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Catching up

June 11, 2012 — Leave a comment

Just a brief update before we get back to business around here. You’ve probably been wondering if I ever made it back from Vegas, given my silence here on the blog. Yes, I’m fine. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

NAB was incredible, as always…but it seems the last several years especially, my personal NAB experience has been topping itself year over year. That is in large part driven by people and relationships. The nexus of that activity is of course the MediaMotion Ball and this was the biggest and best event ever in our 15 year history. I was interviewed by Toolfarm shortly after NAB about the event, it’s history and why we continue to do it.

So what have I been up to since NAB? Well, an interesting mix of things. Some work, and some pockets of business down-time. Work: I have been out of my office a bit in the past month, collaborating with teams on a couple of mograph-heavy projects on site at a couple of different agencies. I don’t take this kind of out-of-house work often, but sometimes it is for the best. Many of the projects I create are for private audiences and can’t be shown online (or at least not right away), but sometimes it’s okay and the companies put stuff up on their own content channels. Here’s a 2D text/messaging mograph project I recently created for an agency. This was to play as a loop in a tradeshow booth. The interesting thing is that I built that in AE onsite at an agency that was still running CS5 everything. Blast from the past! A lot has improved in the past two years.

Speaking of software, I’m running the full CS6 Creative Cloud package now, but have also left CS 5.5 installed side-by-side without issued. CS 5.5 will probably not be re-installed the next time I do a clean install. CS6 is wonderful. The absolute best release of Adobe products ever. Standouts for me of course are Premiere Pro, After Effects and Audition. I’m sure I’ll have much more to say on that subject in the future. This is the software I use in day to day production more than any others at this time. I’m doing paid work faster, and just plain better than ever before.

But, after ripping off my FCP blinders a couple of years ago (my transition off FCP began earlier than most folks and was more gradual), I’m not about to put on Adobe blinders to replace them, so I’m always looking around at what else is going on in the NLE space. Therefore, I also have a shiny new copy of Avid Symphony in-house. But due to other projects and some downtime I spent offline I have yet to really scratch the surface of it. Personally, I have not cut on Avid systems since the late 90’s when I bought Media100 setups and literally did not look back. That makes me an Avid noob. It should be very interesting tracking my experiences as a highly experienced multi-tool-using editor, approaching Avid software essentially for the first time…and finding my way. No doubt I will find things to like and things to…well…not like. But one thing is for certain, I don’t have any Avid “legacy thinking” in my head, nor muscle memory, as is the case with most of Avid’s customer base (most of whom have used Avids for many years) and that will make for a different perspective upon approaching the product as “beginner” today. We’ll just have to see how it goes! Note that I will be baby-stepping with the software and would certainly not sit down with a client to cut a project in it without getting proficient first.

I mentioned some downtime earlier. I’ve had a couple of slower pockets in my work schedule, which has afforded me the opportunity to spend time offline with my wife and kids, enjoying our first taste of glorious MN summer weather the past month or so. For me, family time suffers quite a bit during the 3 months prior to NAB due to the exceedingly high load of regular work coupled with all the volunteer time put in to the IMUG and MediaMotion Ball prep, so call this “re-balancing”. Looking back, it seems I always tend to have a post-NAB lull. The industry-wide news lull coincides nicely with this.

Bouncing off that now, I’m looking to get busy again and resume more frequent posting. A few things I’m looking forward to right now: The release of the Smoke 2013 public beta, Following Philip Hodgetts and crew on The Solar Odyssey, and what happens at WWDC. Take care and I promise not to be such a stranger around here going forward!

Adobe CS6 is Announced

April 12, 2012 — 2 Comments

Hey Everyone, the rush of prep for all things MediaMotion Ball combined with one last pre-NAB project that just took forever to complete…. has left me with precious little time to write up an extensive report in time for today’s big Adobe CS6 announcements. Of course I will have my own things to say about various features of this comprehensive suite in the future. Just can’t get it done before NAB.

Fortunately, some good friends have written up fantastic articles/created videos, etc. on the matter and I am recommending them to all of my readers/viewers.

I may add links to this post later as well so check back!

After Effects CS6 (P)Review

Chris and Trish Meyer

 

My top 5 (or so) Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 features

Scott Simmons

 

Adobe CS6 Is Announced

Steve Oakley

 

After Effects CS6: New Features Workshop

Learn What’s New and How It Affects You

Todd Kopriva

 

Adobe “What’s new in CS6 Production Premium?” video page

Jason Levine

 

After Effects: New 3D Features in CS6

John Dickinson of Motionworks

 

After Effects New Feature Highlights (video)

Angie Taylor

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.

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

The eSeminar I presented earlier today is now live.

Ask A CS Pro: Updating Your Demo Reel with Premiere Pro

In this eSeminar, I talk about the importance of demo reels and provide an introduction to Premiere Pro, especially from the FCP editors point of view. I also demonstrate how to move FCP 7 projects to Premiere Pro via XML.

This is an Adobe Connect session. You can get to it by clicking either image below.

 

 

This Friday, I will be presenting an eSeminar on behalf of Adobe, entitled:
Ask a CS Pro: Update Your Demo Reel with Premiere Pro

 

Title: Ask a CS Pro: Update Your Demo Reel with Premiere Pro
Time: Friday, August 5, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. PT
Location: http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/askcspro

More Info:
In this week’s Ask a CS Pro, Carey Dissmore will talk about the importance of demo reels, and provide an overview of the editing workflow in Premiere Pro from the perspective of an editor who is comfortable with Final Cut Pro. Carey will also share the similarities, differences and unique advantages of Premiere Pro, including its tight integration with other products in the Adobe Production Premium bundle such as After Effects, Photoshop and Audition.

We’ll see you Friday, August 5, at 12 p.m. PT in our Connect Room: http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/askcspro. The room will open up 15 minutes before the session starts. At this time, please sign in as a guest to join.

Session start time for other time zones follows: http://bit.ly/qWKv5b

About Carey Dissmore:

Carey Dissmore is a television and media production professional with 25 years in the business. His work spans the broadcast news, entertainment, advertising, documentary and corporate ranges. He considers himself an editor first, with a heavy amount of motion graphics design as well. He uses an enormous number of tools but the biggies are Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, After Effects and the full Adobe suite. Carey is currently working on shows for Food Network and Spike TV, while also designing, editing and animating a series of corporate and medical projects.

Carey founded the International Media Users Group and the MediaMotion Ball at NAB, establishing it as a strong user community event that has been running since 1998. He is active on the MediaMotion IMUG and AE email lists that he helps administer.

Carey is principal of Carey Dissmore Productions, Inc., based in Minneapolis, MN.

 

Disclosure by Carey: I’m not an Adobe employee, but they are funding and hosting this eSeminar. Having said that, Adobe has encouraged me to be really honest and straightforward. This presentation is of my own design, prepared from my own perspective.