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Digital Cinema/HD Video/Commercial Video Production

FCPX Sucks February 21, 2013

Filed under: Random Thoughts — mrmagiccarpetride @ 6:47 am

Hi, world.

I just wanted to take this time to say that Final Cut Pro X is a complete waste of time and money and I am a die-hard Apple fan.  They have completely turned this program into an annoying, automatic, dumbed down NLE that tries to simplify everything by completely changing everything anyone has ever wanted to know about an NLE.

The timeline sucks, the saving method sucks, the work flow is awful, and the audio controls are a joke.

Wow.  I’ve been on Adobe CS6 for a while now and love it to death.  Very intuitive and fast.

What happened, Apple?


Multi-Cam Editing with a Sony EX1 or EX3 and 5DMK II December 21, 2011

Filed under: HD Video,Random Thoughts — mrmagiccarpetride @ 6:59 am

Hello world.  I recently had a problem getting Final Cut 7 to play nicely with my Sony PMW-EX3 and Canon 5D Mark II in a multi-cam format.  When trying to create a multi-clip FCP gives the user a message that the codecs are different and therefor both sources cannot be used in a single multi-clip.  After much searching and testing I have decided that the best solution unfortunately involves a free, third-party software program called, “MPEG Streamclip”.  Streamclip is very useful in that it can convert many different file types to many different file types.  Although FCP can do this with no problems via the export options, it is not time effective to ingest 5D footage onto the local hard drive, import into FCP via Log and Transfer and then back out via the Export dialog box just to be able to edit normally.  (I have found it much better to convert the 5D footage to the XDCAM EX codec instead of converting the EX footage to a ProRes 422 as the file sizes are absurd and there is still a gamma shift problem)  My solution is listed below…


1.  Copy the exact file structure from the 5D card to the desired place on your hard drive.

Example tree should read:  5DCAM/”DCIM”  “MISC” (both of the previous words in quotes are two separate folders as one will see in the native card structure)/100EOS5D/”MVI_0001.MOV”  “MVI_0001.THM” (Again…multiple files in this folder)

2.  Open MPEG Streamclip (Just google it to find and download the free program) and go to “File”, “Open Files” and select as many of the .MOV files from your hard drive that you need to convert for a multi-clip.

3.  Go to “File”, “Export to Quicktime”

4.  At the top of the dialog box where it says, “Compression” choose one of the XDCAM EX compression methods that fit with how your footage was shot.

Example:  I shot at 1920 x 1080 at 24 frames per second so I will choose, “XDCAM EX 1080p24 (35Mb/s VBR)” since this also matches the settings of the EX footage.

5.  Make sure your frame rate in Streamclip on the lower right area is set to 23.98 if you shot at 24fps in your session

6.  Click “Make Movie” and select your target destination


The following will explain how to get the footage into FCP

1.  After using Log and Transfer for your EX footage, simply select “Import” under the “File” menu and browse to your new media.

2.  Double click your EX clip so it opens in the Source window.

3.  Go to a point you would like to use as a sync point, stop playback and hit the letter “I” for “In-Point”  Repeat this exact process with your 5D clip.

4.  Select both your 5D and EX clip in the Project area where your clips are listed, right click and select, “Make Multi-Clip”.

5.  Select for the clips to be synced using In-Points and you now have a multi-clip.

Editing in Multi-Cam Mode

1.  Drag the new multi-clip into the main timeline.

2.  In the main timeline, click the “RT” button to the upper left of the video tracks.  Make sure that “Multi-clip Playback” is checked.

3.  In the source window, look for the button with two playback heads and an “X” between them.  It is located at the top of the window directly in the center.  Click this button and choose, “Open”.  This will sync the source and canvas windows.

4.  Double click your multi-clip in the main timeline; this should open both camera views in the source window.

5.  Click anywhere in the main timeline and hit the space bar.  You should now see both videos in the source window playing and available for you to click on the angle you want.

6.  When you’re done you should highlight everything in the main timeline, right click and select, “Collapse Multi-Clip”.  Don’t worry, you can easily turn it back on to continue multi-cam editing; this will just save on RAM.


I’ve left a lot out about the workflow of multi-cam editing, but you can easily find out more from search engines.  If you can’t find anything, drop me a line and I’ll do my best to help you out.  Who ever thought 5Ds and EX3s could play nice in FCP7.  Now if Apple would only hurry up and fix the silly new Final Cut X by adding multi-cam and native playback of various compression methods we could all be happy.

I’m going to bed.



We’re Headed to NYC August 4, 2010

Filed under: Random Thoughts — mrmagiccarpetride @ 6:55 pm

Mr. Magic Carpet Ride Productions is going on its first trip as a company to NYC to create a few short films for Watters, a dress designer we had the pleasure of working with in late 2009.  We’ll be staying at the beautiful ink48 hotel on Park Ave. and will actually have a bit of time to play in the big apple with our slew of photography gear!  Stay tuned for some pictures!


Mr. Magic Carpet Ride Productions Featured Company on Sony’s Website

Filed under: HD Video,News,Random Thoughts — mrmagiccarpetride @ 6:26 pm

We we’re honored to receive a phone call in May of 2010 from a representative from Sony informed us that two of our films would be featured on their professional HD camera microsite.  Sony did a fantastic job with the artistic layout and all of the functionality of the multi-page micro site they created for us.  But don’t take my word for it…check out the site by clicking here.

Visit our company’s website by visiting  Thanks!


Really Awesome Royalty Free Music Site June 11, 2010

Filed under: Random Thoughts — mrmagiccarpetride @ 5:01 am

Well, I just stumbled across one of the best Royalty Free music sites in the world and wanted you all to check it out for use in any projects you might have coming up.  Check out this link below to hear what they have going on.  I just found a perfect use for one of their tracks I am doing for some young college students and I know it will be perfect.  Check it out!

Royalty Free Music and Sound Effects Download the music and sound effects you need for your multimedia project today at Partners In Rhyme.


Snarky Puppy’s Live DVD is at the Presses! February 28, 2010

Filed under: Random Thoughts — mrmagiccarpetride @ 8:10 am

I am very happy to announce that the full-length film about Snarky Puppy is out of our hands and on the way to be mass produced!  After many hours of hard work I forgot that what we were doing was going to be so amazing.  When I finally sat down to watch the first test disc I remembered why I love not only film-making, but why I love Snarky Puppy’s music so much…wow guys!  Check back soon to see a glimpse of the DVD on our website under the music category.   By the way, you can find it on our newly released website in the music category of our film section under, “Snarky Puppy – Whitecap“, it’s a killer track.



Full Length Music Documentary Almost Done! February 22, 2010

Well, our first full-length documentary on the wonderfully amazing band, “Snarky Puppy” is starting to wrap up; woo hoo!  The band recorded live at Dockside Studio in Maurice, LA in November of 2009 in front of 75 or so of their closest fans, friends, and crew.  We were happy to be along for the two days of tracking while the 17 piece band recorded some of the most amazing music in the world.  The release is coming out on Rope-a-Dope Records online and will be available through their website and various stores around the world.  We will make sure and post as soon as there is more information on the actual release scheduled in March of 2010.  Congrats guys!