Posted by: drfield | August 29, 2011

New stuff coming soon!

I hope to post some new instruction sheets and video tutorials, time permitting, in the coming weeks. Look for “How to Record a Phone Interview” and “How to Build a Fancier FSG” among others soon.

Posted by: drfield | February 21, 2011

CW Scorebug

Here’s a super basic yet surprisingly flavorful score bug CW sports reporters can use in their projects. It’s the same concept as the CW Supers. Download the “CW_Scorebug” Final Cut Project from the link below. Right or Control click on the link then choose “Save Linked File to Downloads.” Drag the file from the Downloads folder onto your personal hard drive or the Data Drive of the computer you’re working on.

You’ll also need this generic scorebug background graphic. Control-click or Right-click and select Download Linked File As.

Remember when you open the project file you’ll need to select Reconnect Media and then locate the Scorebug_Final.tga you just saved. This was built on a HD timeline so the only thing you should need to adjust in the left edge just like you do with the regular CW supers.

Posted by: drfield | January 18, 2011

Resetting Final Cut’s Window Layout

If the person using Final Cut before you left it a mess

Window layout before you re-arrange them

don’t fret. You can easily put it back to normal. Just click
Window > Arrange > Standard

Click Window > Arrange > Standard

Once you do that your screen will look like this and all will be well again.

Hooray!!! everything is normal again

Posted by: drfield | November 1, 2010

Building CW Supers – now with increased Idiot Proofing

UPDATE: Here are the Final Cut Project files with pre-built supers. The “How to” video is now below. In order to save these, you will need to hold down Control then Click on the link. Select either Download Linked File As or Save Linked File As from the menu and save the file to your personal drive or the Data Drive. Once you save them you can open them, reconnect the .tga file (Hint: it’s the one that reads Offline). Then change the text and copy and paste the three elements onto your project. Keep in mind, when you copy and paste Final Cut pastes to the exact same lines as the media (1 image and 2 Outline Texts) lived on originally.


Click Here to Download HQ Version

And just so no one has to strain his/herself here are the links to the CW Supers Instruction Sheet.

But wait there’s more!!!

Act now and you get both the HD and SD Blank Super .tga files with your purchase. How Exciting!!! The links will open in a new window. Simply right click or hold down control and click on the image and select “Save Image As…”

Posted by: drfield | October 14, 2010

Using the Color Corrector Video Filter in FCP

So maybe you forgot to white balance your camera before you shot. Maybe you were wearing orange colored Bono glasses while looking at your camera’s screen. This short video will show you how to use the Color Corrector video filter in Final Cut Pro to fix the color.

WARNING! Filters will not make crappy video or crappy audio perfect. It will just make it passable if you’re lucky.

Posted by: drfield | September 1, 2010

Loading Video on Precis

UPDATE: From now on I will have update the playback channel and the MOS Obj Slug on the ENPS server. You just need to create the placeholder and attach the video from Final Cut Pro.

Here’s the colonel’s secret recipe, in word doc format, for loading your video pieces to the Precis Playback machine.
Instructions for Loading Video for Playback

This is the same doc that normally lives in the edit rooms labelled with a “Precis Attach” post-it. Grubby little fingers seem to enjoy removing these instruction sheets from each room so maybe the colonel’s recipe isn’t so secret.

Posted by: drfield | June 30, 2010

Recording an audio file for use in FCP

This video will show you, the JOMC student, how to record an audio file using Soundtrack Pro. In the past some students have had issues transferring the audio files off of their audio recorders (HINTS: Recorders usually aren’t water proof and the USB connector isn’t made of adamantium). As usual, this method is not comprehensive. There are a number of additional parameters and options you can choose to utilize.

Click Here to Download the HQ Version

Posted by: drfield | June 10, 2010

How to Unlock a Drive

Click Here to Download the HQ Version

For your saving pleasure, this video will show you how to unlock a drive if it won’t let you save files to it. This happens more than I like to think about. Watch the vid or follow the following simple steps or hell do both and you’ll be saving your Final Cut projects again in no time.


1. Highlight the Data drive and hit the Command and I keys
2. In the info window that opens, click on the lock icon in the lower right corner
3. Type in the local login in the window that opens and click OK.

*** If you’ve taken a Broadcast class in the J-school, I’ve given you this username/password. If you haven’t or you’ve forgotten it, you’ll have to come see me***

4. Change all permissions to “Read & Write”
5. Click on the sprocket icon in the lower left corner and then click “Apply to enclosed items…”
6. Click OK in the window that opens
7. Once the computer finishes applying the change you can close the info window and save like squirrel

Posted by: drfield | June 10, 2010

How to Build a Basic FSG

Here’s a video for all of you yearning to create your own basic, super simple FSGs in Final Cut. This won’t show you fancy…I’ll leave that to your imagination (seriously once you know the basics, experiment with making it fancy) or another “How to” video.

Click Here to Download the HQ Version

As I promised, here are a few generic backgrounds you can use. Roll your mouse over the image to see the whether it’s HD or SD. Click on the thumbnail then right click (or Ctl Click) on the image and select “Save Image As…”

!WARNING! Pay particular attention to the 4×3 text safe zones in Final Cut when building your own FSGs regardless of whether you’re editing in HD or SD.

Posted by: drfield | April 26, 2010

Toggle Clip Keyframes Button

Here’s a handy button (HINT: Follow the Big Red Arrow) a neglected to mention in the Moving Images video. Pressing this button expands the lines on your Sequence to include a dark blue line (HINT: Follow the Big Red Arrow) which shows you where you’ve inserted keyframes. This line corresponds exactly to the lines in the Motion tab where I showed to insert keyframes. You can click and drag keyframes on the line to slow down or speed up the image’s movement.

Shows keyframes on Sequence

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