Fitdesk Review

I recently was sent the FitDesk to review. I love biking and have some how let it get away from me as I have found myself getting glued to the computer and stuck in the edit bay, whether it be at home or at the office. When I got the bike, I put it together immediately. It didn’t take long and it was pretty easy. So I wouldn’t be concerned with that.

After the bike was put together I put my big 17″ laptop on it and got some gym shorts on (not necessarily in that

Sync-N-Link Review

This has been a long time coming. I’ve had Sync-N-Link for a little while and then got put on a project where I couldn’t use it because it was all playback. So now that I am back to life off of Yo Gabba Gabba, I had an opportunity to use it on a few other projects.

Let me start off by saying that normally I would go to use an Avid so that I could use the auto sync by timecode feature. However, the director I work with on Yo Gabba Gabba likes to use Final Cut Pro. He has cutting experience with it and I love working with him because of it.

Sending a FCP Sequence to After Effects Free

One of the great perks of working with a new group of people is learning a new set of tricks. Many thanks to Jordan Kim who showed me this wonderful After Effects script called Popcorn Island that I can use as an alternative to Boris Transfer or Automatic Duck. Here is a video on how I have used Popcorn Island. It’s pretty simple. Popcorn Island (download and learn the rest here) will show you how to use their After Effects script (it’s a lengthy video, so I have provided my own if you can install the script file yourself).

 

 

“I haven’t seen that shot yet” and other problems with a bad assistant editor

A little while ago, I was going through some footage of a really cool scene with some guest stars and a really cool set. I cut the scene together and something felt kind of lop-sided. The director came in and took a look at the footage and right away noticed that only one angle of the scene was being used in the edit.

On this show, it was not uncommon for the crew to shoot some takes with both angles and only camera on others, so at first it didn’t alarm me. However, if I had looked at the lined script more closely, I would have noticed right away that the footage was missing it’s equal pair.

We checked the on site and off site backups. It was gone.

Sticking to the “old”

For the past few months I have been working at “Yo Gabba Gabba!” on Season 4 as one of the in house editors. It’s been very interesting to be on the show. One thing that you forget about while being on staff at a place is what is going on in “the outside world.” I just realized today that Avid has their big announcement/webcast tomorrow and just signed up.

We are using Mac Pros that are a few years old; they work just fine.

Some of our machines are using FCP 6; it works just fine.

Ditch the Hype

One of my biggest gripes with the industry is hype.

While hype can motivate an individual to do a good job, to take action or to do something noteworthy, in my opinion, hype causes a lot more stress in the workplace than it is worth.

On most of the projects I have been on, when we have a deadline and we aren’t sure what kind of footage we will get from production, there tends to be a lot of hype. When I say hype, I mean the worrying, the stressing and the emotional disaster that comes from the fear of the unknown.

I’m guilty of this myself, but I notice when I tell myself “whatever it is, it will be fine” we usually get out at a decent hour and we have good results. Too much hype can lead to rushing, doing work improperly and not backing up correctly. Building your editorial staff’s confidence by going over workflows in downtime, experimenting ideas or running tests is what should be going on, not overthinking the amount of work.