Final Cut Pro Keyboard Shortcuts

October 16, 2013Blog, Tips

Quick Tip: Hold down ‘Command’ while dragging one sequence into another to insert the shots inside instead of a nest. Note: this will only work on unlocked tracks, so you can lock tracks you don’t want to be inserted.

Final Cut Pro Keyboard Shortcuts

December 19, 2012Blog, Editorial, Tips

Quick tip:  Hold Cmd + Opt and click and drag on any part of a window (including the center) to move it around.  Can be way faster than finding that small title bar to move and then resize a window.

Install 10.6.8 on Thunderbolt Mac Mini & Promise SANLink

March 20, 2012Blog, Tips

With the new SANLink Thunderbolt to Fibre Channel adapter from Promise shipping recently. I wanted to add a couple Mac Mini machines to the XSAN for Tosh.0.   The problems?  The XSAN is running 2.2.2 on OS X 10.6.8.  That means the Mac Mini’s, which only ship with OS X 10.7, wouldn’t be a good … Read More

Qmaster Distributed Encoding on an XSAN

June 20, 2011Blog, Tips

A lot of people have set up their systems to utilize compressor’s Qmaster feature on their own system in order to use all available processor cores when encoding videos. But what if you have multiple machines with access to file-level shared storage, like XSAN.   All client computers can have access and write access to … Read More

Composite Modes in Final Cut Pro

June 1, 2011Blog, Tips

Working with Composite Modes Final Cut Pro composite modes determine how the brightness and color of one clip visually interact with those of another clip layered beneath it in a sequence. When you edit a clip into your sequence, it defaults to the Normal composite mode, meaning that it is a completely opaque layer that does not … Read More

Digital Video YUV Color Space

May 4, 2011Blog, Tips

The YʹCbCr Color Model   In the RGB color model, all three channels contribute to the perception of brightness. In the early 1950s, this was a problem when developing a three-channel color television system that would be compatible with existing black-and-white televisions. The solution was to encode a single channel that represented luminance—light intensity as perceived … Read More

Secondary Color Correction with After Effects

April 4, 2011Blog, Tips

Recently, I graded a set of short documentary films by director Doug Pray for Stamp Films & Philips Electronics for the Wake Up The Town campaign. The films were set in the town of  Longyearbyen, Norway and covered a study on the effects of the living in the Arctic Circle, where winter means almost four months … Read More

DV Rebel Tools

April 3, 2011Blog, Tips

Seriously. Go get these.