Taking Your Media Assets With You

Moving video files from location to studio or client can seem daunting, but technology is here to help
location image storage solutions
WD MyPassport Wireless Pro Getting video and image files back to your studio or to the client is oftentimes more daunting of a challenge than the actual creative assignment. The files created by video cameras and still cameras keep getting larger as sensor sizes and video resolutions increase. While a lot of location work has the luxury of a timeline... 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

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