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May 19, 2014
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Do You Have Enough RAM?
Opacity vs. Blend Modes
Three Moving Shortcuts
Enhance Landscapes Using Blend Modes
Video in a Shape Over Video
FCP X: Complete!
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Larry Jordan I've got a full issue for you this week - five new articles and videos, lots of short notes and other cool stuff. But, first, we need to start with this.


Caution or warning bullet Last Friday, Apple updated OS X to version 10.9.3. After installing the update, some users lost access to their User folder. This causes complete havoc with Final Cut Pro X, as well as a variety of other applications.

The next day, Saturday, Apple released an update to iTunes which fixes this problem.

If you updated on Friday, be SURE to update iTunes. If you update anytime after Saturday, both iTunes and OS X will be updated at the same time and everything should be fine.

I updated my system on Sunday and have had no problems. Remember, updates are available in the Mac App Store.


A new feature in OS X Mavericks is "App Nap." Apple writes: "App Nap helps you save power when you're working with multiple apps at the same time. OS X can tell when an app is completely hidden behind other windows. And if that app isn't currently doing something for you... App Nap conserves valuable battery life by slowing the app down."

Generally, this is a good thing that can save power and battery life. However, sometimes this can cause performance issues with some software.

You can turn off App Nap by selecting the application in the Applications folder of the Finder. Then, choose File > Get Info. In the Get Info box check "Prevent App Nap." You can change this setting at any time.


ProAm USA has released a new camera stabilizer called Autopilot. This $190 unit smooths hand-held shots without breaking the bank. And, as a note, as you move up into shooting higher-resolution images, camera stabilization becomes critical.

The folks at AEScripts released "Slice it Up," a plug-in for After Effects that slices footage into any number of slices and gives you full control over position and rotation.

MotionVFX released mSplatter. mSplatter is 100 organic pre-keyed QuickTime-based splatter elements for any NLE software.


Many of us still earn a living distributing our projects on optical media; either DVD or Blu-ray Disc.

This week, I have a webinar showing how to use Adobe Encore CS6 to create both DVD and Blu-ray projects. While Encore works best with Adobe Premiere, it can also be used with Final Cut Pro 7 and Final Cut Pro X. I'll show you how it works this week.

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Here's what we have planned for the rest of May:

    May 21: Adobe Encore: From Hi-Def Video to Blu-Ray Disc or DVD
    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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Buzz newsletter bullet GoPro continues to grow and this week the Digital Production Buzz spoke with David Newman, Senior Director of Software Engineering for GoPro about their new cameras, software, and how it all integrates with leading editing software.

If you are fascinated by these little cameras, you'll enjoy what David has to say.

Listen to David 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 two new articles and three new videos for you this week. The first article helps you answer the question: "How much RAM do I need?" While the second has three little-known, but very helpful keyboard shortcuts for FCP X.

The RAM article is relevant for anyone running applications on a Mac, regardless of which software you use.  

Then, I have three excerpts from last week's webinar, looking at different aspects of blend modes, starting with a comparison of changing opacity vs changing blend modes.

And, as always, I've updated our Top 3 Lists. Enjoy your week!

Do You Have Enough RAM?   
One of the questions I get asked a lot is: "How much RAM should I have?

The answer varies depending upon the software you are using and the projects you are creating.

However, there is a simple application on your hard disk that can help you answer that question, as this article explains.

Whether you are using Adobe, Avid, or Apple, you'll want to read this article.

Opacity vs. Blend Modes   
This short video compares changing opacity to changing blend modes. Most of the time, blend modes are a better choice  when adding texture to text.

Next, I illustrate the different blend mode categories and explain when to use each.

Finally, I'll show you how to add texture to text.

Three Moving Shortcuts 
Sigh... I love keyboard shortcuts.

Here are three cool tricks that can help you:

* Move a clip
* Move a connection
* Move the playhead.

If you have time to burn, don't bother reading this.

Enhance Landscapes Using Blend Modes
This is my favorite blend mode effect: emulating a grad filter.

It brings dead skies to life and re-energizes the foreground. Best of all, it is easy to do and lends itself to all kinds of interesting effects.

In this short video, I show you how to combine a gradient with a blend mode to bring a whole new look to your landscape shots.

Video Inside a Shape On Top of Video  
There are multiple ways to put video inside a shape, then key the results into a different background video.

However, this technique is probably the fastest and the easiest - though not the most intuitive.

In this short video, I show you how to use blend modes to insert text inside a shape, then place that effect on top of entirely different video.

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


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Digital Production Buzz Audio Interviews   

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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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