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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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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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Performance Testing Final Cut Pro X on the new Mac Pro

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 11, 2014

So how fast is Final Cut Pro X on the new Mac Pro?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin and Mark Spencer from Ripple Training continue their 4-part series exploring the ultimate 4K Final Cut Pro X editing system built around the Mac Pro.

In this third episode,... Read More

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The Mac Pro and Thunderbolt 2

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 04, 2014

What's the difference between Thunderbolt 1 and Thunderbolt 2? And do you really need Thunderbolt 2 in order to work with 4K material?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin and Mark Spencer from Ripple Training continue their 4-part series exploring the ultimate 4K... Read More

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The Ultimate Final Cut Pro X System

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | January 30, 2014

 

Are you thinking of upgrading your editing hardware? Considering the new Mac Pro?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin and Mark Spencer from Ripple Training kick off a 4-part series exploring the ultimate 4K Final Cut Pro X editing system built around... Read More

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Moving Media in Final Cut Pro 10.1

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | January 21, 2014

What happens when you move a clip from one event to another?

In this week's episode of MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training demonstrates exactly what happens and why.

The new unified library model in Final Cut Pro 10.1 really simplifies media... Read More

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Working with Libraries in Final Cut Pro X

On This Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | January 14, 2014

Welcome to our third MacBreak Studio on the brand new Final Cut Pro 10.1!

In this episode, Steve Martin from Ripple Training dives into the nitty-gritty of working with Libraries.

A few weeks ago we discussed the concept of the unified library model that was... Read More

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Media Import Options in Final Cut Pro 10.1

On This Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | January 07, 2014

Welcome to our second MacBreak Studio on the brand new Final Cut Pro 10.1!

In this episode, Steve Martin from Ripple Training walks us through the various media import options in Final Cut Pro X.

These options have changed as of the 10.1 update as a result of the new... Read More

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Understanding Libraries in Final Cut Pro 10.1

On This Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | December 31, 2013

Welcome to our first MacBreak Studio on the brand new Final Cut Pro 10.1!

In this episode, Steve Martin from Ripple Training and I discuss the fundamental structural change in this very significant update: the move to a unified library model. While there are many workflow... Read More

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Final Cut Pro 10.1

A Detailed First Look by Steve Martin and Mark Spencer

By Mark Spencer | December 19, 2013

Final Cut Pro 10.1 is the next major step forward for Apple’s professional editing software Final Cut Pro X. Not since its initial release over 2 years ago has there been a more significant update with regard to performance and workflow. The most visible improvement in FCP X is the new... Read More

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Burning DVDs from Final Cut Pro X-without FCP X!

On This Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | December 17, 2013

On this episode of MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us a great trick for burning DVDs from projects created in Final Cut Pro X.

Now some of you may be saying "what's a DVD?" - but DVDs are still a widely-used offline distribution medium so a... Read More

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Using Shape Masks in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | December 10, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us how to use shape masks to isolate color corrections in Final Cut Pro X.

As opposed to a color mask, which limits a color correction to a selected range of luminance and hue values (for example, the... Read More

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Dancing to the Beat

Animating Text to Music in Motion

By Mark Spencer | December 03, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how animate text to "dance to the beat" of a song.

The audio parameter behavior is one of the unsung heroes of Motion. It's so easy to use, yet so powerful at the same time. You can use it to animate... Read More

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Wrapping Text in Motion

On This Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | November 26, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how wrap text around an object and animate it.

There are five different Layout Methods for text layers in Motion. The default is "Type" and it's the one you'll likely use most often. The Paragraph... Read More

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One Ring to Rule Them All - Random Text Animation in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | November 20, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to create a random text animation in Motion.

Motion's text styling and animating capabilities are superb - especially when it comes to animating text with behaviors. And while there are many great... Read More

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Creative Uses of the Range Tool in Final Cut Pro X

On This Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | November 12, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training explores the Range tool in Final Cut Pro X.

The Range tool - found in the Tools menu or invoked with the keyboard shortcut "R" - has a surprisingly large number of uses throughout the editing of a... Read More

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Making Particles Dance in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | November 05, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training a few ideas for making particles "dance" in Motion.

The particle system in Motion is one of the applications' real strengths - and with the real-time playback engine, it's also a great deal of fun... Read More

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Tracking Points in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | October 29, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to create a "stretchy" animation by using the Track Points behavior in Motion.

The Apple Developer's Conference this past summer opened with a beautiful motion graphics animation. I wanted to see... Read More

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Quantizing in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | October 22, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training a few ways you can use the Quantize parameter behavior in Motion.

Continuing on our theme of "what does this do", we dive again into one of Motion's lesser-known, lesser-used, and often misunderstood... Read More

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