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March 15, 2015
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Larry Jordan
SEVEN new articles this week on a wide variety of subjects; including a comparison on which to buy: a Mac Pro vs. an iMac.

The big news for us is that we THINK we've figured out the remaining issues on video streaming. So, to give the system a test, we are offering an "Ask Larry Anything" webinar this Wednesday - FREE to the first 100 people that sign up. If we have, in fact, figured this out, I'll write up what we did for next week's newsletter. Registration details are below.

Once we get video streaming working, I'm planning on writing a series of articles on what we learned building our new studio. There are a lot of traps that we fell into that, in hindsight could have been avoided if we knew more than we did. Which is why I want to share this with you.

Thinking of new things, we are now offering Highlights from each week's Digital Production Buzz. If you don't have the time to listen to an hour program, now, you can watch a five-minute summary. Details are below, as well.


Generic newsletter bullet The Digital Production Buzz is going to the 2015 NAB Show. And, you can, too! Here's your free registration code to this year's NAB Show, courtesy of the Digital Production Buzz:

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This code gets you onto the exhibits floor free - this is normally $150. Click "Register here" and enter the code during the registration process. (Feel free to share this code with your friends!)

This will be the seventh year The Buzz is covering NAB -- I'll have more details on our plans as the show gets closer.


Tomas Sipos, founder of, sent me the following:

"We created a video tutorial about the latest version of DaVinci Resolve 11. The DaVinci Resolve 11 Basics video course is for video/post beginners, NLE editors, camera users, enthusiasts and videographers. This course covers all basic features from basic project settings, media import, primary and secondary grading and export of the final graded material.

"There are also 5 round-trip videos covering the media exchange between major editing systems - Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer, Sony Vegas Pro & Grass Valley EDIUS Pro."

SPECIAL OFFER: Tomas is offering a 50% discount to the first 50 buyers. Here's the code: GIFTFROMLARRY50.




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After a couple weeks of research, we've installed a brand-new video streaming system, along with a new live chat specifically designed for our webinars. (And, while we were at it, we also changed our registration system.)

Past webinars had very choppy playback; in fact, many users couldn't connect at all. The problem was that we did not have sufficient bandwidth to support more than about five users. To fix this requires a CDN (Content Distribution Network). Over this last week, we installed a CDN with enough bandwidth to support 100 people on line at the same time.

At least, that's what "they" told us. Time for a test. We figured that the best way to test this is to offer a new webinar that always attracts a crowd: "Ask Larry Anything!"

So, join us this Wednesday at one of two different times. I'll do the best I can to answer your questions, while you help us make sure our system is working properly.

All live sessions are FREE, with a limit of 100 attendees.

Register here.

NOTE: The recorded session will only be available to members of our Video Training Library; it won't be posted to our store.


Many viewers have commented that they really like The Buzz, but finding an hour to listen is sometimes difficult.

So, we are now creating five-minute highlights from each show, so you can get a sense of each show in a lot less time. Two shows have highlights so far. You can expect each show to have them from here on out.

March 5, 2015 
March 12, 2015  
I'm interested in your reactions to these summaries.

Also, if your company is interested in sponsoring The Buzz, we have an opening. Drop me a note and I'll send you the details.


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The Buzz now has its own YouTube Channel!  You can find it here. As part of the Channel, Mike and I put together an intro welcoming you to the channel - which turned out to be quite fun. Watch it here.

We think we've fixed the bandwidth issues that temporarily halted video streaming of The Buzz.  So, this week, tune it to either the live audio or live video streams. You can find them both here:

This week, I want to feature a fascinating interview with Justin Thomson. Justin is an actor and filmmaker, who recently moved back to LA from London.

In this wide-ranging conversation, we talk about what it takes to succeed at a casting session, how to run your acting as a business, and the differences between acting in London vs. LA.

Justin and Mike also got into some very interesting discussions on the craft of acting.


Watch Justin's interview here.

Listen to Justin's interview here.

Listen to the entire show here.

Watch the entire show here
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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Seven new articles this week, including a comparison between the Mac Pro and an iMac. I've also spent time researching the "Better Quality vs. Better Performance" settings in Final Cut, and have more details to share with you this week.

A reader asked me to provide more specifics on how to reframe shots using high-resolution media, so this week, I have illustrated tutorials for both Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X.

Plus, new articles looking at why audio levels change between mono and stereo clips, how to display source timecode of clips you are importing and how to archive only the clips in your project using DaVinci Resolve.

As always, I updated our Top 3 Lists.  Have a great week.

How To Decide Which Computer To Buy 
I've written articles that examine the Mac Pro, the 5K iMac and the Retina-Display iMac as individual systems.

But... which is the right computer for you?

In this article, I look at the different systems from the point of view of a video editor and provide tips to steer you in the right direction. Each system has strengths - this article is designed to help you decide.

Better Quality vs. Better Performance 
I first wrote this article a while ago. But, since then, I've been doing more research on what Final Cut is actually doing when "Better Performance" is selected.

I updated the article based on what I've learned since.

Read the article here.

Re-Frame Shots  
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article talking about how to display large images in Premiere Pro.

Based on that, a reader wrote asking if I could write a more detailed tutorial on how to re-frame shots when using high-resolution media.

So, this is the first of two articles that illustrates the process. This one shows how to use Premiere Pro CC.  The next article shows how to use Final Cut Pro X.

Re-Frame Shots 
This is the second of two articles on re-framing shots.

The trick is to make SURE that you are not scaling the master image more than 100%.

Final Cut has an entirely different process to handle large images than Premiere Pro. In this article I show you what you need to know to re-frame shots and make them look great.

Mono vs. Stereo Levels 
When you drop an mono clip in a stereo timeline - or a stereo clip in a mono timeline - the audio levels change.


This has nothing to do with your software, but a great deal to do with the Pan Law.

This article explains what it is, why it exists, and why you should care.

View Source Timecode During Import 
A reader question was the source of this article.

This is a very simple way to see source clip timecode when importing media into Final Cut Pro X.

"Media Manage" FCP X Projects 
Media Manager doesn't exist in Final Cut Pro X. This means that you can't archive a project using just the media that was in your final Timeline.

However, as Chris Mansfield discovered, there is a workaround using DaVinci Resolve.

Chris wrote up the procedure and sent it to me. I'm publishing it here so you can decide whether this is a good option for your projects.

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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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