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The Quest for an Archiving Codec

As we move away from tape and into tapeless video, questions about how to best archive our projects take on a new importance. For many, the issue revolves around the hardware we use to archive. But there is a second question: what video format do we want to use to store our files for the long-term. In this dialog with Philip Hodgetts, we examine this very complex issue and provide some guidance.

Organizing and Archiving Your Projects

The best way to archive your project is to organize it before you even start. This article provides a host of tips on getting organized, what to save and how to go about it.

Appearing and Disappearing Files

I am getting periodic reports of missing render files inside Final Cut Pro. This short article may give you a hand in tracking down the problem.

Those Amazing Angle Brackets

As Eric Mittan writes: “My favorite keyboard shortcuts are those that are contextual. The function of the keys in question change in the context of what task is being performed, or what item is selected, or what tool is chosen in order to get a different, if slightly related result.

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FCP 7: Compressing Video For YouTube

In Final Cut Pro 7 is the File > Share option which allows us to export a sequence from Final Cut and compress it for YouTube. This article, and comments, show you how this works.

The Rough Cut: Deciphering The Director’s Intentions

The goal of a rough cut is to make the best possible version of the director’s original intentions.

Transferring Keyboard Layouts to Another Final Cut Pro System

How to carry a preference Custom Keyboard Layout file and place it in a new Final Cut Pro system. Very useful for freelance editing!

Using a Send and a Bus to Create Reverb in Soundtrack Pro

A while ago, I wrote about how and why to create submixes in Soundtrack Pro. While submixes can be used for reverb, a better way is to use Sends and Busses. This provides greater control and more flexibility than a Submix, but it is a bit trickier to understand.

How To Remove Unwanted Plug-Ins From Final Cut Pro 7

Sometimes, the best of plans suddenly go awry and you need to remove plug-ins from your FCP 7 system.

Make Your Videos Look Great In Quicktime

In this article Larry exhibits how to maintain better control over your clips with QuickTime.

FCP 7: A Hidden Multicam Secret

I want to share with you something I discovered while working with an AccuSys RAID that totally surprised me. This has NOTHING to do with the RAID itself, but having the RAID made it possible for me to discover this.

Cool New Compressor Droplet Technique!

After years of using Compressor Droplets to automate video compression, a very helpful tip has been discovered to engineer Droplets to contain multiple settings. Larry illustrates this simple and innovative process.

Hardware Review: Accusys EXASAN A08S-OS

The good folks at AccuSys contacted me recently about reviewing their new A08S-PS. This is an 8-bay Tower RAID designed for media professionals. I told them I’d be delighted to look at it, so a few weeks ago, it showed up on my doorstop.

FCP 7: Thoughts On Working With Tapeless Media

As part of my recent research for the Tapeless and DSLR Media webinar, I sent a note to a variety of editors asking for their thoughts on working with tapeless media. Specifically, I wanted to learn what problems they were running into. I was fascinated by the results.