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If you work with multiple user accounts on your editing system, what happens if you forget the password for one of the users?

This becomes a problem is that particular user has left critical files on the desktop.

Even an administrator will not be able to access the other user's desktop.

Fortunately, you can activate the 'super user' or 'root' account.

You'll then be able to retrieve data from that particular user's desktop.
color_gels.pngIf you want your lighting to look more professional, you'll want to give special consideration to "color temperature" especially when you're mixing light sources.  A great way to change the color of your lighting is by using color correcting gels.  Gels are small plastic transparent sheets that can be mounted onto your lights.  Outdoor lighting with a higher light temperature appears to have a blue hue or a "cooler" feel to them, whereas Indoor lighting with a lower light temperature appears to have a more yellow or "warmer" hue.  By using color correcting gels, you can match different light temperatures.  2 of the most common gels used are Color Temperature Orange, and Color Temperature Blue, often referred to as CTO and CTB respectively.  Color Temperature Orange gels allow you to turn the higher temperature or "cooler" light sources into warmer ones and Color Temperature Blue gels allow you to make lower temperature or "warm" light appear cool.  Gels are also available in different intensities from dark to pale, so you may have to experiment to achieve the look you want.

Some other types of gels that can be used include Plus and Minus Green gels, Neutral Density gels, Diffusion gels, and Color or Theatrical gels.  Plus and Minus Green gels can be used when mixing fluorescent lights with daylight or incandescent lights since fluorescent lights give off a greenish hue.  Neutral Density gels are gray and rather than changing the color temperature, they merely cut down the lighting, making it softer and less intense.  Diffusion gels work pretty much in the same way, as they are frosty or milky white, and do not change the color temperature, rather just soften the light.  Color or Theatrical gels are used to accent or create dramatic unnatural effects or actually to add a specific color to your "stage".

Remember to replace your gels over time since they can become brittle or fade from the heat of your lamps, thus changing the degree of your color correction.
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lacie-drive.pngIf you have a PC formatted drive that has been formatted as NTFS, Mac OS X will be able to read from the drive, but it will not be able to write to it.  Fortunately, there is a company that provides affordable software allowing your Mac to read and write to NTFS formatted drives.

The solution in the past has been to format all your drives as FAT 32.  However, that causes a problem if you need to copy large files. Fat 32 has a file size limitation of just under 4GB. 

After the software driver has been installed, you can use the standard Mac OS Disk Utility to format your devices as NTFS.  You can even create NTFS disk images.

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The company that offers the software is called Tuxera, and they offer a 15 day trial version of NTFS for Mac.  Software licensing starts at roughly $35.00 for a single license which seems fair.

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This is excellent, because I'm sometimes in a situation where a student wants me to copy some media or tutorials to their drive, but it's formatted as NTFS.

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Using the Rule of Thirds in Video Production is one of the most traditional rules of composition.  It gives you an artistic understanding of how to position subjects in the frame in a way that is most visually compelling.  When composing a shot, the last thing you want to do is place your subject in the dead center of the frame; it makes for a static or dull image. 

Rather, use the Rule of Thirds by dividing the frame into 3 sections side to side, top to bottom, so that you end up with a 9 space grid kind of like a tic-tac-toe board.  This creates reference points which act as guides for framing an image.  Points of interest should be placed at 1/3 or 2/3 of the way up or across the frame rather than in the center.  Balance the image by placing the subject on one of the lines; when you do this, you get a much more interesting image.

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It's all about making your video better by putting your subject in different parts of the screen.  We tend to be more interesting when we can place subjects along these intersections.  When filming landscape, place the horizon line along the bottom or upper third of your frame rather than in the middle.  In close-up shots, place the subject's eyes one-third of the screen height from the top.

You may be asking yourself, "why do I want to use the rule of thirds?  I've always placed my subjects in the center of my frames."  The Rule of Thirds states that images may appear more engaging or dynamic when not placed in the center.  Key elements placed along these intersections suggest instability, tension, suspense, and intrigue.  Our minds direct the eye to scan for more information to re-establish a sense of stability and closure.

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FCPX.gifGeniusDV is prepared to train users of Final Cut Pro X as soon as it's available.  The trainers are learning the new software, and we will make Final Cut Pro X training part of the GeniusDV curriculum.

Since many users will still be using the other Final Cut Studio Applications, our class will be flexible. 

There will still be integrated workflows for a while between the current Final Cut Studio and Final Cut Pro X.

Keep an eye on our amazing 4 day Final Cut Pro training class in Orlando, FL.   As soon as Final Cut X is ready, it will be integrated into our course.

There are many questions about the future of other Final Cut Studio applications like DVD Studio Pro, Motion, Soundtrack Pro, & Color. We are assuming that Final Cut Pro X is going to have many of the capabilities of Soundtrack Pro, Motion and Color, but we don't know to what extent.

That being said, it appears the other Final Cut Studio applications will be available à la carte.  There are some leaked screenshots of Apple Motion 5.0  Rumor has it, they were stolen from an independent contractor who had his computer hacked.

We will be prepared to train existing Mac editing users of Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, and iMovie as they make the transition to Final Cut Pro X.  We will also be ready to train those who are willing to jump ship from their current editing platform.
 
We will be making posts about Final Cut Pro X the day it comes out, and we will have multiple training options available ASAP.

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Here is a quick tutorial showing the advantages of mapping the Add Edit function to your keyboard versus using the Blade Tool.


Here's a short tutorial on how to create the 'Pleasantville' effect using Apple Color's software.  Apple Color is included within the Final Cut Studio package of software products.

I recently attended the 'unveiling' of Final Cut Pro X, and it appears that Apple has integrated the major features of Color within the next version of Final Cut Pro.  It will be interesting to see what happens to Apple Color.  My guess, is that it will be at the end of its life after Final Cut Pro X ships.

For what it's worth, here's a great tutorial on using Apple Color to isolate and shift a particular color.  Enjoy!
Check out this short tutorial that demonstrates how to re-format your old 4x3 media so it mixes or fits with your hi def 1080i media.
ProRes is becoming a standard file format for professionals who use Final Cut Pro.  The latest version of Final Cut Pro currently offers 5 flavors of ProRes.  The set of Apple ProRes codecs provides all the necessary data rates for most professionals.

ProRes 422 has a data rate of 145 Mbps.

Data Rates for Pro-Res is measured in Mbps. So, what exactly does Mbps mean?  How does it relate to 'real-world' storage requirements for the 'non-geek'?

For starters..... 1 byte equals 8 bits of data.  Hence, that's why everything works with a base of 8 in terms of computer processors.  8 bit processing, 16 bit processing, 32 bit processing, and so on......

Mbps:  stands for 1 Megabit per second, and 1 Megabit is 8,000 bytes.  This also means that 1 MBps (megabyte per second) = 8 mbps (megabits per second). 

Whew! make sense?  Don't worry.

Honestly, talking in bits and bytes starts to make my head spin.  I personally tend to think of things in terms of Gigabytes and Terabytes.  If you're like me, you want to know how many minutes of ProRes storage will fit on your new 500GB, or 1TB drive.

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So here it is:  A one terabyte drive will hold roughly 1,000 minutes of ProRes 422 media. Yes, that's pretty easy math!

or 500 Gigs = 500 minutes.  Got it?

However, this calculation is only an approximate.  The amount of storage will also depend on things like the number of audio tracks, and image complexity when it's being encoded into ProRes.

However, if you are curious how to get to that number, here's the math:

Check out this short tutorial for color correction multiple clips within a Final Cut Pro 7 sequence.

savevid_logo.pngFunny thing I ran across today; I was trying to create an archive of my YouTube videos for a friend, and quickly discovered that YouTube will only allow you to download a video as an MP4 at a limit of 2 per hour.  Not very convenient when I want to send him over 125 videos!  Solution?  Savevid.com.  SaveVid is a tool which gives you the ability to download videos from streaming video sites.  You can download videos from YouTube, Google Videos, Metacafe and more in FLV, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV formats.  It's completely free and easy to use.

Simply paste the URL of the video from your browsers address bar into the green box and click the "download" button.
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Note that this is really convenient if you have short little 1-3 minute videos to download.  If you have a 30 minute video, it could take up to 30 minutes to actually download.  My guess on why it takes so long is because it's encoding the actual stream.  Therefore a 15 minute video will not download any faster than 15 minutes.
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With the announcement of Final Cut Pro X, you will soon see workflow changes for those who currently own Final Cut Studio. 

In particular, Final Cut Pro X will incorporate software features that are available in Apple Color.  In the meantime, please enjoy this tutorial that demonstrates features in Apple Color and Motion.  This tutorial was previously a 'rental' video, but GeniusDV has decided to release the video for free. 

Download the sample media to work along with the tutorial

Check out this short tutorial on how to use the History brush within Adobe Photoshop.  If you are a video enthusiast, you'll find learning Photoshop is an absolute must!

If you enjoy this tutorial, please check out our new Photoshop training course taught by Manuel Cordero!.
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