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  • I would suspect this means that Apple does not have plans to kill FCP. I would also caution against thinking they are going to “improve” or add more features than what’s going into the iPad version. I think they are more than happy with FCP being the professional single-user-creator app, as opposed to adding the features that DVR or others have that make them more collaborative. There’s a healthy plug-in community making the add-ons that those single-users need for their specific workflow so, “Why complicate things?” is what I imagine Apple are saying.

  • Winston A. cely

    April 14, 2023 at 2:58 pm in reply to: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4K

    Hi Tum,

    I’ve been teaching them for a year now, and using one myself as well. My advice based on this experience is to simply look up some YouTube videos. That sounds silly in a professional sense, but it’s all you need. I love how easy these cameras are to operate, hands down the best user interface of any pro-sumer/professional camera on the market. Honestly, if you know the basics of how to use a camera, you can very easily teach these cameras as well.

    <font face=”inherit”>I start my sophomores and juniors on Sony A6300’s using the exposure triangle (</font>Aperture, ISO, and Shutter Speed). Once they’re seniors, I introduce the Pocket 4K and go over the difference between Shutter Speed and Shutter Angle (as seniors putting the Pocket 4K into Shutter Angle is way easier). <font face=”inherit”>I did end up watching some videos on the difference between those so that I could </font>simplify for them, but that was not a problem. Yes, the 4K is technically a rolling shutter, but its processor is so awesome, it’s great with fast action or panning. In fact, it becomes a great way to teach rolling versus global using our A6300’s as rolling and the 4K as “global.”

    Frame Voyager on YouTube has a great full users guide. I watched the whole thing, but there are others that I’ve seen that are shorter, and many more specific items in more detail.

    Good luck with teaching!

  • Winston A. cely

    May 6, 2022 at 2:34 pm in reply to: Add transition to Titles

    Ugh, gotta love an update bug.

  • Winston A. cely

    May 6, 2022 at 2:32 pm in reply to: Need to distribute clips evenly.

    Select all the generators you like in your Generator Browser, hit E on your keyboard to Append Edit, then select all your generators in the timeline using CMD-A. Next, CTRL-D to “change duration,” type in the duration you want (depends on the FPS your timeline is set up for, and finally click Enter. This will change all the generator’s duration to whatever you typed in.

    We do this in my class when creating stop-motion animation, where we generally will change the duration to 1 or 2 frames.

  • Winston A. cely

    May 2, 2022 at 2:56 pm in reply to: Help with setup for mobile sporting events

    I thought of a question; is it possible to use Photoshop on an iPad instead of a computer to do the live titling? This would help keep the setup small.

  • Winston A. cely

    May 2, 2022 at 12:08 pm in reply to: Help with setup for mobile sporting events

    Thank you so much for your in-depth reply! This will at least get me on the right track for testing (as we are winding down for the year) so that we can be ready for the next season.

    We were hoping for something more “built-in” for the titles, as the Photoshop system requires a computer setup, but it is what it is at this point. We were a little too used to the old Tricaster Mini that we had.

    I will certainly be in touch as we move forward with our mobile sports network. Thanks again!

  • Winston A. cely

    April 25, 2022 at 6:39 pm in reply to: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4K

    Thanks for the feedback, Shawn! I appreciate it. I’ll check that video out, and someone else mentioned that Ripple Training has a video as well. I’ve got my homework cut out for me this summer. 👍

  • Winston A. cely

    April 1, 2022 at 1:41 pm in reply to: Hyperdeck Instant Replay

    So I am a complete “noob” – to use the parlance of our time – in using and setting up switchers, and I need help.

    Setup: We are a high school that livestream high school sporting events. We used to use a Tricaster Mini (bought many years ago) and it was fantastic for its day. But it eventually stopped working, wasn’t covered under warranty anymore, and was unable to be updated. We bought an ATEM Television Studio Pro HD (we usually only go to 720p and on rare occasions 1080p, so 4K was not needed) and a Hyperdeck Studio HD Pro for instant replays (which we couldn’t do with the Tricaster). <Aside> We have to keep our setup fairly small because we are usually crammed into the smallest spot in the press box. <Aside>

    Here’s the problem: I cannot figure out the exact way to connect the ATEM to the Decklink. I find the written directions fairly difficult to follow because I’ve never been trained on the hardware, nor did I do this type of work in my professional career (I was a broadcast advertising editor).

    I’ve tried to search for videos that walk me through, step-by-step (something that Tricaster has TONS of), but all that ever come up are the newer ATEM minis in all their flavors.

    Bottom line: Are there any resources, short of hiring a professional to come and teach me, that walk me through not only the setup of connecting the ATEM to the Decklink but also how to do the instant replay?

    Bonus question: Is there a more integrated way to do custom graphics on the ATEM without going to Adobe Photoshop?

  • Winston A. cely

    November 4, 2021 at 6:34 pm in reply to: FCPX as broadcast switcher?

    That’s what I figured. Thanks though!

  • I agree the initial filming of the scene is the most important aspect. After that, the overall day-for-night is fairly straightforward if it was photographed properly, but the way I read it was that the question was for something beyond that; i.e. adding specific lights for actors, etc. that read as more 3-dimensional. That would require a bit more planning and post-processing beyond color grading. That is where I would expect the 3D elements help in this situation.

    That being said, even though Motion does have 3D space (and as I mentioned above, I’ve done something along these lines) Motion may not be the quickest solution if the scene requires complicated character movements that interact with the lights. AE would probably be a better idea.

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