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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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Quicktips 2011 Day 15: Create audio synced subclips from overcranked footage

February 15, 2011 - This Reader Quicktip might be especially helpful for the music video people

By Scott Simmons | February 15, 2011

This Reader Quicktip comes from Matthew Gilna in Los Angeles. He's been working on a cool series called The LXD or League of Extraordinary Dancers. This Quicktip is a technique that he's been using quite a lot on this series to create new synced clips when he has to sync video with separate audio. Read More

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Quicktips 2011 Day 14: Better performance for .motn files in FCP Timeline

February 14, 2011 - This Reader Quicktip is for all those that use Motion projects in FCP

By Scott Simmons | February 14, 2011

This Reader Quicktip is all the way from Lu Nelson in Berlin. If you use Apple Motion a lot and integrate those Motion project files in your Final Cut Pro timeline then read on for what could be a nice realtime trick. Read More

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HPA Tech Retreat 2011

The industry's most thought-provoking conference happens this week.

By Adam Wilt | February 14, 2011

There's a quiet gathering in Palm Springs every February. Many of the post-production industry's leading luminaries, along with a gaggle of production folks, hangers-on, and ne'er-do-wells (including your correspondent) assemble for the Hollywood Post Alliance's Tech Retreat, three and a half days of discussion about where the industry is and where it's going. Read More

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Quicktips 2011 Day 11: Playhead of your timeline to match FCP edit to tape In point

February 11, 2011 - This tip isn't for everyone but if editing to tape it is a very good one

By Scott Simmons | February 11, 2011

There's probably not near as many Final Cut Pro editors that have to perform tape output today versus just a few years ago (using the FCP Edit to Tape window) but for those of us that still do use tape we tend to use it on a pretty regular basis. This Reader Quicktip is from Ben Scott, a London-based editor who apparently has to do a lot of Edit to Tape work. It's quite a deep and involved tip entitled Getting the playhead of your timeline to match the edit to tape window's In point. In fact there's a couple of tips within this one. Read More

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Expert Tips on Final Cut Pro

April Fools came early this year.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | February 09, 2011

Ever watch someone use (or even worse, demonstrate) a piece of software, and think to yourself "wait a minute - that's not how you should do that..."? Then Rob Imbs of Lovely Junkie has a video for you. Rob has compiled what is no doubt years of hard-won Final Cut experience and "knowledge" into one tip-laden video of just about everything a beginner can do wrong. With a straight face. (Until the very end.) Watch it and weep. Then pass it along to an unsuspecting Final Cut Friend. Read More

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Quicktips 2011 Day 09: A bunch of FCP tips from Digital Rebellion

February 9, 2011 - These are some oldies but goodies

By Scott Simmons | February 09, 2011

Here's a big batch of Reader Quicktips that comes to us from Jon Chappell over at Digital Rebellion. They've always maintained a very good blog as well as providing the Final Cut Pro community with some very useful tools, including the FCS Maintenance Pack. Here's four quicktips from way back in 2008. Click over to the full Digital Rebellion article for all the images and comments. Read More

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Maybe Facebook Is Good For Something After All

SmartSound is giving away free music tracks!

By Bruce A Johnson | February 09, 2011

I'm not really a huge Facebook fan, but I can recognize a bargain when I see one. If you are on Facebook and you "like" Smartsound, they'll send you a free music track on February 15th. Hey, what can it hurt? It's not like they want you to play Farmville or something. Read More

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After Effects Apprentice Free Video: UI Overview

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

By Chris and Trish Meyer | February 09, 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... Read More

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Panasonic AF-100: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Director Ian McCamey, Adam Wilt and myself take the AF-100 out for a spin in real world conditions.

By Art Adams | February 08, 2011

The Panasonic AF-100 is getting a lot of buzz as a possible HDSLR killer. We used it in the real world in place of an HDSLR, and now we know. And soon, so will you. Read on... Read More

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Quicktips 2011 Day 08: Add and Edit markers in FCP 7 for speed

February 8, 2011 - This Reader Quicktip was an addition to the FCP 7 update and one of the best

By Scott Simmons | February 08, 2011

This Reader Quicktip comes to us courtesy of Alex Ricciardi from Endless Picnic. It highlights the Add and Edit marker functionality that was added in the Final Cut Pro 7 update. Read More

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