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Now is the time for Avid Media Composer 7
By: Gary Bettan on Feb 25, 2014 at 3:53:07 pm

ATTN APPLE Final Cut Pro users: NOW is the TIME to learn Avid Media Composer 7 Are you still editing on FCP7? Are you still wasting hours upon hours logging & transferring or MPEG Stream clipping your file based HD footage into HD before you can even start editing? Still making due with clunky work-arounds that allow you to struggle through your projects, without any of the benefits of today's more efficient tapeless workflows? While FCP7 is a dear old friend, it's time to realize that while it may have been a great choice a few years ago, it's time...


Meet the Southeast Creative Summit Presenters: Oliver Peters
By: walter biscardi on Aug 8, 2013 at 2:56:48 am

A continuing series to get to know your Southeast Creative Summit Presenters. In this episode: Oliver Peters! How did you get started with post-production? I started in radio during my high school senior year and from there worked at the college radio station and local PBS affiliate. While at the PBS station, I transitioned from audio to videotape operations, which got me the first job after college. That was as an online videotape editor, working on retail commercials in the mid-70s. Except for a few stints in production and management, I’ve generally worked in post ever since. The birth of...

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Videoguys' Guide to the Avid 25th Anniversary Crossgrade and Upgrade promotions
By: Gary Bettan on Dec 4, 2012 at 11:03:24 am

We've put together this little FAQ to help you better understand Avid's professional editing software, the promotions being offered by Avid, and the amazing bundle specials available now until December 14, 2012. - FCP owners can crossgrade to Avid Media Composer for $979 - Avid editors can upgrade to Avid Symphony for $979, or upgrade to Symphony Nitris DX for $4,999 Before we get into the promotions I wanted to take some time to congratulate Avid on 25 years and highlight this amazing accomplishment! Twenty Five years as a technology leader is an awesome accomplishment and something that should be...


A reminder on basics of importing Illustrator elements to FCP 7
By: Lucy Moon on Sep 14, 2012 at 7:45:34 am

Great little video here to explain the minimum you need to know to correctly size, and convert to pixels, a vector based piece of art from Ilustrator. Mac Break explains FCP 7 and Adobe Illustrator...


Automatic duck free
By: Ross Daly on Nov 4, 2011 at 7:11:52 pm

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 there is a dramatic difference in how we are distributing our plug-ins. Starting today Pro Import AE, Pro Import FCP and Pro Export FCP (both versions, for FCP7 and FCPX) are available at no charge. You read this right. Free. We are unable...


Creativity boost or those of you concerned about your NLE
By: gary adcock on Oct 10, 2011 at 7:48:22 am

There is now a truly creative fuel to use when you no longer are sure of your project or future in the film and TV industry. Now you have "Bay in a Can" to increase your creativity and T&A levels in all your current and future projects....


Apple puts FCP7 Back on sale
By: gary adcock on Sep 1, 2011 at 4:17:19 pm back-on-sale/ Just in time for IBC next week......


Thoughts on learning FCPX
By: Jeff Greenberg on Aug 4, 2011 at 6:30:21 am

Day 45 of FCPX. Been teaching it and using it. Warning, I'm not trying to have an opinion on if I think the software is good or bad - I'm trying to understand what's going on. Really thinking through the interface. I think it's a major reimagining of the way to handle media for editors; and there's lots of change that is offputting. The Bin/organization concept has grossly been changed. It's a shift in thought.. Keywords, favorites and the lack of a permanent in/out point. The timeline has changed. Another shift in thought.. I like music below my main tracks....


ONE MONTH: The FCP-X rants continue
By: David Battistella on Jul 18, 2011 at 1:00:03 am

It's been a great month. I've read through many valuable threads on the FCPX and the FCP X techniques forum. It's been a very healthy discussion. Many have expressed their problems with the software. Others have written filters, done tutorials, and shared and exchanged all kinds of information. It's very interesting to watch. I fully agree that there needs to be a place to air issues. When Apple moved their very large ship in a bold new direction with the release of FCP-X they shook the foundation of a global industry that have relied on their hardware and software. Graciously,...


The realization sets in
By: gary adcock on Jul 13, 2011 at 5:05:54 am

So, When I posted the first comments on FCPX 4 weeks ago, I thought I was going to be strung up and burned at the stake by some of the commentary. Now everyone seems resolute to the fact that FCPX is finally out and it does not do a lot of what its predecessor did. I am waiting for Lion at this point, since the people I am talking to are waiting for the release also. There is no guarantee that when Lion ships any of the tools will work there anymore than they do now. Someone will make it...


From the Editors Guild...
By: gary adcock on Jul 10, 2011 at 9:41:48 am

Mitch Jacobsen's Friday evening video chat for the Editors Guild was released over the weekend. Myself, Scot Simmons, Phillip Hodgetts, Larry Jordan, Steve Hullfish, Angus Mackay and others joined in to talk about the FCPX, Avid and what is comming for the future. or from the editors guild web site.


FCP X updates High Level July 6th Meeting in London
By: gary adcock on Jul 7, 2011 at 8:14:32 am

Even as I get ready to publish the next of my articles on FCPX, the enviroment is changing so fast it is hard to keep up. From the News wires today about a highlevel meeting with EU broadcasters held yesterday in London. • FCP XML in/out is coming via 3rd party soon • FCPX EDL import/export coming soon • FCPX AJA plugins coming soon for tape capture and layback; capture straight into FCPX [events]. • XSAN support for FCPX coming in the next few weeks • FCPX Broadcast video output via Blackmagic & AJAVideo coming soon • Additional codec support...


Apple. Pro App Killer?
By: David Battistella on Jun 29, 2011 at 11:37:38 am

I read a great commentary by Marco Solorio a day ago in his blog. He made some great arguments a laid out a detailed history of how Apple bought and then killed apps like Shake and others. It got me thinking. There are two key points here. The people who developed those applications maybe looked to sell the apps probably for two main reasons. Reason 1: recover software development costs. Reason 2: their existing customer base was maxed out as was their capacity to continue to receive a return on investment from customers . Apple is not in the "save...


Apple Answers Some of Your FCP X Questions (Corrected URL)
By: gary adcock on Jun 29, 2011 at 4:47:40 am

There are fewer times than I have fingers that Apple has made announcements regarding un-released featues for an exsisting product. This page on the Apple website has responses to many of the burning questions that all of us have, and it is not a message passed thru "trusted" media but rather actually posted on so that there is no confusion on whether or not Apple acutally said this. So lets be clear on a few points. editorial comments from me> " quotes from Apple" Multicam- YES External Monitors - working on more, but for now Aja's FCPX Beta...


How FCP X might have been rolled out...
By: David Battistella on Jun 27, 2011 at 11:24:07 pm

I am not going to convict the software because I think it is good and I believe it is the tool foe editors going forward. I'll stand by that. I wonder what this rollout might have been like if Apple did this. Cupertino, June 21, 2011 Today marks a pivotal shift for Apple in our line of professional editing products. The much anticipated FCP X is being released on the Apple store. Apple has prided itself on building professional applications, used by professionals worldwide to create content for the web, film and television distribution. When FCP came on the scene...


Avid - The Professionals Choice. Always was. It's that simple.
By: Gary Bettan on Jun 24, 2011 at 12:55:35 pm

Avid - The Professionals Choice. Always was. It's that simple. Avid listens to their customers. A few years ago Avid did something unprecedented in our industry that many editors may have forgotten about, They took their show on the road. Actually it wasn't a road show, it was their top management, visiting with post houses, pro editors, indy film makers and user groups. They asked what needed to be fixed and they asked for honest feedback. They sure got it! What did Avid do with this info? They used it to make their products better - dramatically better!! Media Composer...


Adobe gets it and Adobe wants you.
By: Gary Bettan on Jun 24, 2011 at 12:53:14 pm

Adobe gets it and Adobe wants you. Adobe Goes Pro When Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5 was launched more than two years ago, the message was clear that Adobe was taking Premiere Pro into the professional market segment. They were the first NLE developer to commit to an all new 64-bit architecture and native HD format support. Adobe harnessed all of the power in your computer, multiple CPU cores, huge amounts of RAM and even your graphics processor with the new Mercury Playback Engine to deliver an unprecedented level of real-time HD performance. Creative Suite 5.5 Introduced The NAB2011 introduction...


Thanks Apple...Sincerely
By: David Battistella on Jun 21, 2011 at 3:15:16 pm

Look, I have not done a full evaluation of the software but I have to say one thing. EDITING WITH FCP X is VERY VERY FAST! I have prided myself on being able to break down footage quickly but FCP X takes editing to a whole new level. I am talking about EDITING. I actually do not care much about the import export stuff at this moment. WHat I have been dreaming about is a rethink on how we breakdown shots and put images together and FCP X is very fast and very intuitive. I am really excited about this...


By: David Battistella on Jun 21, 2011 at 6:10:08 am

I am downloading FCP X as we speek and adding compressor and Motion as well. I will report back here as soon as I have had a look under the hood! 160 effects built in. It looks like they have created thier own plugin set. BIG NEWS NO native R3D support. WOW! David...


10 things students should know about Final Cut Pro for filmmaking
By: Lucy Moon on Dec 15, 2010 at 7:20:57 am

A friend is teaching a short vocational course on filmmaking, and he asked me what advice I'd give students new the the field, from an FCP editor's perspective. This list is mostly technical with some general advice mixed in. I thought I'd reproduce it here and see what people thought. 1. Be organised. FCP unlike AVID does not organise your media elements for you (capture scratch, graphics, imported audio etc). Decide on a system (where your files and capture scratch will live) and be deeply regimented about applying it at the beginning of every project. 2. Read and understand the...


Considering alternative NLE's to Final Cut
By: Lucy Moon on Sep 16, 2010 at 2:46:41 am

Wow, it's upgrade time here in my life. Looking at pricing models for a new mac puts me in a hard place. A MBP maxes out at 8GB of RAM, which is what I need *now* so I'm thinking of the expensive step up to a fancy Mac Pro. I'm loath to buy entry level, when you can get 12-core! Which sounds super-cool, but a lot of money when RAM etc are added. I'm also considering how lackluster Apple's upgrades have been of recent years, and of how people are waxing lyrical about improvements to the Adobe suite with Premiere....


MUST WATCH for anyone doing tapeless workflow (and who isn't these days?)
By: walter biscardi on Aug 31, 2010 at 8:56:02 pm

Superb tutorial from Shane Ross on working with pretty much any manner of tapeless formats in Final Cut Pro.


FCP Tip #009: The Gradient Wipe Demystified
By: David Stiles on May 16, 2010 at 8:06:56 pm

It was such a gorgeous day today that I couldn't bear to stay inside typing this tip. So, I present a video tutorial instead. Not sure if it was actually any faster to produce, but like many of the things I do, it seemed easier in theory. Enjoy your new found gradient wiping ability my friends. If anyone knows a good source to get gradient-wipe-ready images please post a comment for the folks that don't have the handy collection that I do. UPDATE #1:Hey Gang, I did a little research and found a nice collection of free B&W gradient images...


Final Cut Pro Tip #008: Enable/Disable clips in your timeline
By: David Stiles on May 16, 2010 at 1:40:52 pm

OK gang, I'm fresh off of a much needed vacation and ready to get back into the sharing knowledge business. Today's tip is all about turning individual clips on and off rather than turning entire video tracks on and off for the purpose of trying out alternate shots in an edit. Believe me, this can save you oooodles of render time. We've all seen the warning as we are about to turn off a video or audio track about how we're gonna lose all of our render files, yada, yada, yada. We go ahead and turn off the track anyway...


Was it Tiger Woods returning or a Toyota Prius not stopping that was the hottest news for us TV folk? Nope, it was a firmware update to a camera!
By: Peter Wiggins on Mar 16, 2010 at 10:57:22 am

All, Never has there been so much anticipation for an event. No, not any of the above, early this morning UK time, Canon released the long awaited, trailed, debated and analysed firmware update for the Canon 5DmkII. The servers at Twitter must have only just cooled down from the endless tweets from people posting the news. Canon Firmware Update 2.0.3 Lack of 29.97, 25 and 24 FPS was the big argument from people who were uncomfortable/stubborn/afraid of the idea of shooting HD on something so small and cheap. No manual adjustment of audio was also stopping some. The new firmware...

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So much fuss over the Canon5DmkII, so I thought I'd post some examples
By: Peter Wiggins on Oct 31, 2009 at 8:26:54 am

All, If you've been following the FCP forum on here you might have seen a fairly heated debate over the Canon5DmkII A guy who has been in television long enough to know better said: Because there are those out there operating under the delusion that it's an actual and proper TV production tool. There are some fools who actually think they can use it and it alone, that's why. It's a TV toy. So I thought I'd post some notable examples of 5D work I've found and let everybody out there make the call. The clips look great in...


The Canon5DmkII is truly amazing - Here is a broadcast example.
By: Peter Wiggins on Oct 19, 2009 at 9:37:46 am

I had the Canon5DmkII for a while and although I had shot a few tests, I hadn't really made anything that I could post properly. As you might know, I edit for BBC & IMG on the coverage of the Snooker & Darts here in the UK and thought this would be an ideal opportunity to give the Canon a good outing. I have to say I was amazed at the results. Colin Nuttall who is one of the best cameramen I work with got some amazing shots. Gorden Lugrin assisted and Jason Woodward held it all together by directing....


First post - I'm not going to IBC this year unfortunately
By: Peter Wiggins on Sep 1, 2009 at 3:00:12 pm

This is my first post on here. I've been a forum poster & later moderator since March 2003 and although I've clocked up nearly 2000 posts, I'm still a long way behind Walter. The good news is that I thought I'd start a blog here on the Cow. Although I have my own web pages, I can actually post here more quickly and in this rapidly changing world of television & computers, speed is good. Now the bad news, well in a way. I'm not going to IBC this year. Having been to every show for over 10 years and...


Pro versus pro-lite, or how I learned to relax and love the Elements
By: Dan Dennis on Aug 28, 2009 at 7:47:16 am

I've talked to many in the business who are up on the latest tricks and trends, and when it comes to NLE software most (if not all) tout the benefits and advantages of the biggest and best - meaning Avid, Final Cut, and to a lesser extent Media 100, Vegas, Edius, etc. But mention to them the names, "Windows Movie Maker," "Premiere Elements," etc., and they roll their eyes like you're asking them to trade their SUV in for a Radio Flyer wagon. Nothing could be further from the truth - well, okay, the analogy is sound for WMM at...


Free Life Savers!
By: Jiggy Gaton on Jun 18, 2009 at 9:01:48 pm

Backing Up The Good If your are as unlucky as I am and have had FCP Studio crash and burn towards the end of a deadline, you know how nerve racking that can be. When FCP Studio goes belly up, it’s very difficult to troubleshoot from within the belly of that beast, as there are so many connections to other programs: Compressor, Color, Livetype, and all the rest. Fortunately, some smart folks at Digital Rebellion have sorted all this out and given us some FREE tools to work with when FCP is not working. Preference Manager (PF) will back up...


Totally Rad sneak peek of P2 metadata editor. Yes, I said it. Rad!
By: Jeremy Garchow on May 7, 2009 at 12:41:24 pm

Andreas Kiel of Spherico Film Tools and Björn Adamski of MXF4mac have been cooking up a totally awesome P2 metadata editor called P2 Flow that will now send all kinds of useful information to FCP. I have been fortunate enough to see a sneak peek of it in action and I got permission to show you all as well. I hope you are as excited about it as I am. Some caveats, this is a work in progress, some features you see may or may not make it in to the final version, this is meant as a proof of...

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Final Cut Pro in a stand alone or SAN GrassValley K2 environement demystified
By: Regis Andre on May 1, 2009 at 11:48:14 am

When it comes to explain if it is possible to edit files that are generated by a Grass Valley Server in a stand alone or SAN environment, usually people start the explanation by a "it's a little complicated..." or just assume that it is not possible. Let me try to make this simpler and show you what is possible and how you do it. First off, we will need to understand the terminology behind the equipment involved and have some assumption. What is following is true for latest software released version of Grass Valley Servers, called the K2-SD v3.3, K2-HD...


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