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Tutorial: Streamline Your Adobe After Effects Workflow with Keyboard Shortcuts

Here's a look at 15 keyboard shortcuts that will enhance the efficiency of your After Effects workflow.
Featured Articles, Posted 01 Sep 2014

Tutorial: Grass Valley ADVC-G1 Converter

Some video switchers have built-in scan converters for converting VGA signals to an internal standard that you can use in your live production workflow. If you don't have that, then you're going to need a converter like the Grass Valley ADVC-G1 that can convert that VGA to your output. In this tutorial we'll explore how the ADVC-G1 works and how you can incorporate it into your workflow.
Featured Articles, Posted 02 Sep 2014

Review: TorchLED Bolt 220R Remote-Controlled Dimmable Light

Switronix' TorchLED 220R, like the TorchLED 220W, is a compact, dimmable, temperature-adjustable on- or off-camera LED light. The 220R model adds a handy remote control that allows you to operate the light at a distance of more than 175 feet.
Featured Articles, Posted 26 Aug 2014

Review: eMotimo TB3 Programmable Pan-Tilt Head with Rhino Rails

Here we test eMotimo's TB3 3-axis motion control camera robot with the Rhino slider system for its usability, versatility, and reliability for live production.
Featured Articles, Posted 18 Aug 2014

LED Fresnels: Two Takes on Design

For location lighting, moving around a lot, and travel, the Fiilex LED kits offer amazing capability and flexibility in a small and light package. Designed for use as a fixed solution, for a small sound stage, or grip truck, the Gus 41 makes a perfect solution. It is very wide and soft or small and focused as needed.
Featured Articles, Posted 11 Aug 2014

How to Produce Professional Aerial Video, Part 2: Choosing a Gimbal and Capturing Stable, Usable Shots

In Part 2 of our 3 part series on mastering aerial video, we'll explore the challenges of choosing and assembling a gimbal system--ranging from DIY options to fully assembled kits--to ensure smooth and successful flight operation and capture stable, usable, professional-quality aerial shots, and also look at monitoring approaches and options.
Featured Articles, Posted 08 Aug 2014

Tutorial: Creating a Lens Flare in Adobe After Effects

This tutorial will show you a quick way to create an animated lens flare effect that can enhance your transitions, lower-thirds, and more using Adobe After Effects CC 2014.
Featured Articles, Posted 04 Aug 2014

Sony a7S Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera, Part 2: Adapting Lenses to the E-Mount

Now that we have covered some of the important characteristics of lenses from a videographer's perspective, we'll discuss several of the lens-and-adapter combinations for E-Mount cameras, like the Sony a7S, that are also relevant for the Sony FS100 and FS700/R.
Featured Articles, Posted 01 Aug 2014

2014 Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards: Make Your Nominations Now

It's time for Streaming Media Producer readers to submit your nominations for the best products and services in 31 categories from cameras to media servers.
Featured Articles, Posted 31 Jul 2014

Review: Peak Design Capture PRO Auto-Latching Camera Plate System

The Peak Design Capture PRO system is great for "hybrid" shooters tasked with covering events where you need to have your camera at the ready at all times, such as walking around covering everything that happens at a large event, but still need to be able to quickly put it on the tripod for a speech or talking head.
Featured Articles, Posted 28 Jul 2014

Review: Canon XF205 Professional Camcorder

The Canon XF205 pro camcorder resembles the acclaimed XA25 consumer model introduced last year in several respects, but adds welcome features such as individual rings for iris, zoom, and focus; 2 additional channels of internal microphone recording; 1080/30P HD-SDI output in the XF205, and more. As such, the XF205 comes highly recommended as a camcorder well-suited to webcasting workflows.
Featured Articles, Posted 25 Jul 2014

Tutorial: Giving Your Text a 3D Look

This tutorial explores how to add another dimension to your text and titles using some basic 3D capabilities in Adobe After Effects.
Featured Articles, Posted 21 Jul 2014

What's New in Sony Vegas Pro 13?

A quick look at the latest new features in Sony Vegas Pro 13, including the Vegas Pro Connect iPad app, a proxy-first workflow for mobile and 4K editors, and true, four-range loudness meters.
Featured Articles, Posted 14 Jul 2014

Sony a7S Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera, Part 1: Lens Options

People are buzzing about the Sony a7S, so Streaming Media Producer is launching a comprehensive three-part review. In this first part, we'll examine lens options for the Sony a7S and related cameras, as well as what to look for in a video lens.
Featured Articles, Posted 10 Jul 2014

Tutorial: Using Adjustment Layers with your Videos

By using adjustment layers in Adobe After Effects, you can easily create a variety of looks for your videos and share and compare them with clients
Featured Articles, Posted 08 Jul 2014

Flight Plan: How to Produce Professional Aerial Video, Part 1

Surging in popularity thanks to affordable, unmanned multirotor copters comfortably paired with cameras ranging from GoPros to DSLRs to REDs, aerial cinema is proving as effective a pro video tool as it is a cool hobby. But regardless of what "ready to fly" advocates tell you, there's no shortcut to aerial cinema coolness. This 3-part series will provide an essential primer in the technologies, tools, techniques, legal and practical concerns, and hidden challenges you'll face in aerial cinema as you prepare for takeoff.
Featured Articles, Posted 30 Jun 2014

Tutorial: Exporting for Digital Cinema with Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Media Encoder CC 2014

A key concern for any producer is to ensure that the work you produce will play back on as many platforms (online, mobile, broadcast) as possible. Until recently, delivering content in digital cinema environments was the exclusive province of high-end facilities with specialized equipment. But with the release of Adobe Media Encoder CC 2014 and its Wraptor DCP plug-in, DCP has become just another export option, putting digital cinema delivery well within the reach of any Adobe CC user. Here how it you can add it to your offerings when your clients or projects demand it.
Featured Articles, Posted 24 Jun 2014

Commentary: Adobe Unveils 'Big Splash' Creative Cloud Release Including New iPad Apps and Major Photoshop and After Effects Updates

New After Effects features include additional keying effects, Kuler integration, and the ability to create live text templates and to share masks with Premiere Pro; Photoshop gets more powerful Smart Objects, Improved Layer Comps and Content-Aware technology, Blur Gallery motion effects, and a Focus Mask
Featured Articles, Posted 18 Jun 2014

Review: Adorama 3Pod V2AH Tripod

If you're looking for a tripod for tracking high-motion events and have only $150 to spend, you should check out the Adorama 3Pod V2AH.
Featured Articles, Posted 17 Jun 2014

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