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  • RedGiantSlideshow

    Learn about Red Giant's Universe in this Review by Joe Herman

  • SlideShowResolve11

    Joe Herman takes a look at Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 11

  • SlideShow

    The Lenovo W540 Mobile Workstation: Reviewed by Joe Herman

  • LightworksSlideShow

    Lightworks - the potent NLE now goes Mac. Read Joe Herman's review

  • SlideshowNukeStudio

    Joe Herman reviews NUKE 8 and asks whether NUKE STUDIO has Flame on its Mind...

Exploring Red Giant’s Universe

Exploring Red Giant’s Universe

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 in Review, Tech

Red Giant's plug-ins offer motion graphics designers, visual effects artists, filmmakers and videomakers lots of creative possibilities. In this review, Joe Herman takes a look at Universe, Red Giant's system of distributing their plug-ins and building a community for their users.


Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve 11 Adds NLE, Competes With Other App Suites

Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve 11 Adds NLE, Competes With Other App Suites

Posted by on Nov 16, 2014 in Craft, Technology Review

Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve, Version 11 has been out for some time. So after getting to know it for a while, here are my thoughts about the latest version of one of the top color grading applications around. But the company behind this new release is not just offering some better tools, but have some very different apps – and companies - in their sights …

How Does Lenovo’s ThinkPad W540 Workstation Stack Up?

How Does Lenovo’s ThinkPad W540 Workstation Stack Up?

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Gear, Tech, Top Stories

In this review, Joe Herman takes a close look at the ThinkPad W540, a powerful new mobile workstation from Lenovo that is capable of handling demanding production and post production challenges...

Free as Ever, Lightworks Finally </br>Does Mac

Free as Ever, Lightworks Finally
Does Mac

Posted by on Sep 28, 2014 in Top Stories

If you have never heard of Lightworks, you might be missing something. This capable and full featured NLE has been used to cut a surprising number of top feature films. Learn more about it in Joe Herman's review for CineMontage Magazine...


The Foundry’s NUKE 8 Reviewed – And Thoughts About NUKE STUDIO

The Foundry’s NUKE 8 Reviewed – And Thoughts About NUKE STUDIO

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Top Stories

The Foundry, in addition to recently releasing NUKE 8, had some exciting news at NAB. The London-based company announced that it will release something really new, NUKE STUDIO, due to come out later this year...

Silhouette V5: Much More than Just Rotoscoping

Silhouette V5: Much More than Just Rotoscoping

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Technology Review

In the world of visual effects, rotoscoping is a critical component of most any project. Whether you need to isolate elements from their backgrounds, integrate CGI with live action footage or key out actors from a green screen, vfx artists know that rotoscoping and matte generation are a big part of the job. However, “roto” […]

The G Spot of Primary Storage? G-Technology’s G-RAID Drives Reviewed

The G Spot of Primary Storage? G-Technology’s G-RAID Drives Reviewed

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Gear, Technology Review

I recently reviewed G-Technology's dual-disk G-RAID drives. I think you'll find my review straightforward and useful as I take a closer look at these massive external arrays...


Checking Out Autodesk’s Entertainment Creation Suite 2014

Checking Out Autodesk’s Entertainment Creation Suite 2014

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Gear, Top Stories

Come along as we take a look at some of the enhancements and new features in Autodesk's Entertainment Creation Suite 2014.

Making the Grade the Easy Way: SpeedLooks by LookLabs

Making the Grade the Easy Way: SpeedLooks by LookLabs

Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in Craft, Gear

Can color grading be made simpler? That's what SpeedLooks proposes. Joe Herman takes a look at how this collection of 3D LUTs by LookLabs might just give your production a big budget feel without a master colorist to grade it…

Fun, Easy Character Animation with Reallusion’s CrazyTalk 7

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Posts

Joe Herman looks at Reallusion's CrazyTalk 7, which offers quick and easy animation by first importing photographs of friends, celebrities, animals, or even 2D artwork...