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Alex: September 2008 Archives

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Since the dawn of time - filmic time, at least - we visual types have liked to fool around with visual effects.  And since the dawn of NLE plugins to help us do that, they've been something of a black box.  Sure, they've got a couple of knobs to adjust the effects' parameters - but at the end of the day, we're in the habit of shoving our footage into the plugins without any idea of what goes on behind the scenes.

Enter Final Cut Pro's FXBuilder.

Finally, we can look inside of most of the effects and transitions that ship with Final Cut - and tweak them, and even write our own, if we're feeling ambitious.
WacomTablet.pngIf I've not sold you on these things - and I swear I'm not a shill - I imagine some of the examples later in the series will.  So let me just get it out now: my advice on choosing a tablet if you decide you want one.  I'm no professional tablet man, so take my advice for what it is - just one video guy talking to another.

There are a handful of companies making tablet products, but the long-time industry leader is Wacom.  Their hardware doesn't require much TLC, it's packed to the gills with productivity features, it plays nicely with a whole array of input devices, and it will outlive you.  Well, maybe not you, but it will outlive, say, your pet ferret.  Having played with friends' off-brand tablets, and felt how heavy pens can get with batteries in them, and been annoyed by their strange calibrations, I think I'd definitely stay brand-loyal if I were to buy another.


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