About Heath McKnight

Web Content Manager and Writer at Doddle; I've been a writer for over 8 years, and a producer/director/editor in film and video for over 16 years. I've written for TopTenREVIEWS, Digital Media Net, Videomaker and other sites and magazines, plus I frequently blog about Final Cut Pro X.

Friday’s Funny Feature – The Rock Performs Wedding Surprise For Fan

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By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) We're big fans of Screen Junkies and their Honest Trailers, and of course they do many other things, including interviews with their reporter, Nick Mundy, who also happens to be friends with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. As it turns out, The Rock and Screen Junkies … [Read more...]

Friday’s Funny Feature – Transformers Ruin Your Favorite Movies


By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) With news of an A-list team of writers tackling the Transformers Cinematic Universe, it seems appropriate that Funny Or Die has some clever editing that has the Transformers popping up in movies we all love, and it's Friday's Funny Feature. Enjoy your … [Read more...]

Final Cut Pro X 101: MXF Import & Export

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By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) Late last year, Apple released an update to Final Cut Pro X, which put it at version 10.1.4 (FCP X is now up to 10.2.1), and on the surface it appeared to have been a minor one: It offers a couple of new features and  some bug fixes, but the tech giant added … [Read more...]

Final Cut Pro X 101: Grad Filter Effects

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By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) Grad filters are an integral part of any cinematographer and photographer's kit, and allows both creative and practical use. With a creative grad, such as a tobacco grad filter, you can change the sky to a golden color. With a neutral density grad, you can make the … [Read more...]

Friday’s Funny Feature – Everything Wrong With Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

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By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) Mad Max: Fury Road has finally opened, and it's everything we're hoping for (read our review here), but for Friday's Funny Feature, we must turn it over to our friends at CinemaSins, as they find Everything Wrong With Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Have a great … [Read more...]

Final Cut Pro X 101: Faking A Parallax Effect

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By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) In this Final Cut Pro X tutorial, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us how to create a parallax effect in FCP X and Pixelmator. No need to use a dedicated program like Motion 5 or After Effects. Take a look: These effects are just like those I saw in the … [Read more...]

Amy Winehouse Documentary Trailer, Clip, & Poster

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By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) Since around 2007, 2008, I've been a big fan of Amy Winehouse's music, with Frank being my favorite album. She was very complicated, and died of alcohol poisoning July 23, 2011. A24, the studio behind Ex Machina and Spring Breakers, recently acquired a documentary … [Read more...]

Final Cut Pro X 101: iPhone Synced Interviews

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By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) As you may know, we are fans of the growing movement of mobile filmmaking, particularly with the iPhone. In this Final Cut Pro X tutorial, our friend Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows you how to film an interview and use recorded sound via a $100 RØDE mic … [Read more...]

Friday’s Funny Feature – Arnold Schwarzenegger & More Than Words

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It's a double Friday's Funny Feature, with Arnold and a remake of Extreme's More Than Words! By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) Last time we featured a James Corden clip, it was he and Tom Hanks acting out Tom's movies in a matter of minutes, and it was hilarious! This time, James and Arnold … [Read more...]

Final Cut Pro X 101: Round-Tripping With Photo Editor Pixelmator

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By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) Pixelmator is a very affordable photo editing app that can do many of the things the much more expensive Photoshop does, and it works well with Final Cut Pro X. Our friend Steve Martin from Ripple Training explains in this FCP X In Under Five Minutes: Special … [Read more...]

Final Cut Pro X 101: 3D Text Materials In Final Cut Pro 10.2

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By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) Last time, we showed you a video highlighting all of the new features found in Apple's Final Cut Pro 10.2 update (plus Motion 5.2 and Compressor 4.2), and now our friends Steve and Mark from Ripple Training have a new video that shows the 3D text features found in … [Read more...]

Friday’s Funny Feature – Avengers Day!

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By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) It's finally here, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and we're declaring it Avengers Day! Make sure you read Danny F. Santos' review here. So, in honor of Earth's Mightiest Heroes' sequel opening, here are some hilarious videos, and that's Friday's Funny Feature. Have a … [Read more...]

Jared Leto’s Joker From Suicide Squad Revealed!


By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) We've caught glimpses and teases of what Jared Leto's Joker from Suicide Squad would look like. We figured a cross between Frank Miller's Joker from The Dark Knight Returns (oh, and we'll be getting a third book soon, see below), and Brian Bolland and Alan Moore's … [Read more...]

Friday’s Funny Feature – The Batman V Superman Trailer Responses

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By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) After Warner Bros. and director Zack Snyder did an early release of the Batman V Superman trailer, due to a leak, it was only a matter of time before the 'meh' nature of the preview got parodied. Plus, it's hard to follow something like the amazing second Star Wars: … [Read more...]

Video: Final Cut Pro 10.2, Motion 5.2, and Compressor 4.2

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By Heath McKnight Our friends Steve Martin and Mark Spencer have a great new video that goes over all the terrific new features in Final Cut Pro 10.2, Motion 5.2, and Compressor 4.2, all updated last week as NAB 2015 kicked off. Take a look at what's new in Apple's NLE: Special thanks to … [Read more...]

New Jurassic World Trailer


By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) Universal has been teasing new Jurassic World images and posters, in anticipation of the new trailer, and it's now here. It's full of money shots, dinosaurs, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and the Indominus Rex! Here's the brand new Jurassic … [Read more...]

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