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A Beautiful Planet, with Canon & Cinematographer James Neihouse, ASC
By: Sarah Mason on Jun 6, 2016 at 5:29:59 pm

We hit Cine Gear Expo and got extremely lucky thanks to our friends at Canon USA! We got to chat with James Neihouse, ASC, to discuss his experience making the IMAX film A BEAUTIFUL PLANET. The film, a collaboration between Canon and NASA, was shot from space (oh yeah), entirely on Canon EOS C500 and the Canon EOS 1D-C. A BEAUTIFUL PLANET is narrated by Jennifer Lawrence, and features footage filmed from space by the crew of the ISS. The film made its theatrical debut on April 29, 2016 in select cities and is currently screening on IMAX theaters across...


Ep 270 Harold & Maude's Day Off - Movie Reviews
By: Sarah Mason on Jun 6, 2016 at 5:15:12 pm

This week on The Harold & Maudecast we review a whole bunch of movies -- THE LOBSTER, LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP, TEENAGE MUTANT TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES and THE FOREST. For individual reviews please visit, ...

Now Streaming Reviews - The Forest & Pride&Prejudice&Zombies
By: Sarah Mason on Jun 6, 2016 at 5:00:00 pm

On this episode of Justice & Doom Movie Reviews, we review two NOW STREAMING on Amazon films, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES and THE FOREST. Both horror genre, P&P&Z stars Lily James (Cinderella, Downton Abbey), as Jane Austen's Elizabeth Bennet, but this Lizzie kicks zombie aaaasss. The film is based on Seth Grahame-Smith's graphic novel of the same name which is a new twist on Jane Austen's most beloved classic, Pride and Prejudice. Following the story of Lizzie and Darcy and the whole Bennet clan quite closely, it's a fun mash up for that very small niche of fans that...

Movie Review Mash Up - Love & Friendship/TMNT2
By: Sarah Mason on Jun 6, 2016 at 4:35:42 pm

On this edition of Justice & Doom NOW PLAYING movie reviews, we found ourselves at two very different movies. So, mash up! ...

The Lobster Movie Review - 9/10
By: Sarah Mason on Jun 6, 2016 at 4:14:21 pm

On this episode of Justice & Doom NOW PLAYING reviews we talk THE LOBSTER! A film critically acclaimed by over a dozen festivals including Cannes where it won 3 Jury awards. This bizarre vision of a Dystopian society where single people are forced to find a mate within 45 days or be turned into an animal, lives up to the hype. Colin Farrell in a career best performance stars alongside Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Lea Seydoux and an incredible supporting cast of vet actors. Director and Co-Writer, Yorgos Lanthimos, has been showered with awards and nominations the last few...

Ep 269 Dragon Balls
By: Sarah Mason on Jun 2, 2016 at 12:29:23 am

This week we cover a lot of ground! We recap Game of Thrones, Season 6, Ep 6, "Blood of My Blood", Penny Dreadful, Season 3, Ep 5 and our review of XMEN Apocalypse. Enjoy!...

XMen Apocalypse Movie Review 5.5/10
By: Sarah Mason on Jun 2, 2016 at 12:11:45 am

This week we review the highly anticipated new XMen movie, XMEN APOCALYPSE. Well, it was highly anticipated to those of us who watch the first trailer in Hall H at Comic Con 2015. Unfortunately, it does not live up to our own hype, or anyone else's. We did something we rarely do, DOOMED it. Listen to our review to find out why it received a 5.5/10, DOOM, on our Justice & Doom Movie Meter....

We Talk Thrones - Blood of My Blood
By: Sarah Mason on Jun 1, 2016 at 11:59:43 pm

This week on We Talk Thrones, Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 6, "Blood of My Blood". Samwell takes Gilly back to meet mom and pop, doesn't go so well but he gains a lot of confidence and a big sword. Arya makes the decision not to kill her new buddy The Actress (Essie Davis), #wetoldyouso. The High Sparrow gives everyone in Kings Landing a lesson in how to play Thrones and Daenerys shows off some really big Dragon Balls. ...

Ep 268 Hold the Door
By: Sarah Mason on May 26, 2016 at 4:56:09 pm

On this week's episode of The Harold & Maudecast's series, WE TALK THRONES, We talk Hodor! A moment of silence please, for our fallen friend. Episode 5 of Season 6 of Game of Thrones, "The Door" gives us Hodor's origin story, and it's awesome, in that way only Thrones can deliver. ...

Sing Street Movie Review 9.5/10
By: Sarah Mason on May 26, 2016 at 3:56:52 pm

On this episode of Justice & Doom Movie Reviews we review the wonderful Irish Film, SING STREET, we loved this film! It is set in Dublin in 1985. In short, it's about a boy, who likes a girl, so he starts a band. It's a coming of age story beautifully written, directed and with stand out acting performances by Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Jack Reynor, Lucy Boynton and a magnificent crew of young Irish actors. The cast includes Aidan Gillen (aka Little Finger from GAME OF THRONES) and Maria Doyle Kennedy (THE COMMITMENTS. The film premiered in March at the Dublin International...

Why Video and Film Have Lost Their Value (and What That Means for Innovation)
By: Richard Harrington on May 20, 2016 at 4:55:57 pm

I had a painful realization the other day. In many ways the skill I’ve spent more than 25 years practicing has lost almost all value. Video content, whether that be movies, television, online education, or even home movies have lost almost all value. If your goal is to create content for sale, particularly to an end consumer, things look pretty bleak. Read the whole article here —

We Talk Thrones S6X4 - Reunited and it Feels So Good
By: Sarah Mason on May 17, 2016 at 5:05:14 pm

Epic and satisfying episode this week on Game of Thrones, Season 6, Episode 4 "The Book of the Stranger". Finally, a moment we've been waiting for - Starks Reunite! Sansa shows up at Castle Black just as Jon Snow is about to leave in a torched huff (I did my best and they murdered me, wah). Meanwhile in the other side of the Seven Kingdoms Daenerys shows the Khals exactly what it means to be The Unburnt. ...

Game of Thrones

Game Review - Michonne Ep 2: Give No Shelter
By: Sarah Mason on May 16, 2016 at 2:15:16 pm

Welcome to Confession of a Basement Dweller Game Reviews! Jake Essoe reviews the second installment of the Telltale Games Mini-Series "The Walking Dead: Michonne". Take a listen to his in depth review of the game play as well as some useful hints. Enjoy!...

EP 267 Game of Captains
By: Sarah Mason on May 14, 2016 at 5:56:04 pm

This week on Ep 267 of The Harold & Maudecast, "Game of Captains" we review Game of Thrones, Season 6, Ep 3 also our movie review of Captain America: Civil War and our preview of Summer 2016 upcoming moves. Listen now!...

Ghosts of Thrones Past
By: Sarah Mason on May 14, 2016 at 5:51:39 pm

This week on WE TALK THRONES, "Ghosts of Thrones Past", recap of Game of Thrones, Season 6, Episode 3. Legendary actor Max Von Sydow takes Bran on a trip back in time to see a young Ned Stark discovering what we assume is the truth about Jon Snow's mother. Ramsay is given a bargaining tool, Arya's No Name Girl retrieves her sight, Jon Snow serves up justice (suck it Ollie), Cersei and Jamie conspire, we got it all. Listen now!...

Game of Thrones

NAB Interviews - ProMAX Systems
By: Sarah Mason on May 12, 2016 at 11:35:09 am

Co-Host Jake Essoe, on behalf of Creative COW ( interviews ProMAX Systems CEO, Jess Hartmann about their exciting new ingest to archive shared storage solution unveiled at NAB 2016 - Platform Workflow Server V5. ...


Jungle Book Movie Review - 8.5/10
By: Sarah Mason on May 11, 2016 at 4:07:44 pm

We review Jon Favreau's new adaptation of THE JUNGLE BOOK based on Rudyard Kipling's eponymous collective works and inspired by Walt Disney's 1967 animated film of the same name. The film stars Bill Murray, Sir Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson and newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli....

Snell Advanced Media (SAM) NAB 2016 Interview
By: Sarah Mason on May 11, 2016 at 12:00:39 pm

The Harold & Maudecast Co-Host Jake Essoe speaks to Tim Felstead, ‎Head of Product Marketing at Snell Advanced Media (SAM), about their newly introduced product line at NAB 2016. SAM is the fusion of Quantel and Snell "A new company that has the vision and technology to deliver business-transforming solutions" ...


FCPWORKS Sam Mestman State of the Union 2016
By: FCPWORKS on May 10, 2016 at 2:09:28 pm

Learn more about all of the great Final Cut Pro X user experience stories published over the last year from FCPWORKS’ Sam Mestman also looks forward with a preview of FCP Exchange at NAB. ...

Apple Final Cut Pro X

Making the Switch to X - A Comparative Study
By: Charlie Austin on May 10, 2016 at 2:05:41 pm

In a special NAB 2016 presentation at the FCP Exchange Workshop sponsored by FCPWORKS, Creative COW leader Charlie Austin compares FCP X to other NLEs from an editor's perspective. In addition to describing the “intangible” time saving benefits of working in FCP X vs. others, he also presents some unique benefits of FCP X that are impossible or impractical in other NLEs. Even if you prefer editing in other NLEs, Charlie describes some very compelling reasons to add FCP X to your workflow. ...

Apple Final Cut Pro X

NAB 2016: Adobe Audition and the Essential sound panel
By: Mathieu Marano on May 10, 2016 at 2:04:32 pm

Adobe really worked hard on Audition for the release. They gave us a bunch of tools to streamline the editor's job. ...


Canon CITS NAB 2016 - The Best Customer Support in the Industry
By: Sarah Mason on May 10, 2016 at 2:03:00 pm

Jake Essoe, Co-Host of the Harold & Maudecast talks to Doris Higginbotham, president of Canon Information Technology Services, Inc. and members of her team at CITS to discuss her team's progressive employee programs enabling Canon to be a top leader in Customer Support. ...

360° Virtual Reality with FCPX
By: FCPWORKS on May 10, 2016 at 2:02:51 pm

Alex Gollner and Tim Dashwood presented all you need to know about working with VR 360° video in Final Cut Pro X and Motion. Alex explained the art of spherical video from first principles. He showed how editors can learn specialised tools that use 'equirectangular' video, effects and graphic overlays to tell stories that play out all around you. Alex also explained how editors can share their work with millions of smartphone users around the world. Tim then gave a quick rundown of the science of high-end VR video effects that are available for Final Cut Pro X today. ...


Motion Power Tips
By: FCPWORKS on May 10, 2016 at 1:57:51 pm

Mark Spencer showed us why every Final Cut Editor should have Motion as part of their toolbox, even if they have no desire to become motion graphics artists. He gave examples demonstrating how easy it can be to publish Motion templates to Final Cut Pro X, to modify existing titles, transitions, and effects to make them more powerful, and how to use Motion to create visual effects like screen replacements and object removal. ...

Apple Motion

Day Three: Editing on DaVinci Resolve 12.5
By: walter biscardi on May 10, 2016 at 1:56:10 pm

It s Day Three of my real world editing on DaVinci Resolve 12.5 and this is going to be the longest blog yet as I want to show you guys a lot of the little things that are making editing in Resolve a pleasure. I know there are a lot of questions still out there whether this is really a professional editor. For me it s the small things that separate the applications making life efficient and fun for the the editor. I also had a pleasant surprise today. Alexis Van Hurkman, the man who literally wrote the manual on...

DaVinci Resolve

Automatic Duck— New Product Reveal
By: FCPWORKS on May 10, 2016 at 1:55:10 pm

Wes Plate, the founder and president of Automatic Duck, Inc., gave the world premiere public demonstration of their coming-soon app Xsend Motion. This new translator converts timelines from FCPX to Motion 5, like the Send to Motion feature users miss from the old days of Final Cut Pro Studio. ...

Apple Final Cut Pro X

Color Finale
By: FCPWORKS on May 10, 2016 at 1:52:25 pm

Denver Riddle develops and demonstrates this color grading plugin which brings the deep power of color correction right into Final Cut Pro X and unveils a brand new version of his product. ...

Apple Final Cut Pro X

Final Cut Pro X Power Tips
By: FCPWORKS on May 10, 2016 at 1:49:52 pm

In his FCP X Power Tips session, Steve Martin from will organize, rate, edit, trim, add transitions, work with music, retime and apply a LUT to a short film without touching the mouse even once (well, maybe just once). Steve's session effectively buries the notion that FCP X is primarily a mouse-driven application. ...

Apple Final Cut Pro X

NAB 2016 : 360 and VR rigs for Blackmagic cameras by 360 Design
By: Mathieu Marano on May 10, 2016 at 1:48:34 pm

We were at the Supermeet in Las Vegas where we met Alx Klive of 360 Design who builds 360 rigs for the Blackmagic micro cinema camera and the Blackmagic micro Studio camera 4K. The have a 3 camera and a 4 camera model that they sell fully equipped with lens and all. Here is our interview. ...


Inverleigh TV NAS Case Study
By: FCPWORKS on May 10, 2016 at 1:47:34 pm

Sam Mestman presents a look inside the adoption of Final Cut Pro X by the Inverleigh in Melbourne. Put to the highest broadcast and professional standards over a rigorous series of tests, Final Cut Pro X passed with flying colors. Learn the process from A to Z. As part of the discussion, Philip Hodgetts shows off Magic Keywords in Lumberjack System! ...

Apple Final Cut Pro X

M|Replay: Instant Replay for the Rest of Us
By: FCPWORKS on May 10, 2016 at 1:39:37 pm

Pierre Chevalier presented Softron’s broadcast software solutions on the Mac. He demonstrated M|Replay, the first instant replay software on the Mac. M|Replay is a major game changer for the industry as it allows the modern broadcasters to use the Mac for every step of a production. The demo showed how easy instant replay can be with M|Replay. ...


Large scale television production edited on location
By: FCPWORKS on May 10, 2016 at 1:26:31 pm

When one of largest production companies in Denmark, Metronome Productions (a part of Endemol Shine Group), set out to produce what was to become one of the highest rated television series on Danish TV2, they turned to Final Cut Pro X. Having been an integral part of Metronome's post-production for years, Final Cut Pro X proved to be the most flexible, fastest and most reliable NLE for this enormous task. Heads of Metronome's Final Cut Pro Team Ryan Velin and Mads Larsen Nielsen will talk about using Final Cut Pro X on a large scale production and they will show...

Apple Final Cut Pro X

The Future of Creative Education
By: Richard Harrington on May 10, 2016 at 11:26:45 am

At this year's NAB, I was invited to kickoff the conference as a guest on their live broadcast. I had a chance to talk about changes in the world of educating creative professionals. I shared some of my own view points about where things are going and how the changes affects students and working pros alike. My interview starts around the 22 minute mark....


EP 266: The Dragon Whisperer
By: Sarah Mason on May 5, 2016 at 5:39:04 pm

This week on the podcast we recap Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 2 "Home", which is apparently where Reek/Theon is going after saving Lady Sansa and leaving her in the capable hands of Brienne of Tarth. But which home? The Iron Islands or Winterfell to face Ramsay (Snow) Bolton, who proved himself worthy of the title "Most Evil Man in the Multiverse". Other things that make you say, Duh-- Jon Snow arises, thanks to the Red Woman, Cersei is super pissed off, so is Jamie, and Tyrion is the Dragon Whisperer. ...

Sony NAB 2016 - Digital Imaging Products, 4K, and The POV Market
By: Sarah Mason on May 2, 2016 at 11:18:16 pm

Jake Essoe , Co-Host of The Harold & Maudecast speaks to L Dean, Senior Product Information Officer, Digital Imaging Products, Sony Electronics, about Sony's competitive edge with 4K POV cameras. ...


Canon NAB Interview - Canon Goes 8K, to Space & Beyond
By: Sarah Mason on May 2, 2016 at 5:28:25 pm

Co-Host of the Harold & Maudecast Jake Essoe sits down with Paul Hawxhurst, Professional Market Specialist at Canon USA, to talk about Canon's new announcements at NAB 2016 including the new COMPACT-SERVO 18-80mm T4.4 EF-mount lens. ...


An Update On Rich Harrington's Many Projects
By: Richard Harrington on May 2, 2016 at 4:10:41 am

At NAB in Las Vegas, we found Rich Harrington taking a rare break from his busy schedule of teaching and appearances, and persuaded him to give us an update on his many activities. Rich talks about the value proposition of NAB and Post Production World, his company, his newest web site, ThinkTAPLearn, and why he is so driven to share visual storytelling skills....

Sony NAB 2016 Interview - PVM-X550 55 Inch OLED 4K Monitor
By: Sarah Mason on May 1, 2016 at 5:50:41 pm

Harold & Maudecast Co-Host Jake Essoe interviews Gary Mandle, Sr. Product Manager, Professional Monitor Products, Sony Electronics, about their new monitor introduced at NAB 2016, the PVM-X550 - 55 Inch OLED 4K Monitor. ...


Sony NAB 2016 Interview - PXW-Z450 4K Shoulder-Mount Camera
By: Sarah Mason on May 1, 2016 at 5:21:52 pm

Jake Essoe , Co-Host, The Harold & Maudecast, speaks to Joseph Schimizzi, Sales Support Engineer, Sony Electronics, about their new 4K shoulder mount camcorder and more. ...

BlueFish444 NAB Interview - VR Workflows
By: Sarah Mason on May 1, 2016 at 5:10:21 pm

The Harold & Maudecast Co-Host Jake Essoe speaks to Simon Walker of BlueFish444 about their new announcements for NAB 2016 and their complete Virtual Reality (VR) workflow demonstrated at the Bluefish444 NAB 2016 booth SL9021. ...


Day Two: Editing on DaVinci Resolve 12.5
By: walter biscardi on Apr 28, 2016 at 7:02:52 pm

Ok, if I'm being honest about this, Day Two was really a continuation of a very LONG day one. See I finished working last night about 6:30, then wrote the Day One blog, and then was preparing to go to bed around 11pm when I heard my phone chime that I had a text. A Producer on the west coast needed me to do a quick turnaround of a national broadcast spot today for Friday delivery. Well, I couldn't let that project interfere with the corporate project I'm cutting on Resolve, so instead of getting some sleep, I went back...

Video Editing

NAB 2016: HP Z workstations
By: Mathieu Marano on Apr 28, 2016 at 6:00:30 pm

HP was everywhere at NAB 2016. We met Mike Diehl, product manager for the z workstation. We asked him about what makes the z workstation the go-to PC for video professionals. His answer was quite interesting. ...


Day One: Editing on DaVinci Resolve 12.5
By: walter biscardi on Apr 27, 2016 at 5:15:41 pm

At the recently completed NAB Show in Las Vegas, Blackmagic Design took the wraps off DaVinci Resolve 12.5. It really could be a Resolve 13 but they probably wanted to avoid that unlucky number. I’ve been predicting for over a year now that NAB 2016 would be the year this tool became a full fledged non-linear editing system and sure enough, it’s a solid editing platform. ...


EP 265: Sounds Like Thrones
By: Sarah Mason on Apr 27, 2016 at 11:10:44 am

Game of Thrones is back! Did we find out the fate of Jon Snow? Sorta. Did people die? Not sure. Was there nudity, violence? You betcha. Any justice? A little, for a brief moment. Were we sad? Yup. Were we left hangin? Oh yeah. ...

Game of Thrones

Blackmagic Design NAB Interview - President Dan May
By: Sarah Mason on Apr 25, 2016 at 1:53:58 pm

Our very own Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe , Co-Hosts of The Harold & Maudecast, sit down with Blackmagic Design President Dan May to talk about their growing real estate in the South Hall at NAB Show. ...

NAB 2016: KeyFlow Pro, affordable asset management
By: Mathieu Marano on Apr 25, 2016 at 1:43:27 pm

Keyflow Pro is one of those obvious piece of software you wish always existed. It's seems so obvious and easy to use that you feels like you've been using it forever. ...

asset management

Boris FX NAB Interview - Boris FX & Imagineer
By: Sarah Mason on Apr 25, 2016 at 1:09:42 pm

The Harold & Maudecast's own Jake Essoe sits down with Ross Shain, CMO of Boris FX & Imagineer to discuss their launch of new tools for editors at the NAB Show 2016. ...

Boris FX

AJA NAB 2016 - Nick Rashby, AJA President
By: Sarah Mason on Apr 24, 2016 at 9:57:39 pm

Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe , Co-Hosts of the The Harold and Maudecast talk to AJA President, Nick Rashby about AJA’s continued synergy with current and future roadmaps for Content Creators. ...


Adobe Interview NAB 2016 - Patrick Palmer
By: Sarah Mason on Apr 24, 2016 at 9:45:57 pm

Jake Essoe , Co-Host of of the Harold and Maudecast sits down with Patrick Palmer, Senior Product Manager, Professional Video and Audio at Adobe, to discuss how Adobe’s new NAB developments help Editors find that sweet spot between multi-applications and truly Integrated Workflows. ...


NAB 2016: Pro Tools 12.5 and new collaborative tools
By: Mathieu Marano on Apr 24, 2016 at 5:46:44 pm

We paid a visit to AVID at NAB 2016. There were showing the new collaboration mode in Pro Tools 12.5. In addition to enable multiple musicians to share a session through the new cloud service, this updates integrates new communication tools. ...

pro tools

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