Command+Edit Podcast

The post-production podcast that goes beyond the desk

Beat Depression in the Edit Bay : Episode 67

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Beat Depression in the Edit Bay Episode 67 Command Edit Podcast

Happy 30th Birthday, Josh!

Join me in congratulating him for surviving on this earth for 30 straight years without incident. Tweet the show or leave a comment and I'll make sure he gets it. Send beer.

Long work hours. No sunlight. Dwindling social life and home time.

With only the occasional interaction with a human. It can get pretty lonely in the edit bay.

Today we talk about how depressing it can be working in post (whether solo at your home office or with a team in a studio) and how you can beat those post-pro blues with just a few changes to your day.

Wipster's big changes to their pricing plan.

You know what else will make you weepy? The video review service made several editors the world over shout in frustration with their 400+% price hike to their plans. Find out how this affects you and what other options there are. (psst...and if you ask us, you should be using Screenlight anyways).

Remember us gushing about how awesome Soundstripe is? (for those who didn't, listen to Episode 65 with our interview with Travis and Micah from Soundstripe). Now you can sign up for an account with them AND help out the podcast at the same time!


Soundstripe is now a proud (we assume) sponsor of the Command+Edit Podcast!

Use this link to get access to Soundstripe's music library and get unlimited tracks and licences for all of your projects. One size fits all, no more worrying about those expensive licences or how many tracks the budget can afford. For $10/month or $97/year, it pays for itself with your first track downloaded.

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Should You Charge for Exporting? : Episode 66

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Command Edit Podcast Episode 66 Should you charge for exporting

Hellooooooo? Can anyone hear us?

Oh, wait. Someone’s there? Oh! It’s you! You, dear listener, are there! Did you forget about us?

We know it’s been awhile. It’s been awhile for us too. We, Nick and Josh, haven’t caught up since before the holidays (yeah…that long ago) and in this episode we get into all sorts of post production topics that have been going on in our lives recently.

  • We’ll dive into Nick’s film, one that’s been in “post hell,” that Nick has been resurrecting.
  • Josh started a new comedy series and had to make a tough choice between starting it in Premiere or Media Composer.
  • Nick applied to join a union, the DGC (Director's Guild of Canada)
  • Josh got a kettle bell and has been using it for exercise at his desk regularly
  • Nick fell in love with the x5 Challenge on fellow post-production podcast, Fitness in Post
  • We talk about Black MirrorDaredevil (again), Six and basically every TV show out there.
Black Mirror

We wrap up the episode talking about an important topic for any editor that charges by the hour.

Do you charge when the computer is working and you aren’t? Do you charge for importing/exporting/rendering/uploading/etc.? Our awesome Facebook group gave us plenty of opinions and we each add our own. Don’t miss this part!


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Interview with Travis Terrell and Micah Sannan from Soundstripe : Episode 65

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"Play it, Sam" - Ilsa, Casablanca

Soundstripe music service online

Finding the right music track for your project can be maddening, what with so many choices to pick from out there. And sometimes you can have trouble finding the words to describe what music track you're searching for. On top of that each music licence has its own price tag so you may be limited by your budget (or your own wallet).

Today we are kicking it off with an interview with Travis Terrell and Micah Sassan from Soundstripe, a subscription-based music library that allows you endless uses of its music tracks for all of your projects till the end of time!

You can sign up for as little as $10/month and have full access to their ever-growing library of music. Need help from a human? They also have friendly support staff available to chat directly with at almost any time.

Josh gushes about these guys and their service throughout this episode, and so Nick has followed suit and purchased a year subscription to the service. Let me tell you it's already paid itself off.

Automatic Customer John Warrillow

We all have those projects that leave little-to-no budget for you to play with when selecting music tracks. Soundstripe solves that problem by making it both affordable and easy to pick the right music track.

Now click play on the episode and check them out for yourself.

Also if you were curious about the book suggestion Travis gives in this episode, it's the Automatic Customer by John Warrillow. Adding it my own reading queue right now.

Don't Be a Digital Hoarder : Episode 64

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Command Edit Episode 64 Being a digital hoarder and how to properly archive your editing projects for future use

You often organize the clutter around your desk or office, but what about the e-clutter? All of those projects that need archiving, assets that need managing and all of those loose files on your computer that need a home (or the trash).

We invited Rhonda Thain (editor Brother vs Brother, Brothers Take New Orleans, and Fool Canada) to chat about being a digital hoarder at work, never throwing away any old projects or media files in the off chance that one day they will be needed.

If you've ever said to yourself "You never know!" while transferring that FCP7 project from 2003 onto a hard drive to add to the growing stack on your shelves, then this episode is for you.

Check out the Storified version of all of our follower's answers to the question: How do you archive your projects?

A Long Winded As F#@% Interview with Joe Vallero : Episode 63

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Episode 63 of Command Edit Podcast interview with Joe Vallero editor in Los Angeles LA working as an editor in feature films War of the Worlds, 300 Rise of an Empire, Argo with tips for post-production work

Okay so this episode with Joe isn't long-winded as f#@% but his podcast sure is.

I'm not kidding. It's called the Long-Winded As F#@% Podcast.

Let me back it up a bit. Joe Vallero is an editor who made the move to LA and has the IMDB page to show it. In our interview with him here we ask him about how making the transition to LA and finding work went for him, any tips he would have for other editors looking to wedge their foot in the proverbial door of big productions and what myths about working in LA hold water and which ones are just fluff.

His work experience is also pretty interesting if you take a look at his credits. He's edited featurettes for a number of larger productions (War of the Worlds, 300: Rise of an Empire, Argo, Hatchet).

And, as mentioned, he has a podcast that he co-hosts called The Long-Winded As F#@% Podcast where he and co-host Nick review randomly-selected movies from the library of Netflix.

Tweet Joe on Twitter and tell him that you listened to his interview on Command+Edit. Go ahead. We'll wait... (



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How to be a SENSITIVE Editor : Episode 62

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Episode 62 of Command Edit On how to be a sensitive editor and avoid controversial material or offending audiences

Welcome on back! You may notice that we took a bit of a hiatus there for a bit. So first of all thanks for continuing to subscribe and listen to us.

Walking on thin ice when working with controversial material

What do you do when you're dealing with sensitive material at your work?

Have you ever been concerned that you're working on could offend your audience?

Should you play it safe and avoid offending your audience or is a little controversy going to benefit your project?

In this episode Josh and I talk about how to tread lightly when dealing with potentially volatile material in your work, and how it might affect any of your creative decisions.

Nick works on horror features so from his point of view a little bit of controversial material can sometimes equal "bad press". Shock value is highly sought after from horror directors when it comes to excessive gore, nudity or remarks. But how far is too far?

Josh having worked on a number of corporate/commercial videos that represent big businesses knows all too well the concern of representing a brand faithfully without sending any offensive images or messages.

This year has seen its share of controversy, especially in pop culture. Hollywood seems to offend people regularly with its advertising material:

Controversy over X-men Apocalypse billboard

Have you ever found yourself walking on thin ice when working on your edit? Share your stories with us so we know we're not just talking to ourselves here. We would really like to hear from you.


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