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VASST announces GearShift 1.5

VASST announced at WEVA the release of GearShift 1.5, a utility for Sony Vegas. GearShift 1.5 is used for converting HDV to alternate formats for editing and for processing files.. GearShift 1.5 allows users to

  • Convert .m2t files to 4:2:2 YUV;
  • Create a DV proxy for portable editing;
  • Create a 24p stream as a 4:2:2 YUV, 4:2:2 Cineform and/or DV proxy;
  • Create a 25p stream as a 4:2:2 YUV and/or DV proxy;
  • Convert a 1080i stream to a 720p stream;
  • Have batch-based access to all formats, including CineForm encoding;
  • Correctly replace proxies with HD media as either an .m2t or a 4:2:2 YUV file;
  • Extract media from various locations, and remember those locations when shifting gears;
  • Render regions and discard unused portions of video, saving disk space and render time; and
  • Apply correct color processing for the HD color space to the DV proxies.

GearShift 1.5 is available via electronic download for US$49.99. For this week only, enter the discount code "WEVA" during the purchase and the price will be US$39.99. Existing GearShift users may download the new version for free. There is a 14 day trial version available.

Silouette FX Silhouette Roto: Sin City look with Silhouette Roto

Chapter: Visual and Creative Effects

Topic: Reproducing TV or Film Effects

Someone in our forum asked if it were possible to create the stylized footage effect of Sin City in After Effects. I suggested using Silhouette Roto to take care of the task.

http://www.toolfarm.com/tutorials/sincity.html

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Adobe After Effects: Sin City look with Silhouette Roto

Chapter: Visual and Creative Effects

Topic: Reproducing TV or Film Effects

Someone in our forum asked if it were possible to create the stylized footage effect of Sin City in After Effects. I suggested using Silhouette Roto to take care of the task.

http://www.toolfarm.com/tutorials/sincity.html

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Apple Final Cut Pro: Voice Over Slipping

Chapter: Audio

Topic: Recording Voice Over

In this QuickTip, I will show you a time-saving technique for keeping your narrations or voice overs on the same track while maintaining a consistent voice over duration.

http://www.rippletraining.com/engine/index.php?action=docs&doc=407

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Apple Final Cut Pro: Modify Clip Settings

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Capture, Digitize, Import

Have you ever captured a bunch of clips only to discover that you forgot to check your clip settings and captured all your clips without audio? The good news is, it?s really simple to re-flag your browser clips to include the audio so you do not have to re-log everything. The bad news is, you still need to recapture.

http://www.rippletraining.com/engine/index.php?action=docs&doc=406

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Apple DVD Studio Pro: Dynamic End Jumps in DVD Studio Pro: Targeting the 'next' button in a sequence of tracks

Chapter: DVD Authoring

Topic: Scripting

We’ve now explored two simple methods for creating custom end jumps for tracks, stories and chapters. One involved a couple of easy scripts; the other involved nothing more than replacing chapter links with story links. Now, though, I want to show you a way you can use scripts not just to target a “”last viewed”” menu dynamically, but to target any button on any menu based solely on the last button selected.

http://www.creativemac.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=34239

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Motion|VFX

A recent "switcher" from PC, Szymon Masiak is President and CEO of motionVFX.com the latest supplier of 3rd party templates for Apple’s Pro Apps and the only source of HD Motion Templates.

MotionVFX Templates are at a full 1920 x 1080 resolution at 24 fps. There is a wide range of templates in the ten included in each collection. Each DVD, with all required media is just US$79.

Apple DVD Studio Pro: GPRMs and GPRM Partitions in DVD Studio Pro 4: Part 2 – Creating partitions and using them in scripts

Chapter: DVD Authoring

Topic: Scripting

In our last tutorial in this series on Apple’s DVD Studio Pro 4, we explored the basics of GPRMs and partitions–when to use them, why to use them and where you can’t use them. This time around, we’ll answer the question of how to use them, including how to create partitions in the first place and then how to incorporate these partitions into scripts. We’ll also cover some of the limitations involved with partitions.

http://www.creativemac.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=33709

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Bonolabs Film-to-HDV Service

Arlington, Virginia firm Bonolabs has added a new film-to-HDV option to their existing tapeless telecine transfer business. Bonolabs will take your 35mm, S16, 16mm or even Standard and Super 8mm film source and HD telecine to an HDV file on a FireWire or USB drive.

The HDV transfer service is a new addition to Bonolab’s digital-direct telecine service. Bonolabs will also telecine to 10 bit uncompressed HD or DVCPRO HD on disk.

Bonolabs is the technical initiatives division of Bono Film & Video, Inc., a family owned and run post production facility founded in 1961. Bonolabs’ telecine services are the complement to Alpha Dogs’ Digital Service Station.

Toolfarm launches After Effects Plug-in Finder

Most After Effects users (and Combustion, Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro and other hosts that support the After Effects Plug-in API) know of only a fraction of the plug-ins and related resources that are available, and have no way of finding or comparing what is available. Now Toolfarm.com have launched a new web site that includes and "After Effects Plug-in Finder" with the most comprehensive list of plug-in anywhere.

This new resource solves one of the toughest post-production challenges – how to find the right plug-in or filter to produce a particular effect. By browsing the categories, there are quick links to detailed product information, or if you don’t know where to start, you may be inclined to proceed to the "use" section. Another valuable asset is the list of products that support After Effects’ render licenses. In an ongoing effort to offer customers with useful industry related resources, Toolfarm.com has launched a new web site, including an After Effects plug-in finder. The Plug-In Finder offers the most comprehensive list of plug-ins and filters anywhere.