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Giving Southern Food the Right Look with Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and DaVinci Resolve Think of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and images of warm, savory comfort food probably come to mind. The restaurant's unique "New Orleans" style menu offers southern food items like spicy chicken, chicken tenders, chicken and biscuits and fried shrimp. To make Popeyes' famous food look as good in its broadcast TV commercials as it tastes in real life, colorist Brian Buongiorno of Tone Visuals uses Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve. ...Read More »
RED GIANT OFFLOAD By Ko Maruyama It's a media copy application for easily backup and - hey - OFFLOADING your footage from a removable camera media card to somewhere else. Simple enough for almost anyone on set to use. ...Read More »
Artbeats Starfields 2 HD By Stephen Schleicher If you are going to do any kind of sci-fi related project, chances are you are going to have at least one shot that shows off the vastness of space. For those on a budget, spending the time rendering a high resolution space scene may be out of reach. Fortunately, Artbeats returns to outer space with a whole new collection of clips that you can use. ...Read More »
Command and Conquer Your Keyboard Commands By Diana Weynand, James Alguire and RevUpTansmedia Final Cut Pro has provided keyboard shortcuts for the vast majority of its functions, but there have always been a few features or functions where it made sense to have a keyboard shortcut, but none was pre-built and ready to use. In legacy versions of Final Cut Pro you could add, remove or modify keyboard shortcuts by using the Keyboard Layout tools. In Final Cut Pro X you use the Commands feature to add, remove, modify, and otherwise manage changes to keyboard shortcuts. In this tutorial you'll learn how to add new shortcuts for functions that don't have them, how to create new Command Sets, and how to export and import command sets to access these shortcuts across multiple editing stations. ...Read More »
SONY Announces New Upgrades And Versions Of Award-Winning Vegas Pro Software Sony Creative Software announced the latest upgrade to its Vegas editing technology. Vegas Pro 12 adds dozens of substantial feature enhancements, performance improvements and workflow innovations to the award-winning NLE, significantly expanding the creative toolkit for editors and content creators at every level of the post-production market. Combining a familiar track-based editing interface with a fluid, interactive approach to media production, Vegas Pro 12 is the perfect choice for a new generation of creative professionals looking for a no-compromise, cost-effective and straightforward way to express their artistic vision without the complexities and learning curve typically associated with other solutions. ...Read More »
Under New Management By Diana Weynand, James Alguire and RevUpTansmedia In legacy versions of Final Cut Pro you had to set scratch disks to manage where your video data and cache files would be stored. And you were limited to twelve drives at any one time. Final Cut Pro X makes it easier to specify where your video and project files are stored, automatically saving your Events and Projects in the Movies folder by default. But have no fear, your Events and Projects can be stored on any drive connected to your Mac, and you can easily move existing Events and Projects between drives when needed to keep your stories organized. ...Read More »
Final Cut Pro X Favorite Things By Diana Weynand, James Alguire and RevUpTansmedia Final Cut Pro X introduced a lot of new tools, features and interface elements that take some getting used to, because they don't necessarily work the way they did in legacy FCP. So how do you go about preserving those selections of desirable clip segments you've spent valuable time marking for editing, in a persistent manner? In this tutorial, we'll show you that marking clips as Favorites, may become one of your favorite things. ...Read More »
PluralEyes - Sound Synching Software from Singular Software By David Hague Singular Software has a range of sound synching software available. PluralEyes is the flagship. It works specifically with particular nominated software so you must obtain the one that suits your software. PluralEyes will only play with Green Valley Edius, Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas, Apple's Final Cut Pro and Avid's Media composer. For each of these editing program, Singular Software provides a specific set in instructions which, at first to me at least, sounded a bit arcane, but in fact turned out to be easy to follow. The end result is an additional sequence inserted into to your project with the sounds all lined up. ...Read More »
Corel VideoStudio Pro X5 By David Hague While it is still fair to say that Corel has struggled in the video editing market, I suspect the latest carnation of VideoStudio Pro X5 will change all that. And oddly enough, I say this not because of any improvement over its standard video editing approach as this retains the 3 step approach that many programs of this type use - Capture, Edit, Share. No, not at all. This version has some truly ground breaking features. ...Read More »
Edius 6 By David Hague If you are looking at graduating from a basic Windows NLE to something more, shall we say, grown up, and have Premiere, FCP, Vegas and AVID on your list to check out (no I know that FCP won't run under Windows but some people DO change platforms you know), certainly add EDIUS to that list. There is a free download available at the website which is fully functional and lasts for 30 days. ...Read More »
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 for the Videographer By Jeremiah Hall I have never used the previous versions of Lightroom, since most of my time was taken up with Avid, After Effects and Final Cut Pro. When I needed to do something with stills, I used Photoshop. When I got the chance to try Lightroom 4, I jumped at the chance, but I was more interested in the video capabilities than I was in the photographic features and tools. Lightroom 4 will not be replacing Premiere or Photoshop, it's not designed for heavy photo or video editing. You can't cut your movie masterpiece with it. But if you're a DSLR shooter, I can see it becoming a very useful tool in your arsenal. ...Read More »
Boris Soundbite for Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro By Heath McKnight Soundbite from Boris FX is an excellent dialogue search tool developed in conjunction with Nexidia, a company focused on speech analytics. You can search for specific words and phrases easily with Soundbite, then import into Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro, making it easy and quick to edit hours of interviews for a project. Producers, writers, one-man bands and interns can rejoice while searching through hours of interviews. Say so long to logging video! ...Read More »
Updated: 300+ Free After Effects Tutorials Mega List After Effects has always been a popular topic for our writers and editors. We thought it would be helpful to list - with direct links to them on our After Effects Channel - the more than 300 different After Effects tutorials we have so far. In this list are After Effects training videos, After Effects hands on tutorials and techniques, and lots of After Effects Quick Tips. All professional quality, and all free! Enjoy! ...Read More »
DVD Burning Software - Free vs Paid? By Rob Boirun, BurnWorld When you are evaluating the very best free software for DVD burning on Windows it's important to understand what is offered inside a free version over a paid version. While this article will explain several free burning apps and their benefits, I'll also explain a few paid options as well, as to what they offer over the freeware counterparts. ...Read More »
Avid's Media Composer 5 Part 3 - Matrox's MXO2 mini By Kevin McAuliffe When AVID stated that they supported the MXO2 mini to monitor external video, I was pretty surprised, as this is a big change of direction for AVID as they normally only support their own hardware for video monitoring. I wanted to give the MXO2 mini a fair shake, as for the $449 price tag I really wanted (and hoped) it to work for the user bases sake. Let's see how it fared. ...Read More »
Media Composer 5 Feature Showcase By Kevin McAuliffe We AVid users have had a BIG problem, and that was working with footage that was not OMF or (now) MXF. Any footage that wasn't captured via the digitize tool needed to be imported and converted to either OMF or MXF, and in many cases, the process was excruciatingly long if files weren't rendered with the Avid Codec. Thankfully, with Media Composer 5, that is no longer the case. ...Read More »
Media Composer 5 Feature Showcase Part 2 By Kevin McAuliffe With Media Composer version 5, Avid is moving in not only a forward direction, but in a bit of a sideways direction as well. Premiere Pro CS5 and Final Cut Pro are drag-and-drop editing applications. This means that you can not only drag clips from the preview window and drop it into your timeline, but you now have an extensive amount of flexibility when dragging clips around in your timeline as well. ...Read More »
WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe By John Virata WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is an inexpensive video converter that enables you to take virtually any type of video file format and convert it to a variety of other video file formats. The application's interface uses a simple four step process to video conversion, and it is really quite simple. ...Read More »
Corel VideoStudio Pro X3 By John Virata It has been more than five years since I looked at any version of VideoStudio. In fact, what was my go to application for a long time was supplanted by the other applications on the market that compete with it. So, I consider it new to me again. What has Corel done to enhance the capabilities of VideoStudio? ...Read More »
Final Cut Pro 7 Essential Training: Creating a freeze frame and still image By Abba Shapiro In this clip, host Abba Shapiro looks at how to create a freeze frame and a still image in Final Cut Pro. He iterates that you can park the playhead to any part of the video and grab a still image. He shows how to grab the freeze frame using the Modify>Make Freeze frame drop down command. He then shows how to create a still image and how to choose the file format that Final Cut enables you to save to. ...Read More »
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