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Mar. 31, 2014
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Larry Jordan Well, the start of the 2014 NAB Show is exactly one week away and this week I have two articles on how we are covering NAB for the Digital Production Buzz. One article talks about gear, the other covers workflow.

I have lots of Short Notes and trouble-shooting tips this week, as well as new software, new featured Buzz interview, and other cool stuff.


Last week we announced the release of our latest training: Final Cut Pro X: Complete. This combines FCP X: Workflow & Editing with our latest all-new title: FCP X: Effects.

Everything you need to master Final Cut Pro X - all in one package for one great price. More than 23 hours of training spanning more than 200 movies. Focused, in-depth, with our trademark conversational style and humor.

This training is available today as a download or DVD for only $129! Even better - use FCPX-COMP as the Coupon Code during checkout and SAVE $50!

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BIG NOTE: If you purchased our FCP X 10.1: Workflow & Editing training, all you need to complete your collection is the new FCP X: Effects title. See below for details.


To accompany FCP X: Workflow & Editing, last week we also released the second half in the series: FCP X: Effects. This contains all new recordings covering:
  • 11 chapters - 80 movies - 8 hours of in-depth all-new training
  • An all-new chapter devoted to still images
  • An expanded - and amazing - chapter on color correction
  • Extended coverage of the new Clip Retiming features
  • Cookbooks covering audio and video effects
  • And much, much more!
This training is available today as a download or DVD for only $49! (Existing customers can upgrade for only $29 - the upgrade notice was emailed to you this morning.)

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Drobo announced a new Gen 3, 4-drive Drobo earlier this week. Designed for the prosumer market, the unit provides better performance with a lower price than preceding Drobos. It connects via USB-3, delivers data at about 150 MB/sec, and has an internal battery backup to protect data in case of power failure when transferring data.

Units start shipping in late April. The starting price is $399 and Drobo offers a discount to existing customers. Visit: to learn more.

Earlier this week, Andreas Kiel, of Spherico FilmTools released a FREE, new utility that easily disables, enables, or deletes effects that are applied to clips in a Final Cut Pro X project. Using an XML export, this displays all the effects or templates applied to clips in that project. From there, you can select to enable, disable or remove  some or all of these effects.

Even better, this process is non-destructive as your original project is not changed. Download the free application here.

Over the weekend, I updated my trouble-shooting guide on how to trash preference files for Final Cut Pro X. There are lots of little changes throughout the article, so you might want to skim it quickly just to refresh your memory. Read it here:

As long as I was updating files, if you are a subscriber to my video training, I also updated the instructions on how to create a Favorite movie, or flag a movie to watch later. You can view the updated article here:

Rich Lavon was frustrated that there was no way to save a "tweaked" effect. So, he came up with a workaround:

"This seems better than opening up Motion 5 (which I don't have yet) the way I have seen in other tutorials.

"Basically you copy and paste your effects and positioning and drop shadow and what have you onto a placeholder. In order to get the placeholder into the browser I made it a compound clip, and saved it to a "Placeholder" event I created in a [Graphics Effects] GX library. Now all I need to do is double-click the compound clip, copy and paste the effects into the new project. Not very elegant, but a workaround. 

You rename the placeholders according to the effect. I even type out a brief description on the placeholder itself using the text option. Downside is another library needs to be open, but so what?..I could see lots of effects, positioning keyframes and the like saved as placeholders as well. I'll keep you posted."


If you are using an iPad app for production or post, I'd like to know so I can share your recommendation with others.

Drop me a note via email, tell me what you are using and why you like it. I'll add your comments to future newsletter issues. 

Buzz newsletter bullet This week, I want to highlight an interview on creating visual effects, featuring Brandon Parvini, of Ghost Town Media.

He co-founded his company in 2006 and has since created some seriously high-end music videos for some of the leading stars today:, Linkin Park, and Kanye West, among others.

Listen to Brandon'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 wanted to take you behind-the-scenes as we prepare to cover NAB next week for the Digital Production Buzz.

So, I created two articles: the first one discusses all the gear we are using - almost $50K worth - and how we are using it. The second article covers the workflow and team that allows us to create almost twelve hours of programming in three-and-a-half days.  We've been working on this for a long time and I'm finally able to share it with you.

Plus, because I enjoy seeing what's popular, I also updated our Top 3 lists.  Have a great week! 

The Gear
The Buzz is producing almost twelve hours of programming at the 2014 NAB Show.

It takes a lot of gear to create that much material in a short amount of time.

So, in this article, I explain the gear we are using, how we are using it, and why I decided to add it to the mix.

Plus, I included links to all the companies and hardware so you can research this stuff for yourself.

The Workflow and Team    
It takes more than gear to create programming - its takes a structured workflow and a team.

In this second article on the Digital Production Buzz coverage of the 2014 NAB Show, I illustrate the workflow we've developed over the six years we've been podcasting from NAB.

I also illustrate the roles of the various team members and explain how we track our files to keep everything on track.

All-new training covering audio and visual effects in Final Cut Pro X (v.10.1).
From simple themes and generators to unraveling the complexities of color correction and green screen keys.

* All new chapter on Still Image Effects

* 2-hours in-depth on Color Correction

* A chapter devoted to audio effects

* New recordings, new examples, more in-depth and easier-to-view than ever.

All combined with our conversational approach and sense of humor.

Over 70 movies, more than 8 hours of training, including all the new features in the latest release of Apple's Final Cut Pro X.

Save time, save money, save your sanity. Watch this training and learn how to make Final Cut FLY!

This title contains everything you need to learn Apple's
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This title includes both:

* FCP X: Workflow & Editing

* FCP X: Effects

All in one place, for one great price!

Start with initial setup and media management to editing, effects, and output, there's no finer training on the market.

* Need to get started in a hurry? We condensed everything you need into one chapter.

* Need to learn just the new features? We've got you covered.

* Need in-depth training on everything you need to know to become a video editing pro? Start at the beginning and work your way to the end.

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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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