Retro Look in Stock Footage Transition

Back in the Day… transition effects on live sporting events were limited. The cost effective DDR technology to playback stock footage or custom designed clips hadn’t been developed yet… so Technical Directors switching live sports often used a quick flash frame of a color background (set to white) for their transitions into and out of replays. This was achieved often with a cut (1 frame duration) to a full frame of white background followed with a programmed dissolve to the next source (videotape machine, graphics panel, or live camera) . This dissolve ranged around 6-8 frames which in effect gave the look of a flash bulb going off… and as it faded away, a different visual was revealed. These transition numbers might vary a bit depending on the TD and the actual elements but for the most part this was IT. The hardware switchers of the day had non-volatile programmable effects memory which by today’s standards would be quite limited but allowed for this level of effects programming with a ‘one-button push’. Nonetheless, back then… this is what the Tech Directors had to work with while switching live shows.

As a Technical Director, I have to say those days were quite interesting as we looked for ways to push the limitations of our toolsets to add production value to our shows. Drawing on a bit of that old school look is this 32-bit stock footage clip with a bit of that retro feel while adding dissipating particles on the reveal.

Additional technical details on this clip can be found at its description page.

2012 Presidential Election Graphics Package Promos

The 2012 Presidential Election and Campaign is ramping up and deadlines are rapidly approaching for on-air graphics packages and features. We have a suggestion for you when it comes to these motion graphics needs …Royalty Free Stock Footage. We’ve teamed up with RevoStock.com to bundle a few select motion graphic bumper animations along with complimentary elements at a discount! You not only receive this discount but also additional RevoStock Bonus Credits Free when you purchase all the clips in each of these Media Boxes.

2012 Presidential Election Stock Footage Promotion At RevoStock

Currently we have configured 2 Media Box promos from our Politics Series of motion graphics stock footage. Preview the clips and more details concerning these discounts and the free bonus credits at the links below.

2012 Election Bumpers at Revostock stock footage animation

2012 Election Bumper Package at Revostock stock footage animation

Preview these 2012 Presidential Election clips along with additional details on their linked pages.

NAB 2012 News – BlackMagic Design

NAB 2012 has had its share of BIG announcements this year in Las Vegas. BlackMagic Design has entered the camera market with its announcement of their BlackMagic Cinema Camera featuring an amazing 2.5K image sensor with a wide 13 stops of dynamic range. This camera also includes a built-in SSD recorder, uncompressed RAW and compressed file formats, along with compatibility with EF and ZE mounts for lenses. Included is a full version of DaVinci Resolve 9.0 Color Correction software. ALL for $2,995.00 

FreshDV talked with Dan May of BlackMagic Design at NAB2012 for a quick overview of the camera and what it will offer upon its release this July. Check out their interview.


More info regarding the BlackMagic Cinema Camera can be found at their site.

POND5 @ SXSW 2012 Promo

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Pond5 will be at SXSW 2012 in Austin, TX on March 12-15 2012. If you are attending the trade show be sure to stop by their booth (515) … meet their crew, pick up a tee shirt, and browse around at their booth. They’ll also be hosting the POND5 MEDIA MAKERS SOIREE on Tuesday night March 13th which looks to be a great get together of media makers from various areas of content creation. Food, music, and a mix of innovative artists will highlight the evening.

If you can’t make it to Austin for the show don’t worry…. Pond5 is offering everyone a special discount code for 15% off all purchases through March 20. Simply use discount code SX5SW  to receive your discount… but HURRY, this code is only Good through March 20, 2012

For a shortcut to their site just follow this link Pond5 Stock Footage

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AJA DataCalc Free iPhone App

Have you ever wondered how much storage you’ll need for a given project ? Would you like to know the various storage requirements of other codecs that are available to you in your workflow ? How might an alternative frame rate during acquisition affect your storage needs ? Those answers and more are available to you in a free iPhone App from AJA Video Systems…. titled DataCalc.

AJA DataCalc App screenshotDesigned as a fast and simple tool for audio and video professionals, AJA DataCalc can be used in the field during acquisition and during post-production. It allows  you to effortlessly calculate your storage consumption and data capturing requirements.

AJA Video Systems offers this iPhone App as a free download in the Apple iTunes Store. It is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch and requires IOS 3.2 or later. You can find it in the Apple App Store at the following link. AJA DataCalc App

This tool is also a great asset in the preliminary stages of a project. When meeting with clients and determining the storage needs given the desired shooting and delivery formats, you can quickly share with them what it’s going to take to bring the “raw acquisition content” all the way through the post-productions process. Knowing what storage needs will be required ‘up-front’ helps make delivering the project that much smoother.

Big Sound Music

In an effort to bring greater value to our clients, postquis design is collaborating with Big Sound Music out of the Chicago area. Big Sound Music is a music facility and producer of royalty free stock audio clips.

Created by composer/producer partners Vincent and Kathyjo Varco, the Big Sound Music collection embodies many genres and is made possible by ongoing collaborations with some of the best instrumental talent in Chicago. The BSM Library offers a complete resource for clean, lush, instrumental music production of the highest quality.

 

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Big Sound Music @ Revostock.com

A Fresh New Look

Welcome all !

… as we roll into 2010 Postquis Design will be updating their site as well as bringing you the ability to purchase After Effects Templates at their on-line store. We’ll be opening that e-commerce storefront soon so stay tuned!