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May 5, 2014
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Video: Make Your Actors Look Beautiful
FCP X: Editing Secrets
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Compressor: Better DVD Tips
FCP X: Color-Correct Multicam Clips
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Larry Jordan This last week felt kinda quiet so, to fill the gap, I have three new articles, two new videos and a new webinar for you. Plus, our Short Notes section continues to grow, which allows me to share news and notes with you quickly. Feel free to send in thoughts and announcements.

We also launched a new benefit for all our Video Training Subscribers, as well as an improved new format for the Digital Production Buzz.  OH! And more new webinars.  Let's get started.


Generic newsletter bullet Last week, we launched our new webinar system. Utilizing GoToWebinar technology, we also opened the doors to everyone by providing free tickets to the live webinar. (Video Training subscribers can watch all current and past webinars for free as part of their subscription.)

Our latest webinar covered Color Grading a Scene Using Final Cut Pro X. I illustrated how to use FCP X effects and the Color Board to grade three different scenes. Plus, as an added bonus, I showcased a new effects suite from Tiffen called dFX. Their ProMist and Gobo effects are just amazing - more on that in a bit.

Here's the link to last week's show.

And, here's what we have planned for the rest of May. The first four are:

    May 7: Premiere Pro CC: Create Better Titles
    May 14: FCP X: Better Effects with Blend Modes
    May 21: Adobe Encore: From Hi-Def Video to Blu-Ray Disc

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There's a new feature in the image stabilizer section of FCP X called Tripod. What this does is stabilize an image so solidly that it looks like it was shot on a tripod.

That's the good news. The bad news was that I could never get this to work. So, I went rooting around on Apple's website and discovered that "...the Tripod function is only available when a clip will benefit from it. When a clip is too shaky to successfully simulate a tripod-type effect, then the option will be grayed out. If the camera has no motion except for shakiness from panning, tilting, boom, crane, etc.) then the check box will be available."

Jeffrey Chow writes:

We've just made is a wireless control surface for the iPad that works in the studio or the field with a visual interface that makes FCP and Premiere easy to learn. It's also a remote control surface to give to clients during review, plus a gesture system that allows pros the tactile ability to cut entire sequences while keeping their eyes on their footage. All for much less than any other control surface available.

Its pretty amazing. Visit their website here:

Rick Lavon sent me this hidden keyboard shortcut:

"Not sure if this has been documented before, but in the color correction tool, when you go to the Color Board, hitting TAB will activate the global level, and using the up and down arrows on the keyboard will raise or lower the level. Press TAB again and the selection goes to shadow level. On saturation, however, you have to click on the button for global, highlight etc, in order to  use the up and down arrows. Not sure why it's a little different. In the color tab, same thing, but you get to use the left and right arrow tool as well as up and down. Your love of keyboard shortcuts is legendary, so wanted to share."

Larry replies: Thanks, Rick. I love keyboard shortcuts!

Buzz newsletter bullet We are tweaking the Digltal Production Buzz, starting this month. We've had a lot of requests to dig deeper during our interviews. So, we extended our interviews to give us more time to explore the issues.

Also, in addition to posting the entire show, we now have a complete library of individual interviews dating back to 2009. Whew!  Its a great time-capsule of our industry! Visit it here.

Mother's Day was yesterday, so this week, we talked with Gesine Thomson, who recently gave a TED Talk on how "motherhood super-charged her career."  You'll find her thoughts intriguing regardless of whether or not you are a Mom.

Listen to Gesine here.

Listen to the entire show here.

Generic newsletter bullet I have three new articles for you this week: the first is a video that shows a very cool plug-in from Tiffen that can make your actors look beautiful; regardless of whether you use Adobe, Apple, or Avid.

Second, is an article that showcases faster ways to create overwrite and back-timed edits using Final Cut Pro X.

Then, there are articles on Compressor and color correction in Final Cut Pro X.

Plus, as usual, I've updated our Top Three lists.

Make Your Actors Look Beautiful! 
You work really hard in production to make your actors look great. But, looking at them later, in editing, there's just something... "missing."

In this video, I showcase one of the filters in Tiffen's dFX plug-in suite that makes skin just look amazing.

While this demo uses FCP X, the plug-ins work for Avid, Adobe, and Apple NLEs.

Secrets to Better Overwrite and Back-Timed Edits 
When you need to edit a clip into the Timeline with maximum precision, nothing beats an overwrite or back-timed edit.

However, things get complicated when you are trying to precisely position the end of a clip and match it against audio.

That's where these tips can make you faster and more accurate.

Stunning Color Mask Effects 
Lurking behind the surface of the Color Board in Final Cut Pro X are some very powerful masking tools.

In this short video tutorial, I show you how to create some stunning color effects using multiple color masks applied to the same clip.

Think of this as the "Pleasantville effect" taken to extremes.

Two Quick Tips to Burning DVDs 
If you need to burn DVDs using Apple Compressor 4.1, you need to read this article.

In it, I explain how to burn a second DVD without recompressing media.

And how to create a disk image of your DVD so you can burn multiple copies at any time in the future, without needing to recompress the source files.

Color-Correct Multicam Clips 
I've written a lot about multicam editing and color correction.

But it wasn't until a reader sent in a question earlier this week that I realized I have failed to talk about one very important tip that makes color correcting multicam tips a whole lot easier - because it allows you to actually see what you are doing.

If saving time while editing multicam projects is important to you, you need to read this.

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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.

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

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