April 22, 2019

I'm writing this newsletter on Easter Sunday and between the close of NAB and the holiday, things have slowed down a great deal. Which is just fine by me.

One of things I like about the NAB Show is the chance to catch up with folks I haven't seen for a while. (Though, creating as many shows and interviews as we do somewhat interferes with extra time for visiting.) Still, Randi Altman, editor-in-chief of PostPerspective.com and I were chatting and she mentioned that there seemed to be a LOT of "pay-to-play" interviews going on at the show. Then, a company marketing person said: "It's unbelievable how many people are just willing to share anything (even if it's not valuable) with their audience as long as they get paid!"

This drives me nuts! The more paid reviews that are out there simply makes it harder for anyone to trust anything. Because if you think a paid review is going to point out problems - well, I've got a small bridge in Brooklyn that I can sell you, cheap. This growing problem is my lead story this week.

Earlier today, Richard W. sent me this question: "Something came up that I [need explained.] ...The auto-update on my MacBook Air Mojave prompted me to update iMovie from version 10.1.1 to 10.1.11 with the curious message: ' Detects media files that may be incompatible with future versions of macOS and converts them to a compatible format.... I really hate the idea of any software converting my media files without my clear understanding and approval so I didn't update this iMovie software... I wonder if you know anything about this?"

Yes, and it is critically important that you understand the answer. Apple has deprecated all codecs based on QuickTime 7. If you upgrade to the next version of macOS AFTER Mojave, media using these codecs WILL NOT PLAY and CANNOT be converted! In other words, if you ignore this warning and upgrade, you are screwed. ( Here's an article that explains what is happening.)

What Apple has done, before the next OS upgrade, is provide a conversion utility in Final Cut, iMovie, Compressor, and Motion that recognizes these out-of-date codecs and converts them into something more future-proof; specifically ProRes 422. What this feature does is recognize when you've opened media which will soon be obsolete and gives you the ability to convert it.

This conversion is NOT automatic, nor behind-the-scenes. You have to click OK for the conversion to occur. However, if you DON'T convert your media, you will not be able to upgrade to the next version of macOS. (Here are two articles illustrating this conversion process in Final Cut Pro X and Compressor. Compressor is more flexible.)

Please, to prevent future problems, read my background article above and these newer ones showing how this process works. Because, once you upgrade macOS, you can't go back and you can't play your older media. Also, if you are debating what to do, please turn OFF automatic updating of your system. Here's an article that explains how. This will prevent unexpected, and unpleasant, surprises.

I'm very grateful for the glowing reviews for our NAB coverage on the Digital Production Buzz. So, this week, I revised my workflow write-up to reflect the audio changes we made on site and improved the detail and accuracy of my first report.

A company I'd never heard for - Accusonus - contacted me about their new audio plug-ins. After taking a look, I discovered that there's a lot here to like, so I wrote a "First Look" Review. They have a very interesting approach to providing very complex, machine learning-based software tools. You'll find it here.

The Digital Production Buzz is working through our wrap-up of NAB. Last week we spoke with folks at: Cinedeck, Digital Anarchy, Evolphin, and Digital Bedrock. Each of these companies has products that can benefit independent filmmakers - take a listen to the show here.  And here is all our NAB coverage!

Over the course of the next week, we'll also have all our NAB shows posted to  YouTube. You can visit The Buzz YouTube Channel here.

I haven't forgotten our weekly webinars, but life just got too hectic over the last couple of months. I'm hoping to get these restarted once school ends, later in May. For now, though, I hope you had a good holiday and I look forward to talking with you next week.

Until next week, edit well.

Last Week on The Buzz
From old friends to new companies, this episode of The Buzz looks back at NAB and connects with more companies announcing new products.  
Plus, James DeRuvo shares more highlights from this year's show.
* John Harris, Cinedeck
* Jim Tierney, Digital Anarchy
* Evan Michals, Evolphin
* Linda Tadic, Digital Bedrock
* James DeRuvo, doddleNEWS.com 
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Ask Larry Anything!
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Webinars are on hold until after NAB.
During NAB, the Digital Production Buzz created 27 new shows - 108 interviews - covering media news and technology announced at the show.
For a complete list of shows, guests, and show times visit here:
» The Perils of Paid Reviews ( Commentary)
   » Paid reviews are proliferating. This trend hurts all of us. Sigh...

» Workflow: How Digital Production Buzz Covered the 2019 NAB Show ( Tutorial)
   » I updated this workflow with details on what we actually did at the show.

» First Look: ERA Bundle from Accusonus ( Review)
   » High-quality audio repair plug-ins for FCP X, Premiere, & ProTools.
» EQ: Warm a Voice
   and Improve Clarity

» Configure a Mac mini
   for Video Editing

» Premiere Pro CC:
   The New Font Menu

» Create a Dual-Boot
   macOS System Disk

» View tutorials here

» Apple Final Cut Pro X:
» 248: Basics of Editing
   in Adobe Premiere Pro
» 267: New Features in
   Apple Final Cut Pro X
» 264: Multicam Editing
   in Final Cut Pro X 
» View all webinars here
» Jim Tierney: Challenge
   of Auto-Transcripts
» Philip Hodgetts: AI
    Basics Explained
» James DeRuvo:
   doddleNEWS Update
» John Harris: Cinedeck
   News from NAB

» View all interviews here
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