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MPEG Compression

Chapter: DVD Authoring

Topic: Encoding for DVD

MPEG primer: Types of MPEG, terminology, system layer versus transport layer, steps in MPEG-2 encoding

http://www.cs.wfu.edu/~burg/Courses/Spring02/CSC361-661/course-materials/MPEG.htm

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The Cinematographers' Test compares film and 24P

Chapter: 24P Film or Video

Topic: Progressive Acquisition

The three cinematographers iinvolved in the test discussed their rationales for selecting different scenes for comparing the two formats and offered insights into the importance of differences in nuances rendered in colors, contrast, texture, focus and other characteristics of the images. Tge tests and results are discussed but comparison images are not shown.

http://www.kodak.com/US/en/motion/newsletters/inCamera/april2002/testP.shtml#p

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Adobe After Effects: An Explosion To Remember – Using After Effects plug-ins to create an explosion

Chapter: Visual and Creative Effects

Topic: Explosions and Shatter

As we join in this installment, we find our heros running full sprint from the ticking bomb , seeking shelter behind a car in the parking lot. Moments later, a large section of the building explodes in a fiery rain of debris. Whew! Safe…for now… In a recent tutorial I demonstrated how you could use Adobe After Effects 5.5 to track a countdown to a prop bomb. This time we?ll follow-up that tutorial with a way to use the Production Bundle and the free plug-in Shatter that you get when registering your version of After Effects to create a believable explosion. [Now included with After Effects 6.5]

http://www.digitalvideoediting.com/2002/04_apr/tutorials/aeexplosion.htm

TAGS: bomb, blast,

Changing the 'look' of the camera picture using SONY DSR-300 Menu settings

Chapter: Image Acquisition

Topic: Camera Settings

The Sony DCR VX1000 has† menu settings that can have a profound impact on the picture ?look.?† While this document explains how to achieve a warmer, softer ?film-like? look than the factory default setting, it should be viewed as an introduction to using the menus effectively.†

http://www.greatdv.com/cameras/VX1000Preset.htm

TAGS: picture, detail, color, warm, cool, sharp, soft, video, film

Changing the 'look' of the camera picture using XL-1 Menu settings

Chapter: Image Acquisition

Topic: Camera Settings

Internet forums and articles frequently mention the subjective preference for the ?look? of the picture of the Canon XL1 over other cameras. Usually these comparisons are only comparing Menu Presets, not the true capability of the camera.

http://www.greatdv.com/cameras/CameraPreset.htm

TAGS: picture, detail, color, warm, cool, sharp, soft, video, film

Can I use popular recorded music in my videos?

Chapter: Music

Topic: Selecting Music

“The plain, no-frills, unvarnished answer is NO, not without paying a license fee.† And for those hit songs you want to use, the license fee will be absolutely staggering.† Most people are very vague about this issue, even many professionals.† Legally, you cannot use anyone else?s copyrighted material of any sort without permission from the copyright holder.” John Jackman continues to explain the why and how of obtaining permission.

http://www.greatdv.com/business/copyright1.htm

TAGS: music, rights, protection, license

The Making of "Exclusive," Part Two: Some Filtered Image Examples

Chapter: Image Acquisition

Topic: Lens Filters

In September 2001, filmmakers Daniel and Donald Berube of noisybrain. Productions formed a creative alliance with Writer/ Co-Producer Daren Firestone to produce a five-minute narrative short entitled “Exclusive”.

http://www.noisybrain.com/onloc1_02.html

TAGS: depth of field, polarizer

The Making of "Exclusive," Part One: Affordable Matte Box and Filter Solution for XL1S Filmmakers

Chapter: Image Acquisition

Topic: Lens Filters

In September 2001, filmmakers Daniel and Donald Berube of noisybrain. Productions formed a creative alliance with Writer/ Co-Producer Daren Firestone to produce a five-minute narrative short entitled “Exclusive”.

http://www.noisybrain.com/onloc1_01.html

TAGS: Underwater, bright sunlight, filter

Apple Logic: Sync your MIDI Sequences To Pre-recorded Audio Tracks

Chapter: Music

Topic: MIDI, Sequencing and Automation

This month we show you how to sync your MIDI sequences to audio tracks you’ve already recorded. Also, there’s a trick for replacing live drum parts with samples, plus a cluster of practical tips to get Logic working better for you.

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/Apr02/articles/logicnotes0402.asp

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Autodesk Combustion: Working with Proxies

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Controls and Interfaces

Working with Proxies can save a lot of time when working with larger file sizes.

http://www.fxguide.com/fxtips-94.html

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