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Why isn't ffmpeg used in movie production or broadcasting tool chains?

I work as an assistant editor on feature films, and use ffmpeg all the time, primarily for two purposes: Transcoding files to be uploaded for producers to view on digital dailies systems (Dax, PIX, ...
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How can I achieve the Ken Burn Effect with greater control or in other software?

Don't use the Ken burns effect. Animate the transform controls, setting keyframes for scale and x/y position. By default, the keyframes will ease in and ease out, giving you a Ken Burns like effect, ...
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What is the Marketshare of the big three video editing (NLE) software packages?

This kind of data is actually remarkably hard to come by. There are a few industry reports available for thousands of dollars, but the best free resource I could find when I was searching was an ...
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Library with LOTS of clips: Increasing performance

Ideally having all your content and project files on a separate harddisk would give you some performance back, this could be a internal drive if your on a Apple Mac Pro or a external drive, USB3, Fire-...
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How can I update instances of a text template after changing the master template?

Unfortunately, that isn't currently supported. Your text items will preserve the state from when they were first added. So you're stuck doing it manually. It's number 4 on the list of top requested ...
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What is the Marketshare of the big three video editing (NLE) software packages?

Another interesting survey. On a youtube talk forum, a straw count was taken asking users what their favorite editing software was (NLE). Out of a sample size of 104 this is how it broke down below (...
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Smoothcam filter vs Warp Stabilizer

After Effects, especially with Mocha, has the most advanced motion tracking and stabilization capabilities of these 3 options, but they are also the most complicated to use if you want the best ...
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Smoothcam filter vs Warp Stabilizer

I found this video comparing the adobe warp and Final cut: I think warp stabilizer looks way better, but it might also be relative to the type of footage and the ...
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Slowing down footage with easing (like iPhone 5s)

You can do it by adding transitions between the speed changed clips as described in the documentation section titled Add Transitions Between Speed Segments. They say: When two adjacent speed ...
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Can't browse Photos library in Final Cut Pro X

In the Photos app (not FCPX), go to Preferences, then click "Use as System Photo Library". Then FCPX will be able to find the library file.
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Final Cut- How to start audio fade from higher than 0db?

You need to use keyframes. It's been a few versions since I used Final Cut, but they are generally represented by a little diamond indicator. If you add a keyframe at the point you want the level to ...
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Best file format workflow for Final Cut Pro 7 on Maveriks

Likely your issues were stemming from trying to edit with H264 files. This is something that FCP hates! Convert all your h264 footage to ProRes before you start editing (using Compressor, MPEG ...
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How should I understand audio levels in FCP7 xml?

How can a keyframe occur at 1252.57 for a clip that has a duration of 766 frames? Because the user could have used a clip that was longer than 1252 frames, set a keyframe, then trimmed the clip down ...
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How to create Final Cut Pro files on Windows machine?

If you have, or can rent Adobe Premiere you can export as FCP XML from that. Davinci Resolve does too, but I'm not sure if the capability is included in the free version.
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How do I crop a video with a particular point of the video always in the centre of the frame?

The action you're trying to perform is called “stabilization,” which is usually performed by analyzing the entire frame when the goal is to eliminate camera shake, but when you want a single object to ...
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Vox-style dynamic charts in Final Cut Pro X

You are better served with Motion 5 or similar programs for something like that. Here is a good example from Ripple Training what might work as starting point for you.
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How can I add SDR clips into an HDR project / timeline?

I figured it out. Goto effects panel and add HDR Tools Effect. Change mode to PQ to HLG, then lower nits to 100. That fixes it.
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How to create circle gradient in Final Cut Pro?

Add a new custom generator and set the colour to white. Add your media above. In this example, I will use a photo. Apply the Draw Mask to your image. Click to add 4 control points, then set the ...
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Final Cut Pro X crashing

Apple have released a recent update to FCPX, 10.2.3 which fixes lots of issues like this. I would recommended this update first as it has solved crashing issues for me. https://support.apple.com/en-...
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Audio Sync Issues on playback via thumb drive

The answer stems from the combination of the speed of the flash drive and the data rate of the video. The video and audio in most codec are decoded separately once streamed to the computer from the ...
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How to move a clip aside for possible future use in FCPX?

I'd lift the clip from the story line and then disable it with V. There's no other way to keep a clip in the timeline near the edit point without leaving empty space or affecting the timing of the cut....
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How to not import/duplicate media in FCPX?

For FCPX 10.1 and later: Open preferences Select the import tab Choose to either leave Files in Place or Copy to Storage Library Location. To set the Storage Library Location: Select the library. ...
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Smoothcam filter vs Warp Stabilizer

Definitely the Warp Stabilizer its a very easy to use and powerful tool and I'd say the best tool for automatic stabilization out there. When it comes to the more manual workflow, yes, After Effects ...
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How do I rescue a Final Cut 7 project that elicits "File Error: Wrong Type" when I try to open it in FCP?

After installing SetFile (instructions below), go to terminal and execute this command: setfile -c "KeyG" -t "FCPF" INSERT_FILENAME_HERE According to SetFile's man page, "-c&...
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Sync presentation with video of the speaker

Without having to do anything? No, that's probably impossible. How would the computer know when to switch to the next slide? What you could to is capture a video of the screen of the computer used to ...
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How to get the highest possible quality out of a MP4 file

If the pixelation wasn't in the sources you had, then it was probably introduced by the video encoder you used to export. (Presumably Apple's h.264 encoder, creating a .mov with an h.264 video stream,...
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Bulk adding text to videos

You can do it in Sony Vegas Pro using this plugin (Text Wizard) In a nutshell: Prepare your text and copy it to the clipboard (see below) Add your clips to the timeline Run Text Wizard and choose ...
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Bulk adding text to videos

With Adobe After Effects and a script such as PT_TextEdit, you'd be able to do something like this. You create the text styles you want to use, add all the text to a spreadsheet or google sheet, then ...
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FCPX Cross dissolve sometimes causes jump on stabilized video

Instead of using a crossfade transition effect, use opacity keyframes in the video animation menu. Select your clip and press "control + v".
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Automatic motion blur in video editor?

Google: RSMB (Real Smart Motion Blur) I know it is available for after effects and Sony Vegas, not sure about final cut. Note: It dramatically increases your render time, but it is definitely worth ...
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