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LUT Master Guide to Color Grading
Posted by Szymon Masiak
May 22, 2015, at 9:56 AM

Denver Riddle, our friend at Color Grading Central, producer of Color Finale plugin for Final Cut Pro X, posted an amazing video breaking down and helping to better understand the various LUTs used in color grading. It's a must have watch for those who are either getting into LUTs or not sure what they are.

 

 

Source: Color Grading Central

GoPro Studio Premium & Pro versions soon to be gone
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
May 21, 2015, at 10:02 PM

Currently GoPro offers their GoPro Studio software in three versions, the standard that comes free, and premium & pro that cost $299 and $999 respectively. But that is not for long, as it has been announced that the sales of paid versions will soon be halted, and the support withdrawn. According to info posted at cineform.com, the end of sale date is on June 1, 2015, and end of support date is December 31, 2015:

GoPro continuously evolves the products and services we offer. These innovations mean that we periodically transition away from selling or servicing certain hardware or software products. In order to focus on other software products and services, including the free version of GoPro Studio available here, GoPro has ended development of GoPro Studio Premium and Professional. Beginning June 1, 2015, these titles will no longer be available for sale on CineForm.com.

The message is followed by a short FAQ section, but there’s no explanation as to the reasons why GoPro is backing out from the Premium & Pro versions. There’s also no word about any substitutes, or other software that could be launched by GoPro in the future. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that GoPro recently bought the software company called Kolor (‎360° video apps)?

GoPro Studio in its standard version will continue to be available and supported for free.

Source: http://cineform.com

FCPX beginner course by Vimeo Video School
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
May 21, 2015, at 10:54 AM

Vimeo wants to be perceived as a video platform for creative professionals, and their latest blog post reinforces that strategy. In that post they inform about making their premium Video Editing available for everyone and for free. The series focuses on 4 editing platforms, one of which is Final Cut Pro X.

In the description we read:

Mac-owning pals can tap into the complex art of editing with the power of Final Cut Pro X. In this Vimeo Video School series, we’ll walk you through Final Cut’s hefty video-editing toolset, from basic functions to advanced settings.

In general, the videos are kept short, and focused on a single topic, although, they do not elaborate on the topics too much, and the entire series is aimed at beginners. But they could also come in handy for editors who are switching from other editing environments, FCP7 included.

Here’s the first of the series:

There’s  17 episodes in total, with topics as follows:

  • Learning the interface
  • Importing your media
  • Analyzing your media
  • Managing your media
  • Understanding playback and skimming
  • Starting your edit
  • Working with markers
  • Editing audio
  • Editing video in the inspector
  • Editing audio in the inspector
  • Adding music and sound
  • Using transitions
  • Utilizing visual effects
  • Adding text
  • Working with stills
  • Exporting and uploading to Vimeo

They can all be found on Vimeo Video School here.

Source: https://vimeo.com

Apple introduces new iMacs and MacBook Pro - better performance at lower prices!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
May 20, 2015, at 8:37 AM

Rumors have been around the past few days that Apple is going to present new MacBook Pro and iMac models, they turned out to be true – in a press info Apple informs about new models, their features and prices.

Peter Shiller, Apple Worldwide Marketing Senior VP comments:

The response to the new MacBook and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has been amazing, and today we are thrilled to bring the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage and longer battery life to the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. Customers love the groundbreaking iMac with Retina 5K display, and now with a new lower starting price, even more people can experience the best desktop we’ve ever made.

 

So, according to the info at apple.com, new Macs include:

New 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a serious performance boost 

  • new Force Touch trackpad,
  • faster flash storage – up to 2,5 times faster than the previous one
  • longer battery life – up to 9 hours
  • faster discrete graphics - AMD Radeon R9 M370X

New, cheaper ($1,999) configuration 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display:

  • 3.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost Speeds up to 3.7 GHz
  • AMD Radeon R9 M290 graphics
  • 8GB of memory
  • 1TB of storage
     

The top-end iMac with Retina 5K display now starts at $2,299

  • 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz,
  • AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics
  • 1TB Fusion Drive.

Full press info can be found here. Find more information about each of these at Apple Online Store

Source: http://www.apple.com

New MacBreak Studio episode - learn how to make 3D logos in Apple Motion!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
May 20, 2015, at 3:55 AM

Traditionally the new MacBreak Studio episode is here and this week Mark Spencer shows Steve Martin from Ripple Training how you can convert a flat logo to a 3D object in Motion 5.2. This tutorial is very useful because it also works in Final Cut Pro X. This is another video that focuses on the new 3D text features in both Motion and Final Cut Pro X - a very powerful tool that can dramatically improve the quality of titles in your videos. The new feature gives you access to a vast collection of materials and lighting options to choose from, and Mark reports that the quality of the texture mapping is excellent, and the performance is shocking. He also warns that these 3D features are limited to font-based objects which usually means letters and symbols, but what if you want to take a company logo, or any vector object for that matter, and make it 3D?
 

 

Mark explains:

"There are many ways to turn vector artwork into fonts; in this episode we demonstrate TypeTool 3, which is an inexpensive and fully-featured font editor. Another option to check out which works with SVG (scalable vector graphics format, exportable from most vector drawing applications) which is free is glyphter.com.

Once you’ve turned your logo into a font and installed it, it’s a simple matter of selecting that font in Motion or Final Cut, typing the appropriate letter for the logo, and then you can extrude it, change the edge type, add materials and lighting, and animate it with any of the text behaviors or keyframes in Motion; or use the title animations built into Final Cut Pro X."

Source: http://www.provideocoalition.com

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