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by Mark Spencer

Mark Spencer is a freelance producer, editor, teacher and writer based in the Bay Area. His company Day Street Productions is a production and post studio focused on corporate video. He is an Apple-certified instructor for Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro, and Motion, teaching for organizations such as BAVC, Stanford University, DVExpo, MacWorld, and consulting for corporations and individuals. He is the author of the Apple Pro Training Series book Motion Graphics and Visual Effects from Peachpit Press and has written for print and online publicat...

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Light-Speed Organization in FCP X

Light-Speed Organization in FCP X

On this week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 21, 2012

In this week's show, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows me how he used Final Cut Pro X's keywording and favorites to quickly organize and select footage he shot during his vacation with a Go Pro camera. Read More

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Creating a Picture-in-Picture Effect Using Callouts

Creating a Picture-in-Picture Effect Using Callouts

On MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 20, 2012

In this episode of MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to use the Callouts plugin for FCP X to enhance video projects.Disclaimer: Callouts were created by myself and Steve Martin, and they are sold by Ripple Training, and I benefit financially from their sale. Read More

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Conforming Frame Rates in FCP X

Conforming Frame Rates in FCP X

Making Slow-Motion Footage on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 17, 2012

On this episode of MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows me how to take footage shot at one frame rate and make it play at a different frame rate in a Final Cut Pro X project in order to create a slow-motion effect. Read More

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Creating a Scoreboard in Motion

Creating a Scoreboard in Motion

Another Replicator to the Rescue

By Mark Spencer | August 16, 2012

In this episode of MacBreak Studio, I answer a viewer request by showing Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to build and animate a scoreboard in Motion by using the power of Replicators. Read More

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Using an Audio Compressor in FCP X

Using an Audio Compressor in FCP X

On this week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | July 24, 2012

Steve Martin from Ripple Training talks about using an audio compressor in Final Cut Pro X. He demonstrates versatility with FCPX's compressor to sweeten your audio to improve its overall quality. Read More

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Shapes to Masks and Masks to Shapes

Shapes to Masks and Masks to Shapes

Some fun with Motion on this week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | July 17, 2012

On this week's MacBreak Studio, I talk to Steve Martin of Ripple Training about moving from shapes to masks and vice-versa in Motion 5. Read More

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Creating Custom Paint Brushes in Motion

Creating Custom Paint Brushes in Motion

On this week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | July 09, 2012

You can use Motion's Shape tools, including the Paint Stroke tool, to "paint" with a huge variety of built-in materials. But you can go even further and create your own custom "brushes". On this week's MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to do just that. Read More

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Removing Unwanted Audio in Final Cut Pro X

Removing Unwanted Audio in Final Cut Pro X

On this week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | June 27, 2012

Steve Martin of Ripple Training goes over the process of sweetening your audio in Final Cut Pro X. He shows Mark Spencer how easy it can be to remove unwanted sounds in your audio. Read More

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Creating a Road in Motion

Creating a Road in Motion

On this week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | June 20, 2012

On this week's MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how you can build a road in Motion and animate a car along it, using the power of shapes combined with a replicator and a few behaviors. The nice thing about this approach is that not only can you easily change the path of the road, the stripes on the road will conform to the new path automatically - as will the path of travel for the car. Read More

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Tracking in Mocha and Compositing in Motion

Tracking in Mocha and Compositing in Motion

On this week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | June 05, 2012

In this edition of MacBreak Studio, I demonstrate to Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to track a shot using Mocha Pro with Motion 5. If a shot is too difficult for Motion's tracker, you can supplement Motion's capabilities by tracking a shot in Mocha and then, since Mocha can export the tracking data as a Motion project, build your composite in Motion. Read More

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Color Correction in Final Cut Pro X

Color Correction in Final Cut Pro X

On this week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | May 29, 2012

Steve Martin from Ripple Training dives into color correction within Final Cut Pro X. He explains to Mark Spencer how Final Cut Pro X's powerful color correction features can be used to limit corrections to different parts of an image. Read More

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Compositing in FCP X

Compositing in FCP X

On this week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | May 23, 2012

On this week's MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training a few things I've discovered in my exploration of the compositing features in Final Cut Pro X. Read More

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Rigging the Bird

Rigging the Bird

Motion Magic on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | May 13, 2012

Mark Spencer talks about rigging and animating in Motion 5. He shows Steve Martin of Ripple Training how to work with multiple parameters within Motion and have the rigged parameters change at the same time to create fluid, animated objects. Read More

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Layered Photoshop Files in Final Cut Pro X

Layered Photoshop Files in Final Cut Pro X

On this week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | May 02, 2012

Steve Martin goes over working with Layered Photoshop Files in the 10.0.3 update in Final Cut Pro X. He shows Mark Spencer on how Final Cut Pro X works with the photoshop files and how easy it is to make changes within it. Read More

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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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Final Cut Pro X and Auto Backup

Final Cut Pro X and Auto Backup

on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | April 29, 2012

Steve Martin shows off the new Auto Backup feature in the 10.0.3 update in Final Cut Pro X. He shows how Final Cut resolves a corrupted project file by using this powerful feature and lets you restore your project to its prior condition. Read More

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Mastering the Camera in Motion

Mastering the Camera in Motion

Part 2 of a 3-part Series on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | April 23, 2012

Mark Spencer dives into using cameras within Motion's 3D space. He shows Steve Martin how to use the camera to navigate around a 3D set and animating the camera to simulate real camera movements. Read More

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Mastering Motion’s Camera

Mastering Motion’s Camera

Exploring the Camera in Apple Motion on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | April 13, 2012

In Part 1 of a 3-part series, Mark Spencer demonstrates working in 3D space in Motion. He shows Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to arrange sets, add a camera, and navigate a 3D environment. Read More

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Color Grading and DaVinci Resolve Discussion

Color Grading and DaVinci Resolve Discussion

On MacBreak Studio Live

By Mark Spencer | April 13, 2012

Mark Spencer and Steve Martin from Ripple Training welcome Alexis Van Hurkman for a discussion on Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve. They discuss the business of color grading, what you need to build out your own color grading suite, and the pros & cons of some of the many color grading packages available. Read More

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Final Cut Pro X and DaVinci Resolve

Final Cut Pro X and DaVinci Resolve

Part 2 of 2 on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | April 10, 2012

On this episode of MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin is joined by special guest Alexis Van Hurkman to dive deeper into Blackmagic Design's color grading software, DaVinci Resolve. They show you an easy way to round trip your Final Cut Pro X projects with your DaVinci Resolve color work, including how to maintain color work you've already done in Final Cut Pro.By the way, if you missed Part 1, you can see it here. Read More

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