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When the super fast Thunderbolt connection for Apple Macs was announced, there was a lot of fanfare around it. With bi-directional 10Gbps speed, it caught the eye of filmmakers and editors everywhere, offering the promise of high-speed file transfers and external input and output devices. However, Apple released Thunderbolt to the world well before the different Thunderbolt devices were  available. The first MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt was announced in February 2011, and it wasn’t until this year that we’ve really seen accessories start to ship.

Apple’s new MacBook Pro has two Thunderbolt ports and an HDMI output – now Thunderbolt can truly be taken full advantage of. The HDMI output means that an external display won’t have to share the Thunderbolt port like it has in the past. Some Thunderbolt devices do not offer outputs to loop through, and having two ports will help a lot with those situations. With all of that in mind, I wanted to round up the Thunderbolt accessories that filmmakers and editors everywhere will find useful. Check out my post below and look for some custom computer packages that use these new Thunderbolt tools from AbelCine in the future.

…continue reading Thunderbolt Tools for Filmmakers and Editors

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The number of apps available in the Apple App Store grows exponentially with each passing day, and there certainly is no shortage of apps for cinematographers. We released an iPhone App roundup back in November, and Evan over at The Black and Blue has a nice write up of five useful iPad apps, including the F65 Remote from Sony. 

We’ve had some time to play with the F65 Remote alongside the camera, and we’ve been very impressed with the futuristic capabilities of the app. The F65 Remote includes four modes. The Control mode essentially simulates the external operator panel of the camera. The Menu mode mirrors the camera menus faithfully, while the Output Signal Map mode displays your LUT and signal routing graphically, which is a great way to see an overview of your signal path at a glance. The fourth mode simply allows you to view a PDF copy of the camera manual, which is certainly handy for anyone who’s misplaced theirs! 

You can see Evan’s take on the F65 Remote and four other useful apps over on The Black and Blue. Feel free to share your favorite iPad apps for cinematographers in the comments below.

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Apple® has been creating affordable, professional editing and motion graphics software for the film and graphics industries for years. Here you will find a list of popular titles that are available for purchase in the Mac App Store.

Final Cut Pro X – $299.99

This completely redesigned version of Final Cut Pro® adds enhanced speed and flexibility to the post-production workflow. Final Cut X includes a new Magnetic Timeline and Inline Precision Editor. It supports a broad range of formats including native AVCHD, H.264, and many more. Metadata and keywords let you easily organize your content. Final Cut X is designed to run quickly and smoothly. It includes customizable visual effects, integrated audio editing and intuitive color grading, as well as optimized outputs for applications including DVDs and streaming media.

…continue reading Apple Production Software

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Following in the footsteps of the Leatherman and the Maglite, the iPhone has become one of those ubiquitous tools that is on every set. With 500,000 apps available in Apple’s App Store, there’s an app for everything. Here we’ve compiled a list of apps that our clients might find useful, organized by category.

…continue reading The Best iPhone Apps for Modern Cinematographers

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In addition to some of the new hardware offerings we showcased at NAB, we were also happy to introduce our revamped Digital Media Services department. As Apple Authorized Resellers, we are now able to offer complete post-production turnkey systems. We can also design and engineer multi-camera video switcher fly packs and data management solutions for productions of all sizes. I spoke with Jonathan Epner, the Director of Digital Media Services, and had him explain a few of the new services AbelCine is offering.

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Apple has just introduced a new version of Final Cut Pro, completely rebuilt from the ground up as a 64-bit platform with full Grand Central Dispatch support to utilize multicore CPUs. In addition to a new user interface, Apple has added support for up to 4K resolutions, background rendering and has eliminated the need to wait for your footage to ingest before editing. You can now edit before your media is fully ingested, and Final Cut Pro X will silently switch to the local footage as it is brought in.

Other highlights include:

  • Resolution independent playback system
  • Color management via ColorSync
  • All editing is natively supported – no transcoding required
  • Content analysis – media detection, image stabilization, people detection, shot detection, color balance and audio cleanup as footage is ingested
  • Magnetic timeline – audio moves to a new track when inserting new clips to avoid trim collisions

Final Cut Studio X is expected to be available on June 9th for $299 through the Mac App Store.

Other Apple related highlights from NAB this year include new Thunderbolt-based hardware and technologies from AJA, Blackmagic and Matrox. While AJA is using NAB to showcase Thunderbolt technologies for future products, Blackmagic is launching its new UltraStudio 3D, and Matrox is introducing Thunderbolt to the entire MXO2 family of I/O boxes.

The Blackmagic UltraStudio 3D features dual link SDI and HDMI 1.4a inputs and outputs, and supports capture and playback up to 2K (YUV 4:2:2 or RGB 4:4:4). 3D support includes playback and capture of 1080p side-by-side, line-by-line, and top and bottom formats.

Matrox will be shipping Thunderbolt adapters with the MXO2 family of adapters starting in July. Current MXO2 owners can purchase the Thunderbolt adapter separately for $299.

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