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Back to Basics: Safety on Set

Production is pretty dangerous. I can’t even count the times I’ve been shocked, cut, burned, or otherwise injured while on the job (don’t tell HR, I hate forms). But that’s the nature of my chosen profession: lots of metal equipment, enormous lights meant to mimic the Sun, and an electrical backend that could charge an

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Matrox Monarch Connections: There Are Only Two

Matrox has a Connections view of the Monarch on their Press site, that wasn’t available back when it was announced at IBC. I’ve previously speculated on what connections it would have; if this mockup is accurate, looks like I’m going to be disappointed. Now clearly this is a render and not a photo of the

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Back to Basics: Read Your Contracts

This one is really simple: Read every single word of anything you sign.   I don’t care what the situation is. I don’t care what it’s for. I don’t care if there’s someone impatiently waiting for you to sign it. Read. Every. Word. And FYI – the impatient waiting thing is a tactic to pressure

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Back to Basics: How to Coil a Cable

Being the crotchety old man that I am, I feel that kids these days – specifically production kids – have lost an appreciation for the fundamentals of our industry. So I’m starting a series of articles called Back to Basics, to try and teach you skinny jean models the things you should already know. First

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Matrox Monarch Price, Specs and Speculation

First, the disclaimer: none of these details have been officially announced or confirmed by Matrox. The only official info we have is this image: And this blurb from the press release:  This small easy-to-use device is configurable via a simple HTML interface using any computer on the same network as the device. It generates an

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The 2013 Mac Pro X

On June 12th, in response to pro users’ anger at the ongoing lack of a significant Mac Pro update, Tim cook told us “something really great” is coming in 2013 for pro Mac users. Remember the last “something really great” Apple promised the pro community? It turned out to be a half-product that removed features that

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The Matrox Monarch and a User Generated Revolution

The Matrox Monarch is the product that every video pro needs, but doesn’t exist – that is, until Q1 2013, when Matrox will start selling it to us. But I believe that it could be much more. Though there’s not a ton of info yet – in fact, there’s nothing but the press release – here’s the

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IBC 2012 News I Care About

IBC root beer is delicious. The IBC conference is currently underway in Amsterdam. The two are completely unrelated. For those who don’t know, IBC is Europe’s NAB – the “premier annual conference and exhibition for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of electronic media and entertainment content worldwide.” Normally I don’t post news

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NewTek’s Sub-$5k TriCaster 40

Today NewTek announced the TriCaster 40, a sub-$5k version of its popular TriCaster line. You can compare all the different models here – the basics are as follow: 4 simultaneous live video sources, in any combination of HD Component, SD Component, Y/C or Composite and supported resolutions 2 simultaneous live sources via Gigabit connection, selectable from any

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Blackmagic Adds Much-Needed Audio to ATEM

In the “it’s about damn time” category, Blackmagic has released a software update for both its ATEM Television Studio and ATEM Switchers, enabling full audio mixing capabilities – and most importantly, enabling mixing of embedded audio from SDI and HDMI sources. Why’s this such a big deal? Because the ATEM Television Studio has, until now,

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