Posts tagged Video Production

Posted 1 year ago

Start HD Video Production on a Budget

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HD Camcorder:

Canon Vixia M500 - $400  An excellent beginner HD camcorder

Canon Vixia G10 - $1,050  The ultimate flash based HD camcorder with a focus ring!   - try to find this one on sale or used

Canon Vixia G20 - $1,100  Replacing the G10 and adding an increased dynamic range.

Editing Software

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Posted 2 years ago

Completed production on a video for the Retiree Builders at Texas Baptist Men.

Chason Laing wrote the script and directed

Evett Rolsten filmed and edited

Jonathan Flower managed the production

Posted 2 years ago

Great places for learning Final Cut Online!


Free iTunes Podcasts:

MacBreak - Mac tips in HD including tips on Final Cut

Workflow Junkies - Tips on productive and efficient video editing

Creative Cow Final Cut Help - Archive of great Final Cut tips and tricks

FinalCutKing.com - Unique Final Cut Training and filming techniques for free and Motion templates for purchase

Paid Training:

www.rippletraining.com - Most comprehensive Final Cut training, available as download or DVD

www.lynda.com - Subscription based video training.  Affordable way to purchase a single month subscription and start a training video marathon!

www.zoom-in.com - Sign up for free weekly Final Cut training videos and purchase video downloads and DVDs.

www.creativecow.net - All sorts of creative training videos available for download and on DVDs.  They also have a ton of free podcasts.

Posted 2 years ago

Completed a video about how people can get involved with the Texas Baptist Men Water Ministry.

Posted 2 years ago

Completed a video for the Texas Baptist Men Water Ministry.  

Chason Laing wrote the script and directed

Evett Rolsten filmed and edited

Jonathan Flower managed the production

Posted 2 years ago

FinalCutKing.com

Unique Final Cut Training and filming techniques for free and Motion templates for purchase.

Posted 2 years ago

The SJM ProRes Workflow

Real time editing is extremely important to editing efficiently.  With the introduction of HD there are a lot of formats floating around out there and a lot of formats that Final Cut does not like to edit in real time.  For example, if I apply a color correction to a clip from my Canon 5D, it will turn red and need to render before I can play it back.  This is because the video from my DSLR is in the H.264 format.  If I take the same clip converted to ProRes and apply certain filters, transitions, or something like a vignette… it will still playback in realtime.   Another challenge is for editors working on their laptops on the go.  Sorry graphics cards, small hard drive space, and slower processors also make dealing with HD footage a huge pain.  The solution to both of these issues is ProRes.  ProRes proxy is ideal while editing and regular ProRes can be reconnected before the final render in order to maintain the highest finished quality.   

1)  Organize your project using this folder structure: SJM Project Template

2)  Convert the footage to ProRes using these SJM Compressor Droplets (Copressor 4)  SJM Compressor Droplets (Compressor 5)

  1. Drag and drop the footage onto the droplet
  2. The Droplet window will appear
  3. Change the Destination to the appropriate ProRes folder
  4. Remove “Setting” from the filename

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Posted 2 years ago

Cluster Processing and Final Cut Pro

Successfully setup clustering and processed a batch of videos at a 1/4 faster.  Cluster between my Hackintosh, the latest Mac Mini, and a Macbook Pro 13”.  

Here are the 2 guides I found most helpful:

  1. fcproducer how to encode faster…
  2. pdf from creative cow