How to use new Audio features
By Steve Hullfish | June 28, 2013
According to the What’s New Document the list of new stuff in MC7 is 25. I think we can whittle that down a bit by eliminating all of the ISIS-related ones (most people are not on ISIS, though those who ARE on it certainly will find them all critically useful), combining a few similar...
How to get THM data into Avid
By Steve Hullfish | June 27, 2013
If you have a Canon 5D and edit on Avid, I have the missing link.
(And if you edit on something else, I still have the missing link… see the bottom of the article.)
So, I’ve had my Canon 5D Mark II for a few years. I’ve used it on a few jobs that I’ve...
Spanned Markers, the good the bad and the ugly
By Steve Hullfish | June 27, 2013
Avid Media Composer 7 has actually streeted a little earlier than planned, so I thought I'd spend a couple of articles filling you in on the new features, one at a time.
So, one of the features I saw demonstrated at NAB in April that I thought was pretty cool was Spanned Markers....
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.