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January 26, 2015
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FCP X: Animation and Keyframes

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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

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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

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Cool, but Weird, Effects in Motion 5

Media Management in Final Cut Pro X

New Features in Adobe Software

New Plug-ins for Final Cut Pro X

Audio in Final Cut Pro X
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Larry Jordan
All kinds of great news this week!

First, I have six new articles and videos for you this week, plus some killer Short Notes, including a new website for student journalists, and announcing a new set of webinars for February.

But, what I'm most excited about is that our new video studio is finally ready for regular production. Over the last several weeks, we've been running technical rehearsals to make sure all the gear is working properly. (One of the clear lessons of these tests is that "tweaking" is a never-ending process.) However, I think its time for our coming-out party.

This week, we'll premiere our new studio and live video streaming capability on the Digital Production Buzz. For those of you who like listening to the Buzz as an audio podcast, that will continue. What we are adding is a live video stream so, now, you can watch as well as listen.

You can watch the live video stream of The Buzz Thursday at 6 PM Los Angeles time here. And, starting next week, each show will also be posted to The Buzz YouTube channel. (I'll include the address in next week's newsletter, once we have our first show posted to it.)

[We are using Mixlr for the audio stream and Wowza for the video stream. I'll have articles on how we are using each of these in the next week or so.]

Our new studio also allows me to expand our webinars to include visuals beyond simple screen shots, as we did with last week's "Audio in Final Cut Pro X" webinar. Our upcoming webinar on "Telling Stories With Cameras" on February 4 is an example of using our new studio to showcase new technology.

We've spent the last four months building out this facility and we are discovering new things we can do with it every day. We are already in production on a new training series that I hope to release soon that is different from anything we've done to date.


Small notes bullet Rick Lavon sent me this FCP X tip:

Not sure if this has ever been mentioned, because I sort of found it by accident, but using the Timeline Index to visually highlight a Role is fantastic when you have to replace VO's or shots. 

For example, I have assigned all my voiceovers the role of "VO"...duh. But when I import replacement tracks I assign them the role of "New VO". Then by highlighting the different VO roles I can see in an instant where on the timeline they are for further tweaking or review. On lengthly timelines this is really important.

Larry adds: This is a great tip. And, in fact, one of my videos this week talks about Roles in more detail.

One of my articles this week talks about timecode, which got me thinking about it. There's an application we can use to change the timecode on our clips: QtChange. 

Published by VideoToolShed, this application runs on Mac or Windows and allows changing timecode on a wide variety of clips. While the site hasn't been updated for a while, I wanted to let you know about the software. 

Small notes bullet Tim David sent this:

Check out this very cool project that started at an education conference in Orlando this week. The iJournalist experience is a way to connect students with an authentic learning experience to demonstrate and highlight the power of mobile technology.

Students will act as mobile journalists, using mobile devices to interview different conference attendees about educational hot topics, edit the footage, and publish it here.



One of the benefits of using our new studio for training is that we have a lot more audio resources available to us. This is something we took advantage of in last week's webinar. We can now live stream stereo audio direct from the computer, as well as audio from my mic.

So, last week, we showcased how to work with audio in Final Cut Pro X. This included:
  • Setting audio levels and pan manually
  • Setting audio levels automatically
  • Keyframing
  • Double-system sound
  • Multi-channel audio
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Plug-ins for Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Last week, we looked at Final Cut Pro. This week, it's time for Premiere with another plug-in fiesta - this time, featuring Premiere Pro as the host.  

I'm still compiling the list of plug-ins to cover, but my goal is to showcase plug-ins that we haven't covered yet. Still, the list of what we've got to cover is pretty amazing.

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To give you a chance to plan, here's a list of the webinars we'll be presenting in February:
  • Feb. 4: Telling Stories With Cameras
  • Feb. 11: Photoshop: Image Repair for Documentaries
  • Feb. 18: Audio in Premiere & Audition
Go here to learn more:

Registration should open for these events by tomorrow (Tuesday).


Buzz newsletter bullet
Last week on the Buzz, we invited Jon Chappell to join us. Jon founded Digital Rebellion about eight years ago to create tools for editors to fix problems and get their work done more quickly. Many of his tools have become indispensable.
This week, he describes his new collaboration software - called "Kollaborate" - which is used by post-production teams to quickly review clips, effects shots, even entire projects. Its fast, cost-effective and flexible - as you'll hear Jon describe in this weeks' featured interview.

Listen to Jon here.

Listen to the entire show here.

Thanks to the folks at Take1 Transcriptions, you can read, as well as listen to each show. Transcripts are posted to each show page. Read the transcript here.


Generic newsletter bullet
I have three new articles and three new videos for you this week.

My lead article - on adjustment layers - was suggested by Leo Hans a long time ago. I finally had time to write it up. Then, we have a discussion on timecode from IMUG, new videos on audio (which seems kinda weird to write) and a fast technique on ways to improve the information displayed in Final Cut's Browser.

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

Create Adjustment Layers  
Adjustment layers are an Adobe thing. FCP X doesn't have them.

However, they are surprisingly easy to create - once you know how. 

And showing you how to create them is what this article is all about.

Read the article here.

The Importance of Timecode
This article is taken from a recent thread on IMUG about whether timecode was even relevant in today's editing systems.

I thought there were some good points expressed, which is why I'm reprinting portions of the discussion, with permission, here.

Working with Roles 
This is an excerpt from a recent webinar on working with audio in Final Cut Pro X.

Roles are a very powerful, but little understood feature in Final Cut. 

In this video, I explain what Roles are, how they can be created, applied, modified and used. If you find yourself creating longer projects, you'll soon find using Roles to be indispensable.

Double-System Sound   
In this video excerpt from a recent webinar, I showcase how to work with double-system sound in Final Cut Pro X.

Increasingly, for high-end work, we record video on one device and audio on another.

This article illustrates two different ways to sync your clips. One is fast, and the other is easy.

Create and Modify Audio Keyframes 
Keyframes scare a lot of new editors. 

However, we use keyframes whenever we want a setting to change during playback.  (And we always use keyframes in pairs.)

In this short video, I explain how to use keyframes to change audio levels. I also show how to use the Audio Animation editor and explain what reference waveforms are.

Browser Overlays and What They Mean   
In this short article, I describe what the overlay symbols mean in the Browser,  how to display them and what other Browser options are that you might want to take a look at.

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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.

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

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