July 6, 2015
News. Training. Insight. 


Here in the US, folks are getting back to work after a three-day weekend.  Hope you had a good weekend! I'm looking forward to getting back to work.

This week, I have six new articles and videos for you; covering Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Media Encoder, Apple Compressor and some very cool plug-ins for FCP X.

Our Buy One - Get One Free webinar promotion ends today at midnight - so be sure to take advantage of this sale. No codes needed, just buy two webinars and pricing is automatic.

Remember to sign-up for our new classroom-based training: A Final Cut Pro X Master Class  on August 8. We moved this one-day event to Saturday to make it more convenient for people that work during the week. More details are below.

Brand-new is: "Larry's Summer School." This eight-session class builds on our wildly popular "Craft of Editing."  Starting in a couple of weeks, this is perfect for students or self-trained editors who want to improve their skills and understanding of how editing works.  Details below.

We have another fun webinar planned for this week: "3D-space in Motion 5." This starts by defining what 3D space is, how to move around it in Motion, then how to create projects that take advantage of it. Details are below.

Summer is the perfect time to catch up on learning new stuff to get ready for the fall. Enjoy your summer and I'll chat with you next week.
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We had such a great response to "The Craft of Editing," that we decided to extend it.

Starting in two weeks, we are offering: "Larry's Summer School." This eight-session, seven-week class uses Final Cut Pro X to look at how to tell stories with moving pictures.

Rather than just studying technology, we will learn how to use that technology to captivate an audience. Along the way, we'll learn how to use technology to enhance our stories.

This class also builds on what I teach at USC, and includes sample media for editing, and an Award of Completion at the end of the course. We release a new course every week.

Here's the link to learn more.
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!


Plug-ins are always popular and last week was no exception.

This webinar showcased 14 new or updated plug-ins for Final Cut Pro X from the following companies: 
  • Luca Visual FX
  • Hawaiki
  • Stupid Raisins
  • SugarFX
  • FCP Effects
  • Red Giant
  • Intelligent Assistance
  • Frame.io

Plug-ins are magical, because they allow you to create effects you can't do in Final Cut itself.  

Get your copy here.


3D space is a very confusing place to be. But, once you understand it, you can create some amazing, eye-catching effects very easily.

This week, I explain and illustrate:
  • What 3D space is
  • How to avoid getting lost
  • How to create and move a camera
  • How to add and modify lights
  • How to create sets
  • How to move the camera between sets
  • And more
This webinar will get your creative imagination spinning. And, as always, attendance at the live event is free.

Space is limited, register here.

Digital Production Buzz

This week, we began with John Putch. John's directed just about everything: "Scrubs," "My Name is Earl," "Family Tools," "The Middle," "Cougar Town," "Ugly Betty," and multiple TV movies and mini-series. But what he LOVES is creating independent films. He joins us in studio for a hilarious discussion of how he approaches making a micro-budget movie. Then, Tom Inglesby, the editor of Markee 2.0 Magazine joins us to talk about the future of storage for filmmakers. And we wrap up with Kristen Nedopak, creator of "The Geekie Awards," explaining why geek's rule the world.
  • Watch the entire show here.
  • Listen to the entire show here.
  • Read the show transcript here.
By the way, the Buzz website is evolving. Come visit and check out our new look!

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

Something fun to start with: Keyboard shortcuts in Final Cut, then creating burned-in timecode using either Apple Compressor or Adobe Media Encoder. Next are two videos from last week's webinar, looking at two different plug-ins. Finally, in response to a reader, I've created an article on how to create MXF 0P1a files using Apple Compressor.

I also updated our Top 3 Lists. See you next week - and stay safe this summer!


Final Cut Pro X:
Playback Secrets

This article contains lots of fun, interesting and hidden keyboard shortcuts that you can use to control playback and clip speed using Final Cut Pro X.

Let me know if I forgot one of your favorites.

Final Cut Pro X:
Animate Symbols
This excerpt from my recent "3rd-Party Plug-ins" webinar showcases a new plug-in from Stupid Raisins providing customizable and animated symbols for Final Cut.

More than 192 symbols in 10 categories.

Watch the video here.

Adobe Media Encoder:
Create Burned-in Timecode

This illustrated tutorial shows how to create burned-in timecode using Adobe Media Encoder.
Apple Compressor:
Create Burned-in Timecode
This illustrated tutorial shows how to create burned-in timecode using Apple Compressor. This is very useful for review videos.

Read the article here.

Final Cut Pro X:
Collaborate Using Frame.io

This short video is from my recent webinar showcasing "3rd-party Plug-ins for FCP X."

Frame.io is a new, web-based collaboration tool that integrates tightly with Final Cut Pro X to enable teams and collaborators to review projects, and share files and comments.
Apple Compressor:
Create MXF OP1a Files
This article grew out of a client request for help in creating MXF OP1a files for broadcast.

This industry-standard file is now fully supported in Apple Compressor, but the settings to create it are both hard to find and confusing. I explain how to do it here.

Read the article here.

Larry's Best Training: 
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.

Top Three + 1 Lists