Dunkin Donuts, Fetus Photo's and Ice Cream

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Up and straight to the laundrette to leave them to deal with my washing from the recent trip to America. Back at the office I delve into my day's to-do list and start by sorting and sending a bunch of photos across to the merch team. Included are some recent ones (outtake above) and some 'pre-signed' Vamps photo's as well (out takes below) and even some Instax scans

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I grab a coffee and think back to how much I enjoyed my coffee this day. Within 10 minutes I have made a Dunkin Donuts ground coffee order, amazed and excited by the fact it is available in the UK. My next job requires I go back into the Live At The O2 DVD project. It's not on my main edit drive anymore so I fire up Disk Tracker and within seconds I am told it'll be on Drive 10 in my archive.

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I store the footage on naked 4TB hard drives that slot into a USB 3 drive bay. Once the project opens up I go about pulling out three songs from the master edit file that are being uploaded today to the bands YouTube channel. I chop them up, compress and upload. I flick back through them to check they are ok. This is a DVD that, maybe by luck, had zero change requests from anyone. My first pass/first cut was also my final cut. I wish that happened for every project! I am very happy with the DVD and messages like this one below further enhance my happiness about it.

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Incidentally, here are the three tracks from the live DVD should you wish to watch...

That done I head to see some family and enjoy catching up briefly over a cup of tea before heading back to carry on the days work. Before getting home I stop off to pick up the Laundry, and get some fairy liquid, only...I forget that's what I'm there for, and end up buying some waffles and ice cream which I'm both happy and annoyed about when I remember back home. I jump into the Poughkeepsie and Albany edit from this day and have a clean 4 hour run in which I finish including grade (it's uploading to YouTube while I type this), here's a few screenshots from the video.

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The band also posted this photo on their Instagram that I took a few months ago, today.

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Wednesday 22nd October

Slept in till 9am which is pretty late for me at the minute. Kettle on, computer on, make some porridge and I sit and edit in my PJ's till around 12pm. The DVD trailer edit is ready and it includes some ADR (additional dialogue recordings) from me. As you can see from the photo I'm using the Rode NT-USB mic , which is so good coupled with FCPX's voice over tool. Once I get my parts done I add a walkie  talkie effect and add some bit compressor to my voice too. I render a master file (incase anyone needs a prores) and the YouTube H.264 file so it's ready on the bands channel for when I get the nod to set it live.

The Rode NT-USB , quality, as usual is brilliant from Rode

The Rode NT-USB , quality, as usual is brilliant from Rode

As that compresses and uploads I get delivery of the final edit of the DVD to watch so I make some tea and sit on my bed to watch the DVD back again.  I get into the DVD, which after watching it around 10 times in a week is suprising! That done, I check emails and am asked to make a few changes to the trailer, mainly graphics changes, so I jump into the project, make those changes and then re-compress to upload to YouTube and kick out another Master incase. I often get asked what my workflow looks like considering how many different projects i'm working on at once, hopefully this screen grab of my folder template will give you an idea. Obviously many of the folder names only apply to FCPX editing and won't necessarily make sense for other editing platforms.

My folder structure template for new projects in FCPX