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This is the official blog of Elevate Visuals. Video, Post Production, Commericals, Promotional video, Pre-Production, DIY Projects, gear reviews,  and much more. Located in Petaluma, CA.

Quick Review: Neat Video Is Magic

Neat Video is definitely a plug-in worth checking out if you shoot and/or edit footage with annoying digital noise cause by high ISO's in LOW LIGHT conditions. - neatvideo.com

Check the example below for an idea of how the plug in is able to remove the ugly grain, yet retain the detail of the original image. It's absolutely MAGICAL.

For all the beautiful results you can get from Neat Video, the plugin's website is pretty damn ugly looking. This isn't a case of simplicity = ease of use either...Its downright confusing on how to even buy the plugin, download it, and install it.

You can try the trial version, but don't bother buying anything but the Pro version, as its the only one that supports resolutions 1080p and higher...and if you aren't working in at least 1080p at this point, what are you doing reading this in the first place? Trust me, Its $99.90 well spent, you won't be sorry!

You can buy the plugin for many different platforms, but we use it in FCPX mostly. Once installed, simply drag it on to your clip(s) that need "help". You'll notice that nothing has happened, which is normal. In the inspector tab, click the "Select To Open" drop down and then it will open the Neat Video window and you can start sampling noise patterns to have the plugin use to do its voodoo.

More info on that here: http://www.neatvideo.com/howtos.html

It's a huge resource hog, so I'd recommend waiting until you're almost ready to export you're project before applying this noise reduction. Even at 1080p it will bring very powerful Mac's to an absolute crawl - but its totally worth it in the end!

 

I highly recommend this plugin and can't imagine not having it in our arsenal of tools, there is simply nothing else out there for this price, that works this well!

hopefully someone can help them out on their website, though... ;-)

 

 

Wiring The Office With Thunderbolt 2

33' Thunderbolt 2 Cable Being Hidden Below Baseboard - Routed to hard drive closet.

33' Thunderbolt 2 Cable Being Hidden Below Baseboard - Routed to hard drive closet.

Wiring the office with (hidden) Thunderbolt 2 - incognito style! The 33' Corning cable I'm using, uses a fiber optic connection, instead of the standard copper thunderbolt cables, and is capable of MUCH LONGER runs of Thunderbolt 2 cable. (they make a 200' version!) Highly recommended if you want to get your noisy hard drives and other equipment out of you're edit bay.

Corning 33' Optical Thunderbolt 2 Cable

Corning 33' Optical Thunderbolt 2 Cable

Devin Lane: Backyard Sessions - Bogota

Our friend Devin brought his guitar to our Labor Day evening BBQ in Petaluma, so we decided to do an impromptu multi-camera filming of his mini-concert by the fire. We scraped a few odd cameras and mics together, and in a matter of minutes, and everyone had sat around the inferno to enjoy the tunes. Here is his first song: "Bogota". Check it out! (Watch full screen)

Labor Day Weekend BBQ / Impromptu Multicam Live Concert Shoot

Our good friend Devin Lane had brought over his guitars  to our impromptu Labor Day backyard BBQ, which turned into an even more impromptu multi-camera acoustic concert by the fire.

Devin serenading the group. while cameras roll,

Devin serenading the group. while cameras roll,

Devin through the Zacuto EVF.

Devin through the Zacuto EVF.

Ungraded screen grab of Devin playing.

Ungraded screen grab of Devin playing.

Recording into Logic X.ogicl

Recording into Logic X.ogicl


Blackmagic Design Firmware Update 1.9.3 Release!

Rejoice! Blackmagic Design FINALLY releases firmware update 1.9.3 - Audio meters, histogram, and above all - record time remaining indicator!

 

Oh my... :-)

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White Whale

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Oral Surgery Shoot

Shoot at a local Oral Surgery office.

Panasonic GH4 - Officially Baby Taste-Test Approved!

FedEx just dropped off Will's new Panasonic GH4 at Elevate HQ and his daughter decided she wanted to give it a bit of a water seal/taste test...IT PASSED.

Unboxing the new GH4 camera with baby Avi - who promptly started chomping on it.

Unboxing the new GH4 camera with baby Avi - who promptly started chomping on it.

Sony F55

Sony F55 with PL mount at John Malvino's house in Hollywood, CA.

Sony F55 with PL mount at John Malvino's house in Hollywood, CA.