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Postproduction

Apple’s Mac Pro Update Supports 4K Digital Video

 

MacPro4KToday’s higher resolution cameras and postproduction standards have led Apple to up the ante on the latest model of its Mac Pro desktop system. Now supporting 4K digital video, the newest Mac Pro features a very slick-looking chrome cylindrical design that, like other desktop systems, requires the user to attach an external keyboard, rodent and display. The new system offers Thunderbolt 2 and dual AMD FirePro graphics processing units with up to six gigabytes of dedicated VRAM, which is enough horsepower to drive three 4K displays simultaneously — an ideal scenario for pro video workstations, visual effects work in cinema, and film editing. 

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New Visual Effects/Post Hub Debuts in Buffalo

Buffalo SMNew York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that a new postproduction, visual effects and animation company will be established at the landmark Tri-Main Center in Buffalo. According to a statement by the New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development, the facility is expected to create 150 new visual effects and other post jobs within five years, and will pave the way for a new postproduction and visual effects industry in Western New York. 

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Staying Ahead of the Curve with Digital Workflows

CineGear SMToday’s digital technology and 4K workflows are creating opportunities for directors, cinematographers and editors to be more imaginative while embracing the challenge of learning new techniques. Established filmmakers know the advantages of using film stock, and they’ve developed great methods for this light-sensitive emulsion over the decades. With the wave of digital content still in its infancy, industry experts are continually meeting to discuss the future of film and TV production.

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Advancements in Editing Software

EditingSoftware VP12 ENG Box RF SMToday’s editing software programs support more formats, workflows and creative control than ever before. It’s now far easier for the average editor to turn film and digital content into a work of art as new software enhancements transform lofty visions into reality. P3 Update checks out the hottest editing trends offered by the top companies behind the artistry.

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The ATTO ExpressSAS R680 RAID Adapter

To effectively edit high-end HD projects you’ll need a RAID, which is just a bunch of hard drives working together to deal with the huge amounts of video data that are being manipulated. And if you’re editing DV at 25Mbits/sec, you’ll have no worries as 25Mb divided by 8 bits per byte equals only a bit over 3MB/sec, which any hard drive can handle. But there’s a problem when you work with larger formats, like the one recorded on Blackmagic Design’s HyperDeck Shuttle. The full, uncompressed 10-bit recording rate of 1264Mb/sec or 158MB/sec is more than any regular hard drive is going to be able to handle. An SSD can deal with the speeds, but who can afford to own terabytes of SSDs? What you are left with is SATA and SAS drive RAID arrays to process all of your data.

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