The 2018 NAB Show opens a week from today. And, when you read next week's issue, I'll be in Las Vegas sharing all the latest news with you via
. I'm looking forward to it.
This week, I have some exciting news: to extend our NAB coverage, we have teamed up with
is launching a new multicam video streaming service for mobile devices at NAB. As part of the launch, the Digital Production Buzz will originate one show each day from the CinaMaker booth. At 2 PM Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we will be streaming both live video AND live audio. You can watch on
Then, once a show is complete, we're sending the audio over to
for near-real-time transcription. Simon Says is an end-to-end auto-transcription tool for the media and production industries. Upload any audio/video file via their API or website and in minutes, using AI and speech recognition, it is transcribed and synced using timecode. They will be transcribing 2-3 shows per day of The Buzz at NAB, then posting the transcripts to our
One of the cool features of the Simon Says software is that you can watch the text scroll past as you are listening to the show.
We are delighted to be working with both these companies and showcasing their technology as part of our NAB coverage. As always, let me know what you think of the service.
sent me the following heads-up: "I just want to share this with you. I was editing a corporate video and had several video clips that needed blurring, masking, etc., while the client wanted a lower-left small logo over the whole thing. Soon, the project
crashed FCP X
every time I loaded it. Every time. Turned out it was a transparent PSD file that FCP X didn't like at all, especially when combined with the blurs and masks. When I converted the logo to a transparent PNG, the problem was solved." (Thanks for letting me know, Scott.)
Thinking of technology, I have
five new articles
for you this week: two product reviews, a thought-piece on storage (which you should to read even if you
storage), and two videos on
The Compressor videos are excerpts from last week's webinar: "
Compression Basics in Apple Compressor
." This session wrapped up our "Back to Basics" month where I presented an overview of editing and media compression using
Adobe Premiere Pro
Apple Final Cut Pro X
. Webinars are taking a break in April to allow me to prepare for NAB. I'll be back later in the month to present some of the cool new stuff that's announced at the show.
Don't forget to listen to last week's
Digital Production Buzz
provided a preview of the upcoming
, then, we discussed using
to manage your next production, renting gear from
, and how
can help you find your next free-lance gig; or free-lancer. It was a fun show, I encourage you to
A reminder: we have big plans this spring for our sister website,
. We'll be announcing one of them at NAB next week. Anyway,
, who's the editor-in-chief over there, is running a
that he's using to help determine the editorial direction of the website. It's only ten questions, and he'd be grateful if you would spare a few minutes to answer the survey.
Here's the link
Next week, my team and I will be setting up our podcast booth at NAB for live streaming. In next Monday's newsletter, I'll have a
of what are doing, the equipment we are using and the workflow we've designed that allows us to create twenty-seven 45-minute shows in three-and-a-half days. Follow all the action at
And remember to stop by our booth at NAB to say: "Hello!" We're in
South Lower SL-10527
. In the meantime,