July 30, 2018

The days of parking our old files on hard disks stacked on the shelf are rapidly ending. Instead, we need to actively manage our legacy media and archives. This became very clear with the release of High Sierra, when both DVD Studio Pro and Final Cut Pro 7 stopped working. The upcoming release of Mojave marks the beginning of the end of 32-bit applications.

A couple of months ago, Adobe end-of-lifed three video codecs, then, last week, Autodesk announced that with the release of Mojave and it's lack of support for Open/CL, it is dropping support for Alias and VRED on the Mac. We can not simply park our legacy files and forget them. A few years from now, we may not be able to open them. This is a big deal.

My lead story this week - Media Doesn't Last Forever - deals with the up-coming end of 32-bit applications. This is an article you need to read - because it is better to proactively make sure your old files will survive into the future, than to try and recover them after you've upgraded one version too far. Read it here.

One of the things I enjoy is reviewing new products. And, most of the time, I like what I see. But, every so often, a product is released too early. That is the case of HDRinstant - an interesting idea that simply doesn't work. Here's my review.

Last week's webinar on Color Correction in FCP X was very well received. You'll find it here in my store. I pulled several excerpts as articles this week. You'll find all the details in the Articles section, below.

Webinars are taking a break during August. My schedule is changing when the fall semester starts and I haven't figured out which day will be best for presenting webinars. However, when they do return in September, they won't be on Wednesday. I'll keep you informed as we get closer to the fall.

Several interesting interviews on the Digital Production Buzz last week. We had a very interesting conversation with Maxim Jago about script-writing and Steven Vitolo about his new utility that simplifies moving script annotations between revisions. Dave Willard shared some low-cost audio gear ideas with us, however, the highlight for me was a technical discussion with Tony Orme about the new SMPTE 2110 spec.

This is converting TV broadcasters, major studios and large production houses from an SDI infrastructure to IP. This has all kinds of implications for live events, production workflow and distribution. If you want to stay current on coming industry trends, you need to listen to Tony's comments.  Here's the link to the show.

I've got some traveling coming up this next week, back to Wisconsin, in fact. I'm looking forward to seeing family, farm fields and, hopefully, rain. It's been a long time. In the meantime, until next week, edit well.  

Last Week On The Buzz!
The media industry is amazingly vast. Tonight we look at creating a script, a new way to update script notes, low-cost, high-quality audio products and an in-depth look at SMPTE 2110, a new media workflow over IP and how it affects broadcast, post-production and distribution.   
* Maxim Jago, Filmmaker
* Steven Vitolo, Scriptation
* Dave Willard, Azden
* Tony Orme, Orme Solutions 
* James Deruvo, DoddleNEWS 
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Color Correction and Grading in
Apple Final Cut Pro X
Color correction and color grading are the final steps in making our images look their best. In this session, Larry Jordan takes a closer look at the enhanced color tools in Final Cut Pro 10.4 and illustrates how to use them on your images.
* Learn the basics of color
* Analyze images using video scopes
* Learn automatic color correction
* Use new manual color tools to repair
   problems and create looks
* Use keyframes to modify color looks
Download your copy here.  

Webinars Taking an August Break
Webinars are taking a summer break for August.  
We'll return in September, but webinars won't be on a Wednesday.
In the meantime, we have hundreds of hours of training on both Adobe and Apple products in our store.
Take a look - I'm sure you'll find something you'd like to learn.
» Media Doesn't Last Forever - Update Your Archives (News)
   » Media, apps, even operating system change; this requires active management.
» Caution: HDRinstant Not Ready for Prime Time (Commentary)
   » A great idea marred by very poor execution. Read the details here.

» FCP X: Display, Adjust and Use the Video Scopes ( Video Tutorial)
   » Here's everything you need to know to start using the video scopes.

» FCP X: How to Use the Match Color and Balance Color Tools ( Video Tutorial)
   » These automated tools may be all you need to tweak your color.

» FCP X: Adjust Image Gray-Scale Values to Improve an Image (Video Tutorial)
   » This shows how to use scopes and color wheels to improve your images.
» EQ: Warm a Voice,
   Improve Clarity

   The New Font Menu

» FCP X: Create an
   Adjustment Layer

» Configure an iMac
   Pro for video editing

» View tutorials here

» Apple Final Cut Pro X:

» 260: Manage Media
   for Video Editing

» 261: Color Correction
   in Final Cut Pro X

» The Craft of Editing

» View all webinars here
» Maxim Jago: Script-
   writing Software 
» Tommy Mack: FilmTools
   now sells cameras 
» Dave Willard: Great
   Audio at a Great Price 
» Jess Hartmann: Promax
   Tools for Backup 
» View all interviews here
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