Session Descriptions

10 Design Tips for the Non-Designer (Double Session)

10 Design Tips for the Non-Designer (Double Session)

Thursday, November 7 | 1:00pm – 2:45pm

Nick Harauz

As a video editor, whether you like it or not, design is a part of your workflow. Something as simple as adding text and overlays to imagery can easily benefit from knowing basic design principles. In this session, we’ll look at 10 design tips that will help you communicate your video messages with impact by using color, font selection, contrast and layout effectively. We’ll look at tools designed right inside of FCPX and Motion that will help guide your design decisions and make sure you’re on the right path. By the end, you’ll have a new design eye and be able to look at adding text, overlays, logos and generators in simple and fresh new ways.

Editing a Challenging Multicam Project

Editing a Challenging Multicam Project

Thursday, November 7 | 1:00pm – 1:45pm

Steve Martin

From a user experience standpoint, Multicam editing in Final Cut Pro X has always been a straight-forward and efficient process. Where things can get a bit dicey is when you have multiple audio sources that need to be organized and combined to achieve an optimal sound mix. On a recent shoot, Steve was tasked with recording 4 combat veterans in the field with 3 cameras and 4 mic sources. In this session, you’ll learn how pre-production planning saved him hours of post work in Final Cut Pro X.

We Make Movies: 27 movies, 34 kids, 2 weeks — A Case Study about iOS+FCPX Storytelling

We Make Movies: 27 movies, 34 kids, 2 weeks — A Case Study about iOS+FCPX Storytelling

Thursday, November 7 | 2:00pm – 2:45pm

Sam Mestman

From Jefferson City to Chicago to Duluth to New Mexico to Los Angeles and coming to a whole lot of other places around the world is We Make Movies’ Smartphone Studio. Real world battle tested strategies for success teaching kids (and adults) around the world how to scale up their skills as filmmakers using what’s in their pocket and a little extra gear. There is no more efficient way on the planet to teach video literacy storytelling.

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

  • Putting an IOS filmmaking kit together
  • Overview of what’s possible with IOS workflow
  • Some iOS-FCPX best practices, numerous strategies on teaching kids (or anyone else for that matter) how to use FCPX quickly
  • Do’s and don’ts on building an educational program
Going Beyond Simple Safety Videos: How to Build Compelling Educational Content Using FCPX

Going Beyond Simple Safety Videos: How to Build Compelling Educational Content Using FCPX

Thursday, November 7 | 3:00pm – 3:45pm

Iain Anderson

This session will cover many aspects of creating modern educational videos, covering the entire process from scripting, through shooting, editing, effects and delivery. Specific editing techniques in FCP X and Motion will demonstrate how to focus your viewers’ attention on the right part of the screen, how to build custom titles and generators to make your life easier, and many tips for better screen recordings. If you ever need to show someone how to do something clearly, this session will show you how to create content that educates your audience without boring them.

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

  • Scripting and planning techniques that maximise learning
  • Shooting tips for live action educational content
  • Screen recording techniques for better demos
  • Editing techniques in FCPX and Motion
Why ProRes Raw is the Choice — Even up to 8K

Why ProRes Raw is the Choice — Even up to 8K

Thursday, November 7 | 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Lee Herbet

There are many Raw formats available to us today as creatives. This session will look at why ProRes Raw is a fantastic choice when picking a Raw workflow. This session will look at the options that are available to you as an editor working with ProRes Raw in FCPX. We will look at some of the stunning results you can get from working with ProRes Raw footage. From working with proxy files all the way up to native 8K ProRes Raw files. One of the unsung heroes of ProRes Raw is that you are able to work with it in FCPX on hardware that is not the highest spec machines. We will look at some of the options of editing in ProRes Raw on hardware that is not the latest.

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

  • An understanding of the possibilities with ProRes Raw
  • How to best create a ProRes Raw workflow from proxy to 8K native
  • How to monitor ProRes Raw to get the best out of it
  • What hardware can you use to work with ProRes Raw
Mixing for Stereo & Surround Sound

Mixing for Stereo & Surround Sound

Thursday, November 7 | 4:00pm – 4:45pm

Patrick Southern

After working in documentary TV, editing a feature film, and creating around 150 videos about workflow, I’ve learned a few tricks that help me mix audio when a dedicated sound mixer isn’t available. Learn how to use EQ, Compression, Roles, Subroles, Volume and a few Surround Panning tricks to spice up your audio mix.

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

  • Use EQ & Compression to shape Dialogue
  • Tricks to mixing Dialogue and Music
  • Switching from a Stereo to Surround Mix in 5 minutes
What My Dog Taught Me About Life

What My Dog Taught Me About Life

Thursday, November 7 | 4:00pm – 4:45pm

Cirina Catania

Learn how to accomplish your goals by walking away.

Case Study:  Three Weeks in Sicily 2019 — Cirina shares her recent project and talks about what inspired her to take the journey and lessons learned along the way. This is a fast-forward talk teaching us how to accomplish miracles in our work lives.

Sometimes you just have to take a step back and “survey the scene,” as they say in  emergency medicine. Only then can you get a true perspective and find your center. But, how do we do this when we are feeling overwhelmed and stuck? And what are the results!? In Cirina’s case, the trip was full of disasters, adventures and creative triumphs that helped her change her perspective on life.

Editing Faster in FCPX

Editing Faster in FCPX

Friday, November 8 | 8:30 am – 9:15 am

Steve Martin

Editing Faster in Final Cut Pro X is a session specifically designed by Steve to help you work faster, more confidently and ultimately more creatively by teaching you his best editing tips and strategies gleaned from 9 years of producing content with Final Cut Pro X. There are so many helpful tips and strategies in this workshop, you’ll be saying to yourself: “I wish I knew this on my last project!”

    How to Collaborate with Anyone, Anywhere

    How to Collaborate with Anyone, Anywhere

    Friday, November 8 | 8:30 am – 9:15 am

    Felipe Baez

    In one way or another, we have all wondered how we can collaborate with someone else, but as sharing a library or project is something that doesn’t exist natively on FCPX, we all try using XML, transfer libraries and a lot of other methods that may not be optimal. With KYNO, Postlab and a file Sync App, you can collaborate with anyone, anywhere, with version control of your libraries, never needing to search for the latest version of your project and never needing to relink media.

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

    • Current state of collaboration and why we need it
    • The pain points of current “collaborative” workflows (XML, transfer libraries)
    • What you need to start collaborating with other FCPX users
    • How to setup yourself for success before starting to collaborate
    Editing Indie Comedy "Faith Based" in Final Cut Pro X

    Editing Indie Comedy "Faith Based" in Final Cut Pro X

    Friday, November 8 | 9:30 am – 10:15 am

    Patrick Southern & Vincent Masciale

    Director, Vince Masciale and Editor, Patrick Southern will discuss how they were able to use Studio quality tools on the Independent feature comedy ‘Faith Based’, starring Jason Alexander, Lance Reddick, David Koechner and Margaret Cho. Learn how they managed to handle an 8K RED workflow, create an on-set film lab, review dailies on-set from an iPhone, and collaborate remotely using Final Cut Pro X and PostLab.

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

    • Create Dailies in Final Cut Pro X
    • Collaborate with remote editors using Post Lab
    • Work with an 8K RED pipeline
    Managing from the Edit Chair: The Archetypes of Bosses & How to Handle Them

    Managing from the Edit Chair: The Archetypes of Bosses & How to Handle Them

    Friday, November 8 | 8:30 am – 9:15 am

    Cirina Catania

    How can you take control of your work life? Stop being frustrated by bosses who hold you back. What are the archetypes of bosses, how do you recognize them and what can you do about it?

    Learning to Think Different: Animating in Motion with Behaviors

    Learning to Think Different: Animating in Motion with Behaviors

    Friday, November 8 | 10:30 am – 11:15 am

    Nick Harauz

    Behaviors are the fuel behind the text and generator animations you see in FCPX. Learning how to work with them in Motion can allow you to enhance your projects with movement by adjusting easy to use controls to trigger and time graphics, text and image elements. In this session, Nick will walk users through the basics of how to think about behaviors, highlighting key ones in the basic, simulation and parameter categories. Attendees will walk away with a solid understanding of how behaviors work and how to apply them in both video editing and mograph workflows.

    Working Optimally with the “Camera in your Pocket” — Filmmaking Using iOS + FCPX

    Working Optimally with the “Camera in your Pocket” — Filmmaking Using iOS + FCPX

    Saturday, November 9 | 11:45 am – 12:30 pm

    Sam Mestman

    With the new update to iPhone 11 Pro, the time is now for IOS filmmaking to take center stage. If you’ve been wanting a crash course around what’s possible, this is for you. Get a deep dive into Filmic Pro, Apogee Metarecorder, and a whole bunch of iPhone filmmaking gear to sink your teeth into, and learn how it all integrates into an optimized FCPX workflow.

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

    • Best practices for Filmic Pro
    • Apogee Metarecorder
    • Integrating with FCPX
    • How to build your own Mobile Filmmaking kit
    • How to leverage this all into an FCPX workflow
    Bringing Your Stills to Life with 3rd Party Tools

    Bringing Your Stills to Life with 3rd Party Tools

    Saturday, November 9 | 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm

    Nick Harauz

    When it comes to working with stills in video production, there are a number of 3rd party tools that can help in the process of creating compelling animations. In this session, Nick Harauz will explore a few plugins both inside of Final Cut Pro X and Motion including. MPuppet, D P T H, Xeffects Snapshots and Photo Montage to make your stills stand out from the competition and in some instances even feel as if it was video.

    Captions, Sign Language & More: Creating Accessible Content with FCPX

    Captions, Sign Language & More: Creating Accessible Content with FCPX

    Saturday, November 9 | 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm

    Iain Anderson

    This session teaches techniques for creating videos accessible to Deaf and/or intellectually impaired audiences — correct captioning is a main focus. I’ll show you how to obtain a transcript, how to convert that transcript into closed captions, multiple methods for creating burned-in captions, and a variety of delivery techniques.

 Because captions aren’t always enough, this session also includes tips for working with sign language interpreters, and how to incorporate them into your videos. There are also special considerations when designing content for intellectually impaired viewers, and I’ll show you techniques I’ve used myself. 

As well as the high-level concepts, I’ll show you some sneaky caption-related techniques applicable to all kinds of edits. These include a method to change the background behind SRT captions, and how to convert online comments into SRT captions for easier review while editing.

    360 Editing in HD/UHD Projects

    360 Editing in HD/UHD Projects

    Saturday, November 9 | 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm

    Steve Martin

    In the past few years, 360 cameras have become extremely popular amongst action videographers and YouTubers. Ironically, they are not being used for shooting immersive VR to be viewed in headsets; but for integrating into standard HD and UHD projects. This is because 360 cameras are capable of capturing everything around them which allows incredibly creative shots that are not easily achievable with standard action cameras. In this workshop, Steve will look at some of the more popular cameras, what resolutions and frame rates to shoot in, what software to stitch with, and how to manipulate and edit that footage in Final Cut Pro X.

    FCPX On The Fly: Fast-Turn Editing During a Live Show

    FCPX On The Fly: Fast-Turn Editing During a Live Show

    Saturday, November 9 | 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm

    Geoffrey Orthwein & Chris Fenwick

    Geoffrey Orthwein and Chris Fenwick take you on a behind-the-scenes look into the production of the Faster Together Stage at NAB 2019. Producing a live show in Las Vegas is complex enough, but in order to incorporate timely, guest interviews from the show floor, the team gathered some Final Cut Pro X All-Stars to pull off an edit turnaround of less than two hours.

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

    • Shooting interviews on the show floor with live-logging by Lumberjack Systems
    • Cutting interviews to be played at the show in which they were shot
    • Creating a custom intro in Motion
    • Playing the deliverable live off the FCPX Magnetic Timeline
    HDR - Understanding High Dynamic Range in FCPX

    HDR - Understanding High Dynamic Range in FCPX

    Saturday, November 9 | 3:30pm – 4:15pm

    Lee Herbet

    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. We will learn how 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
    Flexing Final Cut’s Strength in Features & Documentaries

    Flexing Final Cut’s Strength in Features & Documentaries

    Saturday, November 9 | 3:30pm – 4:15pm

    Michael Matzdorff & Michael Yanovich

    We will delve into the post-production workflow, specifically on interfacing with third-party vendors who are used to an Avid-based workflow. In Hollywood, Avid workflows are well-established, standardized across the industry and set in stone. The “Talent Pool” is huge and everyone knows what they are doing.

    We will use real-world examples — feature films and documentaries cut on FCPX — to not only show Final Cut Pro’s advantages, but also how to integrate this workflow into established protocols.

    In this world, FCPX editors must be able to integrate these techniques with established third-party vendors: color, sound, VFX, and with producers and directors who are used to doing it a different way.

    With Final Cut, we are exploring new techniques, finding their value, working out their efficiencies, and putting a new player in the game.

    Don’t miss out.