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Mark Spencer is a freelance producer, editor, teacher and writer based in the Bay Area. His comp... Read More

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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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Motion 5: Top 5 New Features

Motion 5: Top 5 New Features

Everything has changed - and nothing has changed

By Mark Spencer | June 21, 2011

The new Motion 5 has arrived - and here's the funny thing: while it looks radically different, contains features that represent a completely new paradigm, and will change the way motion graphics are created - it is at the same time no different at all. How can that be? Read on for summary of what I consider the 5 biggest changes in Motion 5, and why they change everything - and nothing at all. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Top Ten Things After Effects Users Love and Hate about Motion

The Top Ten Things After Effects Users Love and Hate about Motion

By Mark Spencer | December 03, 2008

I teach Motion to a lot of After Effects users. Sometimes they end up in my class because they want to be there; other times their organization has sent them and they arrive kicking and screaming, ready for a fight. Either way, after clearing away a lot of misconceptions and getting them to actually use Motion for 3 days, I find almost every After Effects user comes away with a new respect for - and frustration with - this wonderful yet sometimes annoying application. Read More

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