Film Comments

Wipster is a collaborative online video platform that will help simplify your workflow

In creative filmmaking, the singular vision of a director is typically what makes a project unique. But if you’re a producer who has final cut, or a hands-on client or business team that needs to have input from preproduction through delivery, good communication is essential. You’re going to need a platform that allows you to work in partnership... Read more

From The Set To Post

Red Giant’s Shooter Suite 12.5 is a complete workflow solution

With Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer battling each other for the NLE system crown, one company that has benefited from this war is Red Giant. Founded in 2003, the San Francisco-based company creates plug-ins not only for NLEs, but also compositing software such as After Effects and The Foundry’s Nuke. Some of their... Read more

A Cloud With Many Silver Linings

For post professionals, Adobe CC 2014 brings incremental, yet big changes

For many years now, postproduction budgets have been slashed, forcing editors to wear multiple hats. If editing picture wasn’t enough, many of them (especially those cutting low-budget films) are being asked by producers to make set visits, manage metadata, perform minor sound editing and color grading, and even create motion graphics. Perhaps... Read more

Be Evil

Ted Schilowitz and The Devil & Demon Strategy look to disrupt the computer workstation industry

If you’ve been to any RED Digital Cinema event in the past few years, you’ve probably seen him. With the quirky title of "Leader of the Rebellion," Ted Schilowitz put the upstart camera company, financed by Oakley founder Jim Jannard, on the map by being the virtual mouthpiece of the company. Thanks to RED and Schilowitz, 4K is... Read more

Real-Time Post

Now only $999, Media Composer 7 is one of the “Big A’s,” but can a non-Avid user easily adapt to the NLE?

With the recent price drop of Avid Media Composer (to $999) and the recent update to version 7, if there was ever a time for independent filmmakers to give this stalwart NLE a second (or even first) look, this is it. Don’t believe what you may have heard online about MC being "old" software with an ancient interface designed decades... Read more

Built For Speed

Apple’s Mac Pro handles 4K streams without a whisper

In the February 2014 issue of HDVideoPro, we did a story on 4K post. The consensus was that 4K is currently accessible for shooters, but on the post side, we’re not up to speed in delivering a true 4K workflow. The main problem has been computer hardware, which couldn’t process huge 4K data streams—yet. In the past few years, postproduction... Read more

DSLR Post

A variety of options to import, edit, grade and export your files

In the beginning, the postproduction workflow for DSLR production was simple. Essentially, the H.264 codec (still used by most DSLR cameras today) had to be transcoded to an intermediate codec like Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD prior to editing. Once in ProRes or DNxHD, it was easy to take those files to an NLE and begin working. Although the process worked,... Read more

Heavy Lifting

ProMAX workstations offer editors and VFX artists the power and speed to accomplish complex postproduction tasks

Coined by Intel cofounder Gordon Moore, Moore’s law is an observation that, over the history of computer hardware, chip performance will double every 18 months or so. Although the claim may sound outrageous (imagine 50 years from now), it’s indeed a reality. For example, approximately 15 years ago while editing my first feature, I had to... Read more

Members Only

Adobe’s Creative Cloud apps offer an abundance of new features, but is CC for you?

For the past several years, Adobe has been firing on all cylinders. As we all know, Apple’s release of Final Cut Pro X in 2011 has struggled in the pro marketplace, as hordes of editors switched to either Adobe CS or Avid Media Composer. And last year Adobe launched Creative Cloud, which has been a major success, with more than a half-million... Read more

The Working Pro

With Media Composer 6.5, Avid doubles down on the professional editing market

At NAB 2012, I had an opportunity to speak with Avid CEO Gary Greenfield. When Greenfield arrived at Avid in December 2005, he found a mishmash of products like Pinnacle Studio and Softimage|XSI. I was curious to find out what his long-range plans were, particularly with regard to consumer-editing products. "We’re definitely streamlining... Read more

Place Your Bets!

Sony Vegas Pro 11 offers GPU-accelerated performance, as well as stereoscopic 3D tools

In testing Sony Creative Software’s Vegas Pro 11, I took advantage of the recent arrival of a loaner HP EliteBook 8560w laptop computer, as well as the HP Z800 Workstation (dual hexacore, 3.47 GHz CPUs, 18 GB, NVIDIA Quadro 5000). The EliteBook sports an Intel Core i7, 2.30 GHz, 64-bit, quad-core CPU with 16 GB of RAM (4 GB recommended), installed... Read more

Introducing Final Cut Pro X

Apple’s controversial makeover of its landmark NLE system

The dust has settled, and you’ve now probably read all the reviews on various filmmaking websites and blogs, as well as viewed the infamous Conan O’Brien sketch (www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxKYuF9pENQ). Apple’s Final Cut Pro X has been out for a couple of months, and in all of the years I’ve been covering production and postproduction... Read more
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