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Feb. 17, 2014
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Larry Jordan This week is an eclectic mix - two, count 'em TWO articles on Premiere Pro and one video tutorial on an amazing plug-in for Final Cut Pro X.

Then, let's see, Apple updated Compressor and there are cautions about updating to the latest version of ProApps 1.0.4 when running Premiere or After Effects.

Plus, I'm heading out on a road trip, we have another interesting Buzz interview, and I've updated all our Top 3 Lists.


Starting Friday this week, I'm on a two-week road trip, starting with a day-long session on Final Cut Pro X for the ASTE Conference (Alaska Society for Technology in Education).

Then, its off to London for a series of presentations at BVE 2014, along with day-long training sessions at Ravensbourne College and the Guild of Television Cameramen.

All this travel means that next week's newsletter is going to be a bit skimpy and that answering email will take longer than usual. But, I'm really looking forward to the trip. If you are anywhere near, stop by and say hello!


Apple issued a minor update to Compressor late last week, focused on improving stability and performance. They haven't added any new features to the program, instead working on the ones that are there.

Here's what Apple's Release Notes said:
  • Resolves issues installing Compressor on a system where Qmaster was previously enabled
  • Improves reliability of Send to Compressor from Final Cut Pro X
  • Addresses distributed encoding errors when source files are not on the startup volume
  • Fixes errors that could cause a hang when submitting a batch
  • Fixes a stability issue that could occur if multiple Compressor plug-ins are installed
  • Resolves an issue when viewing a plug-in setting without the plug-in installed
  •  Includes general stability improvements
I've been working with the update since it was released and it seems fine to me. You can get this free update through the Mac App Store.

I've been reading on the Adobe forums that there may be a problem with the recent Pro Apps 1.0.4 update from Apple when running the latest versions of After Effects and Premiere.

Here's the link:

If you are having recent problems with Premiere, please check into this. This also highlights a good rule: don't upgrade the instant something new is released. Give others a chance to see if there are any problems.

It is better to wait and make sure things are good, than to rush in only to discover major problems just before you need to meet a deadline. 

Buzz newsletter bullet On the Digital Production Buzz last week, we interviewed Sam Mestman, an editing workflow specialist who's been generating a lot of press recently with his use of Final Cut Pro X at the high-end of the industry.

In this interview, we talk collaboration, workflow, and his latest venture: Sam has worked at every level of the feature film industry and I think you'll like his comments.

Listen to Sam'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 Adobe Premiere Pro CC - both audio-related - plus a video tutorial showcasing the amazing TrackX plug-in for Final Cut Pro X from Coremelt.

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

Set Audio Track Types 
Adobe continues to improve audio handling inside Premiere Pro.

Most recently, they added new Audio Track Types to simplify editing different audio types in the Timeline.

Now, we can easily combine mono, stereo and surround clips in the same edit. Even better, we can very specifically control where these clips go. This article explains how.

Separate Audio Channels  
Adobe Premiere Pro CC defaults to importing, editing, and outputting stereo audio clips.

But, what if your audio isn't stereo, but dual-channel mono where the interviewer is on channel 1 and the guest is on channel 2? How do you separate these two audio channels so you can edit them, without losing sync with the video?

The answer is easy, except for one thing: Once you edit the clip to the Timeline, it's too late. This article explains what you need to know.

Motion-Tracking Plug-in for Final Cut Pro X 
When it comes to amazing plug-ins, Coremelt's TrackX makes the list.

This motion tracking program allows you to motion track objects in a video clip, then track text, graphics, or even inserted video into the results.

In this excerpt from last week's webinar, I show you how TrackX works using a clip that I could not track inside Motion 5. Even better, I show you how to insert moving video into a card that's moving all over the frame.

I was very impressed. You will be too, when you see this.

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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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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. 

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.
  • Better organized
  • More informative
  • Tighter focus on making your images look great.
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.

Whether you are a new or experienced, this training will help you make your media look and sound great!

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