The CCSF Resource Link List


MyFonts - Seen a font in use and want to know what it is?

FindSounds – search the Web for Sounds

SoundSnap – search for Pro Quality Sound Effects and Loops


Stock.XCHNG - the leading FREE stock photo site


iStockPhoto – Browse the best stock library of royalty free content at prices anyone can afford.  (Not sure about the anyone part, but they do have the best selection).


flickr Commons - hidden treasures in the world’s public photography archives

QVectors – free quality vector graphics

DaFont - Archive of freely downloadable fonts. Browse by alphabetical listing, by style, by author or by popularity.


Font Squirrel – 100% Free for commercial use.


seeklogo – search 200,000+ vector logos!

Wikimedia Commons - a database of 9,855,735 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute.

Sitting in the Mix - audio post-production tips geared toward video editors.


CG Textures – the world’s largest 3D textures site. – Software training & tutorial video library.

Creative Commons Search – search for CC licensed video and stills all in one place.  This includes sites like: Google Images, flickr and Wikimedia Commons.


MasteringFilm – powered by bestselling Focal Press authors and industry experts, features tips, advice, articles, video tutorials, interviews, and other resources for aspiring and current filmmakers. – Apple Motion Tutorials, Tips, Techniques, Troubleshooting.


Image * After – a large online free photo and textures collection.


Toolfarm – the most comprehensive list of Post-Production plug-ins available


CriticalPast – one of the world’s largest collections of royalty-free archival stock footage.

The Final Cut Ecosystem – links to many of the Final Cut Studio 2 resources in one, easy-to-find compilation. - All things FCP X: training/tutorial/tips, support and article/opinion/reviews


Premium Beat – A great Royalty-free music site.  A-la-carte pricing, music stems and a user-friendly interface for previewing / purchasing songs make this one of my favorite music sites.

Vimeo Music Store is a great place to find music to use in your videos. With over 45,000 tracks available in the store, you're guaranteed to find the perfect track.


Jewel Beat – at 99-cents a pop you can’t get royalty-free music cheaper than this.

Get - dialogue search for FCP (Not compatible with FCP X yet)

Layer Splitter - Layer Splitter is a drag-and-drop application that takes a multi-layered Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator file and separates each layer to its own file.  Wow, where have you been all of my life?


Digieffects – a developer of software plug-ins for Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, Apple Final Cut Pro and Autodesk Combustion. (Not compatible with FCP X yet)


FxFactory – Powering hundreds of visual effects plug-ins for Final Cut Pro, Motion and Adobe After Effects. (Compatible with FCP X)

Magic Bullet Colorista II - Red Giant brings high-end color systems to your desktop. (Not compatible with FCP X yet)


Sonicfire Pro 5 – the royalty free music library that’s also a fully-customized music score. (Not compatible with FCP X yet)


motion tracking for editors – Don’t let the straight-forward name fool you, this app is by the planar tracking geniuses at Imagineer Systems who now essentially allow you to use Mocha inside your editing or compositing app of choice.


Backupify – an all-in-one archiving, search and restore service for the most popular online services

AirDropper - A web application that allows Dropbox users to request a file from anyone, even if the person doesn’t have a Dropbox account. – users can upload a video file and serve it to multiple devices and web browsers all from a single URL.

Files2U – Send large files anywhere.  Fast.  Secure. Free.


Hand Held Hollywood – Where Gadget Obsessions Meet Hollywood Professions.

Apple Pro Apps online documentation


Premiere Pro online documentation


Photoshop online documentation


After Effects online documentation


Illustrator online documentation


After Effects community resources (in several languages)

After Effects Error Code Database – having a hard time figuring out After Effects error messages?  Look ‘em up in this huge database.

HD Formats: Color Model & Color Sub-Sampling – this blog post should help clarify a couple more of those words and numbers we see associated with HD video formats.

Anatomy of an Edit Suite – a detailed, pictorial guide to building an edit suite

FCPX Quirks – Craig Tozzi’s site doesn’t seek to add to the over-blown hysteria surrounding the introduction of FInal Cut Pro X, it’s simply a on-going list of smaller issues – either bugs, interface shortcomings or general workflow issues – that I’ve found while working in FCPx for the very first time on actual project.

Boris Soundbite - Dialogue Search for Apple Final Cut Pro

KeepVid: Download and save any video from Youtube, Dailymotion, Metacafe, iFilm and more!

Neat Video is a video filter designed to reduce visible noise and grain in video footage produced by digital video cameras, camcorders, TV-tuners, digitizers of film or analog video.

CaptureMe – free open-source screen capture software (limited to :10 or so of video capture)  Good for down and dirty stuff

iStat Menu3 – The memory dropdown menu shows a list of the top 5 memory hogs, as well as other useful info.  An absolute necessity.


iSkySoft for Mac – video converter


Standards Conversion – a suite of plug-ins for converting standards in app


PluralEyes – it automatically synchronizes all your audio and video clips without the need for timecode, clappers or any special preparation. (Not compatible with FCP X yet)


DualEyes – makes dual-system audio applications a snap. (Not compatible with FCP X yet)


Presto – lets you quickly and easily make videos of presentations. (Not compatible with FCP X yet)


Data Rescue – the best digital data recovery software on the market for recovering files from a problem hard drive or that have been previously deleted.


Automator Actions – pre-made actions for Automator.  Automator is an application developed by Apple for Mac OS X that implements point-and-click (or drag-and-drop) creation of workflows for automating repetitive tasks into batches for quicker alteration, thus saving time and effort over human intervention to manually change each file separately.


DownloadHelper – a Firefox extension that allows you to download tons of videos from most of YouTube like sites.


OnyX – a multi-function app that will help you maintain your Mac OS X system.


DiskWarrior – the safest, most technologically advanced, most powerful utility to eliminate directory damage available for any computer


TechTool Pro – a full-featured utility program containing options for testing and repair, maintenance (including disk defragmentation), and data recovery.


MPEGRepairHD® – a comprehensive software encoding tool that creates studio quality transport and program streams in real-time for all High Definition (HD), Cinema and Standard Definition (SD) video standards.


HDProQT™ – produces MPEG streams that are compliant with the latest HD (ATSC, HTDV, CableLabs, Blu-Ray, HD-DVD, VOD) and SD specifications.


Expert-Caption™ -  performs closed caption insertion, extraction, analysis and transcoding and is part of PixelTool’s Expert software family.


Expert-H264® – encodes popular source formats such as AVI, TGA, MOV and BMP into the new H.264 Advanced Video Coding format.


Media Inspector – (formerly Media Info) the multimedia file analyzer and reporting tool for the Macintosh.


Miro - an open-source video player / recorder (similar to VLC)

VLC – VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols.


Test Gear 2.5 – provides motion graphics artists and video editors with a variety of test instruments to make objective measurements of their visual and audio work, all from within Adobe After Effects

Butler - ease all those routine tasks you do every day


ScreenRecycler – use your other computer as an additional display for your Mac.

Sidestep – automatically reroutes your Mac’s traffic when unsecured


FieldsKit – a plug-in suite for deinterlacing, reinterlacing and doing pulldown on your source footage. (Not compatible with FCP X yet)


TrueCrypt- free open-source disk encryption software


coconutBattery – With coconutBattery you’re always aware of your current battery health. It shows you live information about your battery such as how often it was charged and how is the current maximum capacity in relation to the original capacity your battery had when it left the factory.


Scopo Gigio – a full-featured video waveform monitor and vectorscope plugin for Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects.


Backup System Configurations – how we can use the various types of backup tools to protect the different kinds of data we have.


mocha – a stand alone tracking and roto software designed to complement any compositing and finishing environment. (Mocha and Mocha AE are not compatible with FCP X yet)


Telestream Episode® 6 – an all-in-one, multiformat encoding application designed for post production and new media workflows.


Edit Mule – Cut out the donkey work! Plugins and work flow enhancers for Final Cut Pro. (Not compatible with FCP X yet)


The Unarchiver – Can’t get Archive Utility or Stuffit Expander to open your .zip or.rar file try The Unarchiver.


AE Suicide – this is a script that save your project when After Effects crashes.


FCS Remover – A utility for uninstalling Apple Final Cut Studio on Mac OS X. (Not compatible with FCP X yet)


FcpReconnect – Helps you do better relinking in FCP by 1) consolidating the online files with correct names, 2) renaming the original files and 3) modifying XML files. (Not compatible with FCP X yet)


Archiving for Indies – learn about the latest solutions in digital archiving using LTO-5 tape.


Lock & Load X – The Worlds Fastest Video Stabilizer for FCP!

OmniDiskSweeper – a Mac OS X utility for quickly finding and deleting big, useless files and making space on your hard disks.


Cross-Platform, Multi-NLE, Tape-Less Transcoding Workflow Tips

Basecamp - web-based project management and collaboration tool.

DropBox – Online backup, file sync, and sharing made easy


Google Docs – Create and share your work online and access your documents from anywhere. Manage documents, spreadsheets, presentations, surveys, and more


PBworks - Online Team Collaboration: shared workspaces for working with colleagues, clients, and partners.

FCP X qwerty keyboard – a pdf that gives you a visual overview of the FCP X default keyboard shortcuts

MacDropAny - A simple, painless way to sync any folder on your computer with Dropbox!


DropLink - Quick and easy application to synchronize any file/folder of your Mac! Place into your Dock and forget any pain! Work with Symlinks & Growl.


Dropbox Droplet – A little application sitting in your dock, waiting for files to be dropped on it. The dropped file is then uploaded to your Public folder and the corresponding URL gets copied to your clipboard.


Grand Perspective – a small utility application for Mac OS X that graphically shows the disk usage within a file system.


Media Copy - Media Copy 3.0 is a useful application for copying media from your NLE to another computer that needs to import your AAF, OMF or XML file. Version 3.0 can also read Avid AVB files, allowing you to copy or archive all of the media associated with an Avid bin.


Ice Clean – a powerful Finder and System maintenance and optimization tool using built-in Unix system tasks to help your Mac stay healthy and to keep it running smoothly.

Tweet Deck - Twitter – extended, expanded and maybe a little excessive.  But we love it.


PBWorks – Online Team Collaboration: shared workspaces for working with colleagues, clients, and partners.

Final Print – the must-have tool for browsing and printing Final Cut Pro projects. (Not compatible in FCP X yet)


ChronoSync – the complete data management utility that allows you to efficiently synchronize or backup files and folders from one disk location to another.


MediaWiki – a free software open source wiki package


FCP Bin Structure - Chris Fenwick’s file structure system inside of Final Cut Pro (does not translate to FCP X because of the FCP X naming convention)


FontExplorer – font management software that allows to manage server-based fonts.


Project Folder Structure – Chris Fenwick’s project folder structure


exceLogger for FCP – Unleash the power of Excel for Final Cut Pro logging (Not compatible in FCP X yet)


Evernote (for Mac OX) - more robust and functional than the Evernote site.


DiskLibrary – great for organizing your images, movies, PDFs and other files you have stored on external media.  Files and folders contained within ZIP or RAR files will be made visible just like regular ones.


ScanDrop – scanner software that connects your scanner directly to cloud storage, including Google Docs, Evernote and OfficeDrop Online.


CatDV - an established cross-platform media asset management



prEdit - from Transcript…to Paper Cut… (Not compatible in FCP X yet)

to Sequence.  prEdit is a dramatically new way to deal with transcripts, story and the first edit.


Sequence Clip Reporter – creates an Excel spreadsheet report about the video clips, audio clips, titles, filters, transitions and markers you’ve used in your Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro CS5 edited sequence. (Not compatible in FCP X yet)


First Cuts Studio for FCP – Automate your first cuts and take weeks out of finding the story in your long form documentary material. (Not compatible in FCP X yet)


Sync-N-Link for FCP - will save days ahead of editorial and opens new flexibility in editing dual-system sound with Final Cut Pro (Not compatible in FCP X yet)


Archiving for Indies -  Creating Long-Term Archives for Independent Digital Cinema.  Learn about the latest solutions in digital archiving using LTO-5 tape.


Wiki Server 2 – Mac OS X Server makes it easy for groups to collaborate and communicate through their own wiki-powered intranet website


Event Manager X  – manages visibility of Events and Projects by moving them according to Apple’s guidelines (automating a manual process).  It also keeps track of all Events and Projects, even on missing (unmounted) drives.  FCP X will not warn you if a drive is missing but Event Manager X will. (FCP X compatible)


Default Folder X – Save your files effortlessly and open your folders instantly. Default Folder X makes Mac OS X’s Open and Save dialogs work as quickly as you do.


Tweak RV – makes it easy to review media with a powerful, customizable dailies workflow and an advanced media architecture that can automatically combine media of different resolutions, frame rates, color spaces, and audio sampling rates.


Motion Graphics X-Change – Tired of searching the whole web or your harddrive for a tutorial, the right expression, script or preset?

Here they are, in one place, at your fingertips, right inside After Effects.