The big news this week was that Apple released new versions of Final Cut Pro, Motion & Compressor. My lead story is a complete list of what's new.
I have articles illustrating these new features in Tutorials & Reviews below.
Turning to the news:
CineGear returns to in-person events this fall, announcing their new schedule of Sept. 23-26, 2021. Attendee registration will start soon-ish. Their goal, as always, is to bring filmmakers, exhibitors, partners and industry members together in-person for networking, educational programming, screenings, and exhibits.
SonnetTech announced DuoModo, their new line of professional, modular Thunderbolt expansion systems for the desktop or rack installation. The DuoModo line is comprised of three interchangeable expansion modules — a three-slot PCIe card system, an eGPU card system, and a Mac mini mounting system with integrated 40Gbps Thunderbolt storage dock.
FXFactory announced a special PremiumVFX 4th Anniversary Bundle. Featuring all 56 Premium VFX products in their catalog at a 65% discount. (Available exclusively for Final Cut Pro.)
Apple released a free media tool at WWDC, specifically designed for media folks creating HLS (HTTP Live Streaming) versions of their media. Called the Advanced Video Quality Tool (AVQT), it's available at Apple's developer website. (Developer registration is free.) That's the good news. However, this software utility can only be accessed via the command line in Terminal. So, if you have both media and programming skills, this is worth exploring. I avoid the command line, so I haven't tried it.
Recently, the folks at SoundStripe asked if they could contribute an article to this week's newsletter. I was intrigued and said yes. In this guest blog, Drew Gula, from SoundStripe.com, explores the balance between digital media and a film look.