NEWS - June 7, 2021
A few hours after this issue is released, Apple will present the opening keynote for their WWDC 2021 conference. This event tells us where Apple is headed for the next year. As always, rumors are rampant and expectations are high.

WWDC is always a highlight, but this year, I think, will be even more eventful. Apple set the stage last year with its formal announcement, and ultimate release, of new Apple silicon chips. This year, we will see those chips unleashed - with significant potential for media creators. 

Still, chips are only as good as the software that runs on them - and software is the true focus of WWDC. While very little that is presented at the conference will be immediately released, what we learn this week will help us prepare for the future. For the first time in years, breakthrough technology - not just incremental improvements - promises new ways to communicate using images and video. The M1 series of chips are specifically designed for visual folks like us. The opening act, last year, was stunning. Today, we watch the second act unfold.

In the news... announced 3.7.1. This update features new Adobe integration extensions along with dozens of performance improvements and enhancements, including redesigned Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects extensions. Other highlights include improved navigation and a more intuitive user interface.

KeyCode Media is hosting a special episode of Broadcast2Post: "A Cloudy Future for Post-Production." (And I appreciate the double-meaning in the title.) This group of engineers and manufactures will discuss the challenges of post production as it transitions to the cloud. Registration is free.

AJA Video Systems released the new PAK Dock Pro. This high speed bus-powered USB-C device is designed to simplify and accelerate media transfers in broadcast, production, post, and ProAV environments.

Filmlight announced a new program of awards which will honor colorists and the art of color worldwide. The awards are open to colorists using any grading technology, with the winners announced at EnergaCAMERIMAGE 2021 in Poland. Submissions open June 16, 2021.

1Beyond announced a new website and logo to showcase their products and improve their interface. 1Beyond is a mainstay in our industry, with an emphasis on intelligent tracking cameras. These provide a big benefit in today's world of remote production. 

Things are quiet the week before WWDC. Most of the media industry is busily working, waiting to see what Apple announces. Things will get noisy afterward.

Last week's webinar - Image Editing and Repair Using Adobe Photoshop - was well-attended and fun to present. I showcased several features and tools that I've never covered before. Photoshop is an amazing tool, even if, like me, you can't draw a straight line without mechanical assistance. If you are member of my Video Training Library, it is well worth your time to watch. Otherwise, you can get your copy in my store.

Webinars are taking next week off so I can get my leg attended to. I'll be back in two weeks. In the meantime, please visit my store. We have over 300 webinars (316 to be exact) covering a wide range of subjects. I suspect you'll find a session that can solve a problem you are having at work.

I have five tutorials for you this week covering Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, and Photoshop. You'll find them listed in the Tutorials & Reviews section below.

All my computers are getting long in the tooth, which is one of the reasons I'm looking forward to Apple's transition to their new chips. I'm hoping to replace a very old laptop and my main iMac with ... something. My hope is that later today we will learn more about what that "something" is. 

Just a reminder, experience has taught us to be patient with new operating system updates. WWDC is targeted at developers to encourage them to create software for the new operating system. We are months away from any of us needing to think about upgrading. So, relax and enjoy the show.

Until next Monday, stay safe, stay healthy and stay hopeful. Oh! And edit well.
» Final Cut Pro: Consolidate Media for Archiving (Tutorial)
» This feature is also great for collaboration.

» Adobe Premiere Pro: New, Improved Captions (Tutorial)
» New features include colors and trimming. Learn more.

» Photoshop: Simple Tricks to Clean-up Still Images (Video Tutorial)
» This covers crop, scale, content-aware fill and image straightening.

» Photoshop: Use Masks to Clean Still Images (Video Tutorial)
» Use masks for repair, vignettes and a cool trick for the clone tool.

» Photoshop: Make Older Images Look a LOT Better! (Video Tutorial)
» Learn how to straighten, crop, set grayscale, remove spots & clean an image.
Image Editing & Repair in Adobe Photoshop
* File handling and saving
* Cropping, resizing & content-aware scaling
* Traditional repair tools
* Content-aware repair tools
* Masks and adjusting color

Everything you need - all in one place!
Clip Speed Changes in Premiere & Final Cut

* Still / Freeze / Hold Frames
* Slow & Fast Motion
* Fit to fill edits
* Conforming high-frame rate clips
* Variable speed changes and transitions

Everything you need - all in one place!
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