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Still Specs for Scanning Images to use in Video Editing

Still Specs for Scanning Images to use in Video Editing
– Scan as close to 4000 pixels in either direction, without going over. For example, if you scan an 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper, it should be about 2909w x 4000h in total pixel count. This would be a dpi of about 363
– Avid and Final Cut Pro both have difficulty working with image sizes larger than 4000 pixels in any direction. 
– One dpi setting will not be useful for all scanned images. Please adjust your dpi so that is as close to 4000 pixels in either direction without going over. 
 – All images must be saved in RGB, not grayscale, CMYK or any color space other than RGB. Most systems will not be able to work with anything other than RGB color space. 
– File format should be either .tiff (TIFF) or .tga (Targa). 
– Tiff’s should be saved as 8bit, uncompressed, in Mac byte order. 
– Targas should be saved 32bit, uncompressed. 

This will produce and image file that can be used in SD or HD and be enlarged as much as 208% for HD and 555% for SD with out degradation. Also it will offer a format that is useful in, Final Cut Pro After Effects, Avid and a bunch of other software. 

Beauty of the Unseen

“Beauty of the Unseen” – Photo by Charlie Kirby

In creating this image, I started with a photograph of a person, then I copied and pasted a small section of a reflection on the wall behind them.  Inspired by a phrase in a prayer by Baha’u’llah that there is a hidden secret beauty, in plain view, all around us – I got to work.  I brought that small section into Photoshop and blew it up to 1920 x 1080 to find the “hidden Secret” beauty within it.   Once in Photoshop, I played around with color balance, contrast, gamma and other image controls.  There truly is an unseen beauty all around us and we just need to find it!  If you would like to see this image in full 1920 x 1080 resolution, please click this link.

“I testify that through Thee
the sovereignty of God and His dominion,
and the majesty of God and His grandeur, were revealed,
and the Day-Stars of ancient splendor have shed their radiance in the heaven
of Thine irrevocable decree,
and the Beauty of the Unseen hath shone forth above the horizon of creation.

I testify, moreover, that with but a movement of Thy Pen Thine injunction
“Be Thou” hath been enforced,
and God’s hidden Secret hath been divulged,
and all created things have been called into being,
and all the Revelations have been sent down.”

~ Baha’u’llah

Here is the original section, before image editing in Photoshop:

Final Cut Pro X – Pros and Cons

I’ve taken the time to aggregate some great content which explores the pros and cons of Final Cut Pro X.  Because so much is being written on this topic, I will be adding new articles, videos and radio blogs to this post as I sift through them.  I’ll be adding the latest ones to the top of the stack.

Creative Cow, Helmut Kobler – A Final Cutter Tries Out Premiere Pro
Author of Final Cut Pro for Dummies, who has also written glowing reviews of multiple versions of Final Cut for multiple Mac magazines, admits that he’s been contemplating his escape from Planet Final Cut, even before the FCPX “debacle/disaster/catastrophe/suicide attempt”.  In this article, he explains the signs and “harbingers of doom” over the years, that made him consider his escape. 

Jeffery Harrell – A video editor/blogger
A video editor/blogger cuts a hilarious
short video about FCPX, using Radiohead’s “Creep”, but he cuts it on Adobe Premiere, uploads it to YouTube, then he gets a really awesome phone call from some of Adobe’s senior managers!  “Apple is so f___ing special”  (lol!)

YouTube – Hiter Finds Out About Final Cut Pro X

Creative Cow – Why We Can’t Use Final Cut Pro X at Our Companies
Two COW leaders (Rich and Walter) voice strong opinions about why they can not implement Final Cut Pro X into their post production facilities, at this time.

Washington Post, Hayley Tsukayama – Apple Final Cut Pro X:  Thousands of filmmakers and editors say there is nothing “pro” about it
Apple’s been taking a lot of heat over its latest version of Final Cut Pro since it launched last week. Now, in just a few hours, more than 600 people — most identifying themselves as editors and filmmakers — have already
signed a petition titled, “Final Cut Pro X is Not a Professional Application.”

NY Times, Pogues Posts – Professional Video Editors Weigh in on Final Cut Pro X
In 10 years of writing Times columns, I’ve never encountered anything quite like this.  In Thursday’s paper, I
reviewed Apple’s Final Cut Pro X, a professional video-editing program. It’s not an update of the existing Final Cut, which is by far the most popular such program; it’s completely new and radically redesigned. It looks different, its strengths are different — and after one day of using it, many professional video editors are running through the streets with pitchforks.

Conan O’Brien – Conan’s Editors Absolutely Love Apple’s New Final Cut Pro X

NY Times, David Pogue – Apple’s Final Cut is Dead.  Long Live Final Cut
Final Cut Pro has 54 percent of the video-editing market, far more than its rivals from Adobe and Avid.  Did I use the present tense? Sorry about that. Final Cut was the industry leader. It did cost $1,000. But that’s all over now.