Dec. 16, 2019



The big news this week is the release of both the new Mac Pro and the XDR Display. The Mac Pro is a monster of a machine, but you don't need to buy it fully loaded to take advantage of it for video editing. I'll have an article next week with ideas on how to configure a system that provides plenty of performance, without breaking the bank.

Apple continues to get the bugs out of macOS Catalina. The latest version - 10.15.2 - was released last week as well. I think it's finally safe to update - I'm not hearing of the kind of problems that plagued the initial release.

Along with the release of the Mac Pro, Apple updated all its video software - it's my lead story this week. My plan is to upgrade my main edit system to Catalina this coming week, but keep two other computers running earlier OS versions... just in case. I'll also update Final Cut. I'll let you know how it goes in next week's newsletter.

Turning to other news, Mike Grieve, Commercial Director for Color Trix Ltd., sent me a note about the latest update to Color Finale - version 2. This FCP X-only plug-in adds a host of new color grading features, including: masking, area tracking, shot matching, film emulation, LUT manager, sharpening and video analysis tools. The software is designed to color grade projects directly in Final Cut Pro X, without round-tripping to other applications. A free trial is available.

Turning to the new articles this week, my lead story details what's in the latest updates to Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor. PLUS, I also have links that provide a detailed list of past updates and features for you to review to see if you missed something that Apple added.

I also discovered that it's possible to create backups of Motion and Compressor. This makes it easy to revert to an earlier version if you ever need to. (And, no, I don't think this is possible for FCP X.) That's my second story this week.

Then, I have two product reviews: Image Chest, an inexpensive program for cataloging and finding image files, and Post Haste, an organizational tool that simplifies creating folders and template files at the start of a project.

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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  
» Apple Updates Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor ( News)
    » Here are the details on what's in the update, along with past release notes.

» How to Archive Apple Motion and Compressor ( Tutorial)
    » You can make archive copies of Motion and Compressor - here's how.

» Product Review: Image Chest, from Armpit Studios ( Product Review)
    » An inexpensive Mac app that catalogs, organizes and finds images. 

» First Look: Post Haste, from Digital Rebellion ( Product Review)
    » Free app helps you get organized by creating files and folders from templates.
» New Font Menu in Premiere Pro CC

» EQ: Warm a Voice & Improve Clarity

» Premiere: Move Interface Controls

» Pick the Right ProRes Version
 
» View all tutorials here.
» Apple Final Cut Pro X: Complete  
   
» 245 : Text Effects in FCP X
 
» Team Projects in Adobe Premiere    
 
» 250: Basics of Editing in FCP X
 
» View all webinars here.
 
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