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Mark Spencer is a freelance producer, videographer, editor, trainer and writer based in the Bay Area. He produces Final Cut Pro X-related training and plugins for with his partners at Ripple Training. He is an Apple-certified Master Trainer, and consults for corporations and individuals. He is the author or co-author of a half-dozen books on motion graphics and editing from Peachpit Press and writes for ProVideo Coalition. He maintains www.applemotion.net, a resource for Motion. Mark has an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Creating Animated Graphs in Motion

Creating Animated Graphs in Motion

Since we all seem to be looking at a lot of charts and graphs these days I thought it was a good opportunity to show folks how easy it is…

DaVinci Resolve 16.2 Update – The Fairlight Page

DaVinci Resolve 16.2 Update – The Fairlight Page

Version 16.2 of DaVinci Resolve just dropped with a myriad of enhancements (as usual) with most of them focused on the evolving Fairlight page for working with audio. In…

NAB Needs to Step Up

NAB Needs to Step Up

(note: on Thursday March 12th NAB announced they are no longer moving forward with the show.) Ok, NAB, what’s it going to be? As of Tuesday morning March…

Using Remote Grades in DaVinci Resolve

Using Remote Grades in DaVinci Resolve

This week on MacBreak Studio, we talk about how you can start to think about incorporating remote grades into your color grading workflow in DaVinci Resolve 16. As opposed to…

Quad Split Multicam Editing in FCP X

Quad Split Multicam Editing in FCP X

This week’s MacBreak Studio requires a bit of a backstory. At the end of January, Steve Martin and I taught some sessions at Vlog University, a conference designed…

Pan & Scan Photos in Motion

Pan & Scan Photos in Motion

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show you how you can animate a camera to dolly and pan over a photograph. While you can accomplish the same result in Final…

Animating Photos with mPuppet and Motion

Animating Photos with mPuppet and Motion

Last Fall the good folks at motionvfx.com released mPuppet, a mesh warp plugin for Final Cut Pro X and Motion. At that time I was on the road in…

10 Tips for Multicam Editing in Final Cut Pro X

10 Tips for Multicam Editing in Final Cut Pro X

This year was the 30th anniversary of the Bioneers conference held annually at the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael, California, just a short drive up the 101 from my…

Should You Upgraded to Catalina and Final Cut Pro 10.4.7?

Should You Upgraded to Catalina and Final Cut Pro 10.4.7?

With the recent release of both Final Cut Pro 10.4.7 and Catalina, editors are faced with multiple decisions: do I update to Final Cut Pro? Do I update…

Delivering in Multiple Aspect Ratios for Social Media

Delivering in Multiple Aspect Ratios for Social Media

As editors, we need to deliver video to be hosted on a variety of social media platforms, often in multiple aspect ratios for each platform. For example, 16:9 for…

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