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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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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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Final DraftIt’s time once again for another Final Draft 9 sale. If you are looking to upgrade to Final Draft 9 or purchase the full version, you can save 20% on upgrades, 30% on the academic version, and 32% on the full version if you buy from The Writers Store. But the sale ends today, May 31, 2014, so you don’t have much time if you want to take advantage of this sale. If you miss it, you’ll just have to wait until Final Draft 9 is on sale again a few months later. Check out the details below and find links to take advantage of the current sale at The Writers Store. More »

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RendermanIf you admire the animation of Pixar and are interested in getting your hands on the same software that they use to create all of those adorable characters (and not so adorable ones too, I guess), you are in luck, my friend. Due to a pricing restructure, the powerful VFX/3D rendering program RenderMan will be available for non-commercial use — for free — containing literally every single feature and capability of the commercial version, giving users (mostly) free rein to cut their teeth on the program free of charge. Continue on to find out when and where you can download it! More »

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autodesk mudbox 10 dollar monthly subscription perpetual license software 3d modelling animation design sculptingAdobe’s move to CC and a “software as a service” model is still met with much controversy. This is in no small part due to the lack of any perpetual license ownership choice for those (many) who want one. Such is not the case with Autodesk’s release of Mudbox 2015, a powerful CG 3D sculpting tool originally developed by artists of Weta Digital for Peter Jackson’s King Kong. This release comes with the option of a subscription — starting at $10 per month and scaling out to an annual plan — as well as the option for a traditional perpetual license. Read on for more on Mudbox 2015 and Autodesk’s Desktop Subscription plans. More »

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MotionPulse_BlackBox_BannerUsing dynamic (and believable) sound effects is absolutely essential in creating an immersive environment for our films, but oftentimes these sounds are difficult to find. This announcement from Video Copilot, however, might offer a great solution to your sound design woes. They’ve released MotionPulse, a collection of 2000 fully mastered, high def sound FX for motion design and editing — 5 libraries that include machine, organic, and atmospheric sounds. They’ve also released ShockWave, a stock footage collection of particle animations simulated with real world physics. Continue on to find out more. More »

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call-sheet-template-lan-buiCall sheets are pretty essential to any shoot. They tell you where to be and when, who’s who in the production, how to contact them, and all sorts of other important details you might need to know. We’ve shared some other free call sheets and production documents in the past, but if you’re looking for something a little different, the team over at Cast and Crew Call has shared a very easy-to-use template. More »

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Adobe Creative CloudDespite the controversy surrounding Adobe’s switch to a subscription-based model, its Creative Cloud line of products has seen several useful updates for users. For instance, Adobe has added native RED DRAGON & CinemaDNG RAW support via GPU acceleration, plus improved round-tripping with its color correction software SpeedGrade. This year at NAB, Adobe pushed forward with the addition of some newly native abilities, in addition to the dynamic linking its suite is already known for (i.e., no switch from PP to AE needed for certain effects, and vice-versa). Check below for our NAB 2014 interview with Adobe and a video recap of the newest iteration of CC features. More »

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Red GiantNAB has been an all-out gear party, and Red Giant is celebrating by holding their 24-hour NAB sale, marking everything in their store down 30%. So, now might be a good time to open your wallet and get acquainted with Red Giant’s software, like their color grading, keying, and effects applications. You’ve only got 24 hours to take advantage of the deal, so continue on to get the coupon code and save! More »

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PE35_Pre-SyncEarlier in the month, Red Giant software introduced Universe, a new plugin platform that is also its own community. The biggest thing about Universe is that it is free to sign up, so you can get an idea of what it’s all about before committing any hard-earned cash. Now Red Giant is back with some updates to some of their most popular software, including PluralEyes, which is now integrated with BulletProof, and a new version of Magic Bullet Looks, which is now GPU accelerated and completely rebuilt on the Universe platform. More »

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Seedgrade CCColor grading is one of those practices where an in-depth knowledge of your software is absolutely essential to get the job done right. While DaVinci Resolve is quickly becoming the gold standard for grading applications, Adobe users have an extremely powerful alternative in Speedgrade CC, which now has the ability to roundtrip with Premiere much in the same way that other Adobe programs do. One of our readers, Dave Andrade, sent me an excellent tutorial that walks us through the entire process of grading inside of Speedgrade, from small exposure adjustments to output and everything in between. More »

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Final Draft 9 Now AvailableSeveral screenwriting software alternatives have arrived on the market in recent years to challenge Final Draft as the industry standard – or simply to improve upon its shortcomings. Despite its position as the top-selling screenwriting software, Final Draft seems to be playing catch up in certain areas. Now that Final Draft Writer for iPad has been available for quite some time, Final Draft 9 for Mac and Windows has arrived with a new look and new features. Many of these new features are welcome additions to Final Draft, but some new features will look familiar to screenwriters who have sought out alternatives to accomplish certain screenwriting tasks. With this new release, you can now save over 30% off the list price on Final Draft 9 at The Writers Store until Jan. 31. More »

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red_giant-1280x720Once again, Red Giant has hit us up with another big 24-hour Year End Sale where everything in their store is 40% off — including academic pricing. So, now might be a good time to sink your teeth into one of Red Giant’s color grading or syncing applications (or an entire suite) by taking advantage of all the savings. Keep reading. We’ve got more info and a coupon code after the jump. More »

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FilmConvert Save 25 PercentFilmConvert from Rubber Monkey is a unique film stock emulator because it’s not just about applying a look to your footage, it’s about replicating the exact color profile of specific film stocks on specific cameras and color profiles (standard, neutral, etc). Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, the best results come from using cameras and profiles that are supported. Recently Rubber Monkey added an OFX plugin version, which means that the software can now work directly in DaVinci Resolve 10 or Resolve Lite 10, along with other programs that work with those plugins. They’ve also got a Black Friday sale going on through Monday that will give you 25% off any of their programs or bundles. Click through for more on the sale and to see the new OFX plugin in action. More »

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red_giant-1280x720Back in August Red Giant had a one day Summer Sale of 40% off, and now they’ve returned with another 40% sale for exactly 24 hours. If you’ve thought about giving something like Denoiser or the whole Color Suite a try, but you’ve been turned off by the price, it could not be a better time to revisit those software options. Click through for more on the deal. More »

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Video thumbnail for youtube video Editing 'Minority Report' Style: Editors Keys' Gesture-Based Interface for Final Cut Pro - nofilmschoolWe’ve seen a few early attempts at touch-based editing interfaces, using devices like the iPad. It may take some time for touch-based tools to mature into something better/faster than good ol’ fashioned keyboard input, if ever, but the developments are interesting to say the least. Now, Editors Keys are working on a totally gesture-based system for the Leap Motion Controller, for ‘lift of a finger’ interfacing with Apple Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere & Photoshop, Avid & Pro Tools, and beyond. As always, editors will have to judge whether Minority Report-style control over their NLEs is viable. That said, it will be quite fascinating to see where technology like this goes. Read on for a demonstration by Editors Keys. More »

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Red Giant SaleToday is the big day for Red Giant Software, now holding their Summer Sale where everything is 40% (or more) off. It’s their biggest sale ever, with the discount applying to full products, upgrades and even academic prices. Now, if you’re thinking, “Yeah, 40% is good, but I want more savings,” no worries. Thanks to Red Giant’s new “Make Your Own Bundle” option, you’ll save more the more you buy. For the details and the coupon code, read on. More »

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steenbeck editing tableI was in the last generation of filmmakers to cut their teeth on old Arriflex 16mm cameras and Steenbeck editing tables (do the math, but I’m old). Since the advent of non-linear editing hardware and software, it seems as though films have gotten — faster, but is this really the case, or an optical illusion? An exhaustive and searchable database of Average Shot Length from the birth of cinema to now is available online, and it shows the evolution of editing in cinema. Click below to see just how editors are cutting films today how they cut in the past, and what this means for you as an indie filmmaker. More »

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Screen Shot 2013-05-29 at 2.08.18 PMWhen it comes to screenwriting software, there’s Final Draft – and then there’s everything else. Or, at least, this was the situation for years. I can remember being a teenager (many years ago), getting a copy of Final Draft for Christmas, and being really excited that I wouldn’t have to hand-set all the margins and pagination in Word anymore, which everyone knows is excruciatingly annoying. These days, there are plenty of new options, including Fade In, an application that gives Final Draft a run for its money (literally). Click below to check out a review and get a breakdown of the features! More »

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FilmConvert Standalone Version 1.047During the NAB 2013 show, FilmConvert, the film emulation color grading program/plugin that actually maps color profiles to specific film stocks, was updated with support for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, GoPro HERO3, Canon 7D, and 60D, as well as newer profiles for the Canon 5D Mark II and Mark III. Now, in the newest update, they’ve added the Panasonic GH3, Nikon D800 and D7000, in addition to the Canon T2i/T3i. Read on for more about the update, including a new ability to apply film color and contrast separately. More »