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The Tao of Color DaVinci Training

logo3The first time that I reviewed Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve, I spent 110 hours trying to read the manual and book. And while I learned enough to get started, it wasn’t enough to master the Resolve software. What I really wanted was to sit down with a trained colorist and learn firsthand how to make regular images look beautiful, but that just wasn’t going to happen since I live in Tampa, Fla. So you can imagine how excited I was to hear about the Tao of Color series from www.taoofcolor.com, which showed me that all I really needed was a good mentor.
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BorisFX BCC for Adobe CS6

bccaeYou can never have too many plug-ins. While most editing software comes with FX plug-ins to get you started, there will be times when you’ll need something special to get the job done. Boris Continuum Complete 8 AE from Boris FX delivers the most comprehensive VFX plug-in suite ever created for Macintosh and Windows versions of Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro CS6, CS5.5, CS5 and CS4.
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Bluefish444 Upgrade

bluefish444Bluefish444, a manufacturer of uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI video cards, has announced important software upgrades for both their Windows and Mac OSX installers.  The new OSX installer adds support for Avid Open I/O to its Create line of uncompressed HD-SDI cards. Avid Open I/O is designed to let third-party manufacturers develop plug-ins allowing their hardware to work with Media Composer and Symphony. 

The OS X 10.7 installer "provides cross-platform SDI I/O solutions to Avid users for the first time," said Bluefish444 Managing Director Craige Mott in a prepared statement. "Bluefish444 regards Avid as a long-term strategic partner and we will continue making Open I/O OS X releases in the future."

The Create 3D Ultra, Bluefish444's flagship card for digital content creators, features 2x HD/SD 3G-SDI IO, 2K dual-link IO, 3D stereo IO, 12-bit video processing, hardware-based scaling, DVI/HDMI preview, three 1D LUTs, eight channels of AES/EBU digital audio and two channels of analog audio monitoring. The Create card line starts at $1999.

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Editing on Location

post_editingonlocation_mikesuitTo say that the world of digital technology has dramatically changed the way in which movies and TV shows are made is an understatement akin to a classic line in The Wizard of Oz: “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

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Avid and Tiffen Dfx at the Editors’ Lounge

editors lounge1Based in Burbank, Calif., the Editors’ Lounge is a hands-on seminar for industry professionals with a free educational event each month at AlphaDogs Post Production. It recently hosted presentations from Avid and Tiffen Dfx, where an eager audience of filmmakers, editors, producers and other postproduction professionals learned about the latest tools that can save time and money. Avid Video Application Specialist Bob Russo demonstrated the latest release of Media Composer 6.5. The industry-leading video-editing tool now has advanced audio keyframing that accelerates the automation process within and among audio tracks. And with new support for 64 audio voices, video editors can work with multiple stem mixes and play them all back simultaneously, which saves valuable time when mixing audio.

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