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New MacBreak Studio episode: Orbiting Objects in Motion!
Posted by Michal
July 8, 2016, at 4:41 AM

It's time for the new episode of MacBreak Studio! This week, Steve Martin and Mark Spencer will show you how to harness the power of behaviors to cause objects in Apple Motion to orbit one another, and build your Motion projects faster and easier than ever. This tutorial is the result of a post that appeared on Facebook in which one editor was trying to make one object orbit around another by using keyframes. Keyframes offer you great possibilities and are usually the perfect choice when creating an animation, but according to Mark there's a better approach that in many situations can be faster and more useful. He's talking about behaviors. When working on an animation ask yourself if there's a behavior that you can use instead of keyframes. If so, go for it! Why? Watch the video to find out!


Mark wrote:

"In today’s example, I start by providing a few tips on how to quickly draw and align some shapes, including how to make them out of dots rather than continuous lines. Then, I demonstrate how you could animate one object around another by first changing its anchor point, and then keyframing its Rotation parameter. Or, better, by applying a Rate parameter behavior to Rotation. But there’s another way.

Instead, I move to the Simulation set of behaviors, and use the appropriately named Orbit behavior. This behavior makes any type of layer (or group of layers) rotate around any other type of layer (or group of layers) immediately without the use of keyframes by placing the object(s) to be orbited in the Well in the Heads Up Display."


MacBreak Studio episode: Reverse Favoriting in Final Cut Pro X!
Posted by Michal
June 24, 2016, at 2:40 AM

The new MacBreak Studio episode is live and in the latest video tutorial Steve Martin and Mark Spencer will show you what's the best method for quickly making selections from the best parts of a long clip and then turning them into favorites. This is why they call it "Reverse Favoriting". This editing technique in Final Cut Pro X can be very useful in some specific situations. Mark gives a perfect example - it is not possible to zoom into a clip while in List view and so if you’ve set a range based on a short sound bite in a long clip, you can’t really see the range. The problem is that it isn't easy to adjust the range so in the video Steve shows that rather than setting ranges in the Browser it might be a better idea to edit the entire clip into an empty project.


Mark wrote:

"Then he creates his sound bite ranges by inserting gap clips: so instead of pressing the “i” key to set the in point and the “o” key to set the out point, he presses “Option-w” for each, which visually isolated each sound bite in the timeline. Not only that, it makes it easy to zoom in and adjust the sound bite range without affecting the surrounding clips.

Next, he selects all the parts of the clip he doesn’t want (holding down the Command key to make these non-contiguous selections), leaving just the soundbites and the gap clips remaining.

Now for the interesting part. As long as Show Used Media Ranges is enabled (from the View menu), if you click the disclosure triangle for the clip in the Browser, every sound bite will appear beneath the clip tagged as “Used.” If you then select them all (using the Shift key) and press F, all these clip ranges will be made into favorites (in addition to being tagged as used)!"


MacBreak Studio episode: Selective Audio Filtering in Final Cut Pro X!
Posted by Michal
June 14, 2016, at 3:14 AM

In the latest MacBreak Studio episode Mark Spencer and Steve Martin show you how to selectively add audio filters to specific sections of your audio clip. This stuff can be really useful when you want to work just on a part of your audio clip - for example when you want to add some compression or EQ. Mark reminds that if you set a range on the clip you will discover that when you then drag your selected audio effect on top of your clip, it will be applied to the whole clip - not just a part of it. Of course you can blade the range you want to modify, but it's not always the best choice and it can be problematic if you want to apply a cross-fade effect.


Mark wrote:

"Steve uses and recommends a different procedure, in which he sets a range on the audio he wants to filter, then disables that range (by tapping the V key), then copies that range and pastes from the start of the range, creating a separate copy of the audio connected to the video clip. He is now free to apply audio effects to this range and then, it is a straight-forward task to create smooth cross-fades between this affected audio clip and the audio leading into and coming out of this clip."


Apple's WWDC 2016 keynote - iOS 10, macOS Sierra, new features and more!
Posted by Michal
June 14, 2016, at 2:26 AM

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference kicked off today and as expected the company made lots of major announcements. First of all the company has announced iOS 10 - the new release brings many changes in Messages, Maps, Photos, and Apple Music. A new version of macOS, called "Sierra" is also coming and of course Apple is also updating watchOS which now will offer easier navigation and a big boost in performance. Last but not least, the updated tvOS will bring expanded Siri searches. 

Let's focus on iOS 10 first. The new system delivers updated Messages app which now includes powerful animations, such as balloons, confetti or fireworks that can take over an entire screen to celebrate a special occasion, but an awesome feature is the invisible ink that you can use to send a message only revealed after a friend swipes over it. Siri got more powerful too - now developers will be able to use it to let users interact directly with apps using just their voice. Additionally Maps got redesigned and developers can create extentions to integrate their services with apps - for example you will be able to use services like Uber and Lyft without leaving the Maps app.

There was a lot of buzz concerning the privacy issue and the company assures that security and privacy are fundamental to the design of Apple hardware, software and services. The system will use end-to-end encryption to protect your data by making it unreadable by Apple and others.

iOS 10 will be available this fall as a free software update.

As for macOS Sierra, with the new release Siri will be available on the Mac with brand-new capabilities specifically designed for the desktop. For example you will be able to use it to locate a specific document or to add an event to your Calendar. On the new version of the system you will be able to copy and paste between devices and you can automatically have all the files on your Desktop and in your Documents folder on any Mac, iOS device or even PC. Oh, and the end-to-end encryption is also coming to macOS!

If you want to watch the WWDC event, click here.


mTransition Zoom - FCPX Transition Plugin
Posted by Szymon Masiak
June 3, 2016, at 1:58 PM

Editing is not only putting clips together, but also a very demanding task to make all the shots fit to create a certain effect. The editor is often the last person that decides on the overall mood and meaning of the whole composition. The dynamism of the edit is set by many different aspects, such as the length of the clips and the action they depict. The process requires a lot of skills and is quite time-consuming. We came up with a plugin that will help you create an amazingly energetic edit within just minutes.

mTransition Zoom is an incredibly versatile collection of ultradynamic footage shifts that will turn every editing project into a cinematic composition just overflowing with action. These transitions are quick, eye-catching and easily customizable.

The unique motion blur inside FCPX effect makes them even better for all kinds of jobs and adds an extra swiftness to the animation. This must-have plugin will help you with all kinds of projects, its versatility will stun you on every step of the edit. Enjoy!

Learn More: mTransition Zoom