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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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105 Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 Questions Answered

A long list of questions from the recent Premiere Pro CS6 for Final Cut Pro editors webinar

By Scott Simmons | June 25, 2012

Just a couple of weeks ago I was the host of another webinar presented by Moviola Filmmaking Webinars. This one was an info packed presentation called Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 for Final Cut Pro Editors. It was one of the most featured packed webinars that I've done as there was so much material to cover. As usual we received tons of questions before, during and after the webinar. I've tried to take most all of them and answer the questions in the blog post that follows. If there's any corrections or updates to any of the questions please let me know. If you missed the PPro for FCP Editors webinar then the on-demand version is now available for purchase. So here we go.{C} Read More


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Clean those Adobe Media Cache Files

And reclaim some drive space in the process

By Scott Simmons | December 10, 2011

I learned something today about Adobe Premiere Pro that I was unaware of. The application creates a media cache when it imports media and that media cache seems to default to the system drive in the user Library folder. This cache can balloon in size over a period of time as I found out when cleaning up a drive. But it can be easily cleaned and relocated. Read More


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Working with multicam in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6

The Multi-Camera Source Sequence method of setup makes it work well, minus a couple of missing features

By Scott Simmons | August 14, 2012

I’ll be the first to admit that while multi-camera editing tools have been available in Adobe Premiere Pro for quite a while I hadn’t ever touched them until Premiere Pro CS6. I think that may be true for a lot of editors when it comes to a lot of features of Premiere Pro in general. While I had used Premiere Pro on sort of a semi-regular basis since CS4, CS6 has become a regular tool. I finally gave Premiere Pro’s multicam a shot recently … and it’s very nice. It works well, is quite powerful when it comes to setup and adjustment of multicam angles but it's missing a couple of important features that some of its competitors have.

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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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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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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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100 Final Cut Pro X Questions Answered

These are questions asked before, during and after recent FCPX webinar

By Scott Simmons | July 17, 2011

Recently I hosted a Final Cut Pro X Hands On Tour webinar for It was a great event with 90 minutes of FCPX for over 800 people attending. (An archive of that can be purchased btw). People often ask questions before, during and after the webinar. Here's 101 of them that were asked, answered to the best of my knowledge. Read More


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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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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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