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OT: iPhone X vs blender
by David Mathis 1 week ago
Surely they can t be serious. https: www.youtube.com watch v=KWqw5SpITg8
Re: OT: iPhone X vs blender
by Bret Williams 6 days ago
I imagined you would more of "Office Space" him. _______________________________________________________________________ http: BretFX.com FCPX Plugins & Templates for Editors & Motion Graphics Artists
What is a good graphics add-on for FCPX?
by Todd Blake 7 days ago
I see a lot of videos online that have very slick looking graphic overlays to add a professional touch to projects. Youtube vloggers and such, mostly. These are either floating moving graphics text, g
Re: What is a good graphics add-on for FCPX?
by Bret Williams 7 days ago
I forgot core melt. They make slicex, drivex, and trackx. Plugins that do things like track the front of a car and add objects, or blur, or colorize, etc. _____________________________________________
Moving/Animating Titles
by Brian Green 1 week ago
Hello everyone! New FCPX user here. What is the best way to create an animated title Specifically, something like this (36 seconds in): https: youtu.be ycuMyyqBWQY t=36s Should it be done in FCPX Moti
Re: Moving/Animating Titles
by Bret Williams 7 days ago
There may be something similar in the titles browser, but the best way would be to learn Motion and create your own title plugin template there. But, in the meantime check out some of the great titles
Motion Template Losing Track of Text?!
by Doug Metz 2 weeks ago
Greets, peeps! I built a very simple Title template in Motion - small rectangle slides in from the side with text overlay and then slides back out again. It works perfectly inside Motion, and it works
Re: Motion Template Losing Track of Text?!
by Bret Williams 2 weeks ago
I don t doubt it. Align to was pretty wack before 10.4. I tried to use it in a plugin (still unreleased) to do what you re saying but I m sure they were in different groups. But the problem I had was
Motion Tracker
by Glenn Grant 3 weeks ago
Are sliceX and TrackX still good options, or is there something new out there The Coremelt site doesn't look like it's been updated in some time.
Re: Motion Tracker
by Bret Williams 3 weeks ago
SliceX and TrackX are still the defecto standards. Coremelt is extremely active around the net and FB forums. Their whole website was given a full overhaul less than a year ago. They just released a h
And it starts. Animoji Music Videos are a thing.
by Bill Davis 3 weeks ago
Someone, somewhere (maybe inside Apple ) is surely working on 3d portrait capture and mapping to these. The future will be weird. (Yes, Albert Einstein IS a member of my Ska Band - why would you think
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Re: And it starts. Animoji Music Videos are a thing.
by Bret Williams 3 weeks ago
I thoroughly enjoyed that! _______________________________________________________________________ http: BretFX.com FCPX Plugins & Templates for Editors & Motion Graphics Artists Hang Tag http: bretfx
Can I rename clips on the root level?
by Noam Osband 1 month ago
I have some imported clips in FCP X. I want to rename them but I want the renaming to also impact them at the root level (in the original media folder). Is there a way to do that I've looked online an
Re: Can I rename clips on the root level?
by Bret Williams 1 month ago
It s just another one of those could do it in legacy things. _______________________________________________________________________ http: BretFX.com FCPX Plugins & Templates for Editors & Motion Grap
Trying to use FCPx on 2 computers, and cannot open project on one of them
by Gillian Marsollier 1 month ago
Hello everyone, I own FCPx and purchased it through the App store years ago. I have another editor helping me with a project, so she is using my second allowed log in on her computer now (she download
Re: Trying to use FCPx on 2 computers, and cannot open project on one of them
by Bret Williams 1 month ago
The Library is open. Switch over to her login and close the library, or quit FCPX or log out. _______________________________________________________________________ http: BretFX.com FCPX Plugins & Te
Big news for Intel (Not OT as it will affect FCPX)
by Steve Connor 2 months ago
http: www.theregister.co.uk 2018 01 02 intel_cpu_design_flaw The fix will mean a possible performance hit of up to 30%!! "Traditional NLEs have timelines. FCPX has storylines " W.Soyka
Re: Big news for Intel (Not OT as it will affect FCPX)
by Bret Williams 1 month ago
Looks like my MacPro 1,1 might be in the clear! And believe it or not, you can hack it to run FCPX 10.3.4 on El Cap. It actually works pretty well in 1080p. I know you can also do Sierra, so probably
Weird Wacom Problem in FCP X does anyone else have this too?
by Gunnar Selm 1 month ago
Hi all, i recently purchased FCP X and am pretty exited about it. But i have one issue with my Wacom tablet. Somehow i am not able to click and drag a clip to "over the end" end of the timeline. Click
Re: Weird Wacom Problem in FCP X does anyone else have this too?
by Bret Williams 1 month ago
Do you have it set to function like a mouse or is it set to a pixel to pixel mapping That d be my guess. _______________________________________________________________________ http: BretFX.com FCPX P
Can I Keep a 60fps Clip in a 30fps Project, Without Conforming?
by Ernie Munick 1 month ago
Hi, Often times, I shoot an interview in 4K (30fps, 30fps project) and add b-roll from action footage shot in 1080 60fps. Sometimes the results are stuttery. Is there a proper, or even possible, workf
Re: Can I Keep a 60fps Clip in a 30fps Project, Without Conforming?
by Bret Williams 1 month ago
Well, then you have 60fps of data that need to fit into a 30fps space. Every other frame will not be shown. There's no way around that really. If it's fast action, you're losing half the temporal data
Demystification: A Parable
by Simon Ubsdell 1 month ago
Imagine, if you will, an apartment building. It has roughly 25 and a half floors (probably designed originally by Charlie Kaufman, who knows ), but only around 20 of these floors are actually used by
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Re: Demystification: A Parable
by Bret Williams 1 month ago
I bought elevator pro awhile ago. It's bolted onto the side of the building but its better than the original, and still makes sense when I stumble home after a night out. _____________________________
More "demystification"...
by Bill Davis 1 month ago
I'm trying to stay out of this because in both software engineering and color theory - I'm pretty much an idiot. I'm just an end user, and HAPPY to be one. But this has blown up so much - that I'm fas
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Re: More "demystification"...
by Mark Smith 1 month ago
The way color wheels work in rec 709 is giving me acid flashbacks to doing a tech set up on a analog video camera , say a PC70. Back in those days it was the case that engineering set up controls were
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Bret Williams liked this 1 month ago
The Color Wheels Mystery ...
by Simon Ubsdell 2 months ago
I am sure all of you here know much more about the color science than I do and can explain what is happening with the color wheels in FCP X 10.4 (specifically the Shadows, Midtones and Highlights) and
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David Lawrence liked this 2 months ago
Re: The Color Wheels Mystery ...
by Bret Williams 2 months ago
Simon you re being way too PC on this one but I understand as a developer you sometimes have to walk the line. I saw the video before you pulled it and it wasn t overly critical of Apple or anyone who
Pixelmator Pro
by Oliver Peters 3 months ago
For those looking to work Adobe-free and needing a Photoshop alternative, Pixelmator Pro launches today. Seems like a good choice to help round-out an FCPX "suite" of apps. http: www.pixelmator.com pr
Re: Pixelmator Pro
by Bret Williams 3 months ago
I have found that very little gets rasterized in AP. Even scaling a layer is not rasterized. No smart layers required. It tends to treat things like objects more than PS. Kind of a PS AI hybrid. The s
2013 nMac Pro with eGPU for FCPX?
by Michael Hadley 4 months ago
As new iMac Pros and Mac Pros appear on the horizon, wondering if there's any way to get more bang out of my now old 2013 Mac Pro trashcan. While I know it's possible to use an eGPU over Thunderbolt 2
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Re: 2013 nMac Pro with eGPU for FCPX?
by Bret Williams 3 months ago
If you were using an iMac you might discover there s no need tontranscode to ProRes because they have h264 acceleration built into the processor while the xeons don t. So you wouldn t deal with h264 d
Motion project inside a motion project?
by Lawrence Eaton 4 months ago
Is this possible I remember being able to drag from finder or via File import.... Anyone care to enlighten this lost soul Lawrence
Re: Motion project inside a motion project?
by Bret Williams 3 months ago
Probably when they were QuickTime based. 6+ years ago. You can open 2 projects and paste one into the other though. _______________________________________________________________________ http: BretFX
What's the best way to get titles to come on at the same time a character says them?
by Noam Osband 4 months ago
I just got Motion. I'm learning it. Forums are super helpful here. I want to have titles where the words come out, in time, as they are said by the characters. What's the best way to do that in Motion
Re: What's the best way to get titles to come on at the same time a character says them?
by Bret Williams 4 months ago
I know you re new to Motion, but as you re learning you might want to focus on doing these particulars in FCPX. IOW, if applicable you may want to create the titles with just a second between them and
simple tracking: still image over moving video
by Richard Potter 7 months ago
Hi all - I need to accomplish a simple effect. I have a 5 second over-the-shoulder shot of an actor looking toward the horizon. We see the back of her head and the sky that she's viewing. I need to pl
Re: simple tracking: still image over moving video
by Bret Williams 6 months ago
Now add some random camera wiggle back in to help sell it. _______________________________________________________________________ http: BretFX.com FCP X Plugins & Templates for Editors & Motion Graph
Looking for documentation on title templates affecting the frame.
by Tangier Clarke 8 months 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 8 months 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
Sharing Motion Templates
by David Mathis 8 months 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 8 months 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
Trying to enter in RGB or Hex values inside of a Replicator / Cell Controls / Color Gradient and I am going nuts!
by Jiggy Gaton 9 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 9 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 10 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 9 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
Final Cut Pro X + AfterEffects or Motion5?
by Richi Chillt 10 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 10 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 11 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 10 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 __________________________________________
Footage becoming interlaced in FCP 7
by Gabriel Rougeau 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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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Bret Williams liked this 2 years ago
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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago
I thought it also didn't edit down stuff like h264.
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