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4K and beyond - Quantel's solutions for professional content creators!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
February 26, 2015, at 11:57 AM

Quantel is one of the world’s leaders in delivering professional tools for media professionals. The company offers a wide variety of products for post production; news, sports & live production; management, control & monitoring; and infrastructure. Their Pablo Rio color and finishing system at the end of 2014 made the some big headlines, as it was used to complete David Fincher’s Gone Girl (world’s first 6K feature). Light Iron’s CEO, Michael Cioni said back then (quote from tvbeurope.com):

Together with Quantel we boosted our Pablo Rios and built the world’s first 8K DI system, giving us 6K playback in realtime, in multiple rooms. Pablo Rio and GE2 is the future; its power and storage is unbeatable as the industry looks to 4K workflows and beyond

In the latest press release, Quantel boasts about their product being sold to yet another post house: South Wales (UK) based Dragon (info via quantel.com):

Dragon provides creative, technical and digital media expertise for the film, television and media industry. The facility has established itself as an industry leader in audio visual services, film restoration and film digital delivery for clients such as the Imperial War Museum and the British Film Institute.

As we read in the press release, the Dragon post house has purchased Pablo Rio 4K color and finishing system along with Pablo Pa and a Neo panel for 4K color and finishing. Such a combination should allow the Dragon to be well equipped for 4K 60p (and beyond) real time workflow, when the 4K settles in for good.

You also might want to have a look at Quantel’s short promo video for Pablo Rio 4K workflow:

You can read more about each of the products at Quantel’s home page in the products tab.

Source: http://www.quantel.com

Keep the color grading inside FCPX with Color Finale - great plugin from Color Grading Central!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
February 26, 2015, at 9:42 AM

Some good news for all those who’d like to color grade inside the Final Cut Pro - our good friend Denver Riddle from Color Grading Central has come up with a new exciting Final Cut Pro plugin: Color Finale. Basically, it's a layer based color plugin allowing you to grade using color wheels, curves and vectors and as well as apply LUTs - all enclosed in a handy free-floating separate window

Here’s how the official page describes the plugin’s features:

Layer Based Grading

The power and elegance of grading via layers.  We incorporate the best features of image editing applications.

Telecine Tools

Industry standard 3 Way Color Corrector and RGB Curves.  We incorporate the best that the telecine suite has to offer.

LUT Utility

Apply industry standard Look Up Tables like OSIRIS and ImpulZ to accurately emulate the look of 35mm film.

Vector Grading

Powerful vector based grading to apply quick and accurate secondaries.

There are also two videos available -  the first of them is a demo showing the capabilities of the plugin and comparing ungraded and graded footage, and the second, which is a short demonstration how to work with Color Finale:

There's also a 4K upload available on YouTube here. Color Finale is currently available for purchase for $99, but you can also dowload the free 7-days trial version.  You may find the links in the product page at colorgradingcentral.com here.

Source: http://www.colorgradingcentral.com

Will Autodesk Memento revolutionize the industry? Convert photos into 3D objects!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
February 26, 2015, at 1:37 AM

Autodesk is working on a technology that has a lot of potential and might revolutionize the VFX, games and film industry. Their new project is Autodesk Memento - an end-to-end solution for converting any captured reality input (photos or scans) into 3D in the form of high quality models that can be cleaned up, fixed, and optimized for further digital use, for physical fabrication methods like 3D printing and for 3D interactive experiences on the Web. According to Autodesk the tool can handle 2+billion polygon meshes and no advanced knowledge is required to use this program - the creation of 3D content should be extremely easy and effortless. Just watch the video below to see Memento in action. The company released a beta version that can be downloaded for free - you can get your copy here.
 

 

The company believes that Memento opens the door to exciting possibilities across a variety of industries (via Autodesk):

  • Visual effects artists and game designers in the Media & Entertainment field can use Memento to easily turn physical objects into digital assets that can be used in films and games.
  • Artists & sculptors can reimagine their existing works by making a digital copy of the work to showcase it online or to physically fabricate a new version in a different material or at a different scale.
  • Museums can create digital archives of their collections and offer visitors online interactive experiences via the web. This approach has allowed the Smithsonian to create a highly engaging online experience called Smithsonian X 3d
  • Scientists can extend their research, educate in novel ways and can make the fruits of their research accessible to and educate the public. Louise Leakey, for example, digitizes the fossils they’ve excavated and makes them available at AfricanFossils.org. Similarly, the non-profit organization The Hydrous makes 3D models of coral reefs from around the world to document the health of the corals and track how they are changing over time
  • Art & Antique dealers can create realistic 3D representations of their wares and present them online, helping them reach a wider audience.
  • Makers & producers of handmade objects—everything from jewelry and clothing, to hand made furniture, toys and custom accessories—can better represent their goods on online marketplaces like Amazon and Etsy, giving them a competitive advantage.
  • Designers of any kind can use captured reality as inspiration or to start a new design or to create customized products such UNYQ who makes custom prosthetic covers.

The official website features links to learning material and use cases and a 3D Online Gallery that allows 3D digitized models to be viewed and shared interactively online is coming soon. Autodesk also informed that Beta users will experience Memento first as a cloud-connected desktop app that will initially be available on the Windows platform, followed by a Mac version later in the quarter.

Source: http://memento.autodesk.com

List of Top 10 less known keyboard shortcuts for Premiere Pro CC 2014!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
February 26, 2015, at 12:11 AM

This time we have something for Adobe Premiere Pro CC users. Josh of reTooled posted a video in which you'll see 10 less known keyboard shortcuts for Premiere Pro. If you master them all you will be able to save a bit of time while working on your projects and let's be honest - using the keyboard is much more effective than looking for specific options with the mouse. On the other hand I'm wondering when Adobe, Apple, Avid or any other NLE producer will introduce voice commands - this would be simply awesome because it is much easier to remember specific words and commands than keyboard shortcuts often consisting of quite uncomfortable key combinations. But there's a simple walkaround - you can use programs dedicated to gamers, such as Say2Play or Vac - they work with great effect with professional tools such as Premiere Pro, although some of them are only compatible with Windows. Anyway now by default we are stuck with keyboard and mouse controls, so make sure to watch the video below to find out a bit more on useful shortcuts in Premiere Pro CC:
 

 

And here's the list of shortcuts featured in this video:

  • Ripple Trim
  • Slip/Move/Trim
  • Panel Windows
  • Trim Edit/Toggle Trim Types
  • Nudge Audio Volume Up & Down
  • Select Next & Previous Clip
  • Replace Clip Match Frame
  • Custom Shortcuts
  • Show Video/Audio Keyframes
  • Delete Tracks
  • Set to Frame Size

Source: http://www.retooled.net

How to downgrade Canon 5D Mark III firmware to use Magic Lantern!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
February 25, 2015, at 3:58 AM

As you know Magic Lantern is an amazing hack that can transform your DSLR into a much more capable camera. Sadly producers are not big fans of such solutions and in the case of the Canon 5D Mark III upgrading the firmware of the camera means that you will not be able to use the Magic Lantern hack. Luckily in such situation there is something you can do - simply downgrade the firmware to version 1.2.3, because as it turned out, this is possible and the whole process is quite simple. Sridev Bhavanandam posted a video in which he shows exactly what needs to be done, so all you need to do is follow the steps presented in the video. Sadly the quality of the footage is really bad, but you'll find the list of the steps below.
 

 

Here's the list of steps (via Sridev):

  1. First download and install Canon utility software to your computer
  2. Then download the firmware version 1.2.3 and save it in your local directory
  3. Connect your camera using USB cable to your computer
  4. Now Canon utility window automatically pops up.
  5. Select camera settings/remote shooting under control camera tab
  6. Then select setup menu in newly opened window there you could see the selection for Firmware
  7. Click firmware then system will give you the option for update (either upgrade/downgrade)
  8. Then navigate and point out the firmware which you like to upgrade or Downgrade.
  9. If you already installed 1.3.3 then select the firmware setup for 1.2.3 to downgrade
  10. Thats it! then follow the instructions in your camera to complete the installation.
  11. Then Enjoy!

Source: https://www.youtube.com

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