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March 8, 2013, 5:44 am
The beauty of Apple Final Cut Pro X is in its power to organize media. When editors take advantage of these tools, FCP X can prove to be a very fast way to cut. I've covered some of these concepts in previous posts on
January 26, 2013, 3:29 pm
The video industry has been moving towards complete file-based workflows, but that doesn't replace all of the functions that traditional videotape recorders served. To bridge the gap, companies such as AJA, Blackmagic Design, Convergent Design, Sound Devices and others had developed solid state recorders for field and studio operation. I recently tested Blackmagic Design's HyperDeck...
January 18, 2013, 9:52 pm
Few films have the potential to be as politically charged as Zero Dark Thirty. Director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, K-19: The Widowmaker) and producer/writer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, In the Valley of Elah) have evaded those minefields by focusing on the relentless CIA detective work that led to the finding and killing of...
January 12, 2013, 11:34 am
The 4K buzz seems to be steam-rolling the industry just like stereo3D before it. It's too early to tell whether it will be an immediate issue for editors or not, since 4K delivery requirements are few and far between. Nevertheless, camera and TV-set manufacturers are building important parts of the pipeline. RED Digital Cinema is...
January 5, 2013, 4:14 pm
Undoubtedly this year will continue the trend of fractured market share for edit systems. If you tally up every system in general use, your professional choices include NLE systems from Adobe, Apple, Avid, Autodesk, Boris/Media 100, Dayang, Editshare/Lightworks , Grass Valley, SGO, Sony and Quantel. In most US markets, the split in market dominance boils...
December 22, 2012, 5:22 pm
My past articles on edit suite and facility design have focused on equipment and construction tips. For my last post of 2012, I'll take a look at some layouts that might play into designing your next editing man (or woman) cave. In the linear days, suites used to follow the "bridge of the Enterprise" philosophy...
December 15, 2012, 9:23 pm
With the proliferation of digital video cameras, everyone has been trying to make them look more like film. Assuming that your camera shoots at the right frame rate and offers film-like motion blur and highlight handling, the rest gets down to grain and colorimetry. That's where various software tools and filters come in. A new [...]
December 1, 2012, 4:41 pm
On the same day Apple launched the iPad mini, the fourth generation iPad, a refresh of the iMac line and the addition of a 13" MacBook Pro with Retina display, Apple also quietly released the 10.0.6 version of Final Cut Pro X. By the end of the day, the App Store lit up and the...
November 26, 2012, 9:28 pm
It's been 18 months since Apple launched Final Cut Pro X and the debate over it continues to rage without let-up. Apple likely has good sales numbers to deem it a success, but if you look around the professional world, with a few exceptions, there has been little or no adoption. Yes, some editors are...
November 17, 2012, 8:54 pm
The holidays are here and it's time to look at some ideas for that virtual stocking hung by the visual effects fireplace. Here are a few suggestions to spruce up the ole editor's toolkit. EDL-X. As more people take the plunge with Apple Final Cut Pro X, they find that a number of add-ons and...
November 12, 2012, 5:07 am
Digital camera development has been running in high gear for several years outpacing any other portion of our industry. Thanks to a revolution started by RED, Nikon and Canon, videographers are now blessed with a wide range of small, affordable, high-performance imaging systems that have broken us free from the confines of the mundane 2/3"...
Gordon Burkell sits down to discuss Selina MacArthur's Emmy nominated work on Black Mirror's USS Callister.
Gordon Burkell sits down with Beth Morgan to discuss the costume design for GLOW.
Gordon Burkell sits down with Tanya Swerling to discuss her work on the show GLOW.
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