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July 2006

Recording audio keyframes.

Audio mixing is one of those necessary evils of the non-linear editor. If you aren't sending the project out for a dedicated audio sweeting session then you must mix within your editing application. There is a nice tool to help make the fine level adjustments a little bit easier. Click here to read about recording audio ...

What is in firewire's future?

As an offline editor, I make great use of Apple's Firewire technology. I use firewire to get from my DVCam deck to the CPU or to my Avid Mojo. Then there are all of those firewire drives I have and all of the ones that myself and my clients use to shuttle projects and footage ...

Useful tools for editors. Part 4

If you use disk management utilities, and what editor out there doesn't, I don't know what would be more handy than Disk Inventory X. It's not a repair or back-up or diagnostic utility, it's only for management of files. Just like the name implies, it's for inventory. Why do I love it so? (more…)

A long needed feature has finally arrived!

The Panasonic DVX-100 came along a number of years ago and made the "24p / filmlook" video shooting almost a standard. The technolgy was ingenious in that a telecine-style pulldown happened in camera so you pulled out a 29.97 NTSC mini-dv tape that could be played in any mini-dv player. The camera had cine-style gamma settings ...

M Night makes a brief comment on film vs. digital.

While we are talking about Mr. Shyamalan, I thought I would point out a comment he recently made to the writer over at a blog called Cinematech. We all know that Steven Speilberg has long been a hold out to the digital non-linear editing world. I assumed that since The Village budget had rentals for ...

A big Hollywood budget for us all to see

Yesterday I saw a couple of links (via FresHDV) to the love them or hate them (I guess that depends on what side of the "gun" you are on) web site thesmokinggun.com. There is an article posted in the archives there called The Tinseltown Money Trail. The site got a hold of detailed budgets for ...

The Rough Cut Lady song

Earlier this year there was a fantastic little jingle parody making the rounds about some people's inability to watch, understand and give feedback on a rough cut. I had one of those the other day so I thought it was worth posting again.

Useful tools for editors. Part 3

There are a lot of video disk space calculators out there.. but this handy little tool from some place called Rabid Jackalope is one of my favorites. It's very simple: pick the video format, your length in minutes and you get the required megabytes or gigabytes. There is also a handy date rate chart ...

Making an audio multiclip

When Final Cut Pro implemented the multicam feature I was very happy as I had been cutting multicam in Avid for years and it is always nice to have more choices. Final Cut's implementation of multicam is great, though not perfect but an Avid vs. Final Cut Pro multicam comparison is another post for another ...

Useful tools for editors. Part 2

We've all known about FCP Rescue for a while now. Today I found a new competitor in the Final Cut backup game called FCP Attic. It's available here and is very handy in that it will backup all settings including Button Bars, Keyboard Layouts, Window Layouts and user Plugins among other things. For some reason ...