Nov. 16, 2015

Five-and-a-half new articles this week. (One article was new last week, but I screwed up the link, so I'm sending it again this week.) Something for everyone: Final Cut, Premiere Pro, iPhones, measuring hard disk speed and getting a job.  What's not to like?

We had a killer webinar last week on "4K video, the iPhone 6s and Final Cut Pro X" - hundreds of people joined us live on Wednesday. Because the response was so great, I've a special offer on this webinar that I'll explain a bit farther down.

I enjoyed presenting the 4K webinar last week - I got to use toys I don't normally play with, including a brand-new HighPoint Technology RAID. But, what really intrigued me was pairing the iPhone 6s to an Apple TV using AirPlay, then connecting the Apple TV, using HDMI, to our video system so that I could show the iPhone screen live during the show.

This was a great reminder to me of how media technology is exploding into distribution methods that were inconceivable just a few years ago. 

Thinking of new things, I have two announcements about motion tracking software from two different companies - one old and one new - see below.

Enjoy the season, I'll chat with you again next week.

Introducing fayteq

fayteq is a brand-new, German-based developer who just released fayIN. This is an innovative After Effects plug-in for camera tracking and automated integration of 2D-elements in videos, without requiring tracking markers.

It comes with an intuitive user interface, a fast render engine, and various tools for manual adjustments. The tool makes it possible to insert an element in only three steps: 1. Mask the area where the insert should be placed, 2. Start the track and 3. Select the element you want to integrate into the scene. fayIN is smart enought to track an object even if its briefly obscured.

Learn more, or download their 30-day free trial, here.

CoreMelt Offers Free Mask Tracking

Roger, CEO at CoreMelt, sent out an email this week offering free mask tracking in Final Cut Pro X.

"We are now making a version of SliceX available which can track oval and rectangle shapes available to you absolutely free.  Just register on our website and a serial number [for registration] will be sent to you instantly."

SliceX is legendary for motion tracking in Final Cut Pro X and can achieve incredible results.

Grab your free plug-in here.
MythBusters on The Buzz!  Need I say more? I spoke with Scott Sorenson, Walter Biscardi and Chris Haeffner. Very, very cool show.

Behind-the-Scenes at MythBusters
Walter Biscardi: Atlanta is a Major Media Town
New Media Storage for Workgroups
Tech Talk: Multiband Compressor in Premiere Pro CC
Watch or read the full episode here.

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

Last Week: iPhone 6s 4K Video
The iPhone 6s now shoots 4K video!
On a phone...!

But, what do you need to know to shoot, transfer, edit and output this new format?

In this in-depth session, Larry Jordan explains everything you need to know to master this format:

* How to enable 4K video on an iPhone 6s and transfer to your computer
* Which computer is best for 4K video
* Storage and bandwidth requirements for 4K media
* How to edit 4K native files
* How to edit 4K into an HD project
* How and when to create optimized or proxy files

This was an amazing session! In fact, for the next week, we are offering it at half-price - only $12.99! - simply because there's so much here that's really helpful to know. 

Purchase your copy here.
This Week: Protect Your Stuff
We all know we need to archive our projects for the long-term. But... how? And what's the best option for smaller workgroups on limited budgets that still need to preserve the critical media and project files?

In this webinar, Larry Jordan explains both the hardware and software side of archiving. During this session, you'll learn:

* Why LTO is the best option for long-term archiving
* What hardware options exist and how much they cost
* How to get started archiving
* How archiving software integrates hardware with your files
* An overview of Pre-Roll Post archiving software
* An overview of BRU archiving software

Wednesday webinars are always free, but limited to only 200 attendees.

Register here.
4K Video, the iPhone 6s and Final Cut Pro X (Article)
Illustrated in-depth how-to on 4K video shot on an iPhone 6s.

What To Do Once You Land that Editing Job (Blog)
Professional film editors talk about what you need to know on Day 1.

How To Measure the Speed of a Hard Disk (Video)
Short video comparing speeds of single drive, RAID and SSD.

Premiere Pro CC: 4 Ways to Change Clip Speed (Article)
Illustrated tutorial on freeze and hold frames, constant and variable speed

FCP X: Edit 4K Video Into an HD Project (Video)
A short video tutorial on spatial conform, transform and high-res video.

FCP X: Create, Apply or Delete Effects Presets (Article)
Illustrated tutorial on effects presets - this time with the correct link.
 Caution! SSD Drives and Yosemite [u]

EQ: Warm a Voice and Improve Diction

Premiere: Boost and Smooth Audio Levels

Premiere Pro: Use 2 Monitors

View all articles here
Master Motion 5

176: Premiere Pro CC 2015: Color Correction

104: Premiere Pro Color Correction

180: Audio for Video Editors - Adobe Audition

View all webinars here
Chris Haeffner: New Media Storage for Workgroups

Walter Biscardi: Atlanta is a Major Media Town

Scott Sorenson: Behind-the-Scenes at MythBusters

Stephen Nakamura: Color Grading "Oz The Great and Powerful"

View all interviews here
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