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Archive for December, 2009

Editing Links

Posted on December 17, 2009 in: Editing by Andrew Birkhead

Scott Simmons at EditBlog has a great article on edit suite etiquette for facilities operators and freelance editors.  It cover’s a lot of great ideas on best practices, including the two biggies.

• Never remap a keyboard that someone else has setup.

• If you have to change the Final Cut Pro capture scratch folders then please put those back at the end of your session.

He also covers how to make dupe detection work while using footage shot on the Canon 5D and 7D.

That means you have to add a reel name in FCP. This can be accomplished by bringing up the Reel column in your FCP bin. I’ve got into the habit of copy and pasting the name of the 5D/7D file into the Reel column as it will be a unique name:


Films for Editors

Posted on December 14, 2009 in: Editing by Andrew Birkhead

Oliver Peters has posted a nice list of films that editors might enjoy.

With Oscar time approaching and movie-going, as well as, movie-giving a holiday tradition for many families, I decided to post a list of some films that are fun for editors to watch. These aren’t all Oscar-contenders, although there’s plenty of bling in this list. They are presented in no particular order, so I hope you enjoy.

My Netflix que just got longer. Here’s a link to the list.


Posted on December 10, 2009 in: Quotation by Andrew Birkhead

When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly value the only companion we will have from birth to death – ourselves.

Eda LeShan


Posted on December 8, 2009 in: Uncategorized by Andrew Birkhead

Rule 10

Posted on December 7, 2009 in: Uncategorized by Andrew Birkhead

This is the last of my personal commandments. It’s another ‘anti-resentment’ tool to keep in your back pocket.

10. If you see the problem, you own the problem.

Here’s how it works for me: I notice a problem and immediately look around for someone who SHOULD be fixing it. Then I blame them for the problem as well as judge them for being useless!

On the other hand, if I see a problem and then take ownership, I can avoid the whole cranky phase and jump right into action. Owning the problem eliminates any resentment or blaming by keeping the ball squarely in my court.