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Have you ever run into a situation where you can't seem to find a particular clip within an Avid sequence?  Well, you can assign various colors to clips as a nifty way to quickly find cips within an Avid sequence.

To do this: click on the 'text' tab within an Avid bin.  Then navigate to the bin menu and select 'headings'.  Activate the 'color' heading. 

changing_clips_colors.gifNow, click underneath the 'color' heading within your Avid bin and assign individual clips their own unique color.  You can also asign a group of clips a specific color by highlighting them and using the 'edit' menu.











After you've assigned colors to individual clips, you can tell Media Composer to display those same colors for matching clips within an Avid sequence.  To do this:  Navigate to the timeline menu and choose:  clip color > source.

changing_clips_color_in_timeline.gifThis provides a great method of tracking down and finding cilps within an Avid sequence.


Google has release 'Vidnic' which allows Mac OS X user's to easily upload movies directly to YouTube.  Vidnic works with OS X, and allows users to record video using the 'iSight' camera and upload them directly to the internet.  You can also add metadata, such as a title, tag, and a description.

Viewership for internet related video is up 64%.   This is partly because of the popularity of sites like YouTube that make video readily and easily available.


By Bob Hunt

It is so easy to create a really cool black and white video project, film or fun project for you tube or friends and family. I always tell creative videographers to think outside the box, no matter who, what or where you are shooting, look before you even pick up your video camera. Create the scene you want with lights, shadows and most of all the white-balance on your video camera.

bw-video_image.pngLet's take for instance shooting a day scene in some shade and sunlight, the look is black and white, grainy with a film look. First set up your scene, either in the shade or in the sun and then start to white-balance your video camera, but think outside the box. If shooting in the shade, try white-balance on something gray in the sun, and vice-versa. Also use different colors to white-balance your video camera. I tend to spend a lot of time white-balancing my video camera just to see the effects I can get. Here's a little something a bit trickier, but well worth the time and effort. Try using your gain to create the grainy look, iris down to not blow out the video, plus set the shutter up to 30-50%, now if your not experienced enough with this type of set up, I suggest you experiment, but if you can create it, you can either set camera up to sepia, or do black and white in post.

This will not only create some awesome video, but it will get your creative juices flowing to start using all the functions of your video camera and really start creating some awesome video production projects. Good Luck and keep shooting!


The media management tool in Final Cut Pro can be quite confusing.  One VERY important thing to note is that the Media Management tool will not work with clips that do not contain time-code. 

To verfiy this, take a look at the Media Start Columnto make sure each clip has actual time-code values other than 00:00:00:00.  This is a real drag if you plan on using clips that inherently do not have timecode.  (i.e. background animations, music from CD's, and multimedia movies),


As you can see in this screenshot, these particular clips do not have timecode information.  Therefore the Media Manager will not work correctly with these clips.

Fortunately, there is a trick to add time-code back into the clips. 

You can use one of two methods.

#1  Edit all your clips to a sequence.  Set the sequence start time, and then export a self-contained QuickTime movie.  Then re-import the movie into Final Cut Pro.  The clip(s) will now work correctly within the Media Manager.  *Do not export using QuickTime Conversion, because it will not preserve the FCP sequence timecode. 

#2 For the die-hard tech geeks, you can use the QuickTime Developer tool to create a timecode track and manually change or add time-code information to each individual QuickTime movie.

After you've confirmed that all your clips have actual embedded timecode information, the Media Management tool will work correctly.


Okay, it's time to go geektoid on you!  There is a cool feature within Final Cut Pro that integrates a new feature in Mac OS 10.5.X (Leopard).  Here's how it works.

mark_clip.gifWhile running Final Cut Pro, navigate to the help menu and you'll see a blue search box.  Type in a specific phrase.  In this example 'mark'. Park over the list of choices and Final Cut Pro will automatically open up the appropriate menu for you and it will point to it.  Better yet, you can click on the search term and it will actually perform the function!









This is a great feature if you are an educator or trainer.  For the rest of us, it's just another geeky function.









Have you ever noticed when you render motion effects in Final Cut Pro that the quality isn't always up to par? You may also notice a 'stutter effect' when zooming in and out of clip elements.

It is important that you take notice of your sequence settings. The default sequence settings for DV-NSTC are set to Render 8-bit YUV. I recommend rendering your sequence with High Precision YUV. For your motion effects I recommend change your sequence settings to 'best' for motion filtering quality.

To do this: right click on your sequence, and choose 'settings' from the contextual menu. This will bring forward the Sequence settings dialog box. Click on the 'video processing' tab. Choose the High Precision YUV rendering setting and 'best' for motion filtering quality.

*The only drawback with these settings, is the longer rendering time. Therefore, you may want to wait until your sequence is completely finished and then re-render everything with High Precision YUV, and 'best' for the motion filtering quality.

Yes, it's possible to create chapters (similar to regular chapters on a DVD) to videos in your iphone.  The trick is to save a standard QuickTime movie with embedded Chapter markers.  If you're not sure how to embed chapter markers into a sequence, click on the link. 

Do not use the standard iPhone export setting within QuickTime Conversion because it will not allow you to save the embedded chapter markers.


Take the QuickTime movie you've exported into Apple Compressor.  Don't worry, Apple Compressor will maintain the meta-data for the chapter markers. 








Within Apple Compressor use the H.264 Preset for iPod and iPhone video.  That's it!  You'll now have embedded chapter points within your video clip on the iPhone.




media_composer_mac.gifAvid Technology announced today that it is shipping new version's of Avid Media Composer.  This version of Media Composer 3.0 is the first qualified version to work Mac OS Leopard (10.5.X), and Windows Vista.

This is one of Avid's the next generation editing platforms to conform with the latest operating systems.  New pricing and upgrades are available for older versions of the software.


iDVD allows you to create chapters, but is limited to where you can place the actual chapter points.  Did you know that you can use Final Cut Pro to create specific chapter points that will automatically turn into iDVD chapters.

To do this, all you need to do is add markers directly within a Final Cut Pro sequence.  Press the 'M' key to add a marker point at the place you'd like to have a DVD chapter.  Make sure the marker is placed within the actual Final Cut Pro sequence, and NOT within the actual clip. You don't need to add a marker at the very beginning.


add_marker.gifNext, press the 'M' again to bring forward the Edit Marker dialog box.  Within the Edit Marker box, press the 'Add Chapter Marker' button to add the required meta-data into the marker point.  This is so iDVD knows to create a physical chapter point from the marker.

Next, all you need to do is export your sequence as a QuickTime movie.  Navigate to the File menu and select 'Export -> QuickTime Movie'  The save dialog box will appear. Change the 'markers' menu to include chapter markers. 


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