Get the Latest BuZZ Each Week

How to Take the Boring Out of Metadata in Free Final Cut Pro Webinar

Oak Park, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) February 28, 2011

Last year, Larry Jordan brought his successful Final Cut tutorial live seminars, “PowerUP with Final Cut Studio,” to live webinar format. Now, Jordan is expanding the webinar series to include guest instructors such as Philip Hodgetts, CEO of Intelligent Assistance, Inc., who, on March 2, 2011, will take the “boring” out of post production with his webinar, “Master Metadata for Post-Production” and show attendees the value of mastering metadata.

“I’ve enjoyed working with Larry and his team for some time, so when we were considering ways we could further collaborate, presenting a webinar on the value of metadata in post-production and beyond, seemed like the right thing to do,” said Hodgetts.

Most editors avoid creating and updating metadata because it is viewed as boring and unessential to editing. However, metadata is increasingly important in production and post-production with the shift to tapeless media. Today, metadata is being acquired on set to pass through to post and VFX departments. Metadata is essential to tracking existing assets. And, metadata is required for distribution and rights management control. Knowing how to organize, enter, and search on metadata is essential.

Hodgett’s webinar will explain why metadata is so important and provide some simple ways to begin adding metadata to projects. In addition, he will explain the concept of metadata, outline the various types of metadata in use today, such as Dublin Core, XMP, MPEG-7, MPEG-2, and SMPTE-2021 (BXF) – and tell you which ones matter. The presentation will outline the six types of metadata used in post-production to help you minimize the boring parts. He’ll consider which commonly used applications support metadata, and how to preserve metadata when moving between applications.

Hodgetts will also show how to efficiently enter metadata in Final Cut Pro, reducing the amount of work needed, and how to use Intelligent Assistance’s prEdit to even more competently enter metadata and work with text transcript metadata. At the end of the webinar he will discuss the future possibilities of metadata in post production.

Bruce Nazarian, “The Digital Guy,” will be the next guest instructor in Larry Jordan’s Wednesday webinar series. Nazarian is a producer, studio musician, Grammy nominee, recording artist and long-time veteran of the music scene. He is also an award-winning DVD Producer and Author, and current President of the IDMA, the International Digital Media Alliance (formerly DVDA – The DVD Association ). On March 30, 2011, Nazarian will be speaking on what video producers need to know about music.

About Philip Hodgetts 
Hodgetts is the President of Intelligent Assistance, Inc. – a systems and technology developer – and one of the “Big Brains” of “Big Brains for Rent” consultancy. He is an experienced trainer and has written extensively online across a range of topics. He is also President and CEO of Open Television Network, a company dedicated to using “podcast” technology to sell digital He is the author of “The HD Survival Handbook”; “Awesome Titles with FCS” and “The New Now: How to grow your production or postproduction business in a changed and changing world” among others. He is the co-creator of “Assisted Editing” – dedicated to “taking the boring out of post” by using metadata to automate routine and tedious postproduction tasks. He is also the past host of Digital Production Buzz.

About Larry Jordan
Larry Jordan is an internationally-renowned consultant and Apple-Certified trainer in digital media with over 30 years experience as a television producer, director and editor with national broadcast and corporate credits. His informative and entertaining teaching style provides video editors around the world with unique techniques, methods and resources to increase productivity and enhance their skills. Based in Los Angeles, he’s a member of both the Directors Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America. Jordan writes and edits the monthly FREE Larry Jordan Final Cut Studio Newsletter, which provides essential information to the interested user of Final Cut. He is the author of hundreds of hours of online training and five books on Final Cut Studio. Jordan is also executive producer and host of the weekly interactive internet radio show and podcast, Digital Production BuZZ, providing everything you need to know about digital media, production, post-production and distribution now and in your digital future. For more information about Larry Jordan, please visit the website.

Oak Street Software Announces the VKey2f Version 2 Package

Oak Street Software, Inc., a computer software company, announced the release of VKey2f Version 2 package, a chroma key plugin for Final Cut Studio.

New features include:

  • Advanced color spill suppression
  • A new edge blending feature
  • A new keyer control that helps to recover some previously unkeyable features
  • An install script
  • Some cosmetic improvements
  • The controls have been rearranged and put into subgroups for a better workflow.

Look for more product information and tutorials, coming soon. In the mean time, users can download the demo and play with it, or browse the manual, all for free!

For more information click here.

Panasonic Announces High-Performance 9-Inch BT-LH910 LCD Production Monitor

Panasonic Solutions Company introduced the BT-LH910, a powerful new 9-inch LCD monitor for field and studio applications. Breakthrough features include a new high brightness, high contrast IPS panel that affords the best picture quality in its class; newly-developed 3D assist functions; and professional interfaces including HDMI and 3G-SDI. Equally suitable for production, broadcast and institutional applications, the cost-effective BT-LH910 can be utilized on-camera as an electronic viewfinder, on location, and in mobile or live settings.

The BT-LH910 offers production-level critical viewing with 1280 x 768 WXGA pixel resolution, the highest in the 9-inch and under professional LCD monitor category. The monitor’s high brightness (350cd /m²), high contrast (1000:1), horizontally-aligned IPS panel has 176 degree vertical and horizontal viewing angles, the widest offered by any LCD display. It delivers exceptional imagery with superb color accuracy and exhibits minimal changes in brightness and color due to the viewing angle.

The BT-LH910 incorporates a 2X SDI IN overlay and side-by-side display that provides a 2D view of various 3D checks, including composition, convergence, color and luminance, focus and zoom position, and parallax. This “3D assist” function is ideal for production crews that require 3D review in the field, such as when using a 3D rig system. Boosting its versatility, the BT-LH910 delivers a full range of professional interfaces, including for the first time in a Panasonic pro monitor, HDMI and 3G-SDI inputs.

The LH910 also offers two times SDI loop-through to allow it to be used with existing 3D rigs while still feeding video to any downstream equipment. Additional functionality encompasses a BLACK mode for confirming dark scenes; an RGB waveform monitor; a vectorscope; an RGB direct white balance adjustment; a color audio level meter; new front/rear design; SDI closed caption support; a headphone jack; and tilt stand.

The new 15:9 aspect ratio monitor is compatible with multiple HD/SD formats and features the industry’s lowest image processing delay, a Diagonal Line compensation function and such advanced focus assist functions as Focus-in-Red and Pixel-to-Pixel matching. Slim at 3.1-inches deep and light at 3.7 pounds (excluding tilt stand), the space-saving BT-LH910 is eco-friendly with a W-LED backlight.

When used as an electronic viewfinder, the BT-LH910 can be configured with Panasonic’s full range of HD shoulder-mount cameras, using the optional BT-CS910 viewfinder cable. The 12V DC-powered monitor is equipped with both a 4-pin XLR DC input and an Anton Bauer battery gold mount, making it ideal for outdoor use.

For more information click here.

Panasonic Announces AJ-SF110 and AJ-SF100

Panasonic Solutions Company introduced new software products, the AJ-SF110 Video Ingest software and AJ-SF100 Linear Open-Tape (LTO) Archive software, to facilitate the secure storage and easy retrieval of P2 content. The software supports all P2 card sizes, formats and frame rates.

The AJ-SF100 software is for archiving P2 files to LTO, Blu-ray (BD) or other storage devices. It features proxy creation, metadata editing and works with database software (SQL server) functions. With AJ-SF100 software installed, the operator can quickly search content on the storage device with metadata and preview the proxy image to confirm. When using an LTO storage device, the operator can playback P2 content on the LTO directly and retrieve partial images from it quickly and easily. In addition, the transferring speed of the LTO is up to six times faster than AVC-Intra 100 normal speed, when using LTO5.

The AJ-SF110 software is for video ingesting via IEEE 1394 or SDI. It converts the footage of a connected video recorder to P2 files such as AVC-Intra 100/50, DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO and DV during ingest. When connecting a video recorder via SDI, it can also control the recorder with RS-422. With the AJ-SF110 and AJ-SF100 software installed, a large amount of content on video tapes can be easily ingested as P2 files and archived.

Support requirements for the video ingest software include a PC with more than 8GB DDR3 memory, Windows 7 professional 64-bit OS, and an SDI interface board; requirements for the LTO Archive software are a similarly configured PC plus SQL server software, external HDD, a P2 drive, and a BD, LTO or other storage device.

For more information click here.

Panasonic Introduces AJ-PCD30 P2 Drive

Panasonic Solutions Company has announced the AJ-PCD30 P2 drive, a new three-slot P2 device with a super-speed USB 3.0 interface that delivers the industry’s fastest offloads from a solid-state source. The new USB 3.0 standard facilitates dramatically higher transfer rates of up to 4.8Gbps, which achieves offloading AVC-Intra 100 footage at more than 15X real- time, making the PCD30 especially well-suited for use in long-form production.

The PCD30 can transfer data from up to three P2 cards simultaneously, making content immediately available to nonlinear editing systems and servers. With three 64GB P2 cards inserted, the device can offer immediate access to more than three hours of AVC-Intra 100 or DVCPRO HD, or more than six hours of AVC-Intra 50 or DVCPRO50 content.

The PCD30 can be used externally, or can be installed in the five-inch bay of a Windows-based desktop for use as a built-in reader. It is compatible with Windows and Macintosh operating systems.

For more information click here.

Digital Juice Announces ready2go

Digital Juice announced ready2go projects and templates for Final Cut Pro and Motion.

ready2go delivers projects and more variety so that no matter what type of production a user is working on, the perfect starting template is available. Whether it’s a show promo, a broadcast advertisement, a corporate video collage, a DVD menu, or a cool opening segment, each ready2go project is useful right out of the box, or can be easily customized in Apple Motion or Apple Final Cut Pro to suit anyone’s needs.

Until now Digital Juice has provided either as-is stock content (animated backgrounds or sets, stock footage) or pieces and elements (Compositor’s Toolkits, Motion Designer’s Toolkits) meant to be composited together at the user’s discretion. However, because customizable motion design projects have always been the number one biggest request from our customers, we have begun the process of bridging the gap between content and the finished product – first with the release of ready2go Collection 1, and now with the all-new ready2go Collection 2 for Apple Final Cut Pro & Motion.

These ready2go projects are customizable templates for Apple Motion and Apple Final Cut Pro that give users a finished look with text and video additions – and they are still even more customizable if needed. No matter what level of skill in Apple Motion or Apple Final Cut Pro, ready2go scales to fit. Easily replace video and text – just drag, drop, and edit. Want to change some colors, textures or turn off a few elements for a cleaner look? No problem. Want to replace elements with backgrounds, logos and art, or add something from a Texture Toolkit or Motion Designer’s Toolkit? All of this is possible as skill in Apple Motion and Final Cut Pro grows.

For more information click here.

Panasonic Announces AVCCAM Importer Software

Panasonic Solutions Company has introduced AVCCAM Importer software, a QuickTime plug-in that eliminates the need to convert AVCHD files to ProRES422 files before editing in Final Cut Pro.

AVCCAM Importer is a software for Apple Final Cut Pro to enable direct editing of an AVCHD “.mts” file without conversion. Since AVCCAM Importer is a plug-in component for Apple QuickTime, QuickTime Player can play an “.mts” file directly after installation of AVCCAM Importer on a MAC.

The AVCCAM importer will be available this Summer as a free download from the Panasonic web site.

For more information click here.

Harmonic Launches Omneon MediaPort 7000 Series

Harmonic Inc. announced the release of the new Omneon MediaPort 7000 series of video I/O modules for the Omneon Spectrum media server system. In a single, highly configurable unit, the MediaPort 7000 delivers new multicodec support with enhanced media processing functionality to streamline playout workflows and simplify the transition to HD.

The MediaPort 7000 series enables the Spectrum video server simultaneously to support an industry-leading range of codecs, formats, frame-rates, and resolutions along with fully integrated up-, down-, and cross-conversion and simulcast SD and HD outputs for every channel. The units are available in two- or four-channel configurations and utilize a slot-based form factor that allows simple addition of channels to existing systems without disrupting on-air operations.

The new generation MediaPort 7000 series delivers a number of features common across all product configurations:

  • Full SD and HD back-to-back DV and MPEG-2 playback in any combination
  • Optional support for additional codecs, such as AVC-Intra, playable back-to-back with DV and MPEG-2
  • SD up-conversion, HD down-conversion, and 1080i/720p cross-conversion on every channel, regardless of media codec
  • Simultaneous SDI and HD-SDI outputs for every channel, regardless of media codec with no reduction in channel count or extra system load
  • 1-RU frame with dual hot-pluggable power supplies and support for one or two hot-pluggable dual-channel video modules for maximum flexibility and serviceability.

The first two specific product configurations are the MediaPort 7100 and the MediaPort 7600:

  • MediaPort 7100: SD/HD DV record/play; SD/HD MPEG-2 play; up-, down-, cross-conversion, HD and SD outputs for each channel; frame-accurate back-to-back playback of all supported codecs
  • MediaPort 7600: All of the functionality of the MediaPort 7100 plus the addition of AVC-Intra record/play; frame-accurate back-to-back playback of all supported codecs.

With industry-leading density (four independent channels per RU) the MediaPort 7000 series provides both power and space savings. Supporting growth in two-channel increments, the series allows broadcasters to start small and expand according to their budgets and needs.

More information click here.

OptiTrack Demonstrates V120:Duo and V120:Trio at GDC 2011

As the role of motion capture in virtual production expands, OptiTrack continues to offer game developers and animation studios optical tracking technology that is priced to meet an independent budget, but powerful enough to drive AAA development. GDC 2011 marks the release of a new advancement in accessible motion capture: the OptiTrack V120:Duo and V120:Trio tracking systems.

Designed for desktop-friendly motion capture, the Duo and Trio offer the power of multi-camera, six degrees of freedom (DOF) object tracking in a single, plug-and-play package. Each tracking system is self-contained and factory calibrated for out-of-the-box tracking that is simple to use, but still offers the leading accuracy and flexibility of optical tracking technology.

Additional features include:

  • Free license of Tracking Tools motion tracking software
  • Compatibility with OptiTrack’s Insight VCS virtual camera plugins
  • Simple I/O, with a single cable for power and data transmission
  • Stream (VRPN, trackd, NatNet) or save (.C3D, .CSV) motion capture data
  • External sync in/out via the included I/O-X sync box, for compatibility with shutter glasses and other hardware devices
  • Support for OEM integration via the Tracking Tools API

For more information click here.