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  • About me

    Apple Certified Master Trainer since 2005. Teach for TechOne Center Baton Rouge, LA and Gulf Port, AL. Plus for AATC's across the US, corporate/worship/higher-ed/broadcast facilities. Retired IT Engineer of 20+ years. Producer, consultant, educator, author, composer. Began composing at 5, filmmaking at 13. Slowly backing off of productions, ramping up more composing work, getting closer to a real retirement than I ever thought I'd live to see.

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Tuesday, 26 July 2011 12:15
Last online
1 hours 11 minutes ago
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic '10.2.2 Prerelease discussion' in the forum.
    1 hour 12 minutes ago

    Justine you're so far off base. First, you can't test for creativity, only for technical knowledge. That is very clear. Second, that test is tough. I've watched hundreds of folks take it over the past decade, and most fail it the first time. It is in no way easy, unless you have an above average memory for details.

    If you have the experience to be of a higher level editing skill set, the Apple certification is NOT recommended for you. It is for beginners and people who work at institutions that require some certificate on your wall.

    Again, you can't test for creativity like that.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'FCPX not displaying via DecLink Mini Monitor' in the forum.
    1 hour 17 minutes ago

    Yep, it should. But both AJA and BMD are notorious for badly buggy drivers. Be sure you have the latest installed.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Resolve 12 Beta is out!' in the forum.
    1 hour 19 minutes ago

    No, even in the latest beta release, the GUI does not allow for fast work. It is still clunky and slow to move around in.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'FCP X Library too big' in the forum.
    1 hour 21 minutes ago

    Nope, you can't select Leave In Place for tape.

    You have a lot of analysis files inside the Library from all of that stabilization and slow-motion (if you use Optical Flow). That eats up space. 10 hours of footage is going to require a lot of drive space. May be time for a larger drive.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic '10.2.2 Prerelease discussion' in the forum.
    1 hour 24 minutes ago

    10 weeks is nothing...
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'How to create this effect... Newbie!!!' in the forum.
    1 hour 26 minutes ago

    I've done this a lot, no green screen, that just complicates it.

    Camera on a tripod, use sand bags at the base to make sure it doesn't move at all. Shoot the song fully with the actor on each instrument (4x). Then stack the takes on top of each other, mask each one as necessary. Yes, don't let the talent move too much to make it easier. If the talent walks in front of himself, you'll have to animate a mask to cover that. Actually pretty simple and easy.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Alt App for Photos?' in the forum.
    1 hour 29 minutes ago

    Wow, I didn't know Corel was still in business. LOL!
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Shutter speed flickr, outdoors???' in the forum.
    1 hour 31 minutes ago

    The only time it matters is when shooting a CRT screen, or in florescent lighting. Otherwise, it makes no difference to "flickering".
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Anyone want to buy AVIDsucks.com domain name?' in the forum.
    1 hour 32 minutes ago

    I'd not so something so hateful and shallow. Avid is a fine system, used in most motion pictures, and very capable NLE.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Alt App for Photos?' in the forum.
    16 hours 20 minutes ago

    DAM is nice, and that looks nice, but not the same thing as Aperture or Lightroom. No "photo" correction tools.
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  • Katya thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' FCP X Library too big'.
    16 hours 28 minutes ago
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Alt App for Photos?' in the forum.
    19 hours 25 minutes ago

    NOW we have the start of a dialog going. Commenting on your own forum is not public information. Post it somewhere the rest of us will know about it. That is great info, Butch. Thanks. Maybe swear them here to make a public comment?

    A survey of potential Photos extension developers would be great to do about now. Apple always sucked at that, but for someone like FCP.co to do it, that'd be great.

    Anyone else know other alt apps, or potential Photos third party developers?
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Alt App for Photos?' in the forum.
    20 hours 26 minutes ago

    I've not seen any "interest" from third parties in Photos. I know it is early for actual products, but no one has expressed interest in developing for it. Plus the white background is horrid for photo work. Totally defies the reason for dark gray work spaces when color grading.
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  • Ben Balser created a new topic ' Alt App for Photos?' in the forum.
    yesterday

    I'm looking at a new app called Emulsion. It is a photo cataloging and correction app, which accepts Aperture plug-ins. So I get to keep the use of all that stuff I bought for Aperture. It also allows for custom presets. I like the look and features over Apple's Photos app. I was hoping third party developers would start developing plug-ins for Photos, but there seems to be no interest in that, at this time.

    So, Emulsion looks very promising. No reviews on the App Store, it is pretty new. But the web site shows some nice things that make is attractive to me, personally.
    www.emulsionapp.com

    What other alternatives are there to Photos (that aren't Lightroom?
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Resolve 12 Beta is out!' in the forum.
    yesterday

    Love that graphic! I may have to post that a few places.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'FCP X Library too big' in the forum.
    yesterday

    First, select your Library in the Libraries pane, go to the File menu, select Delete Generated Files. There you can trash all your render files. And delete ALL of them.

    The next question is, are you doing a lot of stabilization or optical flow slow-motion?

    When you import clips, are you copying them into the Library, or selecting "Leave In Place", or both?

    Are you selecting to Optimize and/or create Proxies when you import clips?
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  • Finnur Bardarson thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' Video looks better on Vimeo Than on timeline'.
    yesterday
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Title section problems, unwanted movement of letters!!' in the forum.
    yesterday

    1 Put your playhead at a spot.
    2 Make a keyframe.
    3 Adjust parameters for that specific keyframe.
    4 Move playhead to new spot.
    5 Change parameters.
    6 If necessary, repeat from step 4.

    First keyframe must be manually created, all others are automatically created when the playhead is in a new position and those same parameters are changed.

    When manually setting a keyframe, you can set parameters first, or keyframe first. If you set parameters first, they change for all frames before and after that frame. If you set the keyframe first, changing parameters changes them to only that frame, all frames before and after automatically ramp accordingly.
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  • Sean thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' Title section problems, unwanted movement of letters!!'.
    yesterday
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Selecting multiple clips in timeline, duration seems wrong' in the forum.
    yesterday

    It shows what you've selected from In Point to Out Point, always been this way. Thus, non-continuous clips include all the time in-between. That's how it works, not a bug.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Title section problems, unwanted movement of letters!!' in the forum.
    yesterday

    Actually, if you go to the Video section of the Inspector, and use the position controls there, it'll move them all together at once. Yeah, that would work.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Video looks better on Vimeo Than on timeline' in the forum.
    2 days ago

    Use JPEG and make sure they're not huge files sizes. As long as the images are reasonable sizes and JPEG, shouldn't be an issue posting here.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Resolve 12 Beta is out!' in the forum.
    2 days ago

    It is great for finishing and going across platforms, but the NLE functions are still clunky, awkward and slow. But we can clearly see the direction it is going in. The three big NLEs will have to get on the ball to stay ahead of Resolve's editing future.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Exporting with Roles' in the forum.
    2 days ago

    "Can't" make them Event specific.

    To delete a custom Role, you have to remove it from all clips using it. Then it'll vanish.

    Sounds like maybe use Keywords or put their names in the Notes somewhere. If you're not tagging, or only using one or the other type of tag, Fav and Rej could be used (renaming them as you assign them).

    So, why use proper or client names in a Role? I'd be interested to see what workflow goal that achieves.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Popping in Sound When Uploaded to Youtube' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    I'll assume your original file is a highly compressed MPEG-4 based format. H.264 or AVCHD or something. FCPX's Master File export by default is ProRes, which is not nearly as highly compressed. Thus, the file size difference.

    Export without the Bass Enhance filter. Try that. Depending on your audio monitors, you may not be hearing accurate enough sound for some audio filters to give accurate feedback. Just a thought. Sounds like the audio is having some phase issue or something.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Exporting with Roles' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    Roles are a universal preset, can make them Event specific.
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  • Jonathan thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' Exclamation point on event- how to find file?'.
    3 days ago
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Title section problems, unwanted movement of letters!!' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    There is no global position for multiple title boxes at once. What title template are you using?
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Popping in Sound When Uploaded to Youtube' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    First, being a native of New Orleans, man, that song is so overplayed around here... but a good version there by the band.

    OK, what audio filters are you using? Why use the bass enhancer? I'd like to hear a clip of the original shot without any filtering at all.
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  • Sean thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' Make audio tiemline channel?'.
    4 days ago
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Creating LUFS and CALM Act compliant files' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    I'm saying you're pretty safe with it. I never said it was the same.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Make audio tiemline channel?' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    Either put it in the Primary Storyline, or right-click it and select "Make New Storyline".
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'export to motion' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    Make it a template in Motion with those coordinates as the default.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'export to motion' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    Very easy, place the color you want into the Apple Color Picker samples. AND you can select RGB values in it, also.

    OK, so for the Face color value, click the color square, not the arrow. That brings up the Color Picker. Go to the Value section. You can select between various sets of values, just use the menu to select RGB. Then enter the numbers you want.

    Once you have the color you need, click and drag the color square next to the eye dropper into one of the blank squares at the bottom. Then you can select this same color in any application at any time.

    I'd post a screen shot, but the El Capitan beta version of the Color Picker is a bit different look than the public release of Yosemite. Maybe someone else could post screen shots of it for me.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Exclamation point on event- how to find file?' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    Select the Library or Event, go to the File library, to Relink Files, be sure the Missing Files option is selected. You'll see anything offline listed.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Role-O-Matic 2 is out!' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    Great work!
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'How to Erase text out' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    Write On behavior also has a "write off" in it, also.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'export to motion' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    Make your markers, if you want, then just add the text inside of FCPX. There is no need at all to go to Motion to do text work.
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  • Nicholas Matheus thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' Needing help with this transition'.
    5 days ago
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Import Vs. Drag and Drop' in the forum.
    6 days ago

    To add to Tom's post, putting media in an external folder, but still as FCPX managed media, is what we call hybrid media. It is not "leave in place" but "Copy To Library", and is the proper method for a collaborative environment.

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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Creating LUFS and CALM Act compliant files' in the forum.
    6 days ago

    Closed Captioning is the law also, and Apple hasn't lifted a finger to do anything about that, either.
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  • Jonathan thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' Title has mind of it's own....'.
    6 days ago
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Title has mind of it's own....' in the forum.
    6 days ago

    Right-click the Four Corners title template in the Titles Browser, in FCPX. Select "Open Copy In Motion".
    In Motion, open the disclosure triangles for all layers.
    Select each Motion Blur effect, hit your delete key to remove them (there's 2).
    Save, quit, done.

    Now you have two copies in FCPX, one is Four Corners and one is Four Corners Copy. One with and one without the motion blur we hate so much.

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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Final Cut Pro Upgrade from 6.06 to 7.03 (Final Cut Studio 2) upgrade:and best OSx for FCPro 7.03?' in the forum.
    7 days ago

    Out of plain curiosity:
    Why not move to FCPX is you're upgrading your OS to a more modern one?
    Why upgrade the OS if what you have works fine?
    Why wipe the drive clean (issues, or "just because")?
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Import Vs. Drag and Drop' in the forum.
    7 days ago

    Interesting, never seen this behavior. If you're importing from a camera card, or a replica of a camera card, FCPX won't let you keep it in place (the card, which is a bad idea anyway). Otherwise you should be able to leave in place.

    Drag and drop from a Finder window uses the import settings you set in Preferences > Import.

    What is the source location you're importing from? Are they all camera cards? What settings do you have in Import Preferences vs Import window? What OS X and FCPX versions are you running?
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Color Tagged videos in finder no longer playable in quicktime, VLC, FCP X' in the forum.
    7 days ago

    Tagging colors in the Finder doesn't corrupt files. I do it daily, a lot, and have never seen this happen due to adding tags or keywords in the Finder. Do you have a backup copy of these video files?
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  • 김용돈 thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' Flashing Video Transition - Free'.
    7 days ago
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Help with Blu-Ray burning' in the forum.
    7 days ago

    Have you tried a different brand of disc (I personally hate Verbatim)?
    Have you tried a different burner?
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