How to be Productive


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September 19, 2014


Edition: September 2014

You know those people who get so much done it seems like they have 30 hours in every day while the rest of us mere mortals have a measly 24? You know, the ones who seem to get more accomplished before breakfast than you do all day?

You can actually become one of them. For starters, spend one minute replying to each email – max — and don’t feel compelled to respond to everything. Also, take a play from Steve Jobs, Hillary Clinton, President Obama and Mark Zuckerberg and wear the same thing every day. It saves time that you spend trying on different outfits every day, says Anna Vital, the co-founder of the San Francisco-based startup organization Funders and Founders who compiled the tips and made the infographic below.

Take a break from your procrastinating and check out the infographic below.

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Get it Done: 35 Habits of the Most Productive People (Infographic)

Boris Continuum Complete 9 Now Available for FCP X and Motion 5


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September 18, 2014

by BorisFX

Welcome to Boris Continuum Complete (BCC) – the world’s most comprehensive visual effects plug-in collection.  BCC contains over two hundred effects spanning 17 effects categories including plug-ins for 3D text, chroma keying, image restoration, glows, lens flares, volumetric lighting, transitions, and much more.  For a full introduction to BCC for Final Cut Pro and Motion including video highlights, filter galleries, and a wealth of online tutorials please visit

Boris Continuum Complete FxPlug 9.0.2 for Apple’s Final Cut Pro X and Motion was released on 9/15/2014.

BCC 9 FxPlug for FCP X and Motion – Supported Host Environments:

Mac OSX 10.9:

  • Final Cut Pro X 10.1
  • Motion 5.1

Note that BCC9 requires Final Cut Pro 10.1 and Motion 5.1 (or higher) which in turn require Mac OS 10.9 (or higher).  If you need BCC for older versions of Final Cut Pro or Motion please consult the BorisFX website or contact BorisFX sales.


What’s New in BCC 9 for FCP + Motion (Recap of major changes since BCC 8):

  • 9 new effects and 24 new/redesigned transitions:


2-Strip Color Laser Beam Pan & Zoom – now 3D
Chroma Key Studio 2 Lens Correction Uprez
Edge Grunge Magic Sharp Vignette
Grunge (Motion)


Blobs Wipe Lens Distortion Wipe Rings Wipe
Blur Dissolve Lens Flare Dissolve Ripple Dissolve
Checker Wipe Lens Flare Round Tile Wipe
Composite Dissolve Lens Flare Spiked Tritone Dissolve
Damaged TV Dissolve Lens Flash Twister
Film Glow Dissolve Light Wipe Vector Blur Dissolve
Flutter Cut Rays Dissolve Vignette Wipe
Grid Wipe Ribbon Wipe Water Waves Dissolve
  • Pan and Zoom enhancements:
    • 3D moves
    • Cropping
    • Vignette
    • Improved action/title safe guides
  • New HTML-based help system offering richer and more dynamic learning guides.
  • Improved 4K rendering support in OpenGL accelerated filters.
  • Native float rendering support for effects in the 3D Objects category.
  • Hardware antialiasing for enhanced edge quality in the 3D Objects category.
  • Major performance improvements in some OpenGL filters such as Damanged TV, Scanlines, and Glint.
  • New Gradient feature in many BCC Wipe transitions.
  • Integrated Beat Reactor added to Stage Light.
  • Composite On Source and Gamma Adjustment added to Stage Light.
  • Built in Motion Blur added to Corner Pin.
  • Tracker Time Offset added to Corner Pin.
  • Colored Background option added to Swish Pan.
  • Brightness Peak and Control Peak added to Lens Transition.
  • New presets added across a wide range of effects.
  • Numerous bug fixes.

Getting Started:

If you are new to working with BCC in FCP X or Motion 5 (and even if you are not) we recommend you review our Working in Final Cut Pro and Motion page for important tips on gettings started with BCC in these hosts.


Help / Training / Support:

Numerous resources are available for helping you get the most out of Boris Continuum Complete.

Is Final Cut Pro X or Premiere Pro Better at Compression?


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September 15, 2014

by Noam Kroll

There is a Massive Quality Difference Between FCP X & Premiere Pro – Guess Which One Is Far Better At Compression?

Cinematographer and editor Noam Kroll tests out video compression using the same settings on both Apple Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro.

He writes, “On a recent project of mine though, I noticed that when using my standard H.264 settings in Adobe Premiere Pro the result of the final product didn’t look quite right. It was blocky, over compressed, and even the colors seemed a bit off. I even went back and re-exported the file to make sure that all my settings were in place – including checking off ‘Use Maximum Render Quality’, but still I had the same poor results. So I went back to FCP X and did an output using the exact same settings and there was absolutely no question that the FCP X output looked far better. I ran this same test again using Compressor and Adobe Media Encoder and had the exact same results.”

Read the full post here.



In my recently released Guide To Capturing Cinematic Images With Your DSLR, I go into detail on compression, workflows, color grading and more (amongst lots of camera/lighting tips). So if you’re interested be sure to click here to learn more. 

Written by Noam Kroll

Noam Kroll

Noam Kroll is an award winning Los Angeles based filmmaker, and founder of the boutique production company Creative Rebellion.

24p HD Restoration

Originally posted on digitalfilms:


There’s a lot of good film content that only lives on 4×3 SD 29.97 interlaced videotape masters. Certainly in many cases you can go back and retransfer the film to give it new life, but for many small filmmakers, the associated costs put that out of reach. Is there a way to get an acceptable HD product from an old Digibeta master without breaking the bank? A recent project of mine would say, yes.

How we got here

I had a rather storied history with this film. It was originally shot on 35mm negative, framed for 1.85:1, with the intent to end up with a cut negative and release prints for theatrical distribution. It was being posted around 2001 at a facility where I worked and I was involved with some of the post production, although not the original edit. At the time, synced dailies were transferred to Beta-SP with…

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How to put a dollar sign on your freelance work (and come out on top!)


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September 12, 2014


Deciding on what to charge clients for your freelance video editing work can be pretty intimidating.

You may have an idea on what you want to charge based on the industry average, but sometimes that little voice in your head starts to pipe up and you become embarrassed that you are going to overcharge, and end up charging peanuts for gold quality work.
Or on the other hand, ambitiously set a rate that may not reflect your quality of work (no offense!) and you stifle future business.

If this sounds like a problem that’s currently plaguing you, whether you’re just starting out in the industry, or looking to review your pricing, we’ve created these helpful hints that should make your decision process a whole lot easier and comfortable.

We’ll take you through the pro’s and cons of how to charge for your services (day rate / project rate / alternative pay / no pay), and also discuss how to price yourself!

So grab a coffee and get comfortable. Hopefully by the end of this article you’ll have a better idea of what to charge and whether what you are currently charging is appropriate.

Lets start with…DAY RATE. 

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The Benefits of Shooting with Fast Prime Lenses


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Jeff Riegel, Editor:

Post from Rich Harrington at Photofocus…

Originally posted on Photofocus:

Why use a fast prime lens? Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman cover its benefits in this tutorial, including more accurate lighting and the ability to manipulate depth of field. Watch the follow-up movies within this series at….

This specific tutorial is from the Video Gear Weekly series presented by authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman. The complete course is presented as a weekly series and offefs reviews and tips on the latest video gear, from cameras like the Blackmagic 4K and GoPros to lighting, accessories, and adapters.

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Can It Be Done? Batch Exporting from Final Cut Pro X


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September 11, 2014

by MacBreak Studios

Steve Martin from Ripple Training busts the myth that you have to use Compressor to batch export your projects.

As always, don’t forget that Steve and Mark Spencer have a great set of tutorials for Final Cut Pro X and Motion (from beginner to advanced) over on the Ripple Training website.


An In-Depth Look at Codecs


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September 10, 2014


In the below video, cinematographer David Kong presents an in-depth, but digestible, look at codecs.

As Kong writes on Philip Bloom’s blog, “Codecs can sound impossibly complex when all you get is a bunch of numbers and acronyms, but the main concepts at work really aren’t that complicated. I explain the concepts behind different types of codecs, but I also give some real-world examples which should help you understand how these algorithms work on a practical level, pulling frames into Photoshop to break them down and examine how our codecs have changed the image.”

Watch below and read more here.

Creating Cinemagraphs in FCPX and Motion


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September 9, 2014


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What on earth is a cinemagraph and how do you make one? This new episode of MacBreak Studio explains all.

Well what can we say! Mark says that we were the inspiration for this latest episode of MacBreak Studio. Cinemagraphs can be simple to make and look great when when used in the right place.

In this latest episode of MacBreak Studio, Mark Spencer shows Steve Martin how to build a simple cinemagraph in Final Cut Pro X and a more complicated one in Motion.

If you would like to know more about Motion, make sure you check out Mark’s excellent tutorials. If you are new, we can recommend this:

Getting Started in Motion

If you would like to see the sequence Mark referred to in the opening, take a look at the VT package called ‘Time’ that was aired on the BBC about 15 months ago. More details on how those cinemagraphs were created in this article on Extra points for spotting Stephen Fry in the audience!



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