Is this the only plug-in you will ever need for editing video?
Red Giant’s Magic Bullet Suite 13 includes seven separate plug-ins designed specifically to let editors manipulate, color, style, refine and polish videos, and is available for $899 for the full version. Used by over 100,000 film editors worldwide since its initial release in 2001, Magic Bullet Suite 13 builds on the historic plug-in, adding several... Read more
In the not-so-distant past, editing for film and television was a well-established practice, but in our modern tech-savvy world, how exactly has the process changed?
By Dan Brockett
The role of editor has changed drastically from days of old, where professionals toiled in tandem to shape and carve out the final product. The ingest process would convert footage into an edit-friendly, low-res format that was logged by an assistant editor before an off-line editor shaped storyline, culminating in an on-line edit to conform to all... Read more
Boris Continuum Complete (BCC) is a comprehensive set of over 230 VFX plug-ins designed to complement postproduction tasks—from editing and effects, to graphics and finishing.
By Justin Sucara
Boris Continuum Complete (BCC) is a comprehensive set of over 230 VFX plug-ins designed to complement postproduction tasks—from editing and effects, to graphics and finishing. Prior to sampling the tools in the new BCC 10 release, I honestly was a bit skeptical; I’ve never used Boris plug-ins, and the company’s website and branding don’t match... Read more
More than a color-correction tool, the latest update aspires to be a complete post package
By Michael Heldman
Since acquiring DaVinci and its color-correction software Resolve in 2009, Blackmagic Design has released several updates to the program. Available for Mac, Windows and Linux, Blackmagic’s latest version of DaVinci Resolve continues to offer new features along with an improved UI design.
There are two versions available: the free DaVinci Resolve and... Read more
Blackmagic Design’s Fusion 7 lets you create your very own blockbuster
By Michael Guncheon
Once mentioned only in the realm of action-adventure or science-fiction films, visual effects are now a part of many other genres. Whether it’s to achieve a special look, create set extensions, track, stabilize or simply add atmosphere to a scene, effects work these days can be just as important in a romantic comedy as it is in a space epic. With... Read more
The new Dolby Vision format from the audio giant dazzles, promising a wider color gamut with 21 stops of dynamic range to dramatically improve the viewer’s experience
By Dan Brockett
Most of us in the business of creating visual content are at least casually familiar with the Dolby brand. In the analog days, it was Dolby noise reduction and, more recently, state-of-the-art theater and home surround-sound technology. Founded by engineering genius Ray Dolby, Dolby Laboratories has been improving and refining its sound for over five... Read more
Atomos Adds Free Functionality For Its Mighty Shogun
By Neil Matsumoto
For a video recorder, the Atomos Shogun is one sexy beast. And with the popularity of the Sony A7S amongst indie filmmakers, the Shogun has become a “must-have” device for A7S users who want to go beyond HD. (Who doesn’t?)
Armed with a Shogun and A7S, a filmmaker can capture 4K ProRes 10-bit files while viewing them on a large 1920... Read more
The need for large, fast and portable storage increases every day as resolutions climb to 4K and beyond, and more and more recording is done in RAW mode. LaCie has been a big part of the storage solution, and their new LaCie Rugged RAID is a prime example. Far from being just another portable drive, the Rugged RAID combines two high-speed drives enclosed... Read more
In our constantly changing digital world, we often forget how critical a good storage solution is. With the transition to more affordable 4K workflows—especially on the camera side—your 2 TB USB 3.0 external hard drive isn’t going to cut it anymore. (A single minute of an 8-bit 4K ProRes 422 HQ sequence is roughly 7 GB, not to mention moving... Read more
Wipster recently raised $1.2 million in funding for its new cloud-based, collaborative video review and approval platform
By Neil Matsumoto
Good films usually share one thing in common – good communication. In today’s scattered production and post workflows in which many hands are “stirring the pot”, it can get complicated. Although collaborative editing is picking up steam among professional editors, a common collaborative review process is more difficult, especially if your collaborators... Read more
Some of you may remember Showscan, which was developed in the late ’70s by the visionary vfx artist Douglas Trumbull (2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind). The process used 65mm film and was captured at 60 fps, giving the film a smooth yet realistic quality, similar to video. Unfortunately for narrative cinema, audiences... Read more
Deluxe and FotoKem are bringing postproduction to the set—or at least near it
By Neil Matsumoto
With film accelerating its march into extinction, file-based workflows have become the most dominant for feature and television productions. But with all of these drives containing sound and picture files flying from set to post and back, what has happened to the dailies process? After all, it wasn’t so long ago that crews were exclusively dealing... Read more