Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

It’s that time of the year again when CAO applicants have the change to amend their choices for college places. If you need to amend or add courses you can use the Change of Mind facility before the 1st July at 17:15.

Based in the Moylish Campus, in Limerick, the Creative Broadcast & Film Production and Music Technology & Production Programmes offer a blend of learning solutions for those thinking of a career in the creative industries. As part of the Department of Digital Arts & Media, Limerick School of Art and Design, students have availed of the practice based programmes and achieved multiple awards both locally and nationally.

For more information, check out the programmes and the CAO change of Mind page on the links below.

Creative Broadcast & Film Production Course Code: LC371

Music Technology & Production Course Code: LC372

CAO Change of Mind

Delighted to have achieved the Avid Media Composer Instructor Certification for 2021 last week.
As part of the Creative Technologies programmes at Limerick School of Art & Design, LIT, we hope to be offering students the opportunity to take the Avid User Certification 101 course in the coming 2021/2022 academic year.

Avid Media Composer is a film and video editing software application or non-linear editing system (NLE) developed by Avid Technology. Initially released in 1989 on Macintosh II as an offline editing system, the application has since evolved to allow for both offline and online editing, including uncompressed standard definition (SD), high definition (HD), 2K and 4K editing and finishing. Since the 1990s, Media Composer has been the dominant non-linear editing system in the film and television industry, first on Macintosh and later on Windows.

Avid Certified Instructor

LSAD, LIT Graduate Showcase 2021 ‚ÄúRALLY‚ÄĚ launches online for second year running

LIT’s Limerick School of Art & Design final year students launch their graduate showcase online for the second-year in a row.

RALLY the Limerick School of Art & Design Graduate Showcase of 2021 launches (Saturday May 29, 2020) at 3pm on https://www.facebook.com/LIT.LSAD with a series of documentaries depicting how this year‚Äôs graduates continued to create during the pandemic.

Creative Broadcast & Film Production and Music Technology & Production Graduates will feature from 3pm. Do check out the specially commissioned documentary by former Graduate Steve Hall (Hallway Media). See the promotional video below.

Well done to all the students on their work and achievements on what has been a very challenging year for all.

Simon.

Click on image to access the link

Tune into some amazing Soundscapes brought to you by Creative Broadcast & Film Production first year Students lead by Tom√°s Mulcahy, Sound Designer, Composer & audio lecturer.

Click on the image above for the link.

Creative Technologies students at the Dept. of Digital Arts & Media, LSAD, present a series of music videos featuring up-and-coming artists sourced directly from the Irish music industry. Tune in via YouTube Premiere on Monday 26 April at 16:00 to discover the next chart topper or underground mover!

The artists featured (in order) are:

1. Scoth 

2. Fiontan Cahill

3. Changing Trains

4. Amerson Fortunato

5. Paddy Quilligan

6. Jamie McIntyre

7. Derek Ellard

8. Rob O’Doherty

9. Anna & the Swans

10. Zach Brosnan

11. Billy Hurley

Presenter, Eoin Melia

Check out the trailer below and sign up to register your interest at the Eventbrite page HERE or click the poster above

Blackmagic Deaign have finally released Resolve 17 from Beta testing to a full final release.

Blackmagic has also published a new 350 pages guide that focuses on the new features and improvements of the software. The guide is very informative and MUST for new (and advanced) users. Download it below

New features Guide

Also to note there is still an option to purchase the studio version with a free Speed Editor from select resellers. I purchased my Studio and Speed Editor from the team at Camerakit.ie (d+p products) you can check their website below as well as Blackmagic Designs page on Resolve 17

Blackmagic Design website

D+P Products

Seamus Fogarty is a London-based Irish singer-songwriter. Combining alternative, folk, and electronica styles, Seamus released his 3rd album, A Bag of Eyes (via Domino Recording Company) on November 6th 2020.

A wholly different sonic prospect to 2017‚Äôs much-lauded The Curious Hand, Seamus (weary of the guitar, and seeking something darker than its predecessor) chose to lean more heavily on synths and drum machines, and additionally, to self-produce. ‚ÄúIt was about creating and exploring new sound worlds,‚ÄĚ Fogarty says. ‚ÄúExperimenting with new ways of incorporating electronics into the songwriting process, and in some cases dispensing with conventional songwriting processes altogether.‚ÄĚ

On A Bag OF Eyes, there is industrial judder, slacker-fuzz guitar, a cacophony of saxophones. On one track, ring-modulated drums kick in with oscillating fury. Another moves from 90s’ shit-hole grunge venue to sleazy jazz joint in four minutes. Whilst on a third, a synth is deployed with the express purpose of sawing the listeners’ ears in half, Fogarty attests.

However, beneath them lie fragments of melody, image, drone; a flicker of banjo, an electronic pulse. ‚ÄúI like to purposely make music that clashes with the more traditional stuff that I do,‚ÄĚ he says.

Fogarty’s celebrated storytelling is at home in this new sound world, rambling between the fantastical and the mundane: nuns playing volleyball, horses on clifftops, lives glimpsed through rear windows. There are echoes of his own past, the loss of dear friends. Ireland, London, and two views of San Francisco, 15 years apart. It is bus stops, house fires and Jimmy Stewart.

To book your spot for this online guest lecture goto the link below or click on the image above

EVENTBRITE LINK HERE

Pleased to announce the following guest lecture with Aidan Cunningham. Please note that this will take place on Microsoft Teams from 10.30 – 13.00, Friday 4th December. There will be a follow up with the link mid next week. This is open to all LSAD students and staff, present and past.

Blackmagic Design announced a number of updates to their flagship software package DaVinci Resolve, including additional features to the Colour, Fairlight, Edit and Cut sections. But the additional Hardware announcements have really excited editors. Commenting on the introduction of their keyboard from last year, Blackmagic have teased a new interface in the ‘Speed Editor’.

This is Blackmagic’s answer to Contour Design’s Shuttle Pro or the now aging Avid’s Transport controllers, and from the outset this looks to have a similar retro key design as their Keyboard. This controller is different to the keyboard in that it doesn’t have the traditional QWERTY keyboard layout.

Edit Keyboards

Edit Keyboards

Next Generation Editing

The DaVinci Resolve keyboards have been designed in conjunction with the cut page to make editing dramatically faster. You get physical controls that you can feel in your hands, making the experience much better than software only editing. Unlike a mouse, the machined metal search dial with soft rubber coating allows very accurate search and positioning of the timeline. It feels just like holding the timeline in your hand! Trim keys allow the search dial to be used for live trimming, which is faster because the search dial is larger and more accurate. Editing and trimming with the search dial is a whole new way to work! All of this means DaVinci Resolve is the next generation of editing!

 

Two Models

DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor

DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor

The DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor features a¬†machined metal search dial in a¬†design that includes only the specific keys needed for editing. It¬†also has Bluetooth with internal battery for connecting wirelessly, or you can connect via USB-C. That means it’s more portable than a¬†full sized¬†keyboard!

DaVinci Resolve Editor Keyboard

The DaVinci Resolve Editor Keyboard is a¬†full sized traditional QWERTY edit keyboard in a¬†premium, all metal design. Featuring a¬†machined metal search dial with clutch, it also includes extra edit, trim and timecode entry keys. It’s even designed to install via a¬†desk cut-out for flush¬†mounting!

DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor

DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor

Search Dial Control

The DaVinci Resolve keyboards allow a¬†better quality editing experience because they create a¬†physical connection to the edit that‚Äôs deeper than a¬†simple computer mouse. The¬†search dial is a¬†machined metal design so it has a¬†weighted feel and it can be spun fast to move up and down the timeline quickly. However the search dial is more than this because it can be used for live trimming! Simply press one of the trim buttons and the search dial will transform into a¬†large adjustment knob for real time, precise trimming! Once you’ve experienced trimming with the search dial, it’s virtually impossible to go back to¬†a¬†mouse!

 
Dial Control

Transport Control

Hardware control panels are perfect for fast playback control! Instantly start and stop playback using the “space bar” style button that’s positioned so it can be pressed with your thumb! The¬†shuttle, jog and scroll buttons change the functionof the search dial, so you can edit fast and¬†accurately.

Transport Control

Source Tape for Scrolling Clips

Traditional edit software uses thousands of clips to organize your media, so you need to constantly click and drag clips to edit. That‚Äôs too slow for work such as TVCs, news, promos and training videos. However old tape based linear editing had the advantage of all media being played from a¬†videotape, so you could simply fast forward and rewind to see all your shots! Now¬†the cut page has a¬†modern version of the videotape and it‚Äôs called the “source tape”. Simply push the source button and use the search dial to scroll through all your media! Plus, the current clip is highlighted live in the bin! After the edit the viewer will stay in the source tape so you can move to the next shot¬†faster.

Source Tape for Scrolling Clips

All clips are placed end to end in the viewer

Fast In and Out Points

Entering in and out points is the most used function in editing, so the speed editor keyboard includes large in and out point buttons that you can easily locate by feel. That‚Äôs perfect for two handed editing where you’re using your right hand for transport control and your left hand is placing in and out points and performing edits. You¬†can simply scroll along with the search dial and place in and out points anywhere you want! Once the in and out points are set, just reach your fingers up to the edit function buttons to perform the edit. The¬†in and out points can also be used to focus the source tape. Then you can change the source tape back to the whole bin by pressing the escape¬†key.

Fast In and Out Points

Press the in and out keys to select any range of clips for the edit.

Intelligent Keyboard Edit Modes

Intelligent Keyboard Edit Modes

Editing with a¬†keyboard is different to editing with a¬†mouse, so the cut page editing functions have been upgraded to take advantage of the speed of a¬†keyboard. The¬†edit functions are intelligent and use the “smart indicator” in the timeline to work out where to insert, so most of the time you don’t need to place in or out points in the timeline to do an edit! They are located just above the in and out keys, so are easy to locate by feel. Plus each time you edit, the cut page won’t waste time switching over to the timeline, allowing you to stay in the source tape and visually browse, placing clips continuously. That’s much faster as you can just keep throwing clips into the¬†timeline!


Smart Insert

Smart insert is similar to the traditional insert edit function, however it’s smarter as it eliminates the need to switch to the timeline and place an in point. All you need to do is select smart insert and it will locate the nearest edit in the timeline and insert the clip in that location!

Smart Insert

Append To End

Append to end is fantastic for building edits fast. Simply select an in and out point on the clip and then append to end will add the clip to the end of the timeline. Append to end is fantastic when adding shots to an edit from content that’s been shot in time order.

Append To End

Ripple Overwrite

Ripple overwrite is a popular edit function and it lets you replace shots extremely quickly. When applied, it will replace the clip in the timeline with the selected clip and if the clip is a different length, it will adjust the space to accommodate the new clip and ripple the timeline duration.

Ripple Overwrite

Close Up

Close up is best for creating two camera angles from the one camera. Simply shoot your subject with a wide or mid shot, and then when close up is applied, it will create a slightly zoomed in version of the same camera shot and place it on top of the timeline.

Close Up

Place On Top

Place on top is similar to traditional edit functions and this edit mode will place the clip on top of the background layer that‚Äôs already in the timeline. If¬†the timeline doesn’t have a¬†layer above the background layer, it will add a¬†new timeline track and then place the clip on¬†top.

Place On Top

Source Overwrite

When shooting with multiple cameras and sync timecode, source overwrite lets you browse shots and add cutaways to your timeline. It¬†automatically matches the clip timecode to the timecode of the timeline and places the clip in sync on the layer above. It’s a¬†simpler alternative to¬†multi‚ÄĎcam!

Source Overwrite
Search Dial Live Trimming

Search Dial Live Trimming

With a¬†large high quality search dial built into the panel, you get an extremely accurate way to trim shots. With the search dial being such a¬†physically large control, it completely transforms how it feels to trim shots. Plus it‚Äôs much faster too! The¬†trim buttons will change the search dial into a¬†trim control and you simply hold the trim buttons and rotate the search dial. This means you can select various trim modes with your left hand while adjusting the trim with your right. It’s extremely fast and the smart indicator in the timeline will let you know which edit you’re trimming. Just move along the timeline and live trim edits. It‚Äôs a¬†whole new way to¬†work!


Trim In

Trim in will adjust the in point of the clip to the right of the transition highlighted in the timeline via the smart indicator. However adjusting trim in on a single clip will reposition the in point on the clip. All adjustments will ripple the timeline duration.

Trim In

Trim Out

Trim out will adjust the out point of the clip to the left of the transition highlighted in the timeline via the smart indicator. However adjusting trim out on a single clip will reposition the out point on the clip. All adjustments will ripple the timeline duration.

Trim Out

Roll

Roll is the same function as clicking the transition point to adjust it with the mouse, however it’s frame accurate because it uses the search dial. It¬†works by rolling the transition point up and down. Double pressing will change its function to slide. Plus it doesn’t affect the timeline¬†duration.

Roll

Slip Source

Slip source affects the clip to the left of the edit and it will slide the shot up and down within the current clip‚Äôs in and out point positions in the timeline. Because slip source moves the clip within the same duration, it won’t affect the overall timeline¬†duration.

Slip Source

Slip Destination

Slip destination affects the clip to the right of the edit and it will slide the shot up and down within the current clip‚Äôs in and out point positions in the timeline. Because slip destination moves the clip within the same duration, it won’t affect the overall timeline¬†duration.

Slip Destination

Transition Duration

One of the most popular trim controls, transition duration will adjust the duration of an effect on the edit point. When selected, adjusting the search dial will live adjust the duration of the transition. Double pressing the transition duration button will set default transition duration.

Transition Duration

The Faster Way to Add and Remove Effects!

Editing software can be slow at adding transitions to edits because you have to click and drag effects down into the timeline. However, with the DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor, you can just press a button to switch them on and off! It’s really fast as you can scroll down the timeline adding or removing effects! The smart indicator in the timeline will let you know which edit point will be affected, and you can move the timeline to move the edit point in focus. The cut key will remove any effect on an edit point in the timeline. Pressing dissolve adds a dissolve to the edit point using the default duration. Pressing the smooth cut button adds a smooth cut so you can eliminate jump cuts!

Cut


Before

After

Dissolve


Before

After

Smooth Cut


Before

After

Function Keys

Function Keys

The DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor eliminates the large QWERTY keyboard for a smaller more portable design, so the function button area includes only the controls you need for editing. Some of the enhanced function keys on the DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor are not even available on the full sized editor keyboard! Plus, some keys have an alternative function where you can press and hold or double press to get a second function using the same key. That means you need less keys for a more portable design, but it still retains a lot of editing power. The keys are in a separate group so you can find the key you need by feel and operate faster than a regular keyboard.


Escape and Undo

The escape key is positioned to the top left so it’s easy to locate, as it‚Äôs the most common key for reversing some functions. A¬†good example is the sync bin and if you select a¬†camera, you can go back to the multiview by selecting this escape key. Plus, if you double press it, it works as¬†undo!

Escape and Undo

Sync Bin

The sync bin is a¬†new style of multi-cam and it allows you to find shots that are sync’d to the current shot in the timeline. That lets you find cutaways using a¬†familiar multiview interface! Then use the camera keys to select an alternative shot, and source overwrite to edit it into the¬†timeline!

Sync Bin

Audio Level and Markers

The audio level key lets you quickly set audio levels of clips by holding the key and adjusting the level using the search dial. That’s a¬†fast way to set audio levels while editing! Double pressing the key lets you add a¬†marker, and double pressing and holding allows you to set the marker¬†color!

Audio Level and Markers

Full Screen Viewer

The full screen button is highlighted red so you can find it quickly and switch to a full screen view of your viewer. That’s great for presenting your edit to clients! Plus if you double press the full view button, it will go into full screen view and play from just before your most recent edit!

Full Screen Viewer

Add Transition

The transition button is similar to the cut and smooth cut buttons, however it will add a¬†custom transition of your choice from a¬†pallet of all the available DaVinci Resolve transitions. If¬†you press and hold the transition button you’ll see the pallet appear allowing selection of the one you¬†want.

Add Transition

Split and Move

The split button will instantly cut the clip in the timeline at the current playback point. If¬†you’re positioned on a¬†split in a¬†clip, then pressing the split button will remove the split. If¬†you press and hold, you can use the search dial to move the current clip up and down the¬†timeline!

Split and Move

Snap and Viewer Size

Pressing snap will turn on snapping in the timeline. Snapping on the speed editor is different, as it‚Äôs not magnetic so it‚Äôs more subtle! It¬†works by momentarily pausing jog at the edit points so it’s nicer to use! Or¬†if you press and hold, the search dial will let you adjust the viewer¬†size.

Snap and Viewer Size

Ripple Delete

Ripple delete removes the current clip at the playback point then ripples the timeline to fill the space left by the deleted clip. This eliminates any blank spaces in the timeline. You¬†can use it with split to remove parts of shots you don’t want. Plus, it will also reduce your timeline¬†duration

Ripple Delete

Sync Bin Multi Camera Selection

The camera number section lets you select the cameras when using the cut page sync bin. Plus, if you press a camera number while turning the search dial, the selected camera will be applied to the timeline in real time as you jog forward. This feature is called live override and on the speed editor panel you can do it momentarily by holding the camera button, or you can latch it on using the live override button. When live override is latched on, the buttons light up and you can select cameras just like a production switcher! You will see a multiview and you can just cut from camera to camera! Plus, this section even has the video only and audio only buttons for greater editing control!

Sync Bin Multi Camera Selection

Both Bluetooth and USB Control

The DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor model includes built in Bluetooth so you can use the keyboard without messy wires, and you can even use it in conjunction with your regular computer keyboard. That’s perfect for using it with a laptop. You can also use the keyboard via USB if required and the USB connection will also charge the internal battery. With Bluetooth and a built in battery, the keyboard is extremely portable!

Both Bluetooth and USB Control

FULL SPEC ON THE SPEED EDITOR HERE

This release is more exciting for editors than their previous QWERTY keyboard they announced last year and it will be interesting to see the completed breakdown of the hardware once Blackmagic update their website. The ability to be wireless and battery operated is a major attraction for the editors on the go as well as in the editors in the suite.

PRICE

$295 (‚ā¨250 approx)

FREE with a Purchase of DaVinci Resolve Studio. (RESELLERS ONLY NOT ONLINE)

Available in the next few months or Early 2021.

(As per Video & Film Maker.com Website )

R√ėDE Microphones has announced the return of the World‚Äôs Largest Short Film Competition, My R√ėDE Reel. Now in its 7th year, R√ėDE has once again upped the ante with a monumental $1 million in cash to be won. This the biggest cash prize ever offered in a short film competition, affirming My R√ėDE Reel as the essential calendar event for filmmakers around the world. Entries are open now and close Wednesday, October 7.

What is My R√łde Reel?

My R√ėDE Reel is the World‚Äôs Largest Short Film Competition. Over the last six years, more than 16,000 films have been submitted to the competition from 94 different countries, with R√ėDE awarding over $3.5 million in prizes to both emerging and established filmmakers. My R√ėDE Reel has launched hundreds of careers through providing a global platform for filmmakers to gain exposure, offering grants and scholarships, and giving away tonnes of R√ėDE microphones and filmmaking gear. In 2020, My R√ėDE Reel is bigger and better than ever.

The Prizes & Categories

The winners of My R√ėDE Reel 2020 will receive a share of US $1 million, the biggest cash prize ever offered in a short film competition.

This announcement comes off the back of R√ėDE Founder and Chairman Peter Freedman‚Äôs purchase of Kurt Cobain‚Äôs iconic ‚ÄėMTV Unplugged‚Äô guitar for a world record-breaking US $6.01 million at auction. The guitar was bought to spotlight the struggles of the global arts industry; Mr. Freedman plans to take it on a worldwide tour of exhibitions, with all proceeds (including the guitar) going to the performing arts.

‚ÄúGiving creatives a leg up has always been fundamental to what we do as a company,‚ÄĚ says R√ėDE CEO Damien Wilson. ‚ÄúWhether it‚Äôs been through giving away gear, awarding scholarships or providing a platform to get their work in front of a huge audience, the objective of My R√ėDE Reel has always been to help filmmakers take the next step in their career.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúWe are incredibly excited to be giving away this massive cash prize,‚ÄĚ he continues. ‚ÄúPeople in the film industry are doing it tough right now. This year, we wanted to not only give entrants the chance to win R√ėDE mics and awesome gear, but also offer a substantial amount of money to help kickstart the career of the next big thing, fund new projects, or cover living expenses so filmmakers can continue to work through these trying times. This money will make a big difference for a lot of people.‚ÄĚ

The top three films for each of the competition categories will win a share in the $1 million cash prize pool, except for the major prize, the Judges’ Choice, which has just one life-changing prize of $200,000.

There are 10 categories in total: five genre categories ‚Äď Drama, Comedy, Action, Documentary, Animation and Behind-The-Scenes ‚Äď and five special categories ‚Äď Judges‚Äô Choice, People‚Äôs Choice, Sound Design, Young Filmmaker, and Best Chinese Film. All-in-all, 28 filmmakers will win a share in the prize money.

As well as this incredible cash prize pool, R√ėDE is giving away a prize pack to the winners of the 10 categories. These are loaded with gear from the world‚Äôs leading filmmaking brands, including LUMIX, Nanlite, Zhiyun, Mzed, Musicbed, Rhino, Adobe, Brevite, Pelican, ARRI and, of course, R√ėDE microphones and accessories. Combined with the cash, this brings the total prize pool to over $1.5 million, by far the biggest offering for any short film competition.

Visit the My R√ėDE Reel website for more information on the prizes and categories.

How To Enter

  • Head to myrodereel.com and log in or sign up for an account to access the starter pack. This contains the My R√ėDE Reel title card, which must feature at the start of your film.
  • Make a 3-minute short film. The brief is completely open ‚Äď use the different categories to inspire the direction of your film.
  • Make a 3-minute behind-the-scenes (BTS) film, which must feature a R√ėDE product.
  • Upload your short film and BTS film to YouTube, then submit this link to myrodereel.com.
  • Share your film for a chance to win a People‚Äôs Choice Prize.

For the full details on how to enter, head to myrodereel.com and log in or sign up for an account. This contains the starter pack, information on the competition, freebies, tips, inspiration and more.

Entries are open now and close at 12PM (AEDT/GMT+10) Wednesday, October 7, 2020.
Head to myrodereel.com for more info

R√ėDE Microphones: www.rode.com