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April 22, 2013
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I have tons of new stuff for you this week.

First, is a new Editing Master Class that I'm offering on Tuesday, May 14.  This class gives you a chance to bring your current projects and get advice on what's working and how to fix what isn't.  More on that in a minute.

Then, after several months of programming wizardry, I am delighted that monthly subscribers to my training library can now track their viewing history, flag movies as favorites, and flag a movie to be watched later.  More on that, too, farther down.

I have new blogs and new articles, new winners in our contest, and a new featured interview.  

Also, just as a note, our Wednesday Webinars will start again on May 1, with an all-new lineup. Details next week.
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By the way, thanks for all your kind comments on Owen Smith, as well as all our NAB coverage. We had a great time and are already planning for next year.


I want to try something different. Normally, in my classes and seminars, we talk about technology. However, I've been told that one of the elements that students like the most is when I show them how to improve their editing from a creative point of view.

So, I decided to offer an Editing Master Class, Tuesday, May 14, in Thousand Oaks, California. This class, limited to 14 seats, encourages you to bring your own projects where we will work on them together. Learn ways to improve your edit, tell stories better or more efficiently, and learn from other members of the class.

If this works, we will take it on the road. Join us for the first class. Click here to learn more.


Each week, I feature a different interview from the Digital Production Buzz. This week, I want to call Keith Stephenson to your attention. He builds stages and control rooms for live productions - everything from webcasts to network studios.

Before we started the interview, I was wondering what relevance this would have to The Buzz audience. When it finished, I was blown away by how many different ways web producers could benefit from his help in building facilities to help you create your programs.

Listen to Keith's interview here.

Listen to the entire show here.


Last Christmas, a subscriber sent me an email saying that it would be great if we could allow viewers to flag a video as a favorite. Cool idea, I thought.

Well, it IS a cool idea, but the programming to accomplish this took almost five months. Thanks to some really dedicated work by our two web gurus: Sudd Dongre and Mina Qubaisi, I'm delighted to announce that we have added the following new features to our subscription service:

* Videos can be flagged as Favorites
* Favorite videos can be unflagged
* Videos can be flagged to Watch Later
* You can now view a history of the last 20 videos you watched

Below is an article that describes these new features. We added this to all video subscription pages over the weekend. If these icons don't show up the next time you log-in, refresh your Browser. If they still don't show up, send me a note.

Thanks, Sudd and Mina!


Here are the latest winners from our "Editing Truths For Better Living" contest. It doesn't cost anything to enter, and, in fact, studies have shown that entering can actually make you feel better.  Sharing the pain helps...

Jeff Wingo
The total editing time in hours equals the amount of footage shot in minutes divided by the finished length in minutes (plus or minus 10 hours.)

Keith Woolford
Client: "Yes, maybe it is my late Uncle Henrys 1971 video camera - but it's all in the transcoding and editing don't yer know..."

Jim Richardson
Nothing is edited; everything is re-edited.

Hanno Hart
Client: "Can't we just do it with slides?"

I find it fascinating that our winners this week came from the US, the UK, and Germany.  If you want to enter - or just learn what all the fuss is about - click here.

I have one new blog and three new articles for you this week. The blog is a further reflection on what it takes to get a job in this industry. The articles describe the gear we used covering the NAB Show, a detailed explanation of how to convert HD video into SD video, and a description of how to use the latest new features in our video training subscription library.

And, as always, I've updated our Top 3 lists.

The Gear We Used At The 2013 NAB Show  
Last week, I presented a video showing the gear we used to cover the 2013 NAB Show for our podcast: Digital Production Buzz.

This week, I've written an article that goes into a whole lot more detail and provides links to all the gear, including the stuff I forgot to mention in the video.

If you've ever thought, "I wonder what he's using," this article has the answers.

Thoughts on the 10 Worst College Majors
Logo: Larry's Blog I've been thinking a lot about media careers recently.

In this blog, I share my thoughts on the 10 Worst college majors - yup, video made the list - and reflect on what it takes to create a career in media.

Yes, there's bad news here, but there's also a way that all of us can maximize our career opportunities, regardless of how old we are.

Convert HD Video to SD Video     
One of the questions I get frequently is "How do I convert HD material to SD?"

So, this article provides a step-by-step procedure for FCP 7, FCP X, and Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.

Read the article here.

New Video Subscriber Features     
We added several new features to our entire video subscription library over the weekend.

These features are free to all members;  this article explains what they are and how they work.

Read the article here.

Here are the top three articles, webinars, and audio interviews for the past seven days.


For a list of all our articles, visit here.



This list is based on the webinars watched most often by our monthly subscribers. For a list of all our webinars, visit here.


Digital Production Buzz Audio Interviews 

For a list of all our audio interviews, visit here. 


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