Feb. 8, 2016

I have a wealth of goodies for you this week!  SEVEN new articles and videos, including news on Apple's latest updates - Whew!

If you remember, last week, I published an article correcting details on our "Media Management in Final Cut Pro X" webinar. This last week, I went back into the studio and re-recorded the session to fix all the errors. We just released an updated version of this webinar. Last Friday, I sent an email to everyone that purchased this webinar with a link to download the corrected version. If you didn't get the announcement, log into your account in our store and download the free upgrade from there.

Our drone webinar got LOTS of great comments. So, we released a new video this week where Zach Bloom shows me how to fly a drone.  (Um, no, I didn't take the controls - but I watched very closely.) Details below.

Tom Coughlin, president of Coughlin & Associates, has the ear of virtually every storage developer in the industry. Every year he sends out a survey to media creators asking them for opinions on what they need in storage. Its time for this year's survey - details are below. All responses are anonymous and I'll publish the results later this year.

By the way, if you want a behind-the-scenes look at the studio and effects we use for the opening billboard to The Buzz, watch the video on creating green-screen effects using Adobe Premiere.

Its a busy, busy time. Stay warm - I'll have more for you next week. (Oh!  Very cool webinar this week - be sure to register and join us!)

Your Opinion on Storage is Needed

Coughlin & Associates are asking for your opinions to determine the industry's digital storage needs and expectations for the capture and creation of raw content, editing and post production, distribution of content, digital archiving as well as digital conversion and preservation.

The results of this survey will be used to create the Coughlin Associates report on Digital Storage for Professional Media and Entertainment.  The survey will stay open until May 15, 2016.  Please take a minute to share your thoughts. 

Here's the survey link.
Remove Echoes from Audio

One of the saddest emails I get frequently starts: "I'm ready to release my film, I just need to remove the audio echoes and I'm all set. How?"

FxFactory comes to the rescue with the brand-new "EchoRemover" - this plug-in removes echo and excess reverb from your audio effectively, and with minimal configuration.

EchoRemover rescues interviews, dialog and vocals that would otherwise be unusable. This new tool is available now for Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro.

I have not played with this, but here's the link to learn more.
This week, GREAT video from the NewTek TalkShow - and more. Larry & Mike talk with Philip Nelson, Cirina Catania and Michael Kammes.

NewTek TalkShow: A Better Way to Skype
First Look: Berlin Film Festival
Is Cloud-based Video Editing Ready for Prime-time?
Watch or read the full episode here.

SPECIAL NOTE: Written transcripts are now available for each show, courtesy of Take1.TV.

Click here to read the transcript.

Green-Screen Effects:
From Production to Post
Green-screen effects, also called "chroma-key effects," allow us to easily insert a foreground actor, or any other object, into a different background. But, exactly, how do you do this?

We've all seen "behind-the-scenes" footage of giant green-screen stages, with vast crews and big budgets. But, what if your means are more modest?

This session covers:

* Lighting green screen backgrounds
* Using monitors for backgrounds
* Positioning talent for green-screen
* Lighting talent
* How to use garbage mattes
* Create keys in Final Cut Pro X
* Create keys in Premiere Pro CC
* Create 2-color keys
* Reposition and scale foregrounds

Download this title here - or - join our Video Training Library here
Video Compression Basics
Video compression makes our media files small enough that they can be stored and viewed on the web. Sounds easy - but, for most of us, the process is confusing and the results disappointing. That's where this week's webinar can help.

We start by explaining the basic terms and concepts. Then, I'll shift into Apple Compressor and Adobe Media Encoder and show you how to compress great-looking video.

* Illustrate compression concepts
* Show how to reduce file size and improve image quality
* Show how to optimize Compressor and Media Encoder for speed
* Show recommended settings for YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo
* Show recommended settings for your personal website

Wednesday webinars are free, but limited to the first 200 attendees.

Apple Updates Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5 and Compressor 4 (Tutorial)
All the details on the latest free updates, released last week.

Premiere Pro CC: Shoot and Create a Green-Screen Effect (Video Demo)
Learn how to shoot, light and create a green-screen key.

FCP X: Create a 2-Color Chroma-key Effect (Video Demo)
Don't just key one background, key TWO of them.

Premiere Pro CC: Loudness Radar and Average Audio Levels (Tutorial)
  A much better way to monitor audio levels and meet CALM Act specs.

FCP X: Import Media from Camera card or hard disk (Updated) (Video demo)
  Explains how FCP X handles AVCHD and other camera card media.

How to Fly a Drone (Video demo)
 Zach Bloom gives Larry Jordan an orientation to flying a drone.

Why Join Our Video Training Library? (Tutorial)
  Everything you need - all in one place. Discover what we have for you.
  EQ: Warm a Voice and Improve Diction

Premiere Pro: Boost and Smooth Audio Levels

What I Learned Upgrading to El Capitan

Caution: SSD Drives and Yosemite
View tutorials here

189: Owning and Flying a Drone

185: Edit Music and Dance Videos

104: Adobe Premiere Pro CC: Color Correction

182: 4K Video, the iPhone 6s and FCP X

View all webinars here

Philip Nelson: NewTek TalkShow - A Better Way to Skype

Cirina Catania: First Look - Berlin Film Festival

Marianne Bourg: Getting Work as an Actor

Larry O'Connor: What Makes OWC Successful?

View all interviews here
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