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AudioMicro, Inc. Named USA’s #2 Fastest Growing Media Company by Inc. 500

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As part of the 2013 Inc 500, Inc Magazine has named AudioMicro, Inc. the USA’s #2 fastest growing media company and the #204 fastest growing private company overall.  This accolade is based on our financial performance over the past 3 years.  It’s a day we could only dream of when we started this company out of a spare apartment bedroom just 6 years ago.  Thank you to our customers, clients, and most importantly to our team for making this happen.  Onwards and upwards!

Multi-Cam In Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3

In today’s tutorial we bring you the magic of Multi-Cam in Final Cut Pro X. In this Final Cut Pro tutorial, Dan Allen of Dan Allen Films demonstrates and explains what Multi-Cam is and how it’s utilized in Final Cut Pro X. Keep in mind that this tutorial is for the newer 10.0.3+ updates so if you’re unable to do Multi-Cam you may want to update your Final Cut Pro X.

In the beginning Dan explains the basics of Multi-Cam, how to sync up the audio, and begin a Multi-Cam project in Final Cut Pro X. Multi-Cam in Final Cut Pro X can be easily accomplished using Final Cut Pro’s non-destructive flexible timeline as well as on the fly cutting as seen throughout the video.

Dan Allen ends the project with a short sample of how a quick Multi-Cam edit can turn out, literally within 10 minutes. With all these Multi-Cam talk, I’m sure you’re wondering what Multi-Cam is.

What is Multi Cam?

Multi-Cam is what it sounds like, a multi-camera set up at its core, with much more scalability in post production then a single camera edit. Multi-Cam is neither proprietary nor is it a standard meaning support for Multi-Cam is not available on every NLE but it comes with most professional NLE software.

Multi-Cam is also both a production technique as well as an editing technique so the lines are highly blurred.

The basis is that as long as you have one single audio track that is either synced up from a recorder or directly into the video, you can achieve Multi-Cam editing.

Videomaker.com has a great article about Multi-Cam editing and explains the entire production process from start to finish.

Multi-Cam essentially allows you to live cut multiple camera angles from different cameras just as if you were cutting a live show with a production switcher. There really is not a difference in technique for Multi-Cam editing in Final Cut Pro X and many other applications as the idea behind the technique is becoming more standard. Though most NLEs allow you to live cut and create multiple sequences with the cuts, Final Cut Pro X is unique in being the only true non-destructive editor as Dan Allen points out in his video.

So next time you’re shooting an event, music video, or interview consider the Multi-Cam approach to make things much easier in post production.

Having a good visual and audio cue is key in the process of shooting for a multi-cam edit as this aids the editor in cutting and syncing the pieces together.

Have any more tips on Multi-Cam or other multi-camera editing techniques in your favorite NLE? Are you a fan of Multi-Cam in Final Cut Pro X? Let us know in the comments below!

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Create an Event in Final Cut Pro X with Larry Jordan – RAID for Video Editing

In today’s post we take a look at creating an event in Final Cut Pro X with the master himself Larry Jordan. Larry has a plethora of tutorials and webinars at his website www.larryjordan.biz. Today we look at how to create and manage events in Final Cut Pro X as well as review a few tips on different hard drive configurations.

First of all, Larry begins with describing hard drive configurations in great detail, emphasizing the use of both SSD (Solid State Drives) and standard Hard Drives (IDE). In Larry’s set up he has a new iMac 2012 with a fusion drive for his main disk and a few external drives in a RAID configuration for video editing. This is important because it allows the operating system and Final Cut Pro to function snappy fast while allowing him larger storage options for his Final Cut Events. Keep in mind with Solid State drives that the price is definitely higher per gigabyte than standard magnetic hard drives, but you’ll benefit from insanely fast read/write speeds with no moving parts. Another quick note that isn’t mentioned here is that SSDs need not be very large for the Operating system and Applications. Something like a Crucial m4 128GB SSD will be more than enough for your Applications and OS.

Another thing to note on this importance is that with the new Final Cut Pro X, there are no scratch disks available. Which means no more dedicating separate drives to view your cached render files for a certain project or in this case an “event”. Instead you can only chose one hard drive initially to keep the event on. Larry explains further on how this works and how you can easily copy events to multiple drives, but this isn’t necessarily a permanent fix to the once very popular scratch disk option. This is what makes Final Cut Pro so dynamic yet revolutionary, in that Apple no longer believes you need multiple scratch disks but instead opt in for a RAID configuration.

The rest of tutorial explains a bit more about event management and how to manage and organize Final Cut Pro events accordingly.

Furthermore, going back to the idea of RAID storage poses an interesting challenge for today’s editor and the production environment.

RAID, which stands for Redundant Array of Independent Disks, is not a new technology and has been around for years. However it wasn’t until recently with the introduction of the Drobo series of RAID enclosures for production that RAID has become a viable and economical choice for editing media. Whether you’re a photographer, music producer, or video editor, storage arrays like the Drobo and other RAID enclosures have made it possible to easily set up a RAID with various hard drives to use in a production environment.

I could go on and on about RAID storage and how great it is, but until you’ve tried it yourself and tested it to its limits, there’s no way of ensuring how productive one can be with RAID for projects and other productions. The true advantage here is getting the speed of multiple scratch disks, but in one centralized and quick solution. Prior to Final Cut Pro X you could’ve easily selected 10+ hard drives for caching and storing your render files. But now it’s a different ballgame and the times have changed. RAID offers you maximum performance and maximum redundancy if configured correctly in a RAID6 or RAID10 for your production environment. In the case of Final Cut X events, all your media and associate files are stored in that event folder on a single disk. If you have RAID0 for example (combining hard drive space + read speeds) you can expect an extremely snappy playback even at full resolution, provided your CPU and operating system are up to task as well. By using the power of RAID and Final Cut events, one can truly be a master of efficient post production.

So now that all that technical jumbo has been digested, I’m sure you’re wondering what hardware I’m using with all this RAID vs SSD vs Hard Drive stuff.

Here are my top recommendations that I’ve tried and tested myself:

Best Hard Drives for Video Editing and Production

Solid State Drive: Crucial m4 256GB SSD
Hard Drives in RAID: 2x 2TB Western Digital Caviar Green
Hyrbid Drive: Seagate Momentus 7200 RPM 750GB Hybrid Solid State Drive
RAID Enclosure: Mediasonic ProBox 4 Bay Hard Drive Enclosure with USB 3.0 and eSata

Well that’s all for today’s brief overview with Final Cut Pro X events and the technology behind hard drives in the production environment. If you’d like a more detailed overview of RAID for the production environment let me know in the comments below or tweet Christian Hermida @chermida on Twitter.

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10 Free After Effects Templates

10 Free After Effects Templates

After Effects is a wonderful program for creating high quality motion graphics for your projects. However, sometimes we all could use a little guidance when creating beautiful motion graphics. These 10 Free After Effects templates are perfect for getting you started on creating some stunning graphics for your projects. Whether an advertisement, movie trailer,or video intro, this set of 10 free After Effects templates will get you started in the right direction.  Here are my top 10 favorite free After Effects templates.

1. Free slide – Adobe After Effects Template

Beautiful slide show type After Effects template for your creative projects. Available exclusively at bluefx.net

2. The Peoples Template (not related to The Rock)

The People’s Template is a vibrant and unique project file that can be incorporated in a variety of applications. It however, doesn’t not guarantee you will be “The most electrifying” or able to do the People’s Elbow. Nonetheless this is a great template, almos as great as “The Great One” himself, The Rock.

3. Tron Project

Andrew Kramer is back with a beautiful Tron inspired intro tutorial for Adobe After Effects. Check out this tutorial with the free project file.

4. Trailer Title 2.0

If you’ve always wanted an epic cinematic type introduction for your next project, Trailer Title 2.0 seals the deal.

5. Eternal Intro

Eternal is a free After Effects template that looks well…eternal and eternally beautiful. Check it out!

6. Inner City

Looking for that inner city  vibe? Are you feeling that Brooklyn style? Inner city is exactly what the name suggests. Perfect for that urban mood.

7. Flow Reveal

Flowy, beautiful, and revealing (in a good way). This template reveals some beautiful kinetic type text.

Free After Effects Project : Flow Reveal from uniquefx on Vimeo.

8. Descent

Descend into oblivion with this beautiful After Effects template and project file.

9. Rustie – After Light

Feeling a little “rustie” ? This after light looks stunning for any project you can think of. Try it out for free!

10. Presented By Intro Template

Presented by is simple and straight to the point. A template to give credit to all those who are important in your production.

That’s all for this roundup of 10 Free After Effects Templates. Stay tuned for more top 5 or top 10 lists here on AudioMicro. Let me know what your favorite templates are for After Effects in the comments below.

Additionally you can tweet me Christian Hermida @Chermida on Twitter.

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Color Correction Quick Tip: Better Talking Heads and Interviews in Premiere Pro

In today’s tutorial we venture into the world of color correction for a quick tip on how to improve your talking head shots.

Talking head pieces can turn out very flat, gray, or washed out especially with DSLR footage. Additionally, if you shot on a flat color profile your footage is bound to look dull and the colors may not pop.This tutorial will show you how to easily color correct and improve your talking head or interview footage.

Improving your footage should be quick and easy, and this video will detail each step. Please note that this quick tip doesn’t constitue for true color correction or color grading, and we encourage you to learn more about color grading in full detail. Enjoy the quick tip video and leave a comment if you have any questions!

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The Best YouTube Export Settings in Adobe Premiere

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YouTube…it’s the most popular video destination in the world, the second most popular search engine (behind Google), and the third most popular website (behind Google and Facebook). Love it or hate it, YouTube has quickly become the go to place to consume video content. This means that if your videos/films aren’t on YouTube yet then chances are you’re not reaching the audience that you could. Unless your projects are for large scaled distribution on TV or in theaters, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have your videos on a YouTube channel.

But before you decide uploading that massive wedding video that was meant to be played back on DVD, you should really reconsider how it will play out on the web, where streaming speed is king. Keep in mind that the wrong codec, or too large of a file size can greatly hinder your video’s stream-ability on YouTube and other video sharing sites. Not to mention that certain codecs just don’t play nicely with video streaming. In this post, I’ll cover each step to exporting an HD video in 1080p to YouTube in detail below. Keep in mind that this guide is a general guide and may or may not need to be altered depending on your pre-production settings and other various variables. However, these settings should work in virtually any production environment whether the footage was shot on iPhone, DSLR, XD-CAM, or any other format.

Step 1 – Export Media

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First, we’re going to need to call up the export media dialog box in order to get started.  Simply go to File > Export > Media or you can hit Command/CNTRL + M to bring up the dialog box so we can export our project.

Step 2 – Export Settings and Sequence

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This is the first portion of the dialog box that you will encounter and it is perhaps the most important. Here you will find a summary of your output settings and your source settings. You’re going to want to pay attention to this and make sure they match the same settings for both output and source. Your source settings are what you selected when you first started editing the sequence(s) and usually match the camera settings that you shot on. Another important note is that if you shot in 720p, do not try to force the output to 1080p (1920×1080) because it will just distort the video further if a user selects “1080p” on YouTube’s playback quality. Additionally if you want to play it safe, check the “Match Sequence Settings” check box to make everything work together. The last important area to look at is the “Format” drop down box , right now it’s set to H.264 which is essential.

Step 3 – Codec/Format Selection

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As mentioned in the previous step, you’re going to want to use H.264 codec for streaming video. This is the defacto standard for most video today, and for DSLR shooters is the native codec that clips are shot in. YouTube and other video sharing sites specify H.264 to be the best option for web video.

We won’t go into the explanation of what codecs are or what each one does, as an entire book could be written on that but just keep in mind your various options in this dialog list. If your format/codec wasn’t preset to H.264, simply select it from the drop down list and you’ll be set.

Step 4 – Frame Rate, Standards, & More

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This step is almost self-explanatory. Make sure to set your TV standard to NTSC if you’re in North America, and PAL if anywhere else. Your frame width and height should be 1920x1080p if you’re planning to show your video at full 1080p quality.  The pixel aspect ratio should be set to 16:9 to show a nice full widescreen and don’t even think about touching the iMax setting for 2:21:1 , YouTube just doesn’t support that…yet.

Step 5 – Bitrate encoding. Very important!

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This step has to be the MOST important step of them all. This step could make or break your video quality and its ability to even be uploaded. The general rule here is to keep your bitrate maximum target at less than 18 Mbps, that way you don’t end up with a massive file size that will hinder your video’s potential ability to even be uploaded depending on your account limitations. Keeping your target and maximum under 20 usually will give you a very high quality output and will look great streaming on YouTube. All of my YouTube videos are set usually around 13 – 15 for the maximum bitrate and look good even when blown up to a 55″ LED Samsung TV. Now if you were trying to export this for a DVD or Blue Ray you would obviously have a larger bitrate, but for the purpose of Youtube lets keep it small.

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Keeping the bitrate around 13 keeps my nice 5 minute video at around 416MB which is a good size and will upload fairly quickly to YouTube.  Ideally your files are 500MG (0.5GB or less) unless you have a really fast upload pipe.

Step 6 – Audio Settings

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The audio settings are usually pretty simple to deal with. By default for the H.264 codec they will be locked in at AAC, which is the perfect companion for streaming web video. Make sure your output channel is set to stereo, and your audio quality set to high for optimal audio. The most important feature here though, is the bitrate (Kbps).

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Here, I have my bitrate set to 192 which is pretty high quality for audio but it isn’t the best. Keep in mind typical mp3 quality is 128 kbps and usually anyone can that tell it’s a junky mp3.  Most of the low quality stuff was rendered at 128 which to most people won’t sound good, especially on the YouTube where the audio is further compressed. You’ll want to go with 192 kbps or higher. 320 kbps is the standard for “CD Quality” and will make your total output file size a few megabytes larger but it won’t do any real damage to the file size. Consider how important the audio is in your video and select the appropriate bitrate.

Lastly, don’t forget to hit the “export” button to start rendering your video file and you’re all set.

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Hopefully that tutorial was helpful to you. Happy YouTubing everyone and good luck!  If you have questions, please leave them for me in the comments section below.

Welcome to the New AudioMicro!

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Today, we are pleased to officially announce a completely redesigned and all new AudioMicro.com.  It’s the culmination of many months of hard work by our team.

We’ve been listening to your feedback and the latest version of AudioMicro incorporates your suggestions.  Highlights include:

  • an awesome new HTML5 audio player that allows you to quickly listen to your search and browse results, easily add them to your favorites, and your shopping cart
  • cleaner, slicker interface and user experience
  • improved, more accurate search and advanced search features
  • elimination of non-selling, low rated music tracks so that you’ll only hear the highest quality tunes
  • addition of over 100,000 new sound effects from the world renown Sound Ideas library.
  • more affordable sound effects pricing
  • watermarked, downloadable preview files (coming soon)
  • a highly simplified license agreement (no more platinum collection)
  • elimination of subscription plans for future purchases
  • MOST IMPORTANT – we’ve eliminated the credit system in favor of a more simple, dollar based pay as you go shopping experience (like Amazon.com)

Full details are in the press release below.   We hope 2012 is your best year ever.

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AudioMicro Adds 100,000 New Sound Effects from Sound Ideas; Unveils Redesigned Website, Pricing, and License Agreement

SUMMARY

AudioMicro.com to represent over 100,000 sound effects from the Sound Ideas library.  New website offers simplified end user license agreement and pricing schema.

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LOS ANGELES, April 27, 2012 – AudioMicro.com announces the addition of the Sound Idea sound effects library, adding over 100,000 professional royalty free sound effects to its online archive.  Headed by Brian Nimens, an audio veteran with more than 35 years experience, Sound Ideas offers an immense variety of contemporary and vintage sound FX keeping its ears tuned to the current and future needs of sound designers and producers.

“We are pleased to make our sounds available through AudioMicro, a real innovator in the marketplace,” said Nimens.

Categories within the Sound Ideas collection include ambience, animals, impacts, guns, production elements, science fiction, whooshes, and everything in between.  The addition of Sound Ideas brings AudioMicro’s total file count to over 300,000 stock music and sound effects tracks, all pre-cleared for use in creative audio-visual productions.

In addition to the 100,000 new sound effects from the Sound Ideas library, AudioMicro has launched a new version of its website, targeted at purchasers of royalty free music and sound effects, including YouTube users, iPhone/iPad app developers, and film/TV producers.  New visitors to AudioMicro.com will find a completely revamped user interface and design, making it a rich and simple destination for discovering and licensing stock audio.

Visitors to the new AudioMicro experience improved utility and design, including:

  • A slick HTML5 audio player which allows users to more easily browse the archive and locate the perfect cue or effect for their projects
  • Pay as you go, dollar based pricing – the credit based purchasing system has been retired
  • A simplified end user license agreement that allows tracks to be purchased once and used over and over again in multiple projects by the same buyer
  • Embeddable Tracks – embed your favorite tracks on websites, blogs, Facebook, etc.
  • Customizable Favorites Lists – create multiple favorites collections to preview your favorite tracks on the fly, before you buy
  • API Integration – the AudioMicro API allows approved partner platforms and resellers to create highly customizable applications utilizing the AudioMicro library.  Early API partners include SlideRocket, Hark, and Amana Images (Japan)
  • Brand new content and features to be announced over the coming months

About AudioMicro

AudioMicro is the largest micro stock music and sound effects collection. With over 300,000 royalty free music tracks and sound effects ready to be downloaded on demand, if it’s audio that you need, we’ve got you covered. We license music and sound effects to media producers of all shapes and sizes. Our music ends up in a wide variety of productions from independent regional advertisements to full scale national campaigns. Our sound effects can be heard in everything from Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2 to your friends’ recent YouTube video.

About Sound Ideas

Founded in 1978, Toronto-based Sound Ideas was the first company to release sound effects libraries on compact disc, and the first to release the sound effects library of a major motion picture studio. The company publishes more than 1,000 CDs and more than 150,000 sound effects.  It continues to adapt new technology in order to offer quality audio to professional sound designers and producers in the broadcast, post-production and multimedia industries.

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Royalty Free Christmas Music to Add to your 2011 Christmas Playlist

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Now that December is in full swing, Christmas is right around the corner.  And with the holiday season comes the promise of cooler weather, hot chocolate, wish lists to Santa (hey, you’ve been good this year!), and of course…royalty free Christmas music.

So if you’re looking for the kind of royalty-free music for your store, office, phone lines, commercials, productions or presentations that is going to give all who hear it a jollier feeling than a mob of carolers on a candy cane rush…then consider the top ten best holiday classics to add to your playlist this year:

#1:  Christmas Song: This song is number one on the list because it has withstood the test of time and appeals to every generation.  It is commonly subtitled, “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” which is the opening line of the song and one to which we can all sing along.

#2:  White Christmas: If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, it only adds to the magical theme in the air.  This holiday favorite is an Irving Berlin song reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas scene.  It became popular during WWII as the lyrics were heartfelt by soldiers and their families.  According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the version sung by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single of all time, selling over 50 million copies worldwide.

#3:  Silent Night. This classic was originally written in 1816 by an Austrian priest and it was first performed at the Church of St. Nicholas on Christmas Eve in 1818.  Ever since then it’s hard to imagine Christmas without it.

#4:  Jingle Bell Rock: Released by Bobby Helms in 1957, this festive tune is another oldie, but goodie.  When you hear the verse about “dancing and prancing in jingle bell square,” you can’t help but to get up and join in the Christmas spirit as you’re on your merry way!

#5:  Carol of the Bells. This song performed by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra has no words but is a necessity for any Christmas enthusiast.  With its dramatic buildup it is unlike any other tune of the season.

#6:  Oh Holy Night. Written in the 1800s by Placide Cappeau de Roquermaure, a wine merchant and poet, this is a song that reflects on the birth of Christ and the redemption of mankind…and it is powerful enough to bring tears to the eyes of listeners and take their breath away.

#7:  Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree: A more modern tune than many of the traditional sounds of Christmas, this number was made famous by Brenda Lee.  No Christmas event of any kind would be complete without this cheerful song…put it on and even the Grinch would be sure to get in the celebratory mood!

#8:  Feliz Navidad: This jam was written by a Puerto Rican singer-songwriter, Jose Feliciano, and has both a Spanish and an English version.  It is one of the top 25 most played Christmas songs around the globe and is another fun song to have you feeling holly-jolly.

#9:  Santa Clause is Coming to Town: It just wouldn’t be Christmas without this one—not only is it a favorite amongst the kiddos, but the adults love this little jingle as well.  Who isn’t excited about Santa coming to town?

#10:  Joy to the World. This popular Christmas carol came from the words of English hymn writer, Isaac Watts, based on Psalm 98 in the Bible.  It was written in 1700s to glorify Christ’s birth and still brings joy to us today.

Erica St. Claire is a guest post author sharing with us the top classic Christmas songs this year.  Erica is also a writer about online dating and you can find her work on Best Catholic Dating Sites.

 

 

FREE Stock Photo Subscriptions – Courtesy of @Fotolia

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Attention royalty free music and sound effects fans!  Our good friends at Fotolia have reached out with a special offer to all of our readers. It’s a 14-day stock photo subscription (3 downloads / day) at Fotolia.com.

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3. Please note that once you entered the code and it works, you should not have to enter it again so if you log in the next day, no need to enter it again, just login to your account w/ username and pwd.

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5. Send us your feedback on the product and if you like your experience, consider upgrading your account to a premium, paying subscription.

Don’t forget to thank the good folks at Fotolia for the credits.  Perhaps send them a thank you tweet @fotolia or be a fan on Facebook.

Lastly, if you’re not into free stock photos, but would rather have some free sound effects, be sure to check out our own selection of 2,000+ free sounds.  Cheers!