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11 FCP Tips

November 29, 2009, 04:41 AM


During the years with Final Cut, I’ve accumulated a number of workflow steps to eliminate some of the "gotchas" and bottlenecks. I’ll share a few in this post and hope you find them to be helpful.

Interview with Murch on Touch of Evil Recut

November 29, 2009, 04:39 AM


He has re-edited Orson Welle's 1958 film Touch of Evil. At the time of the film's initial release the studio remixed the film to Welle's displeasure. He fired off a letter with suggested changes. With those notes as their guide, Murch and re-edit producer Rick Schmidlin have reconstructed the film to Well's intentions.

Avid on the Upswing

November 28, 2009, 04:37 AM


In case anybody was still wondering if Avid’s recent rebranding was a good idea, I recently attended two industry events that helped prove that the company that brought us Media Composer twenty years ago is not going anywhere anytime soon.

The Woman in Scorsese's Edit Room

November 27, 2009, 04:36 AM


Academy Award-winning film editor Thelma Schoonmaker has edited every one of Martin Scorsese's movies, from Raging Bull to The Aviator. Schoonmaker has had a front-row seat to see how film editing has changed over the past 30 years.

Social Get Together

November 27, 2009, 04:35 AM


The Canadian Cinema Editors are having an event in Toronto. If your there take a moment, stop by and have a pint.

Duck and Color

November 27, 2009, 04:35 AM


I have been doing a few tests lately. Going from Avid to FCP to Color. Because I am REALLY enjoying cutting with Avid again (well, the one home movie I am FINALLY getting to), but I REALLY like the color correcting tools of COLOR. And I have a color correction job coming up that was edited in Avid, and I would like to figure out how to get it into Color.

Remap Your Keyboard

November 26, 2009, 04:34 AM


In this episode, I’ll show you how to remap your keyboard and give you a couple of ideas on what functions to map to it. If this does not make you at least 10% more productive, Avid Screencast will refund your money.

Alphadogs Turn Threats into Opportunity

November 26, 2009, 04:33 AM


AlphaDogs is a multi-room facility that handles a lot of cable work, particularly reality programming. The studio is posting Project Runway and Models of the Runway, and recently handled color correction on a History channel special that looks at Lee Harvey Oswald assassin Jack Ruby. AlphaDogs has four Avid Symphony systems, two graphics room, two Pro Tools audio bays, an Apple Color room, three Final Cut Pro finishing rooms, and 10 rooms with a choice of FCP or Media Composer.

Media Composer Review

November 26, 2009, 04:33 AM


Since last month’s comprehensive review of Media Composer V.3.5 by AlphaDogs’ Terrence Curren (see postmagazine.com) is still fresh, I’ll just touch on the newest features of 4.0, which are pretty significant.

AMWA Floats Workflows at SPMTE Conference

November 26, 2009, 04:32 AM


In recent years, the post-production process has seen a tremendous increase in the number and complexity of video formats being used, a long list that includes aspect ratios, compression ratios and frame rates. Individually, these choices address specific project needs or budgets. Collectively, they increase the demands on editorial to properly handle the material coming in, turning it over to other departments, and delivering a project according to spec and on schedule.

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