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Premiere Pro Quick Tip: Avoid Pillarboxes While Mixing SD Footage into an HD Project

April 21st, 2013 / By Angelo Lorenzo / No Comments

If you’re a documentarian working with archival footage or just seem to find yourself splicing standard definition footage into high definition projects a little more often than you’d like, below you’ll find an effects presets for Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 or newer that will hide those unsightly pillarboxes. Click to download our SD to HD…

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Demystifying Digital Cinema Camera Specifications – A Talk by Panavision’s John Galt and Canon’s Larry Thorpe

April 19th, 2013 / By Angelo Lorenzo / No Comments

Filmed in 2008, this talk is still packed with pertinent information. Referenced on a number of websites but missing from Panavision’s media page, I’ve taken the time to repost it on Youtube. In this talk, Panavision’s John Galt and Canon’s Larry Thorpe discuss the finer points of sensor design and how it relates to sensor…

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Premiere Pro Next Introduces Avid DNxHD Preview and Smart Rendering

April 18th, 2013 / By Angelo Lorenzo / No Comments

Kevin Monahan was kind enough to chime in on my question on the Adobe forums concerning what Adobe means when they say Adobe Premiere Pro Next will include full support for MXF-wrapped Avid DNxHD files. Turns out they really mean full support, including timeline preview rendering and smart rendering during export. While Karl Soule described…

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Mocha Pro’s Clip Clinic March 21st Replay

March 22nd, 2013 / By Angelo Lorenzo / No Comments

If you’ve used Adobe After Effects, you may not have known it comes with a light version of Imagineer Systems’ Mocha. At it’s core, Mocha is a planar tracker able to track an object plane in 3d space. This lends itself for sign and screen replacement along with so much more. While Mocha AE v2.6,…

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Apple OS X 10.8.3 and issues with CUDA and OpenCL

March 15th, 2013 / By Angelo Lorenzo / 6 Comments

Thanks to the forums over at LiftGammaGain it appears that there are reports rolling in of issues with CUDA and OpenCL performance with the newest Apple OS X update 10.8.3. The recent update causes applications like Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve when using Nvidia GPUs. An updated Nvidia driver for OS X 10.8.3 seems to clear up…

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Improve Your Voiceovers by Ducking Background Music in Adobe Audition

March 13th, 2013 / By Angelo Lorenzo / No Comments

I’ll admit it, I make a good part of my living from being involved with corporate videos, training videos, and commercials. One of the key components these have in common is the voiceover. Editing background music under a voiceover is tricky; is it too loud, or too quiet, or do I have to spend time…

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Enhance Your Audio Mix in Premiere Pro With Free VST Audio Effect Plug-ins

March 6th, 2013 / By Angelo Lorenzo / No Comments

Premiere Pro’s audio effects fall squarely into two categories: completely utilitarian or disappointingly lackluster. The utilitarian effects like fill left or right, swap channels, channel volume, and others don’t need replacing because they do their simple jobs transparently. Effects like band pass, dynamics, parametric eq, and the noise reduction effects all perform poorly. What many…

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Sony’s Content Browser 2.0 for F5 and F55 Free Until June

March 4th, 2013 / By Angelo Lorenzo / No Comments

Planning on working jobs with the Sony F5 or F55? Sony is changing their software distribution policy so you’ll need to obtain a serial number to use Content Browser 2.0. Content Browser is Sony’s footage management software and the new 2.0 release will allow support for Sony’s XAVC raw format. If you’re a camera owner,…

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Avid DNxHD vs. Apple ProRes vs. GoPro Cineform: Recompression Generation Loss

February 28th, 2013 / By Angelo Lorenzo / 11 Comments

If you have a properly tuned post production workflow then the amount of times you’ll recompress an intermediate video is zero or once; the most common case is recompressing assets like intros, bumpers, motion graphics, and others once they make their way into a final program. I wanted to do an informal test between Avid…

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PRHelper Temporary Price Cut

February 25th, 2013 / By Angelo Lorenzo / No Comments

In honor of our new Twitter account and the mention of PRHelper by Pro Video Coalition, we are holding a sale on PRHelper until March 4th, 2013. Grab it here for $9.95. Related posts: Final Cut Pro X Render Bug and Workaround Log Gamma Vs. Linear Gamma: A Primer Redcine-X Quick Tip: Unlock The Full…

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