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Avid Media Composer: Grading with Color Wheels

Chapter: Color Correction

Topic: Software and Tools

Recently fellow editor Shane Ross and I were discussing the relative merits of grading in Avid Media Composer versus Apple’s FCP or Color, as well as using the Colorista plug-in. Our conversation got down to how each treated the image when you used the color wheels. After I did a quick test, it was obvious that FCP and Avid don’t process the image in quite the same way, even when you push what appears to be the equivalent control in the same direction. So I decided to dig a bit deeper.

http://digitalfilms.wordpress.com/2010/03/13/grading-with-color-wheels/

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Apple Color: Grading with Color Wheels

Chapter: Color Correction

Topic: Software and Tools

Recently fellow editor Shane Ross and I were discussing the relative merits of grading in Avid Media Composer versus Apple’s FCP or Color, as well as using the Colorista plug-in. Our conversation got down to how each treated the image when you used the color wheels. After I did a quick test, it was obvious that FCP and Avid don’t process the image in quite the same way, even when you push what appears to be the equivalent control in the same direction. So I decided to dig a bit deeper.

http://digitalfilms.wordpress.com/2010/03/13/grading-with-color-wheels/

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Apple Final Cut Pro: Grading with Color Wheels

Chapter: Color Correction

Topic: Software and Tools

Recently fellow editor Shane Ross and I were discussing the relative merits of grading in Avid Media Composer versus Apple’s FCP or Color, as well as using the Colorista plug-in. Our conversation got down to how each treated the image when you used the color wheels. After I did a quick test, it was obvious that FCP and Avid don’t process the image in quite the same way, even when you push what appears to be the equivalent control in the same direction. So I decided to dig a bit deeper.

http://digitalfilms.wordpress.com/2010/03/13/grading-with-color-wheels/

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Data Robotics, Inc. Sponsors Digital Production BuZZ

Agoura Hills, CA – Larry Jordan & Associates, Inc. announced Data Robotics, Inc., creators of the world-leading Drobo family of self-managing storage devices, is now a sponsor of Digital Production BuZZ‘s special report coverage of the NAB Show, the official “NAB Show BuZZ” streaming from the convention floor in Las Vegas from Saturday, April 10th through Thursday, April 15th.

“Video production requires vast amounts of storage,” said Larry Jordan, executive producer and host of the Digital Production Buzz. “Even more challenging, producers need storage that also protects irreplaceable video assets. I am very pleased that Data Robotics is sponsoring our NAB coverage, because they provide an innovative way of meeting both these goals of video production. The Buzz is a great way for them to get their message out.”

Data Robotics, Inc., makers of Drobo products, delivers the best data storage experience. It delivers self-managing, self-healing storage arrays designed to ensure data is always protected, accessible and simple to manage. Built on the award-winning BeyondRAID technology, Drobo storage arrays are the first to provide enterprise-class data safety, unprecedented expandability, and advanced functionality without the complexity normally associated with RAID.

About the Digital Production BuZZ
Digital Production BuZZ is one of the first tech podcasts on the air bringing listeners all the news they need now and in their digital future. It remains a leader in programming related to digital video production, post-production and distribution, keeping its listeners in touch with the trends and technologies, people and practices essential to keep them up-to-date and entertained. New episodes of the Digital Production BuZZ air live every Thursday from 6:00 to 7:00 pm PDT at show website or on iTunes.

The NAB Show BuZZ is the only official podcast of the NAB Show, providing hourly live coverage, and daily special reports of news and events direct from the convention floor. Each night during the convention we’ll also bring you a special one-hour comprehensive look at all that is new at the NAB Show.

Executive producer and host of the Digital Production BuZZ is Larry Jordan (internationally-renowned digital media expert, Apple-certified trainer, author, and member of the Directors Guild of America and Producers Guild of America). Michael Horton co-hosts (film editor and founder of the Los Angeles Final Cut Pro User Group and organizer of the world-renowned SuperMeets) and Cirina Catania produces (writer/director, new media, the internet and reality programming for clients such as National Geographic, Discovery and MSN and member of the Producers Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America.)

About the 2010 NAB Show
The NAB Show 2010 will take place April 10-15, 2010 in Las Vegas (exhibits open April 12). It is the world’s largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. The NAB Show BuZZ, powered by the Digital Production BuZZ is the official podcast of the NAB Show 2010.

About NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premiere advocacy association for America’s broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age.

About Larry Jordan & Associates, Inc.
Based in Southern California, Larry Jordan & Associates, Inc. provides training, support and production services for Final Cut Studio. The company was founded in 2003 by Larry Jordan, a digital media analyst, producer, director, editor, writer, and trainer with over 30 years video production and post-production experience. A member of both the Directors Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America, Jordan is also recognized as one of the Top 100 Corporate Producers in America, as well as an Apple Certified Trainer in Digital Media. In addition to authoring five books and hundreds of hours of online tutorials on Final Cut Studio, Jordan is also the Executive Producer and Host of Digital Production BuZZ. Jordan combines his extensive production experience with his teaching skills to bring a wide-ranging, entertaining and real-world perspective to his seminars.

Apple Final Cut Pro: Editing into a space in a Final Cut Timeline

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Tips or Shortcuts

When editing in Final Cut there are often instances where we need to edit into a space in the Timeline. If there is no audio, one option would be to close the gap and do an Insert edit. Another option would be to mark the space by hitting the X key, but that may require isolating specific tracks.

http://www.geniusdv.com/news_and_tutorials/2010/03/editing_into_a_space_in_a_final_cut_timeline.php

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Apple Final Cut Pro: Reinstall OS X & Final Cut Studio The Right Way: Part 2 – How To Create Disc/DMG Images of Application Install Discs

Chapter: Video and Computer Technology

Topic: Backup

Introduction. We saw in part one of this multi-part series the procedure for creating a bootable USB2/Firewire hard disc drive containing the OS X installers. In this installment, we will utilize a similar procedure to create DMG images of your application install DVD/CDs. Although this task takes several hours to complete, significant time and effort will be saved whenever you need to reinstall your operating system, restore important data files, and critical applications. No technical knowledge is required. If you know how to swap DVD and CD install discs, and click on two buttons in the Disc Utility, you’ll have no problems. The process won’t interfere with other work that must be done. Check email, and do web research or other tasks as the process occurs. Just compute how long it takes to create the first DMG image, and use that to gauge when the next disc must be inserted.

http://www.kenstone.net/fcp_homepage/reinstall_osx_fcs_part_2_saraceno.html

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Apple Final Cut Pro: A few more notes on the EOS Movie Plugin-E1 for Final Cut Pro

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Capture, Digitize, Import

I played around with the new Canon EOS Movie Plugin-E1 for Final Cut Pro this morning and I noticed a few other odds and ends after some discussion about the tool with folks on Twitter. Canon has a very detailed information page of their own which is helpful as well. If you haven’t downloaded yet then you can grab the plug-in here.

http://provideocoalition.com/index.php/ssimmons/story/a_few_more_notes_on_the_eos_movie_plugin_e1_for_final_cut_pro/

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Apple Motion: Image stabilization and tracking with Apple Motion

Chapter: Motion Graphic Design

Topic: Image Stabilization and smoothing

You can easily stabilize an image with Apple Motion using a tracking behavior. Check out this Motion Tutorial on how to do this.

http://www.geniusdv.com/news_and_tutorials/2010/03/image_stabilization_and_tracking_with_apple_motion.php

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Apple Motion: Volumetrix for Final Cut Pro, Motion and AE

Chapter: Visual and Creative Effects

Topic: Glows, Blurs, Rays or Streaks

Volumetrix produces stunning light effects & transitions. Effects work in Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, Motion and Adobe After Effects.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YdhHk1kmkE&fmt=22

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Apple Final Cut Pro: Volumetrix for Final Cut Pro, Motion and AE

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Effects

Volumetrix produces stunning light effects & transitions. Effects work in Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, Motion and Adobe After Effects.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YdhHk1kmkE&fmt=22

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