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BitTorrent Sync New Version 1.4When BitTorrent’s file transfer app BitTorrent Sync hit the 1 million user mark earlier this year, we knew they would only continue to become a go-to way to transfer files. They are now at 10 million user installs and it’s one of the only ways of bypassing “the cloud” when transferring files over the internet. With version 1.4, they’ve brought us new sharing features and a redesigned user interface, saying, “No cloud means faster transfer speeds and that no third parties ever have your data; your data belongs to you.” More »

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acrovid footagestudio 4k video assets media transcode conversion frame rate resolution effects slow motion file filmmaking app utility tool windows pc computerApple’s ProRes family of codecs is integral to the workflow of many a camera these days. Whether you’re offline editing RED RAW footage or working right off Alexa or Blackmagic camera negative, there’s a good chance you’re doing it in ProRes — which in turn means you’re probably doing it in Mac OSX. Enter FootageStudio 4K, a standalone video encoder recently released by Acrovid. Featuring powerful codec support and a variety of frame rate & resolution conversion capabilities, FootageStudio 4K is also one of the few ways you can encode to/from Apple ProRes on the Windows platform. More »

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Evolution of Cinema_Tom PerlmutterIn a quick, yet thought-provoking video for the Future of Storytelling Summit, Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the National Film Board of Canada Tom Perlmutter shares his thoughts on the future of storytelling. He explains the basic human need behind the act of telling a story, how that act has evolved over time, and where its evolution is heading: transmedia. To find out more on what Perlmutter says about interactive filmmaking, check out the video after the jump. More »

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Take a look at new USB 3.0 drives and a Thunderbolt media dock from G-Technology, as well as new media storage for video editors from CalDigit. Coverage from the floor care of our NAB 2013 partners at FreshDV: More »

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I’ve pointed out in the past that one of the things keeping the RED SCARLET from being anywhere close to a $10k camera (as its price tag first indicates) is the price of its accompanying REDMAG media. RED recently dropped the price on REDMAGs, but even with the new pricing it’s still easy to spend half as much on the media as you did on the camera body — a ratio that is almost never true for other cameras. The EPIC needs high-speed media for its decreased compression and increased frame rates (and the ratio of media:camera is more friendly with a $1,000 media card when you’re spending $30k on the camera brain), but the SCARLET could use some correspondingly cheaper options. Not just in terms of capacity — also in terms of speed, given no one is shooting 5K at 120FPS on their SCARLET. Enter the new 48GB REDMAGs. More »

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Do you see the laptop graphic to the left here? This is is a dramatization of what you’ll want to do should you ever mis-manage your file naming or folder structure on a project. Luckily, there are several tips from around the web to help with file management. Let’s pick ourselves up by the bootstraps, and dig in with some helpful (and ultra exciting!) tips for file management. More »

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Submissions for several of the Tribeca Film Institute Filmmaker Programs opened yesterday. If you’ve been following the site, our own Ryan Koo was awarded an All Access grant from Tribeca for his upcoming film Manchild. TFI programs now accepting submissions until Nov. 5 include: TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund, TFI Documentary Fund, TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund, and Tribeca All Access. Got questions about the submissions process? Tune in today at 4 pm ET/1 pm PT for a live webinar on USTREAM UPDATE: the webinar is archived and available below. More »

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Sometimes it’s an unfortunate reality in filmmaking that you may not have time to work with a musician to score your project, nor to go out with a field recorder to obtain all the sound effects you need. It’s at times like these that Jamendo and FreeSound are my CC-licensed lifesavers. Each site offers a substantial catalog of audio media some of which you can use freely with attribution, some of which you can only use non-commercially with attribution, and some which the artist has released to the public domain. Jamendo also has options for relatively reasonable paid licensing for various project types, as well as a handy-looking iPhone app: More »

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Media futurist Gerg Leonhard’s presentation at DES may not concern filmmakers in the sense that he’s talking about how to make movies in the future. But he is talking about the way media will be distributed and consumed going forward. You can look at this presentation a couple of ways: “none of this has anything to do with being a DIY filmmaker” — or, in the era of the artist-entrepeneur, all of this has to do with being a DIY filmmaker (as both a content creator and a distributor). I think it’s worth a watch: More »

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Ever since VisualHub was discontinued, there’s been a dearth of freeware transcoding apps on the Mac. I’ve since recommended MPEG Streamclip, but a true “everything to everything” program hasn’t been available in the free arena. As of a week ago you can grab the new version of Apple Compressor for $50, but they didn’t update the program to 64-bit or even change the interface from the last version (which I was never a fan of). Thus newcomer Adapter, while still in beta, looks promising: More »

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A Creative Commons license is far less restrictive than a traditional copyright, and allows people to adapt, remix, and repurpose the original work. While there are several different variations of CC licenses, searching Creative Commons media can be a great way of finding images, video, and sounds that you can use in your own work — provided you abide by the particular license and attribute the original author. The search engine CC Search allows you to search the following services: More »