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Using web tools to collaborate between creatives.

Wisdom from the masses

By Steve Hullfish | May 16, 2008

Wisdom from the masses - In depth on using web tools to collaborate between creatives.A few weeks ago there was a short but interesting thread on CML-pro (The Cinematographer's Mailing List) about how to collaborate with other creatives on a production team using web-based tools. The original poster wanted a solution - a "group scrapbook" - that would allow a small pre-production team to share images, photos and notes. Expanding on the idea a little further, it would be good to be able to communicate across the group, share schedules, comments and video.There were basically six good solutions presented by members of the list: Read More


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Psychology of Color

Does a specific color indicate a specific emotion?

By Steve Hullfish | July 19, 2012

So, I've spent a lot of the last decade thinking, writing, talking and speaking about color. One of the things that I thought would be more clear in talking to creative people about color would be the emotional impact of specific colors.

While colors certainly deliver valuable story and emotional clues, the question among colorists and directors of photography is whether a specific color provides a specific emotional cue that is the same for all people. Most colorists believe that color cues are dependent on context and culture.

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PluralEyes for Avid

Marrying Avid, a 5D Mark II and a ZOOM H4N

By Steve Hullfish | June 20, 2011

PluralEyes has really made a name for itself with editors as the DSLR workflows have been explored more and more. PluralEyes is a software solution that allows you to automatically sync up the separate audio and video files from, say, a 5D Mark II DSLR with an audio file from a handheld digital recorder, like the ZOOM. Read More


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Making the Switch from FCP7 to Avid MC6

FCP to MC6 Thesaurus

By Steve Hullfish | July 07, 2012

With so many people looking for an NLE to replace FCP7, it's natural that people are turning to Avid.

I've moved between editing systems often, and I can relate to the apprehension and frustration of moving to a new NLE. I often describe this process like learning a new language: you already know how to communicate, but now you need to do it with new words and new grammar.

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Color Correction Practice Game

Test your skills, improve your eye

By Steve Hullfish | May 05, 2012

I found a very cool little site that tests your ability to match a specific color based on hue, saturation and brightness. At first, I thought it was just kind of cute, but the more I played it, the more valuable I felt it was to improving your skills as a colorist. Trying to see and match colors is critical to a colorist. Also, as I played numerous iterations of the game, I realized that my eyes must have a specific deficiency in a hue range that is just on the magenta side of red. I was getting perfect and very good scores all the way around the color wheel, but in that specific area I was rarely getting very good scores. Read More


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The Editing of “Courageous” Part One

The off-line edit of a RED feature film

By Steve Hullfish | October 15, 2011

Last October, I had the rare opportunity to edit a feature film called "Courageous," which is in theaters now. "Courageous" was the number one new movie the weekend it opened (September 30th) and the number four movie over all and it's stayed in the top six for the last three weeks, with its per-theater box office at the number one spot for two weeks, and still at number 2.You can download the trailer here.This article and the follow up will discuss the entire workflow of getting the R3D files from the camera, archiving them, transcoding them, organizing the files, making editing decisions with the director, and eventually, delivering the edit and raw files to PostWorks in NY and following the entire on-line post-production workflow getting the RED files and a Final Cut Pro 7 sequence up on the big screen in over 1,200 theaters nationwide.

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Part 2 of Making the Switch from FCP to Avid MC

Insert, Overwrite, Replace and Pen Tool

By Steve Hullfish | July 10, 2012

In Part 1 we covered the JKL keys for playing footage and the IO keys with various modifiers to mark and clear in and out points. We also covered zooming in the timeline. In this installment, we'll cover the Insert, Overwrite and Replace buttons; and the Pen Tool. Read More


Making the Switch: FCP7 to Avid MC6: Part 3

Making the Switch: FCP7 to Avid MC6: Part 3

Delete, shift-delete, Mark Clip and Marker

By Steve Hullfish | July 12, 2012

In Part 1 we covered the JKL keys, IO keys and zooming in the timeline. In the previous installment, we covered Insert, Overwrite, Replace and the Pen Tool.

In this, the 3rd part of our FCP to Avid thesaurus, we'll translate the delete and shift-delete functionality of FCP; Mark Clip and Marker. Read More


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Are you ready for FCP X?

Rumors over Supermeet are flying!

By Steve Hullfish | April 05, 2011

Rumors are flying that Apple will be using the Vegas Supermeet to announce the next version of Final Cut Pro. Supposedly, Apple will be taking over the entire event for their announcement, canceling all other sponsors, including AJA, Avid, Canon, BlackMagic, Autodesk and others, who were set to give presentations.I am waiting for some confirmations from inside sources at various companies but some of the "proof" that is public so far:Daniel Berube, a co-producer of the event with Michael Horton, has rushed back to Vegas early from LA due to changes at Supermeet.UPDATE: Philip Bloom just confirmed with me that Canon has canceled his appearance at the Supermeet, though he still may present (possibly as a guest of Apple.) At present he doesn't know if he will speak or not. Canon was told last night that Apple has demanded ALL "lecturn" or stage time exclusively. Some sponsors who were not using presenters may continue to sponsor the Vegas event, but none of them will be presenting on the stage. I can't imagine any news that would warrant this kind of "take-over" other than to announce and demonstrate the next full version of Final Cut Pro and possibly an entirely newly designed FCS4.Frank Capria mentioned on the Avid-L2 that Avid would find another venue to present director Kevin Smith, who was scheduled to present at Supermeet. (UPDATE: Avid confirmed that Supermeet (Michael Horton) told them last night that their sponsorship had been canceled. According to Avid, "Apple doesn't want anyone to have stage time but them.") (UPDATE: Avid will be hosting Kevin Smith at other venues during NAB, for more information: offered a "no comment" on their Supermeet sponsorship and referred all questions to Michael Horton (who runs Supermeet). AJA has their own party that night at a different location, so it probably doesn't affect their plans too much.Black Magic also gave me a no comment, though they acknowledged that something was happening with their Supermeet sponsorship.I'm still waiting to hear from Michael Horton and Black Magic. UPDATE: 8:44pm, April 5th) The Supermeet website recently changed, dropping all previously mentioned presenters and mentioning a "very special guest" with a "sneak peak at something very special." This basically confirms most of the rumors. ( Here is the statement I just received from Autodesk (6:15pm Central time, April 5):Autodesk will not be presenting on the main stage at Las Vegas SuperMeet during NAB, but will be participating in the SuperMeet Digital Showcase. For more information on the SuperMeet event, please contact the FCPUG organizers. During NAB, there will be numerous opportunities to see Smoke in action, both through customers presentations and Autodesk demonstrations on the Autodesk tradeshow booth SL2120. We are also providing free hands-on Smoke training in the North Hall on Monday & Tuesday.UPDATE: Black Magic Design has confirmed that they - and actually most of the sponsors - are STILL sponsors of the Supermeet. The main thing that changed with the addition of the Apple announcements is that the STAGE presenters have been changed. BMD is excited to be giving away over $20,000 of prizes at the event.Stay Tuned for more!!! Keep checking back for updates or add me to your RSS feed. Read More


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“Courageous” Part Two: on-line

Part 2 on the editing and delivery of a RED feature to theaters

By Steve Hullfish | October 24, 2011

The first part of this article dealt with the capture, transcode, preparation and off-line edit of the feature film, "Courageous," for which I was one of three editors. In this article I'll discuss the on-line process which primarily took place at PostWorks New York.The main personnel involved with the on-line editing were Post production Supervisor, Clarke Gallivan, on-line editor George Bunce, colorist Scot Olive, and Joe Beirne, head of all things technical at PostWorks. Read More