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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…

External Drive Cables

External Drive Cables

While on the subject of external disk drives (see the previous post on LaCie power supply issues), problems with data corruption are also often caused by drive cables. There&#8217…

LaCie Power Supply Tips

LaCie Power Supply Tips

We own several of the LaCie Big Disk Extreme external hard drives (view on Amazon), which is part of their “d2” line. They provide RAID 0 speed in…

After Effects 8.0.2 and gamma issues

After Effects 8.0.2 and gamma issues

Adobe has released an 8.0.2 update for After Effects CS3. Its headline new features are support for Mac OS 10.5, as well as for P2 media. There…

review: Sony PMW-EX1 1/2″ 3-CMOS HD Camcorder

review: Sony PMW-EX1 1/2″ 3-CMOS HD Camcorder

The US$6500 (street price) Sony PMW-EX1 is a six-pound, high definition Handycam with three 1/2″ CMOS chips. It resolves a true 1920×1080 image…