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Simon Ubsdell

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Do FCPX freelance editors charge for your "Edit Suite"
by Mike Jeffs 5 days ago
This is a sincere honest question. Those of you FCPX freelance editors, or even those who work for post houses on FCPX, Heck even Adobe guys, do you charge for the equipment you edit on along with you
Re: Do FCPX freelance editors charge for your "Edit Suite"
by Tim Wilson 13 hours ago
Jeremy Garchow "A lot of the really large design firms and agencies we work with a now charging and billing, hard core, by the hour. " That's it for me, right there. I charge the same way the client
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 10 hours ago
New FCPX user, what's all the hate about?
by Sebastian Alvarez 2 weeks ago
I've been editing video since 1998 in Premiere, switching to other NLEs at times including FCP for several years, newer versions of Premiere, Vegas and Edius. My NLE of choice until now was Premiere,
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Jim Wiseman liked this 2 weeks ago
Re: New FCPX user, what's all the hate about?
by Tim Wilson 2 weeks ago
Noah Kadner "I'm amused by the resistance to major change from folks who make major changes as their profession." I know that we have a reputation for that, especially outside the COW -- but based al
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 2 weeks ago
Boy will this be a debate starter...
by Bill Davis 4 weeks ago
My friend Darren Roarke linked this on another Facebook group. Should be good grist for this mill, too. http: prolost.com blog doors Know someone who teaches video editing in elementary school, high s
Re: Boy will this be a debate starter...
by Andrew Kimery 4 weeks ago
Stu has a great way of taking something that could be complex and explaining it in a very clear, concise way. A hallway with doors is certainly a better than any analogy we've been able to come up wit
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 4 weeks ago
Tutorial: Apple Motion 5 Light Streaks Tutorial
by Simon Ubsdell 4 weeks ago
Apple Motion Apple Motion 5 Light Streaks Tutorial Apple Motion is capable of sophisticated motion graphics. The trick is unlocking its power. Join editor and motion graphics expert Simon Ubsdell to
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David Gregorio liked this 3 weeks ago
Media 100 is making a Come back!
by Jim Wiseman 1 month ago
Media 100 is back! Check out media100.com. Media 100 is now being actively marketed with Yosemite compatability for $99! This is excellent news. Yosemite compatability, Red and 4K support for $99. Som
Re: Media 100 is making a Come back!
by Tim Wilson 1 month ago
Okay, now THIS is a thread. LOL As my business evolved in the 90s, I built it around Media 100, taking out a second mortgage on my house to do so. And my first job after my life as a Media 100 editor
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 1 month ago
3D apparently isn't hurting plugin makers...
by Charlie Austin 2 months ago
motionVFX in particular. Seems like it's opened up a whole new environment in which to build cool things like this: https: vimeo.com 127015527 EDIT: So... i bought it. Holy sh*t. ---------------------
Re: 3D apparently isn't hurting plugin makers...
by Simon Ubsdell 2 months ago
Yes, motionvfx do some great stuff ... but for anyone who's interested in making this effect for themselves in Motion, you might like to try out my popular YouTube tutorial that shows you how to do it
could we please just take a moment here.
by Aindreas Gallagher 2 months ago
David Lawrence. Yeah him. That guy. Opinionated. so there's this. Aindreas Gallagher (it occured to me watching him slap the space bar) "are you basically the first person ever in history to slap down
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David Lawrence liked this 2 months ago
Re: could we please just take a moment here.
by Aindreas Gallagher 2 months ago
ah God no - I remember that alright. Back in the viking era like. but on the other hand he doesn't bring it up particularly often, and it's not like his sign off is classifieds ad for editing training
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 2 months ago
Adobe bids for The Foundry
by Santiago Martí 2 months ago
http: www.telegraph.co.uk finance newsbysector banksandfinance privateequity 11562472 Adobe-eyes-200m-bid-for-British-visual-effects-firm-The-Foundry.html Well, that's it. Santiago Mart www.robotrojo.
Re: Adobe bids for The Foundry
by Tim Wilson 2 months ago
Blackmagic makes this sort of thing look easy. And hey, Nuke doesn't look much different than Fusion, right You click it, it opens, right No big deal. The difference is that this sale is proposed in t
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 2 months ago
Randy Ubillos retires from Apple
by Andrew Kimery 2 months ago
Randy Ubillos, the driving force behind Premiere, FCP 7 and FCP X has retired from Apple. Let the speculation begin! http: forums.macrumors.com showthread.php t=1871631
Re: Randy Ubillos retires from Apple
by Tim Wilson 2 months ago
Randy has certainly done his time in this industry, and left a legacy that will endure maybe longer than any other single designer developer. Any one of his accomplishments would be enough to put him
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 2 months ago
The FCP X "tell"
by Oliver Peters 3 months ago
A lot of folks wonder if Apple can be trusted with FCP X and fear that at some point the application will be dumbed down or even dumped. As I look over Photos, I think I see the point at which such a
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David Lawrence liked this 3 months ago
Re: The FCP X "tell"
by Tim Wilson 3 months ago
Dennis Radeke "Avid went PC only for a time based in part on what Apple was doing (going from 6 to 3 slot Macs and I believe system 9 to the first OS X)." I know that I'm fighting 15 or 18 years of c
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 3 months ago
Fusion 8 NAB
by Chris Pettit 3 months ago
A follow up to Riccardo's post. Just back from NAB. I didn't have time to look at Resolve improvements and being that I'm not an editor, wont comment at this point in that regard. However, quick addit
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David Lawrence liked this 3 months ago
Re: Fusion 8 NAB
by Walter Soyka 3 months ago
Chris Pettit "Yeah, but the problem is the whole world is heading towards GPU rendering (or at least thats the theory). The future of 3D rendering is GPU at this point I belive." Not the whole world.
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 3 months ago
It is patently obvious...
by Charlie Austin 3 months ago
That nobody or at least no professional in their right mind would ever use 3D text for their titles. . It is so old fashioned. ------------------------------------------------------------- My FCPX Bab
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Marcus Samuel-Gaskin liked this 3 months ago
Re: It is patently obvious...
by Simon Ubsdell 3 months ago
Charlie Austin "cool. :-) I once did a wild cheat recut of of a gag in a trailer, and they recut it in the film to match it. Silent validation. lol" Good on you! Yes, it does happen - surprisingly of
Long time editor's frustration with FCPX
by David Berez 3 months ago
Long time reader, a very rare poster. First off, thanks to the Cow Community. Without a doubt the most impactful change in my 30 plus years of editing is the online communities. Its not hard to rememb
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David Lawrence liked this 3 months ago
Re: Long time editor's frustration with FCPX
by Steve Connor 3 months ago
Solved it!
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 3 months ago
The Motion 5 update - do you feel excited?
by Simon Ubsdell 3 months ago
Is it just me or does anyone feel that Motion is now simply the helper app for FCP X I'm not sure I see anything in the latest release (and this has been true for a good long time now) that indicates
Re: The Motion 5 update - some examples for Aindreas
by Simon Ubsdell 3 months ago
Aindreas Gallagher "please Mr. Simon, tell me say... five interesting, generally unthought of things, that can be initiated with the cloud generator, which I guess is basically fractal noise, that yo
The pre-nab editor's lounge panel on the state of editing.
by Aindreas Gallagher 3 months ago
http: www.fcp.co final-cut-pro articles 1641-the-2015-prenab-editors-lounge-panel for whatever reason, (surely some mistake) they consider FCPX a dead man walking, and across the panel, they state and
Re: The pre-nab editor's lounge panel on the state of editing.
by Walter Soyka 3 months ago
Bill Davis "What does everyone make of the fact that last year, the vast majority of the building branding at NAB was Adobe. This year that was gone and it was largely BlackMagic... Knowing advertisi
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 3 months ago
'Best' render settings worse resolution than 'Normal'
by Shannon McClean 1 year ago
Hi. Motion is really annoying me at the moment. I've created a FCP generator which starts out close up on a replicator cell and zooms back from it. When I choose 'Best' render quality is appears very
Re: 'Best' render settings worse resolution than 'Normal'
by Simon Ubsdell 3 months ago
In case anyone is interested in the answer to this question, you need to select Custom from the Render Quality menu and turn off High Quality Resampling: Best Quality in this case is trying to smooth
Apple Watch: Biggest Launch in Company History
by Tim Wilson 3 months ago
Ima have to start by telling you "I told you," because I'm just that way, and because I DID. Look it up. I said that it was gonna be huge for Apple, because it's already huge for other people -- and a
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 3 months ago
Re: Apple Watch: Biggest Launch in Company History
by Sophi Wright 3 months ago
You can catch all detail of upcoming Apple Watch iWatch Specification, Price and Release Date using this. http: www.howtoisolve.com apple-watch-2015-price-specifications-and-release-date
One of a thousand posts with some 10.2 info....
by Charlie Austin 3 months ago
It's quite nice... http: fcpxpert.net 2015 04 13 fcp-x-10-2-first-look ------------------------------------------------------------- My FCPX Babbling blog "It is a poor craftsman who blames his tools.
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Andy Field liked this 3 months ago
Re: One of a thousand posts with some 10.2 info....
by Aindreas Gallagher 3 months ago
Walter Soyka "3D type, with a new environment and materials system." Still. How is it that the major top line feature of a full dot release is a livetype style crazy 3D type renderer If they ever did
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 3 months ago
Premier ePro new version reveal
by David Cherniack 3 months ago
https: blogs.adobe.com premierepro They are clearly working hard
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David Mathis liked this 3 months ago
Re: Premier ePro new version reveal
by Walter Soyka 3 months ago
Scott Witthaus "the color corrector is the nicest thing, IMHO" I really like their approach with color: make it fast, make it familiar, and layer complexity to suit different needs of different users
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 3 months ago
Tutorial: Apple Motion 5: Volumetric Lighting
by Simon Ubsdell 4 months ago
Apple Motion Apple Motion 5: Volumetric Lighting Volumetric lighting creates a dramatic look of real light in a 3D space, and works especially well for title animation, even with 2D text. It's a nift
Using a Video as a Key
by Phil Baur 5 months ago
Remember back in the early days of digital video when people would film an empty frame, then, without changing the camera, they would have someone in the frame. Then, in post, they would put the secon
Re: Using a Video as a Key - Creating a Difference Keyer in Motion
by Simon Ubsdell 5 months ago
Robin S. Kurz "Oh yeah... Motion is one of the COLOR difference matte-rs. " Surely all Difference Blend modes return a color image from a color input and not grayscale, or am I missing something As I
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Tutorial: Apple Motion 5: Shockwave
by Simon Ubsdell 5 months ago
Apple Motion Apple Motion 5: Shockwave An explosive shockwave. Think you've seen it all before Not until Simon Ubsdell has shown you how to take advantage of unique tools in Apple Motion 5 to make yo
Minority Report - info panel
by chris brett 6 months ago
Anybody done one of those information panels as seen in Minority report and if so any tips on what to watch for please Looks pretty straightforward to me as long as the chromakey sections are shot wel
Re: Minority Report - info panel
by Simon Ubsdell 6 months ago
I've just done a test project of this kind for an arm-mounted HUD and I think I did everything wrong - luckily it was only a test! You definitely want something very specific for the hands to point at
I only want to see the reflection, not the surface it's reflecting on
by Gareth Randall 6 months ago
I have some text over a background, and I want that text to have a blurry reflection. Easy enough to do by creating a "floor" for the text to reflect onto, but I only want to see the reflection, I don
Re: I only want to see the reflection, not the surface it's reflecting on
by Simon Ubsdell 6 months ago
I hope that helped. Just to clarify what's happening with the Overlay Blend Mode in this scenario. Overlay uses a combination of the Screen on the lighter pixels, and Multiply on the darker pixels and
How to emulate particle turbulence in Motion?
by Gareth Randall 6 months ago
I'm trying to replicate this AE tutorial in Motion... Fire ember particles I can't find a simulation behaviour that satisfactorily emulates the Turbulence parameter in Particular. There only seem to b
Re: How to emulate particle turbulence in Motion?
by Simon Ubsdell 6 months ago
Faking turbulence is a lot harder in Motion than in Ae but I've had some good results using the Vortex behavior, as in this tutorial: http: youtu.be p1ve_pNm6YA I've also experimented with adding a Ra
File: Bounce Project
by Simon Ubsdell 7 months ago
zip file Here's a test project that shows you how to do the bounce technique using Oscillate behavior (set to half range) for the bounce and a Ramp behavior for the Amplitude (to slow it down): http:
Re: Bounce Project
by Simon Ubsdell 7 months ago
I also notice that where your cursor is parked on the timeline the Amplitude is still showing 300+ when it should be zero. Make sure to set the Amplitude to zero before setting the Ramp behavior other
FCPX and Yosemite how is it working out with plugins etc?
by olof ekbergh 8 months ago
I am just wondering what luck editors are having with the new OS update. Maybe we can get a list of problematic plugins. Personally one plugin I don't want to be without is the new LUTutility. Has any
Re: FCPX and Yosemite how is it working out with plugins etc?
by Simon Ubsdell 8 months ago
Jeff Kirkland "With Yosemite's changes to AV Foundation under the hood, I think you'll find the plugins most at risk are those like mObject and many from FX Factory that are more GPU intensive." Hi J
TKY Free FCPX Reflection Effect
by Simon Ubsdell 4 years ago
2782_tkyreflectioneffect.zip Add a reflection to an image with controls for: - Black White background selection; - Reflection Opacity; - Reflection Fade Position; - Reflection Blur; - Contrast, and c
Re: TKY Free FCPX Reflection Effect
by Simon Ubsdell 8 months ago
Mike Rivera "I am looking for this exact same effect for keynote presentations. Do you still have it " Check out my extremely popular free picture-in-picture effect available from FxFactory: http: to
Roto-scoping wine bottle spinning on a lazy susan
by Paul Boone 9 months ago
Hello, So I filmed a wine bottle against a green background so that I could key out the green and keep the wine bottle, but because the green was reflected against the glass of the bottle, it took awa
Re: Roto-scoping wine bottle spinning on a lazy susan
by Simon Ubsdell 9 months ago
You really should be able to get a decent key off that image - I managed to get a nice clean one even off that JPEG (admittedly using a keyer I built myself). What are you using to try and key it Roto
File: Border Thing
by Simon Ubsdell 9 months ago
zip file Auto-scale text box http: f1.creativecow.net 8076 border-thing
Adobe Chat not available - any ideas?
by Simon Ubsdell 11 months ago
When I try to access Adobe chat help, I get the following message: Please quit and restart your browser to start a new chat session. Which however still won't allow me to initiate a new chat session.
Re: Adobe Chat not available - any ideas?
by Simon Ubsdell 11 months ago
Hi Kevin Problem solved. I just wanted to add that I know Adobe support has come in for a lot of flak, but in this case, although it took quite a while to track down the issue, the response time was v
cutting promos with premiere is the nicest thing in the entire world.
by Aindreas Gallagher 1 year ago
I had to say it. I'm in a big broadcaster for a few months that does a lot of sport. they have avid - around sixty suites of avid. Horrible horrible horrible avid on isis as far as the eye can see. I
Re: cutting promos with premiere is the nicest thing in the entire world.
by Simon Ubsdell 12 months ago
Aindreas Gallagher "either way there has to be a more proper compact with the customer - at least the one who doesn't have photoshop tattooed on their forehead. " What is it with those darn paparazzi
File: TKY B&W Grunge Transition
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
zip file FCP X transition http: f1.creativecow.net 7685 tky-bw-grunge-transition
Upscaling 1080p for DCP ...
by Paul Figgiani 1 year ago
I'm sifting through all the steps necessary to create a DCP package with the original footage shot at 1080p. It looks like the information that is out there regarding upscaling is accurate - footage w
Re: Upscaling 1080p for DCP ...
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
Paul Figgiani "I was just wondering if anyone has had the chance to view 2K (2048x858) material that has been upscaled from 1080p on a large projection screen If so how does it look " We work this wa
Digital Juice Goes Subscription-Based
by Gary Huff 1 year ago
Video is here.
Re: Digital Juice Goes Subscription-Based
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
Joseph W. Bourke "I think they need to change the name to "frenetic typography"..." Certainly in this case. it's amazing how last year's (or maybe the year or two before last's) cool new thing can su
RGB Balance equivalent in FCPX
by Adam White 1 year ago
Something (one of many) things I miss from FCP7 in X is the RGB Balance filter. It used to be a great little tool, because it allowed you to fairly precisely alter the R, G and B colour ranges in the
Re: RGB Balance equivalent in FCPX
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
Try this really great free plug-in from Rob Mackintosh: http: www.fcp.co forum colour-correction 10962-free-fcpx-effect-wvl-rgbbalance Or for lots more control check out his excellent commercial plug-
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Motion Blur
by Jason Jenkins 4 years ago
The closest thing I can find to a motion blur in FCPX is 'directional' blur, which isn't that great. Any way to create a motion blur effect in Motion 5 and publish to FCPX Sigh. I may actually have to
Re: Motion Blur
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
I removed this because Apple's Motion 5 version of Motion Blur isn't Motion Blur at all, but just Directional Blur with a rotational control. Here's a sort of motion blur that's OK-ish, which is basic
Anyone use Xto7 App recently? Is it better now?
by Edward Harby 1 year ago
Just wondering if Xto7 is working properly now. Thinking about getting it but the reviews from previous updates (2012) show that I should walk away. It's 2014 now. Has it changed much I found 7toX gre
Re: Anyone use Xto7 App recently? Is it better now?
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
Bret Williams "And the pro-tools session went off without a hitch." Agreed. Much as I like X2Pro I often find that Xto7 is the most dependable way of getting into ProTools. And I would reiterate the


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