Aug. 19, 2019

It's a very common question: "Yes, but.. will this new computer work with MY media?" The only true answer is: It depends." But that's not particularly helpful when you are under pressure to make a buying decision. So, I condensed what I've learned about computers and video editing into this week's lead story: " What You MUST Know Before You Buy Your Next Computer." You'll find a wealth of tips to help you make better decisions when your budget is tight. Here's the link.

More news this week, including an answer to the Mystery Icon question of the last two weeks. Let's start with the news.

Patrick, at, announced the release of a new version of MovieCaptioner. The update fixes a number of bugs. If you need to add captions to existing movie files, this is a great little utility. Also, check out SCC Caption Decoder - this converts SCC captions into English. Here's an earlier review.

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Shutterstock updated Shutterstock Elements. These $79 libraries contain footage grouped by subject. 37 libraries to choose from, each including from dozens to hundreds of clips and/or effects.

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Remember this Mystery Icon from last week? Solved it. This is a folder icon for a sports video analytics software program called SportsCode. In 2004, the Brown University women's soccer program bought the software. They recorded a single camera for each game through the SportsCode interface, while a staff member annotated it in the program. The game film was stored either as a single QuickTime movie or broken into several, smaller QuickTime movies. Women's soccer continued to use the same version of SportsCode through at least 2013, but each year bought new hard drives to store the game recordings. They continued to operate computers capable of running Mac OS 9 through 2013. These films so far constitute the largest span of Brown Women's Soccer videos in the University's holdings. All because the coaching staff invested in video analytics, and the hard drives they bought continued to work long past their end of life. Almost all the media captured by this program was able to be salvaged.

Four new articles this week, including a detailed look at Marker, which supports Premiere, Final Cut and Avid software. Also, if you are still creating DVDs, there's DVD Creator from Wondershare to check out. Finally, I discovered a new feature in Adobe Audition which simplifies creating a paper edit and getting your notes loaded into Audition for editing. You'll find them all in Articles, below.

That's it for this week. As always, I'm interested in your comments, suggestions and products to review. Until next week, then, edit well.

Using HDR Media in
Apple Final Cut Pro X
RAW, sLog, HDR, 12-bit, 16-bit... What are all these different video formats and how do you work with them in Final Cut?

It's easy to get confused!
This session covers:  
* What HDR and log media is 
* Tips to color grading HDR  
* How to work with RAW, HDR, log
   and ProRes media in Final Cut Pro X
Using HDR Media in
Adobe Premiere Pro CC
RAW, sLog, HDR, 12-bit, 16-bit... What are all these different video formats and how do you work with them in Premiere?

It's easy to get confused!
This session covers:  
* What HDR and log media is
* Limitations of HDR in Premiere 
* How to work with RAW, HDR, and
   log media in Premiere Pro CC
Download: HDR in Premiere Pro  
» What You MUST Know Before Buying Your Next Computer ( Commentary)
    » What should you REALLY spend your money on? This explains it.
» Product Review: Marker, from XMiL Workflow Tools ( Product Review)
    » This useful utility support FCP X, FCP 7, Premiere Pro and Avid.

» DVD Creator: Another Option to Create DVDs ( First Look)
    » For those that need more features than FCP X or Premiere provide.

» Adobe Audition CC: How to Share Markers Between Sessions ( Tutorial)
    » Illustrated tutorial on how this technique works and can save you time.
» Create a Dual-Boot Mac System Disk

» EQ: Warm a Voice & Improve Clarity
» New Font Menu in Premiere Pro CC
» Premiere: Move images & effects 
» View all tutorials here.
» Apple Final Cut Pro X: Complete  
» 273: HDR Media in Final Cut Pro X 
» 270: Illustrating Visual Literacy    
» 264: FCP X Multicam Editing  
» View all webinars here.
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