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Automatic Duck is back By Ko Maruyama For a long time, there were three camps of desktop NLE editors. Avid, Final Cut, PremierePro. They didn't talk to each other, and outside of Adobe's own PremierePro, they talk to After Effects. Then, Automatic Duck came along to allow editors to bring their edits into a project that allowed After Effects artists to bring the edits and media into their timeline easily. And now, after a brief hiatus, Automatic Duck Ximport AE allows you to bring your Final Cut X easily into After Effects with much more than just media and duration. ...Read More »
Ensure The Public Wi-Fi You're On Or Providing Is Safe By Amy Beth Miller for America's Backbone Weekly Use these tips and tricks to ensure no one is stealing your, or your customers' precious data. ...Read More »
Skehan Communications Augments Production Truck Capacity with Matrox VS4-based Multi-channel Recording System Skehan Communications, a leading video production and transmission company provides multi-camera HD video production, webcasting, satellite uplinks and other unique services to broadcasters, Fortune 500 companies, professional associations and government agencies. Though based in the Washington-Baltimore region, their projects have taken them to many impressive locations from San Francisco to Boston. ...Read More »
Howard Lukk's Short Film 'Emma' Gets the High Dynamic Range Treatment with Help from DaVinci Resolve There is something special about "Emma." Not only did the short film have its screening at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, but it was also one of the very first films shot and produced in a High Dynamic Range (HDR) workflow. HDR produces a greater dynamic range of luminosity and allows the cinematographer to capture and display a much wider contrast ratio. And while HDR requires filmmakers to pay more attention to the nuances of shooting, such as lighting, production and costume design and makeup, being able to take advantage of a greater range in color in post production creates truly stunning images more akin to what the human eye sees. ...Read More »
A Tale of Two Films Daniel Stuyck never set out to be a colorist. Having moved to Austin, TX to attend graduate school in film production at the University of Texas, he found himself in a situation not uncommon to most independent filmmakers. Daniel started getting asked by friends and fellow graduate students if he would grade their films. Word of mouth is how Daniel came to grade both SXSW Grand Jury Prize winning films. ...Read More »
Light Wrap Fantastic 1.0 By Ko Maruyama Digital Anarchy recently announced the release of The Light Wrap Fantastic, a plugin that assists with green/blue screen compositing. Available for Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Apple's Final Cut Pro, the plugin makes it easier to blend foreground and background elements by simulating rear-projected light and ambient light values with glows. ...Read More »
Better Friends Than Mountains Better Friends Than Mountains is a documentary about the tragic history of the Kurdish people, the mounting geopolitical conflict in the Middle East and a look into the daily lives of these people who have been torn apart by war. For years Lifsey has traveled throughout the Middle East, living and working in Kurdish communities in order to create this documentary. ...Read More »
7 Great Business Apps For Your Apple Watch By Amy Beth Miller for America's Backbone Weekly There are business apps for productivity, travel, ERP, CRM and more. ...Read More »
8 Best Agriculture Apps For 2015 By Jaimy Ford for America's Backbone Weekly The latest apps simplify farm management and boost productivity. ...Read More »
AIMA FILMS: Discovering The Texture of Cinematography Engaging all of the senses on a one dimensional plane takes incredible talent, a vision and a little Blackmagic. Through filmmaking, director Jorge Díaz Fernández, photographer Daniel Zanco and producer Mariano Bravo pull off the improbable, planting the grain of a commercial idea and growing it into a story. The three co own AIMA FILMS, an agency that forgoes traditional film shooting in favor of marketing through art. This emotional tug sets the young entrepreneurs apart. They each bring their own experiences into their work, be it a love of the horror genre or an aptitude for designing clothing, and they host weekly brainstorming sessions to work them all together into trial art projects. ...Read More »
State of Play Games at SIGGRAPH 2015 By Ko Maruyama During the SIGGRAPH convention, State of Play games introduced attendees to creating games with physical environments. By using paper, glue, markers, and other art supplies, anyone could become part of the game making process. Once the stage was set each day, an interactive experience was built in a few minutes. ...Read More »
What's The Best Tablet For Your Business? By Nick Pell for America's Backbone Weekly Android, Windows Phone or iOS? 6", 7" or 10"? There's a lot of variables to consider when choosing the right tablet for your enterprise. ...Read More »
Making Space at SIGGRAPH 2015 By Ko Maruyama At this year's SIGGRAPH convention in Los Angeles, California, artists from various disciplines meet to talk about graphics, properties of graphics, and technology surrounding the creation of graphics. Jean Kaneko has created a space near the SIGGRAPH art gallery to allow attendees to create physical art that inspires invention. ...Read More »
NVIDIA introduces DesignWorks By Ko Maruyama NVIDIA has always been about visual computing. We often think of them as the video card and hardware company to make display and rendering happen (I accidentally typed 'happy' before editing it). Perhaps it isnt too far off base to say that NVIDIA is considered the company to make rendering happy. This year at SIGGRAPH, they are announcing a new concept: DesignWorks. Not hardware, the DesignWorks announcement brings an array of new software tools. ...Read More »
How to add some fun graphics to Premiere Clip By Ko Maruyama Here's how you can add some fun graphics to your Premiere Clip videos that you create on your iPhone or iPad. Although you can always export your video out to a heavy duty application like Premiere Pro with the click of a button, sometimes, it's more spontaneous to make them 'in camera' ...Read More »
Inhance Digital Use Fusion Studio in their Hollywood Based VFX Division Located in the heart of Hollywood's elite VFX artists and studios, Inhance Digital have skillfully developed their visual effects division with Blackmagic Design's Fusion Studio compositing software. From full CG environments to leading green screen compositions, Inhance VFX have repeatedly delivered a variety of services for major studios on VFX heavy productions such as "Grimm," and other hit shows, including "Nashville," "Jane the Virgin," and "Episodes." ...Read More »
PART 3: Roadtrip Post Production Tips By Ko Maruyama It's summertime, and, for some, that means that it's time for a roadtrip. A roadtrip is a big adventure, and like other events that are meaningful to us, we wanna share them - at least with friends & family. Unfortunately, recreating the same experience is impossible, but you can create great video travelogues with your iPhone and Premiere Clip. Here are my top five tips for sharing your trip with friends and family. ...Read More »
Crooked Letter Films Captures Picturesque Promo for Brooklyn Bicycle Co. with AJA CION In a world where storytelling reigns, Crooked Letter Films' visual narratives have made lasting impressions for brands like Columbia Records, Refinery 29 and H&M. Based in New York, the one-stop shop conceptualizes, executes and delivers compelling digital stories for a range of clients, guiding each project from beginning to end. When Brooklyn Bicycle Co. recently approached Crooked Letter Films with the opportunity to create a promo for its website, company founder Gabriel Gomez set the bar high, electing to shoot the film in ProRes with an AJA CION production camera. ...Read More »
Drones Filmmaking By Miles Weston Economic, reasonably easy to fly drones combined with light, rugged 4K cameras are making it possible for studios and independent filmmakers to capture/produce films and videos that were financially out of the reach of most people. But budget also needs to include time to learn how to do it right and what is required to avoid disasters and legal action. As with any film project it only works when it's done right. ...Read More »
Blackmagic Cameras and Michelle Pizanis Two of the year's biggest films are "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "Furious 7." Both movies had some of the most amazing action footage ever shot. They both contain action and stunt scenes beyond what seems possible to shoot live. And they both had Michelle Pizanis working on them. While shooting a number of scenes in Sydney, Australia, Michelle and John used Blackmagic Cinema Cameras EF for some of the film's key scenes, including an exciting escape scene and a large, climatic action sequence involving exploding trucks and cinematic mayhem. The scenes were shot in RAW, which allowed the team to capture as much detail as possible within each shot, givin ...Read More »
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