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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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Final Cut Pro X Live Roundtable

Final Cut Pro X Live Roundtable

Thursday 6pm Pacific

By Mark Spencer | June 17, 2014

Join us this Thursday at 6pm Pacific for a roundtable discussion and Q&A on Final Cut Pro X. 

At the table will be editors Michael Garber and Sam Mestman, as well as the MacBreak Studio guys Steve Martin and Mark Spencer.

It should be a fun evening.

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mObject for Motion and Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | June 17, 2014

3D objects in Motion and Final Cut Pro?

Well yes, it is possible, thanks to a new plugin from MotionVFX.com called mObject.

With mObject, you can create or import 3D objects, add lighting and textures, and then manipulate them directly inside either Final Cut Pro X... Read More

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Strategic Through-Edits

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | June 10, 2014

When is an edit not an edit - and why should you care?

Steve Martin from Ripple Training tackles this deep philosophical question on this week's MacBreak Studio.

We are of course referring to a "through-edit": something Steve defines as "an edit with continuous... Read More

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Replace/Relink in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | June 03, 2014

When to replace and when to relink?

This is the question Mark and Steve from Ripple Training tackle on this week's MacBreak Studio.

If you need to replace a video clip, graphic, or audio file in your Final Cut Pro X project, one way is to use the aptly-named... Read More

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Animated Tilt-Shift in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | May 27, 2014

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us an unusual application for the SliceX plugin for Final Cut Pro X.

SliceX and TrackX are plugins from CoreMelt that work inside Final Cut Pro X and are powered by Imagineer's Mocha planar tracking... Read More

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Final Cut Library Manager

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | May 20, 2014

It's 10 o'clock; do you know where your libraries are?

And even if you do, do you know what's in them? This week on MacBreak Studio, I talk with Steve Martin from Ripple Training about an indispensable application if you use Final Cut Pro X.

I love the... Read More

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Don’t Copy Those Proxies!

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | May 13, 2014

Do you have to keep editing when you travel?

This week on MacBreak Studio, I talk with Steve Martin from Ripple Training about taking your edit on the road.

The scenario is this: you are editing in your office on a Mac Pro with your media on a large RAID like a... Read More

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Replacing Temp Music in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | May 06, 2014

 

    How can you reconnect media in a managed library?

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training the answer to that question by using a common scenario: replacing temp music.

As editors, we often spend countless hours combing... Read More

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Tracking in Final Cut Pro X with SliceX

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | April 29, 2014

How can you track an object in Final Cut Pro X - and why would you want to?

In this episode of MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin answers the second question to provide context and motivation for the first.

In a nod to Alfred Hitchcock's movie Notorious, Steve wants... Read More

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Fixing Titles in Final Cut Pro X

On This Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | April 22, 2014

How good is your spelling?

Even if it's great, and even with Final Cut Pro's built-in spellchecker, it's still easy to make mistakes, particularly when adding titles to video that include people's names.

This is where the powerful combination of the... Read More

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The Power of the Timeline Index in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | April 15, 2014

The Timeline Index is one of the hidden jewels of Final Cut Pro X. Have you been using it to its full potential?

The Timeline Index is essentially a database window into your timeline. Since FCP X is in some ways a big database, all the items in your timeline: video clips,... Read More

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Keyframe Improvements in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | April 08, 2014

The 10.1 update to Final Cut Pro X included several improvements for manipulating keyframes. For example, it's now possible to select multiple keyframes, and to copy and paste keyframes.

In this episode of MacBreak Studio, Mark and Steve from Ripple Training demonstrate... Read More

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NAB Day One Tidbit - Edelkrone

The news behind the big news

By Mark Spencer | April 07, 2014

On this first day of the NAB show, I avoided the huge crowds around the BlackMagic and AJA booths and instead dug around in the Central Hall. I wanted to find something that not everyone is talking about.

I have a slider from Edelkrone that I'm quite impressed with and I... Read More

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Multicam Audio Editing in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | April 01, 2014

Multicam in Final Cut Pro X has gotten even better.

The multicam implementation in Final Cut Pro X was exceptional from the time it was first introduced. The flexibility of the different options for syncing angles, including a very fast and accurate automatic sync feature... Read More

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Getting Started with Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | March 25, 2014

Is it time to learn Motion?

Motion is one of the companion applications to Final Cut Pro X (the other is Compressor). You use it to create motion graphics and visual effects, like animated title sequences, green screen composites, tracking shots, particle effects, and much... Read More

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Do I Have to Open the Library?

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | March 19, 2014

Archiving your completed Final Cut Pro X project and the associated media has become much easier in version 10.1. If you are working with managed media - meaning all your media is contained within the library - you can simply drag the library in the Finder to your archive volume. If... Read More

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Why Use Camera Archives in Final Cut Pro X?

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | March 11, 2014

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Why would you want to use a Camera Archive to import your video clips?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Mark Spencer talks with Steve Martin from Ripple Training about Camera Archives. When transferring footage from a camera's card, you can of course simply drag the... Read More

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Bring on the Backups in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | March 04, 2014

How does Final Cut Pro X back up your work?

On this week's episode of MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training takes us through the what, why, when, where, and how of backups in Final Cut Pro X.

Final Cut backups are enabled by default and they back up... Read More

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Audition Tips in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 25, 2014

How do you use Auditions in Final Cut Pro X?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us some novel and practical ways to use auditions that you may not have considered.

Auditions are kind of like single "multiclips" that obviate the need... Read More

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Final Cut Pro X and Mac Pro Performance

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 18, 2014

How many streams of 4K can you play on a new Mac Pro?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin and Mark Spencer from Ripple Training answer that question and more.

To be fair, a more accurate way to phrase the question would be: how many streams of UHD RAW,... Read More

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