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Layer Styles in After Effects

Layer Styles in After Effects

Adobe After Effects has long featured Drop Shadow, Bevel Alpha, and Glow effects, as well as various ways to fill layers with colors or gradients. However, they’re hardly…

FreshDV Reviews the SGfollow focus

Last fall FreshDV posted the results from our 2007 Follow Focus Shootout, which compared 5 different popular models for 15mm rod configurations. We intend to continue updating that review series…

Review of Abaltat Muse

Ireland is a land of fantastic music and musicians. I’ve been to Doolin, in County Clare and heard brilliant traditional musicians there. And for those with more of…

How Important is Resolution?

How Important is Resolution?

SD, 408p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p… 2k, 4k, UDTV… it seems like the big push is to get ever-higher resolution. It’s true that given two pictures…

Quick look: RED Build 16

Quick look: RED Build 16

The sacrificial RED at Chater. Also note: labeled control buttons! Last week, Dane Brehm gave a bunch of us a tour of RED’s build 16 features (as Art…

Film vs. RED

A bad day at AH Films (humor…

RED Build 16: A Camera Whose Time Has Come

Ah, sweet 16. How I’ve waited for thee. Finally, a camera I can work with. It’s not perfect yet. Not by a long shot. There&#8217…

Two Pieces of Eye Candy

Two Pieces of Eye Candy

A frame from the short film “Tyger” by Guilherme Marcondes. Links to a pair of lovely (for lack of a better term) “music videos” crossed my…

Cine Gear Expo 2008 – Day 2

Cine Gear Expo 2008 – Day 2

Cine Gear Expo on the blazing-hot Universal backlot Day 2 of Cine Gear Expo dawned sunny and hot—our in-car temperature display registered 102 degrees Fahrenheit by…

Cine Gear Expo 2008 – Day 1

Cine Gear Expo 2008 – Day 1

Cine Gear Expo on the Universal back lot. We came down to LA for Cine Gear Expo, a two-day showcase of all manner of production things: grip gear, lighting…

Maelstrom – Production (part 2)

Maelstrom – Production (part 2)

Sunflowers: two VistaBeam 600s fill the shadows. [See also: Preproduction; Production (part 1)] Day 4 – We have a 3pm call for a 4pm start (we’re skewing later…

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…

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