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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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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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Using the Link Behavior in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 13, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how you can connect the animation of different parameters on different objects using the Link behavior.

The Link behavior is part of the collection of parameter behaviors - some of the most powerful... Read More

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Secret Clip Selections in Final Cut Pro X

On this week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 06, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training and I share a couple of tips for selecting clips in a Final Cut Pro X project.

There are times when it can be quite useful to be able to select a group of clips in your project. For example, you may want to put a... Read More

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Subframe Audio Editing in Final Cut Pro X

This week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | July 30, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us how to edit audio "within the frame" in Final Cut Pro X.

In each second of video we normally see about 24, 30, or 60 individual still images - enough of them to create the illusion of movement thanks to... Read More

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Exploding Text in Motion

This week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | July 24, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to "blow away" text.

One of the most fun and powerful things to do in Motion is combining different features. In this episode, I use a Replicator to "create" some text by using a text layer as the... Read More

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Warp-Speed Key-Wording in Final Cut Pro X

This week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | July 16, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training continues his discussion on organization in Final Cut Pro X.

After importing and performing some basic organizational tasks on your media by sorting by date and fixing any incorrect date info, the next step is... Read More

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Making Waves in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | July 09, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training several different methods for creating wave animations in Motion.

When using Motion to create motion graphics, you can often accomplish a give task using many different approaches. Using an example of a... Read More

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Multicam for YouTube in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | July 02, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us how easy it is for anyone to create a multicam edit in Final Cut Pro X.

Got a few friends and a few iPhones and/or iPads? Got Final Cut Pro X? That's all it takes to put together your own multicam... Read More

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I’ve Been Shattered

This week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | June 25, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to shatter an image in Motion.

After Effects has a great Shatter effect built-in (it used to be a separate plugin way back in the day that was developed by AE guru and instructor Brian Maffitt, from... Read More

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Animating Layered Graphics in Final Cut Pro X

This week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | June 18, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us a cool trick for animating layered Photoshop files in Final Cut Pro X.

While you may know how to use the Ken Burns effect on an image, did you know it also can be applied to individual layers of a... Read More

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Creating a Spirograph Effect in Motion

This week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | June 11, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I talk with Steve Martin from Ripple Training about how to recreate the Spirograph (tm) effect in Motion.

For those of us old enough to remember, Spirograph was a drawing kit consisting of transparent gears with holes. You would place a gear... Read More

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Making Ken Burns Obey

On this week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | June 04, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us how to "take charge" of the Ken Burns effect in Final Cut Pro X.

This effect makes it fast and easy to create pans and zooms on still images (or video for that matter). However, it does suffer from one... Read More

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Creating a Cosmic Zoom in Motion

On this Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | May 28, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to do a "Cosmic Zoom" effect in Motion.

Inspired by Andrew Kramer's excellent After Effects tutorial on his site Videocopilot.net, I demonstrate how you can achieve a similar result using... Read More

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FCP X, Photoshop, and RAW

On this week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | May 21, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training gives us some tips on working with RAW images in Final Cut Pro X.

We've talked about RED RAW workflow in an earlier episode of MacBreak Studio - how you can work with these RAW video files natively in FCP X,... Read More

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Archiving Final Cut Pro X Projects and Media

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | May 14, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training talks about archiving your projects in Final Cut Pro X.

Once you've delivered your edit to your client, they've approved it and you've been paid, how do you go about saving that project and storing it... Read More

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Text Animation in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | May 07, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training a few tricks for animating text in Motion.

Text, like shapes, particles, replicators, cameras, and other objects in Motion, has a dedicated set of behaviors available for animating it in various ways. In... Read More

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Creating a DVD - Without the DVD

This week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | April 30, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us a neat trick for creating a "diskless" DVD straight from Final Cut Pro X.

Although DVDs are becoming less prevalent due to the rapid rise in web-delivered HD video, some clients still require them. Plus,... Read More

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