Post Production

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CINEMA 4D Lite and CINEWARE – The Interface, the Workflow and Getting Started

by Chris Jackson

What is CINEMA 4D Lite and CINEWARE? MAXON CINEMA 4D is one of the leading 3D software packages used today to create stunning 3D motion graphics, product visualizations, video game assets, and much more. It provides an intuitive, user-friendly interface and set of tools for 3D modeling, texturing, lighting, animation, and rendering. After Effects CC…

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Final Cut Pro X Tutorial: Syncing Audio

by Kurt Lancaster

Most DSLR shooters are already aware of PluralEyes and DualEyes. But the new version of Final Cut X will also sync external audio recorders with DSLR audio files. This lesson shows you how. Preparing files Without any pre-rendering, I imported the files. (I’ve heard that you can edit H.264 files from DSLR live, and I’m…

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Are You Qualified? The Biggest Issue of Secondary Color Correction

by Steve Hullfish

For me, the biggest issue of secondary color correction is qualification. I’m not talking about whether the colorist is skilled enough to do it. I’m talking about what portion of the image you are trying to qualify—in other words, “choose”—as the section in which you make alterations. “To qualify” or “qualification” means that an area…

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Postproduction – Offsite Collaboration and the Cloud

by Scott Arundale and Tashi Trieu

“The cloud” refers to a method of data storage which is by nature decentralized, offering both data redundancy and ready access almost anywhere on the planet. The concept is a little misleading since “the cloud” is not really up in the sky as the name suggests; rather, it involves remote computing from distant locations and…

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Optimizing Your Computer for Final Cut Pro

by Tom Wolsky

Final Cut Pro Version 10.1 is designed to take advantage of the newest technologies included in Mavericks OS 10.9, particularly it takes advantage of what Apple calls Timer Coalescing and Compressed Memory, which speeds up low-level system events. Timer Coalescing allows these system events to be grouped, to happen in bursts when there is available…

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Avid Smart Tool Functions

by Steve Hullfish

Avid editors have certainly used the Timeline for decades, but Avid has always been much more conducive to keyboard editing. Final Cut Pro editors—and I realize that I’m generalizing—are often much more comfortable moving and trimming their sequences using the arrow tool and the Timeline trimming functions to drag segments and transitions quickly and efficiently…

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Avoiding Pitfalls in Production that Affect Post

by Scott Arundale and Tashi Trieu

Workflow Best Practices When making critical pre-production decisions about the type of camera and workflow to utilize, a good place to start is determining both your editing format and the eventual exhibition format for the project. For a web or mobile audience, shooting 4K is overkill and will result in an expensive post-production process for…

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DSLR Cameras and Location Audio

by Dean Miles

DSLRs have become the choice of many camera operators worldwide. The Internet is loaded with footage, good and bad, shot with these types of cameras. The pictures are great. The audio . . . not so much. With audio being an afterthought, the ability to record quality sound with any consistency is impossible. I’m having…

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Avid’s ScriptSync – An Overview

by Steve Hullfish

If you have a script, you can import it into Media Composer. With the script imported, it is then possible to link specific shots and takes to exact portions of the script. This is similar in appearance to a traditionally marked-up script from a script supervisor. Actually, you or an assistant editor can use those…

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Dialogue Editing – The Trouble with Digital Picture

by John Purcell

In theory, a picture file in a computer will flawlessly sync with a DAW session playing from the same computer. Sometimes it does. Other times, picture or sound will be systematically delayed. Or sync may be spot on one time you hit play, and soft the next. Or worst of all, sound and image may…

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