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Laura Randall | Magic Bullet Quick Looks (MBQL) gives you the same popular presets as the full-featured Magic Bullet Looks filters. The biggest difference is that you don't have the ability to edit or customize the look other than to control the amount of effect (0%-100%) on your clip. But if you're looking for a variety of preset looks that are easy to apply for a reasonable price, this is a great program.
Posted 05 Jun 2009 / June 2009 Issue By
Laura Randall | VASST's new TrakPaks collection of royalty-free music clips, including intros, outros, and loopable middle sections, features high-quality music with real instruments that's easy to edit and integrate into your projects without the need for cumbersome plugins or advanced musical knowledge. The four volumes currently available provide a wide variety of sounds and moods that are well-suited to the wide variety of video projects we do.
Posted 08 Nov 2007 By
Laura Randall | As a series of short animations of individual letters of the alphabet being written along with stills of each letter, the ShowstoppersFX Animation Kit Series proved easy to use, worked flawlessly in testing, and delivered consistent high quality.
Posted 08 Nov 2007 By
Laura Randall | The Matrox DualHead2Go is an excellent value for videographers who use laptops for editing and need to expand their monitor real estate. I was very pleased with my little "magic black box" and look forward to continuing to use it for my mobile productions.
Posted 29 Jun 2007 By
Chris Randall | With hardware-assisted cards that provide their own real-time filters, you almost need a roadmap to follow how these effects can best be utilized in your day-to-day productions. When Jeff Pulera created the RT.X2 Revealed tutorial DVD ($99), he set out to create just such a roadmap—and quite a bit more.
Posted 01 Jun 2007 By ,
Chris & Laura Randall | The Matrox RT.X2 is a stable real-time HDV editing solution that adds filters and time-saving features to Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0. Dynamic Link and WYSIWYG video output allow users to view their work just as the client would. Most editors will need to upgrade or build a new system to accommodate the card and its requirements. At $1,995, it's not an inexpensive upgrade, but you will have a professional SD and HDV editing system that rivals much more expensive options.
Posted 03 Jan 2007 By ,