NEWS - Feb. 1, 2021
Wow, it's February already! Time seems to fly and stand still at the same time. Very strange. While we contemplate that weirdness, here's the news:

Adobe released minor updates to both Premiere Pro and After Effects last week. As well, they also announced modifications to the user interface to replace existing terms with more inclusive language. Here are the details.

More and more developers are supporting Big Sur. Telestream just announced that Screenflow 9.0.7 now includes support for Apple's new Big Sur OS as well as Apple's new hardware equipped with the new Apple Silicon M1 chip. If screen recording is important to you - and it is vital to me - be sure to update Screenflow.

The pandemic continues to ravage the world. But, there are increasing signs of hope as more vaccines reach the market and we continue social distancing - difficult though isolating ourselves is. Last week, an agreement was reached between Hollywood unions, producers and ad agencies on ways to safely reopen production in Los Angeles starting Feb. 1. If you are looking for safety protocols for production, this PDF was published by the Producers Guild of America.

The Creative Conference 2021 is over, but over 93 sessions are now available for free online viewing. If you haven't registered, you'll need to do so - registration is free - to access the videos. Also, I was very impressed with the thoughts of the speakers on my panel: Elizabeth Blake-Thomas, Chris Bobotis, HaZ Dulull, John Kohn & Vashi Nedomansky. Lots of good thoughts here.

Reminder, Tom Coughlin, president of Coughlin Associates, is running his annual survey on digital storage needs. He is looking at expectations for the capture and creation of raw content, editing and post production, distribution of content, digital archiving as well as digital conversion and preservation. The survey is open now and Tom will share highlights of his results when the survey is published.

Another tutorial this week comes from a viewer comment after watching my presentation at last week's Creative Conference 2021. She wrote to say my audio "sounded muddy." Hmm... time to investigate, which led to this tutorial.

We had hundreds of people watching last week's webinar: an "Introduction to Apple Motion 5.5." I did something different last week - rather than simply showcase different features, I created four different projects from start to finish: Animated lower-third, animated info-graphic, animated FCP effect, and animated FCP transition. This approach made Motion much more approachable. 

Thinking of last week's webinar, I included two excerpts in the Reviews & Tutorials section below: Creating Effects and Transitions in Motion for Final Cut Pro.

This week, I continue our look at Apple Motion by covering a variety of "Creative Techniques and Tools for Apple Motion." We'll look at simulations, keys, masks and take a deeper tour of the Motion Library. As with all my live webinars, both these sessions are free.

Stay safe, stay healthy and stay hopeful and, until next Monday, edit well.
» New Features in Premiere Pro & After Effects (News)
» Adobe adds minor features plus adds more inclusive language.

» Better Audio Starts with Your Mic (Tutorial)
» The mic is your most important audio tool.

» How to Create Custom FCP Effects in Motion (Video tutorial)
» Illustrated step-by-step from beginning to end.

» How to Create Custom FCP Transitions in Motion (Video tutorial)
» Illustrated step-by-step from beginning to end.
Creative Techniques & Tools in Apple Motion
Discover more advanced features in Apple Motion:
  • Simulations
  • Keying & Masks
  • Paths
  • Shapes and shape styles

Everything you need - all in one place!
Introduction to Apple Motion 5.5

You don’t need to be an incredible artist – or a programmer – to create interesting and useful effects using Apple Motion.
* Create an animated lower-third
* Create an animated infographic
* Create an animated FCP effect
* Create an animated FCP transition

Everything you need - all in one place!
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