Preparing Video Files for the Aja Ki Pro

Posted in Aja KiPro, Compression, Gene Siskel Film Center on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

The Gene Siskel Film Center has the ability to play Apple ProRes files via its Aja Ki Pro hard drive player/recorder. This guide covers the process of converting a file to make it compatible with the Aja Ki Pro. Click to enlarge the images, or view a high quality PDF

Creating DCPs with DCP-o-matic

Posted in Compression, DCP, Gene Siskel Film Center on Thursday, August 14th, 2014

This guide covers the process of creating a DCP (Digital Cinema Package) from a master file. Click to enlarge the images, or download the PDF.

HDR Photography with the Insta360 Camera

Posted in 3D on Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

This guide describes the process of creating an HDR photograph for lighting a 3D environment with the Insta360 camera. Click here to view the guide.




Quickstart Guide HTC Vive with Unity

Posted in 3D on Friday, March 9th, 2018

This guide walks you through the basics of setting up an HTC Vive project with Unity including how to set up a camera rig and configuring the controllers for basic interaction. Click the thumbnail image below to view the guide.



Resources for Nikon Keymission 360 Camera

Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, February 16th, 2018

We’ve compiled Nikon’s User Guides for FVNMA’s Nikon Keymission 360 Camera. Below are links for downloadable PDF’s

We highly suggest using USB and connecting it to a laptop. Links to Nikon’s Keymission App is here:

Pairing guide for Android Smartphone users: KM360ADDEN_PairingAndroid_(En)01

Pairing guide for Apple Smartphone users: KM360ADDEN_PairingiOS_(En)01
Additional Information for iOS Users:

Nikon Keymission 360 Quickstart Guide: KM360QSGEUR_(En)04

Keymission 360 Full User’s Manual: KM360RM_(En)05

Working with Audio in the MC1319 Advanced Dubroom

Posted in Audio, Dubbing, Transfers on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

FVNMA’s Advanced Dubroom is equipped to transfer tape based media formats such as audio cassette, digital audio tape, 1/4″, etc. to digital audio files and vice versa as well as dubbing Vinyl Records. In this guide we discuss proper usage of the Audio Rack in MC1319, as well as a step by step guide for recording audio from tape based formats.

Attached here are PNGs of the guide and the full PDF is available for download here: Working with Audio in the MC1319 Advanced Dubroom

ColorGrading in DaVinci Resolve 12

Posted in Colorgrading, Editing, HDR on Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Colorgrading is an aspect of filmmaking that is slowly becoming more and more prevalent due to a industry push towards cameras shooting in LOG/Film Colorspaces and the sudden availability of professional grade tools. The FVNMA technical department has adopted DaVinci Resolve and DaVinci Resolve Studio for our labs and we are excited to support this workflow. As we understand that Resolve 12 is a new workflow, we have prepared a guide for using Resolve 12, its robust toolset, project management, and workflow considerations.

The guide is available as a downloadable PDF here: ColorgradingResolve12 – 2017-10-13

Digitizing LomoKino Footage

Posted in Cameras, Transfers on Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

The LomoKino is a handcranked film camera that shoots sequential images onto regularly available 35mm photo film. However there has not been a decent guide for digitizing the footage for use in Non-Linear Editing systems such as Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere Pro. Here we have created a workflow for scanning processed LomoKino footage and using Adobe Photoshop to create video files. Use the images below or download the PDF here: Digitizing LomoKino Footage 2017-10-13



How Video Codecs Work

Posted in Compression, Editing, Transfers on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

This is an informative video on codecs & compression that you may find useful. It is a detailed tutorial on how video images are compressed to save space, what bitrates are, and how it affects video quality. This is very useful information when considering which cameras to use and in optimizing exports in post-production.

How Codecs Work – Tutorial from David Kong on Vimeo.

Steadicam Aero Manual

Posted in steadicam on Friday, January 20th, 2017


Blackmagic URSA Mini Firmware Update(2017.01.18)

Posted in Cameras on Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Due to a significant usability update, the FVNMA Tech department created a quick start up guide which will help navigate the new firmware on FVNMA Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6k Cameras.

All URSA Mini’s available in the Media Center will be updated to the latest build by January 30th, 2017.

The quick start up guide is available below or as a Downloadable PDF Here: UrsaMini Firmware update

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FVNMA Equipment List

Posted in FVNMA Equipment List on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

To view a list of FVNMA equipment please click here. All equipment is circulated through the MacLean Media Center.

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