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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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Kicking the tires on Avid Media Composer 8.5

Refinement is the name of the game in the latest Avid Media Composer update.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 29, 2016

Media Composer editors can rejoice with the update of Avid Media Composer to version 8.5. It’s a big release by Avid standards as there’s a number of important additions both in the video format world (HDR support) and the editorial features world (better trimming, waveform sync). Avid’s done a great job of making short videos to show us these features so I’m going to hijack them below to help with a little commentary and kicking the tires on this release.

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I've been researching a new editing chair, here are my notes

After many years and many different chairs I've decided it's time to get a good one.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 25, 2016

With all the rage in standing desks, standing things (and standing in general) the importance of a good editing chair may have been forgotten. One of my biggest regrets when I started my career many years ago is that I didn’t spend the $1000 (give or take a few hundred) on a high end chair. It would have been money well spent as I would probably still be sitting in that chair today (when I wasn’t standing). I’ve decided it’s finally time to get a good chair. A real chair. As I’m looking at options I made a list. I thought why not put that list online for others to see.

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Automatic video editing with MAGIX Fastcut

Can an automatic video editing application produce a Good Enough cut? Maybe.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 19, 2016

I was intrigued by a recent post from PVC's Jose Antunes about Fastcut, a PC video editor that claims automatic video editing. I'm often intrigued by these automated products that claim to the do the edit for you but had never tried one. As luck would have it I was cataloging some old GoPro footage at the time and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try out Fastcut.

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Amazon Prime Now review: One word, Awesome

If you live in a Prime Now city then consider yourself lucky.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 10, 2016

If you’re an Amazon Prime customer and you’re lucky enough to live in one of the Prime Now cities, get the app and go shopping. It’s an incredibly cool service. I recently used it get an audio cable. Here’s my one word review: awesome. Click on for the rest of the article for a full discussion and images.

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How to be a hero to your kids (by editing that is).

Every once in awhile you might actually get some editing jobs your kids take interest in.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 3, 2016

Many editors work in anonymity, often alone, sometimes never seeing a client, usually without the praise that is given to the director or producer. And that might be just from those who hire us and collaborate on our work. What we do might be even more mysterious to our family. Looking back on 2015 I was fortunate enough to have a brief period in the fall where I was working a few different videos that made me look like a the coolest dad in the world to my kids.

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The other DAM TV jingles like Mr. Cutting A Promo For A Lame Show Guy

We all love the Rough Cut Lady Song and Impossible Promo Approval Guy ... but there are 4 more
Written by Scott Simmons  |  December 30, 2015

As the year winds down I thought it would be fun to revisit some comedy bits that all editors love. The Rough Cut Lady Song and Impossible Promo Approval Guy jingles are classics we’ve loved for years. But there’s a few more jingles from that same real marketing genius batch that are less widely known. You know you want to hear Mr Cutting A Promo For A Lame Show Guy.

 

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The Nashville Filmmakers Guild NLE Debate Live Stream Archive

3 filmmakers debate the merits of the top 3 NLEs
Written by Scott Simmons  |  December 16, 2015

Monday, December 14, 2015 was the first ever Nashville Filmmakers Guild NLE Debate. As we talked about on a previous post here this was a fun evening with 3 local filmmakers taking the stage and each representing their NLE of choice: Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Apple Final Cut Pro X and Avid Media Composer. Our friends at Blackhawk Cinema live streamed the event and it’s embedded below.

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The Nashville Filmmakers Guild NLE Debate

Editors who each love Adobe, Apple and Avid will take the stage and debate why their choice is better than the others.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  December 7, 2015

The Nashville Filmmakers Guild is having a debate! A debate about non-linear editing software. In the spirit of the US presidential election cycle that we are now in, earlier than ever, we are hosting the 2015 NFG NLE Debate on December 14 at 7:00 PM at our meeting place Studio 615. This will be an evening of fun conversation, pointed arguments, lots of listening and hopefully some learning as we have 3 filmmakers who will be representing each of the Big 3 A non-linear editing software packages: Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Apple Final Cut Pro X and Avid Media Composer. These are not company representatives but local editors and filmmakers who use the tools every day.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for the Editor - 2015 Edition

It's that time of year again for another installment of the original 6th annual Christmas Gifts for Editors list.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  December 6, 2015

It’s time once again for the 6th annual, often imitated but never duplicated Christmas Gift Ideas for the Video Editor in Your Life column. Don’t be fooled by the other similar columns that pop up on other post-production blogs around the internet as the Editblog is the original going back to 2010 with our first installment in this annual series. Hit up 2011, 2012, 2013 or 2014 for other ideas. Of course at this point in the life of the series there’s only so many things one can really give an editor but there’s a few fresh ideas in here that will be a welcome gift!

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4 things that will take Adobe Premiere Pro to the next level

Premiere currently has a very fast and very deep feature-set but addressing these issues will take Premiere into the future
Written by Scott Simmons  |  December 1, 2015

At this point in time we are well into the life cycle of the “new” Adobe Premiere Pro. This “new” version is long past the early years of an odd interface, the period where Premiere left the Mac, the rebirth as the CS (Creative Suite), the conversion to CC (Creative Cloud) and the move to a subscription. I’m not sure of Premiere’s actual market penetration but if you keep your eye on the post-production industry these days you know it has made great in-roads in the last few years. But there’s still a few big things that need attention before Premiere Pro can penetrate some of those markets that are still a stronghold for Avid Media Composer.

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Useful Tools for Editors - Before Thanksgiving Edition

Just before our turkey day here's some useful tools
Written by Scott Simmons  |  November 21, 2015

It’s been some 5 + months since we last had an edition of Useful Tools for Editors. That’s way too long so let’s get right to it.

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Long Term Test continues: Dell Precision M3800 - software, OS (and Thunderbolt)

In this installment we look at the Windows OS, installing and using some of the software as well as Thunderbolt
Written by Scott Simmons  |  November 1, 2015

On the last installment of this Long Term Test of the Dell Precision M3800 we looked mainly at the hardware that makes up the machine. This installment will look at software. I think the two categories have to go hand in hand to make a good user experience. All the PC power in the world will make little difference if the Windows experience is sub-optimal for the Mac user coming over and that’s what a lot of users think when it comes to moving away from a Mac. While working within Avid Media Composer or Adobe Premiere Pro CC is very similar between platforms, all the other stuff might not be.

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Long Term Test: Dell Precision M3800 laptop

I've always wondered what it would be like to live with a PC in the edit suite. Let's find out.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  October 19, 2015

If you maintain a well trafficked blog for any period of time (it's hard to believe The Editblog will be 10 years old in October) you'll have people contacting you on a pretty regular basis asking to send you stuff for review. More often than not it's something that is completely unrelated to the blog's focus, especially if it serves a niche area like video post-production. I got such an email recently from Dell asking if I'd like a free Dell Precision M3800 laptop try out in my niche area: video post-production. I thought this was a perfect opportunity to resurrect an idea from The Editblog's past.

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The return of Automatic Duck: FCPX to After Effects and Media Copy

Ximport AE takes your FCPX timeline to After Effects. Media Copy ... copies your media
Written by Scott Simmons  |  September 9, 2015

If you’ve been working in this business for awhile you’ll most likely have fond memories of Automatic Duck. The Duck as it was often called provided many an editor with a path from their NLE of choice into Adobe After Effects. Later on The Duck help move from one editing and finishing system to another. Automatic Duck was doing their translation thing long before Dynamic Link was but a glimmer in Adobe’s eye. In 2011 Auto Duck moved into a partnership with Adobe and the translation tools went away. In 2015 Auto Duck returns via Red Giant Software with an updated Media Copy and Automatic Duck Ximport AE, a way to get Final Cut Pro X project into After Effects.

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Feature Request: A Notepad built into non-linear editing applications

By being project based an NLE Notepad could store text, frame, audio and other things you didn't want to lose in the mix
Written by Scott Simmons  |  August 18, 2015

While editing very large job the other day I had an idea for a new NLE feature that would be a great addition our editing applications. How about a notepad built into each NLE that lets an editor take project specific notes that would open up and travel with a project. Seems simple enough. I can’t believe none of the major 3 NLEs have this.

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Have a copy of my Resolve 12 Editorial menu/keyboard cheatsheet

It's just the Resolve 12 editing shortcuts but there's a lot of them in the Edit menu
Written by Scott Simmons  |  August 11, 2015

The much anticipated DaVinci Resolve 12 beta has become available for download and with it a host of new editing features to add on top of its industry leading color grading tools. Resolve made quite the lateral move into editorial features last year but Blackmagic has really upper their game with v.12. Like any editing tool you have to know the keyboard so I took some time to make an editorial keyboard cheatsheet to help learn it. You’re welcome to a copy.

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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 best but if you...
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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 broadcast. We end with a...
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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 eSATA. This...
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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 other tools...
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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
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PVC at NAB 2014 - Talking GPUs with NVIDIA

As well as how NVIDIA might help extend the life of an old Mac Pro
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 14, 2014
We all know NVIDIA as a very important makers of GPUs for our post-production computers. But NVIDIA also makes a lot more stuff including the Shield portable and some serious rendering...
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Sunday at NAB. Nice, quiet, productive.

Even with pre-NAB announcements it's one of the best NAB days
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 7, 2014
Sunday at NAB can be an interesting time. The show floor hasn’t opened yet so you’re not constantly bombarded with new product announcements (though today seems to be an exception), people aren’t moving around like maniacs and the hallways of the Las Vegas Convention Center halls aren’t madhouses. As one of the...
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HitFilm is bringing a plugin package to your NLE ... and After Effects of course

Here's a quick look at what to expect when this capable little package ships
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 4, 2014
Most everyone in the post-production business has heard of HitFilm, the interesting little alternative non-linear editor and effects package from FX Home. In 2013 they completed a
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Adobe Premiere Pro CC NAB preview

This next version of PPro adds some big flashy new features and lots of little things editors will love
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 2, 2014
It comes as no surprise that Adobe has a big video tools reveal in store for NAB 2014. All the video apps in the Creative Cloud get updated as the slow and steady advance of their video tools continue. It’s no...
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Red Giant BulletProof adds some significant, needed features

MXF, the ability to ADD and not COPY are chief among them. Oh, and PluralEyes integration.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 1, 2014
Red Giant software has announced quite a few new things just in time for NAB 2014. There’s a new Magic Bullet Looks reborn, and PluralEyes 3.5 with the ability to correct for sync drift. But what I wanted to point out is...
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My NAB 2014 Post|Production World sessions

If you're attending, these are the classes I'll be teach. Please come!
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 24, 2014
NAB 2014 is just around the corner and I’m happy to once again be leading several sessions at the Post|Production World Conference. Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro CC and panel discussions are on the agenda amongst all the other...
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Looking at the Tangent Element from an Editor's POV

Does an editor need to spend thousands of dollars on a color grading control surface?
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 17, 2014
If you’re an editor these days then you’re probably asked to do some color correction and color grading. In fact you might not ever have the luxury of sending a program out to a dedicated colorist. Chances are you also make use of DaVinci Resolve for many of those color grading tasks as it works amazingly well and the very...
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Useful Tools for Editors - Editors Retreat Edition

The Gearheads session provided a nice list of useful tools for editors and filmmakers alike
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 14, 2014
If you read my Notes From the 2014 Editors Retreat post then you might have seen the mention of a session called Gearheads. This was a fun session where attendees were asked to submit some piece of gear they like or find useful. This could be...
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Notes from the 2014 Editors Retreat

It was my first time attending and I really want to go back
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 7, 2014
This past week I was able to attend my first ever Editors Retreat in Savannah, Georgia. It was an unbelievably fun week of learning, networking, eating and drinking. This was an event I have wanted to attend for years but 2014 was the first time it has worked out. While not inexpensive, I made...
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Hey Adobe, how about that video focused Production Premium CC bundle?

Even if it only saved us $60 a year, that's something
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 22, 2014
When Adobe ditched the “boxed software” model of pay one price get the product forever and moved to a monthly subscription model the outcry was loud. Some loved it. Many hated it. There were more level headed
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Useful Tools for Editors - Winter's End Edition

Lots of FCPX stuff in this list. And a $150 iPad app
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 19, 2014
It’s been awhile since we’ve looked at some Useful Tools for Editors so with this new batch of utilities that have popped up recently let’s have a look. We’ve got quite a few for Final Cut Pro X, a color correction app for those with deep pockets and one that might help with tricky file format...
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Editing video with the EditShare Field2

While a single editor connected isn't EditShare's exact target market the Field2 performed very well
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 3, 2014
A recent edit saw the opportunity to test out a type of media storage that I hadn’t used before: that unit was the EditShare Field 2 portable shared storage server. A hard drive isn’t just a hard drive as configurations, connections and speed are all...
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Music To Edit By (In the Background, Not the Timeline)

Some Twitter suggestions to help build your playlist
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 29, 2014
Do you like to listen to music while working post-production? I very often do depending on the task at hand. Certain parts of post-production lend themselves well to music: color grading, logging and marking b-roll, stringing out a paper edit just to name a few. I was doing some of that recently and asked the Twitterverse for some good...
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A Q and A about those hard drive docking stations we all use

Are they good? Bad? Dangerous? Will you lose data?
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 24, 2014
If you work in post-production then chances are you have one (or more) hard drive docking stations and a slew of bare hard drives to insert into the dock. They are very affordable, come with many different connection options and are incredibly convenient. Back in August the Digital Cinema Cafe...
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A Q and A with Avid about Sphere, ISIS and Interplay

I admit to not being able to keep these products straight so I thought I'd ask Avid to explain them to me
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 9, 2014
Adobe made a big splash over the last year + with Adobe Anywhere, their “real-time collaboration” platform meant to connect editors without physical limitations. If you have the right hardware then Adobe Premiere Pro CC is ready for Adobe Anywhere. Avid also has their own version of this real-time collaboration idea...
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Kicking the Tires on Final Cut Pro X 10.1

The update is new, big, fast and free. Still missing stuff.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  December 20, 2013
Thursday was the big day that Apple Final Cut Pro X users have been waiting for for quite a while as FCPX 10.1 was released into the world … for free. I had been waiting for it to so after a rather painless update process, first to OSX Mavericks then to FCPX 10.1,...
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NLE Review: Adobe Premiere Pro CC

How do you begin to thoroughly review an NLE as deep and feature rich as something like PPro?
Written by Scott Simmons  |  December 11, 2013
If you follow what has been going on in the world of non-linear editing tools for the past few years you know that Adobe has been working very hard to make Premiere Pro a viable option for every aspect of editorial and post-production. The Adobe Premiere Pro team has been...
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Christmas Gift Ideas for the Editor - 2013 Edition

Forward this post to the loved one shopping for the hard-to-buy-for editor
Written by Scott Simmons  |  December 6, 2013
It’s time once again for the the annual Christmas Gift Ideas for the Editor. This is a list of a few things that an editor might find useful either in the edit suite or in life. Some of these items may be for work, others may be for fun. With the rather short Thanksgiving to Christmas season here in the United States this edition of...
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Fare-thee-well Magic Bullet Grinder

My favorite tool for DSLR transcoding has gone gently into that good night
Written by Scott Simmons  |  November 19, 2013
While prepping for my recent Useful Tools for Editors (as well as the HDSLR Post Production) seminar I clicked over...
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Useful Tools for Editors - After ETE Edition

But this isn't the Useful Tools list from the ETE Useful Tools session. Later.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  November 13, 2013
I came across a few cool things at the Entertainment Technology Expo last week. While this entry isn’t a full rundown of all the Useful Tools for Editors that I discussed in my session at the event (that is coming later, I promise) these are a few things I came across while either at the event or browsing the web on the...
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Are you coming to the Entertainment Technology Expo?

I'm excited to be attending the event for the first time
Written by Scott Simmons  |  November 3, 2013
This week should be an exciting week as I’m taking part in my first ever Entertainment Technology Expo. (November 6–7 at the Burbank Marriott). ETE has been around for quite a few years and I’ve always wanted to attend but this will be...
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Final Cat Pro attempts to enhance FCPX with some missing features

They aren't really plug-ins but offer an interesting new addition to the FCPX ecosystem
Written by Scott Simmons  |  September 27, 2013
The seemingly infinite world of Final Cut Pro X third party enhancements and plug-ins have expanded recently to include an intriguing new set of tools from the oddly named little company Final Cat Pro (www.finalcatpro.com). This $29...
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Editorial to Color Grading from a Colorist's POV: A Guest Post From Robbie Carman

Prep and Communication Are Key
Written by Scott Simmons  |  September 18, 2013
PVC is happy to welcome Robbie Carman from Mixing Light aboard for a guest post about the editor and colorist relationship as well as discussion on the editorial to color grading workflow. This article is a companion piece to
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Are you coming to the Southeast Creative Summit?

I am and I'll be teaching several classes at the late October Atlanta event
Written by Scott Simmons  |  September 12, 2013
If you haven’t heard about the Southeast Creative Summit coming to Atlanta, Georgia on October 25 - 27 then I hope this article brings to your attention what I think will be a fun and creative weekend. I am honored to be
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My 5 favorite things from the upcoming Adobe Premiere Pro release

I'm sure there will be more to like but these things really caught my eye
Written by Scott Simmons  |  September 10, 2013
Big, happy news came to light yesterday for most all Adobe Premiere Pro users out there; that is happy news for those who are on the Creative Cloud subscription model. The news came in the form of the announcement of another big update to PPro...
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A Q and A with Adobe about Adobe Anywhere

I've seen some misunderstandings about the product so maybe a these questions can clear them up
Written by Scott Simmons  |  August 31, 2013
When Adobe Anywhere was announced it was a happy surprise to most everyone in post-production. “Real-time collaboration” between editors anywhere in the world meant that the often pesky limitation of physical location could be a thing of the past. The demos were...
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Trying to touch edit with the CTRL+Console iPad control surface

The iPad app can make editing more fun ... just not faster
Written by Scott Simmons  |  August 26, 2013
Way back at some point in 2012 I happily pledged some bucks to a Kickstarter campaign to try and design the ultimate iPad control interface for the non-linear editor. I was no stranger to these things as I have tried many of them. CTRL+Console looked like it might finally be the one. It has since...
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Useful Tools for Editors: Hot Mid-August Edition

Some free, some cost, always useful
Written by Scott Simmons  |  August 10, 2013
It’s that time again where we take a look at a number of tools that an editor might find useful. Some free, some not, some software, some not … and a table.  Markers for FCPX This little tool called Markers has been a life saver on a recent project. I had a job were I had a ton of long...
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It's official: Avid is finally going to lay the DS to rest

It won't come as a shock to many though some will definitely be sad to see it go
Written by Scott Simmons  |  August 6, 2013
It probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone but it would appear that Avid is finally going to bring the axe down on their long suffering, little loved, often misunderstood but rabidly niche product the Avid D|S. Rumors of the demise of DS have floated about for a long...
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Talk of editing on the Digital Cinema Cafe podcast

I was happy to talk editing as a recent guest on this new podcast.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  July 22, 2013
It’s been a busy few weeks here at the Editblog so posts have been slow to come. One thing I had the privilege of doing recently was sitting in on a session of the new podcast Digital Cinema Cafe (iTunes link)....
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Technicolor kills their Color Assist color grading application

It was a nice little application that no one you knew was using
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 30, 2013
Word came out over the weekend that Technicolor has discontinued Color Assist and Color Assist Looks, their low cost video grading applications. This comes as a bit of a surprise as they were very recently still actively marketing the product. They had introduced a...
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Avid Media Composer 7 ships. Here's 25 new features

These come to the web courtesy of Wim Van den Broeck
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 28, 2013
Avid has officially released Media Composer 7 and it’s ready for download. Sadly I’m right in the middle of a job using once of Avid’s competitors so I haven’t been able to try this new version yet. But never fear, the power of the internet brings us a great...
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The Adobe CC apps go live. Some people are still angry I'm sure but it's time to move on

The CC tools are great but there's other options out there as well
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 18, 2013
Last night the Adobe Creative Cloud apps went live. They are there, ready to download right after you sign up for the new monthly Creative Cloud membership. Adobe’s new licensing model has been causing quite a stir. Some folks love it, some folks hate it. There’s no...
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Review: SliceX powered by mocha is a must have for FCPX

Now if only we could get this tool in Adobe Premiere Pro
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 12, 2013
When it comes to quality motion tracking it’s hard to beat Imagineer Systems and what they have with their mocha technology. When it comes to masking tools inside of Final Cut Pro X it’s hard to beat what CoreMelt has come up with in their SliceX...
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A new Mac Pro really does live after all

It's new, it's weird, it'll ship in the fall and probably wasn't what you expected
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 11, 2013
So yea the new Mac Pro made a debut today at Apple’s yearly Worldwide Developer’s Conference. It’s not shipping yet and there’s no shipping date other than later in the year. No price either. There is a brand...
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ScopeBox 3.3: Affordable and customizable video scopes

And with the new ScopeLink feature maybe one less computer required to implement it
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 3, 2013
Video scopes are one of those things we often take for granted. Most all NLEs have video scopes somewhere in the software. They are very important when it comes to the color grading / color correction process but many of those working in post-production don’t really know how to properly use them (I say partially raising my own hand)....
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Ice Cold Gold editor tweets a ton of Avid tips

It's only 140 characters but you can make some good tips in a small space if you try
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 23, 2013
Twitter is always a good place to chat about film and video post-production. It’s also a great place to pick up tips and tricks. Recently editor David Michael Maurer spent his Twitter day tweeting a slew of Avid Media Composer tips and tricks....
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I miss digitizing footage from video tape

In today's way-too-much-footage file-based world that realtime capture feels like an old school luxury
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 21, 2013
Ok, I’m going to just come right out an admit it … I miss digitizing. For those young ‘uns unfamiliar with the term that would be the process of actually having to take a video tape and capture that into the computer for editing. Some folks call it ingest, others do use the term capture but I’ve always referred to it...
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Pro Video Coalition welcomes Alexis Van Hurkman with his new question and answer column

Answers Occasionally Given is open and fielding questions
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 13, 2013
Pro Video Coalition is proud to welcome renowned colorist and author Alexis Van Hurkman to the community with the launch of his brand new column Answers Occasionally Given. This channel will be a departure from...
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Premiere Pro (and all the Adobe apps) are going cloud only

No more software boxes or 4 figure purchase either for that matter
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 9, 2013
It’s been an eventful few days in and around the general world of film and video post-production. If you haven’t heard (but of course you have) Adobe made the decision to move all of their software licensing to the cloud, their Creative Cloud, and charge $50 a month to...
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Useful Tools for Editors: After NAB Edition

Another round-up of useful tools you may or may not know about
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 6, 2013
Another NAB has come and gone so things can begin to get back to normal. With that end to NAB let’s have a new entry into the Useful Tools for Editors category with our After NAB Edition. We talk PCs, relinking, keyboard emulators, slideshows and (of course) FxFactory. PRHelper for PC - for...
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Visualizing hard drive speeds with the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test

A few images for those new to editing to see the extreme differences in drive speed
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 3, 2013
I was having a discussion with some students recently about hard drive speeds and why it’s important to have a fast drive for editing. All the discussion of data rates and different types of connections can only go so far as students new to editing need to see that speed in action. The Blackmagic Disk Speed Test (
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NAB 2013: X-Keys

They're just a bunch of buttons but boy do they look handy.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 18, 2013
I know I probably shouldn’t get excited by something as simple as a bunch of buttons but I have to say that one of my favorite things that I saw at the 2013 NAB show were the X-keys Sticks from P.I. Engineering. These things are...
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NAB 2013: The TitaniumZ-5 from Small Tree

Need portable network storage for up to 6 editors?
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 17, 2013
Not everyone in post-production has the need for shared storage and probably even less of those need portable shared storage but if you’re one of those that do look no further than the TitaniumZ–5 from Small Tree. It’s got some impressive specs and an...
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NAB 2013: The ProMAX ONE and ProMAX ONE+ powerhouse PCs

They're not MacPros though the look like one and are probably much faster
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 16, 2013
One thing I noticed when walking the South Hall of the 2013 NAB show was there are quite a new more PCs in the various booths running various software demos. There were also quite a new vendors offering fast, customizable PC workstations. One of those vendors is ProMAX and their very MacPro looking machines are called the
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NAB 2013: Avid Media Composer 7 and Lightworks for Mac

I took a few minutes and actually played with Lightworks Mac!
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 11, 2013
We’ve already talked about Adobe and their next version of Premiere Pro but the other NLEs on the show floor creating buzz were Avid Media Composer 7 (
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NAB 2013: G-Technology and CalDigit

You can never have enough hard drives huh?
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 11, 2013
Trying to get an idea of what’s new in storage we stopped by both the G-Technology booth as well as CalDigit. There were a lot of storage companies on the floor but these two are the brands that I use the most. G-Tech’s new
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NAB 2013: Red Giant's BulletProof and Digital Rebellion


Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 11, 2013
While roaming the NAB 2013 show floor with the FreshDV guys we stopped by the Red Giant Software booth to get an up-close look at the new data wrangling tool BulletProof. And the it was waaaay down to the back of the South Hall to visit Digital Rebellion and...
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NAB 2013: The new Blackmagic Cinema Cameras

I nosed my way in and asked a few post-production related questions
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 10, 2013
While helping the FreshDV guys with their NAB 2013 coverage I took the time to poke my nose in on their interview with Blackmagic Design about their  new Pocket Cinema Camera and
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Velarium is a new entry into the DIT data wrangling tool

A small developer launches a new tool into a crowded space
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 9, 2013
While not tool in a booth on the NAB show floor Elklight Software’s Velarium is another DIT -centric tool for the offload and transcoding of file-based, mainly DSLR, media. It takes a different approach than Red Giant Software’s
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NAB 2013: Blackmagic Design and DaVinci Resolve 10

And a really cool new hardware video scopes product
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 9, 2013
Finally, on Monday of NAB 2013 that is, I stopped by the Blackmagic Design booth with the FreshDV crew in tow to see what BMD had for us in the way of post-production. DaVinci Resolve 10 will add things like more advanced online tools, that ability to grade live signals...
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NAB 2013: A chat with Adobe about the next Premiere Pro

We don't know when it's shipping but we know what it's going to be like
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 9, 2013
As part of covering NAB 2013 with the FreshDV crew, I sat down with Adobe’s Al Mooney to discuss the recently announced next version of Adobe Premiere Pro. This was a long one so it’s a two parter. Part...
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NAB 2013: Slice X powered by Mocha, Beauty Box and NewBlueFX's Titler Pro.

A walk around some of the vendors in the plug-in pavilion.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 9, 2013
I hooked up with my friends at FreshDV to help out with their outstanding yearly NAB coverage to help them on the post-production side of things by interviewing a number of developers of post-centric products. The NAB show floor is full of things everywhere you look, some flashy, some not so flashy. Some useful, others not so useful. Our first...
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Avid announces Avid Media Composer 7 at NAB 2013

It's the under the hood stuff that editors will be most excited about
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 8, 2013
The Avid press event of NAB2013 was on Sunday night of NAB was an interesting one. There’s a ton of new products being introduced including lots of Interplay updates and additions, a big updated for ProTools (that felt like the biggest ever after watching the video) and …
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A look at Red Giant's new BulletProof

Data wrangling your digital media just got a lot easier
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 8, 2013
NAB 2013 sees a brand new product release from Red Giant Software. We usually associate the name Red Giant with plug-ins for our NLEs and our After Effects but BulletProof is a workflow tool, designed primarily to get footage off of your camera’s media cards and into a post-production pipeline. In between the beginning and the end of...
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Sorenson Squeeze 9 updates the old encoding standby

A subtle interface change and quite a few new features
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 8, 2013
NAB 2013 has seen another update to the do-all encoding application Sorenson Squeeze. This release takes the app to version 9. Some of the signature new features include an enhanced interface, pre-roll and post-roll, optimized encoding for HTML5 and closed captioning support....
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An Early Look at the Next Version of Adobe Premiere Pro

A ton of new features and changes means Premiere Pro continues to get better
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 4, 2013
With NAB 2013 just around the corner it should come as no surprise that Adobe has let their cat out of the bag by letting the world get a sneak peek at what’s coming in the next version quite a few of the Creative Suite applications that...
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Buying stock footage with the Pond5 plugin for Premiere Pro CS6

Here's a few things to be aware of and a couple that I don't understand
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 27, 2013
  Back in 2012 the stock footage company Pond5 released a plugin for Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 that allowed from easy search and download of their stock footage right from within Premiere.
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First Cut Pro is a handy, dandy online review and approval system

And every editor needs an easy way for clients to review and comment on cuts
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 22, 2013
The review, commenting and approval process is certainly an important one when it comes to getting a client to sign off on an edit and get the job out the door. How exactly you go about this task so that it is painless for both editor and client can be a very big question. If time and proximity permits having a client sit in on the...
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Timeline: A History of Editing goes digital with lots of new material

This amazing book about the history of editing is even better on iPad
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 14, 2013
Timeline: A History of Editing is an amazingly detailed book about just what the subtitle says, a history of editing. Written by John Buck, Timeline is something we’ve spoken about before but it recently got even better with the
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WooWave - the automated syncing software with the funny name

While affordable and simple to use, my syncing results weren't very encouraging
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 11, 2013
I’ve made no secret of my love for PluralEyes, the auto-syncing tool that came to market a few years...
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What's on the agenda for NAB 2013

The big conference is coming up fast. I'll be teaching some classes again this year.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 7, 2013
It’s that time of year again and we are only a month away (or less) from the 2013 National Association of Broadcasters convention. I’m sure this year will be another big year with lots of new hardware, software, toys and gizmos introduced for everyone to fondle and ogle over.
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Useful Tools for Editors: After Oscars Edition

If you're editing the next Oscar-worthy project then some of these tools might come in handy
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 26, 2013
It’s time once again for a little roundup of Useful Tools for Editors. This is the second one I’ve done since moving this category of posts back home to the Editblog. Today we’ll see a new book about Avid Media Composer,...
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Hands-on with the new TouchEdit NLE for iPad

A retro interface, lots of editing tools and the app's creator Dan Lebental answering some questions
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 18, 2013
There’s a brand new iPad app that we’ve been following for some time that has finally made its way onto the app...
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New Content Creators Report Results Announced


Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 14, 2013
We have just completed and complied the results of a comprehensive industry survey of ProVideoCoalition.com readers globally. While I do not have any predictions for 2013, I did want to share my thoughts on the findings. When looking through the 2013 Digital Content Creation Report there were a few surprises though largely most of...
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Hands on with the PROCUTX app for Final Cut Pro X

It's nice to look at but doesn't offer any significant speed improvements ... yet
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 7, 2013
If you’ve been around the internet (or social media) in the last few days then you’ve probably heard of PROCUTX. This is an iPad app (iTunes link) that is designed as a...
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Michael Kahn talks, Twitter lets us all be there

The Q and A after a recent Lincoln screening reveals some good editing advice
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 31, 2013
Last night (January 30) there was a screening of a little movie called Lincoln. After that screening there was a question and answer session with the film's editor Michael Kahn. We all know Michael Kahn as Steven...
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TouchEdit demoed live and in person at LACPUG

Thanks to the world of Twitter we can all see the presentation too
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 24, 2013
At the January 23 Los Angeles Creative Pro User Group meeting Dan Lebental was on hand to show off his iPad editing app TouchEdit. We
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Useful Tools for Editors: Welcome Back Home edition

After a few years away the Useful Tools column comes back home
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 20, 2013
One of my favorite blog categories / columns has always been the ongoing Useful Tools for Editors topic that has been a part of my coverage of our little industry since I began the Editblog many, many years ago. It was a part of my original...
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Comparing two Thunderbolt capture and playback devices

The AJA Io XT and Blackmagic UltraStudio 3D go head-to-head
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 15, 2013
With the advent of Thunderbolt a new option arrived for editors in the form of an easy to use video capture and playback interface for your editing computer that doesn’t have to sit inside a tower. Adding Thunderbolt to iMacs and laptops means portability and affordability is an option for editors like never before. Both the...
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Looking ahead to 2013 in post-production

Some random bullet points about the year ahead
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 9, 2013
The year known as 2012 is history and 2013 looms large on the horizon. It was an interesting past year in post-production with many of our tools seeing moderate to significant upgrades while others **cough MacPro cough** got virtually none. There's no sense reliving the past year since there's
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Two free iBooks for your reading pleasure

You may need an iPad but there's some good stuff here.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 5, 2013
If you’re a fan of the iPad then you’ve probably heard of iBooks Author, Apple’s electronic book authoring application that allows anyone to author and publish an iBook. The downside is that it’s mainly limited to the Apple/iOS world but the upside is we get...
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Will TouchEdit be the iPad NLE we've been waiting for?

While the design might end up being controversial, if it can export a timecoded list back to a desktop NLE then that'll be nice
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 2, 2013
Ever since iOS came along and began allowing custom apps there have been quite a few video editing applications on Apple's mobile touch platform. Along came the iPad and then the idea of a useful NLE for the touchscreen began to take shape. We've had iMovie for a while (and a lot more lesser editing apps) but it wasn't until Avid...
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Happy Holidays from Pro Video Coalition


Written by Scott Simmons  |  December 24, 2012
As the year winds down and a new one begins, all of us at Pro Video Coalition wanted to wish you and your friends and family a safe and happy holiday season. Over the next week we'll be posting some of our most popular articles from 2012 here on the front page of PVC. We wish you much success in 2013!
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Avid Media Composer 6.5.2 adds some very nice (and needed) features

With this point release it just might be worth that $500 to move from 6.0
Written by Scott Simmons  |  December 21, 2012
When Avid released Media Composer 6.5 it did so with a $500 price tag and that rubbed a lot of users the wrong way as they didn't think the update was worth that price. I kicked the tires on Media Composer 6.5 and while there were a lot...
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Editing video on a previous generation Apple iMac

... when you're used to a MacPro and you're worried there may not ever be another one.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  December 16, 2012
As Apple’s big, expandable, workhorse towers - the Mac Pro - has been seemingly left withering on the vine the last couple of years and a lot of professional editors with it. Many of those editors have moved to a laptop or an iMac as their primary edit machines rather than purchase a...
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Christmas Gift Ideas for the Editor - 2012 Edition

Here's a few ideas for that hard to buy for editor. Or for yourself
Written by Scott Simmons  |  December 11, 2012
Christmas is just a couple of weeks away (maybe less depending on when you read this). If you’ve got an editor in your life that you need to buy gifts for here’s a few things that he or she might appreciate. If you can’t find anything good here then check out some previous versions of this topic as there’s still some good...
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Early Media Composer and Final Cut Pro promo videos

And one from Media 100. See how far you NLE software has come.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  December 8, 2012
I got taken down into one of those You Tube time sucks the other day. It came courtesy of a couple of tweets by Rob G Wilson that pointed to some very old Avid Media Composer and
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Timecode calculators in the Mac App store, free but not great

It's hard to complain when apps are free though.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  December 7, 2012
I've recently moved back into good old Final Cut Pro 7 for an lengthy edit and I've found myself missing a handy dandy timecode calculator. The timecode calculator has long been a part of Avid Media Composer and it's useful to have around. Where's the first place you think to look for a Mac app these days? Why the Mac App...
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Two great new training resources for DaVinci Resolve now available


Written by Scott Simmons  |  November 30, 2012
Ever since Blackmagic Design bought DaVinci Resolve and made it affordable and/or free, there's been no shortage of training available to learn the application. While the You Tube videos are a dime a dozen, the
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CTRL+Console still looking for funding as the Kickstarter winds down

Funding is getting close as the iPad control surface gets gestures that might make it quite usable
Written by Scott Simmons  |  November 21, 2012
It's just about a week to go in the CTRL+Console Kickstarter campaign for this cool non-linear editing control interface for...
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Adobe has lots of blogs but Kevin's is the best one

If you're a Premiere Pro CS6 (After Effects too) user then bookmark this useful blog
Written by Scott Simmons  |  November 18, 2012
While recently clicking around and updating my RSS feeds in the good ‘ole Google Reader I happened upon this long, long list of Adobe blogs. Adobe is a big company so it's no surprise they have a lot of people blogging about their various corners of the company but the size of that...
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Remember DV Guru?

This old film, video , post-production site is a fun blast from the past
Written by Scott Simmons  |  November 14, 2012
If you've been around this Internet / blog thing for a while you might remember the old article aggregator DV Guru. If I remember correctly this site was part of the old Weblogs Inc. network back when it was a collection of blogs on just about every...
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Update Alert: FX Factory moves to 4.0 and now supports Premiere Pro CS6

Long having support for Adobe After Effects this is the first time for FX Factory in Premiere Pro
Written by Scott Simmons  |  November 9, 2012
Some exciting news has just come online from Noise Industries. Their always useful FX Factory product has reached 4.0 and with that update brings first ever support for Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. All the usual suspects are there as far as the FX Factory partners. This Premiere Pro CS6 support...
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Will CTRL+Console be an editing console that editors actually use?

Being that it's an iPad app my gut says no but I want to try it out anyway so I backed the Kickstarter project
Written by Scott Simmons  |  November 5, 2012
This is a very cool looking Kickstarter campaign that popped up a few days ago. CTRL+Console is an iOS-based non-linear editing controller that looks to be built from the ground up specifically for the task of video editing. The interface looks...
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Kicking the tires on Final Cut Pro X 10.0.6

An update is made, many new features are added, the Internet rejoices
Written by Scott Simmons  |  October 29, 2012
Apple has dropped a new release of Final Cut Pro X. 10.0.6 came down from the cloud on Tuesday, October 23 and delivered on the new features that Apple discussed back in April at NAB 2012. Dual viewers, RED camera support, better...
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Having fun at the GoPro HERO3 launch event

The new version of this little camera really will bring grand new images from the GoPro
Written by Scott Simmons  |  October 28, 2012
I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the GoPro HERO3 launch event on Tuesday, October 16. I went out to San Francisco to represent Studio Daily and write up my experiences on their blog.
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GoPro brings 24p to your Hero2 with the Protune update

And there's also the free GoPro Cineform Studio to quickly work with your GoPro footage
Written by Scott Simmons  |  October 15, 2012
Everyone's favorite little action camera finally got the long awaited 24p update last week. GoPro shipped Protune which means your GoPro Hero2 is only a firmware update away from a higher bit rate and 24 frames per second. The Protune news is buried down in...
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The best James Bond 007 car chase of them all

The joy of editing in yet another YouTube video
Written by Scott Simmons  |  October 7, 2012
Friday, October 5 was Global James Bond Day and I meant to post this very cool 007 car chase montage then but the day got...
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CineFlow Expo Event in Nashville TN Tuesday October 2nd

Join us for the free event: exhibits and panel discussions.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  September 26, 2012
If you are in our around the Nashville Tennessee area this coming Tuesday, October 2nd and have some time between 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm then you might be interested in the CineFlow Digital Media Expo. It's being...
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Watch big-time, live television production from inside the production truck

There's an art to live tv directing and switching. YouTube a lot of it right here.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  September 24, 2012
There was a twitter link that came across the 'net recently that was a YouTube link to some video grabbed in the...
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Amsterdam SuperMeet videos online

If you didn't make it to IBC's SuperMeet then Vimeo is the next best thing to being there
Written by Scott Simmons  |  September 17, 2012
Amsterdam Supermeet 2012 - John Brawly demo's the new Black Magic Design Cinema Camera and DaVinci Resolve 9 from
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Kicking the tires on Avid Media Composer 6.5

The 6.5 update is only evolutionary and it's not free but some of the new features and fixes are things we've been looking for.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  September 15, 2012
At IBC last week Avid dropped an new, updated version of Media Composer onto the Avid editing world. I think it surprised me a bit but only because I wasn’t looking for it. It was IBC after all and that’s as good a place as any to update an NLE. We...
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An NLE companion app is what I really wanted out of Avid Studio for iPad

Maybe we'll get something similar. Maybe from Avid, maybe from Apple, maybe from Adobe
Written by Scott Simmons  |  September 5, 2012
If you’ve been a user of the Avid Studio for iPad editing app then it’s worth noting that last week the new owners of the app, Corel, introduced the rebranded app as Pinnacle Studio 2.0. It’s a bit confusing as Avid sold the product (and a number of other assets) to Corel, Corel
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GoPro on the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma

The little camera that can was sponsor to my favorite racing series over the weekend.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  August 28, 2012
Everyone loves GoPro, makers of the very affordable, very rugged video, still and time-lapse cameras that have become a staple of extreme sports videos and any number of automotive related tv and video shows. The GoPro's extremely small size coupled with its versitle mounting system means...
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The sounds of a Sony U-Matic

These tapes and decks were big, loud and I'm sure at one time state of the art.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  August 24, 2012
I spent the better part of a day prepping and screening part of a very large archive of video tapes recently and after Instrgramming this...
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Easy stock footage search inside of Premiere Pro (and Media Composer)

NLE integration for things like stock footage search can be a real timesaver
Written by Scott Simmons  |  August 21, 2012
At some point during a recent edit that is comprised mainly of stock video I came across an incredibly handy "extension" for Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 that can search and download stock media from Pond5. It's an incredibly handy way to browse not just stock video but also music and sound...
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Working with multicam in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6

The Multi-Camera Source Sequence method of setup makes it work well, minus a couple of missing features
Written by Scott Simmons  |  August 15, 2012
I’ll be the first to admit that while multi-camera editing tools have been available in Adobe Premiere Pro for quite a while I hadn’t ever touched them until Premiere Pro CS6. I think that may be true for a lot of editors when it comes to a lot of features of Premiere Pro in general. While I had used Premiere Pro on...
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Random tweets from Edit Fest LA 2012

The event is over but the tweets will live on forever.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  August 6, 2012
If you weren't on the west coast this past weekend then you probably didn't attend Edit Fest LA. In fact you may have been right there in Los Angeles and not able to attend
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An iPad Sick Day

How Apple's little tablet helped make an otherwise unpleasant sick day somewhat productive and enjoyable (as it could be when you're sick).
Written by Scott Simmons  |  July 26, 2012
Last Friday was not a fun day in that I was pretty much laid up in bed sick all day. I’ll keep the gory details to myself but it’s quite the rarity in that (thankfully) I’m usually a rather healthy person. But there were a number of things to do that day (work related in addition to being entertained) and I was...
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Looking back at Software from the Future

Many of the features I dreamed about are now a reality
Written by Scott Simmons  |  July 12, 2012
A long time ago (running from 2007 to 2009) I used to have a category on the old Editblog called Software From the Future. The idea was to write up and mock up ideas for features that would be useful inside of non-linear editing...
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105 Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 Questions Answered

A long list of questions from the recent Premiere Pro CS6 for Final Cut Pro editors webinar
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 25, 2012
Just a couple of weeks ago I was the host of another webinar presented by Moviola Filmmaking Webinars. This one was an info packed presentation called
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The State of the Union of Final Cut Pro

Or one editor's take on the year after FCPX
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 21, 2012
Here we are one year after the release of Final Cut Pro X so it’s time for the inevitable slew of FCPX one year later blog posts so I’ll add one more to the list … we are called The Editblog after all. Opinions on FCPX are still all over the map. Many people like it, some love it, a lot still hate it and...
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PluralEyes 3 is ready for your beta testing and audio syncing

A new, stand-alone tool for what is often an important step in the post-production process
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 18, 2012
It just a week or so ago that Singular Software released a free beta of the next version of PluralEyes. This version is unlike older versions of PluralEyes in that it is more than a standalone app with a simple interface that...
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30 Final Cut Pro X Multicam Webinar Questions Answered

A bunch of questions we didn't have time to answer after the recent FCPX Multicam webinar
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 29, 2012
A couple of weeks ago I hosted a webinar with Moviola Filmmaking Webinars centered on multicam editing in Final Cut Pro X. These webinars are free to attend and available after for purchase on-demand. There’s always a ton of questions we...
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My lengthy Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 review now online

Studio Daily posted the review last week after pounding the thing on a number of edits
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 26, 2012
Last week Studio Daily published my Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 review. It’s a longie but a goodie as I tried to go into detail about what I really like and what I kinda don’t like about this brand new Premiere Pro. I had been pounding it...
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Final Cut Pro X Multicam Editing webinar now available on-demand

Plus a little screencast in this blog post on a topic we didn't get to cover.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 16, 2012
I had great fun last week presenting the Final Cut Pro X multicam editing webinar for Moviola Filmmaking Webinars. It was a lightning fast 90 minutes and we covered a lot of ground but we didn’t get through everything I wanted to cover. The...
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10 Final Cut Pro things FCP editors might be missing in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6

These are a few of the things that I found myself searching for as I've been moving over to Premiere Pro CS6 as a FCP 7 replacement
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 12, 2012
Adobe is making a big play for Final Cut Pro users with their CS6 release of Premiere Pro. It’s vastly improved over the Premiere Pro of old and is a lot like Final Cut Pro. There’s even a keyboard shortcut layout for Final Cut Pro users. But it is a totally different application than our old Final Cut...
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A collection of Avid Media Composer related links for my NAB Migrating to Avid class

I promised to post a bunch of helpful links for migrating editors so here they are.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 4, 2012
With the 2012 NAB show a thing of the past that means the Post|Production world conference is a thing of the past too. One of the classes I taught this year was
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An elegant iPhone timecode calculator

UPDATE: ALL THE FREE CODES ARE GONE Panoptik has created a very good looking, easy to use timecode calculator
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 2, 2012
Many, many years ago I wondered if we were going to get some good filmmaking apps for the iPhone. That was 4 years ago and it didn’t take long for
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Random notes from my first "real world" Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 edit

The new Premiere continues to impress.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 1, 2012
I was fortunate to get my hands on an early release of Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 and an edit that came up last week seemed like the perfect place to test it out. It wasn’t an overly complex edit, a 3 minute piece shot on RED with interviews and b-roll. I cut the offline and it...
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NAB 2012: SpectraCal

This may be one of the most affordable monitor color calibration systems.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 28, 2012
One little booth I happened to come by as I walked the NAB show floor was SpectraCal. A bright red screen with a little device attached to it was all that I needed to stop by and check it out. SpectraCal was showing their solutions for measuring and calibrating accurate color on your client and...
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NAB 2012: Apple and Final Cut Pro X

Apple has meeting offsite but their products had a huge presence on the show floor.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 26, 2012
Apple didn’t have a booth at the 2012 NAB show, and no one expected them to. Even though no one was surprised they weren’t there a lot of folks commented that they thought it would’ve been more appropriate than ever given that Apple now has a shipping version of Final Cut Pro X. But Apple’s presence was felt all...
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NAB 2012: Lightworks

And don't forget about the little red shark
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 24, 2012
One company that I wanted to be sure and check out at this year’s NAB was EditShare see how they’re coming with Lightworks. I don’t have a Windows machine so I haven’t been able to download it. Their Mac version has fallen behind schedule but they were showing a Linux...
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NAB 2012: Baselight for Avid Media Composer

When this $995 plug-in ships it'll be pretty much the only color grading plug-in for Media Composer
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 24, 2012
Filmlight was taking time in their booth on the NAB show floor to demo their upcoming Baselight for Avid Media Composer plug-in. It was an early build and when it ships it will be another part of their
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NAB 2012: Quantel new Pablo and Neo Nano

One of the high-end finishing, color grading and DI stations goes software only with a second panel option.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 24, 2012
If you’re lucky enough to work in the rarified air that is Quantel then you’re probably well aware of all their product offerings. If you’re not then it’s worth noting that Quantel has entered into the “lower cost” post-production arena by introducing lower cost...
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NAB 2012: Promise Technology's portable Thunderbolt J4 and J2

Thunderbolt is beginning to live up to it's promise of small, fast and portable storage. Affordable remains to be seen.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 21, 2012
Promise Technology has become a major player in the relatively new Thunderbolt storage market and their Pegasus RAIDs were all over the NAB show floor. If you’ve never seen a Pegasus RAID,...
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NAB 2012: NewBlueFX Titler Pro


Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 21, 2012
NewBlue, Inc. is a software developer that had a booth in the South Hall’s plug-in pavilion. They were showing their NewBlue Titler, a dedicated title creation and animation tool that resides in most all the major NLEs. It has a clean, simple interface that didn’t look like it breaks any new...
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NAB 2012: PluralEyes 3.0 from Singular Software

Believe it or not I think tiny little PluralEyes 3.0 is the NAB 2012 product I'm most looking forward to using.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 21, 2012
One of my favorite products being shown at NAB 2012 is the upcoming PluralEyes 3.0 from Singular Software. Many of use have been using PluralEyes for a lot of years now in all of our NLEs but when PluralEyes 3.0 ships, probably this summer, you’ll see a totally different and cleverly...
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NAB 2012: Technicolor CineLights from the GoPro booth

A simple, affordable color correction application for the GoPro crowd might be useful in other circles as well
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 21, 2012
I wandered into GoPro’s rather large booth on Thursday morning as they had both a Porsche 911 and Ford GT40 on display with a ton of GoPros attached. An announcement late in the NAB week was that an update to the tiny GoPro cameras would finally
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My top 5 (or so) Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 features

There's a lot packed into the upgrade. It's not perfect but it makes a big leap forward.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 12, 2012
The cat is out of the bag on the Adobe CS6 Production Premium. It isn’t shipping yet but I’ve been able test out some of the CS6 products for a few weeks now. While there’s big additions and changes in the entire...
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How to preview Avid Media Composer's MXF files for free without Media Composer

Calibrated Software makes some very handy tools for the working video professional
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 6, 2012
Here’s a handy little tip for viewing and previewing Avid Media Composer .MXF files outside of Media Composer itself. It came up via Twitter recently and it’s one of those little tips that I can’t believe I didn’t know before now. It’s mainly for those moments when you wonder … “what’s in...
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My NAB 2012 Post|Production World classes

Shameless self-promotion about the NAB conference classes that I'm leading in just a couple of weeks.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 3, 2012
I’m very excited to once again be teaching several classes at the 2012 NAB Post|Production world conference. It’s going to be much busier this year than years past as I’m
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Baselight for Final Cut Pro is one of the most powerful legacy FCP grading plugins ever

It's a little sad to see such a new, powerful tool come along this late in legacy FCP's life
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 20, 2012
At NAB 2011 FilmLight surprised most everyone with a preview of their Baselight for Final Cut Pro plugin. It was surprising because I think many people expected them to release a lower cost, Mac-based version of their flagship Baselight color grading tool. Instead they showed a...
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ARRI's DNxHD Alexa update, Sorenson Squeeze Pro and OP this, OP that

Understanding the different DNxHD MXF formats and getting that into Media Composer
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 16, 2012
ARRI has begun to ship its DNxHD update for their Alexa camera. This announcement that the Alexa would get DNxHD as an onboard recording option (besides ProRes) was welcome news to post-production people like myself who use Avid Media Composer. While ProRes is...
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What's happening at NAB 2012?

Just trying to compile a list of what's going on at NAB 2012. Do you have anything to add?
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 5, 2012
The big National Association of Broadcasters convention is just over a month away. It's a week of fun, fellowship, education, parties and more gear than your brain can handle. There's a ton of both official and unofficial events that happen during the day and in the evening. There's...
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The C300 short Hustle and some before and after images

A bunch of BOSCPUG folks get together to make a short
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 27, 2012
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Tip Tuesday: Disable a clip in the Avid Media Composer timeline

It's not as nice as a built-in clip enable / clip disable contextual menu but it works.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 22, 2012
In honor of TipTuesday over on Twitter I thought I'd share this simple Avid Media Composer tip that I use to counter the lack of a clip enable / disable feature in Media Composer. It's all about saving an effect and getting easy access to that saved effect....
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Testing the 7toX Final Cut Pro 7 to Final Cut Pro X conversion

We finally get a tool to do what we thought would be possible from FCPX v1.0.0
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 12, 2012
When Apple released the latest Final Cut Pro X update there was a very important 3rd party utility released right alongside the 10.0.3 update that finally allowed the importing of legacy FCP7 projects into FCPX. It wasn't entirely surprising that it was Intelligent Assistance...
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Q and A with Bunim/Murray's Mark Raudonis about their recent Avid switch

If you haven't heard they have moved from FCP7 to Media Composer
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 8, 2012
Back in January news broke that reality television producers Bunim/Murray were switching their post-production facilities from Final Cut Pro to Avid Media Composer. This probably didn't come as a great shock to anyone who follows...
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Kicking the tires on the Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 Multicam update

The ease of setup and managing multicam clips makes this the best FCPX update yet
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 6, 2012
As we all know by now Apple released their promised update to Final Cut Pro X that added multicam. It's only been a week and there's already a lot of articles and tutorials about how this new feature works. I sat down with it some over the weekend to kick the tires and see how it performed. What follows are some thoughts, notes and...
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Update Alert: Final Cut Pro X goes to 10.0.3

A big update adds multicam, manual relinking, broadcast monitoring and the ability to move a project over from FCP7
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 1, 2012
Is it early 2012? It is and Apple has kept its promise with an update that takes Final Cut Pro X to 10.0.3. The promised features are there as well including what looks like an interesting and well thought-out multicam implementation. Broadcast monitoring is there too...
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Adobe teases Prelude at the San Francisco Supermeet, FCPUG changes its name

The Adobe sneak looks intriguing. Makes me excited for CS6.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 28, 2012
From the looks of Twitter last night there were a couple of surprises at the Friday evening's San Francisco Supermeet. First bit of news I saw was that Final Cut Pro User Group (FCPUG) has decided to drop the Final Cut Pro designation from their name to become the Creative Pro User...
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Tangent Element panels are now shipping

DaVinci Resolve isn't listed as being supported as of yet. Hopefully soon.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 28, 2012
Word came out today from Tangent Devices that the first Element panels are now shipping. If you don't remember the
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Avid Media Composer 6 review online

Plus a few other Media Composer 6 bits and pieces
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 24, 2012
Last week a review that I wrote of Avid Media Composer 6 went online over at Studio Daily. Here's the link so if you're interested in what I think is a rather thorough review that tries to go beyond just bullet points and a feature list...
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Update Alert: Magic Bullet Suite 11.2

Avid Media Composer 6 support for Magic Bullet Looks is the big highlight
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 23, 2012
Red Giant Software must have been doing some work over the holidays (that or they've had a busy 2012 thus far) as just over week ago we saw an update to Magic Bullet Suite. Beside offering full Mac OS X Lion...
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Update Alert: FxFactory 3.0

A solid update to the popular plug-in tool brings new effects, new development partners including Nattress
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 12, 2012
A big update just hit the Final Cut Pro / Adobe After Effects world this week with Noise Industries FxFactory 3. This update to the popular plug-in architecture introduces not just a lot of new effects but a new interface to the actual FxFactory...
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The new Fotoshop by Adob© can change the way you look!

A great little video that is certainly worth sharing
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 11, 2012
Fotoshop by Adob© from Jesse Rosten on
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Did you know MPEG Streamclip could convert YouTube videos?

I didn't. But I'm happy to know that now.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 9, 2012
File this post under "how in the hell did I not know MPEG Streamclip could do this!" This being take the URL of a YouTube video and convert it into a usable file. That is one of those tasks that has come up time and time again and I've often struggled with how to make it happen. I'm not sure how long MPEG Streamclip has had this...
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New That Post Show: Edit Pro Supergood

New episode is a discussion of Avid Media Composer and Final Cut Pro X
Written by Scott Simmons  |  December 19, 2011
Just over a week ago I enjoyed sitting in on another episode of That Post Show where we had a calm and rational (mostly) discussion of Avid Media Composer 6 and Apple Final Cut Pro X. While it might seem these two NLEs are rather far apart in their perception and target market they...
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Clean those Adobe Media Cache Files

And reclaim some drive space in the process
Written by Scott Simmons  |  December 11, 2011
I learned something today about Adobe Premiere Pro that I was unaware of. The application creates a media cache when it imports media and that media cache seems to default to the system drive in the user Library folder. This cache can balloon in size over a period of time as I found out when cleaning up a drive. But it can be easily...
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Christmas Gift Ideas for the Editor in Your Life

Forward this link to your loved ones for some buying ideas for the hard-to-buy-for editor.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  December 8, 2011
Yet another holiday season is upon us. What do you get for the editor in your life who may or may not have everything? Here's a few suggestions that just might help a loved one create a shopping list so send them a link to this blog post. You could also forward them
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Kicking the Tires on Avid Media Composer 6

The rewritten application is now 64 bit, all new and yet very familiar at the same time.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  November 21, 2011
Avid Media Composer 6 began shipping last week after being announced just under a month ago. The release has seen quite a bit of press as it was teased back...
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The Adobe Premiere Pro timeline for Final Cut Pro users

Editors spend so much time in the timeline it's worth an in-depth look
Written by Scott Simmons  |  November 7, 2011
When working in a non-linear editing application the editor spends many, many hours working in the timeline. Boy do we spend a lot of hours working in the timeline. If you're moving from Final Cut Pro 7 to Adobe Premiere Pro 5.5 then you won't be totally lost as there are a lot of similarities between the two application's timelines....
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Avid Media Composer 6 is announced and it's moving into the future

An updated interface, 64 bit and more 3rd party hardware support are among the highlights
Written by Scott Simmons  |  November 4, 2011
Today was the day for the Avid webcast where they announced a new version of Media Composer. Version 6 will ship on November 15 and may be one of the most important releases of Media Composer since … well version 5.0. Version 5 ushered in the big change that is the Smart Tools and caused quite a ruckus amongst old timers. Version 6...
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All of the Automatic Duck plug-ins are now free

With the move toward Adobe Auto Duck is doing a solid for the editing and post community
Written by Scott Simmons  |  October 29, 2011
It was just over a month ago that the post-production community was surprised by the news that the perennial workflow / transfer tools from Automatic Duck were suddenly gone. If you've been under a rock get up to speed on that news here and
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A report on Walter Murch's talk at the Boston SuperMeet

Thanks to Chris Portal for taking pictures and summarizing Murch's talk
Written by Scott Simmons  |  October 28, 2011
I wasn't able to make it to the October 27 Boston SuperMeet though I really, really wanted to go. With a lineup that included the editor of Apocalypse Now and The English Patient, that would be Walter Murch of course, as well as
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A lesson learned from my FCPX to Resolve roundtrips

FCPX can lose its links to media (and send clips offline) if the files are modified by another application.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  October 17, 2011
I learned a hard lesson today about Final Cut Pro X after doing some roundtrip testing between FCPX and the newly released Resolve 8. That lesson was to be very careful when using clips that FCPX is...
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Update Alert: DaVinci Resolve 8.1: FCPX support, lots of little things

This latest update allows roundtripping to and from FCPX as well as refinements for other workflows
Written by Scott Simmons  |  October 15, 2011
The engineers over at Blackmagic Design continue their mad dash to update and upgrade DaVinci Resolve. The end of last week saw the release of Resolve 8.1. This comes after the huge 7 to 8 upgrade we saw earlier in the year but this incremental update to 8.1 adds...
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A Few Recent Avid Media Composer Finds

During a recent long-form edit I came across a few new (to me at least) Avid discoveries
Written by Scott Simmons  |  October 14, 2011
I'm just finishing up a three week edit using Avid Media Composer. I enjoy longer-form projects like this one as I always find myself learning something new about the non-linear editing tool that I'm using for that extended period of time. While I'm in and out of these editing tools nearly everyday (be it Avid, FCP or Premiere Pro) it's...
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A short Q and A with Automatic Duck about their Adobe move

Auto Duck is retooling their company as its co-founder moves to Adobe
Written by Scott Simmons  |  October 7, 2011
A bit of surprising news came across the tubes just the other day about one of the workhorse tool companies of post-production. That news was that Automatic Duck, and its founder and face man Wes Plate, had been scooped up by Adobe. It was quite a surprise to me as...
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Steve Jobs 1955 - 2011

If you haven't seen his 2005 Stanford Commencement speech then watch it now
Written by Scott Simmons  |  October 6, 2011
It's a classic.As an editor and post-production professional I say thanks for a lot of Steve's products, from Macs to iPhones and especially Final Cut Studio.
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Kicking the tires on the Final Cut Pro X 10.0.1 update

The first update for FCPX gains some big features
Written by Scott Simmons  |  September 21, 2011
Today was the day that many of us who've been following the Final Cut Pro X saga have been waiting for. An update hit the Mac App Store this morning that took FCPX to version 10.0.1. That update is small in number (more on that in a bit) but rather big in features as
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You may move your Get license to Boris Soundbite

Current Get phonetic search tool users will be able to crossgrade their license
Written by Scott Simmons  |  September 18, 2011
I missed this bit of news concerning the now defunct Get phonetic dialog search tool from AVC Software. Any current owners of Get will be able to get a free crossgrade upon the release of
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Detailed demo of the Baselight for FCP7 plug-in

The best overview yet of what looks to be a very powerful color grading plug-in.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  September 7, 2011
Right around the time of NAB 2011 rumors began floating around that Filmlight was going to release a Macintosh-based software only version of their Baselight color grading product. It made sense as a rumor as many...
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Phonetic dialog search returns as Soundbite from Boris

Still powered by Nexidia, it's Get under new management
Written by Scott Simmons  |  August 25, 2011
A few weeks ago we published a couple of
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Some Avid Tools You Might Not Already Be Using

Here's a few things in Media Composer that makes editing faster and easier
Written by Scott Simmons  |  August 23, 2011
Most all of the tools we use in post-production are quite full featured. They've been updated over many years with features added along the way. Avid Media Composer is one of the most full featured of the non-linear editors out there. I've had several occasion where I've been working with other MC users and they ask "how'd you do that?"...
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Update Alert: Avid Media Composer 5.5.3 for Lion

This release is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6.7, 10.6.8 v1.1, and 10.7.0 (Lion)

Written by Scott Simmons  |  August 18, 2011
If you're an Avid Media Composer user then this is an update you might want to know about. This version 5.5.3 of Media Composer (as well as NewsCutter v9.5.3, and Symphony v5.5.3) was released August 17 and qualifies several versions of Mac OSX including the Lion release of 10.7.0. These are big downloads, weighing in at around 2 gigs....
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Nexidia comments on the demise of Get for Final Cut Pro

Expect the dialog search tool to return under a different name
Written by Scott Simmons  |  August 4, 2011
After posting a little news item the other day about the demise of Get for Final Cut Pro I spoke at some length with Drew Lanham of
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Attend the FCPX Now What? Event

A panel discussion about what? FCPX of course.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  August 4, 2011
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Have you got phonetic search tool Get for FCP? Good, cause it's gone

Apparently the software has been discontinued ... for some reason or another.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  July 30, 2011
Remember the super cool phonetic searching tool for Final Cut Pro Get? This was an amazing software tool made to complement FCP that could phonetically search...
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Notes from using Premiere Pro in a real-world, client-in-the-room edit

Premiere Pro has come a long way and is a real alternative for FCP users looking for a quick switch.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  July 27, 2011
Adobe Premiere Pro has been back in the post-production public consciousness for quite a while. Now at version 5.5 it feels like Adobe began really pushing it when the Mercury Playback Engine was added in 5. I've been toying with it off and on for quite a while now but with the recent release of Final Cut Pro X I wanted to give it a...
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100 Final Cut Pro X Questions Answered

These are questions asked before, during and after recent FCPX webinar
Written by Scott Simmons  |  July 17, 2011
Recently I hosted a Final Cut Pro X Hands On Tour webinar for FilmmakingWebinars.com. It was a great event with 90 minutes of FCPX for over 800 people attending. (
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Tweets from Avid's Committed to the Professional event

No blockbuster news but there seemed to be a few surprises from what I could tell.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  July 14, 2011
On Wednesday evening Avid held its Committed to the Professional event on the Warner Brothers Studio lot in Burbank California. The event was announced just over a week ago in a blog post by...
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First ever Atlanta Cutters user group meeting in late July

The event is free so get registered today.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  July 12, 2011
Normally I probably wouldn't post an announcement about the formation of a new user group since there are film/video user groups all over the country but this one is just down the road a couple of hours from my home turf so I wanted to point it out. Atlanta Cutters, Atlanta's post-production...
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Update Alert! Pro Maintenance Tools

Digital Rebellion has made a recent move to support other NLEs besides Final Cut Pro.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  July 12, 2011
If you been a Final Cut Pro users for any real length of time you've probably heard of FCS Maintenance Pack, that was a suite of tools from Digital...
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Cutting It Close Live! FCPX show archive online

Last night's round robin FCPX discussion is now online
Written by Scott Simmons  |  July 10, 2011
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My Final Cut Pro X review now online

Click over to Studio Daily for the review
Written by Scott Simmons  |  July 7, 2011
The Editblog has been relatively quiet on the subject of Final Cut Pro X (with the exception of the burning questions and
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Reminder: Basics of Avid for the FCP editor articles

These are a couple of years old but still has some good info for the switcher
Written by Scott Simmons  |  July 6, 2011
Ever since the release of Final Cut Pro X I've gotten quite a few emails and messages asking about resources for Final Cut Pro editors migrating to Avid Media Composer. While I don't know of a specific switching book I thought it might be helpful to point out a couple of articles that I published here on the Editblog a couple of years...
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Update alert! Magic Bullet Suite 11 and DaVinci Resolve 8

One is a new update and one is shipping from an NAB announcement
Written by Scott Simmons  |  July 3, 2011
Two big software updates have recently dropped. Red Giant Software released version 11 of Magic Bullet Suite including a new product in the suite called Cosmo. Meanwhile Blackmagic...
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A Final Cut Pro X timeline OMF'd into Adobe Audition

No real commentary here other than seeing track how it turned out
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 30, 2011
We all know that Final Cut Pro X doesn't yet support import / export of XML data. And there's no OMF export out of the box either. Automatic Duck is offering OMF export via their Pro Export FCP. As a test I exported a short OMF sequence out of FCPX...
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The Final Cut Pro X video to end all FCPX videos

Give this one a watch asap as it might not last all that long.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 27, 2011
I have no title for this from Jeffery Harrell on Vimeo.No matter what your...
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Free Upcoming Final Cut Pro X Webinar, free FCPX podcast

We all keep talking about Final Cut Pro X
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 27, 2011
As if there's isn't enough Final Cut Pro X stuff out there on the web a week after its release, I want to pimp a couple of things that I've been involved in regarding Final Cut Pro X. First is the return of That Post Show (
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Those Burning Final Cut Pro X Questions Answered

The answers aren't all good but based on rumors they were expected.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 22, 2011
Well here we are into the first official evening of Final Cut Pro X's release out into the world. It's been a busy day and a Twitter search will show a good bunch of love, a whole lot of hate and a little bit in-between. There were a
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My burning questions about Final Cut Pro X

If rumors are right they may be answered next week.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 17, 2011
As we sit what might be less than a week out from Final Cut Pro X's release (if the rumors hold true) there's been a new firestorm of controversy that erupted after fcp.co posted some YouTube videos from a recent LAFCPUG...
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Study says prolonged sitting may be as dangerous as smoking

While it's probably not that simple that doesn't sound good for post-pros
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 14, 2011
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EditFest NY only a few days away

Get registered for the June 10 - 11 even in New York City
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 7, 2011
Are you an editor in New York City? I really wish I was going to be there June 10 and 11 for EditFest NY. What is EditFest? Here's a quote from the EditFest NY website: "Over two tightly-programmed days,...
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Adobe's Speech Analysis is still chugging along in Premiere Pro CS5.5

It's still far from perfect but as a time-saving tool it saved me quite a few keystrokes
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 2, 2011
When Adobe introduced CS4 they also introduced a new feature that many thought would be the suite's first real killer feature: Speech Transcription. I think the fantasy might have been this: gone was the day of paying a human to transcribe footage as the machines could finally do it for us. That wasn't the reality as the results were...
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Want to beta test some maintenance tools for Avid and Premiere Pro?

Digital Rebellion seeks help from Mac users.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 1, 2011
If you've been using Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Studio for any length of time then you're probably aware of FCS Maintenance Pack. It's an incredibly useful set of tools from Digital Rebellion that aims to help diagnose, troubleshoot and fix problems with...
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Update Alert! Apple ProKit 7.0

A few fixes for FCP, Motion, Soundtrack and Logic
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 18, 2011
Yesterday Apple pushed out a Pro Applications update in the form of ProKit 7.0 for Snow Leopard 10.6.6 and later. It doesn't look to be anything more than some minor issues with FCP, Motion, Soundtrack Pro and the...
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NVIDIA's Quadro 4000 for Mac, more affordable speed for the right application

Cheaper and smaller than the Quadro FX 4800, the 4000 can greatly compliment the right application.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 11, 2011
It's been several months since NVIDIA released their newest graphics card for the Macintosh. The Quadro 4000 for Mac uses their newest GPU architecture called Fermi. This card packs a whopping 256 cores onto a card that is half the physical size of the older...
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Update Alert! Magic Bullet Grinder

A free update to version 1.5 adds some nice features
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 6, 2011
I really like good, focused, affordable post-production tools. Magic Bullet Grinder, one of the most focused tools of all, was updated today to take...
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New version of the Canon FCP Log & Transfer plug-in

Biggest change seems to be addressing folders structure issues
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 27, 2011
There's a new version of the Canon EOS MOVIE Plugin-E1 for Final Cut Pro Log and Transfer plug-in that...
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Here we are nearly a week after the Final Cut Pro X sneak preview

I'm more excited about trying FCP X now than I was then but it's still very iMovie-looking.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 18, 2011
The most interesting tid-bit to come out of the whole Final Cut Pro X preview at Tuesday night's SuperMeet came not during the hour long on-stage demo but rather it was during the time after as I walked around the SuperMeet expo and...
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Pomfort Silverstack SET, workflow solution for on-set use

This iPhone video from the NAB show floor is an offload, back-up and transfer option.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 15, 2011
One interesting tool that I wanted to get a look at before leaving NAB 2011 was Silverstack SET from
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A bit more about Baselight for FCP via iPhone video

Plus Filmlight announced the Baselight plug-in is coming soon for Nuke as well
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 15, 2011
I stopped back by the Filmlight tent on the last day of NAB to grab a quick iPhone video demo of
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FCP X is shown to the world. Flashy things are seen, questions are asked

As cool as the demo was we are left with many more questions than answers.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 13, 2011
All the Final Cut Pro hype culminated tonight we some 1700 people filed into the Bally's Event center for the 2011 SuperMeet to get a sneak preview of the next Final Cut Pro. Once the...
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Baselight for FCP is coming, part of an overall Baselight strategy

At under $1,000 Baselight for FCP won't be cheap but it will be useful
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 12, 2011
One of the more interesting products I saw at NAB on Monday was Baselight for Final Cut Pro. One of the coolest things was the new Baselight Blackboard 2 control surface (check out the video...
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ScopeBox 3 delivers software scopes for Mac for only $99

The price is coming down from near $700 to $99.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 12, 2011
I stopped by the Divergent Media booth to check out their updated ScopeBox version 3software. You might remember ScopeBox was a near $700 when it came along quite a few years ago. This newest version is going to be a totally different business model
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DaVinci Resolve goes to 8, goes multilayer, goes free

It's quite an impressive upgrade and exactly where Resolve needed to go.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 12, 2011
I was excited to see DaVinci Resolve 8 when I walked into the NAB show floor. I was even more excited to see that version 8 supports a multi-layer timeline as that's has always felt like one of Resolve's limiting features. 8 wasn't the only...
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Adobe Premiere Pro hits 5.5

The incremental update gets some new features, Mercury still screams
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 11, 2011
Here we are at NAB again and here's another release of Adobe Premiere Pro (and the entire Creative Suite). This year's release isn't quite the watershed release that last year's CS5 was but Premiere Pro CS5.5 packs some very nice updated features in...
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Avid announces FCP cross-grade, other stuff at NAB

The $995 cross-grade from FCP to Media Composer is an Avid first
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 11, 2011
Avid held their press event on Sunday evening of NAB at the beautiful Aria hotel. The stage was decked out in Avid purple and we heard from several Avid executives including CEO Gary Greenfield. While there weren't many big announcements that really fit into the world we cover here at the Editblog they did announce a
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Baselight introduces Baselight on Final Cut Pro

Along comes another high-end color grading option for the rest of us
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 9, 2011
One of the first big announcements out of the NAB gate comes from Filmlight and it involves their Baselight product line. The overall news is an update to Baselight (taking it to version 4.3) and a new Blackboard 2 control surface. But the biggest surprise comes in the form of...
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One of those NAB Where I'll Be posts

There's a lot to see, classes to teach and people to meet
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 9, 2011
It seems that many folks who work in this little biz we call the film and video production industry will be at NAB. And there's quite a few of those that also have a blog or website of some sort. I'll go ahead and add a post to the usual batch of where I'll be at NAB kind topics, not because I think I'm important enough to that it needs...
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Kicking the tires on Avid Media Composer 5.5

An almost major update packs quite a few nice, new features.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 2, 2011
It was a few weeks ago that Avid shipped another update to Media Composer, this time moving 5.0 to 5.5. It wasn't the huge update that we saw in 5.0 but it continues to add features and bug...
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Video post-production: a 2011 top career that is dying

The research analysts have spoken so it must be true
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 30, 2011
If you were wandering around the Twitter world this morning you might have seen discussion of a Wall Street Journal story that listed "video post production services" as one of the top 10 dying industries!...
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Lightworks Touch: an NLE from the past

A dedicated unit such as this might make editing a bit more pleasant
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 29, 2011
One of the booths I'm most excited about hitting at this year's NAB show is the Editshare booth to check out their...
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ProxyMill - the encoder that can encode just about every camera format out there

Including XDCAM directly to ProRes. I'm sure there's some camera that ProxyMill can't encode but it seems to do more than most any I've used.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 23, 2011
I don't do a lot of XDCAM work. Before the Canon revolution it seemed there was a lot more Panasonic HXV200 shooting than XDCAM in my market. But that recently changed as two Sony EX-1 projects came on board. As I was figuring out workflow for the first time I was researching the best way to get the media to ProRes for a Final Cut Pro...
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Book Review: Alexis Van Hurkman's Color Correction Handbook

This is a MUST read for those interested in color grading and a SHOULD read for everyone else.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 18, 2011
If you're wanting to learn more about post-production then you've got quite a few areas where you can target studies. There's creative editing and storytelling (of course), there's audio mixing and sound design, there's the technical world of editing where you're dealing with workflow and media organization, there's graphics, effects...
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More random, mindless speculation about the new Final Cut Pro

Even I admit, this is way too many words written about something we know virtually nothing about (though I hope there's some food for thought here).
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 14, 2011
Here we are a couple of weeks past what is just slightly more than a rumor about the next version of Apple's Final Cut Pro. Let's call it FCPx as someone on Twitter stated and not FCP Awesome as was tweeted by another. I like FCPx for the mindless...
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My two Post|Production World sessions I'm leading at NAB 2011

One on Avid Media Composer and one on Music Video Workflows
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 7, 2011
The National Association of Broadcasters convention is just over 1 month away (conferences April 9 - 14 and exhibits April 11 - 14). That's hard to believe since it seems like we just wrapped NAB 2010.
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All of the 2011 28 Days of Quicktips quicktips all in one place

We really ended up with 31 thanks to the great Reader Submitted Quicktips
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 4, 2011
February 2011 has come and gone and with the onset of March, the 2011 edition of the Editblog's 28 Days of Quicktips has come to a close. We first did this in 2009 and with all the positive...
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Quicktips 2011 Day 31: Using the FCP Change Speed Segment

March 3, 2011 - This little known FCP speed tool can help with clip speed manipulation
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 3, 2011
I came across a little tool in Final Cut Pro the other day that I had never before explored so I thought it was worth sharing as one of the last Quicktips in this 2011 edition of 28 Days of Quicktips (now on day 31). It's called Change Speed Segment... and I found it when I was mapping the regular...
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Quicktips 2011 Day 30 follow-up for the Day 27 Speed up FCP's XDCAM export

Further tests from this Reader Quicktip shows there might be more to this than originally posted.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 2, 2011
This original Reader Quicktip about speeding up the FCP XDCAM export that came to us from
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Quicktips 2011 Day 29: Unlocking bins in Avid Unity

February 29, 2011 - Here's a tip for dealing with locked bins when working in Avid Unity
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 1, 2011
This reader submitted Quicktip comes from Brendan McCullough. This is a tip for when you encounter a locked bin while working on an Avid Unity system. I don't work on a Unity so I haven't ever encountered this myself but it looks like a nice, sneaky little tip. I...
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Quicktips 2011 Day 28: Playback Media Composer clips via thumbnails

February 28, 2011 - When in Frame view in an Avid bin you can playback the thumbnails
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 28, 2011
In one of the earlier Quicktips I showed scrubbing through clips in a Final Cut Pro bin via the Thumbnail bin column. In...
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Quicktips 2011 Day 27: Speed up FCP's XDCAMexport

February 27, 2011 - Conforming XDCAM can take a while but this tips speeds it up
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 27, 2011
This Reader Quicktip comes to us from James Stuckey Weber and it's a tip to speed up the exporting process of the XDCAM format in Final Cut Pro. I don't do a lot of XDCAM export from FCP so I can't confirm the rather dramatic speed-up this tip claims but I can't deny it...
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Quicktips 2011 Day 26: Use a zero in front of a number for better sorting

February 26, 2011 - Putting a zero in front of single digit numbers sorts them properly
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 26, 2011
Today's Quicktip almost seems like a no-brainer but I'm surprised that I still see projects come in the door where items have been numbered in a bin 1, 2, 3 --- 10, 11, 12 instead of 01, 02, 03 --- 10, 11, 12. Why add the zero? So when you sort the items by name in the bin they are sorted properly.Again, this is...
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Quicktips 2011 Day 25: Two Avid tips for Friday

February 25, 2011 - These Reader Quicktips are great for the advanced Media Composer user
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 25, 2011
Today we have two Avid Media Composer Quicktips that come to us from Ra-ey Saleh, a Symphony Online Editor working in Sydney. There's two tips here, one for the ever popular Avid Paint effect and one great tip for playing back the edit while in Color Correction mode.Here's Ra-ey's tips:1)...
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The existence of a new FCP is confirmed. The world rejoices.

Add in Thunderbolt and Lion and it's been a promising day for the Mac professional.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 25, 2011
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Quicktips 2011 Day 24: Access FCP's timeline keyframe editor

February 24, 2011 - You can animate and keyframe filters and motion parameters right in the FCP timeline
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 24, 2011
Everyone who edits with Final Cut Pro knows that you have full access to animating and keyframing parameters via the Viewer. Double-click a clip in the timeline and it loads in the Viewer. There you can keyframe parameters in the Motion tab or parameters of any filter that might be applied. But you can also do this in the timeline as...
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Quicktips 2011 Day 23: moving all keyframes on a shot in FCP

February 23, 2011 - If you've keyframed a shot in FCP you can move all the keyframes at once in the FCP timeline
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 23, 2011
This reader Quicktip comes over from Steve Sabban and it's a follow-up to Quicktip number 7: changing FCP filters lengths partially...
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Time lapse of a Television Editor

25 days in 3 minute and 9 seconds
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 23, 2011
Are you curious about what a television editor does? Are you a fan of Chuck? Then this video is for you.It's about 25 days of episodic television editing and...
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Quicktips 2011 Day22: Add Virtual Cuts to Avid Clip Based on Tracks Beneath

February 22, 2011 - This Reader Quicktip could be a real Avid Media Composer timesaver
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 22, 2011
Here's a really cool Avid Media Composer Reader Quicktip that comes from Evan Schiff. It's quite clever and I didn't have a clue you could do this. It can come in handy if you ever have a piece of media that is a self-contained edit and you need to add edit points to that...
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Tribute to Michael Kahn, A.C.E.

The legendary editor received a Lifetime Achievement Award last Saturday night
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 22, 2011
Tribute to Michael Kahn, A.C.E. from Carsten Kurpanek on Vimeo.If you haven't heard, the American Cinema Editors...
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Quicktips 2011 Day 21: Change multiple FCP audio clip levels at once

February 21, 2011 - This Reader Quicktip is an option for changing levels and parameters for multiple FCP audio clips
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 21, 2011
This Reader Quicktip comes from Matt Larson and is sort of a workaround for Final Cut Pro lack of ability to change source audio parameters of multiple clips at once. It's the kind of thing that can come in very handy when you have a very full bin of clips and changing them one at...
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Quicktips 2011 Day 20: One of the most simple, handy Quicktips ever

February 20, 2011 - This Quicktip is so simple, yet so brilliant and can be utilized by most anyone
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 20, 2011
This Quicktip is a bit off the topic of editing and post-production but it's a simple tip for Sunday and it can probably be utilized by most any editor who has a desk and has a lot of wires snaking up and around the desk. Credit for finding this one goes to Shane...
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Quicktips 2011 Day 19: Rename your Avid MXF folders

February 19, 2011 - This Reader Quicktip can help with the organization of your Avid media folders
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 19, 2011
A great Reader Quicktip came over the other day from Rob Wilson. It's a nice tip for doing a little surgery in your Avid Media Files folder that can help with organization and being able to identify the media files that goes with a particular project.
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Quicktips 2011 Day 18: Two FCP tips for today's Quicktip

February 18, 2011 - There's 2 Reader Quicktips here, timeline preferences and preferred effects
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 18, 2011
Today's a Reader Quicktip that is actually two tips from Final Cut Pro and After Effects trainer Clay Asbury. One tips is how he likes to setup his default FCP timeline settings and one is about using FCP's Effect Availability option.Take it away...
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Quicktips 2011 Day 17: Using extended markers to create subsclips

February 17, 2011 - This Reader Quicktip explores FCP's extended markers and making subclips from them
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 17, 2011
This Reader Quicktip comes from Final Cut Coach. It involves using the markers and the extend marker option in Final Cut Pro. Plus there's discussion of using markers to makes subclips.
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Quicktips 2011 Day 16: Restore Default Patch in Avid Media Composer

February 16, 2011 - This Reader Quicktip is a one click option when editing from a sequence in the Source monitor
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 16, 2011
This Reader Quicktip comes from Josh Petok. If you're an Avid Media Composer editor then you know you can load a sequence into the Source monitor and edit that into another timeline (which you can do in Final Cut Pro too but this is an Avid tip). If you've ever noticed the totally mixed up video and audio patches that happen after that...
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Quicktips 2011 Day 14: Better performance for .motn files in FCP Timeline

February 14, 2011 - This Reader Quicktip is for all those that use Motion projects in FCP
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 15, 2011
This Reader Quicktip is all the way from Lu Nelson in Berlin. If you use Apple Motion a lot and integrate those Motion project files in your Final Cut Pro timeline then read on for what could be a nice realtime trick.Here's Lu's tip:If you...
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Quicktips 2011 Day 15: Create audio synced subclips from overcranked footage

February 15, 2011 - This Reader Quicktip might be especially helpful for the music video people
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 15, 2011
This Reader Quicktip comes from Matthew Gilna in Los Angeles. He's been working on a cool series called The LXD or League of Extraordinary Dancers. This Quicktip is a technique that he's been using quite a lot on this series to...
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Quicktips 2011 Day 13: Overwrite bin column layout upon changes

February 13, 2011 - I change my column headings all the time and overwrite the old ones
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 14, 2011
My editing user settings are constantly evolving. One things that changes a lot are the bin column layouts that I recall for various editing tasks. I use many different columns for both Avid Media Composer and Final Cut Pro. I very often resize columns and add or remove headings to saved layouts. Rather than always save a new heading or...
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Quicktips 2011 Day 12: Dupe detection in Avid, FCP and kinda in Premiere Pro but not really

February 10, 2011 - showing duplicate frames / clips used in an edit is a super handy function
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 12, 2011
Dupe detection is one of those great little features that you don't have to have in your editing application but it certainly makes tracking used footage in an edit much easier. For those unfamiliar, dupe detection tracks footage used in an edit and identifies duplicate shots in the timeline with colored lines in the clip.
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Quicktips 2011 Day 11: Playhead of your timeline to match FCP edit to tape In point

February 11, 2011 - This tip isn't for everyone but if editing to tape it is a very good one
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 11, 2011
There's probably not near as many Final Cut Pro editors that have to perform tape output today versus just a few years ago (using the FCP Edit to Tape window) but for those of us that still do use tape we tend to use it on a pretty regular basis. This Reader Quicktip is from Ben...
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Quicktips 2011 Day 10: Map Media Composer keyboard arrows to FF and REW

February 10, 2011 - This Reader Quicktip can speed along Avid Media Composer navigation
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 10, 2011
This Reader Quicktip is from Jack Jones, a colorist (or colourist I guess I should say) working out of London who passes along a simple but handy Quicktip for Avid Media Composer. It involves remapping the up and down arrow keys on a keyboard. This matches a Final Cut Pro...
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Quicktips 2011 Day 09: A bunch of FCP tips from Digital Rebellion

February 9, 2011 - These are some oldies but goodies
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 9, 2011
Here's a big batch of Reader Quicktips that comes to us from Jon Chappell over at Digital Rebellion. They've always maintained a very good blog as well as providing the Final Cut Pro...
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Quicktips 2011 Day 08: Add and Edit markers in FCP 7 for speed

February 8, 2011 - This Reader Quicktip was an addition to the FCP 7 update and one of the best
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 8, 2011
This Reader Quicktip comes to us courtesy of Alex Ricciardi from Endless Picnic. It highlights the Add and Edit marker functionality that was added in the Final Cut Pro 7 update.Here's what Alex says:This is a pretty...
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Quicktips 2011 Day 07: changing FCP filters lengths partially applied to a clip

February 7, 2011 - Moving and extending the length of a filter applied to only part of a clip is a powerful feature
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 7, 2011
One particularly nice feature that Final Cut Pro allows you to do is to apply a filter to only part of a clip or a sequence nest. I find this particularly useful if I'm applying a non-realtime filter to a longer nest of clips and the filter effect will only happen for a very short time. Though I don't use it a lot it can come in handy....
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Quicktips 2011 Day 06: The mappable Avid Smart Tool button

There's a single button in Media Composer 5 that can disable and enable the Smart Tool
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 6, 2011
Love it or hate it, the Avid Smart Tool that was introduced in Media Composer 5 is here to stay. It will continue to be refined and hopefully evolve as the software evolves but it's worth noting there is a single, mappable button that can toggle the Smart Tool on and off.This Quicktip isn't meant to ignite the...
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Quicktips 2011 Day 05: Change Sequence Timecode in Media Composer 5

Avid moved the change sequence timecode command in MC 5 and didn't tell us
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 5, 2011
Prior to Avid Media Composer 5.0 if you wanted to change the sequence timecode of an edit you hit the key stroke command + I while in the Record window and up popped a dialog box where that could be changed. Now in 5.0 command + I opens an info window with sequence details. But the ability to change Sequence timecode is still...
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Quicktips 2011 Day 04: Save a comment specific column layout in FCP

February 4, 2011 - I like to save a specific bin column layout for comments only and then edit to my liking
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 4, 2011
When you're using the View as List setting in a Final Cut Pro bin there are several columns that are labeled as comment columns of some type. All of those comment column headings can be edited and customized (
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Quicktips 2011 Day 03: Scrub the FCP thumbnail column thumb

February 3, 2011 - You can scrub the thumbnail displayed in the FCP thumbnail column
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 3, 2011
There's a thumbnail column with the Final Cut Pro browser. Call that column up and you can then scrub the thumbnail right in the Browser column.First you have to be sure you are displaying the Thumbnail column in a FCP browser bin. Right + click on a column heading and choose the Show Thumbnail option:...
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Quicktips 2011 Day 02: Manifesto title tool can spell check

February 2, 2011 - The recent free FxFactory title update includes a title tool that can spell check
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 2, 2011
One thing that's always seemed to be missing out of the built-in Final Cut Pro title tool, as well as the Boris Graffiti plug-in, is spell checking. I noticed the other day that the new Manifesto static title generator can...
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28 Days of Quicktips Coming Again for 2011 + reader Quicktips

The best of those reader Quicktips can pick a free book
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 1, 2011
February 1 UPDATE: KPL Production Services has added their timecode calculators for iOS devices to the reader submitted Quicktips prize list.Way back in the year 2009 when I started this channel on PVC
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Quicktips 2011 Day 01: Apply multiple FCP bin comments at once

February 1, 2011 - right + click to apply multiple comments to clips at once in FCP bin
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 1, 2011
This is one of my favorite little gems when logging clips in Final Cut Pro. When using list view in the FCP Browser you can right + click (or control + click) on a single button mouse to apply different types of column criteria to multiple FCP clips at once. It's not just for Master Comment columns either but quite a few other user...
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PluralEyes for Avid Media Composer ships and syncs for you

The must-own auto syncing software originally for Final Cut Pro comes to Avid
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 31, 2011
Singular Software made the announcement just the other day that their flagship product PluralEyes has been released for Avid Media Composer. As we all know
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How about application parity between the Tangent Wave and Euphonix MC Color

Support isn't too far off but it would be nice if both control surfaces supported everything we use.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 26, 2011
When it comes to affordable hardware for post-production, "affordable" is often a relative term. What may be affordable for one is not necessarily affordable for another. Sometimes there may be limited choices for a particular piece of hardware so the price point is the price point and there's not much the purchaser can do about it....
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OT: If you've got a toddler and an iPad then you need a BubCap

It help keep those littler fingers from pressing the home button.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 24, 2011
This is a bit off topic of the usual post-production related stuff you might here but if you've got a toddler and an iPad then you've most likely got a toddler who wants to play with your iPad. While I've heard a few holier-than-thou arguments how some parents would NEVER allow their child to touch their iPad (not because they think the...
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DaVinci Resolve for Mac review online

It took awhile but I finally finished the article for Studio Daily
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 12, 2011
It took awhile (and a couple of Resolve articles here on PVC) but
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Cut Notes offers more use for the iPad in the edit suite

It's a promising start to what could be a useful app
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 11, 2011
There's a new iPad app that has just been released into the iTunes app store called Cut Notes (iTunes link). It comes from the folks at
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Revisiting My Friend F13

That floating, mappable key always comes in handy.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 6, 2011
While working on a job this week I had tons of shots to log and organize. While doing this I realized how much I was pasting the same words over and over and over and over. No problem, I mapped my floating keyboard key F13 to paste. That meant I didn't have to keep hitting the two key combination of command + v over and...
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New Media Webinars offers fast, affordable training

As a presenter I've enjoyed doing them, as a student I've enjoyed learning from them
Written by Scott Simmons  |  December 22, 2010
When I finished my NAB 2009 Post Pit presentation I was approached by a gentlemen who operated a website called New Media Webinars. We discussed possibly doing a webinar similar to what my Post Pit presentation about cutting a Canon 5D multi-camera concert. After a lengthy discussion upon...
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Christmas gift ideas for the editor

It may be you or someone you love but there's bound to be a good gift or two listed below.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  December 13, 2010
It's very close to the Christmas holiday but my guess is there's still a lot of shopping to be done. Editors need gifts too so I thought I'd put together this somewhat editor / edit suite specific list of a few items that might make an editor happy if they unwrapped them from under the tree. With that caveat you won't see any software...
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Pixel Farm brings AirGrade to your iPhone and your Mac

It uses your iPhone as a controller to grade photos on your Mac. Fun if not super useful.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  December 10, 2010
Press releases flew
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Kicking the tires on The Foundry's Storm beta

It's in beta, it's buggy but you can see a powerful, well-designed tool inside. Oh the future ...
Written by Scott Simmons  |  December 6, 2010
It was a busy week this past week as November changed to December and The Foundry released their long discussed Storm product as a public beta free download. Storm is a "RED Digital Cinema Camera Production Hub" and has been described by RED's Ted Schilowitz as REDCine-X on...
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QuickTip: The clip custom color picker is there in Media Composer 5

Avid did change the clip Set Color option but the old one is there too.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  November 24, 2010
Avid released Media Composer 5 to some big changes and one of those changes that wasn't so big (but did cause some discussion and frustration amongst longtime users) was exactly how you are able to change the color of clips in a bin. Media Composer has a very nice option where you can select clips in a bin, change the color of those...
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Avid and RED team up for a RED workflow webinar

You can never have enough info in the brain about RED workflow
Written by Scott Simmons  |  November 21, 2010
It looks like Avid and RED are teaming up for a webinar. The date is Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 11:00 am pacific and it looks to be free. The folks presenting are notable and make...
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Hey, how about a MacPro clone to give us the system we need

It'll never happen but a Mac clone might be just what the doctor ordered
Written by Scott Simmons  |  November 17, 2010
For professional editors and post-production artists the choice of Macintosh is usually almost a religious decision. We want to nothing to do with the PC, not in the edit suite or with our machines at home.Macs have always had a prominent place in creative disciplines like graphic design, photography so Macintosh dominated...
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Tangent's vWave-Lite iPad app hits the app store

It's no hardware control surface replacement but it's fun and it's free
Written by Scott Simmons  |  November 13, 2010
Today Tangent Devices saw their first ever iPad app approved by the Apple Gods and with that blessing vWave-Lite is available from the iTunes App...
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Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 Helps Keep the Peace at Home

The native 7D editing means it's easy in, easy out
Written by Scott Simmons  |  November 8, 2010
This probably isn't the usual article on a piece of non-linear editing software. There will be no discussion of professional workflows and how it's used to create broadcast television or feature films. But rather it's a discussion of how a modest beginning, dabbling with a new piece of software and one of its signature features has...
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Quicktip: Easy access to the Mac OS System Preferences

I can't believe I didn't know about this before now!
Written by Scott Simmons  |  November 4, 2010
Every now and then you might come across a little tip, trick or shortcut that when you see it you scream eureka! Why didn't I know about that before now? That's exactly what happened the other day when I accidentally right+clicked on the Mac OS System Preferences icon in the...
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You can reframe your R3Ds in Redcine-X

And you can use After Effects too for creating nice closeups out of 4K media.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  October 23, 2010
When you're working with high resolution RED media in a high-definition world then one of the advantages of the original 4K image is the ability to reframe shots in post due to the different sizes of the acquired image. You can quite literally...
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Magic Bullet Suite 10's new Denoiser plug-in

Magic Bullet Steady is gone but Denoiser is a great addition for working with noisy DSLR footage.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  October 14, 2010
A few weeks ago Red Giant Software released update to the ever popular, ever useful Magic Bullet Suite. This new version 10 includes the most recent versions of many useful tools including Magic Bullet Looks, Frames, Grinder,...
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Paul Clements - First Impressions of the Foundry's Storm

A great first look at Storm, reposted from Reduser with permission from Paul
Written by Scott Simmons  |  October 12, 2010
Several weeks ago The Foundry announced a new "revolutionary RED workflow system" called Storm. The product made its public debut at IBC and will be available
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Master Multicamera Techniques is a must have book for editors

Even if you don't edit multicam concerts you're bound to learn something new.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  October 9, 2010
Quite a few months ago I had a long conversation with editor Mitch Jacobson about multicam editing. The point of this conversation was to, hopefully, provide some good information on multicam editing for what was then his...
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Export via Sorensen Squeeze 6 from the FCP timeline

I often forget this Quicktime Conversion option is available in FCP.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  October 7, 2010
Just the other day I needed to export mp3 audio files from several long Final Cut Pro timelines to send to a client for review. There was no reason to send video and they wanted to get small audio files that didn't have to be of great quality attached to an email. What better format than mp3! With that I remembered that
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Kicking the tires on DaVinci Resolve for Mac

A few early workflow tests as we get to know Resolve
Written by Scott Simmons  |  October 4, 2010
DaVinci Resolve for Mac has begun shipping en masse and is now getting into the hands of a lot of end users. Apparently I talked up the right people as I stalked the Blackmagic...
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Sally Menke 1953 - 2010

The editing profession has lost one of the greats.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  September 29, 2010
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A video for Post-Production / Motion Graphics nerds to enjoy

Everyone else just move along as you may not get this NSFW video.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  September 23, 2010
Money Money Money - "Gettin' Money With a Mouse and a Wacom Pen (Fuck Comic Sans Fuck Papyrus, Too)" from
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The Quadro FX 4800 for Mac + Premiere Pro CS5 = fast

Beyond CS5 there's other reasons you might want a 4800. Like DaVinci Resolve for Mac.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  September 22, 2010
A couple of months ago I was offered the opportunity to test out the NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800 for Mac. This beast of a video card is one of the more powerful cards available for the Macintosh but it's also quite expensive...
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Resolve is our Alexa

With DaVinci Resolve for Mac, post-production gets our own amazingly affordable tool, previously out of reach.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  September 14, 2010
OK, let's face it. Post-production gear isn't really as exciting as the toys involved in production. While all the stuff that we use during the post process is equally as important as the stuff used to acquire the image it just doesn't have the same kind of sexiness. But there's quite a lot of folks in post that are very excited about...
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The Panasonic AG-AF101 intro video and global premiere

A full overview of the highly anticipated micro 4/3 camera
Written by Scott Simmons  |  September 12, 2010
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IBC cranks up, rolls on while the U.S. sleeps

Lots of big announcements from the show we wish we were attending
Written by Scott Simmons  |  September 10, 2010
I knew something woke me up bright and early this Friday morning, September 10. I first thought it was the cool fall-like weather as the windows were open last night for the first time but after checking Twitter while the coffee brewed (this is before 6:00 am central time) I realized it was all the news flowing out of
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Vivitar introduces a breakthrough $10 camera, for your grandfather

Who knew you could still buy this stuff!
Written by Scott Simmons  |  September 9, 2010
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Review: Get - Phonetic searching for Final Cut Pro

If you need to search your FCP media via words and spoken content then Get is for you.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  September 1, 2010
One of the big hits at NAB 2010 was a little program set up in a tiny booth at the plug-in pavilion called 'Get', from a company called AV3 Software. Get isn't really a plug-in at all but rather a stand alone application...
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Wes' Home Depot How-To

As in how they made a Home Depot spot with a bit of post behind the scenes
Written by Scott Simmons  |  August 24, 2010
Home Depot How-To from Wes Plate on Vimeo.Back in the late 90s I edited a few national Home Depot commercials, and after...
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Burn-in timecode will make your client happy

You can add BITC in both Media Composer and FCP (Premiere Pro too) but one is better than the other
Written by Scott Simmons  |  August 20, 2010
If you've ever had to send out a copy of an edit for client review (and really, what editor doesn't do this on a very regular basis) then you may have very well been asked to provide a BITC. BITC stands for burn-in timecode and is as old as editing itself. Dylan Reeve
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Bill Warner, Walter Murch multi-part stories, links galore

A few great time-sucks from around the web
Written by Scott Simmons  |  August 15, 2010
There's a couple of really good multi-part interviews that have been airing incrementally around the Internet that I wanted to point to. If you haven't been following them then you're in for a real treat as you catch up. Hollywood Reinvented is currently in part 5 of an...
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VFX GUY VS. PRODUCER. Yep another xtranormal animation.

Will they ever stop? (Maybe not if they're funny)
Written by Scott Simmons  |  August 6, 2010
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SO, YOU'RE AN EDITOR... video diversion

And yet another Xtranormal video. This time about editing.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  August 4, 2010
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Clean up a sloppy FCP timeline with Auto Collapse

Edit Mule's handy utility can save a lot of time and frustration
Written by Scott Simmons  |  August 3, 2010
When I was teaching the Music Video Workflow class at NAB this year, one part of the discussion centered on the editing timeline and how, if you're not careful, it can become a multi-layered, sloppy mess. Everyone has their own way of housekeeping within the editing timeline but one thing you should never do is turn over a sloppy,...
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CINEMATOGRAPHER VS. PRODUCER video as an afternoon diversion

Sure, we've all had this conversation haven't we?
Written by Scott Simmons  |  July 29, 2010
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Amazing Guy Walks Across America video

It's a DSLR extravaganza with behind the scenes
Written by Scott Simmons  |  July 27, 2010
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Review: Magic Bullet Colorista II

This new version of the old favorite Colorista packs quite a punch, makes Apple Color tremble in its boots
Written by Scott Simmons  |  July 23, 2010
Colorista. It's one of those indispensable tools for those doing serious Final Cut Pro work. If you're color correcting and finishing in your FCP box then the built-in 3-Way Color Corrector becomes merely adequate in comparison to the image quality you can crank out of Colorista. And Colorista has always worked in your other host...
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Avid Media Composer 5.0, one month later

Over a month and a few jobs later, it's still a great upgrade
Written by Scott Simmons  |  July 19, 2010
Okay, let's get one thing out of the way first: the new Drap and Drop timeline in Avid Media Composer 5.0 isn't a direct rip-off of Final Cut Pro's timeline. Nor will an FCP editor sit down in front of MC5 and instantly be able to rip into the timeline via mousing in the same way they do with FCP. Nor will an Avid editor sit down in...
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Handy, useful pdfs for post production

Thanks to Zak Ray for putting these free guides together
Written by Scott Simmons  |  July 18, 2010
I found a link via Twitter the other day that is worth sharing. It's to a number of downloadable PDF files that were produced (and licensed...
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Parents, take your kids to Apple's filmmaking camp

That is if you want to introduce them to this world and maybe ruin them for life!
Written by Scott Simmons  |  July 12, 2010
Apple has made great use of their retail stores as place of learning. Many of the locations have small theaters where pros lead classes on everything from Photoshop to Mac troubleshooting. Another fun thing they do is offer a number of youth programs. One...
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Another amazing, probably mostly practical Old Spice commercial

Great advertising will get you to actually watch the ads, over and over
Written by Scott Simmons  |  July 1, 2010
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DSLR Post Webinar available On Demand, extra questions answered

We answered a few questions in the podcast ... here's a few more.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 30, 2010
Last week I had the privilege of conducting a webniar with NewMediaWebinarrs.com called DSLR Filmmaking Post Workflows. That webinar is
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Should Apple really drop Log and Capture from the next FCP?

It's an interesting discussion courtesy of Philip Hodgetts
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 28, 2010
Just a few days ago Philip Hodgetts posted an intriguing article over on his blog The present and future of post production business and technology. It was...
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Last chance to get free tickets to Friday's SuperMeet

If you're in Boston then you're almost there
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 25, 2010
Tomorrow is the 1st Ever 1st Annual Boston SuperMeet. If you haven't gotten your tickets already you're almost too late but apparently (as of this writing) there's about 50 or so left so if you want to attend Friday's event then you might want to reserve your...
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Join me for a free DSLR Post-production webinar this Tuesday

You can't make use of that DSLR's video capability without the post production.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 20, 2010
This coming Tuesday, June 22, I'll be hosting a free webinar discussing DSLR post-production. The program will kick off at 10:00 AM Pacific, Noon Central time and run for approximately 90...
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A tour around Avid Media Composer 5.0's interface changes

Veteran Avid editors will notice quite a few new things with this upgrade
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 8, 2010
With any big software upgrade there's going to be changes. Some visible, some not so visible. Personally, I love those changes ... as long as they add new or needed functionality without getting in the way. One of the big things we often worry about with big upgrades are interface changes that might clutter up a clean design or impart...
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Magic Bullet Grinder grinds your DSLR footage into a more editable format

While Grinder may seem redundant it's fast, cheap and easy to use
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 28, 2010
Red Giant Software has just dropped a new tool into the family of Magic Bullet products and it might be of great interest to the DSLR shooter. Magic Bullet Grinder is a simple application tasked with transcoding your Canon...
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The DV Show lists 14 FREE FCP tools. Here's 14 paid ones as well.

A great list of FCP freebies got me thinking about what are the must have paid tools as well
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 17, 2010
The DV Show dropped a great post over the weekend that answered a question from one of their readers: "I'm looking for some plugins or tools to enhance my productions. I mainly use Final Cut Pro and was wondering if there are any free or low cost alternatives to make my videos look better." With that they listed
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Review: MC Color control surface

Euphonix's entry into the more affordable color grading surface is a strong one
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 2, 2010
A bit earlier this year Euphonix began shipping its highly anticipated MC Color control surface. This unit was designed for use with Apple Color and has been welcomed by Color users to add another option to their hardware based control...
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Another video editing app coming to the iPhone

1st Video attempts to make an almost professional editing app
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 20, 2010
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Shot Logger Pro

Upcoming application logs clips into FCP on your shoot
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 18, 2010
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Get for Final Cut Pro enables phonetic searching of media

It indexes your media, word by word
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 16, 2010
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Blackmagic Design takes DaVinci into brand new territory

I don't think anyone expected Blackmagic's DaVinci news
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 16, 2010
By now you've probably heard that
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Imagineer Systems updates mocha 2

A refined interface is the biggest highlight
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 16, 2010
I've written about Imagineer System's mocha product a time or two as it's an incredibly powerful motion tracker and rotoscoping tool that I've been able to use in a number of editing jobs for...
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Flanders Scientific makes affordable broadcast monitors

And they are made in the U.S.A. an American company (but made abroad)
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 16, 2010
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Avid's web-based editing demo

It looked fast and futuristc. At least in demo form that is.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 15, 2010
Yesterday I sat through Avid's web-based editing demo. I wasn't sure what to expect as the idea of editing video over the web sounds painful. Adobe Premiere Express tried...
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Core Melt's Lock & Load X


Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 13, 2010
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Matrox MXO2 mini and Avid Media Composer


Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 12, 2010
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Avid introduces Media Composer 5

Quicktime support, RED support and direct timeline manipulation are highlights
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 12, 2010
See that image above? That's some crazy new timeline stuff that might be happening in the new...
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Adobe Premiere Pro CS5: Better, Faster, Bigger and Especially Faster

Kicking the tires on Adobe's newest release.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 12, 2010
With the announcement of Adobe's new version of their Creative Suite, CS5, they are delivering a new version of Premiere Pro. This review is based on a beta version of Premiere Pro CS5 but from my time spent working with the program it was much more stable that much of my Premiere Pro CS4 experience, and very fast. I think it's safe to...
SmartJog, the global leader in managed digital delivery, announced today that it will be showcasing its re-designed cloud storage solutions at NAB (Booth: SU6509). The new features are aimed at creating community-based workflows with easy-to-use access tools....
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Gefen KVM Extenders for Remote Workstations


Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 3, 2010
Gefen brings two new KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) extension solutions to NAB this year. The CAT5-1600HD and the CAT5-5600HD each extend high resolution displays using DVI along with hi-speed USB 2.0 peripherals up to 200 feet (60m) in distance.These new products replace existing models with a new method of extension,...
Coming off its groundbreaking S3D telecast of the March 24th NHL game between the New York Rangers and Islanders at Madison Square Garden, 3ality Digital LLC (www.3alitydigital.com) will demonstrate the broadcast industry's S3D systems of choice throughout the upcoming...
Experts from Grass Valley™ will be presenting two papers as part of the Broadcast Engineering Conference at NAB 2010. Each addresses key issues for the future of broadcasting, looking at how the latest advances in video compression algorithms can double the number of HD channels in an ATSC environment, and how it can bring the unrivalled...
Mobiclip, Inc. a leading global provider of mobile TV and mobile video services will showcase the VDS video distribution platform at the upcoming NAB Show from April 12 to 15, 2010 in Las Vegas.Mobiclip provides a complete line-up of solutions to enable content providers, TV channels, operators and device manufacturers to...
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Get the most out of your first NAB


Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 30, 2010
With NAB 2010 just around the corner it's time to start planning your visit. Checking out the NAB website might feel like an overwhelming task with so many educational opportunities and so many vendors on the show floor. Spread all of this out over the vastness...
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Come to NAB for my Avid Media Composer for Final Cut Pro Editors class

If you're at all curious about Avid Media Composer then this class can help
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 29, 2010
I'm very excited for my trip to the National Association of Broadcasters convention this year as I'll be leading a couple of the In Depth sessions of the Post|Production world conference. The first, on Tuesday morning from 10:00...
Civolution, the leader in the identification, management and monetization of media content, is exhibiting at NAB for the first time since it assumed full ownership of the Thomson STS watermarking business in July 2009. At NAB (booth SU6502), Civolution will be demonstrating its newly integrated solutions portfolio, including: NexGuard - PayTV...
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Small Tree Unveils GraniteSTOR ST-FCoE at NAB 2010


Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 25, 2010
As the professional audio and video industries continuously seek faster solutions to improve workflow, Small Tree (www.small-tree.com) introduces its next generation of storage technology at NAB 2010 (booth SL7425) - GraniteSTOR ST-FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet), for both...
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Oscar winning animated short Logorama


Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 25, 2010
XenData® (www.xendata.com), the leading provider of digital video archive software to the media and entertainment industry, is demonstrating its range of digital video archive solutions including its new XenData6 product.Built on IT standards and dedicated to meeting...
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NBC SPORTS TO BE INDUCTED INTO NAB BROADCASTING HALL OF FAME


Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 24, 2010
NBC Sports will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the NAB Show Television Luncheon. Accepting this honor on behalf of NBC Sports is Emmy Award winner Dick Ebersol, chairman of NBC Universal Sports & Olympics. The Luncheon, sponsored by VCI solutions, will be held on Monday, April 12, in Las...
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NewTek to Give Away $60,000 in Prizes at NAB 2010


Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 22, 2010
NewTek, manufacturer of industry-leading video and 3D animation products, today announced the
Multiple-Emmy-award-winning SMPTE Fellow and lead blogger at SchubinCafe.com Mark Schubin will keynote the Digital Cinema Summit "3D: Cinema and Home" on Saturday, April 10, as part of the NAB 2010 conference program. The session is co-produced by NAB, SMPTE, the Entertainment Technology Center at USC, and the European Broadcasting Union. The...
The MPEG Industry Forum (MPEGIF), the world's largest advocacy group for standard's based digital television technologies is presenting its latest MPEGIF Master Class titled "New Dimensions for Digital Television", to be held at NAB 2010 on Wednesday, April 14th between 9:00am and 12:00pm in the Las Vegas Convention Centre (N234/236). This most...
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A few more notes on the EOS Movie Plugin-E1 for Final Cut Pro


Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 20, 2010
I played around with the new Canon EOS Movie Plugin-E1 for Final Cut Pro this morning and I noticed a few other odds and ends after some discussion about the tool with folks on Twitter. Canon has a very detailed...
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Canon finally releases their DSLR plug-in for Final Cut Pro's Log and Transfer tool

Use the FCP Log and Transfer tool to directly transcode and import into FCP
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 20, 2010
We all know this fact: The Canon DSLRs (5D, 7D, 1D) use the H.264 codec for the video they shoot and wrap that into a .mov QuickTime. While Final Cut Pro does work with .movs, these H.264 versions are clunky to edit requiring much rendering when in a FCP timeline. H.264 wasn't designed to be a robust edit format anyway so the files need...
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iPad Teleprompter to ship during NAB


Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 19, 2010
Bodelin Technologies makers of the award winning ProPrompter HD, mobile teleprompter, is now taking pre-orders for the new ProPrompter HDi, the first teleprompter to use the new Apple iPad.Bodelin created mobile teleprompting in 2002 and were the first to create a professional teleprompting App for the iPhone/iPod...
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Dutch Media Hub to attend NAB


Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 19, 2010
Dutch Media Hub, Holland's initiative to become the ‘Digital Gateway to Europe' will present itself to the international electronic media industry at the NAB Show in Las Vegas this April. Following their NAB presence, a Trade Mission Delegation of Dutch media companies and government officials will visit Los Angeles on 15 and 16 April to meet...
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NAB SHOW FEATURES SECOND ANNUAL MILITARY & GOVERNMENT SUMMIT


Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 19, 2010
The second annual NAB Show Military & Government Summit will take place April 13-15 at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. Produced by NAB in association with Harris Corporation, the Summit focuses on mission-critical video and data and features three keynote speakers.James Martin, Director ISR Programs, Office of the Under...
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NAB launches its own iPhone app


Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 17, 2010
Going to the 2010 National Association of Broadcasters convention? Have an iPhone? Then you've got to grab the free NAB Show iPhone app (iTunes link). They've crammed a lot of information into this little program and you can find just about...
Sony Creative Software today announced that award-winning guitarist Dweezil Zappa - son of the legendary Frank Zappa - will share how he uses Sony Creative Software products at the company's 10th annual NAB User Group event. Hosted in partnership with VASST, and...
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NAB SHOW LAUNCHES NEW 'POST PIT' ON SHOW FLOOR


Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 11, 2010
NAB announced today the debut of a new digital video workflow presentation stage, complete with a networking lounge and series of mini sessions, which will be held on the show floor at the 2010 NAB Show, April 12-15. Located in the South Lower Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Post Pit brings together user groups and individuals who...
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Q&A with the creator of FCS Maintenance Pack

Jon Chappell talks about a tool that might save your butt
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 11, 2010
If you're a serious Final Cut Pro user then you are probably aware of Digital Rebellion and the tools that they make. Be it their popular Video Footage Calculator,
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Vaddio to Exhibit at ProLight + Sound 2010


Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 10, 2010
Vaddio will debut the latest robotic PTZ camera technology and camera control systems at ProLight + Sound in Frankfurt, Germany, March 24 to 27, 2010. Stop by booth C28, Hall 9 and see Vaddio's ClearVIEW HD-18 single CCD high definition PTZ camera, equipped with a 1/3-inch, 1.3 megapixel CCD imaging sensor, a glass multi-element wide dynamic...
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T-VIPS Expands Market Presence at NAB2010


Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 9, 2010
T-VIPS, a global leader in professional video contribution and distribution solutions, today announces that it will expand its market presence through the NAB launch (booth: SU 6721)of exciting new 3D, JPEG2000-based video transport, ATSC and video processing & switching solutions.At NAB 2010, T-VIPS will demonstrate...
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What about a low rez to hi rez conform option for 7D footage on an Avid?

Is this a workflow you might be interested in?
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 7, 2010
There's a forum topic over at Reduser.net that I've been following for quite a while. It's called new Jamfuze info new Jamfuze info and is a discussion about a Macintosh software product, written by a user, that works to process RED .R3D media into mfx files for direct importing...
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Editing a multicamera concert shot on Canon 5Ds

It was our first true multicam show with the 5Ds and the results were nice
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 4, 2010
It's no secret that Canon 5Ds are everywhere. They've shot music videos, short films, commercials and more Vimeo videos than anyone can imagine. One place where I haven't heard about a lot of usage (as of yet anyway) is in multicamera concert production. There's very real reasons why you wouldn't want to use any small-form-factor DSLRs...
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Editor porn from the Winter Olympics

Watch only if you're an editor.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 2, 2010
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How they made the Old Spice Super Bowl commercial

A nice lesson about a great spot
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 26, 2010
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Final Cut Pro's achilles heel or how I hate the reconnection dance

From the Editblog archives: October 08
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 25, 2010
When you talk about media management in Final Cut Pro it's often not a big issue to many as you digitize a few tapes or import some P2 media, add graphics, music and you're done. FCP's bad media management never rears its ugly head. But when you start working with many different clips across a lot of hard drives then the...
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First impressions of the Euphonix MC Color

Euphonix finally ships its control surface for Apple Color
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 21, 2010
The delivery guy walked in the door just over a week ago with a box containing a sparking, new, fresh off the assembly line MC Color control surface from Euphonix. For those who aren't familiar with this unit, it's a brand new...
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Avid to Apple Color - The Video

More info on this cool workflow
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 18, 2010
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Fun stuff for your edit suite

From various points in the Editblog archives
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 15, 2010
If you have your own edit suite then you might already have the aeron chair or a Wacom graphics tablet or a fancy
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In the Editblog garage: Euphonic MC Color

The earerly anticipated control surface is finally shipping
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 14, 2010
A package arrived yesterday that contained a shiny, new MC Color control surface from
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Highlander: Uncut - Getting footage to edit before the Internet

From the Editblog archives: June 08
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 11, 2010
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Ideas for the Apple iPad in post-production

If this thing can connect properly to our desktop applications it will be killer
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 8, 2010
With Apple's announcement of the iPad there's been tons of articles, tweets and blog posts about this upcoming piece of hardware. There's also been tons of ink
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Now you can SEE in HD

From the Editblog archives: August 08
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 5, 2010
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Quicktip: Identify FCP filter in the timeline

From the Editblog archives: December 07
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 2, 2010
One question I hear often is asking if there is a way to tell what filters are applied to a clip by looking at the clip in the Final Cut Pro timeline. The answer is yes. You must first turn on the Toggle Clip Keyframes button in the lower right corner of the timeline, or use the keyboard shortcut Option + T:
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The Editblog is a top 50 blog for Moviemakers according to MovieMaker

To celebrate we're revisiting our archives in February
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 27, 2010
I was happy to see that MovieMaker magazine has named the Editblog as one of the 50 Best Blog for MovieMakers! This was exciting for...
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My 2010 Wishlist for Final Cut Pro

Inspired by Peter Wiggins ... here's my own list
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 21, 2010
Peter Wiggins posted a Top Ten Wish List for FCP in 2010 over on his blog recently. Then in a tweet he asked: What is yours? Years ago I posted what could have...
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Review: FCP Versioner

A backup utility beyond Final Cut Pro's Autosave Vault
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 17, 2010
The guys over at Digital Rebellion have recently had a steady stream of good utilities that support Final Cut Pro and the entire Final Cut Studio. One that first comes to mind is a utility that I hope I never have to use, FCS Remover. That little app...
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Is TAMPER the editing system of the future?

If not it sure does look cool
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 10, 2010
I found this video via a Twitter message from Tyler Ginter the other day (and that message came to...
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Using Dropbox for quick and easy client screeners

It's fast, easy and free
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 9, 2010
Dropbox is an unbelievably handy online file syncing, file sharing and backup service that performs a lot of amazing tasks at a free or affordable price. I have been a .Mac/Mobile Me user for several years now so I hadn't used Dropbox until recently but now that I am using it I'm very impressed by the service.
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My 2010 New Years Resolutions


Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 6, 2010
With 2010 now firmly established on my calendar and (kinda) in my mind it's time to turn my attention to the venerable concept of New Year's Resolutions. As one who makes resolutions annually and actually gives it a valiant effort to keep them all some of them, I wanted to outline a few professional resolutions that I...
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Today begins Backup Day

Let's all pledge to do a better job of backing up this year
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 3, 2010
I think it's time I face the honest truth in that I don't do as good a job of backing up important files, projects and media on the computers in and around my life as I should. There's a couple of floating firewire drives that I shuttle from computer to computer and then SuperDuper a clone or a disk image to that drive. And since a...
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Local television commercials don't all have to be bad

There are some good examples out there
Written by Scott Simmons  |  December 30, 2009
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More Avid Media Composer for the Final Cut Pro Editor

Looking at more of the Avid functions and tools
Written by Scott Simmons  |  December 26, 2009
Continuing on an article in the last Pro Video Coalition newsletter, The Basics of Avid Media Composer for a Final Cut Pro Editor, this...
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How the BBC made one of those amazing plant growing shots

It's time-lapse and a whole lot more
Written by Scott Simmons  |  December 20, 2009
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Edit suite etiquette and sharing your space

Some tips to make life easier and more comfortable for both the freelancer and the facility
Written by Scott Simmons  |  December 16, 2009
If you're a working editor out in the world, chances are you freelance or you are on staff at a post-production facility. No matter which of those two categories you might fall into you probably don't work in a vacuum; that vacuum being one single edit suite that you and you yourself occupy without any interaction with others. Okay...
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Using the Show Duplicate Frames function in Final Cut Pro


Written by Scott Simmons  |  December 11, 2009
Show Duplicate Frames is a very useful feature that has existed in Final Cut Pro for some time now. When activated, Final Cut Pro will show you clips that have been used in a timeline more than once placing a colored stripe indicator across the bottom of a clip for each frame that has been duplicated. But if you're working with Canon 5D...
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The Apple Magic Mouse just got a bit more useful

New application adds new functionality
Written by Scott Simmons  |  December 8, 2009
A few weeks ago I wrote a review of the new Apple Magic Mouse and using it with Final Cut Studio. There's now a little 3rd party application called
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FCP: an annoying delete, duplicate bug found while I was remapping the FCP keyboard

If it's not a bug then it needs to be documented in the user manual
Written by Scott Simmons  |  November 23, 2009
When I'm working I'm always in a constant state of awareness about how I can change my keyboard mapping to make my workflow faster and more efficient. The keyboard manifesto argues that changing Final Cut Pro's...
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From reduser.net: Avid to Apple Color - step by step

A reduser user claims to have a tested methoed
Written by Scott Simmons  |  November 18, 2009
I was slogging through the RED workflow section of Reduser tonight, as I tend to do from time to time, and ran across this post called Avid to Color - step by...
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Automagic part 2: mocha for Final Cut

If you need to gather tracking data to pass to FCP then this is the app for you
Written by Scott Simmons  |  November 14, 2009
I am not a VFX artist. I think that if I could plug a data pipe straight into my brain and download an entire profession right into the gray matter ala The Matrix it might be some level of visual effects expertise. It's amazing what you can do with affordable desktop software but even something as accessible as Adobe After...
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Digital Rebellion's Footage Calculator adds more codecs

I think that's pretty much all of them now
Written by Scott Simmons  |  November 11, 2009
A while I back I posted a round-up of various footage calculators around the Internet.
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Review: Apple Magic Mouse and Final Cut Studio

I gave myself a week using the new Apple Magic Mouse with Final Cut Pro and Color
Written by Scott Simmons  |  November 7, 2009
I'm on a constant search for the ultimate input device for editing. Look at my editing desk on any given day and there may be some mad combination of an Apple Mighty Mouse, a Kensington Expert Mouse (which is just a trackball), a
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Review: The Tangent Wave control surface

The Wave hardware makes Apple Color a much more pleasant working experience
Written by Scott Simmons  |  November 4, 2009
I had a small wave of sadness come over me the other day as I boxed up the Tangent Wave control surface in order to return it back home to Tangent Devices in the UK....
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Automagic part I: PluralEyes autosyncing software

PluralEyes can automagically sync your multicamera shoots and music videos
Written by Scott Simmons  |  October 8, 2009
As I was making my way around the show floor of NAB 2009 my friend Shane Ross said that I had to check out this tiny little booth over at the plug-in pavilion and demo this product called PluralEyes from a...
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First impressions of the Tangent Wave

A control surface for Apple Color can really increase your productivity
Written by Scott Simmons  |  October 7, 2009
I was very excited when a big FedEx box arrived a couple of weeks ago with a Tangent Wave control surface for Apple Color. I had a series of short videos that I was soon to be cutting and finishing and I wanted to finally...
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Baseline is a very visual and very clever way to manage disk space

But it's still a bit buggy. Here's hoping for continued updates.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  October 4, 2009
As editors and media content creators we can often accumulate tons of large video and audio files as well as hundreds of thousands of tiny little (and sometimes not so tiny and little) supporting files. Be they QuickTime movies, graphics, audio files, render files, edit project files, autosaves ... the list is pretty much endless. What...
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From Wired magazine: The Good Enough Revolution

The idea of a production being Good Enough is happening in professional media production today
Written by Scott Simmons  |  September 21, 2009
Continuing with the links to other good articles that are great reads for our particular industry comes a link to a Wired article called
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You can refuse to do a freebie edit and not be a dick

Or how we can all learn a thing or two from the article I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script
Written by Scott Simmons  |  September 14, 2009
There's a great article on the Village Voice blogs by A History of Violence screenwriter Josh Olson titled I Will Not Read...
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My first Sticky Pod test

Test video from an affordable camera mount
Written by Scott Simmons  |  September 7, 2009
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Editor's Guild magazine back issues online

A fantastic web resource
Written by Scott Simmons  |  September 5, 2009
Every now and then a web resource comes online and you just have to say WOW! That's exactly what I said after seeing a recent Twitter from Norman Hollyn that said: "For some fantastic articles...
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Kicking the tires on Snow Leopard and doing some edit work too

Install goes well, Final Cut Pro hums right along, QuickTime X .... meh
Written by Scott Simmons  |  August 31, 2009
Over the weekend I installed Mac OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard!) and crossed my fingers as I booted up Final Cut Pro for a number of quick edit tasks I had to complete. Install was lightning fast (relatively speaking to other OS updates) at under an hour and claimed an extra 10 gigs or so of hard drive space (though that might not be
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Video storage space calculators round-up

These handy utilities can never be more than a click or tap away
Written by Scott Simmons  |  August 24, 2009
It's one of the questions I get asked more often than most: How much drive space do I need to hold [insert media format and time here]? At one point I tried to keep some rough numbers in my head, as in way back when DV25 was about the only format and resolution to worry about, but these days with all of the different resolutions and...
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Enlightening interview about distribution with Maverick Entertainment founder and president

Filmmaking Central podcast from July is a must listen for the serious filmmaker
Written by Scott Simmons  |  August 21, 2009
I was catching up on podcasts recently and I got to the July 16 episode of Filmmaking Central. On this episode
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Battle of the audio track deletion batchers

A batch utility can delete unused audio tracks from a QuickTime file
Written by Scott Simmons  |  August 20, 2009
Just the other day I posted links to VideoToolshed, a resource for a number of handy software utilities gear toward the video...
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VideoToolshed releases FcpReconnect to aid in media management

Plus they have lots of other handy tools
Written by Scott Simmons  |  August 18, 2009
We all know Final Cut Pro's media management capabilities aren't its strongest feature. The guys over at VideoToolshed have released a utility that tries to make up for some of those shortcomings. Plus, if you've never browsed through the products they offer then take a...
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Kicking the tires on Final Cut Pro 7

The new FCP update is a very nice, though small, evolution forward for the app
Written by Scott Simmons  |  July 27, 2009
By now anyone who has ever heard of Final Cut Pro has heard that Apple shipped Final Cut Pro 7 as part of the new Final Cut Studio on July 23. It wasn't the total FCP reboot that many had hoped and consists mainly tacked on new features. The early word was that it probably should have been called Final Cut Pro 6.5 (
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CineForm CineDDR is an HDCAM SR for the masses?


Written by Scott Simmons  |  July 23, 2009
CineForm recently announced its new CineDDR product. What exactly is CineDDR? I'm still trying to wrap my head around exactly what all the CineDDR system might bring to a post-house but basically it looks like it is being position as a somewhat "software" based alternative...
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Subtleties of the Slate video

It's nice to see some people are still using slates!
Written by Scott Simmons  |  July 17, 2009
ShotsandCuts posted a link up via Twitter tonight of RED guru Ted Shilowitz talking about the RED Scarlet. He is also holding a unit in his hand in what I believe is one of the few videos of a Scarlet in human hands...
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You're never too old (or too smart) to learn something new

The new FXPHD term has started and I'm excited I finally signed up
Written by Scott Simmons  |  July 14, 2009
If you've never heard of FXPHD then you're either new to this whole film / video / production / post-production world or you just haven't been paying attention. I've been following the course offerings for quite a while now but have never signed up for a term ... until now. The...
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The Basics of Avid Media Composer for a Final Cut Pro Editor


Written by Scott Simmons  |  July 3, 2009
What follows in this article is not a debate of Avid vs. Final Cut Pro or a conversion document that says you should move from Final Cut Pro to Avid Media Composer, but rather a step-by-step guide for anyone new to Avid (or curious about the software in general) to launch the software and perform a few basic functions. It will be geared...
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Please label tapes and disks: An open letter to DPs, camera ops, DITs

Just a simple label of format and frame rate will tell the editor a lot about what is on the tape or disk
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 26, 2009
Man, there are a lot of high definition formats out in the world today. Just to spell them out would be a dizzying array of letters and numbers. 720p, 1080i, 23.98, 30p ... this list could literally go on and on so I won't even attempt a partial list other that what I have above. Just take a look at
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RED announces REDCINE-X™

Seeks to remove bad taste left behind by the original RedCine
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 23, 2009
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The iPhone 3G S can't really EDIT video!

But it can TRIM it and shoot some fun stuff to boot
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 21, 2009
Okay, let's get one thing straight about the new Apple iPhone 3G S ... it can't edit the video it shoots. What it can do is trim the beginning and end of each and every clip. That may just be semantics talking but I've seen lots of
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Take the Adobe Non-Linear Editing Software Survey


Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 20, 2009
Adobe has recently posted an online survey about non-linear editing software. The link was floating around Twitter and it's a great survey to share with the rest of the editing community. There's a lot of questions...
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Twitter find: The future of video editing?


Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 19, 2009
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Avid has their own pan and zoom tools as well

There's not as many options as FCP but one of the two are included
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 16, 2009
I recently pointed out three plug-in tools for performing "Ken Burns" style pan and zoom effects on still images in Final Cut Pro. Avid Media Composer has options for doing the same thing....
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Web video: The Top-Ten Things I Wish I Knew About Final Cut Pro…Ten Years Ago.

Great video full of good tips for the new Final Cut Pro user
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 15, 2009
I don't know how I missed this video when it was posted back in March at the great editing blog Suite Take ... but I'm glad I found it now!
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3 tools for panning and zooming in Final Cut Pro

The Ken Burns effect isn't just for iMovie
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 11, 2009
Today a friend asked me what's the best option for creating the Ken Burns style effect for panning and zooming around a still image in Final Cut Pro. Of course iMovie actually has the Ken Burns effect that can be applied but in FCP you need a third party plug-in to do this properly. Sure you can import a still image and use the built-in Scaling...
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WWDC keynote coverage for video pros around the web

It's all been covered and discussed very well so here's some links.
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 9, 2009
The Apple keynote at the World Wide Developers Conference is soon to be a day old. If you are a pro-video user and you've been out of the loop today here's a quick round-up from around the web as to some good blog posts and discussions on what went down today ... or the lack thereof.
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Feature Reminder: Content Aware Scaling in Photoshop CS4

Every now and then it's nice to have a reminder of a cool feature
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 5, 2009
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Petition: Apple, give us Blu-ray support in DVD Studio Pro!

It probably won't happen but at least we can sign a petition and try
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 2, 2009
Apple's opinions on Blu-ray have been well documented and even their general thoughts on regular DVDs isn't all that strong these days. But no matter what Steve Jobs believes, out in the real world DVDs are still very popular and...
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From the BBC: Secrets of a top TV editor

... you also wonder how editors don't end up shackled in padded cells more often
Written by Scott Simmons  |  June 1, 2009
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Very funny and true video on Edit Etiquette

If you spend time in an edit suite then watch this 7 minutes please
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 27, 2009
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Science of the Movies premieres tonight on Science Channel

The Science Channel brings on a show for the tech movie geek in all of us
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 26, 2009
If you're a movie fan then tune in to the Science Channel tonight or (more likely) set your DVRs accordingly as tonight premieres the show Science of the Movies.What is the show about? From the
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Shooting Indy Cars with the GT35pro

Back in April I took my HV20 and 35mm lens adapter to shoot Indy cars
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 22, 2009
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You CAN have a large timecode display in Final Cut Pro

If only through a hack or some money spent
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 19, 2009
Avid Media Composer has long had a handy little tool called the Timecode Window. Accessed via Tools > Timecode Window it is a floating pallette with great customization capability. You can resize the font, position the window anywhere you want and most importantly, add many different types of data to each of the lines. You can also add...
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HBO's Alzheimer's documentary

Upcoming documentary series looks to be a unique multimedia event
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 7, 2009
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Want an ikan monitor? Enter their contest.


Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 7, 2009
If you are in need of a small external monitor for your video shoots or maybe a small supplemental monitor for your edit suite then head over to ikan corporation and enter their Wish I had an ikan contest. From the ikan...
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Final Draft upgraded to version 8

The industry standard screenwriting app moves up a version number
Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 6, 2009
It doesn't seem to happen very often so maybe it's worth mentioning when it does .... the seminal screenwriting application Final Draft has moved to version 8!I remember getting Final Draft back...
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I've grown to really like Avid's new logo


Written by Scott Simmons  |  May 2, 2009
One of Avid's big announcements at NAB 09 was that they have consolidated all of their many companies into one: Avid. So Digidesign, M-Audio, Pinnnacle and Sibelius are all Avid. With this new company focus comes a new logo, which has been getting generally
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Reflecting on the NAB 09 REDuser event


Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 29, 2009
Another highlight of NAB 09 came in the same room that the Final Cut Pro User Group held the Tuesday night SuperMeet. It was the Wednesday REDUser event. Since RED didn't have a presence on the NAB show floor this was their NAB by presenting current Scarlet and Epic prototypes and their new prime lenses at the REDUser party. Like the Tuesday...
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Reflecting on the NAB 09 FCPUG SuperMeet


Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 26, 2009
Two of the things I was looking most forward to at NAB 2009 were split between the Amazon ballroom at the Rio hotel and a corner of the south hall in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Those things were the Final Cut Pro User Groups SuperMeet, on Tuesday evening, and the Final Cut Pro User Groups SuperBooth that was on the show floor all week....
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A whole mess of Apple Pro App technical documents updated


Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 25, 2009
I awoke this morning to find a lot of RSS updates to a number of Apple articles regarding a number of different Pro Apps:Final Cut Pro/Express: Some imported PSD files may only contain the...
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5 Things I Learned in the Scene to Scene Color Correction Session


Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 22, 2009
Monday at NAB I saw in on a session by colorist Robbie Carman called Match It: Scene to Scene Color Correction. He passed on a lot of great tips for Apple Color ... and a surprisingly large number of them were for dealing with bugs! Here's 5 of my favorites:1. Find...
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5 Things I Learned at the Text in After Effects session


Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 21, 2009
Trish Meyer presented a great session on Sunday afternoon about working with text in Adobe After Effects. Since I consider myself an After Effects hack who wants to know more I sat in. Among a number of things here's 5 tips that I picked up:1. There is an Auto-open check...
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5 Things I Learned at the Video Compression on a Mac session


Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 20, 2009
Jeff Greenberg of Future Media Concepts did a great job of presenting a lot of information in a short amount of time at his session titled Video Compression on a Mac. Here's 5 tips I liked:1. Job chaining in Apple Compressor is a...
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April Showers website a treasure of information

Film's online resources are great for those interesed in independent filmmaking
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 16, 2009
I was looking at some of the films coming to our local film festival, the Nashville Film Festival, (which I won't be attending much since they scheduled most of it the same week as NAB!) and I came across
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When your 16:9 tv isn't enough there's 21:9

Philips ramps it up a notch but is it marketing more than good tech?
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 16, 2009
Yesterday my PVC colleague Mark Christiansen posted this quick-link to to an utterly amazing
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Anvil trailer online!


Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 14, 2009
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Blu-ray comes to the Mac, kinda

Blu-ray drives offered from MCE just no playback in OSX
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 10, 2009
So we all know by now that Steve Jobs called Blu-ray a "bag of hurt" and that Apple doesn't officially support Blu-ray on the Macintosh. Yes we can author in Adobe Encore and burn with Toast. You can even back-up data galore onto Blu-ray data...
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UPDATE A found video from RED's headquarters?


Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 9, 2009
Whooo Hoooo!!!!! Today I got my first ever "takedown" notice for a blog entry! I guess if you write about and cover any industry that deals in product launches and trade secrets for long enough then you will eventually post something that someone doesn't like. Usually it's just an opinion of some software or a certain hardware product...
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Kensington trackball as a poor man's control surface

Make your FCP color correcting just a little easier
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 7, 2009
You may have never thought of using a trackball as a cheap substitute for a control surface when color correcting in Final Cut Pro but you can. At least you can use the functionality of a
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Keyboard Manifesto

Change your default FCP (or any other) keyboard for more efficient editing
Written by Scott Simmons  |  April 2, 2009
When it comes to increased productivity and better efficiency while editing, saving time every place an editor can will help increase that productivity and efficiency. And we all know saving time is the client's favorite thing as saving time means saving money. My favorite time saver in Final Cut Pro has been to remap the...
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1001 After Effects tutorials

You read that right, 1001
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 28, 2009
I thought that the link I posted the other day to 90+ Avid tutorials was good stuff that could keep one busy for a few days but this one beats it by a mile:
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The Great Twitter About Editing Experiment - One Year Later

A really great #editingandpost community has been established
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 25, 2009
It was just over a year ago when I posted a post that began the "Twitter about editing" experiment. I had signed up for Twitter around a year before that but really never used the...
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Kicking the tires on Avid Media Access Part 2

AMA has great potential
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 21, 2009
As the second part to my "kicking the tires" test of the new Avid Media Access architecture I wanted to try and understand how AMA works as part of Avid media management. In case this is your first time hearing about AMA, it's a new way for Avid Media Composer (as well as Symphony and NewsCutter) to access tapeless media. Currently supporting...
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3 Blu-ray links


Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 20, 2009
I saw three different Blu-ray related links from ianshepherd on Twitter this morning. I love my Blu-ray discs and my Playstation 3 which sees a lot more duty as a Blu-ray player than a gaming machine. Yes there's the argument that disc-based entertainment is yesterday's...
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Leftover Quick Tip: Save View menu changes

Missed this one in the 28 Days of QuickTips
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 18, 2009
The View Menu is located at the bottom of the Avid timeline to save different track height configurations: If you make a change to the tracks in the timeline then Avid lets you know by italicizing the current setting title and adding a suffix: You can then save that view with that new name or...
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Kicking the tires on Avid Media Access Part 1

A new feature in Avid Media Composer 3.5 might be the killer one
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 14, 2009
When Avid announced Media Composer 3.5 and the new Avid Media Access architecture the first thing I wondered was how would this new way of importing and using media would work when it comes to one...
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Fun clips for the end of a long agency edit day


Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 12, 2009
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90+ Avid Tutorials

If you're new to Media Composer this is the link for you
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 11, 2009
With the release of Avid Media Composer 3.5 just over a week ago Avid also released a fully functional 14 day demo. If you've never had the opportunity to use Avid (Avid
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The joy of Quantel's RED workflow via Automatic Duck

Conforming a multi-layer RED edit with transitions, repos and speed changes is a reality!
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 9, 2009
It seems like only a year ago that doing post-production on the RED ONE camera was a confusing imbroglio of what to do and what tools to use to do it. There where a lot of options for posting early RED footage as long as you wanted to use Final Cut Pro and/or Assimilate Scratch. Yep, there was REDAlert and RedCine from day one but if...
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This video says goodbye to Firewire 400

Yes it's silly but it will remind you about a lot of stuff
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 5, 2009
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Avid Media Composer 3.5 update is INTEL ONLY

I should have checked that before I uninstalled!
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 3, 2009
If you haven't heard, on Monday Avid announced and released an update to Media Composer (as well as Symphony and News Cutter), version 3.5. It has added some great new features including Avid Media Access (AMA) which is plug-in type architecture for other codecs like P2 and XDCAM, support for stereoscopic 3D editing, a 14 day fully functioning...
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Quicktip Day 28: Turn off Video Scopes Playback

Turning off the realtime scopes might help playback
Written by Scott Simmons  |  March 1, 2009
Quicktip #28 (February 28, 2009) Turning off realtime video scopes for better playbackThe realtime updating of the video scopes that was added to Final Cut Pro a few versions back is very handy: But on occasion I've noticed that having the realtime scopes might affect playback quality and...
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Quicktip Day 27: Promote to Avid Advanced Keyframes

Promoting certain Avid effects opens a timeline with lots of possibilities
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 28, 2009
Quicktip #27 (February 27, 2009) Promote to Avid Advanced KeyframesIn the old days, to keyframe Avid effects you had to open the effect in the Effect Editor and add keyframes in the Record monitor. This could quickly become confusing with lots of keyframes added to different parameters. Recent releases of Avid Media...
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Quicktip Day 26: Saving EDL Comments in Avid

Send instructions to online from your Avid offline via EDL comments
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 26, 2009
Quicktip #26 (February 26, 2009) Making EDL comments in an Avid EDLIf you are sending an edit to online via an EDL you can add comments for the online editor that can appear in the EDL. First select a clip you want to add comments via Segment mode: Then click on the edit sequence name above...
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Quicktip Day 25: Access Custom Avid Effects

Any Saved Avid Effects and Titles Show up in the Effect Palette
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 26, 2009
Quicktip #25 (February 25, 2009) Access Custom Avid EffectsAny titles you have generated in Avid or custom effects you have saved to a bin will show up in the Effect Palette for use just like any other Avid effect: These are available in the float Effect Palette as well as the tabbed Effect...
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Flipping those upside down 35mm adapter images

There's a couple of options for properly orienting your upside down 35mm adapter images
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 25, 2009
As nice as a 35mm depth of field adapter is one big disadvantage of such an adapter, at least the affordable ones, is they flip the image and that image is recorded upside down. It's upside down on your tape or your file and it's upside down on the camera's LCD monitor. Options and hacks abound for dealing with the upside down image but...
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Quicktip Day 23: Saving a Custom Avid Effect

Click and drag save an Avid effect for later use
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 24, 2009
Quicktip #23 (February 23, 2009) Saving a Custom Avid EffectIf you have an applied effect that you have perfected in Avid and you want to save that to use on other clips, first open the Effect Editor and then grab the effect icon in the effect editor: Click and drag the icon into a bin to save...
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Quicktip Day 24: Apply Saved Avid Effect to Multiple Clips

Apply an effect to many clips with just a few clicks
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 24, 2009
Quicktip #24 (February 24, 2009) Apply Saved Avid Effect to Multiple ClipsYou can apply a custom effect you've saved to an Avid bin by first selecting all the clips you want to apply the effect to via either of the segment modes and then double-click the saved effect in the Avid bin:
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Quicktip Day 22: slate buttons to increment numbers


Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 23, 2009
Quicktip #22 (February 22, 2009) slate buttons to increment numbers Clicking the little slate buttons in Final Cut Pro's Log and Capture tool will increment the clip information in their respective rows. Keep the check boxes checked and FCP will automatically increment the last number or letter for each...
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Quicktip Day 21: Set the FCP Logging Bin

Send your clips to the correct bin
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 21, 2009
Quicktip #21 (February 21, 2009) Set the FCP Logging Bin The logging bin is the bin where logged or captured clips will be stored. That bin can be identified by the slate icon next to it. You can set a logging bin by right+clicking on a bin and choosing Set Logging Bin:
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The GT35pro meets the RED camera

I took my HV20 and the GT35pro out to a RED camera test recently
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 21, 2009
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Quicktip Day 20: Annotate pictures with Preview

Preview can do a lot more than just open PDFs
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 21, 2009
Quicktip #20 (February 20, 2009) Using Preview to annotate imagesAs much as I love ImageWell for quick annotations of images without the overhead of a Photoshop launch, you can do a lot of the same stuff in Apple's Preview application. Just right...
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A video only an editor or engineer could love

Bars and Tone is for so much more
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 20, 2009
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Live Action Oscar Nominated Short Films on iTunes

It's only a few days before the ceremony but the shorts are there
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 20, 2009
For all of us out there that love (and make) short films it's especially pleasing when the presenter announces the winners of the short film categories on Oscar night. I always wonder what the winner is thinking and feeling as they make that long walk from the back of the room up to the stage to accept their Oscar. In the early 90s they...
Quicktip #19 (February 19, 2009) Use the option key for more Finder optionsWhen working in the Mac OS Finder you can press the OPTION and/or the SHIFT key on the keyboard for other tasks and options from the Finder menus: In the above example of the SHIFT key pressed under the File menu in the...
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Chat with the editor of Slumdog Millionaire

Avid offers up an opportunity to chat with an Oscar nominee
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 19, 2009
It's no secret that Avid editing systems and Avid technology had a hand in a lot of this years Oscar nominated films. To celebrate, Avid is giving people the opportunity to chat with one of them! On Monday, February 23...
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Quicktip Day 17: Add Avid filler at start

Add black to the start of an Avid sequence with specific duration
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 18, 2009
Quicktip #17 (February 17, 2009) Add Avid filler at startWant an easy way to add black to the start of an Avid sequence? Just go under the Clip menu and choose Add Filler at Start: It will then add filler at the top of your edit for the duration specified in the Timeline > Edit tab of the...
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Quicktip Day 18: Determine total Avid bin duration

Determining the duration of a group of master clips
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 18, 2009
Quicktip #18 (February 18, 2009) Determine total Avid bin duration!If you want to know the total duration of an number of clips in an Avid bin just select clips: And then press Command+i to load information about the selection into the Console: As you can see a lot if...
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iStockaudio is alive and online


Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 17, 2009
I'm sure there's not a person out there working in media today who hasn't at least heard of iStockphoto. The stock photo house has been a staple of affordability and convenience in the stock photo world for a long time. A couple of years ago they added video to the mix. For the last year or so they have been acquiring audio clips and...
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Quicktip Day 16: Expand all FCP tracks via mouse

Taller FCP timeline tracks are a click and drag away
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 16, 2009
Quicktip #16 (February 16, 2009) Expand all FCP tracks via mouse A quick way to change the track height of all video or audio tracks in a Final Cut Pro timeline all at once is to OPTION + drag on the tiny space between tracks in the patch panel when your cursor changes to the little up-down arrow. Then...
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Quicktip Day 15: Option click to select a file name .... or not?

You may or may not have to use the option modifier after all!
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 16, 2009
Quicktip #15 (February 15, 2009) Option+click (or maybe don't Option+click) on an existing file to use that nameThanks to Andy Mees and the power of Twitter I got a question...
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Quicktip Valentine's Day 14: Insert a ? or a ?

Inserting a ? into your honey's Valentine's Day video ... next year
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 15, 2009
Quicktip #14 (February 14, 2009): Insert a ? or a ?Let's say you are editing a Valentine's Day video for your sweetheart and you want to insert a heart shape into a title or to use as a graphic element. If you have some ornamental fonts installed you could search it out that way or you could access any number of odd...
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Quicktip Day 13: Check Your FCP AV Devices


Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 14, 2009
Quicktip #13 (February 13, 2009) Check Audio/Video SettingsThis may only happen to me but it's annoying enough that it's worth mentioning. If you do a lot of mastering to tape in a lot of different formats then you might have accidentally left a different format selected in the Audio/Video Settings > A/V Devices tab...
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3 Ways to Get RED Footage into Final Cut Pro

RED Workflows with Final Cut
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 12, 2009
The RED camera and its proprietary .R3D, file-based workflow has been a subject of much discussion, speculation and frustration for many in the post-production industry since it began shipping. It has also made a lot of shooters and camera owners into post-production people since they are choosing to do (or attempt to do) a lot of the complex...
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Quicktip Day 12: Expos© to the function keys


Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 12, 2009
Quicktip #12 (February 12, 2009) Expos© to the function keys I love Mac OS X's Expos© feature that can reveal the desktop (among other things) with one keystroke. I have it mapped to the middle button on the Mighty Mouse. Problem is that my function keys and shift+function keys and...
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Quicktip Day 11: turn on settings in User Preferences

Change those sequence settings once and never again
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 11, 2009
Quicktip #11 (February 11, 2009) turn on settings in User Preferences I always want to see Though Edits, Duplicate Frames and Audio Controls in a Final Cut Pro timeline. By enabling these (and any other specific timeline settings you like) in the Final Cut Pro > User Preferences menu they will be enabled...
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New That Post Show up and online


Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 10, 2009
There's a brand new version of the audio podcast That Post Show up and online. If you haven't heard the podcast then this would be a good time to start listening. It's described as "an open conversation and roundtable discussion with experts in new media, film and...
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Quicktip Day 10: Save Avid Column Layouts

Select specific headings and save custom Avid column layouts
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 10, 2009
Quicktip #10 (February 10, 2009) Save Avid Column LayoutsAvid can save custom bin column headings just as well as FCP. First you choose the headings you want to display by choosing Headings... under the bin "hamburger" menu in the lower left corner of the bin: Once you have selected the...
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Quicktip Day 09: Save FCP Column Layouts


Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 9, 2009
Quicktip #9 (February 9, 2009) Save FCP Column LayoutsDon't forget that you can save custom column layouts in the Browser. There are many different columns that can be displayed so saving favorites can save a lot of horizontal scrolling in the browser. Right+click (or control+click if you don't have a two button...
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Quicktip Day 08: Play Base Layer Only

Avoid the Unrendered screen ... if you want to
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 8, 2009
Quicktip 8 (February 8, 2009) Play the base layer only in FCPIf you check the Play Base Layer Only option in the Final Cut Pro timeline pop-up menu: then FCP will play the lowest level of realtime playable video instead of displaying the unrendered screen when there is unrendered video in the...
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Quicktip Day 06: Edit FCP Column Heading

You can make a custom column heading in FCP
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 7, 2009
Quicktip #6 (February 6, 2009) Edit Final Cut Pro's Comment column headingYou can create your own custom heading name in a Final Cut Pro Browser column. Add any of the Comment columns to your Browser and right+click (control+click with a single button mouse) on the column and choose Edit Heading:
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Quicktip Day 07: Custom Avid bin column headings

Avid can have custom bin column headings
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 7, 2009
Quicktip #7 (February 7, 2009) Custom Avid bin column headingsNot to be outdone by our last Final Cut Pro tip, Avid Media Composer can also have custom column headings in a bin. Just click in the empty white space next to a current bin heading and you will get a blinking cursor. Then just type the name of the new...
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My Auxiliary Timecode tutorial is online

Using aux code techniques to enhance your music video and multicam edits
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 6, 2009
What if you could take any master clip or subclip in your editing project and assign it a brand new timecode that you could specify and use it for syncing clips. If that sounds too good to be true it isn't. It's Auxiliary Timecode and both Avid Media Composer and Apple Final Cut Pro have this feature. It can be...
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Quicktip Day 05: FCP Keyboard changes are viewable in the menus

Change the keyboard and you can see those changes in the menus
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 5, 2009
Quicktip #5 (February 5, 2009) FCP Keyboard changes are viewable in the menusWhen you remap the Final Cut Pro keyboard the application is smart enough to display those re-mapped keys in the app's menus. While this can be handy if you forget where you've mapped something it's also helpful if you sit down at a...
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Quicktip Day 04: Tear off the Avid tool palette

A floating tool palette is a handy thing
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 4, 2009
Quicktip #4 (February 4, 2009) Tear off the Avid tool paletteBy default the Avid tool palette lives between the source and record monitors under the little "hamburger" menu. Click it and it drops down: but drag the mouse away while the tool palette is open and it will "tear away" into its own...
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Remember Adobe Premiere Express?

The online editing application is featured in a Hyundai promotion
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 4, 2009
A while back I seem to remember Adobe announcing Adobe Premiere Express, its Flash-based online video editor. I never played with it and really didn't hear that much about it but it is alive and well as part of the new Hyundai Genesis Coupe...
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Quicktip Day 03: Project folders in the Finder sidebar

The Mac Finder sidebar can be your friend
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 3, 2009
Quicktip #3 (February 3, 2009) Put Project folders in the Finder sidebar I access my Final Cut Pro projects folder and my Avid projects folder all the time so I put those folders into the Places sidebar in the Finder window via click and drag. They are always there, even in an Open and Save dialog box....
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Quicktip Day 02: Map your 9-split exactly to the keypad

Changing the FCP default 9-split multicam shortcut made my life easier
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 2, 2009
Quicktip #2 (February 2, 2009) Map your 9-split exactly to the keypad Final Cut Pro already has the 9-split multicam view edit keys mapped to the keypad of the Multi-camera Editing keyboard layout as a default where you can switch to the various cameras 1 - 9 with a press of the camera number you want to...
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28 Days of Quicktips

Wherein the Editblog attempts a new Quicktip for every day in February
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 1, 2009
I just love quick tips! It's so much fun to see a blog post, Tweet, comment or image that gives me a little piece of editing / software knowledge that I didn't know before. I read the tip for a minute or so, try out the tip and then it's stuck in my brain from that point forward. Well ... some of them I will forget if I don't use them...
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Quicktip Day 01: Use that CAPS LOCK!

Using FCP's CAPS LOCK functionality can speed timeline work
Written by Scott Simmons  |  February 1, 2009
Quicktip #1 (February 1, 2009) Use that CAPS LOCK!In Final Cut Pro, when working on an edit sequence with lots of graphic layers, it can take a few seconds to render the current frame for display (especially if working in HD): Use the CAPS LOCK key to temporarily disable rendering and you can...
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Is Apple Working on Storyboarding Software?

Apple patent appliction hints at future software
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 30, 2009
It was on the same day that I got an email about the new version 6 of Storyboard Quick that I saw an article on Information Week entitled
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The GT35Pro up in the great cold north

Further testing the GT35pro 35mm lens adapter on the Canon HV20
Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 29, 2009
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The (current) greatest photograph in the world


Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 27, 2009
I love photography. I can kill hours playing with Lightroom, just clicking away with my Canon or thumbing though a couple of my favorite photography websites. But I never realized how much time I could really...
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Please allow me to introduce myself


Written by Scott Simmons  |  January 25, 2009
Please allow me to introduce myself ....Hi, I'm Scott Simmons. you may remember me from such such blog posts as