Archive for March, 2012

Troubleshooting Final Cut Pro X

I’ve spent nearly all my editing time with Final Cut Pro X the past few weeks, and it’s tough to go back to FCP 7 (thankfully we have 7toX to help with converting our legacy FCP 6/7 projects to FCP X). I haven’t run into any problems, but if you do, there are plenty of answers, help and even apps to troubleshoot FCP X and keep things running smoothly. I linked to a brief troubleshooting guide from Apple recently, but this will present links to more extensive help guides.

1. Apple’s Final Cut Pro X support page, which is full of troubleshooting tips and tricks, forums, links and more. Also, be sure to check out the FCP X official specs page, plus minimum system requirements, and more. There are some white papers, too, including FCP X for FCP 7 Editors and FCP X Xsan: Best Practices. Submit your honest and helpful feedback to Apple about FCP X — they ARE listening, as Richard Townhill assured me recently.

2. Richard Taylor of FCPX.tv has a massive list of troubleshooting tips and tricks, and it’s extensive and very helpful.

3. Digital Rebellion has a set of Pro Maintenance Tools that can help keep Final Cut Pro X running smoothly. It’s a suite of apps that includes Preference Manager, Project Repair, Plug-In Manager, FCS Remover, Compressor Repair and many more. It’s affordable, and a must-have suite of apps.

4. 100 Final Cut Pro X Questions Answered, from last July, but still worth a look.

As with my Final Cut Pro X third-party plug-ins and apps, training and certification pages, I’ll keep this troubleshooting page updated with links and tips.

7toX Works Perfectly

So I was editing in some projects that were started in Final Cut Pro 7 in 2011, and today was the day to put them to bed, get them uploaded to a website that’s launching soon. After about 4 hours, I was getting frustrated with waiting for FCP 7 to finish rendering, the time it took to export a QuickTime conversion, having to move clips around manually to avoid collisions and so on. For the fifth and final video, which was A-rolled with a little B-roll, I wanted to work faster. After working exclusively in it, I knew that using Final Cut Pro X would make my life a lot easier. Prior to that, I’d spend maybe 65% of my editing in FCP 7, the rest in FCP X. It was time to use 7toX, Philip Hodgetts and Gregory Clarke’s terrific new app.

So I exported an XML file from FCP 7, did the conversion in 7toX — it happened fast, then opened the project in Final Cut Pro X. (Here are detailed instructions on Assisted Editing’s website.) Pretty much everything transferred over without a problem, except some Boris Title 3D credits I did. No problem, I deleted them and used FCP X’s titling feature to take care of it. It had to render, of course, which it did in the background (and was very fast). I finished B-rolling, and even let FCP X do some intelligent color correcting, which I then touched up manually.

I know, I know, why did it take me so long? I guess I just resisted the temptation to start transferring legacy FCP 7 projects to FCP X, because there’s always that worry that I may end up having to do more work to clean things up, which I didn’t on this particular project. I resisted at first, but I’m glad I finally did. 7toX works, and it works great.

Adobe Photoshop CS6 Public Beta Now Available


I’ve been playing around with the Adobe Photoshop CS6 public beta for a little while, and it’s pretty cool. The window and toolbars are darker, it’s faster, the content-aware features are incredible, the Creative Cloud is cool, and there are 3D capabilities. You can download the free public beta here. You can even use it to edit a little video, but it isn’t as powerful an NLE as something dedicated like Final Cut Pro X or Premiere Pro. That feature is aimed more at photographers who sometimes record a little video with their DSLRs while taking pictures, and want to do a quick video edit.

Check out this link for a round-up of hands-on previews. My friend and colleague Jeremiah Hall and I will have our own first-hand looks soon, which I’ll link to here.

Final Cut Pro X Troubleshooting Basics From Apple

Apple has published a troubleshooting basics guide with plenty of links for pro editors to access, in case they’re having trouble with the revolutionary NLE. You can access it here on Apple’s support page. There is plenty of good information, including how to back up FCP X Events and Projects, supported media formats and cameras, and much more. These are the basics, but you can always get more help and troubleshooting tips from the Apple Support page and forums, websites and forums like Digital Media Net (plus their forums), DV Info Net, FCP.co and others.

Hat tip: FCP.co

RED EPIC-X With Filmmaker Jeremy Wiles

I had a chance recently to meet with Jeremy Wiles of Creative Lab in West Palm Beach, Florida, to check out his RED EPIC-X, learn his production and post-production workflow (he uses the latest version of Premiere Pro for Windows) and essentially get to know the EPIC-X. I did a write-up of it over at Digital Producer, so check it out!

New Final Cut Pro X Plug-Ins, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 For Videographers

The floodgates have opened, and we’re getting a TON of quality Final Cut Pro X plug-ins and third-party apps. I’m actually going to be reviewing some of them soon, but I wanted to share some links to the latest and greatest for FCP X. My friend Graeme Nattress (who works at RED) has released Levels and Curves for FCP X, and you’ll need FxFactory to purchase it (or try it out), same with his excellent Film Transitions plug-in. Irudis has released their free Tonalizer/VFX LITE (similar to their PRO version) plug-in, and the legendary Twixtor is now available for FCP X. FCP.co discusses how it compares to FCP X’s Optical Flow. Also, FCP.co talks about ClipExporter, a very affordable app that will get a single or multple clips out of FCP X for visual FX purposes, etc.

My good friend and colleague took at look at the new Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4, and its capabilities for videographers. I like Lightroom 4 a lot, and feel that its video capabilities are terrific for photographers shooting some video, but mostly pictures. If you’re a heavy-duty videographer and editor, and you love Adobe, Premiere Pro is terrific for organizing and editing pretty much any video format.

Sorry I have blogged lately, but I was out of town, then playing catch-up. Back to the usual FCP X and other film/video/TV blogging!