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FCP 7 Editors...need not apply!
by Andy Field 1 day ago
It's happened......looking for X only editors (and look at the riches you'll earn with their annual salary!) ----------------- 8v36j-4930517034@job.craigslist.org Video Editor - Final Cut Pro X (Fairf
Re: FCP 7 Editors...need not apply!
by Tim Wilson 23 hours ago
Brett Sherman "Northern Virginia means Washington, DC. I can assure you it's not any cheaper than Los Angeles." I think that's important to note both for people living in LA and people NOT living in
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 23 hours ago
Critical Sharks IV: Fear of Apple
by Walter Soyka 3 days ago
The entire series is interesting and well-worth reading, but Part IV is especially germane to some conversation we've had here: http: www.elischiff.com blog 2015 3 24 fear-of-apple A selection of key
Re: Critical Sharks IV: Fear of Apple
by Walter Soyka 1 day ago
David Lawrence "True. And the way to get people to upgrade regularly is to offer upgrades that are worth upgrading to. Customers will pay for innovation and value." It's part of my point that custome
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 1 day ago
instance objects in ae?
by Bernd Rottenbuch 3 days ago
Hi, as the title already suggests, I wonder if there s something like instancing an object in after effects. For example if I import a vector graphic, animate it and then want to change the graphic ag
Re: instance objects in ae?
by Walter Soyka 3 days ago
Four options for different scenarios: 1) Duplicate the layer, then replace its source. Select the layer which you wish to replace in the timeline, then hold down Alt while dragging an item from the pr
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 3 days ago
Editing Today - another Philippic
by Simon Ubsdell 6 days ago
The Focus discussion has thrown up a number of really interesting topics but because the focus has been Focus, it's been hard to disentangle some really good ones. Here's an old-fashioned view of wher
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David Lawrence liked this 6 days ago
Re: Editing Today - another Philippic
by Simon Ubsdell 3 days ago
Steve Connor "I'm not saying that this is the wrong place to have this discussion but it would be a great thread to have over on "the Art of The Edit" forum. Tim " No, but it does belong here - what
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FCPX Database to get even better
by Steve Connor 4 days ago
Apple are clearly looking to strengthen the database in FCPX! http: www.macrumors.com 2015 03 24 apple-acquires-foundationdb Seriously though, come on Apple time for another update
Re: FCPX Database to get even better
by Jeremy Garchow 4 days ago
'....it could achieve 54 billion writes per hour at a cost-per-write of 3 nanodollars. " And that, my friends, is editing a nutshell.
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 3 days ago
Focus - Light Iron videos
by Oliver Peters 1 week ago
Posted here: http: postperspective.com final-cut-pro-x-resurrected-focus-advanced-workflow-final-cut-pro-x - Oliver Oliver Peters Post Production Services, LLC Orlando, FL www.oliverpeters.com
Re: The Derp Fest (long and cranky)
by Charlie Austin 7 days ago
Tim Wilson "Saddle up, son. LOL The longer and angrier the better. LOL " Well played sir, well played... :-) Tim Wilson "This has been my issue with the whole concept of Luddites, Dinosaurs, "stuck i
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 7 days ago
First time I have seen this...
by John Pale 2 weeks ago
http: www.mandy.com 1 jobs3.cfm v=63171918 First job posting I have seen for a major player in NYC looking for FCPX exclusively.
Re: First time I have seen this...
by Charlie Austin 2 weeks ago
Daniel Frome "AKA color board chooser. " Hilarious!. :- I see this all the time, by the way. "No real FCP X jobs!" "Here's one!" "lol! it's for X! It can't be real. Here. let me list some stupid reas
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 2 weeks ago
OT-ish. Software Support - what are your expectations?
by Simon Ubsdell 3 weeks ago
As both a user of software support and a provider of it, I'd be really interested in your collective thoughts about what you expect from it - within the video audio arena specifically. These two artic
Re: OT-ish. Software Support - what are your expectations?
by Tim Wilson 3 weeks ago
Simon Ubsdell " iMovie works just fine. NLE's just ain't special and they're not premium." I have long, long maintained that iMovie was feet and frames support shy of being the ideal film editing too
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 2 weeks ago
Return of the Duck!
by Shane Ross 2 weeks ago
Looks like Automatic Duck is returning. No word on what products will be made, but it looks like there MIGHT be updates to Avid to AE, and possibly competitor to xto7 and 7toX. And also perhaps a way
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Chris Harlan liked this 2 weeks ago
Re: Return of the Duck!
by Aindreas Gallagher 2 weeks ago
edit - wes plate is a king - this just set me off on a tangent - I'll just point this out off a recent job because I hadn't fully internalised it (at all): you can now select a clip in the premiere p
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 2 weeks ago
Great FCPX Event today in Hollywood!
by Lance Bachelder 3 weeks ago
Special thanks to Michael Cioni of Light Iron for a really well organized and informative event in Hollywood today. I got there before 10AM and there were already over 100 people in line. I really thi
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Jim Wiseman liked this 3 weeks ago
Re: Great FCPX Event today in Hollywood!
by Andrew Kimery 3 weeks ago
Tim and Jeremy, At the Focus event there was lot of rhetoric from the presenters (well, not the Arri presenter) about wanting to rock the boat, wanting to be pirates, not doing their jobs unless they
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 3 weeks ago
Tutorial: Apple Motion 5: Volumetric Lighting
by Simon Ubsdell 3 weeks 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
Tutorial: Apple Motion 5 Title Tutorial: Weld
by Simon Ubsdell 3 months ago
Apple Motion Apple Motion 5 Title Tutorial: Weld In the first of what will be an ongoing series, "Title Animation: WELD" uses the particle system in Apple Motion, as well as support for EPS
@Thomas Hemming
by Simon Ubsdell 1 month ago
The typeface is Future Medium. In order to create an outline in Illustrator you need to turn off the fill and turn on the Stroke. Note that if you don't want to use Illustrator for this project (or yo
Using a Video as a Key
by Phil Baur 2 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 1 month 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 4 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 4 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
Problem with Edge Collision in Motion 5
by Kris Forge 2 years ago
Hello All I'm working on a simple project and I've come across a problem with gravity and edge collision which I just learned about. In my project I have a character falling in from the top of the scr
Re: Problem with Edge Collision in Motion 5
by Simon Ubsdell 4 months ago
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): 8279_bounce.mot
Article: Don't Fight the Magnetic Timeline!
by Charlie Austin 5 months ago
Apple FCPX Techniques Don't Fight the Magnetic Timeline! One of the biggest "issues" people coming from other NLE's still seem to have with FCP X is how the Timeline works. Magnetism! No Tr
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Drew Lahat liked this 5 months ago
Re: Don't Fight the Magnetic Timeline!
by Simon Ubsdell 5 months ago
Outstanding article! Definitely one to bookmark and come back to. There's nothing like getting the nitty gritty from an editor who's been slamming X really hard in a demanding environment. So many use
FCPX and Yosemite how is it working out with plugins etc?
by olof ekbergh 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 months ago
zip file Auto-scale text box http: f1.creativecow.net 8076 border-thing
Adobe Chat not available - any ideas?
by Simon Ubsdell 8 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 8 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 9 months 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 9 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 9 months 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
How do Drop Zones work in 10.1?
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
A slightly loaded question but I'm hoping someone here can give a definitive answer. In the early days of FCP X I made quite a few Motion templates that relied on Drop Zones but after a while I had to
Re: How do Drop Zones work in 10.1?
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
Hi Nick Yes, that does seem like a simple and efficient solution - and one that gives reliable results. Thanks for sharing. Many thanks. S. Simon Ubsdell www.tokyo-uk.com
View channels
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
Embarrassingly basic question, sorry, but how can I view the individual RGB channels in Pr I can see very clearly how to view the Alpha channel but the others ... not so much. Thanks. Simon Ubsdell ww
Re: View channels
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
Thanks. That's certainly a kind of a way of doing it although it's not the same as actually viewing the grayscale values of channels. I was hoping there was a simple view menu option that's easy to re
File: TKY Section Highlighter
by Simon Ubsdell 2 years ago
zip file Highlight a section of text and blur the background http: f1.creativecow.net 6531 tky-section-highlighter
Low Volume (I know, but i've only just started using it)
by Iain MacKinnon 2 years ago
I am mixing a simple song on Soundtrack Pro (2.0.2) When attempting to master my track (8 channels) the master volume is right at the cusp of peaking but for some reason it's much quieter than a regul
Re: Low Volume (I know, but i've only just started using it)
by Simon Ubsdell 2 years ago
Here's another handy reference for what's involved: http: www.homerecordingconnection.com news.php action=view_story&id=154 Simon Ubsdell www.tokyo-uk.com
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Soundtrack Pro Replacement Suggestion please
by Robert Bengraff 2 years ago
I am a sound designer for film and video (not a musician) I have made a good living using Soundtrack pro and am quite sad that it is no longer. I am now faced with replacing it and all of the reviews
Re: Soundtrack Pro Replacement Suggestion please
by Simon Ubsdell 2 years ago
Logic X is amazing value for money - it's not in the same league as ProTools for audio post but it really is a pleasure to use, and if you were a musician you'd really love it. Personally I wouldn't b
File: Interference Project
by Simon Ubsdell 2 years ago
zip file Motion 5 project showing "interference" behaviors. http: f1.creativecow.net 6253 interference-project
File: Motion 5 project - Interference
by Simon Ubsdell 2 years ago
zip file demo of interference http: f1.creativecow.net 6246 motion-5-project-interference
How to apply an effect in Soundtrack Pro to my entire Final Cut sequence? Or Copy and paste effect..
by Austin Steele 2 years ago
Hello and thank you in advance. I shot some stuff that has a large hum sound in the background. I was successfully able to remove it using Soundtrack pro and following this tutorial: http: www.fcp.co
Re: How to apply an effect in Soundtrack Pro to my entire Final Cut sequence? Or Copy and paste effect..
by Simon Ubsdell 2 years ago
Open up a clip in the clip editor, set your noise print, apply reduce noise. From the File Menu, choose Save as Apple Script, giving a name of your choice, e.g. "My Noise Reduction". In Final Cut, sel


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