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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

In Production:DaVinci Resolve 04 - Setting Up A DaVinci Resolve System

All right, show #4 is done and live. In this show we'll take a look at what it takes to set up a Resolve system. We'll ook at the various configs you can operate with and their level of performance from simple to insane.


Sunday, February 26, 2012

This Week -

I've certainly been busy with Carey cranking out the In Production series on DaVinci Resolve. Yes it has been impacting my time for other posts. 

Next week, another installment of In Production will be released !

So here are some bits and peices from the week :


4K Chinese Camera From KineRAW. I'm not going to call this a knock off  because its not. Short version:  S35 sensor, 4K res, cinemadDNG format, $8K MSRP if and when.... they have a 2K Super 8 ( thats about 1/3" ) camera working right now, but not for sale. RED isn't happy for sure....Lets see if it ever ships and what the word is.

Rumors of a 5D MKIII : $3500 MSRP. Announcement in early March expected. Long overdue, lets see what they have. Canon has really put all their plans into the C300. Lets see if this one delivers. I won't waste your time on speculation, just wait and see what they finally produce. Above all else the real question is if they are finally going to fix moire and aliasing problems that have plagued their video capable DSLR's since day one. Of course you now have a company competing with themselves : $15k C300 vs $3.5K dslr. We'll see ! 



Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Father of Modern Compositing Petro Vlahos

Jeff Foster has posted part one of this doc on the history of compositing. If you are even slightly into the topic, this is a great look back... A bit of warning : I'm sorry to say the editing on this is basically rough cuts / selects with a few bits of B roll. Worth the listen

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

In Production:DaVinci Resolve 03 - Resolve Workflow Overview

Today In Production Releases Part 3 of our looks at Davinci Resolve - Workflow. How to get your projects in and out of Resolve.


Monday, February 20, 2012

Next Episode Of In Production Tomorrow

The next installment of our look at Davinci Resolve will be out tomorrow !

In other news some server problems have kept me from getting any updates out over the last few days. 

Last, another project I've had on the burner for a while now has been a bit stuck. I've been wanting to do a lens shoot out but have not been able to get a model for the shoot. Crazy I know as usually thats not a problem, but it has this time around for some reason. So I am working on it !

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

In Production Webisodes Goes Live Today !

So here is my promised surprise today !  

“In Production” is a brand new video chat program where hosts  I and long time friend and friend Carey Dissmore discuss tools and topics related to the video production business. I think we both have a unique perspectives as independent production business owner/operators. We aren't just here to talk about stuff in a generic review sort of way, but to share insights on using those tools in the real world. Does this thing _really_ work work better, does it make you money faster & easier ? Can you use this with a client in the room ? 

This show will be produced periodically as series around specific topics. Our first series is on the topic of Color Grading and DaVinci Resolve. This series is comprised of 6 episodes, to be released weekly. The first two episodes are embedded below.

We hope you like this show and, as always, welcome your comments.

In Production : Intro To DaVinci Resolve 

Direct YouTube Link


DaVinci Resolve : Grading Basics

direct youtube link 

Monday, February 13, 2012

Something Special Coming Tomorrow


That's as much as I'm wiling to share right now.... you'll just have to wait until then ( tues ) !


Friday, February 10, 2012

Matrox Releases Beta V2.5 Drivers for MAC & MXO2

Friday present, new drivers from Matrox for the MXO2 series products.

For  more info & links to the drivers CLICK HERE

Beta Version of new MXO2 2.5 for use with Adobe CS5.5

Matrox is pleased to provide a Preview Release of Matrox MXO2 2.5 for use with Adobe CS5.5 software on Mac OS.

This beta release provides many fixes and improves overall stability for users of the Adobe Creative Suite 5.5.

Important: This software is provided as is. We recommend that you back up your system before installing new software and we do not recommend that you update your MXO2 software if you are in the middle of a project. Please report all of your findings (positive or negative) to the special section on the MXO2 web forum. Your feedback is important.

Tech Support will be handled through this dedicated forum section of our user forum; no phone support will be available until the final release is available to the public.

These beta drivers available here, will only work and install in conjunction with Adobe CS5.5 software. No other version of Adobe Premiere Pro will work with these drivers. If you do not have Adobe Premiere Pro 5.5, then you do not need to download and install these drivers.

We recommend all Adobe CS5.5 users upgrade to Adobe Premiere 5.5.2 before installing the Matrox Utilities 2.5 driver version.

This 2.5 beta release also supports the following additional NLE's:

- Apple Final Cut Pro 7.0.3

- Avid Media Composer 5.5.3 (only for MXO2 Mini & MXO2 Mini with MAX)

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Dear Pustishka123

Sorry to break your heart today but since you and some of your spammer friends where making a mess of things here, we had to change things. It had just gotten completely out of hand.

I had been wasting way too much time cleaning up your defacements of my site, so now you can't anymore. No more comments, at least not as they had been. Now you have to be a real person to comment.

Honestly, do you think ANYONE would every click on one of those links ?

At the end of the day, are you doing the world any good ?

Are you bringing happiness to anyone ?

Are you easing anyone's burdens ? or making them worse ?

Karma is a  bitch my friend, in this life you get what you give. I hope you consider finding a better way in life.

To My Visitors

I spent a lot of time cleaning all the spam off the site. A thankless task but done.If I some how removed one of your comments... sorry !

Going forwards you'll need to be logged into facbook to post comments. That is my best assurance you're a legit user. I know this might be an inconvenience to some but I had few choices given how bad things had gotten. Over the last couple of weeks it went from a couple of bad posts to a situation where I'd remove them, and a couple days later there were new ones. It simply got crazy and I needed the best _fast_ fix. The old comments will still display, but you can't add new ones that way. 

Perhaps the guilty party may decide to apologize, but some one I don't think that will happen.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

OM-D In The Game From Olympus

Olympus is now in the video dslr game with the $999 OM-D. B&H is taking pre-orders. Canon, are you going to let everyone eat your lunch ? Maybe putting all your resources into the C300 basket wasn't the best plan....

OM-D olympus

OM-D Specs

  • 16.1Mp 4/3 Live MOS Sensor
  • TruePic VI Image Processor
  • 3.0" Tilting OLED Monitor
  • Eye-Level Electronic Viewfinder
  • RAW + JPEG Still File Formats
  • 200-25,600 ISO Sensitivity
  • TTL Flash Compatibility
  • 1920 x 1080 HD Video Capture
  • Computerized Focal-Plane Shutter
  • Digital ESP/Center/Spot Metering

Nikon D800 Short Surfaces

Really nice shooting, very clean impressive video. Canon, get your #!@! together. All the competition has better video now. Aliasing and moire don't cut it anymore !

Now if you dig a bit into this, recall that the short that launched dslr video was LaForet's video a couple years ago. I think there are clear parallels here - car vs motorcycle, city at night,  ect. I think Nikon took a direct poke at Canon with this one.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Tamron 17-50 2.8 Lens Review

Its funny how I never got around to talking about this lens. It was the first lens I got along with the 70-200 2.8. 

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Canon FINALLY Updates EOS Utiltiy For LION

This must be the week of software miracles ! Canon has FINALLY put out a LION compatible version of its EOS utilities. You can now upload picture styles to your camera again ! Its Available HERE.

canon eos utility updater for 2.10.4 60d 5d 7d t2i

Avid on your iPad

Avid released an editing app for the iPad. Cool we can have a computer with 2001ish computing power choking thru h264 clips. Maybe the iPad3 will be decent with this. Now I'm sure it works ok, but I couldn't see really trying to edit something on an iPad. The screen is too small, and clicking and dragging too coarse for what editing really needs to do. Even still, I'm sure some cheap TV stations will send reporters out with these and tell them to edit stories... and it will happen. 

avid on ipad

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Blackmagic Design Releases Support For Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 Broadcast Monitoring

JUST ANNOUNCED ! Blackmagic has support for FCP 10.0.3 broadcast video output. Press release follows-

Fremont, USA - February 1, 2012 - Blackmagic Design today released Desktop Video 9.2 beta 1, a software update for its capture and playback products that adds broadcast monitoring support with the new Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 update. < \br> Desktop Video 9.2 beta 1 for Mac OS X is available for download now and is free of charge for all Blackmagic Design customers. This update includes support for all current DeckLink, Multibridge, Intensity and UltraStudio models.

Broadcast monitoring in Final Cut Pro 10.0.3 allows video output to external monitors and other equipment using the SDI, HDMI or analog video outputs from Blackmagic Design video hardware.

Desktop Video 9.2 beta 1 includes a new control panel for selecting the video output format from Final Cut Pro X for output to devices such as broadcast quality monitors, HDTVs and projectors, so you can see exactly what your master will look like in television colorspace.

Desktop Video 9.2 beta 1 also includes Media Express 3.1 beta. Media Express provides capture, logging and management of video files to Final Cut Pro X compatible formats including ProRes and uncompressed video. Media Express features timecode accurate video capture from professional VTRs with RS-422 control, the ability to log additional metadata and to create custom bins for managing all project video media.

Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 includes XML 1.1 for exporting primary color grades to DaVinci Resolve. This improved XML support makes it easier to move projects from FCP X to Resolve as any primary color changes carried out during editing can now be imported and applied automatically within Resolve. Once a project has been color graded with DaVinci Resolve it can be reopened simply within Final Cut Pro X for any further editing.

“We are extremely pleased to provide immediate support for the new monitoring feature in Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3,” said Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design. “Now working with Final Cut Pro X is even better since our customers can accurately view projects on whatever monitor they choose and can ensure that their final output meets crucial broadcast standards.”

Availability and Price
Desktop Video 9.2 beta 1 for Mac OS X is available now free of charge from the Blackmagic Design support page at

Press Photography
Images of all Blackmagic Design products are available at

About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company’s DaVinci EmmyTM award winning color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check