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August 4, 2014
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Why Should FCP 7 Users Consider FCP X?
Photoshop: Open, Edit, Export Video
Photoshop: Retouch Video
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FCP X: 3 Ways to Create Freeze Frames
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Larry Jordan Reading my email this week was interesting. Last week, I compared Final Cut Pro 7 to Adobe Premiere Pro CC. The article drew thousands of readers and dozens of comments. I was fascinated with what folks had to say.

So, this week, I created a companion article comparing FCP 7 to FCP X. Like my Premiere article, this isn't a check-box table, but a conversation about what's in the new version that wasn't in FCP 7.  And, like last week, I'm interested in your comments.

Also this week, I've got the last in a string of reviews covering recent RAID and storage products. This one looks at G-Technology's G-SPEED RAID, which started shipping a couple of weeks ago.  There's one more storage product I'm looking forward to testing, this one for archiving: the mTape from mLogic. I'll have a report on that soon.

The summer is supposed to be a time for relaxing, but I must have misplaced the memo. This week, I'll be in San Jose speaking at the Flash Memory Summit. Then, next week, I'm giving a free webinar on effects in Final Cut Pro X for Moviola. Details on both below.


Over the last couple of months, I've done a lot of reviews on RAIDs, which are high-speed, high-capacity storage devices. RAIDs are increasingly important in video editing. As I worked through each review, I've learned more about storage and what we need to know to keep our data safe and accessible.

Here's a list of my recent storage reviews. Take some time and read each of these. They are more than just a comparison of "speeds and feeds." These can help you make the most of your current, and future, storage. (Sorted with the most recent review first.)
What I find interesting is how my understanding about storage has evolved over these reviews. Writing these helped me realize that we need to consider more than storage capacity or data transfer speeds. I've learned a lot in creating these, and hope you find them helpful.


Red Giant just updated their "Shooter Suite," which include PluralEyes, BulletProof, and Denoiser, among others. This is software many of us use everyday. Here's the link.

Small notes bullet I'll be moderating a panel at the Flash Memory Summit looking at the importance and need for better flash memory in production and post. Increasingly, media creators are relying on flash as an ever more vital link in the production chain. My panel will examine that in more detail. The sessions are at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Learn more here

I'm presenting a free webinar for Moviola next week showing how to create simple, yet eye-catching effects using Final Cut Pro X. As I was researching this presentation, I realized that change is at the heart of every effect. So, I'll show how simple changes when combined together can create some stunning effects. I've got some very cool stuff. The webinar is free - sign up here.


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

If you are trying to learn Final Cut, my training can save you tons of time compared to learning on your own. Discover dozens of ways to edit faster, better, with less stress and higher quality.

My training contains more than 210 movies, spanning more than 16 hours of training - and includes all the major features in Final Cut Pro X. This does more than simply show you which buttons to push - I explain what the buttons mean and why to push them.

Learn more here.


Last week, my webinar looked at how we can use Photoshop for video. I showed how to use:
  • Adobe Bridge to find, review and manage media clips.
  • Photoshop to create still images properly sized for video
  • Photoshop to repair damaged still images
  • Premiere Pro to import multi-layer PSD clips
  • FCP X to import multi-layer PSD clips
  • Photoshop to open, edit, composite, and export video
  • Photoshop to retouch video to fix problems that can't be fixed in Premiere or Final Cut

Its a great seminar - and a subject that I haven't covered since 2011.  


Learn more and download your copy here


My free webinar this week is on third-party plug-ins for Final Cut Pro X. Which plug-ins, you ask?  Um, I don't know. I'm gonna figure that out later today.

But, as Mike Horton likes to say, "Its gonna be HUGE!"  Or, at the very least, really, really interesting.

Register here -- it's FREE!

We have a limit of 100 seats for each webinar. The last two weeks were sold out. So, sign up before seats are gone this week, too. There are two presentations: 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM - Los Angeles time.

Anyone can attend the live presentations free. Subscribers get to watch webinars at any time, its included in your membership!  Become a subscriber today. 


Buzz newsletter bullet It's the summer, and we need a change of pace. So, for this week's featured interview from the Digital Production Buzz, I want to highlight Johnny Brower. Johnny is a long-time music event promoter, who got his start with the Toronto Pop 69 music festival. This was the event that caused John Lennon to join with Yoko Ono and create the Plastic Ono Band. And, yes, Johnny is making a film about it.

Why this interview? Because Johnny tells great stories about the Doors, and the Beatles, and Eric Clapton and John Lennon and, besides, you need a break anyway.

Listen to Johnny'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 show transcripts on each Buzz show page.)


Generic newsletter bullet I'm really proud of my Final Cut Pro X article - I've spent the week thinking about it and I'm looking forward to your comments. Then, an in-depth look at the G-Technology G-SPEED Studio RAID system. Along with two articles showing how to edit and retouch video in Photoshop (no, really!) and wrapping up by illustrating three different ways to create freeze frames in Final Cut Pro X.

There is a lot of good reading - plus, I've updated our Top 3 lists. Enjoy your summer and have a great week.

Why Should Final Cut Pro 7 Editors Consider Final Cut Pro X? 
This is the companion article to one I wrote last week comparing FCP 7 to Premiere Pro CC.

Apple has taken a different path with Final Cut Pro X. And, over the last three years, has significantly enhanced it with multiple updates.

In this article, I illustrate many of the differences between the two applications. While this doesn't discuss every last feature, it will give you a good handle on what's new.

Open, Edit, and Export Video from Ph  
Photoshop is legendary for stills. But, hidden deep inside is the ability to open, edit, retouch and export videos.

In this excerpt from last week's webinar, I show how to use Photoshop to open, composite and export videos.

In the next article, I'll show how to use it for retouching.

Retouch Video 
This is the second of two excerpts from last week's webinar on "Using Photoshop for Video."

Here, I show you how to retouch individual frames of video to remove blemishes at the pixel level.

Very cool and very powerful!

G-Technology logo The G-SPEED Studio RAID, from G-Technology, is a Thunderbolt 2 RAID system providing high-speed, high-capacity storage specifically designed for video editing.

I've been using one for the last week and wrote up a detailed review about what I've learned, and what you can do to make to run faster.

Create Freeze Frames Three Different Ways
The last time I wrote about freeze frames (also called "still frames") was in 2012.

Since then, Apple has continued to evolve Final Cut Pro X to improve and add to these features.

In this article, I show you three different ways to create freeze frames. I show you how they work, and explain when you might want to use one versus another.

This is an editing technique that I use in almost all my videos.

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


This list expanded to the Top 4 to add some variety:
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Digital Production Buzz Audio Interviews 

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