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Final Cut pro X
By: Johnathon Oquin on Apr 29, 2013 at 6:37:09 pm

What app can i get to help my workflow with Final Cut Pro X . That are free ?...


On Tap for Sunday Oct 2nd - Arri Alexa Training in Chicago
By: gary adcock on Sep 30, 2011 at 8:45:05 am

This week I have been working to get back in the stream of things after nearly a month on the road and with the traffic my last blog post is getting I thought I would end the week on something a slightly less controversial. ...


Spotlight: QTube FAQ
By: Roger Thornton on Aug 26, 2011 at 5:16:46 am

Following the 300 demos of the QTube world tour it was clear that some questions were being asked repeatedly by different clients. Here is our selection of key questions which arose during the product demos, but if you would like to know anything else or would like to arrange a demo please contact the team . ...


QTube: the workflow game changer (part 3 of 3)
By: Roger Thornton on Aug 12, 2011 at 8:58:09 am

In the final part of our Trevor Francis interview, he takes us through some practical examples of how QTube can be implemented to create more flexible and efficient workflows. He also tells us how the technology is expected to evolve in order to benefit other sectors. ...


QTube: the workflow game changer (part 2 of 3)
By: Roger Thornton on Aug 10, 2011 at 3:56:28 am

In part two of our interview with Trevor Francis, he explains how QTube exploits key Quantel technologies from both the broadcast and post-production sectors. Part one can be found here and part three is here . ...


QTube: the workflow game changer (part 1 of 3)
By: Roger Thornton on Aug 9, 2011 at 2:46:48 am

Since its initial preview at IBC 2010, and following its launch at NAB in April 2011, QTube has generated a huge amount of interest and queries from around the world. These have come not only from broadcasters but also from other facilities that can see how QTube’s inherent benefits can be harnessed for wider uses. ...


Guest focus: Thomas Urbye from The Look
By: Roger Thornton on Aug 3, 2011 at 6:18:55 am

Thomas Urbye is the Managing Director and colourist of boutique London post-house The Look . In our guest focus this month Thomas says "workflow" should be about getting simple tasks done quickly - not complex procedures. ...


It's a filebased start to the Summer.
By: gary adcock on May 31, 2011 at 9:53:57 am

As I start the first week of the unoffical summer season, I am prediciting that tapeless or filebased workflows are going to be on everyone's radar this year. I start the season perfecting the filebased acquisition and workflow for a big sporting event that is starting this week in Miami. ...


Divide and Conquer
By: Mike Cohen on Sep 19, 2010 at 9:52:09 am

Although I recently watched Lord of the Rings in HD, I am not talking about the Battle of Helm's Deep. ...


No really, I’d love to hear about your workflow!
By: Ross Daly on Sep 11, 2010 at 6:49:29 am

During a recent double over-nighter I found myself thinking about workflows. And the nitty gritty stuff too, like how frequently people version their project files, how they name their assets, and how they arrange their folder structures. I would really love to hear from anyone about the nuts and bolts of how you go about going about your business I know this is probably boring stuff to most people, but it can make or break a workplace. Here s a list of other possible things to talk about. ...

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Pulling it all Together
By: Mike Cohen on Aug 15, 2010 at 6:36:39 pm

Workflow is everything. As described since the inception of this blog, how you go about getting the job done can, in fact, decide how and when you get the job done. ...


By: Mike Cohen on Aug 13, 2010 at 6:07:48 pm

This past week was a perfect example of contrasts in my job duties. I often say that I wear many hats, that every day is different, and that my job entails a wide variety of activities. ...


Live Blog - Books and Videos and Planes..Oh My!
By: Mike Cohen on Jun 19, 2010 at 10:40:07 pm

Live blogging seems to come and go. We saw it a lot during the 2008 election season - now Tweeting seems to have supplanted live blogging. And soon Tweeting will be replaced by some new made up verb. Perhaps the forthcoming Yiddish social networking service will introduce the world to Shpulking - you have as many words as you want but your mother has to approve whatever you say! Ok seriously, this will be a photo-based live blog. I often do a photo-based tape-delay blog, so this is something slightly new. I can't actually post to the blog by smartphone,...


RED High Quality Viewing Tip in Quicktime
By: illya laney on Apr 8, 2010 at 10:43:11 am

I stumbled upon this a few months ago when I was adjusting some settings in Quicktime... Have you ever opened a RED proxy in Quicktime and wondered why it looks so soft or compressed? Well basically Quicktime can be moronic and automatically prioritizes playback quality over image quality with certain codecs. Here's how to more accurately view the footage... Make sure to tick the High Quality option in the Quicktime Movie Properties window. Here's some untouched/unprocessed screenshots from an LG spot I worked on last year... Regular High Quality These are low quality JPEG's, but I think you can...


Locked and Loaded
By: Mike Cohen on Feb 21, 2010 at 4:52:03 pm

Yep, another blog about leaving the safety of my cubicle to work with a client. Why so much emphasis on this? Because it is good for business to have your, er, stuff together! Many people have a checklist for a shoot: - batteries - lav mic - xlr cable - bnc cable - monitor - hdmi cable - 20 blank tapes or 6 p2 cards - headphones - gaffer tape - etc Likewise I certainly make a checklist for a week long trip: - suit - sportcoat - 2 pair knakis - 6 pair black socks - 2 polo shirts - 4 dress shirts (white, grey, blue, pinstripe) - 4 favorite ties - dress shoes - bathing suit, flip flops (assuming they...


Nose to the Grindstone
By: Mike Cohen on Feb 18, 2010 at 5:12:38 pm

While I blog a lot about the fun and excitement of air travel, and the production experiences at either end, once I get back to the office for weeks of uninterrupted work, it is time to get stuff done. Over the years I have experimented with various to-do lists, post-its and marker boards. Recently we have instituted a Jobs to Start worksheet, distributed to all departments. Updated whenever a new project starts, this keeps everyone informed of what is going on, even in other departments. Why, you may ask, does publishing need to know about a video project in the...

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Sony's Tapeless Workflow
By: Andrew Kimery on Jan 16, 2010 at 7:43:29 pm

Sony had a little demo/presentation happening at our office the other day and I must say I still really like the XDCAM HD workflow and wish that we could use it where I am working currently. They are also trying to bridge the gap between XDCAM EX (SxS card based cameras like the EX1 and EX3) and XDCAM HD (the discs used in full sized cameras like the F335) by creating workflow solutions to easily get EX media onto XDCAM HD discs. A few years ago I worked as an assistant editor on a reality show that shot XDCAM HD...


By: Mike Cohen on Sep 19, 2009 at 11:00:27 am

It has been well-established that multi-tasking is bad news. However, in the regular course of day to day computer activities, it is necessary to have multiple applications running. Shortcuts to apps and documents are a great time saver. Sure, this is a very basic concept, one that has been in Windows since the beginning, and even back to DOS if you think of the BAT file, but still worth mentioning as a workflow improvement. This is where the Windows Quick Launch toolbar comes into play. This is by no means a new feature, but I find that the ability to...


Round Pegs in Square Holes
By: Mike Cohen on Jun 19, 2009 at 10:00:33 pm

Thursday - Midnight Lately, for some unknown reason (caffeine) I have been staying up late. Too late. Oddly, after stumbling to bed around 1am I manage to wake at 6am, hit the snooze bar exactly 4 times, allowing my body to wake up on its own schedule, and still get to work at a reasonable time. A cup of extra bold from the K-Cup machine, a bowl of bran flakes (watch enough colon cancer videos and you'll tolerate the woody texture), and hit the road to the office. Usually the last thing I do before bed, after my continuing search for...


Project Management Redux
By: Mike Cohen on Dec 5, 2008 at 8:14:14 pm

As the year comes to an end (or a screeching halt if you are heavily invested in the market) it is time for my annual self assessment of...myself. This year I feel I have made the most progress in project management. I have blogged previously about various workflow improvements, experiments and systems for managing multiple projects, and/or managing a single project to completion. Rather than looking at these nuances or exingencies of workflow, in this post I will analyze my overall project management philosophy. Some Background Over time I have figured out the right way to, and of course the...


The PCIe Based Storage Revolution in Creative Content Creation
By: Andrew De Lara on Sep 19, 2008 at 3:02:38 pm

The PCIe (PCI Express) standard will have a disruptive impact on the business and workflow processes in video/production/post production/etc. Leading storage vendors are catching on to the idea as we speak. The industry currently faces technology challenges in dealing with the continual purchasing of storage equipment to keep up with the rising needs of performance and archiving...

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Large Project Editing Workflow
By: Mike Cohen on Aug 5, 2008 at 6:03:08 pm

I'd like to say I have been so busy catching up on work that I have not had a chance to write new posts. This is partially true. Partially, I took a week to visit my folks in insanely sunny Florida, helped my wife through some medical troubles (no, for the last time, I did not film it) and have in fact been pretty busy at work. Oh, and I discovered I know a lot of people on Facebook. But back to the important topic of workflow. As described in excrutiating detail in previous posts, I make the most of...


Getting Organized
By: Mike Cohen on Jul 23, 2008 at 8:01:55 am

And so my Spring travel season comes to a close. Like the annual monsoons in India, my Spring travel takes me to conferences and various shooting locations, as recounted in previous posts. The only problem with so much travel, is one needs to get into the swing of things to actually cut the videos and move toward project milestones and eventual completion. I have blogged before about project management, workflow and organization, but I feel it necessary, especially for independent contractors and some of the younger folks who read these blogs to reiterate the importance of being organized. Getting organized...


Lazy Saturdays
By: Mike Cohen on Jul 23, 2008 at 8:00:09 am

It's Saturday morning (at least it was when I started this post). Sleeping past 7am can be a real treat. Make a cup of coffee (as much as I like the convenience of highway gas station coffee, making it at home is so much nicer), eat breakfast whenever, and plan out my day. Now certainly weekend time is valuable and precious, however it is also an opportunity to be productive without working too hard. Here's my home office setup for the weekend. The morning sunlight casts a comforting glow on my workspace, normally provided by fluorescent lights: This gives the...


How to Label DVD-Rs 2008 Edition
By: Noah Kadner on Jun 9, 2008 at 9:18:42 am

This question comes up a lot- how does one label a DVD-R? I would never use a print on inkjet disc- because they smear with just a droplet of moisture nor stick on labels because they peel and jam. Instead- I'd go for one of three technologies- depending on budget and how professional the labels need to look: 1. Sharpie. This is cheap as dirt and works like a charm for sending to replication houses and for internal backups. But not so much given to clients- looks decidely ghetto for that... 2. LightScribe - this is a type of DVD...

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OpenCut- RED Editing Contest
By: Noah Kadner on May 16, 2008 at 5:28:18 pm

Now here's something interesting, the folks over at Silverado Systems have partnered up with Vuze to create a different kind of contest. OpenCut is a completely open-source film competition designed to encourage people to take professionally shot material and edit it in their own way. As there is no "one way" to tell a story, so too can stories benefit from being re-edited and re-told from many different vantage points and perspectives. ...


Chronosync- invaluable tool for tapeless workflow
By: Noah Kadner on May 3, 2008 at 7:12:27 am

Here's a tool for anyone working with the solid-state and tapeless workflow, for example the Panasonic HVX200 and Sony EX1 . If you've been dragging and dropping footage from your folders to your hard drive you could be a bit more at risk than you realize. ...

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Project Management
By: Mike Cohen on Apr 29, 2008 at 3:28:34 pm

Someone ought to write a book called "I'm a project manager, Now What?!" Hey, not a bad idea for a book. Back in 2003 I began the gradual transition from video editor/shooter to project manager. Mind you I do plenty of editing, but depending upon the project I am in fact managing, sometimes more sometimes less. But the particular responsibilities are no less important than the others. At the time, we had about 3 times as many employees, so I was also a department manager. There was some resentment, such as "can you do my job as the web master?...


Breaking the Speed Limit -- Editing Phantom High-Speed Footage in Final Cut Pro 2 of 2
By: Noah Kadner on Apr 28, 2008 at 8:57:38 am

Once we have the actual shot, we can then control the downloading of footage from the camera using Vision Research’s software. Thus far they’ve only released a version that runs on Windows. In order to preserve the Mac-loving image of Simplemente, we decided to run it on a MacBook Pro with Boot Camp. We can then select the ins and outs of any particular shot. Typically the exact moment you want to save is a tiny fraction of that 6 minute take and the rest is a lot of frames with no activity you can delete. The selected portions are...


Breaking the Speed Limit -- Editing Phantom High-Speed Footage in Final Cut Pro: Part 1 of 2
By: Noah Kadner on Apr 25, 2008 at 6:44:35 pm

I wrote two articles for the Final Cut Pro User's Group Supermeet at NAB. They appeared in the SuperMag magazine. Here's part one of the second article looking at Simplemente's work with the Phantom HD camera: ...

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Mexico Goes to China - Part 1 of 2
By: Noah Kadner on Apr 22, 2008 at 12:00:43 pm

I wrote two articles for the Final Cut Pro Supermeet at NAB this year. Here's part one of the first article looking at an Apple SAN network system that is being used at the Beijing Olympics this summer in China: ...

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By: Shane Ross on Mar 11, 2008 at 10:50:07 pm

The official title of the History Channel Series I am working on is STRANGE HISTORY. The stories will mainly deal with taboos, cultural and sexual, and strange cultural practices from around the world. There, now you know.The first week there I was working on one of the rental systems. Because my computer hadn t come in yet and because they didn t play on renting my system for a few weeks yet. Now, this rental system was a bit lacking. Sure, it had the Octo Mac 3.0Ghz and a LARGE Mackie Mixer (that you would find on an Avid system)...


To Do Lists
By: Mike Cohen on Feb 5, 2008 at 7:34:45 pm

If you're like me you have a million things to do. Oddly, none of those things happen to be writing blogs, but hey, I ticked off 7 items on my to do list today! As outlined in previous posts, in addition to shooting and editing video projects I also am a project manager. When I realized that 50% or more of my days were being spent project managing, I did some research on ways to improve efficiency. For a while I listened to a project management podcast by Cornelius Finchner emid=35 He has some interesting ideas and conversations, however he...


It has been 3 months since my last post
By: Mike Cohen on Feb 1, 2008 at 10:00:40 pm

Hi. My name is Mike. It has been 3 months since my last blog post. All: Hi Mike. I have missed all aspects of the COW. I receive my Business and Marketing forum e-mails, but frankly have had little time to read these, or browse the forums or the blogs. Well, dammit, I pledge to find the time. Here is a little review of what has happened these past 3 months, and why I have strayed from the COW's fertile pastures. Ooh, that last sentence may have come from a Mike Huckabee speech! LOL Early October 2007 With the looming...


The iPod as a timecode slate
By: Scott Simmons on Jan 16, 2008 at 10:48:28 am

Originally posted on The Editblog . I recently got suckered into a low budget music video. How low budget? The decision was made not to hire an audio person for playback. Without that audio person it meant there would be no audio master made for the song and no timecode slate for syncing later in post. What was the solution? Use an iPod with video and make our own timecode slate! We dropped the audio into a timeline and then applied a timecode generator to a slug for one version of the song and color bars to another. This was...


MacWorld news you shouldn't lose, part 3
By: Tim Wilson on Jan 15, 2008 at 4:38:26 pm

The newest news: our friends at G-Technology have been acquired by Fabrik Inc . They re a California company whose previous offerings were in the consumer space, but who were interested in G-Technology for their Mac and professional content creation orientation. G-Tech also announced the world s first 500 GB 2.5 external drive -- bus powered over FW, no less. (It also supports USB 2.0.) They also have an update to the G-RAID mini line, now up to 1TB, also a triple interface device (FW 400 and 800, USB). The details aren t up yet, but we can assume it...


[he-loh]: an introductory term
By: Aaron zander on Jan 9, 2008 at 5:38:22 pm

Ok, so I supose I should start one of these with an introduction to my self, and though I will be talking about me whenever i'm talking here and my experiences, we all had to start some where, and the start is where we are at. So lets begin shall we? First off, if you have issues with bad grammar and possibly bad spelling, than I recommend you leave asap, as I am good at neither. Secondly, I want to thank you for reading the following, and any subsequent entries. If it wasn't for the COW, and the readers at...


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