Dec. 9, 2019

Three new articles, including a caution about using Seagate drives in a RAID. But, more on that in a bit. I hope you took advantage of all the Black Friday deals. Most software developers are smaller companies and they all need our support. Not once, but throughout the year.

I'm writing this newsletter two days earlier than usual, on Friday, because I'm traveling to Florida next week to conduct some private training on Adobe Premiere. I'm looking forward to the trip and the training.

As I look over my email, there's no big news this week. FXFactory and Motion VFX continue their relentless launch of new products. And the rest of the industry is getting ready for one last push for the end of the year. While, as editors, we wait for Apple to release final pricing and specs for the up-coming Mac Pro and XDR Display. Still no more news on either of these, however.

In other words, most of us are starting to slow down in preparation for the holidays. Slowing down has a nice sound but, well, it drives me nuts. So, for reasons that are still somewhat murky, I decided I need to write another book. I'll tell you more about it when contracts are signed, but I have a verbal agreement with a publisher! (In fact, they gave me a green-light 18 hours after I submitted the book proposal, which is very flattering!) Current plans call for the book to release in late summer. I'll share more details after the first of the year. Need to do some research first.

One of the fascinating things I'm learning as I continue writing tips for The Inside Tips is how much there is to learn - still! - about the software we use everyday. I've published 150 tips so far - I've written another 46 - and we aren't getting close to discovering all the cool secrets about our media software.

Our latest list - Visual Effects - went live last week. It is becoming a trick to figure out which is the best list for each tip. We are now publishing eight Tip Letters a week, covering six different subjects: Final Cut, Premiere, Motion, Codecs & Media, Visual Effects and Random Media Weirdness (which is my personal favorite). Subscriptions are free. Learn more here. These are truly fun to read - and I love your comments.

My lead article this week looks at Smart Rendering in Adobe Premiere Pro. This technique provides much faster exports - provided you optimize your media first. Read the details here. Next, Loren Miller has a significant cautionary story about using Seagate drives in a RAID. There's a design issue you NEED to know. Finally, a reader made a comment about QuickTime that sparked the idea for my third article.

And that's it for this week. Please remember to sign up for The Inside Tips - your comments on these tips are always welcome. Chat with you next week, in the meantime,  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  
» Premiere Pro CC: Export Faster with Smart Render ( Tutorial)
    » Here's what you need to know to export and render faster.

» Caution: Problems Archiving LaCie RAID Drives ( Reader Story)
    » LaCie drives, when formatted as a RAID, are not hot-swappable. This is a problem.

» QuickTime Isn't a Thing ( Commentary)
    » A look at what QuickTime is, what's changed, and references to learn more.
» New Font Menu in Premiere Pro CC

» EQ: Warm a Voice & Improve Clarity

» Premiere: Effects Control

» Review: LG 27" UHD Monitor
» View all tutorials here.
» Apple Final Cut Pro X: Complete  
» 265 : New Features in Adobe Software
» 237: Mix Premiere Audio in Audition    
» 273: Use HDR in Final Cut Pro X
» View all webinars here.
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