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Chris Fenwick plans to launch new FCPX podcast "FCPX Grill"

Chris Fenwick plans to launch new FCPX podcast "FCPX Grill" | HDSLR | Scoop.it

If you’ve been following my blog for a few years you may remember back in the summer of 2010 I created a project that I called “Switch to Premiere Pro” or “#X2PPro”. If you check your twitter feed you will see that that hashtag was used in 2010 and 2011. At the time I was very unhappy with  what Apple was doing with Final Cut Pro and its progress. I set out on my own to find a replacement for a tool that I had used for a long time.


The “campaign”, if you will, proved to be quite successful. Many of my professional peers were shocked that I was considering leaving Final Cut Pro, a tool that I had used for over a decade. Even Adobe Systems noticed my blog entries and asked me to be a part of a few events designed to promote Premier Pro.


Not wanting to be a “spilled milk” kind of guy I left one part of the story out of my blog. After six months of following the “Adobe Way” I tired of the application and moved on. The biggest stumbling block that I had was the lack of what is commonly called Smart Renders. Smart Renders allow you to begin rendering a timeline and then abort that render midway while keeping what has been rendered thus far. Since Adobe’s biggest selling point was a lack of rendering due to the power of the Mercury Playback Engine, I guess it took a while for the good people at Adobe to decide that this was an important feature. What this resulted in was often times getting to the end of a project but requiring one long massive render in order to deliver. This made it very difficult to calculate how long it would take to send a file to a client.

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By buddy Chris Fenwick is launching a new podcast all about FCPX! The episodes aren't on iTunes just yet, but this will be something to listen to!

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The best music library on the planet, free for one year!

The best music library on the planet, free for one year! | HDSLR | Scoop.it

We are holding the most amazing giveaway below. Check it out! 

As you well know, a music track can make or break a video. Great filmmakers spend a lot of time AND money sourcing the perfect track. It is easily the most important feature in establishing the proper tone of a video. As a result, filmmakers need a big, quality library at their disposal. 

Warner/Chappell Production Music (WCPM) is recognized as the worldwide leader within the production music industry with over 35 years of experience.


WCPM offers a vast library of musical genres spanning over 170,000 original cuts across more than 80 catalogs, all under one license. With commercial placements with Subway, McDonalds, Progressive Insurance, Mercedes, ESPN, FIFA, and many more, the WCPM library is currently heard by millions of people every day. They are StudioNow's exclusive provider and have been for years. 


Through our partnership, we are excited to offer ONE, year-long, unlimited subscription to WCPM's essential catalog to someone in our network (market value of $6,500). For a chance to win, enter the contest below:

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Final Cut Pro X is as important to Apple as Media Composer is to Avid! · The present and future of post production business and technology

Final Cut Pro X is as important to Apple as Media Composer is to Avid! · The present and future of post production business and technology | HDSLR | Scoop.it

Many people “worry” that Apple will abandon their professional applications (Final Cut Pro X, Aperture and Logic Pro X) because they don’t make much money for the company. Ironically, the same argument can be made about Media Composer: it is not core to the company’s primary business . In reality it’s more likely that Avid would abandon (or sell) Media Composer than Apple is to get out of the professional creative tools market.

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Philip Hodgetts is very tuned in to Apple and FCPX so I listen when he speaks. Of course, not everyone is right about Apple all the time, but I still agree with Philip that Apple wants and needs the pro markets.

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Elk spars with nature photographer

Elk spars with nature photographer | HDSLR | Scoop.it
A photographer taking pictures of some elk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park got very close to nature. Norah O'Donnell reports.
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Helping veterans heal through filmmaking

Helping veterans heal through filmmaking | HDSLR | Scoop.it
A civilian has combined his love of filmmaking and a family legacy in the military to help veterans heal from post-traumatic stress. Benjamin Patton runs "I Was There" workshops, week-long lessons that culminate in a short film.
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Deutsche Börse 2014 shortlist: photography, but not as we know it

Deutsche Börse 2014 shortlist: photography, but not as we know it | HDSLR | Scoop.it

The just-announced shortlist for the Deutsche Börse photography prize 2014 is surprising bordering on bemusing. No change there, then. The four artists – photographer is now too quaint a word to describe the nominees

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Freelance Photographer Doug Jackson Photography Blog: Is this the End of Press Photography in the UK?

Freelance Photographer Doug Jackson Photography Blog: Is this the End of Press Photography in the UK? | HDSLR | Scoop.it

With Johnson Press recently announcing (see Hold the FrontPage) the axing of most (if not all) of their press photographers on their nearly two hundred local titles you have to ask yourself the question, is this the beginning of the end of local press photography in the UK?

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Paola Sulpizio's curator insight, November 16, 2013 7:29 AM

Esisteranno ancora i fotoreporter? cosa sta accadendo?

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Sony’s A7 And A7r Pre-Orders Reportedly 200% More Than Sony Anticipated

Sony’s A7 And A7r Pre-Orders Reportedly 200% More Than Sony Anticipated | HDSLR | Scoop.it
Back in October and after months of rumors, Sony finally announced the A7 and A7r compact full-frame cameras.
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Deliver The Story: The Canon Showreel at PhotoPlus 2013

Don't miss this amazing collection of the very best work made with Canon Pro Products, featuring projects from visionaries including James Cameron, Ron Howard, Rodrigo…
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COOL stuff from Canon and people who use Canon gear...


Comments: Hey Mitch!  

I've been a very long time reader of your site, it has really helped me grow as a DSLR shooter.

Last week Canon released it's latest show reel, that included footage from the film I've been working on for the past 18 months.

Keep up the awesome work with the site.  

Just wanted to pass along my gratitude for what you do to keep this community alive, and how what you are doing is contributing to the future of the filmmaking community.

Regards,

Edward Platero

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Testing C100 80,000 ISO firmware against old firmware for improvements + high ISO usability

So my main interest in the new high isos was to see if any of the standard range isos had improved at all. Seems there is no discernible difference with the…
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26 hours left for this cool kickstarter Triggertrap Redsnap: Modular Camera Trigger

Redsnap is an infinitely expandable camera trigger, making high-speed, camera trap, and timelapse photography affordable for everyone.
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Sony Lightens Up OLED HD Displays

Sony Lightens Up OLED HD Displays | HDSLR | Scoop.it

With an aim of making the units easier to use in broadcast trucks and other tight production environments where inches and ounces are precious things, Sony is introducing two new lightweight models of OLED playback monitor, the 25-inch PVM-A250 ($6,899) and the 17-inch PVM-A170 ($4,899). Both models are expected to be available in January. - See more at: http://www.studiodaily.com/2013/11/sony-lightens-up-oled-hd-displays/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sony-lightens-up-oled-hd-displays#sthash.NC5EzaKa.dpuf

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70D vs 7D vs 5D Mark III: Canon Wildlife & Sports Camera Review

Buy the 70D: http://amzn.to/1653aFw TABLE OF CONTENTS (click Show More): * Frames per second: 1:33 * Buffer and memory cards: 2:46 * Focusing: 9:07 * Image q...
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Very complete review of the Canon EOS 70D in relation to shooting stills and video for wildlife and sports. 

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Panavision Releases the New Primo V Lenses For Digital Cameras - HDSLR Shooter

Panavision Releases the New Primo V Lenses For Digital Cameras - HDSLR Shooter | HDSLR | Scoop.it
Panavision releases new series of Lenses for electronic sensored cameras called the Panavision Primo V
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French newspaper removes all images in support of photographers - British Journal of Photography

French newspaper removes all images in support of photographers - British Journal of Photography | HDSLR | Scoop.it

To coincide with Paris Photo's opening, French newspaper Libération has chosen to remove all images from its 14 November issue in a bid to show the power and importance of photography at a time when the industry is facing unprecedented challenges, say the newspaper's editors

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Enduring allure of black-and-white filmmaking continues with Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska' - 11/12/2013 3:45:13 PM | Newser

Enduring allure of black-and-white filmmaking continues with Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska' - 11/12/2013 3:45:13 PM | Newser | HDSLR | Scoop.it
Black-and-white movies are a rarity today, of course, but they nevertheless cling to a persistent and exceptional existence among more flashy fare at the multiplexes. Alexander Payne's "Nebraska," which...
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GoPro's video revolution

GoPro's video revolution | HDSLR | Scoop.it
Anderson Cooper reports on GoPro, the world's best-selling camera that's revolutionizing the world of video
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JFK photos revealed after negatives lost in 9/11 attacks | Amateur Photographer

JFK photos revealed after negatives lost in 9/11 attacks | Amateur Photographer | HDSLR | Scoop.it
Treasured images by John F Kennedy’s personal photographer – whose archive was mostly wiped out in the 9/11 attacks on New York – have gone on show in London.
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canon camera info and rumours

canon camera info and rumours | HDSLR | Scoop.it
  • After all the rumours, there -was- another DSLR to come from Canon, but...
  • White and grey Kiss 7 launched in Japan [Canon Japan - Goog xlt] Two white (non 'L') lenses too (EF 40mm and 15-55 STW). Specs are as per black version.
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Canon EOS Rebel SL1/Kiss X7 in White « Canon Rumors

Canon EOS Rebel SL1/Kiss X7 in White «  Canon Rumors | HDSLR | Scoop.it
Isn't she pretty? Below are some images of the new Canon EOS X7 in white. I personally would like a white 40mm f/2.8 STM! All the specs of the camera are the same, we're just talking a new paint j
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Popular Instagram-Related App Scammed 100,000+ Users Out of Their Passwords

Popular Instagram-Related App Scammed 100,000+ Users Out of Their Passwords | HDSLR | Scoop.it
A popular iOS and Android app that promised to generate torrents of Instagram likes and followers for its users also swiped thousands of passwords for the
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Yikes! Don't like reading about scams!

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Freelance. To Incorporate Or Not. « Wide Open Camera

Freelance. To Incorporate Or Not. « Wide Open Camera | HDSLR | Scoop.it

If you work as a freelance or independant contractor you may want to look into the benefits of incorporating as a small business. I have done this for many years with great results. I can only offer a camera perspective but I suspect that it applies to all trades in the film industry. As a freelance cameraman I work sporadically and my pay rate varies from gig to gig. This can put me in a very high tax bracket one month and another bracket the next month. I first noticed this while working on a television show. They were taking out enourmous chunks of my paycheck every week. This is because the IRS thinks that you make that rate every week for the entire year and they put you in that tax bracket even if the gig is only one or two weeks.  At the time I was under the spell of big tax returns. A welcome bonus every Spring. After the third of fourth raping of my pay checks, I decided to look into incorporating...

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Very good info from Jared - might help some of you out there to get started. Sometimes you can do much of the work yourself, but I'm a fan of hiring someone who knows what they're doing so you don't get yourself in trouble!

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Comet ISON timelapse Rising, 14 Nov. 2013 « Roy Spencer, PhD

Comet ISON timelapse Rising, 14 Nov. 2013 « Roy Spencer, PhD | HDSLR | Scoop.it

This is my latest (and best) attempt at a time lapse video of Comet ISON, rising over a heavily forested area of northeast Alabama.


It starts without tracking, looking east from New Market toward Hytop, so the stars are streaked. Then I turned on star tracking when the comet was approximately centered in the frame, and the frame of reference “launches” to keep up with the comet.


I was finally able to see the comet for the first time in my Canon 10×30 binoculars….I could barely make out the faint tail. But you need dark skies and know just where to look. To find it, I’m now using the iPhone app “Star Walk“, which is absolutely amazing...

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Cool timelapse of a comet coming towards planet Earth.

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Pixelstick takes your light paintings to the next level

Pixelstick takes your light paintings to the next level | HDSLR | Scoop.it
    If your digital camera has a bulb or long exposure mode, chances are you've played around a little with light painting. (And if not, well -- consider your project for tonight assigned!
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Sony PMW-F55 High Frame Rate (HFR) 240 FPS Test | Tom Guilmette

Sony PMW-F55 High Frame Rate (HFR) 240 FPS Test | Tom Guilmette | HDSLR | Scoop.it

When I bought my Sony PMW-F55 from Rule.com I knew it was going to be an amazing camera. I was looking at replacing my Red One MX digital cinema camera and needed a similar style large sensor camera that would compliment my Sony PDW-F800. I needed a digital cinema/broadcast television camera hybrid.

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Tom is an awesome guy - sharing so much of what he's learned. Here he talks about his new Sony F55 and slowmo shot at 240fps. Notice how Tom adds superb sound effects to his slowmo to make it so much more enticing.

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