Feb. 25, 2019

I attended a seminar at USC last week that was talking about the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The first was the invention of steam power, the second was the introduction of the assembly line and mass production, the third was the advent of technology, and the fourth is the extension of technology into AI, smart machines and the interconnected Internet of Things.

I've written in the past of the impact as AI extends into the editorial process. I'm sure we'll see more of this at the NAB Show in a few weeks. For some, these are exciting times. For others, they foreshadow deep changes in society. But, what that seminar made clear is that we can't stop change.

Instead, we have to learn how to roll with it and incorporate it into our own lives. As Alvin Toffler said: "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."

We, whose lives are built on technology, need to take this to heart. Because otherwise, we'll be overwhelmed. Again, as Mr. Toffler said: "Change is the process by which the future invades our lives." The invasion is already underway.

This week, I have an in-depth look at the challenges of using the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K in post-production. This is the clearest example yet of the impact of different camera codecs, color spaces and compatibility on editing and image quality. Even if you don't work with this camera, this article is worth reading - you'll find a lot of interesting examples to think about.

Because video is essentially a series of still images flashing in front of our eyes, frame rates are a surprisingly tricky thing to adjust. My second article explains what frame rates are and the difficulties we face when changing them.

Recently, Eric wrote, asking questions about my article on using two monitors in Adobe Premiere. In reviewing the article, I realized that Adobe changed their interface, so I updated it and included the update in this week's issue.

Finally, I always get questions on when to use camera native vs. optimized vs. proxy media in Final Cut Pro X. So, I wrote a detailed explanation of what these are and when to use them them. This, too, is below, in the Articles section.

Last week's Digital Production Buzz had an interesting discussion on a new mentoring program for craft positions in media, followed by an extended discussion on audio hardware, rental and software. All our audio guests are expecting to see an increase in AI applications for audio at NAB this spring. Here's a link to the show.

Also, remember that The Buzz is now on YouTube! After many requests, we've now posted weekly Buzz episodes to YouTube. Starting with January, 2018, you can now listen to each Buzz episode till today. Plus, we added a cool index to allow you to jump to any speaker or subject in each show. Here's the link to our YouTube Channel: Digital Production Buzz.

As always, I'm interested in your comments and suggestions. Chat with you next Monday. In the meantime, edit well.

Last Week on The Buzz
M entoring is a hot topic and in this week's episode we talk with Bernard Weiser, President, Entertainment Industry Professionals Mentoring Alliance about why they started.  
Then, we look at emerging audio trends to watch as NAB gets closer - including Audio Over IP, Dante and changes to wireless audio tech that will affect all of us. 
* Bernard Weiser, EIPMA
* Paul Isaacs, Sound Devices
* Robert Noone, Location Sound
* Durin Gleaves, Adobe 
* James DeRuvo, DoddleNEWS.com 
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Read the transcript here.
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to the show here.
Color Fundamentals in
Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Adobe continues to improve their color grading controls and scopes.  
In this week's session, we explore the current state of color in Premiere Pro CC.
* Fundamentals of Color
* How to read video scopes
* New automatic color tools 
* How to make color corrections
* How to create looks

Download your copy here.  

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» Editing Issues: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K ( Tutorial)
   » Here's a handy guide to choosing codecs, formats and options for your NLE.

» Frame Rates are Tricky Beasts ( Tutorial)
   » An illustrated explanation of frame rates and why changing them is so hard.

» Use Two Monitors in Adobe Premiere Pro CC ( Tutorial)
   » How to configure two monitors for video or a wider computer screen.

» FCP X: When to Use Native, Optimized or Proxy Media ( Tutorial)
    » An explanation of the differences, and tips on which to use in your projects.
» Configure a Mac mini
   for Video Editing

» EQ: Warm a Voice
   and Improve Clarity

» Premiere Pro CC:
   The New Font Menu

» Premiere Pro: Use
   Two Monitors

» View tutorials here
» Apple Final Cut Pro X:
» 253: Closed Captions
   In Final Cut Pro X 
» 191: Basics of
   Video Compression  
» 229: Lumetri Color
   Panel in Premiere Pro 
» View all webinars here
» Philip Hodgetts: AI
   Basics Explained
» Paul Babb: The VFX   
   Artist is the Industry  
» René Morch: DPA - The
   Sound of Mars - LIVE!
» Paul Isaacs: New Audio
   Tech Coming Soon

» View all interviews here
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