Yearly Archives: 2012
Like many other editors currently in limbo over the state of Apple’s pro desktop line, the Mac Pro, I asked myself what my next computer would be. Now, I want to clarify, my situation is not a dire one. I’m not a facility manager trying to decide how to manage a large number of machine upgrades over the next few years. In fact, the computer I’m looking to replace is not my work machine at all. It is my home setup, currently a 2006, Mac Pro 1,1. My work machine is a 2010 Mac Pro, with 12 cores, fully specked out, with 64 GB or RAM and an SSD boot. While I do have concerns about what my office will do if the Mac Pro ceases to exist, or exist in a usable form factor for our needs, this post isn’t about that. I think myself and my company have taken a wait and see approach to that issue for the time being. If 2013 passes and we’ve still seen or heard nothing from Apple on that front, that is when the tough decisions will probably need to get made.
Premiere Pro CS6 & After Effects CS6 – Complex Masking using After Effects directly with Premiere Pro
The masking tools in Premiere Pro leave a lot to be desired, in this tutorial, I explain how you can easily use After Effects to create masks for Premiere Pro. I discuss simple masking scenarios as well as more complex scenarios involving tracking.
In this brief video I showcase the “virtual trackballs” in SpeedGrade CS6. What this feature does, is gives a colorist part of the power of a full on control surface, without the expense of one. Now, of course SpeedGrade supports actual control surfaces, but for the occasional color corrector, or anyone on a budget, this feature takes some of the pain out of adjusting the color wheels.
Well the news from IBC has started to roll out, and the first thing that I’ve seen that has really shown promise of being a game changer: Adobe Anywhere. The premise is fairly simple, you have a server computer that hosts your media. You log into your Adobe Anywhere account and instantly you have access to your material on your server computer or any storage that it is attached to. The media can be in the next room or thousands of miles away, and in theory, it doesn’t matter. You can work with full resolution HD material, wherever and whenever you please. The amazing thing is that you can access all of this media from Adobe’s big three video apps, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Prelude.