Rich Young – ProVideo Coalition https://www.provideocoalition.com A Moviola Company Mon, 29 May 2017 17:50:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 https://cdn.provideocoalition.com/app/uploads/cropped-Moviola-Favicon-2016-32x32.png Rich Young – ProVideo Coalition https://www.provideocoalition.com 32 32 HitFilm Express 2017 https://www.provideocoalition.com/hitfilm-express-2017/ https://www.provideocoalition.com/hitfilm-express-2017/#comments Fri, 19 May 2017 00:00:22 +0000 https://www.provideocoalition.com/?p=53239 FXHOME released its free all-in-one video editing and visual effects software HitFilm Express 2017, a subset of HitFilm Pro 2017, the inexpensive yet capable and comprehensive video app. Aimed mainly at YouTube creators, this free Mac/Win software seems capable and feature rich, and a useful resource for almost anyone. Hitfilm advocates include YouTube superstars and indie filmmaking experts like Freddie

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FXHOME released its free all-in-one video editing and visual effects software HitFilm Express 2017, a subset of HitFilm Pro 2017, the inexpensive yet capable and comprehensive video app. Aimed mainly at YouTube creators, this free Mac/Win software seems capable and feature rich, and a useful resource for almost anyone.

Hitfilm advocates include YouTube superstars and indie filmmaking experts like Freddie Wong, Film Riot, and Corridor Digital. There are several tutorial projects built right into the app, which are perhaps too sensitive, with the slightest click sending you off into a browser. Most notably, there’s a new demo short from Film Riot on what can be done in the app as part of the new Westward-oriented tutorials (scroll down), the 6th in a series of major tutorials clusters.

Film Riot’s Westworld to Yuma showcases visual effects which can be completely replicated inside of  free software HitFilm Express 2017. Users will be able to download project files and follow tutorials to recreate shots at home using the actual footage from the film. There are 4 new tutorials ready for this series, including old-timey muzzle flashes, how to track tricky objects like an iPad, create a realistic sky replacement, and how to create stunt effects with composites (there’s even a light wrap plug-in for blending).

Whether creators are looking for an editor, a visual effects toolkit, or a supportive creative community, HitFilm Express users will find more than just an NLE — there’s pro-level animation tools, 360° video tools, and over 150 advanced effects such as lightning, smoke and explosions. Designed to run on almost any computer, the new 2017 version features new effects, including heat distortion and sci-fi themed lightswords, audio tools, new export queue options, support for 4K projects, and more. And HitFilm Express 2017 offers flexibility through a set of optional expansion packs with additional features and effects, including motion tracking and easy 3D text tools.

Being a younger app, Hitfilm Pro and Express lacks the many subtleties found in mature apps that now mostly require continual subscriptions fees – but it is fast and responsive and uses familiar UI conventions. Hitfilm Pro beats After Effects with better native 3D, native particles, and certain other effects not built into After Effects, but it doesn’t have the depth of After Effects’ two decades of development.

The editing mode is more akin to traditional NLEs than the quirky Apple iMovie and FCPx, and has more useful features than last year’s version. Hitfilm Express is a boon to new and occasional users, and should see more action than other useful utilities like Handbrake, especially if you bump up against activation limits on other software. It’s pretty amazing for free software, as is Blackmagic Fusion and Resolve Lite.

The main features of HitFilm Express 2017 include:

• Free editing and visual effects software with no time limit and no subscription fee
• Includes both editing and 3D compositing
• Multiple tracking option, proxies, and more
• Motion design & basic titling
• 150+ built-in 2D and 3D effects available, including green screen removal and color grading
• Available effect packs extend features into specific areas (HF Pro features and After Effects filters)
• Available for both Mac and PC
• Free tutorials, community forum, and dedicated customer support
• Developed to run on consumer level laptops as well as more pro hardware
• GPU acceleration and 64-bit architecture

New in HitFilm Express 2017:

360° Video Tools: UPDATED Environment Map Transform and Environment Map Viewer.

Audio Tools: NEW Audio mixers, Per track and master track, Levels, Balance (panning), Solo and Mute, Auto-sync audio to video!

Editing Tools: UPDATED Industry-standard quality formats, editing trimmer with Insert and Overlay functionality, keyboard shortcuts to set the in and out points in the trimmer,  J-cuts, L-cuts, new shortcuts to link and un-link media on the timeline

Export: NEW Export Queue, Export Presets, tasks can be queued, duplicated and modified easily.

Professional Pipeline: NEW Support for UHD Projects (3840 * 2160 Maximum with 2GB of GPU RAM), Native import and export GoPro CineForm 10-bit/12-bit – Windows only, UPDATED Import and export Apple Pro Res 10-bit/12-bit – Mac only, updated RAM Preview for faster playback.

User Interface: NEW Dynamic Toolbox property searching, Dynamic Timeline layer & effect property searching, mocha HitFilm plugin (Add on Required); UPDATED Project remembers toolbox tree state, Effect presets added to many effects greatly increasing the ease-of-use of many, new shortcuts, all shortcuts can now be edited.

New effects in 2017: Heat distortion, Lightsword (2 point Auto), Lightsword (4 point Manual), Lightsword (Glow only).

New effects in add-ons: ‘Destruction Pack’ Energy, Smoke, Fluid distortion effects; ‘Sci-Fi Pack’ Lightsword Ultra.

Add-ons available to extend feature set (compare with Pro versions and Ignite plug-ins):
• Boris FX 3D Objects – $50
• mocha HitFilm – $50
• Colorist pack – $25
• Repair pack – $50
• Film looks pack – $25
• Destruction pack – $25
• Audio-visual pack – $50
• Atmospheric lighting pack – $25
• Sci-fi adventure pack – $25
• Premium formats (AVCHD & MPEG-2) – $10

Minimum requirements are:
• Mac OSX 10.9 Mavericks, 10.10 Yosemite and 10.11 El Capitan
• 64 bit Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10
• Intel Core i3, and above, or AMD equivalent
• 4GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)
• OpenGL 2.0 capable hardware with 512 MB video memory, with 2GB or more recommended for 4K UHD.
• Earliest graphics cards HitFilm supports NVIDIA GeForce 9 Series (2008), AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series (2009), Intel HD Graphics 4000 (GT2) (2012)

By the way, there are several YouTubers introducing Hitfilm Express 2017:

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Adobe’s new video series on making movies https://www.provideocoalition.com/adobes-new-video-series-making-movies/ https://www.provideocoalition.com/adobes-new-video-series-making-movies/#respond Tue, 16 May 2017 09:48:43 +0000 https://www.provideocoalition.com/?p=53102 Adobe has been stretching out with new content for Creative Cloud video editing and motion design in the last several months, and is now offering a new 6-part “essentials” series, How to Make Great Videos (Live Stream Series),  and “Make it. A Talk Show from Adobe Creative Cloud.” Make It features stories from all sorts of creatives, so far including Chris

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Adobe has been stretching out with new content for Creative Cloud video editing and motion design in the last several months, and is now offering a new 6-part “essentials” series, How to Make Great Videos (Live Stream Series),  and “Make it. A Talk Show from Adobe Creative Cloud.

Make It features stories from all sorts of creatives, so far including Chris Davidson (Dj Cutman) on his fortuitous path and tales from the chiptune and video game music world, with Jason Levine’s ‘magic bag’ to test Cutman’s metadata tagging chops.

In this week’s episode (below), Jason talks to ILM, Sony, and Dreamworks veteran VFX artist Billy Brooks about some of his basic secrets to creating great science fiction VFX.

 

In the 6-week essentials series on making great videos, Jason Levine covers steps for making outstanding video content, from starting a new project to sharing it with the world. You can tune in to the Adobe Creative Cloud Facebook page for hour-long live streams every Friday at 9am PT from May 5 – June 9, 2017.

Here’s the plan:

Part 1 | Ready, Set, Go! Project setup & importing footage

Part 2 | Fixing Common Video Issues

And in the coming weeks:

Part 3 | Titles, Transitions, and Overlays

Part 4 | Fixing Common Audio Issues

Part 5 | Playing with Dimensions

Part 6 | Sharing Your Work

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Make the Cut: $25K remix contest with Premiere Pro & Imagine Dragons https://www.provideocoalition.com/makethecut https://www.provideocoalition.com/makethecut#respond Tue, 14 Mar 2017 04:04:12 +0000 https://www.provideocoalition.com/?p=47969 The band Imagine Dragons has teamed up with Adobe to give videoheads a chance to co-create a music video at Make the Cut. In an industry first, Imagine Dragons are offering uncut footage shot from their music video of “Believer,” which just dropped on Tuesday.  Using these video clips, fans across the world can cut their own version

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The band Imagine Dragons has teamed up with Adobe to give videoheads a chance to co-create a music video at Make the Cut.

In an industry first, Imagine Dragons are offering uncut footage shot from their music video of “Believer,” which just dropped on Tuesday.  Using these video clips, fans across the world can cut their own version using Premiere Pro and Creative Cloud. The Make the Cut contest will be judged by a panel of industry pros, including the band itself, two-time Academy Award winner Angus Wall (who edited Fight Club), and Vinnie Hobbs, an award-winning music video editor who has worked with Kendrick Lamar and Britney Spears.

The winner of the contest will claim a grand prize of $25,000! Videos will be judged on originality and creativity, use of Premiere Pro CC, and overall appeal. It should be possible to imagine different meaning than the official video.

The team will also award bonus prizes of $1,000 each and a year-long Creative Cloud subscription for four special categories:

  • Fan Favorite: The most liked video by fans on the Adobe Creative Cloud Channel on YouTube.
  • Most Unexpected: “We have no idea what you’ll come up with but knock our socks off”!
  • Best Young Creator: The best up and coming editor under 25 years old.
  • Best Short Form: The most impressive video that’s 30-60 seconds long.

In addition, one bonus prize of $2,500, a year-long subscription to Creative Cloud and Adobe Stock credits, will go to the cut with the best use of supplied Adobe Stock clips.

The contest ends ends 11:59 p.m. ET on April 8, 2017.

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‘Rebellion’ tutorials for free HitFilm 4 Express https://www.provideocoalition.com/rebellion-tutorials-free-hitfilm-4-express/ https://www.provideocoalition.com/rebellion-tutorials-free-hitfilm-4-express/#respond Wed, 04 Jan 2017 08:10:43 +0000 https://www.provideocoalition.com/?p=43756 FXHOME has launched their Star Wars-style fan film project, Rebellion, to familiarize people wih HitFilm 4 Express, a free app offering basic features of their main app HitFilm Pro 2017, the latest version of its all‐in‐one video editing and visual effects app. HitFilm Pro 2017 (links to AEP quick take) was released not long ago,

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FXHOME has launched their Star Wars-style fan film project, Rebellion, to familiarize people wih HitFilm 4 Express, a free app offering basic features of their main app HitFilm Pro 2017, the latest version of its all‐in‐one video editing and visual effects app. HitFilm Pro 2017 (links to AEP quick take) was released not long ago, adding Mocha planar tracking, Boris FX titling, scopes, export queue, 8K and 32‐bit floating color, as well as 150 plug-ins for other apps.

Free video tutorials and Hitfilm project files enable potential filmmakers to make their own effects inspired content at home. From learning how to clone stormtroopers, to tracking UI graphics to designing blaster effects, HitFilm’s latest project shows you how to create high level visual effects using completely free software. Here’s a sample, Create realistic blaster VFX with HitFilm Express:

There’s more in the Hitfilm Express Rebellion project, and even more in previous Hitfilm Express demo projects, like a version of an Iron Man inspired heads up display, Star Wars style lightning power and lightsabers, and Film Riot’s Portal Combat.

HitFilm 4 Express is among the most advanced free video software tools available: a video editor, it also includes pro-level animation tools, speed controls, and over 150 effect filters such as lightning, smoke and explosions. It also offers flexibility through a set of optional expansion packs with additional features and effects, if users decide to delay upgrading to Hitfilm Pro or After Effects. Hitfilm Express can be used on consumer laptops or hardcore gaming rigs using any of the last 3 versions of Windows or MacOS.

Also the HitFilm YouTube channel provides free weekly tutorials and filmmaking techniques to help new and experienced users. Here’s one for Hitfilm Express that could also be leveraged for After Effects users, displacement to simulate 3D depth from a single still image:

For more on this effect, see the AEP roundup 3D from 2D images: After Effects and Making faces 3D.

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Bluetooth headphones: battery life trumps sound quality https://www.provideocoalition.com/bluetooth-headphones-battery-life-trumps-sound-quality/ https://www.provideocoalition.com/bluetooth-headphones-battery-life-trumps-sound-quality/#respond Thu, 01 Dec 2016 04:59:13 +0000 https://www.provideocoalition.com/?p=42434 The powers that be seem to want everyone to use Bluetooth headphones, and they may come in handy for users of any number of combination of devices. Unfortunately, there are a ton of cheap wireless headphones that make it difficult to find a good product. Take for example, the Mpow Dunmer, inexpensive sweatproof Bluetooth headphones

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The powers that be seem to want everyone to use Bluetooth headphones, and they may come in handy for users of any number of combination of devices. Unfortunately, there are a ton of cheap wireless headphones that make it difficult to find a good product.

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Take for example, the Mpow Dunmer, inexpensive sweatproof Bluetooth headphones which feature BT4.1, ear stabilizer wings, AptX (compression for better sound on Android devices), mic noise cancellation. They’re reasonably comfortable, and most importantly to me, they have an impressively full, balanced sound signature for a cheap headphone. Both the high and lows are heard without piercing sibilance or boomy muddiness.

While the Mpow Dunmer has over a week of standby time, the big downside is that they last only about 4 hours in use. For some reason, fear of running out of juice makes the awkward pairing and controls buttons seem worse.

Who needs another device that requires constant charging, even if it’s easy to carry and is only about $20? You can’t just tuck it somewhere and hope it’ll work when needed.

solo3-wirelessMost of the higher-end models like the Jaybird X3 in the lightweight in-ear category typically offer only 8 hour of use. That may be fine for workouts or other short activities, especially since comfort and durability are actual features, but 12 or 20 hours of play in addition to standby time would mean less hassle.

Over-the-ear models can house bigger batteries but are less portable. Less expensive models are plentiful but almost always sacrifice sound quality. Higher-end over-the-ear models cost $300-400 –or more. The Sennheiser PXC 550 and Momentum 2.0 Wireless, Sony H.ear On Wireless NC, the (inexpensive) Sony MDR-ZX770BT, and the Bose QuietComfort 35 are all rated around at 20 hours of battery life.

Apple’s Beats Solo3 Wireless is the best-in-class for battery life at 40 hours, and has decent enough sound and very solid connectivity — and more if you have an iPhone7. The latest BeatsX earbuds might even be better with fast charging, and half the price.

Check out the Head-Fi Buying Guide for short reviews of all kinds of headphones. Visit the main page to catch holiday deals. For a better guide on earphones, by sound signature, see The Headphone List 2016 Buyer’s Guide. For another great guide, see InnerFidelity’s “Wall of Fame.”

A different Mpow or Anker (and so forth) model with better battery life might be a good bet. Also, Lifehacker readers think that Anker’s SoundBuds Are Some of the Best Cheap Bluetooth Earbuds You Can Buy (8-hour battery), so those constantly tweaked models are probably good too.

But, if you want to avoid multivariate analyses of feature sets and perhaps some useless plastic, you could stick with well known wired headphones, especially if you’re just stashing them away as backups or gifting them. After all, wired headphones work on almost all phones, tablets, and computers, and they’re much less hassle all around. Plus you won’t be second guessing audio sync.

hje120If you want to stay cheap and avoid disappointing sound, I’d recommend the Panasonic ErgoFits at $7-15, or the $40 Carbo Tenore. The cheaper mic-less Panasonic HJE120 ErgoFit, the #1 headphone on Amazon, are brighter than the Panasonic TCM125 ErgoFit, which on a few songs sound a little muted up top and muddy in the bottom registers. Both models are balanced ok: one is brighter sounding, while the other has an easier treble, a bit more bass, and a mic. Both are on the edge of being flimsy, but they work out fine in practice and fit almost all ears without drama. The ErgoFit HJE120 runs $7-10 on Amazon, while the bassier talk-enabled TCM125 ErgoFit goes for $11-15.

I often use the lightweight ErgoFit HJE120 to edit talking heads video on a MacBook Pro. The tilt towards the highs is less annoying to sensitive ears than the Sony MDR-7506, and they still reveal noise when finishing audio for speech.

For a little more, you could increase sound quality a ton with the Zero Audio Carbo Tenore. Though their build quality is variable and the fit can be fiddly, they have a more-detailed and better-balanced sound (see the too-gushing review by The Verge). Other choices are surveyed by sound signature at The Headphone List. I prefer “warm and smooth” for music due to hearing damage from loud music, but use more headphones with more highs (v-shaped or balanced) when cleaning audio noise.

Maybe Bluetooth 5 and better battery tech will help, but for now bluetooth headphones are annoying:

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Holiday Deal: 40% off Red Giant plug-ins https://www.provideocoalition.com/RedGiantsale https://www.provideocoalition.com/RedGiantsale#respond Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:57:22 +0000 https://www.provideocoalition.com/?p=42411 The Red Giant Annual Blowout Sale returns on December 6th, 2016. 
Everything in the Red Giant serious toy store is 40% off for 24 hours only. This includes full licenses, upgrades and academic store products for Adobe After Effects CC and Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Apple Final Cut Pro, and more. Here’s their “slick” ad: To redeem

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The Red Giant Annual Blowout Sale returns on December 6th, 2016. 
Everything in the Red Giant serious toy store is 40% off for 24 hours only. This includes full licenses, upgrades and academic store products for Adobe After Effects CC and Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Apple Final Cut Pro, and more.

Here’s their “slick” ad:

To redeem the 40% discount, you just apply the coupon code found on the Red Giant website on the day of the sale. There’s a ton of tutorials and other info available; you can learn more about Red Giant products at their Support page.

Highlights of the sale include:

Magic Bullet Suite 13: $540 (usually $899)
This NEW version is a major upgrade to Red Giant’s tools for professional color correction, finishing and film looks. Just released in October, every single tool in the Magic Bullet Suite has received major updates and is now GPU-accelerated. And for the first time ever, Magic Bullet Suite delivers real-time color correction thanks to OpenCL support in Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Dive deeper at Prolost.com, for example:

Trapcode Suite 13.1: $600 (usually $999)
Contains exciting tools for creating motion graphics, and visual effects in Adobe After Effects CC, Trapcode Suite 13.1 was recently updated to includes new features in Trapcode Form, Tao and Sound Keys, new presets for Trapcode Mir and Tao, as well as bug fixes for Particular, Form, Mir, Tao, and Lux. You can dive deeper on several products at Trapcode.com; an example:

PluralEyes 4.1: $120 (usually $199)
Updated earlier this year, PluralEyes 4.1 now features EDIUS Pro support, a new music video workflow, support for GoPro spanning media, and the ability to batch delete multiple clips at once, making this premiere audio/video sync tool even better. No, really, it’s very fast and flexible if the Premiere Pro and other NLE tools are annoying you.

Universe 2.0 – Annual Subscription: $60 (usually $99)
Red Giant’s collection of GPU-accelerated plug-ins for editors and motion graphics artists, Universe 2.0 features more than 60 tools that run in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe After Effects CC, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Apple Motion, Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve, HitFilm and Sony Vegas. With a strong focus on motion graphics, Universe 2.0 is packed with tools for simulating HUD components, logo motion, animated line graphics, holographs, camera shake, and more.

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Additional examples of savings include:

•    Trapcode Particular 2.6: $240 (usually $399)
•    Magic Bullet Looks: $240 (usually $399)
•    Keying Suite: $480 (usually $799)
•    Magic Bullet Denoiser III: $120 (usually $199)

Academic buyers should pre-qualify as an academic buyer BEFORE the sale!

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Holiday Deals: JBL LSR305 & Equator Audio D5 Studio Monitors https://www.provideocoalition.com/jbl-lsr305-studio-monitor/ https://www.provideocoalition.com/jbl-lsr305-studio-monitor/#respond Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:22:25 +0000 https://www.provideocoalition.com/?p=42247 There was a deal Black Friday weekend on JBL LSR305 Studio Monitor, a good lower-end 5″ active studio monitor. At most outlets the deal has ended, but Sweetwater, Musician’s Friend, Crutchfield, and others are still offering these powered speakers for just $99 each [by December 11 prices were back up to $120-150 per speaker]. Sales come

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There was a deal Black Friday weekend on JBL LSR305 Studio Monitor, a good lower-end 5″ active studio monitor. At most outlets the deal has ended, but Sweetwater, Musician’s Friend, Crutchfield, and others are still offering these powered speakers for just $99 each [by December 11 prices were back up to $120-150 per speaker].

Sales come and go. The Equator sale is on through December. Another good monitor, the Airmotiv 5s (with a ribbon tweeter), is also on sale at $339 a pair.

The JBL LSR305 has a nicely balanced sound, sweetened with a bit more treble and bass, and decent stereo imaging. They’re not large, so they’ll fit on most desks. For not much (if any) more money, they make a great upgrade from the “best” computer speakers and smaller monitors. For instance, they destroy the M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 favored by The Wirecutter.

The lows aren’t as flabby as similar KRK models (on earlier models at least), and they have plenty of presence in the highs to spot audio noise in your video. The JBL LSR305 is still a good buy at the regular $150 price, but be aware that Amazon does not accept returns of these items, so that might be a good excuse to make a trip to Guitar Center to compare these with the higher-priced 5″ Yamaha monitors.

Here’s a video from one pundit:

equatord5There’s at least another sale on up the quality ladder. The Equator Audio D5 are 5″ active monitors with a good mid-range and imaging, and on Holiday sale even in December with a D5 monitor pair, isolation pads, & audio cables bundle for $400. There’s also an inexpensive padded carry case available to make transport safe and convenient. Monitor pairs are phase aligned in the factory, and are smaller due to a coaxial speaker design with tweeters placed over the woofers. They were well-received in the music industry press, being an intro to similar coaxial monitors found in very high end music studios. They have a front bass port for easier placement, and clearly beat the JBLs in A/B listening.

Equator even offers an unconditional 60-day money back guarantee.

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Another smaller step up is to the Adam Audio F5, which are now around $460 a pair, down from the regular $499-549. These are my favorite of the group. Of course, that’s an opinion based on chance, limited exposure, and perception of the ribbon tweeter performance. If they were $150 per pair more than the Equator Audio D5, quite possible depending on pricing, the Equators would be a better deal.

All of these relatively inexpensive monitors are pleasing and useful. For those yet to add more serious sound to their NLE setup, the JBL LSR305 speakers are a very good buy at $200, and could be repurposed any number of ways (re-gift, standalone TV audio or stereo) if upgrading later.

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HitFilm Pro 2017 steps it up https://www.provideocoalition.com/hitfilm-pro-2017-steps/ https://www.provideocoalition.com/hitfilm-pro-2017-steps/#comments Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:29:23 +0000 https://www.provideocoalition.com/?p=41642 FXHOME has released HitFilm Pro 2017,  the latest version of its all‐in‐one video editing and visual effects app. With no subscription fees and a large install base of users of its software, HitFilm is the only video product to combine an nonlinear editor, a compositor with motion graphics and 3D tools, and over 500 visual effects

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FXHOME has released HitFilm Pro 2017,  the latest version of its all‐in‐one video editing and visual effects app. With no subscription fees and a large install base of users of its software, HitFilm is the only video product to combine an nonlinear editor, a compositor with motion graphics and 3D tools, and over 500 visual effects and presets. It includes 3D object rendering, powerful particle simulation, over 500 customizable visual effects and presets, color grading, BorisFX titling and 3D text, and over 150 plug-ins for use in other video so􀁛ware.

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Here’s the intro video (preso starts after 35 seconds):

 

The ambitious HitFilm Pro 2017 upgrade includes requested features and more (see the compete rundown at FxHome):

  • upgraded 3D rendering, generally surpassing After Effects in features
  • more visual effects and hundreds of new presets (better lightsabers and new neon)
  • better control over color grading with Vectorscopes, Waveforms and Histograms
  • a new export queue for a faster workflow
  • new editing and audio tools including keyboard shortcuts and auto sync offer simple solutions,
  • an upgraded interface
  • 8K and 32‐bit floating color support with RAM preview for cinema‐level quality
  • next generation support given to 360° video, including titles and lens distort for action cam footage
  • new partnerships bring Imagineer’s mocha HitFilm planar tracking and sophisticated camera solving, and BorisFX 3D Objects & BorisFX Title Studio to all HitFilm Pro 2017 users
  • an upgraded Ignite Pro 2017 150+ plug-in collection adds support for Avid Media Composer
  • additional bundles with Red Giant Magic Bullet, iClone, and NewBlue FX Amplify and ActionVFX are available
  • single user license with 3 concurrent activations on Mac and Windows

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HitFilm Pro 2017 is available on the HitFilm store for $349, with upgrades from $189; a variety of bundles are available. One license can be used simultaneously on 3 separate machines on Mac and Windows. Minimum requirements are:

  • Apple Mac ‐ OS X 10.10 Yosemite, 10.11 El Capitan, or macOS 10.12 Sierra
  • Windows PC ‐ 64 bit version of Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10
  • 2GB or more recommended for 4K UHD
  • Earliest graphics cards HitFilm supports: NVIDIA GeForce 9 Series (2008),  AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series (2009), Intel HD Graphics 4000 (GT2) (2012)

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Available separately is Ignite Pro 2017 , the Adobe-format plug-in pack, for $199. Containing over 150 plug-ins, Ignite Pro 2017 provides a similar range of effects as the major After Effects collections, though at a lower cost. Like the main app, it also allows for 3 concurrent activations on Mac and Windows, supporting a wide variety of hosts: Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Apple Motion, Sony Catalyst, Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve, The Foundry NUKE, Grass Valley EDIUS, Avid Media Composer and Vegas Pro 14.

HitFilm Pro 2017 is still a young product, yet quite capable in every area — if a bit unpolished on the editing side. Designed for newer users, the product grows impressively with each release.  Older hands may miss features, niceties and shortcuts of 20-year old apps, but will be surprised at the breadth of features available, especially for motion graphics and VFX. The UI is familiar enough to industry standards, but perhaps FxHome could return to the innovative HUD stylings of its early plug-in development, to distinguish HitFilm with faster results and easier use.

  • edit and visual effects shots is as quick as changing tabs in your web browser
  • unified 3D space, otherwise available only at the very high end
  • integrated 3D particle engine
  • fast 3D model rendering
  • 3D camera projection
  • a full complement of additional effects
  • gunfire effect with muzzle flashed in full 3D
  • easy advanced 3D text, and pro end credits and lower thirds
  • heat, energy, fluid and smoke distortion effects for adding realism to shots
  • a Neon path effect for lifelike neon sign graphics
  • lighting effects like anamorphic streaks, light leaks, sparkles, volumetric 3D light rays, high quality glows
  • a variety of retro, damage, & glitch effects
  • advanced chroma key, matte cleaning, spill suppression and auto light wrap
  • footage repair tools to remove grain, fix rolling shutter jello, stabilize jittery shots, and remove lens distortion
  • auto sync and audio mixer tools
  • OpenFX plugins compliant
  • an active YouTube channel with tutorials

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The new Social Publishing panel (beta) in Premiere Pro https://www.provideocoalition.com/new-social-publishing-panel-beta-premiere-pro/ https://www.provideocoalition.com/new-social-publishing-panel-beta-premiere-pro/#respond Wed, 02 Nov 2016 22:41:05 +0000 https://www.provideocoalition.com/?p=41016 Adobe thinks that online content creators are spending too much time preparing video for social media channels. Deciding on codecs & various settings, description fields, and tags, and later interpreting video stats can be a time sink. To help out, Adobe is piloting a new streamlined workflow in Premiere Pro for publishing videos to social

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Adobe thinks that online content creators are spending too much time preparing video for social media channels. Deciding on codecs & various settings, description fields, and tags, and later interpreting video stats can be a time sink. To help out, Adobe is piloting a new streamlined workflow in Premiere Pro for publishing videos to social media, optimized for content creators.

With cross-platform social publishing and performance tracking, strategic recommendations to achieve peak performance, and time-savers like the ability to save custom keyword sets and upload custom thumbnails, the Social Publishing Panel (beta) is designed to make online video publishing easier.

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Currently, the Social Publishing Panel feature is in beta, limited to paid Creative Cloud members, and open for applications starting November 2. Let’s hope that the render engine is now the same everywhere, not one for apps and another for Adobe Media Encoder.

Social Publishing Panel features include:

* Cross-Platform Social Media Publishing
Easily select social media export presets, populate required platform-specific metadata, and add tags from within Premiere Pro.

* Keyword Presets
Making your content discoverable requires consistent, detailed, optimized searchable keywords and tags. With keyword presets in the Social Publishing panel (beta), you can develop a list of tags and attach them to your different videos, series, seasons, or channels with a single click – eliminating the need to type out insert every keyword individually from memory, ensuring consistency.

* Custom Thumbnail
Having a dynamic thumbnail is essential to making your video stand out.

* Content Scheduling
You can schedule videos to publish across multiple social platforms in staggered timing or simultaneously in the case of a time sensitive post that you want to blast out – like the drop of a musical album or the start of a contest campaign.

* Rendition Management
Rendition Groups allow you to group two or more videos together during the publish stage so that they are tracked as a single asset across the different social platforms you post to. For example, a 10-minute vlog posted on YouTube along with a shorter version with silent auto-play captions for Facebook and a 30-second version for use as promotion on Twitter, can be tracked across all of the platforms as if it were a single video. You can view performance of the collection as a whole, or dig deeper into each rendition’s performance based on platform so you can manage and promote content renditions more easily.

* Strategic Recommendations for Peak Performance
Interpreting analytics from multiple social platforms can be confusing. Over time, the Social Publishing panel (beta) will learn and adapt based on your content performance across platforms to provide detailed, personalized recommendations like keyword tags that could result in the highest click rates, or what time/day of the week for posting garners the most views, to provide key insights into the viewing patterns and preferences of audiences. Personalized recommendations may help steer your creative plans and publishing strategies for peak performance.

Here’s a backgrounder on the new feature for Premiere Pro, though its audio is more substandard than the usual social media fare created with Adobe tools.

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How far you can lean on stock footage? https://www.provideocoalition.com/far-can-lean-stock-footage/ https://www.provideocoalition.com/far-can-lean-stock-footage/#respond Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:49:50 +0000 https://www.provideocoalition.com/?p=39584 Depth of Field” is a three-part web series that showcases the breadth of the Adobe Stock Film Series collection. The series demonstrates just how far you can lean on stock footage, even if just used as placeholders for custom shots. To bring the project to life, San Francisco-based design and moving picture company Skycar Creative reached

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Depth of Field” is a three-part web series that showcases the breadth of the Adobe Stock Film Series collection. The series demonstrates just how far you can lean on stock footage, even if just used as placeholders for custom shots.

To bring the project to life, San Francisco-based design and moving picture company Skycar Creative reached out to artists and designers from around the world and asked them to share a story from their creative journey. Then Skycar brought the stories to life by producing short films inspired by the artists made with hundreds of Adobe Stock video assets.

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The movies in series features original narration from filmmaker and photographer Foster Huntington on quitting his day job to become a full-time artist, vector artist and illustrator Robert Generette III on the frustration of having an “idea strike,” and graphic artist Kahori Maki on the creative impact of the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake. “Looking through new images that I haven’t seen yet took me to a place that I haven’t been and showed me a new landscape. For me, it is like being in a zero gravity world,” says Maki.



Using Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects, Skycar Creative reversed, sped up, slowed down, colorized, merged and manipulated raw stock files to produce original works of art. “We wanted the audience to have a personal glimpse into pivotal moments and process from real artists. We also wanted them to experience the visual possibilities with stock and feel inspired to go out and make something cool,” says Skycar Creative Director and Co-founder, Aaron Barry.


 

adobe-stock-logo-150x150In case you missed it, last week Adobe announced the public beta of the Adobe Stock Contributor website, a new platform where you can sell photos, illustrations, videos, and vector graphics directly to the world’s largest creative community. By contributing to Adobe Stock, you can showcase your work to millions of creatives right inside Creative Cloud apps. The platform is fully functional but still in beta, so feedback is welcome through the Adobe Stock Contributor forum.

One major new feature is auto-keywording, a time-saving feature that uses machine learning to automatically generate the first five keywords of each image you submit. It’ll be interesting to see if this technology can generate emotional keywords like “joy” that could help worthy content to stand out from the crowd.

Adobe has integrated Stock contributor submission directly within Creative Cloud applications, though it’s not required. During the beta phase, you’ll have the ability to upload images to Adobe Stock directly from Lightroom CC and Bridge CC, which were also just updated and released. Adobe plans to open submissions to more content types in additional CC applications soon.

There’s a 33% commission for photos and vector art, and a 35% commission for videos, “based on the price of the image.” A payout request via Paypal or Skrill is available when you have reach $50 (or Euros) in royalties (allow 7 days for payment). Check out Adobe Stock itself for info on the range of pricing.

You can visit the Adobe Stock HelpX page for general information. See also this Adobe tutorial on how to Use Adobe Stock video footage with Creative Cloud Libraries inside Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC.

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