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CuteDCP for Premiere Pro

CuteDCP for Premiere Pro | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
Fandev has released CuteDCP for Premiere (Mac / Windows), a DCP (Digital Cinema Package; explained) render tool for Premiere Pro and Adobe Media Encoder.
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DCP is coming everywhere... Resolve 10 has it plugged in as well. Which will be the easy-to-use and affordable go-to package for indie filmmakers?

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Editing in Resolve 11 for Final Cut Pro Users | Webinar

Editing in Resolve 11 for Final Cut Pro Users | Webinar | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
DaVinci Resolve has been used for high-end color correction for many years. In this webinar, experienced Final Cut Pro 7 and Final Cut Pro X editor Alex Gollner introduces you to the many timeline editing features new to Resolve 11. He also shows how to round-trip edits from Final Cut Pro 7 and Final Cut Pro X to Resolve 11 and back again.
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these sessions are usually pretty good quality and Alex is an FCPX guru so should be particularly insightful.

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YouTube now lets you tip video creators

YouTube now lets you tip video creators | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
If you've been itching to tip YouTube video producers, you'll be glad to know that you can finally reward those people for their hard work: the Fan
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nice option. giving direct is good.

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Canon Price Drops on L Lenses

Canon Price Drops on L Lenses | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
We mentioned a few weeks ago that Canon would be dropping the price on various L lenses around September 1, 2014. Both B&H Photo and Adorama have switched over to the new Canon pricing. This lo
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probably the lenses to note for indie video might be the 24-70mm f/4 for $999 and the 70-200mm f/4 for $1299.

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Speed Booster ULTRA

Speed Booster ULTRA | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it

The ULTRA is featuring a new optical design incorporating ultra-high index tanatalum-based optical glass to achieve extraordinary optical performance with improved corner sharpness, distortion and reduced vignetting.


The ULTRA (like its original model) will turn any APS-C sensor into an equivalent full frame one with 1 stop gain in brightness.

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GoPro launch their free Field Guide tutorials on YouTube

GoPro launch their free Field Guide tutorials on YouTube | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
Ever wondered what resolution and frame rates are good for shooting video on your GoPro? No need to worry, they have just launched a set of free tutorials.
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very useful info

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HowWeDidIt | Sony F5 4k recording

Here's how to edit your Sony F5 .all file and enable internal 4k recording - free and easy.

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dang, this probably makes the Sony F55 owner cringe at the price they paid for such features. still, a cool little mod you can easily do and get new life from your F5 camera.

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Why Hollywood Can't Ignore Digital Distribution

Why Hollywood Can't Ignore Digital Distribution | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
Recent data explains why Hollywood studios and networks are increasingly embracing digital distribution.


If you need just one statistic to explain why, how’s this: Revenues from US subscription VOD streaming services like Netflix and Amazon topped $1.9 billion in the first half of 2014, representing a 26.17% increase from the previous year. Revenues from electronic sell-through services like iTunes totaled $671 million, growing 36.84% since 2013.

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How to Pan and Zoom Video in Motion in Under 5 Minutes

In this episode I'll show you how to create pans and zooms on a video clip.

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Blackmagic Cinema Camera and DaVinci Resolve 11 Used on Owl City “Wolf Bite” Music Video

Blackmagic Cinema Camera and DaVinci Resolve 11 Used on Owl City “Wolf Bite” Music Video | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
(Fremont, California--August 21, 2014) Blackmagic Design today announced that the music visualizer for Owl City’s newest track, “Wolf Bite,” was shot on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera (EF) and color graded on DaVinci Resolve 11. The video is one of the first projects in the world to be finished on the newest version of DaVinci Resolve.
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Review of The Promote Control for Time Lapse and Focus Stacking

Review of The Promote Control for Time Lapse and Focus Stacking | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
Learn how to take super sharp 'focus stacked' photos and 'holy grail' day to night time lapses in my Promote Control review featuring videos and images.
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if you need focus stacking for shots, you can also check out Helicon Focus.

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Blackmagic Design firmware 1.9.3 finally offers audio level meters, time remaining indicator and histograms to the Pocket cam and BMCC

Blackmagic Design firmware 1.9.3 finally offers audio level meters, time remaining indicator and histograms to the Pocket cam and BMCC | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
By site editor Dan Chung: Blackmagic Design have finally added key features to their Pocket Cinema Camera and BMCC with the announcement of their 1.9.3 firmware. At long last they now offer audio l...
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1 Beyond Announces ThunderTape 2 LTO-6 Drive with Second Bay

1 Beyond Announces ThunderTape 2 LTO-6 Drive with Second Bay | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it

1 Beyond said its new ThunderTape 2 Thunderbolt-connected LTO-6 tape drive includes a second device bay for a second LTO drive, a high-performance SAS disk, a 1 Beyond GoHDCart disk cartridge, or a 2.5-inch SSD or HDD RAID.

The original ThunderTape, launched last April, included a single LTO dirve. The company said "most customers" wanted more than a single-drive system, leading to the development of the updated version.

Configured with a second LTO drive, the ThunderTape 2 can be used to make two identical tapes in a single pass, to write to one tape while reading from the other, or to migrate files from one LTO tape generation to another. 

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well, it looks functional but it doesn't look pretty

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The Easiest Way to do a 4K Screening

The Easiest Way to do a 4K Screening | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
Our 4K screenings look better, sound better, and we have almost no room for technical issues because we do things this way.
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true. ask your film festival if you can just send them a quicktime file. I know of a few that project direct from files on a computer and it works/looks great.

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Moving Proxy Media in Final Cut Pro X

Moving Proxy Media in Final Cut Pro X | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
How can I take my proxies with me?

It's a question we've heard enough times that in this episode of MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training some options for doing so.

The scenario is this: you have your original media on...
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Zeiss unveil Loxia 35mm f2 and 50mm f2 full frame E-mount lenses with clickless aperture

Zeiss unveil Loxia 35mm f2 and 50mm f2 full frame E-mount lenses with clickless aperture | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it

Zeiss today took the wraps off their new full-frame Loxia lenses for Sony E-mount. They are designed specifically with the Sony a7 range in mind although will fit any E-mount camera. Unlike the Touit line these are fully manual focus lenses with a mechanical focus action and are not fly-by-wire.

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Sony's really rather great Rx10 just got better: it now only costs $1,000

Sony's really rather great Rx10 just got better: it now only costs $1,000 | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
Sony's really rather great Rx10 just got better: it now only costs $1,000 (down by $300), and a firmware update means it shoots shoot super high-quality XAVC-S video, too.
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Blackmagic 4K Camera Now Just $2,500 for a Limited Time

Blackmagic 4K Camera Now Just $2,500 for a Limited Time | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it

it has a global shutter Super 35mm sensor, and can shoot both 12-bit 4K RAW and 4K/1080p 10-bit ProRes files

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and now is $500 cheaper

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Sharon Calahan, First CG Director of Photography in the ASC

Sharon Calahan, First CG Director of Photography in the ASC | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
Sharon Calahan, ASC is the first director of photography to join the American Society of Cinematographers whose work is entirely CG.
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cool news. I'd expect a few more to join very soon, no?

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Why the Best American Filmmakers Owe a Debt to Satyajit Ray

Why the Best American Filmmakers Owe a Debt to Satyajit Ray | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
Satyajit Ray is more influential than you may realize.
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7 Secrets From the Man Who Turned a Kickstarter Flop Into the Most Successful Campaign Ever

7 Secrets From the Man Who Turned a Kickstarter Flop Into the Most Successful Campaign Ever | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
The first time Ryan Grepper took his tricked-out cooler idea to Kickstarter, he failed to make his $125,000 goal. The second time, his cooler became the most funded project in Kickstarter history. Here’s what he learned.
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Sony’s A5100 compact system cam promises advanced video features at a low price

Sony’s A5100 compact system cam promises advanced video features at a low price | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it

It is truly amazing to think that only a few years ago a camera that could record a broadcast quality codec for $550 was a pipe dream. 

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Using Final Cut Pro X to edit stop motion animation

Using Final Cut Pro X to edit stop motion animation | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
People use FCPX in many different ways. One of the uses we didn't expect it would shine at is stop motion animation editing.
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Magic Lantern Pushes the Canon DLSR platform to Shoot at 40 fps in RAW

Magic Lantern Pushes the Canon DLSR platform to Shoot at 40 fps in RAW | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
Magic Lantern has recently announced that it is now possible on the Canon 5D Mark III that you can shoot at 40 frames per second at 1080 in RAW mode.
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cool upgrades keep coming from the ML team... wow.

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Final Cut vs. Premiere: Speed/quality tradeoff?

Final Cut vs. Premiere: Speed/quality tradeoff? | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it

A surprising article by Noam Kroll provides evidence that the quality of Adobe Premiere Pro CC's H.264 exports are noticeably worse than those from Final Cut Pro X:


After seeing this I can confidently say that I will not be compressing to H.264 using Premiere Pro or Adobe Media Encoder any more. The image from Premiere is so much blockier, less detailed, and muddy looking, not to mention that the colors aren’t at all accurate.

In fact I even did another output test later on with Premiere Pro set to 20,000 kbps and FCP X only set to 10,000 kbps and still the FCP X image was noticeably higher quality, so clearly something is up.

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Editing with Final Cut Pro X on an 11 inch MacBook Air

Editing with Final Cut Pro X on an 11 inch MacBook Air | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
You can well and truly edit on an 11 inch MacBook Air. I flew from London to Australia, with a desperate deadline hanging over my head. I managed to cut several hours of interviews down to a manageabl
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