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In Need of a Universal Output Format

Wendy is searching for a universal HD output format to simplify distribution of her projects. In this article, she discovers that’s easier to say than to do.

Gear Report: Covering the NAB 2010 Show for the Digital Production Buzz

In this post-NAB 2010 report, I show how we covered this huge trade show for the Digital Production Buzz. 16 reporters, crew of 22, live hourly audio brodcasts, and daily one-hour show specials. This goes into the gear, the process, the file naming conventions…everything.

NAB 2007 Report

Apple just finished its event for NAB 2007 — where they announced Final Cut Server, Final Cut Studio 2 and Color! And I thought you might be interested in some more immediate observations.

Commentary: MacWorld 2006

This is a commentary by Larry Jordan on the announcements and background conversation at MacWorld 2006 in San Francisco, CA.

Creating Multiple Output Files

The only problem with creating multiple versions of the same file is the time it takes. In this article, I explain how you can do this faster and easier by automating Compressor, than just doing one file at a time from Final Cut Pro.

Capturing Multiple Cameras to One Mac

In this article, learn how you can capture two simultaneous, real-time video feeds into one computer and get them ready for editing.

Working with Multiple HD Formats

As you move into editing HD footage, you will quickly discover that there are many, many, MANY different HD formats. This article describes what you can do when you are forced to work with more than one HD format in a project.

Working With Markers In Multicams

One of the more useful new goodies in Final Cut 7 is all the new functions that markers now support. Since we are talking about multiclips, I wanted to mention a specific marker feature you may not know about.

Using Markers in a Multiclip

Multiclips are new with Final Cut 5. This article explains how to use markers within a multiclip.

Multicam Follow-Up

In order to create a multiclip in Final Cut Pro, all the clips in it MUST match for codec, frame rate, and image size. They must also contain continuous, uninterrupted timecode.

FCP 7: Setting Up a Multicam Clip

Multicam clips are new with FCP 5 and provide the ability to see multiple camera angles at the same time. However, while they are easy to use, they can be tricky to set up. This technique explains the steps you need to follow to get everything working smoothly.

Resolving Problems with Multi-channel Audio in Soundtrack Pro

Increasingly, audio is being recorded in more than two tracks. However, Soundtrack Pro has a problem when dealing with more than two tracks. This article describes the problem, and a work-around that fixes it.

Adding Transitions Simultaneously to Multiple Clips

Probably the most reqested technique in my classes — how to add the same transition to multiple clips at once. Here’s how.

Apply Multiple Transitions At Once

Probably the most reqested technique in my classes — how to add the same transition to multiple clips at once. Here’s how.

Assigning Multiple Audio Tracks to Multiple Audio Outputs

By default, Final Cut outputs all audio as a stereo pair. However, Final Cut supports up to 24 discrete audio channels out — provided you know what to adjust and where to click. This article shows you how.

Multi-channel Audio Output Tricks

Final Cut Pro is two audio channels in, but up to 24 audio channels out. This article shows you how to get more than stereo from FCP.

Moving Files Between Office and Home

Final Cut makes it easy to move files from one place to another — provided you have your files and system setup correctly. This article explains what you need to know.

FCP 7: Working with Motion Templates

One of the hot new features in Final Cut Pro 6 (part of Final Cut Studio 2) is the ability to use Motion templates inside Final Cut Pro. This article shows you how that’s done and gives you a couple of killer examples on how using templates as placeholders can save you HOURS of time.

Create A Reflection In Motion

One of the effects I wanted to create for my training was a reflection of a moving clip of video. This is what we are going to create in this technique.

Understanding Pixel Aspect Ratio

Computers use square pixels to represent images, while video uses rectangular pixels. And this difference drives all of us nuts. This article describes pixel aspect ratio and helps you get your images looking great.