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Final Cut Pro X: Create, Apply or Remove Effects Presets [u]

An illustrated tutorial on how to create, apply and delete effects presets in Apple Final Cut Pro X.

How to Remove Plugins from Final Cut Pro X

An illustrated – and quick – guide to finding and deleting plugins for Apple Final Cut Pro X.

Regain Storage Space – Delete Older FCP X Backups

A quick tutorial on what Final Cut Pro X Library backup files are, where they are stored and how to delete them.

Book Review: “The Filmmakers HandBook” (Fifth Edition)

A review of “The Filmmaker’s Handbook” by Steven Ascher and Edward Pincus.

Configure the 2019 Mac Pro for Video Editing [u]

Larry Jordan reflects on the new 2019 Mac Pro, who it’s designed for, and how to configure it for media editing.

First Look: Post Haste from Digital Rebellion

Post Haste can help you get organized right at the start of a project by creating folders and files automatically, and in a format you control. This free app is worth a look – here are the details.

Product Review: Image Chest, by Armpit Studios [u]

Image Chest is a Mac app that catalogs and finds images. This is a helpful app for managing all the stills associated with a video project. It isn’t perfect, but it is worth a look. Here are the details.

How To Archive Apple Motion & Compressor

You can make backup copies of Motion and Compressor. Here’s the steps you need to take.

Apple Updates Final Cut Pro X, Motion & Compressor

Apple updated Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor on Dec. 10, 2019. Here’s a list of what’s new and where to find release notes for past versions.

QuickTime Isn’t a Thing

A look at what QuickTime is, what’s changed over time and references to learn more.

Caution: Problems Archiving LaCie RAID Drives

In spite of their documentation, LaCie hard drives, when formatted as RAIDs, are not hot-swappable. Here’s a write-up from Loren Miller that explains the problem.

Premiere Pro: Export Faster with Smart Render

Smart Rendering is a media optimization strategy that speeds renders and exports in Adobe Premiere Pro CC. This explains what you need to know.

Secrets of Dual-Channel Audio in Premiere Pro CC

An illustrated tutorial on how to set audio clips in Premiere to dual-channel mono for more control in mixing. Plus, a very cool technique for processing audio clips in a batch!

Secrets of Dual-Channel Audio in FCP X

An illustrated tutorial on how to change audio channels from stereo to dual-channel mono in Apple Final Cut Pro X, how to adjust pan, and how to process multiple clips at once in a batch.

Create the Audio First for a Motion Graphic Video

An explanation of why creating the audio track first is essential to creating a successful motion graphic video.

The Value of Adding More RAM for Video Editing

A look at how much RAM you need for video editing, how to measure usage of the RAM you have, along with thoughts on how best to optimize your system.

NEWS: Raises $50M to Reinvent Media Collaboration

Breaking News: raises $50 million to support Cloud-based media collaboration and continued growth.

Final Cut Pro X: How to Use EQ to Improve Your Audio

An illustrated tutorial on how to improve the sound of the spoken human voice using EQ filters in Apple Final Cut Pro X.

Faster Ways to Edit in Final Cut Pro X

Keyboard shortcuts for Apple Final Cut Pro X that make both editing and trimming faster.

How to Modify Final Cut Pro X Transitions

An illustrated tutorial showing how to modify a Final Cut Pro X transition in Apple Motion. This technique applies to any FCP X transition, title or generator; as well as some effects.