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Feb. 3, 2014
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FCP X: When to Optimzie
Motion 5: Publish Effects
FCP X: Find Media Using Keywords
Motion: Play Projects in FCP X
Motion 5: Create an Effects Rig
FCP X Training
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Compressor 4 Training
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Larry Jordan FIVE new articles and videos for you this week. Along with new webinars on Final Cut Pro X and Premiere Pro CC, a GREAT Motion webinar available in our store, some killer tips, and, well, tons of new stuff.


In case you missed it, we had a great webinar last week showing how to create effects in Motion that can be used and modified inside Final Cut Pro. This session covered converting Motion projects to play inside Final Cut, publishing individual effects parameters, and creating more complex effects using rigging and widgets.

If you've been intimidated by Motion, you need to see this session. There are some very powerful and useful effects you can create which require no design skills at all. And, once you understand how rigging works - and it isn't that hard - you'll be unstoppable; even if you can't draw a straight line without mechanical assistance.

I was really pleased with how this webinar turned out and recommend it to you. As always, subscribers have access to all webinars as part of their membership.

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Just as a note, we now have over 700 training videos in our library... Whew... That's a lot of learning...!


Ben Balser wrote an excellent article describing why maintaining sufficient free space on your hard disk is so important. Read it here. And thanks Ben for sharing this.

Thinking of cool tips, David Scott sent me the following:

"Larry -- FYI, I picked up my Flanders Scientific BM210 monitor and Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Monitor yesterday. Wow! After downloading the latest Blackmagic Design drivers and software, success was pretty much plug-and-play. The result is a gorgeous, fully calibrated version of my FCP X editing and I only wish I'd know about this solution sooner. I had been doing a more-or-less OK job of guessing my output, always keeping well within the settings that your training recommends for FCP X but I've really wanted accurate confirmation via a really good monitor. Now I have it.

I'll never understand why this specific recommendation hasn't been prominently posted by someone, somewhere. One-man shops like mine aren't necessarily informed about pro-level gear and I guess that's why we ask a lot of questions. The cost is not trivial but it's a far cry from five grand-plus. Shoot, I could have paid for a good chunk of it with the money I spent on a series of consumer-level HDTVs variously recommended by on-line posters like me who were searching for something good. Needless to say, none those were worth much because they weren't designed for that task. Thanks!" 


I have two webinars scheduled for February:

* Feb. 12: 3rd-Party Plug-ins for Final Cut Pro X
* Feb. 19: Color Correcting in Adobe Premiere Pro and Speedgrade

(As a note, these are new dates for both webinars.)

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The largest industry trade show in England is BVE and I'm heading to London in late February to present at the show. I'm still researching my talks, but there will be a lot of interesting ideas to cover.  

I'll have more details as we get closer. For now, click here to register. All my talks are on the show floor and free to all attendees. Please stop by and say hello - I would enjoy the chance to meet you.   



Buzz newsletter bullet On the Digital Production Buzz last week, we interviewed Peter Hamilton, a consultant specializing in documentaries and non-scripted programming.

Most of us got our start creating a documentary, only to discover how hard it is to make money from it. In this interview, Peter shares his thoughts on why selling documentaries is so hard and what you need to know to make money in distribution.

Along the way, he also discusses the impact that reality programming is having on the doc market. This was a fascinating interview that I encourage you to hear.

Listen to Peter's interview here.

Listen to the entire show here.

We are now offering complete text transcripts for each Digital Production Buzz episode, courtesy of Take1 Transcription. View the transcript here.


Generic newsletter bullet I have two new articles on Final Cut Pro X, plus three new videos on Motion 5 this week. The first article looks at when to edit camera native media, versus when to optimize or use proxy media. This can be confusing, which is why I wrote the article.

And, as always, I've updated our Top 3 lists.  Have a great week! 

When To Use Optimized, Proxy, or Native Media

There's a lot of confusion about when to use camera native, optimized, or proxy media in Final Cut.

So, this week, I define what these three terms mean and provide a series of tutorials on which to use when, and what the implications are.

If you are planning your next edit, read this to be sure you are making the right choices.

Publishing Motion Effects to Final Cut Pro X 
This is an excerpt from last week's webinar on integrating Motion 5 with Final Cut Pro X.

The power of Motion is that we can save Motion projects as FCP X templates.

Even better, we can adjust settings in the template in FCP, even though it was created in Motion.

In this short video tutorial, I show you how to publish a single effects parameter in Motion to make it accessible in Final Cut. (Now, this sounds complex, but its really easy - just darn near impossible to find.)

Watch this video and you'll find a use for this technique in virtually every project you edit.

Find Media Using Keywords   
Another aspect of media management is finding the clips you need when you need them.

The best way to do this is using keywords.

Final Cut makes adding keywords simple, but the real power comes when you need to find clips. Here, keywords really shine.

In this article, I explain what keywords are, how to apply them, then how to search for them. If you are planning a medium to large project, you owe it to yourself to read this article.

Convert a Motion Project for Final Cut Pro X 
 A feature we lost in the transition from FCP 7 to FCP X was the ability to play Motion projects directly in Final Cut Pro X.

Well, actually, that feature isn't lost... just changed.

In this short video tutorial, I show you what you need to do to convert a Motion 3, 4, or 5 project so that you can play it in Final Cut.  It isn't hard, but it isn't obvious either -- until you watch.

Create an Effect Rig with Widgets  
Mention "rigging" and "widgets" in Motion 5 and you'll either get blank looks or terrified expressions.

Rigging is what allows us to create complex effects in Motion that can be adjusted in Final Cut Pro X.

Normally, this is the purview of developers creating plug-ins; and there is now doubt you can use this for very sophisticated effects.

BUT... you don't need to be a world-class programming to use this. All you really need is about six minutes of time and you'll discover these techniques can simplify every title you ever create, as well as save you a ton of time when you need to tweak.

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Here are the most popular articles, webinars, and audio interviews for the past seven days across all my websites.


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Digital Production Buzz Audio Interviews   

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Learn Apple Compressor 4.1
With the release of Final Cut Pro X v10.1, Apple also updated Compressor to version 4.1 An all new interface, improved compression settings and better monitoring. So much changed, in fact, that we went back and re-recorded all our training for the new version.
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These days, everything we do ends 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 4.1.

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