May 18, 2015
News. Training. Insight. 

Wow... Just, wow.

I spent a lot of time this week comparing the compression speeds of Adobe Media Encoder  vs. the latest version of Apple Compressor on a new Mac Pro, 21" iMac and 15" MacBook Pro. The results totally surprised me. I share what I found as my lead article this week.

On a related note, I've had a lot of fun the last few weeks refreshing my knowledge of Adobe Premiere CC for some in-person training. I wrote up part of what I learned in an article this week. Also, this week's webinar showcases little known tips that can speed your Premiere editing.

There's cool stuff happening each week on The Buzz, plus an FCP X update from Apple. As always, all the details are below.
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Last week, Apple updated Final Cut Pro X to version 10.2.1.

This fixes a number of bugs, the most serious of which displayed AVCHD 25p or 30p media as black. (I got lots of email about this over the last few days.)

If you've upgraded to FCP X 10.2, be sure to upgrade again to 10.2.1. The bug fixes are worth it.

To upgrade the application, log into the Mac App Store and click the Updates button. All programs that need upgrading are listed there. The update is free.
Expect a Buzz Survey
We are continuing to research ways to make the Digital Production Buzz even more valuable to you as a regular, weekly news source.

Later this week, I'll send you a survey asking your opinions on a variety of different ways we can improve the program.

I would be very grateful if you could spare a few minutes and share your thoughts with us.

We have lots of great ideas - now we need to figure out which ones would be most interesting to you.


Last week, I showcased the new features in Motion 5.2.

While Apple made a number of changes under the hood, the biggest news is new generators and support for 3D titles. The big benefit to creating 3D titles in Motion is the ability to position and animate them.

So, I used this opportunity to show how we can combine the new features with existing effects to create stunning effects without a lot of work.

Here's the link to download a copy. (Video Training Library members will find this already posted in the Library.)   
MAY 20

This session grew out of my research for some recent Adobe Premiere training.

There are hidden shortcuts and power tips you can use to make Premiere run faster. These are neither obvious, nor clearly documents.

This week, I focus on preferences, power shortcuts, and cool tips to help you make you more efficient.

Attendance, as always, is limited to 100 seats. And, as always, its free!

Register here.  See you Wednesday!

Digital Production Buzz

Three very interesting interviews on The Buzz last week.

Mark August began as a combat cameraman. Now, he's the president of the Society of Camera Operators. Learn what it takes to survive in combat, and how you can improve your camera skills. Then, Iain Richardson explains the benefits of BeamShare to collaborate quickly with distant colleagues. Finally, Seth Worley, Red Giant Filmmaker, explains how he creates films that go viral.
interesting interview, all of them. And well-worth your time. 
  • Watch last week's Show Highlights here.
  • Watch the entire show here.
  • Listen to the entire show here.
  • Read the show transcript here.

New Articles & Videos
I have five new articles and videos for you this week; including three new video highlights from last week's webinar.

I've also updated our Top 3 Lists.


Speed Test: Adobe Media Encoder vs. Apple Compressor

So, which is faster at video compression for YouTube? And how MUCH faster? And do the default settings do the best job?

I spent three days this week testing a new Mac Pro, iMac and MacBook Pro running Adobe Media Encoder and Apple Compressor.

The results were amazing and nothing like I expected.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC:
Media Browser Magic
The Media Browser is a powerhouse that's hidden in plain sight.

If you are someone that just uses Command-I to bring in your media, you are missing a major power feature that can simplify your editing life.

In this article, I illustrate many of the hidden features in this very cool panel and show you how to access media and projects faster.

Read the article here.

Motion 5.2:
3D Surfaces and Lighting

Last week's webinar looked at the new features in Motion 5.2.

This excerpt from the webinar shows how to apply different surface textures and lighting changes to 3D text.

Motion 5.2:
New Generators
Continuing with excerpts from last week's webinar, this segment looks at how to use one of the new generators, along with existing controls and effects, to create an interesting animated background perfect for an info graphic.

This is technique that teaches skills you can use in a variety of ways to create an unlimited number of fascinating background effects.

Watch the video here.

Motion 5.2:
Convert 2D Text into 3D Text

This is the third of three excerpts from last week's webinar.

This provides a fast way to convert new or existing 2D text into 3D, that you can then manipulate in Motion to create exactly the look you want.

This isn't hard, but it can be very difficult to find.

Everything You Need To Know About Hard Drives
I've written a lot about storage over the last couple of years.

In this compilation, I've put everything I've written about hard disks and RAIDs all into one place.

If you are looking to make the most of the storage you have, or are looking for new ways to store your media, you'll find what you need to know here.

Read the article here.

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Final Cut Pro X: Complete
NEW for version 10.2!
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:
  • An Editing Quick Start
  • Learning the Interface
  • Media Management
  • Media Import
  • Keywords
  • 3D Text and Titles
  • Inspector Effects
  • Masking
  • Color Correction
  • Video Effects Cookbook
  • And more

More than 200 movies, more than 20 hours of training - all guaranteed to get you up-and-running quickly and turn you into a Final Cut Pro X expert.


There's nothing better on the market. 



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 May.

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