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July 28, 2014
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Should FCP 7 Users Consider Premiere Pro?
What's the Best Way to Configure a RAID?
Improve RAID Speed with Partitions
FCP X: Library Properties
Create and Use Finder Tags
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Larry Jordan It's been a busy week - FIVE new articles for you, along with an extended Short Notes, an unusual  webinar, an amazing interview with editor Zack Arnold, and more!

This last week, I had a long conversation with Adobe to learn more about Adobe Premiere. From that discussion came a new article that helps answer the question: "Should Final Cut Pro 7 Editors Consider Adobe Premiere Pro CC?"  There's a lot of material here that I didn't know before our meeting and I know you'll find it interesting.

As I look around my office, I'm awash in storage. I've been looking at the new G-Technology G-Speed Studio RAID, new software from SoftRAID, two RAIDs from OWC, plus some existing Thunderbolt devices. My review of the G-Speed will be out next week, I discovered some interesting new features that are taking longer to research and write than I expected.

Still, two new articles this week grew out of what I'm learning about RAIDs and storage. I'm excited about both because when you read them, you'll learn how to get your storage to run its fastest. These are ideas that I didn't fully understand as recently as two weeks ago.

I can't wait to share all this with you!


Last week, Telestream released Switch, their version of the venerable QuickTime Player 7 Pro. Switch allows you to play, inspect, and correct media -- all in one application. It's been in beta for what seems like forever, but it is finally released! Telestream offers a FREE player, plus a professional version. Learn more here:

Thinking of new software, Alex Liu wrote last week: "I'm a individual Mac Developer from China. I'm doing several video related apps on Mac OS. I think maybe some of my Apps are useful for you and others. If you do think they are useful, would you please let others know?"

I like supporting developers who are getting started, however, I haven't personally used these, yet. Alex  created four subtitle programs:
  • Subtitle Writer: To write your SRT subtitles to the video so that it's soft-embedded and can be extracted later.
  • SRT Extractor: To extract the subtitle tracks from video. It can even extract Closed Caption embedded in mov, m4v, mp4 and 3gp files.
  • SRT Edit Pro: To create a new SRT subtitle file or edit your existing SRT file, or do timing for the subtitles.
  • FinalSRT: To import SRT subtitles right into Final Cut Pro X or Final Cut Pro 7. Together with  SRT Edit Pro, it's easy to make subtitles in Final Cut Pro.
Learn more at:

In other big news, Promax acquired Cache-a last week. This has huge implications for bringing LTO archiving to the masses. I'm very interested to see what the folks at Promax do with their new acquisition. Here's the press release (PDF).

Daren Smith writes: "I've noticed that some of your content has been about audio in FCP X. Anyway, I wrote a book called The Indie Film Sound Guide that covers everything about sound for film, from the location scout to the final mix. There's even a free sample chapter about handling sound in the edit here." Learn more here.


Generic newsletter bullet This month, I upgraded all our Final Cut Pro X training to include the latest new features in the 10.1.2 FCP X update.

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This week's webinar looks at "Using Photoshop for Video." Last week, as I was talking with Adobe, we spoke about how Photoshop can be used with video and I discovered that many of my assumptions were wrong.

So, I'm adding everything I learned to this week's webinar. There are two presentations this Wednesday: on at 9:00 AM and the other at 12:00 PM; both LA time.

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Buzz newsletter bullet This week on the Digital Production Buzz I have an extended interview with editor, Zack Arnold. Zack edits episodes of Burn Notice, Glee, Black Box and many other network shows. He also teaches editing at USC.

In a break from past interviews, this week I asked Zack to take us through two scenes that he edited: a dramatic scene from Black Box and a musical scene from Glee and describe how he edited each scene. I found his "in-the-trenches" explanations very enlightening and want to share them with you this week.

Listen to Zack's interview here.

Listen to the entire show here.

Thanks to the folks at Take1 Transcriptions, you can read, as well as listen to each show. Read this week's show transcript here. (You'll also find the show transcripts on the show page.)


Generic newsletter bullet I'm not sure which article I'm most excited about this week. But, I'm gonna start with the one that has generated the most questions over the last several months: "Should Final Cut 7 Editors Consider Adobe Premiere Pro?"  

Then, I have two articles on storage that you need to read. The first concerns how to configure a RAID, and includes opinions from G-Technology, OWC, Promise, Drobo and two independent technical experts. Then, I learned how to make a RAID faster, which I describe  in the second RAID article.

Next is a new feature in Mavericks that I finally figured out while researching the Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2 update - Finder tags. Even if you use Premiere, this article can help you organize your media.

Finally, I have a video tutorial on a new feature in FCP X: Library Properties. Plus, as always, an updated Top 3 (or so) List.  It's been a busy week, enjoy the results!

Should Final Cut Pro 7 Editors Consider Premiere Pro CC? 
This is a question I get asked all the time. So, last week, I sat down with Adobe to learn the answer.

Adobe has modeled Premiere after Final Cut Pro 7. But, what specifically does that mean? What's new in Premiere that FCP 7 doesn't have?  And should editors consider using it?

In this article, I write up what I learned. You'll find it interesting reading.

What's the Best Way to Configure a RAID?  
RAIDs are essential to video editing. They provide incredible speed, massive storage and, depending upon how it is configured, data security if a drive fails.

But, recently, a conversation began that said there may be better ways to configure a RAID for video editing.

So, I asked the experts and compiled what they told me into a single article. I've included informed opinions from:
  • Promise Technology
  • OWC
  • G-Technology
  • Drobo
  • A leading storage consultant
  • And a developer that writes RAID drivers
If you work with media, you need to read this article. At the very least, read this to better understand how to plan your storage for the future.

Improve RAID Speed with Partitions  
This is a technique that I didn't know about two weeks ago, but it makes a BIG difference in getting the best performance from your gear.

I advise against creating partitions when working with single hard drives, but that is not the case when working with RAIDs.

In this article, I explain why you need to care, what you need to do and the performance boost that happens if you do.

In this case, this last week, I've followed my own advice and reformatted all my RAIDs specifically because of what I learned in this article.

Library Properties 
Library Properties are new with the 10.1.2 update to Final Cut Pro X.

They also make managing media and render files a lot easier.

In this excerpt from last week's webinar, you'll learn what Library Properties are and how to configure them to make managing your media easier and more efficient.

Use Finder Tags in Final Cut Pro X 
OK, well, it's like this. Um, I wasn't paying proper attention.

A new feature that appeared in Mavericks (OS X 10.9) was Finder tags. And, because I had my hands full learning lots of other stuff, I didn't pay any attention to it.

Until this week, when I discovered that Finder tags now tie directly into Final Cut Pro X. This forced me to do some homework and learn that Finder tags can help us organize and find media in very fast and efficient ways. 

Which is really cool. So I wrote an article that describes what these are, how they work and how they integrate into Final Cut Pro. (Even if you use Premiere, tags can help you organize your media.)

(Now, hurry up and read this before OS X 10.10 comes out and everything changes, again....)

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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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