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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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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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Publishing Motion 5 Projects to FCPX

Publishing Motion 5 Projects to FCPX

On MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | October 28, 2011

I demonstrate to MacBreak Studio host Steve Martin the basic process of designing and publishing smart templates from Motion 5 to Final Cut Pro X, using a title as an example. With Motion 5, you can now design titles, transitions, effects, and generators and publish them to Final Cut Pro X's effects browsers, making Motion 5 a powerful tool for the Final Cut Pro X editor. Read More

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MacBreak Studio - GPU Acceleration in Final Cut Pro X

MacBreak Studio - GPU Acceleration in Final Cut Pro X

By Mark Spencer | October 20, 2011

Steve Martin shows Mark Spencer how the newly updated Final Cut Pro X takes advantage of your Mac's GPU (graphics processing unit) to export your projects in record time. He also shows how the new Compressor 4 can take full advantage of the multiple cores in your computer's CPU for a significant increase in speeds with multiple encodes. Note: for best results, click the Quality button at the bottom right and select 720p. Read More

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Final Cut Pro X Update

Final Cut Pro X Update

Steve Martin covers the new features

By Mark Spencer | October 14, 2011

Steve Martin of Ripple Training recently presented his take on the new features in the Final Cut Pro X 10.0.1 update. I was particularly intrigued by the new Roles featured. Video follows in two parts. Read More

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Motion 5 for FCP X Editors

Motion 5 for FCP X Editors

If you are using FCP X, here's why you'll want to have Motion 5

By Mark Spencer | October 14, 2011

I recently gave a presentation at the LA Final Cut Pro User's Group on several ways that FCP X editors can benefit quickly and easily by using Motion to modify the effects, titles, and transitions built into FCP X, publishing Motion templates to FCP X, and using Motion's great new keyer. Video is in two parts. Read More

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Understanding Roles

Understanding Roles

Going deeper into the new Roles feature in the Final Cut Pro X Update

By Mark Spencer | September 30, 2011

On MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin shows me how you can use the new Roles feature in FCP X to tag audio, video, and titles and then use that metadata to organize and share your projects. Read More

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mFlare from MotionVFX.com

mFlare from MotionVFX.com

The Complete "Flare Factory" for Motion 5 and FCP X

By Mark Spencer | September 16, 2011

mFlare is a fascinating and deep new product from MotionVFX.com, the site best known for their extensive colleciton of templates for Motion and After Effects.It's one more reason that every Final Cut Pro X editor is going to want to have Motion 5 as part of their editing and motion graphics arsenal.Rather than a straight review, in this article I'll walk you through a few scenarios for how you might use mFlare in your FCP X projects. Read More

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Customizing Motion 4 Template Colors in FCP X

Customizing Motion 4 Template Colors in FCP X

How to customize the colors of all those templates that came with Motion 4 right inside Final Cut Pro X by using Motion 5

By Mark Spencer | September 09, 2011

In my last video, I showed you how to get all your Motion 4 templates into Final Cut Pro X. That's great, but what if you'd like to change the color of those templates? Motion 5 can help you do that, too. Here's how. Read More

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Getting Motion 4 Templates Into Final Cut Pro X

Getting Motion 4 Templates Into Final Cut Pro X

How to get all those beautiful templates that came with Motion 4 into Final Cut Pro X - as well as your own - using Motion 5

By Mark Spencer | August 31, 2011

Motion 4 contained a large number of SD and HD template themes, accessible via the Template Browser. While the Template Browser doesn't exist in Motion 5, it does contain several of those template. But what if you want to use those templates in Final Cut Pro X? You'll need to publish them. It's easy. Here's a video showing you how. Read More

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Where did my PICT go?

Where did my PICT go?

How to convert PCT graphics in order to use them in Motion 5 and Final Cut Pro X

By Mark Spencer | August 28, 2011

You may be surprised to find that images you used in your Motion 4 projects no longer appear in your Motion 5 projects. Or, when you look for images in Motion 5's File Browser that you KNOW are there, they just don't appear. Well, it's likely that those images were saved with the PICT format (the .pct) extension. That format is an outdated 32-bit format and can't be used in 64-bit applications like Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5. In fact, you won't even be able to open the image in Preview! Read More

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Motion 5: Five Missing Features

Motion 5: Five Missing Features

Apple giveth - and Apple taketh away

By Mark Spencer | June 29, 2011

Last week I wrote about some of the great new features in Motion 5: a sleek new user interface, deep integration with Final Cut Pro X, the ability to publish your own "Smart Templates" along with parameters you specify, a powerful new Rigging feature, and an unbelievable low price. There's also a fantastic new Keyer and a few other goodies that I'll be discussing in future articles. Read More

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Motion 5: Top 5 New Features

Motion 5: Top 5 New Features

Everything has changed - and nothing has changed

By Mark Spencer | June 21, 2011

The new Motion 5 has arrived - and here's the funny thing: while it looks radically different, contains features that represent a completely new paradigm, and will change the way motion graphics are created - it is at the same time no different at all. How can that be? Read on for summary of what I consider the 5 biggest changes in Motion 5, and why they change everything - and nothing at all. Read More

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50 Ways To Pig Out on Motion

MacBreak Studio breaks 100 and Motion breaks 50 episodes

By Mark Spencer | November 23, 2010

MacBreak Studio recently aired it's 100th episode covering topics related to Final Cut Studio, production and post. And just this week, we hit our 50th Motion-specific episode. At about 10 minutes apiece, there are enough Motion tips and tricks to keep you full until the new year. To make them easier to digest, I've collect them all on one page which you can view here. Enjoy, but don't over-do it! Read More

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Custom Shape Styles in Motion

This week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 13, 2010

On this week's episode of MacBreak Studio, host Brian Gary and I discuss the different uses for custom "shape styles" in Motion. Think of them as ways to create your own "brushes" that you can animate in a variety of ways. Great stuff.

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MacBreak Studio: Frenetic Text

Learn how to use Motion to create this popular animated text effect

By Mark Spencer | August 07, 2010

I talk with MacBreak Studio host Brian Gary about how to create a constantly evolving text animation effect. Read More

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After Effects and Motion Share and Compare

MacBreak Studio Special Episode

By Mark Spencer | July 21, 2010

On this week's MacBreak Studio, I host Steve Taylor - an LA-based motion graphics designer who's tool of choice is After Effects. I thought it would be fun and interesting to compare how After Effects and Motion handle different motion graphics tasks and so this is the first of a series of "share and compare" sessions that looks at cameras and null objects in both After Effects and Motion. Enjoy. Read More

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Mastering Motion’s Camera

Working with Angle of View

By Mark Spencer | July 02, 2010

In this excerpt from Ripple Training's newest tutorial Mastering Motion's Camera, host Mark Spencer explains how to work with the camera's Angle of View.

Motion 4 - Using Angle of View (Movie)

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Creating the “OK Go” Effect in Motion

By Mark Spencer | June 21, 2010

A quick look at how to create the look of one of OK Go's videos. Read More

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Friday Inspiration

Friday Inspiration

Reel Excellence

By Mark Spencer | April 02, 2010

Came across this outstanding reel from Nando Costa thanks to Motionographer and just had to share it - what do you think? Read More

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