December Meeting NOTES SDFCPUG


San Diego Final Cut Pro User Group


Meeting Every 2nd Monday of each Month
Next Meeting 1/9/2012

FREE Parking after 6pm


CNN laid off 50 staffers,primarily videographers and editors.

Colbert Report (Link)

As has been reported recently, CNN laid off 50 staffers, primarily videographers and editors.   Why?   Essentially after a three year internal review, CNN has determined that professional editors are not necessary to craft news stories any longer.   Instead they are expanding their iReport section allowing for more user generated content to be provided to the network, at absolutely zero cost to the network.   Yep, zero cost to the network since these folks won’t be paid.   I could go on about that part of the story, but Stephen Colbert explains it so well in this clip from “This Colbert Report” on Comedy Central.

Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve is a high-end color correction suite replete with an elaborate control surface designed for professional colorists. It costs $30,000. There’s also a $1,000 software-only version that runs on Mac and Linux. And now there’s a free Mac version that retains many of the key features of its paid brethren.
Free Davinci Resolve (LINK)
Free Automatic Duck (LINK)




The Music Bed

Catalyst Sound

•Rates for these songs range from $48 to $100 per song.

Royalty Free Music Collections:

 Companies like Digital Juice have royalty free music products you can purchase that have hundreds of versions of songs at less than $1 a version. The downside of these songs vs. the sites I mentioned above is the quality of the music.


Video Copilot: (Link)

Cinematic Music Design Tools

•Orchestral Music Tracks and Epic Musical Elements
 Layered Music Tracks (Percussion, Choirs, Orchestra, etc.)

•Tension Building Elements & Editorial Music FX
 5 In-Depth Tutorials + 5 Layered Soundtrack Templates


Products like Apple's Garage Band or Smartsound's Sonic Fire Pro allow you to assemble guitar riffs, drum beats, piano tunes, etc., and create you own music.






UCSD Digital Arts Center

Smartsound SonicFire Pro 5