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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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Tuesday, 26 July 2011 12:15
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  • Dean Lewis thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' exporting panned audio channels'.
    7 hours 3 minutes ago
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'exporting panned audio channels' in the forum.
    7 hours 7 minutes ago

    I do sound design, and I don't understand the need for this "panning". First, your music and effects are in Stereo, so panning it going to screw that totally up. You can only pan mono track, stereo track when panned simply move channels closer to the center, or further to opposite sides. I'd send him media stems as is more of the norm. Assign rolls, export each roll as a separate file. He can assemble them super easy and fast in his NLE. I mean, how is he going to work with stereo track music if the whole thing is made mono and panned hard left? It is no longer stereo, and you can't "mix" the various sound "together" like that. What exactly is he doing?
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Final Cut Library Manager Issues' in the forum.
    7 hours 14 minutes ago

    Have you contacted the developer?
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Mark Sanger (Oscar Winner for Editing - Gravity) Trashes FCPX !!!' in the forum.
    7 hours 15 minutes ago

    "At the moment Adobe gets the best marks for willingness to tweak and fine-tune based on feedback."

    Based on what evidence?
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'mark split in fcpx' in the forum.
    7 hours 18 minutes ago

    I will still insist that the "Expanding Audio/Video" technique is EXACTLY what you DO want to do, and is much faster and easier. You can adjust audio and video edit points independently of each other, in any direction. You are very much over complicating this. First, forget everything you ever knew about editing with any other NLE or system, there is no "translation" for any of that into FCPX.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Mark Sanger (Oscar Winner for Editing - Gravity) Trashes FCPX !!!' in the forum.
    17 hours 17 minutes ago

    cseeman wrote:

    Apple was visible at video specific trade shows like NAB. There were a large number of FCP specific user groups Apple was supportive of. Apple marketing the Walter Murch Cold Mountain story. If memory serves me, there were ProApps Evangelists.

    Apple pulled out of NAB because they were doing tech support for existing users, not gaining enough new users to justify the multi-million dollars it cost.

    FCPUGs (of which I ran one for almost ten years) were not Apple's effort, they were grass roots efforts. All Apple ever did was give us a listing on their web site, which still exists. That hasn't changed. Apple never "supported" user groups outside of that listing.

    There still are pro app evangelists. What are we all doing here?

    Yes, big to-do about nothing. FCPX is doing just fine. Apple doesn't need to, nor will they spend money they don't really have to. No skin off my back, I have plenty of work and plenty of classes to teach. I agree with the "overly sensitive" part. No one has to "fight" for FCPX in any way, just do our work, let it speak for itself.

    There always have been, and always will be, those who bash FCP, that has never, and will never change. Ignore them.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'mark split in fcpx' in the forum.
    23 hours 54 minutes ago

    Remembered last minute what a "Split Edit" was. Revised my response.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Mark Sanger (Oscar Winner for Editing - Gravity) Trashes FCPX !!!' in the forum.
    23 hours 55 minutes ago

    Apple never promoted legacy FCP, either. But it gained acceptance in its first 3- 4 years, just like X is.

    FCPX has more copies out there than FCP7 ever did. What's the issue? Even with 7, there were Hollywood big time editors bashing it. So what?
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Multicam question for 10.1.3 users please.' in the forum.
    23 hours 58 minutes ago

    "While you can select a range(s) to append to the timeline, removing sections within the clip like what the OP wants to do is where you use the Blade."

    I think the point is to use ranges to delete. Hit R, select the range you don't want, delete, move on. One mouse click and drag, done.

    In a Multicam, doing this in the Project Timeilne, that it has been edited in, works just fine. Option-click angles to switch a specific clip from one to the other, as explained previously. So Range-Delete and Option-click should work pretty quick and easy for these tasks. Pretty simple, unless I'm not understanding properly.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'mark split in fcpx' in the forum.
    yesterday

    What is "mark split" exactly?
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Mark Sanger (Oscar Winner for Editing - Gravity) Trashes FCPX !!!' in the forum.
    yesterday

    1 - When FCP7 was EOL'ed, it sold more professional seats than PPro and MC combined, with about 53-53% market share.
    2 - In FCPX's first year, it sold more total seats than FCP7 had in three years.
    3 - At that time, Avid had only about 17-18% market share.
    4 - At that time, Adobe had only about 18-19% market share.
    5 - Adobe claims their sales increased 47% when FCPX was released, and that increase of their 18% only brings them up to 8.46% more market share than before. Still only 27-28% market share.
    6 - Avid has no increased market share at all since FCPX was released, at least there is no realistic evidence of such, and their financial health still not doing well.

    All I can say it, in the last year and a half, as a certified trainer, demand for my classes has increased a great deal. 2 years before FCP7 was EOL'ed, demand for training was decreasing dramatically, to be next to nonexistent when FCPX was released, teaching classes from 2-3 times a month, to only once every 4 months or so. And here I am, three years later, teaching am FCPX class every other month, to season professionals at broadcast stations, independents (wedding, corporate, etc), and best of all, university faculty who are switching from FCP7/PPro to FCPX in droves.

    I don't care what that guy in the video says, he doesn't pay my bills, and I'm not cutting major Hollywood features, so what he does or thinks has not one iota to do with my little corner of the universe. I never debate which NLE is better. I ran an FCP users group for 9 years, and used to get pressed for debates all time time. I always simply replied with, "Use what you like, I don't care. If you use Final Cut, I can help you out. Otherwise, I can gladly refer you to friends who teach other NLEs."

    So, I really don't see any need for Apple to advertise, or proselytize anything at all for any reason. FCPX is doing just fine, and getting upset with what someone else says about anything is a waste of energy.

    Now, back to utilizing our energies on what matters most, supporting each other with Final Cut Pro X.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'overwrite just video' in the forum.
    yesterday

    Compound Clip the two. And he's replacing video, not audio, with video from a different source. So they're not going to be married anyway. No NLE does that.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Stupid iPhoto interfering with import' in the forum.
    yesterday

    I deleted iPhoto with no issue. Deleting GarageBand, just the app, will not remove the shared resources (sounds, loops), it'll be safe. I've done that, too, and I use LPX.
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  • christopher davies thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' Internal PCIe SSD vs External thunderbolt speeds'.
    2 days ago
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Final Cut Pro Project to DVD' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    OK, DVD is super slow, which is why video DVD's are super highly compressed. You want to copy it to a DVD, flash drive, hard drive, something to copy to the Mac that will be playing it. Do NOT play it live off of a DVD. That just sucks.

    Is this for projection to a screen? I've been doing that for two decades now. QT on your Mac, in QT player, "Full Screen", works just fine.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Internal PCIe SSD vs External thunderbolt speeds' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    NEVER put Libraries and/or media on your "system drive", no matter what type of drive it is. Even SSD drives have limited bandwidth that craps out at some point. "Bandwidth limitations", that's the point you need to understand. Even SSD has bandwidth limitations. Not to mention the encode/decode of data they do, that spinning drives don't.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Fade out in a generator' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    MsJustine wrote:

    That sounds like a great solution...Send a feedback to Apple via Motion feedback page..

    Ulm, to request a solution that already exists?
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'overwrite just video' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    A dozen ways to skin this cat, whichever works for you. But connected clips don't keep sync like Primary Storyline clips do. So, keep that in mind. A dozen ways...
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Final Cut Pro Project to DVD' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    Do you want a Quicktime movie on a DVD to play on a computer?
    or
    Do you want a video DVD you can put into a DVD set-top player and play on a TV?
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  • Peter thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' Fade out in a generator'.
    3 days ago
  • christopher davies thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' Internal PCIe SSD vs External thunderbolt speeds'.
    3 days ago
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Fade out in a generator' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    In Motion, you could publish those Start and End X parameters to give you some control in FCPX.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Internal PCIe SSD vs External thunderbolt speeds' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    Oh heck no! T'bolt will not slow you down at all. Even a single spinning disk drive in a T'bold enclosure will not be slower than an internal SATA drive. Probably be close to the same, maybe a smidgeon better.
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  • Peter thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' Fade out in a generator'.
    3 days ago
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Fade out in a generator' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    Ah, easy to do in Motion. Could be done in FCPX, but it has no shape generator that lets you apply and tweak a gradient.

    In Motion, I'd right click that shape's layer, Cmd+D to duplicate it, then right-click it and apply an Image Mask. Use the duplicated layer as the Image Mask source.

    Take that duplicated layer on top, change its fill to a gradient. Change both Y's to 0, and the X's to -330 (start) and 1000 (end), just as a place to start. Adjust the End's X position to taste.
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  • christopher davies thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' Internal PCIe SSD vs External thunderbolt speeds'.
    3 days ago
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Fade out in a generator' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    What exactly are you trying to fade out? Can we see a screen shot of what you're working with?
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  • juan thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' overwrite just video'.
    3 days ago
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Internal PCIe SSD vs External thunderbolt speeds' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    You'll only see external drives increase performance if they are A- RAID, B- compared to the system drive.

    An internal SATA drive will be plenty fast enough for most work. If you do really heavy work, very large projects, large format video, an external RAID (or internal on a MP) will help. But for most work, an internal secondary drive, would be fine.

    An external T'bolt unit will allow a single solid state drive or spinning disk drive work at its maximum throughput (depending on the enclosure it is in). Not any significant increase over a secondary internal SATA drive. But a T'bolt RAID will show (again, depending on the enclosure) a great performance increase.

    Simply NEVER put your Libraries and/or media on the "system drive". Then you get bandwidth bottleneck problems.
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  • Justin thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' New to FCP and editing'.
    3 days ago
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Export frustration' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    Quicktime simply means "The QT library of codecs". Exactly how are you exporting it? What codec? Details would help.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Trouble with clicking in audio' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    It corresponds with audio peaks and pops. Put a compressor or limiter on it.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'overwrite just video' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    You would have to detach the audio first, making it a connected clip, then do a replace edit of only the video.

    1- Detach audio, Command+Shift+S
    2- Set for video only replace edit, Shift+2
    3- Replace From Start, Option+R

    There is no way to do it in one command.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Science of the Silver Screen, History, Writing, FX' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    Yes, I heard that show when it was originally broadcast. Great show, great topic, really well done.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Cinema 4d R14 w/ Motion 5' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    How did you get camera position "data" into Motion?

    Again, did you export as a QT movie? Or as a 3D object file?
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Cinema 4d R14 w/ Motion 5' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    Exactly how are you exporting from Cinema 4d? Motion never read 3D model files. Only recently with the mObject plugin, and only with Motion 5. Thus, how are you exporting from Cinema 4d, Quicktime, what codec, etc?
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'FCPX certifications' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    There's not really anything to "update" in the current Motion 5 book, besides making the presentation better.

    Anyway, the FCPX 10.1.2 version of the certification test is online as of November 14, 2014.
    Download the exam prep guide to get started at "training.apple.com"
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  • Gretta Wing Miller thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' alert icon, but what is missing?'.
    4 days ago
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'alert icon, but what is missing?' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    Select your Project, Event, or Library, and go to the File menu to select "Delete Generated [Project/Event/Library] Files". As Tim said, never delete anything inside the Library package manually. Use the File menu to also delete all render files.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'table freeze FCPX lower' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    Wow, that's pretty slick!
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Render manually before sharing?' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    See the link I posted previously, "we" tested several Macs.
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  • Gretta Wing Miller thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' alert icon, but what is missing?'.
    5 days ago
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'alert icon, but what is missing?' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    I've had that, it can be odd, and sometimes not mean anything. Try deleting all generated files, pref files.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Render manually before sharing?' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    - A rendered project exports much faster (only if you export a Master)

    Actually, the time it takes to render, then export, equals twice the time it takes to simply export an un-rendered timeline. So what is gained by rendering "only" to export? And exporting more than once, if you make a change, the renders have to be re-rendered all over again.

    And we did not find Masters exporting faster with a render first in our tests. I've yet to see that actually happen in real life.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Render manually before sharing?' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    Master File is one of the options in Sharing (which is also called exporting). Yes, any of the Share options are simply the process of writing a whole new file from scratch.

    www.macprovideo.com/hub/final-cut/final-...o-x-performance-test
    "First: Is it worth rendering before exporting? Not usually. Background rendering is still useful if your Mac won’t play back a sequence without rendering first, and if your Mac is idle, there’s little harm in letting it do its thing. Still, it’s not worth waiting for a render before you export, because render + export of a rendered timeline is almost always slower than simply exporting. One strange exception: the older Mac Pro (and only that Mac) was faster to export after rendering on 4K footage on the three-effect test. Curious."
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Render manually before sharing?' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    Tom Wolsky wrote:

    The application does not render before exporting. No render files are generated. Rendering prior to exporting will speed up sharing to some extent, but not as much as you'd think.

    Actually some tests I helped out on at macProVideo.com proved that rendering BEFORE sharing/exporting does nothing to speed up exports. And thus took up MORE time than simply exporting.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'FCPX certifications' in the forum.
    7 days ago

    Did you "register" your RCPX book with Peachpit? If so, then the refresh is there.

    Yep, Motion is sorely outdated, and very convoluted. Better than previous versions, but, there you have it. The books don't get updated only to have a "better book" out. They're only updated for major updates that significantly change the content of the book. The current APTS book for Motion is not out of date enough to warrant that, as Apple/Peachpit have traditionally done. But if we get a significant update to the app, we'll see a new book come out. That's not something Mark or Peachpit would have information about. Apple keeps that pretty secret.
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