>Building a Pro Camera Crane / Jib, part 1

> I was once told that my favorite interest seemed to be collecting hobbies. That may be truer than I’d like to admit, and for the last six months I’ve added yet a new project to all my previous (unfinished) tinkerings. I have a Basic Stamp micro-controller and USB programming board left over from another […]

>Even More Great VFX Courses

>I’ve been on a long vacation, so I haven’t had a chance to write about the new term. I won’t bore regular readers who already know how much I can recommend fxphd. Here’s a complete list of available courses. The term started on July 14 2008, but you can join later and have access to […]

>What happens in Vegas doesn’t stay there

>Stuck at home? Me too… Here’s how to keep tabs on NAB. I’ll keep on updating the links as we go… Basically, if you want the latest as it happens, get a account and follow the people below! Mike Seymour of is twittering and posting images …as are his colleagues John Montgomery and […]

>Don’t Miss the New Term at

>Regular readers know I’m a big fan of and that you can’t get any more current and professional training even for ten times the price. I’ve been a member from the start, and the things I’ve picked up from the past seven terms come in useful every day in my work. I’m hoping to […]

>QuickTime 7.4.1 Fixes Rendering Bug

>Those who were too fast to upgrade to QuickTime 7.4 were bitten by rendering problems, not only in After Effects, but also in RED and even Final Cut Pro. Apple just posted a patch that is designed specifically to fix these issues: QuickTime 7.4.1 for Leopard QuickTime 7.4.1 for Tiger QuickTime 7.4.1 for Panther QuickTime […]

>30 Courses to Die For

>I’ve been meaning to post about great training resources for my beloved After Effects, but here’s something even better; training for the entire video / animation / graphics / broadcasting / film business. Regular readers know how I’m a big fan of and that you can’t get any more current and professional training even […]

>Choosing a Professional Mic

>I’m no audio guy, but I am a geek fanboy, so I just couldn’t resist the temptation to link this thorough review on how to choose a mic. It even has has sound samples and cool looking graphs for all the tested mics. Respect! – Jonas _________ From _________

>If You Built a TV Studio Today, What Would You Build?

>I’ve spent the last few years around TV studios that have slowly been upgraded to handle new additions like 16:9, overlapping projectors, animated LED lighting. In the good-old tradition of public service, everything installed has been proprietary and expensive broadcast equipment. This slow update-cycle means that older equipment is moved to shows deemed less important. […]

>Best VFX, Graphics and Animation Training Starts New Term

>So you think you already know everything you need to do your work? Think again… has been a big success and when it now enters the fifth term of training, there’s even more cutting-edge courses for anyone in the video / animation / graphics / broadcasting / film business. I’ve been a member from […]

>P2/MXF Supported in New Premiere Pro CS3 Patch

>The next patch to Premiere Pro CS3 (3.1) will import and output P2 media and MXF files natively without transcoding, rewrapping or conforming. Update Oct 18: The 3.1 patch is now available via Adobe Updater (choose Update from the Help menu inside any Adobe CS3 application.) Also, Dave Helmly from Adobe has put together a […]

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