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Drone Rules Suck (and Here’s Why You Want Them…)
By: Douglas Spotted Eagle on Feb 28, 2016 at 8:00:53 pm

Everything in life has rules and most everyone complains about them from time to time. Traffic is bad today, why can t I just drive on the sidewalk? I just need a quick snack, no one will notice that I swiped a bag of peanuts from the store.. . ...


Gif-Tips™ – The Future of Online Training!
By: Charlie Austin on Feb 23, 2016 at 12:27:02 pm

In response to a twitter message the other day, my reply included a little GIF illustration. A few people liked it, so I made some more. :-) Enjoy, and feel free to share if they re of any use. GeekCo. GIF-TIPS™...

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By: Douglas Spotted Eagle on Feb 22, 2016 at 9:27:59 am

The media are all about small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (sUAV) these days, perhaps better known as drones. Drones add significant value to our lives and will become more important as we move forward into the future. However, with all technologies come great responsibilities. One of those responsibilities is how we operate our personal UAV/drones. Last Continue reading IRRESPONSIBLE DRONE-RSHIP...

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#MCS EP04: Collaborative workflow in Resolve 12
By: Mathieu Marano on Feb 22, 2016 at 8:27:05 am

In Resolve 12, Blackmagic Design has gone pretty far to integrate a real interactive and collaborative workflow. It is now possible to share a timeline between an editor and a coloriste so that they can work together in two separate rooms to finish and grade a show quickly than ever. ...


Compute Lip Sync from Scene Audio in Adobe Character Animator
By: Michael Hurwicz on Feb 20, 2016 at 9:33:06 am

In my previous tutorial, "A Video to Animation Workflow for Character Animator," I took a video clip and, through ManyCam, created animation and lip sync in Character Animator. In this tutorial, I take just video through ManyCam for creating animation, and get the audio from the video clip using Adobe Media Encoder, import that audio into Character Animator, and use the "compute lip sync from scene audio" feature to create lip sync. ...


Show, Don't Tell
By: Peter John Ross on Feb 17, 2016 at 2:37:00 pm


By: Mathieu Marano on Feb 16, 2016 at 4:50:59 pm

Pixel sorting is a way of displaying pixels in rows and columns depending on their luminance value. Our Guest, Gabriel Grenier wrote a plugin called PIXEL SORTER to do pixel sorting in After Effects. Mathieu Marano goes through the different way of using this plugin with him in this 4th episode of My Canadian Studio. ...

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Pancakes, Shmancakes! – Premiere vs FCP X
By: Charlie Austin on Feb 15, 2016 at 1:17:50 pm

Pancakes! Huh? For some time now, aficionados of Premiere Pro have touted its ability to do Pancake editing. Huh? Well, in Premiere, you can stack (get it? stack like pancakes) multiple timelines to quickly access string outs or sequences of selects etc., and add them to a cut. This is also often cited by FCP X [ ]...

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#MCS: Stabilized rig by SHAPE
By: Mathieu Marano on Feb 15, 2016 at 6:24:43 am

Shape WLB is a Canadian company that build amazingly strong and useable camera rigs. Their latest product is a mix between a classic camera support and a stabilized brushless gimbal. The ISEE+ RIG is a 2-axis stabilized rig aimed at extreme sports events. It can mount a mirrorless camera like a GH4 or an A7s and give you smooth shots for when you have to run after that snowboarder. ...


EP 259 Hello Deadpool
By: Sarah Mason on Feb 13, 2016 at 9:28:33 am

After much anticipation, Deadpool has arrived! On this week's Ep 259 we review the new film starring Ryan Reynolds, does it live up to our hype? Yes! 8.5/10 on the Justice & Doom Meter....

FCP X Update Reaction – Have Some Cheese With Your Whine…
By: Charlie Austin on Feb 5, 2016 at 2:17:19 pm

On Feb 4, Apple released updates to FCP X, other Pro Apps, and Pro Video Formats. Lots of info on the internets about it It s a bug-fix update with a nice new default effect feature. Right click an effect to set it. It will show up as a command with KB Shortcut in the Edit [ ]...


A Video to Animation Workflow for Adobe Character Animator
By: Michael Hurwicz on Feb 4, 2016 at 11:52:48 pm

I've been playing with the preview version of Adobe Character Animator for a month or so. Animator is designed to create animation from your live movements in front of a webcam and lip sync from your live voice into a microphone. But it can be hard to get everything just right when you have to do it live. I found out on the Adobe forum ( ) that you can also create animation and lip sync in Character Animator from a video clip. Then you can either make a video of the animation directly, for example using Adobe Media...


EP 258 What She Did in the Shadows
By: Sarah Mason on Jan 28, 2016 at 5:44:39 pm

This week on The Harold & Maudecast we review the film What We Do in the Shadows and talk sequel, We're Wolves. This week at Sundance Nate Parker's film Birth of a Nation, about Nat Turner and the slave uprising, made history getting the biggest deal in Sundance history when Fox Searchlight bought the rights for $17.5m. We talk other big Sundance deals and how they've paid off. Plus preview of our Pub Crawl through Ireland and...Did she or didn't she? Amy Schumer under fire for allegedly stealing jokes. Tune in for our conclusions....

L-Cuts/Split Edits
By: Peter John Ross on Jan 25, 2016 at 9:19:08 pm


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The Sisterhood of the X-Files Fandom
By: Kylee Peña on Jan 24, 2016 at 12:29:49 pm

I could safely fit three episodes of The X-Files on one VHS tape in Long Play mode. ...


After Effects Beginner( A little intro)
By: Ourousa Jeewoot on Jan 21, 2016 at 7:38:22 pm

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The Easy Way to Solve Gender Imbalance in Film and Television
By: Kylee Peña on Jan 21, 2016 at 12:14:05 pm

Each year, San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film releases a “Celluloid Ceiling” report which shows female employment on the top 250 films of the previous year. This year’s numbers (released last week) are more of the same, with female employment hovering around the same percent for the last twenty years or so. ...

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EP 257: The Big Short Change
By: Sarah Mason on Jan 19, 2016 at 11:20:18 am

This week on the Harold & Maudecast - Forget something Academy? Biggest Oscar snubs, a review the film THE BIG SHORT starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt. We review two very cool products thanks to the good folks at ToyZoo, Jenga Giant and Vinyl Idolz. Also our tribute to David Bowie and Alan Rickman....

The Big Short Movie Review
By: Sarah Mason on Jan 19, 2016 at 10:27:50 am

We review the Oscar nominated film THE BIG SHORT, starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt, Directed and Co-Written by Adam McKay based on the book by Michael Lewis. The film spotlights the wall street sideliners who saw the pending housing bubble and economic collapse, and bet against it....

Management 101
By: Mike Cohen on Jan 11, 2016 at 8:35:32 pm

Working in production, I started out duping VHS tapes and going on shoots to setup gear and learn my craft. Years later, I found myself informally in charge of video production, while we had a sizeable multimedia department not really reporting to anyone - they were mostly hired for a couple of big projects, reported to the project manager, and then just sort of moved from project to project. ...


Why *I* Don’t Catch my Drone
By: Douglas Spotted Eagle on Jan 8, 2016 at 5:19:37 pm

Recently I was asked When do you choose to catch your drone vs landing your drone? Catching a drone in midflight seems to be a badge of honor amongst some drone pilots and the reasoning behind it is baffling. It’s “so easy to do” there are even videos that teach drone operators how to catch Continue reading Why *I* Don t Catch my Drone...


EP 256 Dances with Bear
By: Sarah Mason on Jan 6, 2016 at 11:38:50 pm

...or should we say, Dances with Oscar. Happy New Year everyone! We are kicking 2016 off with a review of THE REVENANT starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Directed by Oscar winner Alejandro González Iñárritu (BIRDMAN) who brings along his Oscar Winning Cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki (BIRDMAN), for what may be the most stunning, and ambitious cinematic experience ever. ...

Saving?! We Don’t Need No Stinking Saving!
By: Charlie Austin on Jan 4, 2016 at 3:17:30 pm

Oh, hey Happy New Year and all that! :-) Just wanted to say a quick word about maybe the least talked about advantage of FCP X that being the fact that there is no need to save your work. Ever. This was brought to mind by this tweet: To which I responded: In all seriousness [ ]...

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By: Douglas Spotted Eagle on Dec 31, 2015 at 12:59:10 pm

  (also known as lee waves, rotors, and cross-winds) As sUAV/drones become more and more popular, it seems that more and more of them are striking the sides of buildings without the operator understanding why. “It was flying fine and all of a sudden it zipped up and into the side of the building.” Continue reading UNDERSTANDING TURBULENCE...


Cinematographer Robert Richardson Talks Hateful Eight & Ultra Panavision
By: Sarah Mason on Dec 23, 2015 at 11:58:56 am

Oscar winning Cinematographer Robert Richardson sits down with James Mathers, Founder, Digital Cinema Society (DCS) to discuss THE HATEFUL EIGHT following the American Cinematheque premiere of the film, December 13, 2015, The Egyptian Theatre Hollywood....

By: Douglas Spotted Eagle on Dec 22, 2015 at 5:26:48 pm

Millennials this,  millennials that, “we’re strategizing how we’ll reach millennials this year; they’re vital to our growth. “We’re holding millennial focus groups to better understand ‘these people’ for the future success of our company…” They are just so hard to reach because they re fickle, lazy, ignorant, flip-flopping, narcissistic, undependable people. Blah blah blah. Google “Millennials Continue reading DECODING MILLENNIALS...


EP 255: The Force Awakens Krampus
By: Sarah Mason on Dec 22, 2015 at 12:53:06 pm

They did it, they redid Star Wars, and this week we review it. It's the Harold & Maudecast 2015 Holiday podcast! Bonus! As an extra stocking stuffer included is our review of Krampus....

Krampus Movie Review
By: Sarah Mason on Dec 22, 2015 at 12:31:25 pm

It's Christmastime! And that means a scary clawed beast that thuds down your chimney and causes havoc, destruction and brings death to your neighborhood, right? In Krampus it does. If you're looking for a fun mix of Christmas movie meets horror, Krampus is for you. 8.5/10 on the Justice & Doom Meter....

How to prepare the film for presentation at film festivals and movie awards?
By: Sergey Kostygin on Dec 17, 2015 at 12:04:18 am



For Fuc*s Sake…
By: Charlie Austin on Dec 14, 2015 at 3:25:30 pm

A couple days ago, Apple posted a job opening for an Assistant Editor to work in the Beats marketing dept. The skill set required included Premiere, Avid, ProTools, and Resolve. No mention of FCP X or Logic. Now, as this is for a position at Beats (Apple owned but a separate division) it s likely they have [ ]...

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Maggie Movie Review
By: Sarah Mason on Dec 12, 2015 at 10:11:39 am

From Podcast Ep 228 (May 2015) we review the movie MAGGIE starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin. 6/10 omn the Justice & Doom Movie Meter....

Nothing to do with FCP X…
By: Charlie Austin on Dec 12, 2015 at 8:58:41 am

Well, I did use X to key in Confused Travolta, so I guess that counts. In lieu of actual content, please enjoy this dual meme gif. Merry Christmas! :-) Props to whoever made the original Star Wars gif, which can be found here. And the green screen thing is here. Make your own, have fun!...

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EP 250: Walker Stalker Con Atlanta 2015
By: Sarah Mason on Nov 6, 2015 at 3:04:40 pm

We went to Walker Stalker Con in Atlanta and it was incredible! Listen for our complete rundown of the festivities from The Walking Dead Experience, to Norman Reedus, Greg Nicotero, and David Morrissey crashing Andrew Lincoln's panel. We visited Senoia and saw the Woodbury and Alexandria locations as well as Carl's pudding house, the Claimed house, the Clear set, met tons of amazing Senoians. We partied into the night with hundreds of fellow fans, watched a sad flock of Falcons in the rain, ate awesome BBQ & got completely spooked at Netherworld. Thanks Walker Stalker Con and Hotlanta!...

Connection Point Fun-SFX Spotting
By: Charlie Austin on Nov 3, 2015 at 10:21:40 pm

Here s another of my infrequent, semi coherent tip videos. :-) For FCP X pros, probably nothing exciting here, it s just a little demo about using connection points to quickly and accurately spot SFX when doing sound design. People complain about audio in FCP X all the time, but it s actually my favorite NLE in which to [ ]...

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G-Tech 4TB G-DRIVE USB 3 Hard Drive
By: David Blake on Oct 27, 2015 at 6:02:52 am

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Storytelling in advertising
By: Bob Gillen on Oct 26, 2015 at 9:16:22 pm

Storytelling in business. Two examples of companies marketing themselves by telling a story in their ads: Amazon Prime and Subaru. And both involve dogs! Both are catchy little stories, and both are effective because it s easy to remember the product being featured....

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Introducing Postgenie, an Innovative a La Carte Approach to Post-Production
By: Chris Tomberlin on Aug 13, 2015 at 8:29:32 am

Outpost Pictures introduces Postgenie( ), a new web-based post-production tool that provides editors with customized shot cleanup and color grading right on the web -- no office visit necessary. ...


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2015 Chronicles: Under the Dome
By: Mike Cohen on Jun 11, 2015 at 7:30:47 pm

April began with a convention in Nashville, though not really. The conference was actually at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, known by most as the Biodome. If you have never been to a Gaylord, it is an interesting experience. Certainly an amazing structure. I know that they mean well, but these places are simply too big to be practical. But c'est la vie - you go where the business is. ...

2015 Chronicles: Grand Central Surgery
By: Mike Cohen on Jun 11, 2015 at 7:14:59 pm

The very next week after LA, I had a two day conference in NY at the Grand Hyatt, attached to Grand Central Terminal. I love this area of Midtown NY with the juxtaposition of old and new architecture, some of the most iconic NY landmarks and easy access by train. ...

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2015 Chronicles: LA Story
By: Mike Cohen on Jun 11, 2015 at 6:52:58 pm

If you read my post about Los Angeles last year you can refer back to that - same basic deal. This time we used the in-house AV group, and they did mostly fine. Setup was done by about 8pm, leaving time for some sushi before bed. ...

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2015 Chronicles: Surgeons of the Caribbean 2: The Magic Cave
By: Mike Cohen on Jun 11, 2015 at 6:36:44 pm

If you read the 2014 entry on the Dominican trips, you will know that I document medical procedures performed by a group of US surgeons who travel to the DR. I had spent December and January preparing for this trip, including making sure everyone on the trip had booked travel and that we all had hotel rooms. Sounds simple enough but a 4 day trip with 7 people has a lot of details to keep track of. Not to mention meeting our driver at the airport and being totally unable to communicate. I should have paid attention in high school...

2015 Chronicles: The Big Apple
By: Mike Cohen on Jun 11, 2015 at 6:26:51 pm

I kicked off 2015 with a 2 day trip to NYC to conduct some interviews. I expected a spacious hotel suite, I got a Residence Inn just off Times Square. While some Residence Inns have a lot of space, this one, not so much. I was by myself so I carefully moved furniture around, including moving the tv wall unit into the bedroom and placing the coffee table on the bed, to free up enough space for a three camera interview shoot and lighting. Worked out ok but it was a tight squeeze. ...


2014 Adventures Part 15: The Windy City is Particularly Windy in the WInter
By: Mike Cohen on Jun 11, 2015 at 6:20:35 pm

I skipped Part 14, because if you've ready two blog articles about trips to Denver, you've read them all. Use your imagination - it was cold and snowy and productive. Redeye home. ...

2014 Adventures Part 13: Movin on Up
By: Mike Cohen on Jun 11, 2015 at 6:11:03 pm

To a dee-luxe apartment in the sky-high-high. Anyone born after 1990 might not know what this means. ...

2014 Adventures Part 12: The San Francisco Treat
By: Mike Cohen on Jun 11, 2015 at 5:41:31 pm

Rice-a-Roni got it wrong...San Francisco IS the treat. ...


2014 Adventures Part 11: Political Capitol
By: Mike Cohen on Jun 11, 2015 at 5:24:32 pm

After a nice break from seeing an airport, October brought me to the next round. ...

2014 Adventures Part 10...Actually 7.5...or 8 3/4...?
By: Mike Cohen on Jun 11, 2015 at 5:20:08 pm

I missed one, but rather than going back to re-number we'll just add it here. It is in fact mid-2015 at the time of writing! ...

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2014 Adventures Part 9: Windy City Blues
By: Mike Cohen on Jun 11, 2015 at 5:10:03 pm

With only 2 days in the office to get ready, it was off to Chicago for another big medical conference. I don't recall exactly what day of the week it was, though I do remember feeling a little sleepy during dinner the first night. ...

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