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Screen shot 2013-05-28 at 11.22.25 PMIt seems as if everyone’s shooting with flat or log profiles these days. While these profiles can be a tremendous tool for maintaining dynamic range and preserving chrominance detail, the amount of post work required to make this footage look its best can be overwhelming at times, especially for those of us who are shooters first and editors/colorists second. However, bringing your flat footage to life doesn’t need to be as tedious a process as it’s sometimes made out to be (with roundtrips from After Effects and your color grading tool of choice). In fact, you can get great looking filmic shots in a jiffy just by duplicating some layers and letting Adobe’s fantastic blend modes do their thing. Here’s Creative Cow’s Andrew Devis with the details: More »

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adobe premiere pro creative suite cs6Though there have been some seriously divided opinions on the new Adobe Creative Cloud-only strategy, there is no question the company has made a dent into what was once Final Cut Pro and Avid territory. The Coen Brothers, Academy Award winners for Fargo and No Country for Old Men, have been editing their own films since they began their careers (under the name Roderick Jaynes), and they’ve been using Apple’s software until now: their newest film, which has not begun shooting, will be edited on Adobe Premiere. More »

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Sin CityWe’ve been talking quite a bit about Adobe over the past few months, as they’ve announced new versions of all their major desktop applications and ended the Creative Suite as we know it. Even though some folks are none too thrilled with Adobe right now due to the complete switch to the Creative Cloud, they still make what many consider to be the rising star of NLEs with Premiere Pro, and it’s more packed than ever with features to make filmmaker’s lives easier. Today we’re going to explore two of the lesser known color effects that come with Premiere Pro, the Leave Color and Change to Color effects. While these might not be something you will use day-to-day, they’re an excellent option when you need to create some highly stylized shots at a moment’s notice. So without any further ado, here are the tutorials, straight from Creative COW: More »

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NAB is an exciting time of year for us filmmaking folk. While there are certainly some exciting things on the horizon in terms of cameras, rigs, lenses, lights, and what have you, I’m making an educated guess that this will be another significant year for NLE development, especially from post-production giants Avid and Adobe. Avid is likely to make the jump to version 7 of its flagship Media Composer, and if they follow their previously mentioned product cycle plan, Adobe will release version 6.5 of their popular Creative Suite. With much of the editing market still undecided between the three major players in post-production, these new updates could be a crucial stepping stone into the future for these companies. More »

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We recently featured several practical but effective techniques for creating the (by now) famous Matrix-esque ‘bullet-time’ effect — accomplished, in more than one case, by using an evenly spaced array of GoPros and some post-processing elbow grease. Clearly, the availability and portability of such cameras is catching on beyond conventional ‘action cam’ uses, and inspiring creatives of nearly any budget to create shots only A-budget Hollywood productions used to be able to pull off. GoPros make sense for such arrays, because they are forgivingly frameable (and decently affordable as far as rentals go). Now, another project has demonstrated what’s possible with these simple but adaptable cameras — in this case, built into a rig that can also be handheld. More »

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Learning a new piece of software can be a daunting task, especially when that software may be nothing like any program you’ve used before. Even if you’re an expert, getting a well-rounded walk-through of a suite of programs can make you better and more efficient — and you might even learn a thing or two. For a limited time, you can get a complete set of training videos for the entire Adobe CS6 suite for only $100. Click through to learn more and check out some sample lessons. More »

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Something weird is going on. We know the Mac Pro hasn’t had a substantial upgrade in some time. We know that something is looming over the horizon, but we don’t know what, exactly. We also know that Apple will probably over-charge us for it (or it wouldn’t quite feel right for anybody). And while it may not be fair to fault a machine that’s still quite hefty and robust for losing to brand new ones in spec tests and benchmark performance — just what are we waiting for here? Should we even be waiting for it at all? How much incentive to hold out for Apple remains when you can build your own Mac Pro, build your own specialized editing PC — or, for instance, as a recent StudioDaily feature shows many video editors are doing — switch to powerhouse Dell solutions? More »

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Oh where, oh where is Apple’s “Pro” line of products going? Okay, I admit the words don’t work as well with the song as the actual lyrics, but it’s still a fair enough question to ask. There’s speculation that Apple is slowly but surely consolidating its professional products line with its consumer one — in terms of both software and hardware — but whatever the reason for the delay, the fact is that the Mac Pro has been ‘on hiatus’ for two years at this point. If you’re a Mac User looking to upgrade, what are you to do in the mean time? You’ve got a few options. Bare Feats has recently performed a number of benchmark tests on the new 27″ 3.4GHz Core i7 iMac, with some impressive results. More »

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In post production, I’ve always been a fan of the products from Adobe. I cut my teeth on programs like Photoshop 7, After Effects 5.5, even Image Ready (remember that?). But for editing, I never really got into Premiere Pro, and instead focused my attention on Final Cut Pro (from version 3 onwards). However, this year I finally made the decision to migrate to Premiere Pro CS6, as Final Cut Pro X has some infamous issues. Granted, Final Cut Pro X has come a long way, and it continues to be a true “pro” tool, but there are some quirks worth comparing against Premiere Pro CS6. Both suites are tools that should be compared objectively. Ric Lanciotti from The Pacific Northwest College of Art made this great video comparing the two editing suites. Though he takes the perspective of an educator looking for solutions for students, I think there are still lessons for all of us — especially those of us who only edit in one suite or the other. Check out his full 45 minute presentation after the jump: More »

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If you’ve ever worked in linear tape-to-tape editing, there’s a good chance you’ve dealt with an edit controller device that has jog or shuttle wheels. With everything being software based now, many have simply reassigned to a keyboard the tasks that used to be associated with a console. Well, short of buying an expensive console to interface with your NLE or remembering dozens of keyboard shortcuts, what’s a video editor to do? That’s where Jeff Chow’s CTRL+Console iOS app comes in. Click through to check out the Kickstarter video. More »

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If you just got in on a RED camera for a tremendous price, and you aren’t familiar to the RED workflow, it can be a little confusing at first, especially since RAW files offer a tremendous amount of flexbility. If you’ve got Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, RED has put together a little video showing exactly what you need to do to get started working with RED RAW files and manipulating them within the program. Check out the video below: More »

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It’s no secret that Apple has neglected to update the Mac Pro line in any significant way since 2010. In fact, both the iMac and the Macbook Pro have gotten a few major revisions just in that time span, and many have turned to building Hackintoshes to satisfy the growing need for professional equipment (and to save a few bucks). We’re getting word from CEO Tim Cook that one should be coming in 2013, but the details have been vague. A Facebook page was started by Lou Borella, a freelance editor/animator, to bring together professionals looking for Apple to address this growing issue. Now that the new Apple philosophy is becoming more clear, Lou has addressed the state of Apple and the Mac Pro line, and what he thinks will be coming in the next version.

This is a guest post from Lou Borella. More »

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Okay, so my title’s a little unfair: Adobe’s new “collaborative workflow platform” may not work literally everywhere, but it will work anywhere there’s WiFi or an ethernet hook-up. Whether you’re a long-time Adobe advocate or a latter-day convert to Premiere Pro, Adobe Anywhere could be making your life just that much easier down the line, especially if you’ve ever manually had to manage media over the internet and across several parties. Click through for details. More »

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So much for the deal expiring at the end of August — Adobe’s offer of their entire Creative Suite for $30/month (as opposed to $50/month) is now available until June of 2013 for current CS users (CS3 or later). You have to sign up for a full year of Creative Cloud but the savings totals $240; I myself am a satisfied Creative Cloud user, and who doesn’t like saving 40%? More »

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Speaking of CinemaDNG, its creator, Adobe, has been very lukewarm in terms of support for the format. Photoshop and After Effects have always had compatibility since they can use the Camera RAW plugin, but Premiere has only had experimental support since CS 5.5. Now they have announced that they are pulling support for the CS 5.5 plugin. A recent post simply stated that the CinemaDNG initiative would be discontinued and no longer hosted on Adobe Labs. That statement has since been updated, but click through for the full explanation about what this really means for users of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and the future of the format on Adobe’s software. More »

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In what will surely be welcome news for those who routinely use Photoshop and Premiere, Adobe is planning to natively support the higher resolution display of the new Macbook Pro (as well as any other HiDPI displays in the future). While there are certain creative applications that immediately supported the Retina resolution with software updates (namely Apple’s Final Cut Pro X and Motion), Adobe was not able to offer this support right away. For those who are loving the extra screen resolution, it’s disappointing to then have to open Adobe products only to see them not share the same crispness as the native apps. Not all Creative Cloud applications will receive support (at least at this time), but you can read the full list of programs that will get software updates below. More »

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We posted this earlier this month, but the deal expires in a week so it’s worth one last notification. If you’re a current user of any Adobe software (CS3 or later), you can upgrade to Adobe’s new all-inclusive Creative Cloud membership for $29.95/month (instead of $49.95) for the first year — a savings of $240. The discount expires at the end of August, so get cracking if you’re thinking of signing up. More »

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I’ve been meaning to do this personally, but almost forgot — so here’s a reminder of an expiring deal. If you’re a current user of any Adobe software (CS3 or later), you can upgrade to Adobe’s new all-inclusive Creative Cloud membership for $29.95/month (instead of $49.95) for the first year — a savings of $240. The discount expires at the end of this month (August), so get cracking if you’re thinking of signing up. More »

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Over at Creative Cow, Andrew Devis has been hard at work creating a slew of videos for his ongoing series of Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 tutorials. The videos cover a multitude of topics like the basic interface, using the various editing tools, transitions, effects, titles, and most recently color correction and grading. Here are some videos from the series to get you started: More »

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If you’re a Final Cut Pro 7 or Final Cut Pro X user and have been thinking about checking out Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, you probably have some questions about the similarities and differences in how they operate, or their advantages and disadvantages as editing tools. Scott Simmons of ProVideo Coalition recently held a webinar where he fielded 105 of these questions, which he turned into a very informative blog post. Here are a couple samples of the questions he answered: More »