Monday, February 08, 2010

Samy's Camera Final Cut Studio 3 Test Drive

Samy's Camera Final Cut Studio 3 Test Drive
Monday, 08 February 2010 17:51 SBFinalCut
February 25, 2010, 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time)

Final Cut Studio 3 Test Drive

Explore the new tools and features of Final Cut Studio 3 in this hands-on classroom environment led by Certified Apple Pro Trainer Jeffery Morse.

This three hour, hands-on seminar introduces you to the primary feature set and interface of Final Cut Studio. You will see how this suite of applications delivers an integrated post-production solution that allows you to move effortlessly between editing, color grading and motion graphics or audio with multi-format, simultaneous delivery.

Apple Inc.
Samy's Camera (Santa Barbara)

Samy's Camera - Santa Barbara
614 Chapala St.
Santa Barbara, California 93101


Wednesday, December 09, 2009

2010 Editor's Retreat


An intensive, interactive environment for TV, video and film editors that fosters creativity and the exchange of ideas at the highest level.

* Four Days of Sessions in Multiple Tracks.
* Award-Winning Keynote Speakers.
* Daily Social Networking with Experts.
* Numerous Prizes.

Now in its fourth year, the Editors Retreat has become an annual gathering for the post-production elite. Highly experienced editors from the worlds of film, TV and video come together to network, exchange ideas, share tips and of course, have fun! To ensure that only the best of the best attend, participation is subject to an application and screening process.

Running for 4 days and 3 nights, the Editors Retreat offers advanced sessions on post, visual and audio techniques and features valuable insight into emerging trends and technologies. An equal amount of time will be devoted to discussing the creativity, craft and business practices of successful editors.

Past keynote attendees have included such names as Alan Heim, Sally Menke, Stuart Bass, Chris Franklin, David Helfand, Dan Lebental and Maysie Hoy. Other Retreat alumni include representatives from HBO, FRONTLINE, MTV, Lockheed Martin, Harpo Productions and Telemundo, as well as Apple, Avid and Adobe experts.

Click here for more info on the Editor's Retreat.

Monday, December 07, 2009

MC Control - Euphonix Artist Series

MC Control - Euphonix Artist Series

MC Control brings the unparalleled speed, resolution and DAW integration of Euphonix's high-end pro consoles to the personal studio in a revolutionary ergonomic, slim-line design. MC Control fits perfectly between keyboard and screen, and can be connected to additional MC Mix units to create a larger mixing control surface. Test drive one of these amazing units last week and can't wait to try it out on the next big project. Thanks Euphonix!

Click here for the Euphonix website.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Final Cut Pro Class at Samy's Camera

Teaching a Final Cut Pro class in Santa Barbara August 28 / 29 at Samy's Camera.

Samy’s Camera
614 Chapala St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 963-4100

August 28
9am to Noon - Intro to Final Cut Pro
2pm to 5pm - Final Cut Studio Integration
August 29
9am to Noon - Advanced Final Cut Pro
2pm to 5pm - Final Cut Studio Workflows

$200 per day, $300 for both days
Call to register: 805.886.1324
Or email:
Cash, Check or PayPal accepted

Jeffery Morse is an award-winning
producer, editor and trainer. Apple
Certified in Final Cut Studio and
Aperture, Jeffery specializes in
post- production workflows and
training for video and digital

Email or call to register:

Click here for more information.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

SBFinalCut Community

Happy to announce a big makeover at SBFinalCut.
Finally migrated things over to a new website.
Some things are still becoming active but the majority of features are there.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

Click here for the new and improved SBFinalCut.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Get the CalDigit RAID Card for Only $349 for a Limited Time!

For a limited time only CalDigit is offering the CalDigit RAID card for only $349. Don't miss your opportunity to take advantage of this once in a lifetime deal. Users are now able to get the 100% hardware RAID, high performance, CalDigit RAID Card for just $349. That’s an incredible savings of $200!

For more information about the CalDigit RAID card visit CalDigit. You must act fast to get in on this limited time offer, that’s a saving of $200 on the powerful CalDigit RAID Card. Get yours today. Use this special SKU 760600.

Click here for more information on the CalDigit RAID card.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Mike Curtis on the New Red

Today Red announced 8 (yes, EIGHT) new cameras. Sensors range from 2/3” to 186x56mm (yep, that’s 7 1/3 by 2 1/5 INCHES), with resolutions from 3K to 28K, with prices from $2500 to $55,000 for the “brains” of the units (more on that below). Incredibly modular to a Legos or Erector Set degree. There’s a HUGE amount of information up on Red’s website here, but after the jump I’ve organized/summarized, have some analysis, and answers to questions not found on their site. Continues after the jump....

Click here for the rest of the article at Pro Video Coalition.

High quality YouTube video hack

You may have noticed that the video of Burn-E I embedded looked a bit better than a normal YouTube video. YouTube has been quietly offering high-quality versions of some of their videos for quite some time via a "watch in high quality" link just underneath the player. It's not HD, but it's definitely an upgrade of YouTube's legendarily crappy video quality. By default all videos on YouTube and embedded on other sites load at normal quality, but there's a way to set your default viewing quality to high, link to high quality video, embed HQ video, and even save HQ videos for later viewing.

Click here for more from Kottke dot org.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Going to DV Expo?

Stop by the FCP UG SuperMeet at DVExpo.

Where? - LA Convention Center Room, 502A
When? Wednesday, Nov 5, 7:00PM - 9:30PM
Why? Because we need somplace to hang out and wait for traffic to die down. And you need to learn something and we need to learn from each other.
How Much? - Free
Any raffle prizes? Of course. $2.00 per raffle ticket or 3 for $5.00

Click here for more info.

Click here to register for DVExpo.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Photoshop for Video Available from the Focal Press

Real-world solutions for making graphics for video, motion graphics, and DVD authoring
Expanded coverage of High Def video 16-bit and 32-bit image processing techniques for greater color fidelity Integration guides for top selling Editing, Motion Graphics, and DVD software Automation and shortcut methods that cut production time and improve final product

This isn’t a book about using video in Photoshop. Rather, it’s a basic Photoshop training manual designed for folks who work primarily in video programs and want to add Photoshop to their arsenal. Focusing on those aspects of Photoshop that pertain to video, this book does an excellent job of explaining such topics as pixel aspect ratio; the differences in image size and color for NTSC, PAL, and HD; and transparency for video.” –Peter Bauer, Photoshop User Magazine

Click here for the Focal Press website.

Do Not Click This Link

Your daily dose of hi-res movie trailers.
What more can I say . . .

I warned you.

Monday, October 27, 2008

opencut 3 Announced

OpenCut is a completely open-source film competition designed to encourage people to take professionally shot material and edit it in their own way.

As there is no "one way" to tell a story, so too can stories benefit from being re-edited and re-told from many different vantage points and perspectives.

An initiative started by Torrey Loomis in 2008 . . .

Click here to register.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Technolust and Video on DSLRs

"Let's get something straight. The video from the Nikon D90 and the Canon 5D MkII is not of good quality. It's over compressed, over-processed, over-sharpened, and lacks professional control. It skews and shears and shuts off in the middle of a take. It sucks.

So why are we so excited by it?

Because the video from these DSLRs stimulates us emotionally. It's contrasty, with sexy depth of field. It looks like cinema, if you don't look to close. Guess who doesn't look too close. Everyone."

Click here for more from Stu Maschwitz on ProLost.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Art of the Guillotine

An online resource for editors and filmmakers called Art of the Guillotine has some great resources.

Here's their mandate:
This webpage is designed to help establish an online film community for film editors. We will connect editors and future editors with ideas and techniques that make films great as well as connect them with each other.

Check 'em out.

Click here for the Art of the Gillotine.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

New From Digital-Heaven: Loader

Digital-Heaven just released another very interesting product called Loader. It facilitates importing assets into a FCP project and will even do some transcoding as well.

This is in addition to all the other very impressive products from this company like BigTime and Final Print.

Click here for the Digital-Heaven website.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Aspect Ratios Explained

Losing sleep about aspect ratios?
Wikipedia has a great article explaining the ins and the outs of 16:9, 4:3 and even 2.39:1!

Click here to get the picture.

Real World Video Compression

Andy Beach has published a great guide to video compression on the Peachpit Press.

"Video is the Internet these days and as the growing trend toward viewing video on mobile devices increases too, the attention is turning toward creating a good user experience for downloading and viewing that video. One of the keys to this is delivering video in the correct format with the proper compression for that delivery. Real World Video Compression is one of the first books on this topic to demystify the various approaches to compression. It begins by describing the basic concepts of video compression, explains why you might choose a particular compression tool over another, and covers important workflow practices."

Click here for the Peachpit website.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

New GarageBand Book Available at

Todd Howard, founder of Massachusetts-based creative media production / consulting company Howard Digital Media, has just published his new GarageBand Book called: GarageBand '08 Power! The Comprehensive Recording and Podcasting Guide.

GarageBand is one of the most powerful tools for capturing and manipulating sound that has ever been made available to the public. Although GarageBand has always been easy to use, it provides an amazing amount of power and sophistication to users who really want to dig in and get the most out of the program. GarageBand '08 Power! provides an easy to understand, detailed guide on how to make professional sounding music, podcasts, soundtracks, mixes, mashups, and much more with the newest version of GarageBand.

Check it out at

Friday, October 03, 2008

Citizen McCaw Screening @ Fiesta Five

The film chronicles events since July 2006, when editor Jerry Roberts and five of his colleagues quit the Santa Barbara News-Press, citing owner and Co-publisher Wendy McCaw's abandonment of journalistic ethics, which McCaw denied. Since then, McCaw and dozens of her former staffers have been engaged in a fierce clash of wills that raises important national questions of journalistic ethics and media ownership.

The re-edited and final version of Citizen McCaw is showing @ Fiesta Five October 9,10,11 at 7:30pm, and the 12th @ 2:30pm with a discussion panel following.

Click here for

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

DigiEffects Sale Today

Delerium, Aurorix, AND Berserk for $99



Click here to check it out.

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