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First Look: Analyze Media with MediaInfo

MediaInfo, published by MediaArea, is a convenient unified display of the most relevant technical data for video and audio files. It is free, available through the MacApp store. Here’s a detailed look at this useful utility.

Use Apple Compressor to Analyze Your Media

Apple Compressor can analyze the technical settings of a media clip and, in some cases, allow you to change them. This illustrated tutorial shows you how.

How to Slow Video to a Still Frame in Final Cut Pro

Here’s an illustrated tutorial on how to slow a video clip from full-speed to a standing stop, then back up to full-speed, while inserting a freeze frame in the middle that can be any duration you want using Apple Final Cut Pro.

Problem Fixed: Adobe Premiere’s New Proxy Workflow

Adobe added new features to their proxy workflow. However, you need to make sure permissions are set correctly, and, even then, they are hard to see. Here’s how this new feature works.

Relinking Media in Apple Final Cut Pro

Relinking media in Final Cut has become increasing powerful and flexible. Here’s an illustrated tutorial on how it works, along with advice on where to store media for different Final Cut Pro projects.

New Workspaces in Adobe Premiere Pro 22.5

Adobe added two significant new workspaces to Adobe Premiere Pro (v22.5) to simplify editing projects on single monitors and laptops.

Adobe Updates Premiere Pro (June, 2022)

This week, Adobe updated Premiere Pro to version 22.5. Here’s a list of the new features, along with a link for more details.

Why Video Bit-depth Matters

Video bit depth makes a difference when you are creating effects, color grading or working with HDR material. Here’s an explanation of what bit depth is and when to care about it.

How To Create Retro Film Effects With Final Cut Pro

This illustrated tutorial on creating retro film effects using Final Cut Pro was written by Burkhard Berger.

Apple Introduces the M2 SoC (and what it means to media creators)

At WWDC 2022, Apple introduced their latest iteration of Apple silicon: the M2. Based on information released by Apple during the event, the M2 is, on average, 10-15% faster than the M1. Note: That’s not a knock on the M2, …

Put Video Inside 3D Text: A Final Cut Pro Template

This tutorial creates a 3D text template in Apple Motion that allows Apple Final Cut Pro to put moving video inside adjustable, textured 3D text. There are many creative variations on this idea.

Product Review: Classic Color Meter

What I like about the Classic Color Meter is that it works the way you expect, measures colors six ways from Sunday and allows copying and pasting color values, even color images, from whatever you measured into whatever you need. Here’s how it works.

What Features Does Apple Final Cut Pro Still Need?

Last week, Apple reassured editors it remained committed to Final Cut. But were they firing up development or simply being nice? This article is an effort to spark a discussion between Final Cut editors on what features they want to see and how important those features are. I encourage you to add your suggestions and comments.

Guest Post: How to Grow a Freelance Business

Growing a freelance business takes time and effort. Here are some tips, from freelance writer Mary Cardoza, on how to grow a start-up freelance business.

Create Virtual Angles and Montages in a Final Cut Pro Multicam Clip [v]

Multicam recording captures an event using multiple cameras. Multicam editing displays all those angles during the edit. In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan shows how to create virtual angles in a multicam clip to provide more diversity in shot selection, as well as how to create a montage using multicam in Final Cut Pro.

Add Visual Effects and Color Correction to a Multicam Clip in Final Cut Pro [v]

Multicam recording captures an event using multiple cameras. Multicam editing displays all those angles during the edit. In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan shows how to add visual effects and color grading to a multicam clip in Final Cut Pro.

Access Multi-track Audio in an FCP Multicam Clip [v]

Multicam recording captures an event using multiple cameras. Multicam editing displays all those angles during the edit. In this short video excerpt, Larry Jordan shows how to handle multi-channel audio in a Final Cut multicam clip.

Apple Responds to Editors’ Petition to Refocus on Final Cut Pro

Apple responds to Final Cut Pro editors’ petition to refocus and intensity marketing and development on Final Cut Pro.

Faster Ways to Export from Adobe Premiere Pro

In the 22.3.1 update to Premiere Pro, Adobe added two features that significantly speed exports: Smart Render and the Export Preset Manager. This illustrated tutorial shows how they work.

Compare Compression Speed and Quality Using Apple Compressor Single vs. Multi-pass

Based on a reader’s comment, this compares image quality between three different source codecs (ProRes, MPEG-2 and H.264) compressed into H.264 using Apple Compressor. This also illustrates how many CPU and GPU cores were active.