Let’s Edit with Media Composer – Creating Night from Day with BCC and Sapphire 10

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how, using BCC 10, Sapphire 10 and a little help from Photoshop, you can create realistic Night from Day shots quickly and easily in Avid Media Composer. As pretty much everyone knows, I’m a big user of both BCC and Sapphire.  I just worked on a project this morning that utilized effects from both packages, and the same goes for just about every project that I work on, and I thought that we would have some fun in this lesson, and take a look at how to create a shot that I Continue reading "Let’s Edit with Media Composer – Creating Night from Day with BCC and Sapphire 10"

Devin Allen’s new book: A Beautiful Ghetto

Devin Allen’s new book: A Beautiful Ghetto Devin Allen, a 26-year-old West Baltimore resident, only aspired to be a professional photographer. When protests took over his city, the photos published in Instagram propelled the amateur on the global stage. Photographing models and street photography were passions for the young amateur dreaming to become professional.  Inspired by artists like Andy Warhol or photographers as Gordon Parks, Devin Allen revealed already in his street photographs the influence of Parks work. Gordon Parks was a seminal figure of twentieth century photography. A humanitarian with a deep commitment to social justice, he left behind a body of work that documents many
Devin Allen’s new book: A Beautiful Ghetto
Devin Allen’s new book: A Beautiful Ghetto
Devin Allen’s new book: A Beautiful Ghetto
Devin Allen’s new book: A Beautiful Ghetto
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Review: Teradek Serv Pro and VUER

Teradek’s Serv Pro is a $1799 camera-top wireless transmitter, sending H.264 video and audio to as many as ten iPhones, iPads, or iPod touches. VUER is the free app that receives the Serv Pro’s transmissions. The two combined form a wireless monitoring system for any production that needs to show a feed to multiple people and doesn’t want the bother of running cables.
Serv Pro on a GH4
Serv Pro on a GH4
VUER displaying Serv Pro's feed
VUER displaying Serv Pro’s feed
Serv Pro fills a unique niche. There are uncompressed camera-top transmitters like the Paralinx systems and Teradek’s own Bolt series; these are real-time links with zero
Serv Pro with iPhone 6 running VUER
Serv Pro left side
Serv Pro back
Serv Pro right side
Serv Pro front
Serv Pro underside
Serv Pro with supplied parts
Serv Pro booting
Serv Pro after startup
Serv Pro detecting video
Serv Pro showing video
Serv Pro with client connected
Serv Pro's web interface
VUER's screen with no inputs configured
VUER sees one Serv Pro on the network
You can use the same input for all four channels
VUER gives a snapshot tutorial on important controls
VUER's CDL editor, on iPad
VUER's Distort settings, set for 2.0x desqueeze
Comprehensive marker and mask settings
The result: 2.0x anamorphic with 2.39:1 framing
Quad-split display to show false color, WFM, focus assist
Three clients, no problems
Six iDevices receiving from Serv Pro
Serv Pro 4-way display delay
WFM: six steps from 0% to 100%
The menu bar overlays the data panel...
...and the picture too, as it turns out.
VUER screen, showing a cat.
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Tamron: a 100-400mm for Canon and Nikon

Tamron: a 100-400mm for Canon and Nikon The Tamron 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD promises to be the lightest lens of its kind, when it arrives, by the end of 2017, for Nikon and Canon DSLRs. In development now, after a patent was revealed in the Summer of 2016, the new lens from Tamron is an ultra-telephoto zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras with, says the company, “superior image quality, advanced features and lightweight, compact design”. With 39.3 oz (1.1 Kg) the new lens is, at the moment, the lightest in this ultra-telephoto zoom lens category, and it will have to contend with “heavy-weight” lenses
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SpeedScriber: automated transcripts in minutes

SpeedScriber: automated transcripts in minutes SpeedScriber is a new automated transcription app for content creators, able to deliver affordable and amazingly accurate transcripts in minutes. For macOS. Documentary filmmakers, journalists, audio and video producers all depend on reliable transcripts of their files, whether it be an interview for editing purposes or a text version of the finished product. While there are several web-based transcription services on the market, Digital Heaven, creators of the app, claim that “they generally offer delivery times of 24 hours or longer and faster turnaround adds costly surcharges” while “SpeedScriber delivers affordable and amazingly accurate automated transcripts in minutes.” According Continue reading "SpeedScriber: automated transcripts in minutes"

Term of the week: Super White

The white that makes all others feel inferior. Find out more in this week’s visual glossary term, courtesy of moviola.com.

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An Exclusive Look at the​ ​New​ ​EVA-1​ ​from​ ​Panasonic

On​ ​September​ ​14th,​ ​the​ ​new​ ​Super35​ ​EVA-1​ ​from​ ​Panasonic​ ​was​ ​presented​ ​for​ ​evaluation​ ​at the​ ​Academy​ ​of​ ​Motion​ ​Picture​ ​Arts​ ​and​ ​Sciences,​ ​along​ ​with​ ​three​ ​shorts​ ​in​ ​the​ ​lovely​ ​Linwood Dunn​ ​Theater​ ​to​ ​show​ ​off​ ​the​ ​images​ ​it​ ​can​ ​produce. I stopped by to see what they looked like.
My​ ​main​ ​camera​ ​is​ ​a​ ​Canon​ ​C100mkII​ ​and​ ​I’ve​ ​been​ ​eyeing​ ​this​ ​new​ ​Panasonic​ ​as​ ​a​ ​potential replacement​ ​since​ it was ​announced.​ ​I​ ​absolutely​ ​love​ ​the​ ​image​ ​I’ve​ ​been​ ​getting​ ​out​ ​of​ ​the Canon,​ ​especially​ ​after​ ​modifying​ ​some​ ​color​ ​and​ ​gamma​ ​settings,​ ​so​ ​I​ ​wasn’t​ ​in​ ​any​ ​hurry​ ​to switch​,
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ART OF THE CUT with “IT” editor, Jason Ballantine, ASE

Jason Ballantine, ASE (Australian Screen Editors) has been in the film industry since 1992 and is currently living in Los Angeles. He has won and been nominated for several Australian Awards for The Great Gatsby, Wish You Were Here and Wolf Creek.  He was also a part of the Oscar winning team for Mad Max: Fury Road.  In this installment of Art of the Cut, Jason and I discuss his most recent feature, Stephen King’s IT.
IT Post crew on steps of Hollywood Niebolt Haunted House: guy left in pink shirt, Post Supervisor Darin Read, girl in maroon shirt
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Blackmagic Design announces Ultimatte 12

Blackmagic Design announces Ultimatte 12 Ultimatte 12 will be demonstrated at IBC 2017, on the Blackmagic Design booth. Discover a new realtime hardware compositing processor that’s perfect for broadcast quality keying and much more. The all new Ultimatte 12 is more than the world’s best keyer, it’s an advanced real time compositing processor designed for the next generation of broadcast graphics. Ultimatte 12 features entirely new algorithms and color science, incredible edge handling, greater color separation, amazing color fidelity and better spill suppression than ever before. The world’s most trusted keyer now has one touch keying, incredible new image processing for realistic composites with colors
Blackmagic Design announces Ultimatte 12
Blackmagic Design announces Ultimatte 12
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Three New 4K Camcorders With Fast Auto Focus Announced By Sony

Small, light-weight and with killer Auto Focus the three newest members of  Sony’s camcorders club were announced today. Sony has beefed the trio up with phase detection Auto Focus, 4K, and HDR capable tools for shooting in every application whether it be home videos to corporate and events to broadcast and TV production.

Three New Camcorders

The three new camcorders are the XDCAM PXW-Z90, the NXCAM HXR-NX80, and the Handycam FDR-AX700. The Fast Hybrid AF system can nail your focus needs and track your subject while keeping it in focus. This is especially helpful during 4K shooting when a small dip
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Creating 3D Text Reveals in Motion

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to create 3D text reveals in Motion. While Final Cut Pro X has the exact same 3D text engine that Motion does, so you can create, apply materials, light, and animate 3D text in quite sophisticated ways, you cannot have the 3D text interact with any type of environment like a floor or a wall. And the lighting of 3D text does not impact any other elements in a scene. In Motion you can create these 3D text environments quite effectively but it takes a couple of Continue reading "Creating 3D Text Reveals in Motion"

proDAD’s Mercalli V4 Stabilizr at IBC 2017

proDAD’s Mercalli V4 Stabilizr at IBC 2017 The new plugin from proDAD to enhance MacOS post-production product lineup was announced today at IBC 2017 media, entertainment, & technology show in Amsterdam. The much anticipated Mercalli V4 Stabilizr video stabilization plugin for Apple’s Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5 will be available in October.  The new plugin brings the legendary video stabilization of the Mercalli V4 engine to Final Cut Pro X and integrates seamlessly into the workflow, giving editors affordable, highly effective video correction tools that deliver superior results compared with Apple’s built in stabilizer and competitive plug-in stabilization solutions. Video stabilization is only part
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VFX Basics with Vegas Pro

In our third look at MAGIX Vegas Pro we’re looking at a bit more depth when it comes to effects and adding some pizazz to your video. Like many other NLEs, Vegas Pro has a palette full of video effects (more can be added via the Vegas plug-ins) that can be applied using a clip by clip method. You can also apply effects to an entire track without using the adjustment layer way of working that some other NLEs use. But the design of Vegas takes effects one step further and lets you apply effects to the entire project which Continue reading "VFX Basics with Vegas Pro"

Classic Course: Working with “Pulldown” Footage

We kicked off this “classic course” series with a post on working with interlaced footage. Now we can share it’s close relative: working with 3:2 pulldown and related schemes to get images shot at traditional film rates to play nice with common video rates. Modern HD cameras allow you to select the frame rate used for shooting. By contrast, standard definition cameras – and any process the produced standard definition video, such as film transfers – had to play games to change the film rate of 24 fps to the video rates of 29.97 fps (NTSC) or 25 fps (PAL). Continue reading "Classic Course: Working with “Pulldown” Footage"

Set Scouter finds your ideal set in New York

Set Scouter finds your ideal set in New York Finding anything from urban lofts to traditional century homes or warehouses in New York to use as a set is practically at your fingertips, with Set Scouter’s listings giving you immediate access to tens of locations. Set Scouter is a full-service marketplace that connects film, TV and commercial producers with residential location owners looking to rent their spaces for production. Imagine a kind of “airbnb” for cinematographers, one able to get production crews into locations quicker and more affordably than traditional methods, while providing a safe and trusting way for homeowners to list their spaces. Set Scouter is now expanding
Set Scouter finds your ideal set in New York
Set Scouter finds your ideal set in New York
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Strategies for cybersecurity in post-production

Strategies for cybersecurity and post-production Fortium’s Adam Krentzman will discuss the latest solutions and strategies for cybersecurity in post-production in a special Master Class, September 16, at Sony Pictures Studios. A recent spate of high profile hacks has focused attention on cybersecurity in the media and entertainment industry. The problem is particularly acute in post-production where sensitive content is shared among an increasing number of studio staff and third-party service providers. Ensuring that content doesn’t fall into the wrong hands, either through internal error or criminal act, is of paramount importance. That’s the theme for the special Master Class organized by Fortium and presented, September Continue reading "Strategies for cybersecurity in post-production"

Sony RX10 IV: the world’s fastest AF speed

Sony RX10 IV: the world’s fastest AF speed Lighting fast AF, 24 fps continuous shooting for photos, a versatile 24-600mm in a compact body, that’s what the newest member of the Sony Cyber-shot RX family of cameras has to offer. Sony introduces the RX10 IV as the camera offering the world’s fastest – as of September 2017 – AF speed, with 24 fps continuous shooting with full AF/AE tracking. A first for Sony’s RX10 series of cameras, the new RX10 IV model features a Fast Hybrid AF system that combines the respective advantages of 315 phase-detection AF points covering approximately 65% of the sensor and contrast-detection AF to
Sony RX10 IV: the world’s fastest AF speed
Sony RX10 IV: the world’s fastest AF speed
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Filmmaker Friday featuring Filmmaker Einar Baldvin

With hundreds of careers and opportunities, the filmmaking industry can be a unique experience for a filmmaker. Filmtools decided to take a deeper look into the world of a Filmmaker. This week, we had the opportunity to speak to Filmmaker  Einar Baldvin about his work. This is what he said: What is your name, and where are you currently located?

Einar Baldvin: Einar Baldvin, Los Angeles

What is your Primary role on set?

Einar Baldvin:  Animation writer/director

Name a person in the industry that is on the top of his or her game in your role. 


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New Movie Edit Pro is 4K and 5x faster

New Movie Edit Pro is 4K and 5x faster A smoother display for up to 4K resolution and video editing that is 5x faster are some of the features of the new version of MAGIX’s Movie Edit Pro. Faster speed and smoother previews were two of the requests made by customers of MAGIX’x Movie Edit Pro, and faster speeds and smoother previews they got. The company says this release brings to the market a software that has been designed completely to customer feedback and is the result of close cooperation between MAGIX developers and Movie Edit Pro users. The brand new version of Movie Edit Pro represents a new
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New SmallHD 1703-P3X rivals OLED

New SmallHD 1703-P3X rivals OLED The SmallHD 1703-P3X is the company’s newest 17″ production monitor, eqquiped with a wide color gamut display that is bright enough to see outdoors, with an amazing viewing angle. Last February SmallHD expanded its 700 and 1700 series, and at the time introduced the 1703-P3, which is SmallHD’s first reference grade monitor. The 1703-P3 features true 10-bit color processing to deliver over a billion colors. It covers 100 percent of the DCI-P3 color space, features a 1500:1 contrast ratio and 179° viewing angle, along with SmallHD’s Pagebuilder OS and large toolset. The 1703-P3 is designed to serve the color Continue reading "New SmallHD 1703-P3X rivals OLED"