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Disclosure and Thoughts on Product Reviews

This article spells out the rules I use for reviewing products — both software and hardware. It is my goal to provide objective, fair, and honest reviews you can trust. Reviews based upon life in the “real-world.” This article explains the rules I use in determining what products to review and the role that potential sponsorship plays in determining what I review.

A Different Way to Transition

Philip Roy writes in with a question about saving custom transitions, if only in part, which Larry answers and is later expounded on by Andy Mees.

Hidden Diagnostic Tool in Final Cut Pro

There’s a hidden diagnostic tool in Final Cut that allows you check to see if your RAID or hard disk is playing back your media files properly. This article describes how to access it.

Deleting Tracks in Soundtrack Pro

Stuck trying to figure out how to delete audio tracks in Soundtrack Pro. Here’s the answer in about three paragraphs — including pictures!

Deconstructing Sequences

A sequence dragged into another sequence creates a nest – a single item contained in another. However, sometimes you need to deconstruct all the elements of that first sequence. Here’s a quick tip that explains how.

Confused About Data Rates

Data rates measure the speed of all things digital – hard disks, the internet, the internal components of your computer. This short article explains what data rates are, how they are measured, and the differences between “bits per second” and “bytes per second.”

Customizing Final Cut Pro Keyboard Shortcuts

With over 650 menu commands, Final Cut has a wealth of options to choose from for controlling the program. However, sometimes, life would be much easier if you could just create a few custom keyboard shortcuts to make your life easier. You can, and this article shows you how.

Creating Customized User Preferences Using Automator

There are some really good preference file managers for Final Cut Pro. But, sometimes, you need to create something customized for yourself. In this case, Automator can give you a hand. Don Smith sent in this technique of using Automator to simplify the process of creating FCP preference backups.

FCP 7: Customizing Blu-ray Disc Templates

Apple now supports creating Blu-ray Discs in Final Cut Studio 3. This support involves using templates to create your discs. However, making changes to these templates is easy to do, but hard to find. This article explains what you need to do to create your own customized Blu-ray Disc templates.

Creating Custom-sized Sequences

You may have heard that Final Cut sequences can be customized. But what you may not know is how significantly you can make changes — as long as you don’t want to play the results on a DVD or record them to video tape. In this article, I’ll show you how to change the size of your sequence to any size you want.

Looking for Some Creative Help

Here’s a short, interesting discussion of key things to keep in mind as you pursue free-lance work from corporate clients. This includes a list of questions to ask before starting any project.

Creating Freeze Frames and Exporting Stills from FCP 6.0.2

Freeze frames, also called “still frames,” are fun to work with and easy to create. However, in Final Cut 6.0.2, Apple changed how it exports freeze frames. Reading this article is critical to preventing problems with image scaling. This was fixed in version 6.0.3.

Creating WMV Files

Sometimes you need more than QuickTime to meet the needs of a client. In this brief article, we present a variety of solutions you can use to create WMV files of your Final Cut Pro projects on a Mac.

Creating 14:9 Title Safe In A 16:9 Image

Martin Baker of Digital Heaven has the answer to a question regarding the creation of a 14:9 Title Safe in a 16:9 image.

Counting Words for Voice-Over Timing

It’s such a simple thing, but very hard to find. Here’s a table that allows you to convert the word count of a document into how many seconds it would take to read. Very useful.

Copying and Pasting Filters

This technique grew out of a classroom discussion looking at all the different ways to copy and paste filters. There’s more than one way — in fact, there are at least five. Here they are.

Converting Slides and Film

Larry draws attention to a group that specializes in digitalization of analog media services, converting 8mm, Super 8, and more.

Converting .M2T Files to .MOV Files

The native format of HDV isn’t QuickTime, it’s .M2T. However, FCP can’t play M2T files – it needs to convert them. There are two ways you can do this — using Compressor or using MPEG StreamClip. This article shows you how.

Converting 50i 4:3 PAL to 16:9 Anamorphic NTSC for DVD

Working with video clips in different aspect ratios (i.e. 4:3 and 16:9) can cause headaches for anyone. In this article, Daniel Rain describes his system of working with a variety of different files in PAL.

Converting 16:9 to 4:3

Taking a portion of a 16:9 image and expanding it so it fills a 4:3 screen is called a “center cut.” While taking a center cut of an HD image to fill a 4:3 SD frame is easy, this article describes how, and whether, to expand a 16:9 SD image to fill a 4:3 frame.