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Breaking the First Rule of NLE

January 27, 2010, 08:19 AM


When last we spoke, I had announced my intention to break The First Rule Of Editing - to actually upgrade my editor in the middle of several ongoing productions. My reasons were threefold...

The Clip info Window

January 26, 2010, 08:17 AM


Here’s a feature that’s been around forever, but many people don’t seem to be aware of it. Say you want to find a piece of data logged for a particular clip. You open the appropriate bin, but the column containing the info you’re interested in isn’t displayed...

Why Most Workflows are Inefficient

January 25, 2010, 08:16 AM


Everyone always says "there’s a million ways to cut this" yet rarely ever sees examples of it. Well, you’re in for a treat, courtesy of the students of Bellevue College in Seattle, Washington. Their professor, Robert Backstrand, worked with us to build the entire curriculum of his editing classes around footage available at Editmentor.com. Here’s a sampling of Copier Wars edits from students who prove creativity is indeed alive and well.

Compare Edits! Copier Wars

January 25, 2010, 08:15 AM


In my experience few productions – be they film or television – are well planned from a workflow perspective. It seems that people do what’s apparently cheapest, or what they have done in the past. This is both dangerous – because the production workflow hasn’t been tested – and inefficient.

Avid Screencast User Portable Applications

January 22, 2010, 08:12 AM


Ever on an editing system that you can’t install software on? And all they’ve got for image manipulation is MS Paint? Get stuff done with portable applications that run off your USB flash drive! Examples include GIMP, an open-source Photoshop clone, and Songbird, an iTunes-like music player.

Fuze Movie Collaborative Review is Back

January 19, 2010, 08:08 AM


A couple of years ago, I had the privilege of working with industry-renown editor, Michael Buday, as he was bringing to market a very unique and innovative app for collaborative review and approval. I was first introduced to him thru a mutual friend and client at Siggraph Boston.

Avid 4.0 P2 Workflow Part 1 importing

January 18, 2010, 08:07 AM


My current project is a feature documentary with about one hundred hours of footage, all completely tapeless. We have P2 media from hard-drives, originally shot on the HVX-200A and HPX-500, along with quicktime files shot on the Canon 5D. It sucked, not because the hardware and software couldn't handle it, but because no one on the project (including me) knew how to adjust our tape-based sensibilities into a tapeless environment.

Zoic Editorial Launches

January 18, 2010, 08:05 AM


The VFX company Zoic Studios just announced the launch of Zoic Editorial, an "editorial house within a VFX house" headed by Zoic senior editor Dmitri Gueer. The new editorial house will serve both Zoic VFX clients and outside clients.

Review: FCP Versioner

January 17, 2010, 08:02 AM


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 filled a need in the market for when you have to reinstall any of the FCS applications by yanking certain applications or the entire Studio install off your hard drive...

FCP Offline/Online

January 17, 2010, 08:01 AM


In my current job I am working on two TV series for Investigation Discovery. One is a half-hour series that is currently running called CALL 911. The other is a 10-episode, one-hour series called TRUE CRIME with APHRODITE JONES that will start airing in March. Both have very different workflows, as CALL 911, due to the fast turnaround needed...

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