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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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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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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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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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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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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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28 Days of Quicktips 2015 -  #28daysofquicktips

28 Days of Quicktips 2015 -  #28daysofquicktips

A tip a day for 28 days. Send your own and maybe win a prize!

By Scott Simmons | January 31, 2015

Way, way back in the year 2009 when I started this channel on PVC I published the 28 Days of Quicktips. And then we did it again in 2011 and included reader quicktips. It was exactly what the title says, one Quicktip a day for the entire month of February that somehow related to post-production. We’re going to do it again for 2015. Like we did in 2011, this year we're also looking for user submitted Quicktips. Just send us your favorite short Quicktip and an accompanying image or two that helps illustrate the tip and we'll try to publish those as well. And as an incentive to send us your own Quicktips I will choose what I personally judge to be the best submission and send them a free copy of the Color Correction Handbook. Details below.

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A Little (Big) Avid Media Composer & Final Cut Pro X Trimming Demonstration

This is my contribution to a recent Twitter discussion about the joys of Dynamic Trimming

By Scott Simmons | January 09, 2015

Ever since the release of Final Cut Pro X there’s been a lot of discussion around FCPX’s trimming capabilities. They are quite strong with a very fluid way of trimming edits using the mouse, looping playback as well as some keyboard shortcuts. Users of Avid Media Composer have... Read More

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PSA: Current Avid Media Composer owners upgrade to v8 before the end of the year

You have just over a week to keep your license current for $299 per year

By Scott Simmons | December 20, 2014

This is a public service announcement as we move into this last week of 2014. If you currently own a license for Avid Media Composer here’s a reminder that you have through December 31, 2014 to get your one year support contract and, by virtue of that support contract, get your version 8 upgrade … all for $299. This is the way to go for current Avid Media Composer users as this will keep you current for $299 per year. That includes standard support and all the upgrades Avid cares to give us. Welcome to new software licensing models.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for the Editor - 2014 Edition

Christmas Gift Ideas for the Editor - 2014 Edition

Products, services and lots of other goodies

By Scott Simmons | December 07, 2014

There’s only a couple of weeks left until Christmas 2014 so shopping is in full force. As always there are a lot of gadgets and gizmos that an editor could use both in and out of the edit suite so here’s our annual list of Christmas Gifts for the Editor. The Editblog's editor gift list was the first and is still the best but if you don’t see what you want here check out the 2010 edition, the 2011 edition, the 2012 edition and the 2013 edition. There’s lots of great ideas in there as well.

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5 features I miss from Final Cut Pro 7 “Classic”

All of these items would be welcome features added to other NLEs

By Scott Simmons | December 01, 2014

I spent most of the last week of November working on a job in Final Cut Pro 7; or Final Cut Classic as we seem to call it these days. This was the first FCP7 job I had done in over a year (at least I think as they all run together after awhile). Cutting in FCP7 was at the client’s request and while I have tried to convince them to move to a more modern NLE this job was to be an FCP7 job. It went well and I made a note of five features that I miss when working in other NLEs.

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Installing and editing with Final Cut Pro 7 on a new Macbook Pro with Yosemite

The lack of a DVD drive and a new OS hasn't stopped FCP Classic

By Scott Simmons | November 23, 2014

It had been well over a year since I saw my good friend and longtime business partner Final Cut Pro 7 but this week saw the opportunity request to open it back up and work on a music video. Rather than try to convince the production to move to something else (believe me, I’ve tried) I jumped in! Then I noticed I needed to install it on my laptop … that doesn’t have a DVD drive. Nor do I have an external one. It’s still possible and you can even update to 7.0.3. 

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Does that Preferred Video Editing Software survey really mean anything?

It's probably just more noise in an otherwise useful article

By Scott Simmons | November 05, 2014

I let myself get sucked into a click-bait blog article the other day and it got me thinking about what I had done. It was click bait for a number of reasons but the actual content of the majority of the article was a decent summary of the non-linear editing tools we have available. With a title like What’s the Best NLE Software for Professional Movie Editing? you know it might likely do downhill from the first click.

The article came from a learning resource called Lights Online Film School and since it was a resource I had never heard of I guess the article achieved its purpose of getting their name and their website out there. I used the term click bait above and that’s, for the most part, a derogatory term and I think that might be a little harsh for the Lights Film School Filmmakers Blog overall as they have quite a few good articles there that aren’t click baity at all and don’t have sensationalist headlines.

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Wringing the Life Out of an Old Mac Pro Tower

Like a good automobile it just keeps chugging along. And it is paid for.

By Scott Simmons | October 30, 2014

There’s a whole lot of us who still have a big, old aluminum Mac Pro tower sitting around doing a lot of work. We haven’t moved to 5K iMacs, Macbook Pros (or PCs) just yet. We also haven’t spent the money on a new Mac Pro. A conversation early at NAB 2014 got me thinking about all the stuff one could add to an old Mac Pro to help extend its life. NAB was the perfect place to talk to vendors who make those products you can stuff inside, or attach to, an old Mac Pro. A bunch of emails, phone calls and boxes later I’ve tried most all the gear mentioned below with my machine. I think of this current tower like a good, reliable, paid for car: I'm going to drive this thing until the wheels fall off.

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Kicking the Tires on the Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014.1 Update

It's more than kicking the tires really since I've cut two jobs in it already

By Scott Simmons | October 20, 2014

It was announced at IBC and shipped at Adobe MAX (I wonder if this will become the norm?) and it’s another big update to Adobe Premiere Pro. We dissected the features when this update was announced but now that we’ve had the chance to work with it we can dig in a bit deeper. I’d have posted this sooner but I’ve been editing!

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Useful Tools for Editors: The Denoise Edition

Remove noise (and other stuff) from both audio and video with some of these tools

By Scott Simmons | September 24, 2014

 

Here we are back again with another round of Useful Tools for Editors. Today there’s a few things that can help reduce the noise in both your audio and your video as well as some options to beauty up your image be it someone’s skin or bringing it into a... Read More

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Avid announces Resolution Independence for Avid Media Composer

That's 4K and beyond ... plus some background rendering and other stuff

By Scott Simmons | September 11, 2014

Over in Amsterdam Avid held their most recent Avid Connect event and we finally got the Avid Media Composer news that many have been waiting for - resolution independence is coming to Media Composer. This wasn’t totally unexpected as it has been hinted at for some time but this was the official announcement with this new version hitting in Q4 2014. And we’ll get Avid DNxHR - “4K beauty without the bandwidth.”

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Dissecting those upcoming Adobe Premiere Fall CC 2014 Preview Features

The CC train continues to steam along with a preview of even more new and needed features

By Scott Simmons | September 10, 2014

In advance of IBC 2014 Adobe has shown a whole slew of updates that we can expect to see in the next version of Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014 as well as a lot of other Creative Cloud video apps. This release looks to be another important update for those hardcore PPro users as there are some very important things coming. Adobe is still listening as these are all things we’ve been asking for. Let’s dissect some of them.

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