April 30, 2018

I have all kinds of interesting stuff for you this week - new features in Premiere, Audition, even Activity Monitor. Plus, a blog on the current status of external GPUs attached to a Mac. Along with a variety of announcements.

My podcast - Digital Production Buzz - is a media partner for Tom Coughlin's upcoming Creative Storage conference. I've spoken at this event, or moderated a panel in it, for many years. The reason it interests me is that it focuses on storage. And storage, as we've all learned, is even more important than our computers in determining performance. The people that attend this event are creating the storage products we'll buy next year. For this reason, its important that these engineers understand what challenges we face and what we'd like to see in storage hardware in the future. This year, I'm moderating a panel of DITs talking about our current digital workflow - what works and what needs improving. If you have DIT experience and can spare the time to join this panel, drop me an email and I'll forward it to Tom. This will only require a few hours out of a single day; time which will benefit all of us. I'm grateful for your help.

FX Factory continues releasing interesting effects for Final Cut Pro X and Premiere. Their latest title is " Colorado Outskirts" - Freeze frames for FCP X. Take a look at the demo here.

The American Cinema Editors (ACE) announced that applications for their fall internship program open May 1. These are available to recent college graduates, designed to offer motivated individuals interested in editing a unique opportunity to be mentored by industry professionals. This is an outstanding opportunity for young editors to get a big boost in their craft. Here's the link: americancinemaeditors.org.  (American Cinema Editors is an honorary society of motion picture editors founded in 1950.)

Last week's Digital Production Buzz looked at the intersection of The Cloud, collaboration and storage. It was a very interesting show, featuring interviews with Foundry, Promise Technology, BackBlaze and Dell. And, as always, James DeRuvo summarizes the week's news, from his perspective as editor-in-chief of DoddleNEWS.com.

Webinars resumed last week with an in-depth look at the new features in the April updates to Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Audition CC. This was a fun session to present because Adobe added a lot of very useful features to both applications, which I was delighted to illustrate. Learn more here.

This week's webinar takes a closer look at the new Closed Captions feature in Apple Final Cut Pro X. Registration to live events is always FREE. Sign up here.

Oh! Before I forget, I have four new articles for you this week: a blog on the current status of eGPUs (external Graphics Processing Units) on the Mac, an easy way to monitor the status of your GPU, plus two video highlights from last week's webinar: new features in Adobe Audition and the brand-new Color Match in Adobe Premiere. Cool stuff!

Whew. There's a lot going on; plus, this week is finals week for my students. So, everyone is busy. As always, I'm interested in your comments and I look forward to chatting with you next week.

In the meantime, edit well.  

Last Week On The Buzz!
We focused on the intersection of The Cloud with collaboration, visual effects and storage, with some highly interesting discussions regarding new products and services announced at NAB 2018.
* Thomas Burns, Dell EMC 
* Matt Mazerolle, Foundry
* Vijay Char, Promise Technology
* Ahin Thomas, Backblaze 
* James Deruvo, DoddleNEWS 
Listen or read each full episode here.

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New Features in
Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Last week, we looked at many of the new features released in the April, 2018, update to Adobe Premiere Pro & Audition CC.

* Color Match
* New Timecode panel
* Enhanced Graphics panel
* Improved text animation
* Adobe Stock integration
* Auto-ducking of audio clips
* And much more... 
Available for download in our store and in Larry's Video Training Library
The New Closed Captions in
Apple Final Cut Pro X.
New with the 10.4.1 update to Final Cut Pro X is the ability to create closed captions or subtitles directly inside FCP X. This week's webinar shows you how this works.

* Pick the right caption file
* Create captions manually
* Enable captions or subtitles
* Import captions
* Format captions
* Adjust caption timing
* Export captions    
Live events are FREE. Sign up here
» eGPUs: Performance in Progress (Commentary)
   » This high-performance feature in macOS is targeted at power-users like us.  
» An Easy Way to Monitor GPU Activity (Tutorial)
   » This allows you to see GPU activity during editing.

» Premiere Pro CC: The New Color Match Tools (Video Tutorial)
   » Probably the best timecode display I've ever seen.

» Audition CC: New Features for Filmmakers (Video Tutorial)
   » This is a feature you really need, even if you think you don't need it.
» EQ: Warm a Voice,
   Improve Clarity

Premiere Pro: The
   New Font Menu

» Configure an iMac
   Pro for Editing

» FCP X: Create an
   Adjustment Layer

» View tutorials here

» 250: Basics of Editing
   in Final Cut Pro X

» 251: Compression
   Basics in Compressor

» Apple Final Cut Pro X
   10.4 Complete

» 241: New Features in
   Final Cut Pro X 10.4.

» View all webinars here

» Chris Bailey: A Faster
   Way to Move Files

» Ali Ahmadi: Better
   Audio Booms & Bags  

» Jayse Hansen: Create
   Holographic Sets

» Kevin Waehner: New
   Sennheiser Gear

» View all interviews here
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