lafcpug went on the road for the February
meeting and gathered amongst the bovines for the Creative Cow
Convention at the Westin Hotel near the LAX airport. Despite
being a million miles a way from Hollywood, a good crowd showed
up and a good time was had by all.
First up as usual was Stump the Gurus
with regulars Ken
Stone, , Steve Martin of Ripple
Training , and special guest Gurus, Codec Genius Marco
Solorio , SF Cutters
Co Founder Kevin Monahan, and 2-pop co founder and FCP
Guru Ralph Fairweather. Some of the questions asked and
Q) I am having a terrible time trying
to capture from my DSR11 in OS 10.2.3. Often FCP can't see it
or I get the spinning wheel of death.
A) Try trashing not only the FCP Preferences file but the FCP
plist file. That often cures this problem.
Q.) I have 100 mgbs allocated to FCP
in OS9. Is that enough?
A.) No. Allocate at least 180000K to FCP in OS9
Q) Can I use 3.0.4 with OSX or just with
A.) 3.0.4 is just for jaguar.
Q.) I got a lot of media on a lot of
drives and I need more space. Can I just compress my media to
save space and then un compress it when I need it?
A.)No. You can make your project Offline RT to save space but
easiest solution is to just buy more drives.
Q.) Using FCP Titler I can't see what
kind of font I want to use because they do not show it like they
do in a word processor pulldown.
A.) Yep thats right. Which is why you should use Title 3D the
free boris titler that comes with FCP.
Q.) I want to use Peak as my external
Audio editor and it doesn't work when I do that.
A.) You must set Peak as your audio and Video editor not just
up newly Apple Certified Trainer Larry Jordan with everything
you want to know about Offline RT which is a lot to know. Now
the great thing about having Larry do demos at lafcpug is that
he sent me his entire outline so I dont have to do it for him
in this summary. Bless you Larry.
IV. What is OfflineRT?
a. Compression algorithm (Photo JPEG) that squeezes video ~ 8
times smaller than DV
b. Uses frame size of 320 x 240 (NTSC & PAL)
c. Doesn't change frame rate
d. About 40 minutes of video per Gigabyte.
e. Suitable only for rough-cutting, not finishing.
V. Who can use Offline RT?
a. Everyone who can use Final Cut Pro - however, slower systems
will need to use the Media Manager to transcode media, rather
than capture in real time.
VI. When to use OfflineRT
a. When you need to puts lots of video on limited disk space
b. When you want access to more RT effects
c. If you need to edit high-bandwidth video, i.e. Hi-Def, on
bandwidth hard drive, i.e. no RAID
VII. When NOT to use OfflineRT?
a. If you have plenty of disk space
b. When you need to do:
4. Other finishing
c. OfflineRT adds a significant layer of hassle into creating
VIII. Benefits of OfflineRT
a. Significantly reduced media size
b. Access to more media (I.e. documentaries)
c. Access to more real-time effects
d. Access to higher-bandwidth media (i.e. HD)
e. Easier to share projects and media between multiple editors
f. Faster editing on slower computers
IX. Downsides to OfflineRT
a. No Firewire preview to an NTSC/PAL monitor
1. you CAN use the S-video out to a monitor
b. Image quality is not as good as original
c. All video in final project will need to be batch recaptured
d. OfflineRT still frames will NOT scale up
e. Colors are not accurate
f. Converting graphics and subclips is tricky
g. Not all motion settings convert properly
XI. Larry's Ten Tips
a. OfflineRT is better than an EDL
b. Create OfflineRT clips using Media Manager
c. Use OfflineRT for rough, not final, cutting
d. Use slugs for graphics and stills
e. Create all graphics at FINAL frame size
f. Un nest all subclips before recapturing
g. Use Media Manager to:
1. Create off-line version of project
2. Delete unused media
3. Recapture at full-frame
h. Do all color correction and compositing AFTER recapturing
i. Don't use OfflineRT if you don't need it
j. Do use OfflineRT if hard drive space is limited
Oh sure, Larry spoke during this demo
but the above will get you started quite nicely. This and buying
this meetings DVD.
up was our first Show and Tell of the evening and we welcomed
an Iranian born "Englishman" now living in Beijing
China and performing with the Beijing Opera. Ghaffer showed us
clips from his performances, notably as the Monkey King in the
Chinese Traditionalist Opera, "Havoc in Heaven."
So what did this have to do with FCP?
Nothing really. It was more of a cultural exchange and more about
the Beijing Opera's influence on what we now call "Movie
Kung Fu," the martial art form being performed in so many
American Movies today.
Ghaffer is one of just one of a handful
of foreign performers allowed to perform with the Opera and spent
a few minutes introducing us to this beautiful art form with
many anecdotes covering it's history. Beijing Opera is not Opera
in the Western sense. It is acrobatics, dance, martial arts AND
song. Think of Pavorotti having to do three flips off a table
top with 2 swords in his hand and landing in a split, plus continue
singing. That's Beijing Opera.
You can reach Ghaffer in Beijing by writing
him at firstname.lastname@example.org
always enjoy Tim Wilson when he comes to visit. He's always
entertaining and we are always wowed by what he has to show.
This night was no different. Tim showed us the latest from the
Continuum Complete package of Plug ins for FCP and they are
flat out awesome.
Now understand that Boris is a third
party application but also understand that Boris doesn't act
like a third party application. It integrates WITH Final Cut
Pro so you never LEAVE Final Cut Pro when you need to use one
of the plug ins. Hey, just like the plug ins in FCP, huh? Right.
Thats the beauty. You access the plug ins just like you do normally.
And guess what? You're not opening up some foreign interface
when you do access the plug ins. It looks identical to FCP's
good ol' interface for filters and transitions.
There are 110 plug ins in Boris Continuum
Complete and Tim showed us about 15 of them and each one with
HUGE wow factor. But what is remarkable about this set is that
it is so easy to use and requires so much fewer steps than comparable
plug ins in AE or Combustion or Commotion.
This is a VERY powerful set of plug ins
and when purchased with Boris
Red, is practically free. I urge you to take a look at this
package. Download the demo, play with it for awhile and then
try not to buy it. You will love this package.
Time for a break
which gave us all time to catch our breath and take a look at
the new Apple Xserve Raid which was Jaw dropping wonderful.
to be one of the most high-profile projects ever to be created
on Final Cut Pro, the
editing of "Cold Mountain" represents a major milestone
in the history of this non-linear editing application from Apple.
FilmTree, a Los Angeles-based
Professional Applications Group, configured the systems and designed
the workflows currently being used by the illustrious editor
Walter Murch, A.C.E ("Apocalypse Now", "English
Patient") to edit this major Hollywood feature.
Written and directed by Anthony Minghella
("English Patient"), produced by MGM and Miramax, "Cold
Mountain" stars Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, Natalie Portman
and Renee Zelwigger, among others. An international production
with shoots in North Carolina, post work in Romania and support
from Los Angeles, the editing of "Cold Mountain" on
Final Cut Pro has already made big news in Hollywood.
Zed Saeed and Ramy Katrib from Digital
Film Tree were on hand to tell us how they did all this and it's
a great story with yes, a bit of drama.
once upon a time the boys at DFT got a call from someone who
was interested in using FCP to cut a big Hollywood Feature Film.
Little did the boys know that this someone was famed Editor,
Walter Murch. Until he showed up at their door one day. So Mr
Murch asked a lot of questions and took the 3 day class on FCP
and liked what he saw and told the boys, lets do it.
So now the work began. How do you develop
the workflow for this picture which was to be the first MAJOR
motion picture to use FCP. Could FCP handle it? Turns out, yes
it could and a lot of why it could goes to the boys at DFT.
First thing to do was configure the hardware.
What did the editing team need? They needed this:
4- Apple G4 2x1Ghz
6- Mitsubishi 22" CRTs
2- Monitor Graphics cards
4- Final Cut Pro
4 - Apple Cinema Tools
4 - Aurora Ignitor Studio Film Capture Cards
4- Stealth Serial Ports
8- Memory 256MGB RAM
4 - RS422 20ft Cables
4 - Key cap sets
4 - Fibre Channel PCI Cards
1- Rorke FC 1.2 Terabyte SAN
1- Rorke FC Warranty
4 - StudioNet VMS (San software)
1- Vixel FC Switch
6 - FC SFPs
2-5 Meter FC Cable
4-50 meter FC Cable
4 - pair Genelec 1029A (speakers)
4 - FCP Key Cap sets
4- NTSC BlackBurst (4 outs)
1-4 port Ethernet switch
2- Mackie 1604VIZPRO
2 - Tascam audio mixer
4 -UPS for edit station
APC Smart -UPS 2200VA
3U Rack Mount
120V/230V IN 120/V Out
8- Surge Power Strips
4 - USB Floppy Drives (FLX)
Total Cost $110,000
is shot on 35mm at 24fps
Sound recorded on a Nagra D 44.1khz, 30fps NDF 24bits
Sound captured to Aston InDaw to create BWave files
BWave converted to SDII files at 24bit
Dailies telecined to Betacam SP
Picture digitized into FCP via Aurora Card
Sound Files transferred and synced to picture in FCP
Take exported as one file and re imported into FCP.
Zed then took us on a tour of the Post
Production facilities in Romania which included a Kodak film
processing Lab in Bucharest. This was the fun part and included
pictures of the post production team and Walter murch himself.
Walter edits standing up by the way and places still pictures
and colored cards of all the scenes on the walls in front of
his edit station. Sort of like an elaborate story board.
how the facility was so sparse on such a big budget picture.
It isn't often we get to see a master
at work even if only in still pictures. It reminds us that the
art of movie editing is more than the tool, it is the person
behind the tool. Wonderful presentation.
Last Show and Tell of the night
was a very cool Music Video directed by Gregory Lemkin
and edited by Aron Orton. Featuring the band Powder whose
lead singer has as much charisma in her belly as Courtney Love
has in her entire body it's a very fine piece of work by both
Gregory and Aaron. Shot on multiple days using multiple DV Cameras
and many effects from FCP and AE.
Lemkin a commercial director,
editor, and partner in Tribe
Entertainment.. His commercial for the Playstation 2 game,
Everquest, is currently on air.
is a filmmaker, editor, and visual effects artist. He currently
works as Senior editor at DGWB advertising in Orange County.
The music video, Seat of My Pants, for the band Powder, was shot
on prosumer cameras, several XL-1's , a GL-1, A PD-150 and a
TRV 900, and edited in Final Cut Pro and After Effects.
World Famous Raffle was up next and we thank everyone for there
generous donation to the cause.
3 FCP Keyboard Keycharts - Neotron Design
Boris Graffiti - Boris
ShuttlePro - Contour Design
2 Royalty Free Stock Footage CDs - ThinkStock
Free FCP 101 class - Digital FilmTree
5 $20.00 Gift Certificates - Poquito Mas Restaurants (Hey, we
gotta eat) DV Companion for FCP 3 - Intelligent Assistance
TroubleShooter for Final Cut Pro - Intelligent Assistance
DVD Companion Pro Pack - Recipe 4 DVD
Various books - CMP Books
Final Draft - Final Draft
1 T-shirt - kenstone.net
2 copies of lafcpug DVDs - lafcpug
Special thanks must go to Chris
Rogers, and Liz Radley for taking tickets. Ken stone for taking pics and of course Promax for footing the bill.