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Quicktips 2011 Day 11: Playhead of your timeline to match FCP edit to tape In point

February 11, 2011 - This tip isn't for everyone but if editing to tape it is a very good one

By Scott Simmons | February 11, 2011

There's probably not near as many Final Cut Pro editors that have to perform tape output today versus just a few years ago (using the FCP Edit to Tape window) but for those of us that still do use tape we tend to use it on a pretty regular basis. This Reader Quicktip is from Ben Scott, a London-based editor who apparently has to do a lot of Edit to Tape work. It's quite a deep and involved tip entitled Getting the playhead of your timeline to match the edit to tape window's In point. In fact there's a couple of tips within this one. Read More


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Expert Tips on Final Cut Pro

April Fools came early this year.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | February 09, 2011

Ever watch someone use (or even worse, demonstrate) a piece of software, and think to yourself "wait a minute - that's not how you should do that..."? Then Rob Imbs of Lovely Junkie has a video for you. Rob has compiled what is no doubt years of hard-won Final Cut experience and "knowledge" into one tip-laden video of just about everything a beginner can do wrong. With a straight face. (Until the very end.) Watch it and weep. Then pass it along to an unsuspecting Final Cut Friend. Read More


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Quicktips 2011 Day 09: A bunch of FCP tips from Digital Rebellion

February 9, 2011 - These are some oldies but goodies

By Scott Simmons | February 09, 2011

Here's a big batch of Reader Quicktips that comes to us from Jon Chappell over at Digital Rebellion. They've always maintained a very good blog as well as providing the Final Cut Pro community with some very useful tools, including the FCS Maintenance Pack. Here's four quicktips from way back in 2008. Click over to the full Digital Rebellion article for all the images and comments. Read More


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Quicktips 2011 Day 08: Add and Edit markers in FCP 7 for speed

February 8, 2011 - This Reader Quicktip was an addition to the FCP 7 update and one of the best

By Scott Simmons | February 08, 2011

This Reader Quicktip comes to us courtesy of Alex Ricciardi from Endless Picnic. It highlights the Add and Edit marker functionality that was added in the Final Cut Pro 7 update. Read More


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Quicktips 2011 Day 07: changing FCP filters lengths partially applied to a clip

February 7, 2011 - Moving and extending the length of a filter applied to only part of a clip is a powerful feature

By Scott Simmons | February 07, 2011

One particularly nice feature that Final Cut Pro allows you to do is to apply a filter to only part of a clip or a sequence nest. I find this particularly useful if I'm applying a non-realtime filter to a longer nest of clips and the filter effect will only happen for a very short time. Though I don't use it a lot it can come in handy. I don't want to lose the realtime playback for the entire clip when a small portion will only receive the filter. Thankfully FCP allows you to change the length and/or placement of that partially applied filter after it has been applied. Read More


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American Editor

The Ballad of the Bear Wrestler

By Chris and Trish Meyer | February 07, 2011

More than one person has pointed me toward the relatively new blog American Editor, written by Rob Ashe: Senior Video Editor & Opening Title Designer of Conan O'Brien's most recent ventures among other items on a long resume. Rob is a straight shooter with a wry sense of humor, who dishes up some honest opinions and advice on working in The Industry. Read More


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Quicktips 2011 Day 04: Save a comment specific column layout in FCP

February 4, 2011 - I like to save a specific bin column layout for comments only and then edit to my liking

By Scott Simmons | February 04, 2011

When you're using the View as List setting in a Final Cut Pro bin there are several columns that are labeled as comment columns of some type. All of those comment column headings can be edited and customized (as was discussed during the last 28 Days of Quicktips). I also like to save a column-only template for editing and taking notes. Read More


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Quicktips 2011 Day 03: Scrub the FCP thumbnail column thumb

February 3, 2011 - You can scrub the thumbnail displayed in the FCP thumbnail column

By Scott Simmons | February 03, 2011

There's a thumbnail column with the Final Cut Pro browser. Call that column up and you can then scrub the thumbnail right in the Browser column. Read More


So You Think You Have An Original Idea?

Think Again.

By Bruce A Johnson | February 03, 2011

Everything is a Remix from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

Everything is a Remix Part 2 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

Big thanks to Gary Bettan of for pointing out a really interesting take on modern creativity. It's at a site called . A guy named Kirby Ferguson just disassembles two of the most sacred cows of the last forty years - Led Zeppelin and Star Wars - in a funny, deadpan way that makes "This American Life" sound like "Family Guy." And they aren't the only victims here - be sure to hang on through the credits for even more fun! There are currently two episodes out (of a promised four). Even though there are embed links in this post, be sure to go to his site and click on the "Donate" button. This guy deserves a little dough! Read More


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Quicktips 2011 Day 02: Manifesto title tool can spell check

February 2, 2011 - The recent free FxFactory title update includes a title tool that can spell check

By Scott Simmons | February 02, 2011

One thing that's always seemed to be missing out of the built-in Final Cut Pro title tool, as well as the Boris Graffiti plug-in, is spell checking. I noticed the other day that the new Manifesto static title generator can spell check. This Quicktip was supposed to happen later in the week but after some Manifesto discussion on Twitter yesterday I moved it up. Read More


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Quicktips 2011 Day 01: Apply multiple FCP bin comments at once

February 1, 2011 - right + click to apply multiple comments to clips at once in FCP bin

By Scott Simmons | February 01, 2011

This is one of my favorite little gems when logging clips in Final Cut Pro. When using list view in the FCP Browser you can right + click (or control + click) on a single button mouse to apply different types of column criteria to multiple FCP clips at once. It's not just for Master Comment columns either but quite a few other user selectable columns as well. Read More


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“Why 3D Doesn’t Work and Never Will”

Esteemed editor Walter Murch writes a letter to famed film critic Roger Ebert.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | January 24, 2011

While a large portion of both the media creation and consumption industries gear up to produce and support 3D films and video, others are digging in their heels and asking about the fit and fabric of the emperor's clothes. Much loved sound designer and film editor Walter Murch - as well as film curmudgeon critic Roger Ebert - are two of those questioners. This blog post by Ebert reprints a detailed letter from Murch about the inherent technical issues of stereoscopic films that detract from the esthetic appreciation of them as well. It's quite meaty - I suggest you go read it all - but the central issue Murch brings up is what he refers to as the 'convergence/focus' issue: "3D films require us to focus at one distance and converge at another. And 600 million years of evolution has never presented this problem before." Read More


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What $300 Buys These Days

One of those "I sure hope this is true" stories...

By Bruce A Johnson | January 21, 2011

OK, folks, have a look at "Lazy Teenage Superheroes," a funny, really watchable (and slightly NSFW for language) 13-minute riff on science fiction: Read More


Film-Office Tax Credits Scandal!

Wow, this would make a GREAT screenplay!

By Bruce A Johnson | January 21, 2011

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A Look Back on 2010

Take a look back on what changed in 2010: cheaper (and great) technology, large sensors, 3D, the state of the business, distribution options and more.

By Terence Curren | January 13, 2011

In this episode of the Terence and Philip Show - with able assistance from Secret HQ's Greg Huson - take a look back on what changed in 2010 from our perspective.There's a lot in this show from Resolve to dissolve. Read More


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DaVinci Resolve for Mac review online

It took awhile but I finally finished the article for Studio Daily

By Scott Simmons | January 12, 2011

It took awhile (and a couple of Resolve articles here on PVC) but I finally finished my full DaVinci Resolve for Mac article that went online today over at Studio Daily. It's quite lengthy but as I was working out my ideas and thoughts on the application I began to realize just how deep an application Resolve for Mac really is. Read More


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Cut Notes offers more use for the iPad in the edit suite

It's a promising start to what could be a useful app

By Scott Simmons | January 11, 2011

There's a new iPad app that has just been released into the iTunes app store called Cut Notes (iTunes link). It comes from the folks at Digital Rebellion, makers of any number of handy tools that most all Final Cut Pro users are familiar with. Cut Notes is different in that it turns the iPad into a note taking device that can record comments about an edit and then send those comments over in any number of ways. Read More


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Revisiting My Friend F13

That floating, mappable key always comes in handy.

By Scott Simmons | January 06, 2011

While working on a job this week I had tons of shots to log and organize. While doing this I realized how much I was pasting the same words over and over and over and over. No problem, I mapped my floating keyboard key F13 to paste. That meant I didn't have to keep hitting the two key combination of command + v over and over again. You wouldn't think it would make that much difference but it does. It reminded me of an old 2008 Editblog post: My Friend F13. Read More


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New Media Webinars offers fast, affordable training

As a presenter I've enjoyed doing them, as a student I've enjoyed learning from them

By Scott Simmons | December 22, 2010

When I finished my NAB 2009 Post Pit presentation I was approached by a gentlemen who operated a website called New Media Webinars. We discussed possibly doing a webinar similar to what my Post Pit presentation about cutting a Canon 5D multi-camera concert. After a lengthy discussion upon returning from NAB we decided on the topic of DSLR Filmmaking Post  Workflows. This was my first presentation for New Media Webinars would end up with four DSLR focused webinars (thus far) on production, post, color grading and audio techniques. Read More


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Pro Apps PDFs!

Oh, frabjous day: Apple offers PDF user manuals again!

By Adam Wilt | December 19, 2010

The PDF link downloads a copy of the docs to disk.

OK, so maybe I'm stupid (no comments, thanks very much) and these have always been available, or maybe they're new: Apple has PDF user manuals for Pro Apps available for download. Read More