Finding focus

One of the biggest challenges I have is staying focused. This video had a potential solution that I would like to try.


Livestream test with Switcher Studio & Switcher Cast

LiveStream with an iOS App.

So far I am very impressed with this app on a first test.

I believe it is very easy to use and understand.
It also very nice features.

Tested on April 14, 2020
Cool Tools

Color Synth – Color Correction Plugin

This plugin for Final Cut Pro, Premiere, After Effects, and Apple’s Motion is called ColorSynth was just brought to my attention.

ColorSynth was highly recommended by one of the Nothing Real ( Apple ) Shake’s development team.

Next time I need to do some detailed color correction I will give it a test as it comes with a free trial.

Business updates

Video Hosting by Jetpack

There is a video hosting company that I have followed for many years. It used to be called Video Press but, it seems it now part of the Jetpack company.

Jetpack is also part Automatic which owns and

What I had thought would be a goal is to consolidate my online presence to one site hosted on the with eCommerce plan.

Also, included in this purchase is Video hosting. 😊



In my ever search of finding the most beautiful live streaming software, I had discovered Jamm.

So far I like it. It has a free trial. It is still new but, I am blown away how well it was put together.

Please let me know what you think.

Have an amazing day! 😊


Parts of Apple’s Motion not seen

As I understand, there are many parts of Apple’s Motion we do not see.

As I understand, there is a code in Motion that is reminiscent of Shake as many of its developers had also worked on Apple’s Pro Apps Development Team.

Shake at one time was one of the top compositions tools for VFX and Compositing. It was used in films such as The Matrix, Lord of the Rings, King Kong, Doctor Who, and many more.

Shake did VFX that made my mouth drop and it still amazes me when I think about it until this day.

I had seen VFX workflows done in Shake, that would have taken hours to days to do even with today’s tools, done in minutes since it was all run by pure code and no GUI.

I had seen in action at a demo I had the honor to see by one of the Matrix VFX artists who had taught a Demo Artist course for Apple Pro Resellers Team. I wish I remember his name as I would love to thank him again. He was amazingly talented!

Apple, as I understand, still has access to the Shake code. I believe the GUI was way ahead of its time especially for the price point.

That shake code, as I also understand is still owned by Apple.
There is also the Apple Color, which was AMAZING! ( Apple, as I understand, may still own the code. )

When Apple discontinued Shake, maintenance program subscribers had the option to license the Shake source code for US$50K. A few VFX studios did this (pretty sure Weta & The Embassy did) – and some actually still use Shake today.

Last time I checked you could still run Shake on Mojave – you just had to launch it from Terminal.”

shared by: Chris Hocking

However, as I understand, Final Cut Pro is the Video Pro flagship tool. I believe, Apple had to invest a heavy amount of time into FCP to earn people’s trust and respect again.

In my opinion, once FCPX regains its reputation we may see Motion, Logic, iMovie, and many more amazing tools get heavy attention and promotion.

Also, we can make our own code, plugins, scripts or tools to make Motion become the tool we need. Similar to what MotionVFX does.

Please let me know what you think. Thank you for your time and have an amazing day.  


Testing LiveStream Studio 6

Today I had tested Livestream Studio Pro 6.  

It has a 30 Day Trial and so far I am liking it.

**In the middle of the videos the audio had a strong background noise from the computer's fan.  I will test with a better mic, change settings and quit all apps.
So far every streaming service I had tested needs high CPU Usage.
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Plantillas de Motion Para Final Cut Pro – En Español

Este video se trata de cómo usar Motion Templates en Final Cut Pro – Intro – En Español.

Click here for the English version.




I want to introduce you to my family.

They are a HUGE reason for where the store is today and what I have been able to accomplish.

Both are my motivation, my rock and an amazing inspiration for all that I do.

I am truly blessed to have such amazing people in my life. Thank you and I love you both so much!!! ♥️ 😊

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The Pro Apps team at Apple is actively looking at ideas for helping our education customers get their work done in the current stay-at-home situation.

We hope to have some updates soon, so please stay in touch with your Apple contacts.

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The Power of Motion Templates in Final Cut Pro

I had created a short video that demonstrates the speed & power of using Motion Templates in Final Cut Pro.

Please let me know what you think or if you have any questions.

Video Work

Custom logo animation.

Here is the lastest logo animation I had made for Creative Tank.

The animation was made with Apple’s Motion & Final Cut Pro software.

Produced by: Michele Ronsen

Creative Direction: Philip VanDusen

Animation by:

Music by:


Why we should share

One of the best things that had happened to me in my business is when I had decided to share something of value to the world. This simple action had helped me connect with over 20,000 newsletter subscribers and meet many new customers and clients along the way.

This is something that took the time to develop and grow, but it was well worth it. Let me explain how this came to be.

Over eight years ago I created this website to serve as a digital business card and an online work portfolio. It was simple and it had served its purpose.

I later came across an article that had advised to share something of value for free to help a website grow and find new visitors.

So, I had decided to create an animation template for Apple’s Final Cut Pro & Motion software and then posted to this site. Little did I know that the simple act of sharing would change my entire life and place me in an entirely new direction.

At first, this free template allowed me to go on to different forums, websites, and groups and share my link to my freebie without any complaints of spam. Visitors also began to share the link with others.

Another bonus is that this site also became easier to find on search engines, it seems ‘free’ is a very powerful keyword. Plus, there were also requests for more templates, so I created more. Later I began to get requests for editing and animation work and to train and consult others that had wanted to learn what I knew.

In addition to the extra work, I also got suggestions that I should sell my templates. This was totally new for me, but I had decided to give it a shot and see where it goes. I purchased the domain name and off I went.

Starting an online store was a new business venture and I was very skeptical that anyone would buy the templates. But, I am very happy to write that people did. Fortunately, those early members are still loyal members to this day and if it was not for their trust and support I would not be where I am today. ( Thank you! )

Over the years the number of members grew and the demand for more training, consulting and client work. This was all accomplished with zero advertising and zero marketing, just simple old-fashioned word of mouth for the free templates.

Another amazing benefit is the number of people I had the amazing opportunity to meet. From my incredible customers and followers to those that I see as video industry leaders that I greatly respected and admired.

I had also become friends with, what some would call, my biggest online store competitors, fortunately, I did not see them as competitors but instead as people who share the same common passion and admiration for what we do. We still chat to this day and I also see them as my greatest mentors and motivators.

One of the biggest accomplishments in this great journey was having my store added to Apple’s Final Cut Pro Resource Page. When this had happened it brought me tears of happiness and joy. To have a highly valued company such as Apple add my little online store to a long list of amazingly talented people and businesses is incredibly gratifying. ( Thank you, Apple! )

To close this story, if you are a student, entrepreneur, freelancer or professional my advice is to share something of value. The more valuable the better.

Also, be sure to follow Paul Jarvis’ advice and collect an email address from those that want to download. This will allow you to connect with your followers and allow you to share more goodies in the future.

I wish you best of luck and happy sharing! 🙂

Things I learned as an editor

How to add more control to messaging and communications

Even though we love our ability to communicate with the world, a large part of our day still requires focus and concentration and constant messaging can get in the way of our focus. One way to lower our communications overload is to add control and priority in each of your communications channels.

Below is a breakdown of how we can add more control to our communications.

  • Emails:
    Many times we get a large number of emails, but of those emails, we receive only a few are very important.  One idea is to send all important and priority emails to Slack.  This way we do not miss important messages if we are in focus mode and had closed our email.
  • Social Media:
    We can turn down social media notifications so we only get security and admin notifications only and placed an auto-reply notice with a support email so visitors can email me if there is urgency.
  • Slack*:
    Each Slack group has its own notification setting based on urgency.  This way we have more focus, but we still get to our urgent email and project notifications,  We can then close everything except Slack.
  • Growl Notifications:
    If we really need to focus for a few hours.  We can mute my notification bar by option click on the OS X notifications in the upper right-hand corner. By doing this we turn off all our desktop notifications for a few hours based on its setting.

If we take an hour to adjust our notification controls we can add more piece of mind and focus our work.  Please let me know what you think or if you have any of your own suggestions.  Have an amazing day!

* For those of us that may not know, Slack is a piece of software that is highly recommended for team communication.  It comes with a lite version for free that is free to use.  For more information on Slack visit their site:

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