Understanding How FCPX Works – Workflow Round Up

Understanding FCPX Workflows

Understanding how a program does what it does, and why it does it, is one of the most valuable things to learn about any new piece of software. It is one thing to know how to make a program do what you want it to do, but understanding what’s happening under the hood is far more valuable as it’s the beginning of finding solutions to unexpected problems, novel workarounds and whole new unimagined workflows

When it comes to FCPX, seemingly more than anyone else on the internet, Sam Mestman is the most passionate advocate for professional creative workflows involving the power of FCPX at their core. He’s written about why he’s starting his new company FCPXWORKS over on FCP.co.

There’s one small issue that we’ve found when it comes to managing change. It’s really hard to feel secure when you’re learning something new, and it takes a while to really see the benefits of a new approach.  It’s a leap of faith that many people often don’t have the luxury of taking in a professional environment.  The fact is that pro editors need proven solutions and established workflows in order to feel comfortable putting their clients in a new software’s hands.  Regardless of how cool some new tool is, it’s only going to be helpful if you know how to use it.  FCPWORKS wants to be your crash test dummy.  We want to figure out what works and what doesn’t so you never need to be in that situation with a client.

At this recent FCPWORKS event (with some rather classy looking sofas), Sam and many other highly skilled presenters, share how you can make the most of FCPX in your creative workflow.  To watch all nine short videos, skip over to the FCPWORKS official site.

Understanding FCPX Under The Hood

In another Sam Mestman presentation, you can check out this workflow for using FCPX’s metadata capabilities in a feature film workflow. I previously rounded up some other great FCPX workflow resources over on Premiumbeat, so definitely check those out too. Also this post on FCP.co showcases a professional post production workflow centred around FCPX with some amazing results:

In one afternoon, my 21 year old Bulgarian assistant got further ahead processing footage in FCP X than the entire Avid Unity department had gotten to that point in a week.  In 5 hours, she had processed, synced, and made Multicam Clips for 7 days of 5k Epic footage within FCP X for a 100 million dollar feature film.  Prior to this project, she had no feature film editing credits.

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Books on Film Editing – Part 3

Books on Film Editing – Part 3

books on film editingReading books, especially on film editing, is one of my favourite things to do. If you’ve been tracking with my blog for any length of time you’ll hopefully have seen a few of the posts I’ve written up on things like 5 Books on Colour Grading or 5 Books for Freelance Creatives, 5 Books on Storytelling etc.

Click here for a full list of all book posts.

In this post I’ve pulled together 5 more great books for film editors to read to improve their craft, but they’d be a valuable read for anyone interested in editing in general. Check out Books on Editing Part 1 and Part 2

First Cut 2 – More Conversations with Film Editors

Books on film editingThis is a brilliant book. Gabriella Oldham’s sequel, nearly two decades after the famous First Cut – Conversations with Film Editors (see below), is a great read for any editor looking to learn more about the working life of professional film editors toiling in many different styles and genres.

“While editing is highly complex, it is at it’s core an intensely human process, shared by all editors across time and space. In a daring and precarious [technological] era, it was a comfort to know that the person of the editor had remained unscathed by technology, while also becoming all the more powerful and creative because of it.”

In First Cut 2 – More Conversations with Film Editors you can savour 12 in-depth interviews with editors whose credits include Star Wars, The Blindside, Bobby, True Romance, S.W.A.T and many, many more. What I love about conversational books (and there are three in this post) is that it helps to make you feel like you’re right there in the room with the editor, soaking up their wisdom and insight first hand.

“I’m not a big arguer in the cutting room because I think there’s no right or wrong, as I’ve said before. You’ve got to try it and trust that the director will turn around and say, “You’re right,” once they’ve seen it. Or you turn around and say, “You’re right, that’s so much better.” It becomes an instinct after a while of knowing what works.” - Emma E. Hickox

A fantastic read to absorb one chapter at a time and use to improve your editing instincts.

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Free DIT Training From LightIron Digital

Free Online DIT Training From LightIron Digital

Out Post U - Free DIT Training

LightIron Digital, the leaders in the field of on-set post production tools and software, has just released two new DIT training series covering their DIT systems and iPad based software.

Available from LightIron’s Outpost U, each 4 part series will get you up to speed on all of the software solutions LightIron offers such as LivePlay (video assist on iPads), Todailies (take home dailies on an Ipad) as well as their DIT carts like LillyPad and OutPost.

If you’ve not yet seen the first 5 part series of DIT training from LightIron – The State of D Cinema - you should definitely check that out too. After watching all this training if you want more from post-production whizz Cioni, here’s a link to every post he’s featured in.

DIT Systems Training

Due to LightIron’s sharing settings you can only watch the training on their site. Check out the 4 part series on System’s Training here.

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How To Be A DIT Part 9 – Digital Dailies

How To Be A DIT Part 9 – Digital Dailies

This is the 9th instalment of a series of posts aimed at anyone wanting to know more about what it means to be a DIT, but would be well worth the time of any editor or DoP wanting to increase their skill and knowledge base. So hit the DIT Category for the rest.

DIT Workflows for Digital Dailies

Creating digital dailies is one of the main responsibilities of a DIT (Digital Imaging Technician), along with managing the entire workflow and protecting the integrity of the image and creative vision throughout that pipeline. In this round up of tutorials there’s quite a focus on getting that job done well.

DIT workflow from set to screen

The tutorial at the top of this post walks you through the basics of a RAW video and metadata workflow. This great article from Cinematographer Colton Davie provides a great overview for planning a workflow that will “safely carry your baby from set to screen.

PostLab also has a good write up on the AICE’s recommend practices document for digital production and their perspective as a DI facility on how to shape a workflow for smooth results.

There is significant time and technical expertise required in proper digital dailies.  It is a line-item to be budgeted and scheduled properly.  While the marketing campaigns from the camera manufacturers make the process sound easy, consider these challenges below, all of which we deal with constantly as a DI company.

Conversation with DIT Duck Grossberg

Free DIT Webinar

Moviola.com has an excellent free webinar with DIT Duck Grossberg, which is only embedded on their site. So head over there for the free 50 minute webinar on the pros and cons of on-set vs near-set dailies creation. While you’re there be sure to check out these 3 little gems in which Duck and DP Doug Chamberlain discuss the role of a DIT, their relationship with the DP and Duck talks through his DIT cart.

In another free webinar Duck shares his on-set data management workflow, including how he uses the Microsoft Surface Pro and Assimilate Scratch to get the job done.
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DaVinci Resolve 10.1 Tutorials

New features in DaVinci Resolve 10.1

Color Correction Handbook 2nd EditionDaVinci Resolve 10.1 is the latest version of the ever-improving colour grading system. In these seven free tutorials, totalling over 50 minutes of high quality learning, colorist and trainer Alexis Van Hurkman provides a hands-on walk through some key new features in DaVinci Resolve version 10.1.

If you enjoy Alexis’ training style you should definitely check out both his Color Correction Handbook 2nd Edition - a 600 page guide to becoming a colorist and his full Ripple Training tutorial series.

For a full list of what’s new in DaVinci Resolve 10.1 check out this link.

New Edit Page Features In Resolve 10.1

Using Color Trace in Resolve 10.1

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How To Use FCPX 10.1- Giant Tutorial Round Up

How To Use FCPX 10.1 – New Features and more!

With the latest update to FCPX a lot has changed. There are a slew of new features, new ways of doing things and new techniques to learn. In the nearly 2 hour video above the Mac Break boys (Mark Spencer, Steve Martin and Alex Lindsay) chat through all the new features, the new Mac Pro, Mavericks and the implications of all three.

For a shorter round up from the same chaps, check out this demo from a recent LACPUG event. If you’re more of a reader you can check out what’s new in FCPX 10.1.1 from Apple.

Download Event Manager X – For FREE - In the 2 hour Mac Break show the boys mention that Philip Hodgetts is now giving away Event Manager X for free, to help you manage your events in FCPX 10 and update smoothly to the new process in 10.1

For Final Cut Pro 10.1, Event Manager X can help you control the upgrade of your Events and Projects to the new Libraries — here’s how.

For Final Cut Pro 10.0.9 and earlier, Event Manager X gives you control over your Events and Projects so you can manage what you want to be visible in Final Cut Pro X’s Event Library and Project Library. It allows you to create Sets: combinations of related Events and Projects for instant reload. It also tracks Events and Projects that are on offline storage devices, so you can properly ensure all relevant Events and Projects are mounted.

Round Up of Round Ups

Understanding libraries in FCPX 10.1

I’m not the only one who likes a round up, and both Alex 4D and FCP.co both have excellent round up of all the new features, tutorials and insights you need to get up to speed with FCPX 10.1. So definitely check them out too.

Alex 4D FCPX 10.1 Resources - Scroll to the bottom for some really useful links.

Fcp.Co – The Big Fat FCPX 10.1 Round Up - Also includes great samples from several paid for tutorial series, if you’re looking to pick one to train you up.

Lastly for some reviews. Philip Hodgetts offers his thoughts here, Mark Spencer and Steve Martin give a readable tour here and for a quick ‘kicking the tires’ review of FCPX 10.1 editor Scott Simmons has a great post over on PVC with his thoughts about this major update. Well worth a read.

The FCPX 10.1 update is a great update overall and an easy upgrade decision if you’re a Final Cut Pro X user. But since this is a blog about editing we can’t end an article without some complaints…

FCPX 10.1 New Features Explained

Larry Jordan has put together a whole new series of tutorials (nearly 14 hours worth!) which you can buy here. But for a taster of what’s new in FCPX 10.1 check out the playlist of 15 tutorials above. For any easy to search list to jump to a specific topic, hit this link. Click through for TONS more tutorials and resources

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Learning Avid Media Composer 7

Learning Avid Media Composer 7

If you’re looking to learn Avid Media Composer 7 then this huge round up of tips and tutorials will provide you with a huge amount of excellent information, all in one place.

The video at the top of this post is a nice little walk around in editor Leo Mahoney’s edit suite, in which he’s running Avid Media Composer with a whole lot of nice gear!

How To Be An Avid Assistant Editor

How to be an avid assistant editor

Learning the skills you need to be an assistant editor using Avid can feel a little daunting at first. Luckily, editors like Liam Hill are happy to share their knowledge and give you a leg up in the edit suite.

Liam has put together, and keeps adding to, an excellent series of tips for Avid assistants over on his blog. Here’s a quick run down of the whole series so far:

Consolidate vs Transcode | Using Animate & Spectramatte | How to Import your Avid User Settings | Understanding Avid Project Structure | Three Ways To Import Media | Customising Bins & Timelines | Exporting Split-Track Audio | Exporting AAFs for Pro Tools | Preparing to Conform In Avid | Conforming in Avid |

What traits are needed to be an exceptional first assistant editor? “One thing that’s really important is attitude; a friendly personality. An ability to adapt and change to whatever is thrown at you, especially on a big movie, because a lot of things can be thrown at you. You have to know enough technical stuff to be able to do the job.” – Julian Smirke

To get a feel for what’s involved as an assistant editor on a major Hollywood feature film, you can’t do much better than Boston Creative Pro User Group’s evening with assistant editor Julian Smirke (Star Trek, Mission Impossible 3 & 4, Super 8). The event was obviously filmed but until that appears online notesonvideo has a detailed write up of the whole evening. Well worth a read!

They were running 12 to 15 Avid systems at Bad Robot with 86 terabytes of storage. The movie was encoded in DNx 115 and the completed project was about 150+ GB. When they started, Media Composer was at version 5.5.3, but they upgraded to version 6 during the film. He noted that in the past editors have been reluctant to upgrade during a movie: “In the past you wouldn’t usually do that on a big feature, you stuck with what you’ve got. As technologies have gotten better and better, we’ve gotten more confident.”

Getting Started With Avid Media Composer

Avid has been rolling out a great new series of tutorials from Kevin P McAuliffe to help people get started with Avid Media Composer, and a second series (below) for FCP7 editors making the switch.
Click through for more Media Composer 7 tutorials

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Lightworks 11.5 Tutorials

10 New Tutorials for Lightworks 11.5

New tutorials for lightworks 11.5

Lightworks 11.5 (for Windows and Linux) is now available to download. There are a huge number of new features added to the free and paid for versions of the program, which is easily powerful, and capable enough, of rivalling all the other major NLEs.

For a full list of what’s new in 11.5 you can download this pdf or you can read a quick summary over on the official Lightworks site. You can also watch these short walk through tutorials. If you’re still waiting for the Mac version, well you’ll just have to keep waiting. Hopefully it will be available soon!

Lastly you really can’t beat the price of the pro version at £49.99/$79.99 a year or just £4.99/$7.99 a month. You can also pay a one-time fee of £179.99/$279.99 for that version (with free minor updates). The pro version allows you to export to more than just Youtube and enables all of the third party proprietary codecs.

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Lightworks 11.5 Essential Tutorials

The new 10 part series of tutorials gets you up and running with Lightworks 11.5, covering everything from starting a new project to getting organised, editing, trimming, audio work and of course exporting your final film. Click through for the rest of the tutorials

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Learn To Edit – Great Advice from Pro Editors

Learning To Edit Great Advice from Pro Editors

The Manhattan Edit Workshop is an editing training powerhouse in New York, offering intensive courses in all the major editing systems plus a ‘signature’ six week course that promises “a jump-start for anyone looking for a career in editing. Learn Avid, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro and After Effects, work with top editors, and create a professional reel.” – It ain’t cheap though, at nearly $6,000. But I doubt you’ll get the same kind of access to professional editors, any where else.

That is except for on the internet. In the MEW series called Critical Ends, there is a smorgasbord of snippets from professional feature film and documentary editors about life in the cutting room. Enjoy the feast!

These first two videos are from Tom Haneke, who is an Academy Award winning documentary editor.

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Professional Editors share their insights

If you enjoy these tidbits of editing wisdom, you might want to know that you can buy ‘unabridged’ audio recordings of ‘An evening with….’ Carol Littleton, Christopher Tellefsen, Alan Heim… and many more.

Each talk lasts about an hour and comes from the Manhattan Edit Workshop’s Artist in Residence series. They are also at the bargain price of $2.24 or £1.30 a pop.

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Christopher Tellefsen, A.C.E.

For collection of great insights from Christopher Tellefsen check out this previous post. Christopher has edited films such as Moneyball, The Village, Capote, Analyse This and many more. Imdb.com.

Click through for 46 more video nuggets from 13 high calibre editors

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Tutorials for Premiere Pro CC Editors

Tutorials for Premiere Pro CC Editors

To begin this huge round up of tutorials for Premiere Pro CC editors check out this half hour introduction to all the new features in Premiere Pro 7.1, thanks to the Creative Cloud. Check this out for an official list of what was improved in the 7.2 update in December 2013.

Update: In the video below Van Bedient provides a good overview of the complete range of technology that is working under the hood in the Adobe suite of applications.

Premiere Pro CC Tutorials

In this short tutorial documentary editor Paul Murphy demonstrates how to create multiple film titles that can be uniformly updated in Adobe InDesign in one hit. In the tutorial below ReTooled.net walks through the new overlay features for the source and program monitors in PPro CC 7.1 The second tutorial demonstrates the benefit of the SmartRender feature (renders are used to improve export times).

For a huge number of Premiere Pro tutorials click through

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