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Apple Motion: Using Apple Motion Audio Parameter Behaviors

Chapter: Motion Graphic Design

Topic: Audio-Synched Events

Check out this Apple Motion tutorial on how to create an audio driven animation. This is a fantastic way to add audio interaction to particles, emitters, or waveforms based on beat detection within your audio file.


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Maxon Cinema 4D: How to Make the Winter Olympics Ice Bumpers with Cinema 4D and After Effects

Chapter: Visual and Creative Effects

Topic: Reproducing TV or Film Effects

In this tutorial, I show you how to make the ice cube bumpers that have been popular on the NBC’s presentation of the olympics. See the full blog post, here:


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Fast Forward Video to Introduce HD3 All-in-One JPEG 2000 DVR

Fast Forward Video (FFV) will demonstrate application-based solutions harnessing JPEG 2000 compression to deliver high-quality HD and SD images for record and playback at the 2010 NAB Show.

The company will introduce the HD3 compact, all-in-one DVR designed specifically for on-set motion picture and TV production. Combining DVR and controller technology with an integral HD monitor in a hard, portable case, the HD3 features JPEG 2000 compression for optimal HD and SD image quality. The HD3 is available in either single- or dual-channel configurations. The system features a high-quality, third-party monitor and uses removable, hot-swappable 2.5in drives. Fast Forward Video also will feature its new Micron HD DVR at the show. Coupled with FFV’s new full-featured controller, Micron provides an expanded feature set that makes it a comprehensive tool for budget-conscious broadcasters.

Fast Forward Video also will feature its new Micron HD DVR at the show. Coupled with FFV’s new full-featured controller, Micron provides an expanded feature set that makes it a comprehensive tool for budget-conscious broadcasters.

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BuZZ Show and Podcast February 25

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 or industry professional.

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Join hosts Larry Jordan and Michael Horton, as they talk with:

Steve Douglas, owner, World Films and Travel, is an award-winning underwater videographer. This week, we talk to him about what it takes to create great-looking video underwater.

Aaron Cullers, Manager of Convention Marketing for NAB, is running a film contest called “I’m a Broader-caster.” We talk with him this week about the contest, the prizes available, and the up-coming NAB Show 2010.

Joel Collins, co-founder and production designer for Painting Practice, launched his new firm to provide high-quality computer graphics to independent producers. We talk with him about his company and the challenges in creating compelling digital images for film.

Nicholas Pearce, co-founder and marketing director, Object Matrix, says that if you don’t have two copies of your assets, or if you can’t find them, you don’t really have those assets at all. This week, we discover his hardware/software solution: the Matrix Store.

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!


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Avid to Host Live Interactive Chat with Avatar Editors

On Friday, February 26, 2010, 11:00 AM PT – 12:00 PM PT, Avid will host an interactive Web chat with the editorial team behind this year’s nine-category Academy Award Nominee, Avatar. Avid will lead an open discussion with editor Stephen Rivkin and assistant editor Jason Gaudio.  A live Q&A with virtual attendees will follow the discussion. 

The editors will talk about the ground-breaking post production process for creating this landmark film. Attendees will be able to pose questions to the editors, gain unique insight into the creation of the world of Pandora, and learn how storytelling—and Hollywood—is evolving with 3D technology. Participants are encouraged to ask questions during the Webcast, via the Avid Web chat interface. A podcast recording will be available shortly after the conclusion of the event on

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Apple Final Cut Pro: GenArts Sapphire Blur Tutorial for Final Cut Pro

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Effects

Video Tutorial of the Sapphire Blur effect for Final Cut Pro. There are many kinds of blurs in the Sapphire package including Blur, BlurChroma, BlurChannels, BlurDirectional and BlurMotion.


Contour Design Releases Updated ShuttlePRO and ShuttleXpress Settings for Apple Final Cut Studio

Contour Design, a market leader in audio/video editing devices, announced a new ShuttlePRO and ShuttleXpress Mac driver with optimized settings for Apple Final Cut Studio. The driver includes settings for Apple Final Cut Pro 7, Apple Soundtrack Pro 3, Apple Motion 4, Apple DVD Studio Pro 4, and Apple Color 1.5. All-new settings for Adobe Lightroom and Media 100 Suite are also included.

ShuttlePRO V.2 is designed for ergonomic integrity and maximum productivity, allowing one-handed access to 15 fully-programmable buttons, a jog knob, and a spring loaded shuttle wheel. At the head of the ShuttlePRO are nine programmable buttons complete with crystal clear removable keycaps for labeling and ease of reference. The inner ring or ‘jog knob’ at the center of the ShuttlePRO rotates a full 360˚ to provide precise frame-by-frame control while the outer black ring or rubberized ‘shuttle wheel’ facilitates fast forward and rewind. The jog and shuttle can also be configured for many other purposes including scrolling, volume control, and sequencing.

Modeled after the award-winning ShuttlePRO, the ShuttleXpress offers a professional multimedia controller. Packed with five oversized buttons, a jog knob, and a shuttle wheel, the ShuttleXpress is a full multimedia control surface in a compact design. Use it alone or simultaneously with a ShuttlePRO for enhanced cooperative control.

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Media 100 Suite Version 1.5 Now Available

Media 100, a provider of advanced editing systems for the corporate, broadcast, postproduction, and new media industries, announced release Media 100 Suite Version 1.5. Version 1.5 includes the ability to create, save, and export presets, improved media management capabilities, AVCHD import, and support for Apple’s ProRes 4444, LT, and Proxy codecs.

Media 100 Suite Version 1.5 features include:

  • Export Presets: A new Preference Pane lets Media 100 editors create and save multiple presets for exporting Programs.
  • Batch Export Queue: Programs can be added to the Batch Export Queue window where Export Presets can be applied. Any combination of Programs can be exported using any number of Export Presets.
  • Collect Files: Collect Files is a simple command to quickly collect the active Program, Bin, or all Programs and Bins in the active Project along with all associated media files in one place.
  • AVCHD Import using ClipWrap: Choosing “Import AVCHD…” from the File menu launches ClipWrap, an optional third-party application. Users can then choose AVCHD files which are rewrapped to be QuickTime-friendly and imported into Media 100 Suite.
  • Panasonic P2 “PN” Frame Rate Support: Users can now import and edit P2 footage shot at 720PN/24, 720PN/25, and 720PN/30.
  • Support for ProRes 4444, LT, and Proxy Codecs: Users can now Acquire, Import, Render, and Export to the full range of ProRes codecs from Apple.
  • Refined MultiCam Workflow: Several features have been added to Media 100 Suite’s MultiClip Editing feature, making it faster and more powerful than ever before – especially when working on large projects with multiple MultiClips.
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    CalDigit Warehouse Burglarized

    The CalDigit cooperate offices and warehouse were burglarized sometime over the weekend of February 20th.  In what seems to be much like the plot from an action film, a hole was cut into the wall of the CalDigit warehouse, where the burglars were able to remove merchandise.

    The Police investigation is ongoing as they continue to look for leads into the stolen CalDigit merchandise.  If you have any information about this investigation contact the Placentia Police Department at (714) 993-8164 or CalDigit directly at (714) 557-6668.  CalDigit is offering a reward for any information leading to the conviction of those involved.

    Consumers should be wary of any CalDigit product that is not sold though a CalDigit Certified Dealer.  These products have not been assembled and tested by CalDigit, and of course come with no guarantee or warranty.  Also CalDigit never sells any product without hard drives.  Any unpopulated CalDigit solutions are likely stolen.  The stolen CalDigit products will be missing several stickers which should make the units easy to identify, look for the following stickers: CalDigit label and serial number on each hard drive, cardboard box, and on the bottom or side of the unit.   CalDigit has the serial numbers of the stolen units and hard drives on file, please contact CalDigit directly if you have any questionable products that you would like to check. 

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    Broken Projector Transition

    The big star of this episode is the new audio interface that provides great sound quality. Listen to the noise! Don’t hear it? See?

    In other news, a good old transition that looks like your film projector broke down. Who wouldn’t want that? Especially if it’s so simple to do!

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