June 29, 2015
News. Training. Insight. 


In the US, this week is a holiday week, centering around the July 4 Independence Day celebration next Saturday.  The highways near our office are already clogged with vacation traffic. Our offices will be closed next Friday to allow our staff time off with their families and to celebrate.

In the meantime, I have six new articles and videos for you this week. Adobe released new versions of all their software last week, so this week I have a webinar, articles and videos showcasing the new features; including a follow-on to all the video compression speed tests I did in June. This article compares the speed of the new version of Adobe Media Encoder with the 2014 version and Compressor 4.2.

As a reminder, tomorrow (Tuesday) is the last day for our June bundles. (We are removing The Craft of Production from our store after June 30, so get your copy now before its gone.) We are always working on new ideas, but nothing like these bundles.

For a variety of technical reasons, I need to delay our webinar on Lighting that was scheduled for early July. I realized we needed more time to get this prepared. I moved the webinar on 3D Space in Motion up a week to compensate. I'll have a new schedule for the Lighting webinar later this summer. (If you've already signed up for this event, we'll send you an email in the next day or so with more information on the new date.)

However, I DO have a fun webinar planned for this week: Plug-ins for Final Cut Pro X. At this point, I'm still figuring out what to cover, but there should be more than a dozen new or upgraded plug-ins for us to look at. Most of which are really exciting. Details are below.

Also, we are launching a new face-to-face training: A Final Cut Pro X Master Class with me on August 8. We moved this to Saturday to make it more convenient for people that work during the week. Details are below.

For everyone in the US, have a Happy 4th of July next weekend. For everyone else, enjoy your summer and I'll chat with you next week.
Larry Jordan
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In This Issue
Finally!  After a too-long hiatus, the last eight episodes of the "2 Reel Guys" are now posted. Each episode runs about ten minutes and looks at the creative challenges of filmmaking.

Hosted by Norman Hollyn and myself, these new episodes include:
  • Music videos
  • What makes a good character
  • How locations advance story
  • Staging a fight scene
  • Secrets from a casting director: Jane Jenkins
  • Lighting techniques
  • Changing emotion is key to storytelling
  • How editing enhances script
  • Wedding videos with John Goolsby
Very cool stuff here. Take a look. Here's the link.
Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, I'm conducting a Master Class on Final Cut Pro X.

For one-day only, join us in our brand-new studio for a session specifically focused on you and your projects.

The content of this Master Class is driven by what you want to learn, problems that you are having, questions that you have about your projects. The morning is devoted to lectures explaining how different areas of Final Cut work. And - after a catered lunch - the afternoon is designed to get hands-on with your projects, solving problems and questions.

Early-bird registration is only $295 for the day.

Click here to learn more.  See you then!
We launched a great Motion 5 bundle at the start of June - and its become a best-seller.

This contains everything you need to know to learn the latest version of Motion.

Motion is the heart of all Final Cut effects - and the more you know about Motion, the more you can do in Final Cut Pro X. Containing six different webinars, plus a special bonus covering 3D space in Motion, this starts you at the very beginning and turns you into a Motion Master.

Click here to learn more. Special pricing ends June 30, 2015.
"The Craft of Production" is our latest "Craft" bundle. We go into the studio to illustrate:
  • Interview Techniques
  • How to use cameras to tell stories
  • How to pick the right mic and record better audio
  • A discussion of 3-point lighting
  • Plus, a BONUS of Norman Hollyn showing how to bring your production to the first edit.
The practical examples we cover here makes this one of my favorite packages. Learn more here and order your copy today!

We are removing this bundle from the store after June 30. Get your copy before its gone.


Last week, Adobe updated all their media applications; more than 15 in all.

So, our webinar looked at the new features of both Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe Media Encoder CC, plus we added a bonus showing how to move files between Premiere and Adobe Audition.

In this session, you'll discover: 
  • The new color workspace, video scopes and Lumetri color panel in Premiere
  • The new Morph Cut
  • Over a dozen new features in Premiere
  • How to send files from Premiere to Audition and bring them back
  • New features in Adobe Media Encoder
  • How to migrate settings from AME 2014 to AME 2015
  • The new Time Tuner in AME
  • And much more

Get your copy here.


Plug-ins are always a popular treat.

This week, I look at a variety of new and updated plug-ins for Final Cut Pro X.  I'm still putting the agenda together, but, so far, this looks like it will include effects from these companies:
  • FCP Effects
  • Intelligent Assistance
  • FX Factory
  • Frame.io
  • And more to come
This is always a fun time - with interesting goodies to explore - and, as always, attendance at the live event is free.

Space is limited, register here.

Digital Production Buzz

Very Exciting News: Randi Altman joins The Buzz! Randi has been covering the post-production industry for more than 20 years. Formerly the editor-in-chief of Post Magazine, now she runs her own website - PostPerspective.com. Starting earlier this month, she joins the Buzz to provide a weekly analysis on key news we need to know.

This week, we began with Starr Ackerman. She is a musician and PR specialist with IK Multimedia, who shares her thoughts on the current state of making and listening to music. Next is James Castle Stevens. James is an professional actor with some major screen credits and shares his thoughts on what traits make for a successful director.  Then Cullie Poseria, a young cinematographer, specializes in music videos and independent films. She has lots of ideas on how to make films look great.
  • Watch the entire show here.
  • Listen to the entire show here.
  • Read the show transcript here.
By the way, the Buzz website is evolving. Stop by, visit and check out our new look!

New Articles & Videos
I have six new articles and videos for you this week!

I start with a new feature in Premiere Pro CC 2015 called "Morph Cut." This can make jump cuts become a thing of the past - but also raises interesting ethical issues. A question I get frequently asks what video formats to use for a video projector. Then, as a follow-on to my video compression speed testing earlier in May and June, I have test results from the new version of Adobe Media Encoder. Plus new videos covering three big new features in Adobe Premiere Pro.

I also updated our Top 3 Lists. See you next week!


Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2105: Morph Cut

One of the amazing new features in the 2015 update to Premiere Pro CC is the Morph Cut.

In this article, I show how this feature works, what you need to know to make it work well and discuss an ethical issue that this feature raises with Bill Roberts, head of the product management team at Adobe.

Pick the Best Video Format for Video Projectors and Presentations
It's a common question: "What video format should I use if I'm displaying my video using a projector?"  However, the answer is less simple: "It depends."

In this article, I explain what you need to know to make the best decision on video formats for your next presentation.

Read my article here.

Compression Speed Test:
Adobe Media Encoder CC

Continuing my look at video compression speeds, in this article, I compare the speed of  Adobe Media Encoder 2104 with the latest version: Adobe Media Encoder CC 2015.

For reference, I also compare both versions against the latest version of Apple Compressor 4.2.

There are lots of interesting results here which can save you a ton of time on your next compression job. I was also struck by how much variation there was between tests.
Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015: New Scopes and Color Panel
One of the new features in Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015 that I am most impressed with are its new video scopes and the Lumetri color panel.

In this short video - an excerpt from my recent "New Features in Adobe Software - 2015" webinar - I illustrate these new scopes and how to modify them, then move to the color panel for a tour of features that we've never seen in an NLE before.

There are features here that are just stunning. Watch this video and see for yourself.

Watch the video here.

Adobe Media Encoder 2015: Transfer AME Presets

This short video is from my recent webinar titled: "New Features in Adobe Software - 2015."

Here, I show how to transfer compression presets from an earlier version of Adobe Media Encoder to the latest version.
Send Files Between Adobe Premiere and Adobe Audition
This short video is from my recent webinar titled: "New Features in Adobe Software - 2015."

Here, I show how to send a project from Adobe Premiere Pro to Adobe Audition for a mix, then how to send the competed mix back from Audition to Premiere.

Watch the video here.

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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

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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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