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Video Copilot Element 3D V2 Review


Video Copilot  Element 3D V2
Do you feel 3D is out of your reach? The Element 3D V2 plug-in for Adobe After Effects can save you time and up your game, allowing you to create 3D text and objects easily.

Sony PXW-FS7 Review


Sony FS7
Sony has introduced a camera that is a real game changer, even in this environment when “game changing” cameras seem to come out every month. With internal 4K recording, 14 stops dynamic range and full functionality out-of-the-box with a street price of around $8,000, this camera will be turning heads for a while.

3D/Raytracing in After Effects


3D/Raytracing interface
As a motion graphics package, Adobe After Effects is known for its power in combining and compositing disparate images into one cohesive piece of video. One aspect of After Effects that eludes many users is its ability to create 3D animations.

NewTek TriCaster Mini HD-4i Review


NewTek TriCaster Mini HD-4i

The NewTek TriCaster Mini HD-4 pack a full live production truck into a small computer that makes multi-camera switching accessible to even to a novice.

How to Use a Live Switcher


Live Switcher image
Ten years ago when working in televison, every week, I would be handed multiple tapes of an event recorded on multiple cameras. I would spend hours uploading the tapes and syncing the footage before editing could even begin, teaching me the important benefits of using a live switcher.

Nodes vs. Layers


Fusion 7 screen grab
While one could argue over which is better, nodes or layers, the answer will usually come down to software application preference. We’ll look at both systems and explain why they are awesome and where they just don’t make the cut.

Event and Concert Audio


Person standing at mixer at an event
Both technical and practical knowledge are required to make high quality audio recordings when working in concert and event settings.

Blackmagic URSA Review


Blackmagic URSA
Blackmagic cameras seem to strike a strange balance of strengths that rival high-end cinema cameras along with weaknesses that have us scratching our heads in disbelief. While the URSA certainly alleviates some of the pain points of its predecessors, it’s still a bit of mixed bag when all is said and done.

Licensing Music


Mark Levy is an intellectual property attorney who has won awards for productions in amateur domestic and foreign movie festivals.
Readers will learn how to decide whether a sound license is required and if so, whom to contact and how. A sample license request letter is provided as a sidebar. Also covered are the differences among synchronization, master use, broadcast and Internet licenses.

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