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Can Hollywood Still Make Good Movies?
By: Stu Brown on May 1, 2014 at 11:24:27 am

This is a repost of an article from my website nonlinearpost.com by my son, Royce. Your comments are welcome. ...

filmmaking

Indie Comics Guru Marcelo Lewin
By: Bob Gillen on Apr 28, 2014 at 3:29:47 pm

Marcelo Lewin’s website, IndieComicsTracker.com , covers the world of indie comics. Why indie? “Because Marvel DC already have enough help from their parent companies,” Lewin says. “Besides, in my mind, the really exciting stuff is coming out of the indie scene.” I asked Lewin how the core elements of story develop in the comic book genre. “I think the most important thing that writers should keep in mind when writing a comic,” says Lewin, “is that they can tell their story via not only words (the bubbles), but also working in conjunction with the illustrator visually.” READ MORE......


Unbreakable Conform for Avid Symphony & DaVinci Resolve
By: Scott Freeman on Apr 27, 2014 at 1:34:25 pm

Avid is a tapeless beast that I want to tame. Victorious: here is a working step by step example of my workflow-solution using an Avid Symphony Online Sequence Metadata to relink to Resolve Video Essence with handles using MXF media files. ...

Avid Media Composer

Videoguys' 2014 Update on Thunderbolt & Thunderbolt version 2
By: Gary Bettan on Apr 25, 2014 at 1:01:09 pm

We bring you up to date on all the latest Thunderbolt news, products and developments. This guide also includes our recommended configuration for a new iMac as well as our Thunderbolt Wish List for 2014. ...

thunderbolt

Director/Writer David L. Johnson
By: Bob Gillen on Apr 23, 2014 at 8:48:33 pm

“I’m looking for complicated characters dealing with complicated issues.” So says director/writer David L. Johnson when asked what he looks for in a script. Recognize a Story That Moves “Personally,” Johnson says, “I have no preference. I think a lot of directors get hung up on fitting into a genre, but the greatest directors have stepped out of their box on occasion. Although these experiments don't always equate to box office success, I think it's important to learn how to recognize a story that moves and to see the potential of what you as a director can bring to that...


Videoguys' Guide (with Video) to Avid Media Composer | Software
By: Gary Bettan on Apr 23, 2014 at 6:57:07 am

Avid Media Composer | Software is now available in 3 license types making it the perfect professional editing solution for everyone. ...

Avid


Unexpected Disk Failures in Large Arrays
By: Tim Jones on Apr 21, 2014 at 1:37:07 pm

My team has recently gotten calls for help from a number of our customers who have relatively new disk arrays (not ours) where the disks are failing unexpectedly. I'll leave brands out of this discussion, but the average age of most of these arrays is less than 12 months. ...

DISK

THE STRUGGLE FOR 4K Ultra HD
By: Stu Brown on Apr 21, 2014 at 12:23:14 pm

THE STRUGGLE FOR 4K Ultra HD ...

4k

Beyond the A's and B's of NAB
By: Kylee Peña on Apr 20, 2014 at 8:19:27 pm

There’s a whole big world out there in post-production-land, and most of it is pretty awesome. ...

post production

#8 Welcome to the Low End
By: John Davidson on Apr 17, 2014 at 4:09:58 pm

Hi everyone. ...

FCPX

Saying goodbye to a very special friend
By: Steve Modica on Apr 17, 2014 at 2:24:08 pm

Yesterday, I had to say goodbye to my dog Pete. He's been with me for almost 10 years and helped me raise my kids, chase all the deer away, and keep my house safe from squirrels and mailmen. ...

dogs

What’s missing from today’s tech based editing
By: ron sussman on Apr 11, 2014 at 5:26:17 am

(this is a re-publish of a blog article I wrote for my personal web page) ...

Editing

NAB Day Whatever - New Perspectives on Old Business
By: Kylee Peña on Apr 10, 2014 at 3:58:32 pm

With the show wrapping up and my body shutting down, I've been thinking about the stuff I've seen and people I've talked to at this year's show. This is the first year I've been covering the show in a full on press capacity (meaning sitting down with a number of vendors to get the story straight from them) and it's been great fun. It's also offered another perspective to me as a show attendee, maybe the clearest one about the industry overall I've had so far.  ...

nab show

Sonnyboo Podcast - Promotion
By: Peter John Ross on Apr 8, 2014 at 9:20:19 am

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promotion

NAB Day 1 - Throwbacks
By: Kylee Peña on Apr 8, 2014 at 8:15:23 am

The running gag on the show floor yesterday was a punchline to the effect of "AND we're releasing a camera!" If that kind of humor isn't your thing, then I can't really recommend you come to NAB for real. ...

nab show

NAB Pre-Show Buzz -- or lack thereof?
By: Kylee Peña on Apr 7, 2014 at 1:25:18 am

So yeah, if you haven't guessed by the articles you might have seen with my name on them or the NAB show guide and all that, I'm here in Vegas for my third NAB. My brain hasn't really caught up to the idea yet, so I've spent much of the weekend walking around in a daze. I think it's starting to settle in though, and just in time. No matter what tomorrow brings, I'll be on my feet a lot -- my poor feet that already have a blister. Damn you, shoes. ...

nab show

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
By: Dennis Kutchera on Apr 4, 2014 at 4:49:17 pm

For tech nerds like me, A week at NAB is like a trip to Disney World for a Kid. It's one thing to read about what's new or watch a video stream from the show floor, but there is nothing like being there and putting your hands on new and up-coming products. ...

NAB 2014

Expert filmmaker builds online community
By: Adam Spiel on Apr 1, 2014 at 9:13:45 pm

Pioneering filmmaker Ryan Connolly shares his passion for Adobe video software ...

Creative Cloud

Action DP Lawrence Ribeiro
By: Bob Gillen on Mar 31, 2014 at 11:34:18 am

“Every (action) shoot brings elements of uncertainty. For me, there are things I can do to increase certainty. And in the case of a rappel shoot, it was scouting. Going to the location a couple of times and looking at it with different light afforded me a strategy to approach the cliff.” Los Angeles-based action DP/camera operator Lawrence Ribeiro talks about shooting action, and about changes in the film industry. In a particularly challenging shoot, Ribeiro rappelled down a cliff to shoot a rock climber. READ MORE......


Live Event Production: Part 1 - Planning
By: Mike Cohen on Mar 27, 2014 at 2:34:18 pm

Over the past couple of years I have taken on the role of Technical Director for the several large medical conferences that our company manages. AV, catering, CME, registration, on-site support and hotel logistics are all services that go into managing a medical conference. In addition we have an exhibit hall and sometimes off-site events. ...

live event

Interactive video invention
By: Adam Spiel on Mar 27, 2014 at 2:01:12 pm

Powster creates striking user-interactive music video for Bombay Bicycle Club with Adobe Creative Cloud ...

Creative Cloud

5 Things You Need to Know about Shared Storage
By: Steve Modica on Mar 26, 2014 at 7:13:21 am

1. Shared storage is becoming the norm. It's not a "hack" anymore that's used to skirt licenses or the need for more disks. Vendors are beginning to embrace it more and more, and the storage software and protocols are adapting. There's never been a better time to implement a shared storage solution. ...

storage

Devin Super Tramp achieves extreme YouTube success
By: Adam Spiel on Mar 25, 2014 at 11:46:23 am

Brilliant emerging filmmaker uses Adobe Creative Cloud to edit weekly videos for popular online channel ...

Creative Cloud

Where Passion Takes You as a Writer
By: Bob Gillen on Mar 24, 2014 at 8:54:32 pm

“The heart of an engaging story resides in the heart and mind of the person writing the story. It is passion and where that passion takes you as a writer.” So says Don Vasicek, the founder and owner of Olympus Films+, LLC, a global writing and filmmaking company. “This passion is reflected through the writer’s characters and the story. Each character, each location in the story, and each occurrence that takes place in, with and between the characters and in the story, should reflect that passion. READ MORE......


Thunderbolt Updates
By: Steve Modica on Mar 20, 2014 at 7:56:23 am

We’ve been working pretty hard on Thunderbolt products over the last few weeks and I thought I’d write up some of the interesting things we’ve implemented. ...

networking

NAB MATTERS MORE THAN EVER!!
By: Steve Modica on Mar 18, 2014 at 11:03:40 am

1. The non-linear editing market (FCP, Avid etc) is changing rapidly. Avid was delisted, FCP supports NFS natively, Adobe is adding tons of new features (and a subscription model). More than ever, editors need to see what's out there and how people are using it. ...

storage

NAB Show Guide to Thriving (instead of just surviving)
By: Kylee Peña on Mar 17, 2014 at 8:31:46 pm

The NAB Show again approaches and the various survival guides are being recycled into the Internet. I wasn't going to post one this year just because there are so many other completely comprehensive fully illustrated and hypertext marked up guides out there a Google search away. But I've gotten a number of requests to share my experience with newcomers again so I thought about it a bit, and I guess I do have something more to add to the conversation beyond just comfortable shoes and protein bars. ...

nab show

Adding a Video to PowerPoint
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 14, 2014 at 6:14:07 am

Shooting video is a lot easier and accessible than it used to be. Newer versions of PowerPoint are very compatible with most industry standard files, such as H.264, which is commonly used on most point and shoot and phone based devices. One of the cool things you can do in PowerPoint is also incorporate video pretty easily into your slide deck presentation. Video sometimes adds a nice unexpected element that your audience might not be anticipating. I will walk through how to add a video into your presentation in this course....


How to Get the GoPro In and Out of its Camera Case
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 12, 2014 at 6:14:00 am

It can be a little tricky opening the GoPro cases. Featured in this course are the GoPro3 and the GoPro3+. I will demonstrate how to properly open each of these cases. If you have one with you, feel free to follow along and open the cases as I open each of them....


What is a Mirrorless Camera: DSLR Video Tips
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 10, 2014 at 6:14:00 am

On this week's DSLR Video Tips we'll explore mirrorless cameras. Have you ever worked with a mirrorless camera? When mirrorless cameras take the image it doesn't hit a mirror and bounce off like DSLR cameras. There are pros and cons to using these types of cameras. Join Robbie and I as we jump into the studio to do a live recording with musician, Jason Masi demoing three different mirrorless cameras. Check out the various shots, picture quality and perspective of these cameras. Discover the ability to completely be adaptable and flexible with all sorts of lenses from Nikon, to PL,...


Filmmaker follows up Sundance debut with showing at SXSW 2014
By: Adam Spiel on Mar 9, 2014 at 6:13:58 pm

Adobe After Effects and Photoshop help filmmaker represent analog content in digital format ...

Creative Cloud

Film and music converge on and off screen at SXSW 2014
By: Adam Spiel on Mar 7, 2014 at 11:41:46 am

Documentary on Stones Throw Records showing in Austin ahead of theatrical release ...

Creative Cloud

Second film by Joel Potrykus premieres at SXSW 2014
By: Adam Spiel on Mar 6, 2014 at 11:38:08 am

Feature film Buzzard edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CC ...

Creative Cloud

Testing with Adobe Anywhere
By: Steve Modica on Mar 6, 2014 at 8:35:22 am

Small Tree has been working closely with Adobe to make sure our shared editing storage and networking products work reliably and smoothly with Adobe’s suite of content creation software. ...

storage

Setting Up Your Camera to Shoot Video
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 6, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

Have you ever wondered exactly which settings to choose to get the best video out of your DSLR or mirror less camera? In this video, I walk you through step by step and show you on cameras from Canon, Nikon, and Panasonic. You’ll learn how to get the videos in the right format for editing so tools like Photoshop can work with the files....


Documentary on dam removal enjoys SXSW 2014 premiere
By: Adam Spiel on Mar 5, 2014 at 11:38:05 am

Adobe Premiere Pro workflow enables filmmakers to edit 90 minute film in REDCODE raw ...

Creative Cloud

Using a Field Monitor for Video
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 5, 2014 at 7:19:00 am

AdoramaTV presents DSLR Video Skills with Rich Harrington. In this episode, Rich explores the benefits of using a field monitor to clearly see what your camera is shooting. Related Products: Flashpoint 7" LED Field Monitor, 1280×800 Resolution, 16:9 Aspect Ratio, HDMI Input/Output http://www.adorama.com/FPFVPRO1.html?... AJA HA5 HDMI to SDI/HD-SDI Video and Audio Converter http://www.adorama.com/AJHA5.html?ref......


“The Immortalists” selected for Documentary Feature Competition at SXSW 2014
By: Adam Spiel on Mar 4, 2014 at 11:31:14 am

Independent filmmakers create character-driven documentary about the pursuit of eternal youth ...

Creative Cloud

Using Variable ND Filters for Video
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 4, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

AdoramaTV presents DSLR Video Skills with Rich Harrington. In this episode, Rich shows how you can dial in the perfect exposure using a variable ND filter. Related Products: Tiffen 77mm Variable Neutral Density ND Filter - 2 to 8 Stop Light Control http://www.adorama.com/TF77VND.html?r... Flashpoint 7" LED Field Monitor, 1280×800 Resolution, 16:9 Aspect Ratio, HDMI Input/Output http://www.adorama.com/FPFVPRO1.html?......


SXSW 2014 marks North American premiere of “Evaporating Borders”
By: Adam Spiel on Mar 3, 2014 at 10:16:52 am

Documentary edited in Adobe Premiere Pro CC presents visual essay on immigration and identity ...

Creative Cloud

Want Better Smartphone Photos? Shoot with HDR
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 3, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

Whether your smartphone is your behind the scenes, some of the time, or primary camera… it’s important you make the most of it. While the sensors in many smartphones often rival point-and-shoot cameras, I frequently see people underutilize their capabilities. For example, here’s a single image taken on the iPhone 5s. You’ll note that the image lacks sufficient contrast....


Memory Card Type for GoPro Cameras
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 2, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

Memory cards come in all sizes. With respect to GoPros, the cards are tiny, fragile and can be easy to lose. They had to go to the smallest form factor available simply because the GoPros are so small. These cards are the micro SD card format. In this course, I'll demonstrate how to securely insert and eject the GoPro memory cards and show what time of memory cases are good for storing these small cards....


Getting the Best Shot- Exposure
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 1, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

When it comes to properly exposing the shot, you need to understand exposure. In this video, I shoot in manual mode and show you how to get a properly exposed video shot. This knowledge also translates seamlessly into photo shooting as well....


Filmmaking as Competition?
By: Peter John Ross on Feb 28, 2014 at 11:35:52 am

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Continuous Photo and Video Mode
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 28, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

The GoPro can shoot video and stills at the same time. And you can set you camera at intervals to shoot video and stills simultaneously. What you don’t want is the camera in interlaced mode. You want to make sure you’re shooting at 1080 or 720 which is truly progressive whole frames. Join me as I walk through how to make sure you have the proper recording mode set in your GoPro to achieve just this. You’ll want to look at the Video + Photo mode and set you intervals under Capture Settings....


Shooting Timelapse? Look for Movement in the Shot
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 27, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

One of my favorite styles of photography is timelapse… showing the passage of time through a series of still photos that are then created into a movie. This is a great way to see time passing. For example, here is a simple shot I made during my recent trip to Tokyo. No matter what you are shooting (people, landscapes, nature) you need to remember a core concept. Time-lapse is all about the movement of the subject within the frame. You will want to think about how that movement is going to cover up the photographic frame and pull the eye...


90% of People Have Only Taken a Photo with a Camera Phone in Their Lifetime?
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 26, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

As I was browsing my Twitter feed… the following infographic popped up. Keeping in mind that infographics are created by marketing people most often, you have to take these facts with a grain of salt…...

BusinessPhotography

Now is the time for Avid Media Composer 7
By: Gary Bettan on Feb 25, 2014 at 3:53:07 pm

ATTN APPLE Final Cut Pro users: ...

Avid

Another Couple of Reasons to Love SSDs
By: Steve Modica on Feb 25, 2014 at 12:08:49 pm

One day, when we're sitting in our rocking chairs recounting our past IT glories ("Why, when I was a young man, computers had ‘wires’”), we'll invariably start talking about our storage war stories. There will be so many. We'll talk of frisbee tossing stuck disks or putting bad drives in the freezer. We'll recount how we saved a company’s entire financial history by recovering an alternate superblock or fixing a byte swapping error on a tape with the "dd" command. I'm sure our children will be transfixed. ...

storage

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