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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 film school. In 1999, Scott took the leap into freelancing and in 2007 accepted a position as an editor at Filmworkers - Nashville. In 2005 Scott created The Editblog a website dedicated to all things editing and post-production which is now housed here at PVC. Someday he hopes to edit on a beach with a touch screen device, a wireless hard drive and a Red Stripe.

 

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Final Cut Pro X Workflow: The Book ... Read about FCPX’s first Hollywood Feature Film Edit

Focus AE Michael Matzdorff details the workflow for FCPX's big moment in the sun

By Scott Simmons | March 03, 2015

It was late February 2015 when some might say Final Cut Pro X had its big confirmation, a coming out party if you will when Apple published its biggest In Action article for FCPX as of yet:editorial of the new Will Smith movie Focus. It’s a good read about how FCPX cut its first major Hollywood feature. A more in-depth read on the process is a new book by Focus assistant editor Michael Matzdorff: Final Cut Pro X: Pro Workflow.

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Day 29 #28daysofquicktips - A Batch of Media Composer & FCPX tips from Jesús

This big batch of quicktips will round out the month

By Scott Simmons | March 01, 2015

It’s day 29 of the #28daysofquicktips and that’s one day over. This big list of tips came from Editor, Trainer & Workflow Consultant Jesús Pérez-Miranda and it’s too good of a list not to publish. While Jesús seems to be very pro FCPX these days he’s an editor of many NLEs so he has provided tips for Avid Media Composer as well as FCPX. It’s a great way to round out the #28daysofquicktips on a Sunday. A few of his tweets are embedded as well. Coming all the way from Madrid, Spain here’s day 29.

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Day 28 #28daysofquicktips - A few Avid Media Composer tips from Marcin

He actually got these from Shortcutworld.com but they are nice shortcuts

By Scott Simmons | February 28, 2015

How about a quick batch of Avid Media Composer Quicktips instead of one big one to round out our #28daysofquicktips? Here’s a few all the way from Poland sent to us by Marcin Zwolski. There are four little keyboard shortcuts that you might find useful. Thanks Marcin.

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Day 27 #28daysofquicktips - Use Un-sync Locked Tracks for Easier Music Revisions

I wish I had thought of this a long time ago.

By Scott Simmons | February 27, 2015

This reader Quicktip is a very nice Avid Media Composer tip from editor Austin Flack that will come in handy if you have to edit a lot of music beds and the deal with changes and revisions. It’s demonstrated in Media Composer but could apply to most any track-based editing tool. I had... Read More

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Day 26 #28daysofquicktips - Make an Audio-only Dissolve in Final Cut Pro X

Download Alex4D's Sound only dissolve and be a happier FCPX user

By Scott Simmons | February 25, 2015

For some reason, unbeknownst to us mortal editors, Final Cut Pro X doesn’t allow you do make an audio dissolve right out of the Transitions browser. Editors know how essential a 4, 5, 6 frame dissolve can be to smooth out a frankenbite or just how handy that can be when mixing audio in general. But such an audio-only dissolve is possible with this free plug-in from Alex4D (aka Alex Gollner). This might be the most useful thing you’ll download for FCPX this week.

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Day 25 #28daysofquicktips - Consolidate Media Outside (Externally) of a Final Cut Pro X Library

It took me awhile to understand this but I'm glad I got it figured out.

By Scott Simmons | February 25, 2015

Final Cut Pro X has some rather intricate media management capabilities built into its Library functionality. The Library concept itself is loved by some, hated by others. I think if you understand how you can move media in and out of a Library it might embrace one the concept (thought you still might choose to always leave media outside of a Library). I finally understand it a little bit better but it wasn’t without some study.

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Day 24 #28daysofquicktips - Nesting Audio in Adobe Premiere Pro CC

This workaround can get you an audio nest with the drag of a mouse.

By Scott Simmons | February 24, 2015

Here we go with a reader Quicktip from Jack Bibbo that is for Adobe Premiere Pro. It’s a tip for nesting audio. I do very little nesting of video or audio so this is a good reminder of how PPro nesting works. Jack even made a video to go along with it. Couple this with the tip about making an audio-only multicam sequence and you’ve got some good Premiere tips here. Take it away Jack.

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Day 23 #28daysofquicktips - Use Special Characters for a Star Rating System

This tip probably works best with Final Cut Pro X's Keywording but you could use it on other apps too

By Scott Simmons | February 23, 2015

This reader Quicktip was sent to us by John Flanagen and it borrows the idea of a star-rating system on the Macintosh as a way to rate footage in your NLE. John uses this in Final Cut Pro X but you could utilize it in most any application that supports Special Characters.

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Day 22 #28daysofquicktips - Add a Specific Track Number in your Avid Media Composer Timeline

You don't have to add just the next track number when creating new timeline tracks

By Scott Simmons | February 22, 2015

This reader submitted Quicktip actually came from two different editors out there and it is a shortcut that I wasn’t aware of: a way to add a specific Media Composer track number beyond the next sequential number.

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Day 21 #28daysofquicktips - Use EDL Comments to View Notes in Avid Media Composer Timeline

This is an alternative to Markers if you want to add timeline notes to your clips

By Scott Simmons | February 21, 2015

There’s an old feature hanging around Avid Media Composer that is a holdout from the days of linear online editing that can be an alternate way to make notes to yourself right in the timeline.

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Day 20 #28daysofquicktips - ALT (Option) + U to re-enter Avid Media Composer Trim mode

This shortcut takes you right back to the previous trim and its trim roller setup

By Scott Simmons | February 20, 2015

Today we have another reader Quicktip for Avid Media Composer (these have been pouring in from the Avid editors out there) from Alain Dessauvage about an old favorite timesaver around Avid’s Trim Mode that I bet a lot of people don’t know.

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Day 19 #28daysofquicktips - Using the Scratch Removal Tool as a shortcut in Avid

If you use the Scratch Removal tool the long way get ready to rejoice

By Scott Simmons | February 19, 2015

Today’s Quicktip is another Avid Media Composer reader tip sent to us by Ra-ey Saleh. It’s an big timesaving tip if you have to use the Scratch Removal tool to remove artifacts from a single frame in your edit.

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Day 18 #28daysofquicktips - Avid Media Composer keyframes: Fixed vs Elastic and others

It's also good to know Shelf, Linear, Spline and Bezier

By Scott Simmons | February 18, 2015

Today’s Quicktip comes to us from Josh Short of EditVideoFaster.com. It’s an effects based keyframing tip that is buried deep within Avid Media Composer's Effects Editor. It is imperative an editor knows these tips if they want to get the most out of animating effects in Media Composer. Take it away Josh.

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Day 17 #28daysofquicktips - Mute a Video Clip in Avid Media Composer 8

This new feature was a long time coming

By Scott Simmons | February 17, 2015

This Quicktip is a version specific Quicktip and our first for Avid Media Composer. It’s a small change but a big thing for editors that was added in the recent version 8 update: The ability to mute clips in the timeline. And that's not only mute audio: it’s mute as in disable the clip so it stays in the timeline but isn’t visible in the playback or output.

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Day 16 #28daysofquicktips - Talk with your producer about that script

Today's a bit of a different quicktip. It's about communication.

By Scott Simmons | February 16, 2015

Today’s Quicktip is a user quicktip that comes to us from Jay Doyle. It’s not a tech tip but rather a suggestion and a bit of advice about that script you may have just gotten in your edit suite.

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Day 15 #28daysofquicktips - Sync Folders on a Mac

A handy function with an incredibly useful utility

By Scott Simmons | February 15, 2015

If there’s one thing that any seasoned post-production professional has on their editing system it’s a lot folders full of files. An essential Macintosh utility is a way to compare folders and, if necessary, update one or the other. This tip might cost you $40.

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Day 14 #28daysofquicktips - The Find in Timeline command in Adobe Premiere Pro

This will be familiar to FCP7 editors so its inclusion in PPro is great

By Scott Simmons | February 14, 2015

Adobe Premiere Pro CC  recently added a very handy option to the Find command. That option is Find In Timeline and it will let you quickly and easily search out and (more importantly select) many clips at once in the timeline. Oh what a timesaver this can be.

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Day 13 #28daysofquicktips - Full Screen Playback Options in Adobe Premiere Pro CC

A flick of a keyboard can get you different full screen playback options

By Scott Simmons | February 13, 2015

Everyone knows the Premiere Pro shortcut that will take a panel full screen when you hit the tilde (`) key. That works great in the Source and Program monitor so you can quickly watch a cut nearly fullscreen. But there's a few other short cuts for full-screen playback that are even better.

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Day 12 #28daysofquicktips - Clean up the Adobe Premiere Pro Viewing Monitors

Turn off a few settings for a much cleaner look

By Scott Simmons | February 12, 2015

If you remember the early days of Premiere Pro you probably remember what a cluttered interface the application had. It was rather ugly and not very well thought out. Buttons, switches and dials were everywhere. The modern Adobe Premiere Pro CC is much cleaner but you can clean up the viewing monitors even more.

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Day 11 #28daysofquicktips - Select a Specific Layer in the Premiere Pro Source Monitor

If a top layer covers those underneath it can be hard to get at a layer for manipulation

By Scott Simmons | February 11, 2015

Have you ever had a stack of video layers in an Adobe Premiere Pro CC timeline and you couldn’t select anything in the Source monitor beyond the top-most layer? Of course you have. And the solution is an easy one.

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