We've got a whole lot of National Antheming coming up–in the short term at tonight's Monday Night Football game between the Giants and Rams in New York, and in the slightly longer term during the MLB playoffs, starting in a couple of weeks and going until lord knows when. And while inevitably, someone will flub the song a little—either comically over-singing it like Fergie did at last week's Monday Night game, messing up a couple of words like Christina Aguilera did at this year's Super Bowl, or just forgetting entire passages of it as Cyndi Lauper did at the U.S. Open earlier this month—we guarantee no version of it will be worse than the one we've patched together, which not only contains those three horror shows, but just about every other high-profile Star-Spangled gaffe ever recorded at a public venue.
Watch at your own peril—you may never be able to rise for our National Anthem without chuckling uncontrollably again.
Cut lines: editing a multiclip with multitrack sound.(final cut pro tutorial)
EventDV December 1, 2006 | Balser, Ben Hello FCP editors!
This is the final installment of our inaugural 2006 run of Cut Lines. I started this column with the basics and have been broadening our foundation ever since.
You should be well-schooled in the fundamentals by now. In 2007, we'll take it to the next level--you can look forward to advanced compositing, coloring, and other more advanced editing tricks in FCP!
This month, we're going to take our Soundtrack Pro (STP) tutorial from last month's (pp. 20-24) a step further by exploring how to use STP to enhance audio from multiple sources when editing Multiclip projects in Final Cut Pro.
The Multiclip/Multitrack Project I recently completed a multicamera edit that required me to sweeten a soundtrack drawn from multiple sources. Since you can't really do this too cleanly with only the Multiclip feature in FCP, I used STP to help out. Please note that this is a holistic, nondestructive edit method, which is preferred in the Apple Pro Apps workflow. Also, keep in mind that STP is a major audio editing application, and we don't have the space in this tutorial to cover all its functions. The two-part series that concludes this month is only a first step in getting you up and running with it. There is more you'll need to learn to unleash its full awesome power. My hope is that when you get a glimpse of what it can do, you'll get hooked and take the time to learn more about it. go to website a practical wedding
Before we get going, let me clarify that the Multiclip sequence feature is not the same as a regular Multiclip edit, and it is not the tool we want to use for this process. When using Multiclip sequences, all cameras must have synchronized timecode. (Most wedding and event videographers I know do not use broadcast equipment that syncs to a single timecode generator.) Multiclip sequences demand other things of your footage and project, but I don't have space to go into that here. Suffice to say that, although it does have its uses, I don't see it as a practical wedding or event editing tool. But if there's sufficient interest in it--keep those cards and letters coming!--I may cover it in a future column.
Step 1: Preparing the Sequence Basically, we're going to do a Multiclip edit as usual, then we'll add more audio tracks, take it into STP as a multitrack project, balance and sweeten the sound, and finally bring it back into FCP. I assume you know the basics of how to do a Multiclip edit (See FCP5 User Manual, Vol. 2, p. 253), so I'll cover only the setup, roundtrip process, and some tips for working in STP.
Let's set up our situation here. I am working on a documentary about Louisiana Indians. I have to combine a mix of camera sound (which consists of two mono channels--two wireless mics from two sources), a stereo music track, and a mono Voice Over (VO) track. After I do my Multiclip edit, I right-click (Cmd+click if you use a one-button mouse) anywhere on the Multiclip and select Collapse Multiclip from the pop-up menu. All the sound in the Multiclip came from Camera 1. Cameras 2 and 3 were B-roll with no sound associated with the clips. The sound from Camera 1 occupies Tracks A1 and A2.
I'll place my music track on audio Tracks A3 and A4, and the VO on A5. This gives us five audio tracks: one stereo-linked and three mono tracks Figure 1). At this point, let's not worry about the actual mix or sound levels--just make sure that the sound is synched with the video. Save the project (it's wise to save often, and to use Autosave Vault).
[FIGURE 1 OMITTED] Now, I'll go to the Browser, highlight our Sequence, right click and choose Send To > Soundtrack Pro Multitrack Project. A dialog box will appear asking me to give this file a name, followed by "sent" in parentheses (i.e., "(sent)"). This shows us that this is a file from FCP, edited nondestructively in one of the other Pro Apps. I also keep the "Open in STP Multitrack Editor" and "Include Background Video" options checked. This tells FCP that we want to export this as an STP Multitrack file and are ready to edit it immediately. It also tells STP to include the video portion so we can see what's going on while we edit the audio portion. Remember where you put this file! I create a "Sent" folder in my main project folder for these types of files, to help with asset organization on my hard drive.
Working in Soundtrack Pro Once the Sequence is prepared, you'll be in STP with your project open and ready for editing. I'll run through a few of STP's tools quickly here to help you get started. First of all, notice that each track has its own volume and pan settings. You can create Envelopes of these by clicking the disclosure triangle next to each track's name (Figure 2). You can double-click on the rubber band lines to create a keyframe. Highlight a keyframe and hit the delete key to delete it. You can also drag them to change their value and placement. And you can right-click each for more options.
[FIGURE 2 OMITTED] To apply a filter to a clip, simply double-click it. It will then ask if you want to do a nondestructive edit (this creates a new file), or edit the original file. If you have ever needed to go back to the original version of a file before, you know the value of nondestructive editing. So tell STP to make a new file.
This will then open the file in a new window. See the new tab at the top left of the Timeline window? Just like in FCP, you can have multiple sound and multitrack files open at once. In this Waveform Editor window, you can apply filters and effects, and do most of the sound sweetening and fixing you'll need (Figure 3). Refer to last month's Cut Lines, which explained how to do sound removal, as an example of how to apply and customize filters in STP.
[FIGURE 3 OMITTED] Mixing sound levels in STP is easy, and the program gives you several ways to do it. You can set keyframes as described earlier, or simply change the volume and pan slider positions to apply changes to the whole track. Another option is to mix "live." To do live mix, click the Mixer icon in the upper right of the Timeline window, or use the Cmd+2 keyboard shortcut. Once the Mixer is open, you can resize it and move it as you wish (Figure 4).
[FIGURE 4 OMITTED] To begin recording your live mix, look in the top left section of the Mixer. There you'll find a drop-down menu with selections that include Read, Latch, and Touch. Select Latch, then hit the space bar to play and use the sliders to mix as you wish. You may also want to use the drop-down menu at the top right of the Mixer window to show the Transport controls, if they are not already showing. Once you've got your track mixed to your satisfaction, you can close the Mixer window and go tweak your Envelope keyframes. You can also go back and re-mix over a previous mix without having to delete all those keyframes. go to web site a practical wedding
Helpful Tips for STP There is so much more to STP--unfortunately, there simply isn't enough space in a magazine column to cover everything I wish I could. It's a fully functional professional mixing and sweetening application for film and video sound with a complex and enormous array of features. I strongly suggest that you check out Peachpit Press's Apple Pro Training Series: Soundtrack Pro to learn the application more thoroughly. But given the space that we have, I'll offer a few hints to help you get started.
Play start/stop can be controlled by the space bar, just like in FCP. The return key will bring the playhead back to the beginning of the timeline. If the song is not playing, Return+Shift will bring the playhead to the start of the Timeline and begin playing. You can alter the timeline to show the music's native beats per minute (BPM) timing or the video's SMPTE timecode by clicking the corresponding buttons at the top of the timeline window (metronome/clock icon). This won't change the overall duration of the timeline (or the length of any clips therein), only how it is displayed.
You can zoom in and out of the Timeline window with the up and down arrow keys on your keyboard. Move single measures of time with the left and right arrow keys. Shift+Z will do a "fit to window" of your timeline, just like in FCP. You'll also notice that when you apply filters in the Waveform Editor, they stack up in the left side of that window. Treat this just like filters in FCP. You can check and uncheck them to turn them on and off. You can drag them into different orders to get different effects, or you can highlight them and delete each if you wish. You can even make stereo files mono, and mono files stereo with one click in the Waveform Editor (Process > Convert to ...).
Going Back to FCP Once you have your mixing and sweetening done, save the project you're working on in STP. The application will ask you to review all the changes you made to the clips. This is an independent STP Multitrack project that you can come back to and do further work on at any time.
Going back into FCP, you'll need to export from your STP project and then import that into FCP. Notice that last month, our individual clip automatically updated in FCP. Not this time. The reason is that there are so many output choices from STP that it would get confusing. From STP you can export via one master file or separate track files; you can also export directly to Compressor, or choose specific out buses. When I export from STP, I always make an "STP" folder in my project folder for file management purposes. Then I import that folder into FCP once I've done all my Multitrack sound work in STP.
At this point we need to make a decision: Do we simply want to export this multitrack project as a single AIFF sound file, or do we want to save out all our edited tracks as separate AIFFs with the final mix exported as an additional file? If the final mix is all you want to use in FCP, then go to File > Export > Export Mix. This gives you a single AIFF file that you can import and use in FCP. If you are editing this for someone else, or if someone else is doing your sound for you, you may want to select the Export All Mixer Objects option. This will export each track as an individual AIFF file, plus an AIFF file that combines all the tracks as you mixed them in STP. This way, you have more flexibility when you import them into FCP. For this project, I only want the final-mix AIFF.
Back in FCP, I'll take our STP-generated AIFF file of our final mix and place it on an unused audio track in my Sequence. In this case, that means tracks A6 and A7. I'll then turn off all other audio tracks except my final mix track from STP (Figure 5). The timing will match up, and it will be in the format of my Sequence, ready to go. It's as simple as that.
[FIGURE 5 OMITTED] Happy holidays to those celebrating during this season. And until next year, happy editing, y'all!
Give us your best meme of Kamala destroying Pence at the debates: GO!
After months of deliberation, Joe Biden has picked Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate.
Harris became nationally recognized after she surged to prominence in the 2020 Democratic primary season. Notoriously, she called Biden out about racial issues during the first Democratic debate. "There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public school, and she bused to school every day," she said in a speech that has now become famous. "And that little girl was me."
55-year-old Harris is currently the only Black woman in the Senate. She served as California's Attorney General prior to being elected in 2016.
Harris was born in Oakland, California; her father is from Jamaica and her mother from India. She studied at Howard University and then at University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. She worked as a prosecutor in Alameda County and San Francisco before running for district attorney and then attorney general.
As a Senator, Harris was on the Intelligence Committee which interrogated Trump about Russia, and she also made waves through her interrogations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Attorney General William Barr and Brett Kavanaugh.
This is how Kamala Harris handled Barr. Now imagine how she’ll handle Pence. #BidenHarris2020 https://t.co/UbRcW4vzpy— Rantt Media (@Rantt Media)1597179179.0
Since her 2020 presidential campaign concluded, Harris has focused on the Senate's response to the coronavirus crisis, as well as their response to systemic police brutality and racist violence. In the past, Harris worked closely with Joe Biden's late son, Beau, on challenging big banks in the wake of the housing crisis.
Biden announced the decision via email and text messages to his supporters. "You make a lot of important decisions as president. But the first one is who you select to be your Vice President," he wrote Tuesday afternoon. "I've decided that Kamala Harris is the best person to help me take this fight to Donald Trump and Mike Pence and then to lead this nation starting in January 2021. These aren't normal times. I need someone working alongside me who is smart, tough, and ready to lead. Kamala is that person."
If elected, Harris would be the first vice president to be female or a person of color. "I think that she will help bring a strong voice on issues of immigration and racial justice," said Rep. Ro Khanna, a Fremont Democrat who backed Harris' opponent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the primaries. "Given her life story, to see someone like her selected ... it will be encouraging to so many young people of different backgrounds."
Harris's mixed record as a prosecutor and her vacillation on progressive policies like Medicare for All has come under fire from many progressives' but in this scenario, even the most radical progressives seem to agree that Biden must be elected in order to oust Trump.
Immediate reactions to the Biden-Harris ticket on social media indicated how much supporters were looking forward to seeing Harris face off with Pence during the debates: The match-up seems to be made in meme-heaven.
I will take EXTREME pleasure watching Kamala Harris eat Mike Pence alive in a debate. JUST SAYING.— Adam Rippon (@Adam Rippon)1597180224.0
Kamala Harris waving goodbye to Mike Pence’s wig after the first VP debate https://t.co/ZYplRfTG4E— Joey Nolfi (@Joey Nolfi)1597178245.0
mike pence on his way to the first debate against kamala harris https://t.co/A1PBV94fiI— chase (@chase)1597177622.0
Perhaps meme culture is the best response to the Biden-Harris ticket, as Democrats must support Biden as the only way to oust Trump–though Biden is far from ideal. "Biden is very problematic in many ways, not only in terms of his past and the role that he played in pushing toward mass incarceration, but he has indicated that he is opposed to disbanding the police, and this is definitely what we need," said civil rights activist Angela Davis.
Davis continued, "The election will not so much be about who gets to lead the country to a better future, but rather how we can support ourselves and our own ability to continue to organize and place pressure on those in power. And I don't think there's a question about which candidate would allow that process to unfold."
We ranked the worst parts of Internet fandom in no particular order—since they're all terrible.
As harmless hobbies, most fandoms are predicated on the universal ideal that most media is entertainment, liking things feels good, and you don't get to be an asshole if all don't appreciate your favorite thing.
But at the heart of every Internet dumpster fire, there's an ardent fanbase trolling forums and picking fights about their terrible opinions. While it's one thing to be overly-invested in the love lives of the Kardashians or easily excitable over Lady Gaga's burgeoning film career, some people's dedication to their fandoms can shape their identities.
An obnoxious fandom may simply take every opportunity to flood the Internet with memes, but toxic fandoms can turn into bullying communities, with some circulating intolerant, even harmful, rhetoric. From misogyny and racism to calls for violence and public doxxing, these out-of-control fan bases are some of the worst one's active today. Thanks to the return of Rick & Morty season 4 last night, we're reminded of these insufferable fanbases now more than ever.
1. "The Real Ricks" - Rick & Morty
In 2013, Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon's adult animation about an anti-hero mad scientist and his meek grandson began as an innocuous half-hour comedy. Soon, its niche appeal to speculative fiction geeks with irreverent senses of humor garnered a cult following. But a small fraction of the fanbase latched onto Rick's nihilistic and hyper-intelligent misanthropy and basically took it way too seriously. On Facebook, a private group of like-minded "Real Ricks" identified with the character so much that they focused the fandom on defending Rick's narcissism and lack of compassion. Their serious devotion is mocked by the highly circulated "copypasta" post: "To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to understand Rick and Morty. The humor is extremely subtle, and without a solid grasp of theoretical physics most of the jokes will go over a typical viewer's head."
"Real Ricks" radicalize Rick's tongue-in-cheek quips ("I don't do adventures with chicks") into actual misogyny (including harassing the show's female writers). They elevate Rick's worldview as a guiding pseudo-philosophy that recognizes and even pities "superior" men for their lonely existences as the smartest and most capable humans alive. Although it's a small fraction of the fanbase, it's among the loudest online, which is enough to sour the show's actual merits of unique comedic timing and sharp commentary.
Despite the Internet "canceling" Dan Harmon every few years, it seems that Rick & Morty and its fans will never die.
2. "BTS Army" - BTS
Twitter User: JooniesBoop
Aside from the fact that BTS is not a unique pop group and have no appeal if you're not a fan of K-pop, the fan base's zealotry is annoying, at best, and alarming, at worst. People's most common interactions with the "BTS Army" involve their obsessive gate-keeping of how the Internet talks about its members. The value of its boys (if we dare to speak their names), Namjoon, Hoseok, Jimin, Yoongi, Jungkook, Jin and Taehyung, knows no bounds. But that over-protective doting on the band results in vicious bullying of anyone who expresses a dissenting opinion, from name-calling to racially charged abuse.
Many black BTS fans have shared their experiences with racism from the BTS community. Some fans have received comments on their user pictures that black people aren't "worthy" to be fans of BTS, while another shared, "I've been called ni**** and also told to go pick cotton and it's always anonymous. But they always let me know that they're Armys because they always end the message [with] 'we don't claim you in Army.'" While the Internet always hosts hateful posts, toxic fandoms can unite bullies under a common cause and attempt to justify the harassment of others with their love for their idols.
3. Elon Musk
The cult of personality surrounding Elon Musk is a mix of celebrity worship, self-righteousness, and buying into the man's own savior complex. His core fanbase clings to the notion that Musk's tech-savvy can save humanity. While the group's moral superiority and defensiveness make them insufferable, their willful ignorance of his companies' environmental downsides and disregard for worker safety makes them stubbornly blind. To justify (if not outright deny) Musk's unsound, erratic behavior, many claim that journalists are actively sabotaging his vision of the future. Again, not every supporter of Elon Musk is a devout fan, bordering on worshipper, but those who elevate the problematic billionaire to icon status just muddy the waters of progressive change.
Musk's acolytes were even named the "Worst Dedicated Fan Base" in a March-Madness-style tournament, cynically hosted by The Onion's Michelle Spies. "Elon Musk is their masculine technologic messiah, sent to bring them into a new era," she explained. "They will defend their billionaire Lord to the death."
4. Jordan Peterson
As a clinical psychology professor-turned-YouTuber philosopher, Jordan Peterson appeals to mostly male, disaffected twenty-something-year-olds who cling to his paternalistic self-help advice in place of real guidance. His best-selling nonfiction book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos matches the interests of his 1.9 million YouTube subscribers.
Namely, Peterson offers rudimentary tips for self-improvement and a sympathetic attitude that claims progressivism and Leftist politics have made it harder for young men to reach their full potential. His insular fanbase clings to Peterson's theories that "the masculine spirit is under assault" and feminists have "an unconscious wish for brutal male domination." The mix of personal insecurities and finding scapegoats for one's dissatisfaction with life leads a faction of fans to circulate misogynist and transphobic ideas couched in conservative politics.
5. "Bro Army" - PewDiePie
Felix Kjellberg (a.k.a PewDiePie) tops the YouTube playground with 106 million subscribers to his gaming vlog, but his controversial satire of Nazi salutes, racial slurs, and alt-right beliefs attracts a loyal fan base that has no clear understanding of irony. With a majority of his followers skewing younger than 24-years-old (11% being younger than 17), PewDiePie's fanbase is active in the meme-culture of recycled imagery that blurs whether the intention is satirical or genuine. When the shooter of two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand quoted a popular meme about the YouTuber before opening fire, Kjellberg publicly clarified that he was "absolutely sickened having [his] name uttered by this person" and in no way condoned the action. Still, PewDiePie's blunt, unsophisticated riffing on anti-Semitic and alt-right sentiments risks "normalizing hatred" rather than mocking it.
In August 2020, PewDiePie's playlist was leaked, and his fans began leaving transphobic and homophobic comments en masse on some of the artists' pages. Some music artists have even openly asked, "Pewdiepie please don’t listen to my music" because his fans are so toxic.
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