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May 12, 2014
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Larry Jordan OK. So. Mother's Day wasn't last week. It was yesterday. Sigh... Thanks to everyone that wrote last week suggesting that I was calendar-challenged. But, really, you should say thanks to your mother more than once a year...

I have lots of new stuff for you this week, including new articles, new videos, new webinars and a very interesting interview from the Buzz. And, for those of you asking for more Adobe coverage, we have a lot planned for our weekly webinars over the summer.

Oh! And in the "gossip-and-scandal" category I have some new hardware reviews coming up later this month covering both storage and archiving. I may have some good news for all of us shortly -- assuming the products actually ship.


Generic newsletter bullet I've had a lot of recent requests for software to author DVDs and Blu-ray Discs using a Mac. The only option that allows full authoring, as opposed to simply burning a single movie to the disc, is Adobe Encore CS6. (While Adobe has moved to CC versions of most of their software, they are maintaining Encore at the CS6 level.)

While Adobe Encore is still sold, finding and installing it is tricky, because if all you need is Encore, you need to install, then uninstall, Premiere Pro CS6; which is now part of Adobe's Creative Cloud.

Here's the link for Encore:

And here's what you need to know to install Encore:

Yes, it would be REALLY helpful to have an easier way to buy and install Encore. But, for now, this is the best it gets. (I have a webinar covering Encore in a couple of weeks - see the next section.)


Last week's webinar - Create Better Titles Using Adobe Premiere Pro CC - set a new record for attendance. I'm delighted with how the new webinar software is working and enjoy everyone's comments during the event.

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

And, here's what we have planned for the rest of May:

    May 14: FCP X: Better Effects with Blend Modes
    May 21: Adobe Encore: From Hi-Def Video to Blu-Ray Disc
    May 28: FCP X: Multicam Editing

In June, I'll cover the new features in some of Adobe's latest software. (I'm just waiting for it to be released.)

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For a variety of reasons, few of them good, different browsers refuse to support common video formats. One of the most egregious is Firefox, which doesn't support QuickTime or MPEG-4 media files using the H.264 codec.

Recently, a reader pointed out that the DiVX encoder solves this problem. To learn more, here's the link:

Buzz newsletter bullet We are tweaking the Digital Production Buzz. We had a lot of requests to dig deeper during our interviews. So, we reduced the number of guests from four to three, which allowed us time to extend each interview to explore the issues.

This week, we stepped back from gear and story-telling to look at running a business. We called it: "The Secret to Success." We spoke with executives at three different businesses: OWC, ADS, and G2 to learn what it took to grow their business.

All three interviews are fascinating, but what I found most interesting was the common theme that ran through all of them.  If you are looking for tips you can use to grow your own business, you need to listen to these interviews.

The one I recommend for this week is Larry O'Connor, Founder/President of OWC. He started the company when he was 14. Now, more than 25 years later, its more of a success than ever. (His phone line is a little scratchy, but what he has to say is excellent.)

Listen to Larry here.

Listen to the entire show here.

We have added text transcripts for each show - courtesy of Read the transcript here.

Generic newsletter bullet I have one new article for you this week and three new videos. The article looks at the process of moving project files from Final Cut Pro X to Adobe Audition for sound mixing.  The videos look at different aspects of creating titles in Adobe Premiere Pro CC. (Including a short segment on what fonts to use, and avoid, in video titles.)

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

Tips to Pick the Best Fonts for Video  
Fonts and typefaces confuse many of us. We know there are lots of differences between them, but which ones should we use?

There are two answers to this question: the emotional feeling a font creates and picking a font that still looks good when integrated into the relatively low resolution of video.

In this short video, I provide a series of examples of what fonts to use and which to avoid so that viewers can see what you want them to see.

These tips are valid for any NLE and I encourage your suggestions.

Move Projects To and From Adobe Audition  
Final Cut Pro X is good for mixing simple projects. But when projects get more complex, or you need to clean-up your audio, or you need to create stems (submixes containing only dialog, effects and music), then FCP X is not the best choice.

At this point, you need to move your audio out of Final Cut into either Avid ProTools or Adobe Audition. My personal preference is Adobe Audition (also because I can't get iLoks to work.)

In this article, I show you how to move projects between Final Cut and Audition; and I also explain what you need to know to move projects between FCP and ProTools.

Import Layered Photoshop Graphics 
Adobe Premiere Pro provides multiple ways to import a layered Photoshop graphic; four, in fact.

In this short video tutorial, I explain the different options you can select from during import, show you what each does and suggest which option is best for your project.

Create Title Text on a Curve  
One of the "hidden" features of Premiere is its title generator. If you always create your titles using Photoshop, you are missing a treat.

In this short video, I show you how to create text on a curve using Premiere's titler. Along the way, I'll show you how to kern the text, modify the shape and size of the curve, and change the look of the text.

This is a very cool feature that actually gives you more text formatting controls that Photoshop.

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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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Digital Production Buzz Audio Interviews   

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

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