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Eye Scream Factory Releases DVD Art Professional Volume III

These stunning, all-purpose DVD menu and packaging design templates can easily be modified using Adobe Photoshop and imported into leading DVD creation software. The menu templates may also be modified in Adobe Encore and Adobe After Effects; this streamlined process offers tremendous time savings for any videographer.

DVD Art Professional Volume III includes 20 themes and 240 templates for DVD menus, disc labels, and case inserts. Videographers can create new looks and styles by adjusting colors, changing text, or moving layers. DVD Art Professional Volume III features a variety of all-purpose templates suitable for a wide range of DVD projects. Many design elements are separate Photoshop layers providing limitless possibilities for new, unique DVD menus, disc labels, and case inserts. Each template set additionally includes photo and video drop zones.

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Footage Firm Giving Away HD Footage Backgrounds

11 Free HD Looping backgrounds.

11 DVDs with over 250 high definition looping backgrounds. Pay only shipping and handling.

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P2 Flow Application Released

Made in collaboration between MXF4QT.com and Spherico this handy application “provides editing of the original P2 metadata including MXF video/audio preview and unique workflow features for Final Cut Pro. It’s the only external application that is able to send MXF online clips to Final Cut Pro as well as offline clips that can be ingested with Log and Transfer.”

That means that you can edit the metadata, then send use the application to send the clips with the new metadata to FCP for NATIVE access to the MXF files…OR…you can send the clips as “offline clips” that you can then use BATCH CAPTURE to import them into FCP as QT files. The first option is cool for the small one-man-band studios that have only one machine, but the QT import option is fantastic for the operation that has multiple machines but can only afford one copy of the application.

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BuZZ Show and Podcast for August 27

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 host Larry Jordan and co-host Michael Horton as they talk with:

Benito Behar, VP & GM, Latin America, heads up TV Magic growing facilities development business in Latin America. If you need a world-class studio, control room, edit suite, or entire facility, TV Magic can provide it. Tonight we talk building tech in Latin America.

Bruce Nazarian, The Digital Guy, has been investigating the latest versions of both Final Cut Pro and Compressor and has discovered some very interesting things in how they support Blu-ray Discs. Tune in this week as he shares his secrets before publishing his latest eBook.

Joop Janssen, CEO, Broadcast System Division, Vitec Group, shepherds some of the most familiar products used in production today: Vinten, Sachtler, Anton Bauer, Petrol and many others. Discover the story behind the Vitec Group, its hottest new product: LitePanels, and what their planning for IBC.

You can’t find people or interviews like this anywhere else! It’s another fascinating show – all the information you need now to know what’s coming next!

Creative Planet’s Digital Production BuZZ is live 6-7 pm Pacific Time. Join the Show Live, listen to,or download an episode from the archives or subscribe to the podcast through iTunes or off the website.

NetBlender Adds AVC Encoding to Blu-ray Authoring Package

Seasoned disc jockeys who are itching to upgrade their authoring studios to include Blu-ray capabilities should take note of the latest product from NetBlender, maker of the inexpensive DoStudio BD Authoring Edition (DSA). The company is now shipping the DoStudio Workflow Edition (DSW), a significant upgrade that adds integrated Blu-ray-compliant AVC encoding, QuickTime import with chapter markers from Final Cut Pro, subtitling, and formatting for replication.

DSW includes the full DSA 1.8 authoring system, the DoStudio Encoder 1.0, a QuickTime exporter, and Title Factory 4.0 for subtitling duties. There is no Mac version of the software, but the company says it runs nicely on an eight-core MacPro with 32-bit Windows XP Pro or 32-bit Windows Vista Business loaded via Bootcamp. (It does not run in Parallels.) The recommended Windows workstation includes an Intel Core i7-920 processor, six GB of DDR3 SDRAM, and a 64-bit version of Vista Home Premium.

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Dashwood Cinema Solutions Adds New Stereoscopic Workflow to FxFactory Product Line

Noise Industries, developer of visual effects tools for the postproduction and broadcast markets, announced that new development partner, Dashwood Cinema Solutions, has released its first FxPack; Stereo3D Toolbox for Stereoscopic 3D mastering.

Created by Dashwood Cinema Solutions founder, Tim Dashwood, Stereo3D Toolbox is an FxFactory powered plug-in designed to work with Adobe After Effects CS3 / CS4, Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Motion and Apple Final Cut Express applications.

With Stereo3D Toolbox, artists can easily output their media to a wide range of Stereoscopic 3D formats (side by side, over/under, checkerboard, interlace, anaglyph) as well as manage the demuxing of side by side, interlace and over/under formatting. Comprehensive compositing features and capabilities include keyframeable x, y, z-axis convergence, individual left/right eye scale, color correction, selective flip/flop, reframing and “auto scale” compensation.

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Panasonic Introduces AJ-HPM200 P2 HD Mobile Recorder/Player

The HPM200 offers all of the popular features found in its predecessor, the AJ-HPM110, and adds new functionality including: enhanced cuts editing with separate source and record windows, full-frame rate playback from external disk drives, AVCHD compatibility (with the AJ-YCX250G option card), up-conversion of live video inputs in real time, FTP and Giga-bit Ethernet interfaces for expanded network connectivity and 24p Time Code input for production applications, including use as a source for a traditional dailies process.

With DVCPRO HD and AVC-Intra standard as well as optional AVCHD compatibility and expanded input/output connections, the HPM200 P2 Mobile is the most comprehensive and versatile master-quality HD field recorder and can be used with virtually any camera. The field recorder offers 10-bit independent frame 4:2:2 quality recording in a variety of high definition formats and frame rates, including 1080p (native), 1080i and 720p, and also records in standard definition DVCPRO50/25 and DV.

The HPM200’s AVCHD compatibility gives users more options for content management, backup recording and distribution. Professionals can play back AVCHD content on an SD card using the unit’s SD card slot, convert P2 content to AVCHD for low bit rate distribution over the network, convert AVCHD to P2 to edit in a P2 project, or record P2 and AVCHD simultaneously for backup or distribution, especially useful for producing on-set dailies. SD cards with AVCHD content can be inserted into and played back on a growing number of consumer playback devices with SD card slots, including Blu-ray players, select plasma displays, game consoles and more.

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Toolfarm Offers Multitude of Freebies and Deals

Available at Toolfarm: SonicFire Pro Tutorial at 50% off, GenArts Sapphire Training/Licensing, freebies from Digieffects FreeForm AE, The Foundry RollingShutter licenses two for one, free Imagineer Mocha Shape Plugins with Motor or Mocha purchase, $100 off select Adobe CS4 Upgrades, discount on Digital Juice Motion Designer’s Toolkit and more.

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Class On Demand Rolls Out Comprehensive Video-Based Training Program for GenArts Sapphire

Class on Demand, a provider of professional educational products for creative markets, announced the availability of the highly anticipated “Complete Training for GenArts Sapphire™”. Recognized by top studios and post-production houses for its image quality, organic look, speed and intuitive controls, Sapphire provides more than 200 state-of-the-art image processing and synthesis effects plug-ins. The video-based curriculum follows the award-winning Class on Demand training methodology; offering expert instruction on Sapphire effects workflows for Adobe After Effects and Apple Final Cut Pro applications in a highly engaging, modern on-demand delivery format. GenArts’ first authorized training program, “Complete Training for GenArts Sapphire” is hosted by GenArts’ own Todd Prives, a well-known international conference speaker and Sapphire expert.

The new Class on Demand training for GenArts Sapphire is priced at $129.00 USD and is available to purchase as a DVD or digital download from Class on Demand.

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CoreMelt releases Lock and Load plug-in for Final Cut Pro

Lock and load is capable of intelligently ignoring foreground motion, even on busy scenes or with dark backgrounds. No need to choose tracking points, as the plug-in intelligently analyzes the entire clip for you. With intelligent adaptive zoom, Lock & Load will automatically compensate for differing levels of movement and zoom in to remove edges.

It removes or smooths rotation and zoom changes as well as X and Y movement. Lock & Load analyses only the portion of the clip you select, so there’s no need to export and re-import long clips. It works with all kinds of footage, no “too much movement” errors.

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