Media Archiving Tips from Hollywood

Keenan J. Mock - Media Archiving

The Importance of Media Archiving

Media archiving and backup are vital. I was mid-way through a school project. I’d spent hours tweaking and finessing. My media was on a USB drive, and I was editing in Media Composer in HD. The computer crashed. I took it to the Apple Store. They had to wipe the hard drive to get it back up and running. We were able to transfer some of the data to a CD, but that was it. That incident taught me the importance of data protection. I bought two external hard drives and started running Time Machine Continue reading "Media Archiving Tips from Hollywood"

Dimenco demonstrates Simulated Reality solution in Los Angeles

Dimenco shows Simulated Reality solution Los Angeles Introduced by KDX/Dimenco, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, this May, Simulated Reality (SR) joins the other realities we’re now familiar with: virtual, augmented and mixed. Simulated reality has been a key element in science fiction, and has been explored by game designers in computer and console games, and also by the video industry, in everything from films to TV series. Although some may confuse the term with virtual reality – which, again, some suggest can become very real – the truth is that simulated reality is something completely different and is, in fact, a goal which, if attainable, is
Dimenco shows Simulated Reality solution Los Angeles
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Top 5 New Features in Adobe Premiere Pro CC

New Features in Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Adobe Premiere Pro CC had a decent update at NAB 2018. Like everyone else, Jeff Greenberg immediately wanted to know what the new features were. After reviewing the list, Jeff put together his top 5 favorite new features in Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Some of these features are new within the last year, but not in the most recent update. His list includes the following new tools:

1. Shot Comparison and Matching

Premiere Pro Shot Matching
Shot Comparison in Premiere Pro
Adobe Premiere Pro CC includes new tools for shot matching. The first is a split view
Premiere Pro - Essential Graphics Panel
Premiere Pro - Essential Audio Panel
Premiere Pro - 360 Video Tools
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ART OF THE CUT with Oscar-winning editor, Richard Chew, ACE

Richard Chew, ACE. (photo credit: Liv Torgeson)
Oscar-winning editor, Richard Chew, ACE, has cut so many iconic films that I’ve been “hunting” him for a while, trying to get an interview. Having edited The Conversation (BAFTA nominated), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Oscar and Eddie nominated), the original Star Wars (now called A New Hope, for which he won an Oscar for Best Editing), My Favorite Year, Risky Business, Shanghai Noon (Eddie nominated), I Am Sam, and Bobby – among many more – he was a treasure trove of wisdom that I wanted to
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Forensic audio: Jason Levine of Adobe demonstrates with Audition

Yesterday, Jason Levine used Adobe Audition to perform a forensic audio demonstration/study during his live Internet broadcast. Even though I have no idea who Laurel or Yanny are, I was blown away by Jason Levine’s demonstration. He used Adobe Audition’s Spectral Frequency Display to map the audio clip in question, comparing and contrasting to his own recordings of “Laurel” and “Yanny”. Enjoy the video ahead, courtesy of Jason Levine, Adobe.

Alan Bell’s Open Letter to the NLE makers

I rarely ever make a blog post these days about someone’s Vimeo or YouTube video but scrolling around Twitter today this video from feature film editor Alan E. Bell A.C.E popped up and it’s right up my alley. Alan has edited some of the biggest features out there (The Hunger Games Trilogy, Red Sparrow) as well as indie features too (500 Days of Summer) so he has sat for long, long hours trying to make sense out of a mountain of footage.

A RED camera with a 140-year old lens

A RED camera with a 140-year old lens Pairing a lens built 10 years before the Eiffel Tower started to be built with a 5K RED DRAGON is not for everyone, but Mathieu Stern had a dream, so he found a solution, and made a short film about the experience. We’ve seen, in recent times, a growing trend for the relaunch of classic cameras and lenses, mostly using Kickstarter or Indiegogo as crowdfunding platforms. Some of those projects make no sense at all, while others, although promising, never leave the launching stage. There is also another trend related to this longing for the past: the use of older
A RED camera with a 140-year old lens
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LumaFusion elevates standard for mobile editing

LumaFusion elevates standard for mobile editing The newest update to the LumaFusion editor elevates the standard for mobile editing, offering professional workflow features akin to those usually only available on desktop editing platforms. Recently funded on Kickstarter, the GNARBOX 2.0 SSD, a rugged wireless device for backup and sharing media, is designed to work, as PVC described recently, “with apps from Adobe Premiere to Lightroom or LumaFusion”,  so content creators who prefer to travel without a laptop can still edit their photos and videos while away from a computer. Simultaneously with the announcement of the GNARBOX 2.0 SSD Kickstarter campaign,  Luma Touch announced
LumaFusion elevates standard for mobile editing
LumaFusion elevates standard for mobile editing
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Motion Array Coming In HOT With New Video Review And Portfolio Services

For the past few months, the folks over at Motion Array have been quietly working away on some seriously exciting new changes. And according to company co-founder, Tyler William, the number one driver behind these changes: an improved user-experience. Well, following the launch of Motion Array’s new-and-improved platform on May 1, we’re happy to report that an improved user-experience is exactly what the company’s delivered. Motion Array—the marketplace for Premiere Pro templates, After Effects templates, royalty free music and stock video —has just revolutionized itself into the ultimate video makers platform by adding two powerful new services: Review Continue reading "Motion Array Coming In HOT With New Video Review And Portfolio Services"

State of the NLE at Faster, Together 2018

The Right Editing Software

We’ve all at least seen it happen. Someone mentions an editing software. Someone else derides the intelligence of anyone who would use said software. Yet another says, “That’s like a carpenter saying they can only build a house with one brand of hammer!” 47 comments later, nobody has changed their opinion. Confirmation bias has made sure of that. A panel attempted to work this out last year at the Faster, Together Stage. Alas, software doesn’t stay the same for very long. Therefore, a new panel was formed. This year’s panel included Monica Daniel, Scott Simmons,
Monica Daniel
Scott Simmons
Vince Masciale
Panel discussing editing software
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Andrew Shulkind: human stories are our job and our lifeblood

Andrew Shulkind: human stories are our job and our lifeblood Obsessed with movies and lighting, a photography course set the path Andrew Shulkind would walk. Virtual Reality came after, and while it expands the way to tell stories, Andrew believes we’ve to watch so we don’t corrupt our legacy of storytelling. The International Cinematographers Guild recognized Andrew Shulkind as one of the top emerging cinematographers in 2013, and in 2014 he received the Studio Daily Prime Award, a distinction reserved for manufacturers leading technological innovation in the world of film. His passion for Virtual Reality, and the involvement with the development of VR and mixed reality camera solutions explain why
Andrew Shulkind: human stories are our job and our lifeblood
Andrew Shulkind: human stories are our job and our lifeblood
Andrew Shulkind: human stories are our job and our lifeblood
Andrew Shulkind: human stories are our job and our lifeblood
Andrew Shulkind: human stories are our job and our lifeblood
Andrew Shulkind: human stories are our job and our lifeblood
Andrew Shulkind: human stories are our job and our lifeblood
Andrew Shulkind: human stories are our job and our lifeblood
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Slow, Stalled and Stuck Media Files? Why FTP is no longer the best solution

The flow of data across the Internet is steadily and constantly increasing, with annual global IP traffic predicted to reach 3.3 ZB by 2021. Coined by Cisco in a recent report on IP network trends, “The Zettabyte Era” will be defined by a continued surge of traffic over the next few years. “Overall,” says the report, “IP traffic will grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 24 percent from 2016 to 2021,” with IP video traffic making up 82 percent. “It would take more than 5 million years to watch the amount of video that will cross
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Getting Started with HitFilm Pro – Lesson 2 – Creating your first project

In our last lesson, in our look at learning HitFilm Pro, we talked about the different purchasing (as well as free) options, when it comes to HitFilm.  In this lesson, we’re going to launch the application, and get started using the application, so let’s get to it! When you launch the application, you are brought to the “Home” screen.  Here you can choose to create a New Project, open an Old Project, check out the HitFilm Pro (HFP) User Guide, and even see some of the more popular tutorials from the HFP YouTube channel.  I thought that these tutorials were
HitFilm Pro Project Selection WIndow
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Managing complex expressions in After Effects

Expressions in After Effects are a powerful tool for animation, but while they can be as simple as the ‘wiggle’ function, working with more complex expressions can begin to get cumbersome. Expressions are straightforward if you are only dealing with one property – for example, an opacity expression to automatically fade a layer up and down. However they can get messy when you want to use the same expression code for multiple properties – for example, a physics simulation that calculates position, scale and rotation.  In this case, each time you make a change to the code you need
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How to Blur out the Backgrounds in Photoshop

How to Blur out the Backgrounds in Photoshop Gear matters under specific circumstances in photography, and without any doubt, you might need specific lenses for certain effects. But, if you cannot afford fast, high-end glass, and want to achieve that creamy-blurred background, then your Photoshop skills matter. [ Read More ]