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Tips for Managing Time and Stress

Recently, Linda Moore at Complete Home Spa, asked if they could contribute an article to my website. Linda suggested an article dealing with stress. I was intrigued, so I invited her to contribute. Here’s their article.

Motion Track Effects in Premiere Pro CC 2019

An illustrated tutorial on how to mask and track an effect – like a blur – in a video clip using Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

Simple Motion Tracking in Motion 5.4.x

An illustrated tutorial on how to create simple motion tracks in Apple Motion 5.x, then export them to Apple Final Cut Pro X.

First Look: FilmoraPro, from Wondershare

A detailed “first look” at FilmoraPro, from Wondershare. This software is a midlevel video editor for Windows or Mac, with an emphasis on ease of use and a wide variety of customizable effects.

Product Review: Brother HL-L2370dw Laser Printer

Sometimes, all you need is a printer – and the Brother HL-L2370dw laser printer precisely meets that need with great speed and quality.

What You MUST Know Before Buying Your Next Computer

An explanation of things to consider when purchasing your next computer for media editing. Written for the non-technical person who is deeply confused about what all these tech talk means.

DVD Creator: Another Option to Create DVDs

A quick look at DVD Creator from Wondershare, and a conversation with Wondershare about the specific features in the software for filmmakers.

Product Review: Marker, from XMiL Workflow Tools

Marker, from XMiL Workflow Tools, is a free, easy-to-use utility that displays, tags and exports lists of used or unused files in a video editing project created by Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer or Apple Final Cut Pro X (and 7).

Adobe Audition CC: How to Share Markers Between Sessions or Staff

An illustrated tutorial on how, and why, to import or export markers from Adobe Audition CC.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC: When to Use Maximum Render Quality

An explanation of when to use, or not use, “Maximum Bit Depth” and “Maximum Render Quality” in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

First Look: Filmora9 from Wondershare [u]

An illustrated “First Look” at Filmora9 – “Video Editing Simplified” – software designed for the amateur editor who needs simplicity, a wealth of effects and easy access to social media.

Why is Adobe Premiere Pro CC Copying Files When I Import Them?

An explanation of when and why media is copied during import, plus a discussion of Premiere’s new Ingest option.

How to Display Nit Values in Apple Final Cut Pro X

An illustrated tutorial on how to display Nit values for HDR projects in Apple Final Cut Pro X.

Product Review: MediaInfo from MediaArea

A detailed, illustrated look at MediaInfo, from MediaArea. This utility puts all the technical information about audio and video media at your fingertips.

Final Cut Pro X: Use HDR Tools to Convert HDR Media

An illustrated tutorial on what HDR Tools is and how it converts HDR media for a variety of different color spaces. This effect is available in Apple Final Cut Pro X only.

How Video Bit Depth Affects File Size

A corrected look at how video file size changes as color bit depth increases.

Final Cut Pro X Takes Too Long To Display Files in the Media Import Window

Here’s how to fix a problem when Apple Final Cut Pro X takes too long to display images – or displays too many images – in the Media Import window.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC: HDR Compression Guide

An unpublished HDR compression guide from Adobe on how to export HDR media from Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

Understanding Raw, Log and LUT Files

Raw files give us the most control over the color and gray-scale values in our image, but they create massively large files and require significant time spent color grading. Log files allow us to retain highlight detail. And LUTs allow us to quickly convert an image or clip from one look to another. This article explains what each of these are and how they relate to video editing.

The Basics of High Dynamic Range Media Explained [u]

This provides an overview of what High Dynamic Range (HDR) media is, where we are now, where we are going, how it works in video editing systems and links to learn more. Written for a video editor, not an engineer.