Sock Media Library

Many of us collect media, not templates or plugins, that we use occasionally (or often) to enhance our post-production work. These are usually video clips, photos, graphics, or audio such as music or sound effects. I personally have collected a ton of this stuff over the years, and have recently started to go through it all and cull out what is no longer useful, such as standard definition video, lower quality media, etc.

Some examples of stock media would be MotionVFX’s mFlare or mFog, or background animations from VideoBlocks, or music clips and sound effects from AudioBlocks. Again, these are stand alone pieces of media, not Motion templates or plugins for Final Cut Pro X.

Thus, the issue comes up of how to organize and store them. I’ve seen a variety of ways to do this, but here is how I personally prefer to work. It’s easy, flexible and always available in any project I work with.
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Basic Maintenance And Troubleshooting

Every application used on every computer at one time or another has issues. The larger and more complex the app, the more often they crop up. This post offers some quick basics on handling a Final Cut Pro X system to prevent issues, and what to do when issues arise.
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Broadcast Series Media Managment - Part 1

In an effort to help newer FCPX users, or experienced users new to broadcast, understand the various ways one can manage media in FCPX, here is how I managed media for several broadcast series in part 1 of a 2 part blog post. Read More…

Find On-Screen Time Of Characters

I was recently asked how one could find total screen time of specific characters in a documentary. There’s no direct way in FCPX yet, but here’s a technique that will get you there. Please check our and participate in the “caveat” and “new feature campaign” sections at the end of this article. Read More…

5 FCPX Import Window Tricks

Here are some tricks that may help you get through your Import Window tasks a little more easily and quickly. Read More…

How "Recent Items" Works

I have been asked several times lately about why Final Cut Pro X’s “Open Library” menu no longer lists the last several Libraries that were opened. That comes with the problem also of FCPX launching and asking what Library you want to open every single time. It is a simple issue to fix, and one all users should be aware of. Read More…

FCPX 10.3; Content vs Effects Browsers

If you’re working in Final Cut Pro X 10.3 now, you’ve noticed a change in what was once called “Media Browsers.” You know, Effects, Photos, Transitions, etc? Well, it now makes much more sense. But because we humans are creatures of habit, let me explain the change, to help you adapt quickly. I’m using my own terminology here, based on terms I heard Apple use loosely in their 2016 FCPX Creative Summit presentation. It is my personal explanation about the concept behind this important change.
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Media Management & Duplicate Keyword Collections

What happens when you need more than one copy of a keyword collection to live in two different locations in an Event? You can’t “duplicate” with the traditional tools. But it is possible. Read More…

Versioning; Duplicate VS Snapshot

When working with timelines, namely Project timelines, we can version them in two ways. Either simply make a Duplicate, or make a Snapshot. What is the difference, why would you use one or the other, and how would those workflows operate? In this blog entry I'll clarify it for you. Read More…

How To Keep Track Of FCPX Libraries

Need to find older Libraries, or those not often used? 10 easy steps is all it takes! Read More…

10 Tips For Compressor 4.1

Here's a few tips to help Compressor 4.1 users move through their work easily. Hope this helps a few of you out there. Enjoy! Read More…

10 Tips For Logic Pro X

Here's a few tips to help Logic Pro X users move through their work easily. Hope this helps a few of you out there. Enjoy!
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10 Tips For Motion 5

Here's a few tips to help Motion 5 users move through their work easily. Hope this helps a few of you out there. Enjoy!
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10 Tips For Final Cut Pro X

Here's a few tips to help Final Cut Pro X users move through their work easily. Hope this helps a few of you out there. Enjoy!
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LPX Track Management

Track management in LPX is really important to do. Compositions can get complex, large, and confusing fairly quickly. But Logic gives us simple tools that help make them easy to keep track of. Utilize these tools and you'll find yourself spending more time being creative in the long run, and less time being lost and confused. Read More…

LPX System Specs & Overload Issues

LPX System Specs & Overload Issues


Lately I've been getting asked, and seeing in forums a lot of Logic Pro X "Overload" messages. These are mostly from either older Mac laptops, or newer Mac laptops and iMacs with very little RAM, or small system drives. Thus I will post this information to try to help some of you folks out.
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Camera Card Workflow Tips

Camera Card Workflow Tips
Updated 4/29/16

Every time you stick a camera card into a card reader, the Photos app will auto-launch asking to import it. That can be a royal PITA, and Apple has not provided a way to turn that off. And each time that card gets erased, recorded to, and put back into the card reader, Photos thinks it is a brand new card it has never seen. Kirsten at FCP.co started a thread on this subject, and it prompted me to post this entry.

Includes a link to the free app "
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Creating Sub-Clips Of Used Media

Creating Sub-Clips Of Used Media

I follow several user forums of other NLE's to keep my self educated. I recently ran across a post in an Avid Media Composer group on Facebook. As of this writing there were 53 replies to this one simple question. I am blown away that MC can't do something so simple, in a simple way. I'll present three ways to find these used clips from a specific Project in FCPX, that are faster and easier than logging in to Facebook and reading through 53 posted replies. Then you decide which workflow you'd rather deal with… Read More…

Batch Rename Files Inside Of El Capitan

Batch Rename Files Inside Of El Capitan

In a forum recently I read about a post facility that was getting image sequences form a client regularly.  They'd always name the individual files 001.png, 002.png, 003.png, etc.  They'd use several different sequences in the same FCPX Event.  This confused FCPX and they'd end up in wrong keyword collections.  The solution was to use a standardized naming convention, but it MUST be applied to the original files in the Finder. The solution is actually in the Finder, no third party software required, and super easy! Read More…

FCPX Timeline Render Queue

FCPX Timeline Render Queue

Yes, you can manually start rendering on multiple Timelines in FCPX, one after the other, and they will all queue up in the Background Tasks. Here I look as how this works very efficiently. Read More…