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Using the Blackmagic Ursa Mini 4.6K for broadcast drama

Published in Production

The capabilities of the 4.6K Blackmagic Ursa Mini are widely lauded. DP Chris Spurdens writes about his experiences using the camera to shoot a broadcast drama for the UK's Channel 4.

Blender 2.79 removes blank spots

Published in Post & VFX

The open source 3D content creation application Blender has reached another milestone. Version 2.79 will be the last in the 2.7x series and thus the current stable release for months to come. It features a shadow catcher, denoiser and the „Disney BSDF“ for Cycles, lots of fixes for Alembic, Grease Pencil improvements and much more. By Gottfried Hofmann.

Ignite Express: a very capable set of free plugins

Published in Post & VFX

Who doesn't like free stuff? Enter Hitfilm's Ignite Express, a suite of 90 free plugins to use in your favourite editor. Useful, or just another set of plugins that never get used? Read on to find out.

Remembering Final Cut Pro 7 - the end of an era

Published in Post & VFX

News broke recently that Final Cut Pro 7 will no longer work with the upcoming release of macOS 10.13 High Sierra. While this should be hardly surprising given that the last major release of the software was eight years ago, Final Cut Pro certainly turned the post production market on its head upon its release. Arthur Ditner looks back at a few fond Final Cut Classic memories.

The all new Vegas Pro 15, a NLE reborn

Published in Post & VFX

RedShark Review: What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. With the popular editing software sold to Magix Software, many were in doubt as to its long term future. Now the company has shown its hand in what promises to be a major overhaul. Dave Smith from Australian Video Camera takes a closer look at this eagerly awaited upgrade.

Stock video footage is an incredibly effective way to improve the quality of your commercial videos - and to save money too

RedShark review: Deep insight. SGO - makers of the high end finishing editorial solution Mistika has recently released a free edition of their system: Mistika Insight, which can now be downloaded from their website. Arthur Ditner takes a closer look at what the package has to offer.

Sigma 18-35mm T2.0 & 50-100mm T2.0: RedShark review

Published in Production

The market for affordable cinema glass is becoming ever more competitive. Nick Morrison and DP Ted Rex King took a look at the latest cinema zooms from Sigma to hit the stores.

Choosing the best camera for the job: part two

Published in Production

In part one, Jody Eldred took a look at the fundamentals of choosing the correct camera for any given job. This time around he addresses the concerns and benefits of shooting in 4K, even if your delivery might be in HD.

Choosing the best camera for the job

Published in Production

It is vital to determine well in advance of heading to any location — regardless of the pressure of demanding clients or real-world danger — the specific gear I’m going to need to accomplish my mission. And there’s only one effective way to do that: reverse engineering. By Jody Eldred.

Avid Media Composer | First - first impressions

Published in Post & VFX

RedShark Review: So, we know you can now get a cut-down version of Avid Media Composer for free. But is it any good? Arthur Ditner has been driving the full-fat version for a decade and he reckons it is very much worth the download.

Out and about with the Blackmagic Video Assist

Published in Production

We’ve reviewed the BlackMagic Video Assist before, but it's always interesting to see how products cope out and about in real world use, especially in atypical environments like the Queensland sun. David Hague reports from Australia.

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