In her own words, editor Thelma Schoonmaker describes how she accidentally got into film editing and then got the lifelong gig of becoming Martin Scorsese's editor. She says, "Once I understood that editing is crucial to how a film is made, I was hooked. Imagine: placed in your hands is fantastic raw footage (if you work for Scorsese) that 250 people have created during shooting. You and the director are then allowed to sculpt this raw material into something that has structure, rhythm and pace, that builds characters, that creates dramatic peaks and lows and that hopefully has a good ending. Editing is an incredibly rewarding profession."
Read more here on The Huffington Post.
Oliver Peters compares Final Cut Pro X to Adobe Premiere Pro 6, specifically looking at performance, organizational tools, plug-ins, user interface, media management, pricing and more.
He writes, "This post is not intended as a 'shoot out' or to say one is better than the other. Both are good tools and much of the choice gets down to personal preference. Instead, my goal is to lay out some random considerations in making the move."
Read it here.
Dashwood Cinema Solutions has released the $49 Editor Essentials Plugin Suite for FCPX, FCP7, Motion, After Effects and Premiere Pro. FCP.co explains, "Tools range from a Dead Pixel Fixer, 4:3 to 16:9 Conversion, Obscure by Shape and Luma Levels which mimics the level controls of Photoshop."
Watch a walkthrough below and read more here.
Filmmaker Daniel Freytag writes a review of the $145 Blackmagic UltraStudio Mini Monitor. He writes, "I really recommend this device for anyone who needs a low-cost solution to view external video while editing. Thanks to it's small size you can easily throw it in any laptop bag while travelling."
Read his full review here.
AlphaDogs Post is excited to announce the premiere of the new film by director Junya Sakino at SXSW 2013. Sake-Bomb is the comedic story of a sarcastic and self-deprecating Asian American who takes his naive Japanese cousin on a road trip along the California coast to find his ex-girlfriend, while meeting colorful groups of characters along the way.
Editor Dylan Reeve gives his take on what to expect from Avid and Adobe when they will likely debut version 7 of their respective editing softwares at NAB this year. He writes, "With NAB less than a month away it seems a certainty that we’ll see new versions of the two main NLE platforms vying for the attention of broadcast and professional editors. And they both reach version 7.0 – we’ll see Avid Media Composer (and Symphony) 7.0 and Adobe Premiere CS7 – what are we hoping for?"
Read his full post here.
AJA will be presenting a free webinar on April 30th at 12PM ET entitled "AJA and 4K Workflow." Join AJA Product Marketing Manager Bryce Button to learn the basics of 4K image acquisition, simple ProRes workflows with the Ki Pro Quad as well as raw support and how to configure your KONA 3G correctly to edit and monitor 4K.
Below is the first-ever full-length demo of Lightworks for Linux, the beta version of which will be released by the end of this month. The video shows basic operation, real-time effects and more. Watch below.