Aerial Videography for Beginners, Part 2

May 7th, 2013 | Posted by david in Aerial Videography | Recent News - (Comments Off)

Sims, Micros and the DJI-Phantom With GoPro Camera Mount The Challenge. Learning to fly is, in all respects, the most important initial task for the aspiring aerial videographer. Some novices develop flying skills rather quickly, while others struggle. Basically, multi copters are controlled by a wireless transmitter equipped with two toggle/joysticks to move it forward …
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Block Pop Plugin Released for Final Cut Pro X

December 18th, 2012 | Posted by david in Content | Final Cut Pro X | Recent News - (Comments Off)

Noise Industries, developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets, has introduced Block Pop, a new plug in for Final Cut Pro X. Block Pop is a set of twenty-three fully customizable transitions that break video into blocks that transform into the next scene. Give projects a more modern and exciting look …
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Picture in Picture Effect for Final Cut Pro X

December 17th, 2012 | Posted by david in Content | Final Cut Pro X | Recent News - (Comments Off)

Noise Industries has released Tokyo PiPinator, an advanced but simple-to-use Picture-in-Picture effect that brings the power of menu-driven animation and a wealth of useful features to creating elegant and original composites – without the need for keyframing.  PiPinator is designed exclusively for Final Cut Pro X and is available at the Noise Industries’ web site for $49.00. Tokyo …
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Final Cut Pro X Updated to 10.0.7

December 17th, 2012 | Posted by david in Content | Final Cut Pro X | Recent News - (Comments Off)
Final Cut

Apple has released an update to its flagship video editing program, FCP X, bringing the release up to 10.0.7.  Minor updates to Compressor and Motion are also available.  The free updates can be downloaded using Software Update or at the online App Store, and primarily improve overall stability, performance, and compatibility. Final Cut Pro X …
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Photoshop CS5 Extended

June 23rd, 2012 | Posted by david in Content | Product Review - (Comments Off)
CS5 Photoshop

The release of Adobe’s Production Premium CS5 bundle brings a refined interface, dozens of under-the-hood improvements and several “wow” features to the integrated application suite. This series of reviews will evaluate what is new, improved, and useful in CS5 Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects, and onLocation CS5 Mac with video professionals in mind. Also in the …
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Stardom PD2520 for MacPro

June 23rd, 2012 | Posted by david in Final Cut Pro | Hardware Review | Product Review - (Comments Off)

Introduction. One unique engineering feature of Apple’s Mac Pro desktops are four easily accessible internal removable drive sleds. One drive sled holds the boot drive, and remaining three drive sleds can be populated with single 3.5-inch SATA drives. Or you can go a different way. Stardom’s Pro Drive 2520 provides an ingenuous two-drive 2.5-inch RAID …
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Adobe Premiere Pro CS5

June 23rd, 2012 | Posted by david in Final Cut Pro - (Comments Off)

The performance of any engine is dependent on the sum of its parts. Nothing proves the point more clearly than the engine that powers Adobe’s Premiere CS5 Macintosh. A rebuilt, but familiar Premiere CS5 coalesces three key technologies into the Adobe Mercury Playback Engine to facilitate a powerful editing environment for today’s demanding video codecs. …
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CalDigit USB3 AV Drive

June 23rd, 2012 | Posted by david in Final Cut Pro | Hardware Review - (Comments Off)

No shipping Macintosh computer supports USB3, a curious omission for a company that historically has embraced new technology. The omission is more acute given the USB3 specifications: up to 4.8Gbps data transfers, compatibility with USB1 and USB2 peripherals, and low cost. Although FW800 is supported in nearly all Mac laptop and desktop systems, eSATA is …
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Final Cut System Set-Up DVD

June 23rd, 2012 | Posted by david in Final Cut Pro | Product Review - (Comments Off)

Final Cut Pro aficionado Jerry Hofmann’s 90 minute DVD provides a decade of experience about basic to advanced system, OS, hardware, and Final Cut Studio set up, and much more. Jerry starts with FCS and OS X installation strategies, discusses various hardware and software options, system, user, and AV settings, and finishes with how to …
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If you are trying to connect a FireWire 800 HDD and a FireWire 400 camcorder to one FireWire 800 port, this may be the solution. Sonnet Technologies has introduced the Yin•Yang FireWire 800 to FireWire 400/800 Mini Hub. It enables users to connect a FireWire 800 device plus a FireWire 400 device to a computer …
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