Post Production

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Optimizing Your Computer for Final Cut Pro

by Tom Wolsky

Final Cut Pro Version 10.1 is designed to take advantage of the newest technologies included in Mavericks OS 10.9, particularly it takes advantage of what Apple calls Timer Coalescing and Compressed Memory, which speeds up low-level system events. Timer Coalescing allows these system events to be grouped, to happen in bursts when there is available…


Avid Smart Tool Functions

by Steve Hullfish

Avid editors have certainly used the Timeline for decades, but Avid has always been much more conducive to keyboard editing. Final Cut Pro editors—and I realize that I’m generalizing—are often much more comfortable moving and trimming their sequences using the arrow tool and the Timeline trimming functions to drag segments and transitions quickly and efficiently…


Avoiding Pitfalls in Production that Affect Post

by Scott Arundale and Tashi Trieu

Workflow Best Practices When making critical pre-production decisions about the type of camera and workflow to utilize, a good place to start is determining both your editing format and the eventual exhibition format for the project. For a web or mobile audience, shooting 4K is overkill and will result in an expensive post-production process for…


DSLR Cameras and Location Audio

by Dean Miles

DSLRs have become the choice of many camera operators worldwide. The Internet is loaded with footage, good and bad, shot with these types of cameras. The pictures are great. The audio . . . not so much. With audio being an afterthought, the ability to record quality sound with any consistency is impossible. I’m having…


Avid’s ScriptSync – An Overview

by Steve Hullfish

If you have a script, you can import it into Media Composer. With the script imported, it is then possible to link specific shots and takes to exact portions of the script. This is similar in appearance to a traditionally marked-up script from a script supervisor. Actually, you or an assistant editor can use those…


Dialogue Editing – The Trouble with Digital Picture

by John Purcell

In theory, a picture file in a computer will flawlessly sync with a DAW session playing from the same computer. Sometimes it does. Other times, picture or sound will be systematically delayed. Or sync may be spot on one time you hit play, and soft the next. Or worst of all, sound and image may…


Film Grain in Postproduction – Bringing Texture Back

by Kurt Lancaster

A form of postproduction that can be applied to CinemaDNG files is film grain. For some, the idea of shooting in raw reflects in some ways an approach to filmmaking that harkens back to the days of working on film. What is lost in digital filmmaking involves the loss of texture. Film grain is one…


Shot Transitions When Editing Dialogue Tracks: Basic Rules of Thumb

by John Purcell

Moving smoothly from shot to shot is what makes a scene believable. Managing noise is what makes a scene bearable. Keeping processing to a minimum is what makes a scene natural. Balance these competing interests and a scene will work. There are a few overarching principles that are common to all edits from one shot…

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Avid Uncut Pro Tip – Prepping Feature Films with JC Bond

by Steve Hullfish

One of the premiere editorial assistants in the world of high-end film editorial is JC Bond. Bond is also an accomplished film editor in his own right, but he’s assisted on some of the biggest movies of the last decade including Men In Black II, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Charlie and the…

Fig. 1.12 This image shows the tab of one bin being dragged to another bin so that they occupy the same space. This helps maximize screen real estate, especially when editing on a laptop.

Managing Bins Inside a Project in Avid

by Steve Hullfish

There are a number of reasons to have some discipline about how you organize your bins. One of the main ones is that open bins require RAM, and the more items in an open bin, the more RAM will be sucked up. So, by limiting the items in your bins and limiting the number of…

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