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.

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

ursamini-firmware-update_page_1 ursamini-firmware-update_page_2 ursamini-firmware-update_page_3 ursamini-firmware-update_page_4

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.

Canon 814XL-S & 1014XL-S Super 8MM Camera Manual

Posted in Cameras on Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Attached here is the PDF of the Camera Manual for the Canon 814XL-S and 1014XL-S Super 8MM cameras. The Canon Super 8MM Cameras are some of the most advanced Super 8 cameras and this resource will be very useful for first-time and recurring users.

To access the PDF, click here: canon_814xl-s_and_1014xl-s

Sony Alpha a7s II Startup Guide

Posted in Cameras on Saturday, October 8th, 2016

The Sony Alpha a7s II is a 4K Mirrorless DSLR now available to FVNMA, this guide will give you basic instruction on navigating the in-camera menus, initializing the camera, setting ISO/WB, using tools for composition and exposure, and troubleshooting the included lens mount adapter for Canon EF lenses.

View the guide as JPEGs below or download the full PDF here: Sony Alpha a7s Startup PDF


Using the Advanced Mix Suite and Vocal Booth

Posted in Audio, Gene Siskel Film Center, Mix Suite on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Updated for September 20, 2016

FVNMA’s Surround Sound Mix Suite is located in room MC1413 of the MacLean building and an acoustically insulated Vocal Booth is adjacent to it in room MC1414. This guide is for students who have been authorized on the Mix Suite in class or by workshop. It covers the basic operations in the room including configuring ProTools for vocal booth recording and 5.1 surround mixing. Click on the images below to enlarge them, or download the .pdf here: MC1413 Adv Mix Suite Guide 2016-09-30

MC1413 Adv Mix Suite Guide 2016-09-30 - 1MC1413 Adv Mix Suite Guide 2016-09-30 - 2 MC1413 Adv Mix Suite Guide 2016-09-30 - 3 MC1413 Adv Mix Suite Guide 2016-09-30 - 4 MC1413 Adv Mix Suite Guide 2016-09-30 - 5



MC1413 Adv Mix Suite Guide 2016-09-30 - 6 MC1413 Adv Mix Suite Guide 2016-09-30 - 7 MC1413 Adv Mix Suite Guide 2016-09-30 - 8 MC1413 Adv Mix Suite Guide 2016-09-30 - 9 MC1413 Adv Mix Suite Guide 2016-09-30 - 10




Sony PXW-Z100 StartUp Guide

Posted in Cameras on Friday, August 12th, 2016

The Sony PXW-Z100 is a digital 4K video camcorder available to the FVNMA community. This guide will give you the step-by-step startup procedures, camera initialization, and will guide you through basic operations as well as some advanced features.

The guide is available as jpegs posted below, and a PDF is downloadable here: SONY_PXW_z100_STARTUPGUIDE



« Older Entries