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If you're one of the many Avid or Final Cut Pro editors that need to export QuickTime movies faster. here's a tip that will help you out.  The key to getting QuickTime movies to exporter quicker is to properly adjust your setting under Compressor Quality.  This can be found under the Settings option when choosing your QuickTime codec to output to.

QuickTimeQualitySetting.jpgIf you want the best possible quality, after choosing your codec, drag your slider all the way up to Best.  This gives you best possible quality but takes the longest time to export.  A faster option is to export using the Medium quality setting which will cut down your total QuickTime export time.  Sometimes you can get away with this setting if you're only exporting for a proxy video where a producer or other production person just needs to see time codes or view a rough draft for approval.  For many projects this is a good option if you don't need the highest quality possible.  If your quality needs to be a little bit higher you can drag your slider to the High option.  Remember this will take longer to export than choosing the Medium option. 

Understanding the different highlight sets in DVD Studio Pro is important if you want to be able to have your buttons highlight in different colors. DVD Studio will allow you to set three different color combinations, and depending on which highlight set you use this will dictate the color your button will assume during the normal.selected, and activated states. It is important to know that the Normal state is the same for all three sets, if you change the color of the Normal state in one set, you change it for all three. After setting the color combinations in the Color tab of the inspector, all you need to do is select the highlight set for each individual button in the style tab of the inspector. When you are in the colors tab, changing from one highlight set to another only indicates which set you are assigning colors to, and does not affect the button.


In most cases you will most likely use the same highlight set for all the buttons of an individual menu, but if you choose to delineate, this is what you need to know

If you are in the market for a new monitor for your editing then you need to take a long hard look at the new 30 inch monitors! It may seem to much at first but most editors use two 19 or even 20 inch monitors so going to a 30 inch has many advantages. The first major difference is when you play something in full screen. If you are running two monitors you have two choices, you can play full screen on one monitor or on both but the frames from the two screens will cut right into the center. Both situations you have to make a sacrifice. Not so if you had a 30 inch screen. Also the native resolutions of the 30 inch monitors is huge, 2560X1600 to be exact. If you do the math the allows to place almost three 19 inch monitors inside one single viewing space! The main thing you will need is a graphics card that will support this resolution. If you do not you will be stuck at 1280X800 and defeating the purpose for your new real estate. Tune in next time for a comparison of the top 30 inch monitors! 

If you have a .Mac account you can put a video from Final Cut Pro online with iWeb in a few steps. This is a great way to allow a client to preview a video without much effort. Making the site secure for only for client to be able to view the page is as simple as setting a login and password in iWeb before publishing.

To prepare a video for iWeb with Final Cut Pro, use the Using Quicktime Conversion Export option in Final Cut Pro. Selecting the iPhone Format option will compress the video to a 480x360 mpeg4 movie.  The other preset mpeg4 format option in the Quicktime conversion is the iPod seting, which will output a 640x480 mpeg4 movie. Both of these options will produce iWeb compatible video.

For a step by step explanation of how to post a video online using iWeb, click here.

transition_menu.gifMaking button transitions with Motion to use in DVD Studio Pro is unbelievably easy. There are a couple different ways to do this. The super simple way to produce a custom button transition is to simply output a short Quicktime movie in either Motion or Final Cut Pro and use it as a Video Transition. The very last option in the Transition Menu is Video Transition. By selecting this option you will be able to chose an asset to play when the button is selected. The asset chosen needs to have been imported into DVD Studio Pro to be available.

 Now when you select the button DVD Studio Pro will play the video, and then navigate to the target of the button. At this time audio is not available during transitions with DVD Studio Pro. If you absolutly need audio during your transition, you may want to set the buuton to navigate to a track that plays your video with audio, and then end jumps to the desired destination of the button. This may seem less seamless than using an actual transition.

The other option is to use Motion to create a transition that you will be able to embed into the Transition Menu of DVD Studio Pro. The process is essentially the same as exporting any Quicktime movie, with two differences. You will need to set a marker to indicate where the actual transition between menu and target is to happen. After placing the marker at the transition point, you will need to edit the marker to be a DVD Alpha Transition. In most cases your movie will have alpha throughout it so that it appears over your menu and target as they transition, and you will set your DVD Alpha Transition at the point that there is the least amount of alpha on screen. When you export your Quicktime movie out of Motion you will need to tell it to Use Lossless+Alpha Movie, so that your alpha channel is present.


I purchased a POV.1 this last fall and I have had extensive time to test this great camera. I have used several "lipstick" style cameras and this is above and beyond anything else on the market. Not only is it waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof but is shoots in full 720x480 at 30fps. So there is zero compromise in quality of the capture. The POV.1 captures everything on the ever so popular SD card, so you can add as much memeory as you need. It comes standard with a 1gb card. The POV.1 is built to capture hands-free video from your Point-of-View. From DVD-quality recording, to cut-and-splice editing, to online distribution, the process is simple and seamless. The durable camera head can be attached almost anywhere to capture the action.

Making sure that you have the proper version of Quick Time and NVidia driver is important so that your system runs smooth. If you edit on a Mac or Windows machine you need to run the qualified release of Quick time or NVidia driver or you will have more problems than an editor wants to deal with. Here is a list of each version of Xpress Pro for Mac and PC. Make sure that you do not run a higher version than these lists calls for!

 PC Avid Xpress Pro Version Matrix
  Avid Editor Version Release Date Qualified QT Version NVidia Driver
  Avid Xpress Pro 5.8 Nov 07 QuickTime 7.3 91.85
  Avid Xpress Pro 5.7.7 Nov 07 QuickTime 7.2
  Avid Xpress Pro 5.7.5 Sep 07
  Avid Xpress Pro 5.7.2 Jun 07 QuickTime 7.1.6
  Avid Xpress Pro 5.7 Mar 07 QuickTime 7.1.3 84.26
  Avid Xpress Pro 5.6.7 Mar 07 QuickTime 7.1
  Avid Xpress Pro 5.6.4 Nov 06
  Avid Xpress Pro 5.6.2 Oct 06
  Avid Xpress Pro 5.6.1 Sep 06
  Avid Xpress Pro 5.6 Aug 06
  Avid Xpress Pro 5.5.3 Aug 06
  Avid Xpress Pro 5.5.2 Jul 06
  Avid Xpress Pro 5.5.1 Jun 06
  Avid Xpress Pro 5.5 Jun 06
  Avid Xpress Pro 5.2.4 Mar 06 QuickTime 7.0 77.18
  Avid Xpress Pro 5.2.2 Jan 06 67.22
  Avid Xpress Pro 5.2.1 Nov 05
  Avid Xpress Pro 5.2 Sep 05 QuickTime 6.5.2
  Avid Xpress Pro 5.1.7 Sep 05
  Avid Xpress Pro 5.1.6 Jul 05
  Avid Xpress Pro 5.1.3 Mar 05
  Avid Xpress Pro 5.1.1 Mar 05 QuickTime 6.5.1
  Avid Xpress Pro 4.6.5 May 05 61.82 (SP2)
53.03 (SP1)
  Avid Xpress Pro 4.6 Oct 04

Here is a great product from TubeTape.com that manufacturers a portable green screen. A green screen is a necessary element of video production for changing out a background.  Another huge plus is the portability.  You can set up your portable green screen outside which will provide excellent lighting conditions for a good chroma key.portable_green_screen.jpg










Most professional non-linear editing systems such as Avid Xpress and Final Cut Pro support chroma keying.


Here is a great trick that uses the Avid Console to rename your media files so they appear as real names instead of cryptic hexadecimal values.  Go to the tools > console menu and type the command 'renamemediafiles'.


New clips will be created based on their bin names and tracks.








For all of you 'hackers' out there who wish to experiment with other Avid console commands, you can type 'help commands'  in the console window to list all the available commands.  Of course, this comes with a big giant warning if you decide to change anything.


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I just received my pair of M-Audios AV 40 desktop speakers and I must say I am without a doubt blow away! I have always edited with either head phones or mediocre desktop speakers and I now see what I was missing. There is nothing better than listening to your productions and final edits on a great set of production speakers! You may think that you might be missing something by not having a sub-woofer, but you are not. Custom cabinets with dense wood construction deliver more accurate bass response than you could ever get from plastic multimedia speakers. And for the highest possible fidelity, the Studiophile AV 40 speakers also feature OptImage III wave-guide technology and a 20 watt-per-channel internal amplifier that utilizes Class A/B architecture.These speakers produce amazing lows and reproduce sound like it should be heard! At a street price of about $149.99 the sound quality is hard to beat at any price! Check out these great speakers at M-Audio and get yourself a pair today! No wonder Avid purchased this company!
Here is a list of of the specs:
4"  polypropylene-coated woofers
1"  diameter, magnetically shielded silk dome tweeters
OptImage III tweeter wave guides for superior imaging
20-watt-per-channel amplifier with Class A/B architecture
magnetic shielding
1/4 "  TRS balanced and RCA unbalanced inputs
1/8" headphone output
1/8"  stereo auxiliary input
front-panel volume control
rear-panel on/off control
bass boost control
MDF cabinet with bass reflex port design

livetype_animation.gifApple's LiveType is an amazing title tool that is bundled with Final Cut Studio and Final Cut Express.  A lot of users are missing out on LiveType's amazing functionality.  Now granted, you can use Apple Motion for similar effects, but sometimes it's actually easier to build your composite directly in LiveType. This sample animation was done entirely in LiveType.

LiveType is so easy to use and powerful, that I've seen Avid editors use LiveType to increased functionality within their Media Composer or Avid Xpress software.


LiveType supports 5 different tracks.  This track types include: Titles, Graphics, Objects, Textures and Video. You can even integrate Digital Juice backgrounds directly into LiveType for access to additional textures or ojbects.  You can also purchase additional LiveFonts, objects or backgrounds from LiveTypeCentral.com. Or, you can hire GeniusDV to show you how to create your own effects.





Each track is assigned it's own color within the Timeline window for easy reference.

Interested in Learning more about LiveType?  Check out these short tutorials:

LiveType Tutorial for Creating an Animated Mask

Creating an Animated Glow through a title with LiveType

LiveType training is included as part of GeniusDV's 5 Day Final Cut Studio course.  You can also hire a personal GeniusDV for a customized LiveType course.


Apple announced today that it is pulling out of the 2008 NAB show.  This comes on the heels of Apple's main competitor Avid Technology, who also has dropped out of the NAB show. This is a big hit to the NAB which is the nations largest industry trade show related to video production.  For years Apple and Avid Technology have been a tremendous force in terms of video production workflow.  It will be interesting if you plan on attending NAB this year without Apple or Avid attending.


hue_direction_control.gifEver wonder what the color circle with the arrow in when you get to a color selection decision in Final Cut Pro. It is called the Hue Direction Control. What it does is control the direction a change in color will take if you key frame a color change. For example if you need to go from yellow to blue, and the Hue Direction Control was indicating a counter clockwise arrow, the yellow would turn green then go from green to blue. On the other hand if the clockwise arrow was showing the yellow would turn orange, then red, then purple, then blue.

Thumbnail image for video_generators_menu.gifYou can change the Matte Color Video Generator in Final Cut Pro. For a long time I would open the Matte Color, and then click the Controls tab to change the matte to the color I wanted, which was almost always white. After a hundred or so times doing this I finally had the bright idea to see if I could change the default.

Final Cut Pro allows users to work with multiple projects open at the same time.  This can be a potential media management nightmare if you don't understand how the logging bin works. The logging bin tells Final Cut Pro where to put your media.  Even though Final Cut Pro allows mutliple project tabs to be open, only one logging bin can be set.


set_logging_bin.gifPontentially, if you are on the wrong project tab, Final Cut Pro will put your media into the wrong project folder. It is critical that you change your logging bin to the correct project tab before capturing media.

To set the loggin bin, (right click) within the name column of the Browser Window, and select 'set logging bin'.



This will ensure that your media goes into the correct folder that will match your project tab.


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