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Handbrake and FCPX

The x264 difference Lately, while working on web projects, I've needed to get my h264 files down to the smallest possible. While the h264 encoding that Apple has built into FCPX is accelerated on most Macs, the x264 encoder (notice the "x") that part of...

The Pan Law & FCPX

Updated 5-15-18 with additional information on FCPX Pan Law Compensation.  Every few months or so I see this comment on Twitter or Facebook: "FCPX is lowering my audio -6db. It's totally messed up!" What is happening is actually half expected and half an odd...

FCPX, AVCHD & MTS files – avoiding headaches

I have heard from colleagues of their trouble with AVCHD media, shot on the Sony FS700*** in particular. FCPX crashing, being as slow as molasses and not able to share (export). So after good amount of sleuthing I discovered a few issues and tips. So here they are in...

Question about Optimized/Proxy media for FCPX

I received an email today asking this: I read a post you wrote back in 2013 and I can’t find anything on my question. https://forums.creativecow.net/thread/344/3534 So I decided I want to use this to speed up my editing since it gets choppy on playback making it very...

My Contour Shuttle Pro Settings for FCPX

Way back in 2001 I purchased a Shuttle Pro for use with FCP and ProTools and I have loved this thing ever since (and it still works!) I wanted to share my settings for FCPX that I find most useful. Rather than edit, I really use the Shuttle Pro as a precision frame...