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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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IRE Setup with Matrox RT.X2

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

IRE is a measure of brightness for NTSC video, with black being 0 and white being 100, with shades of gray in between. In the US, the black level is normally set to 7.5 for broadcast. This means that the brightness scale runs from 7.5 to 100 rather than 0 to 100. Since Japan uses 0 IRE black setup levels, virtually all miniDV cameras will use 0 IRE for black setup when making a recording. In Premiere Pro with RT.X2, you will find the “Setup” option in Project Settings > Playback Settings > Video Output, which by default is at...

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Updates to DVD Export Settings for MXO2 CS5.5 Users

Posted by on Jul 8, 2011 in Matrox, Tutorials | 0 comments

Updates to DVD Export Settings for MXO2 CS5.5 Users

If you?re using Premiere Pro CS5 or CS5.5 on the PC with Matrox MXO2 hardware, there?s some important information we?d like you to be aware of to get the best DVD export quality. This info only pertains to exporting “MPEG-2 for DVD” from a Matrox NTSC sequence ? if you?re using a Matrox HD or Matrox PAL sequence, the cropping does not apply and you may disregard these instructions. With the CS4 drivers for MXO2, a Matrox NTSC project was 720×480, but starting with CS5, Matrox changed this to 720×486. Since DVD uses...

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Staying Native or Going Intermediate? Transcoding and Premiere Pro CS5

Posted by on Aug 9, 2010 in Adobe, Adobe (Licenses), AdobeTutorials, Tutorials | 0 comments

Staying Native or Going Intermediate? Transcoding and Premiere Pro CS5

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...

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Adobe Premiere Pro 3D Stereoscopic Realtime Editing

Posted by on Jul 23, 2010 in Adobe, Adobe (Licenses), AdobeTutorials, Tutorials | 0 comments

Adobe Premiere Pro 3D Stereoscopic Realtime Editing

In this 7 part series, Dave Helmly walks you through a complete 3D Stereo workflow with Premiere Pro CS5. This is a start to finish workflow and a must see for anyone getting started with 3D Stereo. It covers Active , Passive and Anaglyph viewing as well how to play your videos on a consumer 3D TV. This features a new 64 bit CS5 plug-in called Cineform neo 3d HD. Part 1 of 7 Part 2 of 7 Part 3 of 7 Part 4 of 7 Part 5 of 7 Part 6 of 7 Part 7 of 7 Make sure to subscribe to our blog to receive more tips and...

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