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December 8, 2014
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Apple Releases FCP X 10.1.4
Premiere: Secret Tips and Techniques
Product Review: Promise Pegasus 2 M4 RAID
Update: OWC ThunderBay 4 Mini RAID
Motion 5: Motion Tracking
Motion 5: Modify Motion Paths
Motion 5: Image Masks
FCP X (v.10.1.3): Complete!
Top 3 Lists
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Larry Jordan SIX new articles for you this week! Plus, an updated product review. This week's newsletter is especially good.

Apple updated Final Cut Pro X to version 10.1.4 last week and I've got the details. (I also have an inside scoop on secret Premiere tips, if Adobe is more your interest.)

My new 5K iMac arrived this week. I used it for both product reviews. Mostly, I like it; however, it makes screen captures surprisingly difficult. So, rather than formally write about it this week, I want to research getting better screen captures, then write it up next week. The short answer, though, is that if you don't need the increased screen resolution, a normal Retina-display 27" iMac is a more cost-effective choice, with equal or better performance.

The move to our new office continues. I sure that my desk will arrive someday - but, for now, a small folding table will have to do. Once it arrives, I have pictures to show you.  

This photo is our front door. And, yep, that's a new logo. I'll have more on that next week. There are lots of changes happening for us - all of them good - and I look forward to telling you about them as each one rolls out.

As I wrote about last week, we started webcasting from our new audio studio last Thursday. Like all new installations, we had a few hiccups, but we're looking forward to breaking-in some very exciting technology.

In the meantime, let's take a look at other news.


Generic newsletter bullet Last week's webinar looked at "Cool, But Weird, Effects Using Motion 5."  This was a fun session that showed you how to create some truly eye-grabbing motion graphics. I've posted some of the excerpts to my website (see the articles, below).

However, there are dozens of tips and techniques in this webinar that are only available if you download it - or become a subscriber to my Video Editing Library.

Here are the download details.

And here is how you become a subscriber.


Generic newsletter bullet Of all the Final Cut Pro X questions I get, media management leads the list. So, this week, I'm presenting a webinar that just covers media management:
  • Where stuff is stored
  • How you manage it
  • How you move it
  • How you back it up
  • What to do when things go wrong
If you are a Final Cut ninja, this session is not for you. Instead, I'm gearing it to folks who are new, or having problems understanding media management.

Bring your questions - in fact, email them to me in advance, because it is faster - and join us this Wednesday.

All live webinars are free. Register here.

Buzz newsletter bullet The trend toward shooting high-resolution video is well underway. And we've been able to edit 4K images - and larger - for a while. But, the elephant in the room is that while we can shoot high-res and edit high-res, distributing a high-res image is a pain in the bandwidth.

This week, on The Buzz, we talk with David Foley, Senior Technologist and Founder of Nanotech Entertainment about how they are able to deliver 4K video to the home. If finding distribution for your project is something you need to do, you need to listen to David's interview.

Hear David here.

Listen to the entire show here.

Thanks to the folks at Take1 Transcriptions, you can read, as well as listen to each show. Here is the transcript to this week's show.


Generic newsletter bullet This was a productive week. I have three new articles, three new videos and one updated product review because I realized I left a lot of good stuff out.

Whether you want to learn Premiere, Final Cut, Motion, or buy a RAID, we've got it all for you this week.

And, as always, I've updated our Top 3 Lists.

Apple Releases Final Cut Pro X 10.1.4  
Apple updated Final Cut Pro X last week and my email lit up with questions.

So, I went digging for more details. This article details what I learned, as well as my thoughts on the update.

(Remember, all FCP X updates are free and available through the Mac App Store.)

Read my commentary here.

Secret Tips and Techniques 
Earlier this month I was hired by a cable network to help their editorial team get up to speed on Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

During our conversation, they asked a number of questions that I couldn't answer. So, I bounced them up to Adobe.

This article is a summary of what I learned.

Promise Technology - Pegasus 2 M4 RAID 
Promise Technology logo Promise Technology has released their smallest RAID yet - the Pegasus 2 M4 RAID.

In this review, I take a close look at the unit and let you know how well it works.

There's a lot to like in what I see here.

OWC ThunderBay 4 mini RAID 
OWC Logo I released the first version of this review last week.

Except, I realized that I forgot to include a bunch of useful stuff - like how it does for multicam editing, and how important speed really is.

With the review I published today covering the Promise Pegasus2 M4, now, you have a good way to compare the two units.  And the comparison should be on more than just speed.

Motion Tracking 
In this short video excerpt from last week's Motion 5 webinar, I show you how to motion track a graphical object in Motion 5.

Motion tracking is the process of taking an image in one clip - say, text - and moving it in sync with something - say, the side of a truck - in another image.

Modify Motion Paths 
When I first learned Motion, I thought the Throw behavior was the coolest thing.

I mean, Motion Paths are nice, but hardly exciting.

Boy, was I wrong! In this short video tutorial, I illustrate a whole lot of very interesting things we can do with Motion Paths that I didn't know till last week.

Best of all, these are easy to do.

Image Masks 
In this short video excerpt from last week's Motion 5 webinar, I show something I haven't worked with before now: image masks.

Now, at first blush, an image mask hides a portion of an image with another image. Interesting, perhaps, but not very exciting.

Except... the image masks in Motion allows you to combine images, masks and textures in ways you can't imagine that create some stunning effects.

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These days, everything we do ends up on the web.
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