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wondertouch Releases Significant Feature Enhancements for particleIllusion for Mac OS X Product Line

wondertouch, a leading software developer of high performance particle effects creation tools, today announced that new versions for its particleIllusion 3.0 and particleIllusion SE line of product offerings on the Mac OS X are now available. The updates to particleIllusion 3.0, wondertouch’s industry standard, full-featured standalone particle effects application, and particleIllusion SE, the company’s introductory version, gives digital content creators working on Apple’s advanced operating system more ways to quickly and easily create complex effects: explosions, smoke, fire, sparkles, motion graphics backgrounds, space effects, creatures, and abstract artistic effects. The new changes and enhancements are available to current wondertouch customers free-of-charge.

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Adobe Flash: Everything You Don't Know About Flash

Chapter: Distribution

Topic: Flash Video

Note: Friends of Web Video Universe Stefan Richter and Jan Ozer just published a book called “Hands-On Guide to Flash Video,” and we asked if we could run a few excerpts here. Pick up their book for even more worthwhile info. Now that you know how to shoot, process and encode Flash video, it’s time to dive a little deeper into the delivery platform that is Flash.


Yanobox Releases Motype

Created by Yanobox, Motype is a powerful animated text generator for Final Cut Pro, Motion, Final Cut Express and Adobe After Effects by Yanobox, the latest company to deliver innovative visual effects with FxFactory.

Motype lets you create complex animations in minutes, thanks to a powerful motion mixer that does away with keyframing. An intuitive set of parameters lets you configure motion blur, per-character particle emitters, randomized characters, 3D camera and environment.

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CineForm Officially Supports Red One

CineForm has developed a command-line utility called R2CF.exe that will convert R3D files to CineForm files. Currently it is Windows (or Bootcamp) only, but will be made available for MacOS in the near future. Your CineForm files become your new master files for your online workflow and you can archive your R3D files as the digital negative source. R2CF allows you to choose either AVI or MOV wrappers depending on whether your intended post workflow is on Windows or Mac. Although R2CF does not yet work on Mac, the files it creates are fully Mac compatibile. BTW, R2CF will be integrated into HD Link (with its GUI) in the near future, eliminating the requirement to use a command line.

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Powerup with Final Cut Studio Tour adds Media Distributors as Sponsor

Agoura Hills, CA – Larry Jordan & Associates, Inc. announces Media Distributors – the nation’s largest independent distributor of professional recording media products and technology and workflow systems integration to the production, broadcast and entertainment industries – has signed on as a gold sponsor of the industry-renowned 2008 “PowerUP with Final Cut Studio” seminar tour in the United States and Canada.

“Video and film editors are always looking for the latest technology to give them an edge in creating their programs,” said Larry Jordan, president of Larry Jordan & Associates, Inc. “But they also need professional advice and extensive selection. I’m delighted Media Distributors has partnered with us as a gold sponsor allowing us to tell our attendees about their services.”

The Tour covers 14 cities, offering over 45 seminar sessions between September 8 and November 8, 2008. Scheduled locations include: Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington D.C.

Jordan will be presenting three seminars: “Succeeding in the New World of Tapeless & HD Video,” “Integrating Adobe Products into a Final Cut Workflow,” and “Discover the Hidden Power in Final Cut Studio.”

The seminar series is targeted to both new and experienced editors interested in enhancing their skills. In every seminar, Jordan designates ample time for answering challenging technical questions to provide detailed, personalized solutions. Sessions include take-home workbooks, valuable editing tools, sponsor-provided giveaways, and an automatic entry into the “PowerUP with Final Cut Studio” raffle to win a new Macbook Pro at the end of the tour.

In addition, Media Distributors is raffling a free seat (valued at over $600) to the “PowerUP with Final Cut Studio” seminars in each city.

Jordan also acknowledges the support of the Tour’s platinum sponsor Adobe Systems Incorporated, gold sponsor Blackmagic Design, and silver sponsors Automatic Duck and SmartSound Software, Inc.

About Media Distributors
Media Distributors is the nation’s largest independent distributor of professional recording media products and technology and workflow systems integration to the production, broadcast and entertainment industries. Supported by 90 full-time employees, the company has earned this position by leveraging its numerous authorized vendor relationships to provide its customers with outstanding service, competitive pricing and a best in class branded product offering.

Media Distributors offers a vast array of products and services, including fully integrated workflow solutions, professional videotape, motion picture film, data media, RAID, NAS, SAN and standalone data storage, video editing systems, software, disc duplication/publishing systems, film archiving and media accessories.

Apple Final Cut Pro editing system rentals and fully networked edit suites are available through the companies’ “Rental Station” division. In addition, Media Distributors offers a number of value-added services, including product re-certification, recycling and disposal, custom bar-coding, consultation and systems integration.

About Larry Jordan & Associates, Inc. 
Larry Jordan & Associates, Inc. provides high-quality, engaging training and information through a variety of media worldwide. We cover video production and post-production for practicing professionals and students, with an emphasis on Apple’s Final Cut Studio. The company was founded by Larry Jordan, an internationally-renowned consultant and Apple-Certified trainer in digital media with over 25 years experience as a television producer, director and editor with national broadcast and corporate credits. He’s a member of both the Directors Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America. Larry Jordan is executive producer and host of three talk radio shows including the weekly industry-leading digital media podcast Creative Planet’s Digital Production BuZZ; Video Production Radio, a monthly audio podcast syndicated by wsRadio; and Digital Production BuZZ, a weekly video podcast syndicated by

Audio 3: Clipping, and Limitin (Back to the Basics series)

Chapter: Audio

Topic: Basic Audio Technology

You’ve laid down your sequence, you’ve got your clips sounding consistent relative to each other – now you should check for peaks. In Final Cut, this is as simple as picking Mark Menu -> Audio Peaks -> Mark. Markers will appear above the sequence anywhere there’s a peak. Now, you could just pot down the gain on those clips, but if you do that you’ll lose the consistency between your clips’ audio levels. So instead, you can hack out the individual peaks themselves.

You can do it by hand, or you can do it with a single step in Soundtrack Pro.


Build your own affordable SAN — that works!

Chapter: Video and Computer Technology

Topic: Storage Area Networks

Want to let everyone in your shop use the same media at the same time? The Cow’s Bob Zelin shares the secrets for affordable shared storage that you can build yourself, and that WORKS. Start with big, fast storage from your favorite pro vendor, then follow along. Bob even shows you a few hazards to avoid along the way.


Demystifying Blu-ray Licenses and Fees

Chapter: DVD Authoring

Topic: Blu-ray Authoring

For many who are new to Blu-ray Disc (BD), the bewildering selection of licenses and fees are causing a lot of confusion. Unlike DVD, which had a fairly loose approach to licenses for content creators, there ARE some BD licenses that may not be obvious to all, even those who are experienced in DVD! I’ll spend the next few posts clarifying what you may be expect of licensing for BD usage.


Audio 2 (Back to the Basics series)

Chapter: Audio

Topic: Basic Audio Technology

Just as a computer thinks of video as a set of images, it thinks as audio as a whole lot of “snapshots” of this sound wave – tens of thousands of snapshots every second. Each of those tiny little snapshots reflects the energy of the sound wave at that point. Now, the human ear is capable of hearing frequencies that repeat up to about 20,000 times per second (20,000 Hertz). Because of some fancy math, we have a rule of thumb: if the computer taps in to the sound wave twice as many times as the highest frequency we want to represent, it will describe the sound fully for us. That’s where the most common full-quality sample rates – 44,100Hz and 48,000Hz – come from.


Apple Final Cut Pro: Photo Montage to the music with Final Cut Pro

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Effects

Creating a photo montage to the beat of music in Final Cut Pro can be much easier with a couple simple steps. The first step is to establish the beat of the music. Before doing this you will want to make sure your audio is ready for Final Cut. Once in your sequence you will want to set markers in the audio track to the beat of the music. By playing the music, and hitting the “M” key to the desired interval, you will create a template for your montage. If you have limited ability in this regard, another option is to load the audio into the Viewer, and apply the Markers visually, by looking at the wave form in the Audio Tab.