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Presenting episode 3 of “In Production: DaVinci Resolve” !

In this episode:
Carey and Steve talk get into an overview of the Resolve workflow. We’ll explore a number of different ways to get projects in and out of Resolve, some great features AND gotchas, and express an opinion or two along the way.

Missed the first two episodes? They’re right here.

Episode 3 of 6: Resolve Workflow Overview

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About the show:
“In Production” is a brand new video chat program where hosts Carey Dissmore and Steve Oakley discuss tools and topics related to the video production business from their unique perspective as independent production business owner/operators.

This series on DaVinci Resolve will be released in 6 episodes.

Additional episodes will be released weekly right here on CareyDissmore.com and also on SteveOakley.net

I’m very happy to present a brand new blog show.

In Production” is a brand new video chat program where hosts Carey Dissmore (that’s me) and Steve Oakley discuss tools and topics related to the video production business from their unique perspective as independent production business owner/operators.

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. Cheers.

Episode 1 of 6: Introduction

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Episode 2 of 6: Color Grading Basics

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Additional episodes will be released weekly right here on CareyDissmore.com and also on SteveOakley.net

Looks like Adobe has essentially reinstated their switcher promo for a brief period of time (less than 3 weeks).

The skinny:
Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Production Premium – Regularly $1699, now $849 (boxed version) through March 2, 2012.

Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 Regularly $799, now $399 (boxed version) through March 2, 2012.

You can get the details and purchase at Toolfarm.

Go Get Em!

Link to downloads page.

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.

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.

 

Apple has announced immediate availability of Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 with some really big new features like Multicam, improved XML, Relinking…and Broadcast monitoring!

In this short post I discuss some of these new announcements as well as an exciting new tool from Intelligent Assistance, 7 to X, which provides a way to move your legacy Final Cut Pro 7 projects to FCP X.

I also include an addendum on my previous posts about Thunderbolt and the Mac Pro future.

Apple’s official page announcing the FCP 10.0.3 Software Update

Philip Hodgetts Blog post about the creation of 7toX, the FCP 7 to FCP X translation utility.

Hey gang,

This is some very exciting news for the world of production that does not work in full-blown uncompressed video very often.

Blackmagic Design has had one of the most affordable SDI/HDMI recording devices available in the Hyperdeck Shuttle, which takes off-the-shelf SSDs as recording media, and costs just $345. But it had one rub that quickly harmed it’s appeal: It would only record full-rate uncompressed video which meant record times of just 9 minutes or so on a 64GB SSD. The high cost of SSDs (now dropping a bit) combined with the sheer volume of data to transfer and manage through the entire editorial and archive process made this product less desirable for many longer-form projects.

Today Blackmagic has announced that the Hyperdeck Shuttle 2 will now have the option of recording in DNxHD, writing files in industry standard MXF format. DNxHD is a codec with similar performance to Apple ProRes, but is developed and championed by Avid (Although you can work with these files in Premiere Pro). This will dramatically improve recording times (5x or more) and have the added benefit of making total project sizes far more manageable…all without reducing visual quality in a perceptible way.

 

Blackmagic Design Releases HyperDeck Shuttle 2 with Avid DNxHD Recording and Playback

Milpitas, USA – January 19, 2012 – Blackmagic Design today released a new version of it’s popular HyperDeck Shuttle Solid State Disk recorder. HyperDeck Shuttle 2 replaces the existing model and adds broadcast quality 10-bit recording and playback to the Avid DNxHD format for the same low price of $345.

You can find the rest of the press release by clicking here.

This post may feel a little out of place here as it involves heavy 3D modeling, which is not a focus of this blog. But! I have my reasons for including it here: As amazing as the 3D work is on it’s own merit, I’m also attracted to the editing. It’s rare to see a modeling/animation/vfx breakdown that has such great editing and soundtrack as this.

As someone who considers himself a versatile editor of numerous disciplines, I have to admit that beat-cut editing to a hot track remains one of my favorite editorial styles.

Kudos to Paul Clements for this great work. I have to admit I am very curious about the design hours involved in crafting this intricate, detailed and highly finessed piece. I’ve asked Paul if he’s willing to comment on that. We’ll have to see.

Following up on my last post about Thunderbolt technology, I continue the discussion and veer into some scary territory: Contemplating the future of the Mac Pro in video post production.

So what do you think? Is there a future for the Mac Pro? Will you be migrating to Windows for production? Maybe you already have? Maybe years ago?

Central to the discussion is at what point do you let your need for performance take precedence over your preferred operating system?

Leave a comment!

Update:

ARS Technica has just posted the following article: Why the video pros are moving away from Apple. 

While I may not agree with everything in it, that’s beside the point. It goes to show I’m not alone in mulling (and frankly dreading) dealing with this.

Update 2:

My addendum clarifying details about my wishes for Mac Pro as well as confirming my excitement for Thunderbolt technology (starts at 2:06 on this video post).

Hey gang,

I’m finally back with a new post. This week as brought a wave of news out of CES, including some new Thunderbolt peripherals. Here are some of my thoughts on what’s ahead.

Update 1: AMD intros “Lightning Bolt”, creates confusion about true Thunderbolt

I became aware of this a day after I recorded the Thunderbolt round-up video above. Just as Thunderbolt is starting to get some traction, AMD has announced it is developing a cheaper, slower, less capable competitor that uses THE SAME CONNECTOR (Mini display port). They are conspicuously calling this tech “Lightning Bolt”. This tech is USB 3 based, but due to muxing this would run at “less than” full USB 3 speeds. Note: USB 3 is rated at 5Gbps (total). True Apple/Intel Thunderbolt is 10Gbps (bi-directional…i.e. 20Gbps total). Does this smack of “cheap knock-off” or what?

Ugh. I predict widespread confusion, especially outside of the geek-o-sphere.

Anandtech has the known details.

Update 2 : My follow up to this video

My follow-up to this video regarding Thunderbolt and the Mac Pro’s future

Hey all, just a reminder that I’m heading to Motion 2011 and The Adobe Post Show and I sure hope to see as many of you there as possible. If you are just learning what that is, here’s a link to my original VIDEO post about why I go. Bonus: There’s a heck of a good discount via PROMO CODEs in the banner to the right.

Exclusive Promo Codes

$100 off either Motion 2011 or The Adobe Post Show via promo code: REELmo11

$175 off the already-discounted price for both conferences via promo code: REELmoPS11

This industry is very challenging, more now than ever, and a lot of us are under tremendous pressure to deliver in a time of shrinking budgets and increased expectations. It’s very easy to feel like you are constantly chasing your tail, and you end up getting creatively burnt out. Motion 2011 is a place to fix that. The Adobe Post show is a place to acquire new hands on skills. I’m teaching a Premiere Pro lab there, but am just as eager to participate as an attendee.

Hope to see you there!