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Christmas is coming and I've got some early presents: four new articles this week. And a Top 10 list to add to our regular Top 3.
The year may be quickly winding to a close, but there are still interesting things to talk about this week.
is a UK-based visual effects and motion graphics plugins download store and distributor. This last week, they sent out their list of Top 10 best-selling plugins for this year for all host applications. I thought you'd be interested in seeing what they were.
- Red Giant Trapcode Suite
- Boris Continuum Complete
- Video Copilot Optical Flares
- Video Copilot Pro Flares Bundle
- Video Copilot Element 3D
- Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks
- Pixologic Z Brush
- Red Giant Trapcode Particular
- Re:Vision ReelSmart Motion Blur
- Genarts Sapphire
THIS WEEK'S FEATURED BUZZ INTERVIEW
This week on The Buzz Brian Drewes
, the Co-Founder of ZEROvfx, in Boston, spoke with Mike Horton and me about the challenges of running a successful VFX house. ZEROvfx started about ten years ago, and Brian shares his thoughts on what it takes to run a successful company, how to find the right people, and the challenges facing the VFX industry.
Listen to Brian Drewes
' interview here
Listen to the entire show here
We are now offering complete text transcripts for each Digital Production Buzz episodes, courtesy of Take1.tv
. Read the transcript for this show here
FOUR NEW ARTICLES THIS WEEK!
I have four new articles this week: one on video compression, two on Adobe Premiere Pro CC, and one covering Final Cut Pro X. Feel free to suggest articles or send in comments for Short Notes. I always enjoy hearing from you!
Plus, as always, I've updated our Top 3 lists. Enjoy!
ARTICLE: VIDEO COMPRESSION
Secret Video Compression Trick
For whatever reason, I can never make MPEG-4 movies look as good, or compress as small as a QuickTime movie using Apple's Compressor 4.
Unless you know the secret tip...
In this short article, I present a very cool, very simple way to make your MPEG-4 files as small as possible. Weird, but true.
ARTICLE: ADOBE PREMIERE PRO
Relink Missing Media
Media can go missing for a variety of reasons; almost all of which are caused by operator error.
However, when you are facing the "red screen of death," all is not lost. Adobe has provided a way to reconnect your missing media. A process I explain in this step-by-step article.
ARTICLE: FINAL CUT PRO X
Set Playback Performance Preferences
This article began as a conversation in one of my classes.
So, I decided to expand upon it here and explain what you are actually selected when you choose High Quality or Better Performance in Playback Preferences.
In addition to explaining what this preference does, I also explain which is the best option to choose for the project you are editing.
VIDEO: ADOBE PREMIERE PRO
Use Two Computer Monitors
This article began as an emailed question from Eric Merklein
about how to use two computer monitors in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
I discovered this was an easy question to ask, but with a number of different answers.
So, in this article, I explain how to use a second computer monitor as a video monitor, or as an extension of the interface.
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 most popular articles, webinars, and audio interviews for the past seven days across all my websites.Articles
We expanded this list to the Top 4 for more variety:
For an index 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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