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Russ takes a look at new UAD Dangerous Bax Eq, aimed at those who want to use precise EQ to add that something extra special either in mix, mastering or even on individual tracks.
This video looks at the extra Mid/Side option which is offered with the plug-in and is used on a final mix to add punch, definition and space.
Catchin’ Sync is an iOS app that will work on iPhone or iPads allowing you to capture and determine any sync errors in your playback system. These usually occur when video and audio go throughout separate devices like the Audio passing through a receiver or more commonly the video through and LCD screen or worse still a Projector etc.
Catchin’ Sync has been around for over a year now and has been steadily improving. The latest version - 1.0.7 has really brought Catchin’ Sync into the frame, because it now uses the high frame speed video recording that Apple introduces in the iPhone 5 and 5s. This has to be a ‘must have’ for anyone who works with video with a DAW like Pro Tools, which is why we have awarded it The Editors Choice Award.
You can use a range of iOS devices and there are a range of compensation settings for the older Apple devices on the Catchin’ Sync web site. But with the high frame rate and that there is no need to add an offset the iPhone 5 and especially the 5S are the best devices to use with Catchin’ Sync. People have asked if there will be an Android version of Catchin’ Sync but unfortunately not, we understand they won’t because there are so many hardware variations between Android devices. With Apple there are only a handful of devices to measure the delays from the cameras, but to provide the same service with Android, they’d have to test every device and calculate the offsets.
Another excellent video from our partners at Lynda. Skye Lewin explains nondestructive editing in Pro Tools.
In part 1 we heard that Paul Sinkovich had told us about a free app - MXF4mac Player from Hamburg Pro Media, which will open and play nearly any flavour of MXF files, even in full screen. It will open most MXF variations. It supports XDCAM HD, AVC-Intra, DNxHD, HDV, Uncompressed SD/HD, Uncompressed Avid 10 bit, DVC-Pro HD, IMX-D10,DV, Meridien, Sony Proxy and more and it is compatible to QuickTime movies and other formats (e.g. .mp4, .mov, .avi, .m4v, .wav, .aif, .aiff).
However the free MXF4mac Player on is own isn’t enough, you need to buy an ‘in app’ purchase (Avid take note) called TC Sync which then allows you through MIDI Time Code (MTC) and MIDI Machine Control (MMC) to sync Pro Tools and the MXF4mac Player together so that you aren’t asking Pro Tools to handle the video and in this part Paul is going to explain and demonstrate with the video above how he uses MXF4macPlayer with TC Sync, over to you Paul.
Community member Paul Sinkovich got in touch to give us the heads up on a workflow he now uses with a free app - MXF4mac Player from Hamburg Pro Media, which will open and play nearly any flavour of MXF files, even in full screen. It will also control 8 tracks of audio, the frame rate, Movie Time, Source Package Timecode, Frame Number and Data Rate.
The MXF4mac Player can open most MXF variations. It supports XDCAM HD, AVC-Intra, DNxHD, HDV,
Uncompressed SD/HD, Uncompressed Avid 10 bit, DVC-Pro HD, IMX-D10,DV, Meridien, Sony Proxy and more.
Optional Plug-Ins for DCP and JPEG2000 support and it is compatible to QuickTime movies and other formats (e.g. .mp4, .mov, .avi, .m4v, .wav, .aif, .aiff). So in a post workflow that is becoming more and more tapeless and MXF becoming part of the delivery format this is a very useful tool.
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We have spoken a lot recently about some Pro Tools basics that every Pro Tools user should know about. In this FREE Pro Tools video tutorial Brian Lee White explains how essential it is to organise a Pro Tools session.
This video is a part of the entire series ‘Pro Tools Mixing and Mastering’ one of the many training series for Pro Tools from lynda.com
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Russ’ recent article 5 Basic Features Pro Tools Continues To Lack proved popular with the community with people offering lots of alternative basic features they think Pro Tools should have. For anyone who hasn’t visited the Ideascale you really should as Avid are interested in hearing the views of the users, of course that doesn’t mean that everything which is popular on ideascale will make it into the next release of Pro Tools, far from it. It would be a terrible mistake for Avid to attempt to meet every user feature request, even if they could. There is an old saying “a camel is a horse designed by committee”. Consistency and simplicity are essential in any product, Apple have made an unimaginable fortune by doing exactly that.
Inevitably there are feature requests I agree and disagree with but I often find myself wondering at the requests which say something along the lines of “make feature X from Logic/Ableton/Reason/Reaper available in Pro Tools”. If you want to use another DAW then use another DAW but respect the differences and treat them as a strength rather than a deficiency. I love Pro Tools, I’m good at Pro Tools but the last thing I want is to turn all other DAWs into Pro Tools - What would be the point of that?
Mike has recently ran an article Avid Still Have Serious Problems With Video In Pro Tools 11 about concerns that many professionals have about the new Avid video engine found in Pro Tools 11. It garnered a lot of comments from industry professionals.
How are you getting on with it, take part in our poll and let us know what your experiences are.
More recently I have only being doing the occasional project with video and so I haven’t been personally aware how much trouble my audio post colleagues have been having with video playback and Pro Tools 11. However last week it came and but me at an awkward moment.
My client’s client had come up to Manchester from London specifically to sign off on a final mix for a cartoon project. The night before my client send me the revised video file and seeing it was a .mov video, thought had would be OK in Pro Tools and imported it onto the timeline, reconformed the session to the new video ready for the session in the morning.
However within the first 2 minutes of the session playing the video to the client’s client, I was getting freezing. It would play for a bit and then freeze - very embarrassing. So whilst continuing to discuss the changes and revised style brief with the client and their client I dropped out of Pro Tools, opening up MPEG Streamclip, saw that the .mov was actually an H264 video, so transcoded it to Avid DNxHD and imported that into the session. It was a long 6 minutes or so, but that fixed it for me and the session and the video were rock solid, scrubbing was excellent all be it I am displaying the video in a window on my desktop even though the video file size had jumped up from 105MB to 15GB.
In this free Pro Tools video tutorial, James Ivey shows how to create the Muse guitar sound using the Eleven Rack.
Settings for the amp are shown below. Download the patch FREE here
Our friends at RSPE have produced this time lapse video showing the installation of an Avid S6 control surface into “This Is Sound Design” As soon as it was finished Nathan Ruyle started mixing two independent films.
In this free Pro Tools tutorial James shows how to create the Dream Theater guitar sound using the Eleven Rack in this video tutorial. Settings are shown below. Download the patch here
Since Pro Tools 11.1 was released just before the Christmas break users are reporting that the performance of video playback with Pro Tools 11.1 is still not completely fixed. It seems to be better but there are still problems. On the DUC Michael Goorevich says….
I have the pre “trash can” Mac Pro and for me Pro Tools HD 11.1 is still not ready for post. Still not every DNxHD 36 which was / is playing fine in PT10.3.8 could be outputted via BM IntensityPro card in 11.1. I have just a black screen. Yes, with the latest BM Desktop driver. I still have this annoying delay 0.5 second between hitting playback and actual playback in PT. It stops me from using PT 11.1 for even dialog editing. Well my hope is for 11.2 now.
However Brandon Howlett is a little more optmisitic…
The delay is much better in 11.1. Still not as good as pt 10 but better. I get no delay with no video. I might just slave a pt 10 rig for video playback.
So an improvement, but with the new Avid Video Engine being one of the key parts of Pro Tools 11, it isn’t a huge success when users report that Pro Tools 11 is still not as good a Pro Tools 10. Michael Goorevich responded to Brandon Howlett…
Tests by several respected Mac sites such as The Verge and Engadget suggest that most apps do not take advantage of the power offered by the new Mac Pro.
Only software optimized to take advantage of the new GPU really show the new Mac Pro’s extra power. As would be expected Apple’s Final Cut X is one such application to have been recoded to take advantage of this power boost, the Verge writes “when using other software, the Mac Pro is only modestly faster than a new-vintage iMac”.
We have no indication from Avid as to when their applications including Pro Tools will be able to take advantage of the power offered by the new Mac Pro.
Jeff Komar, an Application Specialist for Avid explains what can be done with the built-in Avid Video Engine—the same core engine as in Media Composer. With Pro Tools 11 you can now add, edit, and play a variety of HD video formats (such as QuickTime, XDCAM, and more) and Avid DNxHD sequences directly in the Pro Tools timeline—without transcoding. Plus, you can monitor the picture playback using video interfaces from Avid, AJA, and Blackmagic Design.
We have reported in the past how the video quality in Pro Tools 11 is not as good as Pro Tools 10 but there have been some interesting reports on the DUC over weekend that some of might not have seen.
We’ve teamed up with our friends at RSPE to bring you this exclusive video of first impressions of the new Avid S6 console from some top engineers and producers including Grammy winning mixer Mick Guzuaski.
For more info and expert advice on the new S6 console in the USA contact RSPE here
With some whizzy code we’ve now included two new sections into the site fed from our YouTube channel.
You can now watch the videos from the comfort of your favourite blog!
Community member Tony Molica shared this cool 100 second video on using shortcuts to create new tracks in Pro Tools 11 Mac.
Do you think you have what it takes to create a cool video? If so then send one in for us to take a look at, it has to have at least 1280 x 720 resolution and good audio quality - we can’t promise to show every video, but who knows, you might be a new members of the team!