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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: ...


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! ...

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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. ...


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. ...


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...


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. ...


Apple puts FCP7 Back on sale
By: gary adcock on Sep 1, 2011 at 4:17:19 pm back-on-sale/ ...


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. ...


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. ...


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

So, ...


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. ...


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. ...


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. ...


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. ...


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. ...


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. ...


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. ...


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

Look, ...


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. ...


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. ...


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. ...


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 for...


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 and...


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 now...

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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 HD if...


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. All edited...


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 even...


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 least....


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 all...


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 v3.3 and K2-Summit...


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