Sept. 7, 2015
News. Training. Insight. 


Today is the Labor Day holiday in the US. It marks the end of summer, in real-life though not the calendar, and the start of everyone getting back to work. It also celebrates the efforts of the American worker - though, these days, there seems to be a lot of politics wrapped around  earning a living.

Apple updated Final Cut, Motion and Compressor last week. I have a blog with the details. My basic suggestion is that if you are in the middle of a project, don't upgrade. upgrade only when you are between projects.

My new Editing Skills: Techniques & Technology class was a big hit.  So much so that we've had a number of requests to create the same course for Adobe Premiere. This struck me as a great idea, so I'm heading back into the studio this week to create it. I hope to release it shortly. Thanks to everyone that ordered this course. Click here to order your copy.

Four new articles, including a blog that I'd like your thoughts on this week. Plus an exciting new webinar featuring products that we haven't talked about before. All the details are below.

Have a happy holiday, or, if you are outside the US, have a great week. I look forward to chatting again next Monday.
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In This Issue
Digital Production Buzz
Earlier this year, we surveyed all the listeners to our podcast Digital Production Buzz, asking them what they want us to cover in the show.

The most requested feature was more detailed product demos and reviews. I'm delighted to announce a new partnership with Key Code Media that makes this possible.

The very talented Michael Kammes has agreed to host a series of bi-weekly hardware demos over the next three months; his first demo will cover the brand-new Avid ISIS 1000 system this Thursday.

Starting this week, KeyCode and I will alternate demos, with KeyCode covering hardware, while I cover software. I am very pleased to be working with both Michael and KeyCode Media - we have some fun things planned. Be sure to tune into The Buzz and watch what happens!
The 2015 Edition of our Creative Truths Contest continues to generate great quotes - and smiles!

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

Enter here -- it's FREE!


We picked 4 winners this week. Jeff Fulton is one of them:

No one knows what you do but they always know that "it won't take long."

See all our winners here. Our contest will wrap up at the end of September.

Submit your entry before time runs out!

Final Cut Pro X: Multicam Editing

We returned to technology last week with a webinar devoted to illustrating multicam editing in Final Cut Pro X.

Multicam is a popular technique where multiple cameras cover the same event at the same time from different perspectives. This technique is most common when recording live performances, reality or events; though it is becoming increasingly common with dramatic productions. Multicam editing is the process, within Final Cut Pro X, where we can simultaneously view and edit all those angles at the same time. Multicam editing can be done in real-time or slow-motion.

In this online session, host Larry Jordan illustrates everything you need to know to successfully edit your next project:
  • Media Management
  • Importing and organizing media
  • Editing
  • Trimming
  • Replacing shots
  • Color Correction
  • and working with multichannel sound
This title is already in our Video Training Library. Non-members can download a copy here.
Light Leaks, Fires, Explosions
and Blend Modes

There's nothing like a good explosion to wake up an audience. Not to mention fires, light leaks, degraded film looks and other special effects that require blend modes to look right.

Blend modes combine images based upon their gray-scale or color values. This provides a more seamless, organic way of blending images. This technique is a mainstay of motion graphic design.

In this online session, host Larry Jordan showcases how to use blend modes to create a variety of visual effects using both Adobe Premiere and Apple Final Cut Pro X, along with products from:
  • Rampant Design Tools
  • LightLeakLove
Registration is FREE, but seating is limited. Register here!

Digital Production Buzz

In Tech Talk this week, learn how animate a light using Motion 5.

Our guests this week started with Patrick Griffis, VP Education for SMPTE. Patrick is deeply involved in the next generation of images, what he calls "More Pixels, Faster Pixels and Better Pixels." This was a fascinating talk that you need to hear. Then, Steve Carson provided us a sneak peek at the beta release of DaVinci Resolve 12. Can it REALLY take over the editing duties of your NLE? Finally, Jayce Venditti is a filmmaker on a mission to create art that gives back to the community. Listen to how he hopes to develop a 60-acre studio complex in San Diego.
  • Watch the entire show here.
  • Listen to the entire show here.
  • Read the show transcript here.

New Articles & Videos
Something to think about, plus lots to learn.  And, as always, I updated our Top 3 Lists.


Apple Updates Final Cut Pro X, Compressor & Motion

A few days ago, Apple updated all its professional video applications: Final Cut Pro X, Compressor and Motion.

In this article, I list all the new features and principle bug fixes.

The Permanence of Things, The Impermanence of People

The things we purchased used to last forever. Today, they don't.

In bygone years, we could judge for ourselves whether something was good quality by looking at it, touching it and watching it work. Today, we can't. Products are too complex, change too quickly, disappear.

This is an essay on what's permanent in our life.
Read the article here.


Premiere Pro CC: Make Your Text Look GREAT!

If you've only been using simple text in your Premiere Pro projects, allow yourself to discover some of the amazing flexibility Premiere's Title Editor provides.

This illustrated tour of Premiere's Title Editor showcases key functions that you may not yet be using to create great looking text for video.
Final Cut Pro X:
Create a Multicam Clip
Multicam editing is the process, within Final Cut Pro X, where we can simultaneously view and edit multiple camera angles at the same time.

In this excerpt of a recent online video webinar, Larry Jordan  illustrates different ways to sync and build a multicam clip.

Watch the video 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