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Useful Tools for Editors – After Thanksgiving Edition

In the US we stuff ourselves with turkey in late November. Then we look for useful tools for editing. No, really we do.

The turkey is gone, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday have passed. Here are some interesting, cool and useful tools I’ve noticed and noted over the last 6 months since we published the last Useful Tools for Editors.

But first … this is too good not to put at the top of this Useful Tools For Editors post instead of the links at the bottom. It’s not a useful tool but it’s that good. It’s not for the squeamish though.


Nobe Color Remap

This OpenFX effect for DaVinci Resolve came across the social medias the other day and it has to be one of the most interesting and useful tools for color work that I’ve seen since Cinema Grade. In fact, Nobe Color Remap looks to take the task of selective color correction and adapt some new tools to it that I haven’t seen since Resolve itself. It’s hard to explain so just take a look at the quick video to see how it works.

I downloaded the free demo and just playing around with the interface I’m blown away and can instantly see how useful it could be. I’m sure there are ways to achieve anything that Nobe Color Remap might do with native Resolve tools but it just seems really fast in Nobe. Fast and fun. That’s not something I always say about color work.

If you can see behind the demo watermark there’s a blue header bar on the screen in the image at right. That blue is concentrated in the light blue of the trace in the Hue/Saturation color spectrum on the left, away from the trace condensed at the middle.

I was able to pin the control points to the left of the blue and move only the blue of that header bar up to turn it pink. This is a very crude example but it took all of about 10 seconds to make that happen. It’s best just to dig into the features of Nobe Color Remap and watch all the videos.

Nobe Color Remap comes in both a Lite and a Pro version for both Mac and Windows. Hit the FAQ for more info.


Vanilla

Here’s a simple little MacOS utility, Vanilla, that can hide many of those menubar icons behind a little pop-out menu. I’m sure there are tons more of these things that do the same thing but this one came along when I was wanting to do just that so it’s included here!

There is a pro version but a free version is available as well.

  • Perfect your menu bar by completely hiding icons
  • Hide any app icon from your Mac’s menu bar
  • Compatible with light and dark menu bars
  • Automatically hide icons again after five seconds
  • Start Vanilla automatically when you log in
  • Toggle icons with a keyboard shortcut

$5 can get some added functionality.


EdiLoad – The Sound Editor’s Workflow Toolkit

We’ve talked about tools for audio editors before and here’s another cool one. EdiLoad will allow “sound editors and mixers to perform a variety of crucial and time-saving tasks. From re-conforming (re-cutting) a Pro Tools session when picture changes occur, to conforming (assembling) location WAV files in Pro Tools.” Reconforming of any kind can be a real pain so I can imagine how this could help.

Featured include: Load and Manipulate Edit Lists, Compare Edit Lists, Re-Conform (Re-Cut) Pro Tools Sessions, Conform (Assemble) WAV files, Import Edit Data from Pro Tools Sessions, Create a Picture Cut Track, Create a Scene Change Track, WAV File List Window and Export Files. At $645 this software isn’t cheap but if you need it then it’ll probably pay for itself pretty quickly. Sounds In Sync makes a number of useful tools for sound editors so check them out as well.


Auphonic Add-ons for Adobe Audition and Adobe Premiere

Along the lines of audio tools, Auphonic makes an extension for both Adobe Premiere Pro and Audition.

Not familiar with Auphonic?  Their tagline says this: Automatic audio post production web service for podcasts, broadcasters, radio shows, movies, screencasts and more.

I’m often skeptical of automated services (which I assume Auphonic is) when compared to an audio pro’s ear and experience but listening to some of the examples it sounds pretty good. The cost is reasonable and there is a free tier so you can test it. I’m bookmarking this one to try out at the right time in the future.


Multi-cursor package

First let me admit I don’t know exactly what ATOM and ATOM packages are beyond what the website saysA hackable text editor for the 21st Century. But this Multi-cursor package that is available for it looks too cool and useful not to feature. I hope the creator doesn’t mind that I swiped the GIF to show Multi-cursor package in action.

I saw this tool in a Media Composer forum discussion as someone was wondering how to do some batch renaming in Avid. There was a response about using Multi-cursor. I don’t know if this tool can be adapted to tools outside of ATOM. If anyone else knows please comment below. Perhaps you can’t as ATOM looks to be more of a developer tool. I love this idea of being able to type into multiple lines of text at once.


WordService

WordService is a free Mac utility that might be useful to those who do a lot of writing (Mac App Store link). It installs into the underused Services menu when you right+click on items in the MacOS. It provides a lot of useful little things that can be turned on and off in the Keyboard System Preferences depending on what you might want to do. This freeware comes from Devon Technologies and they have quite a few other interesting Mac tools as well. You can download WordService there without going through the Mac App Store.

There’s a long list of what WordService can do.

  • Reformat text paragraphs
  • Clean up tabs, quotes, line endings
  • Remove unwanted text parts
  • Sort lines or paragraphs
  • Change case
  • Shift paragraphs right or left
  • Obscure using Rotate 13
  • Insert date, time, or file path
  • Get text statistics

This link shows a screenshot and all the things on the menu.

Above is the Statistics WordService function. That was the result of this blog post up to this point while I was writing it!


EDL Hacker

Here’s a simple one, a website where you upload an EDL to “obtain the durations of individual events in your EDL, as well as a reel summary showing what tapes were used, and how much material from each tape is present in the programme.”

That is EDLHacker.com. And the results?

A webpage with your EDL and the info within it. There are also a number of options to download a processed file of your EDL as a text file, a cleaned-up, CMX style EDL, a CSV file, a TAB delimited file, a simplified music cue log style file, a merged music cue log, or a CSV file. And if you use it you can donate to the creators. That’s EDL Hacker.


The Bézier Game

Get ready for a time killer. If you have to use pen-based path tools in After Effects, Photoshop, Fusion, mocha or anything really you might get a kick out of The Bézier Game as it’ll up your skill level using Bézier curve tools.

Above the first puzzle after the tutorials. When you’re done with a stage you get graded.

Now, click over to The Bézier Game and productively kill some time.


Picular

It’s Google, but for colors. That’s what the Picular site says, Google, but for colors.

It’s fun so just go try Picular if you need some help finding colors.


And this Adobe Premiere Pro tip deserves its own space.


Links from Twitter and around the web.

 

 


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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…

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