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Networking, Establishing Skills and Staying Inspired

Networking, Establishing Skills and Staying Inspired

Advice From A Motion Designer

By Dorian Heller | December 20, 2014

Developing your skills as a motion designer is a vital part of becoming a successful artist in the field. However, in the industry it takes more than just technical merit to be an expert.

Experience and the Value of Networking

I started looking out to my local Seattle community of... Read More

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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 7 - Settings Part 1

Your settings are what are going to keep you editing at top speed!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 18, 2014

You settings are exceptionally important inside of Media Composer.  They are what are going to give you access to all the bells and whistles that will make the difference between a slow edit and unhappy client, to a fast edit, and an exstatic client!

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Linking Animations in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | December 17, 2014

The Link behavior in Motion is a powerful way of animating one one object with another.

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training one way to use the Link behavior to create a wheel and piston animation similar to a steam locomotive.

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Ten Commandments of Making

Sage advice from maker Adam Savage

By Matthew Jeppsen | December 15, 2014

At the 2014 Maker Faire, mythbuster and creative Adam Savage spent some time talking about what it takes to be a Maker. He kicked off his talk by defining what he calls his Ten Commandments of Making. Maker Faire tends to have a craftsperson appeal, but what struck me was how well Adam's ten principles translated to the film & video industry. Here are Adam's Ten Commandments, paraphrased and expanded for creatives in production.

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Let It Snow!

Creating Snow Effects in Motion

By Mark Spencer | December 15, 2014

 

Motion Magic is a weekly series of short tips from Ripple Training for how to do something useful in Apple Motion. This week, I show you how to add snow to a scene by starting with a preset particle emitter and then modifying it to make it come to life. Particle emitters are one... Read More

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Template Greeting Cards in Final Cut Pro X

This week's 5-minute Final Cut Tip

By Mark Spencer | December 15, 2014

Final Cut Pro X in under 5 minutes is a weekly series of short tutorials from Ripple Training designed to show you how to do something specific and useful in Final Cut Pro X from start to finish.

This week's episode shows you where you can get a holiday template that was... Read More

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Editing the Bioneers 25th Anniversary Conference

On-site Multicamera editing with Final Cut Pro X on a Mac Pro

By Mark Spencer | December 15, 2014

Editing the Bioneers 25th Anniversary Conference

In October 2014, the Bioneers (http://www.bioneers.org) held their 25th anniversary conference in San Rafael, California. Bioneers is a non-profit educational organization that explores innovative solutions to planetary issues. The... Read More

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Avid Pan and Zoom

Creating the Ken Burns effect inside of Media Composer is simple, AND included in your MC Subscription

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 11, 2014

In this week's Media Composer 101 tutorial, we're going to look at an effect that is used in just about every documentary, and that is the Ken Burns Effect, or a Pan and Zoom effect.  The effect comes standard inside of Media Composer, and is quite simple to use!

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Audio-only Cross-fades in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | December 10, 2014

 

  How do you cross-fade just the audio portion of an edit point?

That's the question we tackle on this week's episode of MacBreak Studio.

I start by showing Steve Martin from Ripple Training a simple storyline of clips, where I want to audio... Read More

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Holiday gift lists for digital video creators

with a quick look back at 2014 in After Effects

By Rich Young | December 10, 2014

Best of 2014 and holiday gift lists are mushrooming, but there aren't so many lists for digital video creators at this point, and it seems that most of them are on PVC (with more coming). We'll link in a few extra lists, and look back the year in After Effects for more ideas.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for the Editor - 2014 Edition

Christmas Gift Ideas for the Editor - 2014 Edition

Products, services and lots of other goodies

By Scott Simmons | December 07, 2014

There’s only a couple of weeks left until Christmas 2014 so shopping is in full force. As always there are a lot of gadgets and gizmos that an editor could use both in and out of the edit suite so here’s our annual list of Christmas Gifts for the Editor. The Editblog's editor gift list was the first and is still the best but if you don’t see what you want here check out the 2010 edition, the 2011 edition, the 2012 edition and the 2013 edition. There’s lots of great ideas in there as well.

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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 6 - Bins part 2

Let's continue our look at bins with some great "hidden" features you'll definitely want to know about.

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 04, 2014

In the second of our two part look at bins, we'll take a look at some tucked away features of Media Composer that will really help you get organized, and stay organized right from import to delivery.

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Enhanced Storyboarding in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | December 04, 2014

Do you still need a reason to use Motion?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training picks up from the prior week's discussion about using the Placeholder generator in Final Cut Pro X to pre-visualize a shoot by building a storyboard. If you... Read More

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MXF Support in Final Cut Pro 10.1.4

On This Week's Under 5

By Mark Spencer | December 02, 2014

Final Cut Pro X version 10.1.4 is out today. In the above Final Cut Pro in Under 5 Minutes video, Steve Martin from Ripple Training explores one specific new feature: how to import and export MXF files. 

Before getting into the workflow, it’s important to define... Read More

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Panasonic Varicam 35mm New Low-light King?

With Dual Native ISOs of 800 and 5000

By Brian Hallett | December 02, 2014

Should you shoot at 800ISO or the blindly sensitive 5000ISO, your choice.  Digital Cinema Society shares their examples of Panasonic's Varicam 35 unique dual native ISOs.  

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Video Copilot Element 3D version 2 released

3D model deform, modes, reflections, shadows, + more

By Rich Young | December 02, 2014

Video Copilot released Element 3D v2 today. E3D v2 is $199 or a $99 upgrade, with more bundle upgrade discounts. The plug-in is compatible with After Effects CS5 + above.

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ASCII Art & After Effects

Easy-to-use scripts and other resources

By Rich Young | November 30, 2014

ASCII art, pioneered by Victorian female stenographers, has enjoyed brief periods of interest and cobbled together solutions for After Effects, but there's now easy-to-use AE scripts to speed solutions. Read More

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Get to know…...Boris FX

Get a brief look at what Boris FX has to offer with its flagship product

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 30, 2014

My recent review of Red Giant Universe got me thinking, after taking a look at some Facebook comments, that there are a lot of users out there who might not know some of the 3rd-party plug-in companies out there, so I thought as a recurring article series, we would take a brief look at all the plug-in companies out there, and what they bring to the table for you, the end user.  I thought I’d start with a company I’m very familiar with, and that is Boris FX.

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Decent cheap earphones: backups and stocking stuffers

By Rich Young | November 30, 2014

For event recording, it's good to have emergency sealed headphones, and being extremely portable and cheap, earphones fit the bill. Amazon is touting a selection of Stocking Stuffer Headphones Under $10, and when you land there, you're greeted by "Major Sound with a Minor Price." If you shop for $10 headphones, what can you expect? Probably better than that list. Happily, manufacturers sometimes ship inexpensive products that don't sound half bad.

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REVIEW - Red Giant Universe

Is this a Universe you want to visit?

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 29, 2014

NAB 2014 has been over for about seven months now, and most people might be wondering why I am writing a review of Red Giant Universe now, as opposed to when it was first announced/released around the time of NAB.  To be honest with you, the review I'm writing today is very different from the one I would have written then.

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