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.

Compressor 101: Sharing Custom Presets

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By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) Compressor 4.2 is Apple's go-to app to encode your video projects to different devices and web-friendly formats, and it works great with Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5.2. In this Compressor tutorial from our friends at Ripple Training, you'll learn how to share the … [Read more...]

The History Of The Terminator Movies [Video]

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By Heath McKnight With Terminator Genisys opening (read our review here), our friends over at JoBlo.com have created a cool tribute to the four Terminator movies, a history, really. They feature the classic first two films from James Cameron, Terminator (which launched Arnold Schwarzenegger's … [Read more...]

Friday’s Funny Feature (On Thursday): Terminator – How It Should End

Terminator - How It Should End

By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) This week's Friday's Funny Feature is landing on a Thursday, since we're taking off for the 4th of July weekend! With Terminator Genisys opening (read our review here), and softly rebooting the series (a la 2009's Star Trek and Jurassic World), it seemed appropriate … [Read more...]

Friday’s Funny Feature – How Avengers: Age Of Ultron Should Have Ended

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By Heath McKnight Avengers: Age of Ultron was a fun film (read our review here), but it was DENSE. So of course, our friends at How It Should Have Ended have their own 2-part take on how the ending should've happened. Have a great weekend! Part 1: Part 2: … [Read more...]

Final Cut Pro X 101: Enhance Your Skies

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By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) In today's Final Cut Pro X tutorial, Ripple Training's Steve Martin shows you how to enhance the skies in your footage by using a Color Mask and Final Cut Pro X's Color Board. Sometimes the blue skies in your video clips need a little punch-up, and Steve shows you … [Read more...]

Final Cut Pro X 101: Multi-Take Voiceovers

Final Cut Pro X Multi-Take-VO

By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) In this Final Cut Pro X tutorial, our friend Steve Martin from Ripple Training walks us through easily recording and editing multiple voiceover tracks in Final Cut Pro X. As always, special thanks to Steve and Ripple Training! Please check out all of our Final … [Read more...]

Friday’s Funny Feature – Terminator Prank

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By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator Genisys is opening in under 2 weeks, and he's teaming up again with the cool charity site Omaze to help out the Afternoon All-Stars to offer a chance to win a trip to the premiere of the film (click here to donate and enter to … [Read more...]

Jurassic World 3D Review

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By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) Just to get it out of the way: This isn’t a review of Jurassic World; make sure you read Danny F. Santos’ review. I’m writing a review of the 3D conversion of the film, which was performed by the same company who did the excellent 3D conversion of Jurassic … [Read more...]

Friday’s Funny Feature – Jurassic Park

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By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) With Jurassic World opening (read our review here), it's the best time to unleash a few hilarious videos for Friday's Funny Feature, relating to Jurassic Park and its sequels (including Jurassic World). Have a great weekend! First up is The Lost World: Jurassic … [Read more...]

Final Cut Pro X 101: Fast Title Changes

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By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) In this latest Final Cut Pro X tutorial, our friend Steve Martin of Ripple Training shows us the speed FCP X allows you to change text in your titles quickly, especially if your project has a lot of titles. Check it out: You can find out more about Ripple … [Read more...]

Friday’s Funny Feature – The Dangers Of Selfie Sticks PSA

Selfie Stick PSA

By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) We've all seen them, selfie sticks (and 'duck faces'). In parks, at a fair, during a marathon, even at a theme park! My fiancee and I were at Disney World recently, and we saw signs banning the use of selfie sticks on roller coasters. Well, Pizza Hut has taken it … [Read more...]

Final Cut Pro X 101 – RED RAW Workflow

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By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) In this Final Cut Pro X tutorial from our friend Steve Martin at Ripple Training, he takes a look at a RED RAW workflow within FCP X. You'll be able to import R3D files, and transcode your footage in Final Cut Pro X to ProRes, optimized media, or proxy … [Read more...]

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

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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

Ep19-MXF-Import-Export Final Cut Pro X

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...]

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