Tonight was a little different in that
we concentrated more on ideas then FCP. The ideas derived from
Extreme Sports photography and equipment used to get those ideas
on tape. Yes it was different but it was exciting. Special thanks
to Sports Photograher
Donaldson for the great pre show slide show
As usual we started off with Stump
the Gurus with regulars Ken Stone, Andrew
Balis, and guests Larry Jordan, and special guest
Ralph Fairweather. Some of the questions asked and answered
Q.) I hear FCP is not very good with
multi cam editing. What are the work arounds?
A.) Well in FCP 4 there are much more
elegant solutions but in 3.0. one nifty way is, say you have
4 camera angles; Capture all 4 angles and place them on V1-4.
Shrink each image so that it fits in its own square in the canvas
window. You are now looking at 4 images at the same time in the
canvas window. Render over night and then begin cutting using
the razor blade. FCP 4 has gang sync which helps a bit. There
are many other work arounds such as using tracks as priority
using the highest number track as your highest priority.
Q.) When I have two nested sequences
and apply a transition between them I always get this one frame
default transition. What's up with that?
A. ) FCP sees a firm out point at the
end and beginning of your sequences if you nest them. Therefore
there is not enough handle to handle a transition. So open your
sequences one at a time in the Viewer window and set your in
and out points, THEN apply the transition leaving enough handle
to allow it.
Q.) When I try to save my movie in OSX
I get this message that says "You dont have access..."
A.) This usually means that OSX thinks
that the folder you are saving the file too is LOCKED. If you
dont have admin privileges, then try a Save As to another location.
Also run Repair Permissions.
Q.) I get this white screen when exporting
my FCP movie to drop into DVDSP.
A.) Turn OFF Range Check before you export.
Q.) Any good sources for FX Builder?
is a camera mounting system for helmets and has been in existence
since 1999. Chris and Rick Boggs and Rick's guidedog Jake joined
us from CatchitCam to talk about this system.
Chris began by talking a little about
the history of the system which began with 5 other people who
were avid sports fans. They wanted something better and so they
made it. They mount a Sony Xview lens (waterproof) and a microphone
and build into the helmet using a single connection to your recording
CatchitCam is easy to put on and take
off simply because of this one connection. CatchitCam has been
everywhere from the top of Everest to the helmet of a Snowboarder.
Lens exposure is pretty much auto focus
and audio is digital and vibration is minimized by resistance
built into the lens itself.
They then showed a video of the CatchitCam
in action and the results showed very little if any shakies.
CatchitCam sells for between $500 and
$700 with out recorder and lots more info can be found at the
CatchitCam web site.
Next up was
Dean Cleary who filled in quickly as we had a last minute
cancel. Dean is owner/operator of world famous Dean
Cleary Surfboards in Huntington Beach CA.
Dean showed us down and dirty and quickly
edited clips of surfers he had shot with his Digital 8 camera
intercut with an interview segment asking folks in the Atlanta
Airport what they thought about Surfers. You'd be amazed what
you can do with a Digital 8 Camcorder and some quick edits.
Dean also showed clips describing the
process of making a surfboard which is extremely interesting.
What was VERY cool was footage of this
indoor "Standing Wave" device that is a apparently
hauled about by 20 trucks and is capable of pumping 250,00 gallons
of water producing pipeline waves for surfers to compete on.
Really something to see.
Thanks Dean for filling in on such short
Howie Zechner next joined us to talk more on Motor racing
and with Howie was President of Ultimatte,
Paul Vlahos who served as cameraman with Howie on the
Howie showed us clips from the Speedway
Motorcycle National Championship which are brakeless motorcycles
that race on a small oval track. Howie and his company Raz
Video shoot events at Irwindale Raceway in Southern California
and have been for a number of years.
This particular event was shoot with
6 cameras. 5DV and one betacam and edited on a 733 Mac using
FCP. Paul said Howie often brings his crew together to discuss
"helping him out" before the event begins by showing
previous events and telling them not only where to put their
cameras but where he has trouble making cuts so that each can
make adjustments to make his life easier.
Howie uses certain markers throughout
the footage that the cameramen focus on to sync the cameras so
he can do his edit. He picks a primary camera and puts it on
V1 and takes the other cameras and lays them on top and starts
razor blading. He says it's pretty straight forward and he has
developed his own way of doing things that work for him but he
complains about rendering time. His new dual 1.42 Mac should
help a bit.
Howie doesn't find it cost effective
to do a live switch type event so he will stick with the system
he has developed.
We hope to have Paul Vlahos and Ultimatte
come to lafcpug very soon.
Brandon Schrichten is 17 years old and hails from Thousand Oaks
Ca and has been making and editing videos for three years and
pretty much showed all of us that experience counts for nothing.
Talent is everything, and Brandon is one talented kid.
Using a trusty VX1000 with a Fish Eye
lens he makes videos for his friends and is so good some of his
footage has ended up on those 411 videos so popular with the
skate crowd. Brandon compiled a 6 minute sequence of some of
his favorite clips and yes, the audience was wowed.
What was remarkable was what Brandon
did with the titles and effects in this video. Nothing outside
FCP was used and the result was not the usual eye candy one sees
in videos such as this but something completely different. Which
is what an audience such as this looks for. Oh sure the footage
is stuff you've seen before but not the way he put it together
and it is in the putting together that sets Brandon apart.
Time for the
break and in the lobby was a NHRA Jr Dragster with 8 year old
driver Shelby McWilliams, plus Promax
showing off toys and CatchItCam
showing of its groovy way of catching video.
has been shooting Top Fuel Dragsters as well as driving them
for quite a number of years and was here to talk about direct
to Hard Drive taping because tapes and camcorders fell apart
with the massive vibration the dragsters produced. The normal
lipstick camera to tape just did not work. So Jim went to a company
and out came a HD with vibration resistance built in and the
result is now a workable solution for high vibration sports such
as Dragsters and race cars.
The hard drive is nothing more than a
standard ATA notebook HD shock mounted inside a case and so far
no problems. The camera lens is a Fuji telephoto lens.
Jim was joined by his editor Faraz (sp)
who then showed a few clips of Top Fuel Dragsters at Pomona Speedway
in So Cal.
Nesbit was up next and showed off a killer 3 minute Demo
reel, which included a great section of motorcross racing from
this years National Competition, and a lot of Visual FX Camera
work that he had Done on the 1st X- Men Movie , Little Nicky,and
The Green Mile.....plus MANY others. A "wow" trailer
from the 35mm feature "SuperCross" a multi million
dollar feature on Motocross racing rounded out his presentation.
Evan also showed a small piece of amazing
skate board and BMX bicycle material he shot for a commercial
that is currently being used to raise money for the film. Evan
is a Director of Photography that has been working in the film
and TV world for 15 years. The material was originally shot on
H.D., Film, DV, and Vistavision and it is quite wonderful.
Grossman is 26 and a grad of the USC film School and obviously
prayed attention in class.
Todd has shot numerous films, documentaries
and commercials for such clients as ESPN, Fox Sports and Sony
Pictures. Grossman was nominated for best documentary of the
year, for XXX: A FILMMAKERS DIARY. A former professional inline
skater as well as competitive skateboarder and snowboarder, Todd
has shot, edited, and directed everything ranging from Logic
Skateboard Media's home video series, to followcaming the bike/blade/board
athletes in the ramps at summer contests. As an athlete and actor
he has appeared in various feature films and commercials such
as BATMAN & ROBIN, and starred in the Michael Bay directed
NIKE Superbowl commercial series, THE
ALPHA PROJECT. all of which he showed tonight and all of
which is expertly shot, edited and produced.
World Famous Raffle was up next and the following prizes were given
away and we thank those who generously donated to the cause.
2 FCP Keyboard Keycharts
2 Royalty Free Stock Footage
CDs - ThinkStock
2 personally signed Tony
Hawk Skateboards - BirdHouse
2 Dean Cleary Surfboard T-shirts - Dean Cleary Surfboards
Troubleshooter for FCP 3 - Intelligent
for Final Cut Pro - Intelligent
DVD Companion Pro Pack -
Various books - CMP
2 Free Tickets
to Irwindale Speedway - Irwindale
Final Draft - Final
1 VIP pass to
Entertainment Technology World - Mindshare
1 T-shirt - kenstone.net
2 copies of lafcpug DVDs - lafcpug
2 Press Passes to "6th
West Coast Hot Rod Happenin" at Pomona Raceway (winner must bring own Camcorder
and MUST shoot) - Jim
Final Cut Express For Dummies
Special thanks must go to Chris Horgan
and Trevor Horton,
for taking tickets. Ken stone for
taking pics. Dan Brockett
and Matthew Lawton
for taping the show for the DVD, John
Levulis for doing the lights and of course Promax for footing the bill.