Making The Cut

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?

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

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.

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

DaVinci Resolve 12

More than a color-correction tool, the latest update aspires to be a complete post package

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

Node On

Blackmagic Design’s Fusion 7 lets you create your very own blockbuster

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 Art Of Better Pixels

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

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

Shogun Update

Atomos Adds Free Functionality For Its Mighty Shogun

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

At A Glance: Tough Drive

LaCie Rugged RAID

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

At A Glance: Monster Storage

G-Technology’s G-SPEED Studio XL

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

Wip It Good – Wipster’s Workflow And Collaboration Process

Wipster recently raised $1.2 million in funding for its new cloud-based, collaborative video review and approval platform

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

There And Back Again

The Hobbit’s tale of high-frame-rate cinema

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

Workflow Special: The Digital Lab

Deluxe and FotoKem are bringing postproduction to the set—or at least near it

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

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