the first word on final cut x

Aug 27

Real life editing experiences with a MacBook Air and Final Cut Pro X - fcp.co →

objectivecrizzo:

In other words, it is more than capable of editing for some. Results will vary depending on what you are wanting to do. I originally purchased my MBA so I could stitch together a few GoPro videos while on vacation. For small edits it is the perfect machine, for anything more serious, no so much. To be fair though I didn’t max out the specs on my 11” MBA.

I can honestly say though that the MBA is by far the best laptop I have ever owned. Highly recommended, but max the RAM and CPU if possible.

Anything backpack-portable is supercool.  I’m picturing tossing my own pack over my shoulders and hiking out to some remote exotic location!

Aug 14

The Dissolve on dissolves: A video essay →

i never thought so much could be said about the crossfade, or dissolve transition.  editors take heed!

objectivecrizzo:

and
The first director to do this was Georges Méliès, with his 1899 film of “Cinderella.”

Fascinating, who would have thought that Cinderella was the first movie ever to use transitions between scenes?

Anyway, this is a terrific piece on dissolves and well worth the read. Enjoy.

Aug 12
objectivecrizzo:

A really useful site for learning all of the key commands used in FCP X.  Be sure to click on the different options on the left such as “editing 1,2,3,4” and “Share and Tools.” You can also learn the shortcuts for other programs not just FCP X by using the drop down on the top left!

useful!

objectivecrizzo:

A really useful site for learning all of the key commands used in FCP X.

Be sure to click on the different options on the left such as “editing 1,2,3,4” and “Share and Tools.” You can also learn the shortcuts for other programs not just FCP X by using the drop down on the top left!

useful!

Aug 08

Final Cut Pro X is faster! →

Phillip Hodgetts has compiled in this article a whole bunch of quotes from professional editors who claim to be editing faster now with FCPX.

Some highlights:

Skeptics should hang in there though.  If all of this saccharine fawning is giving you a toothache, keep reading because there are some skeptics—or at least some tempered opinions—in there too:

Oliver Peters continued his skepticism. (I have a lot of respect for Oliver even when we don’t always agree.)

"While I believe some people are faster on X, I take all of these claims with a HUGE grain of salt, based on my own experiences. Especially when you consider total ingest-to-deliver times. It can be a fun editing experience or extreme exercise in frustration, just depending on your workflow, style and expectations."

Aug 04

keep-calm-kerri-on asked: Nope no error mesg & I don't really wanna use any transitions that would noticeably shorten my project. Okay so first off I tried to click and drag them from the tab but all that shows on the screen is the circle with the line trough it. (Like a no smoking sign) and automatically puts the transition and the end or beginning of the audio. (Which is like 4 rows below) Even hitting add a transition through the edit tab doesn't work.. I hope that was specific enough. I don't know how to describe.

I’ve never gotten that symbol before while working in Final Cut X, this is a new one to me!

Here’s another question for you—how did you lengthen the clips?  You said you lengthened them before after reading my first comment.  It seems counterintuitive, but the problem I was describing would actually require you to shorten the clips.  In any event I don’t believe that is your problem, since you would’ve gotten the error message I quoted to you, but maybe.

Can I try publishing your question to followers of this blog?  We might be able to come up with an answer with more people looking at the problem and thinking about it.

Aug 04

What happens when a drive fails on a Pegasus Promise R6 RAID?

(article from fcp.co)

Or any drive for that matter?  It is my firm belief that planning ahead is the best strategy against losing important footage and files.  It is best to back up all important media in external drives or even better, on LTO tape.  

That said it’s often expensive to do so and I’ll be honest, I’m definitely guilty of failing to do this sometimes.  So what happens when you need to recover files from a corrupt drive?

In this article and the above video, Phillip Johnston of HDWarrior explains how he dealt with the problem.

Jul 30

Final Cut Pro X gets updated to 10.0.9 with stability improvements and bug fixes - fcp.co →

It doesn’t seem to be the huge update that 10.0.8 was, but 10.0.9 is here!

Jul 28

What Logic Pro X tells us about the future of Final Cut Pro X →

In April 2011 Apple surprised the world of post production when they showed a sneak peek of Final Cut Pro X at the NAB Supermeet. It was obvious that the next version of Final Cut Pro after version 7 was going to be a completely rewritten application – thowing out all previous code and many of the concepts that had worked well for Apple over the previous 12 years.

[…]

Last weeks’ Logic Pro update provides us with some  clues about the future of Final Cut Pro. Remember that although features appearing in Logic Pro X may show that Apple aren’t against them in principle, the same features may never appear in Final Cut Pro X.

[…]

The quality of Logic Pro Xs import of Final Cut Pro X XML isn’t anywhere near perfect yet. It doesn’t properly import very complex projects. There’s no support of Final Cut Roles. We know this is possible as X2Pro Audio Convert recognises Roles in Final Cut Pro XML.

It is more like a statement of intent – it is currently the kind of workflow connection Final Cut Pro Classic used to have with Color for colour grading.

As long as you know how to prepare your timeline for the kind of export Logic X can handle, you’ll be OK.

Jul 19
Heyyo! It’s FirstWord’s First Birthday today!
Happy day y’all!  1 year young baby woot
Fun Fact: 
Did you know that this blog was started in another location, as a secondary Tumblr?  It had to be moved to its own site in order to give it full Tumble capabilities.  All of the previous posts were backlogged into the current version’s archive so that users could still access old help posts.
So there it is and here we are, July 19th.  Official FirstWord Day.

xoxo everyone.  see you soon
like the man said:

i’ll leave the last word for someone else, for now here is 
the first word on final cut pro x….

Heyyo! It’s FirstWord’s First Birthday today!

Happy day y’all!  1 year young baby woot

Fun Fact: 

Did you know that this blog was started in another location, as a secondary Tumblr?  It had to be moved to its own site in order to give it full Tumble capabilities.  All of the previous posts were backlogged into the current version’s archive so that users could still access old help posts.

So there it is and here we are, July 19th.  Official FirstWord Day.

xoxo everyone.  see you soon

like the man said:

i’ll leave the last word for someone else, for now here is 

the first word on final cut pro x….

Jul 18
yes please final cut x.  i dig the buzz
latestreleases:

Final Cut Pro X
Completely redesigned from the ground up, Final Cut Pro adds extraordinary speed, quality, and flexibility to every part of the post-production workflow.Revolutionary Video Editing• Assemble clips in the Magnetic Timeline without clip collisions or sync problems• Use Clip Connections to attach B-roll, sound effects, and music to the timeline• Reduce clutter by grouping clips into a Compound Clip. Easily expand it back to single clips• Perfect your pacing right in the timeline with the Inline Precision Editor• Cycle through different shots, graphics, or effects at one place in the timeline with Auditions• Edit multi-camera projects with automatic sync and support for up to 64 camera anglesPowerful Media Organization• Work natively with a broad range of formats including RED, AVCHD, H.264 from DSLRs, and more• Content Auto-Analysis captures camera metadata and analyzes shots in the background• Choose analysis options for stabilization, rolling shutter correction, and audio enhancement• Create and apply custom keywords on the fly as you select ranges in clips• Smart Collections let you dynamically organize content and find any shot in a few clicksIncredible Performance• New 64-bit architecture uses all the RAM in your system for larger projects and richer effects• Final Cut Pro taps the GPU on the graphics card and all the cores in your Mac for speed• Background processing lets you keep working without interruption• A ColorSync-managed color pipeline produces accurate, consistent color across applications• Broadcast quality monitoring lets you route video and audio through third-party PCIe and Thunderbolt I/O devices (Requires OS X v10.7.2)Compelling, Customizable Effects• Preview effects to see how they look with your footage before applying them• Change the look of titles, transitions, and effects using intuitive controls• Control effects with precision using a keyframe editor that appears directly in the timeline• Adjust the Ken Burns effect with simple onscreen arrows for start and end pointsIntegrated Audio Editing• Expand and edit multichannel audio files directly in the timeline• Let Final Cut Pro repair significant audio problems such as hum, excessive noise, and more• Sync DSLR video with separate audio in a single step, with instant audio waveform matching• Enrich your soundtrack with a library of royalty-free sound effects and audio effect plug-insIntuitive Color Grading• Improve the look of any clip with the single-click Balance Color feature• Apply the Match Color feature to match the looks of two clips shot under different conditions• Manipulate color, saturation, and exposure with the Color Board• Fine tune color for a specific color range or area of the screen using keying and masksOne-Step, Optimized Output• Deliver projects for playback on Apple devices and websites such as Vimeo, YouTube, and Facebook• Use themed menus to quickly author and burn a DVD or Blu-ray disc• Export customized audio and video stems using Roles metadata• Import and export XML to support third-party workflowsSystem Requirements: 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended), OpenCL-capable graphics card or Intel HD Graphics 3000 or later, 256MB of VRAM (512MB of VRAM recommended), display with 1280-by-768 resolution or higher, 2.4GB of disk space. OS X v10.6.8 or OS X v10.7.5 or OS X v10.8.3 or later. Broadcast quality monitoring requires OS X v10.7.5 or later and compatible third-party device.Some features require Internet access; additional fees may apply. Blu-ray recorder required for burning Blu-ray discs.
What’s New in Version 10.0.8

• Support for Sony XAVC codec up to 4K resolution• Option to display ProRes Log C files from ARRI ALEXA cameras with standard Rec. 709 color and contrast levels• Resolves an issue where some third-party effects generated green frames during render• Resolves performance issues that could occur with certain titles and effects• Time reversed clips render in the background• Ability to use key commands to adjust Clip Appearance settings in the timeline• Ability to view reel number metadata located in the timecode track of video files• Mono audio files in a surround project export with correct volume levels• Drop zones no longer reset to the first frame of video after application restart• Fixes a performance issue which resulted from selecting multiple ranges on a single clip• Fixes an issue where the Play Around function did not work properly on certain clips when viewed through external video devices

yes please final cut x.  i dig the buzz

latestreleases:

Final Cut Pro X

Completely redesigned from the ground up, Final Cut Pro adds extraordinary speed, quality, and flexibility to every part of the post-production workflow.

Revolutionary Video Editing
• Assemble clips in the Magnetic Timeline without clip collisions or sync problems
• Use Clip Connections to attach B-roll, sound effects, and music to the timeline
• Reduce clutter by grouping clips into a Compound Clip. Easily expand it back to single clips
• Perfect your pacing right in the timeline with the Inline Precision Editor
• Cycle through different shots, graphics, or effects at one place in the timeline with Auditions
• Edit multi-camera projects with automatic sync and support for up to 64 camera angles

Powerful Media Organization
• Work natively with a broad range of formats including RED, AVCHD, H.264 from DSLRs, and more
• Content Auto-Analysis captures camera metadata and analyzes shots in the background
• Choose analysis options for stabilization, rolling shutter correction, and audio enhancement
• Create and apply custom keywords on the fly as you select ranges in clips
• Smart Collections let you dynamically organize content and find any shot in a few clicks

Incredible Performance
• New 64-bit architecture uses all the RAM in your system for larger projects and richer effects
• Final Cut Pro taps the GPU on the graphics card and all the cores in your Mac for speed
• Background processing lets you keep working without interruption
• A ColorSync-managed color pipeline produces accurate, consistent color across applications
• Broadcast quality monitoring lets you route video and audio through third-party PCIe and Thunderbolt I/O devices (Requires OS X v10.7.2)

Compelling, Customizable Effects
• Preview effects to see how they look with your footage before applying them
• Change the look of titles, transitions, and effects using intuitive controls
• Control effects with precision using a keyframe editor that appears directly in the timeline
• Adjust the Ken Burns effect with simple onscreen arrows for start and end points

Integrated Audio Editing
• Expand and edit multichannel audio files directly in the timeline
• Let Final Cut Pro repair significant audio problems such as hum, excessive noise, and more
• Sync DSLR video with separate audio in a single step, with instant audio waveform matching
• Enrich your soundtrack with a library of royalty-free sound effects and audio effect plug-ins

Intuitive Color Grading
• Improve the look of any clip with the single-click Balance Color feature
• Apply the Match Color feature to match the looks of two clips shot under different conditions
• Manipulate color, saturation, and exposure with the Color Board
• Fine tune color for a specific color range or area of the screen using keying and masks

One-Step, Optimized Output
• Deliver projects for playback on Apple devices and websites such as Vimeo, YouTube, and Facebook
• Use themed menus to quickly author and burn a DVD or Blu-ray disc
• Export customized audio and video stems using Roles metadata
• Import and export XML to support third-party workflows

System Requirements: 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended), OpenCL-capable graphics card or Intel HD Graphics 3000 or later, 256MB of VRAM (512MB of VRAM recommended), display with 1280-by-768 resolution or higher, 2.4GB of disk space. OS X v10.6.8 or OS X v10.7.5 or OS X v10.8.3 or later. Broadcast quality monitoring requires OS X v10.7.5 or later and compatible third-party device.

Some features require Internet access; additional fees may apply. Blu-ray recorder required for burning Blu-ray discs.

What’s New in Version 10.0.8

• Support for Sony XAVC codec up to 4K resolution
• Option to display ProRes Log C files from ARRI ALEXA cameras with standard Rec. 709 color and contrast levels
• Resolves an issue where some third-party effects generated green frames during render
• Resolves performance issues that could occur with certain titles and effects
• Time reversed clips render in the background
• Ability to use key commands to adjust Clip Appearance settings in the timeline
• Ability to view reel number metadata located in the timecode track of video files
• Mono audio files in a surround project export with correct volume levels
• Drop zones no longer reset to the first frame of video after application restart
• Fixes a performance issue which resulted from selecting multiple ranges on a single clip
• Fixes an issue where the Play Around function did not work properly on certain clips when viewed through external video devices