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Adobe Flash: Optimal frame dimensions for Flash video

Chapter: Distribution

Topic: Flash Video

Video codecs such as On2 VP6 and Sorenson Spark perform best when the frame width and height use multiples of 16. While you can use any width and height in your encoding settings, non-optimal dimensions can result in poor image quality and reduced frame rate. For the best image quality and playback, you should always use width and height dimensions that use a multiple of 16 (best), 8 (better), or 4 (good).


Adobe After Effects: Changing Shortcuts with After Effects

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Interface

In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to be an AE road warrior by changing the keyboard shortcuts to account for missing keys on a laptop – such as the Ram Preview key or the Audio Preview key.


Battery in ProTools: Getting your host DAW to recognize and accept extra audio channels

Chapter: Audio

Topic: Audio Workflow

VST instruments generally have a stereo output. A rare few are mono. In your digital audio workstation (DAW) they’re effectively a stereo audio track with a left and right signal feed from the software instrument. This means you can add audio effects like compression, equalization or reverb to the output channel in the mixer.


Apple Motion: Animating Photoshop Layers in Z-Space

Chapter: Workflow

Topic: Inter-application Workflow

Mark will show you how to take your layered Photoshop files, spread them out in space in Motion, then fly a camera through them.


New Final Cut Studio KnowledgeBase Articles

Issue: Final Cut Pro: FxPlug – Working with high RGB values in High-Precision YUV can sometimes cause color problems.

Resolution: Use the RGB Limit filter. This article explains how.

Issue: Final Cut Pro: After Effects files in 23.98 fps sequences.

Resolution: When you export from After Effects, choose 23.976 fps as the render frame rate for the exported file. This article explains more.

Issue: Final Cut Pro: Unexpected Quit during AVCHD ingest.

Resolution: May be caused by a conflict with the Perian QuckTime component. This article explains the workaround.

Issue: Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express: Unexpected quit with Panasonic HDC-SD9 AVCHD.

Resolution: Use Final Cut Pro 6.0.4 or later. This camera is currently not qualified fo r Final Cut Express. This article explains more.

Issue: Some Xsan configurations will cause an error when using Distributed Processing for Compressor.

Resolution: Upgrading to Xsan version 1.4 should solve this. This article explains more.

ProMax is Back!

In a letter from Jess Hartmann, the new owner and CEO of Promax Systems, he states:

“My name is Jess Hartmann and I am extremely proud to let you know that ProMax is back and stronger than ever. I have made a commitment of time, energy, resources and funds, and rehired a substantial number of the very qualified former staff members. Over the next few months we will introduce those folks to you via our newsletter. We are looking forward to continue helping our customers achieve their objectives and are working diligently to make sure we have the appropriate infrastructure in place to support those efforts. The new ProMax is still an authorized reseller for Apple, AJA, Sony, Adobe, AVID and others and will continue to offer systems based on those relationships. We have retained our website: We have also retained the same phone numbers 800-977-6629 or 949-727-3977.”

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BuZZ Show and Podcast for July 17

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.

Join Guest Hosts Cirina Catania and Philip Hodgetts this week on The BuZZ!

6:00 pm – What’s the BuZZ?

6:05 pm – Neil Page – CEO, Inlet Inc.

Video on demand, video on the web, dailies, archives, streaming and, um, Will Smith??? Neil Page, CEO of Inlet runs a company designing better ways to encode, quality-control, and stream your content so it can be viewed at any time, optimized for any screen.

6:20 pm – The BuZZ Beat

Philip Hodgetts, CEO, Big Brains for Rent We don’t really know what Philip will be talking about this week – but one thing is for sure, it won’t be boring.

6:25 pm – Distribution BuZZ

Diane Ramirez, VP, Accounting and Client Relations, Echelon Studios Diane Ramirez came into the entertainment industry to do accounting, but as time has gone on she has found that she truly loves helping independent producers get the exposure they deserve. We’re down for that!

6:33 pm – Brett Pulley – CEO,

Brett Pulley spent years as media and entertainment editor at Forbes, Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. Now, he’s the CEO of designed to be a digital brand and destination station for everything New York. He joins us to talk about the transition from old media to new media and how we can use what he’s learned in our own projects.

6:51 pm – Pick Our Brains

Pick Our Brains is devoted to getting your questions answered. Email them to us, or join us for the live chat during the show.

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New Final Cut Pro KnowledgeBase Articles

Issue 1: Final Cut Studio: Unexpected behavior with more than one graphics card.

Resoution: Although it is possible to add more than one graphics card and three or more displays to a Mac Pro configuration, this is not a recommended configuration for a Final Cut Studio workstation.

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Issue 2: Final Cut Pro 6: FxPlug rendering issues on earlier graphics cards.

Resolution: In some cases you can work around these issues by taking one or more of the following steps:

  • Reduce render bit depth to 8-bit YUV in Sequence > Settings > Video Processing.
  • Use a lower resolution for your project.
  • If applicable, replace your graphics card with one that has more VRAM.

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Artbeats Accelerates Nature with Grow! 2

Artbeats announced today Grow! 2. View hours of botanical growth compressed into seconds with Grow! 2, Artbeats’ latest addition to its extensive library of royalty-free stock footage. A complement to the very popular Grow!, Timelapse Flowers and Timelapse Plants collections, Grow! 2 features fascinating footage that shows the amazing effects of time on single flowers and plants. Grow! 2 is available in both HD and SD resolution and includes superior quality content that can be used for broadcast, feature films, commercial, multimedia, game development, independent production and more.

Both Grow! 2 and Grow! 2 HD are available now on the Artbeats website at Artbeats’ footage is available in HD-1920×1080, D1 NTSC-720 x 486 or D1 PAL-720 x 576 resolutions. Pricing for Artbeats’ HD collections range from USD $799-$1599; standard definition collections range from USD $399-$899.

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Adobe After Effects: Creating Digital Cinema Effects: Simulating in-camera Lens Effects

Chapter: Visual and Creative Effects

Topic: Reproducing TV or Film Effects

In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Grant Swanson will explain how to simulate many elements to enhance your DV footage. Many techniques in this tutorial will show how to create effects similar to those in a popular software package.