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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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Looking at the Tangent Element from an Editor’s POV

Does an editor need to spend thousands of dollars on a color grading control surface?

By Scott Simmons | March 16, 2014

If you’re an editor these days then you’re probably asked to do some color correction and color grading. In fact you might not ever have the luxury of sending a program out to a dedicated colorist. Chances are you also make use of DaVinci Resolve for many of those color grading tasks as it works amazingly well and the very powerful lite version is free. Those using Resolve and any other number of color grading tools will definitely find that a dedicated control surface like the Tangent Element is a luxury that will make that color work a lot more fun and productive.

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Useful Tools for Editors - Editors Retreat Edition

The Gearheads session provided a nice list of useful tools for editors and filmmakers alike

By Scott Simmons | March 13, 2014

If you read my Notes From the 2014 Editors Retreat post then you might have seen the mention of a session called Gearheads. This was a fun session where attendees were asked to submit some piece of gear they like or find useful. This could be hardware, software, an app, anything really. I though the Gearheads submissions would make for a great Useful Tools for Editors entry. Here’s some that I made note of.

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Notes from the 2014 Editors Retreat

It was my first time attending and I really want to go back

By Scott Simmons | March 06, 2014

This past week I was able to attend my first ever Editors Retreat in Savannah, Georgia. It was an unbelievably fun week of learning, networking, eating and drinking. This was an event I have wanted to attend for years but 2014 was the first time it has worked out. While not inexpensive, I made the decision to attend in January after a number of Editors Retreat alumni all said the same thing: the Retreat is a great creative reboot. I whole heartedly agree.

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Hey Adobe, how about that video focused Production Premium CC bundle?

Even if it only saved us $60 a year, that's something

By Scott Simmons | February 22, 2014

When Adobe ditched the “boxed software” model of pay one price get the product forever and moved to a monthly subscription model the outcry was loud. Some loved it. Many hated it. There were more level headed critiques. Most of use were more like: whatever … how much and is this software good? From the video production perspective it is good, even great, software tools that Adobe is creating these days. But while installing CC on a new laptop the other day I couldn’t help but wish we still had some type of video focused Production Premium CC option. Like our cable subscriptions, many of us are paying for things we’ll never, ever use.

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Useful Tools for Editors - Winter’s End Edition

Lots of FCPX stuff in this list. And a $150 iPad app

By Scott Simmons | February 18, 2014

It’s been awhile since we’ve looked at some Useful Tools for Editors so with this new batch of utilities that have popped up recently let’s have a look. We’ve got quite a few for Final Cut Pro X, a color correction app for those with deep pockets and one that might help with tricky file format conversions.

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Editing video with the EditShare Field2

While a single editor connected isn't EditShare's exact target market the Field2 performed very well

By Scott Simmons | February 03, 2014

A recent edit saw the opportunity to test out a type of media storage that I hadn’t used before: that unit was the EditShare Field 2 portable shared storage server. A hard drive isn’t just a hard drive as configurations, connections and speed are all determining factors when it comes to choosing storage. It’s also important how storage performs in the field as the file-based acquisition world we live in means drives are just as important on the set as they are in the edit suite. Enter the EditShare Field 2 as it went right from shoot to post.

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Music To Edit By (In the Background, Not the Timeline)

Some Twitter suggestions to help build your playlist

By Scott Simmons | January 28, 2014

Do you like to listen to music while working post-production? I very often do depending on the task at hand. Certain parts of post-production lend themselves well to music: color grading, logging and marking b-roll, stringing out a paper edit just to name a few. I was doing some of that... Read More

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A Q and A about those hard drive docking stations we all use

Are they good? Bad? Dangerous? Will you lose data?

By Scott Simmons | January 24, 2014

If you work in post-production then chances are you have one (or more) hard drive docking stations and a slew of bare hard drives to insert into the dock. They are very affordable, come with many different connection options and are incredibly convenient. Back in August the Digital Cinema Cafe featured guest Topher Martini and they talked hard drives. There was a comment about drive docks that made me want to follow up with Topher. The result is a short Q and A about hard drive docking stations (and a lot of pics of those who are using them).

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A Q and A with Avid about Sphere, ISIS and Interplay

I admit to not being able to keep these products straight so I thought I'd ask Avid to explain them to me

By Scott Simmons | January 08, 2014

Adobe made a big splash over the last year + with Adobe Anywhere, their “real-time collaboration” platform meant to connect editors without physical limitations. If you have the right hardware then Adobe Premiere Pro CC is ready for Adobe Anywhere. Avid also has their own version of this real-time collaboration idea … in fact Avid had this option available before Adobe had Anywhere. It’s called Interplay Sphere and I don’t know much about it. Since The Editblog did a Q and A with Adobe about Anywhere it’s only fair we do the same with Avid.

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Kicking the Tires on Final Cut Pro X 10.1

The update is new, big, fast and free. Still missing stuff.

By Scott Simmons | December 20, 2013

Thursday was the big day that Apple Final Cut Pro X users have been waiting for for quite a while as FCPX 10.1 was released into the world … for free. I had been waiting for it to so after a rather painless update process, first to OSX Mavericks then to FCPX 10.1, I was up and rolling the morning of the release for a couple of days of editing. I wouldn’t call this update Earth-shaking, though there are some very welcome changes. But I wouldn’t call it inconsequential either because if you’re working with FCPX you going to want to be on 10.1 … without a doubt.

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NLE Review: Adobe Premiere Pro CC

How do you begin to thoroughly review an NLE as deep and feature rich as something like PPro?

By Scott Simmons | December 10, 2013

If you follow what has been going on in the world of non-linear editing tools for the past few years you know that Adobe has been working very hard to make Premiere Pro a viable option for every aspect of editorial and post-production. The Adobe Premiere Pro team has been asking questions, listening to editors and improving their product with release after release pretty much ever since CS4 came along. I’m happy to report that with Adobe Premiere Pro CC the tool really has arrived.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for the Editor - 2013 Edition

Forward this post to the loved one shopping for the hard-to-buy-for editor

By Scott Simmons | December 06, 2013

It’s time once again for the the annual Christmas Gift Ideas for the Editor. This is a list of a few things that an editor might find useful either in the edit suite or in life. Some of these items may be for work, others may be for fun. With the rather short Thanksgiving to Christmas season here in the United States this edition of Christmas Gift Ideas for the Editor will also be a bit short as we’ve all got work to do. You can always check out the 2010, 2011 and 2012 edition for some other gift ideas as well (though they may not all be relevant in 2013).

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Fare-thee-well Magic Bullet Grinder

My favorite tool for DSLR transcoding has gone gently into that good night

By Scott Simmons | November 19, 2013

While prepping for my recent Useful Tools for Editors (as well as the HDSLR Post Production) seminar I clicked over to the Red Giant website to grab a link for one of my favorite little quickie DSLR tools: Magic Bullet Grinder. Grinder has always been a fast, one-stop-shop to prep and... Read More

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Useful Tools for Editors - After ETE Edition

But this isn't the Useful Tools list from the ETE Useful Tools session. Later.

By Scott Simmons | November 13, 2013

I came across a few cool things at the Entertainment Technology Expo last week. While this entry isn’t a full rundown of all the Useful Tools for Editors that I discussed in my session at the event (that is coming later, I promise) these are a few things I came across while either at the event or browsing the web on the flight back.

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Are you coming to the Entertainment Technology Expo?

I'm excited to be attending the event for the first time

By Scott Simmons | November 03, 2013

This week should be an exciting week as I’m taking part in my first ever Entertainment Technology Expo. (November 6–7 at the Burbank Marriott). ETE has been around for quite a few years and I’ve always wanted to attend but this will be my first trip to Burbank for the event. I’m proud to have been asked to present two workshops as part of the event as well a moderate two panel discussions as part of ETE and the Post Production Master Class.

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Final Cat Pro attempts to enhance FCPX with some missing features

They aren't really plug-ins but offer an interesting new addition to the FCPX ecosystem

By Scott Simmons | September 27, 2013

The seemingly infinite world of Final Cut Pro X third party enhancements and plug-ins have expanded recently to include an intriguing new set of tools from the oddly named little company Final Cat Pro (www.finalcatpro.com). This $29 addition isn’t effects you’ll find in the Effects Browser to spiff up video clips but rather a set of Mac OS Services that that work to extend the functionally of FCPX by making some difficult or repetitive tasks easier. With six basic tools, some are hidden gems while others are just menu items.

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Are you coming to the Southeast Creative Summit?

I am and I'll be teaching several classes at the late October Atlanta event

By Scott Simmons | September 11, 2013

If you haven’t heard about the Southeast Creative Summit coming to Atlanta, Georgia on October 25 - 27 then I hope this article brings to your attention what I think will be a fun and creative weekend. I am honored to be presenting four different sessions on post-production and editorial. I like to think of this event as a mini-NAB Post|Production World conference were a lot of talented professionals will gather to talk and teach the technology they love and the craft they are passionate about. As these events go I think it’s pretty affordable and a discount code below can get you in for $495. This includes an Early Bird discount which is only good until September 25.

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My 5 favorite things from the upcoming Adobe Premiere Pro release

I'm sure there will be more to like but these things really caught my eye

By Scott Simmons | September 10, 2013

Big, happy news came to light yesterday for most all Adobe Premiere Pro users out there; that is happy news for those who are on the Creative Cloud subscription model. The news came in the form of the announcement of another big update to PPro that should hit in October and bring a ton of new... Read More

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A Q and A with Adobe about Adobe Anywhere

I've seen some misunderstandings about the product so maybe a these questions can clear them up

By Scott Simmons | August 31, 2013

When Adobe Anywhere was announced it was a happy surprise to most everyone in post-production. “Real-time collaboration” between editors anywhere in the world meant that the often pesky limitation of physical location could be a thing of the past. The demos were impressive and, quite honestly, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing the first time I saw it demoed. The product shipping a few months ago I have still been seeing a lot of questions and misunderstandings about what Adobe Anywhere is and what kind of gear one would need to implement it. I sent a Q and A over to the folks at Adobe recently to ask some of those questions.

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Trying to touch edit with the CTRL+Console iPad control surface

The iPad app can make editing more fun ... just not faster

By Scott Simmons | August 26, 2013

Way back at some point in 2012 I happily pledged some bucks to a Kickstarter campaign to try and design the ultimate iPad control interface for the non-linear editor. I was no stranger to these things as I have tried many of them. CTRL+Console looked like it might finally be the one. It has since shipped. It’s pretty damn good and the best thus far. I just don’t use it much … yet.

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