Neil Bennett

Neil Bennett

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Edius Pro 3 review

Review:  Edius Pro 3 review

Edius has been an also-ran in the NLE market but Canopus hopes, with the emergence of HDV, the company’s expertise with codecs will give the…

HDR-FX1 review

Review:  HDR-FX1 review

Sony’s HDR-FX1E is the first HDV camcorder to record in 1080i, the interlaced variant of HDV that records at 1,440-x-1,080 with a 16:9 widescreen…

Digital TV comes to the masses

In-Depth:  Digital TV comes to the masses

Projecting 3D models onto real people gave a distinctive look-&-feel to Aardman Animation’s campaign for the BBC’s multichannel services.

Visual Communicator review

Review:  Visual Communicator review

I’m going to have to admit an initial bias against Visual Communicator. It’s a production system designed to make creating video-based corporate…

In-Depth:  Shoebox shuffle

The BBC’s flagship autumn show for kids, Shoebox Zoo, meant bringing Celtic carvings to life while working with a transatlantic team of animators,…

Liquid Edition 6 review

Review:  Liquid Edition 6 review

Liquid Edition is one of those pieces of software that ‘coulda been a contender’. A few years ago, when Premiere 6.5 seemed on its last legs,…

Precision 670 review

Review:  Precision 670 review

This Precision 670 is, quite simply, the most powerful workstation we’ve ever seen. If it were a Sci-Fi robot, it would be called Maximillian and…

Top 20 movie posters

In-Depth:  Top 20 movie posters

From Metropolis to Memento, classic film posters are an underappreciated form of graphic design. We celebrate the best.

Avid Xpress Studio review

Review:  Avid Xpress Studio review

Both Adobe and Apple have been pushing the integration of their video, audio and DVD authoring tools with their respective Video Collection and…

News:  IBC: Low-cost SD/HD share ships

Blackmagic Design has released a routing switcher that the company claims offers facilities to smaller post houses that previously only large…

News:  IBC: Matrox adds Combustion plug-in

Matrox has announced a plug-in for Discreet's Combustion compositing software that allows users of the company's Parhelia line of graphics cards…

Review:  Canon XL2 review

XL1 owners have been asking for the XL2 for some years. 2001’s XL1s was a comparatively minor upgrade. In the lifetime of the XL1 and XL1s we’ve…

In-Depth:  Enter the reel world

Digit speaks to first-time and experienced independent filmmakers to find out how to get your feature films on the big screen.

Review:  Premiere Pro 1.5 review

Version 1.5 of Premiere Pro 1.5 isn’t as fully featured an upgrade as After Effects 6.5, but there are some great new creative effects and some…

Review:  After Effects 6.5 review

Of the three updates to Adobe’s Video Collection, After Effects has got the most out of the point-five upgrade. Plus, it costs £70 plus VAT…

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After Effects 6.5 review

Comment:  Create a vector map collage

I'm afraid not, no. This was a commercial commission, so cannot be used for any purpose except by the company who commissioned it (and us with…

After Effects 6.5 review

Comment:  Handmade textures and shading effects

Sorry about that. I can't replicate this. Is it a specific ad that's doing this? If so, could you let me know who it's for please. Other useful…

After Effects 6.5 review

Comment:  Iain Macarthur

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