March 31, 2010

AVCHD and 7D footage giving you trouble?

Got a lot of footage to batch convert?

Best solution is Neoscene from cineform. It even scene detects HDV for christ sakes!
however if you don't have Neoscene the cheap alternative is using DNxHD from avid here is a nice tutorial on how to batch convert your stuff.


These quick little solutions help you edit faster. I highly recommend neoscene because its such a complete product. It should be in every filmmakers tool box.

March 21, 2010

Quick guide to compositing

For those of you interested in learning compositing here are a couple of very interesting things I found after combing the interwebs. Enjoy! and hopefully you learn something:

1. Seraph30 Has an interesting guide on perspective and the basics of compositing.

2. Topher welsh posted a nice video on Gomediazine on the basic compositing of things in 2.5D with in after effects.

3. This photoshop tutorial from digital Arts really teaches you the basics of compositing, the basic gist of things is to take elements and create a new final finished piece of art.

March 20, 2010

Wealth of Info for newbs

Getting started in VFX and film making? Want to learn a bit what products are used in post production and learn about some cool sites that give you plenty of info?

Here you go:

The kind folks at CGsociety have cataloged a wealth of information.. evrything from a list of the software used in post to books and web sites that train you.. they even gave you links to amazon and the respectable web sites.. It doesn't get much easier than that. Now stop procrastinating and start learning the trade. your trade.

March 18, 2010

Fine tune your Photoshop skills

Photoshop is essential to any work environment. Its not just post production and graphic design. Hospitals use it, law firms use it, even police and crime investigators use it as a means of forensics analysis. Being good at Photoshop has now become one extra skill that looks good on your resume just like Excel or word.

Check out this Six revisions post that has rounded up some internet tutorial that will help you fine tune and hone your Photoshop skills.

January 14, 2010

Color Managed Workspace

Johan Steen has posted a Amazing article on color management, that if you consider your self to have even slight bit of a video enthusiast in you, you should read it. Its one of the many gotchas that plague the post production work and if you don't know how to handle color you will be left scratching your head when you actors are so red and over saturated they end up looking like the cast of Jersey shore.

Article is here

Brought to us courtesy of AE portal

January 12, 2010

Tamper: The future of Editing

Tamper is a cool new software program, that lets you interactivity edit footage and elements using only simple hand gestures. Yes people rejoice, for the future is now.

More here:

Obviously this is still in its infancy, but you can see the idea there. And in all honesty lets be real with our selfs. It was only a matter of time be for someone made this. I mean we are all ready headed in that direction ever since the mass production of wacom tablets and consumer touch screen laptops. This very well might be a small glimpse in to the future, and i like it. Editing video a la Xbox Natal.. sounds nice.


Trapcode users rejoyce

If you haven't already checked out Trapcode's new site GO check it out here:

Its a web site dedicated to users or Trapcode Particular. You can share tips and tricks, and of course... presets. If you where sad to see go this will put a smile on your face.


January 10, 2010

News segment

As you all know I have been absent from the blog for a while. Reason being is that work has flooded my life as well as family and life in general. However as you might have noticed Tony is also helping me run this site and has been very generous with his time.
There are many things to come this year so expect changes. One of them being that I will hopefully post more around here. In the mean time, tony has put up some great tuts, so make sure you check'em out.

Now as far as Actual news goes many of you must know something about CS5, unless you have been living under a rock for the past couple of months. To re-cap here are some things:

Adobe CS5 will come in one flavor only, thats 64-bit. Good news for everyone, bad news for plug-in makers. Since plenty of code will have to be ported to 64-bit. The decision is clear though and its the right move. If you want that better performance and more stability then 64-bit is the way to go. Speaking of performance, adobe's new Mercury playback engine is said to give Premiere PRO real-time editing capabilities. However according to sources the Mercury engine is CUDA based and so to run it you need a Nvidia card. Sorry ATI people, but you will be left out this time. Which is a shame because ATI makes some very powerful cards. Over all adobe is moving in the right direction. News on AE cs5 is scarce, but i do hope they have listened to our suggestions.

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Have a good one