Aug. 21, 2017

Learning something new is the theme of my articles this week. For example, with the up-coming release of macOS High Sierra and iOS 11, Apple will finally be supporting H.265. This new codec promises big changes. My lead article this week describes what this is, what it means and what we need to do now to get ready.

Each time I do an " Ask Larry Anything" webinar, I am confronted with how much I don't know. Now, to some, this could be depressing. For me, it inspires me to do some research and learn more.

For example, for years, the go-to app to convert video stored on DVDs into something we can edit was MPEG Streamclip; except it no longer works on macOS 10.12 or later. This week, I have a video illustrating new software for converting DVD video that works; and works better.

Or, creating closed captions has always been slow, painful and expensive. This week, I have a video showing a captioning solution that gets you up and running in less than an hour; including creating the captions themselves.

Or, a quick media management tip that illustrates how to see the media you've used, or NOT used, in your current Final Cut Pro X project.

Finally, as part of last week's webinar, Hasan brought up a really good question asking how to deal with the increasing competition we are seeing for video editing. This allowed me to focus on something I tell my students that I want to share with you this week: " How to Succeed When There Is So Much Competition."

Thinking of sharing reminds me that last week's Digital Production Buzz looked at a variety of subjects, all revolving around security. I was especially struck by the technology that Fortium has developed to keep our files secure as they move from place to place. Affordable, fast and easy to use, the interview with Mathew Gilliat-Smith is one you need to listen to if you need to protect your files.

School starts this week for me, so I'm taking this Wednesday off from webinars to finish getting ready for my classes. Webinars return next week when I look at the latest technology from CoreMelt to motion track our videos. Their technology  is very close to magic and I'm looking forward to presenting it to you. Sign up here.

Just a reminder, we've changed all our webinar pricing, effective Aug. 1. All current webinars are now only $19.97. Webinars more than a year old are $12.99, while webinars more than two years old are $9.99.  Many features in our favorite software haven't changed for several years. We felt reducing our webinar prices would provide a better incentive to examine some of our back-catalog titles.

Also, if you are in the LA area, I'll be presenting this Wednesday night at the LACPUG User Group meeting. I'm showcasing software that enhances editing in Final Cut Pro X: Kyno, Final Cut Library Manager and Coremelt. Registration is only $5. (I'll be wandering around during the break. Feel free to stop me to say "Hi!" or to ask a question.) These events are always worth attending and I look forward to seeing you there! Here are the details.

Well, time to start writing quizzes. Chat with you next week, until then, edit well

Last Week On The Buzz!

Last week we showcased a variety of new technology: An update on file security, Vimeo's latest tools for filmmakers, new cameras, faster SSD drives and a behind-the-scenes look at Microsoft Azure.

  * Mathew Gilliat-Smith, Fortium
  * Derick Rhodes, Vimeo
  * Ned Soltz, Red Shark News
  * Richard Leonarz, Samsung
  * Tad Brockway, Microsoft
  * James DeRuvo, DoddleNEWS

Mathew started off by describing Media Seal file security. Then, Derick presented new film-making tools, Ned looked at new cameras, Richard had a new high-speed SSD with built-in encryption, while Tad presented Azure. Plus, James covered our weekly DoddleNEWS Update. 
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Last Week:
Ask Larry Anything
This is a free-form conversation about, well, anything using questions from viewers.

In this session, Larry covers:

* Over-coming competition
* Working with clients
* DVDs, Subtitles and Captions
* Apple Final Cut Pro X
* Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Available to Members ONLY
All our "Ask Larry Anything" sessions are only available to Video Training Library members. Join here

CoreMelt for Final Cut Pro X
CoreMelt makes amazing tools, especially for Apple Final Cut Pro X.

This week, Larry showcases several powerful tools that allow you to do things that you can't do natively in Final Cut:

* Lock N Load: Image stabilization
* Slice X: Mask tracking
* Track X: Image tracking
* And more!

There is ONLY ONE presentation this week at 9 AM! Registration is FREE!

Sign up here.
» The New Codec That Will Replace H.264 ( News)
   » Most codecs are boring, but this one will change film-making. Learn more. 
» How to Succeed When There's So Much Competition  ( Commentary)
   » The secret isn't the tools that we use - it's what we do with them.

» Create and Apply Closed Captions to Video ( Video Tutorial)
   » An illustrated video tutorial on how to create, apply and modify captions.

» Convert, or "rip," Video from a DVD for Video Editing (Video Tutorial)
   » MPEG Streamclip no longer works. This illustrates what does.

» FCP X: Display Used, and Unused, Media in a Project (Video Tutorial)

   » A two-part series on merging clips to use high-quality audio.

» Did Nikon Accidentally Leak Its Own D-850 Spec Sheet (DoddleNEWS)
   » A two-part series on merging clips to use high-quality audio. 

» Premiere Pro CC: Time Remapping ( DoddleNEWS Tutorial)
   » Part one of a three part tutorial. 
» EQ: Warm a Voice, Improve Clarity

» Configure a 2017 iMac for Video Editing

» Premiere Pro CC: Use Two Monitors

» Premiere: Boost and Smooth Audio Levels
» View tutorials here
» FCP X: Workflow & Editing (v. 10.3)

» 229: Premiere - The Lumetri Color Panel

» 226: Maximize
Your Storage

» 222: Final Cut Pro X - Working with Stills

» View all webinars here
» Laurent Martin: Create New Music Using AI

» Scott Page: Tools to Build Your Audience

» Josh Wiggins: AI in Movie Distribution

» Nancy Eperjesy: Effects for 360/VR Video

» View all interviews here
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