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December 22, 2014
In This Issue
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New Training & Open House Party
News: Adobe Updates All Their Video Software
Thoughts on Media Management
FCP X: Chroma-key on Red
FCP X: A Cool Tip on Relinking Media
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

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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

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

Motion 5: Create and Animate Masks

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Video Compression Comparison

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Cool, but Weird, Effects in Motion 5

Media Management in Final Cut Pro X

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Jan. 7
New Features in Adobe Software


Larry Jordan The holidays are rushing upon us, so I have some early presents for you this week: four new articles.

The open house for our new offices went really well last week. About 50 folks showed up and the offices will never again look that clean. For those that couldn't make it, I'm putting together a video tour of our space, which I hope to get finished after the holidays.

Thinking of that, we will be closed Dec. 25 & 26 this coming week. So, if you have a problem, it make take us a bit longer than usual to get back to you.

This year has seen us grow in offices and staff -- our success is due totally to your support and encouragement. So, on behalf of Debbie, Tori, Patrick, Lindsay, Ira, Cirina, Megan, and Brianna, I want to wish you a very happy holiday!


Our newest training - "The Craft of Editing" - has been wildly popular. 

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. Something like fifty clips from seven different filmmakers.

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 My webinars are on hold for the rest of this month to give my staff some time off.

Also, we had a glitch getting last week's webinar edited. It will be posted by Tuesday this week -- however it will be available to subscribers only, and not in our store.

Webinars are coming back starting January 5 with a look at the new features in Adobe Premiere, Audition and Media Encoder.  Registration will open later this week and I'll have more details in next week's newsletter.

Buzz newsletter bullet We had an amazing interview on the Digital Production Buzz last week, with the CEO of Panavision, Kim Snyder, and the CEO of Light Iron, Michael Cioni, talking about Panavision's recent acquisition of Light Iron.

Michael is one of the smartest people I know and I think this is one of those changes that will have a far-reaching impact on our industry.

Both Kim and Michael were extremely forth-coming and honest about how they see the market, the challenges for the future, and why this acquisition makes sense for both of them. I also found their thoughts on the survival of small-business post-production to be fascinating.

Even if you aren't directly involved in post, this is an interview you need to listen to because of how they see the future unfolding.

Listen to their 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. Here is the transcript to this week's show.


Generic newsletter bullet Four new articles this week, starting with a look at Adobe's latest updates. Then, we recently added Media Asset Management software to our office and I discovered that software didn't solve my problems. Finally, there are two new articles on Final Cut Pro X.

And, as always, I've updated our Top 3 lists.  Happy Holidays!

Adobe Updates All Their Video Software  
Adobe Systems logo Adobe updated all their audio and video software just before the holidays.

In this summary, I list the highlights of the updates are.

Read the article here.

Thoughts on Media Asset Management 
OK. Well, maybe our media files are a little, um, disorganized.

Like, I can't find anything.

So, I invested in a new media asset management system and discovered that software is only a partial solution.

If you are thinking about getting your life in order using asset management, you need to read this article.

Chroma-key on Red (or any other color) 
Chroma-key doesn't have to use green or blue. You can actually use any color.

In this article, I show how to chroma-key on red, or any other color, and get great results.

A Cool Tip on Relinking Media 
A student pointed out this technique to me. And it makes relinking files a WHOLE lot faster.

In fact, it was both faster and easier that what I had been doing. Very cool.

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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.

From subscriptions to individual downloads to free techniques and articles -- we've got your back.  And there's lots more to come.


Larry Jordan
Larry Jordan & Associates
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