03 Feb Tip 1 – Time Metadata

This is a powerful time saver in FCPX. This "tiny" tip will save you countless hours while editing in FCPX. Simply sync all your camera and audio time to one time. You don't have to be 100% accurate, but the more accurate you are the better it is in the long run. This will help you a ton while editing and organizing your project. In the example provided here, you can see where have 2 different cameras (cameras P and Camera S - odd names, but they work). Note that the shots from that mini-session of the bride are right next to each other. And more importantly, event he shots that were filmed at the same time from multiple angles, they are next to each other. This helps me as and editor (who has also filmed this wedding), to really be able to see the available shots I have from a sequence of shots. It really allows me to be able to see the FULL spectrum of what we captured as a team and tell a perfect story. This works even better (the video details it a bit) when you have 2 cameras and an audio track. It really does save me a ton of time as I always get to see what is available for me in Final Cut Pro. ...

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03 Feb FCPX Tutorial 1 – Start with File Organization

I've had a few friend ask me to make a Final Cut Pro 10 tutorial. So I decided to give it a try. Here is my first attempt at making a tutorial. So hopefully it's helpful. I will definitely be making a few more that are hopefully improved.This tutorial starts with my file organization/management setup that prepares the way for Final Cut Pro X and finishes with a FCPX project ready to start editing.Hope this helps answer some questions.Please comment if you have any questions (or if I missed some areas)....

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20 Sep James & Selina’s Short Film

When I first met James and Selina (via Skype), right away I wanted to be their wedding cinematographer! They were a fun and lovely couple - a perfect match.I love what I do. When the couple loves what we do as well, it makes me want to do so much better! That's why we came 1 hour early just to grab a few creative shots of the beautiful Venue. We loved everything about the wedding. The decorations, the flowers, and especially the Bride and Groom! We worked hard all day - telling their story through our cinematography. I hope you enjoy this short film that we have produced from James and Selina’s Wedding. Feel free to leave comments below if you enjoy the film and this amazing couple.
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20 Aug Faythe & Josh – Fresno Wedding Photography

Photographing weddings of past friends is always special because you get to remember the good old days you had in the past. Faythe went to Albert Einstein Middle School and West Campus High School with my brother Vitaliy and I in the early 2000's and we were all good friends. When she called us and told us that she was getting married in Fresno, we were happy that she thought to invite us to her wedding. But that is not exactly why she called. She told us that she has been following our artistic work after high school, fell in love with our work and wanted to hire us to photograph and film her wedding. We were very excited to hear that we would not only be guests at her wedding, but would have the opportunity to tell of her wedding day through photos and a beautiful wedding film (Fresno wedding photography). Here is how her and Josh's beautiful wedding day went. Enjoy the photos!...

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02 Aug Adrian & Christiana’s Elopement in Napa Valley

Capturing weddings during the middle of the week usually means the wedding is going to be small, elegant, and personal. That is exactly how Adrian & Christiana's wedding was. The handsome groom flew in from London. The gorgeous bride flew in from the Caribbean. The groomsman flew in from Sweden and the bridesmaid (with her husband) from Canada for this destination wedding. There were a total of five people present at the wedding (six with the officiant). This is exactly how the bride pictured her wedding. We at Aperina Studios came with our three crew members to bring the total number of people to 9. This was the smallest wedding I think we have ever photographed or filmed but we had such an amazing time capturing the intimate wedding elopement these five best friends were having in the beautiful Madrona Manor in Healdsburg, CA.Enjoy the Next Day Edit and expand the post the view a lot more photos!Song choice: All Fair - Lovelite (Licensed with The Music Bed)Napa Valley Wedding Elopement Video, Elopement Videography, Elopement Cinematography, Wedding Elopement in Napa...

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01 Aug Mark & Cathy’s Wedding Teaser

Filming a wedding at Firehouse, one of my favorite restaurant in Sacramento, was awesome. The trees casting their shadows over us on the wedding day was a relief as the temperature were above 108 F.  The couple simply enjoyed their day. They didn't stress. They just wanted to have fun and get married!Enjoy this short teaser of their story.
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28 Jul Parminder & Manpreet’s Same Day Edit

Five days, endless ceremonies and rituals. We were simply amazed by the beauty and majesty of this Indian Wedding. We have filmed many elaborate and fancy weddings, but nothing comes close to the decadence and attention to detail as an Indian wedding. No wonder it requires not one or two days, but more than five days to fit all the ceremonies and rituals in. For this same day edit, our goal was to make a 3 minute film jam-packed with emotions and stories. We wanted our audience to feel like they were present at all the days of the wedding, knowing everything that went on, even if they were never there. Of course, if they were not there, they were missing out on one heck of a party. Music, dancing, great ethnic food, and a beautiful bride and groom to top things off. We loved filming every aspect of the wedding, especially the reception.It was evident to all, that this couple was truly in love with one another. It was an honor capturing their special bond and being part of their BIG day.The groom's brother, Ankesh, convinced the family that they should hire Aperina Studios over any other Indian wedding videography company as he believed that we will tell the wedding story from a fresh and unique perspective. After the wedding, we had many guests come up encouraging us and telling us that we did an amazing job. It was a humbling experience.Arriving at the Reception venue to edit the Same Day Edit, I already knew that I will need to make it longer than the originally planned 3 minutes. Once again, I edited in Final Cut Pro X, honestly, the best editing software out there. It was flawless and blazing fast! I finished editing a few hours, before out 8pm deadline, So I color graded and even added a few more recent shots into it.It was a blast showing the SDE to the wedding guest. And now to you! Enjoy Parminder and Manpreet's Same Day Edit!AS SEEN ON MAHARNI WEDDINGS
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10 Jun Bryan & Zhanna – Short Film

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]With every new couple, we get to experience one of the most amazing days in their life witnessing their love for one another and hearing their story. We are super excited to post their Vizcaya Wedding story!Bryan & Zhanna are a lovely couple. Working with them and seeing how they connect with each other was not only joyful but also easy to film and tell their story.Their wedding took place at a beautiful venue in Sacramento, CA - Vizcaya. An antique venue that has character and emotion. I loved it. But enough of me blabbering, enjoy the short film.Song choice: I Do - Holley Maher (Licensed with The Music Bed)Venue: Vizcaya Cinematography: Aperina Studios Photography: Aperina StudiosVizcaya Wedding Videography in Sacramento![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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03 Jun Cloud strorage for your media business!

In the past few months, I have spent a lot of time talking to many editors. I've noticed that there are many workflows that wedding videographers and cinematographers use while editing their wedding films. One thing that I found shocking was that many editors are prone to a disaster. A disaster where they lose ALL their files. All the footage from a wedding and all their hard work that they put into a film.How many times have you heard "my hard drive crashed?" I've heard it plenty of times. I have even had to say that myself a few times.Here is a typical scenario that I see with many editors. They have one hard drive that they store all the footage on and they simply start editing and hope that their hard drive doesn't crash. Once they are finished with the project, they simply erase all the files and they are done. There are so many risks involved with this scenario and I humbly want to teach you how to keep your wedding footage and project files safe and secure.I use a combination of Hard Drives, RIAD systems and cloud storage. Here is my workflow...

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20 May Carlos & Victoria’s Same Day Edit

Carlos and Victoria initially did not want to have video for their wedding. All wedding videos they saw before made them not want one for their wedding, but seeing a Same Day Edit on a friends wedding, they realized that they wanted a wedding video for themselves. So they booked the best wedding videography team (humble brag) 4 weeks before the wedding with a Same Day Edit. I was excited to do a Same Day Edit for them - but also nervous. I met up with the lovely couple at Starbucks where we talked a little and got to know each other. Listening to their funny story, I realized that their wedding is simply going to be fun and energetic. It was exactly that. I love doing Same Day Edits. They are stressful, they are hard, you get headaches, you barely eat, but best of all - the reactions from the bride, groom and the guests are totally worth it. Because the the morning prep, ceremony and reception were in different location, I was worried that I might not have enough time to edit. I left in the middle of the ceremony to the reception venue - copying cards to my MacBook on my way to Grand Island Mansion. Arriving at the beautiful Venue, I got straight to work. I knew that show time was at 9pm and I had less than 4 hours to edit. I simply spent the first 45 min. organizing all the footage. I usually get straight to editing, but I knew that organization will allow me to find shots 4x faster. I was editing away in Final Cut Pro X ( I love FCP X - It did not crash once!). At 8:15, my edit was completed. I set the Same Day Edit to Export, grabbed a camera and helped my team film fire dancers and fireworks at the back of the Grand Island Mansion. I was excited for show time! At 9:00pm, everyone moved inside into the mansion, we dimmed the lights and pressed play! A few seconds into the film, I knew everyone loved it. Especially the bride and groom. The Grand Island Mansion wedding...

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20 May House of Bread Baptism Recap Film

House of Bread Christian Church Water Baptism 2013 | Recap FilmAs the annual water baptism for my church approached, I really wanted to produce a film which would not just be a recap of the event, but would make the viewer feel what was felt on that special day for our church. My brother, a couple of our friends from church and I started that Saturday by filming a timelapse of Lake Natoma at 5:30 in the morning...

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