The Quickest Way to Show/Hide Hidden Files

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by Ian Lunn

Since the release of macOS Sierra, when in Finder, it is now possible to use the shortcut:

 CMD + SHIFT + .

Press once to show hidden files and again to hide them. If you’re using a version earlier than macOS Sierra, see Show/Hide Hidden Files using Terminal Aliasesto setup a toggle command via terminal.

Thanks to Guido Schlabitzfor making me aware of this new shortcut.

Show/Hide Hidden Files the Long Way

The long way to show hidden Mac OS X files is as follows:

  1. Open Terminal found in Finder > Applications > Utilities
  2. In Terminal, paste the following: defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES
  3. Press return
  4. Hold the ‘Option/alt’ key, then right click on the Finder icon in the dock and click Relaunch.
Relaunch Finder by right clicking the Finder Icon whilst holding the `option/alt` key

This will show all hidden files. To hide them again, follow the same steps but replace the Terminal command with:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles NO

It’s not the longest set of instructions or the biggest command to commit to memory but if you’re doing this a lot, it’s worth spending a few minutes now to save yourself a lot more time in the future.

Show/Hide Hidden Files using Terminal Aliases

A Terminal alias is a name or shortcut for one or multiple commands. Using an easy to remember alias, we can turn the above four step process into just one.

An alias can be made temporarily (just for the use of one terminal session) or permanently. As we want this to be a shortcut used now and in the future, let’s make it permanent:

  1. Open Terminal found in Finder > Applications > Utilities
  2. In Terminal, paste the following: sudo nano ~/.bash_profile
  3. Enter your Mac’s administration password if required, then hit return
  4. At the bottom of the open .bash_profile file, paste the following: alias showFiles='defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES; killall Finder /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app'
  5. Below that, paste the following: alias hideFiles='defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles NO; killall Finder /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app'
  6. Press ctrl + O and hit return to save the file
  7. Press ctrl + X to exit the file and return to the command line
  8. In Terminal, paste the following: source ~/.bash_profileto refresh your profile and make the aliases available
Adding aliases to .bash_profile via Terminal

Now when you want to show hidden files, all you need type in Terminal is showFiles, then hideFileswhen you want to hide them.

If you want to modify the behaviour or alias names, let’s take a closer look at the commands you just added:

alias showFiles='defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES;
killall Finder /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app'

aliastells Terminal we’re adding a new alias.

showFilesis the name of the alias. Change this to what you wish.

We then give the alias two commands. The first being:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES;

This is the command to show hidden files and is ended with a semi-colon ;so we can then use the second command:

killall Finder /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app

This will relaunch the Finder (to replicate the step of holding the ‘Option/alt’ key then right clicking the Finder icon in the dock).

 

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This FREE Plugin Allows for Adjusting Contrast within AE and Premiere

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by Creative Impatience

This plugin allows you to add or remove contrast to your image without affecting its true saturation.

Premiere Pro version supports 8 and 32 bits (Maximum Bit Depth). In After Effects only 8 and 16 bit depth is supported so far.

pure_contrast_interface

CI Pure Contrast gives you a lot of possibilities to manipulate the contrast of your image separate from the saturation.

Supported software

  • Adobe Premiere Pro, versions CS5, CS5.5, CS6 and CC.
  • Adobe After Effects, versions CS5, CS5.5, CS6 and CC.

Supported OS

  • Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8
  • Mac OS X 10.6.x, 10.7.x, 10.8.x

Installation

The plugin comes without an installer. Please unpack the downloaded file and copy it to Adobe’s Media Core folder, so that both applications will see them.

The folder can be found on Windows here:

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Common\Plug-ins\CS6\MediaCore

and on OS X here:

MacHD/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/Plug-ins/CS6/MediaCore

Substitute CS6for your current version or 7.0 for Creative Cloud. If you have multiple versions installed, simply copy the plugin to each of the folders. Note, that on OS X this is the Library folder present in the root directory of your system drive, notthe Library in your user directory.

The plugin will show up as “CI Pure Contrast” under “Creative Impatience” group of effects.

If you keep getting error messages on Windows platform, or the plugin fails to show up, you might need to install Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable package, available from the Microsoft website: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=14632.

Download the plugin here.

How to use it?

The plugin contains a variety of options, all of which are explained in the detailed instructions.

For the quick start, simply use the “Contrast” slider. Positive values increase contrast, negative decrease it.

This FREE Plugin Allows for Creating a Vignette within AE and Premiere

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by Creative Impatience

This plugin allows to create a vignette on the source clip. Both rectangular and elliptical vignettes are supported. Vignettes can be repositioned and rotated, applied in any color and blending mode available, to the inside or to the outside. Alternatively only the mask can be rendered, replacing the source layer altogether or the vignette can be filled with transparency.

Premiere Proversion supports 8 and 32 bits (Maximum Bit Depth). In After Effects only 8 and 16 bit depth is supported so far.

Vignette interface.

Supported software

  • Adobe After Effects CS5, CS5.5, CS6, CC
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CS5, CS5.5, CS6, CC

Supported OS

  • Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8
  • Mac OS X 10.6.x, 10.7.x, 10.8.x

Installation

The plugin comes without an installer. Please unpack the downloaded file and copy it to Adobe’s Media Core folder, so that both applications will see them.

The folder can be found on Windows here:

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Common\Plug-ins\CS6\MediaCore

and on OS X here:

MacHD/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/Plug-ins/CS6/MediaCore

Substitute CS6 for your current version or 7.0 for Creative Cloud. If you have multiple versions installed, simply copy the plugin to each of the folders.

The plugin will show up as “CI Vignette” under “Creative Impatience” group of effects.

If you keep getting error messages on Windows platform, or the plugin fails to show up, you might need to install Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable package, available from the Microsoft website: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=14632.

Download the plugin here.

How to use it?

The plugin is mostly self-explanatory, and works similarly to the “Circle” effect, but in case you need detailed instructions and tutorials, look here.

This FREE Plugin Allows for Feathered Crop

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by Creative Impatience

This plugin allows for cropping your image, both inside or outside, and to add feather to the cropped borders. It can also fill in the outside of the cropped area with color and add border to your cropped image. Graphic UI available. Supports 8, 16 and 32 bit depth. In Premiere Pro it works in RGB and YUV color spaces.

Feathered Crop interface

Supported software

  • Adobe Premiere Pro, versions CS5, CS5.5 and CS6.
  • Adobe After Effects, versions CS5, CS5.5 and CS6.

Supported OS

  • Windows 7 64-bit
  • Mac OS X 10.6.x, 10.7.x, 10.8.x

Installation

The plugin comes without an installer. Please unpack the downloaded file and copy it to Adobe’s Media Core folder, so that both applications will see them.

The folder can be found on Windows here:

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Common\Plug-ins\CS6\MediaCore

and on OS X here:

MacHD/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/Plug-ins/CS6/MediaCore

Substitute CS6for your current version. If you have multiple versions installed, simply copy the plugin to each of the folders.

The plugin will show up as “CI Feathered Crop” under “Creative Impatience” group of effects.

If you keep getting error messages on Windows platform, or the plugin fails to show up, you might need to install Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable package, available from the Microsoft website: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=14632.

Download the plugin here.

How to use it?

The plugin should be pretty self-explanatory for all of you impatient types, just apply it and start experimenting.

In case you need detailed instructions and tutorials, look here.

400+ Transitions and Template Presets, FREE

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by Enam Alamin

All transitions work without the need to do Media Placeholders. You need to place a transition above the layer with the video, press a couple of buttons and ready. Using the transitions you will save your time and get a great result! They are very easy to use and suitable for a variety of tasks. The project also includes Lower thirds!

• Works with any resolution

• After Effects CS5.5 and Above

• No Plug-ins Required

• Colour & FX Controls

➜ Download Link: https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1oChJfpLgy7fQwpVgtYqnZuzHDLQaPkDT&export=download

400+ transitions / More than 30 categories & 24 Lower Thirds

➜ Shape transitions / Colour and \Glass Transitions

➜ Camera transitions

➜ Glitch transitions

➜ Lens flare transitions

➜ Ink transitions

➜ Paint Brush transitions

➜ Particle transitions

➜ 24 Lower Thirds

 

 

Get free monthly design, web and stock assets from Envato

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by Envato Elements

Monthly handpicked from their quality library of 640,000+ creative assets, all available with unlimited downloads on Envato Elements.

Download new free templates every month! (Like this one…)

As an additional plus, Envato Market offers a free product from each leg of their site: code, video, audio, 3D, etc.– like this one, below…

“Epic Adventure”is a majestic, epic and powerful, inspirational track, designed for use in adventure, discovery, exploration videos, movie trailers, travel and touring videos, nature, time-lapse panoramic videos, sports videos, military, war, brave and patriotic movie scenes, advertising, presentations, infographics, tv-shows, youtube videos and websites.

 

 

Learn Creative Filmmaking with Cinecom

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by Cinecom.net

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Cinecom is a video production company founded in 2012 by Jordy Vandeput. Started as a local business producing commercials and corporate films, it took a new turn in 2014 by focusing on the international market with educational videos.

Creative PREMIERE PRO Tutorials, CAMERA Tips, LIGHTING Techniques and CINEMATOGRAPHY lessons. Hosted by Jordy Vandeput.

► NEW video every TUESDAY & FRIDAY. For more information, please visit their website at https://www.cinecom.net

 

 

Free Videos? Yes! Pexels Videos

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by pexels videos

Free Videos? Yes! Pexels Videos offers completely free videos. All videos are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means you can edit or change the videos and use them free for personal and even for commercial projects. All without asking for permission or setting a link to the source.

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PrProBCC – Adobe Premiere CC 2018 Project Converter

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by…

NTown Productions

PProBCC converts Adobe Premiere CC 2018 project files to be compatible with Premiere CC 2015.2 and Speedgrade 2015.1.

With the help of this tool a Premiere Project saved with the newer version 2018 can be opened in Speedgrade (version 2015.1), grade your project and then saved and reopened again in the newer Premiere version 2018 (older version can also be set).

The Story behind the PProBCC Converter

With Premiere CC version 2017, Adobe has discontinued the Direct Link functionality to Speedgrade CC and with version 2018 finaly officially discontinued Speedgrade, but the Project can still be graded with Speedgrade and creates the Custom Lumetri Layer with the grading information for each graded clip after reloaded into Premiere CC. The last version of Speedgrade is CC 2015.1 and if you want to grade a project made in Premiere CC 2018, you just simply can’t because Adobe made the new Project file of Premiere CC version 2018 incompatile to Speedgrade CC 2015.1.

Many editors and color-graders out there were pretty upset, inlcuding me. So what else can we do to continue our work, except of complaing to Adobe? Nothing, right? Wrong. I have written a tool that helps tremendously.

Functionality and Workflow

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4 Ways to Get Your Film Accepted into Film Festivals

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by Zach Daulton, nofilmschool

Entering your film into festivals can be a long and emotionally draining journey. As filmmakers, we pour our heart and soul into our films, and by submitting them into festivals we find ourselves in a very vulnerable place.

Getting the Congratulations! email from a festival is an amazing feeling that can make your entire day if not your week. However, getting the Thanks for submitting but we had a lot of really good submissions this year email from a festival can be just as devastating.

“Festivals are looking to include films that make the programmers wonder, question, laugh, cry, or inspire.” 

Find all 4 Ways to Get Your Film Accepted into Film Festivals here.

A few more quick tips…

  • Avoid Clichés. Does your film start with an alarm clock going off? Was someone dead the entire time? Is it the apocalypse? In the book How Not to Make a Short Film: Secrets from a Sundance Programmer, Roberta Marie Munroe gives a long list of clichés that festival programmers are tired of seeing.
  • Get good sound. People are more willing to forgive a film that is ugly over one they can’t understand.
  • Don’t give your actors material they can’t handle. Find the weaknesses and strengths of your actors before filming, and give them material that will seem natural for them.
  • Use FilmFreeway. This is by far the easiest and best site to use when submitting films to festivals.