Aug. 17, 2020





Five new or updated tutorials this week, along with a look at the new 2020 27" iMac. But, first, the news.

ACD Systems, of Vancouver, BC, launched Luxea Video Editor. This new, Windows-based video editing tool simplifies the editing process. Targeting the Camtasia market, this application is designed to simplify the editing process. Subscription-based at $29.99 per year.

Signiant published a report on "Current Applications of [Machine Language] and [Artificial Intelligence] in Media." They report on current practical applications of this technology in the media supply chain.

Lowell launched their version of professional-grade century stands. The 40-inch double-riser shaft is outfitted with unique ergonomic locking tri-knobs that offer a firm grip and secure hold.

For an amazing - and completely different - action-adventure check out Chalk Warfare 4.0. A short film where both heroes and villains draw weapons with chalk. It's a visual effects tour de force in 16 minutes!


Includes ranks

Turning to my news, I'm delighted that my book - Techniques of Visual Persuasion - has already garnered several 5-star reviews, and is ranked the #1 Amazon New Release for: Communications and Graphics & Multimedia, along with #2 for Adobe Photoshop. Thank you for your support. If you haven't ordered your copy yet, they are available in soft cover, Kindle, PDF and eBook.

If you missed my recent webinar series on "The Basics of Editing" I have two bundles for you: Adobe Premiere Pro and Apple Final Cut Pro X. These cover everything you need to know to get started with either program. These are perfect for students or others you are mentoring. Live webinars will restart in September.

Last week, Apple updated the 27" iMac with a variety of new internals. This week, my lead article is how to configure it for video editing - and whether you should buy this iMac or wait for the new hardware coming "soon" with Apple silicon.

In other tutorials, I have a commentary on what Apple silicon means to video editors, along with an exciting technique that allows a second computer to output Premiere projects from one or more separate editorial computers. No waiting for rendering or export, just save the project file and - poof! - it exports.

Finally, as I was looking over past articles I found two that needed updating - so I updated them: How to create custom keyboard shortcuts for ANY application and how to create, apply, remove or delete effects presets for Final Cut Pro X. All these links are in the Articles section below.

Life in the US has gotten more challenging between the heat of summer, the strength of the virus and political fractures over even simple things. As I reflected on all of this, I saw a sign with a simple helpful message: "Hang on. Have hope."
I can do that.

Stay safe. Stay healthy. And, until next week, and edit well
» Configure a 2020 27" iMac for Video Editing - Should You Buy? (Commentary)
   » This includes component recommendations and whether to buy it now.

» Thoughts on Apple Silicon (Commentary)
   » This commentary is updated with new information on this technology.

» Premiere Pro: Use Two Computers to Speed Exports (Tutorial)
   » It's now possible to save a project file and have a second computer export it!

» Create Custom Keyboard Shortcuts for ANY Application (Tutorial)
   » Even if an app doesn't support shortcuts, you can still create what you need.

» FCP X: Create, Apply, Remove and Delete Custom Effects Presets (Tutorial)
   » Effects presets can save you a ton of time. Here's how to use them.
The Basics of Editing
in Adobe Premiere Pro
The Basics of Editing
in Apple Final Cut Pro X
This 4-part series goes in-depth to:
* Plan & Organize
* Import Media
* Edit & Trim
* Audio
* Effects
* And much more
 
Everything you need - all in one place.

This 4-part series goes in-depth to:
* Plan & Organize
* Import Media
* Edit & Trim
* Audio
* Effects
* And much more

Everything you need - all in one place.

 
» EQ: Warm a Voice & Improve Clarity

» First Look: CommandPost.io

» Edit Vertical Video in FCP X

» When to use H.264 vs. HEVC

» View all tutorials here.
» Bundle: Final Cut Editing Basics

» Apple Final Cut Pro X: Complete 

» 277: Collaboration in Premiere Pro

» 271: Intro to 360° VR Video

» View all webinars here. 
 
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