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Tim Siglin | LandingZone, which will be available in a few weeks for $199.00 in two sizes—11" or 13" designs—mimics all the connectors of a last-generation Core2Duo MacBook Air. Read on to find out about current model MacBook Air devices, which have Thunderbolt connectors instead of mini DisplayPort connectors.
Feature - Posted 08 Feb 2012 By
Jan Ozer | If you're a streaming producer you have to know how to produce H.264 for both Flash distribution and for mobile devices. Fortunately, Adobe Media Encoder makes this simple with multiple presets for desktop and mobile players which I'll show you how to find and customize in this tutorial.
Feature - Posted 06 Feb 2012 By
Jan Ozer | When you compress video for the web, the video can darken and colors can become muted. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to correct color and adjust brightness and color saturation with Adobe Premiere Pro's Fast Color Corrector. If you're a Final Cut Pro 7 user, I'll also show you that Premiere Pro's tools work very similarly to those that you're used to and should be much easier to learn than those used in Final Cut Pro X.
Feature - Posted 02 Feb 2012 By
Jan Ozer | Over the years, I've gathered some thoughts on what it takes to produce and deliver a high-quality video experience and, to a degree, succeed as a video producer. While most of this will be old hat to grizzled veterans, perhaps some newbie will find these ramblings, and the associated resources that I point to, of use.
Feature - Posted 07 Dec 2011 By
Scott Strimple | Apple has taken the time to reimagine Final Cut Pro in particular and the NLE user interface in general, which was based on the analog tape-to-tape model. Naturally, you cannot re-create 15 years of product development in just 2 short years without delivering a version 1 release that's missing some features of a mature NLE such as FCP7. Apple pretty much needed to take this leap if it wanted to continue to remain a player in the editorial world, and we have much more to gain than to lose from taking the leap with them.
Feature - Posted 07 Dec 2011 By
Liz Merfeld | Today, the demo is arguably no less important than it was in years past. But a handful of adventurous wedding filmmakers, in an effort to stand out among a growing talent pool, have begun to offer a more introspective marketing piece to complement, or even replace, their demos: the promo video. Where demos highlight a filmmaker's skills, as well as testimonials to the value of those skills, promos introduce viewers to the people behind the cameras.
Feature - Posted 29 Nov 2011 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | EventDV is closing its doors after 7 exciting years in the event filmmaking industry. Editor Stephen Nathans-Kelly says farewell in words and in a PSA clip produced by Whit Wales of Wales Films.
Feature - Posted 28 Nov 2011 By
January 9, 2012 "Getting Into Wedding & Event Filmmaking - 101" event to be held at Bally's Las Vegas, feature Michael Brand, Alex Karas, and Jenny Lehman
Breaking News - Posted 21 Nov 2011
Chris P. Jones | While you're practicing the habits for streamlining your edit workflow shared in this column over the last year, and while you are feeling the weight of your backlog lighten, you still must make one additional change to your business model to keep backlog from returning with a vengeance. You've come this far, so it's time to finish off backlog once and for all. Are you ready? OK, here we go. Here's what you need do ... stop editing.
Feature - Posted 28 Oct 2011 By
David McKnight | Vegas Pro 11 was announced at IBC in September and is an exciting and much-anticipated upgrade to the cornerstone in Sony Creative Software's (SCS) media production line. It's available now at www.sonycreativesoftware.com for immediate download. There are some important changes afoot and in this review we're going to take a look at what's new, what's changed, what's missing, and whether or not you should upgrade from your current version.
Feature - Posted 17 Oct 2011 By
Kyle Oliver | Chris Duke's broadcast and web TV show Motorz combines the agility of a technology professional with the enthusiasm of a lifetime, self-taught car buff. The result is an automotive DIY show that can, in Duke's words, "keep how-to installations real for enthusiasts." But it does this without giving the impression that there's anything amateur about the decidedly DIY Motorz operation, and looking inside that operation provides a great lesson into what a multitalented and motivated independent producer can accomplish without a studio behind him.
Feature - Posted 05 Oct 2011 By
David McKnight | The Continuum Complete package from Boris FX is unlike any other FX package I've seen. It combines video filters, transitions, motion tracking, a titler, a particle generator, greenscreen utilities—more than 150 effects in all. Moreover, each of these comes with actual usable presets right out of the box. You can see the gushing coming down Interstate 45 with the doors wide open: "If you buy only one plug-in this year ..."
Feature - Posted 05 Oct 2011 By
Jan Ozer | I think that Final Cut Pro X will be a very successful program for Apple, but primarily as iMovie Pro, not the next version of Final Cut Pro. I don't argue with Apple's economic motivation for eschewing the pro market; it's the best way to maximize Apple's development resources. But I take serious issue with the notion that the Final Cut Pro X launch has been anything close to successful, at least for professional users. If anything, it's a downloadable New Coke.
Feature - Posted 27 Sep 2011 By
Liz Merfeld | Andrew Waite runs Higher Definition Media (HDM) out of Bakersfield, and just this June launched its wedding-focused spin-off, Lovestruck Films. In addition, he is an indie filmmaker, with 3 self-produced features under his belt, and was among the first presenters announced for IN[FOCUS] 2012. Registered with the film commission, Waite often gets to crew on blockbuster films and even rent out his gear.
Feature - Posted 26 Sep 2011 By
ShootEditLearn.com co-founders Cristina Valdivieso and Jon Connor have announced a new workshop they are putting on in collaboration with Kessler Crane this fall in Austin, Texas, called Masters in Motion. The event takes place November 14-16 at Austin's Alamo Drafthouse; its 75-100 attendees will attend eight workshops in addition to shooting electives.
Feature - Posted 19 Sep 2011
Featuring Adobe Systems CS5.5 expert trainer Colin Smith, new Adobe Sessions and core topics will be presented at 3 levels for wedding & event filmmakers
Breaking News - Posted 12 Sep 2011
Final Cut Pro Killer Secrets, BigTime, Loader now offered at deep discounts
Breaking News - Posted 08 Sep 2011
Stu Sweetow | You may not need to present it on bended knee, as the prospective groom does, but your corporate video proposal is your opportunity to sell yourself in order to create a long-term relationship. So show off your creativity by coming up with innovative concepts that will motivate the viewers and make the most effective use of video.
Feature - Posted 08 Sep 2011 By
Co-produced with Video2Brain, 3-hour workshop helps Adobe CS5.5 producers efficiently encode top-quality video for streaming, iDevices, and optical media
Breaking News - Posted 02 Sep 2011
Philip Hinkle | In this sixth installment in our six-part series of tutorials on Grass Valley EDIUS 6.0, instructor Philip Hinkle explores a new third-party keyer plug-in called ROBUSKEY. What's so great about ROBUSKEY is that it allows you to make a great key out of poorly shot footage. It's a third-party utility that's recently come to market that plugs in really well to EDIUS. I'm going to show you how to clean it up and have your keys looking the best they can be.
Feature - Posted 01 Sep 2011 By
Chris P. Jones | By implementing four tasks described in this column, you will tap into the intensity that you previously unleashed exclusively while building same-day edits, but you will not have all the associated stress.
Feature - Posted 26 Aug 2011
Philip Hinkle | In this fifth installment in our six-part series of tutorials on Grass Valley EDIUS 6.0, instructor Philip Hinkle explores some of the tools within EDIUS that will make you more creative and more efficient, including creating custom filter presets and building complex projects using multiple nested sequences.
Feature - Posted 17 Aug 2011 By
Philip Hinkle | In the fourth tutorial in our six-part series on Grass Valley EDIUS 6, we'll discuss Singular Software's PluralEyes, a third-party plug-in now available for EDIUS 6 that allows you, the editor, to easily sync all of your audio and video sources quickly on your timeline without going through the laborious task of doing it manually.
Feature - Posted 01 Aug 2011 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | IN[FOCUS] co-founder Chris P. Jones discusses plans for IN[FOCUS] 2012, including dates (Jan 16-19), location (Charleston, SC) and theme (THE LEGACY), how the theme and location connect, and what first-time and longtime IN[FOCUS] attendees can expect to learn and experience at the event.
Feature - Posted 29 Jul 2011 By
Philip Hinkle | Most pro-level NLEs today incorporate a multicam feature that helps event editors by making their edit process simple and quick. Grass Valley EDIUS is no exception. It has a robust multicam feature set that is difficult to match in other NLEs. I hope this tutorial helps you speed through your multicam edits and accomplish more work in less time.
Feature - Posted 20 Jul 2011 By
Jan Ozer | If you're a Final Cut Pro 7 editor who shoots with DSLRs, you've known you needed an FCP upgrade for some time now; little did you know Apple wasn't developing one. So the time has come to switch, either to FCPX, which is a completely different animal from FCP 7, or to an NLE from another vendor. In making this decision, you should consider multiple variables, including cost, the ability to continue working with older projects, the learning curve of the new editor, and the effectiveness of the various tools.
Feature - Posted 18 Jul 2011 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | The men will have to continue to wonder what really goes on at POSH: A Retreat for the Female Filmmaker, but women who didn't make the 2010 event—as well as 2010 attendees who've been wondering what Team POSH will do for an encore—will get a chance to find out what all the excitement is about on November 6 when POSH 2011 kicks off in Cancun, Mexico. Last week I spoke with POSH co-founders Reagan Zugelter and Jennifer Moon to get the scoop on POSH 2011. Here's what I found out.
Feature - Posted 18 Jul 2011 By
Reagan Zugelter | What more could you want than some beautiful summer weather in an amazing city while being educated by some of the top event filmmakers in the industry? The 5th Annual IVA Expo held in Itasca, Chicago on June 28-29 was a packed two full days of business strategies, branding, storytelling, and inspiration.
Feature - Posted 18 Jul 2011 By
Chris P. Jones | By 'templatizing' as much of your editing process as possible, you will reduce your backlog and your delivery time, and this will make your clients happier than if you were to commission Danny Elfman to compose an original score.
Feature - Posted 11 Jul 2011 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | It isn't really the rage of the "disruptive moment" in genre-defining indie film Return of the Secaucus 7 that makes it so powerful; rather it is the editing and the stylistic contrast that sets it off so jarringly from the rest of the film and suggests all sorts of analogous possibilities in our own work for bringing dramatic resolution to films that are inherently short on conflict.
Feature - Posted 11 Jul 2011 By
Philip Hinkle | The second tutorial in our ongoing series on Grass Valley EDIUS is on a new feature in EDIUS 6.0 called Proxy Mode editing. Proxy Mode allows you to edit with low-resolution proxy files, which make field editing is easier because they conserve your system resources, allowing you to work as efficiently with a laptop or other lower-powered computer as on the tower systems in your studio. It should speed up your workflow and allow you to edit in more places than you ever thought possible.
Feature - Posted 06 Jul 2011 By
Anthony Burokas | We all know about the value of backing up, and any external hard drive can do that just fine. But for mobile professionals, an external drive can offer more functionality, and capability than you might at first expect. The G-Technology G-DRIVE Slim is well-positioned for mobile production. Does it deliver?
Feature - Posted 05 Jul 2011 By
Offers 50 percent discount on Adobe CS5.5 Production Premium or Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 to Apple or Avid editors
Breaking News - Posted 05 Jul 2011
David McKnight | After months of speculation about what would be in the latest full-step upgrade to Sony Creative Software's popular pro NLE, the new version has brought users new features and increased performance—without sacrificing stability. In this overview we'll cover many of these new features in Vegas Pro 10 that will benefit event videographers and filmmakers. Also, bookmark this page: we'll be adding new Vegas Pro 10 video tutorials every month through the first half of 2011.
Feature - Posted 27 Jun 2011 By
Philip Hinkle | In this first of a series of video/print tutorials, EDIUS instructor and leading event filmmaker Philip Hinkle explores the new Mask Filter in Grass Valley EDIUS 6.
Feature - Posted 22 Jun 2011 By
EventDV-TV - Posted 22 Jun 2011 By
New tutorials to focus on editing efficiency and creativity, feature award-winning filmmaker and EDIUS trainer Philip Hinkle
Breaking News - Posted 21 Jun 2011
Luisa Winters, Jan Ozer, and Shawn Lam | New Shawn Lam tutorial added: Author & Deliver in Multiple Formats with a Single Encore CS5.5 Workflow. Also featured: Jan Ozer on Roundtrip Pro Audio Editing, Luisa Winters on the new Merge Clips feature in Premiere Pro CS5.5, Jan Ozer on new capabilities of Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5, Luisa Winters on using Photoshop's Content Aware Fill with After Effects, Shawn Lam on Image Stabilization Using Adobe After Effects' new Warp Stabilizer.
Feature - Posted 20 Jun 2011 By , ,
Niels Puttemans | In this article, I'll guide you through our audio workflow: from switching through your multitrack/dual-system audio recording to removing unwanted noises to sweetening, cleaning, and even disaster recovery. And although I'll repeat this sentiment at the clean-up section, I can't stress the following enough: Even the sweetest audio-sweetening skills set will take you only so far. No matter how much time you spend processing and cleaning-up an audio track, nothing beats getting it right in the first place.
Feature - Posted 10 Jun 2011 By
Jan Ozer | I've always been a sucker for a cool special effect or transition, which is one of the reasons that I've enjoyed working with proDAD VitaScene over the years. With VitaScene V2, proDAD retains the same easy to use and highly configurable workflow found in the previous edition but adds a number of very cool effects and 64-bit operation.
Feature - Posted 10 Jun 2011 By
Liz Merfeld | Greg Mulvey is the Lead Editor and Motion Graphics Designer for Second City Communications, the business solutions division of Chicago's world-famous improv comedy theater, The Second City. (Alumni include Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, John Belushi, and Bill Murray to name a few.)
Feature - Posted 10 Jun 2011 By
Liz Merfeld | One of Chicago's more successful event video studios—FurlaVision has won more WEVA Creative Excellence Awards than any studio in the Midwest—Chris Chibucos attributes much of his company's success to they way they have always combined a fairly large volume of work (as many as 150-175 events per year) with a high price point.
Feature - Posted 10 Jun 2011 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | A look inside the Wedding Day Cinema success story and the two innovative filmmakers, Keith and Jennifer Anderson, who made it happen.
Feature - Posted 10 Jun 2011 By
Marc Franklin | The best products of NAB 2011 for event videographers/filmmakers in two categories: production and postproduction.
Features - Posted 10 Jun 2011 By
Road Show attendees will learn about new features introduced in Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Production Premium as well as get insight on ground-breaking workflows such as native editing of DSLR footage and working with other NLEs
Breaking News - Posted 09 Jun 2011
Jan Ozer | What can pro editors expect from Final Cut Pro X when it drops this month?
Feature - Posted 03 Jun 2011 By
Chris P. Jones | Whatever your case may be, find 4 consecutive hours in each day when you can be in complete control of your time and unplug your wireless router to remove any temptation. Once you see how much you can accomplish with 4 continuous hours of distraction-free editing, you'll find that making the time is not so difficult anymore.
Feature - Posted 03 Jun 2011 By
Dates announced in 3 cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York
Breaking News - Posted 31 May 2011
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Recently, I had the strange and wonderful privilege of watching a contemporary home birth film that is not explicitly about advocating home birth or dramatizing childbirth, although in its own way, it achieves both. Produced by two Central Florida studios, Kat Small's Cinema Chic Films and the Nielsens Photography & Design, Born at Home is an intimate and inspiring family film.
Feature - Posted 25 May 2011 By
Liz Merfeld | The Aussies have scrunched their event video industry's evolution into the blink of an eye, leaving videographers stateside blushing. Sure, event videos in the U.S. have advanced by leaps and bounds, going from totally cheap to totally chic, and morphing into films along the way. And there's no better evidence of the rise of event filmmaking in Australia than the Aussies' innovative educational event, Exposed Down Under. EDU 2011 kicks off on 4 July in Melbourne.
Feature - Posted 23 May 2011 By
Topics include OpenCL, 64-bit RAM utilization, and Grand Central Dispatch
Breaking News - Posted 16 May 2011
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | How 5-time EventDV 25 all-star David Robin pulled off his electrifying wedding-day music video, "The Time (Dirty Bit)," and how the Black Eyed Peas parody became a viral sensation.
Feature - Posted 11 May 2011 By
New book helps streaming producers navigate the confusing waters of live and on-demand delivery to multiple platforms, covering both adaptive and single file delivery
Breaking News - Posted 11 May 2011
Hal Slifer | As filmmakers, we all produce our stories in different ways, yet the constant thread of our work is that we are telling a basic story—a biography of a family, a wedding couple, or a person's legacy; the story of an organization; or the story of a corporation. Here's a look at five leading filmmakers and the approach they take to 21st-century biography filmmaking for individuals, corporations, and nonprofits.
Feature - Posted 05 May 2011 By
Jason Magbanua | For a lot of people, producing a same-day edit at a wedding reception is a regular thing, and it's something that is second nature after years of repetition. But for others, who find just shooting a wedding to be stressful enough, producing a polished edit to show to a live audience that same evening seems like an impossible task. Here, international wedding filmmaking sensation Jason Magbanua breaks down the same-day edit production process that's helped to make him "the new national artist" of the Philippines.
Feature - Posted 04 May 2011 By
Major Upgrade to Creative Suite Product Family Delivers Breakthroughs in video production and editing, HTML5 Authoring, Mobile App Development
Breaking News - Posted 02 May 2011
Jan Ozer | EventDV contributing editor and video production expert Jan Ozer provides a look inside proDAD's powerful new effects and filters plug-in, VitaScene v2 Pro
Feature - Posted 02 May 2011 By
Stu Sweetow | I recently wrote a book titled Corporate Video Production. I spent a year researching and writing the book, and, in this column, I'll share with you what I learned. We will also look at the myriad opportunities for freelance video producers, now that corporate videos have matured beyond the boring formats that used to characterize them.
Feature - Posted 02 May 2011 By
Shawn Lam | What happens when you deliver your event live? This is nothing new for live TV broadcasters, but more and more event video producers are being asked to perform their postproduction activities in real-time—that is, live as the event is occurring.
Feature - Posted 01 May 2011 By
Fifth annual expo expands to 2 days (June 28-29) with new industry-leading speakers, larger tradeshow, and full-day live camera/production mock-wedding workshop at a Chicago-area church
Breaking News - Posted 25 Apr 2011
Shawn Lam | Adobe CS5.5 Production Premium, launched today at NAB, delivers improvements in speed, postproduction fixes, and real-time creative effects. Not only will the speed improve turnaround times, it will also provide editors with the luxury of experimenting, which is an important part of the creative process.
Feature - Posted 11 Apr 2011 By
Chris P. Jones | In the same way that purchasing the latest camera does not guarantee that business will show up at your doorstep, having a step-by-step editing workflow alone does not guarantee that you will get your projects out the door any faster. You must maintain control over your services, or your services will control you. In this article, I will touch on three business decisions that you can make in order to help maintain control over your time, freeing up time to eliminate your backlog.
Feature - Posted 03 Apr 2011 By
Travis Cossel | If you're used to doing same-day edits--or editing with any kind of time pressure--using USB 2.0 drives, then CalDigit's new AV Drive, a new portable hard drive featuring USB 3.0 support, is going to impress you in a number of areas. Transfer of clips from CF cards alone can save you quite a bit of time with the USB 3.0 technology.
Feature - Posted 03 Apr 2011 By
Patrick Moreau, Kevin Shaw, and Brian Lockhart | Over the past year, Patrick Moreau and his stillmotion crew have been working on the Emmy-nominated NFL Network program The NFL Season: A Biography, Presented by SAP. The producers of the show hired stillmotion entirely based on seeing their wedding films. In this three-part article (all in this issue), Moreau, NFL Network coordinating producer Brian Lockhart, and producer and director Kevin Shaw offer their own takes on the story behind The NFL Season and the lessons to be learned from how it all came about and how it all played out on and off the field.
Feature - Posted 31 Mar 2011 By
Jan Ozer | Which gets us to the question, how powerful a notebook do you need to produce multiple streams, or even a single high-quality stream? The answer depends upon a number of factors, including the software program you're using to produce the event.
Feature - Posted 21 Mar 2011 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | In March 2010, following the announcement of the EventDV 25, we announced a group of 25 finalists, which were essentially numbers 26-50, the filmmakers and studios with the 25 highest vote totals after the top 25. This year we decided to approach it a little differently, and following the 2010 EventDV 25 Awards Shows that premiered last week, recognizing our current crop of industry all-stars, we've prepared a list of EventDV 25 Rising Stars, celebrating studios that narrowly missed the EventDV 25 in the voting this year, and have either never made the list before, but have made it once and are young and fresh and rising fast in the industry and sure to find themselves on the list in the future. In keeping with the old baseball theme of the EventDV 25, I thought we'd field a team of 9, enough to cover all the positions on a baseball diamond. So, without further ado, I present the EventDV 25 Rising Stars of 2010.
Feature - Posted 10 Mar 2011 By
Chris P. Jones | Underpromising and overdelivering is a hallmark of excellent customer service.
Feature - Posted 07 Mar 2011 By
Philip Hinkle | In addition to speaking at national events such as WEVA and IN[FOCUS], Ray Roman has initiated a series of 3-day workshops designed to provide intensive training for other event filmmakers. Joining Ray at an event held Jan. 18-20 in a number of southern Florida venues, was Konrad Czystowski, fellow EventDV 25 All-Star, frequent Ray Roman Films collaborator/second shooter, and founder of the newly minted FreshSox studio. Here's a peek at what Ray and Konrad shared.
Feature - Posted 07 Mar 2011 By
Ron Dawson | Last month we began our two-part series about the short holiday film "For the Man Who Hated Christmas" that Ron Dawson produced for Giving101. The whole process, from booking the client through production, is an ideal case study on corporate film production (not to mention profitable production for nonprofits). Part 1 covered the business side of the deal. This month, we're covering the "fun stuff": making the film.
Feature - Posted 07 Mar 2011 By
Rugged Exterior Provides Peace of Mind That No Footage Will Be Lost; Digital Format Speeds Editing Process From Hours To Minutes
Breaking News - Posted 07 Mar 2011
Save the date! On Wednesday, May 18, 2011, the New Jersey Videographers Association (NJVA) and WEVA International will present the 3rd Annual NJVA-WEVA Institute Northeast Conference for all wedding & event filmmakers.
Breaking News - Posted 28 Feb 2011
Welcome to the 2010 EventDV 25 Awards Show, presenting the 25 hottest and most influential event filmmaking studios in the world as elected by the readers of EventDV Magazine and EventDV.net. Your new all-star team will be presented here over the course of 5 days--February 28-March 4, 2011. Watch the shows in the video windows for the awards presentation, including samples of the all-stars' finest work. (Video players will fill in as the shows go live at 9am CST on successive days this week.)
Feature - Posted 28 Feb 2011 By
Jan Ozer | The Primera Bravo 4102 prints gorgeous discs at never-before-seen speeds. During my tests, it didn't produce a coaster after burning more than 200 discs. If you're looking for a CD, DVD, or Blu-ray Disc production system, this unit needs to be on your short list.
Feature - Posted 23 Feb 2011 By
Awards show to premiere Monday, Feb. 28 on EventDV-TV and run through the week
Breaking News - Posted 23 Feb 2011 By
POSH 2011, a retreat for the female filmmaker, will take place November 6-9 in Cancun, Mexico
Breaking News - Posted 22 Feb 2011
Focus will be on hands-on experience in both filming and editing techniques, including staging a bridal prep and photo shoot to give everyone the opportunity to get some killer shots for a demo reel without the pressure of a real wedding
Breaking News - Posted 14 Feb 2011
DSLR Encounter scheduled for March 2, limited to 10 attendees
Breaking News - Posted 04 Feb 2011
Chris P. Jones | Presenting a range of delivery dates allows the client to develop his or her own idea about when the film will be completed. You do not want your clients feeling anything but anticipation and excitement, and allowing them a preventable possibility of being disappointed, no matter how slight, can begin to undermine your brand experience.
Feature - Posted 01 Feb 2011 By
Philip Hinkle | It's been a long wait for EDIUS editors and others looking for the new full-step upgrade to Grass Valley's popular pro NLE. Was it worth the wait? Longtime user Philip Hinkle says yes, highlighting such key new features as native Canon XF and DSLR editing, new timeline functions, full-screen preview/playback, and more.
Feature - Posted 01 Feb 2011 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | For the vast majority of wedding and event filmmakers, a customer/client base is a local thing. Though EventDV 25 All-Stars Travis and Candice Cossel of Serendipity Studios had done some destination and out-of-market weddings in the past, they were taking a huge risk when they abandoned a rock-solid brand presence and referral base in Boise and moved their home and business to the more lucrative but much less familiar Miami market in October. What plans did they put in place to soften their landing and hit the ground running, and what lessons does their approach have to teach other studios considering rolling the dice and relocating?
Feature - Posted 01 Feb 2011 By
WEVA announced on Friday that Expo 2011 would be held on August 24-25 online, following the format of 2010's iVideo Show
Breaking News - Posted 28 Jan 2011
Kevin Shahinian | Concept filmmaker extraordinaire Kevin Shahinian (City of Lakes, Snow, Dil Jaanta Hi, Tum Hi Ho) explores the classic underpinnings of film-based storytelling and the language of effective filmmaking in this four-part series on EventDV, co-produced by Pacific Pictures and Adobe Systems.
Feature - Posted 18 Jan 2011
Jan Ozer | Most editors know how to correct the color and brightness in their videos to have them match the reality of the shoot, or what they wish was the reality of the shoot. The next level is using color and brightness adjustments to create a certain look or feel, or to enhance the footage in different ways. If your focus is solely matching reality, and you're working with decently shot footage or better, you're likely in good hands with the various color and brightness adjustments available in your NLE. If you're looking to create a distinctive look or feel, or are working with problem footage, you should consider a tool like Red Giant's Magic Bullet Colorista II ($299), which provides a highly configurable toolset that goes beyond any effects native to your NLE.
Feature - Posted 12 Jan 2011 By
Jan Ozer | I've always produced for DVD exclusively in 29.97i, but as the market transitions from CRTs to plasma, LCD, and OLED displays, I definitely want to understand how my interlacedproductions look before I shoot, edit, and render at 29.97i.
Feature - Posted 21 Dec 2010 By
Liz Merfeld | There's a wave of raw, demolike one-take music videos with an unmistakable live feel sweeping the web, and some savvy event filmmakers have thrown their hats into thering. Here we look behind the scenes of Bill Grant's boneshow and Jet Kaiser's One Take Shows, and get their spin on this new, viral field-recording phenomenon.
Feature - Posted 13 Dec 2010 By
Kara Stellner | Although Unique University marked Adam Forgione's first foray into back-to-back all-day marathon workshops, it was also something of a warmup gig for Pennylane Productions, who will be taking Forgione's show on the road in early 2011, with workshops in 12 cities planned. This article should give you a good idea of what you can expect to see, hear, and learn if the Pennylane EDU 2011 tour rolls into your town.
Feature - Posted 08 Dec 2010 By
EventDV 25 all-star and 2010 multi-WEVA CEA winner Adam Forgione announces first 6 dates and for 2011 workshops in Philadelphia and Boston
Breaking News - Posted 08 Dec 2010
Jan Ozer | So there I was, testing the single CPU, six-core HP Z400, trying to figure out the cost/benefits of the system versus the dual-CPU, 12-core HP Z800. When I started testing Adobe Production Premium CS5, the Z400 proved faster in every test. While I love these man-bites-dog stories, you don't run them without lots of testing, and ultimately, the situation got sorted out. In the process, I learned something about CS5 that might save you some rendering time down the road, which I'll share herein. I'll also quickly detail when it makes sense to consider a dual-CPU system for CS5, and when a single CPU will do just as well.
Feature - Posted 06 Dec 2010 By
Sara Frances | It's easy to recognize that all artists, not just videographers, filmmakers, and photographers, live by the meaning of this quote. Anyone who says that great video is all about equipment has only part of the equation right. Ignore the hype, but believe the mantra of knowing your gear inside and out.
Feature - Posted 06 Dec 2010 By
Chris P. Jones | The sooner you put something before the client, the happier she will be and the more it will benefit you. If you're working hard to deliver at 3 months but cannot imagine executing SDEs, then you aren't fully capitalizing upon the power of your work. The law of diminishing returns applies.
Feature - Posted 06 Dec 2010 By
Joanna Banks-Morgan | On November 8, 2010, 42 female visual artists from around the world boarded a cruise ship in Port Canaveral, Florida for POSH 2010. POSH, an educational workshop and retreat for women, is the brainchild of Jennifer Moon of Northernlight Filmworks and Reagan Zugelter of Studio Z Films. Jen and Reagan had recognized a need in our industry for female filmmakers and photographers to come together to connect, educate, and inspire one another. As we found our way around the ship that Monday afternoon, and began to meet one another, Jen and Reagan's inspiration started to become a reality.
Feature - Posted 01 Dec 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | If you want to turn the events you shoot into compelling films, you need to understand the essential elements of visual storytelling and narrative and how the great nonfiction filmmakers conceive, shape, and present their films. The most important part of that process, ultimately, will be watching those films, deconstructing them, and applying those constructs to your own work. But I can't recommend a better place to start your journey than reading Sheila Curran Bernard's Documentary Storytelling, which will put you well on your way.
Feature - Posted 01 Dec 2010 By
Mark & Trisha Von Lanken | Working with DSLR footage creates new challenges in post, from ingest to format support issues to audio sync, and it takes a skilled editor and powerful, versatile editing system to create a masterpiece from even the most stellar DSLR footage. Here's a look at how the Von Lankens have adapted their short-form edit workflow to work DSLR imagery into the mix.
Feature - Posted 30 Nov 2010 By
Ben Balser | Motion's Write On behavior lets you draw a line, then have that line "write" onto the screen, as if you were drawing it live with a pen. This can be really artistic if you use the technique with a Wacom. We'll look at the ins and outs of how this trick works and how to manipulate it in your projects.
Tutorials - Posted 30 Nov 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | You may have heard about IN[FOCUS] 2011, an educational gathering for event filmmakers and videographers coming in January, and you may have heard reference to its "Gateway" theme. But what exactly is "The Gateway," what can it tell us about what's in store at IN[FOCUS] 2011, and how does it relate to the event organizers' "survive, thrive, and serve" educational mission?
Feature - Posted 17 Nov 2010 By
EventDV 25 all-star Adam Forgione of Pennylane Productions in association with Unique Photo in New Jersey will be giving two amazing workshops. The first 20 attendees to sign up for each workshop will receive a free gift card to Unique Photo.
Breaking News - Posted 11 Nov 2010
It's that time of year again—time for the readers of EventDV and EventDV.net to select the 25 hottest and most influential event filmmakers in the business in 2010. Read on for details on how to cast your votes!
Breaking News - Posted 05 Nov 2010
Provides training for the MXO2 Family with Adobe Premiere Pro CS5
Breaking News - Posted 02 Nov 2010
Ben Balser | It seems as though more and more of us are shooting with multiple different cameras and trying to mix them in post. So this month I'm going to look at some features in Color that make bringing consistency to footage from disparate sources much easier and much faster, allowing the colorist more creative time and less technical time.
Feature - Posted 01 Nov 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Does 3D have a place in wedding filmmaking's future, or is that notion just the stuff of science fiction? We spoke with one of 3D's earliest adopters in the wedding world, Abraham Joffe of Sydney, Australia. A few months back, Joffe produced and delivered a 3D wedding film—Australia's first, but already not its last—and lived to tell the tale.
Feature - Posted 29 Oct 2010 By
DSLR editing Quicktime plug-in for use with Final Cut Pro 6 or 7
Breaking News - Posted 19 Oct 2010
From editing to output, the second of four new training titles from Class on Demand's new Adobe CS5 training series is a comprehensive overview of the popular new editing suite
Breaking News - Posted 12 Oct 2010
Ben Balser | This month we'll explore how to do voice-over (VO) work in Final Cut Studio, from some hardware advice to the actual software workflow. We'll start with some really basic notes about hardware, then move on to actual recording in the latest versions of Final Cut Studio and Soundtrack Pro.
Feature - Posted 04 Oct 2010 By
Shawn Lam | As with all full-step NLE upgrades, Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 promised myriad new features and workflow enhancements, but the most promising by far is its new 64-bit architecture, the inclusion of the Mercury Playback Engine and GPU acceleration, all of which purported to meet the HD editor's need for speed. Se we set out to see if, and by how much, CS5 was faster than CS4. Here's what we discovered.
Feature - Posted 01 Oct 2010 By
Ben Balser | Have you ever wondered how to create the "Miniature" effect thart's currently holding sway in the production world, the effect tyat makes your footage look like it was shot with miniature models and animated, sort of like the opening sequence to Mister Rodgers' Neighborhood, when the camera dollied through the tiny model town during the opening credits? Here's how it works in Motion and Final Cut Pro, plus a quick look at how to do it with stills in Aperture and Photoshop.
Feature - Posted 13 Sep 2010 By
Philip Hinkle | Depending on how much you need an anti-shake filter—and particularly if you've experienced rolling shutter issues with your HDSLR or other CMOS camera—Mercalli 2.0 could be a great investment. The combination of improved shake reduction, reduced picture degradation from zooming in, and the much-needed rolling shutter correction make for a great update for a tool that was already my anti-shake plug-in of choice.
Feature - Posted 07 Sep 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | EventDV's official recap of WEVA's historic 20th annual Wedding & Event Video Expo
Feature - Posted 03 Sep 2010 By
Chris P. Jones | Three-time EventDV 25 honoree and IN[FOCUS] co-founder Chris P. Jones spells out his revolutionary beat-the-backlog workflow and his groundbreaking approach to managing your video business designed to help you reclaim your life and your place in your clients' good graces.
Feature - Posted 03 Sep 2010 By
Liz Merfeld | By expertly combining her love of the northeastern outdoors with her work, Meg Simone has (perhaps inadvertently) cornered the market on destination weddings in the heart of Mount Washington Valley (N.H.), a resort community filled with restaurants, shops, ski resorts, quaint inns, and historic grand hotels. We wanted to know the story behind her success, particularly from her unique position as one of a small group of young women in the wedding film industry rising to prominence running businesses mostly on their own, as opposed to being part of a husband-and-wife team.
Feature - Posted 01 Sep 2010 By
David McKnight | Sony Vegas expert and 2009 EventDV 2009 finalist Rusty Brown consider the pros and cons of Sony's feature-enriched $99 Movie Studio HD Platinum 10 for pro wedding and event videographers and others contemplating taking the Vegas plunge.
Feature - Posted 31 Aug 2010 By
Alan Naumann | an. 10, 2010, brought the long-awaited announcement that NewTek was shipping SpeedEDIT 2. This was the major upgrade that SpeedEDIT needed to be competitive. It was no longer hyped as "world's fastest," though I personally don't care as long as it helps me complete projects quickly and allows my business to be profitable. In this review I'll give an overview of many of the key features offered in SpeedEDIT and the significant improvements found in SpeedEDIT 2.
Feature - Posted 31 Aug 2010 By
Jan Ozer | With Network-Attached Storage (NAS) and hard disk prices dropping, it seems like a good idea to consider how a NAS device such as the QNAP TS-559 Pro could work for a videographer in a typical data-intensive environment. So here I do just that. The caveat is, however, that if you're looking for a comprehensive review of the TS-559 Pro, including an in-depth look at its advanced features, look elsewhere. Here, I'll first describe what NAS is, what its strong points are for videography studios, and how the TS-559 Pro worked for me for simple file backup roles.
Feature - Posted 31 Aug 2010 By
EventDV 25 all-star and WEVA CEA Gold winner Philip "Frogman" Hinkle reports directly from WEVA Expo 2010, the event filmmaking industry's largest convention and trade show, held August 23-26 in Orlando, Florida. Stay tuned for all three episodes of Hinkle's show, which will appear over the next week on EventDV-TV.
Feature - Posted 25 Aug 2010
Ben Balser | How I shot, edited, and exported a short film from my iPhone 4 and why I think this is a glimpse into the future of video production, consumer to videographer to broadcast.
Feature - Posted 12 Jul 2010 By
Most Complete Platforms for Adobe Creative Suite 5 Production Premium Now Shipping
Breaking News - Posted 10 Jul 2010
Anthony Burokas | Sonnet has crafted a beautiful solution for rapid footage offload that gives your laptop far more connectivity, power, and capability than ever before. The system is solid, and in pure professional parlance, it does what it says it can do. The Qio is, without a doubt in my mind, the most useful professional video production accessory for a laptop-enabled tapeless live production workflow that you can get.
Feature - Posted 06 Jul 2010 By
David McKnight | Since most Vegas users work with the companion DVD Architect program to author DVD and Blu-ray Discs, I thought it would be a nice change of pace to showcase some snazzy motion menus that integrate well into DVD Architect. We'll be working with Sony DVD Architect 5, Adobe After Effects CS3, and Pro Motion Menu Kits from Precomposed Motion Menus.
Feature - Posted 01 Jul 2010 By
Ben Balser | This month we'll look at the workflow for ingesting and editing Canon DSLR footage in Final Cut Studio, since Canon has a released an FCP plug-in for the Log & transfer window. But there's more than one way to go about ingesting this footage into FCP in a format that lends itself to fast, easy editing.
Feature - Posted 30 Jun 2010 By
Jan Ozer | The launch of Adobe CS5 brings to bear the obvious comparison with Final Cut Studio (FCS). Since life has been far too quiet lately, I decided to tackle this subject, but from the perspective of the totally new user, not the experienced user who would rather fight than switch. In other words, what would you say if a total newbie asked, "Which should I use, FCS 3 or Adobe CS5?"
Feature - Posted 24 Jun 2010 By
Steve Yankee | By shooting creative and interesting "Day-in-the-Life" and "Settlement" videos, you can expand your business in the legal field beyond shooting depositions. These videos can have a huge impact on legal cases, even though most are never seen in court. It's a way for experienced video producers, such as yourself, to add powerful attorneys as clients. Hal's how-to guide explains a bit about each type of video, how it's used, and what you need to know to add both to your repertoire.
Feature - Posted 18 Jun 2010 By
Philip Hinkle | All the news that's fit to post from the Illinois Videographers Association's Midwest Expo 2010, featuring industry luminaries Matt Davis, Adam Forgione, Keith Anderson, and Ray Roman
Feature - Posted 09 Jun 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | A few scattered thoughts on the 2010 National Association of Broadcasters show
The Nonlinear Editor - Posted 02 Jun 2010 By
Mark Von Lanken | Owning your own business has many rewards, but at the same time, it comes with frustrations. Don't let your NLE add to your stress and frustration levels. Find an editor and assemble a system that makes your editing process smooth and manageable, no matter what acquisition codec you use. Now that I shoot AVCHD and DSLR footage—which means I'm always working with codecs not designed for editing, and which is about as demanding as it gets in the wedding filmmaking world—EDIUS 5.5 is the answer for me.
Feature - Posted 01 Jun 2010 By
5-time EventDV 25 all-stars Mark and Trisha Von Lanken to present 2 days of intensive wedding filmmaking training in Twin Cities
Breaking News - Posted 31 May 2010
Ben Balser | MediaShare isn't as powerful as a full-fledged asset management and automation application such as Final Cut Server, which you'd be spending a lot more money on to set up and implement. MediaShare is a smaller system; it's easier to implement, and it's geared toward smaller operations or studios that need some form of cloud-based collaboration tool or a cloud-based review-and-approval tool in its most basic form.
Feature - Posted 31 May 2010 By
Ben Balser | In Final Cut Studio 3, there is a new Share option under the File menu in Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Compressor. This month's Cut Lines lays out an easy way to create a custom export preset, designed for your own specific needs, that will show up in the Share window for fast, easy export and publishing.
Tutorials - Posted 31 May 2010 By
There is always one question in watching inspiring new wedding and event films -- it's HOW did they do that -- technique, creative editing, camerawork?
Breaking News - Posted 07 May 2010
Ben Balser | In this installment of Cut Lines, I'll show you how to create video Favorites in Final Cut Studio and access them quickly, to help speed up your editing process, making it more enjoyable, productive, and profitable.
Feature - Posted 04 May 2010 By
The awards recognize the top new products for event videographers and filmmakers introduced at NAB in four categories: cameras, production gear, and postproduction solutions
Feature - Posted 03 May 2010
Ben Balser | In Aperture 3, the new version of its pro photo management and adjustment application, Apple boasts 200-plus new features. This review will focus on the most meaningful new features—Import, Full Screen, Faces, Places, Adjustment Presets, and Brushes—and how they can serve video and fusion producers in their work.
Feature - Posted 03 May 2010
Lineup includes 2009 EventDV 25 all-stars Adam Forgione. Matt Davis, and Ray Roman and Chicagoland standout and multiple-WEVA CEA winner Keith Anderson
Breaking News - Posted 30 Apr 2010
David McKnight | Synchronizing multiple camera tracks and audio sources continues to be a popular task with the proliferation of video DSLR devices, since most users are creating multiple files, recording audio off-camera, and syncing everything up in post. PluralEyes can be a useful tool for expediting this process.
Feature - Posted 30 Apr 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Welcome to the event filmmaking industry's first all-women event, POSH: a retreat and educational experience for women event filmmakers and photographers interested in event film
Feature - Posted 26 Apr 2010 By
Roving reporter Shawn Lam reports from NAB in Las Vegas in this three-part EventDV-TV series
Feature - Posted 14 Apr 2010 By
Jan Ozer | Video technology and postproduction expert Jan Ozer examines Adobe's new CS5 integrated suite from a variety of angles, including new features and interfaces, a run-down of theadvantages of the new Mercury engine, performance comparisons between CS4 and CS5, and configuration suggestions for video pros working with the new suite.
Feature - Posted 12 Apr 2010 By
Marc Franklin | The Matrox MXO2 LE is a good choice if you need every possible input and output from your Windows or OS X machine and the flexibility to use it on a workstation or a laptop. If you're mainly editing HDV on a Windows workstation and don't need all of the I/Os and you want the real-time effects for editing, the RT.X2 may be a better choice. If you need all of the I/Os as well as a few more codecs, you can move up to Matrox's top-of-the-line Axio LE, which handles what the RT.X2 doesn't.
In the Studio - Posted 06 Apr 2010 By
David McKnight | McKnight Video shot AVCHD footage with the Panasonic AG-HMC150 all over the Rick Springfield & Friends Cruise, ingested it and edited in in Vegas, and lived to tell the tale. Do the advantages of AVCHD production outweigh the postproduction challenges? The point is probably moot.
Feature - Posted 06 Apr 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | So what is City of Lakes, and why all the hype and excitement surrounding a wedding film that no one had even seen when this article went live? To find out, read the article and check out the WORLD PREMIERE, Wednesday, April 14, Brenden Theater, Palms, Las Vegas. (Details in the article.)
Feature - Posted 06 Apr 2010 By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | Sharrone Calafiore's trademark steamy Save the Dates and other concept and wedding pieces could be described as Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" meets a Vera Wang runway show set to a Lady Gaga soundtrack. Or you could just say they're hot.
Feature - Posted 06 Apr 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | After realizing that the recession-era summer of 2009 was the rare wedding season when business was slow enough to allow him the flexibility to do pro bono work—Fowler took the job as behind-the-scenes videographer for ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition when it came to his hometown. And he was glad he did because, for all its TV trappings, this was a great project—and a great community project at that.
Feature - Posted 06 Apr 2010 By
Jan Ozer | There have definitely been times in the past where buying systems with multiple cores has involved betting on some future benefit rather than reaping an immediate reward. With the Z800, you can bet on the now since the 12-core system paid immediate dividends in nine out of 10 tests, with six of those tests showing performance improvements of 43% or higher.
Feature - Posted 05 Apr 2010 By
Mark Von Lanken | At a street price of $1,850-$1,995, how does the Panasonic HMC40 match up with the HMC150--my primary camera--which has a street price of $3,250?
Feature - Posted 02 Apr 2010 By
Provides detailed instruction for MXO2 Mini w/MAX
Breaking News - Posted 02 Apr 2010
David McKnight | VASST's AVCHD Training DVD that carries the following tagline: "Learn the ins and outs of AVCHD and how it affects you." Your host is the well-known Douglas Spotted Eagle (aka Spot); imagine if you ran into Spot at a coffee shop, pulled up a chair, and said, "Tell me everything there is to know about AVCHD!" That's pretty close to what you get with this DVD.
Feature - Posted 20 Mar 2010 By
Steve Yankee | As Louisville's Ron Priest demonstrates, there's always room for more tools in your marketing toolbox. Used singularly, or in combination, these tools move you from behind the curtain and allow your clients to glimpse a bit of your wizardry. Not a bad marketing tactic in a time where it's assumed "anyone" can produce excellent video.
Strictly Business - Posted 08 Mar 2010
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | This is the story of Joth Riggs, a successful Hollywood assistant director turned breakout wedding filmmaker turned ... well, you can just read it for yourself and find out. You'll see what you've probably already suspected: that an A-list film production background isn't the worst kind of training you can have if you want to make great wedding videos—and, perhaps less predictably, that happy endings often aren't endings at all.
Feature - Posted 06 Mar 2010 By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | A look inside Gebbs Wedding Films' all-SDE business model and all-DSLR shooting M.O.
Feature - Posted 06 Mar 2010 By
As a coda to the 2009 EventDV 25 awards presentation, here are the 25 finalists who round out the rest of the "Top 50"—some familiar names, and a number of up-and-comers about whom we're sure to hear much more, along with some choice clips for our finalists' many fans.
Feature - Posted 04 Mar 2010 By
Deadline is March 30
Breaking News - Posted 03 Mar 2010
Welcome to the 2009 EventDV 25 Awards Show, presenting the 25 hottest and most influential event filmmaking studios in the world as elected by the readers of EventDV Magazine and EventDV.net. Your new all-star team will be presented over the course of 4 days--February 22-25, 2010--on EventDV-TV. Click here to see editor Steve Nathans-Kelly reveal the all-stars announced so far and show some of their signature work.
Feature - Posted 22 Feb 2010 By
WEVA's first-ever Virtual Expo opens tomorrow, Feb. 17, at 11am EST
Breaking News - Posted 16 Feb 2010
The revolutionary online community formerly known as WedFACT(Wedding Filmmakers Alliance Of Creative Talent) is now the EventFilmmaker Social Media Network
Amen Corner - Posted 31 Jan 2010
Sharing tips and tricks to improve all aspects of attendees' video production workflow - from shooting, through editing, to final delivery in today's most popular formats
Breaking News - Posted 31 Jan 2010
Ben Balser | This month I'll describe the round-trip procedures for moving active project files among the various applications in Final Cut Studio 3.
Feature - Posted 30 Jan 2010 By
Ben Balser | This month I'll describe the round-trip procedures for moving active project files among the various applications in Final Cut Studio 3.
Tutorials - Posted 30 Jan 2010 By
Jan Ozer | If you're looking for a source for theme-specific transitions, check out proDAD Adorage, now up to its 11th transition package.
Feature - Posted 29 Jan 2010 By
Jan Ozer | If you're looking for a source for theme-specific transitions, check out proDAD Adorage, now up to its 11th transition package.
In the Studio - Posted 29 Jan 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | The inaugural In[Focus] event was as inspiring, engaging, and focused an educational event as our industry has seen.
Feature - Posted 25 Jan 2010 By
Apple guru Tom Wolsky delivers comprehensive training for recently released Final Cut Studio and Final Cut Pro updates; new courses offered at exclusive introductory pricing
Breaking News - Posted 20 Jan 2010
Laura Moses | Sound design is the process of planning and creating a sound treatment that will enhance the storytelling of a film. Effective sound design improves a film without being overbearing or calling attention to itself. By incorporating simple aspects of the craft into our films, we can enhance our productions to better connect with consumers, which will result in more bookings and will increase the value of our product.
Feature - Posted 27 Dec 2009 By
Lance Gray | No iPhone app is going to make bad photos look like they were taken by a pro, but The Best Camera and the way it filters colors goes a long way toward making a blah photo quite extraordinary!
Tutorials - Posted 10 Dec 2009 - December 2009 Issue By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | How wedding and sports event videographer Danny Sayson developed, shot, and produced a full season of West Coast Adventures entirely on spec, pitched and sold it to PBS-TV, and became a full-time TV producer with one season under his belt and a second in production.
Feature - Posted 09 Dec 2009 By
First 500 to Register Get Entered To Win Free Bonus Prize
Breaking News - Posted 09 Dec 2009
Ben Balser | This month we'll look at the four brand new speed controls in Final Cut Pro 7. Using these four resources together cam help you achieve complex speed changes and ramp them up quickly and easily.
Feature - Posted 08 Dec 2009 By
Ben Balser | This month we'll look at the four brand new speed controls in Final Cut Pro 7. Using these four resources together cam help you achieve complex speed changes and ramp them up quickly and easily.
Tutorials - Posted 08 Dec 2009 - December 2009 Issue By
Jan Ozer | What you need to know (or at least what Adobe will tell you now) about the new Mercury Playback Engine in Adobe Production Premium "CSNext"
Feature - Posted 07 Dec 2009 By
Premiering November 4th, FilmFellas Cast 6 "The DP Edition" will represent an eclectic mix of cinematographers from the independent film scene
Breaking News - Posted 02 Dec 2009
Jan Ozer | Few things in life are as opaque as working with YouTube—a black box with irresistible appeal to most video producers. Trying to discern how to produce the absolute best quality has consumed boatloads of my time in the past. Recently, however, a concert event client asked me to post six videos to YouTube, and I dove in again. Here's what I found out
Feature - Posted 29 Nov 2009 By
Trisha Von Lanken | In memory of Studio Vieux Carre and In[Focus] co-founder Julian St Pierre
Feature - Posted 16 Nov 2009 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Wedding-day interviews are the sort of thing that used to give videography a bad name, but done right, and in the right setting, interviews can help elevate wedding and event filmmaking into the realm of powerful, character-driven storytelling. Here we learn from four leading wedding and event filmmakers renowned for the compelling, revealing, funny, and moving stories they collect in their interviews with the key players in their events, and the seamless and powerful ways they incorporate these interviews into the films they produce.
Feature - Posted 13 Nov 2009 By
Ben Balser | In this review, I'll compare Lock & Load, CoreMelt's new intelligent stabilization plug-in, to FCP's Smooth Cam and give you a good overview of what you can expect from it.
Feature - Posted 12 Nov 2009 By
Ben Balser | In this review, I'll compare Lock & Load, CoreMelt's new intelligent stabilization plug-in, to FCP's Smooth Cam and give you a good overview of what you can expect from it.
In the Studio - Posted 12 Nov 2009 By
David McKnight | Over the next 2 months, I'll share my top 10 tips that I've picked up over the years using Sony Vegas. They may not be immediately apparent to other Vegas users, but they're all very useful and can save you time in post.
Feature - Posted 12 Nov 2009 By
David McKnight | Over the next 2 months, I'll share my top 10 tips that I've picked up over the years using Sony Vegas. They may not be immediately apparent to other Vegas users, but they're all very useful and can save you time in post.
Tutorials - Posted 12 Nov 2009 - November 2009 Issue By
Ben Balser | This month, I'll show you how to use Final Cut Pro's Replace Edit tool as well as demonstrate some cool tricks you can do with Replace Edit when you combine it with other handy tools that will help you change out and clean up your edits quickly.
Feature - Posted 12 Nov 2009 By
Ben Balser | This month, I'll show you how to use Final Cut Pro's Replace Edit tool as well as demonstrate some cool tricks you can do with Replace Edit when you combine it with other handy tools that will help you change out and clean up your edits quickly.
Tutorials - Posted 12 Nov 2009 - November 2009 Issue By
Breaking News - Posted 09 Nov 2009 By
New training video gives expert instruction on creating HD movies with dazzling animated graphics, montage themes, 5.1 surround sound and more
Breaking News - Posted 02 Nov 2009
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | In just 3 years, Ray Roman has parlayed his passion into becoming one of the most sought-after wedding videographers in the country. WEVA and In[Focus] have tapped him to speak at conferences and bestowed accolades upon him. He's sponsored by Cinevate. His high-profile client roster boasts names such as the Cole family (as in Nat King and Natalie) and enough professional athletes to field a fantasy sports team.
Breaking News - Posted 01 Nov 2009 By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | In just 3 years, Ray Roman has parlayed his passion into becoming one of the most sought-after wedding videographers in the country. WEVA and In[Focus] have tapped him to speak at conferences and bestowed accolades upon him. He's sponsored by Cinevate. His high-profile client roster boasts names such as the Cole family (as in Nat King and Natalie) and enough professional athletes to field a fantasy sports team.
Studio Time - Posted 01 Nov 2009 - November 2009 Issue By
Award-winning instructor Dan Gookin delivers essential guide to highly anticipated Microsoft release
Breaking News - Posted 23 Oct 2009
Philip Hinkle | If you're looking for good royalty-free music created by event videographers for event videographers, look no further than Nightsong Productions.
Feature - Posted 20 Oct 2009 By
Thanks to the global power of new Internet technologies, WEVA International will present WEVA iVideoShow 2009, the world's first VIRTUAL Conference and Tradeshow for wedding and event videographers, including editors, imagers, digital artists, photomontage producers & students on Wednesday, December 9
Breaking News - Posted 13 Oct 2009
Washington D.C. branch office harbors new VUE testing center; FMC one of the few training organizations to provide end-to-end certification training services
Breaking News - Posted 08 Oct 2009
Lance Gray | We've all been there: A client gives us a logo or other image that's embedded in an extraneous background and expects us to magically make the background disappear. Here's a quick tip that could save you the time of cutting out all that white space when all you really want is for that logo to be overlaid on your screen.
Tutorials - Posted 06 Oct 2009 - October 2009 Issue By
Ben Balser | Final Cut Studio 2009, the long-anticipated new release of Apple's eminent postproduction suite, delivers no major overhaul of anything, just a few little touches applied to most of the applications that can save you a ton of time during your postproduction process. Although none of the new features, taken by themselves, represent anything mind-blowing, together they make for a faster, easier workflow that will save you a lot of time.
Features - Posted 06 Oct 2009 - October 2009 Issue By
Ben Balser | Final Cut Studio 2009, the long-anticipated new release of Apple's eminent postproduction suite, delivers no major overhaul of anything, just a few little touches applied to most of the applications that can save you a ton of time during your postproduction process. Although none of the new features, taken by themselves, represent anything mind-blowing, together they make for a faster, easier workflow that will save you a lot of time.
Feature - Posted 06 Oct 2009 By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | Last fall, Canon shook our world when it released the transformative EOS 5D Mark II, a DSLR featuring full-frame HD video and dynamic depth-of-field control. Along with others of its ilk, the 5D is revving up videographers' creativity, smearing the line between the photography and videography industries, and ushering in (some say) a new era of photo-video fusion. With several months of use under their belts, we asked a handful of early adopters for their take on how the 5D has impacted their businesses and where (if anywhere) their first forays into fusion have taken them.
Feature - Posted 06 Oct 2009 By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | Last fall, Canon shook our world when it released the transformative EOS 5D Mark II, a DSLR featuring full-frame HD video and dynamic depth-of-field control. Along with others of its ilk, the 5D is revving up videographers' creativity, smearing the line between the photography and videography industries, and ushering in (some say) a new era of photo-video fusion. With several months of use under their belts, we asked a handful of early adopters for their take on how the 5D has impacted their businesses and where (if anywhere) their first forays into fusion have taken them.
Amen Corner - Posted 06 Oct 2009 - October 2009 Issue By
Laura Moses | Real sound + real time = real life. It's the new math of event filmmaking. Though not a practical means of business for all event filmmakers, the new documentary style holds within its confines lessons to be learned by all.
Feature - Posted 05 Oct 2009 By
Speakers include Larry Jordan, Ben Balser, Bruce Nazarian, Alexis Van Hurkman
Breaking News - Posted 05 Oct 2009
Ed Wardyga | I've assembled a list of free (or inexpensive) programs and utilities that might make your life a bit easier. I've been using most of these for some time, so I can confirm that they work and are worth every penny.
The Gadget Bag - Posted 01 Oct 2009 - October 2009 Issue By
Shawn Lam | This is a review of Adobe's Speech to Text feature, which is found in both Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 and Soundbooth CS4. I'm stating this upfront because somewhere along the line in the 4 months since I was commissioned to test and write about this new feature and when and I completed my review, I decided that I would be doing a disservice to my readers by spending the entire article discussing a feature that is just a bit ahead of its time, while ignoring one (Dynamic Link) that has been around for a few versions but is finally fully functional.
Feature - Posted 01 Oct 2009 By
Shawn Lam | This is a review of Adobe's Speech to Text feature, which is found in both Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 and Soundbooth CS4. I'm stating this upfront because somewhere along the line in the 4 months since I was commissioned to test and write about this new feature and when and I completed my review, I decided that I would be doing a disservice to my readers by spending the entire article discussing a feature that is just a bit ahead of its time, while ignoring one (Dynamic Link) that has been around for a few versions but is finally fully functional.
In the Studio - Posted 01 Oct 2009 - October 2009 Issue By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | WEVA Expo 2009 delivered a bold mix of new speakers, live streaming experiments, discussions of fusion trends present and future, and a rollicking networking experience in a crackerjack new venue that seemed almost tailor-made for the wedding and event video industry's largest convention and tradeshow.
Feature - Posted 28 Sep 2009 By
Exhibit booths on the show floor will feature the latest digital video and HD DSLR technology, plus free system-training, and the WEVA EXPO 2009 Virtual Trade Show will also include cutting-edge sessions, WEVA 2009 Creative Excellence Award Winners, new wedding film techniques, industry networking via LIVE CHAT
Breaking News - Posted 24 Sep 2009
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | In the 4 years since Mili Ghosh began Memories in Motion in Chicago with the goal of offering high-end Bollywood-style videos to a niche South Asian wedding market, her hands-on approach—consulting in details right down to makeup—has taken her all over the globe. From opulent weddings with hundreds of guests in her hometown of Chicago to royal weddings in India, Ghosh combines her own personal artistic vision with a devotion to her couples to create cinematic wedding videos with a flair not found anywhere else.
Feature - Posted 24 Sep 2009 By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | Have you ever dreamed of doing a wedding shoot in which the guests and wedding party already knew and loved your work, and so they showered you with compliments throughout the day? Or one in which youy got the most candid, natural shots of even a camera-shy couple? Enter the Save the Date video: a short film produced far in advance of the wedding and distributed via your blog, Facebook fan page, Vimeo, or—less commonly—on DVD, in lieu of traditional Save the Date cards.
Feature - Posted 08 Sep 2009 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Snö, the latest mini-epic concept film from Kevin Shahinian's Pacific Pictures, is a watershed moment for our industry.
Feature - Posted 04 Sep 2009 By
Ben Balser | This month we'll look at professional, efficient editing workflow. I'll show a proven workflow in Final Cut Pro that will cut your editing time, make your editing easier, and help you get more refined edits, giving you a better product to deliver to your clients.
Tutorials - Posted 01 Sep 2009 - September 2009 Issue By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Steve Zugelter of Cincinnati-based Studio+Z Films pushes the limits of surprise wedding concept films, and ratches up the theatricality of the couple's entire event.
Feature - Posted 30 Aug 2009 By
Award-winning training company delivers professional instruction for industry's leading specialized digital visual effects software
Breaking News - Posted 25 Aug 2009
In [ critics ], Steve Weiss and Philip Bloom candidly explore a wide range of video categories across many genres and artistic levels: short films, artistic videos, documentaries, music videos, animated shorts, and commercial video
Breaking News - Posted 19 Aug 2009
Loyd Calomay | Hollywood Spoofmaster Loyd Calomay takes EventDV-TV viewers behind the scenes of his HEROES spoof in this 2-part series.
Feature - Posted 16 Aug 2009 By
FMC's world-class training keeps pace with new technology; offering innovative instruction for Apple professional video applications
Breaking News - Posted 16 Aug 2009
FCP 7 Certification set for HD EXPO - Createasphere
Breaking News - Posted 14 Aug 2009
New cast features producer Ron Dawson, cinematographer Patrick Moreau, and filmmaker Kevin Shahinian
Breaking News - Posted 13 Aug 2009
Complete Training for Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 Training DVD available at a 50 percent discount for select NVIDIA customers
Breaking News - Posted 10 Aug 2009
Trainers include Larry Jordan, Bruce Nazarian, Alexis Van Hurkman, and Ben Balser
Breaking News - Posted 08 Aug 2009
Episodes feature Kristen*, John Goolsby, Joe Simon, Patrick Moreau, Ron Dawson, and Kevin Shahinian; highlight avant-garde wedding filmmaking and cinematic storytelling
Breaking News - Posted 05 Aug 2009
World-renowned, instructor-led courses now accessible from any desktop
Breaking News - Posted 03 Aug 2009
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | A conversation with Zacuto's Steve Weiss about his groundbreaking webisodic TV series, FilmFellas, which, beginning this week, will air a series of programs starring five legends of the wedding and event filmmaking world: John Goolsby, Kristen*, Joe Simon, Patrick Moreau, Kevin Shahinian, and Ron Dawson
Feature - Posted 03 Aug 2009 By
Hal Slifer's 3 Questions goes on location in Plymouth, Newton, and Massachusetts' North Shore; bids farewell to the photomontage; sings the praises of the same-day edit; and looks ahead to the upcoming WEVA Expo.
Feature - Posted 27 Jul 2009
Jan Ozer | By now you've heard that there's a new version of Final Cut Studio shipping from Apple. What's new? Well, it starts with a new price of $999, $300 less than Final Cut Studio 2. You can upgrade to the new suite from any previous version, even Final Cut Pro 1.0, for $299. All suite components were upgraded (to varying degrees) except for DVD Studio Pro—which, as you may recall, wasn't upgraded in the previous suite either. Fear not, however (are you sitting down?): The suite upgrade does enable a modest level of Blu-ray Disc authoring. Read on for more details.
Feature - Posted 23 Jul 2009
New Versions of Final Cut Pro, Motion, Soundtrack Pro, Color and Compressor
Breaking News - Posted 23 Jul 2009
Newly announced speakers include Ron & Tasra Dawson, David Robin & Kevin Shahinian, Mark Von Lanken & Robert Neal, Lance Gray, Ray Roman, Norman Hollyn, Adam Forgione, Keith Kelly, Dominic Velasco, Maureen Taylor, Laura Moses, Brooke Rudnick, and Jorge Jaramillo
Breaking News - Posted 22 Jul 2009
An online wedding film festival in three parts, WedFACTION.1 features an anonymous online submission-based competition, an online popular vote and an exhibition portion showcasing new and leading edge talent
Breaking News - Posted 22 Jul 2009
Tim Kolb's award-winning Adobe training takes home impressive honor
Breaking News - Posted 20 Jul 2009
Lance Gray | Recently, a reader asked me a design question about how to create a "look" that would make text appear as if itg were nicely chiseled into a block of wood. So for this lesson, I'll show you how incredibly simple it is; I believe you'll be surprised at how amazingly realistic the result looks. EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was printed incorrectly in the July issue of EventDV with a key step missing. Please read this version for the complete tutorial.
Feature - Posted 20 Jul 2009 By
Ben Balser | CoreMelt is definitely moving beyond the confines of the FxFactory model, and its new V2 generation of FCP plug-ins is amazing. I'm using them all now—not just the color correction tools but transitions, generators, etc.—and I'm really impressed. These guys are really on target and seem to be sticking to useful, practical plug-ins rather than just developing a bunch of fancy-looking stuff that has no real-world applicability.
Feature - Posted 15 Jul 2009 By
David McKnight | Whether you upload video to YouTube, Vimeo, or Facebook or host it on your own blog or website, at some point you need to get video from the Vegas timeline to the web. In this tutorial, we're going to discuss exporting from Vegas to Flash and H.264/MPEG-4.
Tutorials - Posted 15 Jul 2009 By
Ron & Tasra Dawson| In the video world, particularly on the event video side, branding is one of the most challenging areas for many studios. In this article, we'll cover some of the key areas video producers and any small business owners can focus on in order to make quick and substantial changes in their approach to branding.
Feature - Posted 14 Jul 2009 By
Hal Slifer | When was the last time a wedding guest came up to you and told you she loved your work? If you only shoot the event, you will most likely never hear those words. It's time for you to be acknowledged and be loved for your talent and work by showing it in front of hundreds of guests at your next event.
Feature - Posted 14 Jul 2009 By
Thursday July 9th, 2009 - 11:00am PT / 2:00pm ET
Breaking News - Posted 08 Jul 2009
Announced speakers include Ron & Tasra Dawson, Ray Roman, Keith Kelly, David Robin and Kevin Shahinian, Lance Gray, and author and editor Norman Hollyn
Breaking News - Posted 03 Jul 2009
Categories include social events and corporate video, including weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, class reunions, recitals, theatrical/stage productions, promotional videos, graduations, band performances, cheerleading competitions, memorial services, corporate training, anniversaries, christenings, charity events, and others, including the newest category, "Wedding Movie Trailer."
Breaking News - Posted 29 Jun 2009
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Real Weddings is exactly what it sounds like: an hour-plus DVD that encompasses all the content the Von Lankens deliver to a bride and groom. But what makes this DVD most valuable is the two commentary tracks--one for shooting, one for editing--that run through the entire disc, breaking down virtually everything they do. Also featured: 2 video clips from the DVD!
Feature - Posted 12 Jun 2009
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Real Weddings is exactly what it sounds like: an hour-plus DVD that encompasses all the content the Von Lankens deliver to a bride and groom. But what makes this DVD most valuable is the two commentary tracks--one for shooting, one for editing--that run through the entire disc, breaking down virtually everything they do. Also featured: 2 video clips from the DVD!
Continuing Education - Posted 12 Jun 2009 - June 2009 Issue
David McKnight | The latest and greatest in Vegas Pro 9 for videographers
Features - Posted 11 Jun 2009 By
David McKnight | The latest and greatest in Vegas Pro 9 for videographers
Feature - Posted 11 Jun 2009 By
With the launch of the new Re:Frame website morning, the Re:Frame Collective revealed dates, location, a (nearly) complete speaker roster, and some tantalizing details about what RF:SF 09 attendees can expect for the three-and-a-half day event, which will take place at San Francisco's toney CLIFT Hotel in the heart of Union Square, October 19-22, 2009
Feature - Posted 08 Jun 2009 By
Lance Gray | Recently, I was producing for a 720x480 NTSC resolution screen, but the clients submitted only still photos gathered from their website that were in the 300x200 range. Understandably, they were miffed about how I was going to "stretch" the photos to make the stills look decent because they had already attempted this and realized the results weren't pretty. Little did they know the solution wasn't in stretching the canvas but in approaching the problem more creatively. Here's how I made it work.
Tutorials - Posted 05 Jun 2009 - June 2009 Issue By
Alan Naumann | Whereas many dads connect with their sons through sports, my son Jason and I connected through video. We spent many hours together making music videos and short films, as well as shooting various events. Partly as a result of that, he's now living out my dream of becoming an independent filmmaker.
Cradle to Grave - Posted 05 Jun 2009 - June 2009 Issue By
Marc Franklin | The hottest new announcements and releases of NAB 2009 for the videography world
Features - Posted 05 Jun 2009 - June 2009 Issue By
Laura Moses | Not all brides can afford to have a production with their backstory researched, recorded, and then weaved with interviews and photographs into their wedding film. But there are always stories to tell, and we can find them if we are only willing to look.
Vantage Point - Posted 05 Jun 2009 By
Ben Balser | EditMule has three utility apps that work with FCP to make our lives as editors much easier, picking up the slack in three areas where FCP is lacking: assigning Scratch Disk settings on a per-project basis; collapsing Sequences to remove unnecessary tracks; and removing a specific filter, or filters, from a specific Sequence.
In the Studio - Posted 05 Jun 2009 - June 2009 Issue By
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.
In the Studio - Posted 05 Jun 2009 - June 2009 Issue By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | Steve and Laura Moses have been called the "prom king and queen" and "model husband-wife team" of wedding video. But forget the awards and accolades for a moment, since they're not what define this couple, nor do they tell the whole story of their lives in this business, or this business in their lives. Here's a brief review of their road to success and what they saw and learned along the way.
Feature - Posted 05 Jun 2009 By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | Steve and Laura Moses have been called the "prom king and queen" and "model husband-wife team" of wedding video. But forget the awards and accolades for a moment, since they're not what define this couple, nor do they tell the whole story of their lives in this business, or this business in their lives. Here's a brief review of their road to success and what they saw and learned along the way.
Studio Time - Posted 05 Jun 2009 - June 2009 Issue By
WEVA EXPO 2009, the biggest convention & trade show for wedding & event video producers worldwide, runs September 14-17, 2009
Breaking News - Posted 04 Jun 2009
Topics include cinematic shooting and editing techniques, artistic shot composition, company image and branding, and marketing to high-end brides
Breaking News - Posted 02 Jun 2009
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Illinois Videographers Association event draws internationally recognized presenters Patrick Moreau and Michael Wong of StillMotion and marks the speaking debut of concept film phenom Kevin Shahinian of Pacific Pictures
Feature - Posted 27 May 2009 By
Enter Your Best Videos Now
Breaking News - Posted 20 May 2009
Jan Ozer | As many of you have already discovered, creating videos for small to midsize businesses gives videographers a nice opportunity to branch out into new markets. Here are some tips on how to do it well.
Feature - Posted 18 May 2009 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | What is In[Focus] 2010 and what's with all those viral videos?
Feature - Posted 17 May 2009 By
A team of Apple executives, led by Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, will deliver the keynote.
Breaking News - Posted 13 May 2009
iDive is a central hub for your movies and clips
Breaking News - Posted 12 May 2009
Jan Ozer | Whether you plan to use it as a collection of theme-specific transitions or an inexpensive platform for custom effects generation, at $79, Adorage is a cost-effective and worthwhile addition to your editing suite.
In the Studio - Posted 06 May 2009 By
Ben Balser | Here we explore Final Cut Pro's track controls, teaching readers how to quickly and easily manage tracks and content, cutting down on the time they spend placing content, and increasing the time they have to be creative.
Tutorials - Posted 06 May 2009 - May 2009 Issue By
Lance Gray | Lance explains how to simplify and streamline the production of pro-quality photo collages for video and montage projects using Google Picasa.
Tutorials - Posted 05 May 2009 - May 2009 Issue By
A few thoughts on the 2008 EventDV 25
Feature - Posted 04 May 2009 By
A few thoughts on the 2008 EventDV 25
The Nonlinear Editor - Posted 04 May 2009 - May 2009 Issue By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | A look behind the garage door into the world where "A Sin City Love Story" was created
Feature - Posted 04 May 2009 By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | A look behind the garage door into the world where "A Sin City Love Story" was created
Continuing Education - Posted 04 May 2009 - May 2009 Issue By
Re:Frame 09 Austin rolls on into Day Two with internationally renowned DoP Philip Bloom, Fusion tips from Bruce Patterson, 30-second film clips, shooting in the streets of Austin, and more
Feature - Posted 04 May 2009
Ed Wardyga | I keep hearing about fellow video professionals—especially those who specialize in weddings—lamenting the decreases in their business. Economic downturns do affect everyone, but all that is required to survive and even prosper is a willingness to do two things: diversify, and keep a keen eye out for opportunities.
Feature - Posted 03 May 2009 By
Ed Wardyga | I keep hearing about fellow video professionals—especially those who specialize in weddings—lamenting the decreases in their business. Economic downturns do affect everyone, but all that is required to survive and even prosper is a willingness to do two things: diversify, and keep a keen eye out for opportunities.
Amen Corner - Posted 03 May 2009 - May 2009 Issue By
Customers Now Receive Certification upon lynda.com Course Completion
Breaking News - Posted 27 Apr 2009
Can Austin keep Re:Frame weird, and vice versa?
Feature - Posted 27 Apr 2009 By
Presentation topics include Best Practices for Wedding Gig Networking, Audio Acquisition for Videographers; with Sennheiser
Breaking News - Posted 20 Apr 2009
Goal of the festival is to increase awareness of the quality and differing types of wedding video and film productions that are being produced today by artists from around the world and to reward these artists with real prizes that will take their craft to a higher level
Breaking News - Posted 18 Apr 2009
Site aggregates Final Cut Pro specific news, blogs and tweets and displays them on a single page
Breaking News - Posted 15 Apr 2009
EventDV-TV - Posted 15 Apr 2009
David McKnight | This month we'll feature more audio tips plus information on compression, the audio utilities found in UltimateS Pro, and the best way to prepare audio files for use in Vegas's disc-authoring companion program, DVD Architect.
Tutorials - Posted 09 Apr 2009 - April 2009 Issue By
Lance Gray | Shallow depth of field is easy to achieve with a nice camera. But what if you have a photo in which there's little distinction between the foreground and the background? In this tutorial, I'll show you a quick way to get this effect with minimal effort.
Tutorials - Posted 09 Apr 2009 - April 2009 Issue By
Ben Balser | DVDxDV's Veescope line, which started with the Veescope Live software-based field monitor, now consists of four tools: Veescope Live, Veescope Hub, Veescope Key, and Veescope Signals. I have found all four of these software products to be worth the price, reliable, and high quality.
In the Field - Posted 09 Apr 2009 - April 2009 Issue By
Marla Misek Clark | For Sylvia Broeckx and Niels Puttemans of UK-based Ever After Video Productions, 2008 was a transformative year
Studio Time - Posted 06 Apr 2009 - April 2009 Issue
EventDV-TV - Posted 06 Apr 2009 By
Jan Ozer | Not to rant, but the QuickTime Reference Movie has better PR people than Peyton Manning, creating a legacy that the reality doesn't quite match.
The Moving Picture - Posted 30 Mar 2009 - April 2009 Issue By
First Professional Videographers Coalition event hosted by LIVA and NJVA
Breaking News - Posted 25 Mar 2009
Registration info for April 27-29 event
Breaking News - Posted 25 Mar 2009
Hal Slifer's 3 Questions
EventDV-TV - Posted 25 Mar 2009 By
May 20 event to feature all-star speaking lineup with Patrick Moreau and Michael Wong, Lance Gray, Chris Chibucos, Kevin Shahinian, and Keith Kelly
Breaking News - Posted 24 Mar 2009
Jan Ozer | In this first installment and episode of Streaming Video Peer Review, streaming video expert and Moving Picture columnist Jan Ozer analyzes an online corporate video by McKinsey & Company for background, lighting and exposure, audio, editing, and encoding.
Feature - Posted 23 Mar 2009 By
10 chapters cover a comprehensive range of subjects including capturing, importing, editing, effects, audio and exporting
Breaking News - Posted 18 Mar 2009
Presenting the 2008 EventDV 25, the 25 hottest and most influential videographers in the world as elected by the readers of EventDV magazine
EventDV-TV - Posted 17 Mar 2009
Features - Posted 16 Mar 2009
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | We asked 5 award-winning studios--all of whom have won international awards specifically for their demos--to demystify the process of producing an award-winning demo and help you master the making of your own.
Features - Posted 08 Mar 2009 - March 2009 Issue By
New issue features Mark Von Lanken's definitive review of the Panasonic AG-HMC150, 5 expert opinions on how to construct an effective wedding demo, Ben Balser's tutorial on working with sound in Final Cut Pro, and new columnist Mark Foley's tips on how to get great on-site audio at live events
Features - Posted 05 Mar 2009
Ben Balser | From capture to mixing, this article will give you the basic tools for managing how you work with soundtracks efficiently and easily.
Tutorials - Posted 05 Mar 2009 - March 2009 Issue By
Lance Gray | While you could certainly find a font or Photoshop brush to make a star, there is actually a very easy way to do it within Photoshop. And if you do it this way, you can even dictate the number of points!
Tutorials - Posted 05 Mar 2009 - March 2009 Issue By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | His maxim--Adapt or die!--is what turned BMX legend Joe Simon into a four-time Telly Award-winning artist and owner of Joe Simon Productions, an Austin, Texas-based studio specializing in cinematic high-definition and vintage wedding films.
Studio Time - Posted 05 Mar 2009 - March 2009 Issue By
Shawn Lam | The primary benefit of the Matrox RT.X2 LE is that even after you add several effects and layers of video, your video preview is done in real time. In addition, once you're done editing, the subsequent export does not first require rendering time for the effects and layers before encoding.
In the Studio - Posted 05 Mar 2009 - March 2009 Issue By
Jan Ozer | What are the 5 most common mistakes made by video producers when producing or preparing their video for streaming? In a sneak preview of his upcoming Streaming Media East seminar exclusively for EventDV readers, Jan Ozer explains these errors and tells you how to avoid them.
The Moving Picture - Posted 02 Mar 2009 - March 2009 Issue By
EventDV-TV - Posted 22 Feb 2009 By
New training video gives users expert instruction on optimizing image quality and content repurposing; mastering new features found in the industry standard Episode 5.1 compression tools
Breaking News - Posted 20 Feb 2009
Mark Von Lanken takes Panasonic's new professional AVCHD camera, the AG-HMC150, out in the field for a series of wedding shoots and examines its usability and features, tests its low-light performance, and offers comparisons to Sony's popular Z1U. NOW AVAILABLE: ALL 5 VIDEO CLIPS THAT ACCOMPANY THIS ARTICLE!
In the Field - Posted 17 Feb 2009 - March 2009 Issue By
By utilizing both modern and vintage filmmaking tools and even including new fusion techniques, the entries for this competition are poised to be some of the most inspired and most unique showcases of talent seen yet
Breaking News - Posted 05 Feb 2009
CS4 guru provides expert instruction for latest Adobe® release
Breaking News - Posted 03 Feb 2009
New issue features Philip Hinkle's search for the perfect reception light, Jan Ozer's best practices for delivering HD video online, Stu Sweetow's surefire plan for avoiding catastrophe when shooting on location, and more
Features - Posted 01 Feb 2009
David McKnight | For those instances when your captured audio leaves something to be desired, it's great to have postproduction tools that can make a difference. Here's a look at how to use Vegas's rich complement of audio tools to normalize your captured audio and eliminate unwanted noises.
Tutorials - Posted 31 Jan 2009 - February 2009 Issue By
Joe McManus | This month we'll look at the AVCHD format and how it fits into your Final Cut Pro workflow.
Tutorials - Posted 31 Jan 2009 - February 2009 Issue By
Lance Gray | What if you love a certain pristine font and can't find a grungy version of it? Well, I'm going to show you how to take crisp and clean and make it tattered and dirty!
Tutorials - Posted 31 Jan 2009 - February 2009 Issue By
Laura Moses | As wedding videograpgers, we work with music, hearts, and dreams. We're the keepers of the flame for future generations. After we're gone there will be pieces of us—little bits of our hearts—scattered across the globe, telling stories about love.
Vantage Point - Posted 30 Jan 2009 - February 2009 Issue By
David McKnight | Video Essentials claims to be a Swiss Army knife of postproduction designed to enhance, optimize, and accelerate your productivity. It includes 10 tools that serve a variety of effects needs. Sometimes you need to fix a problem, and sometimes you want to enhance an image. Video Essentials includes tools designed to do both.
In the Studio - Posted 30 Jan 2009 - February 2009 Issue By
Jan Ozer | So, you've been shooting in high definition for a while now, and you are ready to start posting HD sample clips on the web that actually reflect the quality of the footage you're capturing in your camera and editing in your NLE. You have two options: Do it yourself or use a service. Here's what you'll need to know with each approach.
Features - Posted 30 Jan 2009 - February 2009 Issue By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Introducing EventDV-TV, EventDV's forthcoming video channel, which will debut in February on www.eventdv-tv.com.
The Nonlinear Editor - Posted 26 Jan 2009 - February 2009 Issue By
Turn to award-winning industry veteran and recognized CS4 guru Tim Kolb as the on-camera instructor for the title
Breaking News - Posted 17 Jan 2009
Jan Ozer | Adobe Creative Suite 4 (CS4) Production Premium allows you to send Premiere Pro sequences to both the Adobe Media Encoder (AME) and Adobe Encore for rendering or authoring while continuing to edit in Premiere Pro. The bad news is this significantly increases CS4's memory requirements, and on a 32-bit operating system, this can mean longer rendering times, instability, or both. If you want CS4's features without the performance penalty, you should consider running CS4 on a 64-bit system.
The Moving Picture - Posted 12 Jan 2009 - February 2009 Issue By
Tour Kicks Off in New York City on January 16
Breaking News - Posted 08 Jan 2009
Polls now open for 2008 EventDV 25, the 25 hottest and most influential videographers in the business
Breaking News - Posted 05 Jan 2009
January 2009 EventDV Table of Contents
Features - Posted 01 Jan 2009 By
Elzabeth Avery-Merfeld | Kevin Shahinian was rushing out his door, on his way to shoot a musical number at a library on the outskirts of Los Angeles, when we first spoke to him about the Bollywood "mini-epic" he was making for a couple from Southern California...
Studio Time - Posted 01 Jan 2009 - January 2009 Issue By
David McKnight | In this installment I'll extend the discussion of color correction techniques we began in November 2008 with a look at using some of the new color-enhancing filters that come with Vegas Pro 8 to solve a real-world problem with exposure.
Tutorials - Posted 01 Jan 2009 - January 2009 Issue By
Lance Gray | In the December 2008 installment of Graphic Thoughts, I shared the first 5 of my top 10 most commonly used Photoshop tricks. Here's the rest of the best.
Tutorials - Posted 01 Jan 2009 - January 2009 Issue By
Ben Balser | This month we'll look at exporting your Final Cut Pro Sequence into an H.264 file for the internet. We'll take you through three methods of doing this that are not difficult, starting with the easiest first.
Tutorials - Posted 01 Jan 2009 - January 2009 Issue By
Introduced several years ago as a 2-DVD set called Business Everlasting and later expanded into The Complete Course with a 3-ring binder chock full of useful content, Alan Naumann's definitive memorial videography training kit has been recently updated with a variety of helpful materials.
Continuing Education - Posted 31 Dec 2008 - January 2009 Issue By
WEVA Expo 2009 to be held at brand new Hilton Orlando
Breaking News - Posted 24 Dec 2008
December 2008 EventDV Table of Contents
Jan Ozer | With Sonicfire Pro 5, SmartSound has enhanced your ability to find different songs, but more importantly, it has dramatically improved your ability to customize songs to fit your video content. Specifically, the new Timing feature lets you choose a generic song from SmartSound's library and make it sound like it was custom-written for your commercial, tutorial, or other video project.
In the Studio - Posted 01 Dec 2008 - December 2008 Issue By
We consulted our crack team of contributing editors and columnists on what they saw as the game-changing products and trends in the event video industry in 2008. The envelope please...
Features - Posted 01 Dec 2008 - December 2008 Issue By , , , , , , ,
Customers now have access to in-house experts for portable live production and 3D animation support seven days a week
Breaking News - Posted 19 Nov 2008
Free, one hour session will focus on film editors and cover exciting new high-quality hardware from Blackmagic Design and Adobe® Creative Suite® 4 Production Premium, a complete solution for creative professionals who craft world-class video, audio, and interactive media—for delivery on-air, online, and on device
Breaking News - Posted 19 Nov 2008
New Time-Saving Editing Features Give Customers Greater Control and Flexibility
Breaking News - Posted 10 Nov 2008
Monthly competitions are a run-up to early 2009 launch of WedFACTION international online film festival and competition
Breaking News - Posted 05 Nov 2008
November 2008 EventDV Table of Contents
Elizabeth Avery Welsh Merfeld | When the time comes to put his legacy in order, Lee Bakogiannakis wants to be remembered for his contributions to the Greek wedding video industry. But for now he'll settle for being known as the guy who "made Bon Jovi cool again."
Gear & Now - Posted 01 Nov 2008 - November 2008 Issue By
David McKnight | Welcome to our new series of Vegas tips and tricks tutorials! We'll begin by discussing one of the most important features of any pro NLE: color correction.
Tutorials - Posted 01 Nov 2008 - November 2008 Issue By
Lance Gray | Sketch Master enables you to create realistic-looking hand-drawings from photos by simulating tools such as lead pencil, ink pencil, crayon, charcoal, and airbrush with brilliant results. Here's how it works.
Tutorials - Posted 01 Nov 2008 - November 2008 Issue By
Joe McManus | In this installment of Cut Lines, we'll look at cropping and rotating several images at once and how nesting your composition can make it easier to manipulate your images together.
Tutorials - Posted 01 Nov 2008 - November 2008 Issue By
Jan Ozer | One of the coolest new features in Adobe Encore CS4 is the ability to insert pop-up menus over video in Blu-ray Disc projects, a feature unique among authoring programs in Encore's class. In this tutorial, I'll describe how to implement that feature as I did in a simple project I produced in early fall.
Tutorials - Posted 01 Nov 2008 - November 2008 Issue By
Introduction to Color (11/7-9), Introduction to DVD Studio Pro (11/21-23), Motion Graphics & Effects In Final Cut Studio 2 (12/5-7)
Breaking News - Posted 28 Oct 2008
The best way to learn about H.264 video and how to use it and how not to use it is to study iTunes podcasts. I did, and here's what I found.
The Moving Picture - Posted 20 Oct 2008 - November 2008 Issue By
Chris Randall | Jeff Pulera's new tutorial, available from Safe Harbor Computers, is an excellent resource for any Matrox RT.X2 user wanting to get the most out of HDV and Blu-ray production. It greatly helps the viewer get up to speed and learn the various encoding and export options for HDV Blu-ray projects.
Continuing Education - Posted 13 Oct 2008 - December 2008 Issue By
Learn how to streamline your wedding and event video workflow, and enhance your business model
Breaking News - Posted 10 Oct 2008
Second day of seminars, second-line parade, and everything you always wanted to know about Super 8 wedding filmmaking but were afraid to ask.
Feature - Posted 09 Oct 2008 By
Reporting from New Orleans' French Quarter on the opening sessions of the long-anticipated boutique seminar experience for event videographers
The Nonlinear Editor - Posted 07 Oct 2008 - November 2008 Issue By
Be the first in the Chicagoland area to see the first demonstration of CS4 by Javier Villarreal
Breaking News - Posted 03 Oct 2008
Over 100 hours of instructional videos on Creative Suite 4 training, comprised of 34 different product training tutorials, with dozens of additional courses planned for the coming months
Breaking News - Posted 02 Oct 2008
Intensified Focus on Training, Technology, Creativity and Community for the Video Professional
Breaking News - Posted 01 Oct 2008
October 2008 EventDV
Features - Posted 01 Oct 2008
Ben Balser | In constant speed time remapping, we have only two keyframes: one at the In Point and one at the Out Point of the clip. Both are "corner" keyframes, which means they are angles with no Bezier adjustment abilities. The whole clip moves at one "constant" speed—no changes, simple as that. Also, with constant speed changes, the duration of our clip in the Timeline window will change accordingly. With variable speed remapping, we can have many keyframes throughout the clip, and each can be a corner or a "smooth" keyframe.
Tutorials - Posted 01 Oct 2008 - October 2008 Issue By
Lance Gray | In this tutorial, I'll show you how to create a memorial tupe of graphic using a slick, free Photoshop Frame Border Action from the good folks at ActionFX.com called ActionFX_Framing-SamplePack-001. This action, with just one click, will create a very nice frame around a photo.
Tutorials - Posted 01 Oct 2008 - October 2008 Issue By
Elizabeth Welsh | The rise and fall of (well, OK, only the rise of) Hollywood spoofmaster Loyd Calomay of Red 5 Studios
Studio Time - Posted 01 Oct 2008 - October 2008 Issue By
Ben Balser | Is Final Cut Server for everyone? In a nutshell, no. A one- or two-person shop would do better to manually create a folder structure on a hard drive and use Adobe Bridge to manage its assets. But for mid-size and larger studios, broadcast stations, and environments where you have multiple people doing different jobs on multiple projects, FCSvr can be a huge timesaver and organizer. It's powerful, flexible, and really nice for a version one release.
In the Studio - Posted 01 Oct 2008 - October 2008 Issue By
Sponsors/competitors include Avid, Sony, Grass Valley, Adobe, and Apple
Breaking News - Posted 19 Sep 2008
Two-time EventDV 25 honorees and 15-time WEVA CEA winners Jeff & Andee Wright offer on-location shooting and a "fun and intimate learning experience"
Breaking News - Posted 19 Sep 2008
Ben Balser, Apple certified trainer, author, consultant, and IT specialist, is currently scheduled for the upcoming "FEAR In New Orleans" festival on Sunday, October 5, 2008
Breaking News - Posted 18 Sep 2008
Marc Franklin | Here's a look at how Western Digital's new My Passport II 320GB portable hard drive stacks up against my trusty G-Tech as an external editing drive to take on the road.
Tutorials - Posted 15 Sep 2008 - October 2008 Issue By
Hal Slifer | To be successful today, wedding and event videographers must have a Cash Cow: a product that supplements their mottom line by delivering regular (and often quick) revenue and makes them stand out from the competition. Here's what several top videographers told us about their Cash Cows and how they've kept their businesses profitable in the current economic downturn.
Features - Posted 02 Sep 2008 - September 2008 Issue By
September 2008 EventDV
Features - Posted 01 Sep 2008