April 13, 2015
News. Training. Insight. 


Last week, there's wasn't much to talk about. This week - HOLY COW!!

This morning, at 9:01 AM Pacific time, Apple released updates for Final Cut Pro X, Compressor and Motion.  I have a big article on this as my lead story.

Even better, at the same time, I released all new training for the latest version of Final Cut Pro X.  72 new movies covering both the newest features, as well as updates to existing features covering new stuff I've learned since my last training was released.
  • If you are an existing member of my Video Training Library, the new training is already posted and available, in a new category called "Final Cut Pro X (10.2)." 
  • If you are an existing purchaser of my training, I've already emailed an update notice to you with upgrade codes you can use to immediately download new training. Check your email in-box for upgrade pricing and instructions.
  • And, if you haven't joined our Library, or downloaded any of our Final Cut Pro X training, I have a special offer for you. Buy FCP X: Complete and I'll save you $30. This is like buying FCP X: Workflow and Editing and getting FCP X: Effects for free!  Just use Promo code SAVE30 during checkout. Here's the link. (I'm emphasizing FCP X: Complete because Apple's updates extend throughout the program and this is the best way I can think of for you to make the most of this new version.)
We are very excited about the new software from Apple, but that's not the only hot news of the week. Adobe revealed new versions of their media software, though they did not yet announce a ship date.  Some of the new features in Adobe Premiere are very exciting and I'll have more on that next week.

Plus, we are just at the cusp of the latest edition of the annual NAB Show.  For the seventh year in a row, the Digital Production Buzz will be in the thick of it - interviewing key industry leaders throughout the event. We are creating twelve live video programs over 3.5 days, along with an hourly audio-only special report each evening.  Visit NABShowBuzz.com for all the details.  (This is our first year doing video streaming and I'd love your comments. Shows are at 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. More details are below.)

If you are going to NAB, please stop by our booth - SL11505 - and say "HELLO!

As well, I have two new articles for you this week. (Whew!  And NAB hasn't even started yet...)
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(By the way, all our latest Final Cut Pro X training is now live in the Library!) 


With the release of the new 10.2 update to Final Cut Pro X, we've released new training to go along with it.

And, to celebrate this new version, we are offering a special deal to everyone: buy FCP X: Complete and save $30.

That's like buying FCP X: Workflow and Editing (which is our MOST popular title ever) and getting FCP X: Effects for free (which isn't too shabby).

Here's how this works. Buy: FCP X: Complete, then entire SAVE30 as the Promo code during check-out. You get an instant 30 bucks.

We have both DVD and download versions: Because our entire staff is at NAB, give us an extra day to ship DVDs... we have no idea where the Post Office is in Las Vegas.

This is some very cool training with over 70 new movies and a complete reorganization of the rest.  Have fun learning!


There's just too much going on.

Last week's webinar on "Cool Effects in Final Cut Pro X" went really well. But between getting ready for NAB and finishing all our new FCP X training, I wasn't able to get it posted to the Video Training Library before we left.

This will be added to the library next week, when we get back.

(By the way, everything we covered in this webinar is still valid. I specifically avoided talking about any feature that would change in the update - which means this is still worthwhile to watch, once we get it posted.) 

There is no webinar this week - instead watch all of our NAB coverage at NABShowBuzz.com.

Once we get back, our first webinar will cover some of the new features in Final Cut Pro X 10.2.

Now that the software is announced, we'll update our registration pages later this week. This will be a webinar you don't want to miss.

Full details in next Monday's newsletter.

(By the way, we haven't forgotten all the goodies Adobe announced. We'll be covering those once Adobe launches the products.)

Digital Production Buzz

For the seventh year in a row, the Digital Production Buzz is covering this year's NAB Show.  And, for the first time, thanks to a generous grant from the folks at 1Beyond - we are adding video coverage!

Here's our plan: We are creating twelve hours of programming during NAB! Eleven live shows  and five Evening Special Reports. Original programming, every day and live from the show floor.

Beginning Monday, April 13 at 10:30 AM (Las Vegas time), we are live video-streaming three half-hour shows featuring news, announcements and interviews with virtually every major player in our industry. Then, each evening that week, we present an hour-long Special Report featuring all new interviews with some of the hottest new companies at the show.

All shows will be streamed live, as well as posted to YouTube (video), iTunes (audio) and the NABShowBuzz websites.

Our coverage is SO MASSIVE that we've created a new website to handle it:  NABShowBuzz.com. Visit today to see who we are interviewing and when they will be on. We update this page every day from now till the end of NAB.

There's only one source for in-depth coverage of the NAB show:  NABShowBuzz.com

Last Week on the Buzz
We had a fun show last week, featuring photography and filmmaking:
  • Craig Ratcliffe is a world-class commercial photographer. We talked with him about shooting images that sell products, the transition from film to digital and how to survive and grow your business in today's market.
  • Dan Berube and Mike Horton are co-producers of the world-famous SuperMeets. We talked with both of them about what they have in store for the NAB SuperMeet  - in addition to $130,000 in raffle prizes!
  • Colin Brown is an Australian filmmaker that specializes in creating films for non-profits. He talks this week about the needs and challenges of creating compelling films for organizations with severely constrained budgets.

* Watch highlights of the show here (A fast five-minute look at highlights from the show.)  

* Watch the entire show here.

* Listen to the entire show here.   

* Read the text transcript here

New Articles & Videos
Two articles today: the first is a detailed look at the latest upgrades to Final Cut Pro X, Compressor and Motion. The second is a product review of a very cool iOS-based intercom system.

Our Top 3 lists are only updated for articles. We are switching to Google Analytics for the Buzz and webinars and don't have enough historical data to show trends for this week. They will be updated next week.
Article01Apple Updates
Final Cut Pro X, Compressor
and Motion

This is a detailed look at Apple's latest updates to Final Cut and the gang.

This includes both Apple's Release Notes and my comments on working with the latest versions.

Product Review:
Unity Intercom
Unity Intercom is a very cool, iOS-based intercom system that we've been using here for a month or so.

I asked Megan Paulos, our Production Supervisor, to write a review of the product and here it is.

Read the article here.

Larry's Best Training: 
Final Cut Pro X: Complete
NEW for version 10.2!
Our latest training is all brand-new for the 10.2 upgrade to Final Cut Pro X

Click here to get all the details, as well as a preview of what's in each title.


Improved Video Compression 
Apple Compressor 4.1
Apple continues to update Compressor with an all-new interface, improved compression settings and better monitoring. We created new training just for this 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. 

NOTE: We will be updating this training for the Compressor 4.2 release later in April.

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