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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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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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Getting Started with DaVinci Resolve

Getting Started with DaVinci Resolve

Part 1 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 show Steve how to get started and navigate through Blackmagic Design's color grading software, DaVinci Resolve.In Part 2, Alexis shows Steve how to roundtrip between Final Cut Pro X and Resolve - check that out here. Read More

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What’s New in Motion?

What’s New in Motion?

The overshadowed update on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | March 21, 2012

On this week's MacBreak Studio, I discuss the features of the Motion 5.0.2 update with Steve Martin from Ripple Training. Why is there an image of Final Cut Pro X above? Well, these same new features are also available in Final Cut Pro X. Go figure. Read More

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Relinking Media in Final Cut Pro X

Relinking Media in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | March 13, 2012

Steve Martin from Ripple Training show us one of the great under-reported features of the Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 update - relinking media - and gives us some interesting usage scenarios. Read More

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Multicam Editing in Final Cut Pro X: Trim

Multicam Editing in Final Cut Pro X: Trim

Part 3 of a 3-part Series on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | March 08, 2012

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training and I conclude our 3-part introduction to multicam editing in Final Cut Pro X. In the first episode which you can see here, we discussed synchronizing clips; in the second, which you can see here, we discussed real-time editing, and today, we talk about how to clean up your edit: changing camera angles, trimming, and more. Read More

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Multi-cam Editing in Final Cut Pro X: Edit

Multi-cam Editing in Final Cut Pro X: Edit

Part 2 of a 3-part series on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | March 01, 2012

This is the second of a 3-part series on MacBreak Studio where Steve Martin from Ripple Training and I discuss the new Multicam editing features in the Final Cut Pro 10.0.3 update. In this episode we focus on how to edit a multicam clip in real time. If you missed Part 1, you can see it here. Read More

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Multi-cam Editing in Final Cut Pro X: Sync

Multi-cam Editing in Final Cut Pro X: Sync

Part 1 of a 3-part series on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 27, 2012

This is the first of a 3-part series on MacBreak Studio where Steve Martin from Ripple Training and I discuss the new Multicam editing feature in the Final Cut Pro 10.0.3 update. In this episode we focus on importing and syncing clips. Read More

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DIY DSLR Slider

DIY DSLR Slider

Building your own custom slider on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 23, 2012

On this week's MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin the slider I built and used on our recent Napa Valley winery shoot. I purchased the parts for the slider here and here. Read More

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The FCP X Update on MacBreak Studio Live

The FCP X Update on MacBreak Studio Live

Including answers to questions we couldn't get to during the show

By Mark Spencer | February 20, 2012

On Thursday's MacBreak Studio: Live show we discussed the Final Cut Pro 10.0.3 update, diving in deep on features big and small. Read More

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Any Way You Want It

Any Way You Want It

Setting Up a Rig in Motion 5 on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 09, 2012

On this week's MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to build a rig in Motion 5 in order to provide more creative options for the Final Cut Pro X editor. Read More

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Editing with Final Cut Pro X

Editing with Final Cut Pro X

7 Professional Editors Share Their FCP X Experiences

By Mark Spencer | February 09, 2012

You probably already know of Philip Bloom from his DSLR adventures. He recently asked seven professional editors to talk about their experiences with Final Cut Pro X. It's a fascinating read, including the growing list of comments at the end of the article. Check it out here. Read More

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25 Camera Angles in 25 Minutes

25 Camera Angles in 25 Minutes

Multicamera Editing in Final Cut Pro X

By Mark Spencer | February 05, 2012

Steve Martin (Ripple Training) and I just completed a tutorial on multi-camera editing for the Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 update. In that tutorial, we used 5 camera angles from a 5-camera music video greenscreen shoot we produced, plus two other angles: one for clean audio, one for some motion graphics. Read More

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Customizing a Title in FCP X

Customizing a Title in FCP X

Motion 5 Publishing Tips on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 04, 2012

On this week's MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Rippletraining.com how to give the Final Cut Pro X editor greater creative control over their titles thanks to the publishing features in Motion 5. Read More

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Audio Editing in FCP X

Audio Editing in FCP X

On MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | January 19, 2012

I do a lot of audio editing for our Rippletraining.com tutorials. I used to use Soundtrack Pro, but I've found I can be much faster using the tools in Final Cut Pro X thanks to the magnetic timeline and auto-save features. On this week's MacBreak Studio, I show host Steve Martin why I like using FCP X for editing audio so much. Read More

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Emitters and Image Sequences

Emitters and Image Sequences

Playing with Cards in Motion on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | January 11, 2012

On this week's MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin some fancy card tricks you can play when you create particles out of an image sequence. Read More

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3-Point Editing in Final Cut Pro X

3-Point Editing in Final Cut Pro X

Yes, Virginia, you can even do 3-point back-timed edits

By Mark Spencer | January 04, 2012

In this edition of MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin shows me how to do 3-point editing in Final Cut Pro X. Read More

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MacBreak Studio: Particle Tricks in Motion

MacBreak Studio: Particle Tricks in Motion

Changing cell color and exchanging media

By Mark Spencer | December 23, 2011

On this episode of MacBreak Studio, I show Steve a couple of tips when working with particle emitters in Motion. We are using Motion 5, but everything we discuss will work in Motion 4 - even Motion 3! Read More

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Multi-cam Editing in Final Cut Pro X?

Multi-cam Editing in Final Cut Pro X?

Yes, you can do multi-cam editing in FCP X today - on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin shows me how

By Mark Spencer | December 16, 2011

While Apple has announced that a full multi-cam feature will be available for Final Cut Pro X in "early 2012", in this episode of MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows me how you can easily do a multi-cam edit of two camera angles, synchronized to dual-system audio, in Final Cut Pro X right now. Read More

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Smart Collections or Keyword Collections?

Smart Collections or Keyword Collections?

Which should you use in FCP X?

By Mark Spencer | December 16, 2011

In this MacBreak Studio Episode, Steve Martin explains the difference between keyword collections and smart collections, and when it makes sense to use each for organizing your media in Final Cut Pro X Read More

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Color Grading in Final Cut Pro X

Color Grading in Final Cut Pro X

On MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | November 10, 2011

Mark Spencer shows Steve Martin how to do some basic color grading in Final Cut Pro X. He also shows a trick for getting the legacy Color Wheels back for those who aren't comfortable with the new Color Board in FCPX. Read More

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