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First Look: EditMentor – An Ideal Tool to Learn Editing

EditMentor is an online education tool that teaches the craft of editing. It is deep, extensive and well-thought out. It is obviously a labor of love on the part of the EditMentor team, with a clear focus on education. Here’s a review.

Apple Updates Final Cut Pro to Version 10.5.2

Apple released Final Cut Pro 10.5.2 this morning. Here’s what’s new.

Final Cut Pro: Trimming Tricks & Techniques

Trimming clips in Final Cut Pro takes time. Here are some techniques, tips and keyboard shortcuts to help you work faster. (These apply to FCP 10.4 and 10.5.)

10 Apple Motion Keyboard Shortcuts I Wish I Knew Then

Here are ten keyboard shortcuts that make Apple Motion a whole lot easier to use – and ones I wish I knew a month ago.

Move a Camera Between Multiple 3D Sets in Apple Motion 5.5 [v]

In this session, we step deeper into the 3D world of Apple Motion with a look at cameras and sets. In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan shows how to move a single camera between multiple sets in Motion.

Add Multiple Cameras to a Scene in Apple Motion 5.5 [v]

In this session, we step deeper into the 3D world of Apple Motion with a look at cameras and sets. In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan shows how to add and frame multiple cameras to shoot a single scene in Motion.

Add Depth-of-Field Focus to a Camera in Apple Motion 5.5 [v]

In this session, we step deeper into the 3D world of Apple Motion with a look at cameras and sets. In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan illustrates how to add depth of field (focus) to a camera in Motion.

Add a Camera in Apple Motion 5.5 [v]

In this session, we step deeper into the 3D world of Apple Motion with a look at cameras and sets. In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan shows how to add a camera to a Motion project, then illustrates the difference between a framing camera and viewpoint camera in Motion.

Final Cut Pro: A Better Way to Change a Color in the Frame

Everything in production was perfect – except someone wore the wrong color. How do you “fix it in post” in Apple Final Cut Pro? Here are two methods: Color masks and the Hue/Saturation Curves. One of them is CLEARLY better!

Working with Captions and Timecode in Adobe Premiere

When using Premiere, caption timecode for importing captions doesn’t matter. But it DOES matter when exporting. Here’s what you need to know.

Product Review: Micmute PMD – Right Idea, Wrong Product

The Whirlwind Micmute PMD has exactly one job – to mute a microphone – but it fails miserably at it. It generates a loud noise spike every time the mute button is pushed. The details are in my review.

Text Tricks and Techniques in Apple Final Cut Pro

Many of the titles shipped with Final Cut Pro look, um, suboptimal. Here are some tricks you can use in both Final Cut and Motion, to make your titles look a WHOLE lot better.

Illustrating The Four Different Light Types in Apple Motion [v]

Motion has a virtually limitless package of lights that can be positioned for both 2D and 3D elements. In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan illustrates the four different light types in Apple Motion, and how they are used.

Illustrating Different Light Settings in Apple Motion [v]

Motion has a virtually limitless package of lights that can be positioned for both 2D and 3D elements. In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan illustrates what happens when you change light settings in Apple Motion.

Light a 3D Object in Apple Motion [v]

Motion has a virtually limitless package of lights that can be positioned for both 2D and 3D elements. In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan illustrates how to light a 3D object in Apple Motion using a variety of lights.

Create a Cast Shadow in Apple Motion Using Lights [v]

Motion has a virtually limitless package of lights that can be positioned for both 2D and 3D elements. In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan illustrates how to create a cast shadow from a chroma-key using lights in Apple Motion.

Create Reflections in Apple Motion for Use in Final Cut Pro

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial creating an animated reflection in Apple Motion, then publishing it to Final Cut with additional effect controls, to use as a template.

Motion Track & Blur Multiple Objects Using Apple Motion

In this illustrated, step-by-step tutorial, discover how to use Apple Motion to motion-track, blur or emphasize elements within a video frame.

Create a Cast Shadow from a Chroma-key Using Threshold in Apple Motion [v]

[This is an excerpt from a recent on-line video webinar: “Advanced Techniques in Apple Motion 5.5” which is available as a download in our store, or as part of our Video Training Library.] EXCERPT DESCRIPTION Explore the capability of Apple …

Particle Emitters and Simulations in Apple Motion [v]

Explore the capability of Apple Motion for your projects in more depth. In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan illustrates how to use and modify particle emitters, then showcases two simulations: Repel and Vortex using Apple Motion.