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10.1.2 Killed the Sparse Disk Star
By: John Davidson on Jun 30, 2014 at 4:31:17 pm

Hey gang, just wanted to give you a little update on what we're uncovering right now. The new update to FCPX 10.1.2 brought the ability to export xml of entire events. This is huge. The primary reason we have stuck with sparse disks in our office environment was so that we could quickly and easily maintain our huge and growing database of keyword tags and open those libraries on any system in our office. The way we worked, we would tag various network shows we work on because in our type of integrated promotion this information is critical to keep...


#8 Welcome to the Low End
By: John Davidson on Apr 17, 2014 at 4:09:58 pm

Hi everyone. It's been over a year since we last made one of these walk through videos. There are many reasons we took so long. The first is that we've been too dang busy. The second is that it's pretty much impossible to feature the professional work we actually do in one of these as there are so many legal issues involved. Using a broadcast of cable show as part of a tutorial would basically get me sued into oblivion. I love to share our workflow - but not that much! In order to provide you with great walk through...


#7 - Primary School - FCPX On Air
By: John Davidson on Jan 18, 2013 at 4:34:07 pm

Hey guys, Everybody wants to know why I avoid the primary storyline when editing promos. There are a myriad of reasons, most of which are related to 'I just do'. It really doesn't bother me much, but perhaps this video of showing when I don't, and when I do, work in the primary will help you. So does this help at all?...


#6 - FCPX On Air - Fusion vs SSD. FIGHT!
By: John Davidson on Jan 18, 2013 at 3:17:31 pm

Hey guys, Lots of questions about the Fusion drive vs SSD options for the new iMac. I'm a fan of the iMac for production, and I'm also a fan of getting the most bang for your buck. Here's a quick test I did opening photoshop and aperture on a Mac Pro w/ SSD vs the new iMac 2012 27" w/ Fusion. I think if you're paranoid get Apple care with the fusion drive. I really couldn't be happier with it....


#5 Delivery - FCPX On Air
By: John Davidson on Jan 13, 2013 at 1:33:05 pm

This is the final chapter of our 5 part series. This walks though importing the final audio mix, delivery options for clients, and getting your media sizes reduced for more compact storage. Stay tuned at the end for the final "Action Spot" reveal and bloopers during the credits! Thank you again to Mark Parq, Dan Gordish, Deana Davidson, Mark Bauserman, Jim Pratt, everyone at Extreme Music, Apple, and all the vendors that helped us build our system. Stay tuned, and check out the rest of our 5 chapter series here: #1 Setup - FCPX On Air #2 Importing - FCPX...


#4 Exporting - FCPX On Air
By: John Davidson on Jan 13, 2013 at 1:29:03 pm

This chapter walks you through the submission process to client, exporting for mix using X2Pro, and even show you that the project will easily open on another system in the same facility. Stay tuned, and check out the rest of our 5 chapter series here: #1 Setup - FCPX On Air #2 Importing - FCPX On Air #3 Editing - FCPX On Air #5 Delivery - FCPX On Air...


#3 Editing - FCPX On Air
By: John Davidson on Jan 13, 2013 at 1:24:20 pm

This walk through takes you behind the curtain to see some of the editing tips and tricks we use to make promos. There are other people who will teach you how to edit better than we can in FCPX, but we try to give you a big picture look. Stay tuned, and check out the rest of our 5 chapter series here: #1 Setup - FCPX On Air #2 Importing - FCPX On Air #4 Exporting - FCPX On Air #5 Delivery - FCPX On Air...


#2 Importing - FCPX On Air
By: John Davidson on Jan 13, 2013 at 1:21:44 pm

In this chapter I'm going to walk you through some tips and tricks we've learned to get the most of our media BEFORE we even import it. There are much smarter people than me who can walk you through the intricacies if working with FCPX, what I wanted to do was show you guys an overall beginning to end workflow for delivering on-air. In regards to this video specifically, I think we've come up with some interesting workflows in regards to graphic management, and getting keywords to work hard for you. Stay tuned, and check out the rest of our...


#1 Setup - FCPX On Air
By: John Davidson on Jan 13, 2013 at 1:09:14 pm

This is the first chapter of our video walk through series. In it, I'll show you briefly how we have folders set up, our NAS made from ProAvio parts, Small-Tree parts, and a mac pro. Also, you'll see how we get media browser access from iTunes from a shared system. I wish when I first started out that I had seen something like this. I would have had a better system of organization for media and files. I don't think this is even the best solution yet, but it's the current phase of our file evolution. We've found that FCPX...


FCPX On Air. Coming Soon.
By: John Davidson on Jan 13, 2013 at 12:19:03 pm

FCPX On Air. Coming Soon. As many of you know, Magic Feather Inc. has been swimming in the FCPX pool for about 9 months.  In that time we've grown to love FCPX.  It's changed the way we edit, how we look at editing in general, and had some pretty interesting effects on our creative.  How on Earth did we get here?  First, let's look at some history. When FCPX was announced, I was seriously excited.  I am a huge mac fanatic, and X seemed to be exactly what I wanted. Then the app dropped on 6/21 - I couldn't sleep...


My first thoughts on my first week with a new Retina MacBook Pro
By: gary adcock on Aug 1, 2012 at 9:05:14 am

As one of the early adopters of Thunderbolt, I ordered my new Retina MacBook Pro from my friends at Tekserve (NYC) the day after they were announced. With the Retina {Retina-MacBookPro is too much of a mouthful) Apple finally has added a second TB port to the laptop line, something the iMac has had from the beginning and added a HDMI output that allows me to use a Projector or monitor with my laptop and not take up my TB connection. First off, who here on the Cow does not like a new toy, and opening a new laptop (...


Summer's back, FCPX turns 1, ProFusion2012
By: gary adcock on Jun 25, 2012 at 8:38:26 am

Ok, I am back once again. Those that know me, understand that some of my clients are reticent to having me posting/ blogging while working on their long term projects, so if I periodaclly fall off my blog here on the Cow, know that I am working, not just avoiding all of you. ProFusion2012 Last Week I was lucky enough to be brought in as one of the guest speakers at Vistek's ProFusion2012 Event. > Billed as the largest Tv Technology show in Canada, to my eyes it was, not to mention it is one of the better mid...


NAB 2012, Apple Releases FCPX 10.0.4, Avid Motion Graphics, Autodesk Updates Smoke
By: gary adcock on Apr 11, 2012 at 7:05:44 am

This close to the show and things are still happening. Apple released the 10.0.4 update for FCPX yesterday and I believe Matrox, BMD and Aja have all now released updated drivers also, Please make sure to update both the software and the hardware drivers at the same time, word is that there are a number of fixes that resolve many of the hardware related issues. Avid has really been hyping Avid Motion Graphics and it will be a big part of the Avid Booth this NAB, Autodesk has also been pounding the street about the "big" changes that are...


Oh yeah It's NAB time- FCPX 10.04 is now available for Download
By: gary adcock on Apr 10, 2012 at 12:04:11 pm

So Apple has released the FCPX 10.04 update in the App Store. Fixes a bunch of issues with TB devices, Monitoring and a couple of real issues with Multicam Sync. available from the App Store....


FCPX and Sparse Disk Images..
By: Steve Modica on Feb 8, 2012 at 3:00:53 pm

I had a great customer call today! The customer was using sparse disk images (created via disk utility) to encapsulate projects and events folders into one "thing" they could easily move around. All of these disk images were kept on their Small Tree ST-RAID and then mounted via a double click onto their desktop. With this scenario, they could have many projects open and they could share them easily with other users (they could even send them to remote editors). There was one bug... If they mounted more than one disk image, and those images were "large", one of them...


Apple adds function, delivers on promises for FCPX with 10.03 update
By: gary adcock on Jan 31, 2012 at 5:43:19 am

Macworld.Com has my take on the FCPX Update that landed this morning. I am thinking there is much more to come....


Off to Macworld - follow my twitter feed to see what's there
By: gary adcock on Jan 26, 2012 at 4:04:22 am

So once again we start the year with Macworld now more of an iPhone /iPad show rather than a place for the best in new toys and technology for Print and Moving Pictures. I will be tweeting from the show floor and supermeet,while my twitter feed normally has a fare amount of "Foodie fare" from my travels, for Macworld and again at NAB, it's all about the technology weneed to do our jobs. I will compile the best of tech and post that here on the blog next week. See you at the show Twitter: @garyadcock...


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....


Back into the fire.
By: gary adcock on Sep 26, 2011 at 9:42:50 am

Hey, Yeah, me again. There is alot happening in the industry right now, here is an interview with MacVideo's Rick Young that I did at IBC. My thanks to Dean Cleary on Bcam and AJA for allowing us to shoot in the booth, that is a 3ality Technica Atom Rig, with 2 Red Epic's behind me in the interview. pe=samechandate gary...


FCP X BG Downloadable Effects Archive
By: Brendan Gibbons on Sep 14, 2011 at 5:58:34 am

Here is a collection of custom FcpX effects that I have created. I hope to keep this blog up-to-date with all the current versions of each preset. Thanks to Jeremy Garchow for the suggestion of using a blog page so I can keep it all better organised.. Effects: BG PIP(e)Dream BG Colour Grading Tools V2 >> UPDATED to Fix Lion issues BG Custom Angle Wipes BG Editors Bag of Tricks BG Pixel Blaster BG On the Straight and Narrow BG you into Lace? (deinterlace filter) BG A little mood Lighting please? BG At the Movies BG You're on the Panel...


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......


If FCPX was beta tested like the iPhone
By: gary adcock on Sep 1, 2011 at 10:25:27 am d-iphone-exclusive/?tag=mncol;txt Since Apple seems to be using lost iPhones as part of their beta testing program, I am longing to wonder what would have happened had they lost a beta copy of FCPX in a bar in Hollywood?...


IBC is just around the corner...
By: gary adcock on Aug 31, 2011 at 4:45:40 am

hey everyone, I am back from 30 days of restricted access to social media for one client. IBC, the second major broadcast convention of the year, is starting in barely a week and there should be a number of annoucements to discuss in the comming weeks, and hopefully there will be some new news on the editing fronts that many of us have been waiting for. gary...


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....


FCPX Sharing? Sure you can...
By: Steve Modica on Jul 29, 2011 at 1:56:14 pm

Recently, we’ve heard a lot of folks saying that it’s not possible to share projects or media files between multiple workstations using Final Cut Pro X. We asked Mark Ferris of Blue Ox Pictures to put this claim to the test, and here he explains that it’s simply not true: I’m using one of Small Tree’s shared storage products and Final Cut Pro X and have no problems sharing data. While it’s true that Final Cut Pro X will not show mounted storage volumes in either the Event library or the Project library they can still be shared between workstations....


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...


A personal Opinion: A Zen Approach to Final Cut X. A long (but balanced) view.
By: Jeff Greenberg on Jun 30, 2011 at 12:05:45 pm

It's been just over a week since FCPX came out. I feel like I've been asked nearly a hundred times " What do I think ?" I'm reading a dozen forums (with the Cow first), watching pundits and gurus pontificate about how great the software is, how bad the software is, how stupid Apple is, funny videos on Youtube, Vimeo - even petitions to turn back time. What do I think? I realize a single thing: I think change is scary. I learned to edit on film. Difficult. Painful. Slow. Methodical. I remember learning to cut on tape (instead of...


My Macworld Podcast is Live
By: gary adcock on Jun 29, 2011 at 10:28:08 am So there is not much editing of me when my mouth is running. gary...


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...


FCPX: Let me Count the Ways to Organize your Media in Final Cut Pro X
By: gary adcock on Jun 27, 2011 at 6:11:10 am

This is meant as a simple guide to the some of the media handling commands in FCPX. I have augmented the Apple menu items with some of my own experiences and concepts. Your experience will vary but this is to give you a running start on how to keep things organized. Projects The project is the movie you create using clips from your Events and media. Its was considered a Sequence, Events can have multiple project files, I treat them like I would treat Sequences in FCP7 Events An Event is like a folder that contains all the media recorded...


OK, time to jump back into the fray my Macworld review is online.
By: gary adcock on Jun 24, 2011 at 12:23:34 pm

I was under contractual restrictions from posting any additional commentary until my Macworld review was released. I am sure that the slings and arrows of outrage will be flying, my commentary will stay here on the cow. Now on to finish the the next part of my cow article gary...


Updates on the hardware side of FCPX
By: gary adcock on Jun 21, 2011 at 11:30:17 am

since my first notes were released the hardware companies have responded. Blackmagic, Aja and Matrox solutions are all being updated to allow users to handle some of the montioring via the desktop out funtion. This does allow users to mirror their second display out via HDSDI or HDMI for monitoring on a professional display while this is a temporary work around, but it does allow exsisting hardware to be used to monitor the FCPX signal. Just saying, as fast as this is changing I would not be too fixed in my mindset about anything related to FCPX for the next...


A Correction about my statement regarding "professional editors"
By: gary adcock on Jun 21, 2011 at 10:13:14 am

I wanted to take a minute and correct a misconception from my Cow articles regarding "Professional Use" of FCPX. I have always held the view of professional editors has those that make their living working in a field, to me that has always been the hardware based solutions that allow users access to the widest variety of workflows because of the add-ons one uses. This is my rather narrow view of the modern state of editing, even for professional users. There are many editors that do not use external hardware. TV News producers or Wedding Photographers would both be good...


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