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Wow.... Where did September go? I mean, we've been busy, but I didn't think we were THAT busy!
I've got three new articles this week, including a massive new trouble-shooting article. Plus a new service for all our video subscribers. And, in a bit of foreshadowing, we are working on some very cool things for October/November that I'll be able to announce next week. So stay tuned!
First, though, I want to start with an apology. Over the last few weeks, we sent email notices to subscribers of the Digital Production Buzz
newsletter list about free downloads from Video Blocks.
When Video Blocks first contacted us, we checked into them and they seemed OK. However, what we didn't realize was that their offer of free downloads was directly tied to subscribing to their monthly service. And this fact was not disclosed in the email blast, nor on the sign-up page of their website.
Now, I don't have a problem with monthly subscriptions. But I have a big
problem when something is described as "free," but requires signing up for a paid service before you can receive the free item. Free is Free. Anything else needs to be clearly
I contacted the company and was told that they will provide a credit to anyone who subscribed unwittingly. (You had seven days to cancel before the monthly payments kicked in.)
I also told Video Blocks that we will not send any more of their email blasts until they declare clearly on the blast itself what you are signing up for, what it costs, and how long you have to unsubscribe without being charged.
Some of these facts are listed in the small print of their Terms and Conditions, but, for me, that is not good enough.
We try to check out everyone that we recommend to make sure there are no hidden hooks. In this case, we missed one and I'm sorry.
ANNOUNCING VIDEO BOOKMARKS!
I'm delighted to announce that we have added bookmarks to our Video Training Library subscription service. (Yes, this has a monthly fee and you can find out all the details before you subscribe here.)
If you need to stop watching a video before it ends, setting a bookmark so you can quickly return to it later is as easy as clicking a single button.
Jim Butts suggested this and, while the programming took us a bit, I'm delighted that it is now working.
To learn how this works, click here.
SHORT NOTE: SHOT-LISTER
Zach Lipovsky contacted me about a new application he developed called "Shot Lister." As Zach writes:
Shot Lister is a professional shot listing and scheduling app from pre-production to the minute-by-minute decisions on set. It's designed by experienced filmmakers to deliver the only solution that can build, organize, schedule and share shot lists digitally.
Shooting a film never goes to plan, and now instead of scribbling over your printed out spreadsheet from a week ago, you can get back on track with a flick of a finger.
Learn more about this new app at: www.shotlister.com
A DIFFERENT WEBINAR THIS WEEK
Last Wednesday, I had the pleasure of speaking at DV Expo about finding and keeping a job in today's economy.
The speech was very well received, so I decided to turn it into our webinar for this week.
If you are looking for a job, or know someone who is, watch this week's webinar. The world is changing, how we find work needs to change with it.
Join me this Wednesday for some thoughts on getting ahead.Learn more here
. (Remember, subscribers can attend any webinar for free.)
FEATURED BUZZ INTERVIEW
THREE NEW ARTICLES THIS WEEK!
This week, I want to feature Kevin Kent
, writer/director of "Life's an Itch." He recently closed a distribution deal for his film and we talk about how that can turn his latest project into money.
Listen to Kevin Kent's interview here
Listen to the entire show here
We are continuing to provide complete text transcripts for all Digital Production Buzz episodes, courtesy of Take1.tv
Read the transcript for this show here
I have a whole new edition of trouble-shooting tips; principally for Final Cut Pro X, but this includes stuff that Adobe folks need to know as well. Plus a product review of a new, fast Thunderbolt RAID, and a little-known trick to make sure all your titles are spelled correctly.. Plus, as always, I've updated our Top 3 lists.
ARTICLE: FINAL CUT PRO X
Based on all the emails I get every day, I assembled an all-new batch of trouble-shooting questions, then went digging into Apple's support site to learn the answers.
And, if you use Adobe Premiere Pro, while not everything here will apply to you, a lot of it will, so I recommend you read this as well.
You might as well bookmark this page - there's a ton of stuff to get you out of trouble and keep you there.
Areca 8050 Thunderbolt RAID
When it comes to editing, storage is everything. And fast storage is required for today's larger file sizes, frame rates, and image sizes.
Recently Areca Technologies released the ARC-8050 Thunderbolt RAID. A true RAID-5 powerhouse, designed to make your editing system run faster.
In this review, I look at what the unit is, how easy it is to setup, and how well it works. If you are looking for faster, bigger storage, you need to read this review.Read the review
ARTICLE: FINAL CUT PRO X
Timeline Index Trick
The Timeline Index, in Final Cut Pro X, is often overlooked and misunderstood.
So, this week, I wrote up a short little tip that can speed checking clips, titles, and markers in any Project.
If speed is your goal, this will be a short, fun article to read.
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 to the Top 4 to add more variety:
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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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