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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?

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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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The Clamper

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By Mark Spencer | September 24, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training and I go a little "behavior crazy" as we animate a photo to look like it's been thrown onto a desk.

In Motion, almost any animation task can be accomplished in two different ways: either using traditional... Read More

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Editorial to Color Grading from a Colorist’s POV: A Guest Post From Robbie Carman

Prep and Communication Are Key

By Scott Simmons | September 17, 2013

PVC is happy to welcome Robbie Carman from Mixing Light aboard for a guest post about the editor and colorist relationship as well as discussion on the editorial to color grading workflow. This article is a companion piece to an article on the same topic written by PVC’s own Scott Simmons that is posted over at Mixing Light. The idea of these companion posts is to discuss two very important parts of post-production (editing and grading) from two different points of view. We hope you enjoy these unique articles that are exclusive to Pro Video Coalition and Mixing Light.

Take it away Robbie …

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Secondary Color Correction in Final Cut Pro X

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By Mark Spencer | September 17, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us a method for performing selective or "secondary" color correction in Final Cut Pro X.

While primary color correction is concerned with overall changes to the luminance range, hue, and saturation of an... Read More

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Color Correction Filters in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | September 10, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how I use color correction filters in Motion.

If you want to change the color or luminance of a video, photograph, or graphic in Motion, you have a lot of options. In fact, in the Filters section of... Read More

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Modifying Photoshop® Files in Final Cut Pro X

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By Mark Spencer | September 03, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training demonstrates how well Photoshop® and Final Cut Pro X play together.

Video editors frequently need to integrate photos and graphics into their work, and Photoshop is the grandfather of all editing... Read More

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Finding Your Final Cut Pro X Exports

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 27, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us a cool trick for locating your Final Cut Pro X exports in the Finder.

Have you ever exported a movie from FCP X and realized you forgot what folder you targeted? This happens to me all the time.... Read More

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Etching and Sketching in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 20, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to build a virtual Etch-a-Sketch© in Motion.

Following up from our Spirograph© episode based on a viewer request, I use Motion to recreate a toy that was popular in my childhood that let you... Read More

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Using the Link Behavior in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 13, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how you can connect the animation of different parameters on different objects using the Link behavior.

The Link behavior is part of the collection of parameter behaviors - some of the most powerful... Read More

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Secret Clip Selections in Final Cut Pro X

On this week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 06, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training and I share a couple of tips for selecting clips in a Final Cut Pro X project.

There are times when it can be quite useful to be able to select a group of clips in your project. For example, you may want to put a... Read More

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Why video producers/distributors should embrace Chromecast

Why video producers/distributors should embrace Chromecast

Chromecast is a no-brainer to embed in your website or app.

By Allan Tépper | July 31, 2013

Chromecast is the name of a US$35 digital media streaming adapter developed by Google and released last week, in addition to being a free API/SDK and Chrome browser extension. The Chromecast device, a 51 mm (2-inch) dongle that plugs into the HDMI port of an HDTV or monitor, plays audio/video media from supporting content providers by connecting over WiFi and streaming it from the web. The user selects content to play on her/his TV from either a supported app on a mobile device, or a tab from the Chrome web browser on a computer. The device was announced on July 24, 2013 and made available for purchase the same day.

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