Whoa! So much to cover this week. First, Apple updated all its
laptops with faster processors. But, these new units still lack ports, overheat and need a good keyboard. My lead story this week is: "
Dear Apple: Thin is Not Pro
." Read it and
let me know your thoughts
. Also, feel free to share this link!
With the MacBook Pro update, Apple focused on providing
. Last week, I wrote about the challenges in moving electrons at
. But, this week, I learned an interesting lesson about just how fast any current CPU actually is. For the summer, I decided to learn
, which is a very popular
. Why? Um, well, I had some extra time and why not?
One of the exercises was writing a short program that opens a text file, counts the number of lines in it, averages a number stored in a specific position in each line, closes the file, then prints out the total number of lines and the cumulative average. Six to eight lines of code. Once I had it written,
I pressed "Run."
And waited. There were exactly a million text lines in the file (24.5 MB). The answer appeared 1/10 of a second later! I removed calculating the average and ran it again. The program counted the one million text lines so quickly that I was unable to time the difference between starting the program and when the answer was displayed. I was stunned at how fast this ran!
What was even more stunning was that this was running on a 2013 MacBook Pro laptop! Now, I grant that video editing is not the same thing as counting the lines in a text file. But, I think we have become
blinded by equating system performance to CPU speed
. Performance is much more than CPU clock cycles. And even when you have a purely CPU task - like counting lines in a file - computers today are far, FAR faster than you might expect.
dropped me a note: "Today, I released
for Atomos Ninja V and Shogun Inferno. This is a plug in for
that allows you to add EXIF data such as ISO, Aperture, Shutter, Lens Type, Gamma, Color Space, Focal Point, etc., as Finder Tags for
Apple Final Cut Pro X
, giving you the ability to import Finder Tags as Keywords and to search and organize your media by Keyword Collection or Smart Collection.
Learn more here
If you are a
user, Antonio has also created a version for Premiere.
Learn more here
. (And, he has a Windows version for Premiere as well.)
, head of marketing for
, gave me a heads up that starting tomorrow (Tuesday) they will release a major update to
, "Apple Design Award winning live video mixing, switching and streaming software for Mac. [A key] new feature, called "Layer Set," allows multiple changes of a live video stream within one click. The director gets more freedom and flexibility to create a live video show. Along with a whole set of new usability, stability and technical improvements, it makes a fairly great major update for mimoLive."
(Boinx press release)
Learn more here
Webinars restart Thursday, June 6
, at 9:30 AM, with a session on
. I've posted the agenda, which covers looking at visual literacy for controlling where the eye looks, cameras, acting, lighting, editing, text, and color. I'm continuing to research and write this and will have more next week. Registration is always free.
Sign up here
five new articles
for you this week, covering
Final Cut Pro X
Adobe Media Encoder
, along with my concerns that Apple has allowed it's design coolness to lose sight of what the pro market needs in laptop computers.
Finally, I decided to write-up a story that I tell my classes, but haven't published, that explains how and why
frame rates and other
strange video oddities
were invented. Smile... this is a story, not a research paper. You don't need to be an engineer to enjoy this. And, as always, your comments are always welcome.
Thinking of stories, we had a great show on the
Digital Production Buzz
last week. During May, we are looking at the state of our industry, from production to post. If there is one common theme, it's that change is universal and accelerating. But, as
, with JVC/Kenwood, said last week, "When HASN'T our industry been dealing with change." You'll enjoy these discussions on the impact of
cell phone cameras
on professional cameras, why
today are better than old lenses, a new perspective on
that re-energized my thinking on VR, and thoughts on the business end of the business from curmudgeon-at-large,
Here's the link
- this was a great show!
Finally, thinking of The Buzz, I realize that
our industry is changing
. While I deeply believe that independent voices are essential, it's also important for them to be effective. To that end, I want to re-focus my energy into creating more articles, webinars and training which can enable all of us to succeed. So, I've decided it's time to take a break from the Digital Production Buzz.
program, we'll be putting the
podcast on hiatus
. You will still be able to find all of our Buzz shows on
, and the
At the same time, we will incorporate
library of free resources. These two strategic moves give us time to plan new ways to effectively cover the news in our industry. I will miss hosting The Buzz, but I look forward to creating new training.
Be sure to
for our free webinar - and, as always, I'm interested in your comments. Chat with you next week. In the meantime,