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Final Cut Pro X: Create a Cast Shadow

Final Cut can create cast shadows, especially with green screen footage. Here’s how to create them, along with tricks to make backgrounds look more believable.

Final Cut Pro X: Create a Tilt-Shift Blur

Apple Final Cut Pro X has a tilt-shift focus effect built-into it – but you won’t find it under that name. Here’s what it is and how it works.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC: Sync Double-system Sound

Double-system sound is where you record the video on one device (a video camera, for example), while the audio is recorded on a separate device (such as a digital audio recorder). Many DSLR and video cameras don’t have high-quality audio …

Apple Final Cut Pro X: Sync Double-System Sound

Double-system sound is where you record the video on one device (a video camera, for example), while the audio is recorded on a separate device. This illustrated tutorial shows how to sync these different files and get them ready for editing in Apple Final Cut Pro X.

Captivating Blend Mode Effects

Whether you work with Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing programs, you can create unusual, captivating effects using gradients and blend modes. Best of all, you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to use them.

Find What You Need Using Keywords in FCP X

Keywords allow us to label a clip, or portion of a clip, so that we can find it when we need it again later; quickly, easily and with a great deal of specificity. Here’s a tutorial on how they work.

Identify Any Color on the Screen of Your Mac [u]

This a very cool Mac utility that allows you identify any color on your screen, copy its values or color, and copy them into another app

Sidecar: Use Your iPad as a Second Monitor

An intriguing new feature in macOS Catalina (10.15) is Sidecar. This allows you to either extend or mirror your Mac desktop on a recent-model iPad. Here’s what you need to know to make it work.

The Status of Cloud-based Production – A DPP Report

DPP today released a new research report exploring how production companies are now using the Cloud as a key production tool. Here are the details of what they found.

Premiere: How to Scale Images Automatically

A revised explanation of how and when to automatically scale clips inside Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

First Look: Pro Color Monitor [u]

Pro Color Monitor is an innovative way to enable editors to monitor and modify images with color problems without requiring a degree in video engineering, though it can use some work to make it easier to understand its display.

Final Cut Pro X: 9 Hidden Mouse Shortcuts

I’m a keyboard shortcut junkie. But, there are some very cool mouse shortcuts in Apple Final Cut Pro X that even a dyed-in-the-wool keyboardist like me finds highly useful. Here are nine of my favorites.

Final Cut Pro X: How to Use Dual-Channel Mono Audio

An explanation of what dual-channel mono is, why we use it, and how to work with it in Apple Final Cut Pro X.

Adobe Introduces Productions for Premiere Pro CC

Adobe announces Productions for Adobe Premiere Pro CC at Sundance 2020. Here are the details of this new, team-oriented addition to Premiere.

Final Cut Pro: Create an Adjustment Layer

Adjustment layers make applying effects to multiple clips fast, easy and quickly adjustable. Here’s how to create an adjustment layer for Final Cut Pro X using Motion.

Premiere Pro: Which Multicam Audio Settings To Use [u]

An explanation of what the audio settings mean when creating a multicam clip for Adobe Premiere Pro CC, along with recommendations on which settings to choose.

Premiere Pro CC: Edit Multicam Clips with Different Frame Sizes [u]

A revised article on how to create and edit multicam clips in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, where the source clips are different frame sizes.

Premiere Pro CC: Secret Multicam Settings Tip

Here’s a fast, but not intuitive, way to create the right multicam clip for editing in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

Introducing Drylab: Tools for Production

An introduction to Drylab, which makes tools to help scripted production teams make better film and TV, while reducing costs and overhead. Plus an interview with founder, John Christian Rosenlund.

FCP X: Looking at the View Menu

An illustrated explanation of the display options in the Viewer’s View menu in Apple Final Cut Pro X, including a new feature added in FCP X v.10.4.7.