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Trouble-shoot Apple Final Cut Pro X [v]

In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan shows how to trouble-shoot Apple Final Cut Pro X, as well as providing links to trouble-shooting Macintosh systems.

FCP X: How to Clean-up a Green-screen Key

In an ideal world, all your green-screen source files are perfectly lit. This illustrated tutorial deals with reality – green-screen source files that are badly light, poorly saturated and with gear lying all around the frame. Sheesh!

FCP X: Why Consider Changing Storage Locations

Storage Locations, which specifies where Final Cut Pro X stores media, provides a significant and useful compromise between the security of storing all files in the library, with the flexibility of directly accessing files scattered about your hard disk.

Use the Mac Finder to Batch Rename Files

Built into the Finder is a batch file renaming utility that is fast, easy to use and flexible. If all you need is to quickly rename and sequence files, this free utility, shipped with the macOS, will do the job.

Premiere Pro: Create a Clean Green-screen Key From Really Bad Video [v]

In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan shows how to create a clean green-screen (chroma) key from really bad source footage in Adobe Premiere Pro. This also shows how to use masks.

Premiere Pro: Add, Modify, and Mask Effects [v]

In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan shows how to add, modify, mask and delete visual effects in Adobe Premiere Pro.

Create Variable-Speed Clips in Adobe Premiere Pro [v]

In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan illustrates how to create clips that play back at variable speeds in Adobe Premiere Pro.

Final Cut Pro X: Batch Rename Clips

Hidden inside Final Cut is a batch renaming feature that makes renaming clips fast and easy. This illustrated tutorial shows where it is and how it works.

Final Cut Pro X: Visibility, Skimming, & Clip Skimming

There are three options in the View menu that enable us to better see what we are creating in the timeline: Visibility, Skimming and Clip Skimming. Here’s how they work.

Thoughts on New Macs with Apple Silicon [u]

Apple Silicon – new CPUs from Apple – were announced at WWDC 2020. Here’s Larry Jordan’s take on what this new hardware means to media creators.

Premiere Pro: Use the Track Mixer to Improve Your Audio [v]

In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan showcases an easy way to improve the quality of your audio using the Track mixer, key audio effects, and the Loudness Radar in Adobe Premiere Pro.

Premiere Pro: Optimize the Audio Meters [v]

In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan shows how to optimize Premiere Pro’s audio meters to improve measuring audio levels during video editing.

Premiere Pro: Find, Apply & Modify Audio & Video Transitions [v]

In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan illustrates a variety of ways to find, apply and modify audio and video transitions in Premiere Pro.

Final Cut Pro X: Create and Use Proxy Files

Proxy files simplify working with video files. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to create and use them in Apple Final Cut Pro X.

Create a Performance Video Wall in Final Cut Pro X

Video walls for performances are very popular. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to create them, using Final Cut Pro X and the Griddy plugin from FXFactory.

Quickly Transfer Photos and Video Using Image Capture on a Mac

I’m impressed with how Image Capture simplifies moving files between iPhone and Mac. It is easy to use, capable, fast and secure. And, best of all, it’s already installed on your system.

Premiere Pro: Use the Source Monitor to Review and Mark Video Clips [v]

In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan shows how to use the Source Monitor in Adobe Premiere Pro to review and mark video clips for editing.

Premiere Pro: How to Create 3-point, Back-time & Replace Edits [v]

In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan shows how to perform three advanced editing techniques in Adobe Premiere Pro: 3-Point, Back-time and Replace edits.

Premiere Pro: Tips to Organize Clips in the Timeline [v]

In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan illustrates different techniques to organize, move, copy and delete clips in the Adobe Premiere timeline.

June, 2020: Adobe Updates Everything, Again

Adobe announced a flock of new updates. Here’s a summary of what’s new for audio and video folks, plus links for more information.