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OT-ish. Software Support - what are your expectations?
by Simon Ubsdell 11 hours 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 Simon Ubsdell 5 hours ago
Craig Seeman "Support absolutely costs money but, whether it's the app store rules or the companies, if you can't exploit your current customers whether it's paid upgrades or even new paid versions,
In-Action Story on FCPX and Focus
by Noah Kadner 1 week ago
For the folks who've been curious about how this went: http: www.apple.com final-cut-pro in-action focus Noah FCPWORKS - FCPX Workflow Call Box Training
Re: In-Action Story on FCPX and Focus
by Simon Ubsdell 4 days ago
Hi Jeff, Well, actually, I am in total agreement with all of that. Not least that ultimately Focus as a production is a story about the skill and dedication of the usually unsung backroom guys, who co
How are you using metadata?
by Walter Soyka 1 week ago
Discussion on the importance of metadata has re-emerged in the Focus thread below, but it's feature-focused. I'd be very interested in learning about your real-world workflows if you are willing to sh
Re: How are you using metadata?
by Mark Raudonis 6 days ago
Bret Williams "Just found it funny that my wife did it as old school as possible and was done editing before I was done logging!" Bret, You just made a very important observation: "Logging metadata"
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 5 days ago
Could Adobe (or someone else) adopt magnetic timeline features in a tracked timeline?
by Steve Connor 6 days ago
I imagine that Adobe are looking hard at FCPX to see how they can try and match some of the features that it has. With the new search function they are improving metadata handling, Dennis hinted below
Re: Could Adobe (or someone else) adopt magnetic timeline features in a tracked timeline?
by Simon Ubsdell 6 days ago
Dennis Radeke "Sorry guys, we don't (and I can't) comment on what we are working on. Any inferences you might make are entirely your own. Thanks, Dennis - Suddenly corporate Adobe sounding guy! ;-)"
Tutorial: Apple Motion 5 Title Tutorial: Weld
by Simon Ubsdell 2 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 2 weeks 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
The eternal question: which editing software should I switch to? FCPX?
by Noam Osband 2 weeks ago
I've been using FCP7 for 5 years. But as I begin this month editing a feature length doc I'll be working on for a couple years, I'm ready to change. The eternal question: which program do you suggest
Re: The eternal question: which editing software should I switch to? FCPX?
by Dennis Radeke 2 weeks ago
Noam, As others have said, you should check out all three (or more) and put several hours into each one to make the best decision for you. You should also go to each of the products forums on the Cow
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 2 weeks ago
How to create the weatherman effect?
by Shane Whatley 2 weeks ago
I am struggling to figure out a good way to accomplish this. Here is what I am trying to do: I have a virtual set with a monitor in AE. I want to place a person (using greenscreen) in front of the mon
Re: How to create the weatherman effect?
by Daniel Waldron 2 weeks ago
If you have specific things the talent is supposed to be pointing at or navigating through, make sure you plan in advance how their motions will play out. Trying to add content in post, after the tale
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 2 weeks ago
the verge explains apple photos, nilay whispers FCPX is the other shoe about to drop and die.
by Aindreas Gallagher 3 weeks ago
http: www.theverge.com 2015 2 5 7987575 the-vergecast-139-february-5-2015 the intelligent slider looks brilliant, and it's something adobe would do in a cold day in hell - from around the fifty odd mi
Re: the verge explains apple photos, nilay whispers FCPX is the other shoe about to drop and die.
by Charlie Austin 2 weeks ago
Richard Herd "What do you mean by "same app."" It is the exact same code base. iMovie has, obviously, a different UI bolted on, and a different feature set enabled disabled as you discovered. They ar
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 2 weeks ago
Looks brilliant
by Craig RussillRoy 3 weeks ago
Stumbled across this - love it when creative people express themselves http: vimeo.com 90125079 from=facebook&ref=fb-share&fb_ref=Default https: insidetheedit.com GB Labs 60TB SPACE FCP 7.0.3 FCPX 10.
Re: Looks brilliant
by Herb Sevush 3 weeks ago
I guess I shouldn't focus on the irony that a video about the art of editing contains no editing whatsoever, but is instead a lovely piece of graphic and audio design. Herb Sevush Zebra Productions --
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 3 weeks ago
Craig: x264 encoder implementation in Compressor?
by Paul Figgiani 2 years ago
Hi, Craig. Is there something else needed other than what's already supported If you add the x264 Component to Library Quicktime it's ready for use in Compressor (and FCPX) by setting up a custom Dest
Re: Craig: x264 encoder implementation in Compressor?
by Craig Seeman 2 years ago
Walter Soyka "Could you please you describe a bit about where in the industry HEVC is likely to be adopted first, or maybe point me to some good reading " Of course a lot of the articles are positive
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 3 weeks ago
Using a Video as a Key
by Phil Baur 4 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 4 weeks 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
New Photoshop competitor
by Oliver Peters 4 weeks ago
And Illustrator, too https: affinity.serif.com blog - Oliver Oliver Peters Post Production Services, LLC Orlando, FL www.oliverpeters.com
Re: New Photoshop competitor
by Dennis Radeke 4 weeks ago
It is worth noting in the discussion that if all you need is image editing, there is a photo plan that includes Photoshop and Lightroom for $9.99 per month as a standard ongoing price. https: creative
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 4 weeks ago
The Next FCPX Update
by Gerry Fraiberg 1 month ago
Now that Apple has updated Logic Pro to 10.1, can the next update to FCPX be far behind
Re: The Next FCPX Update
by Walter Soyka 1 month ago
Bill Davis "And i believe the handwriting is on the wall for that way of "scarcity thinking" of digital assets." I keep trying to pass this off as Soyka's Law: "Expectations rise at the same rate as
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 1 month ago
Enlighten me on why Motion is better than After Effects or not
by David Mathis 1 month ago
Might as well ask why, since we are asking the mirror on the wall who is the best of them all. ;-) For me groups, pre-comps are a pain in the caboose Groups can also act like an adjustment layer but p
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Jim Wiseman liked this 1 month ago
Re: Enlighten me on why Motion is better than After Effects or not
by Walter Soyka 1 month ago
Herb Sevush "To me Motion is an "editors" tool and AE is an "EFX Compositors" tool." There's a lot to this statement. I've referred to Motion countless times here as offering a high floor and a low c
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 1 month ago
Avid ProTools free coming
by Craig Seeman 1 month ago
ProTools First. http: www.redsharknews.com audio item 2324-avid-lets-you-have-pro-tools for-free I wonder what the feature set will look like. So Avid bit off a bit of the Resolve free thinking it see
Re: Avid ProTools free coming
by Gustavo Bermudas 1 month ago
For me it's insane that still the ProTools version has no 5.1 mixing capabilities, and for that you have to go to HD and pay a high premium, while any video program now does it as an afterthought. It'
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 1 month ago
Kevin Pollak and editing
by Andrew Kimery 1 month ago
Nice article by the Cow's own Kylee Wall about Kevin Pollack and his new documentary (which he edited) called Misery Loves Comedy: Comedian Kevin Pollak on Cutting his Documentary with Adobe Premiere
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 1 month ago
Re: Kevin Pollak and editing
by Tim Wilson 1 month ago
Richard Herd "Editing is not the most important part of the movie: it IS the movie." My favorite observation of Kevin's in the article is related to that: when he says that standup comedy IS editing!
Tracks are Indispensable.
by Charlie Austin 1 month ago
I take it all back. Tracks are great! I love them. ------------------------------------------------------------- My FCPX Babbling blog "It is a poor craftsman who blames his tools." "The function you
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David Mathis liked this 1 month ago
Re: Tracks are annoying as hell...
by Steve Connor 1 month ago
Good grief, how DID we all cope before FCPX came along!
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 1 month ago
Change, it's what's for dinner
by Andrew Kimery 1 month ago
I saw this cartoon the other day and it made me chuckle. http: xkcd.com 1172 I like that instead of the typical 'stupid user' punch line it's actually a very creative user that turned a shortcoming of
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David Lawrence liked this 1 month ago
Re: Change, it's what's for dinner
by Andrew Kimery 1 month ago
David Mathis "I guess the Avid "good enough" approach is apparent from the interface and ways of working remain almost the same. " But that's only looking at it skin deep. Over the last 5 years or so
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 1 month ago
OT: Fusion Studio
by David Mathis 2 months ago
This is for the "or not" part of the forum. ;-) Alright, so Mac OS X version is not ready as of yet but curious what part of the workflow Fusion will have in a FCP X, Resolve and Motion workflow. Espe
Re: OT: Fusion Studio
by Walter Soyka 1 month ago
Eric Santiago "To me, FCPX as the an editorial tool requires it to be simple. But when it comes to intricate compositing and grading, then apps such as Fusion and Resolve are welcome in my workflow s
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 1 month ago
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
The exponential greatness of multicam in FCPX
by Herb Sevush 2 months ago
Excuse the snarky thread title, I'm just trying to get your attention. As part of a previous thread a claim was made that the implementation of multicam editing was better on FCPX than with any other
Re: The exponential greatness of multicam in FCPX
by Oliver Peters 2 months ago
FWIW - a reminder of the current options in X and what we used to be able to do in 7. https: digitalfilms.wordpress.com 2014 02 14 fcp-x-screen-layouts https: digitalfilms.wordpress.com 2010 06 18 bet
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 2 months ago
Apple has lost the functional high ground
by Jeremy Garchow 2 months ago
Marco Arment ( former lead tumblr developer, created instapaper, etc) says so right here How long does it take to "build the future" And do you feel he is right
Re: Apple has lost the functional high ground
by Andrew Kimery 2 months ago
Jeremy Garchow "And from a developers perspective, the AppStore model is going to drive the good ones away if the pricing model doesn't allow for upgrades. Who wants to keep programming software for
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 2 months ago
File: Bounce Project
by Simon Ubsdell 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 months ago
Re: Don't Fight the Magnetic Timeline!
by Simon Ubsdell 4 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 4 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 4 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
Feature Request
by David Mathis 4 months ago
As much as I love using Motion there a couple of things I would like to see in the next update: Mask -- ability to assign different feather values for x and y, also the ability to have a mask expansio
Re: Feature Request
by Simon Ubsdell 4 months ago
Robin S. Kurz "And great to know there's a version of PixelConduit working with the most current versions of Motion and X... I thought it had died with Motion 3 or 4! Nice." I can't vouch for its per
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 4 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 5 months ago
zip file Auto-scale text box http: f1.creativecow.net 8076 border-thing
Adobe Chat not available - any ideas?
by Simon Ubsdell 7 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 7 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 8 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 8 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 8 months ago
zip file FCP X transition http: f1.creativecow.net 7685 tky-bw-grunge-transition
Upscaling 1080p for DCP ...
by Paul Figgiani 12 months 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 12 months 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 12 months ago
Video is here.
Re: Digital Juice Goes Subscription-Based
by Simon Ubsdell 12 months 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 3 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


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