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Check out this great tutorial for creating and animating 3D titles within Final Cut Pro X.

3D text.pngA couple of quick notes before you watch this tutorial:

  • Requires you are running a minimum of Final Cut Pro X 10.2.1 or higher.
  • I highly recommend that you purchase a copy of Apple Motion, so you can animated 3D titles directly wtihin Final Cut Pro X.
  • Playback and rendering performance will depend on your graphics card.  The more video ram on your graphics card - the better.
  • fcpx_training.pngThis is my first 4K tutorial uploaded to YouTube.  So, make sure you adjust the playback settings if you would like to watch the video in 4K.

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Professional video editors should be aware of a cardinal rule.  Do not upgrade your operating system unless you are 100% sure your video editing software is compatible with it. 

This is particularly true with products such as Avid Media Composer, and Pro Tools.  Also, pay attention to the compatibility of 3rd party software and plug-ins.  Just because your editing software may be compatible with a new OS, some of your software plug-ins may not be.

This brings me to my next point.  If you purchase a brand new computer from Apple,  it will probably have the most recent operating system installed on it. This means if your version of video editing software doesn't work on the latest version of Mac OS 'Yosemite', you won't be able to run your software.

Please note: The hardware in a brand new Mac may prevent you from downgrading beyond the previous operating system.  So currently, that brand new Mac you just bought may only allow you to downgrade to Mavericks, and not Mountain Lion.

Fortunately, there is a way to re-download a copy of Mavericks.  You can even choose to partition your hard-drive so you can keep the Yosemite OS, along with Mavericks.  You can then boot between them.

To  perform a downgrade to Mavericks (Mac OS X 10.9) from Yosemite (10.10) you will need the following:

  • *A copy of the Mavericks installer (you can find this under the purchases tab within the App store)
  • A thumb drive or external drive that can be re-formatted
  • Some patience

Okay, ready?  Here are the steps.  You may want to print the steps out.

  • Navigate to the Apple menu in the upper left corner, and select the App Store.

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The App Store window will appear. 

  • Click on the purchases tab at the top of the App Store window.

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This will list all available purchases that are attached to your Apple ID.  If you are a previous owner of an earlier MAC with an older operating system, you will be able to re-download it.

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*There one catch:  If you are not a previous Mac owner with a system that contained an earlier operating system, you will not see an option to download.   If this is the case, you will need to call in a favor to a friend or a local Apple service center to provide you with an installer.

  • Click on the download button for the MAC OS version that you want to revert to.  In this case, you can see I have options for Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion.

After you click on the download button, you will see the following warning that says 'OS X 10.10 is already installed on this computer, are you sure you want to download OS X 10.9?".

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  • Click continue to download the OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) installer.

After the donlowad is complete, the installer will be located in your Applications folder.  For the time being, make sure the installer stays there.  Do not move it.

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  • Launch the Apple disk utility.

This disk utility is located at: Mac HD / Applications / Utilities

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  • Select an external thumbdrive or external drive and click on the erase tab.

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*Make sure you select the correct external device!  You are going to erase all the data on this device to create a boot drive.

  • Choose Mac OS X Extended (Journaled) for the format

QUICK NOTE: If you are not seeing your drive(s) or devices on your desktop.  I recommend that you show those items for easy reference.  To do that:  Click on the finder menu and choose preferences.

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  • Check the boxes for Hard Disks and External Devices.

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You should now see all your hard drive devices on your MAC OS X deskop area.

  • After your external drive is formatted, make sure it has a name of 'Untitled'.  Don't worry, you can rename it later.

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  • Launch the Apple Terminal Console

The Terminal console is located within the Applications / Utilities folder on your Macintosh HD.

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  • When the terminal window opens.  Copy the following command and paste it into the terminal prompt.

sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Untitled --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app --nointeraction

  • Enter in your password for your Mac OS Login Name.

*IMPORTANT: For this to work, you must have an MAC OS X user password set, You cannot have an empty password.  I say this, because I personally prefer not having passwords on my video editing systems. A password can be changed or configured within the users & groups category inside your system preferences.

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Make sure you give this process at least 30 minutes.  Wait until the terminal says Copy Complete.

  • Reboot the MAC and immediately hold down the option key.
  • Continue holding down the option key until you see the screen below (this may take a few minutes)

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  • Click on the up arrow to 'Install OS X Mavericks'

The OS X Utilities windows will appear.  From here you can do a complete re-install of Mavericks onto your original system drive.  However, in doing so, you will have to peform a complete format or your original operating system.

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If formatting your original operating system isn't an option,  you can use the disk utility to partition your drive so you can have multiple operating systems on the same MAC HD. 

  • Within the Disk Utility, highlight the system drive, and click on the Partition Tab.
  • Click on the 'plus' icon in the lower left corner of the Partition Layout area.

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To switch between operating systems, hold down the option key each time you reboot your machine.  You will then be able to choose between either Yosemite, or Mavericks.

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Check out this short tutorial for ingesting 4K Media within Avid Media Composer. This tutorial is for the novice who is working with 4K media the first time. It purposely avoids the many advanced and customized workflows associated with 4K Media.

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Editing workflows that require a full 4K final exported movie will make your head spin.  There are all sorts of things to consider, which include:

  • Storage Requirements for 4K media (working with proxy media)
  • Computer Processing Power
  • Bandwidth requirements (high speed disk arrays / solid state storage)
  • Organizational Structure of Media
  • Software Project Settings

play_avid_tutorial.pngPlease note, in order to work within a 4K project you You must have Avid Media Composer 8.3 or higher

Also, the new Avid DNxHR codec is for ingest/import only.  For 4K export, I recommend using the Pro-Res Codec.

*If you are running Avid Media Composer on a PC, it get's a bit tricky sharing 4K media, because you cannot export back out using the Pro-Res codec. 

If you are are on a PC, and it's an absolute must that you maintain the 4K frame size, you can try exporting your movie using the JPEG codec. This will create 4K movie file that's compatible with most other editing systems.  The one major problem will be the amount of time it takes to export.

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Learn how to create a video montage edited to the beat of music when using Adobe Premiere.

*The Replace With Clip From Source Monitor, Match Frame is an esoteric feature in Adobe Premiere CC 2014, but it will save you huge amounts of time in situations like matching beats.  If you're not familiar with this function, this short tutorial will be extremely helpful in improving your editing efficiency.

The key skills that you will learn in this tutorial are:

  • Adding edit points on the fly while playing a sequence
  • Using the replace edit function to match a specific frame
  • Adding multiple transitions all at the same time

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