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ALEXA-Studio_headerWithin the span of the past three years, the ARRI ALEXA has become the gold-standard for cameras in productions of all shapes and sizes, from the highest-end Hollywood extravaganzas to television shows and commercials and beyond. Essentially, if you’re looking to work as a camera operator or assistant, or even as a DIT, it will behoove you greatly to know your way around the ALEXA. With that goal in mind, I’ve pulled together some of the finest resources from around the web to get you started with this excellent camera system. Luckily, it’s a very intuitive camera, so you’ll be up and running in no time flat! More »

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kendricken_celluloid_film_fuji_fujifilm_production_manufacture_cancelWith modern digital cinema cameras, it is often preferable to achieve a look that is more “cinematic” than “digital.” No one factor creates a filmic feel, but the precedent is simple enough — film itself. The emulation of emulsion may depend on anything from lens choice and lighting to grading and grain plug-ins, but there is one sure-fire way to get a true film look: using film. Celluloid acquisition may be beyond the budget of your shoot, but using a “film intermediate” process — that is, transferring color corrected digital footage out to film, then scanning back to digital — could be one technique for splitting the difference. A webinar with VFX artist & colorist Jerome Thelia details just such a process, regarding the Oscar-winning short film Curfew. Read on for details. More »

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PaletteFor the filmmakers that have become accustomed to creating and editing footage and music digitally, it might be a welcomed change to do your work utilizing knobs, sliders, and buttons instead of a mouse and keyboard in order to get the pinpoint accuracy you’re looking for. However, if the thought of abandoning the systems you’re used to scares you, no worries. Canada-based engineers Calvin Chu and Ashish Bidadi have designed Palette, freeform modular controllers that allow users to build and design their very own hardware interface and designate their software functions according to their workflow needs. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video 'Ender's Game' Color Pipeline is Even More Epic Than the Movie - No Film SchoolFile-based acquisition affords filmmakers endless flexibility all the way through post production. Given the many possible workflows, it becomes important to tightly manage everything for efficiency, quality-control, and sanity. Or, as post company Light Iron puts it below, “Not All Post is Created Equal” — especially when the task is to maintain a consistent color pipeline across 900 VFX shots and the remaining non-VFX material, not to mention managing 75 TB of camera RAW data. Now, the company offers a fascinating (and exhaustive) look at the DI job it performed on the sci-fi epic, Ender’s Game — one which demanded exactly such a process. Check out the 20-minute case study video below. More »

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When I started playing around with Magic Lantern RAW video, two things came to mind: First, a camera called the “5D” was once again the nucleus of a low-budget cinematographic revolution — this time thanks to the Magic Lantern team; Second, how was I ever going to be able to edit what I’d shot? I’ve learned a lot since then, and it turns out an offline/online, proxy-based workflow is not only possible, but powerful. Check out the process that I’ve been using to round-trip Magic Lantern RAW between Adobe Premiere CC and DaVinci Resolve Lite below. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video Edit Blackmagic CinemaDNG & Magic Lantern RAW Natively in Premiere with GingerHDR Plugin - nofilmschoolI’ve been talking a lot about offline/online workflows lately — how they have, in principle, been used for ages, and still play today, tape or no tape. Such a post production process allows less fortunate folks (such as myself) to work with footage like Blackmagic Camera CinemaDNG and Magic Lantern RAW on hard-pressed machines. But what if your computer can handle the media, and you’re sick of waiting through long post processes for CDNG? Ginger HDR may be the solution for you. The plugin allows native editing of CinemaDNG, and now, even ML .RAW files directly, in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. One user has also devised a work-around for developing CDNG with the powerful Adobe Camera RAW interface, after native Premiere editing. Check it all out below. More »

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offlineIt’s not hard to get precious about pretty much everything in filmmaking. There’s one thing coming off the set, though, that’s more valuable than anything else — the film. It has long been preferable to treat the camera negative like the delicate, precious amalgam that it is by editing a place-holder version in lieu of damaging the original. In some fashion or another, this concept has followed editors through post production for much of filmmaking history. Even in the digital realm, it may sometimes be preferable to edit “offline” before conforming to “online” for striking the “master print.” Read a bit more into the fundamentals of the offline/online below. More »

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Blackmagic DaVinci ResolveNowadays, we equate ‘DaVinci’ with the powerful color correction software Resolve. It can be easy to forget DaVinci’s hardware-based origins, just as it can be easy to forget Media Composer’s origins as the dedicated machine editors used to call “The Avid.” Even in their software forms, these systems retain media matching abilities that were vital in the stand-alone NLE days — control of metadata. Resolve is no exception, even though we think of it primarily, even exclusively, as a grading tool. Scott Freeman, online editor of the USA series Suits and Covert Affairs, has recently taken the time to illustrate Resolve’s muscular metadata abilities. His workflow reminds us that such abilities are still quite useful today – when teaming up with Avid and otherwise. More »

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Sareesh Sudhakaran workflow software dit ingest dailies grading adobe premiere apple final cut pro fcp x blackmagic davinci resolve red cine chartYour on-set digital workflow can vary wildly depending on your camera, budget, and schedule with each variable uniquely affecting the others. But, is there a flexible, multi-purpose software package that can truly cover all the bases, and at a better price than all the rest? Wolfcrow has sought to answer this question in a recent, very detailed, post. Click through for a few more details, and to see if you agree with its findings. Could Premiere & Adobe CC have the overall best value? More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video Meet the Hunter-LUT, a Beautiful Alexa-Like Look for 5D Mk III CinemaDNGs (Plus RAW Workflow Tutorial!) - nofilmschoolSuffice it to say some lucky, happy campers here at NFS have recently (finally) gotten their hands on a refurbished Canon 5D Mark III. Substances will surely flow in the not-too-distant future — and by substances I think I mean “footage.” We recently came across an overall-helpful 5D3 RAW DaVinci Resolve workflow tutorial from DP Hunter Hampton Richards, which we have found very helpful in our early experiences. Hunter has devised his own custom LUT to Alexa-ify your 5D CinemaDNG RAW footage, emulating that camera’s Rec. 709 output. Hunter also digs Purity Ring, so you’ll definitely want to check this out. More »

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light iron michael cioni post production color correction grading dit digital imaging technician lily pad outpost todailies app film filmmakingA few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to attend the grand opening of Light Iron’s New York facility. I met very nice, dedicated, hard-working (and patient!) people there, and got a chance to hear words from Michael Cioni, the post company’s CEO. I also got a chance to scratch the surface of some of Light Iron’s infrastructure — including its LILY PAD DIT station — which aims to empower the on-set technician, and crew as a whole, with a seamless media experience. In addition to the hardware, this experience is supercharged by the likes of Light Iron’s custom Todailies app, which will receive an upcoming upgrade as well. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video Red Giant BulletProof Media Management App Now Available in Public Beta - nofilmschoolAlmost two months ago, Red Giant announced BulletProof, a complete offload, prep, and delivery solution for camera footage. While the software was put through its paces with Spy vs. Guy (which premiered at NAB), the software is now finally open to the public in Beta form. Check out some videos below that explain how you can get started using BulletProof. More »

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WebM VP9 Video Compression CodecLet the next-gen online video compression wars begin. H.265, the codec that was approved earlier this year as an ITU-T standard and claims to be 50% more efficient than its predecessor H.264, now looks to have some competition in the Google-partnered WebM open-source V9 format, a step up from the highly adopted V8. Read on to watch some side by side comparisons and find out what this codec might do for you. More »

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Here’s more for editors and post-production professionals from Avid, talking about the new Media Composer 7, the Symphony upgrade, AMA linking, working with 4K footage in the HD timeline with Frame Flex. FreshDV also talks with EditShare about Lightworks and their new price-point to compete with the other NLE giants: More »

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Avid has been the leader in high-end film and television post-production for the past 20 years. Despite this fact, Avid’s primary competitors (Adobe and Apple) have been stealing customers left and right for the past few years with new innovations in their NLE offerings. However, Avid has slowly and steadily been bringing Media Composer up to modern standards with 64bit processing, support for modern GPU’s, AMA linking etc, but up until yesterday, the Media Composer platform was still limited to a 1920 x 1080 pipeline. Avid’s Media Composer 7 looks to change all of this and bring the platform into the 21st century, where 4k looks to be the new standard. Check out the product video below: More »

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Coverage of NAB with FreshDV continues with new possibilities in the post-production environment, including Imagineer/CoreMelt’s planar tracking Plugin SliceX, Digital Anarchy’s digital makeup plugin Beauty Box, and NewBlueFX’s 3D titling software Titler Pro. Watch the video below for information on some of most exciting post-production tools at this year’s conference: More »

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Blackmagic keeps pressing forward with version 10 of Davinci Resolve and Scopes to support the evolving market for 4K and beyond. Watch the video from FreshDV‘s coverage to hear about the new features Open Effects, the Online Editor, and Resolve Live: More »

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It looks like Apple’s campaign for winning back professional editors is attempting to gain more traction, as today LumaForge announced a system that promises to bring an affordable workflow for capturing, processing, and delivering 4k footage. While the platform is cooperating with several companies including Adobe, Blackmagic Design, Autodesk, and RED — their workflow for editing and finishing looks like it’s based on Final Cut Pro X. Read on for more details. More »

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You might hear us talk a lot of about workflows and post-production pipelines, but really what we are talking about is organizing the camera files you get on-set, backing them up, organizing, transcoding, and applying basic color correction. Red Giant, who makes the Magic Bullet suite of programs, is introducing a brand new program called BulletProof that “bridges the gap between camera and editor.” Click through for more details. More »

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By coincidence or not, it seems like each camera announced to use CinemaDNG as its RAW shooting format is poised to change the world in its own way. The Blackmagic Cinema Camera and the ~$3K Digital Bolex D16 seek to put quality acquisition tools in nearly anyone’s hands, while the future-bound Aaton Penelope Delta and open source Apertus Axiom bear their own technical notabilities (and nobilities). Clearly it’s time to really start wondering about CinemaDNG. As of now, the license-free format is being adopted by way more cameras than NLEs, and workflow questions, concerns, and schools of thought and technique abound. There’s hope and then some, though — just over the horizon the RAW processing software shipping with the Digital Bolex D16 just might change the world in its own way, too. More »