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Fixing out-of-focus HD video footage

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in News, Tutorials | 0 comments

You’ve shot some important, irreplaceable footage, only to later discover that it’s slightly out of focus. What can you do? This happened to me recently on a dance recital shoot which is my biggest event of the year, recording six 2.5-hour shows over two days. I rented a newer HD camera for the event to get better low-light performance – and a better image overall – than my older HDV camera could provide. I’d rented that same camera the year before, so I knew how to use it and loved the results I’d gotten last time. Being...

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Mezzanine Codec Options for PC Video Editors

Posted by on Jun 29, 2014 in News, Tutorials | 0 comments

In years past, it was often necessary to convert, or transcode, original HD camera video clips into another codec, known as an intermediate or mezzanine, prior to beginning any editing. These new clips had far less compression applied, and were therefore easier to decode for playback. Mezzanine codec file sizes fall in between those of the camera source clips and uncompressed video, hence the name. Most newer PCs having decent specs, such as those with Intel Core i7 processors, should have no problem editing AVCHD and similar sources natively,...

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Top 5 Reasons to Upgrade Your Workstation

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Computers, Safe Harbor, Tutorials | 0 comments

Whether you need a completely new system, or just a few minor tune-ups, here are the top 5 reasons to upgrade your workstation. 1)      Slow Boot Drive. Many older computers are still booting up with SATA or even IDE hard drives. A workstation equipped with an SSD will likely boot in seconds and not minutes. SATA hard drives require time to speed up and will continue to be slower than a solid state drive during regular operation. SSD drives will not only boot faster but also launch applications faster. The extra time saved with the...

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Adobe Encore CS6 Preview Quality Fix

Posted by on Mar 7, 2013 in Adobe, Tutorials | 0 comments

  When making a DVD in Adobe Encore CS6 on your PC, you may find that the video playback looks very low res and jagged in the Monitor window, but will snap back to a sharp image whenever playback is paused. There is a quick solution in the Edit > Preferences panel. Simply change the Playback Quality to High, and Display Mode to Accelerated GPU Effects, as shown in the comparison images. You will see in the top example that any diagonal lines are quite “steppy”. It’s even more noticeable during playback than the still...

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64-bit OS benefits Adobe editors

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Adobe, Tutorials | 0 comments

For years, computers have used 32-bit operating systems, meaning that the largest number the system memory could address would be 2^32, or 4GB. In reality, users could expect just over 3GB actually available for use by applications other than the OS. Data pathways inside the computer would also be limited to 32-bit. For standard-definition video editing, 3GB might have got the job done for most Premiere users, but many editors are now commonly dealing with HD video resolutions of 1920×1080 and beyond, with 2K and 4K cinema resolutions...

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White Balancing Your Camcorder

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Tutorials | 0 comments

Different light sources have different “color temperatures”, and any object lit with these sources will take on the cast of that source. The human vision system compensates for different light sources, so white always looks white, but camcorders sometimes need our help in determining the best white balance setting for a given situation. In other words, we have to tell the camera what white looks like, and it can then use that as a point of reference to accurately reproduce any color in the scene. All camcorders will have...

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RT.X2 LCD Display Calibration for CS4 Users

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Tutorials | 0 comments

Matrox now offers a monitor calibration utility for RT.X2 users that allows the use of an inexpensive LCD display for accurate color grading. This does not apply to the RT.X2 LE or SD models, which lack the DVI output necessary to drive the LCD. The calibration utility is part of the new 4.0 drivers for use with Adobe CS4, and is accessed via the Matrox “TV” icon at the lower right of the Windows screen. Step-by-step illustrated calibration instructions are included in the Matrox User Guide .pdf file found on the Matrox driver disc...

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Staying Native or Going Intermediate? Transcoding and Premiere Pro CS5

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

In this brief video, Worldwide Product Evangelist Jason Levine will explain the basis of transcoding, showcasing the workflow outside of CS5; he”ll then show you what a native workflow is all about in Premiere Pro CS5, and explain some scenarios for staying native or moving to an intermediate codec. This video also points out some of the misconceptions about transcoding, but also highlights some of the round-tripping capabilities of CS5 with FCP and AMC. [youtube]xx_ipWmrhE0[/youtube]

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miniDV or HDV tape for an HDV camcorder?

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Tutorials | 0 comments

HDV camcorders record to inexpensive miniDV tape. You can get special HDV-graded tapes, but they can cost several times more than miniDV tapes. Since the recording uses digital data, the image quality will be identical regardless of the media quality.Think of a still image or word processing file copied to different types of media – hard drive, CD, floppy, USB thumb drive – the data is the same regardless of the media used. It’s the same with digital tape – the only benefit of using HDV tape is that you lessen the chance of getting...

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Apple ProRes 422 codec vs. Uncompressed HD

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Apple, Tutorials | 0 comments

UPDATE — October, 2011: ProRes is no longer just an editing codec – it’s also used in portable field recording devices to bypass in-camera compression, capturing directly to ProRes with 10-bit 4:2:2 quality, ready to edit! Learn more about this exciting new hardware here or see our review of the Atomos Ninja for a detailed look at just one of the solutions that we provide. _______________________________________________ Apple introduced the ProRes 422 video codec for Final Cut Studio 2 users in 2007. The codec is said to offer...

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