optics introduces a new line of Century HD lens accessories created especially to complement Sony’s new PMW-EX1 camcorder. These top-of-the-line optical attachments provide…

Motion Blur Musings

Motion Blur Musings

A fellow user recently asked about problems he was having with motion stutter when slowing down 24p (24 frame per second, progressive scan) footage. This led to a series of…

Recreating 1970’s San Francisco: Contrasting Approaches

Recreating 1970’s San Francisco: Contrasting Approaches

Every day that I cycle from my home into the Presidio I pass through the intersection of Washington and Cherry streets, site of a murder that is the centerpiece of…

Pardon the Interruption: UPS Musings

Pardon the Interruption: UPS Musings

We’re having the hardwood floors in the office refinished. They brought in a huge electric sander that didn’t even have a plug; they wired it straight…