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Mac mini shared storage for 4K edit s...

Mac mini shared storage for 4K edit suites Mac mini shared storage for 4K edit suites Recently been asked about 10GbE networked solutions for shared storage for multiple 4K edit suites. There’s many different solutions on the market, but here’s a fairly economical option using a Mac mini $1,250. The heart of any economical solution is Thunderbolt Raid storage. If you wish [...]

Building a 4K ProRes portable workflo...

Building a 4K ProRes portable workflow for RED Raven I want to shoot and edit 1,600 kms away from my home in Toronto, but I have really limited space in my Z4.  So I started looking into what it would take to build a portable 4K ProRes workflow. Is it possible with current technology, and is it cost effective? Ideally you would like all the colour detail to be with you in your NLE, so that mean [...]

Don’t Trust Apple 2-Step authen...

Don’t Trust Apple 2-Step authentication for AppleID I’m writing this because of the horror story I recently had with Apple’s 2-Step authentication process with AppleID as a warning for others. Don’t let this happen to you. Management of your AppleID can be accomplished from this website. Apple implemented a 2-step authentication option as a response to hacks on celebrity iPho [...]

Building an 8K infrastructure

Building an 8K infrastructure Building an 8K infrastructure: This is a how-to on building an infrastructure capable of handling 8K video for multiple workstations. If you’re a System Administrator looking at upgrading infrastructure at a post facility to work on 4K, you should really be planning a bit beefier system than you thought, as 8K cameras are coming by the [...]

Simple DSLR video stabilization

Simple DSLR video stabilization Here’s a method to get simple DSLR video stabilization. Having a gimble is a great tool, but perhaps you can’t afford one. Put a hotshoe handle on your DSLR to carry it. Your resulting video won’t necessarily be as good as if you used a gimbal, but it may be steady enough to get satisfactory results.   In my test here, [...]

Digital Media Management

Digital Media Management Organizing your media after each video and/or photo shoot assists greatly in automatically adding metadata when you import into a modern edit program like Final Cut Pro X. In addition, having organized media makes navigation within a photo management program like Adobe Lightroom a lot easier. I organize the photos, video, etc., as they are t [...]

How to Unlock System Lock PIN Code on...

system lock PIN Mac Hey APPLE. you shouldn’t be able to accidentally lock your Mac using the iCloud Back to My Mac mechanism, but YOU CAN ACCIDENTALLY ACTIVATE THE SYSTEM PIN CODE and LOCK YOUR MAC ! It was scary…. I locked my Mac by accidentally clicking on a file in the DiskWarrior USB stick called “Lock” in /System/Installation/CDIS folder on the DiskWa [...]

Cineform for FREE ?

Cineform for FREE ? Yup, well sort of. If you’re an Adobe CC user and have 2014 installed, Adobe Media encoder 2014 has the ability to encode to the GoPro-Cineform codec. This is a new great option for 4K video, expecially now that there’s FREE decoders for Mac and PC available at Cineform. This could be Adobe’s move for widespread adoption of [...]

Fixing a corrupted Final Cut Pro X pr...

Fixing a corrupted Final Cut Pro X project If you’re like me and have been working on the same project for over a year, and then suddenly you get ‘beachballs’ by scrubbing the timeline, then this article is your salvation. I spent days scouring the Internet for fixes on FCPX beachball fixes and tried one after the other – nothing worked. It was not an option to [...]

Optimizing camera SSD offloading

Optimizing camera SSD offloading I was reading this post on the RED user forums about bus-powered offloads of   a REDmag. I immediately thought we can even improve on that solution. If you’re in the field and have no power outlets for external drives, you need bus power drives to offload your daily footage. The Lacie 1TB Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Hard Drive is [...]