FCP X News from NAB

If you are a Final Cut Pro X or a DaVinci Resolve user, there was much to love about this year’s NAB show. Here is a quick rundown on the specifics and some of the events Ripple Training was involved with.
On Monday April 24th, we co-hosted a Final Cut Pro X event with FCPWorks, called
Final Cut Pro X in the Fast Lane featuring Apple ProApps marketing, filmmakers and plugin developers. The room seated 160 people, but by curtain time, the space was standing room only.

Steve Bayes, Final Cut Pro X’s Senior Product Manager, presented his “state of the union” address to the audience while teeing up the some of the filmmakers that cut their feature films on Final Cut Pro X this past year.
Luke Tristram, Senior Product Manager for Pro Video Applications, gave us some exciting news in terms of the currently installed Final Cut Pro X user base – check out this short clip from my friend Richard Taylor:

Next, we heard from editor and post production supervisor, Dave Cerf, who walked us through the award winning film Todo lo demás (Everything Else). What was particularly noteworthy about Dave’s presentation is how he and the Director, Natalia Almada were able to get at the core of her story much faster by not being constrained by traditional organizational structures. There is a terrific article at ProVideo Coalition where Dave breaks down his workflow:

Mark and I followed up with what felt like a live MacBreak episode. Mark demoed a new Final Cut Pro X transition plugin that had people falling out of their chairs. All I can say is that it will be available in May, with a working title of “whips,” and there is no transition currently on the market like it.

Chris Steele from Marquis Broadcast showed us Worx 4 X – a new XML utility app that allows you to trim unwanted media from your Final Cut Pro X projects. You heard that correctly. By the company that brought you X2Pro (for handing off your audio roles to ProTools), you can now archive your projects with a much smaller footprint. You can read more about it here:

My good friend, and former MacBreak producer, Geoffrey Orthwein showed took us behind the scenes of his recently released film Bokeh. Final Cut Pro X handled all the post chores with only effects shots and some sound mixing handed off to other apps. Read more about his workflow here:

Photo courtesy of Alister Robbie

The last presenter was Thomas Grove Carter, where he showed off his editing workflow on the latest Ed Sheeran video, Castle on a Hill (1.6 million YouTube views). TCG presented at both the Fast Lane event and the Supermeet. I really enjoyed watching the packed house react to him cutting his videos effortlessly using the Magnetic Timeline. The video of his presentation should be available soon.

DaVinci Resolve 14

Blackmagic Design released version 14 of their flagship editing and color finishing application and it now includes a new Fairlight sound editing page. It seems clear that BMD wants a complete post solution in one app, and with this version, they just took a mammoth leap forward. A public beta was released on the day of announcement, but fair warning, it is prone to crashing, so do not do any mission critical work with it. BMD has given no time frame for the final GM version.
Read about the new features here:
Many of you have already emailed us about training. I’m happy to report that Alexis is hard at work on his “New Features” title as I write this, and it should be available by the end of May. We are also working on a new series on YouTube that is designed for complete beginners to Resolve. We should have those posted soon.
Before heading of to Vegas, I received word that we are now, officially, a DaVinci Resolve Online Training center – endorsed by Blackmagic Design. You can see this if you click the popup for training type. The bottom line is, you’ll soon be able to take a test and get “certified” using our training. I’ll have more to say about this in the near future.