Posts Tagged ‘Shane Ross


proactively disclosing

Shane Ross over at Little Frog in High Def brought this Boston Globe article to my attention.  In the interest of total transparency, based on my own personal principles (of all things), I’d like to come clean about all the items I’ve received for free to review products on this blog: zero, with one exception.

After writing about from a link on Mark Spencer’s blog, I thought they were so awesome I blogged about them.  I thought “Hey, what a great way to learn about building 3D templates.  Just buy these and *presto* you’ve got project files to build off of and learn from.” After the fact, sent me a free copy of their drop zones volume 1 as a thank you.  I thought this was pretty cool.  Unfortunately, my bevy of free 5dmarkii video tutorials have not inspired Canon to send me a complimentary 5D as a thank you.  Have they helped sell some cameras?  Maybe.  From what I’ve heard, they’ve helped people who have bought the cameras learn how to work with the footage.  And seeing a video that someone made better after watching my tutorials is the best thank you I can get.

The Boston Globe article has some good quotes in defense of bloggers receiving complimentary stuffs to review.  Since my brother was formerly in radio, Ryan Spaulding’s rhetoric particularly piqued my interest:

Ryan Spaulding of Malden, who launched Ryan’s Smashing Life music blog ( in 2006, has no intention of complying, arguing that free CDs and show tickets are the tools of his trade.  “I don’t look at it as payment,’’ Spaulding says. “It’s what it takes to get the job done.’’

And while I’m sympathetic to Ryan’s plight of needing to actually listen to the music before reviewing it, I believe there is intrinsic value in the audiophile who reviews after having purchased the music himself, as a consumer, as you or I would need to do it.  Otherwise, your listening to the opinion of an insider who is motivated by swag or other compensation to continue reviewing goods and services.  Ever hear of journalistic integrity?

I much more value the opinion of someone who forked over their hard earned cash to find out “Yes, the Euphonix MC Color is worth the 30 rounds of golf I did not play in order to purchase it,” or “I pawned my Tag Hauer for this Matrox MXO and at least my watch worked” are good examples of reviews I personally value. But I digress.  The Boston Globe article concludes:

The bottom line? Readers need to understand the relationship between a reviewer and the company whose products are being reviewed.

Couldn’t agree more.  So from here on out, if, or when, I receive any complimentary stuffs to write about or as thank yous for an already written review, I’ll tell you.  Up front.  Otherwise, you can trust that I spent the hard earned cash to deliver you a hard earned review.

proactively • you can take that to the bank • peter


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.

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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!


the orphanage closing its doors…


Very sad post from Stu Maschwitz over at ProLost.  His company, The Orphanage, is closing its doors indefinitely. Most recently, Stu and The Orphanage produced Frank Miller’s The Spirit, 300, and Sin City. Along with Shane Ross over at Little Frog in High Def, Stu’s ProLost blog has been a huge influence on my blog game, inspiring me to attempt to walk in his footsteps and share production knowledge for the sake of bettering our community and the industry.


Here’s a short, classy excerpt from Stu’s post:

It’s no accident that our company’s name described a place for people, people who may be thrown together, but who ultimately create their own destinies. Scott once described his vision of an orphanage as “a hundred success stories waiting to happen,” and that is exactly what came to pass inside our offices. We have had the privilege of working with many “Orphans” over the years, and watching them grow and take on new responsibilities has been the single greatest part of coming to work every day.

A message to the visual effects industry: You will never find a better employee than a former Orphan.

Good luck to you, Mr. Maschwitz, and to all the Orphans out there.

proactively • peter


video tutorial – artbeats film effects with shane ross


In this free video tutorial, Avid & FCP Editor Shane Ross shows cool ways to apply Artbeats film effects to your video footage.  Click on the above pic or here to get to the video tutorial.  He shows both Avid and FCP approaches so skip ahead to the 12min or so mark for the FCP explanation.

Shane Ross’ Little Frog in High Def is one of the reasons I got in the blogging game.  I haven’t seen many video tutorials from Shane but I have to say he does an excellent job with this one.


Makes me feel very retro to see him whipping around in an Avid timeline.  I haven’t touched Avid in like 3 years but it was the NLE I first learned to edit with.


I really appreciate Shane’s explanation of FCP’s composite modes; multiply removes the white and leaves the black, screen removes the black and leaves the white.  Also, his explanation of why you would see white film grain versus black film grain goes that extra step that helps give your film look meaning, not just flavoring.


For someone who has only been exposed to film making exclusively in a digital world, knowing what a light leak is and why it would happen is soooooo cool.  Now I know to tend to put a light leak at the beginning of a clip, not just somewhere in the middle where I think it would look cool.  Or how to create a light leak transition.  Or an awesome example sequence of everything put to use.

And of course it’s extra cool to hear Shane’s expertise come into play when comparing the matte Avid will pull on a light leak versus the key FCP will pull.  Not that we need to know this, just that he kicks that much butt at the editing game he can drop some uber knowledge without giving it a second thought.


Thanks for this tutorial Mr. Ross, would love to see more!

proactively • rethinking film looks • peter


AVID vs Final Cut Pro with Shane Ross

Shane Ross is one of the bloggers I look up to and, to some extent, model my blog after. Here’s Shane’s input in the eternally continuing Avid vs FCP saga.

He’s very balanced and I think the flame-off invocation of the muse is very encouraging.

Tool-agnostic is a digression I myself make in every Avid vs FCP discussion I have. Unless it’s with an old person who sucks.

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NAB Show Blog

I’ve been invited to contribute to the official NAB Show Blog. I’ll be posting info on cool events, gear and apps to check out at this year’s NAB show.

If there’s a something cool you’d like me to write about, post a comment here.


Matrox MXO 2 Drops

RED Camera Workflow Videos

Matrox Booth SL320

RED Camera Booth SL3820

Stu Maschwitz Keynote April 16th S222/223

Ron Brinkmann at The Foundry Booth SL2624

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