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FCP X Collaboration: Transfer Files Between Editors [video]

This session presents a variety of little-known Final Cut Pro X tips and techniques that showcase new ideas, new ways to work faster, or new ways to add some fun to your video editing. This short video tutorial illustrates how to transfer files from one editor to another, for example, where one editor logs while the other editor edits.

FCP X: Using the Draw Mask [video]

This session presents a variety of little-known Final Cut Pro X tips and techniques that showcase new ideas, new ways to work faster, or new ways to add some fun to your video editing. For example, this short video tutorial illustrates how to use the Draw Mask effect to hide portions of an image.

FCP X: Replace a Blown-Out Window [video]

This session presents a variety of little-known Final Cut Pro X tips and techniques that showcase new ideas, new ways to work faster, or new ways to add some fun to your video editing. For example, this short video tutorial illustrates a technique for removing an over-exposed (“blown-out”) window using a luma key and mask.

Secrets of the Final Cut Pro X Browser

An illustrated guide to some of the less-obvious interface elements in the Final Cut Pro X Browser.

Apple Compressor: Create Custom Locations

A short, illustrated tutorial on how to create custom Compressor locations, which can both simplify and speed media compression.

First Look: Smartsound SonicFire Pro (v6) [video]

Apple Final Cut Pro X can do some amazing things. But, when you combine Final Cut with powerful third-party tools – a whole new world of productivity opens. This short video tutorial is the first five minutes of our in-depth tour and training on the version 6 update to Smartsound’s SonicFire Pro.

First Look: Final Cut Library Manager v3 [video]

Apple Final Cut Pro X can do some amazing things. But, when you combine Final Cut with powerful third-party tools – a whole new world of productivity opens. This short video tutorial is the first five minutes of our in-depth tour and training on Final Cut Library Manager, from Arctic Whiteness.

Tour: Kyno, Media Asset Management [video]

Apple Final Cut Pro X can do some amazing things. But, when you combine Final Cut with powerful third-party tools – a whole new world of productivity opens. This short video tutorial is the first five minutes of our in-depth tour and training on Kyno, for Media Asset Management.

Understanding Audio Sample Rate Conversions

An explanation on what’s really happening when you convert audio files between different sample rates, featuring comments from Adobe.

FCP X: Making Blown-Out Windows Look Good

This puzzle on solving a typical problem in production was suggested by Mark Suszko, who also provided the images I’m using in this article. NOTE: This article describes a specialized method of creating a “garbage matte.” Here’s an article that …

First Look: Kyno, Media Management Software

Kyno is an easy-to-use media management, screening, logging, organization and transcoding toolset for anyone working with video content and still imagery. In this illustrated First Look, discover what sets Kyno apart from other media management tools. Larry really likes this.

The Art of Asking Questions

Earlier this week, Norman Hollyn and I gave a presentation to the LACPUG (Los Angeles Creative Pro User Group) on creating documentaries. Norman covered story-telling and editing, while I discussed interview planning and techniques. In thinking about my presentation, I …

Access Smartsound Music Directly From Adobe Premiere Pro CC [video]

Adobe Premiere Pro CC does amazing things. However, when you combine Premiere with some of the powerful third-party tools – Premiere’s power is magnified. In this short video tutorial, learn how to connect SonicFire Pro directly into Premiere for immediate access to thousands of music clips.

Discover the Pond5 Panel in Adobe Premiere Pro CC [video]

Adobe Premiere Pro CC can do amazing things. However, when you combine Premiere with powerful third-party tools – Premiere’s power is magnified. In this short video tutorial, you’ll learn about how the Pond5 panel gives you immediate access to millions of low-res clips for free.

FCP X: Reframe High-Res Clips For Multicam Editing

Today, I decided to see what happens when I combine an SD, HD and 4K clip into one multicam clip inside Final Cut Pro X. The answer is that if you change one setting, you can reframe any clip, even after its edited into the Timeline.

Why Does UpRes Video Look Bad? [Video]

Up-resing is the process of converting lower resolution video into higher resolution. For example, converting SD video into HD or HD into 4K. In this short video tutorial, you’ll learn what up-resing is, why it is so hard to make it look good, what bitmaps and interlacing are and how they relate to improving the look of your video.

Rethinking Audio Levels [u]

Audio peak levels are not enough. We now need to consider average levels when editing video and mixing audio. This short, illustrated tutorials provides a quick orientation. (Updated with new settings.)

New Articles from Summer, 2016

A collection of more than 40 articles covering video editing, Adobe and Apple software, written over the summer of 2016 by Larry Jordan. Designed to make it easy to see any you may have missed.

FCP X: Why Files Go Offline

Tips on why files go offline and how to fix them, along with a wide variety of media management articles on Final Cut Pro X.

Motion 5: An Overview on Modifying Text Titles [video]

In this short video tutorial, you’ll learn how modify FCP X text titles by sending them to Motion, make some changes, then send them back to FCP X.