New BIOSTAR SSDs make computer upgrades more accessible


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New BIOSTAR SSD makes computer upgrades more accessible

The year now starting is going to be the year of the SSD, both SATA and NMVe, with companies offering new drives at lower prices. BIOSTAR announced its 240GB SSD for $35.

With Samsung’s announcement of its new Samsung 970 EVO Plus, a new and faster 250GB NVMe SSD which costs only $89.99, and the introduction by Western Digital’s of its WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD, with a 250GB version priced at $79.99, SSD prices are tumbling down this 2019. The result of prices being lowered for NMVe means that regular SSDs are coming down to

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AE Project Diary: 8) 3D City


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This city flythrough was created entirely using After Effects, with the final composition involving over 18,000 layers.  I made this almost 7 years ago, at the start of 2012, and it was all created in After Effects CS5 running on a 2009 MacPro.  Just to clarify – there is no 3D here, only After Effects.  And today we’re looking at how – and why – I put it all together. Even in 2012, when I was making it I knew it was an unusual project, and I’ve been planning to talk about it for some time. 

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Western Digital: new WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD for data-intensive content


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Western Digital: new WD Black NVMe SSD for data-intensive content

Western Digital introduced its new NVMe SSD, including a version with integrated heatsink, the high-performance WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD with up to 2TB capacity on a single-sided M.2 form factor.

The PC is back in all its glory, as both a high performance entertainment machine and a working station, thanks to advancements in PC and graphics technologies. From gaming to VR, from video editing to photo edition, the PC is fast becoming the reference machine, and solutions like the WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD announced by Western Digital at PAX South make complete sense, as users need both

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Western Digital: new WD Black NVMe SSD for data-intensive content

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Samsung 970 EVO Plus: new and faster 250GB NVMe SSD costs only $89.99


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Samsung 970 EVO Plus: 250GB NVMe SSD now costs $89.99

If you want to move your OS to a faster SSD, the time to do so has arrived: Samsung just introduced its new 970 EVO Plus, and it’s a Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) SSD that gives “fast” a new meaning.

If you think your OS is running fast on a regular SSD, then imagine how it will run when a NVMe SSD is used. The temptation is high, specially with the prices coming down on these drives. In fact, Samsung just announced this new Samsung 970 EVO Plus, and the prices start at $89.99 for the 250GB model, which

Samsung 970 EVO Plus: 250GB NVMe SSD now costs $89.99
Samsung 970 EVO Plus: 250GB NVMe SSD now costs $89.99

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ART OF THE CUT with Hank Corwin, ACE on editing VICE


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Hank Corwin, ACE, was nominated for an ACE Eddie for The Horse Whisperer; and for an Oscar and won an ACE Eddie for The Big Short. Editing work also includes Tree of Life, Natural Born Killers, Snow Falling on Cedars and work as additional editor on JFK, Public Enemies and Moneyball.

Most recently, he was nominated for an Oscar, a BAFTA and the ACE Eddie for editing VICE, which is what we discussed in this interview.

(This interview was transcribed with SpeedScriber. Thanks to Martin Baker at Digital Heaven)

HULLFISH: You’ve worked with a pantheon of directors: Malick,

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Classic Course: Box Blur


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Want to decide how smooth or coarse your blur is? This is the effect to use.

The next few movies we’re going to share from our retired Insight Into Effects  course for Adobe Affects will focus on some less-used blurs. Box Blur is one of the most versatile in that you can decide how many “iterations” are used to determine the smoothness of the blur, going anywhere from a low-res over-compressed look to creating wispy clouds of faint color from your original footage.

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Michael Semanick – Storytelling with Sound


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Michael Semanick MixMichael Semanick is an award-winning rerecording mixer of some of the most creative and celebrated films to come out of Hollywood in recent decades. He’s collaborated with the finest film storytellers working today like Tim Burton, David FincherPeter Jackson, and Brad Bird to name just a few. His diverse film work has garnered 11 Academy Awards nominations and winning two: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and King Kong. He’s equally comfortable creating soundscapes for live action blockbusters like The Last Jedi as he is with animated features like Wall-E  and

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE Mix
Incredibles 2 Mix
spider-man-into-the-spider-verse-dom-SpiderVerse Mix
Brad Bird
ElasticGirl_motorcycle Mix
Alice Mix
DFC_Lego_Batman Mix
welcome-to-marwen_Hogie_ Mix
Inside Out Mix

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Photoshop: How to Make Quick Luminosity Masks From Gradient Maps


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Photoshop: How to Make Quick Luminosity Masks From Gradient Maps

If you’ve ever used luminosity masks, you know how perfect they can be for creating specific looks, effects and styles, and are also hugely purposeful for specific utility processes in your workflow. There are many ways to go about creating luminosity masks, but have you considered simply using the Gradient Map adjustment layer for this?

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Jeff Bridges receives American Society of Cinematographers Award


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Extraordinary on screen, remarkable as a person, Jeff Bridges will receive the American Society of Cinematographers Board of Governors Award on February 9.

A keen photographer, Jeff Bridges continues to create photographs depicting the actors, crew and locations, building a narrative of the industry from his point of view. He is not a filmmaker, but he is a story teller, both through his career as an actor and as a photographer. On sets, Bridges regularly takes pictures that illustrate the behind the scenes we never get to see. After completion of each motion picture, he edits the images into a

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Jeff Bridges receives American Society of Cinematographers Award

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Let’s Edit with Media Composer – What’s New in Title Studio 2019


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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe talks about the newest updates to Boris Continuum Complete 2019’s Title Studio. This first, in a multi-part tutorial series, will focus in on BCC’s excellent title application. This effect has improved by leaps and bounds since it’s inception, and if you’re a Media Composer editor who does most of their titling in app, this will become your “Go To” effect for high end titling, in both HD and larger than HD projects!

 

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ART OF THE CUT on “Black Panther” with editor Michael Shawver


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Editor Michael Shawver has edited all of director Ryan Coogler’s films, starting with Fruitvale Station and Creed. He’s edited numerous other projects and also worked as an additional editor on Godzilla: King of the Monsters and is currently editing Honest Thief.

For this interview, we discussed his work on Black Panther, which he co-edited with Debbie Berman, ACE. Berman is currently working on Captain Marvel and was unavailable for the interview.

(This interview was transcribed with SpeedScriber. Thanks to Martin Baker at Digital Heaven)

HULLFISH: What were some of the basics of the schedule?

SHAWVER: I flew out

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Autodesk releases Maya 2019


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Autodesk releases Maya 2019

Faster animation playback, higher quality 3D previews  and performance improvements are some of the features highlighted by Autodesk on the announcement of Maya 2019 availability.

Featuring significant updates to help artists achieve their creative vision within a faster, more interactive and visually engaging working environment, Maya 2019 continues to pursue the ultimate goal of any animation software: to address the key challenges artists face throughout production.

Faster computers allow for faster workflows, as Autodesk demonstrated at CES 2019, where it teamed with Nvidia to show the ray-tracing features of the new GeForce RTX graphics cards used in the Max-Q laptops.

Autodesk releases Maya 2019
Autodesk releases Maya 2019
Autodesk releases Maya 2019

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GoPro Fusion: new firmware raises resolution and supports 24fps


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GoPro Fusion can, with the new firmware v2.0, capture at a resolution of 5.8K and the new resolution supports 24fps, marking a Fusion first to incorporate seamlessly with TV and film productions.

This is something that some users  were asking for, and it represents the biggest update since launching the Fusion in 2018.  GoPro says that this is that time of the year where new resolutions about, and they took a very literal resolution… improving the resolution of the Fusion camera. The new firmware v2.0 enables a new 5.8K capture resolution that, when stitched, produces

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