Oct. 26, 2015

Well, I decided it was time to take the plunge and upgrade my least-important system to El Capitan (Mac OS X 10.11.x). Hmmm... lots to talk about with that. In fact, there's a new issue with RAIDs and Disk Utility in El Capitan that requires a whole article to explain. All the details are below.

Several new product announcements from a range of vendors are also below.

Another important interview on The Buzz last week. It was in talking with Larry O'Connor from OWC, that I discovered the new problem with Disk Utility.  That was the genesis for one of this week's articles.

Our "Audio Secrets" bundle is now complete. There are two versions, one for Final Cut Pro X and one for Premiere Pro CC. The final session looked at editing, repairing and mixing audio in Adobe Audition - with lots of emphasis on things you can do in Audition that you can't do in Premiere or Final Cut.

I'll chat with you again next week. Have a good week.

Drobo Launches New Storage

Last week, Drobo launched the B810n hybrid storage system.

Built on the Drobo's  BeyondRAID technology, coupled with hybrid storage and innovative data aware tiering, the Drobo B810n is five-times faster than its predecessor and delivers a level of automation and technical sophistication usually reserved for more expensive enterprise solutions.

Designed for small-to-medium business,  the B810n can simplify and consolidate both physical and virtual storage in a single array with "on-demand" ability to scale both capacity and performance.
Reel Skillz is Running a Contest

Motion Array in cooperation with Art Of The Guillotine, announced the REEL SKILLZ editing contest.

As a way to promote the media available on their site, Reel Skillz wants to see your best-edited reel using free assets from Motion Array. You need to download a free song from their music library and edit a video reel to it using previews from the Motion Array After Effects template library.

Accessing media requires setting up an account. Contest ends Nov. 2.

Learn more here.
Simian Launches Free Video Encoder for Mac and Windows

Last week, Simian launched a free version of their Video Encoder. Heather, from Simian, writes:

"The Real Time Video Encoder (RTVE) reduces the challenges video professionals face when uploading and encoding video optimized for the web.

"Since the adoption of HTML5 and Chrome's discontinued support of the QuickTime plugin, many people are having difficulties encoding their files properly so that they will play across all web browsers. We developed a free, easy-to-use encoder that uses the most common settings and produces the best quality video for optimal playback on all platforms, including mobile."
FX Factory Launches XEffects

Peter Wiggins wrote to tell me "about our new FCPX plugin."

XEffects News Graphics enables FCP X users to build a dynamic looking news broadcast using a set of professionally designed templates.

Rather than put all the graphics into one fixed template, each element can be applied or stacked on top of each other and timed to suit the presenter and/or footage.

The plugin is live and the webpage is here.

This week's show was both fascinating and important - as you'll read below! Mike and I spoke with Zane Pond, Cas Anvar, Richard Hatch and Larry O'Connor.

Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.
More from The Geekie Awards
RAID Problems with El Capitan
Tech Talk: Nexidia's Dialogue Search
Watch or read the full episode here.

SPECIAL NOTE: Written transcripts are now available for each show.
Click here to view.

Part 3: Audio in Adobe Audition
This week's session concludes our three-part series on "Audio for Video Editors."  I showcase the benefits of using Adobe Audition for both Final Cut and Premiere projects.

Audition has capabilities that don't exist in either program that can make your audio sound better. We'll look at
  • The Audition interface
  • Importing and organizing clips
  • Editing clips on the Timeline
  • Fades and changing fade shapes
  • Repairing problem audio
  • Using the mixer
  • Creating submixes
  • Exporting for delivery back to FCP or Premiere

Watch these titles in our Video Training Library. 

Download the webinar here.



No Webinar This Week
I'm taking a break from webinars this week to give me time to research some new ideas.

I'll let you know what we are planning in next week's newsletter.

Caution: El Capitan May Cause RAID Problems (Article)
Disk Utility changed in OS X El Capitan - RAIDs are no longer supported.

What I Learned Upgrading to El Capitan (Article)
What I did, how it works, what doesn't work and what you need to know.

Product Review: Soundness SoundSoap (Article)
A detailed, illustrated review of SoundSoap to repair bad audio.

Adobe Audition CC: Automatic Speech Alignment (Video)
How and why to use the Loudness Radar to measure average audio levels

Adobe Audition CC: Fix Audio Clipping (Video)
Clipping happens during recording and sounds distorted. Here's how to fix it.

Adobe Audition CC: Measure the Final Audio Mix (Video)
You've created the mix, but does it meet spec? Here's how to tell.
 Caution! SSD Drives and Yosemite [u]
EQ: Warm a Voice and Improve Diction
Premiere Pro: Boost and Smooth Audio Levels
FCP X: When to Use Optimized, Proxy or Native Media 

View all articles here
Audio Secrets for Final Cut Pro X
Audio Secrets for Premiere Pro CC
Photoshop for Video Editors
137: Timing is Everything (in Editing)

View all webinars here
Larry O'Connor: Problems between El Capitan and RAIDs
Stephen Nakamura: Color Grading "Oz: The Great and Powerful"
Jessica Hall: How to Make Money on Your Movie.

View all interviews here
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