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Free Final Cut plugin: Inside-Outside Matte

This Matte filter gives you much more control over feathering. You set up two shapes – one is the inside of the matte, the other being the outside of the matte.

Here is the filter in Wireframe mode, where you can see the two shapes:

IO_Matte_wf

If you switch to Preview mode, you can see how the blend between the inside and outside shapes effects the matte:


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Free Final Cut plugin: Change font of multiple text clips at once

Here’s a filter which uses the name of a clip’s reel to define which font to use when drawing text. It is a bit of a bodge, but it might save you a lot of time.

Once you have installed the plugin*, here’s how you use it:

1. Choose ‘Slug’ from the generators menu:

2. Apply the ‘Text – Reel Font Alex4D’ filter (which is in the ‘Text’ folder of ‘Video Filters’)


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RED Epic vs ARRI Alexa Dynamic Range Charts

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RED Epic vs ARRI Alexa Dynamic Range Charts

Two pre-production digital cinema cameras du jour face off.  

Jim Jannard has posted some test charts shot by RED, comparing ARRI Alexa with the Red Epic MX. Given that Epic is currently in development as a prototype, it’s not a shocker that RED is the first to do any actual chart tests with Epic. The two tests were Dynamic Range and Resolution. On the resolution charts, RED bettered Alexa. That’s not that surprising, given RED’s historical fixation with resolution and that Epic has a 5K sensor. However, I thought that Alexa fared worst in resolution than it probably should have (less than 2K measured), given that it is a 3.5K sensor (though with larger photosites), so perhaps there are some issues there to iron out. I’m sure there will be subsequent tests from others that can confirm or dispute these results, so we’ll see. For today, I’d like to concentrate on the dynamic range charts, which most DP’s are probably more interested in. Read on…

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Useful Color Correction ToolColorista Updated

And boy is it a big update!

Red Giant Software today released the newest version of Magic Bullet Colorista. Magic Bullet Colorista II takes what was originally a rather simple 3-way color corrector (simple in operation, but great in image quality) with a masking feature and turned it into a full-fledged grading tool with three separate Primary, Secondary and Master corrections built into each use of the plug-in. Add to this those tools that one needs for serious color grading work, like curves, masks and secondary keying (among other things), and you can see it’s a big upgrade. From the Magic Bullet Colorista II features page:

What’s New:

  • A powerful, easy-to-use keyer you to adjust individual colors or ranges of colors.
  • 8 HSL channels make it easy to get your crucial colors just right.
  • Use the new Pop slider to give your images more visual ‘pop’ or use it for incredible cosmetic touch-ups.
  • Highlight Recovery makes it easy to rebuild blown-out highlight detail.

Reasons To Buy:

  • Unleash a fast, easy workflow that lets you experiment without limits or loss of work.
  • Precisely adjust individual colors with the easiest and most powerful Keyer you’ve ever seen.
  • Move between your favorite editing apps while keeping consistency/quality in color grading.
  • For the first time, access professional color correction without a pipeline issue or high price.
  • Designed by real colorists to bring high-end color grading to filmmakers everywhere.

Often tools like these can’t really be explained and you just have to dig in and kick the tires a bit to really understand their usefulness. The secondary keyer that is introduced with this version is one such tool. Pulling a good key is as simple as selecting the color you want to key in the image and using the refinements (like a + and – tool) to fine tune the key. It really is an easier way to select the key than clicking, pulling and tugging on sliders. Thankfully you can kick the tires for no charge with the free demo version of Colorista II. As for pricing, it’s $299 for the full version, with upgrades going for $99. I’ve posted a review of Colorista II over at the Editblog and you can also check out Part 3 of this Colorgradingterrorist article for a bit more early info. Magic Bullet creator Stu Maschwitz will also be posting a bunch of tutorials in the coming weeks so keep an eye toward the Red Giant site as well.

Color correction/color grading is really coming into its own these days with more quality cameras than ever before and affordable color grading tools everywhere you look. Colorista II adds a powerful new option to the mix … with no import/export/round-tripping!


Red Giant Introduces Magic Bullet Grinder
Magic Bullet Grinder is software that converts DSLR video to edit-friendly formats, adds timecode and generates proxies.


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Johnny Depp Sets Sail on Fourth 'Pirates' Movie

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Johnny Depp Sets Sail on Fourth 'Pirates' Movie

by Matt McDaniel · January 20, 2010
Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow

Captain Jack Sparrow will soon take to the seas again, and this time he is after the most sought-after treasure imaginable: the Fountain of Youth.

It was announced this week that the fourth installment of Disney's highly successful "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise will begin filming in Hawaii this summer. Johnny Depp once again plays the flamboyant Captain Jack, and Geoffrey Rush reprises his role as his adversary, Barbossa. However, costars Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley are not expected to return.

The film's story is loosely based on the 1987 pirate novel, "On Stranger Tides" by award-winning fantasy author Tim Powers. The book tells the story of a young man -- coincidentally named "Jack" -- who is captured by the pirate Blackbeard and forced to join in the search for the Fountain of Youth.

Ted Elliott, the co-writer of the first three "Pirates" movies, said that the story of the novel just happened to align with where they wanted to take the fourth film. He told Empire magazine, "We wanted to do a story about Blackbeard and the Fountain of Youth, and Tim Powers wrote a book about Blackbeard and the Fountain of Youth... it just turns out that to do that story you would need that book."

Johnny Depp signed on to appear in the fourth movie in 2008, before there was a script. It was announced at the same time he would also be playing Tonto in a film version of "The Lone Ranger," but that project has been delayed until after "Pirates" is finished.

Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom have both said they had no desire to return for a fourth movie. Knightley said in an interview, "It was a completely fantastic experience, and it was an amazingly large portion of my life, but I don't think I need to go there again. I think that it's done." Also, the director of the original trilogy, Gore Verbinski, will not be coming back. He is being replaced by Rob Marshall, the director of "Chicago" and "Nine."

"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" is scheduled to dock into movie theaters on May 20th, 2011. Johnny Depp will next be seen as the Mad Hatter in director Tim Burton's new version "Alice in Wonderland" coming this March. To see why he says the role is "a dream come true," watch the exclusive interview with him in the player below.


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