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Scott Simmons was born in rural West Tennessee and didn't really realize that movies and tv had to be made by actual people until he went to college. After getting degrees in both Television Production and Graphic Design he was in one of the early graduating classes at the Watkins Film School in Nashville, Tennessee. During that time at Watkins he discovered editing. While most of his classmates in film school wanted to be directors, Scott saw real career opportunities in post production and took a job as an assistant editor after completing fi...

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Sharknado 2 and Vashi’s Premiere Pro Editorial Workflow

You can use Adobe Premiere Pro CC to edit feature films. Sharknado 2's editor tells us how.

By Scott Simmons | July 29, 2014

Sharks and tornados go together so well that Syfy is on their second round of Sharknado movies with Sharknado 2: The Second One. This second coming of sharks and tornados was edited on Adobe Premiere Pro CC by Vashi Nedomansky (IMDB) as he shoehorned PPro into what has traditionally been a Final Cut Pro Classic workflow. I was curious as to how the process went (and feature film editing in general on tools other than the standards) so I sent over a list of questions that Vashi was kind enough to answer. Watch the mayhem on July 30 at 9/8c on Syfy.

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Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014.0.1 - the biggest little update you’ll see today

Minor in number but a few major enhancements for offline to online delivery

By Scott Simmons | July 24, 2014

It seems like only yesterday that Adobe updated Premiere Pro CC to the 2014 version. Well check your updaters because now we have version 2014.0.1. The nomenclature is minor but there’s a couple of big editing enhancements that those who have been wanting them will be thrilled with.

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Useful Tools for Editors - Been a Long Time Edition

Rejoice in small software developers!

By Scott Simmons | July 13, 2014

It’s been a long time, been a long time, been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time since we last had a Useful Tools for Editors roundup. Let’s jump into it with a long list of stand-alone applications, tools and items that support many different other tools and workflows. They all have one thing in common which we’ll discuss at the end of the post.

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New icons for all of those different Adobe Creative Cloud Apps

Well for After Effects and Premiere Pro really but you can make more

By Scott Simmons | July 11, 2014

If you updated your Adobe Creative Cloud apps a few weeks ago then you might have noticed it didn’t really update the apps at all. Rather you got brand new 2014 versions of the CC apps like Premiere Pro in your applications folder. You may have noticed those app icons look the same. Never fear the Internet is here to help with that first world problem.

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Q and A about the new post-production health resource Fitness In Post

We all know that editors and post-pros probably aren't the most active and fit bunch

By Scott Simmons | June 24, 2014

If you’re an editor, motion graphics artist, colorist or most any other post-production professional you’ll probably be interested in Fitness In Post. It’s a new online community with the lofty goal of getting post-pros off their rears and moving around; be it with a standing desk, exercise or some sort of subjecting yourself to unspeakable horrors that is a Spartan Race. That’s probably a bit extreme for some. You’ll hear a lot of talk about standing desks.

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Get those nice bright MacOS Finder label colors back

Mavericks introduced Tags but removed the easy-to-see labels making the colors much less useful

By Scott Simmons | May 30, 2014

Any readers out there who are using the Mac OS and editing video have probably made good use of Mac OS Finder labels over the years to assign a designated color to a folder, file or group of files for whatever reason one might color anything. They were big, bright colors that were easy to... Read More

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Review and Approval Options for Video Pros

Vimeo's new Copyright Match on private videos means many editors might be looking UPDATED 5/23/14

By Scott Simmons | May 22, 2014

Vimeo has dropped a bomb on their community with the May 21 announcement of Copyright Match on Vimeo. Of course this sent the internet into a tailspin as any big change in a useful, popular service always does. It has also sent a lot of content creators, filmmakers and editors into orbit as they have used Vimeo and its private link option as a review and approval service for their clients. It is easy to use and share private links but Vimeo was never meant to be a review and approval service. Thankfully there are a lot of R&A services out there. READ ON FOR A 5/23/14 UPDATE FROM VIMEO.

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Dissecting the recent Adobe Creative Cloud outage

Personally I was fine but curious as to who was hit and why

By Scott Simmons | May 20, 2014

Unless you were living under a rock last week you most likely heard that Adobe’s Creative Cloud service suffered a major outage. You may have even been affected by it. Or quite possibly you worked right through it using your Adobe apps and never knew it was happening. Maybe you knew it was going on but your Adobe apps hummed right along. I worked right through the whole thing in Premiere Pro CC . I was curious as to exactly who was affected and what those situations were so I took to Twitter to try and find out.

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Avid ships their new Media Composer with new licensing options

While a few things are missing this is a new era for Media Composer

By Scott Simmons | May 18, 2014

It was announced at NAB and now it’s shipping: the next version of Avid Media Composer which looks to be version 8. I had heard that Avid was going to move away from version numbers with the new subscription program but you might see the v8 designation which is this new version. The official name is now Media Composer | Software for that downloadable version most of us will use.

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Do video hardware product drivers really have to live behind a registration wall?

You can't use hardware without drivers so why not make the download easy?

By Scott Simmons | May 13, 2014

Not to jump onto a soapbox here but I’ve had two instances in the last week or so of product drivers hidden behind registration walls that has prompted this post. On the surface this seems like not such a big deal as one would think that a registered hardware product would be a simple sign-in and download. But what if you haven’t registered that product? Or have forgotten your log-in details? Or what if that hardware isn’t yours?

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NAB 2014 Wrap-up. Winners, Losers, Storage and Software

The single biggest thing I saw in the south hall: storage

By Scott Simmons | April 28, 2014

Once again NAB 2014 was a very busy NAB. And once again I didn’t seem to venture very far out of the post-production-centric South Hall other than to head to the North Hall for teaching at Post|Production World. There was one visit to the GoPro booth but other than that the camera and acquisition-centric Central Hall was just a tunnel to the north. In addition to the winner and losers (which I’ll cover in just a bit) there were a few interesting things I noticed down south.

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PVC at NAB 2014 - FCPWORKS and their demo suite

Final Cut Pro X integration was the name of the game at this off-site NAB demo

By Scott Simmons | April 25, 2014

If you were watching PVC during the Monday of NAB 2014 you probably saw a series of videos posted about our visit to the FCPWORKS suite that was setup outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center. We were one of the first to take a tour of this suite dedicated to Final Cut Pro X workflows. It was an impressive collection of technology that revolved around FCPX.

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PVC at NAB 2014 - G-Technology

New drives solution to match your new Mac Pro are just one of the G-Tech options

By Scott Simmons | April 25, 2014

I couldn’t go to NAB without stopping by G-Technology and see what’s new in their storage options. These guys will always hold a special place in my heart as there were some of the first firewire drives that I ever owned. Firewire is long in the past and Thunderbolt is their thing now. The new STUDIO SERIES was their big showcase but they had other stuff as well.

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PVC at NAB 2014 - NewBlue FX and Titler Pro 3.0

Among other improvements to Titler Pro think TEMPLATES!

By Scott Simmons | April 24, 2014

While in the plug-in pavilion at NAB 2014 I dropped by the NewBlue FX booth to take a look at Titler Pro 3.0. This is a big update to their popular Titler Pro product that includes one very nice, very helpful thing: templates.

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PVC at NAB 2014 - Autodesk and the changes coming to Smoke for Mac

A subscription license and a product divergence are the highlights

By Scott Simmons | April 24, 2014

Autodesk was on many people’s minds at NAB 2014 as they were wanting to see the next advancement with Smoke for Mac. Autodesk didn’t make a huge feature splash with Smoke for Mac 2015 but instead announced a subscription model (yet another!). They also surprised many (and didn’t surprise others) with a new product called Flame Assist.

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PVC at NAB 2014 - Promise Technology

A very small and very fast new RAID was on the agenda

By Scott Simmons | April 23, 2014

Promise Technology is best known in our circles as early supporters of Thunderbolt. They are also some of the first to market with Thunderbolt 2 support. The new thing they had to show at NAB 2014 was the small Pegasus2 M4, a little brother to their larger RAIDs.

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PVC at NAB 2014 - CoreMelt and Imagineer Systems

mocha planar tracking technology for all! FCPX, PPro as well as their own mocha Pro

By Scott Simmons | April 23, 2014

Imagineer Systems is always part of the plug-in pavilion but didn’t have anything new to show this year, rather taking the time to have a small technology preview. But they did have Roger Bolton of CoreMelt in their booth again and Roger was demoing TrackX, the phenomenal tracking tool for Final Cut Pro X that uses mocha planar tracking technology.

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PVC at NAB 2014 - iOgrapher

Covering a tradeshow? Then the iOgrapher might be just your thing ... among other uses that is.

By Scott Simmons | April 22, 2014

Smack in the middle of the plug-in pavilion was what looked like a retail store. That was for iOgrapher and their iPad mount/holder/all-around-helper accessory that will come in most handy if using the iPad for camera-related or new-gathering work.

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PVC at NAB 2014 - EditShare and Lightworks

I talked both storage and NLEs at the EditShare booth with new devices and the Mac Lightworks Beta

By Scott Simmons | April 22, 2014

The EditShare booth is always a good stop at NAB as you can cover both storage and its many flavors as well as editing in stop. While EditShare offers many different storage options I wanted to take a look at the Field units that we reviewed on PVC last year (in the field and in the edit). And, of course, there’s that little thing called Lightworks and that beta that is supposedly finally coming to the Mac.

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PVC at NAB 2014 - GoPro and the GoPro Studio Software

We all know GoPro's well so I discussed the software side of GoPro Studio, Cineform and ProTune

By Scott Simmons | April 21, 2014

Everyone knows GoPro and most everyone owns a GoPro or two so no need to dwell on what GoPro is all about. They didn’t have anything new at the show so I took the time to talk with one of their software engineers about GoPro Studio, camera settings for post-production and their post-production technology.

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