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My Interview for EventDV Magazine

An article was published today online and in print by Kyle Oliver in one of my favorite magazines, EventDV. It is an extremely comprehensive look at the past and present Motorz TV and how I brought it to life. It includes a detailed list of equipment and software used to produce the show, and a whole lot more. Please check it out online, or in print! [Motorz TV]

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Motorz TV: Chevy Small Block Teardown

Motorz Season 5 has just begun and the first episode went online today at Noon! Check it out and learn how to tear down a Chevy 350 V8 small block engine in order to get it ready for machining, then rebuild! And for those playing along with my blog here, note that this was edited completely using Final Cut Pro X (version 10.0.0). [Motorz TV]

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Final Cut Pro X: iPad as a Second Display

While editing another episode of Motorz tonight for Season 5 using Apple Final Cut Pro X, I wondered how well the support for a second display was. Not having one hooked up to my Mac Pro, I decided to try using my iPad. I already had the Air Display app installed, but I never tried it with FCPX. Continue reading “Final Cut Pro X: iPad as a Second Display&...

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Motorz TV 5th Season Premieres This Fall

New season of the hit car show “Motorz” premieres on national television later this month. San Diego, CA, September 2, 2011 – Back on the air again for its fifth season, Motorz TV (www.motorz.tv), presented by the Sears Blue Tool Crew and AMP Research, is rolling up its sleeves and breaking out the Craftsman® tools, wheeling out the floor jacks, and ...

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Final Cut Pro X: Retiming Tutorial

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Zh-ziTVQnM This is an excellent Final Cut Pro X retiming tutorial that shows you how to: Reverse a clip Rewind a clip (instant replay) Speed ramp a clip Slow motion It's amazing what "X" can do and how easy it is! [steevepatrick]

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Interesting new way to do a green or blue screen

http://vimeo.com/28390219 ReflecMedia LiteRing and Chomatte Here's some cool new tech for DSLR videographers. ReflecMedia's LiteRing paired with their Chromatte glass-beaded backdrop is a portable green (or blue) screen solution. Separate lighting for the backdrop is not needed as standard chromakey setups require. Only downsides are that you cannot use a ...

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Solution to Apple Bluetooth Interference Issues

Ever since I changed my desktop computer from a Macbook Pro to a Mac Pro, my three Apple bluetooth input devices started encountering sporadic interference issues. My wireless keyboard would often lose connection or experienced slow or lost keystrokes. And both my Magic Mouse and my Magic Trackpad would exhibit "drunken" behavior including slow or jumpy cursor ...

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New Final Cut Articles

My comments about my post-production workflow have been covered recently in a few online magazines, specifically regarding the use of Final Cut Pro X and DLSRs. Check them out! “In Defense of Final Cut Pro X” (StudioDaily) Read the article “TV Show Production on a Budget” (SHOOTonline) Read the article

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Adobe Premiere CS5.5 Competitive Upgrade Discount Pricing Coming

Steve Forde, a product manager at Adobe for After Effects, informed me yesterday that Adobe will be announcing some discount or competitive upgrade pricing for their Adobe Premiere CS5.5 software "very soon". This would be directed at those video professionals who are left hanging in the wind after Apple essentially EOL'd Final Cut Studio last week. Here's what he ...

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Final Cut Pro X: Background task annoyances

Final Cut Pro X finally has 64-bit background rendering. It's fantastic, but it does have some issues which are painfully annoying. While active, here are a few things you can't do. Hopefully Apple will fix this in a future release. You cannot delete an event when background tasks are running (even if tasks are paused). You cannot rename a folder in the Event ...

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Final Cut Pro X: Two ways to cross-dissolve your logo bug

After getting up to speed with Ripple Training's awesome 37 video lessons on the new Final Cut Pro X, I set off to further evaluate FCP X for my needs. I will say that I'm thoroughly impressed with the product, despite the bugs and the frequent crashes. It's definitely Beta. As I encounter difficult situations and work my way out of them, I'll document them here on ...

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Final Cut Pro X Training

I spent the last few evenings learning the new Apple FCP X by way of Ripple Training's awesome video tutorials (I highly recommend them) and one thing I discovered is this: throw out everything you knew about editing with FCP 7 because if you try to edit the same way, you will become very frustrated. If you're coming from a traditional NLE, get a book or buy ...

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Final Cut Pro X Migration for Final Cut Studio (FCP7) Users

Are you a current Apple Final Cut Studio (FCP7) user and thinking of making the jump to the new Final Cut Pro X that was released today? Then you might want to read this first. Let me cut right to the chase. When relating it to the previous version, FCPX is quite revolutionary. It's so revolutionary that it really is an entirely different product. You might as ...

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How-To Change The Fluids In Your Vehicle

Chris Duke from Motorz TV shows you how change all the fluids in your vehicle including motor oil, gear oil, transmission fluid, coolant, and more. [Motorz TV]

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VO: E3 Spark Plugs Video Vault

Here's a quick voice-over job I did for E3 Spark Plugs. It's at the very end of all videos in their "video vault" series: "This video brought to you by E3 Spark Plugs. Born to burn."

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