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Bruce Wittman

I have over 29 years of experience in the television industry: 10 years in broadcast (WRAL-TV) 6 years as co-owner of a video production company with eight employees and 13 years as an independent video producer. I love my Final Cut Pro editing syste... [more]
Member Since:
February 12th 2004
69 Posts
Location:
Raleigh, NC USA
Can FCPX be installed on a computer already running FCP 7?
by Larry Watts 3 years ago
Back in the first year of FCPX I heard you cannot run both programs on the same computer. True or not, can FCPX and Final Cut 7 Studio run on the same computer today I hope so cause I want to use my m
Re: Can FCPX be installed on a computer already running FCP 7?
by Bruce Wittman 3 years ago
Hello Larry, Yes you can. I did on my MacBookPro. No worries. After you get used to FCPX, you may not want to go back to 7. Bruce Wittman Executive Producer Eagle Video Productions, Inc. 2201 Woodnell
iMac can't see Sonnet Echo ExpressCard Pro with Thunderbolt
by Bruce Wittman 4 years ago
Hello Cow Mates, I am excited to start the new year with a new 27" 5K iMac and Yosemite OS. I migrated from my 17" MacBookPro laptop to this wonderful iMac with 32 GB of RAM. Everything seems to work
Re: iMac can't see Sonnet Echo ExpressCard Pro with Thunderbolt
by Bruce Wittman 4 years ago
Hello Adam, As I recall, I deleted any old drivers, updated the latest Sonnet driver, powered down my computer, and powered it back up. THEN plugged in the Sonnnet card reader. If that doesn't work, t
Slipcase for 3 DVD set
by Bruce Wittman 5 years ago
Hello Cowhands, I was wondering if anyone could recommend a supplier for a cardboard slipcase to hold 3 DVDs already packaged in Amaray cases. I prefer just a plain black cardboard 5 sided box. In the
Aliasing(?) Issue with shirt. Any suggestions?
by Derek Juntunen 5 years ago
I've done a lot of digging and found answers that either don't seem to suggest anything other than reshooting the footage or that i've been using the wrong term to describe my problem. Anyway, I shot
Re: Aliasing(?) Issue with shirt. Any suggestions?
by Mark Suszko 5 years ago
It's not in the book, but you might try using a combination of the 3-way color corrector's ability to isolate a single color, with a chromakey effect, to create a traveling matte, then apply gaussian
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Ken Burns: change aspect ratio
by John Kane 6 years ago
I m a newbie trying to do a Ken Burns on a still in FCP x. Problem is changing the aspect ratio of the first (green) frame to the end (red) frame, i.e. moving from 4x3 in the first frame to 16x9 in th
Re: Ken Burns: change aspect ratio
by Bruce Wittman 6 years ago
Don't know if this will fix your problem, but when I keyframe two points, sometimes this action adds extra elements I don't want. Seems like FCPX wants to extrapolate between my two keyframes. To fix
Slow rendering - CPU at 85% idle
by Bruce Wittman 6 years ago
Hello Cowhands, I am looking for some tech heads who can explain my issue. FCPX is starting to render very slowly. Urrrrg! FYI, I edit all my projects on external 1TB Gtech hard drives. So I have been
Re: Slow rendering - CPU at 85% idle
by Bruce Wittman 6 years ago
My 17" MacBookPro specs are: Model Name: MacBook Pro Model Identifier: MacBookPro8,3 Processor Name: Intel Core i7 Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz Number of Processors: 1 Total Number of Cores: 4 L2 Cache (p
Stereo vs Dual Mono preference
by Bruce Wittman 6 years ago
Hey Cowboys and Cowgirls, Don't know if there is a preference setting for this. All my work involves dual mono audio recording. Channel one may be a lavalier mic and Channel two may be a shotgun mic.
Re: Stereo vs Dual Mono preference
by Bruce Wittman 6 years ago
Hey Jeremy, Thanks! You just saved me hours of work. This is why I love Creative Cow. Within minutes, I have learned something new and important from someone way smarter than me. Bruce Wittman Executi
Billng per finished minute
by Vedran Mehic 9 years ago
Hi guys, could someone please help me with this: I should do freelance video editing for some tv show, and costumer asks what will be the price "per finished minute of final editing"... I should get r
Re: Billng per finished minute
by Bruce Wittman 6 years ago
I really like your "How long is a road" answer. In a more serious vein, I ask my potential clients "how much does a house cost " Bring me a blueprint and I can give you a price OR tell me how much hou
Buy FCP 7 as backup?
by Bruce Wittman 8 years ago
Hello All, I have been an FCP editor for several years. I am currently on FCP 6.06 because I have a G5 Desktop (Motorola chip) and a MacBookPro with the Intel chip. So I stay with FCP 6.06 in order to
Re: Buy FCP 7 as backup?
by Bruce Wittman 8 years ago
I understand Promax in LA still is selling FCP 7. Bruce Wittman Executive Producer Eagle Video Productions, Inc. 2201 Woodnell Drive Raleigh, NC 27603-5240 Website: www.eaglevideo.com Email: bruce@eag
Xfer hours of raw HD Quicktime footage for PC client
by Bruce Wittman 8 years ago
Hello! Here is my quandary. I shot seven hours of HD Quicktime (1920x 1080) raw footage and edited it all together in Final Cut. No problem. Now my client wants all the raw footage for their archives.
Re: Xfer hours of raw HD Quicktime footage for PC client
by Bruce Wittman 8 years ago
Hello Shane, Great advice! I shot with a Sony EX1-R using SxS cards. I will give them the raw BPAV files. Thanks! Bruce Wittman Executive Producer Eagle Video Productions, Inc. 2201 Woodnell Drive Ral
Faster Rendering for G5 with HD projects
by Bruce Wittman 8 years ago
Hello Cow Heads! Mooooo from Raleigh NC. Over the years, I have enjoyed reading all the problems and answers from all my fellow bovine friends from around the world. Now I have a question, hoping that
Re: Faster Rendering for G5 with HD projects
by Bruce Wittman 8 years ago
Hey Keith, I did add a LaCie eSata card, but projects on my external hard drives kept crashing, so I went back to Firewire 800. As for rendering from compressor, my editing style requires me to render
Motion 3 is going WACKY on me!
by Bruce Wittman 9 years ago
Help Cow Folks! I have a very challenging problem with Motion 3. For years, it has worked. Now, I can't see the Library Panel on the left when I open up Motion. I have read the help ideas from past re
720P vs 1920 HD
by Bruce Wittman 9 years ago
Hello Fellow Cowfolks! I am an old BetaSP and miniDVCam tape guy. Now I am finally getting into the tapeless HD market with the Sony EX-1R. What HD resolution do you recommend that I shoot at for web
Re: 720P vs 1920 HD
by Bruce Wittman 9 years ago
I was asking Ron Pestes specifically. My bad. He mentioned 1080i, but did not specify 1080i60 or 1080i30. Forgive me as I am new to all this. Bruce Wittman Executive Producer Eagle Video Productions,
Motion 3 problem - can't see Library-Inspector-Browser Panels
by Bruce Wittman 9 years ago
Hello Cow Folks! I have a very challenging problem with Motion 3. For years, it has worked. Now, I can't see the Library Panel on the left when I open up Motion. Let me tell you what I have already do
Re: Motion 3 problem - can't see Library-Inspector-Browser Panels
by Bruce Wittman 9 years ago
Additionally, every time I launch Motion 3 with my usual account, I am asked for the serial number. Then Motion 3 tool bars open at the top, but no GUI. Only after I launch a previous project, do I se
Paste Attribute Problem
by Bruce Wittman 10 years ago
Hello Cowheads! I am having an intermittent problem pasting video clips into an already edited sequence using Paste Attribute function (Option V) and "Content" selection. Sometimes the video goes righ
Re: Paste Attribute Problem
by Bruce Wittman 10 years ago
Hello Tom, After writing my problem down, I decided to blow my preferences. This fixed my problem so far. What have you heard about Paste Attributes not working with FCP 6 Best wishes, Bruce
Add animated circle on map
by Bruce Wittman 11 years ago
Hello Fellow Cowpokes, I have searched the forums and cannot find the answer to my question. I am trying to remember how to add a red outline circle over a map. I recall that I could actually animate
Re: Add animated circle on map
by Bruce Wittman 11 years ago
I finally found what I was looking for. Effects Video Generator Boris Vector Shape Choose Oval Shape Turn off Border #1 Turn on Border #2 Turn off Shape Fill Keyframe Border #2 "Border Begin" to anima
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Can't loop my track 1
by Bruce Wittman 11 years ago
Hello Cowboys and Cowgirls, I am in a quandary, I am trying to loop my track 1, which is accessed from Menu 1. I have tried your typical track 1 end jump to track 1 --- it doesn't work. I tried to wri
Re: Can't loop my track 1
by Bruce Wittman 11 years ago
I am using Apple DVD Studio Pro 4 and MAC G5 Desktop with 4 GB RAM. I finally burned my DVD disk and the looping function worked fine. The looping function just didn't show up while using the simulato
Track menu smears subtitle blocks when moving timeline
by Bruce Wittman 11 years ago
Hello All Knowing Experts: I have a problem that I can't figure out. I am working on subtitling in the track screen. And every time I move the timeline over, all the subtitle bars smear. They stay sme
Re: Track menu smears subtitle blocks when moving timeline
by Bruce Wittman 11 years ago
Thanks Noah, Your suggestion worked great! I am confused, though, about what has changed with my system that I have to reset my monitors. Oh well. Bruce Bruce Wittman Executive Producer Eagle Video Pr
camera motion in FC
by damien sanville 11 years ago
Hi there, I have a flickering problem when adding a camera motion effect on still images. The image size is 2126 X 2136 and 300 dpi tiff format and rendered on FC set on DV PAL. This problem seems to
Re: camera motion in FC
by Bruce Wittman 11 years ago
I recently edited a show with all stills. Many photos flickered when I animated them in DV format. I noticed that if I changed the sequence setting from "odd field" to "none" all the flickering went a
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