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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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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

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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Audio Component Editing in Final Cut Pro X

Audio Component Editing in Final Cut Pro X

On this week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | November 16, 2012

Ok, so last week's episode pushed to the beginning of this week, and now here we are with this week's episode just making it by end of the week. Today, Steve Martin from Ripple Training tells me all about the new component-level audio editing feature in the Final Cut Pro X 10.0.6 update. Some good tips in this one, check it out. Read More

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Working with RED RAW in Final Cut Pro X

Working with RED RAW in Final Cut Pro X

On this week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | November 12, 2012

Ok, this was really last week's episode that's out a little late. But IMHO it's worth the wait - in it, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows me how easy it is to work natively with RED R3D files in the Final Cut Pro X 10.0.6 update. Read More

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Multi-Camera Import in Final Cut Pro X

Multi-Camera Import in Final Cut Pro X

On this week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | October 30, 2012

The Final Cut Pro X 10.0.6 update includes many workflow improvements across the entire editing process. In this episode of MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training talks with me about the new import features including the unified import window, the ability to import from a variety of cameras sources, and the ability to quickly import selection ranges. Read More

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Final Cut Pro 10.0.6 Quick Look

Final Cut Pro 10.0.6 Quick Look

A Big Update

By Mark Spencer | October 23, 2012

Today Apple released an updated to Final Cut Pro X. This 10.0.6 version (a free download to current FCP X owners through the App Store) includes several features already mentioned by Apple, as well as some nice surprises. Overall, I think it's an outstanding update that seems to be based directly on user feedback. I'll have more to say later, but for now here are a few screenshots and descriptions of some of the key new features. Read More

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Adjustment Layers in Final Cut Pro X

Adjustment Layers in Final Cut Pro X

On This Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | October 10, 2012

On this week's show, I talk with Steve Martin from Ripple Training about creating "adjustment layers" in Final Cut Pro X by using a simple title effect. Read More

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Gathering Your Eggs

Gathering Your Eggs

On This Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | October 03, 2012

Steve Martin from Ripple Training talks with me about media management within Final Cut Pro X. Steve explains how Final Cut Pro X deals with external media and how you can make sure that you retain your media on your computer from external drives. Read More

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Linking in Motion

Linking in Motion

On This Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | September 26, 2012

I talk with Steve Martin from Ripple Training about modifying templates in Motion 5 to be used in Final Cut Pro X. By using the publish function in Motion, you can have control over certain aspects of your templates in Final Cut Pro X without needing to go back in Motion. Read More

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Secondary Storyline Workflows

Secondary Storyline Workflows

On this week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | September 18, 2012

Steve Martin of Ripple Training talks about working with secondary storylines in Final Cut Pro X. He demonstrates how helpful using this feature can be to keeping your timeline more organized and making different types of edits. Read More

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