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Playing Around With Markers

If you have used markers to divide up your source into potential shots or if you have organized content on your timeline using markers, you might want to be able to play and preview marked segments easily. Though they are somewhat ungainly, there are shortcuts for these operations.

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Apple DVD Studio Pro: Making a DVD Loop with DVD Studio Pro

Chapter: DVD Authoring

Topic: Menus or Navigation

Lets say you are producing a trade show video, that you want to be on a continuous loop, it is easy to do with DVD Studio Pro. There are a number of ways to get from Final Cut Pro to DVD Studio Pro. After you have imported both your audio and video, you simply drag them onto either your Graphical view, or the Track Editor. Once the M2V, & AC3 files are in the Track, you will need to right click on the track in the Graphical view, and set it to be the First Play. After setting the First play, delete the empty menu, because it can cause issues if it’s left a part of the Build. Last of all, go into the Track Inspector to set the Track up to loop. Set the End Jump to go back to the Track itself. This will cause the track to continually loop from it’s end to it’s beginning. Now just Build and Format your DVD, and you’re all set!

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Apple Final Cut Pro: Playing Around With Markers

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Markers

If you have used markers to divide up your source into potential shots or if you have organized content on your timeline using markers, you might want to be able to play and preview marked segments easily. Though they are somewhat ungainly, there are shortcuts for these operations.

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Boinx Software To Showcase Latest Creative Ingenuities For The Mac Platform At First Annual Boston Supermeet

Boinx Software, a multi-award winning software developer for the Mac® platform, today announced plans to showcase its full-range of innovative effects and animation applications at the first annual Boston SuperMeet, to be held at the Back Bay Events Center on June 25th, 2010. The highly anticipated Boston SuperMeet promises to attract the largest gathering of Adobe®, Apple®, Autodesk®, and Avid® creative users, HD-DSLR filmmakers, photographers and digital content creators on the East Coast. Boinx Software will be showcasing its gold standard of animated stills, FotoMagico 3.2, for brilliant visual storytelling, as well as its complete line of Mac-based creative software applications.
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BuZZ Show and Podcast May 27

This week’s episode of the world’s only interactive talk radio for Digital Production, Post Production and Distribution is filled with great information and entertainment designed for the independent filmmaker, producer or editor.

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Join host Larry Jordan and co-host Michael Horton as they talk with:

Tom Tomchak, president of Edit Creations, Inc, used to be a full-time post house. But when the economy turned bad, he needed to diversify. We invited him this week to talk about what he did to survive in a down economy.

Michael Kammes, is an editor, demo artist, and blogger. Recently, he’s come across some new ideas he calls “Disruptive Technologies.” We invited him back this week to talk about the impact this new gear will have on our lives.

Arnie Sirlin, Owner, eCallSheet.com, has invented an on-line way to solve an age-old problem. How do you get everyone on the crew to know who everyone else is, and tell them when and where to show up.

Bruce Nazarian, The Digital Guy, is wearing his musical hat this week. A couple of shows ago we started talking about what producers need to know about working with composers. Since Bruce has a background in music and media, we wanted to continue that conversation with him today.

You can’t find people or interviews like this anywhere else! It’s another fascinating show – all the information you need now to know what’s coming next!

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iStorage Pro Introduces Tower 4 Bay RAID

iStorage Pro announced the new Tower 4 Bay which offers a much smaller design compared to the Tower 8 Bay. The enclosure only weighs 8.7 pounds without the hard drives and 15 pounds with them, which compared to its previous generation, is over 50% lighter, and it remains competitively lighter than any other tower in its caliber designed by any different manufacturer.

While the new enclosure is extremely light weight, it is still just as durable with an aluminum alloyed design, and up to 8 terabytes of disk capacity. Making it even more convenient… The first two models of the new series are the MiniSAS, and USB/FireWire/eSATA/RAID AKA UFER model, both of which have very high standards of quality and reputation. Movie editing can add up in terabytes, and you do not want to lose your data, but with iStoragePro’s 4 Bay 3.5” Towers, we supply up to 8 terabytes of disc capacity, which is more than enough for the average video editor.

The Tower 4 Bay UFER (USB/FireWire/eSATA/RAID) is a highly unique design. Designed for extreme data protection with RAID 5, your data is indestructible. It also has a quad interface, with two Firewire 800 ports, one USB and an eSATA port. With an eSATA port, the UFER has been tested at extremely high data transfer speeds of over 200 megabytes per second. Another unique feature of the UFER is a rectangular LCD screen on the front, which allows for precision monitoring.

The Tower 4 Bay MiniSAS is a less expensive solution for anyone who has large file sizes, again this is a great solution for independent filmmakers as the cost is reduced while you still get a great deal of capacity (8TB) and extreme speed. The SFF-8088 MiniSAS port is built for fast read/write speeds, making data transfer very convenient and effective for video editing. Tested at more than 300MB per second.

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Using the Mark Audio Peaks Function in Final Cut Pro

The Mark Audio Peaks function in Final Cut Pro is a great way to quickly find all of those little “problem areas” in your timeline where your audio is peaking. It’s often an overlooked problem, missing those “hot spots”, and an overlooked simple tool you can use to fix them.

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Adobe After Effects: Create Audio-driven Effects with BCC 7 AE’s Beat Reactor Technology

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Audio-Synched Events

In this video tutorial, Kevin P. McAuliffe takes a look at Boris Continuum Complete 7 AE’s new Beat Reactor technology. Beat Reactor is a new BCC 7 AE filter that lets you sample specific bands of audio from a clip and uses the sampled audio levels to drive effect parameters. In addition to being available as a standalone BCC 7 AE filter, the new Beat Reactor technology has been added as a built-in feature for many other BCC 7 AE filters. Beat Reactor makes it easier to generate audio-driven effects such as adding a pulsing light, a glow, or even an image wipe that follows along with the beat of an audio track.

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Apple Final Cut Pro: Using the Mark Audio Peaks Function in Final Cut Pro

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Basic Skills

The Mark Audio Peaks function in Final Cut Pro is a great way to quickly find all of those little “problem areas” in your timeline where your audio is peaking. It’s often an overlooked problem, missing those “hot spots”, and an overlooked simple tool you can use to fix them. To get started, make sure your Timeline is active, and all video and audio clips are unselected. Navigate to the Mark menu and choose Audio Peaks > Mark.

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Cutting in Footage from Another Sequence

This is something that “Avid Editors” brag about all the time. They can load a sequence into the Viewer, and then click a toggle that will then show them that sequence on the timeline.

The complaint I hear from them is that FCP doesn’t do this.

However…

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