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Sony Creative Software announces Vegas Pro 8

Sony Creative Software, has announced Vegas
Pro 8
software, the newest version of its award-winning nonlinear
editing (NLE) software. Vegas Pro 8 will be available September 10,
2007. Sony Vegas 8 will be Microsoft Vista compatible.

The software also offers enhanced scripting capabilities for
automating complex workflows in addition to providing new capabilities
for editing and delivering Sony AVCHD content. Sony Vegas Pro 8 also
introduces a new channel-based mixing console and other audio
enhancements, continuing its legacy as the most optimized solution for
integrating audio within the video production environment. Also
included with Vegas Pro 8 is DVD Architect 4.5, which has been updated
with a total of 44 professional design themes.

Vegas Pro 8 New Video Features:

  • ProType titler
  • Multicamera Workflow
  • 32-Bit Floating Point Video Processing
  • Digital Signage and Portrait style video editing
  • Thought Equity Motion Footage Search – an exclusive, integrated
    plug-in designed to streamline the acquisition of stock footage.
    Includes content from Sony Pictures, National Geographic, HBO and more
    with a special section provided for registered Vegas Pro 8 users

Vegas Pro 8 New Audio Features:

  • Audio Mixing Console
  • Audio Routing Enhancements
  • Tempo-based audio effects
  • Support for opening and rendering FLAC files

Vegas Pro 8 New Format Features:

  • No recompression when rendering long-GOP video formats
  • Sony AVCHD Read and write Support
  • Burn timeline to Blu-ray discs
  • XDCAM FAM mode trimmed conform
  • Vegas 8 Pro New General Features:
  • Single-monitor full screen video preview
  • Extensive Scripting Extensions programming API
  • Interactive tutorials

Sony Creative Software is also introducing interactive tutorials
with the release of the Vegas Pro 8 application. These tutorials allow
users to learn more effectively by taking an active role in training,
while actually accomplishing the task at hand as they complete the
lesson. The interactive tutorials provide an easy transition for users
adapting from a more traditional nonlinear editing system to the new
and progressive workflow of Vegas Pro 8.

Vegas Pro 8 professional software will be available on September 10
from the Company’s extensive worldwide network of retail and academic
dealers, as well as from the Sony Creative
Software website
. Localized versions in German,
French, Spanish and Japanese will be available in November 2007.
Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the software is
US$700. Upgrade pricing is available for current Vegas users.

Vegas Pro 8 software will be demonstrated at the Sony Creative
Software booth #9-131 at the IBC 2007 trade show, September 7-11.

Adobe After Effects: Creating an Automated Odometer: Part 2

Chapter: Visual and Creative Effects

Topic: Simulation

In this video tutorial, with the guidance of the COW’s expression guru Dan Ebberts, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to set up an automated odometer effect. If you’ve been wanting to dig deeper into expressions, then this is the tutorial for you. Use this link for the Project Files.

http://library.creativecow.net/articles/rabinowitz_aharon/Odometer_2.php

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CoreMelt ImageFlow Fx: Fast Flowing Montages for FCP & Motion

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Effects

Alongside such compositing projects as “”The Lord of the Rings”” and “”Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,”” Roger Bolton designs “”CoreMelt Visual Effects”” for Final Cut Pro and Motion. They take advantage of Apple’s core video technology for amazing high-quality, real-time performance. This tutorial shows you how to harness that power to solve an age-old problem: how to quickly and creatively create image montages. Best of all, you’ll find links to free effects filters, exclusively available to Cow readers!

http://library.creativecow.net/articles/bolton_roger/imageflow.php

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Apple Motion: Fast Flowing Montages for FCP & Motion

Chapter: Motion Graphic Design

Topic: Animation Techniques

Alongside such compositing projects as “”The Lord of the Rings”” and “”Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,”” Roger Bolton designs “”CoreMelt Visual Effects”” for Final Cut Pro and Motion. They take advantage of Apple’s core video technology for amazing high-quality, real-time performance. This tutorial shows you how to harness that power to solve an age-old problem: how to quickly and creatively create image montages. Best of all, you’ll find links to free effects filters, exclusively available to Cow readers!

http://library.creativecow.net/articles/bolton_roger/imageflow.php

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Apple Final Cut Pro: Fast Flowing Montages for FCP & Motion

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Effects

Alongside such compositing projects as “”The Lord of the Rings”” and “”Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,”” Roger Bolton designs “”CoreMelt Visual Effects”” for Final Cut Pro and Motion. They take advantage of Apple’s core video technology for amazing high-quality, real-time performance. This tutorial shows you how to harness that power to solve an age-old problem: how to quickly and creatively create image montages. Best of all, you’ll find links to free effects filters, exclusively available to Cow readers!

http://library.creativecow.net/articles/bolton_roger/imageflow.php

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Apple Final Cut Pro: What's new in Final Cut Pro 6: Automatic Setups

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Settings

In FCP 6, there is a new automatic way to choose sequence settings. 

http://audiovideoproducer.digitalmedianet.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=174078

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Apple Compressor: Make your compressing jobs easier with Droplets in Apple's Compressor

Chapter: Distribution

Topic: Encoding for Web or ROM

One thing that always bothered me about Compressor (and really any compression tool on the market) was that it was always a tedious pain-in-the-butt process to set up all your QuickTimes to create DVD ready files (m2v & ac3).  Thankfully, that is no longer the case! Apple has added a handy feature called “”Droplets”” into Compressor that will make your DVD (and other) file creation process a breeze.

http://postproduction.digitalmedianet.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=177676

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BuZZ Show and Podcast for August 30

This week’s episode of Creative Planet’s Digital Production BuZZ – the world’s only talk radio for Digital Production, Post Production and Distribution – is full of great information and entertainment, as usual.

We start off tonight’s show with David Basulto – Producer, Director, Editor, Writer and host of the Filmmaking Central Podcast.

After our popular “Pick our Brains” segment, we’ll be talking with Todd O’Neill – Conference Coordinator for the MCA-I National Conference.

In our featured interview we’re very pleased to have our good friend, Steve Martin on the show. Steve has been a strong Final Cut Pro supporter from his earliest days at Intelligent Media, at DVcreators.net and now with his own company, Ripple Training. Steve is the lead trainer for the West Coast, training the Final Cut Studio Trainers. The predecessor to the Digital Production BuZZ, DV Guys, was originally his idea.

At the end of the show we’ll be featuring a topic of the week in our “BuZZ in Depth” segment. This week we’ll be discussing Paramount/Dreamworks Animation’s decision to go HD-DVD only for High Definition release.

Creative Planet’s Digital Production BuZZ is live 6-7 pm Pacific Time. Join the Show Live, listen to, or download an episode from the archives or subscribe to the podcast through iTunes or off the website.

Sony Vegas: Taking a snapshot inside Sony Vegas

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Effects

One of my Vegas trainees recently asked me how to create a still frame from video and make it look as if a snapshot had been taken, complete with a flash going off. After writing instructions in an e-mail, I realized the workflow would make a handy tutorial. With special thanks to P.M. for the idea, here goes.

http://presentationmaster.digitalmedianet.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=175792

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Apple Final Cut Pro: What's new in Final Cut Pro 6: Open Format Timeline

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Mixing Formats

Let’s say you’re building a show reel, or working on a project that uses multiple formats, or even multiple frame rates. A new addition to Final Cut Pro 6 is the open format timeline where you are free to edit a combination of HD and SD, even NTSC and PAL all in real time. With a mixed format timeline you need to take a closer look at the footage properties of each clip in your timeline. Excerpted from Diana Weynand’s new DVD Tutorial “What’s New In Final Cut Pro 6”

http://creativemac.digitalmedianet.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=175553

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