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Maelstrom – Production (part 1)

Maelstrom – Production (part 1)

Still life with water bottle: An EX1 sports a DvRig Junior; Alan Hereford’s homebrew DvRig is at the bottom of the picture. Day 0 – Finishing up our…

It’s not the budget, it’s where you put the camera!

It’s not the budget, it’s where you put the camera!

Equipment doesn’t make the image; people do. I proved this on a music video recently where we had more people than equipment. It’s been a while…

Compression Artifacts & Pulldown

Compression Artifacts & Pulldown

This started as a quick post about how to gain finer control over the compression settings in the QuickTime dialog. But before we can get there, we first need to…

New MacBook Pros Tomorrow? (UPDATED)

Update: Well, no new Mac offerings outside Me.com (which looks to be pretty cool), and of course the 3G iPhone. Where’s the iChat? Where’s the…

Photoshop Disasters

Photoshop Disasters

One of my favorite sites that I like to check out on a regular basis is Photoshop Disasters. The site is a freakshow gallery of Photoshop gone wrong. The site…

Cool Video Prodution Widgets for Your iPhone or Laptop *UPDATED*

Cool Video Prodution Widgets for Your iPhone or Laptop *UPDATED*

Monday, June 02, 2008I often find I have too much information to remember (and for some reason people expect me to be able to spout pixel aspect ratio numbers like…

Maelstrom – Preproduction

About a week ago, Tim Blackmore and I learned that we were providing tech support for Rob Nilsson’s upcoming film, “Maelstrom”, a Direct Action workshop film…

A Distorted View of the World

A Distorted View of the World

One of my vices is auto racing; I love to watch it. Which, of course, means that Speed TV (formerly Speedvision) is a requisite part of my satellite or cable…

Rethinking the Music Video

Rethinking the Music Video

At last year’s TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) conference, Jakob Trollback – director of the highly innovative motion graphics studio Trollback+Company – gave a talk and showed…

Soundbooth Beta Open to Public from Adobe

Soundbooth Beta Open to Public from Adobe

Adobe Soundbooth is a great tool to fix everyday audio problems and production workflows. It works well for video or Flash workflows and is built around a fairly intuitive set…

PSV#78 Making Selections: Alpha Channels

Instructor Richard Harrington explains how to use the color detail in an image to quickly make a great alpha channel…

mocha AE to CC Power Pin

mocha AE to CC Power Pin

Imagineer Systems’ mocha AE is a stand-alone planer motion tracking application that creates keyframe date which you can in turn use in After Effects. If you are performing…

Get Photos from Aperture to Final Cut Pro

Get Photos from Aperture to Final Cut Pro

Sometimes third-party plug-ins fill obvious holes… this is truly the case here. Wouldn’t it make sense to be able to quickly send photos from Apple…

Motion Templates in Final Cut Pro

Motion Templates in Final Cut Pro

For the past few years Apple has been pushing Motion as a tool that should be in every editor’s toolbox. The problem has been, not every editor has…

The Mac OS X 10.5.3 Update

I know a lot of folks who are hesitant to upgrade…. I admit, I’ve been burned by installing updates as soon as they come out… but…

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