Friday, October 25, 2013

Editors' Panel: Channeling the Muse

 A Discussion With Editors About Creativity

The Editors' Lounge wrapped up 2013 with a doozy of an event: another exciting installment in our Editors' Panel discussion series.

Moderator Debra Kaufman bypassed all the usual technical talk about systems and platforms and technologies in favor of a wide-ranging and personal discussion about creativity: how do editors foster and nurture it, how do they deal with creative blocks, and more.

The panel was composed of a fantastic lineup of truly talented editors across the film and television disciplines, including Zack Arnold (Burn Notice, Glee, and writer/director of Go Far: The Christopher Rush Story), Ryan Case (Modern Family, Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Jay Cassidy (Silver Linings Playbook, Into the Wild, An Inconvenient Truth), and Dan Lebental (Thor: The Dark World, Cowboys & Aliens, Iron Man 2, and creator of TouchEdit for iPad).

It was a wildly successful evening with a packed house. Many thanks to the panelists for sharing their thought processes with everyone, and to Key Code Media for graciously hosting the event!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Lights... Camera... Color!

DaVinci Resolve 10, Avid-Resolve Workflow Tips, and New Tools from Intelligent Assistance

The Editors' Lounge returned from summer hiatus with an exciting lineup of tools for advanced color correction, editorial assitance and workflow tips.

We were very excited to present a look at Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve 10. Colorist David Block demonstrated and answered questions about new features such as the redesigned UI, HSL curve and 4K grading, color decision lists, new editorial tools, tape-output capability, and much more. This is not your mama's software upgrade, this was a presentation not to be missed!

Editor Scott Freeman discussed workflow tips and advanced techniques for proper round trips between Avid Symphony and DaVinci Resolve and back. He shared the secrets and shortcuts to successfully move your project from editing to color-correction and back again!

Intelligent Assistance returned to the Lounge to demonstrate their latest tools for helping Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere editors work faster and better. Metadata-master Philip Hodgetts showed everyone how to "take the boring out of post"!


Friday, June 28, 2013

There's No June Gloom at the Editors' Lounge!

Adobe and EditShare: Sizzling Product Updates for the Summer

It's summertime and the sizzling updates from NAB just keep a-comin'! The June Editors' Lounge on Friday the 28th featured the latest from a pair of past visitors, and a brand new face...

Adobe Software Quality Engineer Peter Garaway presented Premiere Pro Next!, a look at the latest features in Premiere Pro, and Adobe Senior Solutions Consultant Colin Smith was on hand to demo the updates to After Effects and SpeedGrade. Come see how the integration of Adobe's Suite products can work for you.

EditShare Senior Workflow Specialist Kevan O'Brien and IMAX Post Production Manager Matt Scott demonstrated how EditShare's Shared Storage solutions, Flow media asset management, and Ark backup and archiving tools make production environments more productive and creative than ever before.

DiaQuest Lead Technical Specialist Alan Hirschberg stopped by to explain how their Production Link plug-in for Adobe products can easily generate Avid-compatible files and folder structures.

Friday, May 17, 2013

It's That Avid Time of Year Again...

Post-NAB Look at M.C. 7, Pro Tools 11, and Interplay Sphere

The Editors' Lounge welcomed Avid for the annual post-NAB showcase of the latest updates and workflows straight from their booth at Las Vegas. The event gave attendees a sneak peek at the latest features in Media Composer 7, Pro Tools 11 and Interplay Sphere, before the official launch date of June.

Avid Solutions Specialist Michael Krulik demonstrated new features debuting in MC7, including LUT support, Avid Frameflex™ for hi-res media re-framing, Dynamic Media Folders for automated background processing tasks, AMA enhancements, and a number of other improvements including audio editing and monitoring.

Pro Tools updates were demoed by Avid Senior Solution Specialist Scott Wood, who showed faster-than-real-time bounce capabilities, boosted 64-bit performance, new built-in metering standards, and the Avid Video Engine for expanded playback and editing capabilities.

Finally, Avid Senior Principal Product Designer Ian Krabacher demonstrated collaborative workflows with Interplay Sphere by uploading local clips to a workgroup in Boston as a background process, while remote and local sequences were being edited.

A fantastic evening, with a great turnout. Thank you Avid! 

Friday, March 22, 2013

10th Anniversary of the Pre-NAB Discussion Panel!

What's In Store for 2013?

The biggest and most popular event of our Editors' Lounge Series: the Annual Pre-NAB Discussion Panel and Gripefest—celebrating its 10th birthday!—was once again hosted by our pals at Key Code Media in Burbank.

Our favorite media journalist, Debra Kaufman moderated a panel of familiar and new faces...

• Terence Curren: Colorist, Avid expert and Founder, AlphaDogs
Michael Kammes: Sr. Technology & Workflow Consultant, Key Code Media
• Dan Lebental: Film Editor and Creator, TouchEdit for iPad 
Mark Raudonis: VP of Post Production, Bunim/Murray Productions

You can watch the panel discussion right now on our Videos page (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4). Be sure to check out other past video presentations there.

A great big thanks to our fiends at Key Code Media for putting up us again!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Boris, Blackmagic and a World Premiere!

BCC-8 Secrets Unlocked! Teranex Mysteries Revealed! TouchEdit for iPad Unveiled! 
We began 2013 with presentations by several big hitters, and an exciting new product announcement.

Kevan O'Brien of Boris FX was back in town to show off the astonishing power of Boris Continuum Complete 8 plugins. Over 200 VFX filters with 3D particle effects and new features like Flicker Reduction, videoscope tools, OpenGL acceleration and more.

The folks from Blackmagic Design also dropped by to demonstrate the awesome power of the Teranex 2D—the gold standard in Up-/Down-/Cross-conversion, Standards Conversion, Cadence Detection, Noise Reduction, and much more... There was even a Blackmagic Cinema Camera on hand for show and tell!

In an exciting development for editors-on-the-go, respected film editor Dan Lebental, A.C.E. (Iron Man, Cowboys & Aliens)  publicly unveiled his revolutionary TouchEdit, the first professional NLE for the iPad.This amazing app allows editors to cut digital video in the tactile manner of classical film editing. Dan showed how this amazing tool can work in tandem with the traditional edit bay.