June 12, 2017

Wow... what a week!  

We knew Apple would be announcing new operating systems at their WWDC last Monday. This was a developer conference, after all, and exploiting quirks in the latest OS is how developers make their money. What I didn't expect was the extent of new hardware that was either announced, shipped or both.

Because of all the announcements, I have eight new articles on WWDC, the new hardware and Final Cut Pro X in the Articles section below.

Also, Andrew Cunningham over at Ars Technica posted an article going into the tech side of the new Macs in more detail. You can read it here.

Philip Hodgetts has been talking with me for a while about the combination of artificial intelligence - which is now called "machine learning" - with editing to automate the editing process. GoPro this week, gave a sneak preview of new software that automatically ingests and edits GoPro movies. I read about it in AppleInsider - here's the link.

The reason this is important - especially as you watch their demo video - is that it reminds us to focus on our story-telling skills more than ever. The automated editing is "interesting," but not compelling - yet. Once clients think that computers are able to tell stories, many of us will lose our jobs as editors. Computers can now cut video, but their story-telling is weak. This is a wake-up call that we need to strengthen our client relationships and boost our creative skills. As soon as we get into a rut, "the machines" will run over us. (There's a longer article here, but I need to spend more time researching it.)

If you haven't tuned into the Digital Production Buzz recently, we are creating some fascinating programs. Last week, we devoted the entire show to video streaming; plus an update on the WWDC. The show started with the basics, then looked at hardware and software streaming options, along with discussion on how to avoid problems when designing a program for streaming. Plus, we heard about the launch of new streaming software that runs on mobile devices. (In fact, Buzz listeners qualify for a FREE streaming software.) Check out this week's show here.

As I was updating one of my articles, I suddenly realized that with all the changes in storage technology, this would be a great time to have a webinar on storage: "Maximize Storage Performance."  Whether you edit with Avid, Adobe, or Apple, if your storage isn't running smoothly, you are in a world of hurt. Registration is free. Sign up here.

This week, I explain how to make the most of the storage you have, without getting too deeply buried in tech. Your storage is far more important to your editing system than your computer. Join us this week and learn how to make it work better.

I'm really pleased with my articles this week - I've also updated several  long-standing favorites. As always, I'm interested in your opinions. I look forward to chatting with you next week, in the meantime, edit well. 

Last Week On The Buzz!

Tonight, we cover video streaming. We start with the basics, then look at avoiding problems, what hardware to use and how to plan your own event. Plus, we also have a report on Apple's WWDC and a DoddleNEWS update

   * Scott Murray - Telestream
   * Rony Sebok - 1 Beyond
   * Claudia Barbiero - LiveU
   * George Hill - Video Streaming
   * Benjamin Nowak - Cinamaker
   * James DeRuvo - DoddleNEWS

sets the scene for live streaming, Rony describes their streaming hardware, Claudia on how LiveU enables streaming for corporate clients, George on turnkey video streaming and Benjamin launches brand-new streaming software for mobile devices. As always, James has the weekly DoddleNEWS update.
Listen or read each full episode here.

Text transcripts provided by Take1.tv. Read the written transcript for this week's show here.

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Last Week: Simple Effects in
Apple Final Cut Pro X
Last week we designed a session for new and self- taught FCP X editors to help them learn how to create effects.

This session covers:

* Transitions
* Titles and Text
* 2D and 3D text formatting
* Generators
* Clip Speed changes
* Inspector effects
* Keyframes and Masks
* The Effects Browser 

Download your copy of this webinar from our store - or - become a member of our Video Training Library and watch everything we've got! 
This Week:
Maximize Storage Performance
Storage is at the heart of all media editing. In fact, its more important than your computer.

This session is designed to answer questions:

* What storage do we need?
* What storage is right for us?
* How to choose: SSD vs. hard disk
* When is a RAID necessary?
* What utilities do we need?

Whether you edit with Adobe, Apple, or Avid, high-performance storage is essential. Whether you want to buy the right gear or get your gear working right, this session is for you.

Date: Wednesday, June 14.
Register for FREE Here 
» Apple Announces New Gear for Video Pros at WWDC 2017 ( Commentary)
   » A summary of key announcements about video at this year's event.   

» Apple Announces Support for VR in Final Cut Pro X ( News)
   » Apple announces new versions of ProApps coming "soon."

» Understand Storage Speed and Media Requirements ( Updated)
   » Updated with new codecs, technology and information.

» Final Cut Pro X: Everything You Need Learn Transitions (Video Tutorial)
   » A video tutorial on how to use transitions in Final Cut.
» Final Cut Pro X: Everything You Need Learn Generators
(Video Tutorial)
   » A video tutorial on how to use generators in Final Cut.

»  Configure a 2017 iMac for Video Editing (Commentary)
   » My thoughts on how to configure a new iMac and save money.

»  Configure a MacBook Pro for Video Editing (Updated)
   » I've updated this article to include both 2017 and 2016 laptops.

»  Avoid Corrupted Final Cut Pro X Libraries (Updated)
   » Updated with new information, read this trouble-shooting guide. 

Kodak is Back in the Film Business (DoddleNEWS)
   » Kodak is opening more film labs across the U.S. to support filmmakers.  
» EQ: Warm a Voice, Improve Clarity

» Premiere Pro: Use 2 Monitors  

» Make the Best of a Bad Transition

» Premiere Pro CC: Boost/Smooth Levels  
» View tutorials here
» 224: Create Simple Effects for Premiere Pro

» 213: Simple Tricks for Adobe Premiere Pro CC

» FCP X: Workflow & Editing (v. 10.3)

» 223: Multicam Editing for Final Cut Pro X

» View all webinars here
» Ned Soltz: Trends from NAB 2017

» Gary Watson: Custom Storage for Media

» Louis Hernandez, Jr.: "Storyteller's Dilemma"

» Kaur Kallas: Color Tunable LED Lights

» View all interviews here
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