Coremelt TrackX for FCP X Review

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Coremelt TrackX is a plugin for Final Cut Pro X that allows you to track objects in your footage while inside FCP X using Mocha and without needing to take footage to an outside program like After Effects or Motion. The trackers are added to your footage and you can replace screens, add tracking text or blur logos and such directly from your FCP X project.

The workflow is rather straightforward. Although it is not an entry-level task, it is still fairly simple to follow the tutorials and start tracking with TrackX. My jaw dropped the first time I saw this working in my FCP X project. [Read more...]

The State of the VFX Industry

After watching the Academy Awards a couple weeks ago and the Life After Pi documentary recently, I was reminded of a great presentation at the CPUG Supermeet during NAB 2013. Somehow that slipped through the cracks last year and I never wrote about it.

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With NAB 2014 just around the corner, I wanted to take the opportunity to pass along this presentation put on by industry veterans Scott Ross and Scott Squires. While we cover mostly stills photography news and gear around the year, NAB each April brings a lot of news in the video industry. [Read more...]

NEXTO DI NVS2825 is a Powerful Field Video Backup, Review and Editing Solution

NEXTO DI NVS2825

The NEXTO DI NVS2825 is a portable video backup drive with some powerful features. The NEXTO line of backup drives have previously been relegated to serving simple backup drives with some “kinda cool” features; however, the NVS2825 adds some file handling features that make it a most impressive tool for video professionals. [Read more...]

Tascam DR-60D & Rode NTG-1 for $499 – Deal Alert

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B&H has the Tascam DR-60D XLR recorder with the Rode NTG-1 shotgun mic for $499.99. Additionally, you get PluralEyes 3, a SD card, shock mount and XLR cable in the bundle. The NTG-1 mic alone is a $250 mic. It’s a great shotgun mic. It’s not as nice as the NTG-3; however, that’s a $700 mic. There’s quite a bit of value in this kit. Check it out here at B&H Photo.

Zacuto Z-Finder for Canon C300 & C500 Available Soon

Zacuto Z-Finder for C300 and C500

Zacuto has released a new Z-Finder optical viewfinder for the Canon C300 and C500 cinema cameras. The Z-Finder delivers 1.8x magnification of the LCD screen.

It attaches by using a foam padded sleeve that slides over the LCD screen of either the C300 or C500. The sleeve is secured into place with a bar clamp. It also includes a unique monitor lock clip to keep the LCD screen from moving forward when the Z-Finder is pressed against your eye.

The Z-Finder for the Canon C300 and C500 retails for $485 and is expected to ship mid-March. Check it out here at B&H Photo.

You can see the new Z-Finder and other Zacuto C300 and C500 accessories in the video below. [Read more...]

Premiere Pro Screams on the New Mac Pro; Teases GPU-based Debayer for Full 4K Red RAW R3D Files

Adobe is teasing a little preview of what is to come in the new generation of the Apple Mac Pro.

In this video, Dave Helmly gives a quick tour of Apple’s New Mac Pro running Premiere Pro CC in various workflows including Multi Layer GPU Effects, 4K, Mixed 4K timeline, the power of Dual GPU Exporting vs CPU (software/CPU), and finally GPU-based debayer for Red RAW R3D files. Also featured in the video are a quick peek at the new LG 21:9 UltraWide QHD Monitors, Promise Pegasus 2 Raid, LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 and more. [Read more...]