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MediaStorm Post-production Workflow Now Available in Kindle Stores

WORKFLOW COVER blogThe full 200-step workflow MediaStorm uses with Final Cut 7 and Premiere Pro is now available for purchase in Kindle stores. Perfect for storytellers on the go, the mobile-friendly version of our Post-production Workflow covers our producers’ step-by-step process, developed over seven years and more than 100 projects, to streamline the editing process and produce award-winning multimedia.

Also included with the workflow is a 60 page guide to using Aperture, Apple’s photo editing software. The guide not only details how to use the program in conjunction with Premiere Pro CC but also offers extensive tutorials on how to enhance your images.

Purchase your copy on Amazon.

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Congratulations to the 2015 Alexia Foundation Grant Recipients

Photo by Paolo Marchetti, 2015 Alexia Professional Winner

The Alexia Foundation recently announced the recipients of the 2015 Alexia Foundation Grants: Paolo Marchetti for the professional grant and Michael Santiago for the student grant.

Marchetti of Rome, Italy, will receive the $20,000 professional grant for his project “The Price of Vanity.” The work will document the brutality of the intensive breeding farms used worldwide to produce skins and furs for the high-end fashion industry. It intends to expose this cruel cultural trend driven by remorseless beauty demands.
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MediaStorm Guide to using the Transparency Grid in Premiere Pro

This article is part of a series of posts with tips and tricks from our producers’ experience working with Adobe Premiere Pro CC after years of working in Final Cut Pro. To read more about why we made the switch, check out this post.

At MediaStorm, we are meticulous about how we crop the photographs in our films.

Even so, sometimes when a picture has black edges it can be difficult to see exactly where the photograph ends and the default black background of Premiere Pro begins.

Sometimes a sliver of of black slips through undetected.

Recently, I stumbled across a Premiere Pro setting that makes it easier to distinguish between an image and black background, the Transparency Grid.

To turn on the transparency grid, simply click the wrench in the Program Window and select Transparency Grid.

The default black background will change to a grey and white checkered pattern.

Notice, how much easier it is to see the edge of the frame when the transparency grid is turned on.

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‘The Long Night’ Named Documentary Project of the Year by Pictures of the Year International

In its 72nd year, Pictures of the Year International (POYi) is the oldest and most prestigious photojournalism program in the world. We are thrilled to announce that our first feature film, The Long Night, has been honored in the Documentary Project of the Year category. Created in collaboration with multimedia journalist Tim Matsui with the support of the Alexia Foundation, the film takes an unflinching look at the crisis of minors who are forced and coerced into the American sex trade.

Congratulations to all of this year’s POYi winners. View the full winner’s list at POYi.org.


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When Hard Drives Fail

For years I’ve been preaching the adage that when it comes to hard drive crashes, there are two types of people, those who have lost data and those who will.

Well, last week it was my turn. Again.

I was working at home, with all the proper protection, and still, in a single surge, two hard drives went kaput.

Fortunately, thank the stars, the drives were from different projects and I had backups of each. Because let me tell you, as an editor there is no worse feeling than knowing you’ll have to redo hours, or even days, of work.

What I took away from the experience is this:

  1. Unless you are backing up your work, never mount both the main and backup drives at the same time. This way, if there is a catastrophic failure, you won’t burn both.
  2. Even if you’ve added no new new assets during a day’s session, at the very least drag your project file to the desktop or Dropbox. At a minimum.

Here are two essential resources to help you further:

  1. MediaStorm’s Guide to Backing Up
  2. MediaStorm Guide to Enhancing Adobe Premiere Pro’s Auto-save Functionality

Backing up is essential. You should be obsessive. You should be fervent.

And if you think I’m being overly-cautious, imagine trying to explain to your client that everything they’ve paid for has simply disappeared.

No one wants to do that.

Be smart, backup today.

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