July 1, 2019

Happy July! My lead story has hardware and software tips to keep your Mac system secure. I was reading this morning that more than 400,000 malware tools are released every day! Sheesh. These are ideas you can use today to keep your system safe. And, yes, I'm using these myself and have been for a while now.

Turning to the news, I wrote a couple of months ago about Accusonus ERA 3, which is a suite of audio repair tools. Well, last week, Accusonus announced the release of ERA 4. "Meet the ERA Bundle Standard: a collection of single knob audio cleaning plug-ins, that are incredibly fast and easy to use.... With the ERA Bundle, you don't have to be a pro to sound like one." (Accusonus website). Compatible with ProTools, Audition, Logic, Final Cut Pro X, Premiere and many more. Here's the link.

In other news, a company I had not heard of before - Massive.io - contacted me about a new, high-speed file transfer service they've created that competes with File Catalyst, Aspera and others. Greg Wood, their VP of Product Management, wrote a nice description of what they do and why they are different. If you are looking for faster transfers at lower cost, this is worth checking into.
Here's the link
to the story.

My webinars continued last week with " Get Organized for Editing" for both Adobe Premiere and Apple Final Cut. A common email question is: "How do I organize my system, software or files to make my editing more efficient?" I had so much information to share that I created two separate webinars - one for Premiere and one for Final Cut. In each, I explain key fundamentals in file naming, organization, storage bandwidth, then how to apply these in each NLE. There's a lot of really good stuff here. Here are the links for Premiere and Final Cut.

What with the July 4 holiday here in the States and my yearly appointment on Jury Duty, my next two webinars are pushed back a bit. But I'm really looking forward to presenting: " Using High-End Media in Final Cut and Premiere." If you are trying to figure out HDR, sLog, RAW and all the other high-end video formats, along with LUTs and color grading, these sessions are for you. I borrowed a high-end Panasonic AU-EVA-1 and BMD Pocket Cinema 4K Camera for the summer. I'm shooting footage specifically for these two events and I'm looking forward to sharing what I learn. All my live webinars are FREE. Register for Final Cut (7/18) here and for Premiere (7/25) here. As always, feel free to send me your questions. Here's my email.

As a reminder, I need your opinion. Our industry is awash in change, and I'm in the process of re-thinking my training and need your advice. While I would like to offer all my training for free, I still need to pay the rent. So, what I want to learn in an eight-question survey is: What training should we provide that you are interested in and would be willing to pay for? All answers are anonymous and I'm  grateful for your guidance. Only eight questions. Here's the link. Closes Tuesday.

In addition to my lead article on computer safety and the Massive.io news story, I have three more articles for you this week. I found myself playing with compound clips in Final Cut Pro X and discovered they they are a whole lot more useful than simply cleaning up a cluttered timeline. Also, I have video tutorials on how to create, view and automate a proxy workflow in Adobe Premiere and how to modify Library properties in FCP X. Very cool stuff - you'll find the links below in the Articles section.

Please remember to share your opinions on training in my survey. I've already learned a lot and appreciate your opinions. For those here in the States, have a lovely and restful Fourth of July. And I look forward to chatting with you next week. In the meantime, edit well.

Get Organized for Editing
A common question in my email is: "How do I organize my files to make my editing more efficient?"  
Whether you use Premiere or Final Cut, this session covers exactly that. Specifically:
* Where should I store stuff
* Best ways to transfer files from
   camera to storage
* Creating proxy workflows
* Optimizing preference files
* Organizing media and projects
Using High-End Media in
Final Cut Pro X or 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 Final Cut or Premiere? It's easy to get confused.
This session covers: 
* What these formats are
* How to pick the right format for you
* System implications  
* How to use them in Final Cut Pro X
* How to use them in Premiere Pro 
Registration is FREE! Sign up here.  
» How to Improve your Computer Security ( Business Practice)
   » Attacks are getting worse. Here's how to protect yourself; affordably.
» Massive.io Introduces Fast, Affordable File Transfer ( News)
   » New service moves files faster, at a lower cost, for filmmakers.

» Final Cut Pro X: Compound Clips are Dynamic! ( Tutorial)
   » Compound clips can be used for instant updates across projects.

» Final Cut Pro X: How & Why to Modify Library Properties ( Video Tutorial)
   » Library Properties allow you to put media and work files anywhere.

» Premiere Pro CC: Create an Automatic Proxy Workflow ( Video Tutorial)
   » Proxies make your editing life easier. Here's how to make them automatic.

» How to Tell Which Mac Apps are 32-bit (Tutorial)
    » Here's how to find apps that won't work in macOS Catalina.

» EQ: Warm a Voice & Improve Clarity
» Configure a Mac Mini for Video Editing

» Premiere Pro: New Font Menu

» Create a Dual-Boot Mac System Disk

» View all tutorials here.
» Apple Final Cut Pro X: Complete 
» 271: Intro to 360/VR 
» 258: In-depth Tour of ffWorks  
» 262: FCP X to Audition Workflow  
» View all webinars here.
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