Posts Tagged ‘FCP

04
Feb
09

free plugin demos at toolfarm

Toolfarm is one of those really cool companies that offers niche products at wholesale prices.  Best part is, they offer free demos of those plug-ins so you can drive them around the block a few times before you buy.  Or simply to get your learn on.  Just fill out your contact info and they hand you the keys to the car.

Best part is they’ll let you fly solo for the test drive so depress pedal to floor.  Here’s a few plug-ins that would be awesome add-ons to my toolkit and you might like  check them out, too.

sapphirelogo

GenArts, Inc. is a premier provider of visual special effects software for the film and video industry. Their Sapphire Plug-ins extend the capabilities of editing and effects workstations by providing digital artists with a collection of over 175 state-of-the-art image processing and synthesis effects.

dreamlookex1

Desert sunrise, Arctic tundra, nighttime urban streets: the look of your footage defines the mood. Now you can define the style of your video or film, regardless of on-set conditions, with powerful imaging tools. Choose from 100+ Look presets, to help set the mood for everything from a wedding to the next Sundance original. You also get the standalone Magic Bullet LooksBuilder, for pre-visualizing looks on set or anywhere. Portable presets load into any editing hosts, so the same Looks you create on set are the ones you finish with in the editorial suite: no need for an expensive finishing system.

primatteanimated

Primatte Keyer is a professional greenscreen tool that extracts keys from any color background quickly and easily. Version 4 brings new levels of power and speed to After Effects and Avid, and for the first time, Final Cut Pro. New features include easy-to-use Auto setup, which creates an almost-perfect key with one click. Powerful features allow Primatte Keyer to overcome keying challenges such as uneven lighting, compression artifacts, subtle shadows, and edge light contamination. Best of all, Primatte Keyer 4 works right on the timeline.

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3D Stroke uses paths from one or more masks to render volumetric strokes that can be rotated and moved freely in 3D space. It even has a built-in camera to create dynamic 3D environments. Path reveals are made easily using the keyframable sliders for start and end.

And hey, Toolfarm is super nice and throw in a considerable collection of free tutorials to get you started.  Have fun!

proactively • plugged in • peter

12
Jan
09

fcprose episode 5 – manage hd media

The trick isn’t simply cutting, coloring, and compressing your film for independent internet distribution.  The real trick is keeping your post production pipeline managed so you can cut the sequel while simultaneously finishing an extended director’s cut of the first film in Edit 2 (be it your MacBook Pro on the coffee table or a DaVinci suite with bells on it).

Or maybe you want to collect all your media from thirteen diferent internal and external hard drives and place it in a new Shared Acces Network box.  Or move all of day one’s P2 media on drive 67 and day five’s XDCAMmedia on drive 32.  Or whatever else your entreprenurial, independently film made heart desires.  Media management is your ticket.

The principles I discuss in episode 5 can be applied to all types of HD and SD media formats including footage acquired by the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Nikon D90, Canon HV30, Panasonic HVX-200, Sony EX-1, RED ONE, etc.  I highly recommend clicking through for the HD version in case you want to see FCP’s UI properly.

Hope this to0t helps with managing all those Terrablocks, G-RAIDs, and bus powered LaCie hard drives out there.

proactively • managing our medium • peter

22
Dec
08

blog bomb – FCP -> AE CS4

It used to be you needed to send 500 bucks to Wes Plate and use his Automatic Duck to go from FCP to After Effects.  Not anymore…

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First, send your heartfelt apologies along to Mr. Plate.  He’s awesome.  Then, check out Adobe’s video tutorialRory, eat your heart out.  Now you’ve got a business justification to upgrade to CS4.  And if you’re too lazy to wade through the entire 8min video, the breakdown is:

1. In FCP, export Apple XML v4

2. Open in Premier CS4

3. Highlight clips in timeline, create new After Effects composition.

4. Bonus option, alternatively send from Premier to Encore to make a Blu-Ray disc project.

Of course some of you may deem this as totally silly.  We’ve already got a compositing application in FCS 2 called Motion!  And even Shake can get stuff from FCP!!  Why got to Adobe!?

Well, as a Motion 3 Apple Certified Trainer I applaud your retort and encourage your passion.  But as a real world Editor / Producer, a lot of times the Graphics company I contract with doesn’t work with Motion.  Yes, I would prefer that they did and sent me all my opens, transitions, and lower thirds as Motion Master Templates.  Alas, AE users die hard, just like Avid editors.

So this is good news for us FCP editors who want to string out a sequence with a couple of edits and then hand it off to an AE shop to sexy it up.  Just make sure you media manage your media correctly.  Hrmmm, maybe that’s a topic for a soon to be released FCProse video tutorial…

proactively • not drinking the koolaid, just pointing it out on the buffet line • peter

And here’s a little bit of Vimeo random contact awesomeness.  Watch it in HD, you won’t be disappointed.

Hey, they used After Effects in this so it’s got a little bit of relevancy. Kinda…

15
May
08

De-Noise Article at Toolfarm

Michele Yamazaki of Toolfarm fame has written a really nice article detailing a few techniques to remove noise from your video.  From her article:

Noise can come from bad lighting, JPEG and other compression induced artifacting, film grain, and half-tone patterns. In DV footage, blue will almost always be the noisiest channel and green is the cleanest channel.

There’s some good Shake and FCP techniques so make sure you click through to the article.  Thanks for the post Michele.  And, you can subscribe to the Toolfarm newsletter here.

proactively • de-noising my life • peter

28
Apr
08

AJA Kona 3 Setup

Here’s the breakdown of the Kona 3 setup and FCP config that is working consistently for me at the moment:

Mac OS X.4.11

QT 7.3.1

AJA Kona 3 5.1 drivers

FCP 6.0.2

AJA Control Panel Setup:

FCP System Settings:

This combination is per AJA Support’s recommendation and has performed flawlessly since I implemented it four weeks ago. Resolved assemble edit and insert edit issues when laying back to Sony MSW-M2000 MPEG IMX VTR.

proactively • promoting permanence of knowledge • peter

25
Apr
08

Apple Pro-Apps for Sale?

Shake@fxshare.com rumor-mill monger Randy Little struck again earlier today with his Autodesk Rumors subject heading:

Did anyone else get told by Autodesk that apple is selling off its pro apps? A friend of mine was told by an Autodesk employee this rumor. I don’t really believe it. Little OT but I thought it goes with my last post a little.
http://www.roughlydrafted.com/2008/02/12/is-apple-shedding-its-final-cut-pro-apps-at-nab/

I too was privy to an onslaught of pre-NAB 2008 Apple pro-app rumors, mainly flung from the Avid base. Rumors such as “Apple Pro Res 422 is going to be discontinued due to copyright infringement” and “Steve Bayes stole Avid’s dnx_hd code to create the Pro Res 422 codec” and so on. Haters.

Back to the listserv report, Tim Turner chimed in with an illuminating post:

In one of the Fxguide NAB podcasts, they said that Apple Officially denounced that rumor, and made a point of it, because Apple never responds to any rumors.

And if you weren’t interested enough (yet) to click through the above link, commenters responded with posts such as Brau’s

All these Pro Apps have filtered down to the average Mac user in some form and there’s no way Apple will divorce themselves from them. In my own case, after using GarageBand on a 900mhz G4 tower, it convinced me to upgrade to a G5 Quad and invest in Logic Pro. The improvements Apple made, followed the radical price drop, were an incredibly welcome surprise. I also know a few people who have upgraded to Final Cut after having taken iMovie to its limits.

and daniel.lucas’s

I’d like to see an Adobe acquisition by Apple but I’m not sure how realistic that is. With so many apps in the Creative Suite it might be a little too much for Apple to handle along with their current pro apps plus consumer apps plus hardware.

and then lehenbauer’s stroke of poetic rhetoric reared it’s furious head summarizing

Video and audio production are to Macs today as desktop publishing was twenty years ago. With an upgrade path from free to semi-pro to pro apps (iMovie -> Final Cut Express -> Final Cut Studio, GarageBand -> Logic Express -> Logic Studio), anyone can start with the free apps and grow into completely pro apps on which mainstream movies and TV shows are produced (Logic can even load GB files.)

The idea that Apple going to ditch the pro apps is nothing more than, at best, wishful thinking or, at worst, an attempt to sow fear, uncertainty and doubt among an Apple stronghold.

One of the most interesting snippets I found in the article was the time line of Final Cut Pro’s evolution:

  • NAB 2000 Final Cut Pro 1.2.5 with support for 16:9 video format and native YUV color space, Matrox real time video cards.
  • NAB 2001 Final Cut Pro support for more real-time DV hardware from Pinnacle, Canopus and Matrox.
  • NAB 2002 DVD Studio Pro 1.5
  • NAB 2003 Final Cut Pro 4, LiveType, Soundtrack, Compressor, DVD Studio Pro 2, Shake 3.5
  • NAB 2004 Final Cut Pro HD, Motion, DVD Studio Pro 3
  • NAB 2005 Final Cut Studio, Motion 2
  • NAB 2006 Shake 4.1, 500,000 Final Cut users
  • NAB 2007 Final Cut Studio 2, Color, Motion 3, Final Cut Server. 800,000 Final Cut users

Finally back to the listserv reporting, Deke Kincaid arrived on the scene with his shake@fxshare.com voice-of-reason-hat firmly in place reminding us

That’s February old news, where have you been? :)

Well Deke, your humble narrator isn’t too proud to serve day-old bread. And if you too are in awe of the awesomeness that is Roughly Drafted Magazine, check out a few more links of interest:

Microsoft’s Plot to Kill QuickTime

How Microsoft Pushed QuickTime’s Final Cut

Mac Office, $150 Million, and the Story Nobody Covered

proactively • narrating away • peter

17
Apr
08

REDCODE and Log & Transfer Beta

Shout out to Oliver Peters on the FCP-L for the heads up:

In case no one has noticed. Red has posted a beta version
of their FCP Log & Transfer ingest module (FCP 6.0.3 required).

http://www.red.com/support

– Oliver

Here’s a few eye candy grabs:

Hey, what are you still doing here? Go download this stuff!

proactively • peter




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