Useful tips for speeding up your AE rendering.
Six questions for the post-Jobs Apple (#7 should be the future of the Mac and whether Apple has a long-term strategy for courting video pros).
Steven Soderbergh on the state of cinema.
In a similar vein, Danny Boyle laments the departure of sophisticated writing from cinema to TV.
Interesting discussion on the pros and cons of buying vs renting Adobe Creative Suite.
Detailed overview of the new offline bounce function in Pro Tools 11.
Brush up on linear processing now that After Effects CS Next integrates with Cinema 4D.
Extremely detailed review of Smoke 2013.
This fits in with my own belief that uncertainty about future Mac hardware is a much bigger issue for video pros than FCPX and the demise of FCP 7.
Hints of future improvements to audio mixing in FCPX.
Vicom Systems is offering service and support for Active Storage customers now that the company has gone out of business.
Mike Nichols goes through his checklist of CS 6 problems to see what's been improved in CS Next.
Quick overview of the new features in Avid Media Composer 7.
Summary of the new features in Squeeze 9.
Great points from Mark Christiansen on how VFX seems to be a more prominent part of the movie industry than ever, yet several of the major VFX houses are having financial problems.
How to setup Premiere CS6 with an Mbox2 for recording audio.
Pros and cons of using Sparse Disk Bundles in Media Composer.
Useful tip for importing specific settings from another Avid user profile.
Reviews of several Mac Blu-ray players. I'm using MacGo and it's working well for me.
Long discussion thread about which NLEs to teach to students.
Open letter to the new Avid CEO. I would also add a more open developer program to encourage plugin development and much better support for tapeless workflows.
The most curious part of this is how well FCP 7 fared 18 months after EOL.
I'm a big advocate of planning in advance and Post Haste is a great free tool to help with this.
The uphill battle TV manufacturers will face to convince people 4K TV is worthwhile.
Useful database of technical details for popular movies.
Essential online security tips.
One of the advantages of owning a PC is that you can mix and match components, so I would encourage people considering a Windows machine to build and design their own where possible to fully fit their needs, instead of buying off the shelf.
You can still purchase Lion from Apple but it's complicated.
Tips for sound-proofing your studio.
This is the most detailed analysis I've read on why high frame rate (HFR) doesn't work for The Hobbit.
Scientific evidence for Walter Murch's theory about using blinking to mentally separate thoughts.
Great trick to make high-speed audio understandable in Premiere Pro.
Interesting comparison of Scale to Frame Size in FCP7 and Premiere Pro CS6 and when using it can sometimes degrade the image.
Tip for taking the tedium out of mapping audio channels to tracks in FCP 7.
Proposal for better display and organization of fonts in Adobe applications.
Amusing and slightly cynical take on some of the trends in post production.
Comparison of ProRes files exported from different applications.
TitleExchange Formats (PDF)
Useful list of various title and caption formats.
FCP 7's demise was a rude awakening for a lot of us not to bet everything on a single company.
These are good tips and Pro Versioner is a great compliment on top of that.
Very nice desktop backgrounds for editors.
Not exactly a great review of 48 fps in The Hobbit. I'm still going to watch it in 48 fps though, just to see what it's like.
How to copy Compressor 3.5 presets to 4.0.
Great tips on how to use reverb creatively.
Lots of great requests here. I never use the Raytracer because it disables so many other features, so improving this would be good too.
Great discussion about archival formats.
Trick for overcoming Avid's inability to display a UNC path in projects that are not 24p.
Useful information about PAL voltage levels vs NTSC IRE.
What the different options in Compressor's Geometry pane do.
There are many speculative posts around the web on the demise or resurgence of the Mac Pro. This one falls into the resurgence category.
First impressions of the Black Magic Cinema Camera and how to connect it to your Mac.
How to put stereo audio on two tracks like FCP 7 and how to fill left or right to create stereo audio from a single channel.
How to export multichannel QTs is not obvious and I got bitten the first time I needed to do it, so bookmark this for future reference.
Great tips for cleaning up your audio.
Matrox announce a unified driver for Avid, Adobe and Final Cut Pro X on the MXO2 series
Matrox releases a unified PC driver and announces a January release for the Mac version.
RED EPIC Monochrome vs. RED EPIC: a Jaw-Dropping Black and White Comparison
Side-by-side comparison of the detail improvements in the EPIC-M monochrome camera vs the EPIC-X.
Useful tip when normalizing audio.
#AvidTips – short-cut to opening settings tab from any window
You learn something new every day - how to quickly open settings for whichever window you currently have open.
Da Vinci product video from 1987.
What Does a VFX Editor Do?
Great overview of a day in the life of a VFX Editor.
FCPX: Two Cautions
Larry Jordan highlights the important differences between seemingly-similar effects in FCPX.
DSLR Audio: Do YOU know where YOUR sync is?
Cautionary tale of DSLRs recording audio 1-2 frames out of sync.
Printing Mix Stems Internally
Great tutorial for producing mix stems in Pro Tools.
Clay Asbury on how he uses Digital Rebellion products to improve his workflow.
Philip Hodgetts summarizes the new features in FCPX 10.0.6.
Alex Gollner summarizes the new effects in FCPX 10.0.6.
Useful list of free images, video and audio clip sources for editors.
Harm Millaard discusses how to build a fast PC for Adobe Premiere use.
The Mac Mini is catching up to the Mac Pro in CPU performance but has a long way to go in GPU performance.
The nice thing about Audition is that it's intuitive if you've used other Adobe apps. I rarely use it but as someone who is primarily a video guy, I can easily figure out how to do something without having to pull out the user manual, unlike Pro Tools.
How to build your own Fusion SSD / HDD hybrid drive. It does seem to be useful for pro users, despite what some articles may say.
The Lightworks for Linux alpha is here but is unfortunately limited to those who signed up last year.
Interesting new Resolve feature: the ability to read linear timecode from an audio channel so that cameras that do not record timecode can be used in professional productions.
Quick tutorial for working with RED footage in Adobe Premiere Pro.
RED is selling barely-used Scarlets at significantly reduced prices.
How to benefit from the wider range of graphics cards available for the PC.
Detailed workflow for working with CinemaDNG footage from the Blackmagic Cinema Camera.
CS3 and 4 users can only upgrade to CS6 at a reduced price until the end of the year.
A selection of mattes for various aspect ratios. I usually create my own in Photoshop so this is a useful timesaver.
15 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from the upcoming James Bond film.