Aug. 17, 2015
News. Training. Insight. 


It's getting near the end of summer and change is in the air. One of the comments I've heard from a lot of readers is that they find the current design of my newsletter a bit, um, boring.  So, for the last month, we've been working on a whole new design.  I thought I'd have it for you this week, but our beta test group suggested one more round of changes. It will premiere next week. I look forward to your comments - the new layout looks really nice!

Four new articles for you this week, including an excellent tutorial on how to make sure you have enough free space on your hard disk, as well as how to tell if your RAM is slowing down your system.  See below.

We have another excellent webinar for you this week, part of our continuing "Conversations on Craft." This week, we are talking with actors and directors about how to survive in a cut-throat industry.  Registration is free. Sign up here.

We are developing some very exciting new segments for The Buzz that I'll be able to tell you about in a couple of weeks. So, it may be the middle of summer, but there's a lot going on behind the scenes.

Have fun in the sun and I'll chat with you next week!
Larry Jordan
Larry Jordan & Associates

Become A Member

Membership includes full access to Larry'sVideo Tutorial Library.
In This Issue
Digital Production Buzz
Our podcast - - was ranked one of the Top 5 video editing podcasts by Motion Array.  As Tyler Williams wrote:

"Welcome to our ongoing series on great podcasts for creatives. In each post in our series, we'll highlight several podcasts in a topic related to production, creativity, or design. We're going to kick it off with podcasts for video editors.

"Whether you are a professional film editor or you just have to edit together a presentation from time to time, there is something here for everyone. Today we are highlighting 4 general editing podcasts..."

We are in great company. Join us for a new show every week.  Here's the link to the list.
The last time we ran this contest, in 2013, I couldn't stop laughing. And now, it's back: The 2015 Edition of our Creative Truths Contest.

Share your aphorisms with the world - win prizes - become wickedly famous! Or, at least have a lot of fun reading the entries!

Enter here.


We pick 3-4 winners each week. Phil Snyder  is one of our winners this week:

"It's not a mistake until it's left the shop."

See all our winners here.

Conversations on Craft - Screenwriting

We continue our "Conversations on Craft" by looking at screen-writing, but doing it differently than usual.  This week, instead of interviewing one guest, we showcase three  recent interviews from the Digital Production Buzz looking at screen-writing:
  • Pilar Alessandra is the director of the popular writing program "On The Page" and author of "The Coffee Break Screenwriter." 
  • Danny Manus is the CEO of "No Bull Script Consulting."
  • Lee Jessup is a career coach for screenwriters, specializing in guiding emerging and professional scribes toward successful screenwriting careers.
We are combining them into a single program designed to supercharge your own writing.

This is already in our Video Training Library. Non-members can download a copy here.
Conversations on Craft - Screenwriting

We continue our "Conversations on Craft" by looking at acting.  This week, instead of interviewing one guest, we showcase three wide-ranging interviews on acting from recent episodes of the Digital Production Buzz:
  • Suzanne LaChasse is a Los Angeles-based producer and actor. She and her husband, Ryan Williams, own and operate Screen Actors System. 
  • Oliver Hollis-Leick is a trained actor specializing in motion capture. He co-founded "The Mocap Vaults" to train a new generation of motion capture performers and filmmakers.
  • James Castle Stevens spent 16 years in Los Angeles as a professional actor. Now he's a director and shares his thoughts on how to succeed as an actor.
 All three in one program - tell your acting friends this is a session they don't want to miss.


Best of all, its FREE - register here!

Digital Production Buzz

In Tech Talk this week, discover how automate Apple Compressor using Droplets.

Our guests this week started with Larry O'Connor, CEO of OWC. There's been a LOT of Buzz about problems with 3rd-party SSD drives and Mac OS X Yosemite. Things are changing and Larry brings us the latest update. Next is Chris Bross, CTO of Drive Savers. Chris explains what we need to know to avoid hard disk problems and what to do when they crash. Then, Art Adams, free-lance Director of Photography brings some examples of his work and explains how he lights it to look great.  All this, plus Randi Altman with her "Perspectives on the News."
  • 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
Four new articles, including an illustrated tutorial on how to be sure your hard disks are not too full and how to avoid corrupted Libraries in Final Cut Pro X.  Also, a new product review on Arctic Whiteness' Final Cut Library Manager.

As always, I updated our Top 3 Lists. Stay cool -- I'll see you next week!


IMPORTANT! Monitor Hard Disk Free Space

One of the leading causes of system slow-downs and crashes is a hard disk that too full.

In this illustrated tutorial, I explain how to tell how much free space you have left, what's a good amount to maintain and how insufficient RAM or hard disk space can bring the performance of your system to its knees.

If reliability and performance matters to you, you need to read this article.

FCP X: Avoid
Corrupted Libraries

Nothing is worse than trying to open a Library file and it won't open, or, worse, it opens and all your work is gone.

In this article, I share three tips you can use to avoid and possibly repair library problems.

Read my tutorial here.

FCP X: Better Transitions Using Compound Clips

This is an illustrated tutorial on how to use compound clips to create more effective transitions in FCP X; along with links to other compound clip articles.

Compound clips allow us to create effects that we can't create by simply stacking lots of clips on top of each other.
Product Review:
Final Cut Library Manager
If you create lots of Libraries and need a better way to manage your media, generated files and libraries, then you need to check into this wonderfully talented utility.

Its fast, its cheap and it does amazing things.

Read my tutorial 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:
Master Apple Compressor 4.2
This Master Collection includes everything you need to know to learn Apple Compressor from the ground up.

This bundle includes our comprehensive Compressor 4.1 training, then updates it with all the new features in Compressor 4.2.

Then, we put the software to the test to see if it was any faster than previous versions - and discovered is is more than THREE TIMES faster than Compressor 4.1!


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.

Everything you need - all in one place. 51 movies, more than six hours of training!

Top Three + 1 Lists