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HitFilm 2 Ultimate - Coming to a MAC Near You

HitFilm 2 Ultimate - Coming to a MAC Near You

HitFilm have just launched a KickStarter to bring their 3D compositing, visual effects and video editing software to Mac. Andrew Devis looks at the software package for Creative COW.

Review, Editorial, Feature
Andrew Devis
Cut the Cord with Wireless HD: A Paralinx Review

Cut the Cord with Wireless HD: A Paralinx Review

Recent wireless HD systems have gotten way better and much cheaper. DP/cameraman Helmut Kobler takes a look at two systems from Teradek and Paralinx that show just how impressive these units have become.

Review, Editorial, Feature
Helmut Kobler
Archiving and Back-Up
Archiving Video With HP's New LTO-6 Ultrium 6250 Tape Drive

Archiving Video With HP's New LTO-6 Ultrium 6250 Tape Drive

For years, Helmut Kobler has used LTO tape to archive footage and projects that he couldn't afford to ever lose. When HP recently released the industry's first desktop LTO-6 tape drive, the Ultrium 6250 ($4199 list), Kobler couldn't resist its upgraded tape capacity and speed. Here's his hands-on report of using the 6250 on a Mac.

Review
Helmut Kobler
Tiffen DFX Filters
Tiffen DFX 3.0: Color Grading, Lab Processes, & More

Tiffen DFX 3.0: Color Grading, Lab Processes, & More

Whatever your level of expertise with color grading, you are going to want to try Tiffen DFX after reading this review. In a sentence, it is one of the most useful, if not the most useful plugin you will find to extend the color correction capabilities of your editing software, solve picture problems and add creative looks to your production without a steep learning curve.

Review
Dennis Kutchera
Adobe Flash
Adobe Edge Animate/The Missing Manual Software/Book Review

Adobe Edge Animate/The Missing Manual Software/Book Review

Increasingly, web developers are being asked to create sites that are viewable on tablets and mobile devices, as well as desktops and laptops running Windows, OS X or Linux. One of the challenges in creating a site like that is animation. Flash, for many years the preferred cross-platform animation solution, is no longer supported on many tablets and mobile devices. Michael looks for - and finds - answers within Adobe's Edge Animate.

Review, Editorial
Michael Hurwicz
TV & Movie Appreciation
Review: The Hobbit Without An Unexpected Pun in the Title

Review: The Hobbit Without An Unexpected Pun in the Title

Not being a teenage Tolkien freak anymore, Kylee Wall was reasonably enthusiastic, but not lose-your-mind crazy like she was when she saw The Two Towers back in the day. She wasn't even dressed up in an elven cloak and holding a bow like the girl that sat next to her. But when the film entered Bag End for the first time with Ian Holm narrating - In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit - Yikes, emotions. Read Kylee's reactions to seeing The Hobbit in all its glory - 3D, HFR, and all.

Review
Kylee Peña
Field Production
A Tale of Two Field Monitors:Panasonic & Flanders Scientific

A Tale of Two Field Monitors:Panasonic & Flanders Scientific

The world is full of production monitors these days, but two new models stand out thanks to their big screens that can run for hours on battery power. That alone means cameramen and producers can finally take a big monitor into the field, without giving up much mobility.

Review
Helmut Kobler
Broadcasting
SENCORE: Web-Based Network Monitoring with the VB330

SENCORE: Web-Based Network Monitoring with the VB330

Part of Sencore's VideoBRIDGE product line, the VB330 Probe can be equipped with two 10GB Ethernet inputs in order to monitor and troubleshoot thousands of IP streams in large cable, IPTV and satellite broadcast chains. With the ability to monitor either through a local VideoBRIDGE controller system, TELNET (network protocol) or remotely, using a standard web browser, this guy caught the attention of broadcast guru Ryan Salazar. Let's see what he thinks.

Review
Ryan Salazar
Adobe After Effects
mocha Pro v3 - A Process of Guided Evolution

mocha Pro v3 - A Process of Guided Evolution

In April 2012, Imagineer Systems announced a major point release of their VFX toolbox product mocha Pro v3. In this review, Andrew Devis looks at all the changes and improvements to mocha Pro and how those changes impact the work-flow of VFX artists to save them time and frustration. Andrew gives a brief overview of the mocha product range, explains the processes at the heart of mocha and then gives more detailed analysis of the many changes that have come into mocha for this release and how they enhance the usability and value of the product for any VFX artist or studio.

Review
Andrew Devis
Adobe Premiere Pro
One Week with Premiere Pro

One Week with Premiere Pro

As producers for two TV shows for the Pursuit Network, Robbie Coblentz and team had a comfortable workflow with FCP 7, with just one drawback... it took a ton of time to encode everything to a single format prior to editing. Enter Adobe's new hardware settings for PP CS6 which allow third-party cards like Blackmagic Design and AJA to work much better. Read on for the pros and cons of one week with Adobe Premiere Pro.

Review, Editorial
Robbie Coblentz
Boris FX
Boris Continuum Complete: The New “Swiss Army Knife” of VFX?

Boris Continuum Complete: The New “Swiss Army Knife” of VFX?

It boasts of a mind-blowing archive of more than 200 plug-in VFX filters (in 16 categories); an extraordinary video noise reduction tool; an eye-popping, spline-based warp filter; and a plethora of still- and video-morph technology.

Review, Feature
Ryan Salazar
Broadcasting
The RadiantGrid Platform: Performance + Intelligence

The RadiantGrid Platform: Performance + Intelligence

The recent acquisition of RadiantGrid Technologies by Wohler Technologies may soon produce a new powerhouse giant in the file-based media processing and multi-platform delivery industry of broadcasters, cable networks, content owners and distributors.

Review
Ryan Salazar
Broadcasting
Mobile Video Production with the Matrox MXO2

Mobile Video Production with the Matrox MXO2

Award-winning Bradley Shende, Executive Producer at Connected Life and CEO/Founder of M2O, discusses mobile video production with the Matrox MXO2.

Review, Editorial
Bradley Shende
What Computer Should I Buy?
ProMAX ONE: Looking at the Hero

ProMAX ONE: Looking at the Hero

ProMAX has put together a beast of a creative workstation designed to serve a host of needs in production, particularly Post, and Walter Biscardi put the beast to a grueling test.

Review, Editorial, Tutorial
Walter Biscardi
Boris FX
Boris Soundbite: An indispensable tool for the docu editor

Boris Soundbite: An indispensable tool for the docu editor

You may have already heard of AV3's Get, an app designed to search video files. Now, it's available as a Boris product at a sticker of $299. Affordable and easy to use, this review finds the app an indispensable tool.

Review
Bart Weiss
Sorenson Squeeze
Sorenson Media Squeeze 8.5 Update Review

Sorenson Media Squeeze 8.5 Update Review

Each time Sorenson releases a new version, the improvements over the previous version are always significant -- and this new version has that same M.O. You'll see improvements in speed - yes, it's even faster than before - and so much more. Jerry includes a breakdown of the new features and what he thinks about the updates.

Review
Jerry Hofmann
DSLR Video
Is the New Blackmagic Cinema Camera the HDSLR Killer?

Is the New Blackmagic Cinema Camera the HDSLR Killer?

Marco Solorio of OneRiver Media dissects Blackmagic Design's new Cinema Camera to see if it is in fact, the much-anticipated HDSLR-killer everyone's been waiting for over the years. But with a comparatively smaller sensor size and radical body design, does it fit the bill as the killer we all want?

Review, Feature
Marco Solorio
Apple iPad
Confessions of a Creative Maniac: Pixel Pushing with Analog Digits

Confessions of a Creative Maniac: Pixel Pushing with Analog Digits

The primary author of the very first book ever written about Photoshop appropriately chooses a Photoshop-related subject to hone in on for his very first column for his new editorial home - and on a platform that many COW fans might feel is little more than a media consumption device, the iPad. Take a moment to consume these thoughts, as David serves up fresh opinion about the Photoshop Touch app.

Review, Editorial
David Biedny
Boris FX
Boris RED: A Wealth of Transitions to the Premiere Pro Table

Boris RED: A Wealth of Transitions to the Premiere Pro Table

Tom Daigon, an editor with over thirty years of experience, has discovered a wide range of creative options for Premiere Pro in Boris FX RED.

Review
Tom Daigon
Panasonic HVX - HPX (P2)
Panasonic AG-HPX250 Camera

Panasonic AG-HPX250 Camera

With a sharp imager, monster lens and killer codec, Panasonic's HPX250 ($5995, with additional discounts and rebates in effect) makes a great workhorse camera for any kind of shooting that doesn’t need a shallow depth-of-field.

Review
Helmut Kobler
Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design’s SmartView HD Monitor & Pocket Ultrascope

Blackmagic Design’s SmartView HD Monitor & Pocket Ultrascope

With new shows coming in the door for Pink Sneakers Productions, Bob Zelin looked to Blackmagic Design's new SmartView HD Monitor and Pocket UltraScope to make the configuration upgrades while maintaining a sense of budget.

Review
Bob Zelin
Panasonic VariCam
The Panasonic AG-AC160

The Panasonic AG-AC160

Panasonic has several camcorders with similar build, but different underlying core technologies -- specifically, the AC160/130 and the HPX250. The key difference between them, respectively, is 4:2:0 MP4 GOP at 1920x1080 resolution and AVCCAM recording as high at 21Mbps, versus 10-bit, 4:2:2 independent-frame, 1920 x 1080 resolution AVC-Intra 100 recording. For those who find AVCHD sufficient, but want a full-on camcorder solution without additional workarounds needed compared to more consumer cameras, the AC160 is meant to fit in your hand.

Review
Anthony Burokas
Audio Professionals
A Look at Alan Parsons Art & Science of Sound Recording

A Look at Alan Parsons Art & Science of Sound Recording

If you are one of the many people working in film and broadcast that has been wanting to sharpen your skills in audio production -- or just become more aware of its principles and dynamics -- Creative COW's Ronald Lindeboom points to a series that is near to guaranteed to expand your working knowledge of audio.

Review
Ronald Lindeboom
Panasonic HVX - HPX (P2)
Panasonic AJ-HPX3100 Review

Panasonic AJ-HPX3100 Review

Panasonic's HPX3100 camera breaks some interesting ground for those shooting news, documentaries and reality programming. It's a sharp 1080-native camera that shoots Panasonic's high-quality AVC-Intra codec. But more importantly, it's expandable, letting you add optional gear that can make post-production workflows far more efficient.

Review
Helmut Kobler
Audio Professionals
sE Electronics' USB2200a and Reflexion Filter

sE Electronics' USB2200a and Reflexion Filter
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Sam McGuire demonstrates the quality and effectiveness of two sE Electronics' products. The USB2200a is a USB/XLR hybrid microphone which is extremely low noise (I didn't believe it until I heard it.) The "Reflexion Filter" is an acoustics baffle used to create a studio environment in any room. For a combined price of under $600 this is a relatively affordable, portable, and high quality solution for all of your VO needs.

Review, Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Sam McGuire
Authors

David Biedny (1)
Walter Biscardi (1)
Anthony Burokas (1)
Robbie Coblentz (1)
Tom Daigon (1)
Andrew Devis (2)
Jerry Hofmann (1)
Michael Hurwicz (1)
Helmut Kobler (5)
Dennis Kutchera (1)
Ronald Lindeboom (1)
Sam McGuire (1)
Ryan Salazar (3)
Bradley Shende (1)
Marco Solorio (1)
Kylee Peña (1)
Bart Weiss (1)
Bob Zelin (1)


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