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300th MacBreak Studio episode: Dynamic Trimming in Final Cut Pro X!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
January 29, 2015, at 1:56 AM

The new episode of MacBreak Studio is now live and in this video Mark Spencer of Pro Video Coalition and Steve Martin from Ripple Training explain what dynamic trimming is and what it means in Final Cut Pro X. It is worth adding that it is the 300th episode and our hosts have been doing this weekly show for over 6 years, so congratulations and hope they will keep up the good work! But let's get back to dynamic trimming and in order to explain this topic Steve starts off the discussion by launching Final Cut Pro 7 in which you can find the Trim Edit window containing a "Dynamic" checkbox at the bottom. You can use it to automatically move the edit point to the playhead position when playback is stopped with the "K" key. And what about Final Cut Pro X?

Mark explains:

"Having defined dynamic trimming in this manner, Steve turns his attention to Final Cut Pro X. He demonstrates that you can just as quickly select an edit point using the bracket and backslash keys (for Out, In, and both). Instead of a Trim Edit window, however, FCP X employs the Precision Editor, which can be opened with Control-E.

At this point you can now trim "dynamically": moving the pointer (actually a hand icon) over either side of the edit point and starting playback will play just that clip and the full handle beyond the edit point so you can see exactly where you are making the cut. When you locate it, stopping playback does not initiate the cut like legacy Final Cut - rather, you need to add the Extend Edit command by pressing Shift-X. Steve remapped this command to the N key because it's so close to the K key for stopping playback. But you don't even need to stop playback: pressing Shift-X while looping playback will execute the edit immediately."


Confirmed - Fotolia market to be integrated as key part of Adobe Creative Cloud!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
January 29, 2015, at 1:11 AM

A few weeks ago we reported that Adobe had plans to to acquire Fotolia for $800 million in cash (a stock photo site which hosts 35 million images and videos). Just to remind you, Adobe's competitor, Autodesk, also bought a site with stock content (Creative Market), so it seems that with this move Adobe wanted to maintain its competitive position in the future. Now we can confirm that Adobe has completed its acquisition of Fotolia. And plans are huge - the company also revealed that work will now begin on integrating Fotolia into Adobe Creative Cloud. This will provide current and future Creative Cloud members with the ability to access and purchase all the images and videos available in the database, significantly simplifying and accelerating the design process. Adobe also plans to continue to operate Fotolia as a standalone stock service, accessible to anyone, so the service won't be limited to Adobe users only. 

The concept is really great and integrating Fotolia with Creative Cloud is an amazing idea. Adobe's service already has more than 3.4 million members and as you can see it seems that the value of Creative Cloud will be increasing with such new capabilities. We hope that Apple has similar plans - would be amazing to see such a service integrated into Final Cut Pro X and other Apple's tools.


Drone Police? FAA document instructs Law Enforcement Agencies how to deal with potential law infringement.
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
January 28, 2015, at 12:00 PM

Keeping in mind the huge increase of drone popularity and availability, we’ve mentioned the restrictions for drone pilots that are present in the United States. The law created by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is quite strict, but what of it, if there’s no manpower to enforce it. Eric Reagan’s text at point at a document released by FAA, which instructs the Police how to handle suspicious drone cases. With the Police involved, we may see the law enforced to a substantial degree.

First of all, please do read Eric’s note:

While I am a lawyer, I am not your lawyer and this is an editorial commentary on newsworthy issues rather than legal advice.  Unless you’re paying a lawyer, you aren’t really getting legal advice, and what you are getting on websites, blogs and forums is worth just what you paid for it. If you are busted by the FAA for violating its regulations, get an aviation lawyer who knows their way around the administrative process. Do not solicit legal advice online. That free advice will be the most expensive you ever take.

The document released by FAA says in the introduction:

This document is intended to assist LEAs [Law Enforcement Agencies] in understanding the legal framework that serves as the basis for FAA legal enforcement action against UAS [Unmanned Aircraft Systems] operators for unauthorized and/or unsafe UAS operations (Section 1) and to provide guidance regarding the role of LEAs in deterring, detecting, and investigating unauthorized and/or unsafe UAS operations (Section 2).

And specifies six steps LEAs should take:

  1. Witness Identification and Interviews
  2. Identification of Operators
  3. Viewing and Recording the Location of the Event
  4. Identifying Sensitive Locations, Events, or Activities
  5. Notification
  6. Evidence Collection

So in short, the Police will not fine nor arrest you, but can gather all the necessary evidence for a potential case, and notify FAA when they suspect the law boundaries have been crossed.

Below is an infographic, showing what is allowed and what is not, published by FAA:

If you are a drone operator in the US, we strongly recommend viewing both, Eric’s article, as well as the FAA's document.


Geos - revolution in navigation! Create your perfect indoor navigation system!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
January 28, 2015, at 2:15 AM

From time to time we come across an innovative and revolutionary product. This time we found out an amazing solution for... indoor navigation! The technology got developed by Ifinity, an awards-winning company specializing in providing tailor-made solutions to cities, public spaces and commercial clients. Geos is their drag & drop CMS for developers allowing them to create indoor navigation and managing beacons. To make it all work you need to define areas where visitors can enter and interact, you can connect rooms, corridors or any other spaces, pin your places on Google Maps, you can navigate your visitors through corridors, stairs, elevators and you can even push notifications for those who enter specific zones and additionally you can provide a catalogue of tasks that can be performed in different zones.


This is really great, just imagine visiting a museum - sometimes you can get lost in a big building, but with this technology you would be able to plan your visit to be sure that you don't miss what you really planned to see.

With the Geos CMS you can define:

  • places of iBeacons
  • zones where visitors can enter and interact
  • places and floors
  • draw paths to navigate
  • push notifications/additional information for zones

Of course there's and SDK (for iOS and Android) if you want to develop your own apps working with iBeacons and there's also a free demo version available (visit the official site for more info - here).

You can follow Ifinity on Facebook - to do so click here.


Sony a7S vs RED Epic Dragon - very quick video comparison!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
January 28, 2015, at 1:19 AM

The Sony a7S is a great product without any doubts and one could even say that the low-light capabilities of this camera are already legendary. The RED Epic Dragon on the other hand is a real beast and is dedicated to professional filmmakers. Two amazing products, but which one will suit your needs and would be better for your projects? Dave Dugdale did a quick test comparing these two units and while the video is really short, you will see some ungraded and graded footage that might help you make a decision. Of course the Dragon is a far more advanced product, allowing you to shoot 6K footage - it is also a camera used in Hollywood, for example David Fincher shot his newest film, "Gone Girl", entirely in 6K on a RED Dragon. But it's nice to see that in some areas the a7S is still able to compete with such a professional product.




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