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  • Final Cut “Studio 2014″ May 16 by Oliver Peters

  • Gerry Fraiberg

    May 16, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    As always, I enjoy reading Oliver’s musings.

    “If you are looking for alternatives to a Creative Cloud-based production toolkit, then it’s easy to build your own combination with some very inexpensive solutions.”

  • Darren Roark

    May 16, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    My favorite quote

    “If you square off Premiere Pro against Final Cut Pro X, then it really boils down to tracks versus trackless. Both tools get the job done.”

    Sounds like dialogue from a tough guy movie and is a great way to boil it all down.

  • Oliver Peters

    May 17, 2014 at 12:03 am

    [Darren Roark] “Sounds like dialogue from a tough guy movie and is a great way to boil it all down.”

    LOL. Thanks.

    – Oliver

    Oliver Peters Post Production Services, LLC
    Orlando, FL

  • David Mathis

    May 17, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Just read the article and found it a very informative read. Not a huge fan of Pixelmator as it does not offer any non-destructive tools. At the same time, however, you could build a nice, simple background. Have considered the basic Photoshop package but it seems to lack of some the high-end tools as well, though to a lesser degree.

    I just love Resolve for what it can do and certainly look forward to the next version. Looks solid and ready for it to be available.

    I do like Motion as well but for doing particles After Effects and Trapcode Particular have no equal. Those tools are much more flexible and powerful. Love the fact that lights can be used as an emitter and expressions give you much more power that Motion has. On the flip side, the fact that Motion can do so much, at such a low price makes it almost a necessary tool to have.

    Thank you Peter for the article, very useful.

  • Bret Williams

    May 17, 2014 at 3:34 am

    He left out the Illustrator component. iDraw is even closer to Illustrator than Pixelmator is to photoshop. Although just like PS, no high end tools.

    Funny that this article came out on the DAY I cancelled my Adobe CC membership. I agree with every word and have posted many of the ideas before. I own CS5 Master collection. It still works. Most templates out there are designed to work on CS5 or even earlier. It can do most of what I need. And I’m learning Motion.

    We also have Pixelmator and Photoshop Elements. To me, an NLE is where you assemble all these pieces. Premiere, FCPX, and probably resolve 11 are all fine choices. AE is going to be the tough one to lose. I assume I’ll be renting it here and again for $29 if I can’t make CS5 work or if I’m still not as comfortable with motion. But I figured the best way to get there was to cut the cord. I suggest that anyone in a position to do so do the same. Even if you sign right back up in a month. At least it sends a message.

    Here’s my FCP X “studio” package. Believe it or not Launchpad is good for something!

  • David Mathis

    May 19, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Just took a look at iDraw, not yet made a purchase but it looks very user friendly. This could be a nice addition to Motion for doing a fun title sequence. Have not heard of Ink Scape before so not sure how that would fit into a workflow. Since there is no “Send To Motion” feature just wondering about how will Clip Exporter will fit in. Could not find it in the App store.

    So far my Studio consists of:

    Final Cut Pro 10.1.1
    Motion 5.1
    Resolve (full version) 10.1.5
    7 to X
    Red Giant Universe
    Blackmagic Media Express
    Blackmagic Camera Utility
    Blackmagic Cinema Camera

    Will be adding Hit Film and Compressor later this year.

    The only thing I am subscribed to is the Red Giant Universe, so far smooth sailing and great customer support.

  • Oliver Peters

    May 19, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    [David Mathis] “Since there is no “Send To Motion” feature just wondering about how will Clip Exporter will fit in. Could not find it in the App store.”

    It’s free. Merely scroll down on the “recent posts” sidebar for more info 😉

    – Oliver

    Oliver Peters Post Production Services, LLC
    Orlando, FL

  • David Mathis

    May 19, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Excellent. Have you had any experience with iDraw? Looking at that is well.

  • Oliver Peters

    May 19, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    [David Mathis] “Have you had any experience with iDraw”

    No. Only other apps I’ve used like that are on the iPad and that’s not a good comparison. I worked with Painter awhile back and it’s nice, as well. It’s just a bit different mindset than Photoshop. You might also look at current versions of Graphic Converter.

    – Oliver

    Oliver Peters Post Production Services, LLC
    Orlando, FL

  • Simon Ubsdell

    May 19, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    As always a really great round-up from Oliver.

    One thing that I might add to what he says is that surprisingly Motion is actually a really useful replacement for Photoshop, especially for those frustrated by some of the limitations of Pixelmator.

    As Oliver mentions, Pixelmator “does not include some of Photoshop CC’s power user features, like smart objects, smart filters, 3D, layer groups and video manipulation”. With the exception of 3D (how many users actually bother with it in Photoshop?), all of those features are effectively present in Motion.

    It is incidentally pretty easy to replicate Photoshop’s layer styles in Motion with a few simple tricks – which is probably the one thing that most users wouldn’t realise.

    I used to use Photoshop a great deal more than I do these days until it occurred to me that a huge number of the tasks I was using it for were lot easier and more quickly achieved in Motion. The only tasks that I find easier in Motion are painting (obviously) and occasionally matte extraction where you need to actually paint into the mask. (But even that is more habit than necessity because it’s perfectly possible to do complex matte extraction in Motion.)

    A lot of its other features now strike me as hopelessly clunky … and that’s speaking as someone who enjoyed working in Photoshop more than almost anything else.

    OK, so it’s probably not going to be for everybody – but it works for me.

    Simon Ubsdell

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