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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
9 hours 40 minutes ago
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Cannot see ingest input ?' in the forum.
    9 hours 46 minutes ago

    Have you contacted BMD tech support? I'd like to know what they have to say about it.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Helping thoses less fortunate' in the forum.
    10 hours 1 minute ago

    If you ask a question, and don't like the answer, don't attack the person/group asked, but look inside yourself for the reason it angers you so much. Don't attack us for giving you legitimate industry advice. My responses to the same old, tired row are over. I do tons to help the less fortunate, you've no idea what I and my family and my business have done. But to be attacked when I give legitimate advice, only when asked, that's just disrespectful and cruel on the questioner's part, who them becomes the bully themselves.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic '*** FCPX vs Premiere Pro ****' in the forum.
    10 hours 16 minutes ago

    "Look at news and threads here on FCP.co you will not find anything close in the FCPX Certification book."

    What you refer to has nothing to do with the stated purpose and goals of the Apple training and certification program. Comment is out of context. Getting a drivers license doesn't mean you can handle every situation on the road, either. But if you're fresh out of school, just getting started, etc, it is a legitimate resource that can help you, if utilized properly.

    I will also state, you'll not get a better FCPX education than the Apple authorized training classroom. Nothing comes close to getting you up and running professionally. No, it doesn't cover every possible aspect of the business, but neither does this, or any other forum or online resource.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'mashup' in the forum.
    21 hours 29 minutes ago

    Place the music in the Timeline. In the Browse, select rages and stack them in appropriate places on top of that music clip.

    But seriously, not sure there's anyway to tell you what to do when you are editing something that creative. You just need to experiment. Start slapping stuff together, play with some of the retiming effects, have fun. Just start throwing junk in a timeline and have fun.
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  • Dymon Ulrich thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' Flashing Video Transition - Free'.
    yesterday
  • Enrico Garbuglia thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' Flashing Video Transition - Free'.
    yesterday
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Copy to Original Media Folder failure' in the forum.
    yesterday

    FCPX doesn't analyze those folders every time it launches. You have a Library database file, and a database file for each Evert and Project. The data in there. When FCPX launches, it reads the database files only. Those databases are where all the metadata and such is. Database, metadata, that's the core of FCPX.

    It is also a horrible idea to go manipulating the contents of a Library package manually like that. Just do it inside FCPX. Why do it manually, what would be the point?
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic '*** FCPX vs Premiere Pro ****' in the forum.
    2 days ago

    OMG, you've got to be kidding me. Are you aware I've been hiring post-production personal for over a decade now? No demo reel, no consideration. Even kids fresh out of college or high school have demo reels.

    Anyway, back to the OP, there was no question about how to get work, but how to design a workflow once you have work. In that situation, do your homework, download free trial versions, find what works best for you and your specific situation.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic '*** FCPX vs Premiere Pro ****' in the forum.
    2 days ago

    I have been hiring post-production personal for many years, and I need to see a good resume with, or at least, a good demo reel, period. If you're fresh out of college, you better still have a demo reel, and a Pro User cert will help. My job is to cypher what is fake and what is real.

    Sorry Justine, but your situation is yours alone and unique, don't paint that across the whole world. And your examples of world leaders and bags have nothing to do with the post-production industry.


    Back to the OP, there was no question about how to get work, but how to design a workflow once you have work. In that situation, do your homework, download free trial versions, find what works best for you and your specific situation.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic '*** FCPX vs Premiere Pro ****' in the forum.
    2 days ago

    The OP is not about getting one's first editing job, it is about what workflow to adopt when you already have a job.

    Apple pro app certification works for those in a position to take advantage of it. If you can't put a demo reel together, you simply are in the wrong line of work.

    As for R.T. not respecting the Apple certification, well, then why are they still Apple certified trainers? They support Apple's program very much. In fact their FCPX training video was the only Apple authorized video training at one point.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Producing Drama TV Series' in the forum.
    2 days ago

    I'd contact FCPWORKS to be sure you have the correct info on FCPX's capabilities in such an environment. But I'm also sure several of our forum members will pitch in with good info.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic '*** FCPX vs Premiere Pro ****' in the forum.
    2 days ago

    Agreed, class room training, though pricey, is worth every penny in the long run.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Iphone & GoPro inputs' in the forum.
    2 days ago

    GoPro and iPhone both shoot at faster speeds, at 720, which we do quite often, for super slow-mo. Just understand how FCPX "conforms" frame rates in a timeline when you use that function. Always edit in 24fps, shoot in 60 or higher.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic '*** FCPX vs Premiere Pro ****' in the forum.
    2 days ago

    First thing we ACTs do in a class, tell students to take everything they know about FCP legacy and other NLEs, throw it out the window. Never compare collections to bins, it doesn't work, not the same at all. Don't compare Sequences to Projects or Compounds, doesn't work, not the same at all. May as well try to say a bird is an animal, and a fish is an animal, thus, birds can breath in water and fish can fly.

    At the end of the day, get the NLE that works for "you", not for other people. And know this is an FCPX forum, so you won't get any of the very good and valid reasons to use another NLE.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Chapter marker to source files in Events' in the forum.
    2 days ago

    Nope, not in the Browser.

    I assume Apple's reasoning is that placing chapter markers for DVDs is the last thing you'd do, and only in the Timeline. Interesting idea, though. What would be the goal of it?
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Shall I enable FileVault on MacBook Pro ?' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    Very significant performance hit for processor intensive things like video. Every bit of data read and written to that drive, applications, app files, hidden working files, etc, will all require un-encoding and re-encoding non-stop. Places a huge demand on the system. It is there for governmental and high end research facilities, not us simple folks.

    Lots of issues involved. If you're not an IT engineer, stay the heck away from it. I'm a retired IT engineer and I refuse to touch it!
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic '720i ?' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    I have a graphic, but I won't post it here. Check my FB page. ;)
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Log processing' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    I assume you mean Multicam, not Compound, two very different things.

    A Multicam is not a normal clip, you don't apply effects or adjustments to the whole container. You have to apply them to each clip inside the container (Angle Editor).
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic '2 strip technicolor' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    Color Finale has it in its LUT manager.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Text box margins' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    Ah, letterbox, I see.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Is therre a Manual for TrackX/SliceX??' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    No plugins have user manuals. But Coremelt does have tutorials showing how to do stuff. Not to mention great tech support. If you don't see what you need in the video tutorials, email them.
    www.coremelt.com/tutorials.html
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic '720i ?' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    INTERLACE SUCKS!

    I need a T-shirt, bumper sticker, and a banner...
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic '*** FCPX vs Premiere Pro ****' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    Purchase FCPX, Color Finale, and the Slice X/Track X (and coming Drive X) bundle, and you've spent less than you did on a year of the PPro CC rental program. And have a powerful editing system (I've not touched Resolve in almost a year now, and I do tons of color grading).

    Also, see the latest virtual user group round table, and you'll see why investing in PPro and MC may be a waste of money at this point. In a nutshell; Apple sacrificed some functionality to go with a new code that will handle the new generations of codecs, processors, media, etc. Now, they're adding more and more third party development ability, and can handle way more 4K, 5K, 6K streams than either PPro or MC can even come close to. Why? Because PPro and MC are both using very old code, very old render engines, that won't handle it. In the long run, FCPX will come out ahead, and both Adobe and Avid will need to do what Apple did already; re-write with modern code and updated, powerful engines, from scratch, geared towards digital media (which neither PPro or MC is made for at this point, but struggle with). Watch the webcast, very good information and insights into why FCPX is the place to "invest" your professional money, time, and training at this point for the long haul.
    www.fcp.co/final-cut-pro/articles/1690-r...cut-pro-x-user-group
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  • Ben Balser created a new topic ' mBehaviors released by MotionVFX is amazing' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    Here's my review of mBehavior by MotionVFX. Been playing around with it all morning, and am super impressed. Very useful for those of us who spend way too much time animating stuff in Motion 5.
    Click for review.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic '**** FINAL CUT STUIO 3 ****' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    Why? What's the point in getting software that hasn't been updated since two years before FCPX was released?

    Unless you're forced to use a very old Mac that won't run FCPX, then eBay is about it. And be very careful, don't get an "upgrade" copy.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic '*** FCPX vs Premiere Pro ****' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    Having taught more FCPX classes than I can remember over the past few years, I'd say use FCPX. It is faster to learn, easier to use. I say jump in head first and learn to swim.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic '**** FCP7 Upgrade? ****' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    FCPX, as PPro's outdated coding is already making it lag behind FCPX in abilities.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Text box margins' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    OK, I'm still not sure what the goal is. You can do it, but you want to do it a different way. I'm just trying to understand for what purpose, when resizing a text "box" in FCPX isn't really, IMHO, relevant. It only is in Motion. So I'm a tad lost.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Text box margins' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    Once in FCPX, titles are not boxes, but can be repositioned freely.
    What would be the purpose, once in FCPX, to resize a text box?
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Text box margins' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    You mean resize the text box WITHOUT effecting the text size, AND publish a control for it?
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'New GermanTutorial creating a 3D Logo' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    So, what exactly is he doing? Converting a logo to a font? My German is very rusty, well, nonexistent, despite the last name I have.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'New Koji Advance' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    Realize most films are digital now, so no film grain is there at all. Just trivia. But my question now is, when you stay "it's more maybe an easier way to get started with grading...", what does grain have to do with grading? Adding grain is a special effect, not color grading. Or am I missing something?
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Applying LUTs prior to timeline' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    There are several effect plugins that let you apply LUTs (even custom ones) to clips. Just not all at once, which is what I assume you're referring to. Maybe Resolve could do it. That'd actually be a nice touch for Compressor, something that would add a LUT when transcoding.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Sony XAVC-S 4k how to transcode to Pro Res?' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    No, ProRes 4x4 HQ, that's what I meant to type. Got the letters wrong. No new codecs. Stay calm and edit.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'New Koji Advance' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    Agreed, who notices film grain? Just watched a movie on TV, 63" HDTV screen, couldn't see any "grain" anywhere. I think folks get too carried away with emulating film, when they're not using film, rather than make the digital video look its best. Don't bother with a look of a medium you don't use, make what you have look its natural best.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Applying LUTs prior to timeline' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    I meant let us have access to applying and adjusting Effects in the Browser. But then, that's how you get to the various LUT utilities. Just to be clear.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Applying LUTs prior to timeline' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    First, you forget every item in a Library is in fact a Timeline. Right-click any clip, image, anything, select "Open In Timeline". Then do everything you can do in a timeline to the media itself. Very easy.
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  • Jan Willem den Bok thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' FCPXTRA - Dictate keywords and notes'.
    5 days ago
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'New GermanTutorial creating a 3D Logo' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    Link?
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  • Ben Balser created a new topic ' Side-By-Side effect/transition' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    Nothing new, but could potentially help with showing presenters along with their slide show. Or for product demos, comparisons, etc. Two different effects, one transition, all come with installation in striations. Alter them as you want, enjoy!
    Click here for info and download links.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic '**** FCP7 Upgrade? ****' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    Agreed, give up the ghost and learn FCPX properly. You'll save time, effort, frustration, money.

    I've been using FCP since version 1.0. I've been a trainer since version 4. I've consulted for a decade. I've worked with Apple on many occasions. I've done more FCS upgrades than I can remember. That said...

    The "upgrade" versions, ALL version of FCP legacy and FCS, require an existing FULL version to be installed. If not, then you MUST enter the serial number of the FULL version you're upgrading from.

    There is no other way to do it. If you don't have a previous FULL version installed, or have the serial number handy, you won't get an update to install, PERIOD.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'New Koji Advance' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    Color Finale:
    1- You get curves.
    2- You get wheels.
    3- You get LUTs, can import/export/manage LUTs.
    4- You get Vector controls.
    5- As many of each, and in any order you want.
    6- Only $99, which is a real bargain.

    Not sure why I'd need anything else.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Drive X from Coremelt' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    UPDATE:

    Since it has officially been announced, here's the demo video. Basically, Drive X lets you take tracking data, just like you generate with SliceX and TrackX, and apply it to "drive" other parameters. It is still in development and will be released in the Fall of 2015.

    www.facebook.com/coremeltfx/videos/996342903710210/
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  • Greg thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' How to create motion.'.
    5 days ago
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'How to create motion.' in the forum.
    6 days ago

    There are many forms of animation. What specifically do you want to do? How much time and money do you want to invest in it.

    To get started, there's Manga Studio, Daz3D, Blender, not to mention Motion. In fact, MotionVFX has 2 products that supply a bunch of animated characters you can get a good start with.

    Also, check this out. Done with Motion 5 in three months.
    m.youtube.com/watch?v=uBPz0g1Jthw&t=13
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Drive X from Coremelt' in the forum.
    6 days ago

    It is a rather large video file, I have to re-encode it to make it smaller, simply take awhile to load up. Once it does, it plays fine on Firefox, Safari and Chrome in our studio. Playback is way better on the FB link.

    Using your tracking data to "drive" other parameters in Motion? Amazing!
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Drive X from Coremelt' in the forum.
    6 days ago

    I didn't know, if you read my original posts. But now we know!

    www.finalcutprox.guru/FinalCutProX.guru/...remelt_Reveled!.html
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Drive X from Coremelt' in the forum.
    7 days ago

    Hour and a half and I won't be so tense, if you catch the drift.
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  • Ben Balser created a new topic ' FCPXTRA - Dictate keywords and notes' in the forum.
    7 days ago

    FCPXTRA is a fantastic product! Dictation for keywords and notes, plus icons for keyword collections! This man is simply doing amazing work! Check it out!
    fcpxtra.com
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