Refine Your Images Contrast With This Simple Capture One Pro Tool

Refine Your Images Contrast With This Simple Capture One Pro Tool Capture One offers quite a few tools to adjust your raw files. It’s best known for its color editing capabilities, but luminosity adjustments are also very well designed. One of them was introduced last year with Capture One Pro 9, and it’s called the Luma Curve. It’s a powerful feature to adjust contrast manually while avoiding any color shift. Let’s see how it works and how it compares to an RGB curve. [ Read More ]

AOTC with editor of the documentary “KEDI”

Mo Stoebe currently works as freelance editor of both documentaries and narrative films in Los Angeles. He got his start in the industry as motion designer and animator for commercials and music videos, but his love for film eventually brought him to editing long-form content. He’s completed five documentaries and a feature and loves learning something new about the art of editing every day. Art of the Cut discusses one of his latest project, the documentary Kedi which has received praise form many fronts. It is currently available on Netflix. HULLFISH: While there are English subtitles, the language spoken in
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Term of the week: Choking

What happens when the matte in your alpha channel is too big? You choke it. Confused? moviola.com‘s glossary term of the week is here to help. About moviola.com moviola.com is a resource dedicated to the art of filmmaking, and only filmmaking. It covers every aspect from pre-production to final delivery. Its Coffee Break Film School focuses on core competencies, while other features like the Glossary of Terms and Compendium provide a visual reference library for understanding specific techniques and industry jargon.
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Conventional Wisdom vs. Delivery Reality

We were fortunate to get in on the desktop editing and motion graphics revolutions at the very beginning. One of the ways we kept our ahead above water in those turbulent earlier years was by making sure we studied technical delivery issues, as both video and film’s requirements were so different than the way computers normally handled and displayed images. You would think that by now, life would be easier: non-square-pixel D1 and DV video have all but gone away; delivery for theatrical release is almost an entirely digital rather than chemical process these days; heck, the computer itself is
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Avid’s slide about the future of Media Composer

One of the most intriguing things I saw come out of NAB 2017 wasn’t on the show floor of NAB but rather an image that popped up on Twitter out of the Avid Connect event held in the days before NAB began. It was the result of an Avid Customer Association survey as to what editors wanted to see in upcoming versions of Media Composer. Since this image was publicly tweeted out by Avid it’s worth dissecting. I can’t
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Filmmaker Friday featuring Filmmaker Kenny McMillan

With hundreds of careers and opportunities, the filmmaking industry can be a unique experience for a filmmaker. Options include pitching an idea, or a commission through screenwriting, casting, shooting, editing, and screening your project. Filmtools decided to take a deeper look into the world of a Filmmaker. This week, we had the opportunity to speak to Filmmaker Kenny McMillan about his work. This is what he said:

What inspires you?

Kenny McMillan:  Excellence. By that I mean I get fired up by seeing other artists (of any form) hit that flow state, pushing their art and effectively utilizing what

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Never Deal With Syncing Camera Times Again

Never Deal With Syncing Camera Times Again Working with a second shooter has a ton of advantages: you can cover more moments, you get different angles and perspective on the same moments, and they even allow you to try new things during the day that you normally couldn't afford to do. One of the more frustrating things about working with a second shooter though, is when you get back home to later find out that your cameras were not synced to the correct time. What you're left with is images from the reception all intermixed with images from getting ready. [ Read More ]

Go Behind the Scenes of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Go Behind the Scenes of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Summer is in full swing and that means there's plenty of blockbuster films to see over the next few months. One that my son and I are looking forward to is the next chapter in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise starring Jack Sparrow, aka Johnny Depp, along with returning original cast Orlando Bloom and . This is the fifth installment of the franchise and it hopes to breathe a fresh take on the story that brings back key characters from the first couple films. In this video, you get a fantastic glimpse into what makes these movies Continue reading "Go Behind the Scenes of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales"

Not a War Story: world premiere in June

Not a War Story: world premiere in June Military and entertainment will gather for the world premiere of Not A War Story at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on June 30, 2017. Proceeds from the event will benefit veterans across the United States. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Tim O’Donnell and produced by veteran Nick Palmisciano, Not a War Story is a feature length documentary about the military veteran community, their aspirations and the craft involved in the making of Range 15, an independent narrative film produced by military veterans released in Summer 2016. Range 15, which inadvertently became the single most decorated movie in history
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Five Hacks to Creating Cinematic Looking Video Without Breaking the Bank

Five Hacks to Creating Cinematic Looking Video Without Breaking the Bank Modern DSLR and mirrorless cameras are capable of shooting razor sharp footage in spectacular 4k 60fps and up. But how do you give your footage a cinematic feel without purchasing pricey anamorphic lenses and professional cinema cameras? Fstoppers is here to help with five great hacks to achieving a cinematic feel to your video without spending a small fortune. [ Read More ]

Tony Gallardo: Blackmagic Fusion for AE Artists

A few years back, Tony Gallardo decided that he wanted to try to find ways to become less dependent on After Effects. As part of his journey, he started studying Blackmagic Design’s Fusion. Whereas many Fusion users are focused on VFX, Tony’s day-to-day job relies heavily on motion graphics. In this presentation, Tony walks us through how to use Fusion to accomplish many of the same tasks often done in After Effects. For example, he talks about the Fusion equivalents to masks and solids. In addition, he talks about how to do Element 3D style graphics without any 3rd party Continue reading "Tony Gallardo: Blackmagic Fusion for AE Artists"

REVIEW: Sony MCX500 Portable Video Switcher and RM-30BP Remote Commander

It has been interesting to watch the recent upswing in multi-camera remote micro-production.  For quite a while, video cameras kept getting more capable and less expensive, but the price and complexity of gear to do multi-cam switching and recording stayed stubbornly high.  I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Newtek Tricaster here, which was the true pioneer in this space, but Newtek was soon followed by other manufacturers. The name that comes to mind next for me is Sony, since from 2008 to early this year I used their Anycast Station and Anycast Touch switchers to
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LaCie 12big Thunderbolt 3 RAID Review

Now that Apple has finally joined HP, Dell, MSI, Asus and others as part of the Thunderbolt 3 generation, the time has come to start discussing the devices and interconnectivity that will enable us as we head through the next generation of filmmaking. Digital acquisition has changed the imaging landscape, forcing content creators to rely on constantly changing technologies to stay ahead, usually without fully understanding the consequences of the ever changing formats and media types. With the realization that more than 136,000 photos and over 400 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute of every day, maintaining
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How big data and analytics affect the industry

How big data and analytics affect the industry The Hollywood Section of SMPTE will present a discussion, led by Bernie Laramie, on how big data and analytics are affecting the industry. Everything in a digital environment is trackable. Everything in a digital environment affects decisions on how projects evolve. Are media professionals using that information? SMPTE’s next meeting, scheduled for Monday, May 31, will examine how data — lots of it — is exerting a major impact on decision-making in television and film production. The title? “Big Data Drives Big Decisions”. Nothing is as simple has it was in 1928, when the Hollywood Section of SMPTE was organized, Continue reading "How big data and analytics affect the industry"

Excellence-28 Weeks of Post Audio-Week 28

“The test of the artist does not lie in the will with which he goes to work, but in the excellence of the work he produces.” – St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the Catholic Church’s greatest theologians and philosophers
Wrapping up this series I wanted to focus on one idea – the idea to pursue excellence in the work that you do. Since making movies is an “all hands-on deck” situation, a labor intensive, time consuming collaboration, it’s easy to look at aspects of the process and think that cutting corners on quality is OK. You will always be
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Demystifying Camera Picture Profiles

Demystifying Camera Picture Profiles Most, if not all, have seen the picture profile settings in our cameras. These can include settings for Landscapes, Portraits, or even Cine-style formats for filmmakers looking to achieve that cinematic look. But what do these mean and how do they affect our final image? [ Read More ]

Three Ways to Separate Yourself From Other Photographers

Three Ways to Separate Yourself From Other Photographers Social media consumption is at an all-time high and is on pace to increase at an exponential pace for the foreseeable future. We all seem to have capable technology on us always, whether it be a cell phone or dedicated interchangeable lens camera. With this rapid rate of consumption and the accessibility of technology we are living in a world saturated with quality content everywhere we look. Standing out among other photographers is getting more challenging daily and that’s why I put together these three ways to help separate yourself from other photographers. [ Read More ]

Jeff Greenberg – The VR Starter Kit

What equipment, plugins and budget are necessary when we deciding to work with VR? Jeff Greenberg provides all the necessary information about the VR Starting Kit in 11 minutes.
He talks about the main pain points in producing VR and gives some secrets on how to avoid them. If you still don’t know why you should care about VR and whether now is a good time to start experimenting, you may find the answers in this presentation.  
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Term of the week: White level

Broadcast legal is something often ignored by newcomers to the video industry. Find out what white levels are and why you should observe them in this week’s free glossary term from moviola.com. About moviola.com moviola.com is a resource dedicated to the art of filmmaking, and only filmmaking. It covers every aspect from pre-production to final delivery. Its Coffee Break Film School focuses on core competencies, while other features like the Glossary of Terms and Compendium provide a visual reference library for understanding specific techniques and industry jargon.
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