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Canon CITS NAB 2016 - The Best Customer Support in the Industry
By: Sarah Mason on May 10, 2016 at 2:03:00 pm

Jake Essoe, Co-Host of the Harold & Maudecast talks to Doris Higginbotham, president of Canon Information Technology Services, Inc. and members of her team at CITS to discuss her team's progressive employee programs enabling Canon to be a top leader in Customer Support. ...

360° Virtual Reality with FCPX
By: FCPWORKS on May 10, 2016 at 2:02:51 pm

Alex Gollner and Tim Dashwood presented all you need to know about working with VR 360° video in Final Cut Pro X and Motion. Alex explained the art of spherical video from first principles. He showed how editors can learn specialised tools that use 'equirectangular' video, effects and graphic overlays to tell stories that play out all around you. Alex also explained how editors can share their work with millions of smartphone users around the world. Tim then gave a quick rundown of the science of high-end VR video effects that are available for Final Cut Pro X today. ...


Motion Power Tips
By: FCPWORKS on May 10, 2016 at 1:57:51 pm

Mark Spencer showed us why every Final Cut Editor should have Motion as part of their toolbox, even if they have no desire to become motion graphics artists. He gave examples demonstrating how easy it can be to publish Motion templates to Final Cut Pro X, to modify existing titles, transitions, and effects to make them more powerful, and how to use Motion to create visual effects like screen replacements and object removal. ...

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Day Three: Editing on DaVinci Resolve 12.5
By: walter biscardi on May 10, 2016 at 1:56:10 pm

It s Day Three of my real world editing on DaVinci Resolve 12.5 and this is going to be the longest blog yet as I want to show you guys a lot of the little things that are making editing in Resolve a pleasure. I know there are a lot of questions still out there whether this is really a professional editor. For me it s the small things that separate the applications making life efficient and fun for the the editor. I also had a pleasant surprise today. Alexis Van Hurkman, the man who literally wrote the manual on...

DaVinci Resolve

Automatic Duck— New Product Reveal
By: FCPWORKS on May 10, 2016 at 1:55:10 pm

Wes Plate, the founder and president of Automatic Duck, Inc., gave the world premiere public demonstration of their coming-soon app Xsend Motion. This new translator converts timelines from FCPX to Motion 5, like the Send to Motion feature users miss from the old days of Final Cut Pro Studio. ...

Apple Final Cut Pro X

Color Finale
By: FCPWORKS on May 10, 2016 at 1:52:25 pm

Denver Riddle develops and demonstrates this color grading plugin which brings the deep power of color correction right into Final Cut Pro X and unveils a brand new version of his product. ...

Apple Final Cut Pro X

Final Cut Pro X Power Tips
By: FCPWORKS on May 10, 2016 at 1:49:52 pm

In his FCP X Power Tips session, Steve Martin from will organize, rate, edit, trim, add transitions, work with music, retime and apply a LUT to a short film without touching the mouse even once (well, maybe just once). Steve's session effectively buries the notion that FCP X is primarily a mouse-driven application. ...

Apple Final Cut Pro X

NAB 2016 : 360 and VR rigs for Blackmagic cameras by 360 Design
By: Mathieu Marano on May 10, 2016 at 1:48:34 pm

We were at the Supermeet in Las Vegas where we met Alx Klive of 360 Design who builds 360 rigs for the Blackmagic micro cinema camera and the Blackmagic micro Studio camera 4K. The have a 3 camera and a 4 camera model that they sell fully equipped with lens and all. Here is our interview. ...


Inverleigh TV NAS Case Study
By: FCPWORKS on May 10, 2016 at 1:47:34 pm

Sam Mestman presents a look inside the adoption of Final Cut Pro X by the Inverleigh in Melbourne. Put to the highest broadcast and professional standards over a rigorous series of tests, Final Cut Pro X passed with flying colors. Learn the process from A to Z. As part of the discussion, Philip Hodgetts shows off Magic Keywords in Lumberjack System! ...

Apple Final Cut Pro X

M|Replay: Instant Replay for the Rest of Us
By: FCPWORKS on May 10, 2016 at 1:39:37 pm

Pierre Chevalier presented Softron’s broadcast software solutions on the Mac. He demonstrated M|Replay, the first instant replay software on the Mac. M|Replay is a major game changer for the industry as it allows the modern broadcasters to use the Mac for every step of a production. The demo showed how easy instant replay can be with M|Replay. ...


Large scale television production edited on location
By: FCPWORKS on May 10, 2016 at 1:26:31 pm

When one of largest production companies in Denmark, Metronome Productions (a part of Endemol Shine Group), set out to produce what was to become one of the highest rated television series on Danish TV2, they turned to Final Cut Pro X. Having been an integral part of Metronome's post-production for years, Final Cut Pro X proved to be the most flexible, fastest and most reliable NLE for this enormous task. Heads of Metronome's Final Cut Pro Team Ryan Velin and Mads Larsen Nielsen will talk about using Final Cut Pro X on a large scale production and they will show...

Apple Final Cut Pro X

The Future of Creative Education
By: Richard Harrington on May 10, 2016 at 11:26:45 am

At this year's NAB, I was invited to kickoff the conference as a guest on their live broadcast. I had a chance to talk about changes in the world of educating creative professionals. I shared some of my own view points about where things are going and how the changes affects students and working pros alike. My interview starts around the 22 minute mark....


EP 266: The Dragon Whisperer
By: Sarah Mason on May 5, 2016 at 5:39:04 pm

This week on the podcast we recap Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 2 "Home", which is apparently where Reek/Theon is going after saving Lady Sansa and leaving her in the capable hands of Brienne of Tarth. But which home? The Iron Islands or Winterfell to face Ramsay (Snow) Bolton, who proved himself worthy of the title "Most Evil Man in the Multiverse". Other things that make you say, Duh-- Jon Snow arises, thanks to the Red Woman, Cersei is super pissed off, so is Jamie, and Tyrion is the Dragon Whisperer. ...

Sony NAB 2016 - Digital Imaging Products, 4K, and The POV Market
By: Sarah Mason on May 2, 2016 at 11:18:16 pm

Jake Essoe , Co-Host of The Harold & Maudecast speaks to L Dean, Senior Product Information Officer, Digital Imaging Products, Sony Electronics, about Sony's competitive edge with 4K POV cameras. ...


Canon NAB Interview - Canon Goes 8K, to Space & Beyond
By: Sarah Mason on May 2, 2016 at 5:28:25 pm

Co-Host of the Harold & Maudecast Jake Essoe sits down with Paul Hawxhurst, Professional Market Specialist at Canon USA, to talk about Canon's new announcements at NAB 2016 including the new COMPACT-SERVO 18-80mm T4.4 EF-mount lens. ...


An Update On Rich Harrington's Many Projects
By: Richard Harrington on May 2, 2016 at 4:10:41 am

At NAB in Las Vegas, we found Rich Harrington taking a rare break from his busy schedule of teaching and appearances, and persuaded him to give us an update on his many activities. Rich talks about the value proposition of NAB and Post Production World, his company, his newest web site, ThinkTAPLearn, and why he is so driven to share visual storytelling skills....

Sony NAB 2016 Interview - PVM-X550 55 Inch OLED 4K Monitor
By: Sarah Mason on May 1, 2016 at 5:50:41 pm

Harold & Maudecast Co-Host Jake Essoe interviews Gary Mandle, Sr. Product Manager, Professional Monitor Products, Sony Electronics, about their new monitor introduced at NAB 2016, the PVM-X550 - 55 Inch OLED 4K Monitor. ...


Sony NAB 2016 Interview - PXW-Z450 4K Shoulder-Mount Camera
By: Sarah Mason on May 1, 2016 at 5:21:52 pm

Jake Essoe , Co-Host, The Harold & Maudecast, speaks to Joseph Schimizzi, Sales Support Engineer, Sony Electronics, about their new 4K shoulder mount camcorder and more. ...

BlueFish444 NAB Interview - VR Workflows
By: Sarah Mason on May 1, 2016 at 5:10:21 pm

The Harold & Maudecast Co-Host Jake Essoe speaks to Simon Walker of BlueFish444 about their new announcements for NAB 2016 and their complete Virtual Reality (VR) workflow demonstrated at the Bluefish444 NAB 2016 booth SL9021. ...


Day Two: Editing on DaVinci Resolve 12.5
By: walter biscardi on Apr 28, 2016 at 7:02:52 pm

Ok, if I'm being honest about this, Day Two was really a continuation of a very LONG day one. See I finished working last night about 6:30, then wrote the Day One blog, and then was preparing to go to bed around 11pm when I heard my phone chime that I had a text. A Producer on the west coast needed me to do a quick turnaround of a national broadcast spot today for Friday delivery. Well, I couldn't let that project interfere with the corporate project I'm cutting on Resolve, so instead of getting some sleep, I went back...

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NAB 2016: HP Z workstations
By: Mathieu Marano on Apr 28, 2016 at 6:00:30 pm

HP was everywhere at NAB 2016. We met Mike Diehl, product manager for the z workstation. We asked him about what makes the z workstation the go-to PC for video professionals. His answer was quite interesting. ...


Day One: Editing on DaVinci Resolve 12.5
By: walter biscardi on Apr 27, 2016 at 5:15:41 pm

At the recently completed NAB Show in Las Vegas, Blackmagic Design took the wraps off DaVinci Resolve 12.5. It really could be a Resolve 13 but they probably wanted to avoid that unlucky number. I’ve been predicting for over a year now that NAB 2016 would be the year this tool became a full fledged non-linear editing system and sure enough, it’s a solid editing platform. ...


EP 265: Sounds Like Thrones
By: Sarah Mason on Apr 27, 2016 at 11:10:44 am

Game of Thrones is back! Did we find out the fate of Jon Snow? Sorta. Did people die? Not sure. Was there nudity, violence? You betcha. Any justice? A little, for a brief moment. Were we sad? Yup. Were we left hangin? Oh yeah. ...

Game of Thrones

Blackmagic Design NAB Interview - President Dan May
By: Sarah Mason on Apr 25, 2016 at 1:53:58 pm

Our very own Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe , Co-Hosts of The Harold & Maudecast, sit down with Blackmagic Design President Dan May to talk about their growing real estate in the South Hall at NAB Show. ...

NAB 2016: KeyFlow Pro, affordable asset management
By: Mathieu Marano on Apr 25, 2016 at 1:43:27 pm

Keyflow Pro is one of those obvious piece of software you wish always existed. It's seems so obvious and easy to use that you feels like you've been using it forever. ...

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Boris FX NAB Interview - Boris FX & Imagineer
By: Sarah Mason on Apr 25, 2016 at 1:09:42 pm

The Harold & Maudecast's own Jake Essoe sits down with Ross Shain, CMO of Boris FX & Imagineer to discuss their launch of new tools for editors at the NAB Show 2016. ...

Boris FX

AJA NAB 2016 - Nick Rashby, AJA President
By: Sarah Mason on Apr 24, 2016 at 9:57:39 pm

Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe , Co-Hosts of the The Harold and Maudecast talk to AJA President, Nick Rashby about AJA’s continued synergy with current and future roadmaps for Content Creators. ...


Adobe Interview NAB 2016 - Patrick Palmer
By: Sarah Mason on Apr 24, 2016 at 9:45:57 pm

Jake Essoe , Co-Host of of the Harold and Maudecast sits down with Patrick Palmer, Senior Product Manager, Professional Video and Audio at Adobe, to discuss how Adobe’s new NAB developments help Editors find that sweet spot between multi-applications and truly Integrated Workflows. ...


NAB 2016: Pro Tools 12.5 and new collaborative tools
By: Mathieu Marano on Apr 24, 2016 at 5:46:44 pm

We paid a visit to AVID at NAB 2016. There were showing the new collaboration mode in Pro Tools 12.5. In addition to enable multiple musicians to share a session through the new cloud service, this updates integrates new communication tools. ...

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#MCS EP10: Use and create project templates in Resolve 12
By: Mathieu Marano on Apr 23, 2016 at 6:19:37 pm

This is a tric that could help you save a lot of time while creating project in Resolve 12. In this episode, Mathieu Marano shows you how you can create and use template project in Resolve so that you can keep these parameters from project to project: ...


NAB 2016: AJA, HDbaseT and IP video
By: Mathieu Marano on Apr 22, 2016 at 11:54:58 am

We were at NAB 2016 and met with Bryce Button of AJA. We asked him to explain why AJA is betting on HDbaseT and IP video. In this short video he explains the difference between these 2 ways of transporting HD and 4K video. ...


Nine Lives Trailer VFX Done In FCP X
By: Charlie Austin on Apr 15, 2016 at 9:53:16 am

A couple weeks ago I posted about some 2k VFX 3 screen replacements I had created in FCP X for an unnamed trailer. Well, the trailer is out so I wanted to let you all take a look. To be clear, while I had cut another version of the trailer in X, it was not chosen to finish. ...


#MCS EP09: Create proxies for collaboration in Premiere Pro CC 2015
By: Mathieu Marano on Apr 14, 2016 at 6:10:07 am

There are a couple reasons you’d want to create proxies in Premiere Pro CC 2015: to send a project to an editor through a web upload service, to work on a underpowered station or simply to convert 6K footage to HD work files. ...


N.A.B. FCP X & Me.
By: Charlie Austin on Apr 13, 2016 at 4:16:30 pm

Oh, Hi! Going to NAB? Want to go to NAB? If you re there, I ll be blabbing about FCP X at a little FCP Exchange presentation on Tuesday at 2:30. Stop by and heckle! Bring your FCP X hating friends! Fun!...


The Women in Post PR List: No More #AllMalePanels
By: Kylee Peña on Apr 9, 2016 at 11:23:18 pm

Did you know the #allmalepanel is such a common phenomenon that a UN organization is urging its employees (and 8,500 member organizations like Coca-Cola and Cisco) to stop participating in them? “There is no shortage of qualified women," says executive director Lise Kingo. ...


EP 263: PeePee City
By: Sarah Mason on Apr 9, 2016 at 9:45:03 am

Recovered from the Season 6 Finale of The Walking Dead yet? Didn't think so. We share your need for continuing therapy, stayin up nights thinking of ways Superman or other members of the Justice League could have swooped in and taken care of Negan for us all. Oh well #multiverse. ...

The Walking Dead

By: Douglas Spotted Eagle on Apr 6, 2016 at 1:54:41 pm

1908 was a big year for the world; the automobile found its way to the masses through the invention of the assembly line, created by Henry Ford. Not only did the mass-production line bring affordable prices, it also created the middle class.  We re in much the same birthspace; UAV/Drones are just beginning to grow into Continue reading WITNESS TO HISTORY...


#MCS EP08: connected timeline & timeline versioning in Autodesk Flame
By: Mathieu Marano on Apr 5, 2016 at 10:55:42 am

The latest version of Autodesk Flame as a very neat feature for anybody who has to deal with many version of a timeline like it often happens in commercial sessions. The Connected timeline will help the editor to propagate any change applied to a single shot to any other instance of this shot in the other timelines. ...


ACORN TV: Compression Issues Abound
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Apr 4, 2016 at 3:47:00 pm

My wife and I signed up for the free 30 day trial subscription to Acorn TV but couldn't make it a few days before turning off our account and being done with it. We even uninstalled the app from our system. ...


Introducing our new line up of Videoguys Tech Select HP Z workstations
By: Gary Bettan on Apr 4, 2016 at 12:35:46 pm

We’ve had tremendous success over the past year with our Videoguys Tech Select HP Z workstations. In anticipation of re-configuring our systems this year, we waited for HP to certify the latest revs of NVIDIA Quadro cards so we could put them in our new builds. They’re ready! We’ve put together 5 killer workstations that deliver a tremendous combination of performance, reliability and stability for video editors of every level and budget. ...

HP Z Workstations

Movie Review: Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice
By: Sarah Mason on Apr 2, 2016 at 12:37:28 am

This week we take on the Uber Journalists with our honest, and untainted review of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. We liked it! Listen in to find out why we think this movie has gotten a bad rap. ...

EP 262: Negan Cometh
By: Sarah Mason on Apr 2, 2016 at 12:11:40 am

If, like us, you're a long suffering fan of The Walking Dead, you're in the midst of emotional and psychological prep for this weekend's Season 6 Finale. The long wait is finally coming to an end with the much anticipated entrance of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), the psychopath with a killer smile and a spikey bat. We hope to God that none of our favorite characters face Lucille, but sadly, we know the show (and the comic book) too well. ...

Another International Cable Cutter Find
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Apr 1, 2016 at 1:23:00 pm

As I've mentioned before, my wife and I really like learning how other cultures look at the world and learning a bit of their history, as well. One of the easy ways we've found is to explore their television programming. ...


My new cable cutting book is now at
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Apr 1, 2016 at 10:53:00 am

CUTTING THE CABLE : Covers ROKU, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast Others is now available at ...


Interview: Seth Laderman from Comic-Con HQ
By: Sarah Mason on Mar 30, 2016 at 11:49:33 am

On May 7th Comic-Con International and Lionsgate will launch a new SVOD Channel. We talk to Comic-Con HQ, EVP and GM, Seth Laderman about the launch and what this means for the world of OTT! ...


Movie Reviews: Hail Caesar, High-Rise, Macbeth, Goodnight Mommy
By: Sarah Mason on Mar 28, 2016 at 7:02:56 pm

The Harold & Maudecast Justice and Doom Movie Meter has been put to the test with these new movie reviews, two are currently streaming on SVOD and two are in theaters now....

Random Freebies – 2K 1.85 Title Safe Overlays
By: Charlie Austin on Mar 28, 2016 at 6:04:05 pm

I just made a couple 1.85 title safe .png checker overlays if anyone has any use for them. In FCP X, I use a combo of Digital Heavens Grid X, and Andy s Safe Guides, both free and worth having. We wanted a prettier checker for some AE/PS stuff though, so I just rendered these out in 2K [ ]...

WorkflowFree FCP X tool

By: Mathieu Marano on Mar 28, 2016 at 10:22:35 am

Resolve 12 as a nice feature because that enables a colorist to remotely control a color grading session from a local workstation. This is possible across a a network or between two stations thousands of kilometres away. All you need is two licenses of DaVinci Resolve Studio, an internet connection and two copies of your medias. ...


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