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.