» Posts Tagged ‘postproduction’

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ADR Adobe AuditionIn theory, ADR is a relatively simple process. You bring your actors into a vocal booth, show them their original performance, then record a clean take of them mimicking that original performance. Easy right? Well once you start replacing the production sound with the newly-recorded audio, things can start to get tricky. Oftentimes minuscule variations in performance can lead to ADR that just doesn’t work because of barely-perceptible sync issues. This can be fixed in most audio post production programs by subtly warping the audio file to match the original clip, but that process is tedious and time-consuming, and often the results still aren’t up to par. Luckily, there’s a feature in Adobe Audition that will do all of that work for you with a few clicks. It’s called “Automated Speech Alignment” and the good folks at PeachpitTV have a tutorial to show you how it’s done. More »

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Masking & Tracking Adobe PremiereIn the month since Adobe released the 2014 updates to all of their Creative Cloud video applications, we’ve covered many of the significant new features in Premiere, After Effects, SpeedGrade, and Audition. However, we still have not covered one of the most significant time-saving features that was included in Premiere Pro 2014. I’m talking of course about “Masking and Tracking,” something which used to require timely round-trips between Premiere and After Effects. For all of your effects-based tracking, that round-tripping is no longer necessary, as it can all be accomplished directly inside of Premiere Pro. Here’s Larry Jordan to show you just how simple it is. More »

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Learn Color GradingThere are many factors that go into making a film look cinematic, like lighting, blocking, and camera settings, but creating a good color grade is certainly somewhere near the top. If you’re completely new to color grading, but are looking for an opportunity to really get a firm grasp of it (or even if you just want to learn a few new techniques), this intensive DaVinci Resolve class, which will teach you everything from the basics of the interface to advanced color control, is now 75% off  ($49) on the online learning platform Udemy. More »

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Resolve BMPCCChances are that, unless you live under a rock, you know that the already-reasonable price of the Blackmagic Pocket  Cinema Camera dropped dramatically earlier this month. As such, I think that it is pretty safe to assume that there are quite a few new owners of the bite-sized camera. For some, the post processing of the BMPCC footage will be similar to what they’ve experienced with many of the other cinema cameras that shoot log footage and RAW. However, for people who are just starting to work with the flat images from the Blackmagic Film Gamma, getting an appropriately colored and aesthetically pleasing image can seem like a daunting task. Luckily, Casey Faris uploaded a fantastic tutorial that will show you how to get snappy color from both your BMPCC ProRes and RAW files inside of DaVinci Resolve. More »

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Adam EpsteinThe Saturday Night Live Film Unit is responsible for the short films (like this Wes Anderson horror parody) that get broadcast every Saturday night. Many are written, shot, and edited in 4 days or less, which makes for a very condensed and hectic production and post schedule. Last month, we interviewed Adam Epstein, the staff editor for the SNL Film Unit, and he not only provided technical information about how he works, but also some insight into how to be creative and effective on extremely tight deadlines. But that’s not where the great info stops, because Adam is now gearing up to hit the road for his Cutting Edge Tour, in which he’ll teach you everything you need to know in order to go from an empty timeline to an effective broadcast-ready piece. More »

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DaVinci Resolve 11 Beta 2Blackmagic has pushed the DaVinci Resolve 11 color grading suite even closer to being a full-fledged editor, but the company, at the least for the moment, does not have any interest taking editing jobs away from the big names like Final Cut, Premiere, and Avid. While the program is still in Beta form, it’s far closer to a finished product than lots of other Beta software, and they are releasing new updates all the time. The newest Beta 2 includes support for Apple’s new ProRes 4444 XQ codec, Final Cut Pro X XML 10.1.2, and a number of other new features. More »

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Adobe Audition CCFor the past month, we’ve been covering the latest release of Adobe’s CC video applications extensively — from the exciting new titling features in Premiere, to the two new keying effects inside of After Effects, to the full gamut of new features in SpeedGrade. Those aren’t the only apps that received a few new welcome additions to their feature-sets, however. Audition, Adobe’s audio post-production program, also got a few new usability and interface updates that make multi-track mixing sessions easier to navigate. In an excerpt from one of his many post production courses, Larry Jordan breaks down these new features in Audition and provides a few helpful tips and tricks. More »

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Lawrence of Arabia EditingThere are very few things that you can learn in film school that can’t be learned online in some form or another. The only problem is that tracking down all of that information can be a bit of, well, a pain in the ass. Oftentimes you have to dig through page after page on obscure forums, or watch YouTube video after YouTube video, just to find something that is relatively helpful in your pursuit of filmmaking knowledge. Other times however, sites like IndieWire, Cinefix, (and ours, of course) bring the film school to you, without any need for absurd tuition and a lifetime of debt, and for people wondering what kind of material is taught in college editing courses, right now is one of those times. More »

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Izotope RX3A few weeks ago, we shared a post about using Adobe Audition’s built-in noise reduction tools to rescue bad production audio. While I personally have been satisfied by the results that I get from the suite of tools in Audition, many of the comments on our Facebook post and the article itself mentioned a popular noise-reduction plugin called Izotope RX3. After some cursory research, I’m now convinced that RX3 is the most magical thing that I have ever laid eyes upon. So with that in mind, here’s a quick overview of the Izotope RX3 as well as a few tutorials on how to incorporate the plugin into your audio post-production workflow. More »

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After Effects Key CleanerOver the past two weeks, we’ve been sharing tutorials for the new features that were introduced in the recent major update to Adobe’s Creative Cloud video applications. First we took a look at Live Text Templates, which allow for complex text compositions from After Effects to be manipulated inside of Premiere. Then we took a look at the new features in SpeedGrade 2014, including stronger linking with Premiere and a host of new usability features. After Effects also received several new features in this most recent update, including two new effects which should make the keying process much faster and more accurate. More »

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SpeedGrade CCLast week, Adobe released the much-anticipated update to their Creative Cloud video applications. We’ve already taken a look at one of the most exciting new features inside of Premiere/After Effects, Live Text Templates, which allows multi-faceted After Effects text compositions to be manipulated directly inside of Premiere, eliminating the need for excessive round-tripping. However, Live Text Templates are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to new features in this update. SpeedGrade CC, Adobe’s color grading application, also received a few welcome new features, features that one of our readers, Dave Andrade, shows off in a new video. More »

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scott freeman online editing editor post production cinema film filmmaking movies tv television series avid symphony blackmagic davinci resolve media workflowPerhaps one of the most under-appreciated aspects of cinema production is the work that goes into post. Editing, color grading, and visual effects play huge roles in shaping the final piece, but unseen and often unsung is the important work of the supporting positions in editorial, such as assistant editor and online editor. The men and women doing this kind of work keep the media management madness at bay, steam-rolling the workflow and ironing out issues so that editors and colorists may do their jobs unimpeded. To help lessen the burden, veteran online editor Scott Freeman has shared what he believes to be the first-ever unbreakable workflow between Avid Symphony and DaVinci Resolve. If hardcore work between these two tools is common for you, his research is a must-read. More »

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DaVinci Resolve 11 EditingIn the early days of NAB 2014, Blackmagic Design shared a few new products that made a major splash. However, even though some of these products generated some serious excitement, their biggest announcement by far was the fact that DaVinci Resolve, the legendary color correction software, was now also a fully fledged NLE with a host of new trimming and timeline tools. Although the official release date for the software is still several months out at this point, today Blackmagic released the public beta of version 11, which can now be downloaded from their website. More »

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Premiere Pro Live Text TemplatesA few days ago, Adobe released the Creative Cloud 2014 video applications, an update that included a few extremely welcomed new features throughout the entire range of video tools. Most notably, Premiere Pro and After Effects are becoming even more tightly integrated than they were previously, with new features in Premiere like masking and tracking of effects and Live Text Templates. These templates allow editors to manipulate text assets in multi-layer After Effects compositions without ever leaving Premiere Pro, something which should end the practice of incessant round-tripping between the two programs in order to make small adjustments. In a brand new Lynda tutorial, Chris Meyer shows us how exactly Live Text Templates work, and how to incorporate this exciting new feature into your editing workflow. More »

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FCPX Workshop Larry JordanCreativeLive is one of my absolute favorite educational websites. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the site, it offers educational video workshops in a variety of creative disciplines – everything from photography and filmmaking to audio production and business tips for creatives. Like most websites of this nature, the content can be purchased and viewed on your own schedule. But the thing that sets CreativeLive apart from its competitors is the fact that all of their courses play live (and for free) before they end up in the archives. So if you’re free this coming Monday through Wednesday (June 23-25). you can watch Larry Jordan teach a three-day masterclass in FCPX without spending a dime! More »

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Adobe AuditionFew things in filmmaking are as difficult or headache-inducing as getting clean production audio while you’re on set. Hence the reason that ADR is such a widespread practice throughout the narrative filmmaking industry. In almost all cases, even with the most talented boom operators and on-set mixers, there will be imperfections in the production sound. However, before scrapping the original sound for ADR (which is an incredibly time-consuming process), there are some nifty post production tricks in Adobe’s lineup of programs that could save you hours upon hours of time with just a few clicks. More »

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Lightworks For MacFor the past few years, we’ve been patiently awaiting the long-rumored arrival of the Mac version of the legendary NLE Lightworks. A functioning version of the Mac software was shown as far back as NAB 2013, and at that time, many of us started to get excited. Nearly a year later, EditShare, the company which now owns Lightworks, announced that the public beta of the Mac version would become available in the middle of June. Well folks, the day has finally come where Mac users can head on over to the Lightworks website and download the software for themselves. Rejoice! More »

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light iron live play 3 cloud metadata dailies playback review wireless wifi ipad film filmmaking 4Our daily routines are based on connectivity, with instant access to everything on-demand. Why can’t more of the benefits of living in a digital world — the internet, the cloud, collaborative creative tools, and everything in real-time — extend to digital production as well? With Light Iron’s new Live Play app, that potential becomes a reality. Bringing iPad-based dailies playback to the cloud, the app now allows for remote access to clips as they are created with multi-dimensional sorting, searching, and metadata controls. What used to be a convenient tool for personal playback and tagging can now be a collaborative hub for an entire production. Say hello to Live Play 3. More »

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final cut pro x fcp fcpx library manager media software nle non linear editing system app organization video 2Managing media requires attention and diligence — otherwise, it can become a headache. Fortunately for users of Apple Final Cut Pro X, app-makers Arctic Whiteness have just released Final Cut Library Manager 2. Expanding on the organizational capabilities of FCPX, Library Manager 2 gives editors a bird’s-eye view of all Final Cut Libraries, even if they exist on unconnected volumes. For those which are locally online, Library Manager offers a slew of features for both micro- and macromanagement of media. Check out some details below. More »

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Adam Epstein

Frequent readers of our site are likely familiar with the work of the Film Unit over at Saturday Night Live. On multiple occasions, we’ve covered the work of the Film Unit DP Alex Buono, most recently as he talked us through his work on the Wes Anderson parody, The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders. As we know from Buono’s posts, the pre-production and production of these pieces are done on extremely tight deadlines due to the fact that SNL is a weekly show with multiple “shorts” per episode. However, for those of you who thought that those processes were as stressful and hectic as it gets, wait until you hear about (and watch) the post production of a few recent SNL shorts.

I recently talked with Saturday Night Live Film Unit editor Adam Epstein about some of his recent work for the storied television show. We chat about everything from how he landed at SNL to the technical aspects of his work as an editor for the show. More »