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Brian Thomas

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December 27th 2010
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The Blur Bug
by Brian Thomas 1 month ago
Here's a fun one: Create a title using the one called "Blur". Put some text in there using the "Blur light" font (it's a nice creepy one!) It'll look just like it should in the display BUT then 'Share
Re: The Blur Bug
by Brian Thomas 1 month ago
I reinstalled FCPX, rebooted and now it's working. How do I delete this thread Near Geneva, Switzerland
Computer language(s) used to create FCPX plugins etc?
by Brian Thomas 2 years ago
I started programming IBM mainframes in the mid 60s and spent much of the almost 50 years since using masses of different languages in all sorts of environments. Mainly financial and admin stuff - but
Re: Computer language(s) used to create FCPX plugins etc?
by Brian Thomas 2 months ago
Sorry Anmol, I tried a few things a year or more ago but with a bit of research I always found something better than I think I could have done myself. Near Geneva, Switzerland
Has anyone tried this mac based catalina ready authoring software?
by Larry Watts 3 months ago
I just found this while searching for DVD Studio Pro https: www.aiseesoft.com dvd-creator-for-mac $23.00 A possibility Larry
Re: Has anyone tried this mac based catalina ready authoring software?
by Brian Thomas 3 months ago
I bought it a few months ago but there was something I didn't like about it. Perhaps I couldn't use a short video as the background Only still images allowed Or maybe I'm getting confused I'll try to
DVD Authoring Options In Catalina
by Jordan Wagenr 4 months ago
So I have been using Encore for authoring our Clients DVDs. I have updated to Catalina and discovered that Encore is not supported. What options are available for building and authoring DVDs in Mac os
Re: DVD Authoring Options In Catalina
by Brian Thomas 3 months ago
Whoops - amazingly no one has ever asked me for blue ray. I burn hundreds of DVDs a year - I do LOTS of amateur shows and plays and so on. For some reason PAL DVDs seem acceptable but I've been told t
External Monitor recommendation please
by Brian Thomas 8 months ago
I have a Mid 2015 MacBook Pro and a not-so-new external monitor. I'd like to get a new one, at least 27" that could be plugged into either the HDMI or one of the Thunderbolt sockets. I don't need the
Re: External Monitor recommendation please
by Brian Thomas 8 months ago
Oh fine, no problem, I ve got the spare bedroom as my studio and the window is just beyond my right shoulder so no glare! I m really looking forward to this Apple option. Makes so much sense. Really g
DVD Architect - linking a button to a Chapter Marker?
by Brian Thomas 10 months ago
With Encore soon to pack up on the Mac I've just bought (today!) the Magix DVD Architect software. First, am I even in the right forum If so, I've managed to create a simple DVD that has some video an
Re: DVD Architect - linking a button to a Chapter Marker?
by Brian Thomas 10 months ago
Thanks Alexander but despite it meaning I have to rely a little bit more on Windows, I think I'll persevere. I'm making some progress here and there. Near Geneva, Switzerland
Kind of noob, project now too sophisticated for me to understand!
by Paul Shoe 11 months ago
I have dabbled in FCPX, mostly to put together trailers, and have a good sense of other digital tools, but we've taken on a new project that's more sophisticated - multicam footage, secondary audio, e
Re: Kind of noob, project now too sophisticated for me to understand!
by Brian Thomas 11 months ago
I use FCPX practically every day for multicam projects of amateur shows, school productions etc. I use up to nine camcorders simultaneously, I video several performances if possible and have several i
Grid overlay for the Viewer?
by Brian Thomas 12 months ago
Someone had the camcorder at an angle of about 5 or so degrees all the time - duh! To get it straight it would be SO helpful to be able to turn on some sort of grid overlay in the viewer window rather
Re: Grid overlay for the Viewer?
by Brian Thomas 12 months ago
Oh right, thanks, got it. I was looking in the main menus.. Your solution is much more comprehensive - thanks again! Near Geneva, Switzerland
MP4, edit, export as MP4?
by Brian Thomas 1 year ago
I've used an Elgato video converter to make an MP4 file from a VHS tape. In FCPX I've trimmed the file and used the Sharpen effect a tiny bit. Now I'd like to 'Share' it and, ideally, get a similar si
Re: MP4, edit, export as MP4?
by Brian Thomas 1 year ago
Many thanks for the reply Jeff. Yes, I have Compressor and use it very frequently in my normal workflow as I create DVDs for my insatiable clients - amateur dramatic choral society productions, school
Switching from Vegas to....
by Kyle Le 2 years ago
Im upgrading to a Macbook. Should I consider switching to Premiere or Final Cut What is closer to Sony Vegas I feel very comfortable with Vegas as I've been using it for 10 years plus, but it's time t
Re: Switching from Vegas to....
by Brian Thomas 2 years ago
"...Final thoughts on FCP X vs Premiere: I paid $299 for FCP X 4 years ago. Apple has updated it with major new features every year for FREE. I haven't spent a penny more. Had I started paying for Pre
Encore CS6 and Windows 10 Fall Creators update
by David Brown 2 years ago
Is anyone else finding like me that Encore CS6 has become almost unusable since the recent Windows update It takes ages to import m4v files and seem to have to reimport them every time in order to pla
Re: Encore CS6 and Windows 10 Fall Creators update
by Brian Thomas 2 years ago
I've been lucky so far in that all my customers (schools, amateur groups etc) are happy with DVDs which I produce using Encore running under Win 7 (using Parallels on a MacBook Pro). One day something
"Title Remote Not Set"
by Bob Cole 7 years ago
Upgraded to CS6, and have encountered a problem: often I am unable to set the Title Remote button. When I check the project I get the error: "Title Remote Not Set." I have tried selecting the timeline
Re: "Title Remote Not Set"
by Brian Thomas 4 years ago
And thanks for that Delbert. My Encore workflow is pretty minimalist but that message pops up now and then. I do a lot of unique video and audio work in FCPX to make up the background (based on the ac
best cheap method of digitising VHS tapes into FCPX
by sj miller 5 years ago
... been given some ancient footage, they only have vhs tapes. Any reccomendations for the most affordable solution to digitise the footage for use in FCPX thanks
Re: best cheap method of digitising VHS tapes into FCPX
by Brian Thomas 5 years ago
Just adding a bit of recent experience here: when capturing, I've just occasionally had the video get stuck while the audio carried on. Probably something to do with the old windows machine I've got f
Track Layer: showing part of clip other than at the beginning?
by Brian Thomas 6 years ago
When I 'Insert Layer" it seems only to want to take the beginning of the clip. I'm probably missing something obvious but how does one indicate that the "Surface" should start at some point other than
Re: Track Layer: showing part of clip other than at the beginning?
by Brian Thomas 6 years ago
Many thanks Eberhard - I didn't think of making a compound clip for that. Works great now! FCPX and PPro 6. iMac 24 + MBP 17". Near Geneva, Switzerland
Making an arrow stand out?
by Brian Thomas 6 years ago
I'm using the Nova Submenu and I have a short video running in the background instead of just having the background static. All works just great but I'd love to make that little arrow (pointing at the
Re: Making an arrow stand out?
by Brian Thomas 6 years ago
Just to let you know what I ended up doing: Encore has a wealth of menu templates, buttons and everything else that a DVD producer could possibly need. I've been concentrating too much on video editin
Encore and Final Cut Pro X
by Brian Thomas 6 years ago
I ve been using Encore for the last three years and I like it s flexibility etc. I was using Premiere Pro but now I m switching to FCPX however having invested lots of time in learning Encore I d like
Re: Encore and Final Cut Pro X
by Brian Thomas 6 years ago
Been away - apologies for not acknowledging your reply earlier. Thanks for the reply Chris and it looks as I suspected. Chapter points need to be standardised by the UN! But no problem, I'll just put
Copying Style within Titles?
by Brian Thomas 6 years ago
I can't find a way of doing this but surely it must exist.. I've got a nicely formatted bit of text in a title and I'd like to have another bit of text have the same characteristics elsewhere in the s
Re: Copying Style within Titles?
by Brian Thomas 6 years ago
Brilliant - too easy! Many thanks! FCPX and PPro 6. iMac 24 + MBP 17". Near Geneva, Switzerland
"Media Cache Database" on an external drive?
by Brian Thomas 6 years ago
I have a two year old 17" MBP with a 500 GB internal drive. I often do multicam using four or five camcorders and for longish projects the "Media Cache Database" gets very large (250+GB). The result i
Re: "Media Cache Database" on an external drive?
by Brian Thomas 6 years ago
Well that worked very well Kris - saved all the time associated with installing a bigger internal HDD. For the moment I'm using a small Buffalo TB drive but I might experiment by having that database
Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt for multicam on a MacBook using PP 5.5
by Brian Thomas 7 years ago
I do a fair amount of 4 camcorder AVCHD projects using PP 5.5. I purchased my 17" MacBook Pro (3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 8 GB RAM) a few years ago and it came with a Thunderbolt port which I've never
Re: Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt for multicam on a MacBook using PP 5.5
by Brian Thomas 7 years ago
I seem to have resolved my problem by splitting the four multicam video clips over three drives: two of them on a USB3 Caldigit AV, one on a WD USB3 drive and one on the Thunderbolt drive. The two USB
PP CS6: no keyboard shortcut for jump to next/previous keyframe???
by Nick Natteau 7 years ago
Coming from Adobe After Effects where such keyboard shortcuts for navigating and adding keyframes exist, I'm not sure why I haven't found them in Premiere Pro. But I'm doing a lot of moves on stills a
Re: PP CS6: no keyboard shortcut for jump to next/previous keyframe???
by Brian Thomas 7 years ago
I must be missing something deep here but what's wrong with cursor key right to go to the next frame and cursor key left to go to the previous frame That works for me :-) PP 5.5.2, iMac 24 3.06 8GB OS
Zooming in (ie Scale up) on AVCHD for a DVD
by Brian Thomas 8 years ago
I have some PAL AVCHD clips which I took with my Panasonic TM300 and in the Browser they show as Frame Size 1920 x 1080, 25 fps, Apple ProRes 422, 14.7 MB Sec, Pixel Aspect Square, Field Dominance (Up
Re: Zooming in (ie Scale up) on AVCHD for a DVD
by Brian Thomas 8 years ago
Ah - didn't think of that, I'll give it a try. Thanks! PP 5.5.0, FCP 7.0.3 iMac 24 3.06 4GB OSX 10.7 MBP 17", 2.3 GHz 8GB. Near Geneva, Switzerland
Fully rendered sequence but Fast Colour only 'works' when a title is being displayed
by Brian Thomas 8 years ago
Is this maybe a known problem I have a four cam multicam AVCHD project: video tracks 1 and 2 have the Fast Colour Corrector applied and video track 2 also has a Rotation of -1 degree applied. No other
Re: Fully rendered sequence but Fast Colour only 'works' when a title is being displayed
by Angelo Lorenzo 8 years ago
Go to Sequence Delete Render Files If it's fine on final render... applying effects, rendering, applying more effects, etc can sometimes "gum up" the preview renders; the preview renders do benefit fr
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SWITCHed... and VERY happy! Report on FCP > Premiere Pro
by Mark Palmos 9 years ago
Hello guys, For the last week I have been using Adobe CS 5.5 and now a week later, I can quite honestly say I wish I had switched the day CS 5.5 came out. It has been an absolute joy to work with so m
Re: SWITCHed... and VERY happy! Report on FCP > Premiere Pro
by Brian Thomas 9 years ago
I just noticed the 50% offer lasts until the end of September - panic is over. FCP 7.0.3 iMac 24 3.06 4GB OSX 10.6.7. MBP 17", 2.3 GHz 8GB. Near Geneva, Switzerland
Which Mac Book Pro
by Miriam O'Byrne 9 years ago
Hi I'm just about to buy my first Mac Book Pro to run FCP on. My current work is not graphics intense nor is it HD but that is likely to change over the years I use the Mac. I know that the more you s
Re: Which Mac Book Pro
by Brian Thomas 9 years ago
I'm new but I think I read SSD is not good for video editing in general.. I imagine I should go for 7,200 and not 5,400 for the HDD If it comes down to battery life as opposed to speed then I think I'
Best keyboard for Final Cut Studio?
by Brian Thomas 9 years ago
For the last few years I've been using a Swiss French keyboard with FCE. Certain keyboard shortcuts have simply not worked. Now I've got Final Cut Studio and I'd like to take advantage of as many keyb
Re: Best keyboard for Final Cut Studio?
by Brian Thomas 9 years ago
Thanks for the reply Jeff. I'm not so concerned about costs today as last week's purchase of FCS was the equivalent of 20+ keyboards! :-) I also have to think of the other occasional users of my iMac
Thinking about FCP
by Brian Thomas 9 years ago
I currently use FCE and with a combination of HD and SD camcorders I make DVDs for people performing in local, amateur shows etc. To avoid constant rendering I downconvert the HD material but as this
Re: Thinking about FCP
by Brian Thomas 9 years ago
Yes of course, I didn't think all that documentation was so readily available. All the various opinions around here are invaluable too, many thanks! FCE 4.0.1 iMac 24 3.06 4GB OSX 10.6.5. Near Geneva,
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