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September 9, 2014
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Adobe Announces New Software at IBC
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Product Review: Beauty Box
Premiere Pro: Sync Multicam Clips
Premiere Pro: Use Multicam for B-roll
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Larry Jordan The big news this morning comes from IBC 2014: Adobe announced updates to all their audio and video products. I have detailed coverage of all of it in this week's newsletter. In fact, this is a Premiere-heavy issue this week. Six new articles and videos, all but one of them relevant to Premiere. (However, for you FCP X fans, that one remaining article is a doozy.)

I was reflecting, now that the summer holidays are over, that since a lot of folks were on vacation this last month, it might be a good idea to mention the August articles that they missed. I went back to count and discovered I wrote 30 different articles during August. Wow! So, my sixth article this week is a clickable list of "everything from August."  Articles that cover new products, Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro, Motion, Photoshop and four commentaries that got a lot of press. As always, all my articles this week are below.


This weekend, I've been thinking a lot about our "vision" as a company, as in "where are we going in the future and how do we get there from here?" The more I thought about it, the more I realized we are just like you - we're a service industry. We enable others.

A few years ago, when Laura Peters was our marketing manager, she asked me what we did. And, without thinking about it, I replied that "we help editors find jobs, improve their skills, and keep clients happy." That phrase became our motto. First, because it's true and, second, because it's a great goal for us as a company.

There's nothing better than getting a good job; one that challenges you and gives you a reason to get up in the morning. A good job makes all the bad ones seem insignificant.

It has been proven many times over that the more we keep learning, the younger and more flexible we remain. Staying current and competitive in our industry requires life-long learning and every good editor realizes this.

Keeping clients happy means they'll be back with more work in the future. We don't live in a vacuum. The reason we shoot and edit movies is because we want to impress an audience. Every one of us takes a creative risk each time we premiere a new program - whether it's for YouTube, the client, or a theatrical audience. There's always the fear that we don't know enough, aren't good enough, or don't understand the audience. The fear that our program will fail is always lurking nearby in the background.

That's where we help each other. The goal of my company is to make technology understandable: To help you understand it so you can use it better. We want to help separate myth from reality. This is why my newsletter exists and your comments back to me when you comment on an article or request more information enhances these articles far beyond what I initially wrote.

We are all part of a larger community - some of us may know more than others, but no one knows everything and we are all learning from each other.

That's why I like our mission: "To help editors find work, improve their skills and keep clients happy." In everything we do, we want to help you become more successful.


A frequent request from young editors is for a way to get a basic understanding of editing in Final Cut Pro X, without investing in all our training all at once. This summer we've had a lot of discussions at the office about how to answer this and from those conversations grew "Get Started."

Get Started with Final Cut Pro X is a subset of movies from our FCP X: Complete title specifically chosen to provide an understanding of media management and editing in Final Cut Pro X. This contains 32 movies - more than two hours of training  - all designed to get you up-and-running as quickly as possible.

Even better, this package has an incredibly low price of only $9.99.  If you are looking for an inexpensive way to start learning Final Cut, or deciding if our training is worth watching, this is a great way to start.

I'm excited to offer this bundle and, if you haven't purchased my training yet, urge you to add this to your system. This is for a limited time, so please act quickly.

BIG NOTE! If you already own my FCP X: Complete, or FCP X: Workflow and Editing, training for FCP X 10.1, there is nothing in this training that you don't already have. This package is designed to help new editors get started.

Here's the link.


Ric Viers
, the founder of Blastwave FX, sent me a note to an interesting contest:

Blastwave FX just announced a new sound design competition called "Countdown To The Apocalypse". Here's a link to the competition:

Small notes bullet The folks at Red Giant want you to know that Red Giant Universe just updated to version 1.2 on Sept. 3.The update to the multi-host-app library of GPU-accelerated tools includes nine new effects and transitions. Universe 1.2 also adds support for Sony Vegas as well as native editing of transitions in Premiere Pro CC and CC 2014.

These updates expand the Universe toolset to 68 effects and transitions, more than half of which are free and run in Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X and Motion, and now, Sony Vegas.

Learn more at

Generic newsletter bullet Last week looked at multicam editing in Premiere Pro CC. Multicam editing is ideal when you have multiple cameras covering the same event at the same time. Most typically, this includes sports and live performances.

In that webinar, I showed how to create and modify multicam clips in Premiere then edit them to the Timeline. I also illustrated new features in Premiere that make multicam editing even easier.

Download the webinar here.

And, remember, subscribers can watch any webinar FREE at any time in our Video Training Library. Save money and subscribe today. 


This week, I'm presenting a different kind of webinar: one looking at the craft of editing, rather than the technology. How do you tell a story? When should you go into a close-up? how do you pick the right sound bite?

These are creative issues that editors wrestle with everyday.

Entitled Editing as Story-telling, I'm expecting this one to sell out. Learn more and register here. All our webinars are free... as long as seats are available.


Buzz newsletter bullet This week's featured Buzz interview is with someone different: Patricia Siqueriros.

Patricia is a program counselor at the Variety Boys and Girls Club in LA. Her middle-school kids have a Photo Club -- with only one camera between them.

All too often we get caught up on picking the latest technology. These kids are struggling to get access to any technology. Yet, when they do, their images compete at the national level.

You need to listen to what's possible when you harness the passion of kids for a good purpose. (And, lest you think this doesn't apply to you - every city on the planet has organizations like this that could use your help; or your old equipment.)

Listen to Patricia'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 SIX new articles this week, including Adobe's latest news, a product review, Premiere, Apple, and more. Plus, a list of every new article that I wrote in August - all in one place: right here!

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

Adobe Announces New Software at IBC 2014 
Adobe Systems logo This morning at IBC 2014 in Amsterdam, Adobe previewed updates to all their audio and video applications.

This list includes Premiere, After Effects, Adobe Media Encoder and many others.

This article details what the changes are. PLUS it features an in-depth interview that I did with Bill Roberts, senior director of product management for Creative Cloud Video software at Adobe.

Bill and I get into a lot of the behind-the-scenes "why" and "how" that give us a good idea of where Adobe is heading in the future.

Every Article From August 2014 
I noticed in my web stats that readership for August fell, uh, noticeably.

(Memo to self: Remember to take vacation next year...)

Because of this, I decided to collect all the articles I wrote in August, sort them by category and give you an easy way to review what's new and see if there's anything you'd like to read.

Which is exactly what I did here - all 30 articles, all in one place. Wow, this was way more than I expected.

Beauty Box by Digital Anarchy  
Beauty Box was one of the first skin softening plug-ins on the market, and I first wrote about it more than three years ago.

Given that so much time had passed, I decided to revisit it and see what's new.

In this detailed review, I illustrate the new features in version 3 and show you how they work in FCP X. (Keep in mind that Beauty Box also supports Premiere Pro CC and a number of other NLEs.)

Sync Clips in a Multicam Sequence  
The easiest way to sync clips for a multicam sequence in Adobe Premiere Pro is matching audio.

But, while that's easy, it isn't fast. And it's gonna break if one of your cameras doesn't have audio on it.

In this short video tutorial, I show you how to sync clips using common markers, timecode, In or Out.

Plus, I illustrate how to change the order of cameras once you have a multicam sequence built.

Use Multicam to Edit Presenter Slides   
This is the second of three video tutorials on Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014.

As I was researching this webinar, I realized there was a very simple - yet not obvious - technique that allows us to use multicam sequences for editing B-roll. For example, the PowerPoint slides of a presenter.

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

Add Effects to a Multicam Sequence   
This is the third of three video tutorials on Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014.

In this short video tutorial, I illustrate how to apply effects to a clip in the multicam master sequence, then have that effect apply to all the clips in the Timeline related to that master clip.

This can be a huge time-saver when you need to do color correction or apply effects to one track, but not all the tracks in a multicam sequence.

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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:
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 Buzz audio interviews, click here. 

Learn Apple Compressor 4.1
Apple continues to update Compressor with an all new interface, improved compression settings and better monitoring. This application has some much new stuff inside that we went back and re-did all our training for the new version.
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