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Quick Switcheroo

Do you like carpal tunnel? Stop clicking on each window in FCP when you want to use it and start using keyboard shortcuts! With a little practice, you’ll be flying around the different windows without clicking.
  • Command 1 = Viewer
  • Command 2 = Canvas
  • Command 3 = Timeline
  • Command 4 = Browser
  • Command 5 = Effects Tab in the Browser
  • Command 6 = Favorites Bin in new Window
  • Command 7 = Trim Edit.
  • Command 8 = Log and Capture Window
  • Shift Command 8 = Log and Transfer Window


Like this tip? It comes from the book
Final Cut Studio On the Spot from Focal Press.


New Book on Final Cut Studio that I want to Read

I know both of the authors on this book and I am looking forward to reading it (as soon as I finish my own updates that is). But if you have no looming deadlines... I strongly suggest checking out this cool title.

Apple Pro Training Series: Motion Graphics and Effects in Final Cut Studio
“This practical book focuses on just the parts of Final Cut Studio that editors and designers need to create motion graphics in their daily work. Using footage from the BBC archives along with Motion, Final Cut Pro, and Live Type (all included in Final Cut Studio), you’ll build broadcast-quality titles, motion menus, show bumpers, and news opens. As with the other titles in the Apple Pro Training Series, each chapter in this Apple-authorized guide represents a complete lesson--with projects to complete and a review section to reinforce the lessons. Author and video editor/producers Mark Spencer and Jem Schofield begin by introducing the basics of creating an animated title sequence with Final Cut Pro. From there, you’ll learn everything from text animation, compositing, and keyframing to 3D set creation and camera animation. Step-by-step exercises and a DVD with project and media files will have you creating stunning motion graphics in no time.”

You can order it here

Going to Podcast & Portable Media Expo?

I'll be at the Podcast and New Media Expo in California. This three day event is all about podcasting and the such. I'll be teachign a class called – Field Production Strategies for Video Podcasting. If you plan to attend, I'd love to catch up. The event will be held September 28-30 in Ontario, California (not far from LA). Hope to see some of you there.


Two Great Peachpit Podcasts

Friday May 18, 2007 Filed in: Adobe | Apple | Education
I wanted to point out two of my favorite podcasts that you should check out.

Peachpit Author Tips –
Looking for some frequent (and free) training on Adobe and Apple software? Then you should check out Peachpit’s Author Tips series. With three or four new episodes per week. you won’t want to miss this valuable training series. The episode is completely free (but you should subscribe so you get all the episodes). The series features several of Peachpit Press’s authors.

Get it on
iTunes or directly on the web.

Tech on the Road with Gary Paul –
This series showcases the latest technology as well as interviews with tech gurus. It's hosted by Gary Paul who works at Peachpit Press. The series offers a lot of great things to discover. Gary files reports from the many tradeshows that he attends including Photoshop World, the National Association of Broadcasters Show. and MacWorld.

Get it on
iTunes or directly on the web.

Quark to InDesign Conversion

The other day we needed to convert a VERY BIG Quark file to work with InDesign. We seemed stumped (and stuck) as InDesign only supports importing Quark 4.0 files or older.

Fortunately, money could solve this problem (I know... that's often the case). A useful recommendation from an Adobe colleague pointed me towards
Markzware and Q2ID for the conversion.

The short review... it works! Spending $199 to save having to rekey 250 pages is worth it in my book. Currently it only works with CS1 or CS2.... but you can always convert, then promote the document forward.

101 Photoshop Tips (Free)

Thanks to Scott Kelby for pointing this one out.

Gary Logsdon has posted
101 Photoshop tips that work with most versions of Photoshop. There are a lot of useful ones here that save time and effort. What's also nice is the ability to download the tips as a PDF file to save to your computer for the future.

What's not to like about
free tips?
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