Dec. 30, 2019




We are in the middle of the holiday season, with New Year's Day just around the corner. So, if you are taking time to pay attention to business by reading this newsletter, allow me to wish you a very Happy New Year!

As you can imagine, nothing really happened this past week, except lots of year-end sales and "looks-back" at 2019.

Rather than concentrate on retrospective summaries, I decided to write three new articles for you. And, in doing so, discovered several very startling things.

My lead article is a look at Retrospect, the backup software. I was expecting to write about it in glowing terms. Instead, the software proved to be a poster child for poor documentation and how companies can forget that everyone is a new user at some point. Link.

Next, I revisited my video compression speed tests from October. Back then, Catalina was announced but not yet shipping and the "word on the street" was that the new graphics engine in Catalina - Metal 2 - would mean a significant jump in performance for video applications. This article is just a first look, but the results really surprised me. Link.

Finally, a reader wrote in asking how to delete effects presets in FCP X. In looking over my notes, I realized I haven't written about these since 2015, so it was time to take another look. Not surprisingly, the interface and operation both changed. Link.

That's it for this week. Make sure you sign up for our free tips at TheInsideTips.com. We've published almost 200 tips so far and there are some very exciting tips coming later this week - including a look at new technology that makes blurring faces to hide identities useless. (That's on the Visual Effects list, which comes out on Wednesday.) The service is free - sign up here!

Have a great - and SAFE!! - holiday. I look forward to chatting with you next week. Until 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  
» An Exercise in Frustration: Retrospect 16 ( Review & Comment)
    » Powerful, flexible and very, very difficult to learn to use. This app needs help.

» First Look: Compressor Speed Test - Catalina vs. Mojave ( Evaluation)
    » Did Catalina and Metal 2 really make video apps faster? Find out here.

» Final Cut Pro X: Effects Presets (Tutorial)
    » Learn how to create, apply and delete Effects Presets in Final Cut.
» Configure Mac Pro for Video Editing

» EQ: Warm a Voice & Improve Clarity

» New Font Menu in Premiere Pro CC

» Premiere: Move Interface Controls

» View all tutorials here.
» Apple Final Cut Pro X: Complete

» Master Motion 5  
 
» Audio Secrets of Premiere Pro CC     
 
» 258: In-depth Tour of ffWorks
 
» View all webinars here. 
 
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