Lots of news and announcements this week! First, the one I'm most excited about:
! Here's the
. For years, I've wanted to create a place people could go to share their favorite tips, shortcuts and workarounds. There's lots of forums, but none to devoted just to tips.
We created it. Now, we made it possible for you to contribute tips, too!
Here's the link:
To make this even more interesting, once you contribute a tip, you can
to see how many
it got and how
it. This is so cool! Everything is free - and, no, we aren't tracking you or selling your data. I just like helping you
make the most
of your gear.
Check it out and tell me what you think. Even better,
contribute a tip
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Oh! Last week, I forgot to send the
. (I, uh, didn't click "Submit..." Sheesh.) So, this week, I'm sending both editions - last week and this. Sorry.
Changing the subject,
wondered whether Apple is using the new
Thunderbolt 3 controller in any of their computers? The answer is that the Mac Pro uses Titan Ridge Thunderbolt controllers, both in the system itself and on the MPX Module that feature additional Thunderbolt 3 ports. This provides the system with current state-of-the-art Thunderbolt throughput.
Also, I want to clarify my article last week comparing the
differences between Mojave and Catalina. As we have come to learn, there's no single answer that fits every system. My tests were run using an iMac with an i5 CPU, which supports hardware acceleration. However, the iMac Pro and Mac Pro use Intel CPUs that don't support hardware-accelerated video compression.
What I learned was that both systems include a T-2 chip from Apple which, in addition to handling security, also handles video compression. In other words, the T-2 allows both systems to accelerate compression of H.264 and 8-bit HEVC. Because this is non-Intel hardware, compression performance will be different. For example, the performance slow-downs that I reported between Mojave and Catalina seem to be more pronounced on Intel CPUs than on the T-2. I updated
Also, as long as we are updating things, last week I wrote that I had upgraded to Catalina and not had any problems. That remains a true statement. However, I learned that
Avid Media Composer
is NOT Catalina compatible, nor will it be for several months. Just a heads-up. As always, for any app that you rely on to pay the bills,
with the vendor before any major system upgrade.
Finally, as I was writing my newsletter this week, I found what seems to be a
, for the heads-up.) You can read more
I also have articles on the
in Final Cut Pro X and a very cool way to
in Premiere that makes reframing aspect ratios a LOT easier.
Lots of interesting things to read. Enjoy your week. Let me know what you think of
The Inside Tips
and, until next week,