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Speaker not playing back FCPX properly. Plays itunes OK so its not a speaker problem
by Liz Lewis 4 years ago
My speaker used to play back FCPX OK, but suddenly it's not playing the sound very well, but the speaker is fine because it plays music OK. The sound through the headphones is also OK. Is there a sett
Re: Speaker not playing back FCPX properly. Plays itunes OK so its not a speaker problem
by Tom Brooks 3 years ago
Same problem has cropped up in new installation of macOS Sierra, FCX 10.3, Kona LHe+. Fix is about the same--maybe a slight variation. Go into Audio Midi Setup, change Speaker Configuration to somethi
Understanding audio waveforms in FCPX
by Gary Goldblum 4 years ago
Hi, I am just learning FCPX. I have used ProTools,FCP7, Audition and numerous other editing software programs and I am completely lost by how the audio waveforms are displayed in FCPX. Every program I
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Re: Understanding audio waveforms in FCPX
by Craig Alan 4 years ago
I know I'm late to this thread since you're happy but thought I'd add this: I use P2 cams and they record the external mikes and internal mike as four mono or two stereo which appear in FCP X even tho
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Multicam audio....?
by Tom Sefton 4 years ago
Hi Guys Having an odd issue after updating to 10.2.1 I'm using Multicam to sync some work, so we have left and right streams as camera angles A and B, a closeup camera as C and an audio mix down as an
Re: Multicam audio....?
by Tom Brooks 4 years ago
Tom, this sounds related to this: https: support.apple.com en-us HT204780 It's a quick fix and causes no harm. In my case, the setting appeared to be correct already, but going through the steps to se
FCPX 10.2.1 and Motion 5.2.1 are out
by James Cude 4 years ago
there's a fix for the panasonic avchd issue: https: support.apple.com HT201237
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Re: FCPX 10.2.1 and Motion 5.2.1 are out
by Martin Curtis 4 years ago
It works. Huzzah!
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The dreaded A/V Output "none found" is back
by Georg P. Mueller 4 years ago
I am using an ultrastudio express to connect to my SDI HD monitor. Today it stopped working with X. I remember having exactly the same issue on another system running the mini monitor a while back. Th
Re: The dreaded A/V Output "none found" is back
by Tom Brooks 4 years ago
When FCX is not seeing the BMD device, is the OS able to control it, or is it disabled at the OS level as well
Best SD to HD upscale solution? Trying to make 4:3 footage fit into a 16:9 film, seamlessly!
by Michael Lansdell 10 years ago
I have some old interview shot in 4:3, that needs to seamlessly into a 16:9 project. I figure the best way to do this on most of the shots is upscale into HD, and then I can pull the image out to fill
Re: Best SD to HD upscale solution? Trying to make 4:3 footage fit into a 16:9 film, seamlessly!
by Tom Brooks 4 years ago
Settings depend on your input and output aspect ratio. If you want 4:3 to pillarbox to 1080, set your padding to 4:3. If both are 16:9, leave padding alone. Set resize to Best and Retime to Better. Ad
Having a library on more than one external drive
by Vidar Vikingsson 4 years ago
I have a library residing on an external drive that has become filled up. Instead of giving the option of adding an external drive to the library, FCP X demands that I somehow make space on the first
Re: Having a library on more than one external drive
by Tom Brooks 4 years ago
I never thought about it before, but FCX allows sort of an infinite expansion of your media storage for a library. When you Modify Settings for storage location, note that it tells you, "Newly importe
Keyboard shortcut for raising/lowering ducked audio level
by Fabrizio D'Agnano 4 years ago
Hello. Maybe it's a silly question, but I have looked around a bit and I could not find a way to adjust volume on a ducked audio other than dragging the bar with the mouse, which is often not precise
Re: Keyboard shortcut for raising/lowering ducked audio level
by Andy Neil 4 years ago
If you highlight the keyframes on the ends of the bar, you can use CTL + - to raise and lower that section. You can use the range tool (R) to lasso keyframes. Andy https: plus.google.com u 0 107277729
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An efficient workflow
by Claude Lyneis 4 years ago
I am edit lacrosse games. Typically cutting 80 minutes of footage and 50 clips to three to five minutes. Typically I make a string out of the game, watch it from the timeline and mark the interesting
Re: An efficient workflow
by Bill Davis 4 years ago
Try this... (I call it "3-bucket logging") Setup the browser in the Spreadsheet mode, not icon mode. (optional, but I find it works best.) Now the up and down arrow keys do 2 things. Moves to the next
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FCP Crashing while in TRIM MODE
by Raul Alvarez 9 years ago
Constant CRASHING!!!!!: always in two situations: 1. WHILE previewing in TRIM MODE, Green screens in both viewer and canvas appear before the crash; Quite often!!! 2. Less often but frequent, when dra
Re: FCP Crashing while in TRIM MODE
by Tom Brooks 5 years ago
I have similar issue. Only happens when A V output is active. If my AJA IOExpress is deactivated in FCX, it's OK. I'm working with AJA right now, but I suspect it's not the fault of the AJA box or dri
can I do a keyword analysis?
by Jenn Lindsay 5 years ago
I just painstakingly keyworded 51 hours of footage, much of it rather dense interviews. I did stream-of-consciousness keywording just to get it all logged. But now I have tons of keywords, many of the
Re: can I do a keyword analysis?
by Bret Williams 5 years ago
All great ideas. You could select the two redundant keywords in the browser, which would display both sets as a whole, and then apply the desired keyword to them all. Then simply delete the undesired
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Audio Split Tracks in FCPX
by Christy Smith 5 years ago
I have been asked to export a video presentation with an audio split track. I have not done this before. Basically, the show team wants the dialogue on the right channel and the background music on th
Re: Audio Split Tracks in FCPX
by Tom Brooks 5 years ago
Tom Brooks "All normal level and lav mic went to the Dialogue role. For clips with a boom mic channel, that channel went to the Boom Mic role. Clips with a lower level channel for safety went to Lowe
FCPX to Compressor with Subtitles/Closed Captions
by Jared Schwyhart 5 years ago
In the old Apple Compressor (4.1 and older I believe), there was a way to add srt files for subtitles and captioning. How is this possible with Compressor 4.1.1 I see no way to add this to my MPEG-2 P
Re: FCPX to Compressor with Subtitles/Closed Captions
by Tom Brooks 5 years ago
I hear you. A tool tip or a better label on the interface would help unlock those secrets.
The 4 statues must disappear in a shot
by Fulvio Pietramala 5 years ago
The movie director would like to shoot a monument here in Livorno where the 4 statues should disappear in a short clip Any advice to get this effect would be appreciated (we have to shoot it yet) Than
Re: The 4 statues must disappear in a shot
by Tom Brooks 5 years ago
I would gather some additional background material to replace the areas obscured by the statue. Just shoot from the other side of it, with your camera on the same axis, toward the building. That becom
Magnetic Timeline Intervention
by Tom Brooks 6 years ago
I work with someone who gets around the magnetic timeline by always starting with a Gap clip and then connecting all other clips to it. The Gap becomes the anchor strip for all clips and thus, all cli
Re: Magnetic Timeline Intervention
by Jeremy Garchow 6 years ago
Tom Brooks "Of course, it totally defeats the ability of FCX to keep the hundreds of clips in sync. How can I convince this editor that his life will be better if he stops doing that and forces himse
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Export FCPX Project WITHOUT the Embedded "Menu Track"
by Greg Cuson 6 years ago
Video track, audio track ... and menu track. Who knew Apparently, I did not. And apparently, the menu track encoded info is not running well with out CMS. Anyone know how to export without it Final Cu
Re: Export FCPX Project WITHOUT the Embedded "Menu Track"
by Jeremy Garchow 6 years ago
Try exporting with the "Include Chapter Markers" button off in the "Settings" tab.
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RocketRAID 272x Drive swap
by Tom Brooks 6 years ago
Alright. Feeling really dumb here. I've never had to swap out a drive from my RAID on a RocketRAID 272x HBA in an 8-bay Enhance Technology enclosure. One drive is showing too many bad sectors. I have
Re: RocketRAID 272x Drive swap
by Tom Brooks 6 years ago
Alex, thanks very much. I do have the option of auto rebuild checked, so I expect it will start on its own. I appreciate the help. - Tom
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Playback performance not perfect
by Tom Brooks 6 years ago
I have two systems with FCX. On my 12-core (64GB RAM, Radeon HD5770 w 1024MB, Areca-driven 8-drive RAID 6 that gets about 700MB Sec), the playback hitches and stutters every now and then. Either it's
Re: Playback performance not perfect
by Jakub Vomacka 6 years ago
I used to have hickups in FCPX related to FCPX trying to authorize system.burn (service ). Note that I dont have original Apple DVD drive. It is very uncommon but who knows, maybe it will be your case
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Timecode Reader anyone?
by Bruce Wittman 7 years ago
Has any clever person figured out how to use a timecode reader (not timecode generator) within FCPX Our clients want a timecode window burn of our raw footage, NOT the timecode of the timeline I have
Re: Timecode Reader anyone?
by Bill Davis 7 years ago
You're right. Same difference. I seldom put compounds in my Event Browser - but thats no reason not to do it that way. In fact I'm not sure there's any real huge difference between storing a Window Du
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What are all standard screen resolution settings for videos being played back on laptops.
by jon alva 8 years ago
I am making videos to sell for church ministry. I am using fcpx. I have compresser 4. The people who download the videos will only use the videos to playback on there PC's and Mac's, to display on the
Re: What are all standard screen resolution settings for videos being played back on laptops.
by Jeff Greenberg 8 years ago
jon alva "What is the best screen resolution I should give them to fill the overall settings of tv's and projectors What is the best Compresser 4 settings I should give them What video Codec to use H
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Tom Brooks liked this 8 years ago
a really good quote
by Aindreas Gallagher 8 years ago
its from rob tinsworth on the FCP forum. It's like about two posts down, but I thought its worth re-posting. http: forums.creativecow.net thread 8 1137965 "So I should be all over FCP-X and a new edit
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Re: a really good quote
by Tom Brooks 8 years ago
Aindreas Gallagher "doesn't it ring true with anyone that we're being forced into stupidly autistic OCD organisation methods by a bunch of self regarding OCD asbergers software engineers " Your termi
Using Empty Compound Clips as a FCP 7 Sequence - No Need For Projects
by Tony Silanskas 8 years ago
OK. I want to know why this is a bad idea. I've been playing around with creating empty Compound Clips in my Events and using them as FCP 7 "Sequences" since from reading the manual they act just like
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Re: Using Empty Compound Clips as a FCP 7 Sequence - No Need For Projects
by Andy DeVries 7 years ago
I am just diving into FCPX and this is a great approach to a more traditional avid fcp7-friendly logging selects workflow. Great! Keyword-organizing the compound clips so that they'll show up in their
Locking in and outs in Bin (or what ever they call it now)
by Elliott Dunwody 8 years ago
Is there a way yo lock your in and out on a clip in the events. Every time my mouse moves over it the in and out gets moved. Driving me crazy. Bright Blue Sky Productions 4811 Rivoli Dr Macon, GA 3121
Re: Locking in and outs in Bin (or what ever they call it now)
by Craig Seeman 8 years ago
Further refining the technique in which in and out points (range) is EASILY remembered. Mark In and Out point (range). Press F to make range a Favorite (remembers range). Note Green bar at top of clip
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Settings and Account Profile Edit links are broken
by Tom Brooks 8 years ago
Broken links. Can't get to Settings or Edit Account Profile from my account page. Tom Brooks
Re: Settings and Account Profile Edit links are broken
by Tom Brooks 8 years ago
No problem. Cheers.
After a couple of days here is what it comes down to.
by Russell Lasson 8 years ago
Now that it's been a couple of days since the release, this is what I think it comes down to. The hour glass has started. Apple has to start updating soon and adding in basic pro features. We'll see w
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Re: After a couple of days here is what it comes down to.
by Tom Brooks 8 years ago
The former--how video is passed to a capture card.
Apple's Personal VISTA
by Sascha Engel 8 years ago
What in god's name was going on in Apple's Head This is iMovie on Steroids in so many ways! AVID will chear for that one. What is going on here No tape ingestion! No OMF nor XML Export. Not compatible
Re: Apple's Personal VISTA
by Tom Brooks 8 years ago
Lot of Avid people saying I told you so. Never should have gone with Apple to begin with. I disagree. We went with FC because it was new in many ways. This is more new. We were due for a change.
Video looks better - am I seeing things?
by Tangier Clarke 8 years ago
Is it just me, but my video content (AVCHD from an AF100) looks much nicer in FCP X than in FCP 7. It's sharper and more rich in color. Could just be me, but it really looks nicer. No seriously. Tangi
Re: Video looks better - am I seeing things?
by Tom Brooks 8 years ago
I noticed it looked better right away.
Interesting time to jump or not to jump...
by Peter Lloyd Culley 8 years ago
I have a confession. Bare with me if you will. For two decades I have had a secret I have been made to feel I should keep hidden. From the design and advertising industry I was considered an outcast,
Re: Interesting time to jump or not to jump...
by Tom Brooks 8 years ago
It's not so much the capabilities of the various busses. PCIe is just as capable as Thunderbolt in terms of moving data. It's how the ease of use and other advantages of Thunderbolt will affect produc
What FCPX *really* needs
by Richard Herd 8 years ago
It needs a button for corporate clients: "Make it softer by adding dissolves to every cut" and the "don't be creative" button. You know this is true!
Re: What FCPX *really* needs
by Tom Brooks 8 years ago
I hope it comes with a jaw pad.
FCP X Colour Correction Pics?
by Martin Curtis 8 years ago
Leaked pics I suppose you'd want to look quickly.
Re: FCP X Colour Correction Pics?
by Tom Brooks 8 years ago
Sky's not falling so fast now.
OT: really for the final cut X board but - the magnetise switches?
by Aindreas Gallagher 8 years ago
I just thought this might be generally interesting: I think you can actually see the magnetise on off buttons there in the interface - http: www.photographybay.com wp-content uploads 2011 04 FCP-X-Eff
Re: OT: really for the final cut X board but - the magnetise switches?
by Tom Brooks 8 years ago
This is a fun guessing game. I think that last switch is for nesting.
Direct to edit facility
by Robert Wrensch 8 years ago
I have an HD broadcast van. I send a production signal into AJA hdtv distribution amp. It then patches into black magic up cross down converter , i set it to Pal SD Letterbox. The sdi out then goes in
Re: Direct to edit facility
by Tom Brooks 8 years ago
What is the unsatisfactory result you are getting If you set the downconvert to PAL SD Letterbox, sounds like you'll get 4:3 with letterbox. Can you set to PAL SD 16:9 Anamorphic
FCP can't play imported avi/mov files
by Aron Zana 8 years ago
What's up everybody I want to re-edit some parts from the classic blaxploitation flick "Coffy" for a university project in Final Cut Pro. I ripped the movie as a H264 .avi video and can import into in
Re: FCP can't play imported avi/mov files
by Tom Brooks 8 years ago
Nope. It's just about half that--12.6GB per hour.
HVX-200A viewfinder problem
by Andy Kralik 9 years ago
I have what look like white squiggly phosphorescent marking inside the eyepiece just above the LCD. The LCD itself doesn't look damaged. I can move my eye & camera around a bit and can see below the g
Re: HVX-200A viewfinder problem
by Tom Brooks 9 years ago
I'd suspect melting if that layer is actually acrylic. Sunlight entering through the eyepiece will be focused on the surfaces inside and can melt plastics. I've had it happen very quickly on a camera.
Motion wants serial number
by Jeff York 10 years ago
I'm not entirely sure why my copy of Motion has now decided to start asking for my serial number on launch, but it does periodically. Very annoying. This is a clean install as part of FCS2. Typically
Re: Motion wants serial number
by Tom Brooks 9 years ago
I get it too. I suspect it happens when I have Adobe products running concurrently.
The dreaded orange render line
by Dan Rollins 9 years ago
Hello, this is my 1st post on the COW. I have been cutting a movie in FCP7 and am wondering what is causing the Orange render bar. It is taking an extremely long time to render or export my video. My
Re: The dreaded orange render line
by Tom Brooks 9 years ago
I need to catch up with you a little bit. The answer seems to be that your first title fills the still cache, leaving no cache for the rest of them to play in real time. What type of stills are these
Capturing Sony DCR--TRV80
by Dexil Rold 9 years ago
I have a Sony DCR-TRV80 which I hardly use, I sued it and cannot get the capturing into FCP. I have version 7.0.2. Does anyone know how to capture this tape I usually use my Sony EX1. Dexil Rold
Re: Capturing Sony DCR--TRV80
by Tom Brooks 9 years ago
Do you have more than one FireWire bus installed on this computer Some FireWire camcorders require a separate FW card when FireWire drives are also in use.
Transcode DVCPro HD 720p60 59.94 to 29.97 ?
by Mike Konstan 9 years ago
I have a project where product b-roll and host scenes were shot in DVCPro HD 720p60 @ 59.94, and the master sequence was edited using the same codec and framerate. What is the best method for converti
Re: Transcode DVCPro HD 720p60 59.94 to 29.97 ?
by Tom Brooks 9 years ago
The default behavior in Compressor is to make fields from p60--at least with the "DVD Best Quality 90-Minutes" setting. You could make p30, but I'm not sure why you'd want to throw away motion informa
FCP - 720p @ 29.97 NIGHTMARE!!!
by Shawn Hutcheson 9 years ago
Here it goes... We have two projects for the same client. Both were shot on the HVX200. One project was shot at 720p 24 (giving the frame rate 23.98) within FCP. The footage resides on a 960 x 720 fra
Re: FCP - 720p @ 29.97 NIGHTMARE!!!
by Tom Brooks 9 years ago
When I need smooth playback on a client's computer without special hardware and software, I never deliver in a camera-original, mastering or editing codec. For playing on the desktop, in PowerPoint, o
5D and 7D footage in the same FCP timeline
by Philippe Gariepy 9 years ago
Hi everyone. I'll be starting shortly to edit a small project in Final Cut Pro 7. Half of it was shot with the Canon Mark II 5D, the other half with the 7D. We would like to keep the 7D material in 23
Re: 5D and 7D footage in the same FCP timeline
by Tom Brooks 9 years ago
The 24p look is good if you shoot correctly for it. 24p is a nice, slow to moderate frame rate. Excellent for web usage and good for DVD. So, it's really good for multiple forms of release. DVD player
HVX200A - 720/23.98pA footage - any hope of converting to real 23.976?
by Dave Gorrie 9 years ago
Hi All, I thought for sure I could figure this out, but I'm a little stuck. We had some footage shot, and halfway through the day the camera guy realized he was shooting 23.98pA - and then switched ov
Re: HVX200A - 720/23.98pA footage - any hope of converting to real 23.976?
by Tom Brooks 9 years ago
Yah, I know. I guess I believed the OP when he said pA, which would IMPLY 1080. In retrospect, that was a poor assumption. I'll be quiet now.
Going from Highpoint to something else help
by James Brill 9 years ago
I built an 8TB RAID 5 with a RR4322 a bit back and have found it to not be what I expected in terms of customer support or stability. There was a freak failure I think if not a kernel panic and then a
Re: It's over!
by Tom Brooks 9 years ago
Wow. That's good to know. I have one of their boxes. When I bought it the sales guy was very informed and helpful, too. They recommended a Highpoint card then also.
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