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Oct. 21, 2013
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Larry Jordan The BIG news this week is Apple's upcoming announcements on Tuesday.  Rumors are swirling that Apple may take the wraps off the new Mac Pro. And if that is the case, then a new version of Final Cut Pro X won't be far behind. I'm looking forward to seeing what Apple announces.

For those that can't wait, though, this newsletter is crammed full of new stuff: A caution for FCP 7 users, a new FCP X event, a TON of interesting short notes, a new featured Buzz interview, and four new articles!



Caution or warning bullet If you are still using FCP 7 for editing, this is a caution to not upgrade to the new Mavericks (OS X 10.9) until after we see if FCP 7 is compatible with it. (As a note, Mavericks is gold master, but has not yet been released.)

As you know, Apple stopped all development on FCP 7 when FCP X was released. This means that if FCP 7 breaks in Mavericks, Apple won't fix it. So, I urge LOTS of caution - don't rush to upgrade your operating system.

I also checked with Apple. As of today, Apple has not said anything official regarding support for FCP 7 in OS X 10.9. So, be careful!


Generic newsletter bullet On Tuesday, Nov. 12, we are hosting a new, live event looking at editing higher-resolution video in Final Cut Pro X. When you step-up to higher resolutions, everything about your editing system gets pushed to the max. And your computer is the smallest part of the whole equation.

This one-day seminar - titled "4K & Final Cut Pro X" - answers questions and suggests how you can prepare for the new world of high-resolution acquisition, storage, editing, and archiving.

Whether you are working at the high-end with RED, Sony, and Arri, or experimenting with lower-cost cameras from Panasonic or JVC, this seminar will help you avoid mistakes, find the right gear, and make your whole editing system a lot more efficient.

Click here to learn more. SAVE $20 when you register - enter EARLYBIRD as the registration code. We have surprises that I can't talk about yet that will make this seminar REALLY valuable - see you there!


Dennis Csilag sent me a note about ingesting DVCProHD 1080i/60 clips into FCP 7. When he imported the media (without optimizing it) into FCP X, it did not recognize the clip and asked for him to choose project settings. Worse, he discovered that FCP X set field dominance incorrectly to lower when it should be upper. This created very weird horizontal interlace artifacts.

This problem does not occur if you import clips from the original P2 archive. So, consider this a heads-up.

Carles Gené reports a problem with Sony's XAVC/XDCAM plugin. Apparently, it has major problems with some non-English languages like German and Catalan. The only work-around is to uninstall it, otherwise FCP X won't work.

Jeroen, at Final Cat Pro, has created four new FCP X utilities:
* Select from In to Out, quick selection tool
* Quick Quotes, high-speed logging
* Event Browser to Text File, print Event Browser contents
* Audio On/Off, fast way to mute audio

Plus, he's offering a 25% discount when ordering the entire suite. Enter "editsmarter" as the discount code. Visit his site here:

Rick Gennaro sent me a link to a short video (4:32) with Sir Michael Caine providing acting tips during an interview on BBC Radio 4. He mentions some that I didn't know and all are easy to relay to our actors. Watch here:


Buzz newsletter bullet This week, I'm featuring an interview with Ryan Postas. Ryan shoots a lot of behind-the-scenes projects for feature films; most of them using RED cameras. In this interview, he talks about the new RED Dragon sensor, shooting with RED Epic, and why he edits on Premiere Pro CS 6.

Listen to Ryan Postas' interview here.

Listen to the entire show here.

We are now offering complete text transcripts for each Digital Production Buzz episodes, courtesy of  Read the transcript for this show here.


Generic newsletter bullet I have four new articles this week, including a guest article on tips to creating a successful viral video, and a detailed review of Sorenson Squeeze 9 Pro.

And, as always, I've updated our Top 3 lists.  Have a great week - I suspect we will have LOTS to talk about next week. 

8 Quick Ways to Make A Viral Video     
YouTube logo Many of us are in the business of creating videos for the web.

In this guest article, written by the folks at Grovo, discover eight steps to make your videos more successful on YouTube. Here are simple ideas that are easy to do.

Sorenson Media - Squeeze Pro 9    
Sorenson Squeeze 9 logo Whether you edit on Final Cut or Premiere, Mac or Windows, you need to compress your videos before you can share them with the world.

The latest release of Squeeze 9, from Sorenson Media, is high-end compression software. In this detailed review, I take a close look at it and explain what it does and when you need to consider using it.

Make Compound Clips Independent      
My articles on compound clips are consistently among the most popular I've written. (In fact, as you can see from our Top 3 Lists this week, compound clips rank #4.)

However, with the 10.0.6 update to Final Cut Pro X, Apple changed the behavior of how compound clips work.

Now, when you change one, you've changed them all - unless you know the secret to independence. In this article, I explain what compound clips are, how to create them, and how to change one without changing everything.

Copy/Paste Keywords 
This article originated with a reader's question and, in answering it, I discovered something I didn't know until last week.

It's easy to copy/paste keywords!

This article explains what keywords are, how to use them, and how to copy them from one clip to any number of selected clips.

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.


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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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