Wednesday, January 30, 2008

WHERE DO I PUT MY FINAL CUT PRO MEDIA?

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COOL GRAPHIC VIDEO BACKROUND MADE IN MOTION

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

NEED TO COMPRESS FILES SMALL BUT HIGH QUALITY QUICKTIME H.264

NEED TO COMPRESS FILES SMALL BUT HIGH QUALITY QUICKTIME H.264

IT'S UNDER "OPTIONS" WHEN YOU MAKE A QUICKTIME MOVIE. IT ONLY WORKS IN QUICKTIME 7 OR BETTER. MAKE SURE THE PERSON WHO'S WATCHING IT HAS QUICKTIME OR THEY WONT BE ABLE TO SEE IT. GREAT FOR WEBSITES AND MAKING DVDS.



QuickTime 7 features a state-of-the-art video codec called H.264, which delivers stunning quality at remarkably low data rates. Ratified as part of the MPEG-4 standard (MPEG-4 Part 10), this ultra-efficient technology gives you excellent results across a broad range of bandwidths, from 3G for mobile devices to iChat AV for video conferencing to HD for broadcast and DVD.

SMOKIN ACES MOVIE REVIEW



OK, I GET IT. IT'S FAST AND FURIOUS AND THESE PEOPLE ARE OUT OF CONTROL. A MILLION DOLLAR BOUNTY TO KILL THIS SNITCH PLAYED BY JEREMY PIVEN. ALICIA KEYS IS A STANDOUT AS THE SISTA HITWOMAN AND RYAN REYNOLDS DOES A GREAT JOB AS THE FBI AGENT WHO PULLS THE PLUG. CARNAHAN BUILDS THE TENSION AND THE BLOODY BODYCOUNT SCENE BY SCENE. HE'S DEFINITLEY INFLUENCED BY TARATINO AND THE FINAL BLOODY GUNFIGHT IS DEFINITELY INFLUENCED BY "TRUE ROMANCE." BLOODY, NASTY AND OUTTA CONTROL THIS IS DEFINITLEY NOT A DATE MOVIE BUT TOTALLY WORTH A RENTAL.

Avid "PERFECT PITCH" CONTEST


We're looking for the Perfect Pitch!

Do you have a unique, compelling story concept? Are you looking for help getting your film made? Give us your best 60-second video pitch and see what the world and our panel of industry experts have to say. You could win prizes such as:

  • A trip to the Sundance Independent Producers Conference
  • Your film trailer cut for free by Hollywood Trailer House, Secret Headquarters Incorporated
  • Consulting time with distribution expert Stacey Parks
  • A membership to www.filmspecific.com
  • Consulting time with cinematographer Jon Fauer, ASC
  • Red Giant Magic Bullet software for color and VFX
  • An HP 8710w mobile workstation
http://digitalcontentproducer.com/perfectpitch/

Rewind Kindly Competition - Free editing software from Dell

Rewind Kindly Competition

By Neal Romanek

Jan 10, 2008 - 6:20:26 AM

Beginning on January 1, teams can sign up at www.filmmakingfrenzy.com to compete in REWIND KINDLY, a filmmaking competition inspired by BE KIND REWIND sponsored by AMD and Dell. Teams will have until January 18 at midnight to complete and upload an up-to-five-minute, homemade, low-budget remake of a popular Hollywood film. It's free to compete and you can choose any movie under the sun to remake! Submitted films will be screened at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema South Lamar on January 22nd and 23rd followed by the AMD/Dell Rewind Kindly awards ceremony and "best of" screening on January 24. After the awards ceremony, stick around for the first midnight screening of the movie we cannot wait to see: BE KIND REWIND. First prize is a brand new quad-core Dell editing station with a 30-inch monitor and runner up is a Dell 17" laptop. The winning films will also be included in the Alamo Drathouse preshow for the duration of the BE KIND REWIND theatrical engagement. See www.filmmakingfrenzy.com for complete details. Director Michel Gondry continues the surreal efforts of ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND and THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP with the imaginative comedy BE KIND REWIND. Jack Black plays a man who accidentally erases every movie at a local video store, then he and the video store employee (Mos Def) must reconstruct every film by acting them out. The movie opens at the Alamo South Lamar on January 25.

GREAT FREE TUTORIALS FOR FINAL CUT PRO


From the UC berkely website.

http://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/video/finalcut/

Friday, January 25, 2008

FREE VIRUS SOFTWARE DOWNLOADS

Mac and PC users beware. You can get a virus from anything you download. Do not crack software. Beware of all these serial number sites and free download sites for Apple Final Cut, Motion, Avid, Adobe, etc. Do not install any files that say .exe unless you but it from a store. Forget about serial keygens and drop zones. It's not worth it. If you do try bit torrents and rapid share free downloads then make sure you back up your computer first because you might get some adware or other virus that cripples you computer and registry. This also goes from music and free mp3 downloads from Limewire and other download sites. Hacker beware. You just might ruin your computer and all its files. Most companies have free trial downloads and student discounts.

http://www.tech-faq.com/download-free-anti-virus-software.shtml

SNAPZ PRO X FREE MOVIE CAPTURE SOFTWARE


SNAPZ PRO X is great screen movie and still capture software that makes qts and jpgs. It's 29$ for still version and $69 for movie. Free 15v day trial at http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/snapzprox/

Summary: Snapz Pro X is by far the most powerful, versatile, and easy to use screen capture solution for Mac OS X. Whether you're writing online manuals that require visual examples, or simply recording video of your flight simulator dogfighting skills, Snapz Pro X is the ultimate utility for capturing moving or still pictures on Mac OS.

Friday, January 18, 2008

THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM FAN TRAILER

CONTACT: finalcutprostudioblog@gmail.com


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Thursday, January 17, 2008

DIE HARD - LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD MOVIE REVIEWS

I love the "Die Hard" series. Its on DVD now Bruce Willis is perfect as detective John MClane the wisecracking loner who loves to mess with the bad guys.
The latest installment, "Live fre or Die Hard", is one wiseass remark after another with plenty of reaction shots by the new sidekick, Justin Long the hacker who can break Pentagon and CIA codes. I loved the movie the entire way until it got to the end when Willis jumps off a highway ramp onto a jet fighter and lives after riding it around for a few minutes like a mechanical bull. The lost me there. But most of the way it's a fun ride. The villan Timothy Olyphant is mena as hell but he better give back McClane's daughter if he knows what's good for him.

THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM MOVIE REVIEW.

The Bourne Ultimatum is a great movie. As is its predecessors The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy. The final installment is faster and much more furious than the others. It took director Paul green grass six weeks to edit the final chase scene and it took Matt Damon 600 packs of cigarettes to finish the movie. I am an editor of tv and films. I love fast frenetic NYPD style editing with jump cuts and zooms and pans. This was almost too much for me . This movie is a non-stop chase from start to finish with so many explosions and punches and neck cracks that I had a headache by the end. It's much more manageable on DVD especially if you pause it. A great performance by Damon and the hand to hand fist fight in the Morroccan apartment is awesome.
Some of my favorite scens in movies come from these films. Another one is when in the first film Damon goes after the snipe in the woods and kills him in the field. Buy the trilogy on DVD.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

JING - FREE CAPTURE SOFTWARE - CAPTURE STILLS AND VIDEO AND SHARE


http://www.jingproject.com/


The concept of Jing is the always-ready program that instantly captures and shares images and video…from your computer to anywhere.

VERY COOL MOTION GRAPHICS REEL


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www.bubble-squeak.com/site03/mo_showreel04.html

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Californication is the best new show on TV.


Californication is the best new show on TV. It's raw and wacky and real. I didn't have the same experience in L.A. but I know several that did. Good for Duchovny to come back with a great show after the X-files.

Click on the icon at the top right of the home page to check it out on Showtime.

FREE FINAL CUT AUDIO METER PLUG-INS


CREATE DIFFERENT AUDIO METERS FROM MUSI C. CLICK ON THE LINK.
www.coremelt.com/products/products-for-final-cut-studio/download-veeyou.html

FREE FINAL CUT PLUGINS FROM TOO MUCH TOO SOON.


e Too Much Too Soon Free FXScrips

Copyright 2002-2007 Mattias Sandström/Too Much Too Soon

These scripts are freeware, meaning you may copy and distribute them free of charge as long as they're kept intact, including the copyright message. Feel free to use the code as inspiration for your own scripts, but don't steal.

Install by copying this folder to your FCP or FCE plugins directory (Usually /Library/Application Support/Final Cut Pro System Support/Plugins). Have fun.

The Scripts

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Slow Motion (New July 2007)
Change the speed of interlaced video to 50% then apply this. It will alternate between the fields creating the smoothest slow motion possible.

Regrain (New July 2007)
When working with film footage it's either often necessary to remove the grain before performing things like sharpening and keying, or some filters you add like diffusion and time remapping will remove grain that you wanted to keep. Drop the origina clip on this filter, and it will lift the grain from it and add it back. If you regrain something that was previously "noise reduced" make sure you use the same settings and you will get near lossless performance.

Smart Anamorphic (Updated July 2007)
Stretches 4:3 footage to 16:9 without cropping. Make sure you remove any automatically added distortions in the motion tab before you apply this. Currently in beta so please send all the feedback you got. This update stretches in a more subtle way, more like the panorama setting on many widescreen tv's.

Noise Reduction (Updated July 2007)
New Heavy Blur method may remove more noise, but may also create an artificial look. Mainly meant for web video and for footage that will be Regrained, see the new filter. You can also chose to show edges, to fine tune what's considered detail in the image and what is noise. Removes video noise and grain by averaging pixels where there's no detail. Aside from giving you a cleaner image, this can really improve the results you'd get from most compression schemes.

Smart Noise Reduction
Reduces noise considerably by averaging frames where there's no motion. Needs to be first in the filter chain to work properly.

Smart Deinterlace
Deinterlaces motion areas only, maintaining maximum sharpness and minimizing artifacts. Needs to be first in the filter chain to work properly.

Custom Diffusion
Add diffusion with more control than the old one, but otherwise the same effect.

Hair Removal
Just razor on each side of the frame with the hair or dust speck, draw a line over it, select whether to replace it with the previous or next image, add an optional offset, and it magically disappears. You'll find that simply drawing the line is sufficient in most situations.

Clock
Generates a digital clock, for countdowns or whatever. The update adds the option to select which figures are shown, plus you can now count hours too. The clock doesn't animate on its own, so you have to keyframe the "milliseconds" slider. I thought that would be the most flexible way of handling this...

Flashframe
A flashframe transition. Now with optional gradual pre and (!) post blur and luma clamping for legal levels.

Color Balance
Adjusts color balance without changing the luminance. Works a little like the built in color balance filter as well as the Quicktime RGB filter, but much better and more intuitive than both.

Color Balance 3-way
As above but with separate controls for shadows, midtones and highlights. Similar to the color balance tool found in many image manipulation tools for stills.

Clock
Generates a digital clock, for countdowns or whatever. The update adds milliseconds to the display. I suggest you crop the frame to select the number of decimals you need. The clock doesn't animate on its own, so you have to keyframe the "seconds" slider. I thought that would be the most flexible way of handling this...

Scratch Removal
Removes vertical scratches from old and damaged film. Move the sliders (you can enter fractions by hand for fine tuning) until the guide covers the scratch and then uncheck the guide box. Scratches like these are often stationary but otherwise the filter is completely keyframeable.

Anamorphic Squeeze
The benefit of doing this using a filter is that the letterbox area becomes usable for other filters applied to the same clip, such as Timecode Reader. This is not the case when you use the anamorphic checkbox or the motion settings. Make sure you undo any other squeeze before applying this.

Shadow/Highlight Gamma
Applies gamma correction to the highlights and shadows independently. Originally designed to correct the excessive contrast often found in film material transfered on a film chain, but feel free to use it whichever way you want.

Black & White
Offers more control over the conversion to black & white than simple desaturation. Use it to emulate different b&w filmstocks as well as camera filters. I like to use 50% red and 50% green and lose the blue altogether for that orange filter look.

Chroma Resample
Resamples the chroma channel using FCP's bicubic interpolation instead of Quicktime's built in nearest neighbor algorithm. Makes keying a lot easier and generally improves the image, especially if used with the Black & White or Fast Deinterlace filters.

Diffusion
Silk stocking, Soft Filter, ProMist, LoCon, Diffusion and so on -- this filter does it. Just experiment with the settings. Normal, Overlay and Screen seems to be the most useful transfer modes, but don't let that stop you.

Speeder III
Speed ramping tool. Ramps by keyframing the frame number or progress percentage. Works on the clip it's applied to, but if you want to change the duration you can apply it to a scrap clip and drop the clip to ramp in the source clip box.

Fast Deinterlace
Same as the built in, but it renders more than twice as fast. And now it shouldn't destroy the last line of video as it sometimes did before.

Black Restore
If you've lost the blacks for some reason, like video noise, bad telecine or dirty VHS heads, or even because of some filter you applied, this one's for you. It gives the image its punch back, with deeper blacks and better saturation in dark colors, without changing the brightness of the rest of the image.

Blend Fields
This does the exact same thing as the famous "double deinterlace filmlook method," but it renders *a lot* faster.

Mosaic
Well, mosaic.

Reduce Flicker
Same as Blend Fields, but only blends where there's interlace artifacts. Useful for removing flicker in text and still images while preserving as much sharpness as possible.

RGB Gamma
A simple but effective color corrector.

Typewriter
Types the letters one at a time. Uses keyframes to control the speed, which allows for a more "real" and "natural" typing look. Try it with the Harting font.

http://www.mattias.nu/plugins/


THE MACBOOK AIR

THE NEW MACBOOK AIR WAS UNVIELED TODAY AT MACWOORLD IN SANFRANCISCO. ITS 3 LBS AND HAS A 13.3 INCH SCREEN IT STARTS AT $1399.

THE ONLY DOWNSIDE IS THAT IT HAS ONLY 80 GIGS OR RAM. A DEALBREAKER FOR SOME.
http://www.apple.com/macbookair/

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THE NEW IPHONE MAY HAVE VIDEO.

IT WILL HAVE MORE MEMORY AND MAYBE 3G. ANNOUNCED TODAY AT MACWORLD.


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Saturday, January 12, 2008

What laptop computer or notebook to buy? PC or mac?


If you need a computer for email and word documents get a pc. The are cheap. lenovo, Compaq, Hp, acer, emachines, sony.

But if you want to edit video, make dvds, make websites, create songs, make magazines, and create graphics abnd animations. get a mac. The free software alone makes it worth it.

I life is fre and it has imovie for videos idvd for dvd authoring, garageband for making music, and iweb for making movies.

For basic use buy a pc. For unlimited creativity and professional use. Buy a mac.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

HOW TO MAKE A SHORT FILM UNDER $200 (EXCERPT) TO ORDER FULL DVD (45 MIN.) *ORDER INFORMATION BELOW. ONLY $9.95!

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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

THE CASTLE EDITED ON FINAL CUT PRO

"THE CASTLE " DIRECTED BY SHAWN VENTURA
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