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Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7: Lesson 3

Let's continue to Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7 - In this lesson, Editing, Audio Mixing and Title Creation.

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 27, 2013

If you've been thinking that Media Composer is a little to daunting to get started with, than part three of this five part series will get you up and running lightning quick!

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Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7: Lesson 2

Let's continue to Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7 - In this lesson, acquiring your footage!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 20, 2013

If you've been thinking that Media Composer is a little to daunting to get started with, than part two of this five part series will get you up and running lightning quick!

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Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7: Lesson 1

Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7: Lesson 1

Want to get a jump on learning Avid Media Composer? You've come to the right place!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 17, 2013

If you've been thinking that Media Composer is a little to daunting to get started with, than part one of this five part series will get you up and running lightning quick!

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Burning DVDs from Final Cut Pro X-without FCP X!

On This Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | December 17, 2013

On this episode of MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us a great trick for burning DVDs from projects created in Final Cut Pro X.

Now some of you may be saying "what's a DVD?" - but DVDs are still a widely-used offline distribution medium so a... Read More

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Using Shape Masks in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | December 10, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us how to use shape masks to isolate color corrections in Final Cut Pro X.

As opposed to a color mask, which limits a color correction to a selected range of luminance and hue values (for example, the... Read More

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Dancing to the Beat

Animating Text to Music in Motion

By Mark Spencer | December 03, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how animate text to "dance to the beat" of a song.

The audio parameter behavior is one of the unsung heroes of Motion. It's so easy to use, yet so powerful at the same time. You can use it to animate... Read More

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Wrapping Text in Motion

On This Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | November 26, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how wrap text around an object and animate it.

There are five different Layout Methods for text layers in Motion. The default is "Type" and it's the one you'll likely use most often. The Paragraph... Read More

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The Post Podcast Episode 9

The Post Podcast Episode 9

This week we talk to Jena Rappolt-Noyes, Product Manager Software for Tiffen DFX!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 25, 2013

In this weeks show, we look at news & views from the week ending Nov 24th, 2013, and we talk to Jena Rappolt-Noyes, Product Manager Software for Tiffen DFX!

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How YouTube Works

but still wondering about caching

By Rich Young | November 23, 2013

Though not long ago, it's hard to remember the era when RealMedia was the platform agnostic choice between Apple QuickTime and Windows AVI/WMV.  Those formats lost relevance for delivery with the introduction of Flash Video in 2002-2003, which didn't require installation of media architecture software, since Flash existed in every web browser.

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Marshall Electronics QVW-2710 Quad-Viewer Monitor

Get Your 4K In 4 Channels

By Clint Milby | November 20, 2013

Whether you like it or not, 4K seems to be here to stay.  Fortunately, some manufacturers are coming to the table prepared with a cost effective monitoring solution. Marshall's QVW-2710 Quad-Viewer monitor, not only gets you an HD, 2K, or 4K compatible monitor, but also... Read More

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One Ring to Rule Them All - Random Text Animation in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | November 20, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to create a random text animation in Motion.

Motion's text styling and animating capabilities are superb - especially when it comes to animating text with behaviors. And while there are many great... Read More

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Creative Uses of the Range Tool in Final Cut Pro X

On This Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | November 12, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training explores the Range tool in Final Cut Pro X.

The Range tool - found in the Tools menu or invoked with the keyboard shortcut "R" - has a surprisingly large number of uses throughout the editing of a... Read More

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Is now the time to move to Mavericks?

Is now the time to move to Mavericks?

Have you made the plunge? I haven't!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 07, 2013

Why do we do it?  We always fall into the same trap.  The dreaded OS update.  In this article, I'm not even going to talk about Windows, as that's an article unto itself.  In this article, we're only going to talk about Mavericks, as it's release is still hammering Mac editors/motion graphic designers/etc who are trying to get their projects done with problems that might be related to their NLE/compositing app, or might be related to Mavericks or both.

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Making Particles Dance in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | November 05, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training a few ideas for making particles "dance" in Motion.

The particle system in Motion is one of the applications' real strengths - and with the real-time playback engine, it's also a great deal of fun... Read More

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Tracking Points in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | October 29, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to create a "stretchy" animation by using the Track Points behavior in Motion.

The Apple Developer's Conference this past summer opened with a beautiful motion graphics animation. I wanted to see... Read More

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Quantizing in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | October 22, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training a few ways you can use the Quantize parameter behavior in Motion.

Continuing on our theme of "what does this do", we dive again into one of Motion's lesser-known, lesser-used, and often misunderstood... Read More

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Do Professional Editors care about FCPX (anymore)?

Are professional editors handing in their Media Composer and Premiere Pro licenses for FCPX? In a word...No.

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | October 17, 2013

So, I think it's safe to say that the dust has settled a long time ago on FCPX, and to be honest, whenever I sit down at my Mac to launch Media Composer, I always see that icon sitting there, staring me in the face.  You know the one I'm talking about.  It almost looks like there's a layer of dust on it, as the times I've used it have been few and far between.  To be honest, it has become, for me, the application I use to cut my home videos on.

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What Do I Need Compressor For?

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | October 16, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training gives us some good reasons for using Compressor for our Final Cut Pro X projects.

Final Cut Pro X has many features of Compressor built right into it: you can share your project to a variety of preset... Read More

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Keying a Shot in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | October 08, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us how to key a shot in Final Cut Pro X.

Shooting a subject against a solid color background in order to remove that background and replace it with something else is more popular than ever. Green is the... Read More

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Smarter Smart Collections

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | October 01, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us a great tip regarding Smart Collections in Final Cut Pro X.

If you use iPhoto or iTunes, then you are already familiar with how Smart Collections operate: you create a set of criteria, or rules, that... Read More

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