Ten Post-Production Tips

September 4, 2010

Here are ten ways to improve your life in post-production.

10. DVD Labels – Buy Memorex CD/DVD labels and download their free exPressit software, http://www.memorex.com/en-us/Support/exPressit-Label-Design-Studio/. The software makes it way too difficult to create straight text that is centered on the CD, and it’s only available for PC, but it’s free and should be respected. One workaround for centering text is to create a text box the exact length of the label and then center justify the text within the box.

9. Ripping Videos – Handbrake, http://handbrake.fr/, is an open source (free) software program for the Mac. It allows you to rip a DVD to the computer, something 99% of other DVD ripping programs make you pay for. KeepVid, http://www.Keepvid.com, is a free website for downloading YouTube videos to your computer.

8. Exporting – Exporting from Avid SAS takes 1/2 the time of the total duration. Exporting from Avid H.264 is real-time and is a more manageable file size.

7. Drama = Conflict & Movies = Magic – If there is no conflict, then there is no action and there is no movie. Supposedly the goal of a movie is to impress the audience, and should have a point.

6. UCLA Extensions – https://www.uclaextension.edu/r/default.aspx Open to the public, take classes at UCLA for about $500 / class. Art, Math, Science, Entertainment, Healthcare, Business, and more. Hundreds of classes available all year round.

5. QuicKeys Multigrouping – Skip assigning auxiliary timecode and subclipping timelines and have a program do it for you. It would take awhile to explain in great detail, but if anybody gets ambitious to try this, here are the necessary screenshots and steps.

1. Setup QuicKeys with the macro as shown below. http://startly.com/products/quickeys/mac/4/ I can email you the macro if you’re cool and I’m nice.
2. Either change the macro or change your Avid keyboard so the keystrokes hit the right keys.
3. Create the timeline you want to group and add your add edits. Solo the track you want to subclip first.
4. Setup your bin as shown below with a mark in column and aux tc column.
5. Click on your timeline, go to the start of it, start the QuicKeys macro, enter the number of times you want the loop to run, and sit back.

4. YouSendIt – https://www.yousendit.com/ Can email up to 100 MB files for free. Great for sending rough cuts to people.

3. Almonds and walnuts are great sources of vitamin E. The sun is almost the only source of Vitamin D. Kiwis are a ridiculous source of Vitamin C. Spinach and leafy vegetables are great for vitamin K. If we ate more foods with fiber and less calories, such as broccoli, bread, pears, apples, beans & peas, we would all be fuller and likely skinnier. Meat is the biggest source of cholesterol in our diets, and the best source of protein. Fish is great for omega-3 and should be eaten no more than once every 3 or 4 days. Most restaurants have a vegetarian option. All major fast food restaurants serve too much salt, sugar, meat and fat in almost every meal they serve. The recommended daily allowance of sugar is 0, but 40 mg is a reasonable limit. The RDA of sodium is approximately 1mg per calorie. The RDA of fat is approximately 65 grams per day. Strawberries, walnuts, and whole wheat bread are great for your skin. Blueberries are great for your brain. Mangoes are great for a lot of different vitamins.

2. Avid 5.0 can import XDCAM clips with low-res proxy video & high-res audio, therefore eliminating the need of digitizing ever again and eliminating a huge portion of my job description.

1. Nexus One – This is the Google phone released earlier this year. It is a HUGE resource of time and money saving thanks to it’s navigation feature and instant internet. I can weed out the bullshit in life and make smarter choices on what to buy, where to eat, and how to get it fast. I’m sure most smartphones are just as good, but who doesn’t like Google?

If you have footage to multigroup, DVDs to rip, or video to compress, but not the time or means, I’m available to work. Check out my services and contact info here.

-Matt Rittorno

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One Response to “Ten Post-Production Tips”

  1. I must say, this has gotta be the most eclectic blog post I’ve ever read. Good stuff.

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