Jan. 6, 2020


The holidays are over, it's time to get back to work. I keep forgetting to write about this, so let me start by saying that I upgraded to macOS Catalina just before Christmas and, so far, things are going fine.

BIG NOTE: Don't upgrade when you are nearing the end of a project! Finish the project, THEN upgrade. There are no significant new features in either Final Cut or Premiere that require Catalina. Upgrade as your schedule permits.

Yes, a number of older applications no longer work, but we knew that months ago. Some of my older media doesn't work either, however, Kyno, from Lesspain Software includes utilities that convert older media formats even after you upgrade to Catalina. In addition to the OS, I also needed to upgrade several utilities, applications and effects. Plan to spend a few hours - I needed less than four - to convert that which needed to be converted. I have not had any problems since then.

So, now that Catalina 15.2 is available, feel free to upgrade as your time permits.

In other news, Imagine Products announced over the weekend "an integration of its ShotPut Pro and TrueCheck solutions with the industry-leading Frame.io cloud-based collaboration hub. The integration gives Frame.io users a streamlined new workflow for offloading and uploading video, audio, and photo files using ShotPut Pro. TrueCheck provides seamless file comparison, search, reporting, and verification as well as automatic transcoding to Frame.io without copying, including frame-based RAW workflows."

I have four new articles this week, including a follow-up to last week's First Look at video compression speeds in Catalina. I ran more tests this week and have better numbers. The results surprised me - especially when I compared Adobe Media Encoder with Apple Compressor. Here's the link.

But my lead story is more important. Many of us use blurs or mosaics to hide the identity of speakers. Recent image processing research is able to reverse-engineer the source image from blurry, low-resolution source files. If you do any kind of documentary work, you need to read this article. Here's the link.

Next, I have two fun articles: adding emojis to, ah, just about anything and a better way to create bulleted text in Final Cut Pro X.

That's it until next week. The Inside Tips has a big announcement coming next week. Be sure to sign up -- it's FREE! W e have new tips rolling out every day next week. Until  then, edit well .  

Using HDR Media in
Apple Final Cut Pro X
RAW, sLog, HDR, 12-bit, 16-bit... What are all these different video formats and how do you work with them in Final Cut?

It's easy to get confused!
This session covers:  
* What HDR and log media is 
* Tips to color grading HDR  
* How to work with RAW, HDR, log
   and ProRes media in Final Cut Pro X
Using HDR Media in
Adobe Premiere Pro CC
RAW, sLog, HDR, 12-bit, 16-bit... What are all these different video formats and how do you work with them in Premiere?

It's easy to get confused!
This session covers:  
* What HDR and log media is
* Limitations of HDR in Premiere 
* How to work with RAW, HDR, and
   log media in Premiere Pro CC
Download: HDR in Premiere Pro  
» Blurs & Mosaics No Longer Protect Privacy ( News)
    » New AI tools can reverse-engineer a blurred face. You NEED to read this.

» Video Compression Speed Tests - Catalina vs. Mojave ( Evaluation)
    » Compare Apple Compressor with Adobe Media Encoder for speed.

» Final Cut Pro X: A Better Way to Animate Bullets (Tutorial)
    » A very cool way to animate multiple text bullets in a single clip.

» Spice Your Text with Emojis (Tutorial)
    » Add emojis just about anywhere you can add text. 
» Compressor Speed Test - First Look

» EQ: Warm a Voice & Improve Clarity

» New Font Menu in Premiere Pro CC

» Premiere: Move Interface Controls

» View all tutorials here.
» Apple Final Cut Pro X: Complete

» 273: HDR in Final Cut Pro X  
» 228: Multicam in Premiere Pro    
» 258: In-depth Tour of ffWorks
» View all webinars here. 
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