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BorisFX Continuum is the “Swiss Army Knife for visual effects for video editors and motion graphics creatives. In this short video tutorial Larry Jordan shows how to create a complex effect using blurs, color effects and multiple masks, plus Mocha mask tracking in BorisFX Continuum 2022.5 and Final Cut Pro.

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BorisFX Continuum is the “Swiss Army Knife for visual effects for video editors and motion graphics creatives. In this short video tutorial Larry Jordan shows how to create a simple blur effect using masks and Mocha mask tracking in BorisFX Continuum 2022.5 in Final Cut Pro.

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BorisFX Continuum is the “Swiss Army Knife for visual effects for video editors and motion graphics creatives. In this short video tutorial Larry Jordan shows how to create a simple “Day-for-Night” color effect using Continuum in Final Cut Pro.

Apple introduced new security technology with M1 Macs that affects 3rd-party RAIDs, hard disk and other external gear frequently used by professionals. Here’s what it is and how it affects you.

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Accusonus has been improving audio for a long time. Regardless of where you edit your audio, ERA 6 can make it sound better. Here’s a look at the new ERA 6 bundle with automatic, customizable audio repair.

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Your Mac system is acting flakey. Here are a variety of tests and trouble-shooting techniques you can use to get your system and running. (This includes a special section on trouble-shooting for media editors.)

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Voice Changer, from Accusonus, is a plug-in for most popular NLEs that creates voice effects from robot to dragon. It is fast, easy to use and a fascinating sound design tool to bring the sounds in your imagination to life.

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accusonus believes that audio effects can be both powerful and easy to use. Supporting all major editing software, the ERA 5 bundle includes 13 plug-ins to fix common audio problems. Here’s a first look at what’s inside.

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This article details what I learned trying to access often corrupted digital images that are 15 – 25 years old. It illustrates the software I use to recover images, video codecs that are obsolete and techniques I used to preserve media for the future. This covers AppleWorks, PICT, PhotoCD, JPEG, TIFF, audio, and video media.

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Audio plug-ins do not automatically appear in Adobe Premiere Pro or Audition after you install them. Here’s what you need to do to finish the installation process.

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A product review of five powerful Mac-based audio plugins to repair common audio problems that are easy-to-use and deliver great results. They support Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve and are worth adding to your toolkit.

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CommandPost is a free, flexible, customizable tool that allows editors to get far more out of Final Cut Pro X than they would ever expect. Here’s an illustrated tutorial to this powerful software.

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Video walls for performances are very popular. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to create them, using Final Cut Pro X and the Griddy plugin from FXFactory.

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A detailed, illustrated tutorial on how to move custom Motion templates designed for Final Cut from one computer to another.

An illustrated – and quick – guide to finding and deleting plugins for Apple Final Cut Pro X.

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Axle.ai debuts ascribe.ai, fast speech-to-text transcription through an Extension panel in Adobe Premiere Pro.

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Digital Heaven releases all FCP X plug-ins for free. Here are the details, a weblink and an interview with CEO Martin Baker.

How to find workflow extensions for Apple Final Cut Pro X.

In this brief video overview, discover how Kyno can help you find, label, manage and transcode media for Apple Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Hosted by Larry Jordan.

These two filters – one for Premiere and the other for Final Cut – can make your audio sound great without using keyframes and in a fraction of the time of setting levels manually.

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If you are looking for ways to convert speech to text quickly, with reasonable accuracy, easy-to-use editing tools and multiple export options, SpeedScriber is an excellent choice. Here’s an illustrated review that explains how it works.

CoreMelt provides motion tracking and image selection tools far beyond what’s available in Final Cut Pro X. In this short video excerpt, Larry Jordan shows how to blur and track a logo, or other object, that changes position during a clip.

CoreMelt provides motion tracking and image selection tools far beyond what’s available in Final Cut Pro X. In this short video excerpt, Larry Jordan provides an overview of the color grading tools in Chromatic.

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If you are looking for ways to take pristine action footage and make it look like its been through the wars, you need to check out what you can do with Rampant Design’s FCP X Essentials.

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A first look at FindrCat: a utility that merges Final Cut Pro X keywords back into the media files stored on your hard drive.

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Apple Final Cut Pro X can do some amazing things. But, when you combine Final Cut with powerful third-party tools – a whole new world of productivity opens. This short video tutorial is the first five minutes of our in-depth tour and training on Kyno, for Media Asset Management.

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If you are looking for visually interesting ways to style, degrade, or spice up your images, Rampant Edit Essentials is a great place to start. Here is an illustrated review of the product.

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A long-time weakness of Final Cut Pro X was its inability to easily move projects into Motion. Xsend Motion, from Automatic Duck, solves that problem. This is a detailed, illustrated review of this program.

Final Cut Library Manager is an essential Final Cut utility that allows you to do things with Final Cut Pro X library and media files files that are either impossible or enormously time-consuming to do any other way. This highlights their latest release (v. 3.04)

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Delivered, maintained and updated via The Cloud, but stored locally, Red Giant Universe provides a wealth of high-quality effects and transitions in an easy-to-manage package at a very affordable price. A product review by Larry Jordan.

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In this detailed, illustrated product review, Larry Jordan looks at SoundSoap, from Soundness.

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In this short video excerpt, Larry Jordan illustrates how to export a project from Final Cut Pro X to Adobe Audition for final mixing, then how to bring the completed mix back into Final Cut.

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Plug-ins are easy to use and can give your projects a unique look; and these four free plug-ins from FX Factory are a great place to start. This is an illustrated tour of what they can do.

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There’s nothing more fun than discovering a new plug-in that helps you work faster, create unusual effects, or solve a nagging problem. In this short video excerpt, Larry illustrates the FX Factory interface, shows how to enable and disable plug-ins and demos a very useful plug-in called "Timecode."

LightLeakLove makes “light leak” effects for all major video editing software. In this video tutorial, Larry Jordan shows what these effects are and how they can really enhance your images.

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An illustrated, detailed product review of version 2.70 of Final Cut Library Manager, by ArcticWhiteness.

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Swoosh, from SUGARfx, provides a fascinating array of eye-catching visual effects that can be used stand-alone or in combination with text or other visual elements to bring life and energy to your next Final Cut Pro X project.

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Spectrum, from Luca Visual FX, provides endlessly fascinating visual backgrounds and transitions for Final Cut Pro X, as Larry Jordan writes in this article.

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In this short video showcase, Larry Jordan presents “Symbol Pop,” a new plug-in from Stupid Raisins that provides 192 animated, customizable symbols for Final Cut Pro X.

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A short video demo, from Larry Jordan, of Frame.io collaboration software illustrating what it is and how it integrates with Final Cut Pro X.

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An extension takes the Premiere interface places it has never gone before. The Pond5 extension allows you to search, browse and download royalty-free clips directly inside Premiere; as Larry Jordan shows in this video demo.

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A short video tutorial on visual effects plug-in Dfx, from Tiffen. This can create some stunning visual effects, especially when you want your actors to look great.

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A short video demo, from Larry Jordan, showcasing “Transition Love” from LightLeakLove. 31 different organic light-leak transitions for Final Cut Pro X.

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A short video demo from Larry Jordan showcasing “Smooth Skin” from Dashwood Cinema Solutions running in Final Cut Pro X.

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A list of all new articles for September, 2014, written by Larry Jordan for his newsletter.

An illustrated tutorial on how to remove moving objects in a video clip using the BCC Motion Key effect in Boris Continuum Complete.

An illustrated article showing how to remove wires and other thin objects from a video clip using the BCC Wire Remover, which is part of Boris Continuum Complete.

An illustrated article showing how to improve the perception of focus of a video image using Magic Sharp from Boris Continuum Complete.

A simple tutorial on how to correct lens distortion in a GoPro camera using BCC Lens Correction.

A detailed look at how Digital Anarchy Beauty Box 3.x works using Final Cut Pro X.

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