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Pro Res the Codec of the Past, Present, or Future?

We started out researching and writing this article to answer an important workflow question for video Producers, ENG/ EFP video crews, and Editors. What is going to happen to ProRes when Apple Final Cut Pro 7 is no longer a viable NLE option? This question was somewhat like opening Pandora’s Box.

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Myths about RAW Video
Posted by Curt Pair on Sep 03, 2014 & filed under Technical with 4 comments.
Myths about RAW Video

Imagine shooting a project and having full control over your motion imaging in every manner you wish, in terms of color, exposure, saturation, brightness, and contrast.Now imagine your client changed their mind about the ‘look’ after the shoot. For those who have been in the business for a while, you are well aware that when one ‘bakes in’ a look and feel to the image, it’s permanent.Sure in some cases it can be slightly altered or enhanced, but for the most part once that decision is...

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Field Recorder Review
Posted by Curt Pair on Jul 08, 2014 & filed under Technical with 0 comments.
Field Recorder Review

Video professionals often ask me what field recorder is the best for their video production. Unfortunately, there isn’t just one recorder that fits every production workflow. Here is a review of three field recorders that I have used often: the nanoFlash by Convergent Design, the Pix240 by Sound Devices, and the Ninja Blade by Atomos.

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Put on a Happy Face: Corporate Event Planning Video
Posted by Kacey Trent on Oct 23, 2013 & filed under Corporate Communications with 0 comments.
Put on a Happy Face: Corporate Event Planning Video

Event planners are doing more now than ever before. They are the backbone and visual wizards for corporate events. They allow their imaginations to come to life with eye catching visual displays and set up the perfect itinerary that caters to every want and need of their guests. But, behind the scenes there is a new trend arising, and it is one that is very beneficial to any corporate event.

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Adobe Anywhere
Posted by Andrea Keating on Aug 29, 2013 & filed under Technical with 0 comments.
Adobe Anywhere

Cloud-based technologies are becoming a widely accepted practice for streamlining your data asset management. During the post-production phase it is a routine practice to exchange files with multiple individuals at a time. This process can be quite cumbersome and time consuming based on a number of variables related to FTP transfer protocols.

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What is New and Noteworthy in Video Transcription?

Transcribing video is important to cut post time, sufficiently archive video, and for spoken words to appear in Google searches. Transcription with timecode notes is a great tool for video Producers to make paper edits and Editors love it to quickly locate sound bites. Organizations often have all footage transcribed and added to their archival library for future reference. One of the most important reasons to have online video transcribed is to make sure all that valuable spoken content can...

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Sony Content Browser 2.0
Posted by Brad Spinsby on May 09, 2013 & filed under Technical with 0 comments.
Sony Content Browser 2.0

So you’ve scheduled your shoot, but want to make sure you have the capability to view the footage onsite through your laptop. If you are shooting with Sony cameras, the Sony Content Browser 2.0 is just the solution. The Sony Content Browser 2.0 handles all XDCAM HD, XDCAM EX, XAVC, and NXCAM clips. Including support for XAVC Intra 4K and XAVC Intra HD clip types.

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Sony XAVC Recording Format Intends To Accelerate 4K Production
Posted by Tony Muzzatti on Nov 05, 2012 & filed under Technical with 0 comments.
Sony XAVC Recording Format Intends To Accelerate 4K Production

Sony knows that 4K displays are not consumer affordable, yet. Only individuals with heaps of expendable income will invest in the first generation of 4K monitors and televisions. The idea behind Sony’s October 30th announcement was to stir up some excitement for their upcoming 4K production lineup. Sony’s goal is to make 4K production affordable so that content creators will utilize the technology, and effectively stir a demand for 4K technology on a consumer level. At which point we should...

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How To Use FTP
Posted by Tony Muzzatti on Oct 18, 2012 & filed under Technical with 3 comments.
How To Use FTP

If you have never used FTP it might be difficult to just jump right in, especially if you are unfamiliar with how it works. In this article I am going to explain everything you need to know about File Transfer Protocol (FTP) so that you can make a clear decision on whether or not you should use it for your next deliverable. Before we begin there are three questions you should seek answers to before you ask for the deliverable media to be transferred via FTP...

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The Crews Control Crew Spotlight is on Accord Productions

With more than 23 years in the video business, Max Wyler has built a collaborative production empire in Miami, where his company houses dozens of artistic professionals who collaborate on projects—Accord is a leader in creating programs for TV, marketing, and the Web.

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Final Cut Pro X: First Impressions From Russell Johnson
Posted by Tony Muzzatti on Oct 08, 2012 & filed under Technical with 9 comments.
Final Cut Pro X: First Impressions From Russell Johnson

I had the chance to sit down with seasoned video editor Russ Johnson and discuss his initial reactions from working on his first project in Apple’s Final Cut Pro X. Over the last 14 months there have been many discussions around FCPX and the direction Apple is taking its post-production software. As an experienced Final Cut Pro 7 editor, I still had a few lingering questions that needed answers. So I sought out Russ Johnson, served up an unhealthy batch of banana pancakes, and started rapidly...

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Q&A With Professional Video Editor Michael Ball
Posted by Tony Muzzatti on Oct 01, 2012 & filed under Technical with 1 comments.
Q&A With Professional Video Editor Michael Ball

I conducted a Q&A with Post-Production Supervisor for Accord Productions, Michael Ball. In this interview we discuss everything under the sun in regards to the post-production process, and how accord productions is keeping up with changing technology. Michael Ball also shares his advice and experience time management, workflow, and client relations.

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Everything You Need For On Location Editing
Posted by Brad Spinsby on Sep 13, 2012 & filed under Technical with 4 comments.
Everything You Need For On Location Editing

In the world of video editing every minute matters, and you will typically find yourself spending time on tasks you could have been done remotely. Having the proper editing and post production tools on location can make the clients finished video appear as if it was done over weeks of editing. The location editor and his suite must be prepared for many different environments so each package is built differently.

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H.265 Codec: The Best Thing Since H.264
Posted by Tony Muzzatti on Aug 30, 2012 & filed under Corporate Communications with 0 comments.
H.265 Codec: The Best Thing Since H.264

Earlier this summer, MPEG (Moving Pictures Experts Group) made an announcement that they would begin the process of creating a new video compression format that was twice as efficient as current standards. The High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), unofficially dubbed H.265, will work to reduce bandwidth consumption, particularly in mobile networks where spectrum is expensive. This would allow service providers to offer more video services without expanding their bandwidth.

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Audio: When Shooting For Reality Television
Posted by Rocky Wyler on Aug 08, 2012 & filed under Blog Home with 2 comments.
Audio: When Shooting For Reality Television

When shooting reality television, many challenges come into play for everyone involved, producers, DP’s, audio; and it is important for everyone to work together to face these challenges. Audio has their own set of challenges when shooting reality, and as a DP I know how difficult these challenges can be and how much they affect the whole production. For starters you need to have a good A1. Without an experienced person, all the technology in the world can’t save you from an audio disaster....

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How Hard Drives Affect Video Transfer Time
Posted by Tony Muzzatti on Aug 06, 2012 & filed under Corporate Communications with 5 comments.
How Hard Drives Affect Video Transfer Time

From a producer’s perspective, you know your technical specs, you may know exactly what camera you want, you know what you are shooting (interview, documentary, b-roll, green screen, etc) and how it will be shown, but you are generally not concerned with how your material gets from the camera to editor. If you ask your editors what they want as a deliverable, generally they are going to ask for a plug and play file. The files can be delivered on an external hard drive, thumb drive, or even...

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Know Your Panasonic Codecs! DVCPRO HD, AVC Intra & AVC Ultra
Posted by Brad Spinsby on May 18, 2012 & filed under Technical with 2 comments.

Asking a freelance director of photography about the codecs of their Panasonic cameras is like asking a mechanic about the engine of a car. Be prepared for a long technical answer. All you need to know is why a certain codec is important and correct for your shoot. Panasonic currently has two often confused codecs: DVCPRO HD and AVC Intra. The third codec, AVC Ultra, is to be released next year.

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HTML 5 and Web Video
Posted by Jeremy Person on Jan 16, 2012 & filed under Corporate Communications with 0 comments.
HTML 5 and Web Video

One of the best improvements with HTML 5 is its ability to play video. Previously HTML alone was not able to display video so solutions such as Real Player, Flash, and Quicktime have been filling the gap. To play HTML 5 video you need a modern browser which is a problem for those of us dependent on an IT department within businesses and enterprises. For instance I'm sure many of your companies are still on Windows XP and Internet Explorer 6 (both released in 2001).

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Containers, Codecs and Video Formats Oh My
Posted by Rebekah Toth Burns on Dec 06, 2011 & filed under Technical with 1 comments.

“What is the difference between containers, codecs and video formats and why do video professionals need to know this stuff?” HELLO! I’m not an engineer or a programmer, why can’t we just leave this technical jargon for editors to figure out? As motion picture professionals in a digital age we can no longer ignore that the singular chemical process of film has been replaced by non-linear data. Figuring out this information can be daunting so let’s break it down into three sections....

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#NABSHOW Buzz Coverage for #NAB2011
Posted by Andrea Keating on Apr 07, 2011 & filed under Industry Events with 0 comments.

Ah-- so much to see and do over the span of this year’s National Association of Broadcasters 6-day convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, from April 9-April 14. There’s a great lineup of conferences set to begin April 9th and exhibitions to follow starting April 11th. If by chance you hadn’t planned on attending there’s still time to make it. NAB is still offering FREE passes to the exhibits on their website. Crews Control will be on the scene shooting a showcase of the best in gear and...

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