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December 15, 2014
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New Training & Open House Party
Thoughts on the 5K iMac
FCP X: Consolidate Media
FCP X: Change an Edited Multicam Clip
FCP X (v.10.1.3): Complete!
Top 3 Lists
Compressor 4.1 Training
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FCP X: Animation and Keyframes

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Premiere Pro CC: Create Better Titles

FCP X: Better Effects Using Blend Modes

Adobe Encore: Create DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

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

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Motion 5: Create and Animate Masks

Timing is Everything

Video Compression Comparison

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Advanced Color Correction in Final Cut Pro X

Cool, but Weird, Effects in Motion 5

Media Management in Final Cut Pro X

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Larry Jordan I have all kinds of exciting news this week - new training, new articles and, finally, a new office! The articles include a look at the brand new 5K iMac; I'll have more on that in a minute.

But, first, I want to invite you to a party.


I've been training for exactly ten years - December marks my tenth anniversary as a company. And, thanks to you, we've been doing pretty well.

But, for a while now, I've felt like there was more we could do; though I couldn't figure out what it was. Then, last September, through a wild quirk of fate that could only happen in the movies, I discovered what would become our new office and my life changed. Literally.

The facility was the original home of DTS and features a professional-grade soundproof studio and control room. With major help from the folks at Advantage Video Systems, my team went in and built a state-of-the-art broadcast studio:
  • 4 Blackmagic Studio cameras
  • ATEM production switcher and control room
  • PrompterPeople prompter system
  • Studio-grade lighting and Leprecon control
  • 42-channel digital audio mixer
  • Plus all the other gear we need to do live streaming to the web or satellite, as well as direct-to-disk recording
I realized the world is quickly transitioning to media delivered over the web. Training is no longer happening face-to-face in the classroom, but via distance education.  We've been streaming media for three years now, but it was time to do more. We needed to be more timely, with greater capability to show what things look like and how they work.

So, we've invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in this new facility because there is so much more about media technology that I want to share with you. The only way I could do that was to invest the time, energy and money into a facility that allows us to grow our staff and our training.

All the construction is complete - and this Wednesday, we are having a party! You are invited to attend our Open House.

If you live in the greater Los Angeles area, click this link for an invitation to join us this Wednesday. (Or just click it to see a photo of our new studio.)

If you live too far away to travel, don't worry; after the holidays, I'll put together a video tour that shows you all our gear and how we are using it.

I am REALLY proud of what we've been able to build, because I know how its going to improve the training we can offer. I look forward to telling and showing you more about it in the months ahead.

Our party is this Wednesday afternoon. It would be fun to see you there!

(P.S. My desk finally arrived yesterday. Whew...)


Sometimes, technology isn't enough.

This brand-new, five-movie, four-hour training is designed for video editors who may understand editing technology, but want help improving their creative or story-telling skills.

Watch over my shoulder as I show you how I edit. I'll explain what I do first and why. How I look at shots and determine the best shot selection. This is more than just an academic exercise, I'm actually editing sequences and explaining the process and philosophy behind my edit.

Movie 1: Pre-production and production planning
Movie 2: Editing interviews, news and montages
Movie 3: Editing a dramatic scene
Movie 4: Editing music and multicam
Bonus Movie: Timing is Everything

PLUS, for the first time ever, I'm including the footage I used in the training so you can follow along with me.

Special Price: Only $49! Help us celebrate our tenth birthday with this new training, along with 12 GB of practice media. Only $49 from now till Dec. 31.

I am very proud of all my training and this is no exception. I truly hope you enjoy it.

Click here for the download version.

Click here for the DVD version.

This is also the perfect gift to give someone that's starting to learn editing. (um, hint, hint...)


Generic newsletter bullet Last week's webinar presented the basics of media management in Final Cut Pro X.

Media management causes more stress for beginning editors than any other task in editing. If you organize your media properly at the beginning, the edit works great. If not, well, you end up spending way too much time chasing errant media...

In this session, I start at the beginning by clearly defining key terms and concepts. After building a basic understanding of the process, I illustrate how to set up your system to maximize efficiency and showcase specific techniques you can use in your own projects to keep your media under control and your stress levels down.

Here's the link to the download.

Subscribers will find our latest webinar in our Video Training Library. Here is how you become a subscriber.


Generic newsletter bullet This is our last webinar for this year - and one of my favorites.

We let the first 100 people into the room and anyone can ask any question they want and I'll do my best to answer.

We do this at least once a year and, most of the time, chaos ensues.  I may not know every answer, but we are gonna have a good time figuring them all out.

All live webinars are free - limit 100 seats.
Register here.

Buzz newsletter bullet Jonathan Handel is a regular guest on the Digital Production Buzz. Most of the time, he's talking about labor issues in Hollywood or legal issues that we need to know about.

But, this time, Jonathan got off on a tangent about Sony Pictures hack of last week that covered hacking, personal privacy, the borders of journalism and all kinds of fascinating stuff that I wasn't expecting.

This is a great ten minute session that I encourage you to listen to.

Hear Jonathan 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.

Also, Yvonne Russo's take on why she won't use crowd-funding any more for her future film projects is pretty compelling, as well. Listen to her here.


Generic newsletter bullet I have three new articles for you this week: the first provides my thoughts on the new 5K iMac, next are two Final Cut Pro X techniques covering media management and multicam.

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

Thoughts on the New 5K iMac  
Apple released the new 5K iMac on Oct. 15, 2014.  Mine arrived three weeks later.

Now that I've been using it for two weeks, I want to share my thoughts on its strengths and weaknesses with you.

Read the article here.

Consolidate Media and Libraries 
Here's a trick I discovered in the middle of a webinar: how to consolidate external media and multiple libraries into a single library in Final Cut.

This is very helpful when you need to archive a completed project, or need to gather all media into one library to send it to a second editor.

Change an Edited Multicam Clip 
A client pointed this trick out to me.

In this article, I show you how to add new clips to an existing and edited multicam clip, without losing any edits.

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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!

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Larry Jordan
Larry Jordan & Associates
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