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Plan ahead to easily sell a screen replacement shot

With a little planning before the shoot, you can insert a screen onto a monitor or device convincingly without complications. One key is how the screen is shot. This is where it’s easiest to get it wrong. This tutorial shows how easily a realistic yet legible screen can look more or less perfect in After Effects. Of […]

How Team Projects changes the way you work

Filmmaking is a collaborative effort, but we’re much more used to software that makes us take our turn. Sharing Adobe projects, meanwhile, has most often been done in an ad-hoc way, when it is done at all. The latest version of Creative Cloud adds a set of features collectively known as Team Projects. Adobe has designed specifically for collaboration. As […]

Make the most of FCP X: Log interviews better (part 2)

It may seem counterintuitive, but jumping right into an edit on your timeline isn’t the fastest way to cut down an interview. The greatest timesaver I’ve ever found in editing interviews is planning. In this article, I’ll show you how I take advantage of the unique tools in Final Cut Pro X to create an interview workflow that shaves […]

Make the most of FCP X: Log interviews better (part 1)

Interviews are at the heart of many of the projects we create.  A compelling and concise personal story is a joy to watch but is time consuming and difficult to achieve. In this second topic in my Make the Most of FCP X series, I want to show you some tips that make FCP X an exceptional tool for […]

Make the most of FCP X:  6 ways to maximize Multicam

Multicam in Final Cut Pro X is an amazing feature. Its simplicity allows any editor to sync and setup a multiple camera job with ease. However, if you have used FCP X Multicam to just switch cameras, then you’ve only scratched the surface.

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5 ways to make Final Cut Pro X faster

Do some googling and you’ll see benchmarks and YouTube videos showing Final Cut Pro X to be not just faster, but many times faster than other NLEs at importing, playback and export. However, you’ll also hear some reports from folks who have had the opposite experience. If you’ve experienced slowness, or are looking to squeeze more speed […]

How to recognize and fix 11 common problems in Final Cut Pro X

Some things are like the ocean: shallow enough for a child to wade in, yet deep enough that you will rarely see the bottom. Final Cut Pro X is close to one of those things…

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What was the last Best Picture not to use visual effects?

What was the last Best Picture with no visual effects? And in what year did it win? It’s a trivia question. And why does the Best Picture Oscar matter, anyhow?

12 steps to make After Effects faster

Render faster in After Effects with these tips to optimize the system itself, and to eliminate common slowdowns hidden in a project.