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Mark Spencer Shameless Plug

Mark Spencer was the trainer for my Motion 3 T3 in Santa Monica back in October 2007. He’s the first guy to cram 3D compositing into my brain. He was very gentle.

If you haven’t visited his website, stop what you are doing right now and click that link dammit. You’ll be amazed by all the free motion tutorials he’s posted. Really, you will be. Things like

Free 3D Cube and Die

Using Motion Templates in Final Cut

Free Tracking Video Tutorial

Creating a TV Screen Effect

3D Shatter Effect

Wormhole Tutorial

And if you’re an After Effects person or beginner or whatever and you want to get up to speed on Motion 3, check out

I’ve worked through this and it’s unbelievable that this dvd is only 99 bucks. I mean, don’t high end compositors make 100 bucks an hour at least? And this thing has like 10 hours of awesome training content. Instantly gratify yourself and buy the digital download. If for some reason you don’t want to take your humble narrator’s word for it, here’s a no-compromises review from Ken Stone.

If you’re already familiar with Motion 3 and want to dig in and learn all you can about the new 3D features, check out

I’m on lesson 4 and so far this training is the best thing that has ever happened to me in my entire life. Again, instant gratification download right here.

I don’t get a dime from these sales, but I do get a lot of feel-good karma knowing I’m pointing you towards an awesome trainer who will expand your mind without the use of hallucinogens or other questionable substances. And if for some reason those download links are lagging for you like they are for me, check out the homepage for Ripple Training Motion DVD’s.

proactively • spinning my 3D compass in perspective view • peter


Blu-Ray DVD Auth-or-ama

Yeah ok, the title for this post is a bit of a stretch. Authoring + o-rama = Auth-or-ama… yes?

Anywho, Philip Hinkle at has published a great article walking through DVD authoring workflows titled

Adventures in HD Authoring: From NLE to Blu-ray

Taking the perspective of an editor …looking to get into Blu-ray authoring without spending huge amounts on new applications, Hinkle provides some great definitions to help us get started. From his article:

  • BDAV—Blu-ray Discs that have chapter marks but no menus, and start playing automatically when loaded in a player
  • BDMV—Blu-ray Discs with full menu functionality
  • BD-R—Write-once Blu-ray Discs (analogous to DVD±R)
  • BD-RE—Rewritable Blu-ray Discs (analogous to DVD±RW)
  • Blu-ray compliant files—Files encoded for Blu-ray authoring that will not require additional transcoding when working with more ad-vanced authoring applications.
  • I can’t wait for a DVDSP update giving us the capability to produce Blu-Ray menus, etc. The format war may be over, but the post workflow battle has just begun.

    proactively • peter


    NAB Hangover

    Anyone else out there feeling the effects? Shout out to Philip Bloom for posting this picture-perfect NAB 2008 montage. ‘Deer Vegas’ tastes like a 7-11 fresh Vitamin Water Essential the morning after…

    And for anyone who missed it on the NAB Show blog, here’s Philip talking about the upgrade to the Sony PMW-EX1 camera he shot ‘Deer Vegas’ with, the Sony PMW-EX3:

    And then, here’s a link to Philip’s short ‘3 Days in April’ shot with the PMW-EX3. All in one place for your comparing and contrasting pleasure:

    Mr. Bloom, you sir are a goldmine. Thank you.

    proactively • peter


    HV20 in Indonesia

    Special thanks to Thierry Philippon for producing and posting this great footage to Vimeo:

    Footage like this makes me want to strap on my backpack with the MacBookPro, bus-powered G-Tech hard drive, HV20 and travel. Very well done sir, especially the dingleberry grooming sequence.

    proactively • picking lint from my navel • peter


    RED 3K Video at Film School

    Received an email notification from Vimeo:

    Hello Peter Salvia,

    Your clip, ‘RED DPX Files and 3K Format Q&A” has been added to Film School.

    Film School is a Channel created by Tommy Rodriguez.
    See it here:


    I love you too, Vimeo! You can check out the channel here:

    Film School

    And here’s a repost of the video for easy get-your-learn-on:

    Also, found this awesome RED 1 unboxing video. Here it is for your viewing pleasure:

    proactively • waiting for RED Scarlet updates • peter


    RED Video on Shoot for the Edit

    Just got an email confirming the RED FCP Workflow video have been put in the Shoot for the Edit lineup:

    Hello Peter Salvia,

    Your clip, ‘video ‘RED FCP Workflow” has been added to Shoot for the Edit.

    Shoot for the Edit is a Channel created by Charlie McCarthy.
    See it here:


    I love you too, Vimeo! Thanks to Charlie McCarthy for picking this up.

    Tangentally, check out this well produced Brevis35 instructional video on the channel:

    Hopefully Rory will be interviewing Dennis Wood from Cinevate sometime today at NAB. Once he does, I’ll be sure to post it here so you can get the inside scoop.

    And in case you missed the links to the other two RED videos, check them out here and here.

    proactively • peter


    RED Camera Mythbusting


    Here’s the end-of-day-one stats for the RED FCP Videos.

    Thanks NAB’ers and Shoot-for-the-Edit’ers for your support!

    Just posted by Terrence Curren to the FCP-L:

    The unedited, or less edited versions of the red workflows captured at the
    Editor’s lounge are now online.

    And here’s a direct link to the video. Bloggging before watching, so I hope it’s good (I’m sure it is).

    proactively • getting my learn on • peter


    Special thank you to Terence Curren and Alphadogs for providing this footage. I’ve edited them into digestable segments for your viewing pleasure:


    Vimeo Is Awesome Reason #2

    Status Bars!

    You’ve finished uploading your 250mb 1280x720p H.264 compression. Now you know how long it will take before Vimeo’s done everything on their end.

    Vimeo, you are the best.

    proactively • nerding out • peter


    Vimeo is Awesome Reason #1

    Privacy Settings!

    This feature allows users to upload videos for approval, review, etc. Having a private screening room is essential for any kind of proprietary client approval process.

    Privacy Customization!

    Not only can you make your video private, you can choose just how private you want it to be. Maybe you want the ability to post a video for review and download, or just review. Maybe you want to just your friends to see it and not that sneaky HR rep. And even better, add a password.

    I love you Vimeo. More reasons to come.

    proactively • set to private • peter


    FCP Easy Setup for Tiffany

    Here you go girl:


    YouTube HQ Video Comparison

    Just stumbled across Editing Organazized and found this enlightening post:

    To make YouTube content work on non Flash-based devices (AppleTV, iPhone), recent videos are available in higher-quality, non Flash versions.

    To view higher quality MP4 (H.264) versions of videos, add ‘&fmt=18′ to the end of the address.

    So here’s a comparison test embed of Jose Gonzalez posted with the Compressor 3 iPhone setting:


    with the additional code &fmt=18


    Jon Salvia ……………….. Camera Producer

    Salvatore Salvia ……….. Camera

    Peter Salvia ……………… Cuts Color Compression

    Quoting Rory’s immediate, professional, knee jerk opinion:

    Hey, I think the top one looks better. No wait, yeah, I can see the difference. But not much.

    Thanks for the blog cameo Mr. Sheridan. And thanks Editing Organazized for the awesome and informative post.

    proactively • peter

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