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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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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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Will TouchEdit be the iPad NLE we’ve been waiting for?

While the design might end up being controversial, if it can export a timecoded list back to a desktop NLE then that'll be nice

By Scott Simmons | January 02, 2013

Ever since iOS came along and began allowing custom apps there have been quite a few video editing applications on Apple's mobile touch platform. Along came the iPad and then the idea of a useful NLE for the touchscreen began to take shape. We've had iMovie for a while (and a lot more lesser editing apps) but it wasn't until Avid came along with Avid Studio that we thought that something truly useful for the professional editor might be possible. Avid sold their app to Corel and my dream of an offline editing tool seemed to be dead. But that dream may still be alive with this coming iPad app called TouchEdit.

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Avid Media Composer 6.5.2 adds some very nice (and needed) features

With this point release it just might be worth that $500 to move from 6.0

By Scott Simmons | December 21, 2012

When Avid released Media Composer 6.5 it did so with a $500 price tag and that rubbed a lot of users the wrong way as they didn't think the update was worth that price. I kicked the tires on Media Composer 6.5 and while there were a lot of nice new additions to the update we chose not to upgrade at that time. Now comes word that the 6.5.2 update is out and it looks like there's some really nice things in this update that might make it worth that $500 cost since you'll get those 6.5 features as well. To be clear I haven't used 6.5.2 yet (though I have requested an upgrade Mr. Boss) but thanks to Wim Van den Broeck we've got a good idea of what's in there. 

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Editing video on a previous generation Apple iMac

... when you're used to a MacPro and you're worried there may not ever be another one.

By Scott Simmons | December 16, 2012

As Apple’s big, expandable, workhorse towers - the Mac Pro - has been seemingly left withering on the vine the last couple of years and a lot of professional editors with it. Many of those editors have moved to a laptop or an iMac as their primary edit machines rather than purchase a new tower. I’ve been somewhat critical of an iMac as a primary edit machine but the inclusion of Thunderbolt is really one of those “game-changers” for the dedicated editor. A conversation with Apple around the time of NAB led to a loaner iMac (this was before the new super-thin iMac was introduced) as well as a Promise Pegasus RAID showing up on my doorstep for evaluation and testing. Apple is confident an iMac can make a great primary edit system. I’ll be the first to admit I was pleasantly surprised at the editing experience though it might not be perfect for everyone.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for the Editor - 2012 Edition

Here's a few ideas for that hard to buy for editor. Or for yourself

By Scott Simmons | December 10, 2012

Christmas is just a couple of weeks away (maybe less depending on when you read this). If you’ve got an editor in your life that you need to buy gifts for here’s a few things that he or she might appreciate. If you can’t find anything good here then check out some previous versions of this topic as there’s still some good stuff on the 2011 and 2010 list.

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Early Media Composer and Final Cut Pro promo videos

And one from Media 100. See how far you NLE software has come.

By Scott Simmons | December 08, 2012

I got taken down into one of those You Tube time sucks the other day. It came courtesy of a couple of tweets by Rob G Wilson that pointed to some very old Avid Media Composer and Final Cut Pro promo videos. If you want to realize just how far your NLE software has advanced then give yourself 20 minutes to check these things out. They are full of bad music, cheesy video effects and plenty of bad hair. Those two videos as well as a an early promo for Media 100 are embedded after the jump. 

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Timecode calculators in the Mac App store, free but not great

It's hard to complain when apps are free though.

By Scott Simmons | December 06, 2012

I've recently moved back into good old Final Cut Pro 7 for an lengthy edit and I've found myself missing a handy dandy timecode calculator. The timecode calculator has long been a part of Avid Media Composer and it's useful to have around. Where's the first place you think to look for a Mac app these days? Why the Mac App store of course. A search for the word timecode reveals a couple of free options. NLA Timecode Calculator (both of these are Mac App Store links) and another called FrameCalculator. It's hard to criticize a free tool but a couple of simple tweaks could make both of these things quite a bit more usable.

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Two great new training resources for DaVinci Resolve now available

Both Ripple Training and Tao of Color have extensive new options to learn Resolve 9 and the craft of color grading

By Scott Simmons | November 30, 2012

Ever since Blackmagic Design bought DaVinci Resolve and made it affordable and/or free, there's been no shortage of training available to learn the application. While the You Tube videos are a dime a dozen, the fast forward FXPHD training has been one of the best options in the new Resolve's relatively short life. Two new options are now available concentrating on Resolve 9 and they are both great options taking different paths toward training. Ripple Training has released their DaVinci Resolve 9 Core Training. There's also the brand new Tao of Color Horror Dead Man's Lake: The Grade Along option. I recently took a look around both of them and it really made me wish I had a lot more time to learn Resolve!

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CTRL+Console still looking for funding as the Kickstarter winds down

Funding is getting close as the iPad control surface gets gestures that might make it quite usable

By Scott Simmons | November 21, 2012

It's just about a week to go in the CTRL+Console Kickstarter campaign for this cool non-linear editing control interface for iPhone and iPad. I posted about it a while back and one issue I had was that the lack of tactile control on an iPad meant the demo had the editor looking away from the screen way too often to look at the iPad. But a recent update lists out a number of gestures that will accomplish tasks without looking down at the screen. Now we're talking.

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Adobe has lots of blogs but Kevin’s is the best one

If you're a Premiere Pro CS6 (After Effects too) user then bookmark this useful blog

By Scott Simmons | November 18, 2012

While recently clicking around and updating my RSS feeds in the good ‘ole Google Reader I happened upon this long, long list of Adobe blogs. Adobe is a big company so it's no surprise they have a lot of people blogging about their various corners of the company but the size of that list is ridickerous. That said there are some that have either closed, haven't updated in years or have never updated at all. For Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 the blog to follow is Kevin Monahan's After Effects and Premiere Pro blog.

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Remember DV Guru?

This old film, video , post-production site is a fun blast from the past

By Scott Simmons | November 14, 2012

If you've been around this Internet / blog thing for a while you might remember the old article aggregator DV Guru. If I remember correctly this site was part of the old Weblogs Inc. network back when it was a collection of blogs on just about every topic under the sun. I happened upon DV Guru the other day as it's still online. It's a great snapshot into what the film / video / post-production world was like back in 2007 and a couple of years before. Their last post was on January 31, 2007 and the first looks to have been mid–2005. It's a fun way to kill some time just clicking back through. And what kinds of articles can you expect to find?

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Update Alert: FX Factory moves to 4.0 and now supports Premiere Pro CS6

Long having support for Adobe After Effects this is the first time for FX Factory in Premiere Pro

By Scott Simmons | November 09, 2012

Some exciting news has just come online from Noise Industries. Their always useful FX Factory product has reached 4.0 and with that update brings first ever support for Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. All the usual suspects are there as far as the FX Factory partners. This Premiere Pro CS6 support joins After Effects, Final Cut Pro 7 and Motion as one part of FX Factory with Final Cut Pro X also being supported (although not all FX Factory products work in both FCPX and the others). The PPro support is important, not just because FX Factory has long supported After Effects but because more and more people are using PPro in place of Final Cut Pro 7.

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Will CTRL+Console be an editing console that editors actually use?

Being that it's an iPad app my gut says no but I want to try it out anyway so I backed the Kickstarter project

By Scott Simmons | November 05, 2012

This is a very cool looking Kickstarter campaign that popped up a few days ago. CTRL+Console is an iOS-based non-linear editing controller that looks to be built from the ground up specifically for the task of video editing. The interface looks quite futuristic and well designed but unfortunately its downfall might be the iPad itself.

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Kicking the tires on Final Cut Pro X 10.0.6

An update is made, many new features are added, the Internet rejoices

By Scott Simmons | October 28, 2012

Apple has dropped a new release of Final Cut Pro X. 10.0.6 came down from the cloud on Tuesday, October 23 and delivered on the new features that Apple discussed back in April at NAB 2012. Dual viewers, RED camera support, better audio tools and MXF support are all now a reality in some form or another. This update also saw a lot of feature improvements as well including the often requested return of paste attributes. There's been a lot of what's new and first looks all over the web since release. I wanted to take a more honest look at some of the features as opposed to just listing out bullet points.

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Having fun at the GoPro HERO3 launch event

The new version of this little camera really will bring grand new images from the GoPro

By Scott Simmons | October 28, 2012

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the GoPro HERO3 launch event on Tuesday, October 16. I went out to San Francisco to represent Studio Daily and write up my experiences on their blog. On Friday I posted a piece all about the event and the fun we had testing the camera at Sonoma Raceway so if you haven't seen it and are interested in this important update to the popular GoPro camera line then give it a read. My PVC colleague Jeff Foster was also at the event and he's posted his own thoughts on the event and the new camera as well. Read More


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GoPro brings 24p to your Hero2 with the Protune update

And there's also the free GoPro Cineform Studio to quickly work with your GoPro footage

By Scott Simmons | October 14, 2012

Everyone's favorite little action camera finally got the long awaited 24p update last week. GoPro shipped Protune which means your GoPro Hero2 is only a firmware update away from a higher bit rate and 24 frames per second. The Protune news is buried down in the press release about news of the GoPro app. I'm not sure why the Protune update didn't get its own press release as it's an important update for many GoPro owners and will probably get more use overall as the iOS and Android app is really most useful as a companion to the Wi-Fi BacPac. The Protune update is easy to install and requires the GoPro Cineform Studio. I hadn't installed that before but it's actually a handy little application.

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The best James Bond 007 car chase of them all

The joy of editing in yet another YouTube video

By Scott Simmons | October 06, 2012

Friday, October 5 was Global James Bond Day and I meant to post this very cool 007 car chase montage then but the day got away from me. The video was cut together by Sky in the UK to celebrate the launch of Sky Movies 007 HD. So if you get that channel you can see that "all the Bond films will be available to enjoy in one place, in HD, on demand and without ad breaks." Pretty cool and this video they produced is a very well executed edit of many different car chases from many of the Bond films. Read More


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CineFlow Expo Event in Nashville TN Tuesday October 2nd

Join us for the free event: exhibits and panel discussions.

By Scott Simmons | September 25, 2012

If you are in our around the Nashville Tennessee area this coming Tuesday, October 2nd and have some time between 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm then you might be interested in the CineFlow Digital Media Expo. It's being presented by our friends at CineSys and Quantum. It looks like a mini NAB with an afternoon and evening of exhibits and panels. I'll be a part of the 5:30 PM Post Production Workflow panel. Best of all it's free … and there will be a raffle.

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Watch big-time, live television production from inside the production truck

There's an art to live tv directing and switching. YouTube a lot of it right here.

By Scott Simmons | September 24, 2012

There was a twitter link that came across the 'net recently that was a YouTube link to some video grabbed in the production truck during Bill Clinton's speech at the recent Democratic National Convention. Regardless of your political leaning (I'm strictly independent), if you have any interest in live tv, or if you've never seen a live director and technical director do their thing, then click on over and give it a watch. Live television is a fascinating exercise. Read More


Amsterdam SuperMeet videos online

If you didn't make it to IBC's SuperMeet then Vimeo is the next best thing to being there

By Scott Simmons | September 17, 2012

Amsterdam Supermeet 2012 - John Brawly demo's the new Black Magic Design Cinema Camera and DaVinci Resolve 9 from Gert Kracht on Vimeo.

Were you unable to make it to the Hotel Krasnapolsky on September 9 for the Amsterdam SuperMeet? Or do you just want to relive the magic? Then sit back and watch the presentations in online video glory. We can thank Gert Kracht for the videos as he posted them on his Vimeo page. Read More