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  • About me

    Teach digital media production at LSU, macProVideo.com, and across the USA. IT Engineer 20 years. Producer, consultant, educator, author, composer, Filmmaking and composing since 1972.

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Tuesday, 26 July 2011 12:15
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3 hours 38 minutes ago
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Published Generator is showing Missing Alert Icon in FCP' in the forum.
    3 hours 40 minutes ago

    1st, I'd never check the make preview option, none the save unused media options. Always leave those unchecked, no need for them, they just waste drive space.

    Odd problem, though...
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Published Generator is showing Missing Alert Icon in FCP' in the forum.
    12 hours 44 minutes ago

    Did you try dropping it into a timeline to see if it was tagged as missing there, or that it works anyway?
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Randomizing motion in a video wall' in the forum.
    12 hours 46 minutes ago

    That is correct, as they are all replicants (clones) of one original, thus they're going to rotate in relatively the same directions. The Randomness is in direction speed and amount.

    You may want to try a Particle Emitter. Something I'll also be interested in trying out over the weekend.

    Another alternative, is to create more than one Replicator, space them out to match (mask out some of the cells), and give each different rotation directions.
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  • Ross Bird thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' Exporting a project uncompressed'.
    18 hours 48 minutes ago
  • Rhoy Pamparo thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' Randomizing motion in a video wall'.
    20 hours 56 minutes ago
  • Pavel Marek thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' How to make strobe effect with 2 footage like in video'.
    yesterday
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'How to make strobe effect with 2 footage like in video' in the forum.
    yesterday

    Motion, stack two clips, set the top one's Opacity to be triggered by the Audio parameter behavior.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'New Mac Pro and Motion 5?' in the forum.
    yesterday

    The drive you put your media on will have a great impact on app performance. I don't recommend putting media on the system drive. What do you plan to use for a Media drive?
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Exporting a project uncompressed' in the forum.
    yesterday

    Many US stations will take a QT ProRes file, but yes, get the specs from the station FIRST. Create a custom setting in Compressor, set it up in FCPX as a custom Destination, then you can pop through it easily with future work going to them.
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  • Juha Takabe thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' New Mac Pro and Motion 5?'.
    yesterday
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Randomizing motion in a video wall' in the forum.
    yesterday

    Super duper easy!

    First, make the Group it is inside of 3D.
    Second, check the 3D box in the Replicator Controls area of the Inspector.
    Third, open the disclosure triangles that now appear in the Angle, Angle End, and Angle Randomness parameters, inside the Cell Controls area.

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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Bus Effects not showing up in FCPXML export' in the forum.
    yesterday

    Correct, FCPX has no bussing ability, thus, that process can not physically translate. If it can't physically be done in FCPX, you're probably not going to see it in an LPX to FCPXML translation.

    I rarely export FCPXML out of Logic, always AIFF, because I do some complex bus operations to have one audio source control effects on other audio sources.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'New Mac Pro and Motion 5?' in the forum.
    yesterday

    I've been running Motion 5 on a nMP, 8 core, 32GB RAM, dual D700s, Pegasus T2 12TB RAID 5. I love it, runs really well. Noticeable, but not extremely drastic performance boost. I'm very happy with it.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Workflow and Thunderbolt Harddisk' in the forum.
    yesterday

    "Unfortunately, because the T3 lacks a hardware RAID controller, options for setup are limited."

    Wow, really? Someone puts out a RAID enclosure without a RAID controller card in it? What's the point? Ugh...
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Web Page Simulation' in the forum.
    yesterday

    QuickTime Player or ScreenFlow will do screen captures.
    You can tilt and angle that in FCPX or Motion just fine.
    Yes, there are plugins that help with this, I know one or two are in the Free Templates section of this forum. Don't know the exact URLs off the top of my head. There's also one or two retail templates you can buy. Again, not sure of the exact URL, but they're out there, I've seen them. Will report back if I can find them. Unless someone else knows where to find them.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Workflow and Thunderbolt Harddisk' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    The T3 is a software RAID, not hardware? Are you sure? I'd like to verify this if it is documented somewhere. That's pretty important to know about a self-contained RAID enclosure.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'How can I show ScreenCaptures like this?' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    I do professional training videos, have for years, and nothing beats ScreenFlow. Resolution independent (zooms are amazing), treats the mouse cursor as a customizable sprite, great editing tools, etc.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Can't open 10.1.2 project n 10.1.3' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    I meant update from 10.1.2 FCPXML to 10.1.3 FCPXML, if possible, as one of many alternatives.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Can't open 10.1.2 project n 10.1.3' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    Export the original as FCPXML, update FCPX, then try to import the old stuff as FCPXML. See if that helps.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'experiences of long multi cam on FCPX ?' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    Several factors come in to play, it's not a one size fits all issue.

    1- Mac model specs.
    2- Media hard drive specs.
    3- Camera codec vs optimized/proxy.
    4- Third party software & plugins.

    Any of those can interfere with app/system performance, not just FCPX, for any NLE.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Newbie looking at FCPX' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    I'd also look at ScreenFlow over Camtasia for the Mac.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Editing between Libraries' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    If I delete the original, the copy still works.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Editing between Libraries' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    I just tested, and mine are physically copying the full media file between Libraries, not using aliases.

    Between Events will use aliases, but between Libraries, it does in fact copy. I'm watching it happen in front of me right now.

    And all on the same drive, all in the same folder.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Audio sweetening lacks in fcpx' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    What do you mean by audio editor? Do you know about its File Editor functions? It is a fully professional DAW, which is meant for music recording, mixing, mastering.

    I'm sure Apple will give us a mixer in FCPX, and when they do, it will be done right, not fast. A lot goes in to these things. If it were easy, I'd think we'd have gotten it already.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Audio sweetening lacks in fcpx' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    I think he means "mixing", which means a "mixer". Sweetening tools (improving the quality and shaping the character of sounds) is there in abundance. But yes, we do lack a mixer.

    Although the round-trip to Logic Pro X is super easy now, very efficient, and LPX is super easy to learn and use, especially since the latest release.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Preserve letterbox when using Ken Burns' in the forum.
    6 days ago

    Use an Adjustment Layer (blank title template) to add the letterbox.

    Or, create a generator that has an adjustable letterbox, and place it over the whole Compound Clip.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Changes to audio in event not showing in project' in the forum.
    6 days ago

    Only Multicam Clips and Compound Clips have a Parent/Child relationship. All regular clips, once dropped into a Project, or other timeline, are copies independent of the one in the Browser.

    If you change the channel configuration in the Browser first, then all the copies made into timelines carry that change.

    If you drop a copy into a timeline, then change the one in the Browser, the independent copy in the timeline does not know about it.

    If you make a change in a Multicam, or a Compound, and ONLY those two types of timelines, a change to one creates that change to all.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Precision editor - please help!' in the forum.
    6 days ago

    Tom is correct. I'm a life long composer, I've worked on many music videos, and first, this has never been an issue for me. I can edit just fine on frames. If I'm doing 24fps, and have to edit half way through a frame, well, no one in the world is going to notice something 1/12th of a second off. If I'm editing 30fps, that's 1/30th of a second off, and if anyone notices, I doubt I'd believe them.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'How to make title like this' in the forum.
    7 days ago

    I slapped this together as an graphics tool. A generator template that gives you a fanned out perspective grid, adjustable, to help line up simple, single vanishing points. Installation and usage instructions in the READ ME file.
    Click here to download.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Library with too many events and too much media' in the forum.
    7 days ago

    Emailed my student, got clarification. She was not clear in her original explanations.

    Move a Project's media setting to an external folder, it gets moved. Change that setting back to "Library, it gets copied.
    And, this is as it should be, FCPX won't destroy media outside of the physical Library itself. When deleting or copying; External media is never moved to the Trash, Managed Media (full files and/or Aliases) is moved to the Trash.

    But yes, I'd go with making all your stuff External Media from the start.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'another mx vid i did' in the forum.
    7 days ago

    TrackX would do a great job with that. I'd ever try using Motion's own tracker, too. It isn't a complex track at all.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Auto Tracing in Motion or FCPX' in the forum.
    7 days ago

    Send me a clip, I'll see what I can do with SA, if you're interested.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'another mx vid i did' in the forum.
    7 days ago

    Nice work! Tight, fast edits! No useless "fluff", to the point, keeps the action moving. The edit matches the content which matches the story being told. Love it.

    Question; What did you use to track the logos at the ending pan up there? Or was that just manual keyframes? I'd maybe try to tighten that up a tad bit.

    But overall, loved it, even with the sound off. I usually review videos the first time with no sound. If I understand it visually only, it's a good edit. Then with sound, so I can see what a good, or bad job the audio editing got. Both ways, found this one exciting and fun.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Library with too many events and too much media' in the forum.
    7 days ago

    Random Thoughts:

    A student in my class a couple weeks ago discovered that if you move (consolidate) original files from Managed to External via Project Settings, FCPX does in fact COPY (not MOVE) the original media to the external folder, AND KEEPS the original copy inside of the Library. It ADDS Aliases to the Library.

    I'm going to experiment with this some and figure out what it going on.

    You can also create a folder manually on a hard drive, manually make sub-folders in it, set it up as you wish. Then physically place your media, as you gather it, into those folders.
    - When "importing", get the media from those folders, and tell FCPX to "Keep In Place".
    - When setting up a Project Timeline, point the Media folder to that one you manually created, if you optimize media.

    But yeah, what's being said here is right on.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'How to make title like this' in the forum.
    7 days ago

    Or use Motion, make a line a replicator, set the actor point, spread them out. Wonder if that could be made into a Perspective Guide generator template in Motion? Seems I just got my weekend project to do...
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'struggling with fcpx scrolling text' in the forum.
    7 days ago

    Be sure you highlight ONLY the "Name" for the name, and ONLY the "Discription" for the persons title. If you highlight the whole line at once, I've seen this mess things up. Just thinking out loud here.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Library with too many events and too much media' in the forum.
    7 days ago

    FCPX only delete what it manages inside of its own Libraries. If your media is External Media, then it only delete the Alias file inside the Library, it won't tough the media file in the external folder on your hard drive.

    When you use media from Library A for a timeline in Library B, it must copy the media file to Library B. Libraries do NOT talk to each other at all.
    - If the media file is Managed, a duplicate is made inside of Library B.
    - If the media file is External, the Alias file (point back to the original) is duplicated, not the full, original, physical media file.

    Thus in your case, you want to keep everything as External Media, and only have one physical media file for each clip, and only populate your Libraries with Alias files (only a few k, very tiny).
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Auto Tracing in Motion or FCPX' in the forum.
    7 days ago

    Don't think Motion will do what you have there. Don't know if there is any plugin for Motion doing this. I'm sure one could be written, but not aware of one.

    Studio Artist will do it just fine, but it is a steep learning curve. If you have need for artistic effects often, SA is well worth the time to learn it.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'FCP 10.1.3 crashes when opening FX browser' in the forum.
    7 days ago

    I use FCPX, LPX, GaragBand, and I have TONS of NI plugins. Never been a problem.
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  • phil gadd thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' Can i copy audio keyframes on another audio track?'.
    1 week ago
  • Henrik Kumlin thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' How do you remove files from FcpX'.
    1 week ago
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Blackmagic Hardware not seen?' in the forum.
    1 week ago

    I've had headaches with bad drivers from BMD for a whole year now. May go back to AJA, but then only BMD hardware outputs Resolve...
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Question re audio transcoding' in the forum.
    1 week ago

    I've recorded in many very loud environments, and a well place lab mic takes care of 90% of the background noise issues.

    What camera does this AVC come from? Each camera manufacturer has their own flavor of it. It is not a single, universal setting.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Can i copy audio keyframes on another audio track?' in the forum.
    1 week ago

    Make the audition.
    Add both clips.
    Make clip 1 (keyframes already) the active one.
    Select, Cmd-A to copy.
    Make clip 2 (not keyframes yet) the active one.
    Select, Paste Attributes, keyframes.

    Or, do it before you make the Audition.

    Half dozen to one, six to another.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Can i copy audio keyframes on another audio track?' in the forum.
    1 week ago

    Audition does not copy anything to anything else, period. It is a simple, though specialized, virtual container of stuff you put in to it.

    You could do the Paste Attributes either before or after creating an Audition.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Question re audio transcoding' in the forum.
    1 week ago

    A lav mic would make the ADR unnecessary.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'mObject' in the forum.
    1 week ago

    Just downloaded. To upgrade, log in to your account, go to History, click the download arrow for that product.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'How do you remove files from FcpX' in the forum.
    1 week ago

    On a hare drive you create Libraries. A Library is a package, contains everything, is independent of other Libraries. Libraries do not talk to each other.

    Inside the Library are Events. An Event is a container of media you want to collect together by some criteria. One Library can contain multiple Events.

    Inside the Event, you can have Projects. A Project is simply a specialized type of Timeline. Everything inside of an Event is some type of Timeline. A Clip is simply a Timeline container which holds the original physical file's video and audio components. An Event can contain multiple Project timelines.

    An Event can contain multiple media assets: video clips, audio clips, photos, graphic files, etc.

    An Event is organized by Collections. There are three types: keyword, smart filter, analysis. An Event can also contain one or more Folders, in which you can put these various Collections to further organize them.

    That's it, very simple.
    Hard Drive > Library > Events (contains Projects & media assets & collections & folders, etc.)
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  • phil gadd thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' Can i copy audio keyframes on another audio track?'.
    1 week ago
  • Pete Wragg thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' Question re audio transcoding'.
    1 week ago