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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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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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What Do I Need Compressor For?

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | October 16, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training gives us some good reasons for using Compressor for our Final Cut Pro X projects.

Final Cut Pro X has many features of Compressor built right into it: you can share your project to a variety of preset... Read More

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Keying a Shot in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | October 08, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us how to key a shot in Final Cut Pro X.

Shooting a subject against a solid color background in order to remove that background and replace it with something else is more popular than ever. Green is the... Read More

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Smarter Smart Collections

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | October 01, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us a great tip regarding Smart Collections in Final Cut Pro X.

If you use iPhoto or iTunes, then you are already familiar with how Smart Collections operate: you create a set of criteria, or rules, that... Read More

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The Clamper

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | September 24, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training and I go a little "behavior crazy" as we animate a photo to look like it's been thrown onto a desk.

In Motion, almost any animation task can be accomplished in two different ways: either using traditional... Read More

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Secondary Color Correction in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | September 17, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us a method for performing selective or "secondary" color correction in Final Cut Pro X.

While primary color correction is concerned with overall changes to the luminance range, hue, and saturation of an... Read More

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Color Correction Filters in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | September 10, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how I use color correction filters in Motion.

If you want to change the color or luminance of a video, photograph, or graphic in Motion, you have a lot of options. In fact, in the Filters section of... Read More

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Modifying Photoshop® Files in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | September 03, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training demonstrates how well Photoshop® and Final Cut Pro X play together.

Video editors frequently need to integrate photos and graphics into their work, and Photoshop is the grandfather of all editing... Read More

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Finding Your Final Cut Pro X Exports

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 27, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us a cool trick for locating your Final Cut Pro X exports in the Finder.

Have you ever exported a movie from FCP X and realized you forgot what folder you targeted? This happens to me all the time.... Read More

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Etching and Sketching in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 20, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to build a virtual Etch-a-Sketch© in Motion.

Following up from our Spirograph© episode based on a viewer request, I use Motion to recreate a toy that was popular in my childhood that let you... Read More

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