• Who is your SuperBowl pick to Win?


    Good Luck to your favorite NFL team!
    The annual battle for the crown is on – 2.7.10, 6 pm, South Florida.

    Rod – DCFCPUG

  • FMC Training Discount to DCFCPUG


    We are also happy to offer all Final Cut Pro user group attendees 15% off any Apple training course or exam! It is as simple as referencing “Final Cut Pro user group” when registering. But the time to use it is limited. Though class can be scheduled for any time in the next 6 months, to enjoy this discount you must register by February 28, 2010.

    This offer cannot be combined with other discounts. Call us today to inquire about our upcoming classes or check out our schedule of classes on our website.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or for help with registering or scheduling your training course. Hope to hear from you soon and look forward to seeing you at our training facility soon!

    Martin Dudley
    Corporate Account Manager

    P.S: DCFCPUG – One of our attendees at our JANUARY meeting won the free class raffle prize!
    Take advantage of our sponsors good will and expert training to step up your game in FCS.

    Rod – DCFCPUG

  • DCFCPUG January Meeting – FMC Class Winner


    Future Media Concepts – Washington DC
    CONGRATULATIONS to ROLAND MILLMAN who attended the Final Cut Pro User Group meeting last night and won the raffled prize: His choice of any 3 day class at FMC DC!!!!

    Excerpt from FMC DC Facebook Wall:

    Thanks FMC for supporting the DC Final Cut Pro User Group!!

    Rodney – DCFCPUG

  • Problem with SONY HVR-V1U and FCP


    We had a member refer a problem to us to see if we could help solve the problem.

    Here is the issue:
    There is a FCP usergroup that helped others for all kinds of FCP
    issues. Give them a shout. I’ve copied Rodney the main group leader
    just in case he is familiar with the issue or knows someone who could
    Here is their URL: http://www.dcfcpug.org/
    Good Luck

    On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 2:57 AM, paulette moore wrote:
    I’m having a strange Final Cut Pro problem. 3 tapes – all will play in the
    deck monitor. When I try to digitize – none appear in the preview monitor
    of Final Cut – yet I see time code in the preview monitor.

    I tried changing out firewire, decks, computers. no luck. Other tapes (not
    shot on same camera) DO play and CAN be digitized. Changed the deck settings
    to hdv, then back to dv. Still no luck

    When I try to digitize straight from the camera – FC does not recognize the
    camera. This is not my system. It seems like a tape issue? Camera settings?
    Any thoughts? the tapes were shot on a sony v1u.
    Thanks for your feedback.

    Paulette Moore
    StoryDoula Blog: http://storydoula.wordpress.com/
    Skype: paulettefilms

  • FCP Tip of the Day (1/31/10)


    Tip of the Day!

    Final Cut Pro – Can Not Hear Audio on Even Tracks

    Its simply a setting in simply the wrong place…


    Peter Koeleman sent this in:

    The problem we are having is that you can’t hear the audio on the even tracks (2,4,6, etc.). It does this regardless of the camera we use.

    After a day of pulling hair out and using the Apple forum, we figured it out. It was simply a setting: Sequence > Setting > Audio Output > Stereo.

    Voila! It worked.

    Courtesy of Larry Jordan

  • Stump the Expert – Need your Questions for Larry Jordan now!


    Ask your tough questions to our featured guest on 10 Feb.
    Leave your name, question and email so we can get those results posted/emailed out.
    All questions need to be in by COB 2 Feb so we can send a courtesy copy to the expert.

    Here is your chance to solve some tough problems… Don’t wait, respond now.

    Rodney – DCFCPUG

  • Larry Jordan in Washington D.C – 10 February 2010


    Email from Larry Jordan executive team on Washington Tour:

    Hi Rodney

    First of all – I hope you had a wonderful holiday and that 2010 is treating you well so far.

    I wanted to drop you a quick note because it occurs to me that your user group might be able to benefit from a promotional code we are offering for our tour. As you may be aware we are in the middle of a series of one-day seminars around the US. Take a look at our website for the full details.

    We will be coming to Washington on February 10th and I’d like to extend our promotional code to your group. If members are interested in signing up for the seminar – they should login to our site, look at this post and enter the code ## Please Login or Register to read the rest of this content. ## when prompted during the registration process on the Larry Jordan link above. This will give YOU an immediate 10% discount.

    I hope we’ll see you there.

    Best wishes

    Debbie Price
    Larry Jordan & Associates, Inc
    818 879 5105


    MEMBERS NOTE: They are offering a greatly reduced base price with an additional 10% for us which makes it less than $100 for the course. Right sized for this crazy economy were are living in.

    Go to the course during the day and join us that evening, as Larry Jordan and Debbie are our invited guest for our PUG meeting!


  • New Sponsors and those in the pipeline


    DCFCPUG welcomes the following sponsors to the family:

    FINAL DRAFT & FINAL DRAFT AV – educates, advances and celebrates the scriptwriter. FD AV version is designed for the professional writers of commercials, corpoate and training videos, documentaries, and presentations.  You have a story to tell, Use Final Draft to write it!

    DCFCPUG is working closely with Jeff Bartsch and the Editmentor team on our own spin on leveraging the great work Jeff and team is doing with distributing packages of exclusive, unedited film and video footage from Hollywood.  Details of the contest will be forthcoming so watch this space and get your edit skills sharpened as you will be cutting Hollywood grade footage to include short films, commercials, music videos, etc.  Real world experience editing real projects, taking direction from real producers, directors or clients… Get ready for “DC goes to Hollywood”!

    Red Giant Software was founded in 2002 by industry veterans to develop and distribute special effects tools for digital video & film professionals. We develop our own applications and also publish other people’s technology. Our products are available as plug-ins for popular video editing and effects applications, including Adobe After Effects®, Adobe Photoshop®, Adobe Premiere Pro®, AVID®, Sony Vegas® and Apple Final Cut Pro® Motion®.

    Many of our products use production-proven technology developed by visual effects industry veterans such as John KnollPhotoshop creator & Visual Effects Supervisor at Industrial Light + Magic (Knoll Light Factory); and Stu Maschwitz, CTO and Co-Founder at The Orphanage (Magic Bullet) and are designed to increase your production value. They have been used in thousands of feature films, music videos, national TV commercials & broadcast shows. These include Grindhouse, The Aviator, Day After Tomorrow, Vanilla Sky, Hellboy, Spy Kids 3D, Double Dare, Nike commercials, Good EatsESPN, Disney, CNN, Good Morning America, Cher videos, FooFighter videos, and MTV programs.

  • FCP Tip of the Day (1/30/10)


    Tip of the Day!

    Final Cut Pro – Two Types of Audio Files

    There are two ways you can capture audio into Final Cut Pro…


    There are two ways you can capture, or ingest, audio into Final Cut Pro: dual-channel mono or stereo.

    Dual-channel mono (the top icon) means there is no link between the two tracks. Both tracks are panned center and the audio levels between the two clips are independent.

    Stereo (the bottom icon) means there is a link between the two tracks. The top track is panned left, the bottom track is panned right and the audio levels of the two tracks are linked so that as you raise or lower on, the other moves by the same amount.

    You can easily change the mode by clicking the little “cassette” icon, to toggle from one mode to the other.

    You should use dual-channel mono audio for interviews, or anything where you don’t care about the left-or-rightness of the sound.

    You should use stereo for music, or sound effects, or in those situations where you care about the placement of sound in space.

    Courtesy of Larry Jordan

  • DCFCPUG welcomes Oceana Digital


    Oceana Digital is a recognized leader and systems provider for digital production, post-production, broadcast, new media and high-end digital computing. Oceana represents best-in-class products with a commitment to providing the highest level of customer satisfaction.

    Founded on the basis of providing the highest level of customer support in a highly customizable environment. Oceana works with each customer to ensure the best solution for their specific needs.

    Oceana combines system expertise and business experience to guarantee that your individual and corporate needs are met. From software upgrades to system installation or full facility integration, we are ready, willing and able to improve your workflow and productivity to enhance your customer’s experience and your bottom line.

    Oceana serves the New York and the Eastern US from offices in Manhattan

    Steve Strong and team will be visiting DCFCPUG in May 2010 as our special guest and featured speaker.

    AUTODESK reseller for SMOKE – editorial finishing software for the MAC OS X Platform. Here is a link to the “About Smoke Essentials Tutorials”

    With editorial finishing and visual effects tools, Smoke helps save you time while expanding your creative capabilities, and now it’s available as a software-only application for Mac OS X. Move quickly between creative disciplines in a single application with a comprehensive creative toolset that spans editorial, color correction, paint, cleanup, titling, 3D compositing and finishing. Take a closer look at Smoke and see how you can differentiate your facility in a crowded market.