June 10, 2019

WWDC was the perfect place to introduce the 2019 Mac Pro - a powerful system for power users. But it was not the best place for Apple to introduce the Pro Display XDR - the developers there had no clue what to do with a reference HDR monitor. But, to introduce the Mac Pro without a monitor would make no sense, so Apple did the best it could. Still, the Pro Display has been getting more flack than it deserves, mostly because the average computer user has no idea what it is.

I have three reports on WWDC: the first is my write-up after watching the keynote. Next, James DeRuvo has a more detailed look at the Mac Pro. Finally, after several days reading the different write-ups and analyses of the new hardware, I created a " thought experiment" on what the Mac Pro indicates about where Apple is taking us.

The Foundry publishes a periodic newsletter covering the VFX industry. An article from the June 7 issue caught my attention: " Five of the biggest trends from FMX 2019." FMX is an annual trade show focused on animation and visual effects which is held in Stuttgart, Germany, each May. I think you'll find the trends highlighted in this article to be both thought-provoking and cutting-edge.

Webinars returned last Thursday with " Illustrating Visual Literacy." This was first suggested by Michael Jones, back in February. In this session, I looked at different visual composition techniques and the emotions that they generate. This was a fun session, you'll see an excerpt from it my Articles section, below.

I'm currently researching my next webinar, which will be in a couple of weeks. As soon as I figure out what I want to cover, I'll let you know.

Also, I want to welcome doddleNEWS newsletter readers. As you may know, the last issue of the doddleNEWS newsletter was May 31. So, we are sending all doddleNEWS newsletter subscribers this issue of my weekly Edit Smarter newsletter. If you want to continue receiving this, you don't need to do anything. If you wish to unsubscribe, you'll find the link at the bottom of this newsletter.

In addition to our articles on this year's WWDC, and the excerpt from last week's webinar, there's a VERY cool composition technique that I learned about as I was researching the webinar. You'll find all of these in the Articles section below.

One last note, Catalina, the next version of the macOS, will be the first version that does not support 32-bit applications. This has implications for both older media and applications that you may rely on. Between now and when this new version ships - most likely in the early fall - please take time to review any older applications and media that you currently rely on and plan what you want to do. Remember, there's no advantage to being the first to upgrade to a new OS if the apps you rely on no longer work.  I repeated two earlier articles that discuss applications and media in more detail, also in Articles below.

As always, I'm interested in your comments. I look forward to chatting with you next week. In the meantime, edit well.

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» Video Pro News from WWDC ( News/Commentary)
   » Larry's key take-aways after watching the 2019 WWDC keynote.

» Long Live the Cheese-grater! ( News/Commentary)
   » James DeRuvo details the 2019 Mac Pro.

» Thoughts on the 2019 Mac Pro - and the Future ( Commentary)
   » Larry's thoughts on what the new Mac Pro means for the future.

» Camera Framing Techniques Illustrated ( Video Tutorial)
   » This webinar excerpt illustrated how framing affects emotions.

» Even Our Images are Right-Handed! ( Tutorial)
    » This stunning technique shows how we perceive images.
» How to Tell Which Mac Apps are 32-bit (Tutorial)
    » This March article shows how to find apps that won't work in macOS Catalina.

» Don't Lose Access to Older Media in macOS Catalina (Reminder)
    » This December article explains which media won't work in macOS Catalina.
» EQ: Warm a Voice & Improve Clarity

» Configure a Mac Mini for Video Editing

» Create a Dual-Boot Mac System Disk

» Premiere Pro: How to Use 2 Monitors

» View all tutorials here.
» Apple Final Cut Pro X: Complete 
» 260: Editing Media Management 
» 261: Color Grade in Final Cut Pro X 
» 262: Workflow - From FCP X to
   Adobe Audition 
» View all webinars here.
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