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ALL KINDS OF COOL STUFF THIS WEEK!
Interested in Final Cut Pro X? We got it. Premiere Pro CC? Check. Compressor? Yup. 3rd-party plug-ins? We've got that, too. Whew...
Great stuff this week, including the final winners in our contest and probably the best set of Digital Production Buzz interviews we've done all year. It's all here.
LARRY'S TRAVELING TO ASPEN
I'm heading to Aspen, Colorado, for the next two weeks to teach at the Anderson Art Ranch. The first week is an in-depth look at Final Cut Pro X. The second is a week-long class in producing, shooting, and editing mini-documentaries.
This is my second year teaching there and us video folks are definitely in the minority. The entire campus is devoted to the fine arts. Entire buildings devoted to work-working, pottery, ceramics, painting and drawing. It is truly humbling to be surrounded by such incredibly artistic talent.
Which is why I'm especially looking forward to my class on creating mini-docs. It's my hope to be able to share some of what happens there with you. I'll have more on this in next week's newsletter.
Last week, I reported on my live video Premiere Pro CC training that I produced in conjunction with CreativeLIVE. However, I was wrong in that you could view this free after the event.
Once the live event is over, the three days of training can only be purchased for download. I'm sorry that I didn't understand their system better before I wrote about it.
To learn more about this training - which was a lot of fun and covered a LOT of material - click here.
THE BEST BUZZ IN A LONG TIME
This last week's Digital Production was, without a doubt, the best one we've had all year. Three amazing guests:
- Chuck Braverman, Filmmaker
- Doug Hansel, product manager for Avid Media Composer
- William Boodell, editor, "Sharknado"
If the feeding frenzy surrounding Sharknado
has you stunned, you need to listen to Bill Boodell's stories
of how it was shot and edited.
If you want to learn how to build a successful career producing documentaries, you need to listen to Chuck Braverman's interview
And if you are wondering where Avid is heading and the latest features in Media Composer 7, you need to listen to Doug Hansel
, who is one of the product designers of this release.
Actually, you should listen to the entire show
. Both Mike and I had a lot of fun putting this together. (And Mike is still giggling over all the Sharknado comments on Twitter.)
NEW BLOG - A LOT OF SMALL STUFF
I'll mention this again below, but I get lots of questions and tips every week from readers around the world. Some, I turn into articles. Other just sit in my In-box, looking for a way to get out.
So, this week, I created another in my series of blogs filled with small tips and tricks.
Ideas in this blog were contributed by:
Read my blog
- Dan Winckler
- Dan Smith
- Alan Atkinson
- Jon Pittaluga
- Dick Walters
OUR FINAL CONTEST WINNERS
Patrick Saxon, our social media wizard, asked me recently how many entries we got in our Editing Truths for Better Living
contest. The answer is more than 300!
(And many of you submitted multiple entries in each email.)
Our contest ended July 28, but to give everyone a chance to be considered, I'm publishing the last set of winners this week. To review all winners - click here
I equate an over-the-shoulder edit with my mom telling me how to install and configure Linux.Jeremy Klassen
The client will always want to see the most of whatever footage you have the least.Jerry Thompson
Budding Editor: "My big break is inevitable! All I need is a software upgrade, the latest, greatest camera, multiple effects packages, a new MacPro, etc."
That's it. Done. Finished. Um, until the next time we need something to make us laugh. Thanks to everyone who submitted a Truth. This was fun.
LARRY'S FAVORITE QUOTES Um, no one's asked, but I'm going to tell you my three favorite quotes from this year's contest (I tried to limit this to one and just couldn't.)
So, all project files are corrupt, all the cards have been written over, there's absolutely no original media and no one thought to have made a back-up. Mmm, bit of a challenge, then.Tedd Kidd
Rules for Corporate Video: No video should be over five minutes. Over 10 minutes, add a car chase. Over 12 minutes, add a gun fight. And anything over 15 minutes must have nudity.David Cole - www.davidcolemusic.com
When it's all said and done, it shouldn't have been said and it definitely shouldn't have been done.
Four new articles this week - plus, I've updated our Top 3 lists. Enjoy!
BLOG: LOTS OF SMALL STUFF
A Collection of All Kinds of Unrelated Tips, Techniques, Products, and Stuff
I get all kinds of ideas from my email. But, most of the time, the tips are too small to turn into a complete article.
Thus, every so often, I collect all these very cool tips and techniques and publish them in a blog so I can share them with you.
From inside gossip to cool products to interesting work-arounds, there is lots of cool stuff in here.
ARTICLE: FINAL CUT PRO X
An Animated Mask Trick
When Final Cut Pro X was released, the mask effect was pretty lame. Along the way, though, Apple made improvements.
So, I decided to write an article showing how to zoom an image inside a mask without changing the size of the mask. This is a simple technique, but it requires thinking about a mask in a different way.
ARTICLE: ADOBE PREMIERE PRO CC
A Better Way to Create Merged Files
This article was contributed by Greg Popp
, who discovered a better way to merge double-system audio and video; which is a very common recording technique when you are shooting with DSLR cameras.
It's also a really good reason to consider adding third-party plugins to your editing system to accomplish tasks faster and better.
ARTICLE: FINAL CUT PRO X
Export Multichannel Audio
This article grew out of a comment from Bill Cole
, a reader who was trying to figure out how to export a file with multichannel audio and compress it at the same time.
The short answer is that you use Roles to export multichannel audio, but the compression part is a lot more complex. This article walks you through the entire process.
Learn Apple Compressor 4
Ultimately, all our projects end up on the web. Which means that if we don't know how to compress our video to make it look good, all our work during production and post is wasted.
In this in-depth, video training, Larry Jordan shows you how to make the most of Apple Compressor 4.
Whether you are a new or experienced editor, this training will help you make your media look and sound great!
Here are the top three articles, webinars, and audio interviews for the past seven days.Articles
We expanded this list to the Top 4 to add some more variety:
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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