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June 9, 2014
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Larry Jordan By the time you read this, I'll be finishing my first day in England,  presenting as part of the TV Bay Show's Seminar Tour. So, to give myself time to pack, I'm writing this issue on Friday.  (Just in case the world ends over the weekend and I'm on a plane and fail to notice.)

By the way, did you see the keynote at Apple's WWDC last Monday? There is some really exciting stuff on the horizon. I didn't expect any news on Final Cut, but some of the collaboration features in the new OS are intriguing - even though I remain skeptical about The Cloud, in general. This fall looks to be an exciting time.

Also, I've got three new articles for you this week, plus a lot of other goodies.  And, if you didn't hear last week's Buzz, you NEED to listen to this week's featured interview: Michael Berenbaum A.C.E., on the craft of editing.


Caution or warning bullet Just a quick heads up. For those of you with access to the developer pre-release of OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), it is incompatible with the current version of FCP X, Compressor and Motion. Be cautious about installing the pre-release version of the OS if you are on deadline to edit a video project.

I KNOW this will be fixed long before final release, but, for now, be careful.


Generic newsletter bullet This week's webinar looked at how to "Make Things Move in Motion 5."  This session was designed for folks who aren't world-class designers, but still need to create text and images that move.

And, boy, did we get stuff moving! Animated dotted lines, text animations, motion tracking, multi-image split screens, FCP X templates and some stunning simulators that will change your entire perspective on how visual elements interact.

Click here to download your copy. (Remember that all webinars are available to subscribers of our Video Training Library. Become a member here.)

NOTE: I'm on the road for almost all of June, so our webinars are taking a break until July. Our next scheduled webinar is July 9: Use Photoshop for Video. More details coming soon.


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 The featured interview this week on the Digital Production Buzz is feature film editor Michael Berenbaum, A.C.E. In addition to editing a host of episodic network TV programs, he also edited both feature film versions of "Sex in the City," and "Sex in the City 2."

This week, rather than concentrate on the technology of editing, we looked at the craft of it. How he staffs his editorial team and what each person does. How and when he reads the script. What he does on set and how he approaches his edit.

This was fascinating to me, bringing us into the edit suite with a tour you'd never get in real-life.

Listen to Michael's interview here.

Listen to the entire program here.

We have added text transcripts for each show - courtesy of View this week's transcript on the show page.

Generic newsletter bullet I have three new video articles for you this week - all excerpts from our recent Motion webinar. I enjoy exploring Motion because each time I do, I discover another easy thing to do in Motion that I can't do in Final Cut Pro.

Here are three examples: animating a dotted line, creating motion graphics in Motion for use in Adobe Premiere and some truly amazing simulators that just defy using words to describe them.

Plus, as always, I've updated all our Top 3 lists. Enjoy!  (And I'll give you a report on my UK trip next week when I'm back home.)

Animate a Dotted Line   
It's a simple thing: get a dotted line to move across the frame.

But, we can't do it in Final Cut Pro X... well, not easily. And doing so in Motion 5 - well, its easy, but not intuitive.

So, in this excerpt from our recent Motion 5 webinar, I show you how to create and animate a dotted line in Motion 5, then how to change its shape from a straight line to something only a tipsy ant could love.

Export Motion Graphics for Premiere Pro CC   
If After Effects is beyond your skills, we can use Motion to create animated motion graphics for Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

The process of creating the movie is the same, whether you are using it in Final Cut or Premiere.

In this short video segment, I show you how to export a Motion project for Premiere (or FCP 7), then how to import and apply it in Premiere.

VIDEO: MOTION 5        
The Motion Simulators  
Buried in an almost invisible corner of Motion 5 are simulators that let you create some truly amazing motion effects, without needing to understand how they work.

In this video training, I showcase about six of these, starting with something simple - apply the effect of gravity to a moving objects - then moving into more and more outrageous "cause-and-effect" simulations.

This is far easier to see than to explain. 

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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:
For an index of all our articles, visit here.



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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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.

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