NEWS - July 12, 2021
Well, the big news this week is that, after 30 years in Southern California, my wife and I have decided that it's time to move. Not just into a smaller house, but to a different part of the country. Sometime around the end of August, we'll head to eastern Massachusetts - where we lived before coming to LA. We are excited.

I plan to continue writing and training - just from a new location. I officially retired from USC on June 30. So, if you know any college or university that's looking for full or part-time instructors, I'd be very grateful for a referral. (I'll share my new address with you once all the legal paperwork is complete in a few weeks.)

My lead story this week looks at "When Things Go Wrong - Troubleshoot Your Mac System." Regardless of the software you use, computers sometimes develop a mind of their own. Here's how to get them to re-focus on you.

This was a very quiet week:

Apple released bug fixes for Final Cut Pro, Motion & Compressor. While there are no new features in this release, it is always good to see Apple improve stability.

Chaos released new updates for V-Ray 5 for Maya and Houdini that introduced initial Universal Scene Description (USD) support. Initially developed by Pixar, the USD format is designed to hold the most common types of scene data – geometry, shaders, lights, rigs, hair, etc. – so artists have an easy way to share and dynamically update assets without workarounds. 

Cinedeck released Cinedeck 2.0 for both Mac and PC. Cinedeck 2.0 is an update to the Cinedeck Ingest Server which includes Mac and PC Cinedeck Clients that work hand in hand with the Cinedeck Server to control one or more Cinedeck Servers and/or ingest instances in AWS.

Bob Cole sent me an interesting email, sharing his thoughts on how the pandemic has up-ended traditional video interviews and production. It spurred me to think about how some of these changes are normal, while others are not. There's a cautionary tale here, and I'm interested in your thoughts.

This week's webinar is something I've never done before: comparing two image editing programs: Adobe Photoshop vs. Affinity Photo. Photoshop we all know, but not everyone is happy with Adobe's subscription pricing. Affinity Photo is a competitor from Serif, a company that's been developing software since 1987. Join me and see whether Affinity Photo can meet your image editing needs. As always, registration is free. (P.S. This is not a sponsored presentation.)

As I was writing "When Things Go Wrong," I realized I've never written anything about how to troubleshoot Adobe Premiere Pro. So, this week, I did. 

Hurricanes and hot, hot weather. Must be summer. Worse, the pandemic is flaring up. Again. If you haven't gotten vaccinated, please do. There's no reason to get sick when a vaccine is available.

Stay safe, stay healthy and stay hopeful. Until next Monday, edit well.
» When Things Go Wrong - Troubleshoot Your Mac (Tutorial)
  » A variety of techniques to help when your Mac gets flakey.

» Troubleshooting Adobe Premiere Pro (Tutorial)
  » A variety of techniques to get Premiere running smoothly.

» Sea Change in Production Requires a Change in Thinking (Comment)
  » Production isn't about what we know, it's about how we help our clients.

» Apple Fixes Bugs in Final Cut, Motion & Compressor (News)
  » Apple updated all three of its video apps last week. Here's what's new.
Affinity Photo vs. Adobe Photoshop for Editors
In this session, I compare using Photoshop vs Affinity Photo to edit and repair still images for video projects. How do they compare for:

* Image editing
* Image repair
* Image export

Everything you need - all in one place!
New Features in Premiere Pro (beta)

Adobe is starting a major redesign of the application. This week, discover where they are heading.
* Explore the new import interface
* Discover how the new export speeds delivering projects
* See how they are changing the interface.

Everything you need - all in one place!
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