NAB 2015 made me rethink what a "Stock Element" is, and why Style Elements are quite simply the "Plug-in Preset", without the Plug-in.

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe talks about the basics of Multicamera editing in Media Composer, how to set it up and how to make critical changes, when the producer/director is sitting right next to you!

Piecing Together the Editing Puzzle with Rampant Design

Flexibility is key for an editor of any genre or story
Written by  |  May 19, 2015
First and foremost, I’m an editor. I love telling stories. Naturally, there are an infinite amount of ways that a story can be told, and nowhere is that more evident than when you find yourself looking through the raw footage of a project. Obviously, every project has a creative vision behind it before the camera ever starts to roll,...

3D Logos in Motion

Written by  |  May 18, 2015
This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how anyone can turn a flat logo into a 3D object in Motion or Final Cut...

After Effects Hidden Gems: Set First Vertex

Control which point strokes start drawing from.
Written by  |  May 18, 2015

A common trick is to use the Stroke effect to wipe on a line along a mask path. You can do the same using the Trim Paths operator for a shape layer. But, how can you control where that path starts and ends? The secret is understanding the First Vertex Point. If you drew a mask or shape path by hand, this is where you first clicked with the Pen tool. But if the path was created automatically - say, by converting a text layer into outlines - this first point is determined by the software, not you.

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  |  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.

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


Pro Tools First from Avid is very powerful yet free. Who should use it?

The free Pro Tools First from Avid is much more powerful than we might initially imagine.
Written by  |  May 14, 2015

Back in February, I published an article called: 48 reasons why GarageBand is kryptonite for video production. At that point, I didn’t even know that Avid had announced Pro Tools First, a free yet extremely powerful version of their popular software. In fact, I didn’t find out about it until NAB in April. This article explores Pro Tools First’s capabilities, and who should use it (beyond Avid’s limited target) despite how confusing its name is when pronounced in a sentence in English.

Adobe Cloud Needs a Cinematographer's Plan

Adobe Creative Cloud offers, until the 29th of May, a special price for the whole suite. They also have their pack for photographers. But Adobe needs to create, urgently, packs for other artists. Or see they go elsewhere for alternatives.
Written by  |  May 14, 2015
With the price of Lightroom 6 up on the $150 mark and the special prices Adobe offers until the 29th of May, some may be tempted to try the Create Cloud package instead or the Photography Plan. But Adobe needs to create more specific plans. For indie cinematographers,...

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

It was a big year. If you are into drones.
Written by  |  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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