Jan. 29, 2018

This week, I have four new product reviews for you, as well as more information on High Sierra and other stuff.

Let's start with High Sierra. There have been a lot of comments on my article " Is It Time To Upgrade to High Sierra?" Truthfully, I still remain ambivalent about this, with two of my computers upgraded and two remaining at Sierra.

If you've made the decision to hold off a while longer, and the reminders on your computer are driving you nuts, then you need to read an article that OSXDaily published last week explaining how to stop your Mac from reminding you to upgrade. Here's the link.

Before I forget, a quick update. Remember the Uncontest, where I invited readers to submit interface ideas for both Premiere and Final Cut? Well, the product team at Adobe reached out to me saying they liked many of the ideas and invited the folks that submitted an idea to contact them directly to see if they can implement it into a upcoming version of Premiere. Yay! If you submitted an idea, you already received an email from me with contact information, so please check your email system if you don't remember reading it.

While I haven't had any direct feedback from Apple, yet, they tend to be MUCH quieter about their future plans than Adobe. I know Apple has read our suggestions, but what they intend to do remains their secret.

Like many of us, I struggle to figure out the best way to archive my projects and media for the long-term. Hard disks (and their bigger brothers, a RAID) are easy and handy, but not always the best choice. I discovered this personally where data I'd stored on hard disks that were sitting on the shelf for a few years had data that became unreadable.

So, this week, I have two product reviews: One is the mTape, from mLogic. This LTO device allows us to store our files on magnetic tape, rather than hard disks. The second review is archiving software from YoYotta, called: " YoYottaID." If you are looking for better ways to keep your projects safe for the long-term, you'll want to read both of these.

Then, I have two other product reviews: one on hardware and the other on software. The hardware is a new dock from OWC for USB-C computers (think the 2016 MacBook Pro or later). This provides access to all the standard ports that are missing on the computer itself for a very reasonable price.

The software review is for a brand-new utility called "Random-X" that takes clips or projects in Final Cut Pro X and randomizes their order. This can be really helpful when you are looking for new ways to think about, and organize, a montage.

All my reviews are in the Articles section below. And, as always, I encourage your comments.

Webinars took a break this last week to give me a chance to work on all these reviews. But they return this Wednesday with a look at " Masks and Color Correction in Adobe Premiere Pro CC." Premiere has some very powerful masking tools and the new Lumetri Color Panel makes color grading even more interesting. So, this week, I thought it would be fun to combine the two subjects into one webinar.

All our live webinars are free - but seats fill up quickly. I'm now making two presentations each week, so select the time that works the best for you. Click here to register.

The Digital Production Buzz wandered into new territory last week with a show dedicated to production and set design. We talked with the Executive Director of the Art Directors Guild as well as three physical and digital set designers to get a better understanding of this craft. If you haven't listened to this show yet, take a listen. I found it very interesting.

Well, that's about it for this week. I'm sure there's something else to talk about, but I'm forgetting it. I look forward to chatting with you again next week. In the meantime, edit well.  

Last Week On The Buzz!
Whether it's a movie set or theater stage, there is so much more that goes into it than just putting pieces of wood together. Tonight we talk with production designers, art directors and visual artists about creating and working with physical and digital sets.

Plus, Maxim Jago has a report from the Sundance Film Festival. 

 * Maxim Jago, Filmmaker
 * Chuck Parker, Art Directors Guild
 * Mark Andrew Reyes,
    Theater Set Design
 * Marti Romances,
    Digital set elements
 * Jayse Hansen, Fictional UI
 * 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.

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Tune in live here.

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Speed Changes in Adobe Premiere and Apple Final Cut Pro X
Changing the speed of a clip is all the rage in video today; especially extreme slow motion. This session shows how it's done.  
Watch as we showcase how to change clip speed in Final Cut Pro X and Premiere Pro CC, including: 
* Still/Freeze frames
* Hold frames
* Fit-to-Fill edits
* Constant speed changes
* Conform high-frame rate clips
* Variable speed changes
Available for download in our store and in Larry's Video Training Library
Masks and Color Correction in
Adobe Premiere Pro Cc
Color correction allows us to fix color problems with our clips, while masks allow us to select and work with portions of an image. This week, we look at both inside Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

* Fundamentals of color correction
* The Lumetri Color Panel
* How color settings work
* How to create a mask
* How to create multiples masks
* How to track a mask
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Registration for our live events is always FREE - but seats fill quickly.
» Product Review: OWC USB-C Travel Dock (Product Review)
   » Extend the ports available on your MacBook Pro laptop.        
» Product Review: mTape from mLogic ( Product Review)
   » Updated LTO-based tape archiving system for Mac computers. 
» First Look: YoYottaID from YoYotta ( Product Review)
   » Powerful archiving software with a challenging interface. 
» First Look: XMiL's Random-X for Final Cut Pro X ( Product Review)  
   » Create multiple versions of a montage - randomly - quickly and easily.  
» EQ: Warm a Voice, Improve Clarity

» Configure a 2017
iMac for Video Editing

» Premiere Pro: Use Two Monitors

» Premiere Pro: The New Font Menu
» View tutorials here
» 242: Color Correction in
   Final Cut Pro X

» Apple Final Cut Pro X
   10.4 Complete

» 243: Clip Speed Effects in Premiere & Final Cut

» 240: Green Screen FX
   in Premiere and FCP X

» View all webinars here
» David Tillman: Process
   of Editing a Doc

» James DeRuvo: Weekly
   DoddleNEWS Update

» Hoyt Richards: Creating
  a Personal Documentary

 » Maxim Jago: Producing     A Documentary

» View all interviews here
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