Cine Gear Expo 2019: the winners of Technical Achievement Awards


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From a total of 130 entries from the 306 attending vendors, 16 judges and 12 different product categories come the winners of the 2019 Cine Gear Expo Technical Achievement Award.

It’s never an easy task, but Cine Gear Expo’s team of sixteen expert judges representing a multiplicity of industry disciplines deliberated and voted on the worthy new technology candidates in 12 different product categories. With the event being the place where industry’s tech manufacturers aim to show crowds their hottest new production and post production gear, it’s a difficult task, most of the time. Still, the judges finished their work,

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Accusonus ERA 4 bundles: single-knob audio cleaning and noise reduction


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The ERA 4 Bundles (Enhancement and Repair of Audio) from Accusonus are a collection of single knob audio cleaning plug-ins designed to reduce complexity without compromising sound quality or fidelity.

Available in two collections, The Standard Bundle and the Pro Bundle, the new ERA 4 Bundles from Accusonus simplify, accelerate complex audio workflows with single-knob, intelligent control for high quality audio cleaning and repair for content creators of any skill level and on any platform.

Accusonus’ patented single knob design appeals to professional editors, filmmakers and podcasters as its advanced design greatly reduces, says the company, the time-consuming audio repair

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Advanced keying with After Effects: Part 5


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In the fifth and final part of this series on keying, I’ll demonstrate a range of compositing techniques to help integrate keyed footage into backgrounds. In parts 1 to 4 we looked at a range of tips, tricks and techniques to get better keys in After Effects.  Once we’ve keyed our clips and have a matte we’re happy with, there are a variety of additional processes we can apply to our matte, to make our composites look more realistic.

To be fair, this isn’t exactly a tutorial on compositing.  It’s more about how to prepare your footage for

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Exploring Ultrawide Workspaces – A Review of the Samsung CJ79


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For editing, the size and layout of your workspace is nontrivial. Most would argue doing so on a 17” laptop is an enormous pain and having an external monitor is a necessity. I’ve built all of my computers so I’ve long had a choice in monitoring, upgrading when technology warranted it (the jump from 4:3 CRT to 16:9 LCD was memorable). I’ve had the good fortune of adding some real winners to my setup, like the BenQ 27” I reviewed at the beginning of the year, and recently Samsung sent me their 34” CJ79 Ultrawide Curved monitor to check

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After Effects Classic Course: Hue/Saturation vs. Color Balance HLS


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In the previous post, we focused on the Hue/Saturation effect – but at the end, we briefly mentioned the Color Balance HLS effect which would seem to cover the same territory. Well, it actually has quite a different look. The following movie compares the two head-to-head:

Since we created those movies, a new effect appeared that we also like: Vibrance. Vibrance has a similar effect as increasing saturation, except that it never clips a color channel, meaning it keep a much better overall balance to the resulting colors with a less-obvious result. It’s a very simple effect, with just Vibrance and Continue reading “After Effects Classic Course: Hue/Saturation vs. Color Balance HLS”

CG Blood


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Simulating blood dripping with X-Particles.

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Blood

On the heels of creating X-Particles Lava a few weeks ago, I decided to try my hands at making blood. There’s always a need for blood dripping from something in visual effects for horror films, or even for halloween mograph animations too. Blood presents some interesting challenges too. The viscosity of blood sits somewhere between water, and thin paint.

Repurposing a few lessons I learned from making Lava, I proceeded to test out some ideas for cg blood. This process included some wins, and some fails. Most of the issues were related

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Transcend Portable SSD ESD350C: the quest for fast portable drives


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Announced recently, the Transcend ESD350C Portable SSD is one of a series of new options introduced by the company, which include a range of speedier products from USB flash drives to card readers.

To explore the ease of use and fast transfer speeds offered by USB Type-C ports, you need more than one drive with the interface, you need to have a whole range of products that allow to keep data flowing at the speed offered by the fastest connection available. That’s the reason why Transcend is expanding its family of USB Type-C portable storage devices. USB Type-C also has

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A to Z of Photography: Hyper-lapse and Horst P. Horst


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A to Z of Photography: Hyper-lapse and Horst P. Horst

From contemporary to classic in one breath, in this installment of the A to Z of Photography I outline the current, and oh so trendy, hyper-lapse technique before showcasing the work of the classic, and brilliant, photography of Horst P. Horst, including his signature work the “Mainbocher Corset”. Read on for more!

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A sniglet for all casters-Max Flight goes 48 kHz-your new show


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In BeyondPodcasting episode 15, Chris Curran of Podcast Engineering School and I introduce a new sniglet for all casters (which I also explain). Max Flight of Airplane Geeks joins the 48 kHz Alliance with a pre-recorded acceptance speech. Even if you don’t remember (or never knew) sniglets, I’ll get you up to speed. Spoiler: This one has to to with post-production and distribution. Finally, I’ll talk about the new online show you probably plan to create. Listen ahead.

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Insights on Retouching From a Retoucher’s Perspective With Jeff Whitlock


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Insights on Retouching From a Retoucher's Perspective With Jeff Whitlock

Jeff Whitlock’s work as a high-end retoucher has been gaining notice for the last several years, and just about every time I turn around, Jeff is sharing some amazing project he’s just worked on. From the “This is not Magritte” series to his work on portraits of celebrities, Jeff has been knocking it out of the park with great regularity.

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Media Composer 2019 – A step in the right direction?


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The day has come for Media Composer editors.  As the line went in Star Wars …”It will be a day long remembered”.  The release of Media Composer 2019(.6) (MC2019), is one that Avid has been pushing for a while now.  We’ve seen the NAB demos, and the live user group feeds showing it off, but the question still remains….Is it a step in the right direction? Well, this “review” is more going to look at answering that question as opposed to getting in and talking about new features.  Don’t get me wrong, we’ll discuss (and show you via

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Pond5 offers editorial video content from Reuters, CoverVideo and Newsflare


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The new collection introduced by Pond5 with a industry-disrupting licensing model, offers news, celebrity, sports, and user-generated content from Reuters, Cover Video, Newsflare, and more.

Pond5 continues to celebrate agreements with different companies to offer its clients some of the most diverse collections. Now the company announces a new royalty-free Editorial collection, featuring timely footage from the worlds of current events, sports, and entertainment, plus a wealth of video from citizen journalists, who are able to capture unique footage in the moment, as it unfolds.

According to Pond5, access to high-quality news footage has traditionally been subjected to complicated licensing

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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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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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