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FCPX Workflow: One Smart Collection To Rule Them All

FCPX Workflow: One Smart Collection To Rule Them All

The first key to workflow wizardry is to exploit an application's strengths. In exploring the nuances of FCPX, famed workflow wizard Simon Ubsdell opens up some of the secrets around one of its most uniquely powerful, but sorely underused tools: Smart Collections. This isn't about replacing your existing project management (although it can). It's about leveraging some of the ridiculously awesome power of the Smart Collection to make your work flow far more easily than you might have imagined.

Tutorial
Simon Ubsdell
Apple FCPX Debates
Apple FCPX and the Making Of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Apple FCPX and the Making Of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Rather than a story about editing software, this is a story about Apple Final Cut Pro X from a filmmaker’s perspective: specifically, how keeping as much VFX and audio temp work as possible inside FCPX during production helped allow Glenn Ficarra and John Requa to open up new options and saved weeks of production time in the making of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, the new wartime comedy starring Tina Fey.

Editorial, Feature
Tim Wilson
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
Hawaiki Keyer 2.0: A Tutorial Introduction

Hawaiki Keyer 2.0: A Tutorial Introduction

After 25 years as an editor, compositor, and VFX artist, frequent Creative COW poster and tutorial author Simon Ubsdell knows what he needs from a keyer -- and knew he wasn't getting good enough results from FCPX or Motion. Discussions in COW forums led him to create the highly regarded Hawaiki Keyer. Enthusiasm expressed by COW members for its latest release led us to ask Simon for a tour. If you're keying on a Mac, you're going to want to check this out.

Tutorial
Simon Ubsdell
Apple Final Cut Pro X Debates & Beyond
FCPX Magnetic Timeline: Apple's New Paradigm REVISITED

FCPX Magnetic Timeline: Apple's New Paradigm REVISITED

NLE interface design pioneer and longtime editor David Lawrence first wrote about the editing approach of FCPX, including its highly controversial Magnetic Timeline, soon after FCPX's release in the spring of 2011. Time has passed, the editing landscape has changed, and 4 years later, David takes another well-reasoned, hype-free look at the heart of Apple's new paradigm.

Editorial, Feature
David Lawrence
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
FCPX On Air. Coming Soon

FCPX On Air. Coming Soon

Former skeptic John Davidson was right there with everyone else when FCPX was released who deemed it a complete disappointment for broadcast pros. Many updates and much experimentation later, he's now a believer: he has FCPX not only running on shared storage for broadcast work, but for John, it does so even better than FCP 7 ever did. Here he introduces a 5-part series, taking you step-by-step from project set-up to delivery, ready to help other broadcast pros get moving with FCPX.

Editorial, Feature
John Davidson
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
Workflow Update: iMac, Adobe & the X Factor

Workflow Update: iMac, Adobe & the X Factor

With five edit suites currently running at Biscardi Creative Media, and four more on standby, Walter Biscardi and crew need the best possible performance our of their workflow and machines. Here, Walter describes the power (yes, power) of the iMac, the workhorse Adobe Premiere Pro, and some never say never insight on FCP X.

Editorial, Feature
Walter Biscardi
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
Smoke: A Journey and a Look Ahead

Smoke: A Journey and a Look Ahead

An FCP user and enthusiast since version 1.0, David Jahns looks at Autodesk Smoke for Mac, and discusses color-grading, tracking, editing, compositing and overall performance.

Editorial
David Jahns
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
High Noon in the Editors' Corral

High Noon in the Editors' Corral

A group of editors gathered at a Hollywood Post Alliance Sales Resource Group luncheon to debate the merits of today's nonlinear editing systems. In the process, they argued less over tools and complained more about an ever-changing workflow. And, yes, there are a few fans of FCPX.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
For your Bovine Mastication and Consideration: FCPX Can Work

For your Bovine Mastication and Consideration: FCPX Can Work

After coming across and commenting on a post in the forums concerning FCPX and its current popularity and possibility for serious editing use, Charlie Austin was contacted by Tim Wilson to expand his original thoughts for Bovine consumption. Care to chew the cud with us?

Editorial
Charlie Austin
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
A Cautionary Tale for the FCP Switcher

A Cautionary Tale for the FCP Switcher

Herein lies the cautionary tale of a long-time user of Final Cut Pro, penned for those who would consider switching NLEs. Are there tools that will positively replace FCP 7? Are there NLEs that are even more powerful than our now evanescent favorite?

Editorial
Walter Biscardi
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
Colorgrading Round-Up

Colorgrading Round-Up

Dennis Kutchera went to Vegas with a goal - to be tantalized by the new colour-grading options - in essence, to cheat on his beloved Avid. What happens in Vegas, this time, comes back with some great stories.

Feature
Dennis Kutchera
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
Confessions of a Creative Maniac: Unified Theory of Media

Confessions of a Creative Maniac: Unified Theory of Media

Convenience is more important than quality -- I've taught a couple of generations of students that understanding this basic reality is a great way to predict just about any future media trend, and in the case of NAB, it looks like the equation has not lost a molecule of relevance.

Editorial, Feature
David Biedny
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
Confessions of an NAB Virgin

Confessions of an NAB Virgin

This is no ordinary NAB recap. This isn't a collection of thoughts about products and software. This is the confession of a small-town starry-eyed NAB virgin, and the adventures and anxieties she finds herself in.

Feature
Kylee Peña
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
What a Long, Strange Year It's Been!

What a Long, Strange Year It's Been!

Apple imploding. Adobe ascending. Avid opening up. Who could have seen it coming? Here's Walter's look at what happens when the blinders come off.

Feature, People / Interview
Walter Biscardi
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
Real World Editing: From Avid to FCP and Back Again

Real World Editing: From Avid to FCP and Back Again

The inside story of reality TV giants Bunim/Murray Productions, and their trip from Avid Media Composer to Apple Final Cut Pro...and back again.

Feature, People / Interview
Mark Raudonis
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
Either/Or? BOTH.

Either/Or? BOTH.

Ramy Katrib helped design the first FCP workflows for features and TV, but with many new opportunities, DigitalFilm Tree refused to limit themselves.

Feature, People / Interview
Ramy Katrib
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
Media Composer 6: Avid kept their promise.

Media Composer 6: Avid kept their promise.

Walter Biscardi has been beta testing Media Composer and gives his "Avid from a Final Cut Pro" point of notes in this article. This is not a full review, Walter tells us, but a point by point relay on Avid test systems, AJA Kona support, storage support, promises kept, and where it goes from here.

Editorial
Walter Biscardi
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
FCPX and the Domino Effect Part I: Stacking Them Up

FCPX and the Domino Effect Part I: Stacking Them Up

Apple's release of FCPX has shaken the digital content creation industry, and raised a lot of speculation among editors about how much Apple understands or cares about professional users. Walter Soyka looks into the issues in this two part series.

Editorial
Walter Soyka
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
FCPX and the Domino Effect Pt 2: Knocking Them Down

FCPX and the Domino Effect Pt 2: Knocking Them Down

Apple's release of FCPX has shaken the digital content creation industry, and raised a lot of speculation among editors about how much Apple understands or cares about professional users. Walter Soyka looks into the issues in this two part series.

Editorial
Walter Soyka
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
Post Production: Did Everything Change in Post?

Post Production: Did Everything Change in Post?

In this article, Walter Biscardi discusses the state of Post Production as he sees it in these months since the June release of FCPX, including comments on the latest 10.0.1 release.

Editorial
Walter Biscardi
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
It's Working for Me...Kind of: A Broadcast Editor's Guide to FCPX

It's Working for Me...Kind of: A Broadcast Editor's Guide to FCPX

Mark Morache describes his journey into FCPX as he discusses "the mental gymnastics and back-handed workflow I adopted in order to get my stories done."

Review, Editorial
Mark Morache
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
FCPX: Didn't We Ask for This?

FCPX: Didn't We Ask for This?

"When talking about FCPX, the greater topics of philosophy, ethics, religion, personal well-being, the time space continuum, the consequence of true and real change, the past, the present, the future and, of course, our collective video careers, are often touched upon." Jeremy Garchow invites you to read the FCPX forums here at the COW to gain a greater sense of how people might feel about it if you have not frequented them lately. Yes, there is a lot of work to be done, and there are many holes to fill, but he does want FCPX to succeed. With this in mind, Jeremy spends some time focusing on what he likes about FCPX, today.

Editorial
Jeremy Garchow
Apple FCPX - Final Cut Pro X
Apple's Final Cut Pro X: One BIG Love/Hate Relationship Part 3 - What's at Stake - A Community Divided

Apple's Final Cut Pro X: One BIG Love/Hate Relationship Part 3 - What's at Stake - A Community Divided

In Part-3 of this three part investigative series, Contributing Editor and Final Cut Pro forum leader David Roth Weiss and his guest, digital media specialist David H. Lawrence discuss the reason why Apple’s recent roll out of FCP X may well be most the contentious and divisive software release ever.

People / Interview
David Roth Weiss
Apple FCPX - Final Cut Pro X
Apple's Final Cut Pro X: One BIG Love/Hate Relationship Part 2

Apple's Final Cut Pro X: One BIG Love/Hate Relationship Part 2

In Part-2 of this three part investigative series, Contributing Editor and Final Cut Pro forum leader David Roth Weiss and his guest David H. Lawrence look even deeper into Final Cut Pro X as he reveals more of what’s under the hood and why you’ll either love it or hate it.

People / Interview
David Roth Weiss
Apple FCPX - Final Cut Pro X
Apple's Final Cut Pro X: One BIG Love/Hate Relationship Part 1

Apple's Final Cut Pro X: One BIG Love/Hate Relationship Part 1

In this three part investigative series, we take a hard look at Final Cut Pro X, Apple’s newest and most controversial software release ever. Contributing Editor and Final Cut Pro forum leader David Roth Weiss introduces pioneering digital media expert, David H. Lawrence, whose unique wealth of expertise and experience has people listening to his outspoken and incisive observations. Listen in as David Lawrence tells you what makes FCP X tick, and why you’ll either love it or hate it.

People / Interview
David Roth Weiss
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