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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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2 hours 36 minutes ago
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Final Cut Pro X and Yosemite' in the forum.
    2 hours 10 minutes 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.
    9 hours 8 minutes 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.
    9 hours 12 minutes 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.
    9 hours 26 minutes 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.
    9 hours 32 minutes 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.
    9 hours 38 minutes 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.
    9 hours 46 minutes 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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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Question on resolution and editing in FCPX' in the forum.
    9 hours 55 minutes ago

    Yes, blue was developed/used first, and yes, green was more widely adopted recently because it works with digital sensors better than blue. But it wasn't created "because" of digital sensors. But before digital sensors, blue was much, much more used because on film it was furthest from flesh tones. So yes, pretty much you got it.
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  • Henrik Kumlin thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' Problem with motion in Motion 5.'.
    19 hours 27 minutes ago
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Question on resolution and editing in FCPX' in the forum.
    yesterday

    "(Which is , btw, the reason for green-screen, instead of, from the analogue days, blue-screen)"

    Actually not. Blue came first, then green, both before digital imaging. Both are as far from flesh tones as you can get, which is the reason for their specific formulations. Green is used more in digital, because the first digital image sensors were more sensitive to green, that part is correct. But Chorma Green was not developed "for" digital.

    And Bayer-ing is used in high end cameras, also.

    As for scaling and lower resolution vs higher resolution clips, well, that got me thinking. How often do you need to up-scale 4K images?
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Final Cut Pro X and Yosemite' in the forum.
    yesterday

    For MBP users, I'd highly recommend the app gvxCardStatus. Shows which is active, and lets you manually enable one or the other, overiding the systems auto switching. Free & open source, but donate if you actually use it.

    • Growl or Notification Center notifications when the GPU changes.
    • The Dependencies list: open the gfxCardStatus menu when your discrete GPU is active to see what is turning it on.
    • Manually switch to Integrated Only or Discrete Only mode to force one GPU on or the other.

    gfx.io
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Motion Crashing Lots In Yosemite' in the forum.
    yesterday

    I also have my screen going blank for a second, ever 20 minutes or so, while working in Motion 5. I verified I disabled my System prefs to NOT put the monitor nor the Mac Pro to sleep.

    I had a second, complex project that gave me similar issues to the one that had mObject in it. The only commonalities between the two, using mRays and mDust clips in both. Both are 1080 format and 30 seconds long. And both are generic Motion projects, not FCPX templates.

    FCPX templates are having no issues at all for me.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Final Cut Pro X and Yosemite' in the forum.
    yesterday

    Bear in mind that a page one article has the head of MotionVFX stating that mObject's latest update does in fact bring it up to FxPlug3 and Yosemite. And it still has bugs. Even before applying mObject, my screen would go blank for a second, then come back, while working in Motion 5. And I had a second, complex project that gave me similar issues to the one that had mObject in it. The only commonalities between the two, using mRays and mDust clips in both. Both are 1080 format and 30 seconds long. And both are generic Motion projects, not FCPX templates.

    FCPX templates are having no issues at all for me.

    I can verify that Coremelt is giving me NO issues at all. I use lots of them, quite often, and they're churning away just fine. They will also be getting an update in the not too distant future, from what I understand.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Macbook Pro with only one Thunderbolt port and Hard Drive and Monitor need' in the forum.
    2 days ago

    Apple Thunderbolt Display has T'bolt ports in it, so you can daisy chain other T'bolt devices off of it.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'The new iMac Retina 5K' in the forum.
    2 days ago

    The 5K iMac won't do target display mode.
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  • Ben Balser created a new topic ' Motion Crashing Lots In Yosemite' in the forum.
    2 days ago

    It got worse and worse as the project got larger and larger. Not the largest I've done, but pretty serious. Now, I can't export at all. If you live off of Motion 5, put off the Yosemite upgrade until the next Motion release. At least until the next mObject release, if you use that. I had problems with crashing often when I edited 3D text in that generator. Never had that issue before.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Possible bug with FCP X full-screen playback' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    Yes, full screen "playback", shift-command-f.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Workflow Question - permanently deleting portions of large clips to save hd space' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    Southeast Louisiana here, New Orleans, "y'all"...
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Workflow Question - permanently deleting portions of large clips to save hd space' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    Thank you camera manufacturers for making more proprietary codecs than we can shake a stick at! It just makes life so freakin' easy! Gotta love it!

    So this is GoPro stuff, eh? Should have mentioned that in the first place. A small few camera manufacturers make their own pre-post-production apps.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Possible bug with FCP X full-screen playback' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    I see the safe zones in full screen. I'm sure we'll see an FCPX update before xmas.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Possible bug with FCP X full-screen playback' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    Where we always able to zoom in and out (Cmd-plus/minus) while in full screen playback?
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Possible bug with FCP X full-screen playback' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    Not on my rMBP, nor my nMP.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Workflow Question - permanently deleting portions of large clips to save hd space' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    I don't touch iMovie enough to know much about it.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'how do I deinterlace in FCPX' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    The latest version is 10.1.3.
    Far right of the Tool Bar, click the Inspector button (Cmd-4).
    Go to the "Info" tab of the Inspector.
    At the bottom left of the Inspector pane, set the Metadata View menu to "Settings".
    Fourth field down is the Field Dominance Override menu.

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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Workflow Question - permanently deleting portions of large clips to save hd space' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    FCPX is non-destructive. It never alters the original clip at all. At this time there is no compacting feature in FCPX. Yet I'm confident we will see it soon. You'd need to select a Range in a clip, export it, then reimport it.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Problem with motion in Motion 5.' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    OK, so you manually make a keyframe at your starting position.

    You move the playhead to where it moves next, adjust, you have a second keyframe, automatically created since you're changing the Position Y value.

    Now you want it to rest for a moment before moving again, so you have to move the playhead to that position in the timeline, and manually create a new keyframe. Since nothing changes, no keyframe gets made automatically.

    Then move the playhead again, move the line to the new position, and since that parameter value is different, a new keyframe is automatically set.

    Does that help?
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Question on resolution and editing in FCPX' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    My personal rule of thumb, never enlarge over 120%, or you will start to see pixelation.

    Professionally, I'd determine my delivery format first. If it is 1080, everything gets shot in 1080 minimum, and I edit in a 1080 format timeline. All of this should be planned out before you shoot.

    But, we don't live in a perfect world. I'd never enlarge 720 to anything over 1080. I'd never enlarge 1080 to any "K" resolution. Once you get too big, pixelation will kill your image quality.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'The new iMac Retina 5K' in the forum.
    3 days ago

    I'll wait and hear from some real world use first. But it looks like a pretty solid machine.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Wait!! Don't update to OS X Yosemite yet!' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    I've been using the pro apps with Yosemite dev beta for quite some time. Scopes and multiclips had some issues, occasional crashes (rare), but when the GM candidates started releasing, it ran great. I also was beta testing a couple of specific plugins for third party developers. For the most part, was always very happy with 10.10 and the pro apps. I'm using it because I have backups, have been using it, etc, and am heavily using of the 10.10 features (making calls with my nMP as a speaker phone while I work).

    That said, I would NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS advise anyone making a living at this, to upgrade for a few weeks, lets see what shakes out with the general population first.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Slow effect with words matching' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    I suck at math...
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Slow effect with words matching' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    40% faster, because 60fps conformed to a 24fps timeline, slows it down about 40%.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Slow effect with words matching' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    Do you have an example of this we can see?

    If I understand correctly, there are several things you can do. Either film the singer on green screen. That would let you superimpose the singer over the normal speed video. But speed up the song first, play back at that fast speed, have the performer lip-sync/act the song. Film it at 60fps. Then in your FCPX timeline, make it 24fps, and slow him back down to normal playback speed to match the background video clips.

    Or speed up the song, have the singer perform to it as you shoot, then slow it down in your Project timeline in FCPX. That would effect everything in the frame.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'mObject' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    Be aware of the comment in the page 1 article here. I'm encouraging everyone to fill that page out and request they purchase mObject and make it a built-in capability.

    "One of the features we would love to achieve one day is to have mObject built in Motion, so if you want to help, drop Apple an email asking for making mObject part of their software."

    www.apple.com/feedback/motion.html
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Why Does My Audio Decrease Dramatically After Upload To Youtube?' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    When you open the large audio meters in FCPX, be sure your audio is averaging over -12db and under -3 db. What is it reading now for this shot?
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  • Braden Storrs thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' FCPX 10.1.4 PRE-RELEASE DISCUSSION'.
    4 days ago
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'FCPX + New Mac Pro + BMD Ultrastudio Mini Monitor = Kernal Panic?' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    I hope they do get it right. I'm actually loving FCPX in Yosemite beta, and Yosemite beta in general. I'll have to try the new BMD drivers with it.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'FCPX 10.1.4 PRE-RELEASE DISCUSSION' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    "It concerns me that Apple does not have a clear strategy going forward.
    It is a concern, that is I am worried and a bit confused, Apple went down a road with the 10.0 series, then had to do a 270 hard to port turn, introduced the 10.1 series Final Cut, it is this haphazard way of doing things."

    Super way off base, and factually untrue. Apple has had a very clear strategy going forward. There was no hard to port turn between 10.0 and 10.1, they are evolution of a single app, with a clear structure, ever growing, just like all other NLE's do. There is nothing haphazard anywhere with FCPX.

    I've been told the story of how the dev team went through FCP 8 & 9, ending up trashing both and coming forth with 10. I've posted it more than once here. There was nothing wrong or confusing about what they did, it is just a very little known story.

    Seriously, there is a point where uninformed negativity just gets to be too much.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'FCPX + New Mac Pro + BMD Ultrastudio Mini Monitor = Kernal Panic?' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    Did that, it doesn't help.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Quick Tip: Import correctly without setting preferences for Copy/Leave in Place.' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    Those are pretty universal. They'll work in a lot of apps.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Is Motion the tool for the job to make animated infographic videos like these' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    That's what Motion is made for. Check out Ripple Training's Motion series of courses. Best around.
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  • Neil phillips thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' How to make film look Cinematic ?'.
    5 days ago
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Brighting up a dull day' in the forum.
    6 days ago

    Screen shot would help.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'mFire, mDust etc Workflow?' in the forum.
    6 days ago

    First, I never put media on my OS drive. Bad idea.

    Second, Libraries don't talk to each other, so media MUST be copied.

    I use these amazing, and other stock elements. I have them on a media drive, in a folder called Stock Media. I make sub-folders for each vendor, for each collection.

    I made a Library called Stock Media. When I import stuff to it, i "Leave In Place" and have FCPX make keyword collections based on folder names.

    This way I have it all organized easily. And when I copy it to another Library, I'm only copying over aliases, not whole files. Saves on drive space. If I need Proxies, then I right click them, select th Transcode caption, make proxies. But, I never use p oxides of stock media. But if I did, there you go.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic '"Leave files in place" ghosted on Import FCP 10.1' in the forum.
    6 days ago

    FCPX won't allow files to be kept in place on an SDI card. Why should it? You'd just lose stuff. Applies to camera archives, too. They are backups of your cards, not sources to store working files.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'How to make film look Cinematic ?' in the forum.
    6 days ago

    It is called letterbox. You can use the Mask effect, select what you want to show, then invert th mask.

    There are also a couple of free templates here in the free template section of this forum for this effect.

    Film look, that is so subjectively and wide ranging. Correct contrast. First, that's 90% of the effect. Again there are some fre bites here, and paid plugins elsewhere to do this.

    Or simply go to the color board, take the mods puck to start with, and add some yellowish/gold to the image. But adjust contrast first, then white balance, then go for your look.

    An overcast day, o any lower light scene trick, is to lower saturation on the shadows, push it slightly on the mids and/or highlights. The eye doesn't make out color in low light areas like a camera does.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'how is FCP 7 on nMP 2013 6 core?' in the forum.
    6 days ago

    Get some good training for FCPX and you'll be glad you made the change.
    Rule 1 of FCPX training, forget everything you know about FCP7, NOTHING translates over, you're learning a new system from scratch. But X is way easier and faster to learn than 7.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'FCPX + New Mac Pro + BMD Ultrastudio Mini Monitor = Kernal Panic?' in the forum.
    6 days ago

    When I connect mine, it disables a lot of OS keyboard shortcuts, and my system gets wacky. BMD tech support has told me twice now that is it OSX and not their stuff. Bull...

    Yes, BMD hardware has issues with OSX, and BMD is very slow and reluctant to fix it. I regret the purchase of my Mini Monitor, wishing I had stuck with AJA. But then with AJA hardware, I don't get broadcast monitor output for Resolve. They have us by the balls.
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