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June 2, 2014
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Larry Jordan A few hours after this newsletter goes out, Apple takes the stage at its keynote to the Worldwide Developer Conference. While I don't expect any changes to Final Cut, I am expecting some major announcements concerning the Mac OS and iOS; as well as a ton of new goodies for developers to help them create new tools and, uh, toys, for the rest of us.

This week, I have five articles and videos for you, along with some exciting short notes, and new live video training for both Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro X. Cool stuff.

Oh! And an exciting new webinar on Motion coming up Wednesday this week. Whew!


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.


Along with many readers, I've noticed a display bug in Final Cut that causes Timeline video to disappear in the Viewer without any reason. The workaround is to select a Browser clip, then reselect the Timeline and your video will display properly. I don't know what causes this, but the workaround is simple. I'm hoping Apple fixes this in an upcoming update as it is somewhat disconcerting.

 The two-man development team at Arctic Whiteness have released a new version of Final Cut Library Manager 2. If you haven't checked out this outstanding library management software for FCP X, you are missing a treat. It's everything you need, all in one place. The update is free to existing users.


Generic newsletter bullet Live performances are ideal opportunities for shooting with more than one camera. In fact, 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. Last week, I created an online video training that shows you how to edit multiple camera shoots using Final Cut Pro X. Plus, I also covered working with multi-channel audio as part of a multicam clip.

Subscribers can view the webinar in our Video Training Library. (Become a subscriber here.)

Everyone else can download it here.


Generic newsletter bullet This week's webinar looks at "Easy Tips to Cool Effects in Motion 5."  This session is designed for folks that aren't world-class designers, but still need to create text and images that move.

Motion scared me for a long, long time because, to make the most of the application, you really need serious design skills. And I can't design my way out of a paper bag with a map and a crayon.  Sigh...

But, over time I began to realize that there are LOTS of things we can do with Motion that can make our editing life a lot easier and a lot more visually interesting without requiring the skills of van Gogh. Or a graffiti artist, for that matter.

If Motion intimidates you, or you are still trying to figure out how this software works, make a point to join us on Wednesday. You'll learn stuff you can put to work immediately on your current projects.

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.

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I'm delighted to announce that the folks at CreativeLIVE have invited me back to expand my training on Adobe Premiere - which got rave reviews last year - with a one-day update targeted at designers and still photographers on June 17. If you are new to video editing, this one-day on-camera live training will give you a solid foundation on the software and help you get started in the right direction. 

Here's the Premiere Pro training link.

Then, the very next week, starting June 23, I'm doing three days of intensive Final Cut Pro X training. All live and all on-camera. Whether you are new or want to learn the latest software techniques, this session is designed for you.  I promise, your brain will explode... in a good way!

Here's the Final Cut Pro X training link.

The best news is that both live sessions are free. All you need to do is sign up.  CreativeLIVE is a class-act. I had a great time there last year and look forward to even more fun this year. 

Buzz newsletter bullet Is 4K hype or the next great thing? This week on The Buzz, we presented both points of view.

Terry Curren, CEO of Alpha Dogs, a post-house in LA, thinks that 4K is over-rated and isn't afraid to share his opinions with us.

While David Foley, co-Founder of NanoTech Entertainment has found a way to deliver 4K video to the home; cost-effectively and with quality.

Who's right?  This was a great show with lots of solid information and food for thought. (And, I should mention, that Andy Shipsides joined us to talk about the new Panasonic Varicams, with a ton of tips on how to pick your next camera.)

Listen to the entire show here.

We have added text transcripts for each show - courtesy of You'll find this week's transcript  posted to the show page.

Generic newsletter bullet One of the requests I get frequently is to help editors improve their audio. So, this week, I wrote two parallel articles: one on Final Cut Pro X and the other on Adobe Premiere Pro. Both discuss how to use limiter and compression filters to improve the quality of your sound and take you step-by-step through the process. So, pick your software and read on.

Then, I have two excerpts from last week's webinar on Multicam in Final Cut Pro X. And I wrap up with an article from the archives on how to access and save text styles and formats.

Plus, as always, I've updated our Top 3 lists.

Boost and Smooth Audio Levels  
Last week, I wrote about how to use EQ to shape the sound of your audio. This week, I answer an even more common complaint: How do I get my audio levels to sound consistent, consistently good?

The answer depends upon whether you are running Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere.

In this article, I show you how to use the Limiter filter in Final Cut Pro X to bring your audio levels under control.

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

Boost and Smooth Audio Levels  
This is the companion piece to the audio level article I wrote for Apple Final Cut Pro X.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC has some outstanding audio tools - provided you know where they are and how they work.

This article walks you step-by-step through the entire level adjustment process, explaining the settings I recommend and why I recommend them.

If you want your audio to sound great and you want to do it in Premiere, this is the article for you.

Sync Multicam Clips 
This is an excerpt of last week's webinar on syncing multicam clips in Final Cut Pro X.

In this short video, I show you three different ways to sync clips and explain how to pick the best option for your project.

Understand the Multicam Angle Editor 
The Angle Editor in Final Cut Pro X has continued to grow in power and flexibility.

In this short excerpt from last week's Multicam webinar, I show you what the Angle Editor is and how to use ie.

Watch the video∫ here.

Style Title Text (and save the styles) 
One of my most popular webinars in the last year was "Create Killer Titles in Final Cut Pro X."

In this short video excerpt, I show how to style title text, then how to save those styles so you can reuse them again and again and again.

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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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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. 

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