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"

How to Use Any Lightroom Presets in the Lightroom Mobile App

How to Use Any Lightroom Presets in the Lightroom Mobile App As Adobe Lightroom Mobile has become more and more powerful with each update, more photographers are starting to adopt mobile workflows to get images out to both social media and clients faster. The ability to quickly make edits on your phone or tablet then share those images almost instantly has a lot of uses. Now in his newest video, photographer and YouTuber Peter McKinnon gives a quick tutorial on how to apply presets within Lightroom Mobile. [ Read More ]

To Underexpose or Not to Underexpose, That Is the Question

To Underexpose or Not to Underexpose, That Is the Question Photography is all relative to the creator and the viewers, so the decision of whether to underexpose, overexpose, or to expose your portraits evenly is obviously subject to personal preference. There is merit to any of the methodologies that you could apply to your own photography and it really just comes down to figuring out what works best for you and your gear. [ Read More ]

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"

Improve Your Color Grading Skills in 20 Minutes With This Detailed Video Tutorial

Improve Your Color Grading Skills in 20 Minutes With This Detailed Video Tutorial Color grading is amongst the most important step of retouching. Along with lighting, it sets the mood of your image and can also help tie together the different elements of your composition. Learning all the different ways of altering colors in a picture is probably as important if not more important than knowing how to retouch skin or remove objects. In this 20-minute long tutorial, Michael Woloszynowicz explains everything there is to know about the color balance layer adjustment and how to use it to color balance your images in the best way possible. [ Read More ]

Improve Your Color Grading Skills in 20 Minutes With This Detailed Video Tutorial

Improve Your Color Grading Skills in 20 Minutes With This Detailed Video Tutorial Color grading is amongst the most important step of retouching. Along with lighting, it sets the mood of your image and can also help tie together the different elements of your composition. Learning all the different ways of altering colors in a picture is probably as important if not more important than knowing how to retouch skin or remove objects. In this 20-minute long tutorial, Michael Woloszynowicz explains everything there is to know about the color balance layer adjustment and how to use it to color balance your images in the best way possible. [ Read More ]

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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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
proDAD’s Mercalli V4 Stabilizr at IBC 2017
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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"

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"

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
New Movie Edit Pro is 4K and 5x faster
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Alien Skin Reveals Huge Upgrade to Upcoming Exposure X3

Alien Skin Reveals Huge Upgrade to Upcoming Exposure X3 Alien Skin, creator of the award-winning photo editing software Exposure, recently announced the upcoming release of the newest version of its popular product, Exposure X3. If you are unfamiliar with Exposure, it is a non-destructive raw photo editor designed to be an all-in-one software for editing and organizing your photos. It is probably most well known for the hundreds of presets included in the software that can emulate analog film, as well as dozens of other modern styles. [ Read More ]

Adobe Video at IBC 2017

Adobe has revealed enhancements to their Creative Cloud video tools and services at IBC 2017. From September 15-19, Adobe is showing their latest updates in virtual reality (VR)/360, animation, motion graphics, editing, collaboration, and Adobe Stock, to be available later this year. Many of these features are powered by somewhat nebulous Adobe Sensei, an artificial intelligence and machine-learning framework. Here’s the quick-look intro video, in a list with other videos explaining the main feature updates in this release: Adobe Creative Cloud and Premiere Pro has become serious platform for professional editors, with new features in collaboration strengthening their offering. Around Continue reading "Adobe Video at IBC 2017"

Adobe Video at IBC 2017

Adobe has revealed enhancements to their Creative Cloud video tools and services at IBC 2017. From September 15-19, Adobe is showing their latest updates in virtual reality (VR)/360, animation, motion graphics, editing, collaboration, and Adobe Stock, to be available later this year. Many of these features are powered by a somewhat nebulous Adobe Sensei, their artificial intelligence and machine-learning framework. Here’s the quick-look overview video, in a list with other videos explaining the main feature updates in this release: Adobe Creative Cloud and Premiere Pro has become a serious platform for professional editors, with new features in collaboration strengthening their Continue reading "Adobe Video at IBC 2017"