Morphing transitions tutorial in FCPX


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October 31, 2014


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Have you ever edited an interview together and either run out of cover shots, wanted to nip out some ‘ers’ or just wanted to butt two bites together and not resort to an obvious cutaway?  This is a very clever way to morph between jump cuts in an interview. forum regular T Payton has come up with an ingenious way of morphing over cuts in interviews. This type of morphing isn’t new, we have to give Zac Peric the original credit for harnessing optical flow in this way. Unfortunately his website with the original demo looks like it has been taken over by an iPhone selling WordPress bot.

Back to T Payton as he takes the whole process many steps further. By building a two frame movie, reimporting and then re-timing using optical flow, he creates a morph transition between clips.


A very clever technique and we have to thank T for making and sharing the tutorial.

A couple of things to note here. First of all your background needs to be still, if the interview was shot handheld then forget about it, it will look very ugly with morphs. Maybe stabilizing the shots first using tripod mode might just fix things.

Secondly, don’t bother diving into Motion to try and create a custom morphing transition that can be published to FCPX. Motion will not let you re-time the A&B inputs in a transition. We spent quite a chunk of time trying a while ago and failed. Cloned layers, dummy movies, we tried the lot!

The Interactive Photography Flow Chart Every Beginning Filmmaker Should Have


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October 30, 2014

by V Renée, nofilmschool

We’ve all been there: a newbie with a camera, a subject, but no clue of what to do. This chart should help you get started.

Where to Start Chart

Mark Wallace’s “Where to Start Chart” is not your average educational infographic. It’s interactive. Each bubble in the chart contains a link to one of Mark’s helpful video tutorials that goes into the subject matter more in-depth. So, for example, if you wanted to learn more about depth of field, all you would have to do is click the “DOF” bubble on the chart, and voilà, the corresponding video will open in your browser.

This video should provide a good introduction to the chart for you…


The “Where to Start Chart” is free for everyone, so just click here to get your hands on it. It also gets updated regularly, so be sure to check back from time to time to make sure that yours is the most up to date version.     

**This chart was created by Adorama TV.  AdoramaTV is your one-stop source for daily exclusive videos, workshops, online tutorials, product reviews, gear guides, interviews, and more. Geared towards photographers and filmmakers of all levels, join our team of expert pros (Joe McNally, Gavin Hoey, Bryan Peterson, Tamara Lackey, Mark Wallace, and others) for the latest imaging tips, tutorials, and how-tos. Whether you’re an enthusiast or a pro, AdoramaTV is a prime resource to help you learn, grow, and enhance your skills while connecting with our vibrant community through the power of images.,00005a57ffffa5a8-nd/channels4_banner.png

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Learn Something New: Adobe After Effects


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October 29, 2014

by Paul Andrew, Envato

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Learn Something New: Adobe After Effects


After Effects’ extensive and professional-level array of tools and features has made it the first-choice for professional and amateur filmmakers and animators for a number of years now.

But for anyone that is just starting out with the application, it can have an intimidating learning curve. So, to help get you on the path to visual storytelling genius, and as part of out Learn Something New series, we have a 10 part video course that has been specifically designed to help anyone that is stepping into the world of After Effects for the very first time.

This series will have you creating fantastic effects for your movies in no time!

The series has been produced by Dave Scotland, a 12 year CG expert with a natural gift for making the technical seem simple. We are good hand here folks!

Before you dive into the tutorials, perhaps you should download this After Effects cheat sheet, it will help, especially when it comes to learning After Effects terminology.


After watching these tutorials, hopefully you will feel more comfortable working within After Effects.

Where do you go from here? Your next step could be to take your skills to the next level by heading over to Tuts+ and exploring their extensive library of After Effects tutorials, or you could grab an AE template from VideoHive and learn how the real pros put their projects together. Or, just have some fun with the template and put into practice some of the skills you learned today.

So, have you learned something new today?

Amazing Music Generator Xhail Can Make A Whole Score Based On A Single Word!


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October 28, 2014


(Thanks to Spencer Fusselman for posting…)

As the title suggests, not only will it make a unique piece of music off a single word, but it will never generate the same idea twice. We honestly can’t wait for this to be publicly available.  See the video below (full-screen is best) for a cool demo or Xhail’s website for more information. Helper: Download Vids from Social Sites


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October 27, 2014


…Helps you to download files from YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, and more than 40 other just in one click.  Click on the above icon to download this cool Firefox ability.

***If you want to give it a test even before downloading, just type in “ss” before a youtube link to download:

After the installation is complete you could:

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Download from»

On the page, where you watch a video file, appears a “Download” button, which lets you save video in desired quality.

Try it once and you will agree that this is the most convenient YouTube downloader you ever used!

You can download videos directly from embedded YouTube players. Just hover a cursor on it and a “Download” button appears. Click to save a video in the desired quality.

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Download from and»

On the page, where you watch a video file, appears the “Download” button, which lets you save video in desired quality.

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Download your favorite videos with a click.

From user pages, news feeds, or even comments. Move the mouse pointer over the link – a green arrow will appear. Click the arrow and choose the preferred video quality.


Download from VK» helper adds a possibility to download mp3, video and albums with user photographs.

If you want to download all music tracks from a particular page, open the menu of the helper and use the following command: “Download all mp3 files”.

Read more in the article How to download vkontakte music, videos and photos for free

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This extension allows downloading music and video from website. On a page with music, when hovering over a track, a button for downloading and a short information about the file size and bitrate appear.

Read more in the article How to download music and videos from

A download button button will appear next to the links, which is able to process.
Pressing that button you will get a direct link in 1 click. This link can be easily
grabbed by your download manager software or web browser.
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Install helper and start enjoying
all the benefits right away!

Custom transitions using adjustment layers

Jeff Riegel, Editor:

Nicely done article explaining how to make your own custom transitions…

Originally posted on digitalfilms:


Sometimes you just want to use a unique transition effect, however, you might not own a package of third party plug-ins with custom transitions. If you are an FCP X / Motion user, then you can create a custom transition as a Motion  template. But, maybe that’s too much trouble when you are in the thick of things. There is actually a very simple technique that After Effects artists have used for years. That’s using an adjustment layer above a cut or dissolve between two shots and applying filters within the adjustment layer.

This works in FCP X, Premiere Pro CC and Media Composer. The first two actually have adjustment layer effects, though in FCP X, it’s based on a blank title generator. In Media Composer, you can add edits into empty video tracks and apply effects to any section of a blank track, which effectively makes this process the…

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DSLRPros 3-Axis Handheld Stabilizers


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October 24, 2014

By Jeff Foster |

Two Amazing New 3-Axis Powered Stabilizers for Smartphones and GoPros

Never before have 3-axis brushless motor-driven handheld stabilizers been more needed than with release of the latest smartphones and GoPro cameras! I’ve had a chance to test both of these products from DSLRPros and give you a sample of how they work and what kind of results you can expect from them.

DSLRPros 3-Axis Smartphone Stabilizer

When I first shared the news about the DSLRPros 3-Axis Smartphone Stabilizer on PVC back in April, 2014, it was a while before I actually got a unit to test myself. We had a chance to give away a few at my Drone Workshop on CreativeLive when it aired back in July but I’ve since had a chance to test it with a couple different phones – including the iPhone 5 and iPhone 6*.

It works just like a 3-Axis gimbal like you’d find on a drone or other electronic stabilized system for larger cameras, such as the DJI Ronin. Only this small stabilizer is perfectly balanced to cradle a smartphone with it’s spring-grip clap design that easily adjusts for a variety* of phone sizes. (*Note: will not accommodate the larger smartphones like the Samsung Note or iPhone 6+)



Filming the documentary “The Lost Clipper” in Micronesia

For much more on this article including helpful comparison videos, click here.

Free HD Textures from Texture Labs


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October 23, 2014

By Kim Sternisha, Toolfarm

Texture Labs, a new, online, high res library has tons of high quality HD textures that are free for personal or commercial use, handy for upcoming web and video projects.

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Wooden Planks

Need wood, concrete, plaster, grass, fabric, dirt, doors, windows for your latest project?  Texture Labs has created an online library full of textures and tileable materials.  You can use the textures in your works, but you can’t sell or redistribute the original photos as your work.  Most of the images are 4752 x 3168.

Visit Texture Labs







About Texture Labs:

“We’re two guys with a great passion for photography and digital art. We’ve decided to start this project so that we can build a great and Hi-Quality library accessible to everyone. The site is optimized to guarantee the best accessibility to all the contents.”

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Rough Rocks

The GoPro Field Guide, Tips and Tricks Series


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October 22, 2014

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The GoPro Field Guide

While they started as first person POV action cameras, GoPros have become a standard tool in the kits of many cinematographers. Each version of their flagship Hero camera has improved on the design and capabilities of this tiny camera.

Now, The folks at GoPro have started putting together, The GoPro Field Guide, a video tutorial series for their flagship product. I’ve assembled the first three episodes in a playlist for the video above. You can also find the episodes, mixed in with other content, in GoPros’s Tips & Tricks playlist.

GoPro Field Guide

The GoPro Field Guide will get you started. When you are ready to take it to then next level, you can find almost seven more hours of GoPro training from our friends at,00005a57ffffa5a8-nd/channels4_banner.jpg

GoPro Tips and Tricks Series

The GoPro Team gives you professional advice on how they capture life’s most memorable moments.


Repairing Damaged Pixels


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October 21, 2014

By Michele Yamazaki, Toolfarm

Dead pixels, stuck pixels, bad pixel, burnt pixels, hot pixels… there are lots of types of damaged pixels and they’re annoying. Here are several ways you can repair them.

Damaged Pixels

Introduction: What is a Damaged Pixel?

First, lets get semantics out of the way. The term damaged pixel refers to several types of damage that can be recorded on a camera. The damaged pixels I’m referring to in this article are often caused by damage to a camera with CCDs or CMOS sensors. The damaged pixels can be white, black or sometimes even colored, but they are caused by different problems. I’ll try to explain this as simply as possible.

Dead pixels or burnt pixels happen when all three sub pixels (red, green and blue) are permanently turned off in the camera. They show up as black in the footage.

A hot pixel is when all three sub pixels are turned on, showing up as a white pixel in footage.

A stuck pixel is when one of the three sub pixels are turned on, so it can show up as red, green or blue.

You can also experience what could look like damaged pixels if the sensor is dusty or dirty. In that case, get your camera cleaned professionally. You can risk serious damage to the camera if you’re swabbing the sensor when shutter’s curtain or mirror closes. If you’re seeing out of focus areas, this may be caused by a dirty lens.

Here’s an eHow video on dead pixels.

Click here to read the rest of the article…



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