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August DFCPUG Meeting – 08.23.2011

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August DFCPUG Meeting – 08.23.2011

Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at The Colorado Film School on the soundstage. Mixer starts at 6:00pm and the presentations will begin at 6:30pm.

At this meeting, AVID will be presenting Media Composer 5.5. As always there will be lots of raffle prizes and software giveaways including AVID Media Composer for the Mac. AND!!!!! there’s going to be pizza served for free too!

Edit projects faster and in ways you never thought possible. Media Composer 5.5 is now more open and interactive than ever, so you can work with practically any media format and expand your capabilities with options from Avid and third-party manufacturers. Media Composer goes where other video editing systems leave off. Edit the way you want—in real time—using full-featured, ACE-certified editorial and creative tools. Experience the fastest file-based workflows on Earth. Collaborate easily with video and audio editors. Get dependable, industry-proven media management. Save time—and money—with unique workflows and options. And more!

What have you been working on? We are looking for 1 or 2 DFCPUG members to present their latest project and workflow to the group. Please contact us if you are interested in presenting.

If you have a topic you would like covered in this meeting please post them as comments or contact us.

If you have any topic suggestions or would like to make a presentation at future meetings please contact us with your suggestion. If you have FCP questions or would like to start a discussion, please do so at our Creative Cow forum. The Creative Cow has been kind enough to give us our own forum for the DFCPUG to use.

Meetings are held at The Colorado Film School, which is located at 9075 E Lowry Blvd, Denver, CO 80230. This meeting will be held inside the studio. We hope to see all of you there.

Location and date are subject to change, so please check the DFCPUG site often for the latest information.

Written by Francisco Espinosa

August 22nd, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Posted in Film/Video News,Tech

Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4: Installation best practices

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Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4: Installation best practices

 

Summary

It is strongly recommended that you install Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, and Compressor 4 on a startup disk that does not have Final Cut Studio (2009) already installed. Use Apple’s preferred installation procedure when upgrading one version of Final Cut Pro or Final Cut Studio to the next. This procedure is not unique to Final Cut Pro X.

Products Affected
Compressor 4, Motion 5, Final Cut Pro X

If your Mac has only one hard disk and it already has Final Cut Studio (2009) installed on it, you can partition the hard disk to create a separate startup volume to install Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4. For instructions, see the section below titled “Install Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 on a new partition”.

If you must install Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 on the same startup disk as Final Cut Studio (2009), see the section below titled “Install Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 on the same startup disk as Final Cut Studio (2009).”

 

Install Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 on a new partition
Use Apple’s preferred installation procedure when upgrading one version of Final Cut Pro or Final Cut Studio to the next. This procedure is not unique to Final Cut Pro X.

1.) To create a new partition of your hard disk, follow instructions in Partitioning a disk. The partition must be large enough to contain all the files required by the version of Mac OS X you are installing, the applications you install, and enough room for projects and media.
Note: By default, Final Cut Pro X saves imported and rendered media files in your Movies folder in your home folder (/Users/username/Movies/). Final Cut Pro X Templates (generators, effects, titles, & transitions) and Motion Templates created in Motion 5, are saved to the Movies folder as well.

2.)Install Mac OS X on the new disk partition by inserting the Mac OS X install media and double-clicking the Install Mac OS X icon.

3.) Follow the onscreen instructions. In the pane where you select a disk, select the disk partition you just created in step 1.

4.) If you want to control which parts of Mac OS X are installed, click Customize, and then select the parts you want to install.

5.) To start the installation, click Install.

6.) Start up your system from the new startup volume.

7.) From the Apple () menu, choose Software Update. Install the following updates if they appear in the list:
• Mac OS X v10.6.8
• ProKit Update Version 7.0

8.) Purchase Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 from the Mac App Store. The app will begin downloading automatically, and the app icon will be added to your Dock with a progress bar below the app icon. Once the app is done installing, the progress bar below the app icon will go away.

9.) From the Apple () menu, choose Software Update to download ProApps QuickTime codecs and the Final Cut Pro X or Motion supplemental content.

You can now use Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 from this new startup volume. You can also restart on the other startup volume to use Final Cut Studio (2009).

 

Install Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 on the same disk as Final Cut Studio (2009)
If you are unable to install on a separate partition, this is an alternate method.

1.) From the Apple () menu, choose Software Update. Install the following updates if they appear in the list:
•Mac OS X v10.6.8 or later
•ProKit Update Version 7.0
•The latest versions of the Final Cut Studio (2009) applications

2.) Purchase Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 from the Mac App Store. The app you purchase will begin downloading automatically, and the app icon will be added to your Dock with a progress bar below the app icon. Once the app is done installing, the progress bar below the app icon will go away.
When you install Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 on the same startup disk as Final Cut Studio (2009), the Final Cut Studio (2009) applications are moved to a new location (/Applications/Final Cut Studio).

3.) To verify that the Final Cut Studio (2009) applications operate correctly, open Motion 4, and then quit Motion 4.
Important: Make sure to open Motion 4 first, before opening any other Final Cut Studio (2009) applications.

You can now use Final Cut Studio (2009) and Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 on the same system, from the same startup disk.

Note: Final Cut Server, Podcast Producer, Software Updates for Final Cut Studio (2009), and some third-party workflows and tools may require that the Final Cut Studio (2009) applications remain in their original location in the Applications folder.

 

Restore the Final Cut Studio (2009) applications to their original location
Follow these steps to move the Final Cut Studio (2009) applications to their original location while still being able to use Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 on the same system.

1.) Create a folder called “Final Cut Pro X” (without quotations) in your Applications folder.

2.) Drag the Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, and Compressor 4 apps into the Final Cut Pro X folder you created.

3.) When prompted, type your administrator password.

4.) Locate the Final Cut Studio folder in the Applications folder. Modify the permissions on the Final Cut Studio folder by selecting it and choosing File > Get Info.

5.) Click the disclosure triangle to the left of “Sharing & Permissions” to show the permissions for the Final Cut Studio folder (if they are not already visible).

6.) Click the lock icon in the lower-right corner of the window.

7.) When prompted, type your administrator password.

8.) For the “admin” entry, click the current privilege setting and choose “Read & Write.” Close the Get Info window.

9.) Drag the contents of the Final Cut Studio folder into the Applications folder.

10.) Open Motion 4 (now located in the Applications folder). After it opens completely, quit Motion 4.

Written by Francisco Espinosa

July 5th, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Posted in Film/Video News,Tech

July DFCPUG Meeting – 07.06.2011

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July DFCPUG Meeting – 07.06.2011

At this meeting, we’ll discuss Final Cut Pro® X, a revolutionary new version of the world’s most popular Pro video editing software which completely reinvents video editing with a Magnetic Timeline that lets you edit on a flexible, trackless canvas; Content Auto-Analysis that categorizes your content upon import by shot type, media and people; and background rendering that allows you to work without interruption. Built on a modern 64-bit architecture, Final Cut Pro X is available from the Mac® App Store™ for $299.99.

What have you been working on? We are looking for 1 or 2 DFCPUG members to present their latest project and workflow to the group. Please contact us if you are interested in presenting.

If you have a topic you would like covered in this meeting please post them as comments or contact us.

If you have any topic suggestions or would like to make a presentation at future meetings please contact us with your suggestion. If you have FCP questions or would like to start a discussion, please do so at our Creative Cow forum. The Creative Cow has been kind enough to give us our own forum for the DFCPUG to use.

Meetings are held at The Colorado Film School, which is located at 9075 E Lowry Blvd, Denver, CO 80230. This meeting will be held inside the studio. We hope to see all of you there.

Location and date are subject to change, so please check the DFCPUG site often for the latest information.

Written by Francisco Espinosa

July 5th, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Posted in Film/Video News

February DFCPUG Meeting – 02.25.2011

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February DFCPUG Meeting – 02.25.2011

Our next meeting is scheduled for Friday, February 25, 2011 at The Colorado Film School. Mixer starts at 6:00pm and the presentations will begin at 6:30pm.

Please note that this meeting is scheduled for Friday, February 25th.

At this meeting, DFCPUG members can vote on the Final Cut Studio topic they would like a detailed demonstration of. It will be presented by certified Final Cut Pro instructor Jerry Hofmann.

What have you been working on? We are looking for 1 or 2 DFCPUG members to present their latest project and workflow to the group. Please contact us if you are interested in presenting.

If you have any topic suggestions or would like to make a presentation at future meetings please contact us with your suggestion. If you have FCP questions or would like to start a discussion, please do so at our Creative Cow forum. The Creative Cow has been kind enough to give us our own forum for the DFCPUG to use.

Meetings are held at The Colorado Film School, which is located at 9075 E Lowry Blvd, Denver, CO 80230. This meeting will be held inside the studio. We hope to see all of you there.

Location and date are subject to change, so please check the DFCPUG site often for the latest information.

Written by Francisco Espinosa

February 24th, 2011 at 7:45 am

Posted in Film/Video News

New Final Cut Pro Is Real, And It’s Spectacular (NAB release?) – [02.22.11]

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New Final Cut Pro Is Real, And It’s Spectacular
Article by: Alexia Tsotsis

Because it seems like it’s Apple rumor day I’d thought I’d throw my (very small) hat in the ring. More than a year has passed since Final Cut Pro’s last release and we’ve seen two reported Steve Jobs emails talking up a product that many thought Apple had given up on (“Stay tuned and buckle up.” and “Next release will be awesome.”) but no product itself. This might change soon however, as we’re hearing that the highly anticipated revamped release of Final Cut Pro is imminent.

According our very own people familiar with the matter, a small group of video editors were on the Apple campus recently in order to preview the new version of video editing software, which is in the same space as Avid and Adobe Premiere. Apparently Apple is still putting the finishing touches on “the biggest overhaul to Final Cut Pro since the original version was created over 10 years ago” and wanted pro user feedback. Emphasis on “pro.”

One source described the new release as encompassing everything from low level architectural changes to a complete redesign of the user interface. It’s safe to say the newest version will be 64 bit as that’s what users have clamored the most for.

Early reports from people who have demo’d the new Final Cut Pro (FCP 8?) say that the changes are “dramatic and ambitious” and should alleviate concerns that Apple has shifted its video editing focus from the professional to the consumer space, shutting down work on FCP . Apple plans on releasing the new product in Spring 2011 according to our source, in a launch possibly coinciding with the National Association of Broadcasters conference.

Written by Francisco Espinosa

February 24th, 2011 at 7:41 am

Posted in Film/Video News,Tech

Reminder: June CoPVA Meeting [06.28.10]

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June Colorado Professional Videographer’s Association Meeting
Monday, June 28, 2010
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Boulder

SCAVENGER HUNT – The summer is here and we are going to try something a little different. We are going to meet at Eben G Fine Park,3rd and Arapahoe, in Boulder. Phone: 970-556-3525. Once there, we are going to divide our group into teams. Each team will get a list of shots they must complete in an hour and half. Some team participation will be required so be ready to talk and direct strangers. Be ready to think out of the box.

POT LUCK Dinner – Return from the Scavenger Hunt to our meeting place where the coals will be glowing and we can have a casual BBQ. Bring something for the grill and a side dish. There will be drinks and a salad provided.

Written by Francisco Espinosa

June 28th, 2010 at 7:35 am

Posted in Film/Video News

Submissions now open for the Vimeo Awards

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Article by: Blake Whitman
June 3rd, 2010

In case you missed it, we recently announced the first-ever Vimeo Festival and Awards to celebrate and honor the best of creative online video. With the unprecedented level of creativity, skill and innovation coming from online video today, it’s high time to give back to the independent creators who choose the Internet to distribute and to share their work through sites like Vimeo.

This being the first year of the the Festival and Awards, we are going all out. We have secured awesome judges to evaluate your work in a variety of categories and a jam-packed two day festival of events and education to let everyone join in on the fun. An Awards show will culminate the Festival in an entertaining evening of celebration, honoring the individual category winners. Award winners will be heavily promoted on Vimeo and the winner of the Best Video award across all categories will win a $25,000 grant to produce new work as well. That’s a lot of moolah, because we’re committed to supporting the creative community, and want to do our part to enable exciting new artists.

Starting today, submissions are now open worldwide for the Vimeo Awards. These awards are open to ALL videos online, not just videos on Vimeo. So even if you uploaded it to another site, or have yet to upload that new piece you have been slaving over, we want to see it! You can submit as many videos as you want in a variety of different categories. You can learn more and read the Official Rules at Vimeoawards.com

To submit your work, visit vimeoawards.com/submit. We can’t wait to see what you’ve got!

Love,
Vimeo

Written by Francisco Espinosa

June 3rd, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Survey: Up To Half Of All Media Sites Plan To Support The iPad And HTML5 Video

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Article by: Erick Schonfeld
June 3, 2010

graph of support for html5 video tag

As everyone on the Web knows by now, Steve Jobs does not think too highly of Flash and therefore you cannot watch Flash videos on the the iPad (or the iPhone). Apple’s position has stirred a lot of debate about how much video on the Web is iPad-friendly. It turns out that about two thirds of new videos are currently being encoded in the H.264 format, which is playable on the iPad, but media sites still need to either package that video in an app or in an HTML5 video player viewable in the iPad’s browser.

Streaming Media decided to shed more light on the issue by surveying 1,147 online media professionals about their iPad and HTML5 video plans in a report available here. According to the survey, 49 percent plan to support HTML5 video on their media sites by the end of next year, and 36 percent plan to support video on the iPad either through dedicated apps or an iPad compatible Website.

graph of planned ipad support

At first blush, these two numbers don’t seem to make much sense. If 49 percent of media sites are going to support HTML5 video, then by default they will also support the iPad. But if you drill down into the survey responses on whether they plan to support the iPad specifically, a full 19 percent wouldn’t disclose one way or the other. Add that to the 36 percent who say they will support the iPad, and you get close to half, which is the same as how many say they will support HTML5 video. What this tells me is that either there is still some confusion on the part of the Web video industry or that there is more support for broader standards like HTML5 video which will work across different devices like Android phones and tablets.

Other than the iPad, support for mobile devices goes beyond Apple devices. While 65 percent plan to support video on the iPhone via apps or an HTML5 Web video, about 40 percent plan on supporting Android and Blackberry devices. Again, the way to kill many birds with one stone is with HTML5 video through the mobile browser rather than developing separte video apps for each device.

Mobile Support Chart

Written by Francisco Espinosa

June 3rd, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Posted in Film/Video News,Tech

Brightcove President: WebM Will Overtake H.264 in 1-2 Years

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Article by: By Janko Roettgers

Brightcove President and COO David Mendels thinks that it won’t take very long for WebM to overtake H.264, he told me during an interview on the day Google announced its new open source video format last week. Video publishers will be eager to adopt the new format, he said, adding: “It’s open, it’s free and it’s high quality. So what’s not to like?” Check out the complete interview below.

Brightcove is one of a handful of encoding and video platform companies that was part of Google’s official announcement, and Mendels told me that the company already has a demo implementation of WebM up and running. It’s not quite ready for deployment with Brightcove’s customers, especially since most end users don’t have browsers that play back WebM yet, but Mendels said that’s only a question of time. “I think it will happen really quickly,” he told me.

One of the first Brightcove customers to test WebM could be the New York Times. The paper was an early adopter of HTML5 streaming for the iPad, and Mendels said that it has been “consistently progressive” about embracing new trends.

Some commenters doubt whether Google will be able to achieve significant market share for WebM anytime soon, but Mendels didn’t seem too worried about that. The online video world will be fragmented for the next three years, he predicted, but WebM will quickly be able to gain the upper hand. “One to two years… is a pretty reasonable guess,” he said.

Written by Francisco Espinosa

June 3rd, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Posted in Film/Video News,Tech

Cisco Predicts Video Will Make Up 91% of all Internet Traffic by 2014

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Article by: Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen
June 2, 2010

Today Cisco Systems released its annual Visual Networking Index (VNI), and the results are intriguing if not exactly surprising. By the end of this year, Cisco predicts that video will exceed P2P as the top traffic contributor, making it the first year that P2P has not been the leading traffic type. The company also says that by 2014 all forms of video—TV, VoD, Internet video, and P2P—will comprise more than 91% of all internet traffic. That doesn’t mean that 91% of all internet traffic will involve video, of course, and the company notes that popular activities like VoIP are relatively light in bandwidth consumption. It’s also worth noting that the report doesn’t distinguish between uploading and downloading of video; we can only assume the 91% includes uploading, downloading, streaming, progressive download, and file sharing.

And of that video traffic in 2014, Cisco expects 42% of it to be made up of 3D and HD content, though notably the report doesn’t offer a definition of HD video, so we don’t know if it’s 1080p, 720p, or both (or a more nebulous definition.

See the graph below for a breakdown of 12 categories of internet traffic.

Cisco's Video Forecast for 2014

Written by Francisco Espinosa

June 3rd, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Posted in Film/Video News,Tech