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Adobe Premiere Pro: Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0: Chromakeying with DV using Premiere Pro's improved color characteristics to make it easier (Tutorial series, Part 7)

Chapter: Keying

Topic: Keying DV

In this next episode of our Premiere Pro 2.0 tutorial series, let’s take a look at a technique many people find excruciatingly difficult. Chromakeying using DV footage is indeed a challenge, and I’ll show you to put together a nice-looking chromakey in Premiere Pro 2.0, and I’ll give you some tips on how to shoot your footage so that you won’t have such a difficult time in postproduction.


Two new HDV Studio Decks from Sony

Sony has revealed the HVR-M25U and HVR-M15U for HDV 1080i and DV recording and playback. Both decks offer HDV 1080i, DVCAM™ and DV SP recording and play back capability and are compatible with mini-size DV cassettes as well as standard-size cassettes that allow more than four hours of HDV recording with compatible tapes. In addition, both decks have a down-conversion function from HD to SD and are switchable between 60 and 50 Hz (NTSC/PAL) to provide full flexibility depending on production needs.

Other shared features include the ability to copy external timecode through the "HDV/DV in TC" feature and a range of connectivity options, including the iLINK (IEEE-1394/FireWire) digital interface, component output, S-Video I/O, composite I/O, and analog audio I/O. Both models accommodate the standard (full) size version of Sony’s DigitalMaster™ professional videotape, which the company recommends for professional HDV applications. The standard size tape offers up to 276 minutes (4.6 hours) of HDV recording time.

The HVR-M15U model is compact, with a small footprint that allows it to be unobtrusively added to existing work environments. Uniquely, it can be placed either horizontally or vertically.

The HVR-M25U deck adds a 2.7" LCD 16:9 panel (same as on the new HDR-HC3 Handycam it seems) for increased user convenience and an HDMI output for connections to consumer television sets.

The model’s Edge Crop adjustment helps operators adjust edge crop areas manually while down-converting in this mode. Duplicate Plus is a dubbing function that duplicates work tapes with the same time-code that the original tape contains through the i.LINK connection.

It also has a Custom Repeat feature and 1080/60i to 720/60p conversion capabilities but only through the analog component and HDMI outputs.

Blackmagic Design releases Universal Binary of HDLink Software

Blackmagic Design’s HDLink drivers and HDLink Utility software is now available in a Universal Binary format for PPC and Intel Macs using the one installer.

HDLink is a converter box that takes Standard or High Definition SDI outputs from video or editing equipment and converts the signal to DVI for display on LCD monitors like Apple’s Cinema Display line.

The upgrade is free to registered HDLink owners (and useless to everyone else). HDLink is available for US$695 from authorized Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

wondertouch unveils Professional Emitter Libraries

The Pro Emitter Libraries for Particle Illusion are a collection of 180 particleIllusion 3.0 emitters arranged into six themed libraries.

Each of the six individual libraries contains 30 emitters that feature sophisticated, complex and ready-to-use particle effects covering popular themes including real-world effects such as explosions, auroras, and breaking glass; motion graphics and artistic backgrounds; text and abstract effects – a range of effects that every particleIllusion 3.0 user will find immediately useful.

The Professional Emitter Libraries (Pro Emitters) have been developed by three digital artists – Tom Granberg, Sasha Milica and Phalkanubba Rath – who’s work clearly exhibits outstanding command of the particleIllusion software application.

Each of the six libraries contains 30 emitters. Each library can be purchased individually for US$30 or the collection together for US$175. The new libraries add to the already impressive selection of more than 1400 different preset emitters that ship with particleIllusion 3.0 (as well as the additional emitters that the company releases free-of-charge each month) with a set of extremely high-quality particle emitters.

The six libraries are Abstract, Text and Logo, Artistic Backgrounds, Graphics and Distortions, Eclectic 01 and Eclectic 02. Looking at the preview movies it’s hard to believe that these are "just" particle emitters – who’d have thought a bullet shot through glass, leaving realistic hole, could be done with particle emitters!

More information, preview movies, stills and artist biographies are on the product page. Definitely worth a look for any professional motion graphic artist.

The Professional Emitter Libraries are compatible only with wondertouch particleIllusion 3.0, on both Windows and Mac OS X.

Sony unveils smallest HD Camera

The HDR-HC3 Handycam is the smallest 1080i HDV camcorder available.

The HDR-HC3 model features a professional-quality Carl Zeiss® Vario- Sonnar® T* lens and Sony’s new ClearVid CMOS Sensor™ technology. This imager is engineered to boost picture resolution and clarity to deliver vivid colors and precise image detail. Combined with Sony’s Enhanced Imaging Processor™, it provides new and fun-to-use functions.

The camcorder also shoots four-megapixel still images stored to on an optional Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media card. With the dual record function you can shoot video and simultaneously capture 2.3 Mpixel stills (1080i resolution) in 16:9 format or 1.7 Mpixel still in 4:3 format. The camera contains an inbuilt flash for digital stills.

The 2.7" LCD screen is also a touch panel for camera control and the supplied InfoLithium batters can record up to 90 minutes of continuous shooting.

The HDR-HC3 Handycam camcorder will be available in April for about US$1700 from Sony Style retailers or The camcorder is not yet on the site.

Killer Interviewing Techniques for Podcasters: Part 2

Chapter: Audio

Topic: Interview Techniques

In this part I’ll show you how to edit the interview audio on your computer, and share some tips from the pros that you can use in your own interviewing.


Adobe Image Ready: Droplet Options in Adobe ImageReady: Updating batch settings and action steps in droplets

Chapter: Paint, Draw and Design

Topic: Tips and Techniques

This is one that threw me for a loop for a while. I rely pretty heavily on Adobe ImageReady for my batch image processing, working almost exclusively with droplets I’ve created over the years. But sometimes these droplets need to be updated. No trouble usually: Just make the changes to the original action, and recreate your droplet from that. But what happens if you no longer have the original action?

TAGS: compress, compression

Apple DVD Studio Pro: Button Tricks in DVD Studio Pro 4: Part 1- Rotating assets with custom patches

Chapter: DVD Authoring

Topic: Menus or Navigation

If you’ve been reading any of our recent tutorials, you know it’s possible not only to modify custom patches in DVD Studio Pro , but also to create your own, complete with custom motion masks and moving shapes. Now we begin a new series to take the creation/modification of custom patches to the next level, looking at compositing tricks and special effects that you can add to DVD Studio Pro 4 ‘s menu buttons.†

TAGS: menu, navigation

HighPoint RocketRAID 2310 PCI Express to SATA II

The HighPoint RocketRAID 2310 PCI Express RAID Controller is the next generation for high performance computing solutions utilizing the latest interconnect PCI Express. The controller card takes advantage of PCI Express’ ability to deliver delivers data transfer in both directions simultaneously with its serial data transfer system and brings with it higher clock speeds. Total data transfer speed is 3 Gbit/sec (375 MBytes/sec – enough for HD)

The HighPoint RocketRAID 2310 Controller offers 4 internal ports that connect to Serial ATA drives with HighPoint’s onboard RAID features, including Online Capacity Expansion and Online RAID Level Migration (OCE / ORLM) and HighPoint’s RAID Management software.

The RocketRAID 2310 supports advanced RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 10, and JBOD for maximum configuration flexibility.
HighPoint offers the broadest range of support for all major operating systems to ensure OS and hardware server compatibility. Drivers are available for all major operating systems, including Windows, Linux, FreeBSD and Mac OS X. Open source is also provided for Linux and FreeBSD.

The card is available now for US$149 for systems that will be used as entry-level server and high-performance workstations like video editing systems.

Participatory Culture announces "Democracy"

Although the DTV player for Macintosh has been available in beta form since mid 2005, to celebrate the Windows and Linux releases the four-faceted platform from Participatory Culture has been renamed "Democracy".

The Democracy platform has four parts: Democracy Player, Broadcast Machine for publishing, for social bookmarking of video and the Democracy Channel Guide.

Democracy player.

Now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. New features in this release include built-in video search and integration. Search for video from whatever is available on the web and when you find a video you like, "bomb it" right in the player.

Democracy Channel Guide.

A re-designed, and welcoming home base for internet TV. The Democracy Channel Guide now features over 300 channels of fascinating internet video, with more being added every day.

Broadcast Machine.

Free video publishing software. Broadcast Machine offers instant video publishing capacity for individuals and organizations with optional BitTorrent publishing to make broadcasting video affordable for anyone.

A new social bookmarking website for video: watch and support the best video on the web, share with friends and family.

Holmes Wilson from Participatory Culture will be featured on Creative Planet’s Digital Production BuZZ on Thursday February 23. Join the show live or listen in the archives or through the podcast.