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Linkage: August 2013

Saturday, August 17th, 2013


We missed July linkage as we were too busy editing to pull all the links together. But here’s a bigger and better August linkage for your reading pleasure.

Here is a very interesting read as to where Avid might have gone with the whole second screen and metadata stuff. If only.

And in good After Effects stuff: A video on 2D tracking with the 3D tracker. Here’s a two parter on how to make a water color wipe.  This 19 part series on scripting is intense and in-depth. And you can use AE for finishing as well.

This NLE comparison chart has quite a lot of useful info in there.

If you’ve ever had any of your films stored at DuArt in New York City then you’ll be interested in this.

You can apparently use a Media Composer 7 license to activate older versions of MC.

A good Avid to After Effect workflow can always come in handy.

Freelancer? Then read this about the cost of doing business.

Need some Avid AMA guides? This site has posted a bunch of them together.

Old new now but if you didn’t see the 7.0.1 update to Adobe Premiere Pro then get it now.

NAB was months ago but this pre-NAB panel discussion is a good one.

This story of saving a Quicktime file from an AJA Ki Pro might be of use someday.

This is a generational loss comparison between ProRes, DNxHD and Cineform. I’d like to do my own someday.

This article asks if ProRes if really the pro codec we all think it is.

Who doesn’t like free fonts that someone else is curating!?!?

This probably really is the ultimate aspect ratio guide.

Here’s some security rules for storing your data in the cloud.

There are a lot of Oscar nominated docs streaming on Netflix.

Links from Twitter:






Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 for FCP editors webinar now available

Friday, June 29th, 2012

If you’re a Final Cut Pro user who’s thinking about the making the switch to Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 then here’s a couple of resources that I was recently involved in that may help. Over at Filmmaking Webinars the Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 for Final Cut Pro editors is now available on demand. There’s a couple of different options for purchase. If you just want a boat-load of questions answered about PPro CS6 then check out the 105 Adobe Premiere Pro Questions Answered article over at the Editblog on PVC. Those are all questions that were asked by viewers of the recent webinar.

Linkage: November 2011

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Avid Media Composer 6 is launching in the next few days. Check out an early review. And the Avid webcast announcing MC6 is available online.

Freddylinks is still the best place ever for all Avid info.

We should all think about doing work we can be proud of.

If the future there might be No more jump cuts? Or use the Avid technique today.

Hurry to get your free DaVinci Lite training before it’s gone.

So is the 35mm depth of field adapter dead?

Loiloscope is in version 2 of an alternative video editor but it’s for PC only. Of we can let some website do a lot of the work for us to create a “video slideshow.”

If you missed this timeline comparison I did between FCP and Premiere Pro then check it out.

AJA has new Kona drivers out.

TUAW pointed out the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test app.

I was honored to be on this list of 10 video editing and post twitter users.

It’s fun to read about other’s experience in the 48 hour film project.

Here’s a Kubrick interview from 1966.

Links from Twitter:

DaufCam: A great example of crop factors by Phil

clipwrap ClipWrap 2.4.4 – now with metadata parsing, better avid DNxHD support, and much more

Digistorians Media 100 keeps on trucking, Read this v.2 review, by Michael Hanish

MediaComposer @howardberry When MC 6 becomes available later this month, take advantage of your complimentary student upgrade

dvice ’The Matrix’ bullet-time comes to pro surfing: whoa

olacolorist: Took a break to show you very quickly how I do multicam editing in FCP7 using an iPad.…

zacuto All three episodes of the Great Camera Shootout 2011 are now available for download on Vimeo:!

kev_mon Batch Renaming Clips for Adobe Premiere Pro in Adobe

wienotfilms How can someone not want a #GoPro after watching this? The #editing job on it was masterful, btw!

CriterionCorner this article on THE TREE OF LIFE’S editing process is the best thing you’ll read or re-read all day:

jessicaebelhar all of my pix from the horrific #indycar crash in #vegasthat took dan wheldon’s life:

BitesBlog The Chick-fil-A Conundrum: How to Reconcile Tasty Chicken with Distasteful Politics

Big Boston SuperMeet less than a week away

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

It’s less than a week away from the next SuperMeet, this time in Boston at Stuart Street Playhouse (Radisson Hotel Boston, 200 Stuart Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02116). It happens this Thursday, October 27. If you follow the SuperMeets, held around the world at this point, then they are always billed as the biggest and best yet but this particular second Boston SuperMeet might just be the best lineup yet. If you’re interested in feature films then the top of the bill is an appearance by Walter Murch. This will be Murch’s “FIRST public appearance by Oscar and BAFTA Award-winning editor Walter Murch since the launch of Final Cut Pro X” so I’m sure everyone will be on pins and needles to hear his thoughts on the new software. Prediction: He likes the underlying technology but thinks FCPX isn’t quite ready for everyone as of yet. Also on the bill is a presentation from Avid by ANDREW WEISBLUM, A.C.E., editor of both Black Swan and The Wrestler among other fine films. In addition to the feature editors there will be demos from Autodesk and DaVinci.

Those tech demos translate into the prizes as well as there’s going to be a full version of Autodesk Smoke for Mac in the “world famous raffle.” That’s a $14,995 value that’s second only the the full Resolve control surface that was given away at NAB 2011! Other raffles prizes include Avid Media Composer, an Avid Artist Color control surface, a number of goodies from Blackmagic Design, a Sidekick HD ProRes recorder and various things from Adobe, NVIDIA and other software galore. Grab your tickets soon in case this one sells out.

That Post Show: Unstoppable Hydraulic Pressure

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

A few weeks ago I happily recorded a new episode of That Post Show called Unstoppable Hydraulic Pressure. On this episode we talked at length about NLEs, how a good NLE is an extension of the editor and how editors often have an emotional connection to their tools. Of course we talk about Avid, Apple and Adobe along the way. Guests included Shane Ross, Steve Cohen, Paul Zadie, Paul Del Vecchio and host Kanen Flowers. You can subscribe to That Post Show in iTunes and give it a rating. That always helps.

This Week: SuperMeet and DSLR Filmmaking Bundle

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

As I write this it’s Tuesday night. Time is running out for two separate but equally cool things happening in our video production and post world. One is an educational bundle and one is an event. Both have only a few days left before they are gone!

The Tenth Annual San Francisco FCPUG SuperMeet is this coming Friday, January 28. Tickets are on sale now for $15 with $20 tickets at the door. As always there’s quite an agenda for this SuperMeet including a number of actual Final Cut Studio presentations! One of those is a presentation by the makers of the hilarious I The ProRes Maker music video. And there will be presentations on 3D and Smoke on Mac among others. Of course the world famous raffle is taking place  once again with over $47,000 in prizes. One of those prizes is an AJA Ki Pro Mini so if it’s actually shipping by then the winner may be one of the first owners!

All the information you might need to know about attending the the Tenth Annual San Francisco FCPUG SuperMeet is available at the SuperMeet webpage. Looks like it’s going to be a fun show.

The other item available this week only is a superbundle that has put together with all five DSLR filmmaking webinars they’ve produced thus far. This is $50 for five webinars and includes the  5 on-demand webinars, bonus material, podcast interviews as well as project and media files for trying out what was learned.

The 5 topics include the Production Reality Check, Post Workflows (which was my particular webinar), Color Grading Workflows, Audio Techniques Production and Post and DSLR Stabilizing Techniques.

This is a one-of-a-kind bundle so if you’re new to DSLR filmmaking the price of $50 really can’t be beat for the sheer volume of material you’ll get for that price. But hurry as this sale is only good through 1-29-2011.

Useful Apps for Digital Filmmakers webinar now available

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

If you missed Thursday’s Useful Applications for Digital Filmmakers webinar it’s now available for download as an On Demand webinar. For $25 you get the full 90 minute, screen captured webinar, a podcast about the topic, an extra 15 minute (or so) video presentation with several tools we didn’t discuss during the webinar. There’s also a PDF included with links to all the Mac, iPhone and iPad apps we discussed during the webinar as well as a few we didn’t get to as we ran out of time.

Here’s the actual webinar description:

This webinar will be a fast, fun walk-through and discussion of handy, useful Macintosh applications that would be at home in any digital filmmaker’s toolbox. The software discussed will run the gamut from free to paid, a few dollars up to a few hundred. While all stages of filmmaking will be discussed with useful tools for pre-production, production and post-production, a strong emphasis will be placed on post production.

This was really a fun webinar to present as it wasn’t the usual task or workflow oriented program but rather a fun, fast walkthrough of a lot of tools that I know I couldn’t live without. I hope it might help in spending some money!

50% off webinars on Black Friday

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

If you’re not heading out to Target or Home Depot at 4:00 AM then fire up your web browser and grab some new media webinars for half price. There’s a lot of good educational stuff over there to choose from including Web Video Compression Techniques or Editing Bootcamp: Get Organized!. If I may also recommend and of the DSLR webinars including DSLR Filmmaking Color Grading WorkflowsDSLR Filmmaking Production Reality Check and the webinar that I hosted, DSLR Filmmaking Post Workflows. There’s also one more upcoming DSLR webinar called DSLR Filmmaking Audio Techniques Production and Post so there’s something out there for everyone. On December 2 I’ll be doing another webinar called Useful Applications For Digital Filmmakers. It should be a lot of fun so sign up today and head back on Friday for 50% off.

New Media Webinars 2 for 1 Sale

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

If you want to get some good training for a great price then check out New Media Webinars as they are currently having a 2 for 1 sale on their on-demand webinars. You have to act fast as the sale ends at the end of the week, July 31. There’s no special link on the website so this is how you get the deal (from the New Media Webinars newsletter):

Purchase any of our on-demand webinars between 7/26/2010 and 7/31/2010 and get one for free! Yes! That means you are getting 2 on-demand webinars for only $25. But hurry, because this sale ends on 7/31/2010. All purchases must be dated between 7/26/2010 and 7/31/2010. You will automatically receive an email after your purchase with instructions on how to get your 2nd on-demand webinar for free.

This is the perfect opportunity to promote the DSLR Filmmaking Post Workflows webinar that I recently conducted for New Media Webinars:

The reason the 2 for 1 sale is a perfect deal? You can get both the DSLR Filmmaking Post Workflows and the DSLR Filmmaking Production Reality Check conducted by Peter Cote for one $25 purchase. That’s a lot of DSLR info for very little money. If you don’t know Peter’s work then check out his DSLR Show website or see the amazing work he did on the Guy Walks Across America video.

Linkage: June 2010

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Avid Media Compsoer 5.0 has shipped and there’s articles all over the ‘net about it:

I took a tour around some of the interface changes while Kevin P McAuliffe wrote a review over at PVC. Share Ross looks at it from A Frog’s Eye View. Dylan Reeve had one of the first reviews on the ‘net. Editor Job ter Burg looks at some of the smaller things in v5. Steve Cohen discusses it too. A very long and detailed article about the path to Media Composer can be read here. And there’s a whole bunch of training videos up on Avid’s website so grab the free, full-featured 30 day demo and check it out.

Norman Hollyn has taken the Media Composer 5 discussion a step further than a simple review. Oliver Peters has done the same thing and they are both great reads. is having two DSLR webinars: DSLR Filmmaking Production Reality Check on June 17 and DSLR Filmmaking Post Workflows on June 22. The Post webinar will be hosted by me.

June 25 is a big Final Cut Pro User Group Network SuperMeet in Boston. That’s not far away so grab your tickets!

Here’s a nice techy discussion on Drop Frame Timecode and come conversion code if you’re so inclined.

This is a great article on managing audio layers in FCP.

CineTechnica has listed a few HDSLR rig alternatives.

Check out this article on Dirty Editing and may your timeline never be so sloppy again.

So the iPhone’s not the only cell phone that can edit video …. and speaking of Editing from Airplanes and iPhones.

Do you hate it when you click over to Compressor and all the windows don’t jump back to the front?

Magic Bullet Grinder was release for converting your H264 DSLR footage and several of us wrote pieces about it around the web.

If you’re familiar with PluralEyes then you might be interested in the DualEyes beta that is a standalone version. It’s PC only right now.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 has shipped and The Lightrooom Lab has a number of articles about the new features, buying and upgrading.

What all can HTML5 do? Apple has some examples.

ReelPost is a new website for posting your reel and networking with other editors … maybe find an editor or find a job?

Wanna see a YouTube video that was compressed over and over, like 1000 times?

You should check out the great Get Faster in Final Cut Pro series that the You Down With FCP blog is doing.

This is a nice post about one person’s reasons that 1080p isn’t enough.

You never know when you might need some handwritten fonts. Here’s 63.

This is indeed a big collection of Avid information and tutorials (it’s a big pdf btw). I hope it will be updated soon for version 5.0.

Want some iPad droplets for Compressor?

Links from Twitter:

Rydirector The 23 weirdest movies! Now we’re talking!

fcpworld Avid Frame of Reference Chart. Very handy. Hey, thanks Avid!

michaschmidt HD to SD DVD – a “secret” Workflow « …a FinalCutPro user’s Blog

artguillotine Check out this article on Cutting a scene based on emotions:

rhedpixel If you missed my free e-seminar on Adobe CS5 workflow for DSLR video… you can watch it here for free:…

Lifehacker The Hassle-Free Guide to Ripping Your Blu-Ray Collection

andybeach RT @a_saliga: Embed Vimeo videos. Play on iPad. Repeat.

michaschmidt HD to SD DVD – a “secret” Workflow « …a FinalCutPro user’s Blog

yohance_brown workarounds for two issues with ProRes colors in After Effects #CS5

IRGnews Time-lapse Video of Los Angeles Without Any Cars.

Filmbot new RED color science, and how to make it all work with After Effects CS5 and Premiere Pro CS5

PeterWiggins Photoshop CS5 – Puppet Warp turns a Frown into a Smile (ok a slightly odd one)

videoguys Matrox MXO2 family and Adobe CS5 support: Over the past few days there has been some confusion …

thedvshow 10 Final Cut Pro Features Express Will Never Have – Until Now

shepherdfx Photos from the Deepwater Horizon site