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Looking back at Software from the Future

Many of the features I dreamed about are now a reality

By Scott Simmons | July 12, 2012

A long time ago (running from 2007 to 2009) I used to have a category on the old Editblog called Software From the Future. The idea was to write up and mock up ideas for features that would be useful inside of non-linear editing applications. I didn’t do a ton of them but recently I was looking back at those old entries. Here we are many years later and some of the features have been implement in different ways in different NLEs. I’m still waiting on my idea checks.

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Part 2 of Making the Switch from FCP to Avid MC

Insert, Overwrite, Replace and Pen Tool

By Steve Hullfish | July 10, 2012

In Part 1 we covered the JKL keys for playing footage and the IO keys with various modifiers to mark and clear in and out points. We also covered zooming in the timeline. In this installment, we'll cover the Insert, Overwrite and Replace buttons; and the Pen Tool. Read More

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Making the Switch from FCP7 to Avid MC6

FCP to MC6 Thesaurus

By Steve Hullfish | July 07, 2012

With so many people looking for an NLE to replace FCP7, it's natural that people are turning to Avid.

I've moved between editing systems often, and I can relate to the apprehension and frustration of moving to a new NLE. I often describe this process like learning a new language: you already know how to communicate, but now you need to do it with new words and new grammar.

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HP DreamColor Mac connectivity & functionality: update 2012.1

By Allan Tépper | July 03, 2012

After a period of non-disclosure from HP, I finally have lots of information to report about news regarding DreamColor connectivity and functionality with Mac. In this article, you’ll find out about new DreamColor software for Mac (you no longer need temporary access to Microsoft Windows to calibrate the DreamColor in a pro video environment with a pro video i/o interface), problems and solutions resulting from Apple’s surprising switch to YUV instead of RGB on the Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt output on Macs released starting in 2011, and more. I have called this article DreamColor Mac connectivity and functionality: update 2012.1 because I expect there to be several more this year.

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The State of the Union of Final Cut Pro

Or one editor's take on the year after FCPX

By Scott Simmons | June 20, 2012

Here we are one year after the release of Final Cut Pro X so it’s time for the inevitable slew of FCPX one year later blog posts so I’ll add one more to the list … we are called The Editblog after all. Opinions on FCPX are still all over the map. Many people like it, some love it, a lot still hate it and there’s the group who have largely ignored it. In truth there are many things to like about FCPX, some certain features that I absolutely love but others that I hate and still wonder if the designers actually used the product outside of their own bubble. One thing this blog strives to be is totally honest about products we discuss and I hope we’ve been just that with Final Cut Pro X.

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PluralEyes 3 is ready for your beta testing and audio syncing

A new, stand-alone tool for what is often an important step in the post-production process

By Scott Simmons | June 18, 2012

It just a week or so ago that Singular Software released a free beta of the next version of PluralEyes. This version is unlike older versions of PluralEyes in that it is more than a standalone app with a simple interface that imports and exports lists for syncing. Rather it accomplishes the syncing and cleanup tasks in its own unique interface. It’s by far the best and fastest PluralEyes yet.

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30 Final Cut Pro X Multicam Webinar Questions Answered

A bunch of questions we didn't have time to answer after the recent FCPX Multicam webinar

By Scott Simmons | May 28, 2012

A couple of weeks ago I hosted a webinar with Moviola Filmmaking Webinars centered on multicam editing in Final Cut Pro X. These webinars are free to attend and available after for purchase on-demand. There’s always a ton of questions we don’t have time to answer so I thought I’d try and answer 30 of them here in a blog post.

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My lengthy Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 review now online

My lengthy Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 review now online

Studio Daily posted the review last week after pounding the thing on a number of edits

By Scott Simmons | May 26, 2012

Last week Studio Daily published my Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 review. It’s a longie but a goodie as I tried to go into detail about what I really like and what I kinda don’t like about this brand new Premiere Pro. I had been pounding it hard on several projects before writing the review. I have had a few questions about exactly what kind of jobs I’ve been working on with it.

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Final Cut Pro X Multicam Editing webinar now available on-demand

Plus a little screencast in this blog post on a topic we didn't get to cover.

By Scott Simmons | May 15, 2012

I had great fun last week presenting the Final Cut Pro X multicam editing webinar for Moviola Filmmaking Webinars. It was a lightning fast 90 minutes and we covered a lot of ground but we didn’t get through everything I wanted to cover. The On-Demand version can be purchased and I recorded an extra screencast about one topic that I didn’t get to cover in the webinar. Check it out after the jump.

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10 Final Cut Pro things FCP editors might be missing in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6

These are a few of the things that I found myself searching for as I've been moving over to Premiere Pro CS6 as a FCP 7 replacement

By Scott Simmons | May 11, 2012

Adobe is making a big play for Final Cut Pro users with their CS6 release of Premiere Pro. It’s vastly improved over the Premiere Pro of old and is a lot like Final Cut Pro. There’s even a keyboard shortcut layout for Final Cut Pro users. But it is a totally different application than our old Final Cut friend and some things you’re used to in Final Cut Pro either aren’t there or just work differently. Figure out the differences and work with the changes as Premiere Pro CS6 is a great application … and as we all know Final Cut Pro 7 isn’t going to get any better.

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The HPA Tech Retreat, Technology’s Leading Edge

The HPA Tech Retreat, Technology’s Leading Edge

Want to know where things are going in our industry, here's some of what I learned.

By Terence Curren | May 10, 2012

I attended this year's Hollywood Post Alliance retreat that touted the theme "Snowflake Workflows". In this episode of "The Terence & Philip Show" we cover some of the more interesting things I learned there.Besides covering some cool new technology previews, we had a side discussion on how disruptive technologies often come out of the consumer divisions of the large conglomerates rather than their professional product division.So click below and join the conversation. Read More

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A collection of Avid Media Composer related links for my NAB Migrating to Avid class

I promised to post a bunch of helpful links for migrating editors so here they are.

By Scott Simmons | May 03, 2012

With the 2012 NAB show a thing of the past that means the Post|Production world conference is a thing of the past too. One of the classes I taught this year was Essentials of Avid Media Composer Editing for Migrating Editors . It was a great class and a full house of people moving or thinking about moving to Media Composer. I promised the class I would post a list of links and resources they might find useful when moving to Avid. Here’s that list.

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An elegant iPhone timecode calculator

UPDATE: ALL THE FREE CODES ARE GONE Panoptik has created a very good looking, easy to use timecode calculator

By Scott Simmons | May 02, 2012

Many, many years ago I wondered if we were going to get some good filmmaking apps for the iPhone. That was 4 years ago and it didn’t take long for some timecode calculators to enter the store. Now there’s a whole website devoted to iOS filmmaking tools. A timecode calculator is still one of the most useful things on an iPhone and the makers of Panoptik Timecode have offered a a few free codes for our readers to get a copy of their good ole timcode calculator app.

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Overshadowed at NAB

3 interesting products that passed under the radar

By Mark Spencer | May 01, 2012

While I was once again teaching at Post|Production World at NAB this year, with classes every day, I did manage to make it to the show floor a few times. Since the big headline products have already been well covered here on PVC, I thought I'd share with you a few choice morsels I discovered at the show this year that you may not have heard about. Read More

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Random notes from my first “real world” Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 edit

The new Premiere continues to impress.

By Scott Simmons | April 30, 2012

I was fortunate to get my hands on an early release of Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 and an edit that came up last week seemed like the perfect place to test it out. It wasn’t an overly complex edit, a 3 minute piece shot on RED with interviews and b-roll. I cut the offline and it will then go to an After Effects artist for some fancy graphics and Baselight for color grading. As I was taking notes on the new version of Premiere Pro for an upcoming review I thought it might be interesting to just publish those notes in a blog post about Premiere Pro CS6. Here they are.

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Make your iMac matte without spending money or applying any screen protector

Video editors who use an iMac and can’t stand the glare have a free, non-invasive solution.

By Allan Tépper | April 30, 2012

For many years, those of us who prefer the Mac platform and a high-quality matte display have had to avoid Apple screens that are glossy (highly reflective) or use an invasive screen protector, which I dislike. Since several years ago, Apple began offering iMac computers exclusively with an ultra reflective screen, many have avoided the iMac in favor of either a tower (Mac Pro) or a Mac Mini. Many ProVideo Coalition readers will recall two of my 2011 articles which covered how STAFF HDTV/Alta Definición from Guatemala re-purposed its older Mac Pro tower for its DaVinci Resolve grading suite, and then found better performance in the editing room with a Thunderbolt-equipped Mac Mini together with a Pegasus disk array. At that time, they chose the Mac Mini over the iMac since they wanted matte monitors (not glossy). I have just become aware of a free, simple, non-invasive, and easily reversible approach to making an iMac become much more matte without using any screen protector.

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Shane Ross Reports from NAB on Post Production

Editor Shane Ross launches his standup career at NAB 2012

By Matthew Jeppsen | April 26, 2012

While we were bringing NAB to you with our extensive video coverage of the expo, editor Shane Ross was shooting interviews of his own with a focus on editing and post. His special report from NAB is engaging, informative...and funny. And he's wearing a Della Luce shirt! Watch below. Read More

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NAB 2012: Apple and Final Cut Pro X

Apple has meeting offsite but their products had a huge presence on the show floor.

By Scott Simmons | April 25, 2012

Apple didn’t have a booth at the 2012 NAB show, and no one expected them to. Even though no one was surprised they weren’t there a lot of folks commented that they thought it would’ve been more appropriate than ever given that Apple now has a shipping version of Final Cut Pro X. But Apple’s presence was felt all over the show floor with tons of Apple products on display. They were even having on the record meetings off the show floor and I was lucky enough to be invited to one of them.

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NAB 2012: Promise Technology’s portable Thunderbolt J4 and J2

Thunderbolt is beginning to live up to it's promise of small, fast and portable storage. Affordable remains to be seen.

By Scott Simmons | April 21, 2012

Promise Technology has become a major player in the relatively new Thunderbolt storage market and their Pegasus RAIDs were all over the NAB show floor. If you’ve never seen a Pegasus RAID, they’re big, fast, multi-drive units, just like a professional desktop RAID should be. Promise Technology also introduced two new small drive enclosures that will them continue to be leaders in all things Thunderbolt.

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NAB 2012: NewBlueFX Titler Pro

NAB 2012: NewBlueFX Titler Pro

They call it "A Titler for the Professional Editor's Schedule."

By Scott Simmons | April 21, 2012

NewBlue, Inc. is a software developer that had a booth in the South Hall’s plug-in pavilion. They were showing their NewBlue Titler, a dedicated title creation and animation tool that resides in most all the major NLEs. It has a clean, simple interface that didn’t look like it breaks any new ground as far as design goes but that may be okay if you’ve got the need to create and animate your titles in a hurry … which many of us do.

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