Steve Hullfish

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Steve Hullfish has been producing and editing award-winning television since the mid-1980s. He has written five books, and edited two theatrical feature films (both Number One New Movies in the US). He has lectured at NAB, DVExpo and the Master Editor seminars. He has edited on Avid since 1992 and was named to Avid's first group of Master Editors. His client list includes: Universal Studios, Sony Pictures, NBC, PBS, Turner Networks, The Oprah Winfrey Show, "Investigative Reports" and "Cold Cases" with Bill Kurtis for A&E, Jim Henson Home Entertainment, Major League Soccer, The Chicago Cubs, Wilson Sporting Goods and Exxon/Mobil.


ART OF THE CUT with "Straight Outta Compton"'s editor Billy Fox

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  February 3, 2016

Billy Fox, ACE has numerous Emmys nominations for his editorial and producing work and won an Emmy as a producer for “Law and Order.” Beyond his impressive TV credits, he has edited several features including, “Hustle and Flow,” and most recently, "Straight Outta Compton."



Written by Steve Hullfish  |  January 30, 2016

2016 Eddie Awards were given out last night. Here are the nominees and winners.


ART OF THE CUT with the editors of "Star Wars - The Force Awakens"

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  January 21, 2016

Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey have a long and fruitful collaboration with the prolific J.J. Abrams. The team’s latest collaboration, “Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens” has earned Brandon and Markey Oscar nominations for Best Editing.


Art of the Cut Oscar Nominees

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  January 14, 2016

Get in the Oscar nominee spirit by reading Art of the Cut interviews with the editors of the Best Picture Nominees and the Best Editing nominees.

Ron Howard has trusted the editing of all of his films to the long-time team of Dan Hanley, ACE and Mike Hill, ACE. Art of the Cut interviews them both about Howard's latest epic, "In the Heart of the Sea."

Want to see something VERY impressive? Try out the REMIX function of Adobe Audition. Change the length of any piece of music before you can say "hemisemidemiquaver."


A.C.E. Eddie predictions - How do you judge?

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  January 2, 2016

Following up the Variety Editing predictions with the A.C.E. Eddie predictions. What do you think?Beasts of No Nation


ART OF THE CUT with Stephen Mirrione, A.C.E. of "The Revenant"

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  January 1, 2016

Art of the Cut talks with Academy Award-winning editor, Stephen Mirrione, A.C.E. and his latest film, “The Revenant.”


ART OF THE CUT with "Spotlight" editor Tom McArdle

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  December 27, 2015

Tom McArdle has 35 credits as an editor, including five films with director Tom McCarthy, the latest of which is “Spotlight” which is landing on lots of lists of the best films of 2015.





Written by Steve Hullfish  |  December 25, 2015

Variety has posted its predictions for the Oscar nominees. What do YOU think of the PREDICTIONS for Best Editing nominations?


AdobePost for promotion on social media

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  December 22, 2015

Posting to Facebook and Twitter – not to mention other social media sites – is a great way to promote yourself. Images are always better for engaging eyeballs, but it’s a lot of work to create something graphically powerful.


Art of the Cut with Fred Raskin, editor of HATEFUL EIGHT

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  December 19, 2015

Fred Raskin, A.C.E. has edited a number of great projects including 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Fast and Furious.” As an assistant editor, he worked on both of Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” movies before moving to Tarantino's coveted editor chair with “Django Unchained.” 

Kirk Baxteredited one of the first major feature films cut in Adobe Premiere Pro. He has worked primarily with director David Fincher, winning Academy Awards for “The Social Network” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”

Art of the Cut is taking you behind the scenes with three movies today, all cut in the last few years by Dan Zimmerman, A.C.E., including two movies from this fall; “Mazerunner: The Scorch Trials” and “My All American.”


Art of the Cut with Steve Audette of FRONTLINE

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  December 4, 2015

Steve Audette, ACE has been editing at WGBH since 1990, mostly as the Senior Editor on two of PBS’s flagship products, NOVA and Frontline. His latest documentary just won a host of national awards and Steve is well known for his generosity in sharing his editing knowledge.


Pacing and Rhythm in Editing

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  November 30, 2015

Editors discuss pacing and rhythm as primary ways that they ply their art. But how does that really matter to the art of editing?


Art of the Cut with the editors of "Hunger Games - The Mockingjay Part 2"

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  November 21, 2015

Today’s Art of the Cut interview are the co-editors of the blockbuster film, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2,” with a fascinating discussion including the geography of editing action, the politics of the editing room, and what’s wrong with modern NLEs. 


What does Baselight's new announcement mean to you?

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  November 10, 2015

Now available, Avid and NUKE free plugins allow color grade to be imposed in real time; simple upgrade to full node-locked or floating licenses if required.


Art of the Cut with "Brooklyn" editor Jake Roberts

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  November 8, 2015

Today’s Art of the Cut interview is with editor Jake Roberts, who, along with director John Crowley, sculpted “Brooklyn” from actress Saoirse Ronan's subtle and telling performances, beautifully cinematography and an artfully written script.


Art of the Cut with Joe Walker on "Sicario"

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  October 31, 2015

This is a deep-dive of "Art of the Cut" editing wisdom from Joe Walker. I first spoke to Joe when he was nominated for an Academy Award for "12 Years a Slave." Now, he has a tense action thriller, "Sicario," in theaters. His conversation is a master class in editing.


Art of the Cut: The Martian with Cheryl Potter

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  October 24, 2015

A follow-up to my interview with 2-time Oscar winning editor, Pietro Scalia and “The Martian.”  To dive deeper into workflows, project management and the talented post team on the film I spoke with “The Martian,”  additional editor Cheryl Potter.


Art of the Cut with Pietro Scalia on The Martian

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  October 10, 2015

In this installment of Art of the Cut, we talk to multi-Oscar-winning editor, Pietra Scalia about The Martian, his latest film collaboration with director Ridley Scott.

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Audio post workflow for the feature film, "War Room"

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  October 6, 2015

This is the third and final article in the post production process for the theatrical feature film War Room which I co-edited with director, Alex Kendrick.  This article will walk through the steps from picture lock through the audio editing, sound design and final mix.


Post Production workflow for feature film "War Room" Part 2

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  September 21, 2015

This is the second in a three part series on the post production workflow of the Number 1 movie, "War Room." This part details the DI conform, color grade and DCP creation.


Full workflow for editing the #1 Feature Film, "War Room"

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  September 14, 2015

“War Room,”  the movie I co-edited, was Number 1 at the box office in the USA Labor Day weekend and held the position through the following week. 

This article outlines the equipment, workflow and processes in a detailed manner for the entire post-production process - starting with camera and ending just short of the DI. The DI hand-off and workflow will be covered in detail in a subsequent article.


Art of the Cut with Eddie Hamilton of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  September 3, 2015

Eddie Hamilton's list of credits is envious, starting with feature film editing credits in 1998 and kicking into high gear with 2010 with the Kick-Ass movies, X-Men: First Class, The Loft, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and now Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. Eddie didn't even study film in school, but knew that this was his dream and his goal and did everything he could to work his way up from post house runner to film editor by soaking up knowledge like a sponge, contesting conventional wisdom and being just as concerned about the theory of story as with the technical aspects of cameras, NLEs, codecs and media management.


Magic Bullet Suite review - Great for many but not for me

Reviewing Magic Bullet Suite
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  August 26, 2015

The interface is beautiful and minimizes visual clutter. Stuff slides onto screen when you need it and slides off the screen when you don’t. This keeps your eyes on the prize while you’re working and minimizes distractions. More interfaces should be designed like this. Very elegant and easy to maneuver. 


Art of the Cut with Sidney Wolinsky

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  August 16, 2015

On this installment of Art of the Cut, Sidney Wolinsky talks about cutting some of the top TV shows on television. With 33 episodes of “The Sopranos” plus episodes of “House of Cards,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Walking Dead,” and “Sons of Anarchy,” not to mention his most recent projects that include “Extant,” “Strain,” “Ray Donovan” and “Power” Wolinsky has plenty to talk about.


Secondary Color Correction Video Tutorial

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  June 12, 2015

Secondary color correction is the process of color correcting a selected portion of a video image instead of color correcting the entire image. Often, at NAB or in software demos, secondary color correction is demonstrated by altering the color of a car or a piece of clothing from one color to some radically different color, but professional colorists most often use secondary color correction in much more subtle and effective ways.


Art of the Cut with Fabienne Bouville, ACE

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  May 17, 2015

Fabienne Bouville,  ACE, will be among a select group of editors featured in Manhattan Edit Workshop’s Sight, Sound and Story event on June 13th featuring the likes of Michael Barenbaum, ACE, William Goldenberg (Oscar Winner), and Sydney Wolinsky, ACE.  Bouville’s been working consistently in scripted TV with stints as an editor on “Nip/Tuck,” “Glee,” “American Horror Story” and “Masters of Sex.”


Andy Grieve will be among a select group of editors featured in Manhattan Edit Workshop's Sight, Sound and Story event on June 13th featuring the likes of Michael Barenbaum, ACE,...

My Top 11 Favorite New Features of Resolve 11

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  February 25, 2015
There are only so many pieces of software a person can master or even try to become relatively proficient in, so you need to decide which ones are worth your time. Whether you’re just starting out or are an experienced media professional, the arguments for putting Resolve in the short list of critical software are numerous. This...

The Secret - or not so secret - world of Templates

How to be an After Effects imposter for less than $20
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  April 1, 2014
Writing about anything on a forum with users as widely varied in their experience as provideocoalition is  a trick. Half the people will say “I never heard of that” and the other half will say – like the Geiko Insurance ads – “Duh! Everybody knows that.” I have talked to several experienced editors in recent months that...

The Art and Science of "THE BIG BANG THEORY"

Editor Peter Chakos and Assistant Todd Morris discuss their very funny workflow
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  April 1, 2014
One of the most popular shows on TV is “The Big Bang Theory.” I spoke to the editor, Peter Chakos, and his assistant, Todd Morris about how they cut the show. The interviews were originally done for my new book, “Avid Uncut” which will officially released at NAB 2014....

The Art of the Cut: "12 Years a Slave" Editor, Joe Walker

An interview that turned into a must-read master class in editing
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  March 18, 2014
It’s not often that Hollywood’s stars publicly recognize the great stewardship that an editor of a film has of their performance. But it’s a long journey between what an actor emotes in front of a camera and the reception of that performance by an audience. The director certainly has a strong influence on...
There are very few movies where my curiosity is piqued about how it was edited, but Gravity was one of them. My curiosity was so strong that I pursued this interview for five months, from the release of the movie, until almost Oscar night. Mark Sanger’s fellow editors recognized the enormity,...

MC7 Top Ten List plus detail on new Audio Features

How to use new Audio features
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  June 28, 2013
According to the What’s New Document the list of new stuff in MC7 is 25. I think we can whittle that down a bit by eliminating all of the ISIS-related ones (most people are not on ISIS, though those who ARE on it certainly will find them all critically useful), combining a few similar ones and dropping some other little used ones. My...

Missing Link between Canon 5D and Avid

How to get THM data into Avid
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  June 27, 2013
If you have a Canon 5D and edit on Avid, I have the missing link. (And if you edit on something else, I still have the missing link… see the bottom of the article.) So, I’ve had my Canon 5D Mark II for a few years. I’ve used it on a few jobs that I’ve edited on Avid Media Composer or Symphony, but I...

MC 7 is out! What Avid won’t tell you about Spanned Markers

Spanned Markers, the good the bad and the ugly
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  June 27, 2013
Avid Media Composer 7 has actually streeted a little earlier than planned, so I thought I'd spend a couple of articles filling you in on the new features, one at a time. So, one of the features I saw demonstrated at NAB in April that I thought was pretty cool was Spanned Markers. Markers or Locators (as they used to be called)...

Another test for Golden Eyes

Are your eyes color deficient?
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  June 26, 2013
I posted another one of these color tests several months ago and it went viral, so I'm going with another one I found recently. This doesn't have a UI that's quite as fun as the last one, but it's quite challenging. According to the X-Rite website, 1 in 255 women and 1 in only 12 men have a color...

NVIDIA K5000 - Next step in GPU power and tech

H-264 hardware encoding enabled and waiting
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  June 7, 2013
Before I received the NVIDIA K5000, I read about it and was excited that it had H.264 encoding capability on the board. I tend to do a lot of H.264-encoded deliverables. Unfortunately my excitement was short lived when I found out that while NVIDIA had delivered on their end, nobody else had stepped up to the plate to deliver on the software...

The Color Grading Environment and Ideal Lume Bias Lights

Lighting for Color Grading
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  June 7, 2013
In my first book on color correction, “Color Correction for Video – 2nd Edition” there’s a great story about an early color grading pioneer. When they built his color correction suite, they made it like a “smoking room,” with warm, incandescent lighting and dark, rich woods. Just the kind of place...

Psychology of Color

Does a specific color indicate a specific emotion?
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  July 19, 2012
So, I've spent a lot of the last decade thinking, writing, talking and speaking about color. One of the things that I thought would be more clear in talking to creative people about color would be the emotional impact of specific colors. While colors certainly deliver valuable story and emotional clues,...

Making the Switch: FCP7 to Avid MC6: Part 3

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  July 12, 2012
In Part 1 we covered the JKL keys, IO keys and zooming in the timeline. In the previous installment, we covered Insert, Overwrite, Replace and the Pen Tool. In this, the 3rd part of our FCP to Avid thesaurus, we'll translate the delete and shift-delete functionality of FCP; Mark Clip and Marker.To...

Part 2 of Making the Switch from FCP to Avid MC

Insert, Overwrite, Replace and Pen Tool
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  July 11, 2012
In Part 1 we covered the JKL keys for playing footage and the IO keys with various modifiers to mark and clear in and out points. We also covered zooming in the timeline. In this installment, we'll cover the Insert, Overwrite and Replace buttons; and the Pen Tool. Many editors in FCP prefer to drag clips and...

Making the Switch from FCP7 to Avid MC6

FCP to MC6 Thesaurus
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  July 8, 2012
With so many people looking for an NLE to replace FCP7, it's natural that people are turning to Avid.I've moved between editing systems often, and I can relate to the apprehension and frustration of moving to a new NLE. I often describe this process like learning a new language: you already know how to communicate,...

Color Correction Practice Game

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  May 5, 2012
I found a very cool little site that tests your ability to match a specific color based on hue, saturation and brightness. At first, I thought it was just kind of cute, but the more I played it, the more valuable I felt it was to improving your skills as a colorist. Trying to see and match colors is critical to a colorist. Also, as I...

"Courageous" Part Two: on-line

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  October 24, 2011
The first part of this article dealt with the capture, transcode, preparation and off-line edit of the feature film, "Courageous," for which I was one of three editors. In this article I'll discuss the on-line process which primarily took place at PostWorks New York.The main personnel involved with the on-line editing were...

The Editing of "Courageous" Part One

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  October 15, 2011
Last October, I had the rare opportunity to edit a feature film called "Courageous," which is in theaters now. "Courageous" was the number one new movie the weekend it opened (September 30th) and the number four movie over all and it's stayed in the top six for the last three weeks, with its per-theater box office at the number one spot...

FCP X Mission Control Parody

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  July 27, 2011
When astronauts had a problem out in space, you heard the familiar "Houston, we have a problem" radio call. With FCP X, the problem is in Cupertino. What if Steve Jobs was running NASA?This story was inspired by Oliver Peters and the following really cool web site.

Proof that FCP X is really just iMovie - directly from Apple

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  June 26, 2011
If you still have doubts that FCP X is really just iMovie on steroids - and the fact that the first thing it asks to import from IS iMovie and that's not enough of a clue - then take a very close look at the launch screen for FCP X. This is supposed to be a BRAND NEW APP, as Apple has said numerous times in...

PluralEyes for Avid

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  June 20, 2011
PluralEyes has really made a name for itself with editors as the DSLR workflows have been explored more and more. PluralEyes is a software solution that allows you to automatically sync up the separate audio and video files from, say, a 5D Mark II DSLR with an audio file from a handheld digital recorder, like the ZOOM. ...

Single Chip Camera Evaluation

The Big Chip Camera Shootout!
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  April 13, 2011
At the request of Zacuto in Chicago, Bob Primes, ASC led a group of over 100 intrepid volunteers and ASC colleagues in the creation of The Single Chip Camera Evaluation. Basically, a well-planned and fairly comprehensive shootout between the Arri Alexa, Sony F35, RED MX, Phantom Flex, WeissCam, Sony F3, Panny AF100. Canon 5D, 1D, 7D,...

Are you ready for FCP X?

Rumors over Supermeet are flying!
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  April 5, 2011
Rumors are flying that Apple will be using the Vegas Supermeet to announce the next version of Final Cut Pro. Supposedly, Apple will be taking over the entire event for their announcement, canceling all other sponsors, including AJA, Avid, Canon, BlackMagic, Autodesk and others, who were set to give presentations.I am...

Canon jumps on Thunderbolt

Canon first to jump on Apple Bandwagon
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  March 11, 2011
So, when Apple recently announced support for Thunderbolt the biggest question after the release by many in the video community was: "Who else is going to support this?"The answer has come from a major player: Canon. This is a natural partner who can obviously utilize Thunderbolt's 10Gbps port....
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The all new Final Cut Pro

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  February 24, 2011
So for the last few days the internet has been abuzz - or at least the part of the internet that I pay attention to - with the news that Apple unveiled the new version of Final Cut Pro to a small group of industry vets and influencers.The humorous thing is that everyone who actually knows anything can't SAY anything. And...

When is a NAS not just a NAS

Network Attached storage as sexy as I could make it
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  November 20, 2010
Why do other guys on PVC do all the sexy reviews about stuff like new cameras and I always choose to write about unsexy stuff like waveform monitors and network attached storage?Probably because when I write about something it's because I just need something that is going to do a job for me in the background while I get the...

Capture One - contender for Aperture and Lightroom?

Darkroom on your desktop
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  November 19, 2010
Capture One has been the professional photographer's well-kept secret for a number of years. I am not a professional photographer and learned about it from a friend who is. We were discussing Apple's Aperture and Adobe Lightroom and he said, "But there's a better option." That option is Capture One from Phase One....

FREE Color iPad Awesomeness

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  November 13, 2010
Tangent Devices' iPad Color Controller from Steve Hullfish on Vimeo.Tangent Devices, which is one of the major color...

Final Cut Pro "gets" ability to search for words in audio

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  April 14, 2010
Avid and Adobe both have technology that allows users to search for specific words in the audio of their footage, but to date, that ability has not been part of the Final Cut Pro arsenal. A new piece of software from Nexidia and AV3 called "get" allows users to quickly search all their media based on actual spoken words within their...

BlackMagic Resolve on Mac OSX

It's true!
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  April 12, 2010
Well, the rumor that started making the rounds last night have been confirmed. Back in September, Blackmagic acquired the venerable and respected da Vinci color correction brand. Ever since, colorists either shuddered or rejoiced to think that today's events would occur.Today, Blackmagic announced the release of the new DaVinci...

AJA KiPro: More Than Just a Field Recorder

A look at the many possible uses of the AJA KiPro.
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  November 26, 2009
The AJA KiPro (pronounced "kee-PRO") is a very nicely designed unit that I believe will become more and more useful over time. As it is currently released, several of the features that I really am interested in are still not implemented, but the potential is definitely there.My overall impression is that it's a great little...

Controversial History Channel "WWII in HD" debate - THE TRUTH

Archival methods, database management and editorial direction
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  November 18, 2009
?The History Channel's WW2 in HD series has created a firestorm of debate over archival methods. If you read the AMIA listserve, the Cinematographer's Mailing List, or the Telecine Internet Group or TKColorist Internet Group listserve, chances are you saw the huge...

Sorenson 360 video server service

Getting Video to the masses
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  October 30, 2009
Sorenson - known widely for its compression software, Squeeze, has recently launched a video publishing server service that integrates with Squeeze, but can also be used with nothing more than a web browser to encode files. The new service is called Sorenson 360.Most magazines or blogs prefer to separate interviews from...
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Written by Steve Hullfish  |  October 17, 2009
The topic of transcription came up on several forums recently, so I thought I'd share the peanut gallery's wisdom on the subject. If you don't think you need transcriptions, think again. With the recent FCC rules, all TV programs need closed-captioning, and unless you're doing scripted drama, you'll need transcriptions for the...

Speech Search Meets ScriptSync

Adobe and Avid get synergistic
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  October 3, 2009
Anybody remember that classic commercial for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups? "Hey! You got peanut butter on my chocolate! No! You got chocolate in my peanut butter!" Then the two injured parties in the commercial realize that peanut butter and chocolate are really two great tastes that taste great together! They shouldn't be kept apart....

A rare YouTube Post from me

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  September 14, 2009

Canon releases 7D DSLR HD Camera

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  September 1, 2009
Canon obviously saw the potential of the 5D Mark II and has now released the 7D which addresses many of the issues people had with trying to shoot HD with the 5D Mark II.From their website announcement:With a host of brand new features designed to enhance every facet of the photographic process,...

Avid Gems 11

Modified behaviors with modifier keys
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  August 26, 2009
So, it's been a while since I've started writing this series, so I should probably point out that the point here is to simply locate those cool tips and techniques that are easily found in the user manual - if you actually chose to read it. But this is much easier - at least for you - because I've sifted out most of the "duh" stuff and...

Inspiration from the anti-Google

Using StumbleUpon for creative inspiration and resources
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  August 24, 2009
More and more production professionals are living in a kind of social vacuum as production and post moves from larger companies to small 1 or 2 man boutiques. So for a little inspiration and a feeling that you're part of a greater whole, I'd suggest checking out StumbleUpon. I know that many of you have probably already become addicted...

Use Encore to Create Flash Web Pages

Turn a video pro into a web geek in 30 minutes
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  August 1, 2009
I am not a web geek. I am a video professional who realizes how important the web is to video professionals. I wish I had the time to master one more skillset to make my own cool Flash video sites, but I don't. If you can relate, then I have a cool solution to turn you into a web geek in only about 30 minutes with skills you probably...

Sorenson Squeeze 5.1 Review

New Publishing presets deliver great workflow
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  August 1, 2009
PVC Reviews - The BackstoryThere's been some back-room discussion amongst the PVC writers about reviews. The general consensus being that since all of the PVC writers are actually folks just like you who are actually making a living as video professionals, instead of as "bloggers," we don't have the time or patience to...

FxFactory Pro and MOTYPE Review

Effects plugins for FCP, Motion, After Effects and Avid
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  March 1, 2009
Most people I know in this industry love new gear. And in the world of desktop video applications and editing, new gear is now less and less about the physical stuff with buttons and knobs and more about "the code."If you want access to a lot of new stuff, the easiest way to get high quality stuff to play with is to load...

OnLocation CS4 Review

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  February 1, 2009
Last year I wrote a review of various software-based waveform/vectorscopes. In that review I included my praise and criticism of Adobe OnLocation, though technically it's a lot more than just simple wave/vector software. Since that time, Adobe has released the CS4 collection, upgrading most of their apps with significant...

Avid Gems #10

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  January 17, 2009
Here's an interesting problem I came across on the Avid-L2 listserve:An editor was trying to create three circle wipes to reveal three video files over a background. To achieve this the editor dropped three circle wipes onto the videos and customized the position, size and softness of each circlular "window." The problem was that...

Color Correction Tutorial #11

Intro to Apple Color's Color FX Room
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  January 16, 2009
After a brief hiatus, my color correction tutorials are back.This tutorial is about 8 minutes long and provides a glimpse into how to use the Color FX Room in Apple's Color. The Color FX room is very cool. It is a "nodal" or "process tree" based process where you add nodes (effects) together by graphically linking them into...

New Year's Resolution List

Things to pledge to do - and NOT to do - next year!
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  December 22, 2008
So the grand poobahs at ProVideoCoalition wanted all of us gurus to write a few year end lists. There are all kinds of things that are important to editors and video professionals that could be turned into lists: plug-ins, equipment, innovative productions.My list is of none of these things. But hopefully, it will be even...
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Large Scale Final Cut Pro Installations, Part II

An Interview with Pie Town Productions
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  December 17, 2008
This is the second of a two part series on large-scale Final Cut Pro installations. Pie Town Productions currently produces nearly twenty TV shows, including Design on a Dime, Hammer Heads and (my favorite!) Color Correction. I spoke to Scott Templeton, one of the founders of Pie Town Productions and to Dana Besnoy, Pie Town's VP of...

Avid Gems 9

user tips on effects
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  December 9, 2008
This column on Avid tips and tricks was originally designed to include hidden "gems" from the Avid user manual, but today we're going to feature a bunch of nice "gems" from one of our readers, Josh Petok as well as a stream-of-conscious of gems from me. Manuals? We don't need no stinkin' manuals for these gems! Josh's gems are...
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Color Correction Video Tutorial

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  November 17, 2008
This week I balance and fix a dark image in Synthetic Aperture's Color Finesse color correction application, but if you are using Apple Color, you can adapt this easily to Color by using the Master Gain, Gamma and Pedestal and the Advanced Tabs Red, Green and Blue gain, gamma and pedestal controls. You could also do this correction using Curves...
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Meeting the challenges of today's weak economy

Bringing home the production bacon
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  November 13, 2008
Last year was my best year ever. Huge projects and lots of them. Plenty of work to pass out to the great freelancers that I knew. This year… not so much. Actually this year is my worst year. From feast to famine.So what am I doing about it? Losing sleep? Yes. But this is an inspirational and motivational column to convince you to...

Reality TV Post with Final Cut

Media Management in a shared environment
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  November 12, 2008
In the first of a two part series on how Final Cut Pro is being used in two of the biggest reality TV shops in the country, Mark Raudonis, VP, Post Production for Bunim Murray talks about the challenges of posting up to ten hours a week of finished programming. With that much media moving through so many post-production...
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Avid Gems 8

Gems in the Bins - How many do YOU know?
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  November 11, 2008
Get your bin tips! Step right up, folks! Get your bin tips here!Once again: maybe not sexy, but useful. One of these tips isn't even in the manual and one of them was new to me until I re-read the manual. Which ones will be new to you? You never know what little gem has slipped past you on the way to becoming the experienced...
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Make Custom Templates for FCP

Leveraging the power of Motion in FCP
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  November 8, 2008
Take advantage of all of the tools in Final Cut Suite 2 to make your work in Final Cut Pro easier and more polished. Customizing Templates in Motion is easier than you may think and it allows FCP to create drag and drop motion graphics that are easily changed from episode to episode. This simple video tutorial shows how even a "non-designer"...
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Color Correction Video Tutorial

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  November 5, 2008
This video tutorial on color correction shows how color contrast can be used to really transform an image. A large part of color correction is improving and manipulating the tonal contrast - the difference between the brightest and darkest parts of the image. But color contrast can be even more important in creating an interesting and...
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Avid Gems #7

Advanced Tips and Techniques for Avid editors
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  November 3, 2008
I wasn't sure if anyone was reading these, so I stopped for a few weeks. Then I got a very nice comment from Ra-ey Saleh who has been reading and learning from the tips, despite being an experienced Avid editor. He also asked if he could suggest a tip, so I'll start this week with a great tip. Essentially, it's nothing more than a common...

Scarlet Killers - Attack of the HD DSLRs!

HD capability in new crop of DSLRs deserves a look
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  October 31, 2008
Nikon is claiming its recent release of the D-90 is the first HD DSLR camera. Plus there's the news of Canon's entry into the HD DSLR race, the EOS 5D Mark II as well as the Sony DSLR-A900. The combined pressure of these seemed to sink the much anticipated release of the Scarlet. So why are these SLR form-factor camera's...
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Color Correction - Secondaries Video Tutorial

Another example of how to use Secondary Color correction in Apple's Color
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  October 30, 2008
Here is a video tutorial - one of a series based on my book "Color Correction for Video," out in December from Focal Press - showing how to do secondary color correction on a typical image. This footage is from Artbeats. In it, I "qualify" (another term for "select") the color of the baseball jerseys in the shot AND the color of the grass in...
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Color Correction Video Tutorial

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  October 20, 2008
Another in a series of color correction tutorials from the upcoming revised edition of "Color Correction for Video" coming out in December from Focal Press.In this installment, I show you how to sample colors on the screen in Apple Color to get numeric readouts of specific pixels in your image. (These same methods can be...
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Color Correction Tutorial

Cool tip using Geometry Room to analyze colors!
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  October 14, 2008
This is another in an ongoing series of color correction video tutorials taken from the upcoming revised edition of my book "Color Correction for Video" (originally released as "Color Correction for Digital Video" co-written by Jaime Fowler.)This tutorial shows how you can use the Geometry Room (one of the tabs along the top of the...
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Avid Gems 6

Four more Gems - these aren't sexy but they work!
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  October 10, 2008
OK, this won't be a sexy tips week, but it'll be useful. Sometimes sexy sells, but in economic times like these, sometimes you've got to say "Damn! Workboots, a flannel shirt and a pair of jeans is just what I need today."So, Flannel Gem #1 is: The world is changing. Not every person in the...
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Creating Custom-shaped Vignettes in Apple Color

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  October 7, 2008
This video tutorial is one of more than two dozen video tutorials I created for the revised edition of "Color Correction for Video" which I originally wrote with Jaime Fowler back in 2002. The revised edition will be out in December and is almost completely re-written. I'll be posting one of these tutorials each week.We're not...
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Avid Gems #5

Avid Power User tips
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  October 3, 2008
Many of you know me from various listserves, and hopefully I have a reputation as someone who's willing to help out people with problems. Today's Gem #1 is something I learned when I tried to help someone with a problem that I THOUGHT was going to be pretty easy to solve, but it turned out that I needed to learn some new tricks...

Color Correction Video Tutorial

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  October 2, 2008
The latest in my series of color correction video tutorials is a brief departure from art to get to the nuts and bolts of installing color correction hardware.If you are doing a lot of grading, there is no way to keep up with the "real" colorists doing work on dedicated systems like da Vinci unless you invest in a "panel" or manual...
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Avid Hidden Gems 4

Power User Tips and Hidden Gems from the Very Fine Manual
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  September 26, 2008
OK, so you CAN teach an old dog new tricks! While the previous installments of Avid Hidden Gems have all been from memory - basically just some cool power user tips - today, I actually dove into the manual itself to: 1) find things that are completely new to me2) rediscover things that I'd forgotten
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Avid Hidden Gems #3

Hidden Power User Secrets for Avid Media Composer
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  September 23, 2008
Here are some more gems from the Avid Media Composer user's manual, though today includes at least two REALLY hidden gems, because they don't seem to be mentioned in the manuals at all (based on searches on the Help menu.)GEM #1 Let's say that you've created an effect, customized several...
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Color Correction Video Tutorial

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  September 23, 2008
This is another in what will become a series of two dozen color correction tutorials that will be in the revised edition of Focal Press' "Color Correction for Video." This episode shows how to balance a severely mis-white balanced camera chart using the Advanced Tab in the Primary Room of Apple's Color.Last week, I balanced the...

Avid Hidden Gems #2

6 more great Avid power user tips
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  September 11, 2008
This is a weekly series of tips culled from years of experience and hours of actually reading the manual - so you don't have to.This week's tips include a console command, Title Tool help, fast info and color correction tips.Power users pride themselves on knowing the secret little easter eggs inside "the...
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Color Primary video tutorial

A guided tour of Apple Color's Primary In Room
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  September 9, 2008
This is the first of 24 weekly color correction video tutorials from the revised edition (due in December) of "Color Correction for Video" which was the first color correction book ever published at the time. This tutorial is pretty basic and others are quite advanced. I'll try to release them in an order that builds on concepts from...
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Avid Hidden Gems - Part 1

Tips for Avid Editors
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  September 4, 2008
One of the most useful things I ever did as I began to master the Avid user interface was - I know this will be hard to believe - read the manual. Actually I read EVERY word of EVERY manual. The folks at the Avid Technical Publications department can confirm this, because I sent them many pages of corrections for which they sent me an actual...

Ready to trash your expensive wireless mics?1

FCC ruling may cause havoc for wireless mic users
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  July 25, 2008
Chances are good that if you own a production company, or freelance as a sound recordist, you've invested in a few pricey wireless mics. Most of these mics operate on the unused local bands in the VHF or UHF spectrum, However, with the move to digital television the FCC has reallocated some of that frequency range to emergency radio use...
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Software Scope Shootout

Are software scopes too good to be true?
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  July 11, 2008
So I'm finally continuing my earlier article on software versus hardware scopes, with a shootout of the top software scope sets. The scopes I'm using for the shoot out include the Hamlet VidScope and Adobe OnLocation on the PC, Divergent Media's ScopeBox on the Mac and the dedicated Tektronix WFM7120. I also added Synthetic Aperture's Test...
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Review of Abaltat Muse

Automatic Music Composition software for video editors
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  July 10, 2008
Ireland is a land of fantastic music and musicians. I've been to Doolin, in County Clare and heard brilliant traditional musicians there. And for those with more of a rocker sensibility, you've got Irish exports U2, Van Morrison and the Cranberries.The latest musical export from Ireland is a software application called Muse from a...

Angelina and Lindsay battle over their favorite RED scopes!

standalone scopes vs. software scopes vs. built in scopes - What you need to know!
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  June 1, 2008
Let's face it: if I didn't start with a title like that, there's no way you'd read a story about waveform monitors. They're boring! They're not creative! They're all the same! They're not sexy. They're not RED.Scopes are important if you're doing real work that gets duplicated, broadcast or color corrected. They can be used...
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Using web tools to collaborate between creatives.

Wisdom from the masses
Written by Steve Hullfish  |  May 16, 2008
Wisdom from the masses - In depth on using web tools to collaborate between creatives.A few weeks ago there was a short but interesting thread on CML-pro (The Cinematographer's Mailing List) about how to collaborate with other creatives on a production team using web-based tools. The original poster wanted a solution - a "group...

JL Cooper Eclipse panel

Written by Steve Hullfish  |  May 9, 2008
One of the reasons I got into this business in the first place was for the cool LCD displays, colored buttons, and various joysticks and fader bars. So it's kind of ironic that less than 10 years in to my tenure in the kind of on-line suites that I'd always loved, I chucked the whole lot for cutting on NLEs like the Avid. No flashing...