Monday, June 24, 2013

Pro Tools 11 brings great new features for post sound | Pro Tools is Awesome!

Pro Tools 11 brings great new features for post sound | Pro Tools is Awesome!:
Avid’s latest iteration of Pro Tools, version 11, brings some fantastic new features to the world of post production sound.  Some of the best additions include offline bounce, full native 64-bit support, new metering ballistics, gain reduction metering for all tracks, and native support for Avid video codecs like DNxHD.  Let’s look closer at a few of these.

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Can Microsoft’s exFAT file system bridge the gap between OSes? | Ars Technica

Can Microsoft’s exFAT file system bridge the gap between OSes? | Ars Technica:
With Apple's licensing of Microsoft's exFAT file system, it seems like we finally have a good option for OS X and Windows disk swapping. Dave Girard spent some time investigating the appeal, the limitations, and the alternatives to exFAT.

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MXF4mac Player - free download - Hamburg PRO Media

MXF4mac Player - free download - Hamburg PRO Media | Deyson Ortiz:
Recently I had a producer-client that was looking for a way to preview her .MXF files or P2 files without having to open up Final Cut. So while helping her out I discovered this very cool little software that is free.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Major Update to Adobe Creative Cloud Now Available

News: Major Update to Adobe Creative Cloud Now Available:
(San Jose, California--June 17, 2013) Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that a major update to Adobe® Creative Cloud™, the company’s flagship offering for creatives, is now available. Unveiled at Adobe MAX, The Creativity Conference, in early May and packed with new features, this Creative Cloud release reimagines the creative process through a stunning set of “CC” desktop applications and sophisticated cross-device collaboration and publishing capabilities. Creative files can be stored and shared, via Creative Cloud, on Mac OS, Windows, iOS and Android; and Behance, the world’s leading online creative community, is now integrated with Creative Cloud, so customers can showcase work, get feedback on projects and gain global exposure.

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Sony RAW Viewer Major Release With Significant New Enhancements & Features:

Sony RAW Viewer Major Release With Significant New Enhancements & Features::
Sony have release a new version of their RAW Viewer. It is considered to be a major release with significant new enhancements.
The Sony RAW Viewer is a dedicated application for viewing and basic colour grading of Sony RAW files shot by F65, PMW-F55 / F5 cameras and the NEX-FS700 camcorder with the optional AXS-R5 RAW recorder.

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News: reTooled.net Launches New Editing Workflow Tool

News: reTooled.net Launches New Editing Workflow Tool:
(New York, New York--June 19, 2013) reTooled.net officially launched its first editing workflow tool, reLink reTooled, today. Designed to efficiently relink and conform timelines, this innovative application minimizes tedium in the workflow and performs tasks found only in high-end finishing software. In seconds, editors now have the ability to relink an offline timeline to clips with different durations, file names and even resolutions.

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Blackmagic Design Releases Support for Adobe Creative Cloud by PVC News Staff

Blackmagic Design Releases Support for Adobe Creative Cloud by PVC News Staff:
The Desktop Video 9.7.5 software update allows users to take advantage of many new features in the Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications, such as powerful new editing timelines and shortcuts and audio mixing with Adobe Premiere Pro® CC and new creative and visual effects tools with Adobe After Effects® CC. Also included is support for Adobe Mercury Transmit that allows broadcast video monitoring to connect directly into the Adobe Mercury Playback engine which gives an incredible amount of real time effects with any video format or codec.

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Evaluating an Application's Video Color

Evaluating an Application's Video Color
Both AV Foundation and QTKit automatically apply color management to video during playback. See Technical Note TN2227 Video Color Management in AV Foundation and QTKit, which is considered a prerequisite for this document.
As discussed in Technical Note TN2227, ColorSync creates a color transform that provides a perceptual match between a known broadcast video color space (as specified by the 'nclc' tag) and the specific chromaticity and gamma characteristics of your display (as defined by the display's ICC profile). This color transformation is then applied to every pixel of each frame by the GPU in realtime as the video is played back on screen.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

new commands for finding missing footage, missing effects, and missing fonts in After Effects CC (12.0)

new commands for finding missing footage, missing effects, and missing fonts in After Effects CC (12.0) | After Effects region of interest:
When you have isolated a composition that contains references to a missing item, such as missing effects, simply double-click that composition in the Project panel to open the composition in the Timeline panel and automatically execute the search for the missing effects. This filters the layers in the Timeline panel to show only instances of missing effects.

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Smart Rendering in Adobe Premiere Pro

Smart Rendering in Adobe Premiere Pro | Adobe, Video:
This article is from the new website — Creative Cloud User The latest version of Adobe Premiere Pro CC adds some real power under the hood. When it comes to export your final project, you can often take advantage of Smart Rendering. To use this feature is pretty simple.

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

How To Build A DIY 4K Raid..!

How To Build A DIY 4K Raid..!
As many of you may already know or should know...4K is here to stay! That's right...each year the past several we've been hearing and seeing more and more 4K buzz at big expos like CES and Nabshow especially. So far we've seen the 4K TV and Professional Monitors hit market each year but at a very high buy in price. Though more recently the hottest screen for the money is the the Seiki 4K going for around $1499(or less...I've seen them sell for as little as $1k on ebay). This has been one big issue with 4K still taking a long time to be embraced outside of the local Movie Theaters like Regal, AMC, or for me locally Cinetopia have all upgraded screens to 4K. This past Nabshow we also got another curve ball. Blackmagic Design introduced a 4K Cinema Camera to follow last years 2.5K for $3k camera. The exciting part is it's only $4K for 4K(you can learn more about it on my Blackmagic Booth vid). The other issue have been how do I play it out. Well more recently various companies are offering you options. Nvidia have several offering that will output 4K, Matrox as well with their 4K Mojito Card(also check out my booth vid for Matrox with Dan discussing their new 4K card), and again Blackmagic with their NewDeckLink 4K Extreme so as you can see you have options!

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Review: Studio Speakers – Samson Resolv A6 vs. M-Audio BX5

Review: Studio Speakers – Samson Resolv A6 vs. M-Audio BX5:
I’ve used quite a few Speakers in the last 12 years (or so) I’ve been working on Audiostuff. I started with some passive Tannoy’s (not so much a fan of those) but over the years i also used:

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Technicolor's Color Certified Program ensures consistency across displays (video)

Technicolor's Color Certified Program ensures consistency across displays (video):
There's THX certification for TVs, ensuring potential buyers that they'll get solid home-theater visuals, so why shouldn't there be an equivalent for your gadgets' displays? Technicolor, along with software company Portrait Displays, is stepping up to the plate with a new standard for guaranteeing hue quality across PC and mobile panels. The Technicolor Color Certified Program will award screens that meet its requirements with a seal -- or logo, as it were -- of approval. What are the qualifications, you ask? Technicolor's spec is based on software from Portrait Displays, which works with OEMs to fine-tune screens for color accuracy. For the end user, the result should be consistent tones across all certified devices either automatically or when the Technicolor color setting is enabled for specific programs or apps. Head past the break for our eyes-on impressions.

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OS X 10.9 Mavericks boost for post production

OS X 10.9 Mavericks boost for post production | Alex4D: Editing organazized:
Once post production work has to be done by more than one person at a time, the speed of the network becomes an important consideration. This is because it is much more efficient if editors, motion graphics artists and colour graders can get access to the same video source files and most up-to-date edits. This is done with shared storage connected to computers by a fast network.

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The Fletcher 2013 Camera Comparison Chart:

The Fletcher 2013 Camera Comparison Chart::
Once again the great people from Fletcher Camera & Lenses who are well known for sales and rental of cine camera gear to big and small productions, have released their updated camera comparison chart.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

2013 Mac Pro expansion: A professional solution?

2013 Mac Pro expansion: A professional solution? | Alex4D: Editing organazized:
The main complaint many people have about the forthcoming Mac Pro is the lack of internal expandability. Post-production professionals have Mac Pros with PCIe cards for important functions, internal storage and disc burners. They’ve invested a lot of money in workflows that require this hardware.

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Adobe DNG Converter 8.1 Now Available - motionVFX Blog

Adobe DNG Converter 8.1 Now Available - motionVFX Blog: "
RAW file format is becoming increasingly popular. However, the issue is that different manufacturers use different RAW formats, and each provides their own software to read it. The solution is the Adobe's DNG converter.  Why use the Adobe's tool? First and foremost, it's free and it's regularly updated. Secondly, it's versatile by reading different manufacturers' RAW files. And thirdly, it has a publicly documented and easyli accessible specification (manufacturers keep their's a secret). Two months after the release of Adobe DNG Converter 7.4 we are given the new version of this tool: the 8.1

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Sony Ci Cloud Collaborative Post Production Tool

Sony Ci Cloud Collaborative Post Production Tool | Podcasts | About Us | Crews Control:
Sony Ci is a cloud software tool for Video Producers, Editors, and other video production professionals to store video, view, make notes, and share information about a project from anywhere in the world. This is a browser based tool so all you need is an internet connection and a username and password.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Light Illusion Releases Free Display Check Version of LightSpace CMS

Light Illusion Releases Free Display Check Version of LightSpace CMS | Below the Line:
U.K.-based color management specialist Light Illusion announced the release of a Free Display Check version of its LightSpace CMS display color management system. The prime application for the free version of LightSpace CMS is to verify any and all displays throughout a postproduction, broadcast or VFX facility, checking that all displays are accurately set up, without any unwanted color issues, and ensuring all footage is reviewed accurately throughout the image pipeline.

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Cinemartin Cinec 2.0, PRORES, DNG & CinemaDNG, DPX & RAW Converter For PC

News: Cinemartin Cinec 2.0, PRORES, DNG & CinemaDNG, DPX & RAW Converter For PC:
Cinemartin Cinec 2.0 is a brilliant companion for the workflow of camcorders and cinema cameras that are used to produce professional clips, dramas and even movies. This release is focused on cameras that outputs RAW images / files, like Blackmagic cinema camera, Canon Raw & C cameras, Sony F55 and Sony F65, Arri Alexa, and the RED one, Epic & Scarlet.

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Apple confirms new version of Final Cut Pro X coming alongside new Mac Pro later this year

Apple confirms new version of Final Cut Pro X coming alongside new Mac Pro later this year | 9to5Mac:
Yesterday’s unveiling of the all-new Mac Pro at Apple’s WWDC keynote certainly made up for the fact that we didn’t see any updates to Apple’s pro apps like we we’re hoping. However, you might have missed Phil Schiller’s rather quick confirmation that a new version of Final Cut Pro X is indeed coming later this year:

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Apple’s move to FirePro GPUs in the new Mac Pro

Apple’s move to FirePro GPUs in the new Mac Pro - Creative Impatience:
Perhaps one of the biggest surprises during the recent sneak-peek of the new Mac Pro was the inclusion of AMD FirePro GPUs. While at first it might look like Apple again showing the middle finger to all CUDA users, and perhaps to Adobe or BlackMagic, “it ain’t necessarily so”.

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All the New Stuff in OS X 10.9 "Mavericks"

All the New Stuff in OS X 10.9 "Mavericks":
Today Apple announced OS X 10.9 with long-awaited features like Finder tabs and tags, along with a few new ones. Come check out all the cool new stuff in the next version of the Mac operating system.

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New Mac Pros Coming Later This Year

New Mac Pros Coming Later This Year | Premiumbeat.com:
Apple releases a sneak peek of the new Mac Pros. Check out the product specs here!

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Avid Media Composer Export Options

Avid Media Composer Export Options - Final Cut Pro, Avid, and After Effects Training:
This lesson focuses on exporting a sequence from Avid Media Composer.  Learn how to create customized export settings.
This online training is the culmination of over 1000 hours of work, along with 17 years of Avid training experience. Some of the lessons you may have seen on YouTube, and those have been included as ‘bonus’ free lessons for the general public.

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Video Editing Apps: Premiere Pro vs Final Cut Pro X vs Media Composer

Video Editing Apps: Premiere Pro vs Final Cut Pro X vs Media Composer | Premiumbeat.com:

which editing software should I learnDeciding between Adobe Creative Cloud, Final Cut Pro X & Avid for pro video editing? Here are a few thoughts and opinions to help you make that call.

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Some best common practice DCP color space workflows part 2

Some best common practice DCP color space workflows part 2 | Knut Erik Evensen - KESE:
in 2011. I tried to find some good sources on DCP color space workflows. In this part 2 I want to go into more detail on these workflows and clarify some things:

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The Basics of HTTP Live Streaming

The Basics of HTTP Live Streaming | Larry's Blog:
The research for this article started when some of my subscription users started complaining that they could only see a few minutes of one of my longer webinars before they needed to reset their browser. At first, I thought this was caused by bad programming on our part. But, further research made me realize that iOS devices only stream about 10 minutes of continuous video content when they are connected to a cellular data network, then they stop.

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NAS or SAN? Part Two: When to use which for Video?

NAS or SAN? Part Two: When to use which for Video? | wolfcrow:
As we saw in Part One, a SAN is built for speed and reliability. To make the SAN behave like your hard drive, you’ll have to eliminate the middle man – the Operating System/File System. A SAN actually lets you reach and take what you want from a hard drive directly. The technical word for this is: having block-level access – the ability to read files directly in blocks (many at a time) to get the fastest data transfer possible.

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Raw is not log, log is not raw. They are very different things.

Raw is not log, log is not raw. They are very different things. | XDCAM-USER.COM:
Having just finished 3 workshops at Cinegear and a full day F5/F55 workshop at AbelCine one thing became apparent. There is a lot of confusion over raw and log recording. I overheard many people talking about shooting raw using S-log2 or people simply interchanging raw and log as though they are the same thing.

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Are video codecs written in JavaScript really the future?

Are video codecs written in JavaScript really the future? | Ars Technica:
Describing it as "the future," Mozilla has been showing off ORBX.js, a video codec roughly comparable to the industry-standard H.264 that can be decoded entirely in JavaScript.

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How To Be A DIT - Part 5 | Jonny Elwyn - Film Editor

How To Be A DIT - Part 5 | Jonny Elwyn - Film Editor:
DIT’s are supposed to be able to bridge the gap between production and post, understanding the entire pipeline that a digital image might flow through right from the sensor to the silver screen. Getting to grips with some of the science that affects those images is a crucial skill. Hopefully these resources will aide you in that endeavour.

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new OpenEXR and DPX importers for After Effects CC (12.0): better performance and additional functionality

new OpenEXR and DPX importers for After Effects CC (12.0): better performance and additional functionality | After Effects region of interest:
After Effects CC (12.0) includes version 1.8 of the OpenEXR importer plug-in from fnordware and version 1.8 of the ProEXR plug-ins, EXtractoR and IDentifier. (For details about how to use the ProEXR plug-ins to use 3D channels and other data in OpenEXR files in After Effects, see this section of After Effects Help.)

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NAS or SAN? Part One: How to tell which is which?

NAS or SAN? Part One: How to tell which is which? | wolfcrow:
If you’re in the video world you might have heard about a NAS (Network Attached Storage) and a SAN (Storage Area Network). This article tries to help you answer the question: SAN or NAS? Which one’s right for you?

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Pro Camcorders Buy Guide

Pro Camcorders Buy Guide | Videomaker.com:
Many of the features associated with a professional production unit start at about $1,500. While many lower-priced models may do the job, there’s usually a significant trade off between feature/functionality and price. Likewise, many cameras are available beyond the prosumer and professional outer range of $10,000 for a product ready-to-shoot right out of the box. For the purposes of our Pro Camcorders Buyer’s Guide we’ll stay inside these margins. You’ll find plenty to pick from.

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Configure File Shares In Windows Server 2012

Configure File Shares In Windows Server 2012 | Krypted.com:
As I mentioned in an earlier article, the File and Storage Role is installed by default in Windows Server 2012. This means you can create a file share with a very minimal amount of work on a brand new server. To get started, as with many things regarding Server 2012, open Server Manager.

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Avid Symphony is Dead

Avid Symphony is Dead; HDhead:
The difference between Avid Media Composer and Symphony editors has been minimal over the years.

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

5 things Apple should change in OS X 10.9

5 things Apple should change in OS X 10.9:
OS X is a mature operating system so it's probably largely meeting most people's needs already, however here's a list of five things we'd like to see in OS X 10.9.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Hamburg Pro Media Releases JPEG2000 Decoder

Hamburg Pro Media Releases JPEG2000 Decoder | Digital Production BuZZ:
The “state of the art” JPEG2000 decoder opens JPEG2000 files in nearly any QuickTime application like e.g Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere or the MXF4mac Player.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

GoPro and Adobe Raw Now Supports Canon 5D Mk. III

GoPro and Adobe Raw Now Supports Canon 5D Mk. III:
One of the chief complaints that some have had over the Magic Lantern hack is its inability to bring a solid workflow to video editing.  Users to to hack together an open source converter to move Raw files to DNG, but how likely are pros to use it?  Now, both GoPro Cineform Raw and Adobe Cinema DNG will that gap. With CineForm Raw, users have direct editing through Adobe Premiere and can color correct straight into DaVinci Resolve 9. And Adobe Cinema DNG offers their own workflow solutions as well.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Cinemaslides

Cinemaslides:
Cinemaslides is a commandline tool to build slideshows and pack them up as digital cinema packages (DCPs). It has preview modes to check how transitions (fades, crossfades, cuts) and timings play out. If you must you can tell Cinemaslides to go 24fps-carousel-berserk and pack up your motion picture1, too. It can sign packages, build encrypted DCPs and has a KDM mode to create key delivery messages. It allows to generate a CompositionMetadataAsset (see ISDCF’s draft) and a Theater Key Retrieval item (see ISDCF’s draft).

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A Comparison of 10 Thunderbolt RAID Storage Solutions

A Comparison of 10 Thunderbolt RAID Storage Solutions | wolfcrow:
The way things are going, you could safely bet that you’ll always need more storage, never less. Nobody wants to transfer data every few months once their drives run out, and it is not always a good idea to put everything in internal drives because then it is totally dependent on your computer.

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Archiware

Archiware:
Archiware’s P5 software allows users to synchronize, backup and archive data on Mac, Windows, Linux and Solaris.

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Using FFMPEG to convert DCPs to other formats

Using FFMPEG to convert DCPs to other formats | Knut Erik Evensen - KESE:
Ffmpeg can read the MXF files used in DCPs and automatically apply a XYZ-RGB color transform when converting them. With FFMPEG you can convert a DCP to a Prores file or a TS file that you can play on your PS3 to get some idea of how it looks and sound. You can even watch it in real time.

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