|Review - ARTBEATS-HD WATER EFFECTS VOL 2
WATER EFFECTS VOL 2
Review by Steve
having reviewed Artbeats Water Effects Vol. 1 last year and being
very impressed with the sparkling quality of their HD collection
I was most interested in seeing what the second volume would
have to offer. I was not disappointed in that this collection,
though somewhat smaller, offers stunningly produced, highly detailed
water animations aimed at the producer/editor looking for only
the most exquisite images.
Makes me want to
dive right in!
Lets face it, like eight track tapes,
Beta VCRs, and Hi-8, Standard Definition footage will soon be
a thing of the past. Hobbyists and professionals alike have jumped
into the HD/HDV pond like parched survivors of the desert sun
and Artbeats seems to be doing its best to fill the void of quality
HD background material.
This Artbeats collection contains 9 clips
ranging from 11 to 24 seconds using a 30 fps frame rate. The
original source for each clip was shot on 35mm film and shot
in 1080p 30 which certainly accounts for the magnificent clarity
of each clip. The clips in HD Water Effects Vol.2 are a small
but diverse collection of rain, splashes, water pouring over
sheets of glass and light rays, as they appear underwater. There
is a real 'cleanness and purity' to the water images; they are
simply refreshing just to look at.
Clean sheets of flowing
water, droplets and bubbles up.
Artbeats continues their excellent tradition
of including on the disc a complete set of the 'standard DV'
thumbnails of each clip provided in the Quicktime format. These
are sized at 320x180 pixels for easy viewing before copying the
considerably larger full HD uncompressed 1920x 1080 clips to
your hard drive. And large they are which is to be expected when
working with any HD clip. The nine clips in this collection range
from 139 MB up to 1,004.1 MB with an average somewhere in the
400 MB range.
Crystal Clear Splashes,
bubbles and effervescence!
All the files may be imported into Final
Cut Pro or any NLE that supports the Quicktime format. I would
not recommend that one attempt to play an HD clip direct off
the disc, rather you will better off to copy the clip you want
to your hard drive and then it will play flawlessly. Importing
into Final Cut Pro is as simple as importing any animation and
just as easy. Final Cut Pro will automatically treat the Artbeats
progressive footage as interlaced if that is what your sequence
settings call for. The clips do need to be rendered once in Final
Cut, but that went swiftly on my 2Ghz G5.
While the collection is not inexpensive
at $799.00, each HD clip may be purchased as a download from
the Artbeats website for $300.00 each. The Artbeats Water Effects
HD Vol. 2 collection may be purchased on DVD disc or as a download.
Purchasing the whole collection is the best way to go as you
are certainly going to get more for your money. However, if your
client is on a tight budget, and you really only need just one,
buying a single, individual clip will be appreciated for its
cost cutting measure.
All clips in this collection are seamless
and none come with mattes or alpha channels. I must be honest
and say that I wish some of them had.
However, that said, this is one gorgeous
collection of water effects. It is a shame that you cannot view
the full animated clip in this review, however, you may download
previews of any or all clips on the Artbeats website and see
them there. They are every bit as finely produced and spectacular
to look at as the first Volume One collection. And that is the
Steve Douglas is
an underwater videographer and contributor to numerous film festivals
around the world. A winner of the 1999 Pacific Coast Underwater
Film Competition, 2003 IVIE competition, 2004 Los Angeles Underwater
Photographic competition, and the prestigious 2005 International
Beneath the Sea Film Competition, Steve has also worked on the
feature film "The Deep Blue Sea", contributed footage
to the Seaworld parks for their Atlantis production, and is one
of the principal organizers of the San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition.
Steve leads both underwater filming expeditions and African safaris
with upcoming filming excursions to Kenya, Bali and Komodo, the
Philippines, and the Red Sea. Feel free to contact him if you
are interested in joining Steve on any of these trips. www.worldfilmsandtravel.com
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