Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

My son wants to produce a few video inserts during the up and coming Euro 2012 for his blog so today was the build a virtual studio in his room. Basically we have a green screen with five LED lights, four pointing at the green screen and one in front of Scott using his white door for added reflection.

I had read that FCP-10 was good at green screen but WOW…I had a perfect key without doing anything, obviously the Canon C300 with its 50Mbps, 4:2:2 and 50mm f1.4 Carl Zeiss lens helps but I was blown away with how easy it was to achieve such a fantastic key in a matter of minutes.

But I also discovered that in order to run in his iPad information I had to revert back to FCP-7 using log and capture, running the live iPad footage straight into the MacPro via the HDMI on the Matrox MX02.

Dilema time…As I have FCP-7, FCP-10 and Premiere Pro CS6 what do I choose…so for the rest of 2012 I am sticking with FCP-7 and FCP-10. I used this combination successfully with my C300 DVD, using FCP-10 for effects then re-importing back to FCP-7.

I think Adobe have shown me over the last 2 weeks that they are not as advanced in many ways as FCP-10 nor can you get the same level of 3rd party plug-ins as you can for FCPX, I left the PC many years ago and by all accounts has only grown up with Windows 7.

I may come back to Premiere Pro CS6 in the future but for now I will stick with FCP-7, FCPX and Motion 5.



Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

2 thoughts on “PART TWO…”Making the Jump”

  1. +1! 😀

    The Adobe CS6 suite has my vote for all long form productions, and Audition is awesome for anyone moving on from SoundTrack Pro. It’s the spirit of FCP8 coming back. I love it and hug it for that.

    But, if your output is less than 5 minutes, from lots of rushes, and you need to cut fast, it has to be said: FCPX pwns this market. It’s quick, accurate and effective – just so long as you’re not feeding it complex jobs that require broadcast legalisation. Interviews plus B-Roll onto YouTube? Talking head with greenscreen into PowerPoint? Quickie Ob Doc for iPad? FCPX all the way, hateful bugs still haunt it, but it gets the job done. Sometimes 2x to 3x faster than FCP7.

    BTW – Film & Broadcast guys: we hear you. Lots of us earn money with low-to-medium Corporates that need good YouTube/Vimeo and iPad output, and we don’t get assistant editors or graders. The jobs we grade would never have been made, let alone cross your door, before these tools. We’re not taking your business. The business moved.

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