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November 24, 2014
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Compression: Convert Audio Bit-Depth
FCP X: Broadcast Safe Filter
FCP X: Color Board Color Presets
FCP X: Add Effects to Multicam Clips
FCP X (v.10.1.3): Complete!
Top 3 Lists
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FCP X: Animation and Keyframes

FCP X: Color Correct a Scene

Premiere Pro CC: Create Better Titles

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FCP X: Multicam Editing

Make Things Move in Motion 5

New Features in Premiere Pro CC and Audition CC

New Features in Final Cut Pro X (v. 10.1.2)

Photoshop for Video

3rd-Party Plug-ins for Final Cut Pro X

Double-System Sound in Adobe Premiere Pro and Apple Final Cut Pro X

Still Frames and Speed Changes in Final Cut Pro X

3D Space In Motion 5

Multicam Editing in Premiere Pro CC

Editing as Storytelling

Create Moves on Still Images in Premiere Pro CC and Final Cut Pro X

Motion 5: Create and Animate Masks

Timing is Everything

Video Compression Comparison

Improve Your Job-Hunting Skills

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Advanced Color Correction in Final Cut Pro X
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Dec. 3
Webinars Resume


Larry Jordan A bunch of new stuff this week: three new video tutorials and an article with a very unexpected conclusion!

This week celebrates Thanksgiving in the States; a time to give thanks for all our blessings. Consequently, our office will be closed on Thursday and Friday so everyone can enjoy time with their families. But, Thanksgiving also marks the start of the "Christmas Selling Season," and we, too, are getting into the holiday spirit. (More on that in a minute.)

On behalf of everyone on my team, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving! (For those of you living outside the US, it is good to be thankful, whether it is a holiday or not.)


Caution or warning bullet In the U.S., Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving. It marks the start of the holiday shopping season. So, we decided to join the party - starting today.

From now till midnight, Dec. 1, every item in our store is 25% off! Just enter BLACKFRIDAY as the Coupon Code during checkout. There's no limit to the number of items you can buy.

If you haven't purchased any of our training, this is the perfect time to give it a try. If you have, well, um, consider giving our training as a gift to ALL your friends....

To help you see all the choices available, we've organized all our webinar courses by subject. 

Here's the link.


Generic newsletter bullet Last week, I wrote about my frustrations in learning a new piece of gear; specifically a digital audio mixer from Behringer.  

After a lot of discussion, we decided to keep the board and continue trying to figure out how it works.  There were a lot of good comments about learning new technology at the end of the article. In fact, the article is worth reading again, just for the comments.

I hope to provide some basic training on how this mixer works, once we figure it out ourselves.


Generic newsletter bullet My article two weeks ago on problems with SSD Drives and Yosemite has created a host of comments. The problem is significant and, if you haven't read this article recently, be sure to read the comments at the end.

I've learned a lot in reading them.

Here's the link.


Generic newsletter bullet Wondering which of my articles are the most popular? Go here and check out the "Most Popular Articles in Last 7 Days." It's about half-way down the page in the right-hand column.

See what other people are reading. The list updates every six hours.


Adam Connell writes:

"I've been doing a lot of work with my 2013 Mac Pro lately, and I ran a test with Adobe Premiere/Media Encoder to look at the benefit of  Open CL vs software-only export and playback. I thought I'd share it with you. It proves my thinking that it is the pro components in these machines, such as the GPUs, that make life better for the pros regardless of other bells and whistles."

Here's the link.


Last week's webinar covered Advanced Color Correction in Final Cut Pro X.  I spent a lot of time showing how to use color and shape masks to correct parts of an image; which is called "secondary color correction."

As well, I worked in a lot of other techniques that can unleash the color grading power of Final Cut for your projects.

If you are a subscriber to our Video Training Library, you'll find the video is already posted.

If you want to download your own copy - and take advantage of our "Black Friday" discounts - here's the link.

NOTE: Due to the holiday, webinars are taking this week off. We have new ones starting Dec. 3. Details next week. See you then.


Buzz newsletter bullet This week's BUZZ featured three outstanding interviews:
  • Barry Frechette talking about how he closed a successful KickStarter campaign.
  • Ned Soltz showcasing new camera technology
  • Kevin Railsback talking about wildlife cinematography.
I recommend all of them, especially Ned Soltz talking about cameras. Technology is not standing still and Ned does a very nice job explaining where cameras are now and where they are headed in the next six months.

Listen to Ned'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 Four new goodies this week: one article and three videos. The article was written at the request of a reader. I thought it would be easy - except, as you'll discover, every time I tried to convert these files, the software failed.

All the details are below. Plus, I've updated our Top 3 Lists. Have a fun holiday - see you next week!

Convert Audio Bit-Depths 
It seemed a simple request: Could I please explain how to convert audio bit-depths?

Well, the answer is yes. But, as I discovered in writing this - it is REALLY hard to do.

In this article, I explain why Final Cut Pro X editors need to know this, then I discover that both Compressor and Adobe Media Encoder have problems with what should be a simple task.

Read the article here.

Use The Broadcast Safe Filter Safely 
Final Cut Pro X has an effect - the Broadcast Safe filter - that is used to keep white levels within "safe" guidelines.

While not needed for the web, this is an essential filter for DVDs, as well as cable and broadcast distribution.

While the filter works as you would expect, you don't apply it the way you expect. If keeping your files "broadcast legal" is important to you, you need to see this.

Color Board Color Presets 
Hidden in plain site in the Color Board is a very powerful menu that can help you tremendously when you need to share looks between projects or even libraries.

In this video, I explain what color presets are, where they are located and how to save some of your own.

If consistent color is important to you, this technique can save you a ton of time.

Add Effects to Multicam Clips 
Multicam editing makes it possible to quickly edit multiple cameras.

But what happens, after the edit is complete, when you realize you need to color grade one of the shots that's edited throughout the clip?

Actually, its easy - once you understand the technique. And, in less than three minutes, you can learn it.

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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.
  • Better organized
  • More informative
  • Tighter focus on making your images look great.

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.

In this in-depth video training, Larry Jordan shows you how to make the most of Apple Compressor 4.1.x.

Whether you are a new or experienced, this training will help you make your media look and sound great!

We are committed to providing the highest quality training at the lowest possible price and distributing it as widely as possible.

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Larry Jordan
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