May 6, 2019

Probably the question I am asked the most is: " What computer should I buy?" And the answer, as you might guess, is: "It depends..." But, ah, no one likes to hear that because it doesn't provide specific guidance; even if it's still true.

The other thing I've noticed is that many editors obsess to the point of distraction on CPU speed. While this is a nice, easy number to focus on, it isn't particularly meaningful. (The number of CPU cores, support for hyper-threading and hardware-assisted video compression are much better indicators of performance.)

Still, that "CPU thing" is hanging out there. So, this week, I decided to look at how both Final Cut and Premiere use the CPU and, in doing so, provide more concrete examples of when it makes sense to spend more on CPU power and when you don't need to worry about it. It's my lead story this week.

In another area, media is undergoing a significant transition in storage. Spinning media, the hard disks we've used for years, are not going away, but for pure performance SSDs are taking center stage. What's significant is that SSDs are falling in price, increasing in capacity and a new protocol - NVMe - is promising speeds up to 6X faster than a standard SSD. However, older systems may or may not be able to take full advantage of all this new-found speed. This week, I have a product review of the new NVMe Aura Pro X2 SSD from OWC. I think you'll find the results highly interesting. The review is below in the Articles section.

Webinars are re-starting in June. I'm planning to cover visual literacy, shooting and editing VR, and editing HDR over the summer. I'm researching these now and will post details to my website later this month. Webinars will be scheduled for Thursday mornings, LA time.

My third article this week came out of the latest episode of the Digital Production Buzz. We discussed sound isolation booths with folks from VocalBooth and WhisperRoom, as well as mentoring with the managing directors of SMPTE, HPA, EIPMA. There's nothing worse than recording a great performance only to have it marred by noisy audio. This week, we look at different ways to keep the noise down. Listen to the show here.

Now, at the end of the school year, students are looking for advice on how to get their careers started. Our industry needs new people and mentoring is the best way to get them started in the right direction. I really liked our interviews on The Buzz with Barbara Lange and Bernard Weiser. From these conversations, my third article is a reflection on what makes a good mentor. You'll find it in the Articles section below.

The summer is a good time to set goals to learn something new. I'll do my part with new webinars and new ideas to think about. In the meantime, I'm always interested in your comments and questions. Until next week, edit well.

Last Week on The Buzz
On this week's episode of The Buzz, we look at mentoring opportunities to help young people get their careers started right. Then, we talk with two companies who make sound isolation booths on how to use them to improve the quality of your audio.
* Barbara Lange, SMPTE / HPA
* Bernard Weiser, EIPMA
* Freddie Gateley, VocalBooth
* Gabe White, WhisperRoom
* James DeRuvo, 
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Listen to our NAB 2019 shows here.

to the latest Buzz here.
Ask Larry Anything!
These are my favorite webinars because I get to discover the issues and questions you have and, ideally, answer them.  

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Webinars Return in June

Webinars return the first Thursday in June with a look at Visual Literacy.
We are awash in images and video, but how do we interpret what we see?

In this session, I'll explore how the camera conveys emotions and the meaning behind the image.

Registration opens at the end of May.
» How Much of Your CPU Does 4K Media Use? ( Tutorial)
   » When does CPU speed matter? A look at Final Cut and Premiere in action.

» OWC Aura Pro X2 SSD Upgrade Kit ( Product Review)
   » A look at an SSD designed as a storage replacement for older laptops.

» The Power of Mentors ( Commentary)
   » Thoughts on what makes a good mentor and how they shape careers.

» Use Two Monitors in Final Cut Pro X ( Tutorial)
   » These special display features only show up when two monitors are connected.
» EQ: Warm a Voice
   and Improve Clarity

» Premiere Pro CC:
   The New Font Menu

» Create a Dual-Boot
   macOS System Disk

» FCP X: Fun With

» View tutorials here

» Apple Final Cut Pro X:
» 267: New Features
   in Final Cut Pro X 
» 258: In-depth
   Tour of ffWorks 
» 232: Final Cut Pro X
   Audio Fundamentals 
» View all webinars here
 » James DeRuvo
   doddleNEWS Update  
» Jeff Edson: Assimilate
   NAB 2019 Update
» Julian Evans: The World
   of Sound Design
» James DeRuvo:
   doddleNEWS Update

» View all interviews here
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