Monday, June 27, 2011

Projected Project

I have long been a fan of Kutiman, his "mother of all funk chords" really opened my eyes to what's possible in the ReMix culture

So I was glad to see he had a new video out. I love the way he has projected images on papery surfaces re-inforcing the meaning of the image. I am at least a little mad that I didn't think of it first.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Final Cut Pro X

Final Cut Pro has been the choice of our company since Final Cut Pro 3. In the early days it wasn't quite a professional solution, but it has gradually improved. The main benefit of Final Cut Pro is that it has been accessible enough to raise a generation of editors on. Editors that could try it out in High School, and then gain employment after college using the same software. In the last few years it has become powerful enough that major directors and editors are using it on feature films. It's not perfect, but it's a pretty great solution for a business like mine.

I have 5-6 full time edit bays that cost upwards of $30,000.00 but I can also install it on a $500 laptop for rough cuts. I met an editor for animated features who was learning how to use Final Cut a few years ago. I asked him why he was moving down from the super high-end editing software to Final Cut and he said, "It's just a tool, like a hammer, the knowledge on how to build a house is what matters." A good tool is like a hammer, you can build a home with it or a little birdhouse. I guess that's why editors are so upset. Granted they would grumble anyway if you changed the interface, but what they are more concerned with is that it can no longer pound nails. Imagine if they introduced a new hammer that was light and fast, but couldn't work on any of your previously built homes, couldn't build homes to code, and didn't work with all nails.  Also, they are going to stop building regular hammers and nails, so hang on to your existing stuff in case you ever want to do any carpentry on your existing homes again. You'd complain about more than just the color of the hammer.

Sure it's a belabored metaphor, but that's why I don't laugh so much at the video below, It's not just that it isn't a good editing software, it's that they are abandoning a great software that will become less and less relevant.

So far Apple promises to "fix" a lot of the issues that editors have, but I don't know if they can fix the fundamental issues. Backwards compatibility and tape exports specifically.

Thursday, June 23, 2011


This could be just a simple thing, but it isn't.

VGS to SLC from Northern Lights on Vimeo.

NOTE: that when filming time-lapse you don't record sound, so all of the SFX were added afterwards. It's a subtle but important effect. Anybody know this guy? I'd love to work with him if he is local.