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June 24, 2013
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HAPPY SUMMER, EVERYONE!
Larry Jordan
Ah, unless you live on the other side of the equator, in which case, um... Happy Winter!  In any event, the seasons are changing and that's always a good thing.

Lots of interesting stuff this week.  I have a quick update on HLS streaming, interesting new releases, new webinars, new winners, new articles -- gosh, there's just a ton of new stuff to talk about.

QUICK UPDATE - HLS STREAMING

You may remember, I wrote an article on HTTP Live Streaming two weeks ago. This came about as I was researching video streaming (as opposed to downloads) on iOS devices. Come to find out, mobile devices play by different rules. (Read my original article here.)

Since then, we've learned that implementing HLS streaming on a local server is fairly easy. However, because we have subscribers all around the world, we use a CDN (Content Delivery Network) to speed file delivery. Implementing HLS Streaming via a CDN is really, REALLY difficult.  

We store all our streaming media on Amazon S3 servers and distribute content via CloudFront. Come to find out, as far as we can tell, neither Amazon nor CloudFront support HLS Streaming.  We found one potential solution, but that requires all devices to be connected via Wi-Fi, not cellular. We are continuing to examine other options, but are discovering that streaming for companies on limited budgets is surprisingly difficult.  

As always, I will keep you informed.

NEW RELEASE: MARKER

Long-time reader, Rainer Standke, CEO of XMiL Workflow Tools, wrote to tell me about Marker.  

"Marker finds the media files contained in an XML file (from 7 or X) and shows them on the Finder. Marker also sets the Finder Labels, thus 'highlighting' the files. Marker is on the Mac App Store, learn more here:  xmil.biz/Marker/marker.shtml

XMiL, by the way, also has a nice FCP X conversion tool from XML to EDL, for those that need it.

Also, if you are creating a new app, please let me know, I'm happy to spread the word.

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This week, we are continuing to explore the new Creative Cloud release from Adobe with a detailed look at Prelude, Adobe's review, capture, logging and rough-cut application.

If you are a one-man-band, Prelude may be overkill. But, if you are editing larger projects, Prelude allows you to off-load a lot of the first-pass review and capture to an assistant.

Join us this Wednesday to see if Prelude makes sense for your workflow. And, remember, that video subscribers can attend any live webinar for free.

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DIGITAL PRODUCTION BUZZ
FEATURED AUDIO INTERVIEW

Each week, I feature a different interview from our podcast: Digital Production Buzz.

This week, I want to highlight Luis Pelayo, the CEO of Hollywood Tools. They've developed a new utility that simplifies creating subtitles for YouTube videos. And, they are getting close to releasing new software that automatically creates written text transcripts from your media files.

Listen to his interview here.
Listen to the entire show here. 

LAST CALL FOR CONTEST ENTRIES!! 

We are wrapping up our contest: Editing Truths for Better Living in July.  So, if you've always wanted to enter, but need an extra push - NOW IS THE TIME!!!

We began this contest last January and we've had hundreds of entries.  My hope is to put all the winners together in an eBook, once the contest is over.

Entering is free and the rules are simple. Everything you need to know to enter - including the email address, is in that link.

Here are our winners for this week:

Leslie Marsh
- lesliemarsh.net
Thou shalt keep detailed records of changes made, unmade, and requested again, unless one is being paid by the hour.

Ron Schultz
I used to get: "We need a :30 TV commercial by this afternoon; here's our phonebook ad."

Nik Coleman
Client: "Obviously I could do it myself in Windows Movie Maker, but I don't really have time to film it and we need it for the conference next week"

Me: "I'm 1,500 a finished minute"

Client: "Can you have it done by Friday?"

To learn more about this contest and the free stuff you can WIN - or just to review past winners - click here.
 
NEW ARTICLES THIS WEEK

Two big new articles this week. The first is an introduction to video compression for the web. I've done a lot of webinars about this, but haven't written a basic article on how to compress a web video using a custom, H.264 compression setting.  If video compression is greek to you, you need to read this.

Then, I wrote another introductory article covering cropping in Final Cut Pro X. If the Inspector still feels like foreign territory, this can help you get around.

And, as usual, I've updated our Top 3 Lists.  Enjoy your summer, or, um, winter!

ARTICLE: COMPRESSOR
The Basics of Web Video Compression  
   
I've written a lot of advanced video compression articles, but not a basic "how-to."

This step-by-step tutorial explains how to compress video for an iPhone, YouTube, and, how to create a custom compression preset to make your videos look great.

This also has links to other relevant compression articles. If you, or someone you know, is struggling to learn video compression, you need to read this article first.

ARTICLE: FINAL CUT PRO X
Three Techniques to Crop a Video Clip   
   
This step-by-step technique is an introduction to cropping, trimming, and the "Ken Burns" effect.

If the Inspector still makes you feel uncomfortable, editing effects in the Viewer makes you queasy, and you can't pass a test describing the differences between trimming and cropping, you need to read this article.

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

Articles

Yay! We have a new article in our Top 3!!

For a list of all our articles, visit here.

 

Webinars

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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