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Apple Shake: Shake: workflow and efficiency

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Compositing Tips or Shortcuts

Planning and managing the workflow efficiently within Shake

http://www.fxguide.com/fxtips-247.html

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The Art of Noise Reduction

Chapter: Audio

Topic: Improving Bad Sound

Any video editor with a marginal modicum of desire to have good video uses noise reduction of one kind or another. Understanding and practicing proper audio techniques can go a long ways to getting a good signal on tape, yet sometimes or even many times, it is simply beyond rational ability to control.

http://www.digitalpostproduction.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=25455

TAGS: hum, buzz, hiss, swish, whisper, noise, air conditioner, camera, motor, noise

Adobe After Effects: First Look: Adobe After Effects 6.5 Pro Update to popular compositing app much needed

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Controls and Interfaces

Adobe unveiled After Effects 6.5 at the NAB 2004 convention in Las Vegas.† I know I get excited each time a new update is released to any product, because I know that new features, updates, and tweaks under the hood means more productivity for me.† Even though the release is still a while a way, here is DMN’s first look at Adobe After Effects 6.5.

http://creativemac.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=25293

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Practical Illusions – How virtual sets can boost your corporate image

Chapter: Keying

Topic: Virtual Sets

There is no excuse for less than perfect illusions these days. If you’re with a small corporation, you may want to consider the cost effectiveness of including well-crafted virtual sets in your next corporate training video or internal broadcast. Properly executed, you’ll end up with a $20,000 production that looks like it cost hundreds of thousands. To do it right, though, you have to know what to look for and who to hire to do the work. If it’s an in-house project, the right software may even get you started in producing your company’s very own virtual-set training videos, corporate presentations and even commercials.

http://www.digitalpostproduction.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=24988

TAGS: Virtual set, 3D, news, presenter, walk behind, inset

Lighting and Film Stock – How to choose the right stock?

Chapter: 24P Film or Video

Topic: Shooting Film

Kodak Cinematographer Chris Hart talks about choosing the right film stocks. Requires the Flash plug-in to be installed on the system.

http://www.kodak.com/US/en/motion/cineUpdate.shtml

TAGS: Low, Key, HMI, 200FC, Mixed, High, Tungsten, highlight, shadow

DV Standards Documents

Chapter: Video and Computer Technology

Topic: DV Formats

Where to find the defining documents for the various DV25 and DV50 formats: DV, DVCAM, D7, D9, DVCPRO50, and File Formats AVI, OpenDML and QuickTime.

http://www.adamwilt.com/DV-tech.html#Standards

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Avid Liquid Edition: Pinnacle Liquid Edition's Color Correction Tool – Part 2: Now let's get into even more specifics

Chapter: Video and Computer Technology

Topic: Monitoring Video

In this second installment on Liquid Edition?s color corrector, we?ll spend some time digging into the specifics of what makes Liquid?s CX Tool tick.

http://www.digitalpostproduction.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=23351

TAGS: CX Color Correction, timing, colour

Tips for Chroma Key†

Chapter: Keying

Topic: Basic Keying Techniques

These are lessons we have learned through working on various green screen projects at KSK:STUDIOS. This paper assumes that you have a basic understanding of what chroma key is.

http://www.dyske.com/default.asp?view_id=820

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Maxon Cinema 4D: Cinema 4D Double Bevel – A look at Extrude NURBS, spline data and texture shortcuts

Chapter: 3D Modelling and Animation

Topic: Modelling

In previous tips, we’ve taken a look at the HyperNURBS objects available in Maxon’s Cinema 4D. NURBS, of course, can be used to make complex geometry from simple splines, and there are several varieties to work with. One of these is Extrude NURBS, the most common use for which is the creation of depth from text or custom splines. This week we’ll look at some simple steps that you can take to reuse the data created by C4D’s Extrude NURBS

http://www.digitalpostproduction.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=23111

TAGS: bevels, spline, extrude, texture

Trapcode 3D Stroke: Stroke Line & Logo

Chapter: Visual and Creative Effects

Topic: Lines, Blocks or Swirls

Animated glowing lines reveal a title. Trapcode 3D stroke required. Ayato’s tutorials are very advanced. Because English is his second language you really need to know After Effects moderately well to follow all the steps. Some additional plug-ins are needed, but most are available in demonstration form.

http://www.ayatoweb.com/ae_tips_e/ae45_e.html#

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