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Adobe After Effects CS6 Walk Through

Adobe After Effects CS6 has a number of new features. Included in this walk-through/demo, are the new caching features, the 3D Camera Tracker, and Advanced 3D Render engine that allows the user to extrude text.

I was up late last night recording this, and there are a few times I totally say one word, when I mean another… duhr.

Make sure you watch this full size at 1080p!

Canon 5D Mark III announced

Canon has announced the upcoming release of the Canon 5D Mark III the successor to the ever popular 5D Mark II that many film and television crews love to use.  I have two 5D Mark IIs, will today’s announcement prompt me to go on a selling spree to get the Mark III?

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DIGITAL CINEMA: What wasn’t said

I’ll admit it, I was super excited over the announcement that Canon was set to release a new camera aimed at the film industry.  The EOS c300 has a great Super 35 image sensor, there is a clean HDMI output, it has a small form factor, and it still records to the Compact Flash card. Likewise, a few hours later when RED announced the Scarlet-X and explained how they were effectively using the Mysterium Chip in a camera that is identical to the RED Epic in every way except for the data rate, I was even more sold.

Except both are out of my price range.  With the EOS c300 coming in with a start price of $20,000, and the RED Scarlet-X at $9,750 ($14,000 for the full package), both cameras are not easily affordable for the indie film maker. Renting is going to be the best bet for low budget filmmakers wanting to get their hands on these cameras, but for those that like to pick up and go at a moments notice, it was the very last camera announcement of the day that got my attention.

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Unboxing 27-inch iMac

It took me a while to decide if I was going to purchase the new 27-inch iMac from Apple.  For the past year and a half, my 17-inch MacBook Pro has been the primary work machine, recording podcasts, maintaining the websites (not this one of course, ’cause I NEVER update this site), and generally being my attached at the hip machine.

Following a recent live show, it became clear to me that while the MacBook Pro will continue to be my everyday machine, it does slip a bit here and there when it comes to being able to handle everything I need to do at any one time.  So, the decision was made to purchase yet another computer (3 PCs and 4 Macs is the current tally) that would handle the recording of the podcasts (even more coming in the new year), and being the general work machine when I am at home at night.

The iMac arrived at the Major Spoilers HQ on Wednesday, and it took until Friday for me to find a free moment to unbox this beast and get it set up.

Adobe Goes Cross Platform

Adobe Production Studio available on Mac and Windows

Today Adobe Systems announced the next release of Adobe Production Studio would be going cross platform for all applications. Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator have been available on the Macintosh platform for years, but now Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Encore and Adobe Soundbooth will be making the migration as well.

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