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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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Do you know the Adobe Premiere Pro trimming keyboard shortcuts?

IMHO these are some of the most important PPro shortcuts
Written by Scott Simmons  |  July 3, 2015

I was spending some time this morning preparing for an upcoming 3-day Adobe Premiere Pro CC training seminar I’m teaching for a local health care company and I was reminded of what I think is one of the single most important PPro keyboard shortcut batches to know: all about trimming to the playhead.

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Useful Tools for Editors - After Summit Edition

Some new tools previewed, others shipping now
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 30, 2015

The first ever Final Cut Pro X Creative Summit has come to an end out in San Jose, California. It looks like it was a great weekend with a ton of socializing and learning about all things FCPX. I wanted to go but previously booked work took me to the other end of the country. I kept up with the event via social media and there were a number of new product announcements out and around the Summit. Add that to other new tools and we’ve got a fresh edition of Useful Tools for Editors.

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Are you, as an editor, defined by the NLE that you use?

I'd rather be known as a storyteller than a button-pusher
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 22, 2015

Are you defined by the NLE you use? If you answered no to that question you can probably stop reading now but if you answered yes then read on. If yes I would ask why? Are you an Avid Editor or a storyteller? Are you an FCPX editor or a craftsman of the moving image. There are still those that define themselves by the tools they use.

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The Big Little things editors will love in the Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015 release

There's some nice little features in this update, especially around trimming
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 16, 2015

It’s mid-June 2015 and the Adobe Creative Cloud update that was promised before NAB has shipped. While most all of the CC apps were updated we’re only going to look at Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015. We had the NAB-preview and there’s been a lot written on the new Lumetri color correction tools and the apps in general so I wanted to talk about a few things that I came across while using the update for a full work day.

 

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Camera rental houses robbed. Be on the lookout for stolen gear.

Some recent rental house robberies mean stolen gear might be in the market
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 15, 2015

Over the last couple of weeks there seems to have been a string of robberies from camera rental houses. It’s no secret that a rental house has a lot of very expensive gear within their walls including everything from cameras to lenses to support gear. This happened to Doug Bates Video Rentals here in Nashville a few weeks ago and also happened to LensProToGo on June 15.

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Fare-thee-well Red Giant BulletProof

Red Giant's ambitious and very useful offload, tagging and transcode tools has been discontinued
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 9, 2015

I was a little bit sad when I saw the news that Red Giant’s BulletProof had been quietly discontinued. It’s not surprising when you see the reason why: “BulletProof was never a popular product.” In other words Red Giant was losing money on the product and a product will never stay alive if that’s the case. This leaves a gaping hole in the production to post workflow. It may not seem that way but if you were using BulletProof as a full media prep and transcode tool then you can see that hole. Let me describe what this is and if you have the tool to fill this hole let’s tell the world.

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Source Timecode Burn-in comes to FCPX (and it's in the other NLEs too)

A free plug-in from CoreMelt adds an important workflow tool
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 27, 2015

Here we go with another edition of Third Party Developers Add Timecode-Things to Final Cut Pro X. This time it’s longtime developer CoreMelt adding a source timecode effect that will display the source timecode for clips that it is applied to. The lack of this single feature alone may have kept some editors out of FCPX. The source timecode effect is available in the newest CoreMelt Free download package. Like we did with the recent floating timecode window let’s also see how this effect works in the other NLEs.

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Editors: Do you prefer more shorter clips or less longer clips?

Shooters: Give this a read for better insight to what editors want
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 18, 2015

I was recently working on an edit that used footage captured by two shooters covering a weekend event. The shooters had two different shooting styles. One chose to mainly keep the camera rolling when composing images and finding different shots so there were long clips with a lot of repositioning of the framing and finding focus. The other would, for the most part, stop rolling after a shot choosing to get focus and composition before rolling. That meant the latter shooter’s folder was full of nearly 4 times the amount of clips as the former. In the end that have just about the same amount of media. This made me ask Twitter exactly what the editors out there prefer when it comes to this question.

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NAB 2015 Wrap-up. Winners, Losers, Drones and Escalators

It was a big year. If you are into drones.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 13, 2015

With another NAB in the books it’s time to take a look back on what we saw, where we were and what we might remember from the show. Overall it didn’t feel like a big revolution-in-the-making for any one company, product or format. There weren’t any huge surprises but rather more of the expected. The thing that shocked more NAB 2015 attendees than anything else? It got cold.

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A floating timecode window comes to FCPX

The other NLEs have this as well. Let's look at them all.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 4, 2015

The internet has been abuzz the last few days as the good folks over at FxFactory have solved one rather important missing feature of Final Cut Pro X - A floating, resizable Timecode window. Timecode is a new, free download that adds just that. It’s nice and it’s free. This has been available in most other NLEs for awhile. Let’s take a look at all of them.

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PVC at NAB 2015: Talking Cinema 4D with Paul Babb

Maybe even I could learn Cinema 4D.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 28, 2015
I admit that I'm a motion graphics hack more than a motion graphics expert. I had a chat with Paul Babb, President and CEO of Maxon about Cinema 4D. He assured me it's not as scary as I might...
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The Swag of South Hall - NAB 2015

How about a silly little NAB post?
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 24, 2015

Most of my NAB 2015 was spent in the north hall teaching at Post|Production World but on the last day I wandered around the South Lower hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. And there I picked up some swag. What’s the point of good swag? To make you remember the company, so here we go.

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PVC at NAB 2015: Pond5

Their new Digital Backlots product might save you a trip abroad
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 22, 2015
I stopped by the Pond5 booth to chat with them about several new things at NAB 2015. Their recently launched public domain initiative is truly amazing so I wanted to chat with them about that. We also talked about their new Digital Backlots tools for editors and visual effects. And, of course, I couldn't get...
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PVC at NAB 2015: DaVinci Resolve 12

New color tools are there but we're interested in the editing
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 22, 2015
It just wouldn't be NAB these days without a DaVinci Resolve update from Blackmagic Design and this new release takes Resolve to version 12. Yes there's some great new color grading features like auto-color matching and a new 3D keyer (that can be used for compositing and...
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PVC at NAB 2015: THAT Studio


Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 20, 2015
I couldn't leave NAB without dropping by the booth of our friends at THAT Studio. In addition to producting the awesome That Studio Show podcast (that PVC has partnered with to produce some episodes) That Studio has a very nice Adobe Premiere Pro (and After Effects)...
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PVC at NAB 2015: Pluralsight

If you're looking for training beyond the usual suspects give Pluralsight a look
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 20, 2015
Back in the South Hall I happened upon a booth for a training company I had never heard of called Pluralsight. They had a great booth with good swag, an Xbox set-up where you could drive fast video game cars and they were giving away a remote control Audi R8 every hour. Fast start your career was their...
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PVC at NAB 2015: Frame.io and Screenlight


Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 19, 2015
Review and approval services are all over the place these days and can meet any size and budget. PVC talked with Wipster and I wanted to chat with both Frame.io and Screenlight. Frame.io Frame.io is the new kid on the block but it’s...
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PVC at NAB 2015: Cinedeck and insert editing into a closed file

Imagine not having to re-export an entire show to fix a single shot
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 19, 2015
Cinedeck is a name that has been around the film and video business for many years. They were the original creator of the out-board ProRes monitor and recorders. I recent years they left that market to create advanced workflow solutions with some great file-based hardware to replace tape decks. And now they can...
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PVC at NAB 2015: Talking monitors with EIZO and Flanders Scientific

Two different monitor philosophies for your suite
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 19, 2015

On the last day of NAB 2015 I grabbed a cameraman and wandered around the south hall and grabbed a few interviews in the booths of some products and services I found interesting. Monitors were one category I wanted to check out so I made a stop at both EIZO and Flanders Scientific. Pardon the shaky cam as I think we got some good info.

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Final Cut Pro X updates to 10.2

An update to all the Pro Video Apps highlights NAB Monday
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 13, 2015

Apple has retuned to the NAB show fracas with a rather unexpected Monday release of all new versions of their Pro Video Apps. Final Cut Pro X goes to 10.2 while Motion hits 5.2 and Compressor hits 4.2. I say returned but Apple doesn’t have a booth on the NAB show floor. They know this morning-of-NAB show release will have folks talking. While FCPX goes up a few decimal points to 10.2 there’s not a ton of big new features (consider the version jumped to a .2) but rather a few smaller ones that some editors will welcome. Others might not use them as much.

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Avid announces brand new everything at Avid Connect 2015


Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 11, 2015
It’s was Saturday at NAB 2015 and Avid’s Avid Connect event was in full swing as CEO Louis Hernandez Jr. took the stage and let out a slew of announcements that continues Avid’s advance forward. I was on a plane on the way out to Las Vegas so I missed the event. But Twitter kept us in touch with all that was going on. And there’s news...
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Q and A with Aframe about Adobe Anywhere in the Cloud


Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 9, 2015

Adobe’s Creative Cloud for video 2015 updates aren’t just about the apps. There’s news around Adobe Anywhere as well. The biggest is that the video content management platform Aframe has announced “True Cloud Editing in Collaboration with Adobe Anywhere.” That would be Adobe Anywhere in the Cloud Delivered by Aframe. I read over some of the press materials and didn’t quite understand exactly what they were doing so I posed some questions to David Peto, Founder & CEO, Aframe about what they are doing.

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Have A Look At The Next Adobe Premiere Pro CC Update

A lot of new features including a surprise color grading overhaul
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 9, 2015
NAB is almost upon us so that means, once again, Adobe will have a big new release of the Creative Cloud video tools. It just wouldn’t be NAB without a CC update! I’m happy to once again take a look at Premiere Pro and see what nice new nuggets we editors will get in this ever evolving NLE. I have to admit I was very surprised by the...
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What if you forget to deactivate your Avid or Adobe cloud license?

I admit it. This happens to me.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 31, 2015

I had a frustrating scare of my own making recently when I went to boot Avid Media Composer on my laptop, outside of my usual office, and realized instantly as I clicked the icon that I had forgotten to deactivate my MC install at the office before I left. I began to panic as I knew I couldn’t go to the office to deactivate my desktop machine so I could then activate my laptop install. My first thought: Why can’t Avid do it like Adobe does?

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Mousing Thing Review: The Contour Design RollerMouse


Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 30, 2015

Over my many years of editing I’ve searched high and low for different types of input devices that might provide an easier, faster and better editing experience. There’s been no shortage of options that I’ve tried as many of those now litter my closet. One of the most unique has to be the Contour RollerMouse. It’s not a mouse or a trackball but rather a funky sliding thing that is a different experience altogether when it comes to working your computer. But is it good for editing?

 

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Standing Thing Review: The VARIDESK

When adding a standing desk isn't an option
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 28, 2015

Standing desks are all the rage these days. Especially since it has been determined by scientists and studies everywhere that sitting all day is as dangerous as smoking. Those studies fellow editors basically say that we are screwed. Unless you stand and edit. There are a ton of standing desks these days but it isn’t always an option to go out and buy one and replace an existing desk. That’s where the VARIDESK comes in.

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Sitting Thing Review: The ergoErgo

This isn't a software or a hardware review.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 23, 2015

Beyond the standing desk, beyond on the Herman Miller chair, there’s other things to sit on while working at your desk like an exercise ball. And beyond on exercise ball there’s also the ergoErgo. I got one of those for Christmas and added it to my arsenal of things on which to sit on while working.

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First Impressions of the new G-Technology G|DRIVE ev RaW

Will this G|DRIVE ev RaW be a good alternative to the orange LaCie we all know?
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 18, 2015

The good folks at Amazon dropped off a package the other day for a brand-new G-Technology G|DRIVE ev RaW “rugged” drive. I wanted to try one of these drives because as one who edits in several different locations I’m often shuttling media from one system to the other. I don’t carry around any padded foam case on a daily basis so usually these drives just go into a backpack and they get jostled around quite a bit. This new G-Tech series of drives looks to take the portable drive to another level with soft rubber bumpers and even special casings. I elected for the G|DRIVE ev RaW as I really don't need the drive to float.

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My NAB 2015 Post|Production World sessions

A bit of shameless self-promotion as we near NAB
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 17, 2015

If I may take a moment to engage in a bit of shameless self-promotion please indulge me! Once again I’m honored to be teaching/leading/presenting (and learning myself) a number of classes at this year’s Post|Production World Conference at the National Association of Broadcasters convention. This is always a highlight of my year as it gets me out of the editing suite and working outside of my comfort zone. More importantly it’s fun and I meet a lot of great people.

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Useful Tools for Editors - New Website Edition

A perfect reason to highlight some useful tools: a website redesign
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 9, 2015


Here we are with a brand new ProVideo Coalition website so it seems like the perfect time for a new edition of Useful Tools for Editors. This edition has workflow tools, color-grading software, music, imaging and a couple of videos I found handy.

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All the 2015 #28daysofquicktips in One Handy Link


Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 8, 2015
February 2015 was another edition of #28daysofquicktips. This year’s edition followed up 28 Days of Quicktips from 2009 and
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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
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 3, 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...
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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
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 1, 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...
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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
Written 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...
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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.
Written 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 never...
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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.
Written 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...
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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
Written 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
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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.
Written 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
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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
Written 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...
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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
Written 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. This Quicktip was another for Avid Media Composer submitted by
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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
Written 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. Probably the most common way for an editor to make a note to herself would be via Media Composer Markers/Locators. They are...
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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
Written 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. It only really takes a...
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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
Written 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. I have to admit that I’ve rarely had to use the Scratch Removal...
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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
Written 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...
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Day 17 #28daysofquicktips - Mute a Video Clip in Avid Media Composer 8

This new feature was a long time coming
Written 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...
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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.
Written 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. I’m sure many editors would agree that a script if often a luxury. We are...
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Day 15 #28daysofquicktips - Sync Folders on a Mac

A handy function with an incredibly useful utility
Written 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. I’ve long loved and championed the Mac...
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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
Written 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. When you have the timeline panel active just...
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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
Written 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. While you can hit the tilde...
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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
Written 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. This...
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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
Written 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. When you have more than one video layer and you double click into the PPro Source monitor to grab a...

For some reason Adobe Premiere Pro CC doesn’t seem to let you create a Multi-camera sequence from a batch of audio only clips. That can be handy if you want to quickly audition different music cuts in an edit. You can do it but you have to trick PPro to make it happen.

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Day 9 #28daysofquicktips - Trim to Playhead in Adobe Premiere Pro

These keyboard trimming shortcuts will speed up your editing flow
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 9, 2015
There’s a batch of keyboard commands that kind of all work together in Adobe Premiere Pro CC to improve trimming and make it considerably faster once those keys are learned. It takes a bit of time to remember them but once you do they are very handy. This is a good example of why studying the rather clunky Keyboard...
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Day 8 #28daysofquicktips - Use a Trackpad for Better Navigation


Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 8, 2015
Continuing in yesterday’s vein of using an external input device today’s Quicktip comes to us from Alex Gollner (that’s @Alex4D to many) and it is all about using a trackpad on your Mac for better navigation. That’s a trackpad on your laptop or an...
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Day 7 #28daysofquicktips - Remap the H key away from the HAND tool

Really, how often do you use the Hand tool anyway?
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 7, 2015
Going back to keyboard discussions for today’s Quicktip I always remap the H key on most NLEs (that’d be FCPX and Adobe Premiere Pro) that are tool based as the H is the HAND tool. I’ve never found myself using the Hand tool very often and it seems a shame to have a key so close to JKL scrubbing that I don't...
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Day 6 #28daysofquicktips - Option click to move the Final Cut Pro X playhead

Clicking a clip moves the skimmer but you might want to move the playhead too
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 6, 2015
The Final Cut Pro X Skimmer is an awesome thing. But you still have a traditional playhead when working in an FCPX timeline (or Project if you want to use Apple’s term for a timeline). There might be times when you want the playhead to move to a specific frame but just clicking a clip doesn’t move the playhead, it selects the...
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Day 5 #28daysofquicktips - Move a Clip's Connection Point in Final Cut Pro X

Sometimes that little connection tail isn't in the right place
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 5, 2015
One fundamental concept of Final Cut Pro X and its trackless timeline is Connected Clips. When editing clips outside of a Primary Storyline all clips must connect to something in the Primary Storyline and they move according to that parent clip. But you can, thankfully (and mercifully depending on your POV), move that connection...
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Day 4 #28daysofquicktips - Override clip connections in Final Cut Pro X

There are times when you just don't want those Connected Clips to move
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 4, 2015
One fundamental feature of Final Cut Pro X is the Connected Clip be they single video or audio clips or Secondary Storylines. Once you’ve made them and established those connection points Connected Clips will slide around and move as their parent clips are moved; be that via a trimming operation or click and drag. But there are times (quite...
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Day 3 #28daysofquicktips - Remap numbers 1 to 9 on your Final Cut Pro X keyboard

These commands are on your keypad and you don't use them that often anyway
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 3, 2015
While we are on Final Cut Pro X keyboard keys (see yesterday’s quicktip about G for Storyline Mode) here is something I did very early on when using FCPX: I made a new keyboard set and began remapping the number keys 1 -...
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Day 2 #28daysofquicktips - G for Storyline mode in Final Cut Pro X

This tip saves a ton of time when creating Secondary Storylines
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 2, 2015
While looking to remap some of my Final Cut Pro X keyboard I noticed the G key and realized I never really used it. Checking the command editor says G is to toggle Storyline Mode. The description says this:Toggle the ability to build Storylines when dragging clips in the timeline. How glad I am I figured out...
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Day 1 #28daysofquicktips - Minimize Interview Roles in FCPX

This tip saves me a lot of time watching FCPX redraw filmstrip thumbnails
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 1, 2015
For some reason most all of my Final Cut Pro X job seem to revolved around talking head interviews. This is fine and we can tell some good stories from interviews but I’ve found that the redrawing of thumbnails in the FCPX timeline can take up a lot of time throughout the day. I’ve sped that up with this tip. As...
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28 Days of Quicktips 2015 - #28daysofquicktips

A tip a day for 28 days. Send your own and maybe win a prize!
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 31, 2015
Way, way back in the year 2009 when I started this channel on PVC I published the 28 Days of Quicktips. And then we
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A Little (Big) Avid Media Composer & Final Cut Pro X Trimming Demonstration

This is my contribution to a recent Twitter discussion about the joys of Dynamic Trimming
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 9, 2015
Ever since the release of Final Cut Pro X there’s been a lot of discussion around FCPX’s trimming capabilities. They are quite strong with a very fluid way of trimming edits using the mouse, looping playback as well as some keyboard shortcuts. Users of Avid Media Composer have always insisted that one of Avid’s main...
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PSA: Current Avid Media Composer owners upgrade to v8 before the end of the year

You have just over a week to keep your license current for $299 per year
Written by Scott Simmons  |  December 20, 2014
This is a public service announcement as we move into this last week of 2014. If you currently own a license for Avid Media Composer here’s a reminder that you have through December 31, 2014 to get your one year support contract and, by virtue of that support contract, get your version 8 upgrade … all for $299. This is the way to...
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Christmas Gift Ideas for the Editor - 2014 Edition

Products, services and lots of other goodies
Written by Scott Simmons  |  December 8, 2014
There’s only a couple of weeks left until Christmas 2014 so shopping is in full force. As always there are a lot of gadgets and gizmos that an editor could use both in and out of the edit suite so here’s our annual list of Christmas Gifts for the Editor. The Editblog's editor gift list was the first and is still the...
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5 features I miss from Final Cut Pro 7 "Classic"

All of these items would be welcome features added to other NLEs
Written by Scott Simmons  |  December 1, 2014
I spent most of the last week of November working on a job in Final Cut Pro 7; or Final Cut Classic as we seem to call it these days. This was the first FCP7 job I had done in over a year (at least I think as they all run together after awhile). Cutting in FCP7 was at the client’s request and while I have tried to convince them to move...
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Installing and editing with Final Cut Pro 7 on a new Macbook Pro with Yosemite

The lack of a DVD drive and a new OS hasn't stopped FCP Classic
Written by Scott Simmons  |  November 23, 2014
It had been well over a year since I saw my good friend and longtime business partner Final Cut Pro 7 but this week saw the opportunity request to open it back up and work on a music video. Rather than try to convince the production to move to something else (believe me, I’ve tried) I jumped in! Then I noticed I needed...
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Does that Preferred Video Editing Software survey really mean anything?

It's probably just more noise in an otherwise useful article
Written by Scott Simmons  |  November 6, 2014
I let myself get sucked into a click-bait blog article the other day and it got me thinking about what I had done. It was click bait for a number of reasons but the actual content of the majority of the article was a decent summary of the non-linear editing tools we have available. With a
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Wringing the Life Out of an Old Mac Pro Tower

Like a good automobile it just keeps chugging along. And it is paid for.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  October 30, 2014
There’s a whole lot of us who still have a big, old aluminum Mac Pro tower sitting around doing a lot of work. We haven’t moved to 5K iMacs, Macbook Pros (or PCs) just yet. We also haven’t spent the money on a new Mac Pro. A conversation early at NAB 2014 got me thinking about all the stuff one could add to an old Mac Pro to help extend...
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Kicking the Tires on the Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014.1 Update

It's more than kicking the tires really since I've cut two jobs in it already
Written by Scott Simmons  |  October 21, 2014
It was announced at IBC and shipped at Adobe MAX (I wonder if this will become the norm?) and it’s another big update to Adobe Premiere Pro. We dissected the features when this update was announced but now...
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Useful Tools for Editors: The Denoise Edition

Remove noise (and other stuff) from both audio and video with some of these tools
Written by Scott Simmons  |  September 24, 2014
  Here we are back again with another round of Useful Tools for Editors. Today there’s a few things that can help reduce the noise in both your audio and your video as well as some options to beauty up your image be it someone’s skin or bringing it into a more “legal” area for...
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Avid announces Resolution Independence for Avid Media Composer

That's 4K and beyond ... plus some background rendering and other stuff
Written by Scott Simmons  |  September 12, 2014
Over in Amsterdam Avid held their most recent Avid Connect event and we finally got the Avid Media Composer news that many have been waiting for - resolution independence is coming to...
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Dissecting those upcoming Adobe Premiere Fall CC 2014 Preview Features

The CC train continues to steam along with a preview of even more new and needed features
Written by Scott Simmons  |  September 10, 2014
In advance of IBC 2014 Adobe has shown a whole slew of updates that we can expect to see in the next version of Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014 as well as a lot of other Creative Cloud video apps. This release looks to be...
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A Bunch of Random Hard Drive Speed Tests

As drives come into the edit suite I've been noting their read/write speeds for no other reason than because I can
Written by Scott Simmons  |  August 28, 2014
As a freelance editor I get a lot of hard drives sent to me with footage to edit. Usually all of that media is transferred off of those hard drives and onto a RAID for editing. Occasionally I might have a quick turnaround or just fixes on a project and I’ll cut right off the hard drive sent to me. The faster the drive the better for...
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Have a copy of my Final Cut Pro X Menu / Keyboard Shortcut Cheat-sheet

I made this a long time ago but have recently updated it
Written by Scott Simmons  |  August 12, 2014
I’m currently deep into the biggest Final Cut Pro X edit that I’ve done to date. Back when FCPX was new I did a webinar where I gave out a document I had made of some of the FCPX menus to help learn the keyboard shortcuts. I thought it was a good time to update that menu list since there’s many new keyboard...
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A Tale of Two Thunderbolt Drives

The AKiTio Neutrino Thunder Duo and the Other World Computing ThunderBay IV
Written by Scott Simmons  |  August 5, 2014
If you’re lucky enough to have Thunderbolt in your workflow then you know the joys of its ease of use and insanely fast transfer speeds. Whether that’s moving multiple gigabytes of data in a few seconds or getting well over 700 megaBYTES a second transfer speeds while editing, Thunderbolt is a massive step up from Firewire and...
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Sharknado 2 and Vashi's Premiere Pro Editorial Workflow

You can use Adobe Premiere Pro CC to edit feature films. Sharknado 2's editor tells us how.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  July 30, 2014
Sharks and tornados go together so well that Syfy is on their second round of Sharknado movies with Sharknado 2: The Second One. This second coming of sharks and tornados was edited on Adobe Premiere Pro CC by
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Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014.0.1 - the biggest little update you'll see today

Minor in number but a few major enhancements for offline to online delivery
Written by Scott Simmons  |  July 24, 2014
It seems like only yesterday that Adobe updated Premiere Pro CC to the 2014 version. Well check your updaters because now we have version 2014.0.1. The nomenclature is minor but there’s a couple of big editing enhancements that those who have been...
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Useful Tools for Editors - Been a Long Time Edition

Rejoice in small software developers!
Written by Scott Simmons  |  July 13, 2014
It’s been a long time, been a long time, been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time since we last had a Useful Tools for Editors roundup. Let’s jump into it with a long list of stand-alone applications, tools and items that support many different...
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UPDATED FOR CC 2015: New icons for all of those different Adobe Creative Cloud Apps

Well for After Effects and Premiere Pro really but you can make more
Written by Scott Simmons  |  July 11, 2014
UPDATED for Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015: @editblog @creativecloud Here are 215 @AdobePremiere and
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Q and A about the new post-production health resource Fitness In Post

We all know that editors and post-pros probably aren't the most active and fit bunch
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 24, 2014
If you’re an editor, motion graphics artist, colorist or most any other post-production professional you’ll probably be interested in Fitness In Post. It’s a new online community with the lofty goal of getting post-pros off their rears and moving around; be it with a standing desk,...
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Get those nice bright MacOS Finder label colors back

Mavericks introduced Tags but removed the easy-to-see labels making the colors much less useful
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 30, 2014
Any readers out there who are using the Mac OS and editing video have probably made good use of Mac OS Finder labels over the years to assign a designated color to a folder, file or group of files for whatever reason one might color anything. They were big, bright colors that were easy to identify, especially in list view. With Mavericks,...
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Review and Approval Options for Video Pros

Vimeo's new Copyright Match on private videos means many editors might be looking UPDATED 5/23/14
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 22, 2014
Vimeo has dropped a bomb on their community with the May 21 announcement of Copyright Match on Vimeo. Of course this sent the internet into a tailspin as any big change in a useful, popular service always does. It has also sent a lot of content creators, filmmakers and editors into...
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Dissecting the recent Adobe Creative Cloud outage

Personally I was fine but curious as to who was hit and why
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 20, 2014
Unless you were living under a rock last week you most likely heard that Adobe’s Creative Cloud service
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Avid ships their new Media Composer with new licensing options

While a few things are missing this is a new era for Media Composer
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 18, 2014
It was announced at NAB and now it’s shipping: the next version of Avid Media Composer which looks to be version 8. I had heard that Avid was going to move away from version numbers with the new subscription program but you might see the v8 designation which is this new version. The official name is now Media Composer |...
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Do video hardware product drivers really have to live behind a registration wall?

You can't use hardware without drivers so why not make the download easy?
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 13, 2014
Not to jump onto a soapbox here but I’ve had two instances in the last week or so of product drivers hidden behind registration walls that has prompted this post. On the surface this seems like not such a big deal as one would think that a registered hardware product would be a simple sign-in and download. But what if you haven’t...
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NAB 2014 Wrap-up. Winners, Losers, Storage and Software

The single biggest thing I saw in the south hall: storage
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 28, 2014
Once again NAB 2014 was a very busy NAB. And once again I didn’t seem to venture very far out of the post-production-centric South Hall other than to head to the North Hall for teaching at Post|Production World. There was one
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PVC at NAB 2014 - FCPWORKS and their demo suite

Final Cut Pro X integration was the name of the game at this off-site NAB demo
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 24, 2014
If you were watching PVC during the Monday of NAB 2014 you probably saw a series of videos posted about our visit to the FCPWORKS suite that was setup outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center. We were one of the first to take a tour of this suite dedicated to Final Cut Pro X workflows. It was an...
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PVC at NAB 2014 - G-Technology

New drives solution to match your new Mac Pro are just one of the G-Tech options
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 24, 2014
I couldn’t go to NAB without stopping by G-Technology and see what’s new in their storage options. These guys will always hold a special place in my heart as there were some of the first firewire drives that I ever owned. Firewire is long in the past and Thunderbolt is their thing now. The new...
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PVC at NAB 2014 - Autodesk and the changes coming to Smoke for Mac

A subscription license and a product divergence are the highlights
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 24, 2014
Autodesk was on many people’s minds at NAB 2014 as they were wanting to see the next advancement with Smoke for Mac. Autodesk didn’t make a huge feature splash with Smoke for Mac 2015 but instead announced a subscription model (yet another!). They also surprised many...
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PVC at NAB 2014 - NewBlue FX and Titler Pro 3.0

Among other improvements to Titler Pro think TEMPLATES!
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 24, 2014
While in the plug-in pavilion at NAB 2014 I dropped by the NewBlue FX booth to take a look at Titler Pro 3.0. This is a big update to their popular Titler Pro product that includes one very nice, very helpful thing: templates. Titler Pro 3.0 isn’t...
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PVC at NAB 2014 - CoreMelt and Imagineer Systems

mocha planar tracking technology for all! FCPX, PPro as well as their own mocha Pro
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 23, 2014
Imagineer Systems is always part of the plug-in pavilion but didn’t have anything new to show this year, rather taking the time to have a small technology preview. But they did have Roger Bolton of CoreMelt in their booth again and Roger was demoing
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PVC at NAB 2014 - Promise Technology

A very small and very fast new RAID was on the agenda
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 23, 2014
Promise Technology is best known in our circles as early supporters of Thunderbolt. They are also some of the first to market with Thunderbolt 2 support. The new thing they had to show at NAB 2014 was the small Pegasus2...
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PVC at NAB 2014 - iOgrapher

Covering a tradeshow? Then the iOgrapher might be just your thing ... among other uses that is.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 22, 2014
Smack in the middle of the plug-in pavilion was what looked like a retail store. That was for iOgrapher and their iPad mount/holder/all-around-helper accessory that will come in most handy if using the iPad for camera-related or new-gathering work.
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PVC at NAB 2014 - EditShare and Lightworks

I talked both storage and NLEs at the EditShare booth with new devices and the Mac Lightworks Beta
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 22, 2014
The EditShare booth is always a good stop at NAB as you can cover both storage and its many flavors as well as editing in stop. While EditShare offers many different storage options I wanted to take a look at the Field units that we reviewed on PVC last year (
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PVC at NAB 2014 - Rampant and Indie Essentials

A new strategic alliance between Rampant Design Tools and That Studio is a big NAB announcement
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 21, 2014
One of the big surprised of NAB 2014 came not from the big booths of Adobe, Blackmagic or AJA but rather the tiny plug-in pavilion; that little gathering of small developers who combine their small booths to create one very fun area of the South Hall. That announcement was that Rampant Design Tools...
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PVC at NAB 2014 - GoPro and the GoPro Studio Software

We all know GoPro's well so I discussed the software side of GoPro Studio, Cineform and ProTune
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 21, 2014
Everyone knows GoPro and most everyone owns a GoPro or two so no need to dwell on what GoPro is all about. They didn’t have anything new at the show so I took the time to talk with one of their software engineers about GoPro Studio, camera...
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PVC at NAB 2014 - DaVinci Resolve Gets More Edit Friendly

Lots of new editorial features highlight Resolve 11
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 20, 2014
Sure Blackmagic Design had important new camera surprises (covered here by Matt) but it was the new features of DaVinci Resolve that most caught my eye. Why? Because they have added even more editorial tools to Resolve...
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PVC at NAB 2014 - Red Giant talks Universe, BulletProof, PluralEyes and more

There's even some subscription and Instant 4K talk as well
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 15, 2014
I couldn’t go to NAB without stopping by and visiting the folks at Red Giant Software. Their big news was the launch of Red Giant Universe and I talked with Sean from Red Giant about just that. But I didn’t want to let the other stuff go by unmentioned either so a talk with Randon gets us some...
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PVC at NAB 2014 - Talking CION workflow with AJA

As well as discussing some of their other NAB products
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 14, 2014
AJA CION While all the biggest news and coverage out of AJA came around their surprise CION camera I took my turn interviewing Bryce Button of AJA about a few things beyond the CION. I wanted to chat about another interesting surprise from AJA called the