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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: Avid Media Composer 7 and Lightworks for Mac

I took a few minutes and actually played with Lightworks Mac!

By Scott Simmons | April 11, 2013

We’ve already talked about Adobe and their next version of Premiere Pro but the other NLEs on the show floor creating buzz were Avid Media Composer 7 (here’s my take from their press conference) and … wait for it … Lightworks for Mac. That’s just an early alpha of the Lightworks Mac but it was running and I played with it. It’ll be fun to watch how the biz takes to it when the Mac version finally ships which should be later this year.

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NAB 2013: G-Technology and CalDigit

You can never have enough hard drives huh?

By Scott Simmons | April 11, 2013

Trying to get an idea of what’s new in storage we stopped by both the G-Technology booth as well as CalDigit. There were a lot of storage companies on the floor but these two are the brands that I use the most. G-Tech’s new G-DOCK ev is a very interesting product for the USB3 / Thunderbolt we live in.

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NAB 2013: Red Giant’s BulletProof and Digital Rebellion

A data wrangling tool and a new online review, approval and "Kollaboration" system

By Scott Simmons | April 11, 2013

While roaming the NAB 2013 show floor with the FreshDV guys we stopped by the Red Giant Software booth to get an up-close look at the new data wrangling tool BulletProof. And the it was waaaay down to the back of the South Hall to visit Digital Rebellion and see their new online collaboration review and approval tool Kollaborate.tv.

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Velarium is a new entry into the DIT data wrangling tool

A small developer launches a new tool into a crowded space

By Scott Simmons | April 09, 2013

While not tool in a booth on the NAB show floor Elklight Software’s Velarium is another DIT -centric tool for the offload and transcoding of file-based, mainly DSLR, media. It takes a different approach than Red Giant Software’s BulletProof. Velarium is a more focused tool that presents a single-window approach to its task. The developer is based in my hometown of Nashville and I’ve been having a number of discussions about the tool and what I, as an editor, would expect in the files I receive for editorial. It looks like a promising product that’s going to be trying to find its way in the growing DIT offloading tools.

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NAB 2013: The new Blackmagic Cinema Cameras

I nosed my way in and asked a few post-production related questions

By Scott Simmons | April 09, 2013

While helping the FreshDV guys with their NAB 2013 coverage I took the time to poke my nose in on their interview with Blackmagic Design about their  new Pocket Cinema Camera and Production Camera 4K. That little Pocket Cinema Camera is we very neat little tool. Will it be the death of the DSLR No. Will we get lots more footage in the edit suite since everyone will have one? Yes.

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NAB 2013: Blackmagic Design and DaVinci Resolve 10

And a really cool new hardware video scopes product

By Scott Simmons | April 08, 2013

Finally, on Monday of NAB 2013 that is, I stopped by the Blackmagic Design booth with the FreshDV crew in tow to see what BMD had for us in the way of post-production. DaVinci Resolve 10 will add things like more advanced online tools, that ability to grade live signals and more plug-in support. We’ll let Tim explain it.

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NAB 2013: Baselight Editions and Rampant Design Tools

Two different companies but both with cool products

By Scott Simmons | April 08, 2013

While hosting the post-production coverage for FreshDV for NAB2013 we dropped by the Filmlight booth to have a look at what’s new with their Baselight plug-in for the leading NLEs. Then it was a chat with the guy behind Rampant Design Tools.

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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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