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December 29, 2014
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FCP X: 2-color Chroma-key
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Audition: Noise Reduction (Part 1)
Audition: Noise Reduction (Part 2)
FCP X (v.10.1.4): Complete!
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FCP X: Animation and Keyframes

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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

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Editing as Storytelling

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Motion 5: Create and Animate Masks

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Video Compression Comparison

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Audio in
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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

Jan. 14
New Plug-ins for
Final Cut Pro X

Jan. 21
Audio in
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Jan. 28
New Plug-ins for Premiere Pro CC


Larry Jordan It is a strange time between the holidays. No one feels a whole lot like working, unless you work in retail. In which case, you don't have a choice.

I'm using this time to think about what I'd like to accomplish during the coming year. I have a lot of "Like-To-Dos." But, there is a big difference between wanting to do something and figuring out exactly how to do it.  Hence, all this thinking.  (And, in case you were wondering, there is a big difference between intensive thinking and, uh, taking a nap. Really. Big.)

I hope your holidays were fulfilling, or, at least, restful. Before we launch full-speed into the new year, I've got four articles for you this week, covering Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro CC, and Audition CC.  Along with all the usual suspects.

Enjoy your week and have a very Happy New Year!  I'll see you next week/month/year!


Generic newsletter bullet Our newest title - The Craft of Editing - is getting glowing reviews! (For which I'm very grateful.) However, you only have three days left to take advantage of our special price: $49. On January 1, the price increases to $79.

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. To help explain how shots go together, I start with pre-production and shot planning and illustrate concepts like the "Rule of Thirds," and what it means to "Cross the Axis."

This five-movie set includes:

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

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Generic newsletter bullet I'm doing two webinars in January featuring new plug-ins for Final Cut Pro X and Premiere Pro CC. If you've developed something you'd like others to know about, please send me an email and tell me about it.

I'll do what I can to spread the word.


Our next webinar is January 7 and showcases the new features in the latest release of Adobe software.

Discover the improvements and tweaks Adobe added to their software to make it faster, easier and more fun to use.

Live webinars are free for anyone to attend. But you must register here.

Members of our Video Training Library can view any event at any time as part of their membership. Sign up here.


We haven't opened registration, yet, but here's the plan for the rest of the month:
  • Jan. 14 - New Plug-ins for Final Cut Pro X
  • Jan. 21 - Audio in Final Cut Pro X
  • Jan. 28 - New Plug-ins for Premiere Pro
Registration for these events will open next week.

I'm always interested in new subjects to talk about. Let me know what you are interested in.

Buzz newsletter bullet The holidays prevented us from posting the individual interviews from last week's show - we'll get them up soon - but last week's Digital Production Buzz had some great guests.

We began with Pär Ekberg, who shot the stunning Coldplay music video: Magic. We wanted to find out how his lighting changed when he knew he was shooting for black-and-white.

Then, Kim Furst finished her fifth documentary - "Flying the Feathered Edge." Now comes the hard part: marketing and distribution. Discover what she's doing and how well it's working in her interview.

Finally, Matt Abourezk, is shooting high-end commercials with the new Panasonic PX270 cameras. He explains what he likes about this gear.

Listen to the entire show here.

Thanks to the folks at Take1 Transcriptions, you can read, as well as listen to each show.


Generic newsletter bullet Four new articles this week, covering Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro CC and Audition CC. Enjoy.

And I've updated our Top 3 lists.  Happy New Year!

Two Color Chroma-Keys  
I remember writing about this technique many years ago for Final Cut Pro 7.

But it is a very cool effect, so I want to show you how to create it in Final Cut Pro X.

Basically, this is a double-chroma-key where a single clip has two different colors which allows us to reveal two different backgrounds.

This is especially useful for effects shot on camera, where you can unwrap a package, but insert anything into it that you want.

Read the article here.

Two Color Chroma-key 
In the last article, I described how to create a two-color chroma-key using Final Cut Pro X.

In this article, I show how to create the exact same effect in Premiere Pro CC.

There are lots of stock footage shots which use two different chroma-key colors in the shot. This article explains how to take that stock footage and turn it into a very cool effect.

Reducing Noise - Part 1 
This is the first of a two-part article on how to reduce background noise using the Adaptive Noise Reducer effect in Adobe Audition.

Whether you use Final Cut or Premiere, there are times you need more audio help than your video editor can provide.

Noise reduction is one of those times.

Reducing Noise - Part 2  
This is the second part of my series on noise reduction.

As you learned in Part 1, the Adaptive Noise Reduction filter is fast and easy - but not always appropriate. When you need to seriously reduce background noise, you need to use a more powerful effect.

That is what this article covers: the Noise Reduction filter in Adobe Audition. 

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Here are the most popular articles, webinars, and audio interviews for the past seven days across all my websites.


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Digital Production Buzz Audio Interviews    


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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.

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