FCPX TIP: Export Clips With Handles From FCPX

I'm often asked to send clips with handles to other editors that I'm working with. Final Cut Pro X somehow still doesn't support exporting a clip with handles directly from the timeline, which hopefully will be fixed soon.

Until then, I've been using a method that can "Resolve" this problem!



Step 1.
Complete your edit as you would normally, export the project FCPXML from Final Cut Pro X.

Step 2.
Fire up DaVinci Resolve and import that FCPXML by going to FILE>IMPORT AAF/EDL/XML from the top menu bar.

This will prompt you with some settings windows, just click OK.

Step 3.
Now your timeline should be open in Resolve. In the edit page you can select the clips you'd like to export with handles most easily by using markers.

Step 4.
Once you've marked your clips you want to export with handles, you can go to the Export page and select the "Clips" drop down menu to filter for the clips with markers. Make sure to set your Export Destination and choose "Individual Clips".

Step 5.
Choose the codec, resolution, etc that you want to export the clip(s) as, and at the very bottom of the "Advanced" drop down tab you can choose to add your desired length of handles. Once you do this, add the job to the render queue and export as normal.

Your selected clips will be exported with handles, easy as that.

Please go here and ask Apple to implement this much needed feature:



FCPX TIP: Doing a "Clean" Clip Delete WITH The Magnetic Timeline

At any one time I'm generally editing at least 1-3 real estate films. I've been able to get the workflow streamlined to almost robotic precision over the years, but there are some small editing issues that still cause me to have to do more mouse clicks and keystrokes in FCPX than I feel are actually necessary.

A prime example of this, is when you're client says, "Everything looks perfect, just delete __________ clip and have the clip after it fill in that space - thats it!"

Sounds simple enough, right?

Before (Note Alignment Markers)

Well, in FCPX when you deleted that (middle) clip the client specified, the magnetic timeline kicks in and slides every clip after the deleted clip leftwards down the timeline, which in turn throws every other edit point after that out of sync with the music, creating quite the clusterf&%k that will need to be re-adjusted and aligned to get back to how it was.

After (Note Un-aligned Markers after Middle Clip Was Deleted)

This isn't an extremely difficult process, its just a little time consuming and messy. I don't DO messy - so I figured out another way! (with the help of Ronny Courtens at


The Process


1. Shift+Delete the desired clip - this will leave a gap clip in the place of the deleted clip.

2. Delete the transition between the gap clip and the third clip.

3. Select the Position Tool (P) and simply drag the edge of the third clip in to the transition where the first clip meets the gap clip.


You now have that third clip's front handle extended into the space the second clip once occupied, with absolutely no shifting in the timeline! Magic

Note the third clip's front handle has now been extended in to the space of the second clip, seamlessly, with no timeline sync shift.

This ability to drag a clip IN TO a transition (not just butted up against it) is apparently a behavior that is unique to FCPX.


Key to Remember: The key to this trick is to use the (P) Position tool when doing this, and you can then avoid having to completely realign your timeline to the music if you have to delete a clip out of the middle of the timeline.

Awesome. Stock Music Service - Flat Rate Pricing Revealed


What is it?

A while back I stumbled upon - a stock music licensing service in the same vein as some of the other popular online music licensing firms such as Premium Beat and The Music Bed. At the time I first heard of the pricing had not been revealed, so I didn't think much of it, but today that has changed. players side

What's different?

The main differentiating factor to this new service is that it has a flat rate pricing scheme, while the competition tends to have a much more convoluted and pricey ($$$) method of licensing their tracks. This more complicated system generally starts at base licensing cost with additional add-on fees for commercial work, if it will be appearing on television, audience size, etc. The costs can very quickly add up, trust me.


The new pricing announced earlier today comes at somewhat of a shock to me - $199/year for unlimited songs and usages. In comparison, a single basic license for a single song from The Music Bed is that exact same price, before you even get in to the extended usage rights!

That is very attractive, to say the least.

Final Thoughts

While the "all you can eat" pricing and slick look of the service are very intriguing, the true test of value will come when they officially launch the service online, in February 2016. After downloading the sample tracks (that are available for a limited time on I'm fairly impressed at the quality. Our early impressions over here are good and It's definitely more towards the Music Bed end of the quality spectrum than some of the other more "stock music-y sounding" services that tend to leave you cringing.

Basically, it appears that it's real music, made by real musicians. Not the usual crap-ola tracks that sound like the theme music to an early 1990's video game rather than the backbone of your latest cinematic masterpiece. Only time will tell if the $199/year flat rate is a good value, but we have a pretty good feeling about this one!

Free Stuff!


Be sure to go grab the 5 free tracks at before they are gone!



Sudden B-Roll: Parade in the Mission District of San Francisco

On our way to meet up with the talented Sean Ghazi for a music video shoot in the Mission District of San Francisco, we got stuck in (Mayan? Aztec? Religious? Protest? Mixture of everything?) parade traffic for 20-30 minutes. The police had the whole street shut down as a massive swarm of people engulfed our car as the procession went on. 

We eventually just turned the car off, got out and started to grab b-roll shots of the "festivities". The footage is now going in to the music video! 

Moral of the story: always try to be making lemonade out of lemons!