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  • About me

    Apple Certified Master Trainer since 2005. Teach for The Orchard Solutions, AATC's across the US, corporate/worship/higher ed/broadcast facilities. Retired IT Engineer 20+ years. Producer, consultant, educator, author, composer. Began composing at 5, filmmaking at 13.

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  • Vincent Termini thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' Web-app product demonstration'.
    19 hours 44 minutes ago
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Web-app product demonstration' in the forum.
    yesterday

    That's the thing about Screenflow, it can zoom in a great deal without pixelating. The mouse cursor is a sprite you can turn on/off, change, etc. I've been using Screenflow for years to create software training videos. It records screens in a very unique, powerful, flexible way.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Audio problems' in the forum.
    yesterday

    I'm not sure why you think your MBP won't record VO with FCPX. What leads you to that conclusion? I used to do it with a 2007 MPB.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Web-app product demonstration' in the forum.
    yesterday

    Create the graphics and animations in Motion. Since Screenflow will zoom and give you mouse cursor control that nothing else will, I usually do all my editing inside of it. I record my voiceover in FCPX. Then take that audio file, as my timing guide, into Motion to create my graphics and animations. Then into Screenflow to do my screen capture and editing with my VO audio file and Motion graphic/animation files. I try to keep it as simple as I can.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Ever wanted a scrubber bar on the viewer in FCPX?' in the forum.
    yesterday

    A hardware job wheel does the job pretty well, too.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Motion 5 Rig Question' in the forum.
    yesterday

    What behavior are you using for the animation?
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Audio problems' in the forum.
    yesterday

    The colors in FCPX's waveforms are estimations, not exact.
    Why not just record directly in FCPX?

    FCPX doesn't change the gain of an audio file when you import it. I use Audacity and find its meters are tiny and don't give enough information to be that accurate. Voice work should average -3 to -6 db. But again, why not just record inside of FCPX to start with?
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Ever wanted a scrubber bar on the viewer in FCPX?' in the forum.
    yesterday

    The current scrubbing tool is fine with me. I will also second the comment about the Magic Trackpad. Its fluidity and great experience are unequaled.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'To Many Plugins, how to start fresh?' in the forum.
    yesterday

    FxPlug3 plugins are installed at the system level, not in the Motion Templates folder, making things a tad more complicated.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Web-app product demonstration' in the forum.
    yesterday

    ScreenFlow does this, probably better than anything else out there.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Audio timecodes' in the forum.
    yesterday

    Preferences > General, what do you have set for timecode format?
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Anybody used FCPX3D MODEL 1.0 yet?' in the forum.
    yesterday

    Agreed.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'FCPX 10.1.4 PRE-RELEASE DISCUSSION' in the forum.
    yesterday

    My screen blanking out in FCPX and Motion from time to time. I know two others who have their screen flicker in a similar manner. Compressor hangs up exporting to social media sites. Motion crashes often, especially with more than a couple of emitters and animated replicators. mObject is playing hell on my Motion projects. There's more, I don't list them, but I've seen enough of other forums to know that the pro apps are not totally clear of issues due to Yosemite. LPX has a string of annoying issues suddenly, also.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'FCPX 10.1.4 PRE-RELEASE DISCUSSION' in the forum.
    2 days ago

    There are major issues with Motion and Compressor, minor issues with FCPX and Yosemite being reported. I'd not say it was 10.10 compatible just yet.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Anybody used FCPX3D MODEL 1.0 yet?' in the forum.
    2 days ago

    mObject works just fine in FCPX. Only difference is that in Motion we have lights, shadows, particles, etc, that mObject works directly with. This's elements arent in FCPX. Thus, it isn't mainly focused on Motion, simply takes advantage of the elements already in Motion. You won't ever see that level of stuff in FCPX.

    Don't hold your breath for Apple. They have clearly and publicly stated they are developing a DSLR type of model for FCPX. You buy the basic body, then third parties will offer the add ons, so you only pay for what you need. And there are third party developers who can do these things better, too.

    I'll stick with the constantly evolving mObject, and keep my business with MotionVFX.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Promise Pegasus2 R8 Help' in the forum.
    2 days ago

    I didn't download anything from their web site. I just launched Promise Utility and it told me there was an update available. You should launch the app, in the application menu, "Check for updates".
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Film Looks Washed Out' in the forum.
    2 days ago

    Contrast, that'll cover it all in these shots. Open the Waveform scope, Luma levels. Be sure highlights to not go beyond about 97 percent (never touch 100 percent), and the darkest shadows are on (or just crossing decently) the 0 percent line. Adjust the mid levels to taste. That should take care of just about 99 percent of your issues. Be careful with adjusting saturation. Adjust if you must, but start with the mid levels for saturation, that should cover you. And make tiny corrections, tiny bit at a time. It usually only takes a smidgeon to make big improvements.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Promise Pegasus2 R8 Help' in the forum.
    2 days ago

    I just ran it 30 minutes ago. Be sure to close all other apps, run a backup, run the firmware update. You'll get the controller's firmware update, and the utility app update.

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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Promise Pegasus2 R8 Help' in the forum.
    2 days ago

    Well, there is a way to control it now. Be sure to run the Promise Utility, and be sure your P2 has the latest firmware update, 5.04.0000.36.

    Then, go to the Device menu, to Component List. Click the Settings button for the Controller. You can enable/disable and set the time for: HDD Park Ahead, HDD Low Rotation Speed, HDD Idle Speed settings.

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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Final Cut Pro X and Yosemite' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    Correction, my Motion project is fine when I remove mObject. Even with dozen replicators and emitters. The project with everything removed except mObject (5 instances of it, not at the same time, crashes non-stop.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Final Cut Pro X and Yosemite' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    DiskWarrior 4 version 4.4 Compatible with OS X 10.10 Yosemite
    10/16/2014
    The previously released DiskWarrior 4 version 4.4 is required to run an installed copy of DiskWarrior while started from 10.10 Yosemite. If you haven't already done so, you can use the free updater for existing owners of DiskWarrior 4 versions 4.0-4.3.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Final Cut Pro X and Yosemite' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    I am finding both in FCPX and Motion, my Thunderbolt Display goes blank for a couple of seconds, then comes back fine, every 15 minutes or so. Reported to Apple. Not to mention (as posted in another thread), too Motion seems to have a bug with Yosemite that it will crash on export if you use too many replicators (4) and/or too many emitters (2).
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Event Structures' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    There is no default project.

    When creating a new project or project snap shot, while viewing the contents of a project or snapshot smart collection, I stay in that smart collection.

    How exactly are you crafting your smart collection for project snapshots?

    If you have a very large Library, you will need enough RAM and CPU/GPU power to handle it. So what are your hardware specs? Be sure your media and Libraries are NOT on your system drive.

    There is no such thing as a Sequence anymore, nothing acts like a Sequence anymore. Everything is a Timeline. Each media element is it's own timeline container. Projects are a type of timeline container. Compounds are another type of timeline container. I'd drop the "Sequence" jargon now. I've found with my students, if they keep trying to hold on to legacy jargon, they tend to keep trying to force things to work like legacy FCP, which nothing in X does. Forget everything you knew about legacy FCP.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'mObject' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    FYI, confirmed with MotionVFX my mObject issues wasn't mObject, but the number of emitters and replicators I was using. Two replicators and one emitter, and some Apple Motion bug is crashing things. So, report is in to Apple. My solution is to export those elements as baked-in .mov files, and import them to avoid the bug.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Folder Icon Set for Yosemite' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    Archive
    Logic Pro X Projects
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  • Colin Eve thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' Items to trash'.
    3 days ago
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Items to trash' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    When you imported media, did you tell FCPX to copy it into the Library, or leave it in place?
    help.apple.com/finalcutpro/mac/10.1/#verfdd5c590e
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Folder Icon Set for Yosemite' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    Now those are pretty slick, buddy! Great job, thanks for posting.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Replacing watermarked audio' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    Replace edit should do it just fine.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Items to trash' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    Do you have managed or external media in that Event?
    Does any of that media live in Projects that are in other Events?
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Event Structures' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    Each production is a Library for me. Events depend on the production. I almost always make one Event only for Project timelines.

    Library is your top level media management container.
    Events hold related media.
    Collections organize that media.

    There is no wrong or right way to use these. Figure out whatever works best for you. I know a dozen editors, who who them a dozen different ways, for a dozen different workflows.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'mObject' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    I used Shake professionally for many, many years...
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'mObject' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    All NLE's, AE, and Motion rely on plugins, not sure what the point it.

    He refers to Apple not pursuing high end editing market. As far as I can see, the tools are the same for high end, or event video, editing is editing, and films are done with FCPX. So not sure what his point was about Apple not including "high end" editors in their target. Simply not true.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Anybody used FCPX3D MODEL 1.0 yet?' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    MotionVFX has been around for a LONG time, they're not stealing from anyone, they don't need to.

    I'd not trust Pixel Film Studio after their track record.

    I've been working with mObject for quite awhile now, and they also sell content, and it is way more sophisticated. I'll trust the company that has been doing an honest business for a long time now, thank you.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Compressor gets stuck on Waiting' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    I tested a short video, only about a minute long, no issues. Maybe trash prefs and try again?
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'mObject' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    www.macprovideo.com/hub/review-2/review-...-for-final-cut-pro-x

    The fact that the above's Motion/FCPX plugin is not widely used leads me to believe that most Motion users don't have a huge desire for nodes.

    Could there be a better GUI for showing the functions you point out? Maybe so. But still, video tracks for editing a scene, and layers for graphics apps like Photoshop, AE, Pixelmator, Motion, etc, are not the same thing, don't provide the exact same function.

    And I never said a layer-less graphics app was impossible. I'd love to see someone do it a better way. I'd very much love to see Apple sink more development into the evolution of Motion, but, I also am not going to hole my breath for it. Just like i doubt we'll see Compressor change much more than what we already have now.

    Now, if I could get mObject to stop crashing my project, and simply export a ProRes file, I'd be very happy.
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  • Lava Kota thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' Circular Fade Theme'.
    4 days ago
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Brighting up a dull day' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    Gradients and image mask overlays work really well with skies, too, allowing for some very creative options.
    bbalser.com/video/gradientsamples.mov
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'mObject' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    Tracks in an NLE are not the same entities as Layers in a graphics application. Apples to onions.

    Not to mention that article is old, a lot has happened since then, and FCPX is being used by he folks he said would never use it.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Final Cut Pro X and Yosemite' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    I tested the custom rename thing, works fine for me. We're now at 10.1.3.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'RightClick FCPX Icon in Dock' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    Also, if you hold Command+Option when launching, it offers you the ability to trash your preference files. And if you just hold only Command, it will bring up a window allowing you to chose which Library to open (only opening that one, not any others).

    Then there's the thing where if you are wearing red shoes, and click your heels three times while launching FCPX, it will... wait, that's a beta thing, I can't tell you.
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  • Henrik Kumlin thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' Problem with motion in Motion 5.'.
    4 days ago
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Final Cut Pro X and Yosemite' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    fox, tried everything you mentioned, and mObject is still crashing Motion when I try to export. I'll wait to hear from their tech support at this point.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Problem with motion in Motion 5.' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    That's simply interpolation. Right-click the keyframe in the timeline, select "Show In Keyframe Editor". There, select your position parameters all at once, open the menu (little arrowhead to the right of the parameter names), go to Interpolation, and set it to linear.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Motion Crashing Lots In Yosemite' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    You can't export FCPXML from Motion. I think I found it is mObject that is causing all of the havoc. I've notified MotionVFX.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Scientific Testing....' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    Motion 5, don't miss 4 at all...
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Can I export separate videos from one Sequence?' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    Either way will work fine.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Final Cut Pro X and Yosemite' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    You'll only find the current version of OS X on the app store. You'd want to do a backup of your system drive, then update.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'mObject' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    The code used to build Shake was ancient, and had today would be so horribly out dated, it would be pathetic. Same goes for Final Cut Server. There are parts of Shake in Motion such as the tracker, and look how outdated Motion's tracker is.

    Color was originally "Final Touch", and was very expensive. When Apple acquired it, they added it into the Final Cut Studio suite for free. That was pretty awesome.

    Final Cut X has been written from scratch, and it's integration with other apps would require they all be re-written from scratch to support things like roles and clip connections. That would be a butt load of work, and would take an extremely long, long time to accomplish. I doubt that's an investment Apple wanted to make, seeing as how you can get Resolve Lite for free, which is more powerful than Color ever was.

    Imagine having to re-write Shake code from scratch... now way!
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