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February 9, 2015
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Faster Editing in Final Cut Pro X

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Larry Jordan
Three articles, plus a video tour of my new studio, some great Short Notes and a killer webinar from last week. There's all kinds of great things to share with you.

I'm really excited to finally be able to take you behind the scenes and show you the studio we've built. But, first a look at a new toy that we installed a couple of days ago.


Generic newsletter bullet Last Friday, we installed the brand-new TalkShow  from NewTek. (From what I was told, Microsoft got the first unit and we got the second.)  This is a combination computer/video terminal that allows live broadcast of Skype conversations.

Additionally, it allows queueing of Skype calls so we can instantly switch from one call to the next.

Installation took a couple of hours, plus a long call to Newtek Support, who was very helpful. The one thing I've learned so far is that the box supports 720p and 1080i - both of which are required for broadcast. But it does not support 1080p - which is required for webstreaming.

We are currently planning on running the output of TalkShow into a Blackmagic Design Teranex to provide format and frame rate conversion. 

If you want to see what a TalkShow looks like in real-life, tune into the Digital Production Buzz on Thursday (6 PM PDT) and watch.  We are as interested as you are to see how well this works.

(I'll write a full review of the TalkShow after we get some more experience with it.)


Generic newsletter bullet Tom Coughlin is an engineering consultant specializing in storage. Every year, he puts out a new survey asking for comments on how creative folks plan to use storage in the coming year. It's called the "2015 Digital Storage in Media Survey."

Tom writes: "This survey is intended for media and entertainment professionals and is designed to determine the industry's digital storage needs and expectations for the capture and creation of raw content, editing and post production, distribution of content, digital archiving as well as digital conversion and preservation.

"The results of this survey will be used to create the Coughlin Associates report on Digital Storage for Professional Media and Entertainment. A summary of the survey results will be made available to Members of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and other survey participant sources. The survey will stay open until April 30, 2015. 

"For more information on Coughlin Associates go to"

If you want to influence the products that get developed, I encourage you to take this survey. It won't take long and all of us benefit:



Antony Fleming sent me the following:

Until last year I was shooting video on Sony XDCam cam areas with BPAV/MP4 files when I was editing with FCP7 without problem. I recently tried importing these camera files into FCP 10 without success (just a green screen).

However, I have just had success using iSkysoft Video Converter - easy to do and with excellent results. Just drag the Sony file into appropriate place, select FCPX and click Convert.




Last week's webinar was pretty amazing, if I do say so myself. We moved into our studio and, with the help of two actors, illustrated camera angles, talent blocking and framing.

Specifically, I provided lots of examples of how the relationship between camera position, lens angle, actor position and depth of field all contribute to the emotional impact of a shot.

This was great fun to produce and I hope you like it. It is especially useful for educators teaching students, editors looking to improve their knowledge of production, or new shooters in the field looking to improve their technique.

This video is free to all members of our Video Training Library.


Everyone else, click here to download a copy.  



Generic newsletter bullet This week I want to present one of my more popular lectures at USC: Using Photoshop to Repair Images for Video.

Video projects of all sorts are filled with historical photographs, not all of which are in good condition. In this webinar, I'll show you how to correct for:
  • Bad exposure
  • Bad color
  • Bad angles
  • Bad wrinkles
  • Bad tears
  • Bad framing
This week, I'll show you how to turn bad into good. In fact, some of the repairs we can do with Photoshop border on amazing.

Click here to register. (Limit of 100 seats.)


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Last week on the Buzz, we invited Peter Hamilton to join us. Peter is a senior consultant who works with the nonfiction industry on marketing and business development. In other words, he helps filmmakers make money on their projects.

We started with a discussion of the recent Real Screen Summit. But the conversation morphed into what international markets are hot right now, a very special project for filmmakers in South Africa, and the controversy over broadcast television ratings.

If you want to make money on your next independent film, you need to listen to this interview. 

Listen to Peter here.

Listen to the entire show here.

Starting this week, The Buzz is streaming and posting in video! Watch the show on YouTube here. And let us know what you think in the comments.

I invite you to join us for the live show each Thursday where you can watch, listen and share in the Live Chat. Here's the link.

Thanks to the folks at Take1 Transcriptions, you can also read each show. Written transcripts are now posted to each show page. Read the transcript here.


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I have three articles and a brand-new video this week.

My lead story is a video tour of our new studios. This is a behind-the-scenes look at our new offices, studio, control and the gear we've put in it. (This is four minutes of fun, and you'll see why I'm so excited with the potential for what we can do.) 

Next, an article on FCP X based on a question from a reader, an article on Motion based on a very cool technique that I learned from Mark Spencer, and a special mention from last week.

And, as always, I've updated our Top 3 li
sts. Have a great week! 

Larry's New Studio Tour 
OK, so maybe I'm an overly-proud parent.

But, thanks to Megan Paulos and Brianna Murphy, we've put together a tour of my new offices and studio.

In this movie, we go behind-the-scenes. In the future, we'll be showcasing what this new studio can create.

Watch the video here.

Export Split Track Audio 
This article was suggested by a question from a reader.

Duncan wanted to know how to pan all the voice-over audio to the left channel, while all the rest of the mix was panned to the right channel.

It isn't hard to do, but it certainly isn't obvious. This article explains how to do it.

Animate Movement Using Audio 
There is a very cool set of tools buried deep inside Motion 5 that allow you to use audio to generate on-screen animation.

This is done using Parameter Behaviors.

In this article, I explain what Parameter Behaviors are, where they are located and how to use them to create exciting animation without doing very much work. (By the way, a tip of the hat to Mark Spencer, who first showed me this trick.)

Create an Adjustment Layer  
I wrote this article two weeks ago and, for whatever reason, it disappeared into my website without leaving a trace.

So, I want to mention it to you again.

This is a VERY cool and useful technique to apply a one or more effects to a range of clips, yet adjust them from a single setting.

I find myself using this constantly to apply the Broadcast Safe filter or other effects. It is far faster than a compound clip and easier to make changes.

Even if you never create effects, you should read this article; just to learn what's possible.

This title contains everything you need to learn Apple's
Final Cut Pro X v.10.1!
This title includes both:

* FCP X: Workflow & Editing

* FCP X: Effects


All in one place, for one great price!


Start with initial setup and media management to editing, effects, and output, there's no finer training on the market.



* Need to get started in a hurry? We condensed everything you need into one chapter.

* Need to learn just the new features? We've got you covered.

* Need in-depth training on everything you need to know to become a video editing pro? Start at the beginning and work your way to the end.

You'll be amazed at how much you learn!

(It is also current for the 10.1.3  and 10.1.4 releases)

Over 200 movies, more than 22 hours of training! Each movie is laser-focused to get you the information you need exactly when you need it. (The average movie length is about seven minutes.)

One title - everything you need - available right now.

Here are the most popular articles, webinars, and audio interviews for the past seven days across 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 the members of our Video Training Library. 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
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