DMDC 2013?

Hey. Give me a day, k?

Promise. I'll have notes up by Friday if not sooner.

QuickSand. Bonus Document backup sanity.

Yeah, I found one of those gems that everyone who owns a mac should use.

It's called Quicksand.

Super simple explanation: Copy the last 50 files that I've been working on to a cloud service (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.)

Think about that. Working on an important document? Synced.

It's donationware and the developer (I'd hate to call him a kid, but he is all of 15.) I just sent him money to 'encourage' him to keep doing it.

Let's get back to your files.

They're backed up to "a cloud." For me, right now, it's dropbox because I pay the extra amount for 100 gigs.

Items that would make *perfect* sense to sync.

  • Recent word processing documents
  • Presentations
  • That photoshop file you just touched up.
  • Your current directory of editorial projects* (I'd tell it to ignore .mov files so it doesn't do the QuickTime files.

Those things you're working on today? The important ones? Yeah, they're the ones you haven't backed up yet.

And Quicksand is a clever way to backup those files to the cloud.

Before you say, hey Jeff, what about backups, understand I don't trust backups.

I happen to: Use Time Machine, *and* backup to two different drives.

Time Machine problem 1: It only works on your boot drive; I have an SSD and my iPhoto library is over 100 gigs because of Sophie. That means, it had to come off my system drive. That resides on a RAID 5 (and yes, it has an extra backup too!)

TM Problem 2: I've had Time Machine Fail.

So, I also use SuperDuper (I paid for it and it's a wee bit faster than Carbon Copy Cloner) for a live working backup of my machine.

And for you full blown paranoia fans, when I travel, I have an extra drive that is another backup of my live machine. (Yes, I should really store a backup offsite, but uploading 200+ gigs doesn't sound like any level of easy.)

But Quicksand? It's part of my 'most important' utilities now.

NAB 2013 Day 5 Practical Video Compression and FCPX tips

Last Day of NAB!

Practical Compression in a Post Youtube World session notes here.

Wait, where are the FCPX tips? It's always unique - Abba and I go in with no plan (beyond there being 4-5 tips we each want to do.) So, sadly, there isn't a way to give you the tips we covered. 

But you have my email from this site; you can reach abba by going to NAB at ShapiroVideo dot com.

NAB 2013 Day 4 FCPX Titling and Adobe Media Managment

Two sessions (and a great panel on the Art of Editing.)

The first one was getting the most out of FCPX and Motion to improve and take control of Titling.

The second was a technique to minimize media headaches in the CS6 Pro video tools in Prelude, Premiere Pro, Photoshop, After Effects, Audition, Speedgrade and Media Encoder.

Here is the common media folder from the book (essentially a bunch of folders zipped up in a structure). This technique is from our book an Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro.

NAB notes...

I'm not procrastinating...just exhausted. All my notes should be posted by Friday!

NAB (or any conference) App Guide.

My key NAB apps.

I was re-reading two great NAB survival blog/tips, Walter Biscardi's and Michele Yamazaki. And if this is your first NAB you should also read Kylee Wall's Confessions of an NAB Virgin.

I couldn't find a blog post that I saw that was really valuable about Apps - and I decided to write this post because Robbie Carman keeps telling me to post more about what apps I find useful. These aren't "where to find food,' but rather apps that help me at NAB (or any convention.)

So, here are a couple of apps that I'm heavily using, some that are just plain damn important for travel and a several that I'm going to try this year.

 I'm a bit of an App Junkie. I have 600+ apps on my iPhone (gasp.) On average I install/delete an app nearly every day.

I've turned on comments for this post - if you find these useful or have a suggestion or three of your own, I'd love to hear about it.

As far as I’m concerned - I live in the future. These devices might as well be magic.

These are the Apps that I've already found invaluable


Scan someone's business card. Do character recognition. Have a human being check to make sure the character recognition matches. Did I mention that this is free? It's owned by linkedin making it super easy to 'link' to someone after their card is recognized with the option to add it to your main set of contacts or keep it in CardMunch

Since this is NAB, the NAB 2013 app.

I've been using this since they started (was it 3 years ago?). I love the scheduling, for example, here are all of my post production world sessions that you could attend. But it means that I can always find the booths I need quickly.

I wish that it would pinpoint where I am and I could say "Find Adobe" and via Augmented Reality show me where their booth is. Maybe next year (And thankfully Adobe's booth is very findable.)

Register NOW as it seems to take 24 hrs for the "MyNAB" features to be valid

Find Friends

Apple's location service (which is more battery sensitive than Google's Latitude) allows me to temporarily share my location with a select few friends. 

Two business apps that lifesavers

These have nothing to do with NAB - but do have to do with travel. I rack up an easy 50k miles a year traveling.


Forward your email confirmations (hotel, flight, rental car) to their free service and they compile an itinerary for you. For $50/year go pro and they'll monitor your flights and more.  


Yeah, keep track of your expenses by taking photos. Enter the information ASAP (don't think you'll do it later, trust me you won't). Later generate PDF/CSV etc as well as the photos of the receipts. 


Apps I'm playing with this NAB:

The problem with this category is that I install the apps - hope I'll use them and...sometime I do...and sometimes I realized that it's just wasted space.

Hello from Evernote.

It's supposed to let me collect business cards and jot notes about the card - who it was, etc. to help me remember the person. What I'm really interested in is if it allows me to find/search them on other social networks.

I've installed/deleted this app a good 4-5 times over the years. Cool in concept, fun done twice, beyond that? It's been so-so. I just reinstalled it and it (FINALLY) allows me to enter my own information rather than keeping a separate business card just for giving away to others.


This seems to be a cool location app where you can send your location to someone for a limited period of time (say 30 minutes.) This way you can let someone you're meeting with know you're on your way - and what your progress is, because getting places in Vegas can be messy and delayed. They don't need to have the app installed.


I don't really need to tell you about this checkin app. I'm not sure if I'll keep using it. I really want a 'check in' app that I can give a list of where I'm going and every 15-30 minutes it checks to see where I am...and if I'm at/near one of those locations, it checks me in.

Last words. Battery.

The only other thing that I'll tell you is with all this mobile goodness, you need some extra battery power.

Richard Harrington turned me onto this power pack/charger from Hyperjuice. It's fantastic and lives in my bag all the time.

That's a little much for your pocket - so I have older versions of the Just Mobile Gum and Just Mobile Gum plus. The little one is often in my pocket when I know I'm going to be on a long day.

Hope this helps your NAB survival!

Watermark everything (Compression)

All to frequently, I see QuickTime Files called "Sequence" or "Untitled"

You know why this is bad right? Because you have no idea what that file is.

In the same way you should stay organized in your edit, you should name your sequences and watermark your work

Being organized means no bins named "Stuff", "Misc.", "Other", or my favorite "Other Misc Stuff."

Naming your sequences means you can look at the file name and know what the sequence is meant for (Approval? Mastering? Client h.264 delivery?)

Watermarking your video helps your client understand what you're giving them. Every version except the final should have a watermark. It protects your work and helps your client know what it's meant for.

Compression Tips like this can be found by attending sessions at Post Production World at NAB (this link includes links to non-PPW sessions)