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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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NAB 2013: Slice X powered by Mocha, Beauty Box and NewBlueFX’s Titler Pro.

A walk around some of the vendors in the plug-in pavilion.

By Scott Simmons | April 08, 2013

I hooked up with my friends at FreshDV to help out with their outstanding yearly NAB coverage to help them on the post-production side of things by interviewing a number of developers of post-centric products. The NAB show floor is full of things everywhere you look, some flashy, some not so flashy. Some useful, others not so useful. Our first batch of interviews began with the partnership between Imagineer Systems and Coremelt to bring us Slice X powered by Mocha.

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NAB 2013: A chat with Adobe about the next Premiere Pro

We don't know when it's shipping but we know what it's going to be like

By Scott Simmons | April 08, 2013

As part of covering NAB 2013 with the FreshDV crew, I sat down with Adobe’s Al Mooney to discuss the recently announced next version of Adobe Premiere Pro. This was a long one so it’s a two parter.

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A look at Red Giant’s new BulletProof

Data wrangling your digital media just got a lot easier

By Scott Simmons | April 08, 2013

NAB 2013 sees a brand new product release from Red Giant Software. We usually associate the name Red Giant with plug-ins for our NLEs and our After Effects but BulletProof is a workflow tool, designed primarily to get footage off of your camera’s media cards and into a post-production pipeline. In between the beginning and the end of BulletProof’s use you’re presented with a very organized and very structured way to offload, backup, log and transcode your media. BulletProof isn’t shipping this week but you can sign up for a public beta and try it out yourself (as well as help improve the product) once the beta period begins.

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Sorenson Squeeze 9 updates the old encoding standby

A subtle interface change and quite a few new features

By Scott Simmons | April 08, 2013

NAB 2013 has seen another update to the do-all encoding application Sorenson Squeeze. This release takes the app to version 9. Some of the signature new features include an enhanced interface, pre-roll and post-roll, optimized encoding for HTML5 and closed captioning support. It’s also worth noting that the Squeeze interface gets a bit of a refresh as well. Don’t expect a Final Cut Pro X level of radical redesign but rather a refresh that feels newer but keeps overall use of the application the same. Here’s a few of the features I noted as I was working with a beta version of Squeeze 9.

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Avid announces Avid Media Composer 7 at NAB 2013

It's the under the hood stuff that editors will be most excited about

By Scott Simmons | April 07, 2013

The Avid press event of NAB2013 was on Sunday night of NAB was an interesting one. There’s a ton of new products being introduced including lots of Interplay updates and additions, a big updated for ProTools (that felt like the biggest ever after watching the video) and … Media... Read More


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An Early Look at the Next Version of Adobe Premiere Pro

A ton of new features and changes means Premiere Pro continues to get better

By Scott Simmons | April 03, 2013

With NAB 2013 just around the corner it should come as no surprise that Adobe has let their cat out of the bag by letting the world get a sneak peek at what’s coming in the next version quite a few of the Creative Suite applications that many video pros depend on. Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Prelude and Speed Grade will all see updates. You’ll have to look around for some other posts about what’s new in the majority of those tools we I’m going to concentrate on the next Premiere Pro.

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Buying stock footage with the Pond5 plugin for Premiere Pro CS6

Here's a few things to be aware of and a couple that I don't understand

By Scott Simmons | March 27, 2013


Back in 2012 the stock footage company Pond5 released a plugin for Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 that allowed from easy search and download of their stock footage right from within Premiere. We talked about this nice new feature back when the plugin came out. I used it several times when working on some stock footage based edits but hadn't had the opportunity to actually carry out the whole purchase and conform process from within PPro until a recent project. Keeping in mind this product is still in beta, here's a few cautions and gotchas that I ran across while working. May they save you some time in the future.

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First Cut Pro is a handy, dandy online review and approval system

And every editor needs an easy way for clients to review and comment on cuts

By Scott Simmons | March 22, 2013

The review, commenting and approval process is certainly an important one when it comes to getting a client to sign off on an edit and get the job out the door. How exactly you go about this task so that it is painless for both editor and client can be a very big question. If time and proximity permits having a client sit in on the session that is a great way to go. If you’re separated by distance you might choose something like First Cut Pro.

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Timeline: A History of Editing goes digital with lots of new material

This amazing book about the history of editing is even better on iPad

By Scott Simmons | March 14, 2013

Timeline: A History of Editing is an amazingly detailed book about just what the subtitle says, a history of editing. Written by John Buck, Timeline is something we’ve spoken about before but it recently got even better with the release of Timeline: Digital Edition One. This iPad specific book is updated for iBooks on the iPad with “photographs, video material, original brochures and animated patents, as well as audio clips and exclusive interviews that document the lives of editors and the craft of editing from the very beginning.”

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WooWave - the automated syncing software with the funny name

While affordable and simple to use, my syncing results weren't very encouraging

By Scott Simmons | March 11, 2013

I’ve made no secret of my love for PluralEyes, the auto-syncing tool that came to market a few years ago. It has saved me countless hours in the edit suite doing that most menial of tasks: syncing. A competitor popped up a while back (not counting Final Cut Pro X’s built-in option) called WooWave. It’s certainly a quirky name that fits this quirky tool. But the most important question is this: how well does WooWave sync? I put it through my usual battery of syncing tests to find out. The results weren’t so great.

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What’s on the agenda for NAB 2013

The big conference is coming up fast. I'll be teaching some classes again this year.

By Scott Simmons | March 06, 2013

It’s that time of year again and we are only a month away (or less) from the 2013 National Association of Broadcasters convention. I’m sure this year will be another big year with lots of new hardware, software, toys and gizmos introduced for everyone to fondle and ogle over. In year’s past I’ve tried to catalog some of the happenings in a blog post so here is the NAB 2013 edition, though not as detailed as 2012. I’m happy to again be leading several classes at the Post|Production World conference. This year includes sitting on end of day Hot Panels where we’ll discuss all aspects of editing and post-production. Oh, and there’s those evening parties and gatherings to look forward to as well. If anyone has any events to add post them in the comments below or email me and I'll add them here.

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Useful Tools for Editors: After Oscars Edition

If you're editing the next Oscar-worthy project then some of these tools might come in handy

By Scott Simmons | February 25, 2013

It’s time once again for a little roundup of Useful Tools for Editors. This is the second one I’ve done since moving this category of posts back home to the Editblog. Today we’ll see a new book about Avid Media Composer, a handy tool to get clips out of Final Cut Pro X, a mask plugin for FCPX, a YouTube downloader and some cool dust particles for all your compositing needs.

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Hands-on with the new TouchEdit NLE for iPad

A retro interface, lots of editing tools and the app's creator Dan Lebental answering some questions

By Scott Simmons | February 17, 2013

There’s a brand new iPad app that we’ve been following for some time that has finally made its way onto the app store. TouchEdit is a $50 app that comes from ACE editor Dan Lebental who is no stranger to editing as he cut a tiny feature film called Iron Man (among others). As soon as you read the description “Go Retro, Go Pro” off of TouchEdit’s website you might think you’re in for something a bit different. When you launch TouchEdit you immediately see that’s the case.

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Hands on with the PROCUTX app for Final Cut Pro X

It's nice to look at but doesn't offer any significant speed improvements ... yet

By Scott Simmons | February 07, 2013

If you’ve been around the internet (or social media) in the last few days then you’ve probably heard of PROCUTX. This is an iPad app (iTunes link) that is designed as a control surface for Final Cut Pro X. It’s a gorgeous app that is very well designed. There’s lot of little buttons all over the interface to perform any number of FCPX tasks. There’s also a big jog wheel that dominates the center. At $25 it isn’t a cheap iPad app as iPad apps go. Is it worth it? Probably not for me in its current form so I doubt I'll use it very much but it sounds like there is some real potential for the future.

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Michael Kahn talks, Twitter lets us all be there

The Q and A after a recent Lincoln screening reveals some good editing advice

By Scott Simmons | January 31, 2013

Last night (January 30) there was a screening of a little movie called Lincoln. After that screening there was a question and answer session with the film's editor Michael Kahn. We all know Michael Kahn as Steven Speilberg's legendary editor but he's cut for other directors too so any chance to hear a great editor speak is bound to be filled with lots of gems other editors can use as well. Once again thanks to the magic of Twitter (and some fast thumbs from the tweeters), it's almost like we were all there!

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TouchEdit demoed live and in person at LACPUG

Thanks to the world of Twitter we can all see the presentation too

By Scott Simmons | January 24, 2013

At the January 23 Los Angeles Creative Pro User Group meeting Dan Lebental was on hand to show off his iPad editing app TouchEdit. We talked about TouchEdit a couple of weeks ago and got some interesting comments over from Dan himself. I think this will be an incredibly interesting app for editors and despite what I'm sure will be debated as a high price ($50) for an iPad app, if it can truly deliver on being an offline tool for professional editors, in addition to just a fun editor on the iPad, then it will be unique in the market. Thanks to the wonderful world of Twitter (and in particular Shane Ross) we can see an almost realtime stream of the TouchEdit presentation.

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Useful Tools for Editors: Welcome Back Home edition

After a few years away the Useful Tools column comes back home

By Scott Simmons | January 20, 2013

One of my favorite blog categories / columns has always been the ongoing Useful Tools for Editors topic that has been a part of my coverage of our little industry since I began the Editblog many, many years ago. It was a part of my original site and then I moved it over to Studio Daily for a number of years. I'm no longer blogging for Studio Daily on a regular basis so it is time to once again move the Useful Tools for Editors column and bring it back home to the Editblog on PVC. There's so many useful tools these days I'll try to do a semi-regular round-up of them ... that is unless one comes along that is so cool it can't wait. Do you have a useful tool for editors? Then contact me and tell me about it.

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Comparing two Thunderbolt capture and playback devices

The AJA Io XT and Blackmagic UltraStudio 3D go head-to-head

By Scott Simmons | January 14, 2013

With the advent of Thunderbolt a new option arrived for editors in the form of an easy to use video capture and playback interface for your editing computer that doesn’t have to sit inside a tower. Adding Thunderbolt to iMacs and laptops means portability and affordability is an option for editors like never before. Both the AJA Io XT and the Blackmagic Design UltraStudio 3D are two good options for editors needing Thunderbolt-based I/O. They both perform basically the same task only in a little different way.

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Looking ahead to 2013 in post-production

Some random bullet points about the year ahead

By Scott Simmons | January 09, 2013

The year known as 2012 is history and 2013 looms large on the horizon. It was an interesting past year in post-production with many of our tools seeing moderate to significant upgrades while others **cough MacPro cough** got virtually none. There's no sense reliving the past year since there's quite a few good places to listen to the year that was. I was working on a article about 2013 but Oliver Peter’s summed it up well in his post called Editing in 2013. Instead here are some bullet points for what we might see happen in 2013.

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Two free iBooks for your reading pleasure

You may need an iPad but there's some good stuff here.

By Scott Simmons | January 05, 2013

If you’re a fan of the iPad then you’ve probably heard of iBooks Author, Apple’s electronic book authoring application that allows anyone to author and publish an iBook. The downside is that it’s mainly limited to the Apple/iOS world but the upside is we get cool free iBooks like The Craft of The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey iBook from fxguide and Broadcast Delivery 101 by Craig Russill-Roy.

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