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jrodley
From: Christchurch
Since: May 2011
Posts: 6

FCPX help!

As others have said, play around with it and test it. If you're after some presets, here's a link to some Compressor settings that were posted a few years ago.

I still use these from time to time (pretty sure I used the 1080p one last year). I think FCPX can read them without requiring Compressor, could be wrong though.

Further to what tarlen said, if you find that it's laggy editing then FCPX has two main transcoding options - 'Optimised' and 'Proxy'. Both use ProRes 422. The latter option creates a lower quality copy of your source media for faster editing - you can then switch back to the original media for final preview and export. If your machine's quick enough though you may be able to get away with editing the original media directly.

As stated by the others though, test it lots and check your timings. Then on Sunday give yourself plenty of extra time. I usually do a rough cut export as soon as we've got all the required elements of the film, that way if everything goes sideways later on we have something we can hand in that won't be disqualified even if it's unpolished.

jrodley
From: Christchurch
Since: May 2011
Posts: 6

Christchurch City Finalists + Award Nominees 2014

So, does the moratorium on uploading apply to just the twelve city finalists or to the award nominees also? Just want to make sure :)

jrodley
From: Christchurch
Since: May 2011
Posts: 6

Big Bang & Fuzz - Login

Yep, just email music@bigbangfuzz.com

Give them the email address you used and your login name if you can remember it.

jrodley
From: Christchurch
Since: May 2011
Posts: 6

2013 Movie Posters

Christchurch, Heat 2

jrodley
From: Christchurch
Since: May 2011
Posts: 6

2013 - Hints & Tips from the Vets

Unless you have a fast editing machine, you're better off shooting in SD. HD might be pretty, but getting the film in on time is much higher on the priority list. Also leave yourself plenty of room for the final render. There's a good chance it will take longer than you expect.

It's also well worth aiming to render out a rough cut early on Sunday afternoon, then having someone at the finish line with it well before the deadline. That way if you do end up running late with your final cut you'll be able to hand something in.

If at all possible, have a backup of your important equipment. Extra camera, editing machine etc. Certainly not going to be possible for everyone but you can get creative when you're desperate. If your main camera packs up and all you've got is the camera in your phone, use that. Last year we had two big broadcast cameras, and both packed up (batteries and the HDD we were recording to). Ended up borrowing a camera at short notice. That was slightly worse than usual since we had the 'one shot' genre (whole film had to be a single camera take with no cuts).

Have a basic storyboard, or at least a list of the shots you need to make. Make sure your director and editor both have a copy. In the insanity of the weekend it's surprisingly easy to forget to shoot a scene, or edit it in.

If you can get hold of a decent mic, make that a priority. Good sound makes a huge difference. Check your levels. If your camera has a monitor out, give your camera/boom operator a pair of headphones.

Try to be aware of what's in your shot. We had one scene a couple of years ago where we left our camera bag, jackets and some other bits and pieces under a tree that was in shot. It wasn't a massive deal but breaks the suspension of disbelief a bit. Also be careful of reflections if you're shooting in front of a window or other reflective material. Some of these things you can deal with in post but your editor won't be too pleased.

jrodley
From: Christchurch
Since: May 2011
Posts: 6

Release for rental property

If we've done any filming at our flat, are we able to provide the release for that or would we need our landlord to sign the release?