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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. ...


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...

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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. ...

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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. ...

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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. ...

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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. ...

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#MCS EP10: Use and create project templates in Resolve 12
By: Mathieu Marano on Apr 23, 2016 at 6:19:37 pm

This is a tric that could help you save a lot of time while creating project in Resolve 12. In this episode, Mathieu Marano shows you how you can create and use template project in Resolve so that you can keep these parameters from project to project: ...


NAB 2016: AJA, HDbaseT and IP video
By: Mathieu Marano on Apr 22, 2016 at 11:54:58 am

We were at NAB 2016 and met with Bryce Button of AJA. We asked him to explain why AJA is betting on HDbaseT and IP video. In this short video he explains the difference between these 2 ways of transporting HD and 4K video. ...


Nine Lives Trailer VFX Done In FCP X
By: Charlie Austin on Apr 15, 2016 at 9:53:16 am

A couple weeks ago I posted about some 2k VFX 3 screen replacements I had created in FCP X for an unnamed trailer. Well, the trailer is out so I wanted to let you all take a look. To be clear, while I had cut another version of the trailer in X, it was not chosen to finish. ...


#MCS EP09: Create proxies for collaboration in Premiere Pro CC 2015
By: Mathieu Marano on Apr 14, 2016 at 6:10:07 am

There are a couple reasons you’d want to create proxies in Premiere Pro CC 2015: to send a project to an editor through a web upload service, to work on a underpowered station or simply to convert 6K footage to HD work files. ...


N.A.B. FCP X & Me.
By: Charlie Austin on Apr 13, 2016 at 4:16:30 pm

Oh, Hi! Going to NAB? Want to go to NAB? If you re there, I ll be blabbing about FCP X at a little FCP Exchange presentation on Tuesday at 2:30. Stop by and heckle! Bring your FCP X hating friends! Fun!...


The Women in Post PR List: No More #AllMalePanels
By: Kylee Peña on Apr 9, 2016 at 11:23:18 pm

Did you know the #allmalepanel is such a common phenomenon that a UN organization is urging its employees (and 8,500 member organizations like Coca-Cola and Cisco) to stop participating in them? “There is no shortage of qualified women," says executive director Lise Kingo. ...


EP 263: PeePee City
By: Sarah Mason on Apr 9, 2016 at 9:45:03 am

Recovered from the Season 6 Finale of The Walking Dead yet? Didn't think so. We share your need for continuing therapy, stayin up nights thinking of ways Superman or other members of the Justice League could have swooped in and taken care of Negan for us all. Oh well #multiverse. ...

The Walking Dead

By: Douglas Spotted Eagle on Apr 6, 2016 at 1:54:41 pm

1908 was a big year for the world; the automobile found its way to the masses through the invention of the assembly line, created by Henry Ford. Not only did the mass-production line bring affordable prices, it also created the middle class.  We re in much the same birthspace; UAV/Drones are just beginning to grow into Continue reading WITNESS TO HISTORY...


#MCS EP08: connected timeline & timeline versioning in Autodesk Flame
By: Mathieu Marano on Apr 5, 2016 at 10:55:42 am

The latest version of Autodesk Flame as a very neat feature for anybody who has to deal with many version of a timeline like it often happens in commercial sessions. The Connected timeline will help the editor to propagate any change applied to a single shot to any other instance of this shot in the other timelines. ...


ACORN TV: Compression Issues Abound
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Apr 4, 2016 at 3:47:00 pm

My wife and I signed up for the free 30 day trial subscription to Acorn TV but couldn't make it a few days before turning off our account and being done with it. We even uninstalled the app from our system. ...


Introducing our new line up of Videoguys Tech Select HP Z workstations
By: Gary Bettan on Apr 4, 2016 at 12:35:46 pm

We’ve had tremendous success over the past year with our Videoguys Tech Select HP Z workstations. In anticipation of re-configuring our systems this year, we waited for HP to certify the latest revs of NVIDIA Quadro cards so we could put them in our new builds. They’re ready! We’ve put together 5 killer workstations that deliver a tremendous combination of performance, reliability and stability for video editors of every level and budget. ...

HP Z Workstations

Movie Review: Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice
By: Sarah Mason on Apr 2, 2016 at 12:37:28 am

This week we take on the Uber Journalists with our honest, and untainted review of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. We liked it! Listen in to find out why we think this movie has gotten a bad rap. ...

EP 262: Negan Cometh
By: Sarah Mason on Apr 2, 2016 at 12:11:40 am

If, like us, you're a long suffering fan of The Walking Dead, you're in the midst of emotional and psychological prep for this weekend's Season 6 Finale. The long wait is finally coming to an end with the much anticipated entrance of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), the psychopath with a killer smile and a spikey bat. We hope to God that none of our favorite characters face Lucille, but sadly, we know the show (and the comic book) too well. ...

Another International Cable Cutter Find
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Apr 1, 2016 at 1:23:00 pm

As I've mentioned before, my wife and I really like learning how other cultures look at the world and learning a bit of their history, as well. One of the easy ways we've found is to explore their television programming. ...


My new cable cutting book is now at
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Apr 1, 2016 at 10:53:00 am

CUTTING THE CABLE : Covers ROKU, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast Others is now available at ...


Interview: Seth Laderman from Comic-Con HQ
By: Sarah Mason on Mar 30, 2016 at 11:49:33 am

On May 7th Comic-Con International and Lionsgate will launch a new SVOD Channel. We talk to Comic-Con HQ, EVP and GM, Seth Laderman about the launch and what this means for the world of OTT! ...


Movie Reviews: Hail Caesar, High-Rise, Macbeth, Goodnight Mommy
By: Sarah Mason on Mar 28, 2016 at 7:02:56 pm

The Harold & Maudecast Justice and Doom Movie Meter has been put to the test with these new movie reviews, two are currently streaming on SVOD and two are in theaters now....

Random Freebies – 2K 1.85 Title Safe Overlays
By: Charlie Austin on Mar 28, 2016 at 6:04:05 pm

I just made a couple 1.85 title safe .png checker overlays if anyone has any use for them. In FCP X, I use a combo of Digital Heavens Grid X, and Andy s Safe Guides, both free and worth having. We wanted a prettier checker for some AE/PS stuff though, so I just rendered these out in 2K [ ]...

WorkflowFree FCP X tool

By: Mathieu Marano on Mar 28, 2016 at 10:22:35 am

Resolve 12 as a nice feature because that enables a colorist to remotely control a color grading session from a local workstation. This is possible across a a network or between two stations thousands of kilometres away. All you need is two licenses of DaVinci Resolve Studio, an internet connection and two copies of your medias. ...


FCP X & 3rd Party Plugins - 2K VFX
By: Charlie Austin on Mar 26, 2016 at 2:43:51 pm

Just wanted to share a little story illustrating one of the great things about FCP X… the capabilities you can add to the NLE with 3’rd party apps/plugins. Of course, some people believe that since FCP X doesn’t come with every option under the sun built in, it’s crippled. I am not one of those people. Case in point, Coremelt Slice-X and Track X. ...


Movie Reviews High-Rise 7
By: Sarah Mason on Mar 25, 2016 at 2:11:19 pm

The Harold & Maudecast Review the film HIGH-RISE, Directed by Ben Wheatley starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller and Luke Evans. The film, based on the JG Ballard novel of the same name, is set in a High Rise building in the 1970s. Hiddleston moves in and quickly finds that the society within is unraveling amidst a tense class welfare system. 7/10 on the Justice & Doom Meter....

G-Technology Evolution Series Workflow – It’s as easy as 1-2-3
By: Gary Bettan on Mar 24, 2016 at 1:19:58 pm

Today’s HD and 4K file based workflows require reliable, rugged and high performance video storage wherever you are : ...


EP 261: Waiting for Lucille
By: Sarah Mason on Mar 23, 2016 at 11:39:47 am

EP 261 of the Harold & Maudecast talks Maggie, Carol, Girl Power, the wait for Negan & which beloved cast member will be introduced to Lucille, casting questions (Kung Fu Jesus) and all things Walking Dead....

FCP X Audio-Mute vs. Disable…
By: Charlie Austin on Mar 19, 2016 at 5:50:48 pm

As this is a topic that seems to cause some confusion, I thought I d write a little post about it. It confuses me sometimes too, so this post is also for me to refer to when my brain freezes up.  I ve included the obligatory video below. It s too long for a Gif-Tip™, but I ve tried to be uncharachteristically [ ]...

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DRONE PRIVACY CONCERNS? What you need to know NOW!
By: Douglas Spotted Eagle on Mar 17, 2016 at 9:59:52 am

Communities, states, and even the Fed are discussing potential breach of personal privacy from sUAVs in the skies of today and more importantly, skies of tomorrow. ...


Telltale Games: The Walking Dead: Michonne Review
By: Sarah Mason on Mar 16, 2016 at 5:34:41 pm

We have a new segment at The Harold & Maudecast -- Confessions of a Basement Dweller. Co-host Jake Essoe will be reviewing video games monthly for this segment. First up! Telltale Games, The Walking Dead: Michonne. What'd Jake give it on our Justice & Doom Meter? Listen and find out!...

Interview: Willie Daly the Matchmaker of Ireland
By: Sarah Mason on Mar 16, 2016 at 5:24:35 pm

Looking for love? Well, you've come to the right place! That is if you're willing to travel to Ennistymon in County Clare Ireland to meet with resident Matchmaker, Willie Daly. We recently did just that and we sat down with Himself who shared some of the secrets of his trade and many stories he has to tell after 50 years of being in the business of matchmaking. Take a listen to our interview and enjoy Willie!...

#MCS EP07: Autodesk Flame & Family available on Mac
By: Mathieu Marano on Mar 15, 2016 at 4:15:37 pm

Autodesk announced that the next version on its powerful compositing and finishing solution, Flame, would soon be available on Linux an Mac OS. They also announced that it would then be available through a new subscription plan at a lower price along Flame Assist and Flare. Here is what you need to know to install Flame on your Mac. ...


FCP Exchange – Video and Omissions
By: Charlie Austin on Mar 14, 2016 at 4:47:06 pm

The video from the FCP Exchange event has been posted, I ve added it below. I realized that when listing the tools I use, there were a couple great plugins I neglected to mention so I wanted to do that now First is Automatic Duck Import AE If you use After Effects as part of your [ ]...

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Apple TV 4 and Cable Cutting Basics
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Mar 14, 2016 at 1:31:00 am

One of the surest ways to save on the high cost of cable if you are an Apple TV 4 user, is to get a good digital over-the-air antenna to pull in your local channels. (We use a $50 MOHU Leaf indoor digital antenna. We're in a very mountainous area and so we use the amplified model.) We don't have a big outdoor antenna and we use a simple indoor antenna that gets us over 20 local channels, even in our heavy wooded mountainous surroundings. ...


Why and How Television Is Changing
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Mar 13, 2016 at 3:03:00 pm

Whenever new things come along, they nearly always attack the low-end of the market first. Why? It's the least defended market segment and the one that well entrenched companies will sacrifice while they focus ...


Apple TV 4: First Impressions
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Mar 13, 2016 at 12:40:00 pm

We have just purchased and installed the new Apple TV 4 and have begun getting to know it. It's clear that this is a new environment and so there are not as many apps as there are for Roku or Amazon Fire TV. While you may read claims that say that Apple TV 4 has over 2600 apps, Kathlyn and I have been digging through the App Store and not even a search turns up far too many of our favorites. ...


Don't Waste Money On Smart TVs You Don't Need
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Mar 13, 2016 at 12:04:00 pm

One thing that people spend a lot of money on, which in many cases is not a good use of money -- because they are paying for duplicated features they likely get from other options -- is buying Smart TVs. ...


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