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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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Avid to Apple Color - The Video

More info on this cool workflow

By Scott Simmons | February 18, 2010

Late last year I posted a link and a step by step workflow to moving your RED edit from Avid Media Composer to Apple Color. You would think these applications, from two mortal enemies, wouldn't really work well together. But apparently with this workflow they can. While the step-by-step form reduser.net was nice,this video from Avid Screencast (#15 Red Workflow iV - Conform from Avid to Apple's Color) shows the process in a nice, concise 6 minute tutorial. See the embedded video after the jump. Read More

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Fun stuff for your edit suite

From various points in the Editblog archives

By Scott Simmons | February 15, 2010

If you have your own edit suite then you might already have the aeron chair or a Wacom graphics tablet or a fancy eCinemas display. But what you might not have are some of these little kick-knacks that make the edit suite home. I'm sure there are others. Place some links in the comments below if you have your own favorites. Read More

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Highlander: Uncut - Getting footage to edit before the Internet

From the Editblog archives: June 08

By Scott Simmons | February 11, 2010

I posted this piece back in June 2008 after I had cleaned out a closet and found my old Highlander: Uncut editing package. It was cutting edge at the time but unfortunately this package is no longer for sale.Long before there was the opencut.org project, cheap digital camcorders and even Final Cut Pro there was always the question of where could you get footage for digital non-linear editing. An even bigger question was where could you get REAL footage to practice and hone your story telling and NLE skills. There was always the outdoor forest footage that I vaguely remember Avid providing or there was Highlander: Uncut Read More

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Ideas for the Apple iPad in post-production

If this thing can connect properly to our desktop applications it will be killer

By Scott Simmons | February 07, 2010

With Apple's announcement of the iPad there's been tons of articles, tweets and blog posts about this upcoming piece of hardware. There's also been tons of ink spilled about just how this little device could be useful in the filmmaking process as well, some right here on this site. I had decided not to write anything at all about the iPad since pretty much everything had already been said. But I got to thinking how this device might integrate more with the post-production side of the filmmaking process while on a flight the other day ... so I made some notes. Read More

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Now you can SEE in HD

Now you can SEE in HD

From the Editblog archives: August 08

By Scott Simmons | February 05, 2010

I remember seeing this on late night tv, in a 30 minute infomercial. I thought ... that would make a great blog post for those who haven't seen it! There's nothing the late night tv marketers won't do to sell a product.Hit the jump to check it out. Read More

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Quicktip: Identify FCP filter in the timeline

Quicktip: Identify FCP filter in the timeline

From the Editblog archives: December 07

By Scott Simmons | February 02, 2010

One question I hear often is asking if there is a way to tell what filters are applied to a clip by looking at the clip in the Final Cut Pro timeline. The answer is yes. You must first turn on the Toggle Clip Keyframes button in the lower right corner of the timeline, or use the keyboard shortcut Option + T: Read More

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The Editblog is a top 50 blog for Moviemakers according to MovieMaker

To celebrate we're revisiting our archives in February

By Scott Simmons | January 27, 2010

I was happy to see that MovieMaker magazine has named the Editblog as one of the 50 Best Blog for MovieMakers! This was exciting for me as I've been reading the magazine for years and think they have very good taste . To welcome any new readers that might come via MovieMaker we're going to dig back through our nearly 5 years of articles, tutorials, tips, rants, videos, links and such and repost some long lost pieces.UPDATE: MovieMaker now has a special 50 Best Blogs link for a one year subscription for only $6. That's $1 per issue and a third of the regular subscription rate of $18. Read More

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My 2010 Wishlist for Final Cut Pro

Inspired by Peter Wiggins ... here's my own list

By Scott Simmons | January 20, 2010

Peter Wiggins posted a Top Ten Wish List for FCP in 2010 over on his blog recently. Then in a tweet he asked: What is yours? Years ago I posted what could have been called my FCP wish list in two Editblog posts: Bottom 10 Final Cut Pro ...tips? and Bottom 10 FCP Tips ... revisited. They read just like a Final Cut Pro wishlist. So with those in mind here's my Wish List for Final Cut Pro in 2010. Some are revisited right from the Botton 10 FCP Tips, some echo Peter's. Everyone who has used FCP for any length of time are bound to have their own. Read More

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Review: FCP Versioner

A backup utility beyond Final Cut Pro's Autosave Vault

By Scott Simmons | January 16, 2010

The guys over at Digital Rebellion have recently had a steady stream of good utilities that support Final Cut Pro and the entire Final Cut Studio. One that first comes to mind is a utility that I hope I never have to use, FCS Remover. That little app filled a need in the market for when you have to reinstall any of the FCS applications by yanking certain applications or the entire Studio install off your hard drive. They recently release FCP Versioner, a $59 "backup and versioning utility" for Final Cut Pro that takes the behind the scenes action of saving backups a step beyond FCP's built-in autosave. Read More

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Is TAMPER the editing system of the future?

If not it sure does look cool

By Scott Simmons | January 09, 2010

I found this video via a Twitter message from Tyler Ginter the other day (and that message came to Tyler via Jason Wingrove [It's the many levels of a Twitter re-tweet]). It's a demo of a very Minority Report-like computer interface that is being demonstrated for use in video post-production. Read More

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Using Dropbox for quick and easy client screeners

It's fast, easy and free

By Scott Simmons | January 08, 2010

Dropbox is an unbelievably handy online file syncing, file sharing and backup service that performs a lot of amazing tasks at a free or affordable price. I have been a .Mac/Mobile Me user for several years now so I hadn't used Dropbox until recently but now that I am using it I'm very impressed by the service. Check out the Useful Service for Editors: Dropbox article I recently posted on Studio Daily for more specific information on Dropbox. This article is about how to use Dropbox to make fast and easy QuickTimes for client screeners. Read More

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My 2010 New Years Resolutions

My 2010 New Years Resolutions

At least these are my "professional" ones

By Scott Simmons | January 05, 2010

With 2010 now firmly established on my calendar and (kinda) in my mind it's time to turn my attention to the venerable concept of New Year's Resolutions. As one who makes resolutions annually and actually gives it a valiant effort to keep them all some of them, I wanted to outline a few professional resolutions that I have made to add to my personal ones. And since resolutions are really just goals I've always found my goals much more attainable when I write them down. So what better place to write them down than here on the Editblog. I hope someone holds me to them. Read More

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Today begins Backup Day

Let's all pledge to do a better job of backing up this year

By Scott Simmons | January 02, 2010

I think it's time I face the honest truth in that I don't do as good a job of backing up important files, projects and media on the computers in and around my life as I should. There's a couple of floating firewire drives that I shuttle from computer to computer and then SuperDuper a clone or a disk image to that drive. And since a backup is only as good as the ability to get to it and restore it I try to send certain important documents offsite into the cloud. But it's not with much regularity so I've decided to make myself a reminder to declare some point early in the month Backup Day! Read More

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Local television commercials don’t all have to be bad

There are some good examples out there

By Scott Simmons | December 29, 2009

There was a post on Autoblog recently about a Cincinnati Ohio area Kia dealer's commercial spot. It uses a special edition of Kia's little sport utility, the Kia Soul, that adds a bit more pizzazz to an already funky vehicle. The dealership, Jeff Wyler Kia, has produced an equally funky spot advertising Kia in general and their dealership chain in particular. It got me thinking that local commercials don't have to all be loud, ugly and annoying. Read More

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More Avid Media Composer for the Final Cut Pro Editor

Looking at more of the Avid functions and tools

By Scott Simmons | December 26, 2009

Continuing on an article in the last Pro Video Coalition newsletter, The Basics of Avid Media Composer for a Final Cut Pro Editor, this article will look at a number of other functions and how they differ from Final Cut Pro to Media Composer. One of the main reasons why I'm writing these articles is that Avid offers a free, full-featured demo of Avid Media Composer 4 available for download. When I wrote the first piece that demo was only for 14 days. They have since upped the time for this trial to 30 days. That's great as it brings this demo in line with most free demos and even affords enough time to try to learn the in's and out's of the application a little bit better any maybe even use it on a real job. Read More

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How the BBC made one of those amazing plant growing shots

It's time-lapse and a whole lot more

By Scott Simmons | December 20, 2009

For those that aren't on Twitter I wanted to post this amazing video that shows how the BBC series Life was able to achieve an amazing plant growing shots for the episode "Plants." It involves multiple time-lapse tracking shots in the wild as well as the same shots recreated on blue-screen in the studio. All shot with a DSLR and brought together in the all-powerful After Effects. You can see the power of the re-tweet at work via Twitter with this link. I finally saw it this morning on its 3rd re-tweet. Read More

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Edit suite etiquette and sharing your space

Some tips to make life easier and more comfortable for both the freelancer and the facility

By Scott Simmons | December 16, 2009

If you're a working editor out in the world, chances are you freelance or you are on staff at a post-production facility. No matter which of those two categories you might fall into you probably don't work in a vacuum; that vacuum being one single edit suite that you and you yourself occupy without any interaction with others. Okay maybe if you are one of these hyphenates that do it all, then you might not ever work in another edit suite but if you are freelance you probably (hopefully) are called to bring your talents to into other post-houses to work your magic. If you are a full-time staff editor you might occasionally have to leave your edit suite behind to take a vacation or an extended leave of absence while you travel the world on the film festival circuit (hey, a guy can dream can't he?). This article is meant to stir a little discussion on what both sides of this equation can do to make life a bit easier when dealing with someone else's edit suite or someone else coming into your room. Read More

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Using the Show Duplicate Frames function in Final Cut Pro

Using the Show Duplicate Frames function in Final Cut Pro

And making dupe detection work with Canon 5D and 7D footage as well

By Scott Simmons | December 10, 2009

Show Duplicate Frames is a very useful feature that has existed in Final Cut Pro for some time now. When activated, Final Cut Pro will show you clips that have been used in a timeline more than once placing a colored stripe indicator across the bottom of a clip for each frame that has been duplicated. But if you're working with Canon 5D or 7D footage, dupe detection won't work until you modify the clip just a bit.Please click more and read the rest of the article before watching the screen capture video Read More

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The Apple Magic Mouse just got a bit more useful

New application adds new functionality

By Scott Simmons | December 08, 2009

A few weeks ago I wrote a review of the new Apple Magic Mouse and using it with Final Cut Studio. There's now a little 3rd party application called MagicPrefs that adds even more functionality to the mouse. Read More

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FCP:  an annoying delete, duplicate bug found while I was remapping the FCP keyboard

If it's not a bug then it needs to be documented in the user manual

By Scott Simmons | November 22, 2009

When I'm working I'm always in a constant state of awareness about how I can change my keyboard mapping to make my workflow faster and more efficient. The keyboard manifesto argues that changing Final Cut Pro's default keyboard mappings can make your editing faster and more efficient. But it's also important to be aware of changes that you might make. I never would have expected a couple of keyboard changes to cause me an hour of confusion and rebuilding a timeline but that's what this FCP bug did. Read More

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