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Digital Production Buzz — Jan. 31, 2013

  • Creating Plug-Ins for Video Editors
  • Archiving Media Using LTO-6
  • Video Editing on an iPad
  • Shooting Video on an iPad

GUESTS: Dylan Higginbotham, Phil Storey, Terry Curren, Sean Stack, and Josh Apter

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Dylan Higginbotham, Creator, Stupid Raisins

Ever want to know what it’s like to create plug-ins for video editors? Well, Stupid Raisins founder, Dylan Higginbotham designed some cool and easy to use transitions for FCP X, called “Block Pop.” We want to learn why he started his company, how he created the plug-ins, and what’s the reaction.

Dr. Philip Storey, CEO, XenData

The preferred method for archiving media is LTO, which is a tape-based archive system. Recently, the entire LTO industry upgraded to LTO-6. This week, we talk with Dr. Phil Storey, CEO of XenData, about this new format, what it offers media creators, and different options on archiving our media.

Terry Curren, Founder/President, Alpha Dogs, Inc.
Sean Stack, Finishing Editor, Alpha Dogs, Inc.

Terry Curren, President of Alpha Dogs, Inc., and Sean Stack, Finishing Editor at Alpha Dogs, have been busy. First, Terry is promoting a new video editor for the iPad called Touch Edit. Then, he got a last-minute call last month to handle post production on Google’s “Zeitgeist 2012 Year-In-Review.” Sean Stack stepped right up and did a great job, ultimately serving the video to over 13 million internet viewers. This week, we talk with Terry and Sean about both, and discover some tips to creating a really efficient post-production workflow.

Josh Apter, Founder/President, Manhattan Edit, Inc.

Ever had an idea for a new product and wished you had acted on it? Josh Apter, Founder and President of Manhattan Edit, put his money where his idea was and built a new product: the Padcaster. This is a frame made to hold an iPad for shooting video. This week, we talk with Josh about what it is, how it works, and why he did it!

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Divergent Media Updates ScopeBox 3.2 with LUT, Vectorscope Improvements

Divergent Media has announced the immediate availability of ScopeBox 3.2, the latest version of the Mac application that transforms users’ everyday computers into complete video-analysis suites. ScopeBox 3.2 offers improvements to LUT format support, a simplified application startup that allows hands free use, and a new vectorscope overlay designed for the needs of colorists and camera operators.

Hue Vector Graticule for Vectorscope

Divergent Media is pleased to be the first company implementing writer, director, and colorist Alexis Van Hurkman’s new Hue Vector overlay for vectorscopes. Designed by a professional colorist to provide an uncluttered tool for accurate hue references with real world video signals, the Hue Vector Graticule continues ScopeBox’s goal of moving beyond video scopes as merely engineering-centric tools.

Click to learn more about the new Hue Vector Graticule.

LUT improvements

ScopeBox 3.2 improves upon existing LUT support by enhancing support for 3dl and Cube (1d and 3d) LUTs. In addition, Scopebox now loads 33x33x33 3D LUTs for real time preview and monitoring.

Also new in ScopeBox 3.2, LUTs are monitored on disk, and if the file is changed by another application, Scopebox will reload and reapply the changed LUT. This allows for complex workflows and integration with 3rd party LUT creation tools, giving users a constant preview of their LUTs as they create them.

ScopeBox 3.2 is available as a free update for existing customers. A two week trial of ScopeBox is available. ScopeBox is also available for purchase.

Click to learn even more about the application by visiting ScopeBox online.

Jungle Software’s “Chimpanzee” Offers Powerefully Simple Production

Jungle Software invites users to meet Gorilla’s little cousin!

Designed for student, low-budget or beginner filmmakers, Chimpanzee offers traditional film scheduling and budgeting features at an affordable price.

Create breakdown sheets, budgets, manage cast and crew, generate call sheets, prop lists, shot lists, storyboards and more!

Click for more information about Jungle Software’s Chimpanzee.




Jungle Software’s “Koala” Call Sheets Have Arrived

Jungle Software’s “Koala” helps users create stunning Call Sheets with a dozen different templates to choose from.

Powerful and intuitive, Jungle Software‘s Koala can be used for complex, professional studio films or for simple, student productions and everything in between.

Integrate with Gorilla, Chimpanzee or use as a standalone application.

Click for more information about Jungle Software’s Koala.

Discover Ripple Tools for Final Cut Pro X

Noise Industries, developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets, brings 12 easy-to-use, super handy title effects to users’ fingertips with Ripple Tools. A versatile and powerful effects toolbox for use in Final Cut Pro X, Ripple Tools is a set of plugins that allow the user to quickly accomplish a number of effects and editorial tasks. Add split screens; use 8 or 16 point mattes; add adjustment layers to control the look of multiple clips; color balance using traditional color wheels; apply vintage and black-and-white effects; move images in 3D space and use the incredibly useful guides for aligning text and graphic elements on the screen. Ripple Tools is now available.

Ripple Tools Features:

  • 3D Text
  • Blend Modes
  • Outline Fill
  • Split screens
  • 8 or 16 point mattes
  • Adjustment layers to control the look of multiple clips simultaneously
  • Color balance using traditional color wheels
  • Vintage Looks
  • Black and white effects
  • Simple 3D effects
  • Align text and graphics with incredibly useful guides and rulers

Click for more information about Noise Industries Ripple Tools.

Matrox MXO2 Dock Now Available Worldwide

Matrox has announced the worldwide availability of Matrox MXO2 Dock, an accessory that allows users of Matrox MXO2 I/O devices and MacBook Pro or MacBook Air to easily create an ideal ergonomic workspace for video editing and content creation. From a single Thunderbolt cable, users can connect an MXO2 I/O device plus add multiple peripherals including a large HDMI display, a full-size keyboard, and a mouse. A gigabit Ethernet port provides connectivity to a wired network, enabling data transfers 18 times faster than Wi-Fi. One SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port and two USB 2.0 ports are also provided.


Matrox MXO2 Dock is available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers. MXO2 owners can replace their host adapter (PCI Express, ExpressCard/34 or Thunderbolt) with Matrox MXO2 Dock for use with Thunderbolt-enabled MacBooks, iMacs, or Mac minis.

Click for more information about Matrox MXO2 Dock.

Inside Insight: Metrics and the Future of Television by Norman Hollyn


I kind of think of Phil Hodgetts as the “Maestro of Metadata” – that practice of attaching as much data directly to our media as possible so we can more easily use and find those images, audio files, and video later. Metadata has been getting a lot of play in the last year or two among those of us who create content. It will assist those of us involved in that task in making our lives easier, so we can concentrate on the creative tasks instead of the bookkeeping part of it.

But I want to speak about another kind of data that we don’t talk about enough – metrics – and how it might make the way in which we connect with our audiences easier. Along the way it will also show just how tone-deaf old media companies are to the new world.


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Inside Insight: In Depth Motion Stabilization Options by Michele Yamazaki Part 1


Sometimes using a tripod is not an option and you’re forced to shoot hand-held. Maybe you’re shooting in an amusement park, botanical gardens, or a concert and tripods are not allowed in. Unless you have the ability to stand perfectly still, you will likely need to stabilize the footage in postproduction. Motion stabilization is used to smooth footage and remove camera shake.

The footage used in the examples in this article were shot on my iPhone 4 in a kayak and it’s all hand-held. I wasn’t about to take a nice camera out on the river, especially since it was my first time kayaking. Not only that, a tripod would not be all that helpful with the movement of the water.


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Producer’s Corner: January 24, 2013

photo courtesy of Promise Technology

Since the BuZZ is based out of LA, you may think when we say “audition” of a beautiful actress reading at a casting call. Ah, sorry, nope, not tonight. Tonight, we are talking about Adobe Audition, their audio recording, repair, and mixing software. Leading off tonight’s program is Durin Gleaves, the Product Owner at Adobe Systems Audition. Have you noticed that no matter how great your images are, if you have poor audio, nothing seems to work? Audition can help you capture audio that will make your projects shine and although we don’t like to say, “fix it in post,” sometimes you just have to. At those times, you might want to consider Audition.

You may have heard that one of our favorite and frequent contributors to the BuZZ, the team at Imagineer Systems, won an Oscar! Yep. On February 9th at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Philip McLauchlan, Allan Jaenicke, John-Paul Smith and Ross Shain are going to walk the red carpet as they are presented with a special honor for scientific and technical achievement for mocha. It is always nice to see the good guys win and tonight on the BuZZ, we’ll get a chance to find out more as we speak with J-P and Ross. What a party it will be!

Remember a few years ago when Apple retired the xRAID and started promoting Promise RAID technology? Since then, we’ve been paying very close attention to the folks at Promise. Randy Chan, their Product Marketing Manager, has been with them for 25 years and has spent most of his career in the storage and archival arena.

So, think of tonight as a combination learning experience and congrats fest to our very successful friends!
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Thanks for listening!

Cirina Catania
Producer, Digital Production BuZZ

Swiftronix Releases Black Magic Camera Power Kits And Solutions

As the long awaited Black Magic Cinema Camera starts to ship out, these Swiftronix power kits are sure to quadruple your run time and power additional production accessories simultaneously.

JetPack BMCC Kit

Available in V-Mount or 3-Stud.

Power the BMCC and other production accessories with the all in one JetPack Power Distribution Block.



XP-L90S or XP-L90A

PB70-C Charger

PowerBase BMCC Kit

Quadruple the run time of the BMCC internal Battery with this PowerBase70 Battery system.



PB70-C Charger


Available in 3-Stud or V-Mount.

This power plate has double P-tap ports to power additional production Accessories and the BMCC simultaneously.

Kit Includes:


XP-L90A or XP-L90S

PB70-C Charger

Click for more information about Swiftronix’s Black Magic Camera Power Kits.

Visit Switronix at NAB 2013, April 8th- April 11th in Las Vegas in the Central Hall at Booth# C11728