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Interweaving in 3D space in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 10, 2015

Can you wrap a light streak around text in Motion?

That's the question on this week's MacBreak Studio with Steve Martin from Ripple Training that I attempt to answer, using an example from an earlier episode on creating light streaks.

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Day 10 #28daysofquicktips - Create an Audio-only Multicam Clip in Premiere Pro

This can be very handy when you want to audition many music tracks

By Scott Simmons | February 10, 2015

For some reason Adobe Premiere Pro CC doesn’t seem to let you create a Multi-camera sequence from a batch of audio only clips. That can be handy if you want to quickly audition different music cuts in an edit. You can do it but you have to trick PPro to make it happen.

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Day 9 #28daysofquicktips - Trim to Playhead in Adobe Premiere Pro

These keyboard trimming shortcuts will speed up your editing flow

By Scott Simmons | February 09, 2015

There’s a batch of keyboard commands that kind of all work together in Adobe Premiere Pro CC to improve trimming and make it considerably faster once those keys are learned. It takes a bit of time to remember them but once you do they are very handy.

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Local 700: State of the Union

Local 700: State of the Union

By Misha Tenenbaum | February 08, 2015

During his 2015 State of the Union Address, President Obama spoke about unions saying, “We still need laws that strengthen rather than weaken unions, and give American workers a voice.” He then expressed support for a myriad of labor-related issues including paid sick leave, maternity leave, affordable healthcare, and even free tuition at community colleges.

We, the members of the local 700 Editors Guild have been fighting for worker’s rights since the 1930’s, and this past year included numerous highlights in our campaign. Over the past twelve months, we saw three worker’s strikes as well as a statewide debate over the expansion of film tax credits. Today, it’s time that we take a look at the state of our union in the year 2015.

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - 4K Workflows Part 2: RED 4K Offline/Online in v8.3

Navigate the Ins and Outs of shooting in 4K and finishing in HD in Avid Media Composer

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | February 08, 2015

In the second part of our look at 4K workflows inside of Media Composer Subscription, we take a look at a RED offline/online scenario working totally in 4K, with a little help from REDCINE-X PRO.

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Day 8 #28daysofquicktips - Use a Trackpad for Better Navigation

This reader Quicktip comes to us from Alex Gollner

By Scott Simmons | February 08, 2015

Continuing in yesterday’s vein of using an external input device today’s Quicktip comes to us from Alex Gollner (that’s @Alex4D to many) and it is all about using a trackpad on your Mac for better navigation. That’s a trackpad on your laptop or an external trackpad.

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Day 7 #28daysofquicktips - Remap the H key away from the HAND tool

Really, how often do you use the Hand tool anyway?

By Scott Simmons | February 07, 2015

Going back to keyboard discussions for today’s Quicktip I always remap the H key on most NLEs (that’d be FCPX and Adobe Premiere Pro) that are tool based as the H is the HAND tool. I’ve never found myself using the Hand tool very often and it seems a shame to have a key so close to JKL scrubbing that I don't use.

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Day 6 #28daysofquicktips - Option click to move the Final Cut Pro X playhead

Clicking a clip moves the skimmer but you might want to move the playhead too

By Scott Simmons | February 06, 2015

The Final Cut Pro X Skimmer is an awesome thing. But you still have a traditional playhead when working in an FCPX timeline (or Project if you want to use Apple’s term for a timeline). There might be times when you want the playhead to move to a specific frame but just clicking a clip doesn’t move the playhead, it selects the clip.

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Day 5 #28daysofquicktips - Move a Clip’s Connection Point in Final Cut Pro X

Sometimes that little connection tail isn't in the right place

By Scott Simmons | February 05, 2015

One fundamental concept of Final Cut Pro X and its trackless timeline is Connected Clips. When editing clips outside of a Primary Storyline all clips must connect to something in the Primary Storyline and they move according to that parent clip. But you can, thankfully (and mercifully depending on your POV), move that connection point.

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The Digitization and Distribution of PBS

The Digitization and Distribution of PBS

Open Text helps viewers across the world access shows like Downton Abbey, Sesame Street and Sherlock

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | February 05, 2015

2014 was a big year for PBS, as it marked their 45th anniversary as a broadcaster. That wasn’t the only milestone for them though, as they also saw their content streamed millions of time and accessed in ways it had never been distributed or watched across the entire world. There’s... Read More

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Blackmagic Design Releases DaVinci Resolve 11.2

Improved Cinema DNG processing & adding Avid's new codec

By Brian Hallett | February 04, 2015

Blackmagic Design releases DaVinci Resolve 11.2 adding new codecs, cinema DNG tone improvements, and edit page improvements that move the color correction software closer to an NLE that can handle more than simple edits.  

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Day 4 #28daysofquicktips - Override clip connections in Final Cut Pro X

There are times when you just don't want those Connected Clips to move

By Scott Simmons | February 04, 2015

One fundamental feature of Final Cut Pro X is the Connected Clip be they single video or audio clips or Secondary Storylines. Once you’ve made them and established those connection points Connected Clips will slide around and move as their parent clips are moved; be that via a trimming operation or click and drag. But there are times (quite possibly a lot of times) when you want the Connected Clips to stay put as you adjust the parent clip. The tilde (or grave accent) key comes to the rescue to Override Clip Connections.

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A roundup of 70+ After Effects roundups

AEP topic roundups, including Premiere Pro

By Rich Young | February 03, 2015

Here's a roundup (ok, list) of AE Portal topic roundups on PVC. Many of them have been updated since their initial release. Read More

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Sweeping Up in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 03, 2015

This week on MacBreak Studio Steve Martin from Ripple Training (check out the brand new completely updated website) and I dive into Motion in order to respond to a viewer's question, who wanted to know how he could fly a camera by an object, while having the camera continue to... Read More

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Exploring Workflow, Storage & Archive in M&E Part I – Isn’t This Someone Else’s Problem?

Exploring Workflow, Storage & Archive in M&E Part I – Isn’t This Someone Else’s Problem?

ProMAX Systems' Jess Hartmann helps us dig into how professionals across the industry can and should think of asset management

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | February 03, 2015

The nuts and bolts of the creative process are not my specialty. When I worked at a post house, I had my own system for versioning, and it was not one my coordinator appreciated. Even when I’m grabbing footage at places like NAB or IBC, I know I should be backing up everything,... Read More

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Day 3 #28daysofquicktips - Remap numbers 1 to 9 on your Final Cut Pro X keyboard

These commands are on your keypad and you don't use them that often anyway

By Scott Simmons | February 03, 2015

While we are on Final Cut Pro X keyboard keys (see yesterday’s quicktip about G for Storyline Mode) here is something I did very early on when using FCPX: I made a new keyboard set and began remapping the number keys 1 - 9. 

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Motion Graphics for Business - Part 2: Beyond Hollywood

The videos that influenced videos

By ChrisZwar | February 02, 2015

As the interest in motion graphics rapidly expanded following the release of Seven, Hollywood embraced innovative title design, and many Hollywood title sequences helped define the look of motion graphics for years to come.  As I noted in Part 1, the early books on motion graphics design... Read More

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Day 2 #28daysofquicktips - G for Storyline mode in Final Cut Pro X

This tip saves a ton of time when creating Secondary Storylines

By Scott Simmons | February 02, 2015

While looking to remap some of my Final Cut Pro X keyboard I noticed the G key and realized I never really used it. Checking the command editor says G is to toggle Storyline Mode. The description says this:Toggle the ability to build Storylines when dragging clips in the timeline.

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - 4K Workflows Part 1: HD Projects

Navigate the Ins and Outs of shooting in 4K and finishing in HD in Avid Media Composer

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | February 01, 2015

In this first of a two part look at working in 4K in Media Composer, we look at the scenario of a client shooting 4K material, for a project that will only ever see the light of day in HD.

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Day 1 #28daysofquicktips - Minimize Interview Roles in FCPX

This tip saves me a lot of time watching FCPX redraw filmstrip thumbnails

By Scott Simmons | February 01, 2015

For some reason most all of my Final Cut Pro X job seem to revolved around talking head interviews. This is fine and we can tell some good stories from interviews but I’ve found that the redrawing of thumbnails in the FCPX timeline can take up a lot of time throughout the day. I’ve sped that up with this tip.

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