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May 26, 2014
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Warm-up a Voice
Premiere: Export for DVD or Blu-ray
Encore: Create a Chapter Playlist
FCP X: Spell-check Text
Encore: Change Poster Frames
FCP X: Complete!
Top 3 Lists
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Larry Jordan Today is Memorial Day, a national holiday here in the States. While our office is closed, I still have lots for you this week: five articles, new Short Notes, and a variety of other cool stuff.

My articles this week are very ecumenical: Adobe Encore, Premiere Pro and Audition, plus Final Cut Pro X. As well, I'm traveling to the UK in June - you'll find the details next.


Generic newsletter bullet The TV Bay Show invited me to join "The Tour," June 9 - 13 in England. I'll be speaking about Final Cut Pro X in London (June 9), Manchester (June 11), and Birmingham (June 13). The TV Bay Show is a monthly technology program originating out of London. They also do seminars and events; which is where I get involved.

In addition to my two presentations each day, I'll also conduct a "surgery" in each city, where we can chat one-on-one to get your technical questions answered.

I always enjoy my trips to the UK. If you have the time, it would be great to meet you.

Here are the details.


Tom Coughlin, President of Coughlin Associates, released his latest survey covering storage in the media industry. Tom has allowed me to share the executive summary with you. This ten-page document is filled with interesting facts covering storage, optical media and archiving. (I was especially interested in what he discovered about how we archive our media.)

Click here to download the report (5.5 MB PDF).

Jeff Orig, the Director of OrigMedia, sent in a video tip on a "hidden" feature in FCP X: using Placeholders to create animatics. I thought this was a very clever technique, so I'm sharing it with you here.


One of the trends that Tom Coughlin's survey made clear was that optical media - CD, DVD, and Blu-ray Disc - are taking a second seat to downloads. However, media creators know that customers spend more for projects delivered on something customers can hold than for something they can download.

So, last week, I presented a webinar on how to create DVDs and Blu-ray Discs using Adobe Encore. If you've been holding out hope that Apple will revive DVD Studio Pro, it ain't gonna happen. Even Encore is end-of-lifed. BUT... Encore is still available and we can still use it to make money.

If you need to learn how Encore works, you'll be really pleased with this webinar. I cover everything from exporting and compression to building, testing and burning both a DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

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Generic newsletter bullet Live performances are ideal opportunities for shooting with more than one camera. At the same time, shooting with multiple cameras has never been easier as cameras get smaller and cheaper and require less supporting gear to run.

The real trick is not shooting with multiple cameras, but editing them. In this live online session, join me as I explain how to edit multiple camera shoots using Final Cut Pro X.

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Remember - ANYONE can watch a live webinar for FREE! We have a limit of 100 seats for each event. Webinars start at 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM every Wednesday.

Buzz newsletter bullet Our featured interview this week on the Digital Production Buzz is Marty Murray. He produced "Kill Game," which screened last week at the Cannes Film Festival.

This is the third film that Marty has produced and he has lots of tips on what it takes to produce a film and what he's learned to concentrate on when developing a new project.

Listen to Marty's interview here.

Listen to the entire show here.

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

Generic newsletter bullet Whether you use Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere, Encore, or Audition, I have something for you this week.  One big new article, three new videos and a great article from the archives that I think you'll like as well.

Plus, I've updated our Top 3 lists because I love seeing what everyone is reading and watching. Have a great week!

Warm-up a Voice or Improve Diction  
Whether you use Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Audition or other software, we all want our talent to sound as good as possible.

I've taught these techniques in my classes for a long time, but I've never written about them.

Here, I showcase what you need to do to make a voice sound friendlier, or improve clarity. Often you can use this technique to clean up someone who mumbles, or adjust your mix for an older audience.

I give examples using Audition, FCP, and Premiere. Frankly, virtually everything I do has this effect, or something like it, applied.  Because if the audience can't understand what they're hearing, they won't watch.

Export Files for DVD, Blu-ray or Compression   
This short video illustrates how to export a project from Adobe Premiere Pro CC for one of three uses:
  • Create a master file to compress in other software
  • Compress a file for DVD
  • Compress a file for Blu-ray Disc 
The direct link between Premiere and Encore disappeared with the CC release. Now we need to export projects for optical media the same as for the web - but with different compression settings.

Here I'll show you what settings to use, what to adjust and where to adjust it -- all in preparation for moving a file into Adobe Encore.

Create a Chapter Playlist (Story) 
As I was researching this week's webinar, I discovered that Adobe Encore could do something I didn't think it could do: create stories.

A "story" allows you to use your existing media for a different purpose. For example, group all fight scenes together, or reorganize a training disc, or anything where it is helpful to view your media in a different order than the one you edited.

In this short video, I show you how this works.

Spell-check and Replace Text 
A feature that you may not know Final Cut has is the ability to spell-check and replace text.

This is especially helpful when checking titles.

In this article, I explain how both of these work.

Change the Poster Frame of a Chapter Marker 
A poster frame is the frame under a chapter marker that is displayed in a scene selection menu for a DVD or a Blu-ray Disc.

Most of the time, that frame is fine. But, sometimes, its in the middle of a dissolve or where the scene has not fully developed.

In this short video, I show how to create chapter markers in Adobe Premiere, then change the poster frame using Adobe Encore.

I don't use this technique very often, but when I need it, I REALLY need it.

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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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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.
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