Audio Sync Issues with FCP

So, over the last two days, I had two friends run into the same problem while editing DSLR footage in FCP. The problem was that even though the sequence settings matched up with the footage from the DSLR,the audio that was recorded separately was mysteriously drifting out of sync. This is a very frustrating problem that I personally lost quite a few hours over. I tried literally everything I could think of. I thought it was the recorder I was using, my sequence settings, etc. I literally checked everything that logically would make sense. To no avail. That’s because the solution defies logic. For some inane reason unknown to mankind FCP ships with a weird “quirk”. Even though when editing DSLR footage there is no “capture” happening, the Capture Settings have to match your footage/sequence settings or you can get Audio that drifts out of sync, Hope that saves you some headaches and helps you get back to editing.

What I am referring to here is that the frame rate in your Capture Settings, not Log and Transfer, needs to match the frame rate of your footage and your Sequence Settings.

Balancing your DSLR on a Glidecam

First off, our sincere apologies on the delay… We initially shot this in Orlando with our good friends Matt Buchman, Michael Buffa, and Ed Ballardt but due to a few corrupt audio files we had to reshoot.

So, we’ve received tons of questions about how to setup and use your Glidecam so we decided to put this together. We’re planning on doing another video that will go more into specific techniques so please let us know if you’d like to see anything else or if you have any questions.By no means do I claim to be an expert on this subject so any comments are welcome.


Glidecam Tutorial from Cristina Valdivieso + Jon Connor on Vimeo.

Filmmaker Spotlight: Canon Filmmakers Live Alumni Chad Calcagno

I am posting this music video because I had the privilege of meeting the super-cool and very talented Chad Calcagno of Quanti Studios at our Canon Filmmakers Live Event in Philadelphia. He drove across the entire state of Pennsylvania because he is dedicated to honing his craft. I think this video is the perfect example of the fact that it is not about the camera. The camera is only a tool. He was able to get some gorgeous footage using an HVX200 a Redrock adapter and (gasp) Nikon Lenses. I am clearly joking about Nikon. I think they have great glass it’s just that to this point, unfortunately,they have not been able to compete with Canon DSLR’s on the video side.

For more info please visit Quanti Studios.

iPhone DSLR ?

The idea behind this, besides the novelty factor, according to is that, effectively, you can shoot nice looking video, edit it, and share it on the internet all in one device. I won’t be selling my 7D anytime soon but I certainly can appreciate the ingenuity at work here. Some exciting times we live in as filmmakers. There is literally no excuse any more to not be shooting. Again, I wouldn’t suggest showing up to a paying gig with one of these but, it looks like fun 🙂

iPhone 4 with OWLE and EnCinema 35mm Adapter (SLR Lens) from \\Vid-Atlantic Media Prod on Vimeo.

Camera: iPhone 4 with OWLE Bubo and EnCinema 35mm Adapter
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f1.8 lens

Canon 7D Firmware

Firmware Version 1.2.2 incorporates the following fixes.

Fixes a phenomenon in which the set aperture moves when shooting movies in manual exposure mode using some Canon lenses (such as macro lenses).
Fixes the AF point-selection behavior of the C.Fn III-7 (Manual AF pt. selec. pattern) custom function when set to [1].
Fixes the AF point display for the viewfinder electronic level when shooting in the vertical position.
Corrects misspellings in the Spanish and Thai menus for applicable products.