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Final Cut Pro X: The Basics of Roles

An illustrated tutorial of using Roles in Apple Final Cut Pro X to label, organize and display titles and audio clips.

How Changing Video Frame Rate Affects File Size

A look at the impact changing video frame rates has on storage requirements.

Problems Between macOS Catalina and Promise RAIDs

Promise Pegasus RAIDs are causing problems when trying to run Windows 10 under macOS Catalina. Read here for the details.

Compression Speed Test: Apple Compressor vs. Adobe Media Encoder

Apple released the latest version of Compressor (4.4.5) last Monday. One of the key features in the update was improved performance. Since all of us rely on compression to deliver our final projects, I wanted to see how much improvement …

Final Cut Pro X: Tuning for Extreme Performance

A new GPU selection feature in Final Cut Pro X positions it to take full advantage of the horsepower in the new, 2019 Mac Pro. Plus, if you are running a MacBook Pro with an eGPU, you need to read this.

Expanding Into the World of 8K Video

The brave new world of 8K media requires a beefy computer, like the new 2019 Mac Pro. But, the hidden cost – and major surprise – is what 8K media requires in your storage. Here’s an overview of what to expect.

Apple Updates Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor for the 2019 Mac Pro

Apple updates Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor to support the 2019 Mac Pro. Here are the details.

Final Cut Pro X: Secrets of the Timeline Index

The Timeline Index, in Final Cut Pro X, has a variety of little-known features that make it invaluable on medium-to-large project edits. Here’s what you need to know.

Shoot 25 fps Video on iPhones?

An explanation of why iPhones don’t shoot 25 or 50 frames per second video.

Get Ready for MacOS Catalina

Within just a few weeks, most likely this month, Apple will release the latest version of the MacOS – Catalina. First introduced at WWDC last June, this is the latest incarnation of OS X. There are three critical things you …

Premiere Pro CC: Fast Ways to Export Movie Segments

Three different ways to quickly export a section of a movie from Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

Final Cut Pro X: A Secret Tip to Faster Exports

Here’s a REALLY fast way to export multiple segments from the same clip – or movie.

A Custom-Built 6K Shooting Setup for Blackmagic Design Cameras

A user-writeup of a custom shooting rig for the Blackmagic Design 6K Pocket Cinema Camera.

Cospective CineSync: Media Review, Annotation and Collaboration in Real-time

An interview with Rory McGregor, CEO of Cospective, developers of cineSync, about their media review and collaboration tool.

Why Use Storyboards? To help us think!

Thoughts on planning a video project, along with illustrations of how to use a storyboard and a downloadable storyboard that you can use for your own projects.

Too Cool! Create a Cast Shadow in Photoshop

A very simple way to create cast shadows of any object in Photoshop. Very, very cool!

Protect Your Business – and Reputation

I discovered it is WAY too easy for your email address to get hijacked. Here’s what you need to know to protect your email and your reputation – based on my personal experience.

FCP X 10.4: Boost and Smooth Audio Levels – Revised

An illustrated guide to improving audio levels in Final Cut Pro X 10.4 using the Limiter effect, roles and compound clips.

How to Archive Libraries or Projects from Final Cut Pro X

An illustrated guide to safely exporting a complete Final Cut Pro edit for archiving or transferring to different software using XML files.

How to Safely Export Browser Data From Final Cut Pro X

An illustrated guide to exporting events and media for archiving, media asset management or transferring to different software using Apple Final Cut Pro X.