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First Look – Final Cut Pro X

Posted by on Mar 25, 2012 in Video | Comments

First Look – Final Cut Pro X

About 2 weeks ago, I began post on a small project.  Since it was small and did not have a deadline, I felt it was a perfect candidate to dive into the new Final Cut Pro X.  I know, its not exactly new anymore.  But the older I get, the less interested I am in helping software companies bug test their new releases. I think…I may not have given Apple enough time here.  I mean its been almost a year, surely they addressed any shortcomings of their latest professional editor. Uh…no! I realize it’s a new ‘philosophy’...

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Burning HD video to Blu-ray with Toast 10

Posted by on Jan 16, 2012 in Video | Comments

Burning HD video to Blu-ray with Toast 10

Below are the details of burning HD video content from Final Cut Pro to a standard DVD, using the Blu-ray format using Toast and the Toast Blu-ray plugin.  It is not necessary to have a Blu-ray burner for this procedure – a standard DVD and DVD burner are fine.  However, playback can only occur from a Blu-ray player, because the format of the disc is Blu-ray. Basically: Output sequence from FCP via EXPORT with Current Settings and DVD Studio Pro Markers to .MOV Using COMPRESSOR with Blu-ray settings make .264 and .ac3 Using TOAST on the...

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Final Cut Pro Media Manager Not Working

Posted by on Jan 15, 2012 in Video | Comments

Final Cut Pro Media Manager Not Working

I’ve been using Final Cut Pro since v2.0. Now at FCP 7, I’ve always had a lack of confidence in FCP’s Media Manager. First, it seems to have a mind of its own, like spell check in MS Word!  And in similar fashion to spell check, while very helpful at times…very frustrating at others. And second, projects restored from previous versions are sometimes unusable. I do a lot of Sports, and projects saved in earlier versions of Media Manager often have vari-sped clips completely screwed. Sometimes to an unrepairable point....

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Workflow and Archiving AVCHD footage

Posted by on Mar 7, 2009 in Video | Comments

Workflow and Archiving AVCHD footage

UPDATED: Jan, 2013 I have been using my Sony HDR-SR12 camcorder for several years now (here is a link to that post). As much as I love this camcorder and storing straight to a hard drive, AVCHD footage presented some workflow challenges with my editing system – Final Cut Pro.  And since Sony’s archiving software is Windows only and I work on a MAC, archiving was no picnic either. But the solution I’m currently using is achieving good results for both, so I thought I would share my process for anyone else facing these issues. In...

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Sony HDR-SR12

Posted by on Jan 31, 2009 in Video | Comments

Sony HDR-SR12

I’d been waiting for the right combination of features to make the plunge to a high definition camcorder for personal use. I’ve been using the 3 CCD Sony HDR-FX1 for professional use, but it is too large to carry around for personal use. Enter the HDR-SR series. I won’t cover the specs – cause it’s been done…but this version is a 120 Gig internal hard drive. This new camera had everything I was interested in except, a 20x optical zoom and HDV versus AVCHD. The 20x just isn’t happening. I believe due...

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