its me winnie!

avid tweets! and more
April 13, 2009, 12:38 am
Filed under: assistant editing, avid, final cut

I’ve been complaining about how most links I find online are on FCP support. I came across a bunch on Avid today. The following are a list of tips that you may find extremely helpful while assisting or editing.

– Avid Man of Avid Tips started a twitter account that is strictly tips. If you have a twitter account, you should definitely sign up for one. Who knows? You might come across a serendipitous tweet while in the edit bay.

– The Edit Blog recently had a series of 28 days of quicktips that is FCP and Avid mixed. Going through each link may be a little time consuming, but well worth it. Here are the ones I found most useful.

  • (18) selecting all source clips on the Avid and hitting ctrl+I will give you a total duration time.
  • (23) if you drag effect icon next under the title bar of the effect palette window into your bin, you can save your customized effects.
  • (26) This one is a biggie! A lot of time will be wasted if an insufficient EDL is sent to the online editor. If you’re on Avid, one thing to get in the habit of doing is to add comments for shots that the need special attention. All you have to do is select your clip on the timeline, get into segment mode (red arrow) and choose “add comments”. Anything you write will show up in the EDL.
  • (1) CAPSLOCK on FCP will disable rendering. This will save you lots of time during slight adjustment during large projects. On a side note, hitting CAPSLOCK on after effects will disable the preview during rendering, which will also save you generous amounts of time.

Rockhopper Post Production kindly provides a page of useful tips that every assistant editor should know. Like, how to find a custom image for each clip in frame bin view (select clip in frame view and hit JKL to select desired image).


balance me white
March 31, 2009, 10:22 pm
Filed under: digital photography, final cut, photoshop

whether it be photoshop, FCP or Avid, you can follow these simple tips to make your image look more natural and finessed.

– Use your eyedrop tool to reset the whites and blacks in your image.
– Look at the details in your highlights and shadows. Are they visible or are they washed out? You may want to try again if you are losing information.
– If there are people in natural lighting, check their skin tones out. This is the best way to know if you have successfully corrected color. Sometimes you a Paris Hilton orange thing going on.

Some reading material

Color Correction for the Video Guy
Do all the options on your color correction tool look too intimidating to you? This post explains to you the functions of highlights, midranges and the mysterious gamma.

Creative Cow’s Correcting White Balance
An easy to follow FCP tutorial video that demonstrates the steps necessary to color correct your mis-white balanced picture.

Eyefetch’s Photoshop Balance Tutorial
A very straightforward tutorial with screencaps.

Cambridge in Color
This is a more in depth look at color temperature and white balancing with your camera. You will definitely get better results if you white balance correctly ear in the game.

Assistants UNITE!
March 30, 2009, 10:45 pm
Filed under: assistant editing, final cut

There isn’t nearly enough reading material on the interwebz to help assistant video editors. It just doesn’t make sense to me. I would definitely love to see a virtual space where we can vent our assisting frustrations, help each other troubleshoot, organize assistant editor dance parties (yeah?!). For now, I just have a short list. I’ll be updating this as I find more resources online.

A Final Cut Pro User’s Guide for Professional Editing Tasks and Best Practice
This is a great resource for anyone using FCP. It covers topics that range from setting up a project to getting paid as a freelance, and everything in between. Very well organized with tons of screen captures. This is the only blog I’ve found so far that is written specifically for assistant editing.

Alex 4d: Editing Organazized
A FCP blog written by Alex Gollner. It comes with many freebies, including plugins and filters. 

Ken Stone’s Final Cut Pro
Who doesn’t know Ken Stone? Aside from all the wonderful tips on FCP, this page also has tutorials on dvd studio pro and compressor –  a must know for assistants. With  a very simple layout, you can get to your help topic quick!

any avid blogs out there?