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After Effects Apprentice Free Video: Auto Bezier Keyframes

A freebie from our new video training series on lynda.com.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | March 01, 2011

As we mentioned earlier, we're creating a video training series based on our popular beginner's book After Effects Apprentice, which progresses from "I haven't used it before" through core skills including keyframing, masking, text animation, and 3D space to advanced techniques such as motion tracking, green screen, and expressions. The third course is based on the Advanced Animation section of the book, where we demonstrate a number of tools in After Effects to create more sophisticated animations - from mastering the Anchor Point and getting over your fear of the Graph Editor, to using Motion Sketch, Smoother, Auto-orientation, Roving keyframes, Motion Blur, and Hold keyframes. Read More

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The Secret Art of Slating: 25 Tips to Help You Slate Like a Pro

Take these to heart and become the editor's best friend.

By Art Adams | February 28, 2011

Slate training was my introduction to one of the most important tenets of filmmaking: always think of the next person down the production line. In the case of slating, this means taking care of the poor assistant editor who has to sync and track dailies based on your notes and your slating technique. Read More

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“Will Apple Release a New Final Cut Pro Studio and What Will Be New?”

As we near NAB, it's one of the top questions I am asked...

By Alex Lindsay | February 28, 2011

Here's my uneducated guess (meaning, I've been careful NOT to ask Apple about it). All is based on what Apple has done the near past and what I think makes sense for them to do. It is NOT my opinion of what would be good for the industry, the user or even myself... Just what I think might happen. In order of likeliness... Read More

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Shutter Speed vs FPS

Shutter Speed 101 for n00bs (and confused pros)

By Matthew Jeppsen | February 27, 2011

Here's a short video tutorial on the topic of Shutter Speed, which is at times confused with Frames Per Second. The tutorial is from a DSLR shooting series by the University of Waterloo, and it's a good primer on the topic. You can watch it below. Read More

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Quicktips 2011 Day 27: Speed up FCP’s XDCAMexport

February 27, 2011 - Conforming XDCAM can take a while but this tips speeds it up

By Scott Simmons | February 27, 2011

This Reader Quicktip comes to us from James Stuckey Weber and it's a tip to speed up the exporting process of the XDCAM format in Final Cut Pro. I don't do a lot of XDCAM export from FCP so I can't confirm the rather dramatic speed-up this tip claims but I can't deny it either. When the XDCAM export does present itself next time I'll be trying it out. Read More

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Thunderbolt in MacBook Pro: a new era for demanding video editors who prefer laptops

Sound the trumpets! The 2-year mourning period that began in 2009 can finally end!

By Allan Tépper | February 27, 2011

As we have amply covered in multiple articles in ProVideo Coalition magazine, demanding online editing of multiple realtime HD video layers requires a high bandwidth connection to an external disk array, especially in the tapeless acquisition era, when it is even more desirable to use RAID5 (or equivalent). In many cases, it is also extremely desirable to have a high bandwidth connection to advanced video i/o devices from companies like AJA, Blackmagic, and Matrox. Since Apple laptops have never offered direct eSATA ports -and some professional i/o interfaces connect via the ExpressCard/34 port, demanding editors were able to connect one or the other (but not both simultaneously) in sub-17" MacBook Pros until June 2009, when Apple nixed the ExpressCard/34 slot on 15" models. Now that Apple offers a Thunderbolt port on all MacBook Pros (13", 15", and 17"), we'll soon be able to have both of our wishes simultaneously: high bandwidth for external storage, and high bandwidth for advanced video i/o interfaces. Thunderbolt in a laptop indeed represents a quantum leap for serious video postproduction. (See also my upcoming related article regarding Thunderbolt in live video production.)In this article:The virtues and limitations of ExpressCard/34Thunderbolt says: "Here I come to save the day!"Is the King of DAS dead? Has Thunderbolt dethroned eSATA?10Gb/s, not 10GB/s! Read More

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The existence of a new FCP is confirmed. The world rejoices.

Add in Thunderbolt and Lion and it's been a promising day for the Mac professional.

By Scott Simmons | February 24, 2011

Thunderbolt in action with the old Final Cut Pro

By now everyone who's ever edited a frame of video and has a web connection knows that Apple recently held an small, secret, invitation-only meeting at their headquarters in Cupertino where they previewed the next version of Final Cut Pro. This was an extremely unusual move as Apple rarely ever demos any of their products before they ship. The only real word that has come across from this meeting was a blurb on TechCrunch and a blog post from Larry Jordan. I think it's safe to say that those who were in attendance probably aren't overly critical of FCP and it's current shortcomings. But it's also safe to say that this bodes well for all of us using a Macintosh in post-production. Read More

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Quicktips 2011 Day 24: Access FCP’s timeline keyframe editor

February 24, 2011 - You can animate and keyframe filters and motion parameters right in the FCP timeline

By Scott Simmons | February 24, 2011

Everyone who edits with Final Cut Pro knows that you have full access to animating and keyframing parameters via the Viewer. Double-click a clip in the timeline and it loads in the Viewer. There you can keyframe parameters in the Motion tab or parameters of any filter that might be applied. But you can also do this in the timeline as well. Read More

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Is “Good Enough” Killing Our Industry?

With the advent of high quality acquisition tools for relatively little money, is there really a role for the highest quality production outside of niches?

By Terence Curren | February 24, 2011

I contend that the "it's good enough" mentality is killing quality, and especially in our industry. Philip sees it differently. What do you think? Episode 20 of the Terence & Philip Show. Read More

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After Effects Apprentice: Layer Control

Our latest video training course is live.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | February 23, 2011

As we mentioned earlier, we're creating a video training series from our book After Effects Apprentice and distributing it through lynda.com. They just released the next installment today: Layer Control. Some of the subjects this course covers includes:

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Quicktips 2011 Day 23: moving all keyframes on a shot in FCP

February 23, 2011 - If you've keyframed a shot in FCP you can move all the keyframes at once in the FCP timeline

By Scott Simmons | February 23, 2011

This reader Quicktip comes over from Steve Sabban and it's a follow-up to Quicktip number 7: changing FCP filters lengths partially applied to a clip. I thought that was a particularly handy tip but it didn't go into any real timeline manipulation of keyframes. This tip does. Read More

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After Effects Apprentice Free Video: Arranging Layers

A freebie from our new video training series on lynda.com.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | February 21, 2011

As we mentioned earlier, we're creating a video training series based on our popular beginner's book After Effects Apprentice, which progresses from "I haven't used it before" through core skills including keyframing, masking, text animation, and 3D space to advanced techniques such as motion tracking, green screen, and expressions. The second course is based on the Basic Animation section of the book, where we guide you through creating a simple project from importing sources to arranging and animating layers through rendering.

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Quicktips 2011 Day 21: Change multiple FCP audio clip levels at once

February 21, 2011 - This Reader Quicktip is an option for changing levels and parameters for multiple FCP audio clips

By Scott Simmons | February 21, 2011

This Reader Quicktip comes from Matt Larson and is sort of a workaround for Final Cut Pro lack of ability to change source audio parameters of multiple clips at once. It's the kind of thing that can come in very handy when you have a very full bin of clips and changing them one at a time isn't an option. Read More

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Quicktips 2011 Day 20: One of the most simple, handy Quicktips ever

February 20, 2011 - This Quicktip is so simple, yet so brilliant and can be utilized by most anyone

By Scott Simmons | February 20, 2011

This Quicktip is a bit off the topic of editing and post-production but it's a simple tip for Sunday and it can probably be utilized by most any editor who has a desk and has a lot of wires snaking up and around the desk. Credit for finding this one goes to Shane Ross of Little Frog in Hi-Def. He actually found it on Digg and his Twitter comment said it all: Why the hell didn't I think of this? Read More

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iPhone Apps: The Short List for the Average Cinematographer

Of all the apps I've found, these are the most helpful.

By Art Adams | February 18, 2011

It seems everyone and their sister's friend's cousin has made a list of indispensable cinematography iPhone apps. Now it's my turn. Let's see how original I am. Read More

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Quicktips 2011 Day 18: Two FCP tips for today’s Quicktip

February 18, 2011 - There's 2 Reader Quicktips here, timeline preferences and preferred effects

By Scott Simmons | February 18, 2011

Today's a Reader Quicktip that is actually two tips from Final Cut Pro and After Effects trainer Clay Asbury. One tips is how he likes to setup his default FCP timeline settings and one is about using FCP's Effect Availability option. Read More

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HPA Tech Retreat 2011 Day 3

After the fear and trembling yesterday, suggestions of solutions; OLEDs; DSLRs; and more.

By Adam Wilt | February 18, 2011

Day 3 (by my counting; HPA calls this Day 2, because Tuesday's Super Session doesn't count) covered LTO-5, LTFS, IMF, HDSLR, OLED, FIMS, SOA, SLA, monitors vs. displays, file-based mastering, Hollywood in the cloud, and Disney restorations. Read More

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Quicktips 2011 Day 17: Using extended markers to create subsclips

February 17, 2011 - This Reader Quicktip explores FCP's extended markers and making subclips from them

By Scott Simmons | February 17, 2011

This Reader Quicktip comes from Final Cut Coach. It involves using the markers and the extend marker option in Final Cut Pro. Plus there's discussion of using markers to makes subclips. Final Cut Coach also has its own site that looks to be a growing Final Cut Pro tutorial site. Read More

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HPA Tech Retreat 2011 Day 2

Mayhem, confusion, and chaos continue!

By Adam Wilt | February 17, 2011

Day 2 of the Tech Retreat covered the year in review, CES, cloud storage, broadcasting, pool feed audio, content protection, transcoding, stereo subtitles, and more... Read More

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After Effects Apprentice Free Video: Editing Interactively in the Composition Panel

A freebie from our new video training series on lynda.com.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | February 16, 2011

As we mentioned earlier, we're creating a video training series based on our popular beginner's book After Effects Apprentice, which progresses from "I haven't used it before" through core skills including keyframing, masking, text animation, and 3D space to advanced techniques such as motion tracking, green screen, and expressions. The second course is based on the Basic Animation section of the book, where we guide you through creating a simple project from importing sources to arranging and animating layers through rendering. Read More

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