Use the FCP Log and Transfer tool to directly transcode and import into FCP
By Scott Simmons | March 19, 2010
We all know this fact: The Canon DSLRs (5D, 7D, 1D) use the H.264 codec for the video they shoot and wrap that into a .mov QuickTime. While Final Cut Pro does work with .movs, these H.264 versions are clunky to edit requiring much rendering when in a FCP timeline. H.264 wasn't designed to be a robust edit format anyway so the files need to be transcoded into something more edit friendly.Enter the new EOS MOVIE Plugin-E1 for Final Cut Pro. You can download it from Canon's website my selecting Mac OS X from the Drivers / Software Selection on the website.
Easily manage all of your time at the 2010 NAB Show
By Scott Simmons | March 17, 2010
Going to the 2010 National Association of Broadcasters convention? Have an iPhone? Then you've got to grab the free NAB Show iPhone app (iTunes link). They've crammed a lot of information into this little program and you can find just about anything and everything about NAB 2010 right in the app.
Jon Chappell talks about a tool that might save your butt
By Scott Simmons | March 11, 2010
If you're a serious Final Cut Pro user then you are probably aware of Digital Rebellion and the tools that they make. Be it their popular Video Footage Calculator, Preference Manager for Final Cut Studio or the recently released FCP Versioner (which I reviewed on PVC) these tools tend not to be flashy but rather very, very useful. They have also recently release FCS Maintenance Pack. Jon sent me a copy and after using it I had a number of questions about the product. A question and answer session follows.
Is this a workflow you might be interested in?
By Scott Simmons | March 07, 2010
There's a forum topic over at Reduser.net that I've been following for quite a while. It's called new Jamfuze info new Jamfuze info and is a discussion about a Macintosh software product, written by a user, that works to process RED .R3D media into mfx files for direct importing into Avid Media Composer. That thread eventually moved into a discussion of a similar product that might include processing of Canon 7D (and I assume 5D, 1D, Rebel T2i) footage as well. What might become 7Dfuze was born.
It was our first true multicam show with the 5Ds and the results were nice
By Scott Simmons | March 03, 2010
It's no secret that Canon 5Ds are everywhere. They've shot music videos, short films, commercials and more Vimeo videos than anyone can imagine. One place where I haven't heard about a lot of usage (as of yet anyway) is in multicamera concert production. There's very real reasons why you wouldn't want to use any small-form-factor DSLRs (with no gen lock, timecode input or external monitoring) in a multicam production. But that doesn't mean that they can't get the job done.
Watch only if you're an editor.
By Scott Simmons | March 02, 2010
2010 Winter Olympics Recap - Avid / Pow! Pix from BoB Coon on Vimeo.
Here's a great piece of editor porn that popped up on Twitter from Alan Dennison. Watch only if you're an editor. Otherwise you probably won't care.
A nice lesson about a great spot
By Scott Simmons | February 26, 2010
If you watched the Super Bowl just a couple of weeks ago then you probably say the Old Spice The Man Your Man Could Smell Like spot. If you didn't see it it's embeded above. IMHO it was one of the most clever ads of the night. It looked practical like it was done in camera with the exception of a couple of elements that had to have been cgi. The creators of the spot were recently interviewed by Leo Laporte on TWIT where they discussed the creation of the stop. It's very clever how they pulled it off.The video is after the jump. It's just under 20 minutes long.
From the Editblog archives: October 08
By Scott Simmons | February 24, 2010
When you talk about media management in Final Cut Pro it's often not a big issue to many as you digitize a few tapes or import some P2 media, add graphics, music and you're done. FCP's bad media management never rears its ugly head. But when you start working with many different clips across a lot of hard drives then the frustration can grow. And let's not even talk about multiple editors working on the same job in different locations. Say you are cutting for a director that has an exact copy of your media on his computer and all he wants to do is open the project file, watch the edit, make notes and then send it back… you must both go through the reconnection dance each time you open the modified project. It's a pain and a waste of time.
Euphonix finally ships its control surface for Apple Color
By Scott Simmons | February 21, 2010
The delivery guy walked in the door just over a week ago with a box containing a sparking, new, fresh off the assembly line MC Color control surface from Euphonix. For those who aren't familiar with this unit, it's a brand new entry into the affordable (relatively speaking at $1,499) trackball based hardware support for Apple Color. The Euphonix unit has the Tangent Wave square in its sights with a similar price point and similar functionality. In fact it's hard to talk about one without comparing it to the other, which is inevitable. This first impressions article is a short summary of early reactions to the MC Color and less, at this point, about a direct comparison to the Wave. It will take a lot more time to dig deep into the features and get really comfortable with the MC Color, but like I did with the Tangent Wave, I wanted to write down a few first impressions. I'll be doing a full review after I've used it for a few more weeks.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.