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Linkage: May 2013


Tired of the rat race of this business? Then this franchise is for you.

Editors needing therapy go here.

Adobe has been discussing this whole Creative Cloud thing.

Speaking of Adobe can you have a Photoshop clone in a web browser?

So you can use Adobe Encore with the new Creative Cloud version of Premiere Pro.

Here’s some Macros with Applescript for video editing.

This is a nice read on how to start your editing business.

I learned 4 things about the After Effects render queue here.

Is Adobe Anywhere the only tool that will make you a better filmmaker? Maybe but it’s really just for enterprise and not you.

If you need a RED survival guide get it here.

If you missed the Avid Media Composer 7 demo then watch this.

Get rid of those annoying Mac OSX “open with” duplicates.

WTF?! Fix it in post.

Want some info on Sony’s F65?  Go right here.

These are some good books on film editing.

Are video test patterns really necessary?

Let Avid answer questions about the new Symphony option.

This will help understand Avid Media Composer’s EQ Tool.

These gmail tips are gold.

Links from Twitter:

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Linkage: March 2013


NAB is almost here (so we may or may not have Linkage next month). Check out my Post|Production World sessions and the Hot Panels in you’re doing the conference. If you want some Motion and FCPX training check out these.

If you don’t know what Avid Interplay is then give this a read.

If you don’t know about the NLE Lightworks then give this a read.

What has happened to the integrity of the craft of filmmaking? … this blog post begins.

I recently reviewed PluralEyes 3. And had a discussion about its competitor WooWave.

This part 2 of a Diary of An Avid Switcher is fun not because of the content but because of the animated GIFs. It’s really not that hard.

Here’s some good music video strategies.

If you want a good overview of Baselight then give this a view.

Have you read the book about editing called Timeline? Get the digital edition for even more.

This is a funny Easter egg … though you’d have to be on an Avid DS to see it.

Adobe is ending boxed software it seems. Big downloads for all!

Moviola: A Modernist Editing Aesthetic.

Yep, there is a book for learning Adobe SpeedGrade.

mocha Pro can remove your tracking markers.

The Hollywood Reporter tells us why VFX houses lose money on big movies.

This site has some really neat interactive keyboard guides that seem to work on a desktop browser.

Sorenson and Sony are apparently partnering up on some stuff.

Goodbye Seagate 7200 RPM 2.5 inch drives.

Links from Twitter (I hope these come across embeded okay as the code seemed to be messing up):

That one is a must read but it’s long so give yourself some time to get through it and digest it.





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Linkage: February 2013



If Resolve is your thing then these workflows might help.

If good enough is your thing then give this a read.

If production is your thing then read this so maybe we won’t have to fix it later.

If vectors are your thing then you might be interested in the idea of a vector based video codec.

If Thunderbolt is your thing then this late 2012 update is worth watching.

If copyright infringement is your thing then this little **ahem** dust-up in the Final Cut Pro X plugin world is worth a read. The alleged infringer also has a new FCPX iPad controller app I went hands-on with.

If Avid is your thing then this open letter to the new CEO is worth your time.

If the failing vfx business is your thing then these reads might help understand what is happening.

If THX in home audio is your thing then this iOS app might come in handy.

If Adobe Premiere is your thing then this “multi matte transition” might be useful.

If Nashville is your thing then this location magazine article will definitely be of interest. And if Nashville isn’t your thing then maybe see what the New York Times says about us.

Links from Twitter:

Love it.

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Linkage: January 2013

Are my editing and post predictions for the new year really that cynical?

For 2013 we should all resolve to be creative.

That AJA T-Tap looks pretty cool if you have Thunderbolt. Or these two Thunderbolt devices might help for I/O.

Want to go offline to online with 4K?

So After Effects turned 20.

The DIT Dilemma is a good read.We’ll see how much of it really comes true.

Would you like to learn some Premiere Pro shortcuts on your iPhone?

Avid has posted the great Bad Robot webcast.

Did you get your 4K presets for Adobe Media Encoder?

Here’s some production budget numbers for ABC’s Nashville television show.

iMovie isn’t the only cheap little video editor for the Mac.

Here’s some good DVD extras for editors.

So, they say 3D is dead.

Django editor Editor Fred Raskin discussed cutting the film.

Here’s a pdf of an article about editing at Pixar. I keep trying to send it Instapaper and it doesn’t work!  ;-)

Here’s another pdf with a lot of command for the Avid Media Composer Console. Powerful stuff but be careful.

The best nature pics of 2012 says it all.

Did you know Netflix encodes a movie something like 120 ways? I wonder if they really do use FCPX in the process.

Is this the best movie commentary track ever? Paul Thomas Anderson says so.

Links from Twitter:





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Linkage: December 2012

Classic FCP is the NLE that wouldn’t die.

This is a ProRes test worth checking out.

Here’s an expansive post about editing in the big 3 NLEs.

Adobe listed their top feature requests for After Effects in 2012.

Read about Canadian editor turned James Bond director John Glen.

If you’re using Premiere Pro, Quicktime and Nikon cameras then Adobe posted to help you out.

If you wonder about LUTs here’s a good read.

Is there power in hiding complexity?

This Google spreadsheet has a ton of Adobe After Effects ray-traced CUDA performance comparisons.

Variety magazine is talking about the editors of this year’s films.

I hadn’t really thought anything about the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo teaser until I read this.

You can try a public beta of Boris Continuum Complete for FCPX if you want.

You can pre-order your REDRAY player now.

USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt on the same drive with a cable included?

This is a nice interview with the editor of Argo.

It would seem video on the internet helped kill the radio star.

Did I link to this new podcast The Track Matte Moment before? I can’t remember.

If you’d like to watch the story of GoPro then watch this.

What’s that? A video essay on constructive editing?

Links from Twitter:




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Linkage: November 2012

Avid has a great PDF whitepaper on digital cinema workflows.

Talking Post is a great new post production podcast.

More good stuff about being an editor mom.

This is an eye opening article about audio sync and DSLRs.

There’s academic pricing now for the great Baselight plugins.

Here’s a free Adobe After Effects CS6 keyboard shortcut guide.

Is there really gonna be a new Thunderbolt chassis shipping soon?

Saturday Night Live is using Adobe CS6 for fast turnaround.

Standing at a desk is a good thing.

Here’s a great article on After Effects techniques for editors.

Was there ever any doubt that RED’s new MEIZLER Module would support ProRes? Nope. Dig in for talk of ProRes 4444.

If you need workflows for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera then this might help.

Many people have never heard Stanley Kubrick speak.

Why the programmer behind the GoPro Protune update always shoots ProTune. Speaking of GoPro the HERO3 launch event was a lot of fun. And if you want the scoop on GoPro’s new frame mount then watch this.

There was a recent update on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera shipping delays.

Don’t for get about all those Adobe Media Encoder CS6 presets that are available for download. Adobe also has some cool tech that might some day help with editing interview.

The poll in this article says FCPX is the future of non-linear editing.

If you need some Firewire workarounds then read this.

More discussion of Apple moving away from towers for pro.

Links from Twitter:


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Linkage: October 2012

Adobe has clarified exactly where they stand on Cinema DNG.

If you’re an editor with a family then this is a great read.

If you’re using Autodesk Smoke for Mac 2013 then here’s a survey for you.

Did you know you could opt out of Apple’s iAds targeting you?

Premiere Pro can do “smart rendering” and Adobe wrote an article about it.

Avid had a webinar about AVX connectivity to Media Composer and some tools that use it.

There’s some good info in this article on using DNxHD and ProRes.

Avid Media Access is morphing into Avid Media Authoring.

Blend modes are an important thing for editors to use and know about.

Here’s a nice discussion on workflow while editing a documentary project.

This 48 year old woman edits porn and Forbes has an article about her.

These 10 TED talks for filmmakers are a good watch.

Histograms are all around us. Here’s how to read them.

Links from Twitter:





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Linkage: August 2012


If you want to work with multicam in Premiere Pro CS6 this might help.

Fantastic, quick read about all the different color grading systems available today.

So, as the MacPro stagnates the PC muscles ahead?

This might help for understanding Premiere Pro memory settings.

Adobe has an AAF importer up on their Labs site for testing.

Do you need some free legal documents for your freelancing career?

Here’s 7 great Photoshop layer tricks.

This tip for scaling and cropping in Adobe Media Encoder is nice.

You can install QuickTime Player 7 on Mountain Lion or grab the new app Pro Player to replace it.

Speaking of Mountain Lion, this survival guide is a great read for editors. There’s the little details about 10.8 too. And these 80 tips might help too.

Here’s two Final Cut Pro X workaround articles: Adding source timecode to clips and (though it’s a bit of a stretch) track based editing. And this FCPX “best of” tip might be helpful as well.

This great article might help demystify color grading in FCPX.

You can get started with Adobe SpeedGrade in this article or grab a $99 Fast Forward SpeedGrade course from FXPHD.

You can now get the Autodesk Smoke Learning Channel on iTunes.

Link from Twitter:




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Linkage: July 2012

Since were were last here Final Cut Pro X became one year old.

Patrick Inhofer has been doing a color grading series over at Splice Vine for the month of July. Lots of great info to read.

Like to have questions answered? Here’s 101 for the new Autodesk Smoke and 105 for Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.

With Avid’s selling of it’s consumer products recently we get 5 ways Avid could stay alive. Reminds me of An Open Letter to Mr. Gary Greenfield and If I Were Appointed Avid’s new CEO.

This is a good Adobe Premiere Pro wish list.

Speaking of Adobe here’s this AAF Import for Adobe Premiere Pro Preview thing from Adobe Labs. Might help getting Media Composer sequences into Premiere Pro.

And here’s the Adobe Creative Suite documents in a PDF format if you want that.

This is a good read to learn about applying LUTs to LOG footage.

Apparently Thunderbolt cables will be expensive for a while longer.

And speaking of Thunderbolt here’s some Thunderbolt tools for editors.

To transcode or not to transcode is a big question when using Adobe Premiere Pro.

This Premiere Pro CS6 vs Final Cut Pro X benchmark test article is a good read but especially interesting is the comments.

This is a good article on the Adobe Audition CS6 Hard Limiter.

CoreMelt has a new, neat little text plugin available for free.

Classic movies as kid’s books is an enjoyable diversion.

Links from Twitter:




Hit the jump for a bunch more links from Twitter in the cool new WordPress Twitter embed format. They are quite big.

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Linkage: June 2012

The Autodesk Smoke for Mac free trial is ready for download. I’ve got to learn to use nodes.

If you’re using CS6 on a Mac then grab these ProRes encoding presets. And if you need to download the additional CS6 content (Encore library, PPro and AE templates) then here’s the link for that.

Avid has a white paper about moving from Final Cut Pro to Media Composer.

This is a good read about Adobe Audition and using the Hard Limiter.

The three choices of editing isn’t just about the big “A’s” but rather your approach to editing in general.

These shooting tips from the edit suite are always worth revisiting.

A quick discussion of keyboard shortcuts is worth a look as the keyboard is faster than the mouse.

Is there really going to be an affordable Thunderbolt?

How to Encode Premiere Pro Sequences with Media Encoder Without Tying Up Premiere Pro. That says it all.

This is a nice image comparing the “old” Mac Pro to the “new” Mac Pro. And if you didn’t follow that “new” Mac Pro update saga last week then here it is in a nutshell.

It’s always nice to see a list of iPad and iPhone post-production apps.

Did you see the newly discovered Super 8mm behind-the-scenes footage from Return of the Jedi? It’s actually rather boring after a few minutes.

Links from Twitter:

Warren Eagles If you missed it earlier in the week here are ’5 Resolve tips in 5 mins’ youtu.be/30hDoV_2JRk

Bruce Sharpe @brucesharpe NYT: Men dominate filmmaking, but less so in editing. Why that is and why it may be changing.nytimes.com/2012/05/27/mov…

Focus Features  the magic of #MoonriseKingdom in special video “Anatomy of Scene” ow.ly/baOs9

Francis Shepherd  Annual health spending for an insured family to top $20,000 zite.to/KxoAzO and The Amazing ROI of Corporate Lobbying zite.to/K93Cc8

Raffi Asdourian  40 Stunning Photos Of Venus Passing In Front Of The Sun buzzfeed.com/gavon/40-stunn…

Michael Kammes  40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken buzzfeed.com/expresident/mo…

And finally:

If you’re a fan of Top Gear than look at this infographic immediately.