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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

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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

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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

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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.

HitFilm 3 Pro Review

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HitFilm 3 Pro is the latest iteration of the combination editing & effects software from England-based tech company FXHOME. Emerging in 2011, HitFilm has seen swift upgrades with each release and now appears in its newest incarnation as a solid competitor of other film editing giants such as Adobe’s Premier Pro and Apple’s Final Cut.

Introduction to Professional Editing Software

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Looking at upgrading from consumer editing software to something more professional? This article will offer some insight in what to consider when choosing a professional editing application.

Color Theory For Video

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By learning about color theory, you can increase your creative tool set. From shooting a commercial to a wedding to a feature film, you can use color theory to set the tone and mood for the viewer using color manipulation in pre-production, shooting and post.