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April 14, 2014
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Larry JordanWow! What a week. I just got back from the 2014 NAB Show in Las Vegas, NV. We had a great time covering the event for our podcast - Digital Production Buzz - I'll talk more about this in a minute.

I wrote two articles for today - one with my thoughts on the NAB Show this year, and a second covering the basics of media management - but only the first one would post. (Drat!) This is more like a beginner's article in question and answer format designed to orient folks that are new to video editing on how to manage media.

Plus, we have a lot of short notes this week. Now that I'm back from NAB, I'm digging through my email and discovering all kinds of cool stuff that I wasn't able to read on the road. (And, if you sent me an email, my apologies if I didn't get back to you. I was distracted.)


For the sixth year in a row, the Digital Production Buzz was an official media partner of this year's NAB Show. We took a huge crew and covered NAB like a blanket:
  • More than five hours of live NAB Updates
  • More than seven hours of evening NAB Special Reports
  • Almost 80 audio interviews
  • Almost 40 video interviews
If you want to know what's happening in our industry, is a GREAT place to look.
Thanks to  Moviola for providing video coverage! (We'll be adding these to our YouTube channel and subscription service later this week.)

Debbie Price produced our NAB coverage, and thanks to Adobe, Blackmagic Design, G-Technology, Moviola, Promise Technologies, and Shutterstock for sponsoring our coverage!

As an added bonus, The Buzz invited comedian Corey Roberts to join us at NAB to view our industry through the eyes of someone who's always been in front of the camera; to see our industry from the outside looking in and share his thoughts on what he discovers. View Corey's videos here:

OH! And one more thing - we added Instagram and posted images throughout the show. Check out the latest at:

Join us for all our NAB coverage - and, as always, let me know what you think.


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Shane Reetz sent this in:

"I'm a young editor/shooter from the Midwest. Today I just learned about a FCPX Browser shortcut which is supposedly "undocumented". CTRL+U in the Browser will filter for unused clips. I know you posted about this feature in FCP7 (and knowing how you are with shortcuts, you probably know this one already), but I thought you might want to share this with your audience."


A couple of issues ago, I asked readers to send in their favorite iPad apps that they use when working with media. Here's an initial selection, I'll have more next week.

Adam Bedford suggested Bossjock for playing open/close themes and commercials. Supports up to 32 programmable "carts".

Peter Tours suggested Adobe Live Logger. (With Adobe's recent news about updating all their products, I'll be looking at the new software when Adobe releases it.)

Richard Aanrich suggested iRecorder. It only costs a couple bucks and it works pretty well. We use it to record the audio separately in addition to the Camera. We also turn it on when we are free flowing on ideas for the shoot.

Hector Pina suggested iMovie for the iPad, Pinnacle Studio, and Splice. All three are video editors, with Hector favoring Pinnacle Studio.

I'll have more apps next week. If you have a favorite, send me a note and I'll share your favorites with everyone. 


Generic newsletter bulletI thought I had two articles for this week, but my website is not cooperating. So, I only have one - my thoughts on this year's NAB Show. If I can't get the second article to post this week, I'll have it for you next week covering the basics of media management for both Adobe and Apple editing software.

Plus, as usual, I've updated our Top Three lists.  Have a great week and remember to check out our NAB coverage at

ARTICLE: 2014 NAB Show  
Reflections on the 2014 NAB Show
Logo: Larry's BlogNow that the dust has settled a bit from this year's show, I wanted to share some thoughts about what I saw as the trends, or lack of trends, at this year's event. 

This article began as a commentary that I used to close one of the Digital Production Buzz podcasts. I've expanded it here because I had some more time to think about this.

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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:
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For a list of all the audio interviews we've conducted on The Buzz, visit here. 

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