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My Top 5 favorite keyboard shortcuts for Smoke

This Modern VideoFilm online editor shares some hot-key tips that make the job a bit easier.

By Barry Goch

I’ve been using Autodesk Smoke on Linux and Mac for many years… on features like Stretch and Tell to high-profile TV shows like Madam Secretary. In my experience, and when training new users to Smoke, I’ve found that using “hot-keys” or keyboard short-cuts really improves your speed on the system.

Every time you can reduce a multi-step process to a simple keyboard combination, you get your work done faster. Also, since your hands are on the keyboard, you save time mousing Continue reading

Modern Video colorist talks color grading ‘Madam Secretary’

By Randi Altman

Madam Secretary, which is in the middle of its first season on CBS, has been using LA-based Modern Videofilm for post services, specifically conform and color.

Barry Goch performs the conform via Autodesk Flame 2015, recreating the creative edit with the highest resolution footage while ensuring the program meets all broadcast specs. He also does some paint fixes, titling and final video layback.

Todd Bochner provides the color grading, working out of the company’s Santa Monica DI suite using Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve. The New York City-shot show stars Tea Leoni as Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord and takes place in different settings around Washington, DC. This gives Continue reading

Checking in with Modern VideoFilm’s new CEO Scott Avila

By Randi Altman

Recently there have been some management changes at Modern VideoFilm, the 30-year-old independently owned LA-based post house. CEO Moshe Barkat and CFO Hugh Miller have left the company and Scott Avila is now CEO. Avila most recently held a similar position with The Culver Studios, where he oversaw a major expansion and renovation.

Others joining the Modern executive team include president Cooper Crouse and CFO Roxanna Sassanian. Longtime Modern VideoFilm execs, such as president of digital media services Bill Watt, president of creative services Mark Smirnoff and EVP/sales Jon Johnson, have taken on added managerial and operational responsibilities. Modern employs nearly 500 people in its Burbank and Santa Monica locations.

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