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Sept. 2, 2013
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FCP X: Soften Skin Texture
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Monday, Sept. 2, is a holiday here in the States (Labor Day, to be exact). I should probably take the day off, but there is so much interesting stuff going on that, well, I probably won't.

There's lots of new things bubbling around here - some I can announce this week, more that I can announce next week. It's gonna be an exciting fall!


We added a new page to our Training Library page - Essays. Click the Training Library link in our left-hand Home page sidebar, then, under "By Category" you'll see a new entry - Essays.

Most of the articles I write focus on how a specific piece of technology works - like my article this week on softening skin texture.

But some of my most popular articles focus on the industry, not technology. These include "How to Start an Editing Business," or "Interviews: Ask the Right Questions."  And while these titles get a huge number of readers when I announce them in this newsletter, once they are a couple of weeks old, they are impossible to find.

As of this writing, there are 12 essays there now. But we are going through old blogs and articles and expect to have more than two dozen within the next few days. So check back and see what we've added.

I enjoy writing these pieces and especially enjoy your comments. And, now, you can find them in a heartbeat in our new "Essay" category.

Click here to see the current essay collection.


I'm back into doing product reviews. Within the next few weeks, I'll have reviews of:

   * Sony Creative Software Spectral Layers
   * New G-Technology storage
   * Soundminer Asset Management
and others.

Let me know if there are any interesting products you want me to take a look at.


James Woodman writes to tell me that he's updated TimeQuote with new features like iPhone support. Visit his website here.

And Jordan Passman introduced me to his new website ScoreAScore. Think of this as crowd-sourcing your music composing.  Visit his website here


A few weeks ago, I wrote an article describing the challenges in streaming video to iOS devices. (Read the original article here.) The short answer is that movies running longer than about ten minutes require stopping and starting in order to play on an iOS device. 
Since then, we've been programming and testing a new system of delivering video that doesn't require stopping and starting every ten minutes.

I'm delighted to say that we've got this figured out. Beta testers are reporting no problems with the video feeds. Whew.

Early this week, we will update our 20 most recent webinars with this new technology. (If you want to learn what we did, I cover this in my Compressor 4 training. It required recompressing every video, as well as custom web programming to support the new player.)

Our goal is to have all webinars updated by the end of September.  At this point, we won't be updating any of our existing product-specific training. However, all the movies in our two most recent titles - Compressor 4 and Audition CC - all have movies that run less than 10 minutes. Future non-webinar training will abide by those limits as well.


We received a lot of positive feedback on our coverage of the intersection of art and technology over the last few weeks on The Buzz. These shows were different from what we normally cover and I was delighted with the reaction.

This week, I want to feature Zack Arnold, one of the editors on "Burn Notice." In this interview, Zack discusses what its like to edit a network show, as well as the workflow he uses to turn out a new show every three weeks.

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


I'm planning some exciting new webinars for the fall. Our weekly webinars will return on Wednesday, Sept. 11 and I'll have more details in next week's newsletter.

I have two new articles this week - plus, a revised trouble-shooting guide. I've also updated our Top 3 lists. Enjoy! 

Control Where the Eye Looks   
We select clips to control the flow of the story. But we can do much more than that.

In this piece, learn techniques you can use to control where the viewer's eye looks within the frame. There's some very cool stuff here, that is very easy to implement.

Trashing Final Cut Pro X Preferences 
About a year ago, I wrote an article on how to improve the performance of FCP X. However, one of the most important things you can do, when Final Cut starts acting up, is it trash its preference files.

Which I didn't really write about very well. So, this week, I re-wrote the article to provide a much clearer trouble-shooting guide for FCP X.

Soften Skin Texture Quickly  
There are a number of excellent plug-ins that soften skin texture.

But if you are in a hurry, or working for a client that needs everything done CHEAP, this is a very simple, easy to do technique that can soften skin texture and minimize wrinkles.

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.


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 the audio interviews we've conducted on The Buzz, visit here. 


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