filmmaker.weekly Issue #8

August 27th, 2017 – Rik Roukens (view this newsletter online)

Welcome to filmmaker.weekly issue #8 for Sunday, August 27th, 2017.

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Final Cut Pro 7 is officially dead

Final Cut Pro 7 is officially coming to it’s end. Apple has notified users that still seem to have an actively used license of fcp7 that it will be shutting down. Time to move to a different NLE House of Cards! 😉 May I suggest the very capable Davinci Resolve, Premiere Pro or AVID?

Facebook unveils new flagship series.

Two weeks ago, Facebook launched its “premium video service”, cleverly titled “Watch”, and today its flagship program has been revealed. The show will be a video adaptation of the hugely popular Humans of New York blog run by photographer Brandon Stanton.

Good Reads & Great to Watch

Game of Thrones: the beginning of the end

The last episode from season seven is a significant step for Game of Thrones, as the end of the popular series is nearing. Time to look at GoT from different angles, including what has been considered to be “the best seat in the house”.

Emmy Awards: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

From its inception, String & Can in New York City has handled the post sound on Parts Unknown. Sound designers/re-recording mixers Benny Mouthon and Brian Bracken have amassed a total of nine Emmy nominations for their sound work on the show.

The Future of VFX

The Daily Conversation takes us through the Future of Visual Effects (VFX) in films, TV, and VR; from crossing the uncanny valley in human animation, to light-field camera technology that will change the way moving images are captured.

Networking in Hollywood

The editor of show like Burn Notice, Empire, Glee and shooter, Zack Arnold came to Hollywood 15 years ago knowing nobody. He talks about how he got into editing major series and what is important for ‘getting in’.

Trapcode Suite 14 Review

Kevin works in After Effects.  A lot, and he always has his “stable” of effects that he find himself constantly going to, and Trapcode definitely has some of those effects.  Red Giant is back with Trapcode Suite 14, the newest release of its popular After Effects plug-ins.  Let’s see what’s been updated in this go around!



I think the rap is Russian which most of us probably don’t understand, but their videoclip is fantastic, it’s really like anything i’ve seen before.

The Heist

Two handsome master criminals are trying to pull off a big heist so they’re putting together the most incredible heist team that has ever heist teamed before.

Guides & Tutorials

5 Essential Effects in Premiere Pro for Advanced Users Part 1

These 5 essential Premiere Pro effects are a must know for every advanced editor. Take your edits to the next creative level by cinecom.

SICK Premiere Pro Speed Ramp Transitions Tutorial! (How to Whip Pan & Time Remapping Whoosh Effects)

Learn how to create those epic camera whip and pan transitions with a little bit of shot planning and Time remapping speed keyframes in premiere Pro to take the viewers eyes on an exciting rollercoaster ride!

Why DaVinci Resolve is the Ultimate (Free) Tool to Sync Clips

DaVinci Resolve has come packaged with expert batch-syncing capabilities for years – you can sync an entire day’s worth of footage with a single click. And while many editors have taken advantage of the software, many more still think of it as a complicated, high-end color correction tool.

Become a Workflow Master, Part 1: Before the Edit

A great lesson by the guys over at nofilmschool on owning your media workflow. In part 1 they take us through the part that you need to do before the edit, because starting clean is the best way to go!

Premiere Pro: “Quick Whip” Rory Kramer Effect + FREE SOUND

Kyler Holland shows us how to easily create a quick whip for your video’s and even throws in a free sound effect to go with it. What a lad.

Gear & Tech

LukiLink Turns Your Smartphone Into a Monitor & Recorder

LukiLink connects your camera to your smartphone via HDMI, and gives you tons of new functions. I found this on kickstarter and find the concept pretty intriguing, but I am a bit sceptical, would you really use this practically in real life?

LaCie Releases a ‘Superdrive’ with 6Big and 12Big

With multiple levels of redundancy and guaranteed drives, the LaCie 6Big and 12Big let you worry less about data while you work.


9 Free Poly Titles by Rocketstock

These Poly Titles are super cool, given to us for free thanks to Rocketstock. They include lower thirds, titles and more! Check it out.

Flying Slides Opener

Videohive’s freebie of the month!

Audiojungle’s freebie of the month!

A nice tune that will certainly fit in one of your projects 🙂

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