From humble beginnings as a production assistant for world renowned HBO, Ben Levine has subsequently gained a well respected reputation within the production and post-production community in Los Angeles. Ben now works as a freelance director and editor, being handpicked for music videos, theatrical promos, and reality TV productions requiring the hand of a creative professional. Toon Disney/DisneyXD, VH1, MTV, Century Media Records, E! and Bravo are but a few of the names that demand quality content for which Ben Levine has become known.
Ben was recently called upon to direct, edit and finish a music clip for musician Camryn’s new video, “Now or Never”. Camryn (http://www.camryn.com) recently achieved the #1 independent female artist slot on the pop charts and is touring with the popular group One Direction. “Now or Never” has rapidly been climbing the billboard ratings.
When preparing for the work on “Now or Never” Ben realized that he would be working with multiple formats and frame rates in a timeline full of multi-layered effects. The system that he used for the clip would be required to handle multiple streams of HD video. In addition to Avid Ben was intrigued by working with additional new technologies. He felt the Create 3D Ultra video card from Bluefish444 was a good match, and would complement the system that he was using for the post production of the music clip.
The music video project required the use of AVID Media Composer 6, Symphony 6 and a HDMI secondary client monitor. The rough cut was put together in Media Composer 6 requiring multiple layers and some picture in picture and mosaicking. Real-time playback became an issue once or twice. At this point Ben was able to have AVID work in Draft quality which provided ¼ resolution video frames to the Create 3D Ultra, which subsequently scaled the frames back to full HD. This was enough to allow the rough cut to be completed with little to no rendering, and the quality was surprisingly good. read more...
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