The Olympic torch heads through Rutherglen with a RED EPIC

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Its not every day the Olympic torch comes to Rutherglen but today was our turn and what a great turn out, the streets were heaving with people.

This shot said it all 7-10 deep bulging onto the road everyone wants a shot of the torch as it runs along Rutherglen main street.

I caught this chap filming the event with a Sony PMW-EX3 though I did note the lack of rain cover, not clever as it was raining quite heavily on and off all afternoon. This is a perfect case for a Sony NX70 with its onboard weather proofing.

I caught this film crew filming for “Scenic Scotland” with a RED EPIC on a steadycam outfit, the lens was a RED 18-50mm T3 zoom lens. I approached the camera operator and told him I had a Canon C300 he smiled and said it was nice of Canon to announce the 4K C500 soon after the C300.

As I am not remotely interested in 4K the C300 is just fine for my purposes, I am sure the RED gives some lovely pictures I do hope the cameraman on this shoot gets in touch to tell us more about his experiences with the RED EPIC.

I only noticed this when I got back to base, the media truck, there is space for 2-3 video cameramen/women with tripods and 4 snappers along the bottom.

My sons friend Julie kindly shot me on her iPhone, I have a Storm jacket covering my 70-200 lens and the camera body, the best $38 I ever spent.

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The end result

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So here we are Program number one out, took about a half a day to film and edit. The camera was the Canon C300 with a 50mm Leica f1.4 lens set to f4 recorded onto CF card at 50 Mbps 4:2:2. Edited on Final Cut Pro 10 and Motion 5 using Skype call recorder for the inserted interview. All produced at zero budget but Scott hopes to attract sponsorship as the competition goes on.

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Getting ready for Euro 2012 “Four layers later the final conclusion”

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Finally after a lot of investigation it looks like we are ready for our first Euro 2012 web insert tomorrow. The Canon C300 will shoot the chroma key inserts and Final Cut Pro 10 will be used to edit various footage from multiple sources. Due to using Matrox MX02 FW 2.5 I have had to forgo external monitoring.

The graphic above is 4 layers, the Euro 2012 logo, the blue background, iPad coaching App insert and Scott the presenter via chroma key all done with FCPX.

I had to re-install the software for my Matrox MX02 back to version 2.5, this gave me the final version of Matrox Vetura Capture which by-passes the need to use log and capture in FCP-7, the iPad works a treat with the special dock cable to HDMI out which plugs straight into the HDMI on the Matrox MX02. You can choose how many audio tracks you need from 2 to 16.

This is a very simple but effective interface if you need to get live footage into FCPX, you must set up your preferences to 720p in order to take iPad footage live into your computer which is fine as I am editing in 720 50p HQ, all you do is import the footage into FCPX and your sorted.  Why HQ, Alan Roberts an ex BBC research engineer wrote a white paper on the Canon C300 footage and if you treat your footage as 10bit you get a better result from your 4:2:2 8bit signal.

The Chroma key is exceptional, very fast and very clean in FXPX which is why I have plumbed for it with the 10 minute Euro 2012 inserts though speaking to a few editors yesterday for long hall projects they advise Premiere Pro CS6, one editor Rick Young told me he has over 50 hours of footage to ingest into FCPX as he thinks FCPX is more than capable of long hall work.

We are living in confusing times, there seems to be a general consensus that no one edit program serves all needs, many broadcast work including the official Euro 2012 edited in Warsaw will be cut on FCP-7, I personally would have stuck by FCP-7 if chroma key had not been an issue but having struggled in many occasions with 4:2:2 chroma key footage in Final Cut 6-7, it was a joy to swap over to FCPX if somewhat late in the day.

Apple need to address the live ingest with FCPX as many post houses will not consider an NLE without the ability to ingest live footage from various sources, especially tape.

 

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Volumetrix Upgraded to 2.1 for Final Cut Pro X

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Volumetrix Upgraded to 2.1 for Final Cut Pro X

The previous version supported Final Cut Pro X, but everybody asked us if we could build all the cool presets from FCP7 into effects. So that’s exactly what we have done: all 64 of them, transitions too.

Volumetrix still supports Final Cut Pro 7, Motion 4&5, Final Cut Express 4 and Adobe After Effects with one licence working for all hosts. The best news is that the 2.1 upgrade is free to all existing licence holders.

If you already use Volumetrix, then you’ll know that the rays, glows, glints and object transparency are all controlled by one easy to use parameter. No hassle having to mask the object underneath the effect, we do all the hard work for you. The wipe, rays or glow travel are set by one rotary parameter giving a full 360 degree choice of effect direction.

If you haven’t tried it before, you can instantly get great volumetric lighting effects with one click by adding a preset to text, images and video or use the effect as a starting point for your own custom reveal, conceal or highlight. We also decided to publish all the plugin parameters in each effect, so every timing, display option and volumetric light type can be adjusted without having to load up another preset.

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FCPX and no “Live ingest”

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Producing a football program this week has set the heather alight in my edit suite, let me explain. Having swapped over earlier on this year to the Matrox MX02 I was hoping for an ingest box that covered many options.

Driver 2.4.0.0014 installs the Matrox MXO2 with MAX v2.4 (build 14) software for Mac OS X Lion only (10.7.2). This software supports Apple Final Cut Pro 7.0.3, Adobe Premiere Pro 5.5.2, Apple Compressor 3.5.3 and 4.0, and Adobe Media Encoder 5.5.1.

So thats two NLEs to choose from out of the one box…great !

Then came driver 3.0.1.0013 The Matrox MXO2 MAX v3.0.1 (build 13) release for use with Apple FCP X 10.0.4 and Compressor is now available on the MXO2 User Forum. This release provides professional monitoring capabilities while editing with Apple Final Cut Pro X and encoding video in Apple Compressor using the Matrox MAX H.264 codec.

Not so cool…this driver is only useful if you are only using FCPX remembering you cannot ingest live footage into FCPX !

Then came driver 2.5.0.0034 installs the Matrox MXO2 with MAX v2.5 (build 34) software for Mac OS X Lion only (10.7.3). This software supports Apple Final Cut Pro 7.0.3, Adobe Premiere Pro 5.5.2, Apple Compressor 3.5.3 and 4.0.2, and Adobe Media Encoder 5.5.1.

So that gave me a good option to swap between FCP-7 and Premiere Pro 5.5

Recently we have driver 3.1.0.0086 installs the Matrox MXO2 MAX v3.1 (build 86) software for Mac OS X Lion only (10.7.4). This software supports Adobe CS6 only (with Premiere Pro 6.0.1 and Media Encoder 6.0.1)

So what has happened to a box that once supported two NLEs and now only supports one…sadly for independent editors like myself I have to compromise video monitoring to allow me live ingest of iPad footage. There are Euro 2012 Apps to be reviewed in this series of programs and I have spent a day figuring out how to achieve this and have had to compromise FCPX in order to do so.

The MX02 can only have 1 chip that deals with the new software why can’t we have 4 chips inside to cope with different set-ups and 4 switches on the outside to allow you to switch between FCPX, FCP-7, Premiere CS6 and AVID.

Matrox Vetura was an indépendant ingest program that Matrox produced up until version 2.4 then for some strange reason it was dropped, this would have been perfect for FCPX yet Matrox in their own wisdom decide to drop it last April.

If like me you need to ingest live footage into your NLE and you are using FCPX, own an Matrox MX02…you can’t !

Workaround…You need to install version 2.5, then use FCP-7 via log and capture, ingest your “live footage”, export out as a self contained quick time then re import the QT file into FCPX…its a joke !

The real culprit here is Apple themselves by re-inventing the wheel and coming out with a square one…FCP-7 was a great program that needed a few updates like memory leakage problems and it would have been the king on NLEs, instead some joker in Apple decided to take all the functionality out of FCP, make it into a laughing stock…take 4 updates to add in the functionality they ripped out in the first place and still can’t ingest live video footage !!!

 

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