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Ron DiCesare

This audio engineer gets serious with his Top 10 tips

By Ron DiCesare

Most people in the film, TV and advertising industries are visually oriented. At its core, the film and TV industry, as well as the adverting business to a degree, are based on storytelling. These two factors combined mean that the focus of post is often on the video and visuals. Not to discredit the importance of visuals or diminish the role these people play, but I find myself reminding people that audio plays an equally important role as any visuals.

In fact, I have been asked numerous times to do sound design without having the video as a reference (no, I am not joking), which is a clear reminder to me how much I rely on the visuals
when I am working on projects. Even so, there are important audio aspects that are sometimes
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Boris FX buys Imagineer, makers of Mocha

In news that likely prompted a slightly less PG version of “holy cow,” Boris FX has bought Imagineer Systems, makers of the hugely popular and widely used Mocha, a planar tracking and visual effects tool used in film and TV. The technology won an Academy Award in 2013.

Mocha Pro has been used on the films Gone Girl, Birdman and Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, and TV shows such as The Leftovers, Game of Thrones and House of Cards.

For its part, Boris FX develops VFX, compositing, titling, video editing and workflow tools for broadcast, post and film. So you can see how this purchase might be a good fit for the company. You likely know their Continuum Complete package of plug-ins.

postPerspective’s Brady Betzel has reviewed both products. Click here for Mocha Pro
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Review: iZotope RX4 and RX4 Advanced

This working audio pro puts these plugins through their paces.

By Ron DiCesare

Just over a year ago, I had the opportunity to review iZotope RX 3 for postPerspective. So when I was offered the chance to test the latest version of the plug-ins, the RX 4 and RX 4 Advanced, I jumped at the chance.

Before you dig into this newest review, I encourage anyone who is not familiar with iZotope’s RX series to read my previous review advanced to get up to speed.

The new RX 4 and RX 4 Advanced offer all of the great plug-ins and features from the previous versions with some important additions. It is available for Mac or PC, including 64-bit Continue reading

Quick Chat: Assimilate’s Steve Bannerman on updates to Scratch line

Assimilate has updated its dailies and DI tools, Scratch and Scratch Lab, to Version 8.2, offering expanded metadata support. Also new is Live View, which allows DPs and DITs the ability to capture metadata from live camera feeds, grade live and then create looks. There is more, including Scratch Web, but we decided to let Assimilate’s Steve Bannerman get into the details.

What are the biggest updates for V.8.2 of Scratch and Scratch Lab, and why are they so important to workflow?
In a nutshell: Scratch and Scratch Lab — along with Scratch Web — now offer more features and functions that enable an end-to-end, intuitive, realtime workflow. From DITs grading live metadata on set to and creating looks with the DPs to optimal encoding with Vanguard’s H.264 encoder to VR support with Oculus Rift, all while using the same file CONstructs in Continue reading


Quick Chat: Screen Novelties’ stop-motion Buddy the Elf for NBC

’Tis the season for fun holiday television fare, and Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas doesn’t disappoint. Warner Bros. called on stop-motion specialists Screen Novelties, to produce and direct this one-hour offering, which aired on NBC.

The special, a sort of mash-up of the “newish” Christmas classic Elf, starring Will Ferrell, and the Broadway show Elf: The Musical, is a retelling of Buddy’s adorable story and enthusiasm but in a way that reminds audiences of the classic stop-motion animated Christmas specials (I’m looking at you Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer) of the past. In this new version, Buddy is still an innocent human elf looking for his dad, “unbearding” fake Santas and roaming the streets of New York while singing about the joys of Christmas, of course.

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Unbroken

‘Unbroken': real sound for a real story

Director Angelina Jolie tasked her audio post crew with keeping it as authentic as possible.

By Jennifer Walden

Unbroken is about the human spirit and just how hard it is to break. The film is based on the life of Louis Zamperini, which was chronicled by Laura Hillenbrand in her non-fiction novel Unbroken. Zamperini, a delinquent youth transformed by his athletic prowess on the high school track team, went on to compete in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. But that was just the beginning of an amazing life.

As a second lieutenant in the US Air Force during WWII, he was deployed in the Pacific, first as a bombardier on the B-24 Liberator “Super Man,” and then again on a search-and-rescue mission aboard the engine-troubled B-24, “The Green Hornet.” After being lost at sea for 47 days, Continue reading

Randall Dark

Quick Chat: Randall Dark partners with Bulltiger for new media productions

By Randi Altman

Randall Dark has always been on my radar, almost since I started in this business all those years ago. To me he was the guy who was working in HD long before it turned into the high def we see on our televisions today. He truly was a pioneer of the format, but he’s also more than that. He’s a producer, a director, a cameraman and a company owner.

Recently, Randall Dark partnered with Bulltinger Productions’ CEO and founder, Stephen Brent, on a new film studio in North Austin.

Housing a 10,000-square-foot soundstage (also available for rent) with a 2,500-square-foot greenscreen, Bulltiger’s goal is creating compelling stories for all types of screens. Bulltiger Continue reading

Oscar-winner William Goldenberg on editing ‘The Imitation Game’

By Randi Altman

William Goldenberg’s path to editing The Imitation Game was an interesting one. He had never worked with director Morten Tyldum before, but a chance meeting at a party after the BAFTA Awards led to the pairing.

“I didn’t know who he was, and he was loud,” Goldenberg laughs. “This long-haired, Norwegian man came up to me and said he’d love for me to edit this film he was going to direct. His English wasn’t great, and I wasn’t quite sure what he was talking about, but I said, ‘Sure.’”

Goldenberg went on to forget about the meeting until a couple of months later when he received The Imitation Game script, and pieced it all together. Thus began the start of a beautiful Continue reading

Review: OWC Thunderbay 4 Mini SSD RAID

Blazing fast Thunderbolt 2 connection interface.

By Brady Betzel

Since we are all experiencing gigantic increases in our multimedia projects, RAIDs are more important than ever. Footage coming from all sorts of different cameras with varying data rates, frame rates and file sizes put a very heavy strain on our computer systems.

For this review Other World Computing,  (@macsales), sent me its latest in external RAID solutions, the Thunderbay 4 Mini loaded with 2TB of SSD awesomeness that is connected via a Thunderbolt 2 connection. This is likely the fastest connection I have ever tested.

I’ve reviewed and worked with many RAIDs over the past decade, and I’ve always been of the Continue reading

Evan Schechtman

Radical/Outpost’s Evan Schechtman talks latest FCP X updates, NLE trends

By Randi Altman

As you might have heard, Apple has updated its Final Cut Pro to version 10.1.4, with what they call “key stability improvements.”

That includes the Pro Video Formats 2.0 software update, which provides native support for importing, editing and exporting MXF files with Final Cut Pro X. While the system already supported import of MXF files from video cameras, this update extends the format support to a broader range of files and workflows.

In addition the native MXF support, there is also an option to export AVC-Intra MXF files.  There are fixes for past issues with automatic library backups. It also fixes a problem where clips Continue reading