Posts Tagged ‘Alphadogs


editing for editors, by editors

Two awesome videos have popped up in recent FCP-L posts talking about editing from an editor’s perspective.  Firstly, BBC World News America‘s Bill McKenna has been named ‘Editor of the Year” by the White House News Photographers Association.  Mr. McKenna was asked to edit a video to be shown at the event. It offers a rare glimpse into his world to reveal what inspires a top TV picture editor.

bill mckenna 3

Twicely, Joy Moeller (Creative Director/Editor, 19 Below) gives us the do’s and dont’s of edit suite etiquette.

And if that wasn’t entertaining enough, the stories FCP-L’ers shared kept the laughs (or tears) rolling:

I worked with a producer who always kept track of downtime. She considered anything as downtime, including the editor re-doing an edit. She considered only the finished edit was payable. She had a stopwatch and it was always going.  At the end of the day, she would total it up and ask that it be taken off the edit time for that day.  Remarkably, she had a very successful career as a producer that lasted for many years. It’s just as well I was a producer at the time and not an editor, as I would have cheerfully strangled her.

Bill Affleck / Wasteland Productions, Inc.

Back in the linear days, I had a client who sat with a stop watch and actually clicked it on and off for anything. Go to the bathroom, click, call someone to come to the bay, click, get a drink of water, click. Man that was irritating. I always rounded down for clients anyway, but not this guy.
Also in the linear days, I had the finger snapper one time and it was late and I was tired, I finally stood up, offered him my chair and said he get more accurate edits if he ran it himself. Actually cured him and he requested me from there on out.

Terrence Curren / Alphadogs

You can see more of Terry Curren alongside industry veteran editors Billy Weber, Glenn Morgan and Carol Streit on Studio Daily extemporaneously discussing war stories, battle tactics, and all the things they learned on the job that really have nothing to do with editing but are crucial to the job of an editor.

proactively • ediblogournalising • peter


Swung over to Shane Ross’ Little Frog In Hi Def blog and found this gem.  Falls under the “nothing to do with editing but crucial to the job” category.  Enjoy!


apple color – work with R3D files natively?!

Just posted by Terrence Curren of Alphadogs fame to the FCP-L:

>From the Color list:

<< Hi there,

I was at the FCPUG Supermeet in Amsterdam and the first presentation was a
new Version of Color featuring R3D support. You can edit your footage in FCS
with the proxy
files created by the camera – send to Color and Color will access the R3D
files. First light will
be done in a new advanced tab in the primary in room!
I know that there are already screenshots about the new features floating
But this was a working version!
No infos about release date.



Simultaneously, Mike Curtis is reporting similar news over at pro video coalition:

Apple Color support – same way last year there was a demo of Redcode import into FCP, they are demonstrating native R3D support in Color. You can work with up to 2K resolution from 4K footage (only extracting the 2K layer from the wavelet). You can then work with that footage at 2K, 1080, 720, 480, whatever res you want that is below the 2K source extraction. But YES, you can bring your 4K Redcode RAW files into the future version of Apple’s Color and work with the full frame, but only at up to 2K deliverable. You can also access the source RAW metadata, just like on camera and in Red Alert/Redcine, to adjust Saturation, Exposure, Tint, Black Level, Exposure, RGB gains, etc. (No Brightness (gamma really) or Contrast (S-curve really), but you can do those with Color’s tools). Merely a technology demo, no ETA on ship date from Apple – so I’d GUESS in next major release, which could be what – NAB next year? Dunno, my guess, not based on hard data.

Red One Redcode RGB mode is still under development – read that two ways if you will – pessimistic – “darn, still not done/shipping!” or optimist – “GOOD – they are still working on it, it IS coming.”

If you’ve got links to screenshots please post, my hasty google searches have proved fruitless thus far…

proactively • ready to grade some R3D right now • peter


RED FCP Workflow Video

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:

September 2020

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