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vcr to Vegas 12
by Jack Gill 1 week ago
Trying to feed a vcr into Vegas 12. have a Canopus ADVC100 between the vcr and my computer. The Canopus is attached to my computer via Firewire. Vegas is not recognizing the vcr. Help, please. Jack
Re: vcr to Vegas 12
by John Rofrano 1 day ago
Jack Gill "When I get to the vidcap screen it references Manycam, which I have on my computer. "I'm guessing that this is your problem right there. Open the Video menu from the top menu bar and selec
Vegas Pro Video FX in Video Preview Syncing Problem
by Brayl Majam 2 days ago
Hi guys, Just as the title says, whenever i drag a video effect to my clip and adjust its settings , the video preview doesn't automatically show the settings. But if I click the Pan Crop tab or exit
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Re: Vegas Pro Video FX in Video Preview Syncing Problem
by John Rofrano 1 day ago
Brayl Majam "UPDATE: I just solved it myself.. If anyone else has this problem then I suggest that you go to Preferences Video Turn off GPU acceleration of video processing."I just want to thank you
Black portions in corners still visible after zooming in after rotation
by Patrick Cooper 3 days ago
Another weird thing is happening with my project in Sony Movie Studio. There's a shot where some vertical lines aren't quite vertical so I rotated the image in Event Pan Crop to get those lines straig
Re: Black portions in corners still visible after zooming in after rotation
by John Rofrano 1 day ago
Did you try Match Output Aspect Can you share a screen shot of your Pan Crop window so that we can see what's going on jr www.johnrofrano.com www.vasstsoftware.com
How is my iphone 6s able to edit 4K but my 27" imac can't?
by alex ezorsky 4 days ago
Ok granted my imac is a 2011 but it's got: 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 20 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 AMD Radeon HD 6970M 1 GB And it chokes on the 4k files my iphone 6s makes unless I convert them to prores. I'm talk
Re: How is my iphone 6s able to edit 4K but my 27" imac can't?
by John Rofrano 2 days ago
greg janza "One warning though, editing with H264 files will cause your system performance to go down dramatically. Play back of H264 requires a lot of CPU processing so whenever possible, transcode
There's a hole in my video effects?
by J. R. Chadwick 3 days ago
I've implemented a Sony TV Simulator effect in my video, but there's always a hole in it where the video appears normal. The hole is always in the same spot; I can pan crop the video clip and the hole
Re: There's a hole in my video effects?
by John Rofrano 2 days ago
Graham Bernard "try the Copied to Clipboard facility working with this feature."That is an excellent point and I bet a lot of people don't even know about the Clipboard feature. What is the Clipboard
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Horizontal Lines Issues With Final Cut X
by Steve Guiles 7 days ago
Here's a link to a picture of my footage and the issue I'm having. when I look at the data on the clip it says the codec is "avc1 linear pcm" file type "quicktime". I shot this on the Canon Xa10. I'm
Re: Horizontal Lines Issues With Final Cut X
by John Rofrano 3 days ago
What are we looking at in that picture A screen capture of the FCP X Preview window A screen capture of the source footage in QuickTime player A screen capture of the final render in some player How a
FCP 6 - No Animated Titles
by James Lawler 1 week ago
Hi all, I have been looking around this site with the hope of finding a solution to a problem I'm having with Final Cut Pro 6. I'm really hoping someone can help as I don't know what else to try. The
Re: FCP 6 - No Animated Titles
by John Rofrano 3 days ago
James Lawler "I know it's knocking on a bit age-wise, but I didn't want to spend loads of money at the moment as I want to learn how to use the software. I really am new to video editing. I've one a
macOS High Sierra
by Oliver Peters 5 months ago
Whether to update or hold... https: www.cnet.com news 7-things-to-know-before-upgrading-to-macos-high-sierra-10-13 http: www.fcp.co final-cut-pro articles 2001-the-new-macos-high-sierra-is-launched-to
Re: macOS High Sierra
by John Rofrano 1 week ago
jim brodie "Will you need to run a 3rd party Trim program with your SSD when you load High Sierra or does it come with it built in "It is built-in for all Apple SSD's and the ones you buy from OWC wh
Managed media?
by Larry Watts 2 weeks ago
I sent a library with several projects to another producer. He sent back a list of files that were missing or corrupted according to him What does it mean when a filename has (fcp1) in it Is that mana
Re: Managed media?
by John Rofrano 1 week ago
Larry Watts "If some files became managed in the library, there are still the original files on my RAID somewhere, correct My import method always started by importing from the folders in the RAID. M
Phillip Bloom goes to the dark side
by Claude Lyneis 2 months ago
With all the discussions of hack a Macs and advantages and disadvantages of the new iMacPro, I thought this video on using Adobe Premiere on a high powered pc workstation was interesting. A bit off to
Re: Phillip Bloom goes to the dark side
by John Rofrano 2 weeks ago
Steve Connor "Here's an update on Phil's move to the dark side"LOL, This is exactly what I have been saying. PC's are all shiny and new at first... until they're not! Phil hit the nail on the head, "
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Can't install Snow Leopard on Partition Drive
by Chris Woods 2 weeks ago
So I want to install Snow Leopard on a external drive that I partition. I need it in order to edit on FCP 7. I currently I'm on el captian 10.11 on my MacPro Quad-core (early 2009) which I need for ot
Re: Can't install Snow Leopard on Partition Drive
by John Rofrano 2 weeks ago
Chris Woods "How would I boot off the DVD If you can give me some steps on that, that would be great or if there is a website or video somewhere that explains it that would work as well."Put the DVD
macOS High Sierra Can't Read All My Drives
by Ken Bennett 2 weeks ago
I just updated my OS from macOS Sierra to macOS High Sierra. In my "About this computer" under "Storage" is cannot read data on 2 of my 3 Seagate external drives.#1 and #3 are 5TB drives and "Storage"
Re: macOS High Sierra Can't Read All My Drives
by John Rofrano 2 weeks ago
I use Paragon NTFS for Mac on my Mac Pro to write to my NTFS formatted RAID which is also left over from my PC days. There are also some free alternatives but I like the idea of using supported softwa
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how to capture Canon HV30 into FCP7
by raju bhai 3 weeks ago
I connected Canon HV30 to macbook running yosemite. FCP7 works great on my computer, however, it is not capturing video from HV30. The video was recorded in HDV, and i set FCP7 to capture in HDV and f
Re: how to capture Canon HV30 into FCP7
by John Rofrano 3 weeks ago
raju bhai "also, on the HV30, i recoded in standard HDV, (not the HDV30 or HDV24 options). in the manual it doesn't tell u what frame rate standard HD is. anybody know "The Canon HV30 normally shoots
Swap primary/secondary storyline
by Gregor Queck 4 weeks ago
Is there a easy way to swap the primary for the secondary storyline or the primary for a music track and lift it in secondary space Thank you :) . . .
Re: Swap primary/secondary storyline
by John Rofrano 3 weeks ago
Jason Brown "cmd+option and arrow up or down should lift primary storyline to connected clip and replace primary storyline with filler."+1 These are also available via right-click context menus on th
Blu Ray disc-image problem
by stephen cockrell 4 weeks ago
Hello, I need to create a Blu Ray image of a show I edited in FCPX using Compressor 4. The length of the video is 2 hours and 45 minutes. I want to be able to make multiple copies on Dual Layer BD-Rs.
Re: Blu Ray disc-image problem
by John Rofrano 3 weeks ago
I can't imagine that it would need more than double the disc requirements. So if the final project size is 32.4GB then 65GB is all it should need while creating the disc. 805GB should be more than eno
Please recommend computer, software, & learning resources
by Walter Miale 2 months ago
Sorry if this is the wrong forum for the question below. Is there a better one A friend of mine who is relatively new to computers wants to get into computer art and video. Please give suggestions abo
Re: Please recommend computer, software, & learning resources
by John Rofrano 4 weeks ago
Sorry I didn't see your reply earlier. I'm not sure how this slipped by me but let me answer the questions anyway and perhaps someone else will benefit when they are looking for the same thing. Walter
is there no longer a creative cow / 2 pop fcp 7 forum?
by Julie Lewis 4 weeks ago
Hi, is there no longer a creative cow 2 pop fcp 7 forum Thanks.
Re: is there no longer a creative cow / 2 pop fcp 7 forum?
by John Rofrano 4 weeks ago
Julie Lewis "I see -- it's under LEGACY."lol, yea you want this forum: Apple Final Cut Pro Legacy After being discontinued for 7 years... I think it's safe to call the product "Legacy" especially sin
Deleted Library but it didn't free up space
by Mandy Leonardo 4 weeks ago
I just copied a 200G library from my computer to an external drive. I then moved the original Library from the folder in "movies" on my computer to the trash and emptied it but it didn't free up space
Re: Deleted Library but it didn't free up space
by John Rofrano 4 weeks ago
Mandy Leonardo "I'm not sure if I copy or leave them in place. How would I determine that I don't do anything manually...meaning I import using the import feature in FCP."One way is to open your Impo
Jeff David 2 months ago
Hi John,

I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know I finished my video! As discussed - I listed you in the credits as, "Special thanks, John Rofrano - Technical Adviser." As promised - I want to send you a complimentary copy as a small token of my appreciation for all your awesome help! I was looking for an inbox here on Creative Cow but this is all I could find. Is there an inbox here somewhere? I'll send you my email and you can let me know where to send the disc to. I'm setting up a website to sell my video through and also going to have it on Amazon and Ebay. I'm just setting that up. Thanks for all of your help!!
Thanks so much!
FCP7 Projects as Archives - what now?
by Bob Cole 4 months ago
I get it: FCP7 is going away at last. But very often I have to open up an old FCP7 project simply as a means of tapping my archive of old graphics and clips. When a client asks about an old show and w
Re: FCP7 Projects as Archives - what now?
by John Rofrano 4 months ago
You don't even need an old machine. All you need is a separate partition. I have a Snow Leopard partition that I can boot into to work with DVD Studio Pro 4 when needed. At that point the whole comput
video card compatibility AMD Radeon HD7950 3GB GDDR5 7121A10000G
by Hugh Haynie 4 months ago
Will an AMD Radeon HD7950 3GB GDDR5 7121A10000G work in a Mac Pro 3.1 tower -H
Re: video card compatibility AMD Radeon HD7950 3GB GDDR5 7121A10000G
by John Rofrano 4 months ago
Hugh Haynie "Will an AMD Radeon HD7950 3GB GDDR5 7121A10000G work in a Mac Pro 3.1 tower "According to both EveryMac and OWC, the AMD Radeon HD 7950 is not compatible with the Mac Pro 3.1 (2008). I w
Is the passion for the Apple brand waning?
by greg janza 4 months ago
I stumbled onto this recent survey and it appears that there's been a shift in public attitudes towards the top technology companies. Full Article: http: bit.ly 2lp1dVN I Hate Television. I Hate It As
Re: Is the passion for the Apple brand waning?
by John Rofrano 4 months ago
Hmmm... As of the 2016 US census there are 323,100,000 people in the US and the survey covered 1,520 people which is 0.000005% of the population and they are claiming that is statistically significant
Parallels on Sierra to install older OS for FCP 7 on MBP?
by Jane Lurie 8 months ago
I have upgraded to Sierra on my MBP. But I still want to use FCP 7. Would Parallels work to install Snow Leopard and then open FCP 7 in that OS Thanks, Jane Jane
Re: Parallels on Sierra to install older OS for FCP 7 on MBP?
by John Rofrano 4 months ago
Mickey Power "Are there (m)any issues with running Virtualbox (It'd be on my Mac Pro 5,1 12 core 3.36 with a new installed Nvidia 980Ti graphics card.)"I don't know how well GPU emulation will work.
How upgrade from 10.8.5 to 10.10 or 10.11 mid project?
by Dan McGuire 6 months ago
I've got a FCP7 project on my 10.8.5 system. I need to re-batch digitize using a teranex, which requires 10.10 Is it too dangerous to switch systems at this point I don't even have the last version of
Re: How upgrade from 10.8.5 to 10.10 or 10.11 mid project?
by John Rofrano 6 months ago
Dan McGuire "Would the new cloned drive need to be internal Or could I boot up from a 10.10 system drive that is external, and work in FCP7 from it "The drive can be external. I would use a USB 3.0 d
Generate an MXF file with AES3 audio format
by Manuela Porter 6 months ago
Hi!! I can't find the way to export an MXF file with audio in AES3. I need for a delivery for a TV channel.. I'm working with FC7 but I open to work with other platforms... I'm desperate.. I copy you
Re: Generate an MXF file with AES3 audio format
by John Rofrano 6 months ago
Manuela Porter "...and it exports the audio in PCM, not in AES3"That's because AES3 uses PCM audio. AES3 is NOT an audio format. It's a protocol for carrying audio that includes twisted pair wires an
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Compressing a quicktime file
by Terry Flaxton 8 months ago
Hi I have put this post in Compression but I thought it may be best here: I need upload a high quality H264 or Mp4 of a quicktime pro res file that is an FCP Studio Output file. The high quality is ab
Re: Compressing a quicktime file
by John Rofrano 8 months ago
Terry Flaxton "So: what am I doing wrong and what can I do to get a reasonable 5 gig file "There is only one thing that determines file size and that's bitrate. If you want a 5GB file you must first
How do I get around "General Error" when exporting a large video file on FCP7?
by Ben Hunt 8 months ago
Hello tech friends, I have a 3+ hr large video file I'd like to export from Final Cut Pro 7 to a self-contained Quicktime Movie. However, after multiple attempts and much troubleshooting, I am still g
Re: How do I get around "General Error" when exporting a large video file on FCP7?
by John Rofrano 8 months ago
Ben Hunt "I've heard lots of negative things about FCPX - you're actually the first person I've heard give it some praise. "Allow me to be the second and you can head on over to the Final Cut Pro X f
Broadcast Package needed
by Chemi Ferreiro 8 months ago
Hi there everyone! Looking for a customisable 'Broadcast package' for a client: Opener, transitions, lower thirds... Been looking around but can't find what I'm looking for. Don't want to 'reinvent th
Re: Broadcast Package needed
by John Rofrano 8 months ago
I have tons of this stuff that I purchased from Digital Juice when they allowed you to purchase royalty free content separately and spent well over $1,000 over the years. They now offer a one time fee
3D Model not Importing into Mobject properly???
by Paul Gordon 9 months ago
Hi folks my name is Paul. This is my first post. I've got an issue when importing a 3d model into Mobject. I've created a small video showing my problem. Here is the link. https: www.youtube.com watch
Re: 3D Model not Importing into Mobject properly???
by John Rofrano 8 months ago
I realize that it's been a while since you posted. Did you ever figure this out Are you using the latest mObject 1.3.2 I'm guessing that your last thought about exporting the entire scene as a single
Digital VU Meter Tutorial
by Don Smith 8 months ago
I created this tutorial seven or eight years ago but it still applies. How to create a five column digital VU meter that responds to whatever music you want with each column reacting to its own band o
Re: Digital VU Meter Tutorial
by John Rofrano 8 months ago
Very cool tutorial. I immediately through it would make a great Motion Generator for FCP X until I realized that you can't have an Audio Drop Zone so there would be no way to assign your own audio onc
harry singh 9 months ago
hi john Rofrano,
i have one question can you please solve this isue

did you find the way how to render mpeg .ps in vegas pro not mpeg .ts.

because i am find difficulty to delievr mpeg.ts file very few devices support this format and mpeg .ps supported many devices.

my clients suggest me to render in this format exceed then 50mbps bit rate.
the bit rate i can adjust upto 80 mbps but it make mpeg .ts file

Any Help .....
Apple ProRess 422 HQ to Apple ProRes 422 LT
by Samar Salam 10 months ago
Hello, I need a suggestion. I have approx. 70GB Apple ProRes 422 HQ master export of my film from FCP 7. I need to deliver the same film in Apple ProRes 422 LT since I am having to upload this online
Re: Apple ProRess 422 HQ to Apple ProRes 422 LT
by John Rofrano 10 months ago
Shane Ross "I'd just use Compressor."+1 I would just use Compressor too. That's one if it's purposes (to batch re-encode). jr www.johnrofrano.com www.vasstsoftware.com
Sales motivation?
by Mark Suszko 2 years ago
I'm lately seeing a number of tempting half-off type offers for different FCP-X plug-in products and the like, all kind of urgent in their cut-off dates. It makes me wonder, do they know something I d
Re: Sales motivation?
by Bret Williams 2 years ago
That thing is great. I've even used it on 4K lock offs, that I then edited into HD sequence adding camera moves and zooms. I've even used it for I dream of genie type effects where someone snapped the
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Is Apple RAID Card compatible with El Capitan
by John Rofrano 2 years ago
I'm hoping someone here can save me the trouble of finding this out "the hard way" ;-) I have a 2010 Mac Pro with an Apple RAID Card that is supporting a RAID 5 of 4 x 2TB disks running OS X 10.10 Yos
Re: Is Apple RAID Card compatible with El Capitan
by John Rofrano 2 years ago
Bob Zelin "You are the only person I know still using the horrible Apple RAID card (which was made by LSI). "Well... it came with the Mac Pro when I bought it and it's working so who am I to fix some
Rotating shape when zooming entire group?
by Peter Silie 2 years ago
Hi, I finished my little project with an animated map. A shape is at the top of a motion path. Every thing is fine. But then I had the idea of zooming in. So I put the entire project into an additiona
Re: Rotating shape when zooming entire group?
by John Rofrano 2 years ago
Peter Silie "But then I had the idea of zooming in. So I put the entire project into an additional group"Not sure about your bug but why don't you use the 3D Camera to zoom in Zooming on an entire pr
Animation Codec - Motion 4 vs Motion 5
by Mohamed Mira 2 years ago
Hi I'm doing a calligraphy animation ( hand write animated text), so it is simple white or black over transparency background. so best Codec to use is Animation. In Motion 4 a file export video file s
Re: Animation Codec - Motion 4 vs Motion 5
by John Rofrano 2 years ago
Mohamed Mira "I'm not looking for a solution as much as why is that ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !"The only parameter that affects file size is bitrate. Obviously Motion 5 is using a much higher bitrate than Mo
Keeping image in iPhone frame
by Greg Ball 2 years ago
I had someone create an iPhone frame with Alpha channel for me, so I can change the screens and also have a finger tap buttons. That all works fine. However the first animation has the phone flip over
Re: Keeping image in iPhone frame
by John Rofrano 2 years ago
Yea, if you have 4 clean corners to track and they never leave the frame or become obscured by other objects, the point tracker will work fine. The CoreMelt plug-ins contain the Mocha tracker which is
Duplicate Clip FX Issue.
by Chris Randell 2 years ago
Hello! What I am trying to do is duplicate a video clip and have different Media FX on it. First I import my video, ungroup it from it's audio and then CTRL+Drag the video up to a new Video layer abov
Re: Duplicate Clip FX Issue.
by John Rofrano 2 years ago
Chris Randell "I change the Media FX on the top video but whatever changes I make to it, happen to the video below it. "That's how Media FX are supposed to work. They affect the Media wherever it is
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Black type reduced in size appearing as grey
by Al Davis 2 years ago
I am using Motion 5.2.3 Type of a larger point size is appearing as nice rich black; while smaller type sizes (25pt) are just greying out. As a workaround I have duplicated the type directly over and
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Re: Black type reduced in size appearing as grey
by John Rofrano 2 years ago
Al Davis "I copied and pasted the type from Keynote to avoid building new text. Further testing proved that is why it was greyed out."So you copied the formatting with the text and it was the formatt
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