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After Effects CS5 can read and write native MXF and OMF video media essence, as used in Avid MXF and OMF essence files. You can import MXF and OMF files as you would other footage types. When you import an AAF file that references an OMF file, the OMF footage also imports. The audio files are not imported at the same time. You can import them later to sync up with your OMF file but if you are going to export the file back into Avid Media Composer this is not necessary. The great feature that I use everyday is the export to MXF or OMF. This not only saves space on your hard-drive but it also helps to preserve quality. Just remember the audio that is associated with the MXF and OMF will not export. This is a great new feature of After Effects for Avid Media Composer users! One of the many things you will learn in our up and coming After Effects Classes! 
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The Sony EX-3 is one of the most popular cameras on the market today. With its tapeless workflow, beautiful images and the pricepoint, it is well ahead of all other cameras, even for twice the price. Whether you are unpacking and mounting your lens for the first time or changing lenses you need to set your backfocus on your Sony EX-3. This is super simple and I have provided a backfocus test pattern above so that you can download it and print it off. Just click the image for a full scale version.

First and foremost you need to be in a very brightly lit environment. This will allow the camera to properly set its back focus adjusment. Secondly you need to place your camera on a tri-pod and lock it down pointing at the Back Focus pattern. You will want to place this pattern 3 meters away from your lens. Now set your camera to Auto Focus by popping the focus ring forward and selecting auto focus on the selector switch. Also, make sure your zoom servo is set to servo and not manual.

To really help the camera achieve a proper back focus adjustment you should set your format to 1080/60i HQ. Even if you do not shoot in this mode this is just for setting the back focus. Now navigate to the lens menu in the camera and select Auto FB adjust. Just select execute and stand back and watch it work. If it fails you will need to maybe light your scene better and give it another try.

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Sony has just introduced the next generation of tapeless cameras to their lineup with the Sony NXCAM series of camcorders. The Sony NX5U is truly a bridge from consumer cameras to pro-cams in a very affordable package. Sony left nothing to spare on this latest camera, it shoots  AVCHD in all popular formats including, 1920X1080 30p and 720 60p for slow motion. The great thing is it captures media on Memory sticks and a couple of 16 GB MS Pro Duo cards, which will hold nearly three hours of the NX5U’s highest-quality AVCHD. You can also purchase the optional 128gb solid state drive for about $800.00 and you can record 11 hours of footage! It includes two XLR balanced inputs for superior audio capture and for use wireless mics and shotgun mics. I am happy to say it includes a 20x optical lens and amazing it will record in 120fps in slow ex mode! The built in GPS unit will help you geotag all of your shots and return to the exact location for seasonal shooting. I believe this new Sony camcorder is worth a long hard look for the pro-user as well as the amateur looking for best picture quality for the money!

Genius DV offers a classes for the Sony EX-1/EX-3 and a production class to help you shoot like a pro!   


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The new line of Sony XD Camcorders have set the world of videography on its edge. The Sony EX-1 and EX-3 produce beautiful images and are in the budget range of almost any studio. There is some software that you need to make sure you have if you are going to use the XD Cam codec to its full potential. I have had several students and client ask where to get all the plug-ins and software they need to start the editing process. Sony offers everything you need to get your XD cam media into your favorite NLE. Depending on which NLE you use it will determine the software you will download but here is a brief description of each.


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I ran into a situation the other day where a client needed a Windows Media file for playback in a PowerPoint presentation on a Windows machine. I edit on a Mac and I am the OS X does not come native with any type of Windows Media codec. You will need to download a plug-in for your Quicktime player that will allow you to export to this codec. The answer is Flip4Mac.
Flip4Mac is a great, free, plug-in provides Windows Media video and audio playback in the QuickTime Player for your Mac OS X. It not only allow you to playback media but it also provides you the abilty to export. It is simple to use and the only requirment you need for export in Quicktime Pro (Standard Quicktime will allow playback only). Simpy open your media in Quicktime and navigate to File>Export>Windos Media File. There are several settings to choose from so choose the one that fits your end user. Download Flip4Mac now so you will be ready when you need to export to the Windows Media Format. 

Requirements for Flip4Mac:

-Intel or PowerPC G4 and G5
-Mac OS X version 10.4 or later
-QuickTime version 7.0 or later
-QuickTime Pro version 7.0 or later (for exporting movies in Player Pro, Studio, Studio Pro and Studio Pro HD)

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