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Work REDCODE Native in Final Cut Pro!

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KONA 3 from AJA now allows you to work REDCODE native! The newly released version 6 software for KONA 3 adds support for realtime playback of the popular RED ONE camera’s unique 2K and HD file types. “There is no question,” says Ted Schilowitz of RED Digital Cinema, “that AJA tools are the best choice for Final Cut Pro editors looking to play out RED Native files to professional monitors via QuickTime reference movies for both offline editorial and online editing/finishing.” Using the free RED Log and Transfer...

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Everything You Need to Know About the Atomos Samurai (video)

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Atomos, Product Spotlight | 0 comments

The highly anticipated Atomos Samurai has finally made its way into a number of production workflows. This portable touchscreen 10bit HD recorder, monitor, and playback/playout device captures pristine video and audio direct from any camera with HD/SD-SDI. It encodes in real-time onto low-cost, removable 2.5″ hard disks, directly to ProRes LT, 422, or HQ, at data rates of 100, 145, or 220Mbps respectively. You can then review your footage in real-time onto the pristine 5″ display or out onto any HD-SDI capable device, including...

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Sorenson Squeeze 5 – Above and Beyond!

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Reviewed by Jeff Pulera You’ve completed the editing of your masterpiece, but how will you distribute it to your audience? Today, there are many options including DVD, Blu-ray, Flash, Windows Media, and H.264 to name a few. Many software editing packages include the ability to output to some, or possibly even all, of the above formats. The drawback to using your NLE software to encode your video is that the editing software is not optimized for creating high quality results in all the formats you may need, while keeping the file size at its...

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Maximize Benefits of Avid Open I/O with Bluefish444 12 Bit Video I/O Cards

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Bluefish444, Product Spotlight | 0 comments

Bluefish444 has worked closely with Avid engineering and product management to tightly integrate Avid Media Composer 6, Symphony 6, and NewsCutter 10 with the entire range of Epoch and Create video cards. Full support for Avid’s DNxHD codec combined with Bluefish444’s bundled Symmetry capture, review, and playback software provides an end-to-end, extremely flexible post-production workflow solution with ultra high quality 12 bit processing. We recommend the Create line as the ultimate video I/O solution for Avid editing...

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particleIllusion – Smokin’ Hot!

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Product Spotlight | 0 comments

I’ve had my own video production company for 16 years, and while I love new gadgets and software that I can use to enhance my productions, I’ve never gotten into specialized effects software. I have to admit I’ve just been intimidated by the complexity and learning curves involved, not to mention the long render times which kill my creativity. Particle Illusion 3.0 has changed all that for me. I recently viewed some sample videos at the Wondertouch website and was amazed at what this package has to offer, so I downloaded the...

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Adobe Photoshop CS6: Video Previews and Sneak Peeks

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Adobe (Licenses), Product Spotlight | 0 comments

With the latest edition of Adobe Creative Suite well on its way, weve rounded up a few sneak peeks at the highly anticipated Photoshop CS6. While theres no clear answer as to when we can expect an official release, it’s also no secret that Adobe has historically planned major announcements around large industry events such as NAB. Rumored for an April 2012 launch, CS6 will likely be no exception. On June 21, 2011, CEO Shantanu Narayen said during an Adobe conference call that the CS5.5 launch in April, 2011 was the first release in our...

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What is the TriCaster “Live Control” used for?

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The LC-11 Live Control option provides a physical control interface for many of the TriCaster’s functions. Everything the TriCaster does can be controlled via TriCaster’s onscreen interface using the mouse and keyboard, but many users prefer the look, feel and tactile feedback that only switcher buttons and a T-bar can provide, especially if they are experienced with this sort of equipment. While many events are easily handled by a single TriCaster operator, more complex events may go smoother using a team approach. One person can run the...

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Matrox MXO2 Mini

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I’ve been a fan and user of Matrox capture cards for several years now, beginning with the RT.X100, and more recently the RT.X2, which added HD editing capabilities. These cards offer analog video capture and playback, in addition to the standard 1394 Firewire i/o offered with most computers. If there’s a downside to the RT.X2, it’s that the desktop host PC hardware must meet specific requirements, and it doesn’t work with laptops or Mac computers. These concerns are addressed with the new MXO2 Mini. The MXO2 Mini is a small, external...

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Expand Your Ministry with Dynamic Services and an Engaging Outreach

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The goal of ministry is to engage souls and uplift spirits; a moving, meaningful worship experience is an awe-inspiring way to succeed. Some churches achieve results through video presentation. Instead of simply recording the service, which in itself has many benefits, they are investing in professional cameras, projectors, switchers, audio mixers, computers and other editing equipment, as well as involving a trained staff to operate it all! The reward is a beautiful, live service that may very well breathe new life into the message. But what...

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MediaShout Version 4

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Product Spotlight | 0 comments

Many churches today are creating exciting worship programs by utilizing technology as part of their ministry efforts. Video monitors and projection screens are being used to get the congregation more involved in the service, displaying everything from weekly bulletin notes before the service, to Bible verses and song lyrics during the service so everyone can follow along and participate. One piece of software for the PC that can really help to create dynamic worship services is MediaShout version 4. I was recently able to try out this latest...

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