Video Backgrounds Film Volume 2 just released

We have just released a new Video Background package titled Film Volume 2.  This package contains 33 HD video backgrounds that are 1920 x 1080p in Quicktime .mov  Photo JPEG, 100% Quality setting.

To see demos and for more information visit our website at:
https://www.studio1productions.com/hd-animations/hd-film-2.htm

A Word about the Quality
Studio 1 Productions only offers Professional Quality Motion Graphics and Video Backgrounds.  Our animation are QuickTime Photo-JPEG at 100% quality.  So you will have the highest quality backgrounds.  They are a true 29.97 fps for proper playback on your timeline.

Why is that important?
Other companies may offer their animations as QuickTime, but they are using the h.264 or .mp4 compressor.  While h.264 and .mp4 are fine for a final delivery product, they are NOT good for video editing of video backgrounds and motion graphics, as they are a highly compressed format.  So when you render out your final video, you will be compressing the background again, which can lead to artifacts in the motion graphic.

So this is why we use the QuickTime Photo-JPEG at 100% quality setting.

In addition, some companies provide the backgrounds at 30fps, which can cause some problems, depending on your editing software.

Since our video backgrounds and motion graphics are at a true 29.97 fps, you will NOT have any problems with our products.

So why do other companies use h.264 and .mp4 formats with their backgrounds?
It’s simple, by using these formats (h.264 and .mp4) they can create a very small file size.  By keeping the file size small, it makes it easier for them to upload and host on their website, as most website hosting companies will only offer you a limited amount of storage space for you website and all of the files.

File Size Difference between h.264 and QuickTime Photo-JPEG.
Here is an example of how much compression is done.  Using the same 10 second motion graphic you can see a huge difference in the file size.

10 Second Motion Graphic as a
QuickTime h.264/.mp4 – File size 31,364k
QuickTime Photo-JPEG 100%A – File size 194,488

The QuickTime Photo-JPEG at 100% quality setting, is 6.2x larger than the QuickTime h.264/.mp4 file size.

So as you can see, there is a LOT of file compression going on with the h.264/.mp4 format, which means there is some quality loss with those formats.

Adobe Premiere CC 2014 and After Effects CC 2014

Adobe has release an update to their Creative Cloud suite of software packages. Programs such as Adobe Premiere CC will now be called Adobe Premiere CC 2014.

All of the new CC versions of programs will now end with 2014 to mark the difference version.

I have updated the CUDA.BAT program to all you to use any of the Nvidia video cards with the new CC 2014 versions of the following programs:

Adobe Premiere CC 2014
Adobe After Effects CC 2014
Adobe SpeedGrade CC 2014
Adobe Media Encoder CC 2014
Adobe Prelude CC 2014

You can download the new 6.1.0 CUDA.BAT program at either of these locations:

https://www.studio1productions.com/Articles/PremiereCS5.htm

https://www.studio1productions.com/Articles/AfterEffects.htm

Should you update to this new version?

From what I am reading on the Adobe forums, I would hold off. Premiere and some of the other programs appear to be some what buggy. What worked fine before with the older CC version, may not work in the CC 2014 version.

I would what until they release a bug fix for the CC 2014 version of programs.

If you decide to upgrade now, it will NOT bother the old CC version that you have already installed. So you will have both versions to work with. This way if you find something now working correctly, you can fall back to the older CC version.

Labeling a Film Clapboard or Film Slate

We have written an article on How to Use a Film Clapboard.  Also known as a Clapperboard or Clapboard Slate.

In this article we explain how to use the Film Clapboard and what you should be writing on it to make the post production process easier.

One of the questions I am asked the most is, “I want to label the Film Clapboard with some type of lettering, what should I use?”

What we have used with success is with removable vinyl letters and numbers from Chartpak and are called  Pickett Design Vinyl Numbers/Letters Stickers, 3/4″, Black.  You can get them in other sized, but the 3/4 inch ones fit the best.

You can find them online at places like Amazon.com or at most office supply websites or store.  These letters are great for labeling the name of the Production, the Directory, the Camera operator and the Date.

For the Roll (also known as Tape or Media), Scene and the Take, you should use a vis-à-vis Wet Erase Pen, instead of a dry erase pen.  Even though the white Film Clapboards say you can use a Dry Erase pen, we have found that some brands will stain the Clapperboard.  This is why I prefer to use the Wet Erase Pens that we sell on the page with all of our Film Clapboard Slates.

If you are using the Clapboard as a decoration for the wall, which a lot of filmmakers and Videographers do.  Then in addition to using the ¾ inch letters, also pickup some 2 inch letters and number to use in the Roll, Scene, Take areas.

Here is the article on How to Use a Film Clapboard.

How Much Video RAM Should My Video Card Have for Adobe Premiere?

This article is for those of you who are running Adobe Premiere CC, CS6, CS5.5 and CS5, as these versions of Adobe Premiere have the Mercury Playback Engine which makes use of the RAM on the video card differently than earlier versions of Adobe Premiere.

When you are running the Mercury Playback Engine in GPU mode and the Mercury Playback Engine runs out of memory on the video card, the Mercury Playback Engine will switch from GPU mode to Software mode and stay that way for the rest of the rendering process.  Thus, slowing down the rendering process considerably.

The two main things that will cause Premiere’s Mercury Playback Engine to run out of ram on the video card is:

1. The complexity of your time-line, such as the number of tracks, multiple effects being used at the same time and the type GPU effects that you are using.

2. If you are using large pixel size photos or photos with a high dpi on you timeline.

While not everyone will run into this problem, due to their workflow and editing style, some of you may or already have run into the situation where Premiere’s MPE switches into the software mode and slow down the rendering process.

So how much ram should your video card have for Adobe Premiere?

Here is a chart with a basic guideline for the amount of video ram you have on your video card.

SD Footage – 1 GB is fine
HD Footage – 1 GB is min. – while 2 GB is better
2K Footage – 3 GB is min. – while 4 GB is better
4K Footage – 4 GB is min. – while more than 4GB is better
5K Footage – 6 GB or more is better

Remember, this is just a guideline.  Having more ram on the video card than what is listed above is a good thing.

Now I know some of you are probably thinking, “I only have 1 GB of ram on my video card and I never had any problems working with or rendering HD footage with Adobe Premiere.”  Well, neither have I.  But, that is due to the fact that I an not using a very complex timeline.

I have had several people contact me about Adobe Premiere shutting of the GPU mid-render and switching into software mode and the rendering slowing down dramatically.  After talking with them and seeing the complexity of their timeline, it was easy to see why they were running out of video ram on the video card.

Once they upgraded to a video card that offered more ram, their problems went away.

So don’t forget about how much ram the video card has when you are purchasing a new video card for use with Adobe Premiere.

NOTE:  These recommendations are for Adobe Premiere CC, CS6, CS5.5 and CS5 only.  I am not into running games on my computers, so I have no idea how much ram your video card would need for the different games.

For more information on Video Cards for Adobe Premiere CC, CS6, CS5.5 and CS5 we have a more detailed article on Premiere, CUDA and Nvidia Video Cards.

Mastering the Sony PMW-EX3 Training DVD – Special Sale

NOTE:  We are sold out of the DVD titled Mastering the Sony PMW-EX3.

We have made a special purchase of the Mastering the Sony PMW-EX3 instructional video DVD.  This is a 3 hour, in depth training video.  This video is also good for the Sony PMW-320 video camera.  We have a limited number of copies that we are selling at dealer cost of $34.95.

 

Updates to the CUDA.BAT program

I just updated the CUDA.BAT program to include the new mobile (laptop) GPU’s from NVidia.  They are the GTX 850M, GTX 860M, GTX 870M and the GTX 880M.

Also, the CUDA.BAT program will also enable Adobe Media Encoder CC (AME), along with Premiere and After Effects to use the GPU.

It will also all you to enable the GPU to be used with the Mercury Transmit in SpeedGrade CC.

The CUDA.BAT program can be found in these two articles:
https://www.studio1productions.com/Articles/PremiereCS5.htm
and
https://www.studio1productions.com/Articles/AfterEffects.htm

Testing the GTX 750 Ti with Adobe Premiere

I have been testing the GTX 750 Ti video card with Adobe Premiere CC these last few weeks and this is how it compares to the GTX 650 Ti

1. Power Supply – The GTX 750 Ti only needs a 300 watt power supply, where the GTX 650 Ti needs a 400  watt power supply.  So if you have an off the shelf computer such as HP or Dell, and the computer has a smaller power supply, which they usually do, you will be able to use this video card in those systems.  Just make sure they have at least a 300 watt power supply.

2. Performance – The GTX 750 Ti and the GTX 650 Ti (not the boost version) performed almost identical.

Rendering the Premiere Timeline with our test files, the GTX 750 Ti took an average of 7.5 seconds and the GTX 650 Ti  took and average of 8 seconds.  Both tests I had the Premiere using the GPU.

Exporting to MPEG-2, the GTX 750 Ti took an average of 153 seconds and the GTX 650 Ti took an average of 156 seconds.  Again, in these tests I had Premiere set to use the GPU.

As you can see there is not much of a difference between the two card performance wise.  The big thing with the GTX 750 Ti, is it allows users that have a small power supply improve their editing performance without having to upgrade the power supply.

Bottom Line – If you have a GTX 650 Ti, there is really no reason to upgrade the video card to a GTX 750 Ti.  If you are running an older video card, such as a GT 240, GT 440 or a GT 640, and you want better performance, then by all means upgrade to the GTX 750 Ti.

What about the GTX 750?  Well there is only $20 difference between the GTX 750 and the GTX 750 Ti, so I only tested the GTX 750 Ti since it had more CUDA cores and the other specs were similar.  Send the extra $20 and go for the GTX 750 Ti over the GTX 750.

 

HitFilm 2 Express for FREE until Feb 4, 2014

Get HitFilm 2 Express for FREE

HitFilm is a Visual Effects, Compositing and Video Editing Software for both Windows and Mac. It is similar to After Effects when it comes to the Visual Effects and Compositing.

Right now you can get the Express version for FREE until February 4th, 2014. Here is the link:

https://hitfilm.com/express/free

After you download the program, continue to the second page and download the project files. Then have fun.

DSLR Camera Cage

Our new DSLR Camera Cage is designed to work most of the DSLR cameras on the market today. The DSLR camera cage protects you camera while shooting video or stills. Plus, it allows you mount microphones, LED video lights, LCD monitors, friction arms, sound recorders and other accessories to the DLSR Cage.

The DSLR Cage comes with a top handle and industry standard 15mm rails for mounting a matte box and/or follow focus controls.

The entire DSLR camera cage is made of aluminum and is hard anodized for durability. There is a total of 48 – 1/4-20 threaded mounting holes all over the DSLR Cage so you can mount what ever equipment you need to the DSLR Camera Cage.

On the bottom of the DSLR cage, is an opening for battery access on most DSLR cameras.

While other DSLR Camera Cages are designed to fit just one or two models of DSLR cameras, our DSLR Cage is designed to work with most DSLR cameras. This way, you don’t need to buy a new DSLR Cage if you should upgrade your DSLR camera.

The DSLR Cage has both 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 tripod mounting holes on the bottom so you can mount it on a tripod or a quick release plate.

When you purchase the DSLR Cage, you will receive a cage that is fully assembled. All you need to do is slide the rods into the bottom and tighten the thumb screws. Then simply attach the handle to the top with the two screws and Allen Wrench that we provide.

Please Note: Other companies do not assemble the DSLR cage before the ship it to you, so when you get theirs and you open up the box, you will find yourself with a box of parts and screws. We don’t think that is right, so this is why we assemble the cage ourselves.

https://www.studio1productions.com/dslr-cage.htm

Camera Lens Cup – A Cool Gift to give for the Holidays

Looking for the perfect gift for the photographer or videographer who has everything?  Then check out the Camera Lens Cup.  It’s only $8.99 from Studio 1 Productions.

The Camera Lens Cup looks like a real 24-105mm camera lens complete with a removable lens cover, because it is the exact same size of a 24-105mm camera lens.
It is made from food grade plastic, so it’s safe to drink from.  The Camera Lens cup can hold approximately 12 oz.

Ideal for soft drinks, milk, water, fruit juice, Ice-cream and more.  The Camera Lens Cup is for cold beverages only.

The Camera Lens Cup can also be used as a pen and pencil holder.
Features:

  • Looks like a real 24-105mm DSLR Camera Lens, but it’s a cup.
  • Holds approximately 12 oz. of cold liquid.
  • Do not use in a microwave.
  • For cold drinks only.
  • Hand wash only, so the camera lens cup marks don’t wear off.
  • Approximately 5 inches tall.
  • It’s a really cool novelty gift.

The Camera Lens Cup is an amazing gift for  your spouse, friends, colleagues and others for the up coming holidays.  Remember, it’s only $8.99!