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Mar. 10, 2014
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Review: SonicFire Plug-ins
Motion 5: Animate Text on a Curve
Motion 5: Flow Text Around a Shape
Frame Re-ordering Explained
FCP X Training
Top 3 Lists
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Larry Jordan The closer we get to NAB in April, the more exciting life seems to get. (But, I've always been a geek.) This week, I've got a ton of new goodies for you - interviews, webinars, new training, four new articles and one from the archives this week.

Whew!  This sleep thing is way over-rated.

And, for those of you that like popularity contests, and seeing what other people are reading and watching, I've updated our Top 3 Lists.


Randi Altman, former editor-in-chief at Post Magazine, has started a new venture: Post-Perspective Update.  This week, she interviewed me about my thoughts on the upcoming NAB Show in Las Vegas in April. I shared my thoughts on 4K and other hot topics.

Read it here:


The big news this week was Red Giant's announcement of Universe - a free on-line community dedicated to providing the latest effect technology for After Effects, Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Premiere Pro.

I'm very intrigued by what they are attempting and encourage you to check out the demo movie. Even if you don't sign up, the effects in it are well-worth watching.

Learn more here: 

Moviola invited me to present a webinar on video compression for the web. This has always been a hot topic, so this Tuesday, I'm presenting Compressor 4.1 in-depth.  Free.

The webinar is both live and free - but you need to sign up. Join me to learn how to improve the look of your compressed video.

Register here:
Last week, I announced a subscriber exclusive - brand new training covering Final Cut Pro X Effects!

Over the last week, we've posted new training covering:  
  • Working with Stills
  • Changing Clip Speed (Retiming)
  • Keying
  • Color Correction
  • Video Effects Cookbook

My new chapter on Color Correction is two hours of in-depth training - everything from using the automatic tools to reading scopes to manual color correction.


This is best training I've done on color correction and the rest of training it pretty darn good, too. And, right now it's only available to subscribers.


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If you aren't yet a subscriber, now is the perfect time to join. Sign-up here.

Buzz newsletter bullet We had a great show on the Digital Production Buzz this week: LaToya Morgan, Johnny Brower, and John Swanbeck.

Johnny was telling stories of producing rock festivals in Canada in the 1970s and 80's. LaToya provided insight on the craft of screen-writing.

And John Swanbeck talked about directing comedy and actors. As a director myself, I enjoyed what John had to say and recommend you spend a few minutes listening to his thoughts.

Listen to John Swanbeck 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.


What has 54 essential keyboard shortcuts and keeps your mouse warm on cold spring days?

Right! Our latest mouse-pad for Final Cut Pro X.

Look at the mouse-pad you're using now. You should be ashamed. Your mouse deserves better. (What? Using a trackpad? Then, you need this clever new all-in-one doily and drink coaster.)

When it's 2:00 AM and you need help, this mouse-pad has the answers. Designed by the incredible Katie Fredeen and printed on darn near indestructible mouse-pad stuff, this is the gift for the editor that thinks they have everything.

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Generic newsletter bullet Well, four new articles and one from the archives. A product review, a caution on importing into FCP X, two new Motion articles and an explanation of what "Frame reordering" means when compressing video. Very cool stuff!

And, as always, I've updated our Top 3 lists.  Have a great week. Write and let me know how you're doing. 

Plug-in for Final Cut Pro X and Premiere Pro CC
Recnently, Smartsound released two new plug-ins - one for FCP X and one for Premiere Pro CC - that make it easier than ever to add music to your projects.

This last week, I was working on a video tutorial for Smartsound showcasing the new software. I was so impressed, I wrote this product review to tell you more about it.

Animate Text on a Curve     
OK, I admit it. I can't draw.

But there is still a reason to learn Motion. Recently, I wanted to show a class how to animate text on a curve.

And I discovered that I had forgotten how. So, to serve as a reminder to myself, I wrote this detailed tutorial so that the next time I forget how Motion works, I can re-read what I wrote.

You don't need to wait that long. This is a fun article that requires exactly zero design skills to get your text to do fun and crazy things.

Flow Text Around a Shape

This article is a follow-on to the one just before it that shows you how to animate text on a curve.

Motion also allows us to animate text around a geometric shape that we draw (um, not likely), import from Photoshop, or steal from the Motion library.

I opted to purloin a shape from the Motion library and wrote this tutorial to show you how this techique works. Cool, even if I do say so myself.

What Does Frame Re-ordering Mean?

This article was written a while ago, but I still get asked to explain frame reordering, when compressing QuickTime files.

So, if you've ever wondered what this means and what you should do about it, this article will take less than a minute and a half to read.

And, as an update, what applies to QuickTime Player 7 also applies to QuickTime Player X.

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


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. 

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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Larry Jordan
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