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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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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Age old performance question' in the forum.
    1 hour 23 minutes ago

    What are the specs of the secondary drive your media and libraries are on?
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Motion doesn't export alpha?' in the forum.
    1 hour 28 minutes ago

    H.264, other flavored of ProRes, DVCPRO-HD, etc, none of them rever supported alpha channels. It is built into the codec, not some arbitrary thing Motion does. Always been like this.
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  • marc webb thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' odd blade problem'.
    5 hours 2 minutes ago
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'odd blade problem' in the forum.
    6 hours 6 minutes ago

    delete = ripple delete, deltes clip, ripples following clips to close gap.
    shift+delete = lift delete, lifts clip out of edit, replaces with gap clip.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Help With Creating This Effect!!' in the forum.
    10 hours 21 minutes ago

    In Motion, off the top of my head, you'd draw it out with the Bezier tool. Turn off Fill, make the Outline "Airbrush". You can apply a Randomize parameter behavior to the Outline's Width parameter. Then in Stroke section of the Inspector, you can open the Width Over Stroke section, and make points to make parts of the line thicker or thinner. Other various parameters may need tweaking, but it's all pretty easy to do once you get started. Very quick, fairly easy.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'FCPX and Mid-Side recordings' in the forum.
    10 hours 28 minutes ago

    All Logic Pro X filters come with FCPX, when you enact the "Download Additional Content" function.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'prores 422 wtf is happening ?' in the forum.
    10 hours 30 minutes ago

    What analyzing options are you selecting in your import window? Can you give us a screen shot of your import window?
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  • Einar Johnson thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' Best Project Settings Resolution for 5k Export to 1080 Deliverable'.
    21 hours 31 minutes ago
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Working with RED (rd3) files and .mov files (from 5D Mark III) in FCPX, having trouble' in the forum.
    yesterday

    - If you check "Copy To Library" it will make a copy of the original file inside the Library (managed media).
    - If you check "Leave In Place" it will make a "link" file inside the library, that points to the original file, which is outside of the library (external media).
    - If you check "Optimize" it will make a full resolution ProRes copy inside of the Library (managed media).
    - If you check "Proxy" it will make a quarter to half (depending on original) resolution ProRes proxy file.

    Now, you need want to "Copy To Library" and "Optimize" at the same time, that's just silly, you end up with both original and ProRes versions, and FCPX will only read the ProRes version.
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  • stewart hemley thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' quick audio question'.
    yesterday
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Hyper lapse fun around town, a cool project ;)' in the forum.
    yesterday

    VERY well done! Bravo! One aerial shot looked like Loyola University in New Orleans, LA for a minute (where I went to school). Show the French influence on our local architecture. How did you do the shot of the school children gathering up their jackets and leaving, and the cars filling the parking lot?
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  • Rob Mills thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' Make FCP X "Text" You When Exports Are Done'.
    yesterday
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Make FCP X "Text" You When Exports Are Done' in the forum.
    yesterday

    FCProXUniversity.com is not finalcutprox.guru. Several web sites were rolled up into one single site. The script I once had posted won't be re-posted, as it doesn't work with current versions of OS X and FCPX. It had originally be written by Noah Kadner.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Highlite Effect' in the forum.
    yesterday

    To locate it, you'd simply use the Transform keyframes from the Video section of the Inspector. Very easy, no need to publish anything that would be redundant.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'how to allow keyframes for my new plug-n??' in the forum.
    yesterday

    You don't publish that in Motion, you simply use the Transform keyframes in the Video section of FCPX's Inspector. Very easy.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'What is this?' in the forum.
    yesterday

    This is a single frame, bladed out. That's what it looks like to me.

    [File Attachment: ScreenShot2015-03-02at6.44.07AM.png]
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Make FCP X "Text" You When Exports Are Done' in the forum.
    yesterday

    martinX wrote:

    Transitioning to Compressor 4.1

    How can I receive an email notification when my batch is complete?

    The email notification option for settings has been removed in Compressor 4.1.

    No it hasn't. It is still there. Select your Job, in the Inspector from the Job "Action" menu, the last entry is to send an email.

    [File Attachment: ScreenShot2015-03-02at6.38.36AM.png]
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'How to remove footage in timeline before starting point' in the forum.
    yesterday

    Yeah, I also tried playing with timecode, starting at 1 hour rather than zero, and same thing, can't pull a clip any further left than the beginning of the timeline. Which BTW defeats the whole purpose of starting a film at the 1 hour mark. That said, with digital editing, that 1 hour starting mark was only to accommodate outdated negative cutting from an EDL technology.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'On camera mic recommendations?' in the forum.
    yesterday

    LOVE the iRig Pre, very handy! And if you go directly to a DSLR, use a JuiceBox. If you record audio over 48kHz, remember you have have sync issues since most video cameras record audio at that sample rate. Mismatching sample rates can ruin your day.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'New Mac Pro for FCPX' in the forum.
    yesterday

    Promise P2, I'm very happy with it.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'New Mac Pro - which monitor, HD and more???' in the forum.
    yesterday

    I use a single 27" T'bolt display on mine, edit 1080, 2K, 4K, and love it.

    But, this is a pure personal choice issue, and what works for others may not work for you.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Cryptic message from CrumplePop' in the forum.
    yesterday

    Folks who have NDA aren't told release dates.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'New Mac Pro for FCPX' in the forum.
    yesterday

    I do 1080, 2K, 4K on an Apple 27" t'bolt display, and am perfectly happy with it. No compatibility issues, no headaches, just works, and looks great. Your mileage may vary. I'm on a latt 2013 MP, 3GHz 8-core, dual D700s, external P2, very happy, even with 4K.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'On camera mic recommendations?' in the forum.
    yesterday

    "No matter what mic you get, if attached to a DSLR, you will not have the control and quality you can get with an external recorder."

    Based on a few years of tests, since my Canon 7D was a ground breaking model, not really true, as stated. Yes, a DSLR's built in mics can suck. But plugging an external mic directly in to them is perfectly fine, gives you great audio quality, and saves the sync headaches in post. No reason to not plug an external mic directly in to your DSLR.

    I've plugged a $2K boom mic, and an equally expensive lav system directly into my Canon 7D, compared it with several popular stand alone audio recorders, and they all were the same.

    DSLR's have perfectly good audio processing and recording abilities for external mics. Something like a JuiceBox helps, too. So don't use an external recorder only for quality, you won't get the extra monies worth. Just plug a good quality mic into your DSLR with an appropriate I/O and you'll have amazing quality audio, and save time in post having to sync everything.

    All that said, I've done several shoots in a studio, and the audio recorded off my 7D's built in mic was perfectly fine, great quality, when close enough to the talent. Not in all situations, but more than acceptable in more situations than I'd ever have thought it would be. And I came to video from doing sound for decades.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'On camera mic recommendations?' in the forum.
    2 days ago

    Not just deadcat, but a "blimp". That's a cage the encapsulates the mic, giving an area of dead-air around it. The deadcat directly on the mic won't do as good of a job. But it depends on your budget, how much wind you're dealing with, how often you need it.

    Like Overturf stated, if you doing interviews, individuals talking, lavs are definitely the way to go. A long time ago my studio invested a good bit of money in a high quality wireless lav system, and it's some of the best money we ever spent. Second best money? A lav we can plug directly into an iPod Touch or iPhone, to stick in the subject's pocket. Yes, iPod Touch and iPhone will record amazingly clear and great quality audio. We plug our very high end, very expensive shotgun mic (with blimp & deadcat) directly into an iPod Touch to record audio, and love it. Light, compact, travels easy, great quality.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Title Sequence Made in FCPX' in the forum.
    2 days ago

    Well done!
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Cryptic email' in the forum.
    2 days ago

    As I said on the other post of the same subject elsewhere, anyone who knows about Apple releases, is not legally able to say anything. So it can't be an FCPX release warning. Apple would cut them off in a heart beat for doing that. I doubt they're willing to risk that. Has to be about their own product. They do some awesome stuff, too.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Cryptic message from CrumplePop' in the forum.
    2 days ago

    If they were FCPX beta testers, or developers who knew in advance, they couldn't legally tell you anything about an FCPX release. So it must be their own product. That's all the can legally speak about.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'quick audio question' in the forum.
    2 days ago

    Sample rate will have to match for sync. 96kHz won't sync with a camera's 48kHz audio. You'll get audio drifting more and more out of sync.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'On camera mic recommendations?' in the forum.
    2 days ago

    If you're outdoors, a shotgun mic by itself won't do anything for wind. You'll want a blimp and a deadcat to go on it. That's what cuts the wind out.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'IMAC(5K) or MAC PRO? please suggest' in the forum.
    2 days ago

    I have a late 2013 Mac Pro "tube", 32GB RAM, and the dual D700 GPUs, 27" T'bolt display, running my Libraries and media off of a P2 16TB RAID 5. I get fantastic performance, no lagging at all, blows away anything else I've used.
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  • Ed Dubois thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' Color Finale is here'.
    4 days ago
  • Jesús (@jesus_edits) thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' Final Cut Pro X; Pro Workflow, JUST released!'.
    4 days ago
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Color Finale is here' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    There is a basic LUT section in it, but I'd not throw LUT Utility out just yet.

    As for Mavericks, an email was sent out about that. Here's what it says, sans links:

    "PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS

    Let me first off say we have been overwhelmed
    by the enthusiasm and positive feedback for CF!

    We also have a survey for Mavericks and legacy
    card owners concerning CF support:

    Mavericks support for Color Finale POLL
    (Please click to take survey if you're interested in
    Mavericks support)

    For the most part the release has gone off without a
    hitch but we do want to address some important items
    that have come up:

    1) If you're running Mavericks 10.9 you may experience
    a crash or it won't function properly; currently we're
    not supporting Mavericks (we have stated this)

    2) Even if you've updated to Yosemite but have an older graphics
    card supporting OpenCL v1.0 this will cause a crash in Final Cut.
    Color Finale requires OpenCL v1.2 click here to see if your
    graphics card supports OpenCL v1.2

    3) If after installing you don't see the "Open" button to
    launch CF in the inspector, make sure the 'ColorFinale' app
    has been moved to the main /Applications folder.

    4) If you encounter a bug where after deleting an instance of
    CF and then it's been re added it won't launch when clicking
    'Open' we are working on a fix for this and in the meantime just
    adjust the 'Mix' slider just below it to refresh the memory.
    This will then let you launch the UI and business as usual.

    5) If you're a prior LUT Utility owner and want to use your
    same LUTs in CF, run the 'ColorFinale' app from main Applications
    folder. Go to "File" then down to "Import from LUT Utility"
    this is a migration assistant. Be sure to RESTART FCPX to
    refresh the changes.

    6) If you want your LUTs to show up as 'Groups' you can do this
    by going to /Movies/Motion Templates/Effects/Color Finale/LUTs
    in the Finder and creating groups with folders. Restart FCP X
    to refresh the changes.

    If this doesn't address a question you may have had please
    click below to submit a support ticket:

    Please click HERE for technical support

    These are our biggest observations. Again we have been really
    pleased with how excited you have been been and the results
    we're already seeing.

    If you should need anything else please let me know. I'm doing
    my very best to get to your emails :)"

    Here's a link to the survey mentioned.
    apps.facebook.com/my-polls/cddmed
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Final Cut Pro X; Pro Workflow, JUST released!' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    My blog review of this book is up. Click here!
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  • Jesús (@jesus_edits) thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' How can I change the metadata of a WAVE file?'.
    4 days ago
  • Bob Summerville thanks user 'BenB' in the forum message ' FCPX Background Tasks / keep running'.
    4 days ago
  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'FCPX Background Tasks / keep running' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    Changing permissions won't effect Background Rendering like that. Do you have it turned OFF in the preferences?
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Final Cut Pro X; Pro Workflow, JUST released!' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    Apparently not on the Russian store, according to a fellow ACT. But there is a Kindle version coming out soon, too.

    Be aware, this is not a "how to use FCPX" book. This covers the discoveries and workflow schemes of the post-production team who edited Focus. Lots of film jargon, lots of technical information. If you're not familiar with feature film post terminology, you could get lost. But it is really great information, and will be a huge help to many folks wanting to implement FCPX into a large post workflow. Super good read, highly recommended for those interested in this aspect of using FCPX.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Stabilisation OPTION missing' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    Oops, my bad, I was opening a non-multicam clip by mistake. It is NOT available per-clip in a multicam edited into a project timeline. But it is available in the Angle Editor.

    In a multicam clip, when you right-click, you can only Open In Angle Editor, not int a timeline.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'mObject - huge price drop, new features' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    I've been a huge fan and heavy user of mObject since it first released. This update gives us some amazing new features in the 3D text department. Very worth it. I used it for the floating 3D text in this test clip.
    vimeo.com/114158444
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Stabilisation OPTION missing' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    I'm looking at a Multicam clip in a Project Timeline right now. I can select any clip in that edit and I have Stabilization in the Inspector for it. I can go back to the Multicam Angle Editor and apply it there. So I'm not sure what's going on. I don't know what has to be correlated by timestamp.
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  • Ben Balser created a new topic ' Final Cut Pro X; P:ro Workflow, JUST released!' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    This is the book from the guys who did post-production for the film Focus, staring Will Smith. So far what I'm reading is really interesting. For only $9,99 it is a steal. Check it out, very fun information.
    itunes.apple.com/us/book/final-cut-pro-x...ow/id971472119?mt=11
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Fcpx gopro footage at 120fps not recognised format ?' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    HHHmmm... OK, cause my Hero3+ works just fine. I've not had the new one to work with yet.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Video rendering error: -50' in the forum.
    4 days ago

    Fill out the feedback page, give lots of details, that's just plain odd...
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Video rendering error: -50' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    The render files are inside the Library, so yes, you still have to delete them. I'd trash the pref files, also, to be safe. Simply throwing the app into the trash won't do that.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'How can I change the metadata of a WAVE file?' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    Actually in audio you need to know the sample rate. What audio sample rate are the RED clips, that audio sample rate is the Project Timeline, what audio sample rate are the audio files?

    Some audio recorders will assign SMPTE timecode, but audio natively records at a specific sample rate. Video is normally 48kHz, but can sometimes be 44.1kHz, or even higher like 98kHz.

    An NLE will interpret the sample rate, and conform samples to time out according to the Timeline. An audio sample is like a video frame. 48kHz is 48,000 samples per second. If you drop that into a 98kHz Timeline, you get drift, as the NLE counts the first 98,000 samples as the first second of audio, not the native 48,000 samples. It doesn't work like video much. Similar, but not the same by default.

    So, you need to take those audio files into Compressor or Audacity or something and reconfirm the sample rates to what you need them to be, in order to match the video and Timeline.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Video rendering error: -50' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    OK, that's all fine information, but we need our questions answered before we know where to go with this, please.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Storage backup' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    You want a self-contained backup copy of an FCPX Library, right? First, just drag-and-drop your Library to the backup drive. Then open that new backup copy in FCPX, select the Library in the Library pane, go to the Inspector, click the "Consolidate" button. This verifies the Library is self-contained and independent. That's all there is to it.
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  • Ben Balser replied to the topic 'Best Project Settings Resolution for 5k Export to 1080 Deliverable' in the forum.
    5 days ago

    For your format, use Custom, and type in your native numbers. I'd edit at native resolution, or one of the 5K presets, just keep as much image quality through the workflow as possible, before compressing down to 1080. The ability to come back and publish as a SHD format is a plus.
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