Jan. 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

In the fourteen years I've published this newsletter, this is the first time it landed on January 1! Cool...

The beginning of a new year is an opportunity to look forward to a new start while giving us a chance to look back on what's gone before. The future is built on the shoulders of the past - and the only way we improve is to learn from what we've already done.

I have four new articles for you this week: my lead story is a look back at 2017 where I share my thoughts on what the year meant. As always, I value your comments. This article flowed out of last week's Digital Production Buzz, which spent the entire show talking with our favorite analysts about their highlights from 2017.

This week, The Buzz takes that same team of experts - Ned Soltz, Philip Hodgetts, Randi Altman, Michael Kammes, Michele Yamazaki, Jonathan Handel and James DeRuvo - and asks them to preview what they think 2018 will bring. Last week's show was fun - this week's show should be even more interesting.

When it comes to other new articles this week, I continue to look at HEVC and video compression in general. One article compares compression speeds between different versions of Apple Compressor - I found the results surprising - as well has how to configure Final Cut Pro X to export HEVC files.

My last article looks at another new feature in FCP X: LUTs. In this article, I explain what they are, how to apply them, and how to create and add custom LUT settings.

Now that the holidays are over, webinars restart this Wednesday with a look at the new features in Final Cut Pro X v10.4. In this session, I'll highlight some of my favorite changes in the software. Also, starting this week, I'm going back to two presentations on Wednesday, so you can pick the time that works the best for you. Here's the link.

Oh! Before I forget... if you are going to NAB this April, and want to attend the exhibit floor for free here's our registration code: LV5269. Exhibitors have an unofficial competition to see who can sign up the most folks. So, if you are interested in attending, click this link. I'd be grateful.

The Buzz will be back at NAB this year, as well. I'll have more on our plans as we get closer to the event itself.

Well, it's the start of a new year, a new series of webinars and new classes to teach. Exciting times. I look forward to chatting with you next week. In the meantime, edit well.  

Last Week On The Buzz!
Our favorite analysts look back at 2017 and highlight the key trends and events that made the most impact on our industry. You'll be surprised at the diversity of their opinions - in fact, almost no one agrees with anyone else! Join us and see if their opinions match yours.

 * Ned Soltz
 * Randi Altman
 * Philip Hodgetts
 * Michele Yamazaki
 * Jonathan Handle
 * Michael Kammes
 * James DeRuvo, DoddleNEWS
Listen or read each full episode here.

Text transcripts provided by Take1.tv. Read the written transcript for this week's show here.

New shows air live every Thursday evening at 6:00 PM Los Angeles time.

Tune in live here.

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Green-Screen Keys in
Adobe Premiere & Apple Final Cut
Green-screen keys are THE go-to technique for putting actors where they can't go physically.
In this webinar, we show how to create keys in both Premiere and Final Cut:
* Simple green-screen keying
* Tweaking settings

* Masks
* Complex keys
* Two-color keys 
Available for download in our store and in Larry's Video Training Library
Apple Final Cut Pro X 10.4
Webinars return to their two-a-day schedule with a look at the latest version of Final Cut Pro X.
Join Larry Jordan as he explores some of his favorite features, including:
* LUTs
* The new color tools
* 360° VR
* And more
Bring your questions - this will be a fun session.
Registration is FREE - sign up here
» Looking Back at 2017 ( Commentary)
   » Larry's thoughts on the good and the bad from 2017.   
» Apple Compressor: Testing Compression Speeds ( Analysis)
   » Here, we compare Compressor in Sierra, High Sierra and outputting HEVC.  
» Configure Final Cut Pro X to Output HEVC (H.265) (Tutorial)
   » HEVC isn't a default. Here's how to set it - and how long it takes to get out.    
» Apple Final Cut Pro X: Working with LUTs ( Tutorial)
   » LUTs are new with FCP X 10.4. Here's what they are and how they work.  
* Configure an iMac Pro for Video Editing

» Configure a 2017 iMac for Video Editing

» EQ: Warm a Voice, Improve Clarity

» Premiere Pro: Use Two Monitors
» View tutorials here
» FCP X: Workflow Upgrade to 10.4

» Apple Final Cut Pro X 10.4: Effects

» Apple Final Cut Pro X 10.4 Complete

» 240: Green-screen keys in Premiere & FCP X

» View all webinars here
» Pat Grosswendt: Craft & Tech of Lighting

» Tama Berkeljon: New Trends in Lighting Tech

» Joel Lipton: Lighting for Stills and Video

» James DeRuvo: Weekly DoddleNEWS Update

» View all interviews here
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