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Blackmagic driver 10.9.5 - did they finally fix the broadcast lag in FCPX?!?
by Michael Hancock 6 days ago
Just updated my Blackmagic drivers to the latest (10.9.5), and in my initial testing it looks like the awful stickiness and lag when you hit play has been dramatically reduced! There's still a delay i
Re: Blackmagic driver 10.9.5 - did they finally fix the broadcast lag in FCPX?!?
by Bret Williams 20 minutes ago
I know!!!! But what am I going to do for a paper weight now _______________________________________________________________________ http: BretFX.com FCP X Plugins & Templates for Editors & Motion Grap
FCPX scopes keep changing position
by Peter Drobinski 2 days ago
Hi, this has recently started happening, and I was wondering if anyone else was experiencing this: I have my scopes set up in one of the FCPX scope display arrangements of two small windows above a la
Re: FCPX scopes keep changing position
by Bret Williams 20 hours ago
I keep my scopes in exactly the same config and have been unable to recreate the issue on my system. Not have I ever heard of the issue before. Congrats you might be the first! _______________________
Too many projects in one library
by Oliver Peters 1 week ago
Is there a prevailing thought about how many Projects should be in any given Library I saw a post over at FCPco from a doc editor who had 27 Projects (alternative versions, archived, etc) and this was
Re: Too many projects in one library
by Bret Williams 1 week ago
You're doing it the way the majority of us do it. I think Jeremy was just saying having 27 projects in a library isn't that many. For example, I'm currently on a job that is a set of 8 videos. On some
Somewhat OT: Why Adobe Can't be Stopped
by Jason Watson 3 weeks ago
Without intending to get into the merits demerits of Adobe CC, I noticed a couple of interesting posts on Seeking Alpha right around when Adobe released its Q2 2017 financials: Why Adobe Can't be Stop
Re: Somewhat OT: Why Adobe Can't be Stopped
by Bret Williams 3 weeks ago
Why can't anyone find people to work with Premiere So many openings! Sad. It can't be that bad to work with. Geez. _______________________________________________________________________ http: BretFX.
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How to avoid range selection in FCPX
by Mathew Farrell 3 weeks ago
Hey groovers, I use a Wacom stylus instead of a mouse. It's one of those things. One quirk with using a stylus is that it's very normal to do a slight drag when you click on something*. Normally it's
Re: How to avoid range selection in FCPX
by Bret Williams 3 weeks ago
Hmm. I never use anything but a thumbnail or list. Never a filmstrip. _______________________________________________________________________ http: BretFX.com FCP X Plugins & Templates for Editors & M
Copy and paste clips without audio
by Greg Ball 3 weeks ago
Hi there. I'm on FCP X 10.3.3, and I'm trying to copy and paste video clips from one project into another without pasting the audio. Is there a way to do that without having to detach the audio and de
Re: Copy and paste clips without audio -Bret
by Bret Williams 3 weeks ago
Highlight all the clips, go to inspector and uncheck the audio to turn it off. Highlight all the "connected" clips and place them in a secondary storyline by pressing cmd-g to enable ripple outside of
Looking for documentation on title templates affecting the frame.
by Tangier Clarke 4 weeks ago
A lot of title plugins like chat or texting messaging plugins push the frame in FCP X upward; additively if you add more than one and require them to be grouped in a compound clip to sit nicely on the
Re: Looking for documentation on title templates affecting the frame.
by Bret Williams 3 weeks ago
I've built one recently if you'd like a copy to test for me. _______________________________________________________________________ http: BretFX.com FCP X Plugins & Templates for Editors & Motion Gra
Dangerous forest or enchanted meadow?
by Simon Ubsdell 1 month ago
It's been fascinating to read all your comments on the bricklaying threads, but one thing has very much stood out for me. From what I have seen, there are editors who approach the timeline with extrem
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Re: Dangerous forest or enchanted meadow?
by Bret Williams 1 month ago
Agreed. Luckily I started in numerous collaborative environments, and even early freelance years were still collaborative. Still get a taste here and there. ___________________________________________
Sharing Motion Templates
by David Mathis 1 month ago
I have a rather basic question. I like to create my own Motion templates and would like to share them with others. I was wondering if their is a way when they download the file the template automatica
Re: Sharing Motion Templates
by Bret Williams 1 month ago
To do what you really want requires a installer package. For commercial purposes you'd need a paid Apple Developer account with access to package maker and some training. Another option is the package
Taking FCPX out for a new test drive
by greg janza 2 months ago
I work almost exclusively in Premiere so I don't stay current with what's happening with FCPX and I rarely take it for a spin. However, I recently was asked to do a project on FCPX and so I had a new
Re: Taking FCPX out for a new test drive
by Bret Williams 2 months ago
While $500 is pretty cheap, your math is suspect. It's only $400 ($397 actually). _______________________________________________________________________ http: BretFX.com FCP X Plugins & Templates for
Why is the Premiere Pro titling tool so horrible?
by andy patterson 2 months ago
I think everyone agrees that the titling tool of Premiere Pro is horrible but what about the titling tool of Photoshop Would that type of titling system make Premiere Pro much better Does anyone think
Re: Why is the Premiere Pro titling tool so horrible?
by Bret Williams 2 months ago
I personally don't know much about the Premiere titler but it seems pretty standard. Bevels glows gradients, etc all of which you can do (the trend has been toward flatter cleaner stuff for a while no
Trying to enter in RGB or Hex values inside of a Replicator / Cell Controls / Color Gradient and I am going nuts!
by Jiggy Gaton 3 months ago
Can someone help me get the exact RGB value inside of that control I can't be dragging an eyedropper around till I find the right RGB. And then you have the option of entering in the % of RGB which ma
Re: Trying to enter in RGB or Hex values inside of a Replicator / Cell Controls / Color Gradient and I am going nuts!
by Bret Williams 2 months ago
Awesome _______________________________________________________________________ http: BretFX.com FCP X Plugins & Templates for Editors & Motion Graphics Artists
Still can't export with transparent background
by Kay Ghey 3 months ago
Hi guys, I'm a long time lurker but have finally achieved a level of frustration that's driven me to creating an account. I'm spent hours today scouring the internet for some new solution to exporting
Re: Still can't export with transparent background
by Bret Williams 2 months ago
Have you tried it with the premultiply box off That would be the preferred setting. That would be a straight alpha matte. Also check your project settings in Motion. Isn't there a setting in there to
Apple took 6 years to recover the number of FCP users it had in 2011
by Franz Bieberkopf 3 months ago
I note that there hasn't been much movement here the past few years, but this bit of info contributes to past discussion: https: 9to5mac.com 2017 04 26 final-cut-pro-x-sales The terminology is "seats"
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Re: Apple took 6 years to recover the number of FCP users it had in 2011
by Bret Williams 3 months ago
For me it's undoubtedly not about the magnetic timeline. Although as someone that often has 20+ layers, I've got to say, for the compositing motion graphics work it's extremely efficient in that you c
Markers or Metadata - The Debate!
by David Lawrence 3 months ago
One of FCPX's great strengths is its metadata-driven organizing tools. They're so good I've built logging workflows around them, even though I like cutting in Premiere Pro. But depending on your work
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Re: Markers or Metadata - The Debate!
by Bret Williams 3 months ago
I'll often get into lots of detail in the email diatribe back and forth for that very reason. There's an electronic trail. But sometimes they get frustrated and the phone rings. ______________________
Fascinating Premiere 6K workflow story from Vashi Nedomansky
by Simon Ubsdell 3 months ago
So much interesting information here: https: www.facebook.com premierepro videos 10155088156505619 Simon Ubsdell tokyo productions hawaiki
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Re: Fascinating Premiere 6K workflow story from Vashi Nedomansky
by Bret Williams 3 months ago
All very good points. So what do you think of the second video on the page addressing actually doing it the same way by making compounds _______________________________________________________________
Final Cut Pro X + AfterEffects or Motion5?
by Richi Chillt 3 months ago
Hi friends, as a newbie in video production and Final Cut Pro X user, I'm wondering if I should learn After Effects or Motion5 as my special effects software. 1. I cannot assess, if Motion5 is as powe
Re: Final Cut Pro X + AfterEffects or Motion5?
by William Davis 3 months ago
I'm with Bret. The short answer for me would be "both." AE is the industry standard for motion graphics, so knowing it can only be a good thing, and with Motion's deep integration with FCPX and its $4
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100% opaque layer is still not quite opaque
by Brian Dunning 4 months ago
I have a number of layers that consist of simple JPG images. The only processing filters applied to them are cropping. They are all set to 100% opaque, Normal blend mode. Yet wherever they overlap in
Re: 100% opaque layer is still not quite opaque
by Bret Williams 3 months ago
It looks like they're more transparent the farther away they are. Foreground ones look solid. Are they fading in as they come forward or is it a camera issue __________________________________________
Scrolling Credits using a Drop Zone?
by Chad Greene 4 months ago
I thought it would be cool to create a Motion Generator with a drop zone that automatically scrolls my show's credit png based on the length of the generator. Just save the PNG out of Illustrator, dro
Re: Scrolling Credits using a Drop Zone?
by Bret Williams 4 months ago
In fact, this sounds like a challenge for Anatoly oner on the FB Motion forum. He loves proving stuff is possible. _______________________________________________________________________ http: BretFX.
Footage becoming interlaced in FCP 7
by Gabriel Rougeau 10 months ago
Hello, this may be the wrong sub-forum, but it's been awhile since I posted here. I have a Sony NEX VG10 camcorder, and I've been told that this camera only films in progressive, so I figured that it
Re: Footage becoming interlaced in FCP 7
by Bret Williams 10 months ago
But what frame rate did you shoot at 24M is a data rate setting, which can be used with 60i, 50i, or 24p. _______________________________________________________________________ http: BretFX.com Plugi
News: Boris FX and GenArts Announce Significant Merger of Industry-Leading Visual Effects Software Companies
by Cow News Droid 11 months ago
Plug-in leader Boris FX acquires Sapphire tools and team to become the powerhouse in post-production software industry (Boston, MA--September 9, 2016) Boris FX , the leader in integrated VFX and workf
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Re: News: Boris FX and GenArts Announce Significant Merger of Industry-Leading Visual Effects Software Companies
by Bret Williams 11 months ago
Could it be that both seem ridiculously overpriced in a market where there's been a groundswell of inexpensive and free plugins produced by small companies and individuals with nothing but a $50 copy
News: Adobe Unveils Sweeping Feature and Performance Updates to Adobe Creative Cloud Applications at IBC 2016
by Cow News Droid 11 months ago
Virtual Reality, Character Animation, Advanced Collaboration, and 3D Innovations across After Effects, Premiere Pro, and more (San Jose, CA--September 6, 2016) Adobe today revealed a series of innovat
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Re: News: Adobe Unveils Sweeping Feature and Performance Updates to Adobe Creative Cloud Applications at IBC 2016
by Bret Williams 11 months ago
Ever since Adobe added text publishing to AE ( bringing its publishing up to par with Motion 4 and FCP 7 combo) I figured they were right on the cusp of assaulting the only solid advantage The Motion
drop-down "bungee" effect using motion
by Yohanan Braunschvig 12 months ago
hi, Noob to motion, trying to find out how to make an object or group of objects to drop down and bounce back as if strung on a cord or a rope. would love a pointer to relevant behaviors or parameters
Re: drop-down "bungee" effect using motion
by Deyson Ortiz 12 months ago
Hello and good day Yohanan. I have a template similar to what I think you are looking for just in case you did not want to create it from scratch: https: motion-master-templates.com leaflet-theme-pack
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I've lost my head
by Bret Williams 1 year ago
A year or more ago I clicked on my head and said "remove my head from forum" or something like that. It was reminding me of just how addicted I was. Well, the first step is admitting you have a proble
Re: I've lost my head
by Bret Williams 1 year ago
Sounds good. Guess I'll have to up my postings to get my head back up though. 18th poster of all time just ain't good enough. :P
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Auto-renewable subscriptions coming soon to all categories on Apple's App Store
by Walter Soyka 1 year ago
"Starting this fall, apps in all categories on the App Store will be eligible to offer in-app purchases for auto-renewable subscriptions to services or content. Users enjoy the reliability that comes
Re: Auto-renewable subscriptions coming soon to all categories on Apple's App Store
by Bill Davis 1 year ago
Walter Soyka "s software development to be different than episodic content development " As I've long argued, I have little quarrel with a pure subscription model where the consumer pays for access t
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After Effects Fake Camera Pan Around Subject?
by Tyler Ammons 1 year ago
So I have two different videos of the same person who is in about the center of the screen in both videos. The first video is more on the left side of the person, while the second was filmed from behi
Re: After Effects Fake Camera Pan Around Subject?
by Bret Williams 1 year ago
But you can put your person on a turntable of sorts and shoot them on blue screen while you rotate THEM instead of the camera. Now you essentially have a 3D model (from one camera angle) and in AE you
Compound clip audio weirdness
by Bret Williams 1 year ago
Someone smack me and tell me what I'm missing here. I have a compound clip nested within my sequence, and the 8 audio tracks are being merged. Usually, expanding audio components shows all the tracks
Re: Compound clip audio weirdness
by Bill Davis 1 year ago
Bret, Personally, I'd go back the the original clips - Open in Timeline - and completely delete all those empty tracks. We've seen that when X sees a bunch of empty tracks, (even if you're not activel
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MP4 vs AVCHD
by Bryce Douglass 1 year ago
I have a Canon XA25 which shoots in AVCHD or MP4. I have been shooting in AVCHD then transcoding to Pro Res as I have had playback issues etc with multi cam etc. if I switched to MP4 would I have to t
Re: MP4 vs AVCHD
by Bret Williams 1 year ago
It's not as intensive with your iMac as with say a Mac Pro. You have h264 acceleration on that iMac processor where the xeons do not. Pro res is still a little smoother to edit with but not noticeably
iphone4 video in FCP7 for youtube export
by raju bhai 2 years ago
Hi, I have an iPhone4 video that i just wanted to cut a section out of in FCP7 and then export it for youtube. It is a 36 min video. When i import the iPhone clip into FCP7 and drop it into the fresh
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Re: iphone4 video in FCP7 for youtube export
by Bret Williams 2 years ago
No need for iMovie. Just trim it and upload it from photos right on the phone.
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Why MXF4MAC cannot open my .MXF file??
by kim manis 2 years ago
Hello, Has anyone use MXF4mac for playing back MXF file I have been using it for a while until today it doesn't work anymore I don't know if there is something wrong with the codec in my .MXF file or
Re: Why MXF4MAC cannot open my .MXF file??
by Bret Williams 2 years ago
Dave LaRonde "Or if you insist on using five-year-old software" 7 year old software. 2009.
Splitting multi-channel audio into discrete left and right tracks?
by Phil Lowe 2 years ago
See subject. Need to be able to do this in browser up front. Is there a way to pan mono 1 to left and mono 2 to right in a dual mono set up without having to pan each clip individually on the timeline
Re: Splitting multi-channel audio into discrete left and right tracks?
by Jeremy Garchow 2 years ago
I will not try roles dual mono. I will not try them I'm Mr Lowe -- Well I'm Mr Garchow and I'm here to say Roles dual mono is a really great way -- I will not try them without tracks How can you not s
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mixing frame rates
by Bret Williams 2 years ago
Is there an issue with mixing frame rates in resolve I've got a multicam edit that is 29.97 except one camera that is 23.98. I ported the project over from FCP X so I could do better color correction,
Re: mixing frame rates
by Bret Williams 2 years ago
This also brings up a good question. Why is there a pull-down menu setting for timeline frame rate, and then right underneath it a "playback" frame rate FILL-IN box Isn't that just asking for trouble
Creative Cloud Holiday Discount Accounting?
by Bill Davis 2 years ago
So lots of email today and ads with DEEP discounts for a first year of CC. Like pushing near 70% off. IIRC the earlier discussions here the idea advanced was that the subscription rate didn't reflect
Re: Creative Cloud Holiday Discount Accounting?
by Bret Williams 2 years ago
Don't they give everyone 50% off their first year My first year (CS6) was $25 a month. So this is just half off the regular student rate. Adobe is creatively combining the two discounts into one 68% o
Does anybody know about this new plugin?
by Daniel Brown 2 years ago
I wish a had bookmarked this article, so I apologize in advance for not having more information. I read an article and watched a video on this new plugin. (I cannot remember if it was just for Mac or
Re: Does anybody know about this new plugin?
by Bret Williams 2 years ago
A little short sighted. I can see using this in all sorts of situations. Basically ANYWHERE you would normally have a freeze frame. Freeze, focus on a movement for a corporate or training video, or pu
Fusion and OFX Support
by David Mathis 2 years ago
While waiting for Studio for Mac OS X, I would like to see expanded OFX support, perhaps something from Red Giant and others. Otherwise, very pleased with Fusion overall, great software! Kudos to the
Re: Fusion and OFX Support
by Bret Williams 2 years ago
Where are you finding the time David In trying to cut the Adobe cord I've had to learn Motion, and still keep up with AE. And before that of course ditch legacy and learn X and some Premiere. Now I'm
DaVinci color grade doesn't translate to FCP X
by Phil Snyder 2 years ago
vI imported an XML timeline from DaVinci Resolve 12 into FCP X. Everything came through except the color grading that I did in DaVinci. It reverted to the flattened V log image. What can I do to hold
Re: DaVinci color grade doesn't translate to FCP X
by Bret Williams 2 years ago
Of course you have to go back. Can't do much fx or titling in Resolve. Especially the titling you already did in FCP X or premiere. That stuff just doesn't translate.
Panning Audio in resolve 12
by Bret Williams 2 years ago
Coming from a FCP 7 background, where there weren't any different types of audio tracks, this whole premiere-like audio setup is a bit foreign. In 7, a channel was a channel and a track was always a s
Re: Panning Audio in resolve 12
by Bret Williams 2 years ago
Obviously you can't animate a pan in the media window. My problem is that only s stereo clip will pan in a stereo track. I've read the manual on it and honestly it doesn't seem to correlate. It's defi
How long to export 5 min of HD footage?
by Benjamin Cohen 2 years ago
I am using CC 2015, a EVGA GeForce GTX 970 Super Clocked ACX 2.0 Graphics Card, a i7 Core, 16GB of BallStix Memory, Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD7 TH LGA 1150 Z97 Dual Thunderbolt 2 ATX Motherboard i'm using a
Re: How long to export 5 min of HD footage?
by Bret Williams 2 years ago
Except for the bits about being a MacPro 5,1.
Is this considered a good buy or is the machine too old and slow for all this software? Thanks
by John Sherrill 2 years ago
Mac Pro 8 Core Yosemite Adobe CS5 AutoCAD Final Cut Pro X so many more - $800 http: images.craigslist.org 00k0k_a65mUnFGjew_600x450.jpg Mac Pro 3,1 A1186 Model 2 x Intel Xeon Quad Core 2.8 Ghz. = 8 Re
Re: Is this considered a good buy or is the machine too old and slow for all this software? Thanks
by Bret Williams 2 years ago
FCP X can't even run on that machine. It requires at least a 1 gig card. The fact that they called a 512card an upgrade is suspect. Id be amazed if Yosemite even ran with 4 gigs of RAM as well. Adobe
does your NLE match your budget?
by Brian Cooney 2 years ago
I've come to the conclusion over the last few months with the apple adobe saga and all that is in the mix, that we probably can't blame the manufacturers if we are still trying to keep up with the lat
Re: does your NLE match your budget?
by Bret Williams 2 years ago
You've got the cred so I'm trying to give you the benefit. But you just kind keep saying the same thing without really giving any specifics. What kind of stuff are you doing with these clients that yo
What is this? I hit some keys...and saw something I didn't recognize in the timeline.
by Noam Osband 2 years ago
So, I hit some keys, and my timeline looked like this. I have no idea what I did but it wasn't acting normally. Well, it probably was acting normally if I knew what I did. Here is a photo: 8960_screen
Re: What is this? I hit some keys...and saw something I didn't recognize in the timeline.
by Jeremy Garchow 2 years ago
It's the precision editor. There's a big button that says "Close the Precision editor" on the bottom right. It's a method of trimming where you can skim the incoming and outgoing clips and move the ed
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Installing Plug-ins in Premiere Pro CS6
by Thomas birrings 2 years ago
I have no idea how to install plug-ins. I want to try out a specific plug-in called Vashimorph 40. It can be found here: http: vashivisuals.com vashimorphic40-free-anamorphic-effects-project Can someo
Re: Installing Plug-ins in Premiere Pro CS6
by Bret Williams 2 years ago
That appears to be an after effects project, not a premiere plugin.
FCP7 Media Manager not deleting unused media, and creating a new project with entire media instead of edited clips.
by Zopiro da Tracia 2 years ago
Anyone ever experienced this It only happens in some systems, works just fine in others. Old app, I know, but... known bug Solvable I found some answers telling me to add a reel number to clips, but M
Re: FCP7 Media Manager not deleting unused media, and creating a new project with entire media instead of edited clips.
by Bret Williams 2 years ago
I thought it also didn't edit down stuff like h264.
The FCP X "tell"
by Oliver Peters 2 years 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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Re: The FCP X "tell"
by Mark Suszko 2 years ago
Back in the 70's and 80's, there was a group of analysts trying to figure out what the Soviet Russians were thinking. The nickname for these people were "Kremlinologists". Their craft was a mix of sta
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Final Cut Pro 5.1.4 Update file needed
by Curtis Stephens 2 years ago
I'm running Final Cut Pro 5.1 (ancient, I know) on Yosemite. I'm trying to transfer my old projects from a Snow Leopard computer over, but the Snow Leopard version is 5.1.4, and the App Store doesn't
Re: Final Cut Pro 5.1.4 Update file needed
by Bret Williams 2 years ago
No software update in Apple menu in Yosemite. All via app store.
Need Some Direction Please
by Brady Lovell 3 years ago
I've been a hunter all of my life, and I've been messing around with filming my hunts since before HD was even popular. I never got serious until 2 years ago though. When GoPro came out, it was a perf
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Re: Need Some Direction Please
by Bret Williams 3 years ago
And fwiw, Digital Juice doesn't sell music anymore. They sell subscription packages. Their old store is down and their new format is in beta. Right now the options are pilot members, which is a pretty
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