Posts Tagged ‘Video Tutorial

04
Feb
09

free plugin demos at toolfarm

Toolfarm is one of those really cool companies that offers niche products at wholesale prices.  Best part is, they offer free demos of those plug-ins so you can drive them around the block a few times before you buy.  Or simply to get your learn on.  Just fill out your contact info and they hand you the keys to the car.

Best part is they’ll let you fly solo for the test drive so depress pedal to floor.  Here’s a few plug-ins that would be awesome add-ons to my toolkit and you might like  check them out, too.

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GenArts, Inc. is a premier provider of visual special effects software for the film and video industry. Their Sapphire Plug-ins extend the capabilities of editing and effects workstations by providing digital artists with a collection of over 175 state-of-the-art image processing and synthesis effects.

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Desert sunrise, Arctic tundra, nighttime urban streets: the look of your footage defines the mood. Now you can define the style of your video or film, regardless of on-set conditions, with powerful imaging tools. Choose from 100+ Look presets, to help set the mood for everything from a wedding to the next Sundance original. You also get the standalone Magic Bullet LooksBuilder, for pre-visualizing looks on set or anywhere. Portable presets load into any editing hosts, so the same Looks you create on set are the ones you finish with in the editorial suite: no need for an expensive finishing system.

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Primatte Keyer is a professional greenscreen tool that extracts keys from any color background quickly and easily. Version 4 brings new levels of power and speed to After Effects and Avid, and for the first time, Final Cut Pro. New features include easy-to-use Auto setup, which creates an almost-perfect key with one click. Powerful features allow Primatte Keyer to overcome keying challenges such as uneven lighting, compression artifacts, subtle shadows, and edge light contamination. Best of all, Primatte Keyer 4 works right on the timeline.

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3D Stroke uses paths from one or more masks to render volumetric strokes that can be rotated and moved freely in 3D space. It even has a built-in camera to create dynamic 3D environments. Path reveals are made easily using the keyframable sliders for start and end.

And hey, Toolfarm is super nice and throw in a considerable collection of free tutorials to get you started.  Have fun!

proactively • plugged in • peter

01
Feb
09

video tutorial – artbeats film effects with shane ross

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In this free video tutorial, Avid & FCP Editor Shane Ross shows cool ways to apply Artbeats film effects to your video footage.  Click on the above pic or here to get to the video tutorial.  He shows both Avid and FCP approaches so skip ahead to the 12min or so mark for the FCP explanation.

Shane Ross’ Little Frog in High Def is one of the reasons I got in the blogging game.  I haven’t seen many video tutorials from Shane but I have to say he does an excellent job with this one.

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Makes me feel very retro to see him whipping around in an Avid timeline.  I haven’t touched Avid in like 3 years but it was the NLE I first learned to edit with.

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I really appreciate Shane’s explanation of FCP’s composite modes; multiply removes the white and leaves the black, screen removes the black and leaves the white.  Also, his explanation of why you would see white film grain versus black film grain goes that extra step that helps give your film look meaning, not just flavoring.

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For someone who has only been exposed to film making exclusively in a digital world, knowing what a light leak is and why it would happen is soooooo cool.  Now I know to tend to put a light leak at the beginning of a clip, not just somewhere in the middle where I think it would look cool.  Or how to create a light leak transition.  Or an awesome example sequence of everything put to use.

And of course it’s extra cool to hear Shane’s expertise come into play when comparing the matte Avid will pull on a light leak versus the key FCP will pull.  Not that we need to know this, just that he kicks that much butt at the editing game he can drop some uber knowledge without giving it a second thought.

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Thanks for this tutorial Mr. Ross, would love to see more!

proactively • rethinking film looks • peter

16
Jan
09

how to – shoot hd video with 5dmarkii

Ever find a kindred spirit through the power of Vimeo contact random awesomeness?

Thanks to Tristan Tom for posting a comment here.  Through Tristan’s blog I found a link to the above video produced by Tyler Ginter.

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Tyler’s got a kick ass blog himself and is starting to get some good attention from the folks over at FreshDV.  Bonusly, my Dad got stationed at Fort Meade way back in the day, which lead to him meeting my Mom at some officer’s ball, which lead to me, which lead to this blog, which resulted in the moment you find yourself in right now.  Sort of.  Well, how ’bout that.

Anywho, Tyler’s stuff is definitely worth checking out.  And you can see the hd version of his tutorial right here.

proactively • peter

18
Oct
08

FCProse Episode 4 – cut color compress 5dmarkii footage

Here’s the all-in-one video tutorial showing you how to cut, color, and compress 1080p video captured with Canon’s upcoming 5D Mark II Digital SLR with three Final Cut Studio 2 applications: Final Cut Pro, Color, and Compressor. I recommend clicking thru for the hd version to better see the application interfaces.

In this episode I walk through the steps to edit your footage in Final Cut Pro, perform a broadcast safe grade in Color, and then make a web compression for upload to YouTube and Vimeo using Compressor.

I work directly with the source H.264 video Vincent Laforet made available for download (no H.264 -> Apple ProRes 422 transcode this time around). I also discuss some system specs and rant about High Dynamic Range video. A quick tag surf lead me to this post that has an example of HDR video captured by something called the HDRC® MDC04 CL camera system.

What’s High Dynamic Range (HDR), you ask? Check out yet another Chad Richard HDR timelapse (click thru for the full HD effect):

Mr. Richard has done a lot of heavy lifting to convert a series of HDR stills into 1080p video (and then compress for Vimeo, of course). Check out his tutorial for this process here.

We’re at the forefront of a paradigm shift where digital photography and high definition video are converging. Check out Romy Ocon‘s 5dmkii bird photography, err, video:

Right now is an exciting, exciting time.

proactively • sitting in a front row seat • peter

15
Oct
08

FCProse Episode 3 – Color Grading 5dmarkii footage

Here’s part 2 in an initial 3 part series of Final Cut Prose video tutorials working with footage from the new Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR. I recommend clicking thru for the HD version to better see Color’s GUI.

One considerable addendum to the tutorial. I loaded the h264 source files into Color and observed far different measurements in Color’s waveform monitor. Check this out:

Broadcast safe on:

Broadcast safe off:

So it would appear there were some luma and chroma changes taking place during the conversion from h264 to ProRes. Almost as if Compressor applied a broadcast safe filter during conversion. The h264 source video that Vincent Laforet provided for download does indeed appear to be sans color correction.

Bleh, the h264 to Apple ProRes 422 workflow will need improvement. Well, it’s a working model. You are witness to my real world self-analysis, right here before your eyes, humble reader.

If there’s an FCP, Color, and / or Motion topic you would like me to cover, then post a comment and let me know. Check back soon for FCProse Episode 3 – Compressing 5dmarkii Footage for Web.

In the meantime, here’s some HDR timelapse footage (click here for a how-to) shot on a digital SLR in San Francisco by Chad Richard.

Know any $2600 video cameras that can produce these results?

proactively • sculpting my brain to comprehend this new world of possibilities • peter

07
Oct
08

FCProse Episode 2 – Editing 5dmarkii footage

Whipped up a quick video toot for anyone who wants to edit the Reverie footage but is having a tough time working with the native 1080p h264 Quicktime files. I recommend clicking thru for the HD version to see the FCP interface text clearly.

Hopefully everything I’m saying there is making sense. Fast, good, and cheap; I picked fast and cheap.

**UPDATE**

Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation has posted their video analysis of 5dmkii source footage.  With the disclaimer that this analysis is based on footage produced by a beta model of the camera, they report:

It looks like the GOP-structure of the clips are one I-frame for each 15 P-frame. No B-frames.

Click thru for the full report and pics of bitrate histogram and footage properties! (In English)

**UPDATE END**

And in case you haven’t seen the Reverie film because the Canon link is down, here’s the video on Vimeo until it’s taken down:

And here’s some more footage shot with the 5dmkii for your viewing pleasure:

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With the wireless WFT-E4A backup disk attached:

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Vimeo member Sebastian Stevens commented on this last video, stating

Watching the movie above seems to show the seem rolling shutter problem the nikon D90 has, but when you download the original video file, the video is very stable and shows no weird image skews.

I’m really looking forward to finding more original footage from this camera. In the right hands, this is going to be a killer video capture device. Now, what about audio recording… ?

proactively • 5dmkii’ing • peter

09
Jun
08

Mark Spencer Motion Mania

Ok, if you haven’t already checked out Mark’s awesome website, why not check out this Vimeo embed of his new Motion 3 Ken Burns tutorial:

If you think this rocks, and you want to get your Motion 3 learn on for real, you have to check out Mark’s Motion 3 tutorial series from Ripple Training.

proactively • Motion 3-ing • peter




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