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Annoying Final Cut Pro Stutter

17 August 2015 - 07:22 AM

I use Final Cut Pro X 10.2.1 on my iMac 27with 24gb Ram 3.2 ghz i5 machine with plenty of gb on it. However I seem to have a very annoying glitch with FCP, what happens is that between every clip on the timeline i get almost a "reverse" or stutter at the beginning of each new clip.  If I cut a clip in half then I don't get this stutter, but between almost every new clip I get it.  I have attached a sample here, 3 clips with 2 stutters so obviously rendering and outputting doesn't get rid of it.  Anyone had anything similar?  How to get rid of it? 


Its almost like the count goes  1,2,3,4,5,4,5,6,7,8

Sooooo annoying


Is Social Media Creating Unrealistic Expectations?

05 August 2015 - 11:44 PM

Just finished teaching another group photo workshop a couple of weeks back and ran into something that I have been noticing a lot more in recent years.  One of the things I see from newer photographers is that they seem to get discouraged by even a small amount of backscatter in their photos.  Now we all know that there will always be a few specks of stuff in the vast majority of photos, both macro and wide angle, simply because we are using strobes underwater. This most recent workshop was in Lembeh and the visibility wasn't the absolute best so of course there was expectation of some backscatter no matter how well strobes were positioned (if photographing toward the water column)


My point of discussion is as follows:  With the popularity of social media outlets such as FB, Twitter, Instagram etc it seems that the vast majority of underwater photos don't have a single touch of scatter but instead feature flawless black or blue backgrounds. There is nothing wrong with post processing images and everyone wants to post their best stuff to impress folks so very rarely are images with scatter posted without editing all of it out.  Therefore, does this profusion of perfect images create unrealistic expectations for beginners or casual uw photographers?  Are new photographers frustrated when they see so many "perfect" images out there yet can't get the exact same results straight from the camera even with almost perfect strobe positioning?  Do new photographers know there is post processing work done on these images or do they expect the same results all the time?


I am not trying to start a debate about post processing etc but rather looking for opinions from newer photographers whether they experience frustration from high expectations due to exposure to social media? 

Highlights of trip to Komodo with the Mermaid and Underwater Tribe

06 July 2015 - 05:23 AM

I have just returned from a great trip to Komodo with the Mermaid 1 liveaboard, a Bali/Komodo/Bali itinerary, 9 nights with 8 days of diving, 25 June to 4 July.  We were able to dive all of the hotspots in Komodo as well as the beautiful Angel Reef and others around Moyo and Satonda.  I have put together a brief highlights video of the trip, which were many!  the only thing missing is the Mola Mola at Manta Alley that I missed! I was the only one to miss it hahahaha.. oops.


Shot with a Nikon D7000, Aquatica housing, 10-17mm and 60mm lenses, Fisheye FIX 7000 lights.  Music by Audiomachine




Single Male Komodo Liveaboard Sept/Oct 2015

17 May 2015 - 09:59 PM

We have a new opening for a single male on our Komodo 2015 liveaboard trip on the MV Ambai from 25 Sept - 4 Oct 2015, a 9 night trip for only 2375 Euro (not including Park Fees)


For more information please visit our Underwater Tribe Komodo 2015 Page


This is an excellent price for a liveboard trip in one of the premiere locations in Indonesia featuring both Wide Angle and Macro photo opportunities.


Or please contact directly at info@underwatertribe.com

A Touch of Bali

17 May 2015 - 05:29 PM

I haven't posted a video on here in quite some time, so here is a short one of the beauty of Bali both above and below the water. Enjoy