2020 Program

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Organizing IS Editing
Speaker: Steve Martin
November 16, 2020 / 11:00 - 11:50am EDT
Owner, Ripple Training

Final Cut Pro X is built on a foundation of metadata and is the key to an efficient editorial experience. In this session, Steve will show you his best Final Cut Pro X recipes for imposing fast organizational structure to your footage.

  • Choosing a library storage method
  • Fast tagging with keywords
  • Using Library-level smart collections
  • Assigning audio roles before importing
Best Practices for Shooting HDR RAW
Speaker: Lee Herbet
November 16, 2020 / 4:30 - 4:55pm EDT
Cinematographer, Producer, Apple Certified Trainer, Capture.ink

Final Cut Pro X is fantastic at allowing you to work with HDR and/or RAW content. But how can you shoot content that is going to give you the best options in the edit? Even if you aren’t a shooter yourself, learn some of the best practises for shooting can help you let you shooters know what you need.

What concrete lessons or skills will attendees take away from this session

  • Understanding why you want HDR content
  • What camera features allow for good HDR content capture
  • What settings to look out for on the camera for HDR
  • What tools on the camera or via third-parties can help you get the best images
  • How to expose with HDR in mind
Pitch Pilot Shot on iPhones Cut in FCPX
Speaker: Lee Herbet
November 16, 2020 / 5:00 - 5:25pm EDT
Cinematographer, Producer, Apple Certified Trainer, Capture.ink

How would you shoot an entire show pilot with iPhones and, importantly, why? In this session, we cover why and how this project came about. Whilst there are challenges with shooting an entire project using only iPhones, there are also many advantages. If you’re interested in seeing the pilot before you come to the session, simply search for “camera you have Lee Herbet” on YouTube.

What concrete lessons or skills will attendees take away from this session

  • What settings to use with the iPhone to get the best footage
  • What third-party Apps can help you get the best results
  • A look at different options for getting the best audio into an iPhone
  • Which gimbals and lights work well with iPhones
  • How to work with the footage from the iPhone in FCPX
Proxies Rock
Speaker: Iain Anderson
November 16, 2020 / 5:30 - 5:55pm EDT
Apple Certified Trainer, Training Brisbane

All the things you didn’t know about proxy workflows.

The 10.4.9 release of FCP X changed how proxies work, and this session will teach you all about them. If you haven’t used proxies before, you might change your mind about how useful they can be.

In this short session, you’ll learn about:

  • Online/offline workflows
  • Changes in the latest release
  • Collaboration workflows
  • Tips and tricks for advanced features

If you might need to work remotely, proxies are something you’ll need to be across, so don’t miss it.

Ideal for: Anyone whose Mac can’t keep up with their new camera’s footage, and those interested in remote collaboration, which has never been more important.

Beyond Transcripts: Using Text to Edit Audio and Video
Speaker: Philip Hodgetts
November 16, 2020 / 6:00 EDT
Co-founder & President, Lumberjack Systems

Production Transcripts are great, but they’re hard to work with in FCPX.

It’s the golden age of transcripts, but transcripts are not the goal. The Story is the goal and production transcripts are just the first step. There is a better way to work with transcripts that combines text editing with video editing in a new type of NLE.

In this focused session you’ll learn:

  • The past: Transcript limitations in FCP X
  • The future: A new way to work with transcripts
  • Whether human or artificial intelligence transcripts are best
  • Tutorial: Working with Lumberjack Builder NLE for story building
  • Keyword and Keyword Management on text in transcripts
  • How to use powerful filtering tools to find exactly the story beat you need
  • The efficiencies of keywording text instead of video
  • How having video (or audio) always available while editing text increases efficiency
  • How to create instant temp voice-over without a microphone
  • How the story script edit is a video edit with closed captions and lower thirds, with zero conform to FCPX

Transcripts in any NLE are a complicated workflow, because no NLE, until Builder, has been designed for working with text. Builder NLE offers the convenience of word processing, combined with simultaneous editing video, to create a better way to work with transcripts that requires no expensive conforms.

Ideal for: Anyone who works with transcripts for documentary or reality TV production.

The Future of Education: Engaging Youth Through Storytelling and Technology
Speaker: Bijan Machen
November 16, 2020 / 5:30 EDT
Founder/ CEO, We Uplift The World Foundation

Bijan Machen of The WUTW Foundation will discuss how a collaboration with Apple and We Make Movies called "the eARTh Project" is dramatically transforming the lives of teenagers in cities all over the world.

Diving into Metadata Views
Speaker: Nick Harauz
November 16, 2020 / 11:00am EDT
Certified Adobe, Apple, and Avid Trainer

How are you leveraging your assets metadata in FCPX?

Metadata, oh metadata. All that information attached to the assets we bring into Final Cut has value we can leverage and keep us organized throughout our workflow.

In this session, Nick Harauz will demistify the various metadata views available in Final Cut and when you may want to use them.

In this session, you'll learn:

  • The default types of metadata views available
  • Great property options to access in the inspector
  • How to add to metadata views additional properties
  • Create your own useful metadata fields

If you're looking to tap into the data that makes up the assets in you Project then this session is not to be missed!

Ideal for: the creator who’s looking to dive deeper into Final Cuts organization options and workflow.

Smart Collections you Should Start Using Today
Speaker: Nick Harauz
November 16, 2020 / 4:00pm EDT
Certified Adobe, Apple, and Avid Trainer

Are you making the most out of your Smart Collections in Final Cut?

Final Cut offers you a variety of ways to organize footage from Keyword Collections to marking favorites. In this session, we’ll focus solely on setting up smart collections beyond the pre-populated folder provided to you at the library level so you can get the most out of your editorial workflow.

In this session, you'll learn:

  • Creating smart collections based on file type
  • Making Compound Clips, Auditions and Synchronized Clips easier to find.
  • Identifying unused media easily
  • Using Smart Collections in mixed media projects
  • Taking smart collections further with multiple search criteria

If you're looking to get one level up on your FCPX organization then this session is for you!

Ideal for: the creator whos desktop is currently filled with untitled folders and FCPX project with very few keyword and smart collections

Graphics Package Fundamentals: Animated Titles, Lower 3rds and ID Logos
Speaker: Ian Robinson
November 16, 2020 / 4:00pm EDT
Creative Director, Motion Expert

How to build out a complete a graphics package from one single element.

A single logo or title doesn’t make a package design. In this session we’ll look at how to break things down from start to finish. Whether you’re given a single element to start with, or have to start from scratch, we’ll cover the whole process.

  • Define & create standard elements required for a complete graphics package
  • Best practices for choosing and designing titles and logos
  • How to flow design elements through all different parts of a graphics package to work most efficiently

If you’ve ever wanted to create a refined appearance of your short videos, shows, or documentaries, this is the session for you.

This session is an ideal session for starting motion designers and or video editors who want to learn how to design and animate a complete graphics package.

Editing Interviews with Final Cut Pro X and Builder
Speaker: Mark Spencer
November 16, 2020 / 12:30pm EDT
Creative Partner of Ripple Training

In this fast-paced half-hour session, I’ll first demonstrate a methodology for editing interviews without a transcription in Final Cut Pro by utilizing ratings, keywords, and notes. I’ll then move to showing you how to use the Builder application in concert with Final Cut Pro to make the process of building a story around transcribed interviews fast, easy, and fun to do.

20 Years of Interviewing Experience in 25 Minutes
Speaker: Cirina Catania
November 16, 2020 / 12:00pm EDT
Founder/Lead Creative, Catania Group

How do you quickly establish rapport with someone you may never have met?

Interviews are the heart of many “non-scripted” productions. Clients expect us to delivery high-quality content.

This session will help you be comfortable and engaging in ways that will help the interviewee relax and learn to trust you. Only then will you get compelling, interesting answers!

  • What this is not: This is not about workflow/tips/plug-ins, etc. (That’s tomorrow’s session.)
  • This is about the heart of the interview, the people you speak with and how to unlock their trust.
  • We’ll explore the different types of interviews and help you maximize your results.
  • Get great interviews in any situation!
  • 25+ Tips in 25 minutes!

Whether it is a TV Reality Show, a Documentary, Pick Up Shots for the Network, News Commentary, YouTube Video, a Run and Gun, or even a family video, etc. you need to get the best out of your interviews.

This session is ideal for anyone who wishes to improve their interview content and their relationship with their interviewee.

These skills also make our clients very happy!

The Storytelling and Engagement Insights from the Youtube Generation
Speaker: Steven Douglass
November 16, 2020 / 5:00pm EDT
Apple Distinguished Educator

Going back to your Roots: I'll share what I've learned from teaching and engaging an the YouTube and TikTok generation in video storytelling, from understanding how they grew up in unprecedented disruption to how it shapes their unique needs and desires as consumers and creators of video content now and in the future.

I'll also share the wins these generations have created for everyone, describing the hope I have based on the complementary inter-generational value exchange I've experienced during Chicago Summer Stories, as an Apple Distinguished Educator worldwide and in my classroom as just old Mr. Douglass.

Sound Editing Secrets You Can’t Live Without
Speaker: Steve Martin
November 17, 2020 / 11:00 - 11:50am EDT
Owner, Ripple Training

In this session, delivered by Rippletraining founder, Steve Martin, you will explore some Final Cut Pro X’s hidden secrets for editing & improving your sound mix.

  • Create fast L and J cuts
  • Remove unwanted audio
  • Reducing background noise
  • Make dialogue punchier
Motion Portraiture - Bring Stills to Life
Speaker: Frederick Van Johnson
November 17, 2020 / 5:00 - 5:50pm EDT
CEO / Editor-in-Chief, This Week In Photo (TWiP)

For years, photographers and video producers have been searching for ways to elegantly merge still photography with video. There have been many attempts, some more successful than others. The end result has generally been a "cure in search of a disease". Or, a final product that didn't quite fit in anywhere or solve anyone's problem.

In this session, content creator and photographer, Frederick Van Johnson will demonstrate, from start-to-finish, a brand new technique that effectively allows both video still photographers to breathe life into their images through the artful use of motion. You may be thinking this has been done before, in the form of the cinemagraph. However, this is NOT a cinemagraph demonstration. It's something else. It's something new and exciting that you will instantly see the value in.

With the oncoming onslaught of VR and AR hardware and software tools. Now is the time to embrace a new way of storytelling — in a single frame. This technique will show you how you can leverage what you already know into something amazing, fresh, and entirely new.

Comedy in Lockdown: Making BBC1 Series 'Have I Got News For You' from Home
Speaker: James Branch
November 17, 2020 / 4:00 - 4:25pm EDT
Trailer, Promo & TV Spot Editor

Join James Branch as he takes you step-by-step through editing, post-production and delivery of an episode of BBC1 satirical news show ’Have I Got News For You’ during the UK Covid-19 lockdown.

There’s a lot to get through so hold on tight has James takes you from project prep prior to the Wednesday recording through to delivering the 28 minute version by Friday lunchtime and the 44 minute version by Saturday night. You’ll see:

  • Use of brilliant 3rd party solutions like Lumberjack, Frame.io and PostLab
  • The power of multicam, critical this unique workflow
  • How the speed and power of the iMac Pro was essential to delivering files to tight deadlines.
  • Working with an additional remote editor to deliver one episode in 24 hours less time than usual.
  • Creating an AS-11 file for delivery to the BBC Cloud server.

This will be a fast and funny dash through a unique, real-world workflow made possible only by the power and flexibility of Final Cut Pro X.

Marking Live Favorites
Speaker: Iain Anderson
November 17, 2020 / 5:30 - 5:55pm EDT
Apple Certified Trainer, Training Brisbane

Organize your footage as you shoot it with live tagging.

This session shows you how you could potentially speed up your workflow by tagging footage as good, bad or otherwise as you shoot it. You’ll learn what kinds of shoots could benefit from this, and how it can be done with hardware and with software. Along the way, we will peek into the RAW XML inside an FCP X Library and make some useful changes.

In this short session, you’ll learn about:

  • Using external recorders to tag footage live
  • Importing and applying captured metadata
  • Sneaky tricks in FCP X to swap media and move keywords around
  • An alternative software-only solution

If you’re using still paper to note “good” shots or timecodes, find out about a better way to work.

Ideal for: Documentary makers, those covering live events, and anyone else shooting lots of footage for clients who want the final say over shot choices.

Moving into 3D with Motion
Speaker: Iain Anderson
November 17, 2020 / 4:00 - 4:50pm EDT
Apple Certified Trainer, Training Brisbane

A broad introduction into 3D in Motion: tips, techniques and limitations

Though they are the newest and flashiest addition, 3D models aren’t the only thing you can work with in Motion. Here, you’ll discover how to move your existing 2D skills into that third dimension, and yes, with a good look at 3D models. 3D models are great, but they aren’t the whole story, nor the only way to embrace the third dimension.

In this longer session, you’ll learn about:

  • 3D cameras
  • Lighting
  • 2D shapes in 3D space
  • 3D replicators and emitters
  • 3D text
  • 3D models
  • Combining the different 3D object types

Dip your toes into the world of 3D with this demo-heavy interactive session.

Ideal for: Users with basic skills in Motion who want to take them further: if you’ve opened the program and know how the interface works, you’ll be at home here. Any intermediate Motion users who are keen to find out more about how 3D objects work are also welcome.

For More Efficient Storytelling, move the Logging out of the Edit Bay
Speaker: Philip Hodgetts
November 16, 2020 / 12:00pm EDT
Co-founder & President, Lumberjack Systems

Take the tedium out of logging?

Yes, you should be logging everything. And yes, it’s tedious to do after the shoot. The obvious answer is to log during the shoot, so in this session you’ll learn how modern digital tools make traditional workflows more efficient.

  • In this dynamic session you’ll learn
  • The many benefits of well logged footage
  • How digital tools make live logging easier than written notes
  • How to use live logging to generate story ideas, automatically
  • What live logging tools are appropriate for different types of production
  • The incredible savings in time and money from live logging.

If you want more time to concentrate on the creative work (or spend it with your family) then moving logging out of the edit bay is the solution.

Ideal for: Producers, Story Editors and Editors who want to reduce costs while delivering a higher quality product.

PIVOT!
Adopting Motion to Survive and Thrive as a Freelance Editor
Speaker: Ryan Welborn
November 17, 2020 / 1:00pm EDT
Editor

Ryan Welborn chats about his experience being a freelancer for 20 years, going over some of the evolutions the title “editor” has gone through.

How Motion has helped me accomplish the following:

  • Saying ‘yes’ and kicking yourself out of the nest
  • Getting paid to learn
  • Using resources, not crutches
  • Spotting opportunities to increase scope of jobs
  • Making the client looking good beyond the export

This session will be great for editors thinking of expanding their skillset into motion graphics, but are nervous to jumping in, as well as freelancers or those new to remote working.

The Making of FAITH BA$ED: A case study on the independent comedic feature film, starring Jason Alexander
Speaker: Vince Masciale
November 17, 2020 / 11:00am EDT
Director/ Producer

How do you pull off a Blockbuster level production with an Indie budget?

From script to distribution and everything in between, Director Vincent Masciale will talk about how he and his team pulled off the near-impossible task of completing a low budget feature film that landed Jason Alexander and worldwide distribution.

In this session, you’ll learn how to:

  • Develop and write a script for the low budget market
  • Attach reputable cast and crew to elevate the quality of your film
  • Shoot a feature in under 20 days, with high level on set dailies
  • Run a distributed post team in a very short timeframe, using tools like FCPX
  • Prepare and sell your film in the new Covid Marketplace

Ideal for the industrious filmmaker, producer, director, writer, editor.

Case Study: Westdoc Online: From Vmix (Live Virtual Witcher) to FCPX
Speaker: Chuck Braverman
November 17, 2020 / 12:30pm EDT
Founder/Executive Producer, Westdoc Online

Westdoc Online workflow using a PC and FCPX to produce the series all about documentary filmmaking.

Everyone interested in multi input streaming, live or recorded, should watch this panel.

  • Why this hard core Mac guy is using Windows 10 software?
  • Why vMix is like a complete studio control room?
  • There is a free version and a trial period. How much does it cost?
  • Best way to purchase vMix software is through the reseller, Tom Sinclair, at Eastern Shore Broadcasting, 251-210-7117‬.

I will discuss the thought process I had switching after my second episode of Westdoc Online to vMix on PC.

  • Let’s look at the opening screen of vMix and how to set it up to produce a show.
  • Why I decided to record after producing the first few episodes live.
  • I bought the very first Lumaforge Jellyfish and use it in part to connect my iMac and PC.
  • Raw show media is imported into FCPX via my office network and finished, then uploaded to Vimeo, then embedded into my Wix website.
Thinking in Color Part 1: Primaries
Speaker: Jeff Greenberg
November 17, 2020 / 12:30pm EDT
FCPX Program Manager/ Owner, JGreenberg Consulting

Stop guessing, start grading.

This is the first part of a three part session.

Part 1 goes over the key basics of Color - learning to think in color. It includes a recipie and a strategy to work with your footage. You'll learn scopes and more - including a workflow to work with LUTs. If you're not comfortable with the RGB parade? You need to be here.

Level: Anyone who wants their color to look better in FCPX

Questions prior to class? jeff@jgreenbergconsulting.com

Producing in the Age of COVID: A Blueprint for Remote Interviews that Engage and Connect Successfully
Speaker: Cirina Catania
November 17, 2020 / 4:30pm EDT
Cirina Catania

With Cirina’s special guest: Nashville’s Brent McCollough - singer/keyboardist/guitarist/recording engineer and music producer! (You partly know him from his viral video, “Staying Inside,” that has almost 4 million views on YouTube.)

You may be locked down, but this is still production! Let’s talk about how to make the most out of what you have. This is a fun and fact-filled session that will (should you choose to accept) have you dancing out of the room! And help you make money from the “Inside!”

  • We’ll focus first on audio and story using OWC RADiO as an example of Cirina’s workflow soup to nuts.
  • Including: Prep, Recording, Editing, Story Editing, Finishing and Export
  • Using Final Cut as the pillar, there are supporting apps, like Builder that help make the story-editing process easier and faster.
  • What are some sound plug-ins that can help if you don’t have an audio engineer or an audio mixer?
  • A few quick tips on lighting, composition and sound (Cirina will share her equipment list).
  • Then - Brent and Cirina will talk about his music, his viral videos and life in the music locked-down lane. Nope, he is not on tour with Trace Adkins at the moment!
  • And we’ll show clips from an amazing 1/2 hour film that was beautifully produced from inside an apartment in Los Angeles and DP’d long-distance using a MacBook Pro.

If you need good production and you want answers from a successful Producer and if you are not already an expert sound mixer or video editor, this is the session for you. Using the tools available to you, it will be amazing what you can accomplish!

Thinking on the Z-Axis : The Power of FCPX in Documentary Story Telling
Speaker: Kim Furst
November 18, 2020 / 4:30pm EDT
Producer, Director, Editor

This session will be a case study on how to use the power of FCP X to craft and structure documentaries. Using examples from her current film, THE LAST GRANDMASTER: Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, producer/director/editor Kim Furst will share how she use FCP X to “think with” footage to structure the most compelling narrative, as well as other tips for successful documentary production and post production.

Working with 3D Objects in Motion and Final Cut Pro X
Speaker: Mark Spencer
November 18, 2020 / 11:00am EDT
Creative Partner of Ripple Training

With the latest Motion update, you can now import, light, and animate 3D models - and you can publish those models for use in Final Cut Pro X. In this session, you’ll learn how to work with 3D objects in Motion’s library; where to find and how to import third-party 3D models, including how to convert and modify 3D models for import; how to incorporate them into scenes with lighting, shadows, and 3D text, and how to get your 3D models into Final Cut Pro X.

Thinking in Color Part 2: Secondaries and More
Speaker: Jeff Greenberg
November 18, 2020 / 4:00pm EDT
FCPX Program Manager/ Owner, JGreenberg Consulting

Stop guessing, start grading.

Part 2 recaps part 1 and goes into handling secondary corrections - keys, masks and "versus" curves.

This continuance of Part 1 gives an opportunity to deal with specific needs and "looks" when it comes to shots.

Questions prior to class? jeff@jgreenbergconsulting.com

The Care and Feeding of Freelancers
Speaker: Robbie Coblentz
November 18, 2020 / 4:00pm EDT
President, CEO of Broadcast Media Group, Inc.

Some practical tips to help you survive and up your freelance game.

Freelancing is tough. We will discuss a few basic things you can do to improve client relations and maybe help you win the next gig. Plus I will share my famous beer-based pizza dough recipe.

A few things I will cover.

  • Learn what you are really marketing as a freelancer.
  • To LLC or not? Should you take the next business step as you business grows?
  • Some tips on how to improve your communication with ad agency types.
  • Learn why beer make the best base for homemade pizza dough.

Ideal for the freelancer who is looking to grow their business or is contemplating their next steps in this crazy world. Or anyone who really likes pizza.

Doing More With Less
Speaker: Chris Northcross
November 18, 2020 / 11:00am EDT
Editor, Agent of Change

What happens when a technologically challenged 159 year old church collides with the chaos that is the Coronavirus? A Sunday Service unlike any they’ve ever seen!

Using mobile phones, a lot of ingenuity and a Final Cut Pro-armed editor 600 miles away, Newman A.M.E. Church found a way to come together in the time of Covid-19.

In this session we’ll take a look at:

  • Best practices for using what your have available to make what you need.
  • The power of adjustment layers in Final Cut Pro.
  • Tips for organizing a show when you are far, far away.
Apple Day / Thursday, November 19
PANEL: How Apple Changed My Life
Speaker: David Cox, Caleb Marshall, Kim Furst
November 19, 2020 / 3:30 - 4:00pm EDT

Basics of 3D tracking in Final Cut Pro X using mTracker 3D
Motion VFX
November 19, 2020 / 3:00 EDT

In this session we will learn how to use the brand new mTracker3d plugin from MotionVFX in Final Cut Pro 10.5

Creating quick and impressive VFX in Motion using mTracker 3D and mO2
Motion VFX
November 19, 2020 / 5:00 EDT

In this session we will learn how to use mTracker3d along with mo2 in Motion5 to create quick but impressive VFX.

COVID Compliance: Federal and Industry Safety Guidelines Related to COVID
Speaker: Seth Polansky
November 20, 2020 / 12:00 - 12:30pm EDT
Intellectual Property & Startups Specialist

We all want to get back to work, and we want to do it as safely as possible. This session will provide an overview of the federal and industry guidelines related to COVID safety.

In this session we will cover:

  • CDC guidelines
  • Industry guidelines
  • Where to look for your individual state guidelines (if any)

Remember, you are a worker in a business, and the guidance that has been pushed out is not just for set or location work. Office workers are covered as well.

If you want a solid overview of the applicable regulations, and the ability to ask questions to a legal professional, you should attend this seminar.

How I Make My Amazing Podcast!
Speaker: Frederick Van Johnson
November 20, 2020 / 5:00 - 5:50pm EDT
CEO / Editor-in-Chief, This Week In Photo (TWiP)

Podcasting and streaming web shows are more important than ever before. Creating a professional and repeatable workflow is essential. Most people operate their shows as “solo operations”, meaning they are both the talent AND the production crew.

This can lead to a substandard experience for the viewers (and lost subscribers) when things go wrong… which they will.

In this session, veteran podcaster and YouTuber Frederick Van Johnson will walk you through some simple ways to create an amazing (and repeatable) show.

  • Discover a workflow that reduces the “heavy lifting” so that you can focus on the show.
  • How to look and sound great on camera while creating useful content for your audience.
  • Which directories should you submit your show to?
  • Taking the pain out of scheduling guests.
  • Monetizing your show

Creating a show plan, and having automated processes for booking and production take much of the pain and nervousness out of that dreaded “go live” moment.

Be sure to catch this session if you’ve ever dreamt about starting your own podcast. You’ll save mountains of time with the shortcuts Frederick provides.

Post On-Set without Breaking the Bank
Speaker: Robin Moran
November 20, 2020 / 4:30 - 5:00pm EDT
Filmmaker, Owner, FOCUSED Equipment

How FCPX help me shave 3 hours of shoot daily on “May the Devil Take you Chapter 2” If time is money, then saving hours of work means saved money... a lot.

In the session, I will be sharing how this production was able to comfortably deliver their film two months ahead of their theatrical release. I will cover:

  • What was discussed during preproduction that affected workflow
  • What equipment and software were needed to make it work
  • How FCPX became the central hub of production on-set

Find out how these tips can avoid common mistakes which causes budget bloat, while streamlining and enhancing your creativity during shoot. Plus, tons Q&A during and after the session.

Ideal for fiction film-makers; you’ll be glad to learn how to be more efficient on-set plus make your producer happy.

HDR + ProRes RAW Workflows
Speaker: Lee Herbet
November 20, 2020 / 4:00 - 4:50pm EDT
Cinematographer, Producer, Apple Certified Trainer, Capture.ink

Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG, what do all of these mean and why should you care?

In this session, you will get an overview of what the main HDR formats are, how to build a workflow with them and deliver them. We will cover how editing in HDR can have advantages for you even if you don’t plan on delivering in HDR as a final output. We will look at some possible challenges and how avoid and overcome them when creating and delivering HDR footage. And finally, we’ll look at ways to create a workflow that works looking at both a HDR and a SDR deliverable.

What concrete lessons or skills will attendees take away from this session

  • An understanding of what HDR is and what it isn’t
  • The advantages of working with HDR footage
  • How best to monitor HDR footage
  • Creating a HDR workflow in FCPX and the tools that are available
  • How to deliver a HDR project
How I Make My Amazing Podcast!
Speaker: Frederick Van Johnson
November 20, 2020 / 5:00 - 5:50pm EDT
CEO / Editor-in-Chief, This Week In Photo (TWiP)

Podcasting and streaming web shows are more important than ever before. Creating a professional and repeatable workflow is essential. Most people operate their shows as “solo operations”, meaning they are both the talent AND the production crew.

This can lead to a substandard experience for the viewers (and lost subscribers) when things go wrong… which they will.

In this session, veteran podcaster and YouTuber Frederick Van Johnson will walk you through some simple ways to create an amazing (and repeatable) show.

  • Discover a workflow that reduces the “heavy lifting” so that you can focus on the show.
  • How to look and sound great on camera while creating useful content for your audience.
  • Which directories should you submit your show to?
  • Taking the pain out of scheduling guests.
  • Monetizing your show

Creating a show plan, and having automated processes for booking and production take much of the pain and nervousness out of that dreaded “go live” moment.

Be sure to catch this session if you’ve ever dreamt about starting your own podcast. You’ll save mountains of time with the shortcuts Frederick provides.

Post On-Set without Breaking the Bank
Speaker: Robin Moran
November 20, 2020 / 4:30 - 5:00pm EDT
Filmmaker, Owner, FOCUSED Equipment

How FCPX help me shave 3 hours of shoot daily on “May the Devil Take you Chapter 2” If time is money, then saving hours of work means saved money... a lot.

In the session, I will be sharing how this production was able to comfortably deliver their film two months ahead of their theatrical release. I will cover:

  • What was discussed during preproduction that affected workflow
  • What equipment and software were needed to make it work
  • How FCPX became the central hub of production on-set

Find out how these tips can avoid common mistakes which causes budget bloat, while streamlining and enhancing your creativity during shoot. Plus, tons Q&A during and after the session.

Ideal for fiction film-makers; you’ll be glad to learn how to be more efficient on-set plus make your producer happy.

HDR + ProRes RAW Workflows
Speaker: Lee Herbet
November 20, 2020 / 4:00 - 4:50pm EDT
Cinematographer, Producer, Apple Certified Trainer, Capture.ink

Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG, what do all of these mean and why should you care?

In this session, you will get an overview of what the main HDR formats are, how to build a workflow with them and deliver them. We will cover how editing in HDR can have advantages for you even if you don’t plan on delivering in HDR as a final output. We will look at some possible challenges and how avoid and overcome them when creating and delivering HDR footage. And finally, we’ll look at ways to create a workflow that works looking at both a HDR and a SDR deliverable.

What concrete lessons or skills will attendees take away from this session

  • An understanding of what HDR is and what it isn’t
  • The advantages of working with HDR footage
  • How best to monitor HDR footage
  • Creating a HDR workflow in FCPX and the tools that are available
  • How to deliver a HDR project
New Apple Macs, Phones, IOS, FCPX and Thunderbolt 4: The Big Picture
Speaker: Lee Herbet
November 20, 2020 / 6:00pm EDT
OWC Platinum Sponsored Panel

A panel featuring Larry O’Connor, Sam Mestman, Jeff Greenberg, and Peter Wiggins, Jonathan Sims

There have been some pretty important hardware announcements of late. How are the new Apple Silicon Macs and Thunderbolt 4 going to effect the Apple Creative ecosystem and content creation world in general? Where is the Apple Creative Ecosystem headed? What gear do you need, and how do you plan for it? How will HDR on the iPhone change things? IOS and the Mac continue to blend together so where is that going? Will the entire world just be shooting on iPhones soon? Is the lightning port going away eventually? We have some of the world’s leading experts weighing in including OWC CEO Larry O’Connor, We Make Movies CEO Sam Mestman, FCP.co Editor in Chief Peter Wiggins, and Master Trainer Jeff Greenberg. If you care about the future of Apple and content creation, this panel is not to be missed.

The Engagement Project case study
Speaker: Scott Simmons
November 20, 2020 / 11:30am EDT
Freelance Editor

Wanna talk about a big Final Cut Pro X project? Imagine a 9 camera shoot multiplied by the 20+ hours of content that had to be captured, transcoded, edited, mixed, color graded and output to make delivery. And that is just the classroom setting. There 's also the multiple hours of interviews, tons vignette package roll-ins that had to be shot, edited and completed before the mulitcam shoot even rolled a frame of video. Did I mention the hundreds of slides and animations that had to be finished as they were an integral part of the final presentation?

This case study will look at what went into the post-production of a project of this size. All editing and finishing was done in Final Cut Pro X with the help of some supporting post-production software and talented individuals.

This session will cover:

  • How the multicam shoot was planned
  • Workflow considerations for such a large job
  • Integrating less than ideal cameras for a mulitcam shoot
  • Prep of footage for what was a months long edit and finishing process
  • Tracking progress throughout post-production
Social Media Growth and Digital Content Distribution
Speaker: PhotoJoseph
November 20, 2020 / 12:00pm EDT
TSMA Consulting, Ryan Walker & Ben Whitehair

Tune in to hear from TSMA Consulting executives on how to generate a large audience and self-distribute your content.

After editing with FCPX, how do you build a following around your incredible videos? Ryan Walker and Ben Whitehair are award-winning social media experts, currently sitting as CEO and CIO of TSMA, the tech world's top social media management firm.

This session will cover everything from key social platform algorithms, to giveaways and optimizations. You tell your story and this seminar will help many more people hear it.

Principles of Design: Typography
Speaker: Ian Robinson
November 20, 2020 / 11:00am EDT
Creative Director, Motion Expert

Learn to create and animate type to reinforce the meaning behind your titles and graphics.

Understanding the key fundamentals of typography can make your titles more legible and reinforce the emotions of what you’re trying to say. In this session we will cover several topics including...

  • Titling techniques for efficiently previewing and offering multiple design options
  • Animating type with behaviors, parameter behaviors, and creating custom presets
  • Overview of the fundamentals of typography

This session is an ideal session for starting motion designers and or video editors who want to get more efficient with creating and animating type centric graphics.

Creating Dynamic Graphic Transitions with Apple Motion
Speaker: Ian Robinson
November 20, 2020 / 4:00pm EDT
Creative Director, Motion Expert

From Replicators to Particle Emitters and everything in-between, Motion has the best tools for creating dynamic transitions.

Learn how to utilize the deep toolsets available in Motion to create multiple different graphic transitions. As we build several transitions we will cover many topics such as...

  • Creating full-screen transitions using Replicators and Particle Emitters
  • Build engaging graphic transitions with Generators, Filters, and Behaviors
  • Master how to hide and reveal elements using Masks

This session is an ideal session for starting motion designers and or video editors who want to get more efficient with creating and animating type centric.

Why Its All About Story
Speaker: Chris Northcross
November 20, 2020 / 11:00am EDT
Editor, Agent of Change

In 2007, I grabbed my camera and stepped into the journey of a lifetime as a producer for Barack Obama’s bid for the Presidency. While I started that journey thinking I knew what his story was and how to tell it, I ended learning the power of my own story and just how important knowing and using your story is to creating change in the world around you.

In this session I’ll share some tips how to find your story, how to incorporate your story into your work and why it matters that you do

Beyond FCPX: Getting Paid for Your Passion
Speaker: Tshaka Armstrong
November 21, 2020 / 11:00 - 11:30am EDT
Co-founder/ CEO, Digital Shepherds

Video editing to vision: Be ready when opportunity knocks... or make your own!

The future is yours, but how do you seize it? Tshaka shares practical tips and his experience honing his craft in different disciplines, leading to his work with Marvel/Netflix. This is no nebulous, abstract “high-level” talk. Tshaka shares actionable tips and real info.

  • Unconventional ways to connect with potential clients.
  • How to be a problem-solver and connect with your purpose.
  • The term “ninja” is played, but really... be a ninja. But what does that actually mean?

So, you’ve mastered FCPX, now what? If you need guidance on what to do with your skills as an editor, or if you have much broader plans, Tshaka has been there and done that and can help guide you to moving in your passion and fulfilling your purpose.

Ideal for the person wanting to turn content creation into a career.

Getting the Most out of Remote Collaboration in FCPX
Speaker: Nick Harauz
November 21, 2020 / 4:00 - 5:00pm EDT
Certified Adobe, Apple, and Avid trainer

If you’re in the post-production industry, you know how valuable time is. Collaborating with team members and colleagues is part of the journey and without solid workflows in place, that time you don’t have much of will be gone before you know it. In this session, Nick Harauz will look at ways to maximize your workflow when collaborating with others in Final Cut Pro.

  • An overview of the post-production pipeline for small and big shops
  • The importance of naming conventions
  • Shared and pre-planned library structures (ie: keywork pre-population)
  • Keeping libraries/projects in order
  • Preparing and Sharing Libraries on the web for quick upload
  • Integrating 3rd party tools
  • Using review tools such as Frame.io

This session is ideal for anyone working from their home office right now.

What You Need to Know About Publishing from Motion
Speaker: Nick Harauz
November 21, 2020 / 12:30 - 1:20pm EDT
Certified Adobe, Apple, and Avid trainer

If FCPX had a gateway that expanded your creative possibilities when it comes to effects, transitions, titles and generators, look no further than Motion. The best part is creatives can leverage Motion bringing in effects and properties we can use and manipulate right in Final Cuts timeline and inspector. The trick is in publishing.

This session will show you how we can create various Motion projects intended for intended use in Final Cut Pro and how easy it is to select parameters you wish to adjust in FCPX with a simple right click.

  • Create a Motion Project for FCPX
  • Publish the properties you want to access in FCPX
  • Create a custom text animation to use and manipulate in FCPX
  • Examples for participants to use in their own FCPX Projects
  • Useful tools, tips, shortcuts and tricks for keping your head above water along the way

Ideal for the FCPX video editor looking for more options in creating customized motion graphics and unique text animations.

Editing & Delivering for Social Media
Speaker: Steve Martin
November 21, 2020 / 12:30 - 1:20pm EDT
Owner, Ripple Training

Editing multiple videos per week for YouTube or other social media platforms takes discipline. How do you keep your messaging and production quality at the highest level while consistently turning out engaging content? In this session, Steve will share some of his experience for delivering weekly content to his popular YouTube channel.

  • Organizing for a weekly show
  • Good audio is everything
  • Creating motion graphics templates
  • Exporting for YouTube & Instagram
‘American Animals’ - From Sizzle Reel to Instagram
Speaker: James Branch
November 21, 2020 / 11:30 - 11:55am EDT
Trailer, Promo & TV Spot Editor

Trailer editor James Branch will show you the various promos, trailers, featurettes and social media content created over the course of the production and distribution of Bart Layton’s second feature film, ‘American Animals’. With tips and tricks of the trailer editor’s trade thrown in, this is a rare look behind the scenes at what gets a movie made and marketed. Talk will include:

  • Sizzle Reel - a way of conveying the mood, style and tone of a film still at script stage to engage and inform prospective investors.
  • Sales Promo - an extended trailer edited from the first assembly to help sell the film to distributors.
  • Featurettes - in-depth look at a short ‘behind the scenes’ trailers.
  • Quote Spots - short, punchy ads using press reviews in interesting and inventive ways for use on social media platforms.

This talk will be of interest not only to editors but to anyone interested in pitching and promoting film and TV projects. Many thanks to Bart Layton for allowing the use of his film for this talk.

Virtual Production and In-Camera Visual Effects Workflow: From Stage to Final Cut Pro X in 10 Seconds
Speaker: Noah Kadner
November 21, 2020 / 11:30 - 11:55am EDT
Quantum presented by FCPWorks

How do you shoot a movie on location without ever leaving the studio?

Production travel and physical footprints are complex and challenging today. Virtual production via in-camera, real-time visual effects solves the problem by bringing realistic location imagery into a studio equipped with an LED wall. This session features a live demonstration of the revolutionary production technique used in projects like The Mandalorian. You'll learn how realistic visual effects shots can be captured in-camera and then finished in Final Cut Pro X in a matter of seconds.

In this vibrant session, you'll learn:

  • What are virtual production and in-camera effects
  • The power of real-time game engine technologies like Unreal Engine
  • The components of an LED smart stage
  • How to create realistic real-time environments
  • Transferring footage from camera to Final Cut Pro X over a LAN
  • How to quickly grade and finish shots
  • Resources for additional learning and DIY

If you're working in any production capacity, you owe it to yourself to learn about this revolutionary workflow! This session is broadcast live from an interactive smart stage featuring an LED wall. Ideal for: producers and creators looking to deliver incredible imagery without worrying about travel or large crew footprint.

Connectivity Options & Scalable Performance: Parallel access across macOS Big Sur with StorNext 7
Speakers:
Noah Kadner + Jordan Winkelman
November 21, 2020 / 12:00 - 1:00pm EDT
Quantum presented by FCPWorks

“Join over 25,000 Companies Worldwide using Quantum to Power the Video and Rich Media You Love Most.”

Quantum’s Jordan Winkelman, Media Solutions Group Solutions Architect, will provide a brief update on Quantum’s just announced StorNext 7 and it’s deep OS integrations with macOS 11 Big Sur on the new Apple Silicon-based Macs. For over two decades, Jordan has worked in IT supporting, and more recently designed and implemented, high-performance content creation workflows of all sizes and across all digital media types. StorNext 7 is Quantum’s Emmy-Award winning shared storage solution used to simplify high-performance workflows for any-K resolutions.

Stay Connected and Learn:

  • How StorNext 7 will change your life
  • Learn why Quantum recently won an Emmy for our StorNext File System
  • New and exciting products and solutions from the New Quantum
  • Are you worried about how much this will cost your organization? We have new pricing/subscription models that will take all your worries away.
Speed Up How You Use Final Cut Pro X with CommandPost
Speaker: Chris Hocking
November 21, 2020 / 5:00pm EDT
Technical Producer at LateNite Films

In this half hour crash course you’ll learn:

  • What is CommandPost and why should you care?
  • Using control surfaces with Final Cut Pro X.
  • Applying shortcuts to individual effects, generators, titles and transitions.
  • Save & Restore Browser Layouts.
  • Batch exporting from the timeline.
  • Exporting CSV’s from the Timeline Index & Browser.
  • Changing the contents of titles using a CSV.

If you consider yourself a Final Cut Pro X guru, but haven’t used CommandPost yet, this session is for you.

Grabbing Attention — Highlight Key Areas in FCP, with Motion
Speaker: Iain Anderson
November 21, 2020 / 5:00pm EDT
Apple Certified Trainer, Training Brisbane

Make sure your viewers are looking at the right thing

In many kinds of educational and sales videos, you’ll want your viewers to be watching something particular in the shot — the way someone’s standing, what they’re looking at, or even what they’re thinking. In this session, you’ll get some ideas for how you can focus their attention, engaging without distracting.

We’ll begin by using FCP’s built-in titles, overlays and video properties, taking a look at the simplest things you can do. With the basics covered, we’ll dial it up to see how to use Motion to build some templates you can use again and again. We’ll even dive into how you can use an iPad and Apple Pencil to create live, hand-made scribbles and titles.

In this longer, interactive session, you’ll learn about:

  • Using FCP’s built-in features to focus attention
  • Using Motion to create custom overlays
  • Recording an iPad screen to capture hand-made artwork
  • Incorporating recorded movies in Motion templates

Motion’s integration and template-building power is still unmatched in the industry, so take your overlays up a notch!

Ideal for: Anyone who’s got Motion and used it to build a title or two, but is keen to take it further.

3D Tracking with mTracker3D
Speaker: Mark Spencer
November 21, 2020 / 11:00am EDT
Creative Partner of Ripple Training

In this session we’ll learn how to use the soon-to-be released mTracker 3D from MotionVFX.com to track images and 3D objects to video footage in both Final Cut Pro X and Motion.

Thinking in Color Part 3: Your Footage!
Speaker: Jeff Greenberg
November 21, 2020 / 5:30pm EDT
FCPX Program Manager/ Owner, JGreenberg Consulting

Part 3 is a chance to talk/deal with some unique struggles - YOURS! You can submit your own footage and we can discuss how to work with it beyond the two color sessions. A link will be provided to upload your material!

Questions prior to class? jeff@jgreenbergconsulting.com

SCREEN SPILL : Virtual Production with Unreal Engine and FCP
Speaker: Ché Baker
November 22, 2020 / 4:30 - 5:00pm EDT

Be anywhere, all in one place!

  • Can’t travel? Bring your location to you! Using the latest technology on a budget
  • Using Green Screen and virtual cameras with iPhones, iPads and VIVE
  • Integrating FCPx and Unreal Engine to create VP on a budget

Great challenges require great innovation! 2020 has stopped production as we know it, here’s how a complete noob to Virtual Production was able to pull together a virtual production project with UE and FCP. You can too! Come on set in the middle of production to see how we’re using off the shelf Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Production and the Apple ecosystem to make your next masterpiece.

Ideal for: This is for Editors and producer’s who find them selves unable to travel and are looking to stay ahead of the ever changing game of Virtual Production.

Multicam Tips and Mulit-camera Workflow
Speaker: Scott Simmons
November 22, 2020 / 11:00am EDT
Freelance Editor

How often do you shoot projects with more than one camera? If the answer is never then you should reconsider since cameras are cheap and you probably have one in your pocket. All non-linear editing programs have dedicated tools specifically designed for multi-camera editing and Final Cut Pro X's are class leading when it comes to multicam post-production. This session will look at how to use Final Cut Pro's multicam tools and maximize their efficiency.

In this session you'll learn about:

  • Prepping a multicam shoot for maximum efficiency in editing and post-production
  • How to sync footage using various methods
  • The magic of timecode and how to get timecode sync when your cameras don't accept genlock
  • Using Final Cut Pro's powerful multicam tools including the all important Angle Editor
  • The ease of camera switching
  • Some pitfalls and gotchas of multcam editing
Professional Workflows with FCPX
Speaker: Scott Simmons
November 22, 2020 / 4:00pm EDT
Freelance Editor

As full featured as Final Cut Pro X no editor is an island and there are times when you may have to interface with other editors or different parts of post-production. That can involve getting your edit out of FCPX and into other systems for color grading, visual effects or audio mixing. You don't want to be left googling the internet or watching incorrect YouTube videos when someone asks you for an AAF for mix or a list for conform or an EDL to notch up a flattened ProRes.

In this session we'll look at:

  • Reasons you might have to get your timeline out of Final Cut Pro
  • Strategies to prepare an edit for an easy and graceful exit from Final Cut Pro to other finishing systems
  • What to send the colorist who is using DaVinci Resolve for finishing
  • Essential 3rd party tools to supplement FCP when it comes to interfacing with other parts of post-production including ProTools for audio mixing
The VPN Crew: Resuming Production with Nobody in the Same Room
Speaker: PhotoJoseph
November 22, 2020 / 11:00am EDT
Content Creator, Educator, & YouTuber

Running a multi-person production (i.e. Director / DP / Producer / Editor) when all are in different cities

If your productions are on hold because your director, DP, and other crew can't be in the studio with you, I'll show you how, with minimal investment (and I will discuss both high-end and low-end options), you can bring in an entire remote crew who can see, direct, and even access some camera recording control remotely.

  • Learn how the shoot crew can be completely remote from the on-screen talent, but still be in constant communication
  • Learn how to give remote control to recorder start/stop over VPN
  • Learn tips on how to accelerate the post workflow with clear file naming and ingest procedures

Ideal for: Anyone who's productions are impacted by COVID and are looking to get back to work! This method can scale from two people to much, much larger productions.

How Soon Can You Get Started?
Getting Event Footage Back to the Edit Room
Speaker: Jeff Fortune
November 22, 2020 / 11:30am EDT
Workflow Specialist

Gone are the days of waiting till the media traveled back to the edit bay. From uploading full res media, or proxies, to using a field encoder to edit live in your Final Cut Pro X timeline. Contemporary media acquisition continues to reduce the turn around of Final Cut Pro X workflows.

  • When and why should you use proxy media?
  • How can my Final Cut Pro ingest workflow be improved?
  • What hardware do I need to be more efficient?

This is a great session to help you keep up with the immediacy of the world we live in.