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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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Working with Keyframes in Motion

On this week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | March 26, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I get back to the basics in Motion by showing Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to create animation with keyframes.

Keyframes are the basic building blocks for creating custom animations and Motion has a variety of tools for working with them... Read More

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Batch Renaming Clips in Final Cut Pro X

On this week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | March 19, 2013

Depending on your source footage, Final Cut Pro X may assign clip names based on the metadata associated with the clips, such as the date and time each was shot. Folks used to logging clips before import may find this automatic renaming confusing, but it's actually very easy to... Read More

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Come Learn Final Cut Pro X and Motion at NAB

Over 50 Hours of FCP X & Motion Instruction

By Mark Spencer | March 15, 2013

 

So what's the deal with Final Cut Pro X now that it's been out for almost 2 years? Can you actually use it for "professional" editing? Is it really just "iMovie Pro"? Why do some people seem to love it and others seem to hate it?

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Retiming a Generator in Final Cut Pro X

On this week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | March 12, 2013

 

Generators in Final Cut Pro X are Motion projects that are stored in the Generators Browser. Many of the built-in generators are animated and can be used as background elements. By default, most of these generators are "looping": if you trim the generator in your project to make... Read More

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Event Manger X for Final Cut Pro X

On this week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 26, 2013

Managing events and projects in Final Cut Pro X can be a little tricky. By default, Final Cut Pro loads all your events and projects on launch. While you can organize and hide events by hard drive, and you can create folders for your projects, Final Cut still needs to load all those... Read More

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Exporting Still Images from Final Cut Pro X

On this week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 20, 2013

 

Every editor at some point needs to get a still image out of their editing application:  to email a sample frame to a client, to create a representative shot for a website, or to import into an image editing application for further manipulation.

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Saving Favorite Effects in Final Cut Pro X

On this week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 12, 2013

On this week's MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how you can modify effects in Final Cut Pro X and then save them for later use.

  Saving favorite effects (including titles, transitions, generators, and effects) in Final Cut Pro X works quite a bit... Read More

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Exporting Audio Components and Roles in Final Cut Pro X

On this week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 05, 2013

 

On this week's MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training talks about exporting roles and individual audio components from Final Cut Pro X.   Since there are no "tracks" in Final Cut Pro X, audio is assigned to "roles" as a form of metadata. The audio from... Read More

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FCP X and Alpha Channels

200th MacBreak Studio Episode

By Mark Spencer | January 29, 2013

On this week's MacBreak Studio, which happens to be our 200th episode, I talk with Steve Martin from Ripple Training about how to change the default way that Final Cut Pro X interprets transparency, or the alpha channel, of a graphic or video. 

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Keyboard-driven Color Correction in Final Cut Pro X

On this Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | January 22, 2013

On this week's MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows me how you can customize the keyboard in Final Cut Pro X to set up keyboard commands for color-correction tasks.

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Moving Motion Paths in Motion and Final Cut Pro X

On This Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | January 15, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how you can create and reposition animation paths in both Motion and Final Cut Pro X.

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Editing on The Go with Final Cut Pro X

On This Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | January 08, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us how to make sure we've got everything together when moving events in Final Cut Pro X to another drive.

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Moving and Sharing Final Cut Pro X Effects

On This Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | January 01, 2013

Happy New Year, everyone! We are starting off 2013 by getting a little "terminal": I talk with Steve Martin from Ripple Training about how to share FCP X effects in FCP X that you modify, create, download or purchase. 

 

 

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Exporting Ranges, Chapter Markers, and Keywords

On This Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | December 27, 2012

For this holiday week, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows me the great new exporting options available in Final Cut Pro X.

 

 

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MacBreak Studio Live

The Holiday Show

By Mark Spencer | December 20, 2012

If you missed our live show last week, you can now catch it below. Steve Martin from Ripple Training and I chat about Final Cut Pro X. Normally we spend the bulk of the show answering questions, but we had a technical glitch (that we discovered after the show) whereby folks were unable to sign... Read More

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Destinations and Bundles

New Sharing Features in Final Cut Pro X

By Mark Spencer | December 18, 2012

On this week's edition of MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows me the new sharing features of Final Cut Pro X.

 

 

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Flexible Connections in Final Cut Pro X

On This Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | December 11, 2012

This week Steve Martin from Ripple Training and I continue our discussion of the features introduced in the Final Cut Pro X 10.0.6 update (note that the 10.0.7 update released last week contained no additional new features, just fixes). This week, we talk about a great way to modify how... Read More

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Working with Dual Viewers in Final Cut Pro X

On this week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | December 04, 2012

What’s that you say? Dual viewers? In Final Cut Pro X? Yes, it’s true - this week I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to enable the “Event Viewer” and I walk through a couple of examples demonstrating how you may want to use it.

 

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Improved Compound Clips in Final Cut Pro X

Improved Compound Clips in Final Cut Pro X

On This Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | November 27, 2012

In this week's episode of MacBreak Studio, I talk with Steve Martin from Ripple Training about the improved compound clip feature in the Final Cut Pro X 10.0.6 update. Compound clips are now much more useful - watch to see how. Read More

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Multicam Audio Component Editing in Final Cut Pro X

Multicam Audio Component Editing in Final Cut Pro X

On this week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | November 20, 2012

Following up on last week's discussion of audio component editing, today I talk with Steve Martin from Ripple Training about the impact of audio component-level editing to the multicam workflow in Final Cut Pro X. You can now easily mix and match any mic source from any camera to any shot in a multicam edit. Check it out. Read More

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