Adobe releases Premiere Rush, the easy, cross-platform video editor that may not be made for you.

The internet (or at least the video editing and creation side of the internet) is in a rush over Adobe’s release of Premiere Rush, their new video creation tool that allows for fast and easy video content creation. It’s an entirely new tool built with content creators in mind in that it’s optimized for speed and simplicity, two of the most important things when you need to get the content you created online fast. I just used some variation on the word creation five times in that opening paragraph above. Talking about Project Rush on Twitter a few months
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Which non-linear editing application should a graduating high school senior be certified for?

There was a tweet the other day asking an interesting question about non-linear editing certification for a graduating high school senior and which NLE certification would be most valuable. There is even a poll being taken. We can put the debate of “certification” aside for this discussion and exactly how valuable that really is (most professional Continue reading "Which non-linear editing application should a graduating high school senior be certified for?"

How I edited a complex feature documentary with in Adobe Premiere Pro with no crashes

I recently completed a feature-length documentary edit using Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2018 (12.1.2), and we had zero* crashes during the four week + edit. Was I shocked by this? Not at all. PPro is very stable for me, and I had no fears about stability when I jumped into this edit. It’s not the first longform documentary with a mountain of different formats and frame rates I’ve cut in PPro, and it won’t be the last.
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Tweets from the LACPUG meeting with MI: Fallout editor Eddie Hamilton

There hasn’t been any shortage of articles, coverage, and content of the editing and post-production of Mission Impossible: Fallout with its editor Eddie Hamilton. At the top of that coverage would be Steve Hullfish’s fabulous ART OF THE CUT with Eddie where the detail is deep. And as a fun addendum to that AOTC Steve broke down Eddie’s MI:Fallout timeline in another post after a screengrab of that timeline made its way around the internet. So why do we need yet another post on Eddie and MI: Fallout? Well, we don’t but after scanning over Twitter this morning and seeing Continue reading "Tweets from the LACPUG meeting with MI: Fallout editor Eddie Hamilton"

Cinema Grade – a new way to color grade footage inside of your NLE

Cinema Grade is a new color grading plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X and DaVinci Resolve that utilizes a unique, direct on image, workflow to make your footage look beautiful. The tagline for Cinema Grade is this:
Get cinema-quality results without the pain and frustration of traditional grading tools. Color Grading for the 21st Century.
That is a bold claim. I’ve been watching the teaser videos as Cinema Grade launch day neared and it looked like an intriguing tool. It comes from the team that created Color Finale and runs the Color Grading Central web portal. This application, according
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The Adobe Premiere Pro Fall 2018 update – better color and better audio are highlights

Are you wondering if Adobe is going to update the Creative Cloud video tools for IBC 2018? Well, wonder no more (and tune in for a live Q and A with Adobe today at 9 am PST). The answer is yes and Adobe Premiere Pro, as usual, is at the front of the release. The entire Fall 2018 update to the Creative Cloud pro video tools adds quite a few interesting things. I’m always one to key in on the smaller, less flashy features that tend to benefit craft editors the most and that’s what I’ll concentrate mainly
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CoreMelt PaintX – a tracked painting must have tool for Final Cut Pro X

The big brains at CoreMelt recently released PaintX, another visual effects tool for Final Cut Pro X that uses the mocha tracking engine to make tedious tasks easier. I don’t do a ton of visual effects work so tasks like tracking, painting, roto, general manipulating within the frame is something I reluctantly do but it’s a necessary evil in post-production these days. And it isn’t easy. While many tools have come along to make this easier (here’s looking at you After Effects roto brush) it can still be a tedious task.

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Review: Logitech Craft Advanced Keyboard with Creative Input Dial

How do you review a keyboard? That’s a question I’ve been pondering since I received a Logitech Craft keyboard for testing and review. I was very intrigued when I saw this product introduced a year or so ago (maybe it’s been longer than that, I can’t remember). I’m my never ending quest for the best/fastest input devices for video editing it was that little knob, called the Crown (or Creative Input Dial), that is built into the left side of this keyboard that really intrigued me. Multiple emails back and forth to Logitech went unanswered until one day, one
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Sequence Duplicate is the Adobe Premiere Pro feature that should have been built in from the very beginning

How often have you been working in Adobe Premiere Pro and you duplicated a sequence into a new version only to forget to load that new copy into the timeline? So you continue editing on your old version only to discover the mistake many cuts later? If you’ve never done that then you’re a better editor than most of us. I did it often enough that I began using a system where the Copy 03 sequence that PPro creates is the backup and I continue working on the currently loaded sequence. That little snafu can be a thing of
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A Premiere Pro Quicktip I can’t believe I never thought of

Here at the Editblog we love Quicktips and have run whole months of them over the years and even invited readers to play along. Just the other day I came across a little Quicktip while working in Adobe Premiere Pro that was one of those I cannot believe I never thought of  this until now moments. Have a you ever been editing using the a sequence in the Source monitor? This might be by the pancake method (check out this free half-hour webinar I did on Pancake Editing in Adobe Premiere Pro)  or otherwise but it’s quite common in my workflow, usually
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5 minutes with Avid Media Composer 2018.7 and the new LIVE TIMELINE

5 minutes wasn’t nearly enough time to truly test out LIVE TIMELINE in the new Avid Media Composer 2018.7 updated but I couldn’t let this monuments occasion pass without taking it for a spin. If you’ll remember, Avid announced the upcoming Live Timeline at NAB 2018 and was showing it on the NAB show floor. They have delivered with the 2018.7 update and according to the What’s New in Media Composer 2018.7 post on Avid Blogs: “Over the next few months and versions we’ll be adding more features to Avid’s powerful Live Timeline tool.” Using the
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Review – The Sensel Morph and its use in video editing

I’ve written about alternative input devices for editing and post-production many times here on The Editblog. There’s the RollerMouse, the Magic Mouse, Tangent Element and Ripple, X-Keys, CTRL+Console, PROCUTX and some other mice and stuff. They all have some varying degree of usefulness and/or uselessness. That often depends a lot on how the editor works and how much they want to focus their inputting on the keyboard vs. anything else. They keyboard is hard to beat when it comes to speed and simplicity while video editing. Sensel-morph-editing overlay Enter the Sensel Morph. This $299 piece of hardware
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Free DaVinci Resolve 15 editing keyboard cheatsheet download

Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve 15 is still in public beta but that hasn’t stopped people from using it. I had to pull AAFs from an Avid project the other day that would be graded in Resolve 15. There is discussion all around Twitter about Resolve 15. And I began my first ever, paid, creative editorial edit in Resolve.

I’m excited about it. With that I thought it was time to once again

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Useful Tools for Editors – Summer 2018 edition

It’s been quite awhile since we visited the long running Useful Tools for Editors column and as I was going through my emails, saves, likes and bookmarked links the other day I realized it was time for another to take us into the long hot summer months (if you’re on this side of the world that is).

Conformalizer

Conformalizer is a $500 change list tool for audio engineers to compare different picture cut lists (EDLs, XMLs) and “automatically conform and rebalance audio data to match a changed picture cut.” If you’ve ever had to do this manually you know
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Nashville Filmmakers Guild Post-Production Workshop June 2

The Nashville Filmmakers Guild is more than just a Facebook group. It’s an active organization in and around Nashville , Tennessee that has spent the last several years doing many different things: The Great NLE Debate, the Camera Debate, #Setlife Roles as well as workshops on lighting, VR 360, shooting film, the business side of filmmaking and many others. StoryGive was a way for filmmakers to give back by giving a weekend of their time to make a film for a non-profit. One June 2 we are hosting a Post-Production workshop. This all day workshop will be taught by Continue reading "Nashville Filmmakers Guild Post-Production Workshop June 2"

Alan Bell’s Open Letter to the NLE makers

I rarely ever make a blog post these days about someone’s Vimeo or YouTube video but scrolling around Twitter today this video from feature film editor Alan E. Bell A.C.E popped up and it’s right up my alley. Alan has edited some of the biggest features out there (The Hunger Games Trilogy, Red Sparrow) as well as indie features too (500 Days of Summer) so he has sat for long, long hours trying to make sense out of a mountain of footage.

NAB 2018 – An interview with the post-production team behind The Florida Project

When I saw a list of Premiere Pro related people that Adobe was brining to NAB 2018 my first request was for the team behind Mindhunter. While I love the show it was my second scan over the list a few days later that I was even more excited when I saw that team-members from the Oscar nominated film The Florida Project were going to be available for interview. I had just seen the movie about a week before and loved its free flowing indie style, the pace of the film (though my wife did ask at one point if
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NAB 2018 Interview with Avid’s new CEO Jeff Rosica and a look at upcoming Media Composer features

While I hated missing out on the Avid keynote the Saturday before NAB began, I knew I had another chance to heard Avid’s new CEO Jeff Rosisca speak … when I sat down to interview him on Tuesday of the show. I didn’t think I would get to do this interview as I requested it the week before NAB and I know that’s a busy time for and CEO, the week before the biggest trade show of the year. But a Twitter message to Jeff was returned promptly and the interview was setup. But before we get to that …

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Random thoughts from the Blackmagic NAB 2018 press conference

Like the AJA press conference here’s some random thoughts at Blackmagic’s press conference. Blackmagic’s Grant Petty kicks it off with lots of stuff about mini convertors! Like AJA an important part of the video backbone of the world. There’s a new switcher that continues Blackmagic’s place in the live production world. Looks like BMD is continuing to take their different technologies and integrate them into different products. Their new switcher panels have Fairlight audio and Teranex now build in. At least that’s how it looks to me as they are going fast, I’m tying and honestly, I don’t understand all Continue reading "Random thoughts from the Blackmagic NAB 2018 press conference"

AJA press conference from NAB 2018

In the spirit of what Adam Wilt has been doing this NAB here’s random thoughts as I sit in on the AJA press conference. Aja has been in business for 25 years! 5 new openGear mini-convertors. I’ve don’t know anything about openGear. As an editor this type of thing is so not something I ever interface with. I wonder how much of AJA’s stuff will be just that. New KUMO stuff with 12G-SDI support. I don’t know anything about KUMO either. I’m learning a lot this morning. They have lots of connectors, control panels to control them, USB connection for
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