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Maxon Cinema 4D: Get Organized: Cinema 4D Start File

Chapter: 3D Modelling and Animation

Topic: Plug-ins and Tools

You organize everything to work more efficiently.† You have partitions on your drives, folders for separate jobs, and preferences within applications.† However, there may be specific project settings that are not included in applications preferences.† If you want to create a generic file to reuse at the beginning of every project, it may help your productivity.

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Making Stock Footage Work

Chapter: Color Correction

Topic: Advanced Techniques

When It Comes To Docs, Colorists Might Just Be The Smartest Guys In The Room – Using color correction to match stock footage into documentaries

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Gear Eye for the Indie Guy

Chapter: Image Acquisition

Topic: Camera Mounts

From SD to HDV , HD and beyond, there have never been more affordable options for independent filmmakers looking to shoot on video but maintain a film look. Beyond the obvious question of camera selection, smart decisions about your rental package can help you nail shots you couldn?t have gotten without the right gear. Here?s a round-up of some accessories that can help you make the most of a budget-conscious project.

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Open Source 3D Project Download free 3D models for your projects

Chapter: 3D Modelling and Animation

Topic: Modelling

Three companies recently joined forces to create the Open Source 3D Project. The project presents free, high quality 3D models to all individuals. All you need to do is register†at the Open Source 3D Project website and you will gain immediate access†to their library of various 3D models. Sounds too good to be true? Then read on and learn more about the Open Source 3D Project.

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Seven Questions: Is HDV Good Enough? Miranda's Michel Proulx thinks so, for some projects

Chapter: Image Acquisition

Topic: HDV

Miranda?s vice president of product development, Michel Proulx made a bet on the success of the new HDV format over a year ago, developing products whose success hinged on whether HDV would be good enough for broadcasters to use on the air. Miranda introduced a HDV -to-SDI converter that lets broadcasters easily use the HDV footage along with their other broadcast equipment. DMN?s Charlie White talked with Proulx about the new HDV format and its role in the broadcast workflow in this exclusive interview.

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CineLook 2 for After Effects and Final Cut Pro

DigiEffects have updated their once-popular film-look plug-in, CineLook to version 2. Version 2 is 11 times faster than version one and resolution independent, ready for High Definition. Render times are apparently faster still on a G5 with Nvidia graphics card (suggesting extensive use of Altivec and GPU power). This new version of CineLook includes the 3:2 pulldown (formerly separate as Cinemotion). Film Damage is also included as part of this release.

CineLook had an excellent reputation when it was the first relatively affordable Film Look process, even though it was slow. The speed boost in this new version is welcome. With 100 presets CineLook 2 is worth considering for film-look processing, however these days it is quite expensive at US$895 compared with (Final Cut Pro only) Graeme Nattress’ Film Effects at only US$100. Even the current "name brand", Magic Bullet Suite, is only US $795 for the same hosts as CineLook 2.

Upgrade pricing for existing CineLook owners is available. A Windows XP version for Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro is due in July. A demonstration version is available.

Apple Final Cut Pro: Breaking Free of HDV Limitations (Sometimes editing HDV natively just doesn't ""cut"" it.)

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Capture, Digitize, Import

HDV is a tempting video format because it offers high quality video images at a fraction of the price of other HD solutions. However, creating the right HDV editing workflow for a particular project is a difficult task. As the creator of HDVxDV, a program which translates HDV video to many different HD and SD formats, I’ll explore the advantages of using a non-native HDV editing workflow and show how HDV can be converted to Quicktime with HDVxDV and edited in Final Cut 4.5 HD and above.

http://www.kenstone.net/fcp_homepage/hdvxdv_wright.html

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Soundtrack Pro Knowledge Base Items

Playhead remains visible after minimizing the window

There are circumstances where, after minimizing a project to the Dock, where the Playhead will remain visible even if the window is in the Dock. This only happens if you save a layout with the Project window minimized, so the solution is to not save a layout with the Project window minimized.

Video scrubbing stops working with Digital Cinema Desktop

Playing a Soundtrack Pro movie using Digital Cinema Desktop with preview set to Fulls screen will stop updating about 10 seconds after scrubbing the playhead.

The solution is to open the Utility window and click the Video tab so a small version of the movie appears on the main display. Digital Cinema Desktop will now work as expected when scrubbing.

Adobe After Effects: Animating astrology: Part 2 – Animating Astrology

Chapter: Paint, Draw and Design

Topic: Matte Painting

This is part two, animating the source material that was created in Part 1 (“”Rough Stars””).† If

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Adobe Photoshop: Animating astrology: Part 2 – Animating Astrology

Chapter: Paint, Draw and Design

Topic: Matte Painting

This is part two, animating the source material that was created in Part 1 (“”Rough Stars””).† If

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