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FCP X & 3rd Party Plugins - 2K VFX
By: Charlie Austin on Mar 26, 2016 at 2:43:51 pm

Just wanted to share a little story illustrating one of the great things about FCP X… the capabilities you can add to the NLE with 3’rd party apps/plugins. Of course, some people believe that since FCP X doesn’t come with every option under the sun built in, it’s crippled. I am not one of those people. Case in point, Coremelt Slice-X and Track X. ...


Movie Reviews High-Rise 7
By: Sarah Mason on Mar 25, 2016 at 2:11:19 pm

The Harold & Maudecast Review the film HIGH-RISE, Directed by Ben Wheatley starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller and Luke Evans. The film, based on the JG Ballard novel of the same name, is set in a High Rise building in the 1970s. Hiddleston moves in and quickly finds that the society within is unraveling amidst a tense class welfare system. 7/10 on the Justice & Doom Meter....

G-Technology Evolution Series Workflow – It’s as easy as 1-2-3
By: Gary Bettan on Mar 24, 2016 at 1:19:58 pm

Today’s HD and 4K file based workflows require reliable, rugged and high performance video storage wherever you are : ...


EP 261: Waiting for Lucille
By: Sarah Mason on Mar 23, 2016 at 11:39:47 am

EP 261 of the Harold & Maudecast talks Maggie, Carol, Girl Power, the wait for Negan & which beloved cast member will be introduced to Lucille, casting questions (Kung Fu Jesus) and all things Walking Dead....

FCP X Audio-Mute vs. Disable…
By: Charlie Austin on Mar 19, 2016 at 5:50:48 pm

As this is a topic that seems to cause some confusion, I thought I d write a little post about it. It confuses me sometimes too, so this post is also for me to refer to when my brain freezes up.  I ve included the obligatory video below. It s too long for a Gif-Tip™, but I ve tried to be uncharachteristically [ ]...

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DRONE PRIVACY CONCERNS? What you need to know NOW!
By: Douglas Spotted Eagle on Mar 17, 2016 at 9:59:52 am

Communities, states, and even the Fed are discussing potential breach of personal privacy from sUAVs in the skies of today and more importantly, skies of tomorrow. ...


Telltale Games: The Walking Dead: Michonne Review
By: Sarah Mason on Mar 16, 2016 at 5:34:41 pm

We have a new segment at The Harold & Maudecast -- Confessions of a Basement Dweller. Co-host Jake Essoe will be reviewing video games monthly for this segment. First up! Telltale Games, The Walking Dead: Michonne. What'd Jake give it on our Justice & Doom Meter? Listen and find out!...

Interview: Willie Daly the Matchmaker of Ireland
By: Sarah Mason on Mar 16, 2016 at 5:24:35 pm

Looking for love? Well, you've come to the right place! That is if you're willing to travel to Ennistymon in County Clare Ireland to meet with resident Matchmaker, Willie Daly. We recently did just that and we sat down with Himself who shared some of the secrets of his trade and many stories he has to tell after 50 years of being in the business of matchmaking. Take a listen to our interview and enjoy Willie!...

#MCS EP07: Autodesk Flame & Family available on Mac
By: Mathieu Marano on Mar 15, 2016 at 4:15:37 pm

Autodesk announced that the next version on its powerful compositing and finishing solution, Flame, would soon be available on Linux an Mac OS. They also announced that it would then be available through a new subscription plan at a lower price along Flame Assist and Flare. Here is what you need to know to install Flame on your Mac. ...


FCP Exchange – Video and Omissions
By: Charlie Austin on Mar 14, 2016 at 4:47:06 pm

The video from the FCP Exchange event has been posted, I ve added it below. I realized that when listing the tools I use, there were a couple great plugins I neglected to mention so I wanted to do that now First is Automatic Duck Import AE If you use After Effects as part of your [ ]...

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Apple TV 4 and Cable Cutting Basics
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Mar 14, 2016 at 1:31:00 am

One of the surest ways to save on the high cost of cable if you are an Apple TV 4 user, is to get a good digital over-the-air antenna to pull in your local channels. (We use a $50 MOHU Leaf indoor digital antenna. We're in a very mountainous area and so we use the amplified model.) We don't have a big outdoor antenna and we use a simple indoor antenna that gets us over 20 local channels, even in our heavy wooded mountainous surroundings. ...


Why and How Television Is Changing
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Mar 13, 2016 at 3:03:00 pm

Whenever new things come along, they nearly always attack the low-end of the market first. Why? It's the least defended market segment and the one that well entrenched companies will sacrifice while they focus ...


Apple TV 4: First Impressions
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Mar 13, 2016 at 12:40:00 pm

We have just purchased and installed the new Apple TV 4 and have begun getting to know it. It's clear that this is a new environment and so there are not as many apps as there are for Roku or Amazon Fire TV. While you may read claims that say that Apple TV 4 has over 2600 apps, Kathlyn and I have been digging through the App Store and not even a search turns up far too many of our favorites. ...


Don't Waste Money On Smart TVs You Don't Need
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Mar 13, 2016 at 12:04:00 pm

One thing that people spend a lot of money on, which in many cases is not a good use of money -- because they are paying for duplicated features they likely get from other options -- is buying Smart TVs. ...


A great free channel you will find on Roku
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Mar 13, 2016 at 11:33:00 am

The Roku Sci-Fi Station ...


Cable cutting is about freedom and user advantage
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Mar 13, 2016 at 11:07:00 am

We are about to turn off the last of our Dish Network package because we have added a digital off-air antenna through which we now get our local networks for free. ...


Director Ben Wheatley Q&A HIGH-RISE
By: Sarah Mason on Mar 10, 2016 at 2:51:01 pm

The Harold & Maudecast recently covered the Audi Dublin International FIlm Festival where the film HIGH-RISE was a hot ticket screening. Featuring on our Abroadcast interviews is the Q&A with Director Ben Wheatley after the screening. The film, based on the JG Ballard book stars Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller and Luke Evans. Directed by Wheatley, adapted for screen by Amy Jump....

EP 260 The Irish Diaries
By: Sarah Mason on Mar 9, 2016 at 11:27:17 am

The Harold & Maudecast go to Ireland! We traveled from Doolin on the West Coast to Dublin on the East stopping in many villages and towns along the way, meeting wonderful people, hearing lots of stories and drinking a lof of beer. The good folks at Guinness gave us private and exclusive access to the Guinness Storehouse, we interviewed famed Matchmaker of Ireland, Willie Daly at his pub Daly's in Ennistymon, and covered the Audi Dublin Film Festival spotlight on Director Ben Wheatley with his film HIGH-RISE starring Tom Hiddleston. Enjoy and Shoutout to Ireland for the warm hospitality and...

Teradek VidiU Pro is your Must Have Tool for Professional Live Streaming
By: Gary Bettan on Mar 8, 2016 at 9:03:49 am

Many videographers and companies are now delivering Live Streaming of events, sports, weddings, plays, graduation ceremonies, training sessions, news reporting and promotions. With free or very affordable CDNs like YouTube Live, UStream, Twitch LiveStream, Wowza or any RTMP server you can easily deliver your live content to any number of people, all over the world. All you need is a camera, an encoder and an internet connection. ...


FCP Exchange Trailer Workflow Slides
By: Charlie Austin on Mar 7, 2016 at 10:53:19 pm

Just for giggles, here are the vague, cryptic slides I used for my exciting, informative, and accidentally insulting presentation. The video should appear at FCPEXCHANGE.COM eventually. Hope they re useful! And thanks to the FCPWorks gang for letting me blab about stuff....


#MCS EP06: QNAP affordable shared storage for FCPX, Premiere and Resolve
By: Mathieu Marano on Mar 6, 2016 at 5:42:49 pm

QNAP announced a new NAS that has two Thunderbolt 2 ports in addition to the 10GigE and Ethernet ports we are used to. This makes it a very fast and cost effective solution for anybody who need to share media and projects between editing stations. The 8-bay RAID 5 is fast enough to playback 4K footage to many MAC and PC. it can also be used has an FTP server, a media player and a compression server. ...


The Guinness Storehouse Tour
By: Sarah Mason on Mar 1, 2016 at 9:45:23 pm

The Harold & Maudecast traveled to Ireland and the good folks at Guinness gave us a private, exclusive tour of the storehouse. Find out why the Guinness Storehouse is Europe's #1 Attraction as you tag along with us on this incredible tour guided by the very capable Aaron, our guide, and shout out to Aine Kavanagh for making this unique experience possible for us. Sláinte!...

By: Mathieu Marano on Mar 1, 2016 at 4:14:56 pm

DaVinci Resolve 12 has a new feature that enables a colorist to use a secondary Resolve station to render timelines while he continues on gradin another project. If you have two Resolve Studio stations and a shared storage you can use this function and save a lot of time. ...


Interactive Tutorial - edit your own 4K Horror scene
By: Peter John Ross on Feb 29, 2016 at 9:08:18 pm

Interactive Tutorial - edit your own 4K Horror scene ...

Drone Rules Suck (and Here’s Why You Want Them…)
By: Douglas Spotted Eagle on Feb 28, 2016 at 8:00:53 pm

Everything in life has rules and most everyone complains about them from time to time. Traffic is bad today, why can t I just drive on the sidewalk? I just need a quick snack, no one will notice that I swiped a bag of peanuts from the store.. . ...


Gif-Tips™ – The Future of Online Training!
By: Charlie Austin on Feb 23, 2016 at 12:27:02 pm

In response to a twitter message the other day, my reply included a little GIF illustration. A few people liked it, so I made some more. :-) Enjoy, and feel free to share if they re of any use. GeekCo. GIF-TIPS™...

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By: Douglas Spotted Eagle on Feb 22, 2016 at 9:27:59 am

The media are all about small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (sUAV) these days, perhaps better known as drones. Drones add significant value to our lives and will become more important as we move forward into the future. However, with all technologies come great responsibilities. One of those responsibilities is how we operate our personal UAV/drones. Last Continue reading IRRESPONSIBLE DRONE-RSHIP...

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#MCS EP04: Collaborative workflow in Resolve 12
By: Mathieu Marano on Feb 22, 2016 at 8:27:05 am

In Resolve 12, Blackmagic Design has gone pretty far to integrate a real interactive and collaborative workflow. It is now possible to share a timeline between an editor and a coloriste so that they can work together in two separate rooms to finish and grade a show quickly than ever. ...


Compute Lip Sync from Scene Audio in Adobe Character Animator
By: Michael Hurwicz on Feb 20, 2016 at 9:33:06 am

In my previous tutorial, "A Video to Animation Workflow for Character Animator," I took a video clip and, through ManyCam, created animation and lip sync in Character Animator. In this tutorial, I take just video through ManyCam for creating animation, and get the audio from the video clip using Adobe Media Encoder, import that audio into Character Animator, and use the "compute lip sync from scene audio" feature to create lip sync. ...


Show, Don't Tell
By: Peter John Ross on Feb 17, 2016 at 2:37:00 pm


By: Mathieu Marano on Feb 16, 2016 at 4:50:59 pm

Pixel sorting is a way of displaying pixels in rows and columns depending on their luminance value. Our Guest, Gabriel Grenier wrote a plugin called PIXEL SORTER to do pixel sorting in After Effects. Mathieu Marano goes through the different way of using this plugin with him in this 4th episode of My Canadian Studio. ...

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Pancakes, Shmancakes! – Premiere vs FCP X
By: Charlie Austin on Feb 15, 2016 at 1:17:50 pm

Pancakes! Huh? For some time now, aficionados of Premiere Pro have touted its ability to do Pancake editing. Huh? Well, in Premiere, you can stack (get it? stack like pancakes) multiple timelines to quickly access string outs or sequences of selects etc., and add them to a cut. This is also often cited by FCP X [ ]...

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#MCS: Stabilized rig by SHAPE
By: Mathieu Marano on Feb 15, 2016 at 6:24:43 am

Shape WLB is a Canadian company that build amazingly strong and useable camera rigs. Their latest product is a mix between a classic camera support and a stabilized brushless gimbal. The ISEE+ RIG is a 2-axis stabilized rig aimed at extreme sports events. It can mount a mirrorless camera like a GH4 or an A7s and give you smooth shots for when you have to run after that snowboarder. ...


EP 259 Hello Deadpool
By: Sarah Mason on Feb 13, 2016 at 9:28:33 am

After much anticipation, Deadpool has arrived! On this week's Ep 259 we review the new film starring Ryan Reynolds, does it live up to our hype? Yes! 8.5/10 on the Justice & Doom Meter....

FCP X Update Reaction – Have Some Cheese With Your Whine…
By: Charlie Austin on Feb 5, 2016 at 2:17:19 pm

On Feb 4, Apple released updates to FCP X, other Pro Apps, and Pro Video Formats. Lots of info on the internets about it It s a bug-fix update with a nice new default effect feature. Right click an effect to set it. It will show up as a command with KB Shortcut in the Edit [ ]...


A Video to Animation Workflow for Adobe Character Animator
By: Michael Hurwicz on Feb 4, 2016 at 11:52:48 pm

I've been playing with the preview version of Adobe Character Animator for a month or so. Animator is designed to create animation from your live movements in front of a webcam and lip sync from your live voice into a microphone. But it can be hard to get everything just right when you have to do it live. I found out on the Adobe forum ( ) that you can also create animation and lip sync in Character Animator from a video clip. Then you can either make a video of the animation directly, for example using Adobe Media...


EP 258 What She Did in the Shadows
By: Sarah Mason on Jan 28, 2016 at 5:44:39 pm

This week on The Harold & Maudecast we review the film What We Do in the Shadows and talk sequel, We're Wolves. This week at Sundance Nate Parker's film Birth of a Nation, about Nat Turner and the slave uprising, made history getting the biggest deal in Sundance history when Fox Searchlight bought the rights for $17.5m. We talk other big Sundance deals and how they've paid off. Plus preview of our Pub Crawl through Ireland and...Did she or didn't she? Amy Schumer under fire for allegedly stealing jokes. Tune in for our conclusions....

L-Cuts/Split Edits
By: Peter John Ross on Jan 25, 2016 at 9:19:08 pm


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The Sisterhood of the X-Files Fandom
By: Kylee Peña on Jan 24, 2016 at 12:29:49 pm

I could safely fit three episodes of The X-Files on one VHS tape in Long Play mode. ...


After Effects Beginner( A little intro)
By: Ourousa Jeewoot on Jan 21, 2016 at 7:38:22 pm

Hi everyone! ...


The Easy Way to Solve Gender Imbalance in Film and Television
By: Kylee Peña on Jan 21, 2016 at 12:14:05 pm

Each year, San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film releases a “Celluloid Ceiling” report which shows female employment on the top 250 films of the previous year. This year’s numbers (released last week) are more of the same, with female employment hovering around the same percent for the last twenty years or so. ...

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EP 257: The Big Short Change
By: Sarah Mason on Jan 19, 2016 at 11:20:18 am

This week on the Harold & Maudecast - Forget something Academy? Biggest Oscar snubs, a review the film THE BIG SHORT starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt. We review two very cool products thanks to the good folks at ToyZoo, Jenga Giant and Vinyl Idolz. Also our tribute to David Bowie and Alan Rickman....

The Big Short Movie Review
By: Sarah Mason on Jan 19, 2016 at 10:27:50 am

We review the Oscar nominated film THE BIG SHORT, starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt, Directed and Co-Written by Adam McKay based on the book by Michael Lewis. The film spotlights the wall street sideliners who saw the pending housing bubble and economic collapse, and bet against it....

Management 101
By: Mike Cohen on Jan 11, 2016 at 8:35:32 pm

Working in production, I started out duping VHS tapes and going on shoots to setup gear and learn my craft. Years later, I found myself informally in charge of video production, while we had a sizeable multimedia department not really reporting to anyone - they were mostly hired for a couple of big projects, reported to the project manager, and then just sort of moved from project to project. ...


Why *I* Don’t Catch my Drone
By: Douglas Spotted Eagle on Jan 8, 2016 at 5:19:37 pm

Recently I was asked When do you choose to catch your drone vs landing your drone? Catching a drone in midflight seems to be a badge of honor amongst some drone pilots and the reasoning behind it is baffling. It’s “so easy to do” there are even videos that teach drone operators how to catch Continue reading Why *I* Don t Catch my Drone...


EP 256 Dances with Bear
By: Sarah Mason on Jan 6, 2016 at 11:38:50 pm

...or should we say, Dances with Oscar. Happy New Year everyone! We are kicking 2016 off with a review of THE REVENANT starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Directed by Oscar winner Alejandro González Iñárritu (BIRDMAN) who brings along his Oscar Winning Cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki (BIRDMAN), for what may be the most stunning, and ambitious cinematic experience ever. ...

Saving?! We Don’t Need No Stinking Saving!
By: Charlie Austin on Jan 4, 2016 at 3:17:30 pm

Oh, hey Happy New Year and all that! :-) Just wanted to say a quick word about maybe the least talked about advantage of FCP X that being the fact that there is no need to save your work. Ever. This was brought to mind by this tweet: To which I responded: In all seriousness [ ]...

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By: Douglas Spotted Eagle on Dec 31, 2015 at 12:59:10 pm

  (also known as lee waves, rotors, and cross-winds) As sUAV/drones become more and more popular, it seems that more and more of them are striking the sides of buildings without the operator understanding why. “It was flying fine and all of a sudden it zipped up and into the side of the building.” Continue reading UNDERSTANDING TURBULENCE...


Cinematographer Robert Richardson Talks Hateful Eight & Ultra Panavision
By: Sarah Mason on Dec 23, 2015 at 11:58:56 am

Oscar winning Cinematographer Robert Richardson sits down with James Mathers, Founder, Digital Cinema Society (DCS) to discuss THE HATEFUL EIGHT following the American Cinematheque premiere of the film, December 13, 2015, The Egyptian Theatre Hollywood....

By: Douglas Spotted Eagle on Dec 22, 2015 at 5:26:48 pm

Millennials this,  millennials that, “we’re strategizing how we’ll reach millennials this year; they’re vital to our growth. “We’re holding millennial focus groups to better understand ‘these people’ for the future success of our company…” They are just so hard to reach because they re fickle, lazy, ignorant, flip-flopping, narcissistic, undependable people. Blah blah blah. Google “Millennials Continue reading DECODING MILLENNIALS...


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