Working As A Production Professional Without Subscription Software

Can you do pro-level work without a monthly charge for software?
Working As A Production Professional Without Subscription Software
Adobe Creative Cloud is one of the most popular subscription software suites. We’ve all been there. It’s review time for your monthly bill-paying session. If you’ve been in this business for any amount of time, you’ve witnessed a whole new paradigm in how you pay for software that is integral to your job. It doesn’t matter if you’re an audio... Read more

Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve 15.1

Can this postproduction package really compete with the competition?
It’s still 2018, as of this writing, and in some ways, it’s been a banner year for creators of content. In fact, never in the history of film, video, television and media content creation have we had so many tools with so much power at our fingertips. Additionally, low-priced cameras offer more power, features, sophistication and quality than cameras... Read more

Red Giant Universe 2.2

To showcase the new features of the GPU-accelerated plugin series for editors and motion graphics artists, Red Giant creates the short film Hewlogram
While many software companies release demo footage of what their new products are capable of, few have done so at the level of Red Giant Films with the recent release of an ambitious sci-fi comedy short film called Hewlogram, which can be viewed here: youtube.com/watch?v=KbK3CFkcBr4 The 5:22-long film follows the antics of a modern-day animator who... Read more

Final Cut Pro 10.4

A small version number change, a big update for Apple’s legendary video editing tool
Apple’s Final Cut Pro X is a program that exemplifies Apple’s recent design aesthetic: minimalist, powerful and a tad bit confusing. The dueling interests of adding sophistication to a tool while keeping that tool free of confusing interface elements is at the heart of all great design, and sometimes the complexity of a system gets so great that... Read more

Lightroom CC: The Truth Is In The Cloud

An Adobe Lightroom rant, but in praise of it
Adobe Lightroom CC
Look, anyone surprised by Adobe supposedly killing the pro version of Lightroom (now named Classic) and launching a cloud version hasn’t been paying attention. There’s so much going on in tech, photography and the world, in general, I won’t blame you if you haven’t noticed. I did because it’s my job and I’ve been using a prerelease version... Read more

DaVinci Resolve 14

Getting to know the video editor with legendary color control could change how you grade colors forever
DaVinci Resolve 14
When Blackmagic Design acquired the assets of the legendary but financially troubled post-production company da Vinci Systems in 2009, it took over stewardship of Resolve, a color-editing tool with roots going back to the videotape-grading tools the original company developed in the 1980s. The company stepped up the R&D budget for the program, and... Read more

Red Giant’s Magic Bullet Suite 13

Is this the only plug-in you will ever need for editing video?
Red Giant Magic Bullet Suite 13
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

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

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

Drag-And-Drop Symphony

Working with Final Cut Pro X, Noise Industries’ FxFactory Pro will help you create your next blockbuster

In just a short time, Final Cut Pro X has come a long way, with firmware updates and third-party software fixing many of FCP X’s initial shortcomings. Although Final Cut Pro X still continues to have many detractors in the professional community, there are aspects and features of the program, such as the Magnetic Timeline, that are actually more... Read more

Planar Tracking Tool

Imagineer Systems’ mocha Pro v3.1 is a powerful finishing application

Tracking has become an important tool, not only for effects work, but also for advanced color grading, as creators desire more control over the look of a scene. Imagineer Systems has been on the forefront of advancements in tracking software—they recently were awarded an Academy Award® for their planar tracker mocha—and I had the opportunity to... Read more
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