Archives For September 2011

I’m on site at an agency client, cutting in Premiere Pro and After Effects, but I thought I better get the word out that Apple have announced an update to FCP X.

Major points:

•XML Support

•Stems Export

The Apple site specifically mentions DaVinci Resolve, under the XML support paragraph. That’s notable for two reasons: 1) Apple are apparently acknowledging the industry’s move to Resolve as a replacement for their own end-of-life Color (and that they have no competitor in the offing), and 2) It seems to indicate this support is ready at launch.

Apple have indicated that multicam support and broadcast monitoring support are coming in 2012. The Multicam was previously announced as intended for “the next major release”, so that’s not a huge surprise, but now that the XML feature is added (although implementation and workflow with all apps is TBD), professional editors are likely to remain frustrated on the monitoring issue, as having a system configured with external monitoring is a standard way of working in most all serious production environments, particularly those where clients are frequently in the room. Many will simply find other editing apps to work in that provide the editorial experience they are accustomed to.

Also noteworthy, and in my opinion a clear indicator of Apple feeling competitive pressure, is that Apple are now offering a 30 day trial of Final Cut Pro X. I have not seen them do that before.

The full list of features is available at the Apple page announcing the update. The update is available via the Mac App store.

When I get a chance, I’ll drive the new upgrade features and test drive an XML workflow, particularly to Resolve and try to get it over to AE (Automatic Duck factor? have to wait and see on that…).

UPDATE 1:

Apple have also posted updates to the Pro Apps codecs. Details on the Apple Support page by clicking here.

UPDATE 2:

Apple have also posted a white paper entitled “Final Cut Pro X for Final Cut Pro 7 Editors”. Clearly a coordinated effort timed for the same day as the update to help curb some of the negativity and ease the transition. Smart move. Apple seems to be moving with a counteroffensive, for lack of a better term.

Engadget recently posted this news, and since it’s taking place in Hollywood, and it’s from Canon, I think we can safely assume that this is going to be some sort of camera product directed at our industry, and that makes it worthy of posting here.

 click the image to link to the Engadget post.

Billed as an historic global announcement, I gotta believe this is more than a new 5D Mark III or some such. Although, in hindsight, the Canon video DSLRs sure have had a big impact on our industry. Perhaps this could be some new large sensor camcorder, maybe with RAW recording, maybe 4k, who really knows… Just thought I’d get it on the radar. All we know for sure is Canon is announcing something they consider historic on November 3rd in Hollywood.

Let’s not forget to factor Canon’s recent digital cinema PL-mount lens announcements (thanks Adam Oas for the nudge)!

I admit this is far from comprehensive, but I still find it interesting. A bunch of Boston area shooters got together for an informal look at how lenses of different costs (ranging from $450-$18K) looked on the same camera (a Panasonic AF-100) in the same scene. Here’s the unscientific results.


There’s also a Behind-The-Scenes piece. Enjoy!

Here’s a link to Benjamin Eckstein’s blog with the full write up.

Motion details, my session and an EXCLUSIVE discount deal:

Note: The park in this video is one of my “creative spaces” I go to get out of the studio and regain focus. It’s generally very quiet and works wonders. What are some of your creative escapes? Leave a comment and let me know.

Motion 2011 and The Adobe Post Show are back-to-back conferences coming October 9-14. Both take place in Albuquerque.

Motion brings together the top creatives in the motion graphics, visual effects and animation industries to share what drives their creativity. The format is audience-interactive “TED Talks” style.

The Adobe Post Show immediately follows Motion. It features intermediate to advanced level training in the Adobe Production Premium applications. I am presenting a hands-on LAB session called “The Reel World: Final Cut Pro to Premiere Pro” amongst many other great sessions.

There is nothing else like Motion in our industry.

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Blackmagic Design have made a lot of news at IBC this week. Amongst many announcements, today they’ve announced DaVinci Resolve version 8.1. Alexis Van Hurkman has a great breakdown of new features over at his blog.

Here’s a link to the BMD press release.

Also, another big announcement is that Resolve is going cross-platform.
Well, technically it already was cross platform. First Linux, then Mac, but come Q1 2012, Resolve will be on Windows!

Very smart move from Blackmagic Design to further cement their brand. This will also open a much wider range of hardware and multi-GPU configuration possibilities.

In the current climate where many professional users are questioning Apple’s commitment to them, they are realizing that FCP competitors like Adobe and Avid have pretty much identical experiences on Mac or Windows, there might not be as much keeping them on the Mac platform as they thought. It’s about growth and tectonic shifts in the market place. Good to see Blackmagic solidifying their presence with this powerful color grading system.

What about me? I’ve been a cross-platform shop for a decade or more. My first foray into doing production on Windows was for performance reasons when the Macs were stuck in G4-slow-ville and the Pentiums were kicking butt. Having said that, for the last 5 years or more I’ve done almost all production on the Mac platform.

I’ve been using a really cool new app for iOS devices called Acquire For Photoshop. It’s a really simple idea, elegantly executed.

You know those cool, but often pricey Eye-Fi cards you can buy for your digital camera, that transmit photos you’ve to your computer over Wifi? Well, think of that same concept for your iOS device.

Acquire For Photoshop allows you to snap a photo on your iOS device and immediately transmit it into Photoshop CS 5 or later for further cropping, retouching, whatever. It is a simple idea and it just works. Created by Flying Car Inc. Just $1.99 in the iTunes store.

Disclosure: I was provided with reviewer’s access to this app a week or so before it was released. I have known one of the developers, Brian Maffitt, for years, and consider him a friend. Having said that, friendship does not guarantee a positive review. Most importantly: I have no financial relationship with this whatsoever.