Post Production


A Conversation with Nancy St. John, VFK Producer


Nancy St. John has been in the visual effects business for over 30 years. In 1996 she was the production side visual effects producer for the Academy Award Winner “Babe” and in 2001 for another Academy Award winner, Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator”. She was also a visual effects producer for the Academy Award Nominee “I-Robot” in…


Dialogue Editing – Where to Edit


By necessity, editing dialogue involves making splices. You must get from this shot to the next—where do you jump? By far the most common place to move between clips is in the space between them. This allows for a natural transfer of energy from one source to another (see below), and it usually works. Longer…


Modeling in CINEMA 4D Lite


FOR EXERCISE #1, SEE THE PREVIOUS POST – CINEMA 4D Lite and CINEWARE – The Interface, the Workflow and Getting Started. Download ( the file to your hard drive. It contains all the files needed to play along! Modeling in CINEMA 4D Lite The first step in a 3D modeling workflow is the creation…

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Music for Film and Television – Source Music and Song Licensing


SONGS IN MOVIES Songs have been a big part of the movie-making process ever since the beginning of “talkies,” with Al Jolson singing “My Mammy” in The Jazz Singer (1927)—a prime example of an on-camera featured song in a movie. Songs have always been an important part of entertainment, and their attraction, interest, and “pull”…


CINEMA 4D Lite and CINEWARE – The Interface, the Workflow and Getting Started


What is CINEMA 4D Lite and CINEWARE? MAXON CINEMA 4D is one of the leading 3D software packages used today to create stunning 3D motion graphics, product visualizations, video game assets, and much more. It provides an intuitive, user-friendly interface and set of tools for 3D modeling, texturing, lighting, animation, and rendering. After Effects CC…

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Final Cut Pro X Tutorial: Syncing Audio


Most DSLR shooters are already aware of PluralEyes and DualEyes. But the new version of Final Cut X will also sync external audio recorders with DSLR audio files. This lesson shows you how. Preparing files Without any pre-rendering, I imported the files. (I’ve heard that you can edit H.264 files from DSLR live, and I’m…

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Are You Qualified? The Biggest Issue of Secondary Color Correction


For me, the biggest issue of secondary color correction is qualification. I’m not talking about whether the colorist is skilled enough to do it. I’m talking about what portion of the image you are trying to qualify—in other words, “choose”—as the section in which you make alterations. “To qualify” or “qualification” means that an area…


Postproduction – Offsite Collaboration and the Cloud


“The cloud” refers to a method of data storage which is by nature decentralized, offering both data redundancy and ready access almost anywhere on the planet. The concept is a little misleading since “the cloud” is not really up in the sky as the name suggests; rather, it involves remote computing from distant locations and…

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Optimizing Your Computer for Final Cut Pro


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


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…

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