Hasselblad X1D II 50C, a camera to optimize the X System


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Hasselblad X1D II 50C

Hasselblad introduces the evolved X1D II 50C camera, along with a XCD 35-75 zoom lens, Phocus Mobile 2, and reveals details of the upcoming CFV II 50C digital back and 907X camera body.

The X1D II 50C camera from Hasselblad is, one can say, a Mark II of the model with which the company introduced the world’s first mirrorless medium format digital camera. The new model continues to challenge users to take medium format outside of the studio, and Hasselblad says that this model further optimizes the X System for a wider audience of creatives. Having listened to user feedback

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Filmmakers and Financing: you’ve read the book, the film comes soon


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Filmmakers and Financing

Now in its eighth edition, the book “Filmmakers And Financing: Business Plans For Independents”, by Louise Levison, is the inspiration for a film, “Movie Money CONFIDENTIAL” that  premieres July 13!

“Filmmakers and Financing” is the industry standard. It explains in a step-by-step format how to write a business plan and shares with readers other proven tips for attracting financing. In the book, now in its eight edition, an updated and expanded filmmaker’s guide, Louise Levison tells how to pitch investors, explaining who they are, what they want and what to tell them, and offers words of advice from filmmakers who

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REVIEW: Red Giant VFX Suite


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Red Giant Software has been developing After Effects plugins for over 15 years, and today they’ve launched their newest product.  The brand new Red Giant VFX Suite is comprised of nine individual After Effects plugins, including an updated Primatte Keyer and the latest version of Knoll Light Factory. The new VFX suite replaces the older Keying Suite and Effects Suite, which have both been discontinued.

All nine plugins include GPU acceleration, and all support projects with 8, 16 and 32 bit depth.  Where relevant, they support motion blur.

Of the nine plugins, four are updates to older products

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Unboxing the tech of the new Mac Pro


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If you’re secretly confused by the techno jargon being used to market the new Mac Pro, you’re not alone. To many, the real question is: Which users will benefit from the kind of futuristic hardware this new Mac will offer?  Read on as we set out to explain and demystify FPGAs, graphics APIs, RAM bandwidth, and more.

The new Mac Pro carries a base price of around $6,000 USD, and by one estimate the top-of-the-line model might set you back $45,000 USD (without the monitor). For any size of studio that represents a significant investment. So, will it be worth

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Hands-on: Nik Collection 2 with DxO’s PhotoLab 2.3 ESSENTIAL photo editor


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Back from the dead in 2018, Nik Collection is now available in version 2, with a complete photo editor added. Even if you just want the plugins, try the editor, PhotoLab 2.3 ESSENTIAL, and be surprised.

Nik Software  started, in 1995, the adventure that would become a series of plugins praised by photographers everywhere. A decade later, with Nikon investment, a move that explains the birth of Capture NX, a stand-alone photo editing program developed by Nik Software and Nikon, the company transformed into a software research and development company, the name behind a product that has its name

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Geometry Growth


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Growth system using native Cinema4D tools

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Something Different

This week I decided to make something a little different. I’ll be using only native Cinema4D tools to create this one. Titled “Uncoil Springy Thingy” initially when I created it. I didn’t think that would really be that approachable for a video tutorial, so Geometry Growth it is.

Start simple

A really smart way to think when creating anything it to start simple. Wether you block out a path for animation, use a basic shape before defining a character, or even thinking of a base action that begins a system.

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After Effects Classic Course: Hue Saturation Tips


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After that run of movies on blur effects, now we’re going to turn our attention to color, starting with what was one of our most-used plug-ins: Hue/Saturation. You maybe used to just grabbing the Hue wheel or Saturation slider to alter an image, but there is so much more inside this simple effect, including the ability to target and modify just a specific range of colors, which is incredibly useful both for creative and corrective purposes:

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A Special Offer from Syncly – Affordable Music and Customizable Tracks for Editors and Production Professionals


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Creative professionals of all types and sizes continue to sort through challenges related to identifying and licensing the right piece of music for their project. From a licensing perspective, everyone from music supervisors to freelancers to students struggles with the costs for music on their projects. On a technical level, editors often have to slug through large quantities of tracks while also finding the time to listen to and assess all of their options.

Syncly Music provides a solution to both of these issues by offering high-quality music with industry-leading tech to customize tracks. Additionally, their pricing model is also

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LumaFusion 2.0 supports 12 tracks, markers and external monitor


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LumaFusion 2.0

LumaFusion now features 12 tracks of video/audio, external monitor support, markers, and more, making this a dramatically enhanced new version of the video editing application for iOS.

If you’re new to editing video and want to try LumaFusion, this is the best time to adopt the app. The special promotion running until June 27, 2019 gives new users a 50% discount over the regular price of $29.99, meaning you’ll pay only $14.99 for LumaFusion 2.0. the app is now available on the App Store.

Created by Luma Touch, a team of passionate engineers, designers, and video professionals

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Bullies don’t own you


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You sad little man…You are quite honestly not that important to me.”

Those words were directed at me by my former employer.

The words and the personal attack are supposed to hurt and humiliate me, but they simply sound like the taunts of a schoolyard bully. Words like those might have affected me when I was 10 or 11 years old on the playground, but as a 30 year veteran in the creative field, they strike me as sad.

It’s a fact that in your career you are likely to… no scratch that. You WILL interact with people who

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Cine Gear: VISTA-M Lenses by T M Camera Solutions


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A mix of modern optical performance and function with the character of a vintage lens. The all-new Masterbuilt VISTA-M lenses are Large Format lenses. The entire lens range has an aperture of T1.4 and a flair for flare.

These lenses are all about delivering vintage character. Like many older lenses, these MasterBuilt VISTA-M lenses all have very clear center sharpness and a look our Nathan Thompson thought reminded him of Canon C-35 vintage cinema lenses.

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Like a lot of the new lenses on the market, these lenses have a vintage look, but with the added benefit of modern optics,

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Cine Gear 2019: cMotion Cinefade VariND and Depth of Field


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Subtle image control when done very well is subtextual to the viewer. To execute the effect smoothly and repeatedly can be a challenge. With the Cmotion lens control system the iris motor slaves to the Cinefade VariND allowing cinematographers to change their depth of field while maintaining perfect exposure.  The in-camera effect is remotely controlled with a cmotion cPRO LCS via the hand unit.

 

The Cmotion Cinefade VariND consists of a Motorised Polariser and a Static Polariser. When inserted into a matte box together, they form a variable ND filter that works as a standalone VariND or as a

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ART OF THE CUT with Tiffany Hillkurtz, editor of “The Secret Life of Pets 2”


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Tiffany Hillkurtz started working in animation in 1997 as an assistant in the animation department. She continued through the ranks of editorial on films like Space Chimps, Astro Boy, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Free Birds, Penguins of Madagascar, Minions, and The Grinch. (My favorite imdb note on Hillkurtz is that she played a Jawa in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope  including an adorable photo of her in costume.)

Art of the Cut spoke with Hillkurtz about her work as the editor of The Secret Life of Pets 2.

(This interview was transcribed with SpeedScriber.

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Mistika Workflows: Media Management, Transcoding and Delivery in a single app


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Mistika Workflows

SGO pre-releases Mistika Workflows, its first dedicated Media Management, Transcoding and Delivery software solution. The open beta phase is open to everyone who wants to test-drive it.

Aware that the demand for highly efficient content production is greater than ever before, with new delivery standards becoming a requirement, especially from the increasing number of on-demand providers, the European developer, SGO, which offers high-end software solutions within the post-production market since 1993, developed a new product, Mistka Workflows.

The new app aims to solve the problems created by the lack of automation and repetitive human interventions that can lead to mistakes,

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Learn Maya in 30 minutes, for free


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With the market squeezing editors more and more to become generalists, 3D animation skills are becoming highly valued. But learning Autodesk’s Maya—the industry standard 3D package—has been notoriously difficult. Until now. Hot off the moviola.com presses, our Maya Survival Guide will get you up to speed on the fundamentals of 3D animation using Maya in a little over 30 minutes (OK, well 38 minutes, but we’re rounding to the nearest 30).

What can you really learn in 30 minutes? Quite a lot actually. We’ve proven time and again with our Survival Guides that it’s the perfect amount of time

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The Filmtools Podcast Eps. 8 (w/ High Speed Cinematographer Peter Cote)


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Each week The Filmtools Podcast talks with industry professionals in a candid conversation about their career, relevant news within the industry, and about the art and gear behind filmmaking.

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For the season one finale of The Filmtools Podcast, we talked with director and cinematographer Peter Cote! Born and raised in Michigan, Peter first found work on HBO’s “The Pacific” and later built his own commercial production company. After creating a viral ad for Levis and working on other major campaigns, Peter decided to move on from the growing business to pursue other passions. Continue reading “The Filmtools Podcast Eps. 8 (w/ High Speed Cinematographer Peter Cote)”

Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra Macro from Venus Optics is now shipping


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Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra Macro is now shipping

The Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra Macro APO lens looks like any other 100mm Macro lens in terms of size, but its optical construction gives you much more in an affordable package, priced at $449.00.

The same size as my Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, the Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO is different, because it only offers manual focus, which may be a negative point for some. On the other end, it doubles the magnification, which can be an advantage for macro shooters. The lens is available for Canon, Nikon and Sony.

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Affinity Publisher is coming: an affordable desktop publishing app


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Affinity Publisher

Serif’s most ambitious app yet, Affinity Publisher, is officially launched this June, and there is an exclusive early access offer and 20% discount for pre-orders for this affordable alternative to Adobe InDesign.

Creating eBooks, booklets, brochures and single page adds has always been part of my work as a photographer. With the DTP tools available in recent years, photographers had a chance to use their photographs in multiple ways. Lightroom introduced a solution to create eBooks and .pdf documents to send to a printer, but those looking for more sophisticated alternatives had to use an app like InDesign. Now, finally,

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Skylum Luminar 3.1.1: going faster now


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Skylum Luminar 3.1.1: going faster now

Even if you have hundreds — even thousands — of photos in your library, you’ll find an improved launch time in Luminar, thanks to the recent update, says Skylum.

According to Skylum, Both Mac and Windows versions see an easier navigation thanks to the new update. Have a photo that you’re trying to locate in a specific folder? It’s now easier than ever. All you have to do is right-click on the photo and select Go to > Folder in Library, and you’ll be immediately taken to the folder that contains that photo. This is perfect for finding photos that

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SMPTE Hollywood explores Immersive VR and shows holographic display


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SMPTE Hollywood Section explores Immersive VR and shows holodeck

Star Trek’s holodeck continues to be the goal in terms of Virtual Reality projects, and at SMPTE’s next meeting a group of specialists will discuss their plans for building holodeck-like technologies.

June’s meeting of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers makes justice to the organizations claim that it is defining the future of storytelling. At the meeting, held under the title, “Building Truly Immersive Experiences: Are You Ready for the Holodeck?”,  SMPTE Hollywood will host a panel discussion by representatives of companies that are founding members of  the Immersive Digital Reality Alliance, IDEA. The event will include

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