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Fini owner Patrick Inhofer sometimes gets it in his brain to write long posts on a particular subject. When that happens we call them articles and list them here. They are frequently re-posted around the web at excellent sites such as Ken Stone’s Final Cut Pro site.

Controlling Apple’s Color

As Fini moved into color grading, we kept hearing about outboard control surfaces and how they substantially increased productivity. In January 2008 Fini invested in one of these devices and we kept a day-by-day diary on our thoughts and experiences. This article is an outgrowth of that diary, detailing our initial experience and our conclusion as we try to separate hype from reality (spoiler: reality resembles hype).

Avid vs Final Cut Pro

2006: This is the second update to an article written in 2002. It compares Avid to Final Cut Pro. You can find the 2004 and 2002 editions here and here.

  • For other interesting perspectives on this issue, Frank Capria of Kingpin Entertainment looks at Apple and Avid from a business perspective. For those who want more feature comparisons, My Editblog adds some great “Small Stuff” tidbits in “Avid vs. Final Cut Pro. My take.” Both of these are worth a read.

ProResSD 4:2:2 Tested

In this weblog posting, we put ProResSD to the test. Using a typical workflow involving color correction and multiple generations of layoffs and captures, we try to determine if Apple’s new ProResSD codec is truly a “finishing codec”. We compare it to 10bit Uncompressed and DV.

If you find this interesting, be sure to read our follow-up on why you might want to avoid this codec on a G5 machine.

How to Prep Your FCP Project for Finishing

Weblog posting with step-by-step instructions for prepping you FCP timeline for finishing and color correction. If you don’t want (or have the budget) to re-digitize all your material (which is the preferred workflow), then this article will help you move your material from your drives and onto ours.

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Meet Your Colorist: Patrick talks Color Grading, Finishing, Workflows, Final Cut Color
via Digital Production Buzz


Guto Barra, Director/Producer
Beyond Ipanema

"Your expertise and patience proved to be essential assets to finalizing our documentary, especially under the huge time crunch for our MoMA world premiere."

Chris Ripper, Director
Ressurection Man (in post-production)

"I love how you add production value to the feel of a shot not just "color"and create a mood appropriate to the content. And pushing your color a certain direction so cleanly. Impressive."


  1. to end, to finish
    From Latin, Italian finire; French finir
French m. (plural finis) - noun
  1. Aspect or texture of what has been completed.
    Un fini lisse: A smooth finish
French adjective
  1. Completed or done.
  2. Which has come to an end.
  3. (technical or philosophical) Which has an end, limited, finite.