You down with FCP? Hello all, this is my little corner of "the cow"! I'm a vfx artist and I work in final cut, nuke and after effects. I love finding workflow hacks, and I'm always looking for a new keyboard shortcut! For more posts check out You Down With FCP en-us Wed, 23 Oct 2019 12:00:00 GMT PHP Script How to fix “Out of memory” error in Final Cut Pro 7 The dreaded “out of memory” error is caused by the fact that FCP 7 can only address 4 Gigs of ram. Those 4 Gigs are full of a lot of things other than cached files, so the actual number is even a bit smaller. The only thing that you can do to prevent the error is actually to use less me Tue, 17 Jul 2012 13:30:36 GMT easy sd card speed test for dslr video I picked up a canon t2i the other day to save some timelapse-related wear and tear from my 7D. It used sd cards, and I quickly realized that some cards are better than others, even when they have the same specs. I was inspired by this post over on peta pixel. This isn’t a very broad test, but Tue, 10 Jul 2012 09:56:48 GMT How to interview for creative video positions There have been a lot of factors that have been forced me to think about and look at resumes lately. I’ve been doing a lot of intern interviews, and Siggraph had a bunch of panels about how to get a job / a better job. It’s also that time of the year that I get my reel together so that I Sun, 08 Jul 2012 19:33:41 GMT Batch convert files in After Effects There are many reasons to use something other than After Effects for batch converting files. It simply isn’t set up for it, and many standalone compression apps simply do a better job. Occasionally it is the right tool for the job, so I am going to show you how to batch convert files in After Thu, 24 May 2012 11:21:17 GMT Adding interlacing in final cut 7 It has taken me a long time to wrap my head around this concept and figure out how to display it properly. Final Cut Pro 7 cannot properly export 1080i. Try it. Drag a 1080p 24 clip into a 1080i sequence. Export it. You will end up with a frame-doubled (2:2:2:4) 1080p sequence. FCP did take 24fps an Thu, 24 May 2012 10:49:44 GMT FINALLY, a reason to use a quicktime reference movie! I’ve known about reference movies for a long time, but I have never had the opportunity to use one before today. I am working on a project that is roughly 2k x 1k and uses a still sequence from cinema 4d. Final cut doesn’t really play very well with image sequences, so I used quicktime 7 Fri, 24 Feb 2012 12:16:15 GMT Automatic duck free I am hearing that automatic duck is now free. Interesting… From Wes and Harry: October 28, 2011 If you missed our mail last month you should check it out as it got a lot of people talking. Today we have a follow-up. Our web site has relaunched* and while the overall look of the site is similar Fri, 04 Nov 2011 19:11:52 GMT Donkey noise in After Effects? I may be going crazy (probably in fact) but last night I was up super late rendering a bunch of things out of After Effects and for some reason they were all failing. I had 5 or 6 renders fail, and then right before bed one of them failed and it made a really loud donkey whinneying noise. Has anyon Mon, 15 Aug 2011 22:57:12 GMT Batch process file names with applescript Just now I found myself with an angry Nuke install that wouldn’t recognize quicktimes unless they ended with “.mov” I have a few hundred linked files at this point, and thankfully most of them weren’t in nuke yet. What did I do? Well I mentioned finder “scripting menu a Mon, 15 Aug 2011 19:15:33 GMT Why I’m not scared of FCP X I’ve waited as long at I could to put in my two cents on this one. I’m tired of hearing people moan about how they are switching from FCP to something else. I’m tired of this being the reason why people dig up the age old saws about “professionals use AVID.” Lastly I&#8 Thu, 14 Jul 2011 11:16:10 GMT long filepath terminal trick I work at a pretty big company, and we have pretty big servers, and sometimes a producer will send me a filepath that is well over 10 directories deep. That’s just too far for me to look at the email and then hunt and peck my way deeper and deeper until I find it. Here are two ways to do that Wed, 22 Jun 2011 12:34:15 GMT top 4 points about the new final cut pro announcement 1) price: $299 2) release date: June 3) no interruption for rendering. everything (including transcoding) is done in the background. 4) sample level precision for audio (FINALLY!) for more insights, check out the logs of @fcpsupermeet as he was live tweeting (via text) better than even a teenage gir Tue, 12 Apr 2011 20:08:21 GMT live tweeting the final cut pro announcement from the FCP supermeet @fcpsupermeet Just in case you didn’t know, the rumors are deafening that apple will be demoing/unveiling the new final cut at the LA FCP supermeet. That will be happening tonight (april 12) at 7pm pacific. In case you can’t make it and want to try to get a live stream of the happenings, then we&#8217 Tue, 12 Apr 2011 08:42:09 GMT How to burn a Video_TS folder in dvd studio pro Occasionally I will find myself wanting to burn a dvd from a video_ts folder. That is seemingly an easy thing, but if you simply burn the folder onto a data dvd, then you end up with a disc that will sometimes play on a computer, but never on a standalone dvd player. That is the result of the disc f Thu, 27 Jan 2011 14:42:44 GMT I would like to coin a phrase – “Litterboxed” Today a co-worker and I were discussing the need for a word to describe a video that is simultaneously letterboxed and pillarboxed. I dislike that particular lapse in effort so much that the word “Litterboxed” seemed to be the best fit. So there. Run wild with it, internets. I would lik Wed, 15 Dec 2010 11:17:59 GMT Get faster in the finder – reveal the script menu Applescript is a powerful thing. It can do incredible things for those who know how to code, but it can be a bit daunting for those who don’t. There is one great way to be able to use some sample scripts without writing any code and it is built into the os by default! If you go into applicatio Thu, 02 Dec 2010 11:06:45 GMT Compressor Repair to the rescue. I have thankfully not needed to ever use compressor repair before. It has always lived in the back of my mind as one of those backup plans, like triple-a, or life insurance. At work my tower has somehow really tweaked itself and compressor was the hardest hit. This was the first sign that something Tue, 30 Nov 2010 13:00:57 GMT edit from the beach, upload in the bay. I spend a lot of words here showing how to automate things so that editors can “set it and forget it”. The reason for that is that there is nothing worse than having to wait around for an hour watching your computer work. Well, there sometimes isn’t any way to automate the “n Mon, 15 Nov 2010 07:23:05 GMT How to hijack the Mocha for AE tracker for use in other apps. (like NUKE!) Mocha is awesome. Its inclusion in the CS5 suite is amazing, and I think it has really blown open the world of what entry level vfx artists (and even amateurs) can do. One problem with the AE-only version is that it is AE-only! It prevents (or rather doesn’t enable) you to use it with other ap Fri, 12 Nov 2010 07:29:59 GMT New FCP plugin for canon 7d / 5d / 60d / 1d / Canon recently updated their eos plugin for final cut pro to give it much better metadata reading capabilities. Now you have access to the Av, Tv, ISO, Lens, Focal Length, Camera Model name Camera Serial Number, and it give REAL timecode based off the cameras internal clock. They also say that it sh Wed, 10 Nov 2010 17:55:02 GMT