April 20, 2015
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Whew!  What a week...

The 2015 NAB Show ran last week - and the Digital Production Buzz was right in the thick of it. We interviewed more than 80 industry leaders, streamed eleven 30-minute live shows and created more than twelve hours of new programming recorded live on the trade show floor. (More details on this below.)

The annual NAB Show always makes me think about our industry and I have four different think pieces this week. As always, I look forward to your comments. Also, it was wonderful meeting so many of you at our booth at NAB this year. I always appreciate your taking the time to stop by and say hello. I just wish my schedule were a bit slower so we could have more time to talk.

Also, our new Final Cut Pro X training is proving to be very popular.  However, ah, I messed up. Last week, in my newsletter I mentioned that I sent out an upgrade email to all current owners of our training. After I did, though, I discovered that I forgot to include all the folks who purchased my training this year.  Sigh...  Too many late nights.  Anyway, I'm back in the office this week and I'll send out a new email that covers everyone. I'm sorry if you were overlooked.

I have a new webinar this Wednesday - showcasing the new features in Final Cut Pro X.  Be sure to sign up, seats are limited and this will be VERY popular.  I'll be covering Compressor and Motion in the near future, as well.

NAB always re-energizes our industry. I'm looking forward to sharing more news with you in coming weeks.
Larry Jordan
Larry Jordan & Associates

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

To celebrate the new version, we have a special deal: buy FCP X: Complete and SAVE $30.

That's like: buy FCP X: Workflow and Editing (which is our MOST popular title ever) and get FCP X: Effects for free (which is pretty cool).

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

We have both DVD and download versions: This is some very helpful training with 72 new movies and a complete reorganization of the rest.  You'll like it.

Have fun learning!

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.

Everything we covered in this webinar is still valid. I avoided talking about any feature that would change in the update -  this is still worthwhile to watch, once we get it posted.

Now that NAB is over, webinars are back!

This week, I take a look at the new features in Final Cut Pro X - the 10.2 update. This is a webinar you don't want to miss.

Register here:

In future weeks, I'll also look at the new features in Motion and Compressor. Also, 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 covered the annual NAB Show.  And, for the first time, we added video coverage!

During NAB, we interviewed more than 80 industry leaders and created more than twelve hours of original programming, live, on the trade show floor. Our coverage was so massive, we created a new website to handle it: NABShowBuzz.com.
  • See all the video shows here 
  • Hear all the audio shows here (all the Evening Special Reports were audio-only)
To help you find the interview you want, all shows list the companies that appear in them.  Also, each report runs about seven minutes, so you can quickly get the information you need on the companies you follow.

Shows are also posted to YouTube and iTunes. There's only one source for in-depth coverage of the NAB show:  NABShowBuzz.com

Last Week on the Buzz
By the way, all we had time to do at the NAB Show was post entire shows. This week, we'll  post individual interviews in both audio and video formats.

Interviews will appear first on NABShowBuzz.com, then on DigitalProductionBuzz.com.  In a day or two, we will also post them to YouTube.

New Articles & Videos
I have four new articles for you this week - three of them are commentaries on our industry, spurred by what I learned at NAB, and one is from an email I got late last week. I'll be back to writing technical articles next week - once I catch up on my sleep.

I've also updated our Top 3 Lists.
Article01Thoughts on the
2015 NAB Show

NAB always makes me reflect on our industry: its past, present and future.

As I was interviewing guests for the Digital Production Buzz, I was also thinking about what these announcements mean; what's new and key takeaways from this year's event.

Read my blog here. 
Thoughts on
NAB is a time of new announcements. Apple was no exception, announcing and releasing new versions of Final Cut, Motion and Compressor.

In this article, I share my thoughts about what Apple is doing and why its important.

Read the article here.

Article02Respect the Audience

I went to a stage show during NAB, but left at intermission... really angry.

Why? Because it was obvious that the director and crew did not respect the audience or the performers. Don't fall into this trap!

Vimeo Needs to
Rethink Frame Size
This article began with an email from Dr. Nicolas Magriel. Apparently, Vimeo considers PAL to be HD.

Weird, but sadly true. And stupid.

Read the article here.

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We've updated our training to include all the new features in the 10.2 release of Final Cut Pro X.

Plus, we added new or revised chapters covering:
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  • Learning the Interface
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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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