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This week’s episode of the world’s only interactive talk radio for Digital Production, Post Production and Distribution is filled with great information and entertainment designed for the independent filmmaker, producer or editor.

Cirina Catania guest-hosts another all-star show:

Larry Jordan returns from his three-week United Kingdom seminar tour with a report on production and post-production in the UK. Joining him is Andrew Brearley, ITV-Leeds, David Smith, Glasgow, and Andy Pendry, BBC – Scotland.

Now that the Oscars are over, its time to get back to making money. Stacey Parks presents another of her reports on what’s happening in distribution.

Peter Beck discusses the challenges in medical podcasting and choosing the right podcast gear.

Chris Murch, founder of, is leading the explosion in Internet talk radio. He joins us to share his secrets.

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Avid Media Composer: Audio Tools in the Media Composer

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Audio Editing

How to balance audio in a Media Composer sequence, using the Audio Mixer with sliders, Auto Mode, and linking channels. (Click on the article title to play the Flash video).


Digidesign Pro Tools: Pro Tools 7 LE Essential Training: Tracking and setting up a Cue

Chapter: Audio

Topic: Recording

In this video, host Joe Godfrey discusses Tracking, another word for recording, which enables ProTools to turn a vocal, a guitar, percussion part or some other performance into zeros and ones, essentially making the data into a digital format.


Apple Final Cut Pro: Stephen's Five FCP Time Saving Tips

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Tips or Shortcuts

Want to save time while using Final Cut Pro? Contributing Editor Stephen Smith will show you how. His video tutorial has five must use tips: Motion Templates, Swap Edit, Audio Levels, Ripple Delete and Transitions Time Saver


Adobe Flash: Optical Illusion: Part 3

Chapter: Distribution

Topic: Flash Video

In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Tony Ross demonstrates part 3 of a 3 part series, creating optical illusions in Flash. Create a more complex spinning illusion of two sets of concentric circles using Motion Tweens, Rotation Options, and Blend Modes. Tools used include the Oval Tool, Free Transform tool, Gradients, and the History panel.


VeeScope Releases New Version of VeeScope Live

Veescope Live release 1.3 now supports monitoring and recording of HDV cameras. Record HDV directly to disk and drag the file straight into a Final Cut Pro or Final Cut Express timeline. Monitor and record multiple DV or HDV cameras at the same time with this new version. Check you camera’s white balance with the new RGB Parade.

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Digidesign Pro Tools: Pro Tools 7 LE Essential Training: Effects such as Fade out, Grid drums, and other Pitch Shift FX

Chapter: Audio

Topic: Audio Effects

One of the most fun plugins is the Pitch Shift. Joe goes over the Pitch Shift menu and the coarse and fine settings. He shows where to access them, under AudioSuite, and then details some of the Pitch Shift examples.


Boris Continuum Complete: Creating Glow Effects With Boris Continuum Complete 5

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Effects

There are several Boris Continuum Complete (BCC) filters that were designed to produce the glow effect that is very popular for sports broadcast and commercial spots. In this tutorial, we will use BCC 5 AE in Adobe After Effects CS3 to give you an overview of the BCC Glow, BCC Colorize Glow, and BCC Glow Alpha Edges filters. These same filters are available for Avid and Apple Final Cut Pro editors with a similar workflow. In addition, the BCC Glow filters are included with RED 4.2, Boris FX 9.2, and Graffiti 5.2.


Microsoft Kills HD-DVD in XBox 360

Microsoft will stop making external HD-DVD drives for its Xbox 360 game console, but won’t say whether it will offer a Blu-ray Disc drive instead. The company will continue to provide warranty and product support for existing HD DVD players, it said.

Panasonic Announces Two New Cameras

Panasonic has announced plans to ship its compact AK-HC1800 HD multi-purpose camera this April. This new addition to Panasonics line of premium high definition cameras is equipped with 2.2-megapixel 3-CCDs that provide native 1080i video capture for high-level, high definition production.

Panasonic also announced the new AW-HE100 multi-format HD/SD camera that features an integrated pan-tilt-zoom mechanism with a unique ergonomic-design. The all-in-one HE100 combines outstanding image quality, super smooth pan/tilt/zoom operation and flexible system configuration.