Dec. 3, 2018

Many of you have seen the new "legacy media" warning in Final Cut Pro X v.10.4.4. I've been deluged with emails about this. When you click the "Learn More" button, you are taken to a page on Apple's website warning that older format media won't be supported in upcoming versions of the macOS. These formats include, according to the message, both GoPro Cineform and Avid DNxHD and DNxHR.

This message is both extremely vague and extremely troubling - the vast majority of film and television programs edited over the last twenty years are in one of these two formats. I have reached out to Apple for clarification on what codecs are affected, why these changes are necessary and more specifically when these changes are to take place. The information on the webpage itself is completely inadequate. In the meantime, I suggest not doing anything hasty until we learn more about Apple's forthcoming plans. Hopefully soon.

This week, I have six new articles and tutorials for you, covering new features in the latest release of FCP X, as well as two articles suggested by readers - called: " Heads-Up" - about new tricks with technology that you might find interesting.

Webinars are taking the week off - it's finals week and I need some extra time for grading. Also, I want to spend more time trying to figure out what Apple is doing.

The Digital Production Buzz, however, continues chugging along. Last week's show was on 3D printers and it was FASCINATING! We spoke with users, gurus, and manufacturers to look at this new technology in terms of education and media. We had fun guests and great conversations. Listen to the show here.

By the way, I want to shout-out to Jon Gay and Clayton Moore for providing background for our Heads-Up stories this week. If you have a technique you think should be shared with our larger audience, please send me a note.

Hmm.... Looking at the calendar, I have no idea where this year went - and there's only a couple weeks left before the holidays give us all some time off. I look forward to chatting with you again next week. In the meantime, edit well .

Last Week on The Buzz
We press a button and the words on our screen appear on paper. Now, we can also press a button and the object on our screen prints using a 3D printer.  
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* Joel Telling, 3D Printing Nerd
* Braydon Moreno, Robo 3D
* John Jordan, Teacher
* James DeRuvo, 
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New Features in Final Cut Pro X
Last wee , we looked at the new features in the latest releases of Apple Final Cut Pro X and Motion. Including:
* Workflow Extensions
* Comparison Viewer
* Floating Timecode Window
* Batch sharing/export
* New color tools in Motion 
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» Please, Apple! Usability Tweaks for Final Cut Pro X ( Commentary)
   » Simple tweaks and shortcuts for Apple to add to make an editor's life easier.

» Use Two Monitors in Apple Final Cut Pro X ( Tutorial)
   » These features only appear when two monitors are connected. Learn more.

» Find Workflow Extensions for Final Cut Pro X ( Tutorial)
   » Extensions are new and VERY hard to find. Here's what you need to know.

» The New Comparison Viewer in Final Cut Pro X ( Video Tutorial)
   » Here's a detailed tutorial on this new feature.

» Working with SRT Captions in Apple Final Cut Pro X ( Video Tutorial)
   » Caption support has expanded to SRT captions. Here's how they work.

» Heads-Up: Use an Atomos Ninja as an External Mac Monitor ( Tutorial)
   » A tutorial suggested by Clayton Moore.

» Heads-Up: Multicam Recording with Convergent Design's Apollo ( Tutorial)
   » A tutorial suggested by Jon Gay.
   The New Font Menu

» Configure a Mac mini
   for Video Editing

» EQ: Warm a Voice,
   Improve Clarity

» Video Compression
   Speed Test

» View tutorials here

» Apple Final Cut Pro X:
» 266: Better Workflow
   in  Final Cut Pro X 
» The Craft of Editing  
» 245: Text Effects in
   Final Cut Pro X  

» View all webinars here
» Philip Hodgetts:
  Basics of A.I.  
» Jim Malcolm: A 360°
   Leap Into Space 
» Joel Telling: Start Now
   with 3D Printing
» David Schleifer:
   Primestream Media 
» View all interviews here
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