May 7, 2018

I have lots of goodies for you this week - news, cautions, tips, updates, videos, webinars - all sorts of interesting stuff.

Let me start with the most important. Apple updated Final Cut Pro X to version 10.4.2 last week. This is an important update because it fixed a very nasty bug in 10.4.1 that would randomly select and/or delete clips in the timeline. The problem is that this update requires High Sierra (10.13.x), while FCP X 10.4.1 did not. (The update is free and available in the Mac App Store.)

While 10.4.1 fixed dozens of bugs in FCP X 10.4, and would normally be worth the update, this random selection bug is a reason to avoid this version. So, if you have 10.4.0 and you don't want to update your OS to High Sierra, then stay with 10.4.0. If you have 10.4.1 I recommend you update to 10.4.2 and High Sierra.

Or, you can create a dual boot disk to run those apps that don't work on High Sierra with a second partition for High Sierra and FCP X 10.4.2. Here's how to create a dual boot disk. (The interface has changed a bit, but the basic operation is the same.)

Thinking of software problems, the last several versions of Compressor seem unable to create an MP4 file that can be opened in QuickTime Player 7. The same files can be opened easily in QuickTime Player X. However, Adobe Media Encoder creates files that can be opened in both programs with no problems. If you are creating MP4 files in Compressor, be sure to test them in both Players to see if they work. For the last several months, I'm doing all my MP4 compression in Media Encoder while Apple figures out how to get Compressor working properly. (By the way, Compressor handles QuickTime movies perfectly.)

I have two new videos this week on using the new closed captions feature in FCP X 10.4.2. These are both excerpts from my webinar training last week that took a detailed look at how captions work. This was a fun session - you can download a copy here.

As I was researching this webinar, I also discovered two key definitions that Apple forgot to put into their help files that explain the differences between captions and subtitles. FCP X now supports both, so I updated my article to include these. Read the article here.

Thinking of articles, I have two blogs this week that are designed to give you something to think about: one looks back and the other looks forward. Both of these first originated as part of my "I'm Just Thinking" segment on the Digital Production Buzz. Both were fun to write and, as always, I'm interested in your opinion.

Thinking of The Buzz, last week's show took an in-depth look at future technology that we need to watch today: external GPU systems, drone flying, Cloud-sourced animation tools, digital recorders and ProRes RAW. This show gives you a better understanding of what's coming so you have time to take advantage of it.

Oh! I decided to try   AudioBurst, the audio search company I wrote about last month. So, I put the past year's worth of Buzz shows on AudioBurst. You can search for audio content from our interviews as easily as a text search. Check it out here and let me know what you think.

Finally, this week's webinar is one of my favorites: " Job Hunting Tips - or - Everything You Know About Job Hunting is Wrong!" Students are graduating and looking for work - and the rest of us are always watching for new opportunities. This webinar will help you focus on what it takes to market yourself and find the right job. I give this lecture at USC every semester where it attracts hundreds of engineering students and extremely positive feedback. If you know someone who is looking for work, please encourage them to attend - both sessions are free and they truly can change your life.

This week wraps up finals week at school, plus, I'm working on some interesting product reviews for next week's issue. I love working with students, but I hate grading papers. Sigh... time to get back to work. Chat with you next week. In the meantime, edit well.  

Last Week On The Buzz!
Technology has never been more important to filmmakers. Tonight, we showcase exciting new trends that exploded at NAB: eGPUs, Cloud-based animation, drones, and ProRes RAW. New today, these will be the workhorses of tomorrow.
* Larry O'Connor, OWC
* Rex Grignon, Nimble Collective
* Brian Streem, Aerobo
* Jeromy Young, Atomos 
* James Deruvo, DoddleNEWS 
Listen or read each full episode here.

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The New Closed Captions in
Apple Final Cut Pro X
New with the 10.4.1 update to Final Cut Pro X is the ability to create closed captions and subtitles directly inside FCP X. This week Larry shows you how this works.

* Pick the right caption file
* Create captions manually
* Enable captions or subtitles
* Import captions
* Format captions
* Adjust caption timing
* Export captions     
Available for download in our store and in Larry's Video Training Library
Tips to Improve Your Job Hunting
All of us DESERVE a good job. But, what we deserve has nothing to do with whether we will actually FIND a good job. In fact, the job market is stacked against us - and no one explains the rules. This week,  Larry Jordan presents the tips you need to know to market yourself to find and land a good job. 

* Define the product that is "you"
* Create effective marketing
* Discover key skills
* Find the right job for you
* Master the interview
* How to negotiate money   
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» Change is Constant (Commentary)
   » A personal look back at how media has evolved over 40 years.  
» A Hard Balance - Technology vs. Film-making (Commentary)
   » Tech is at the heart of major challenges to film-making today.

» Final Cut Pro X: Extract or Import Captions (Video Tutorial)
   » How to use FCP X to extract captions from a movie or import a caption file.

» Final Cut Pro X: Use the Timeline Index to Control Captions (Video Tutorial)
   » The Timeline Index provides powerful control over caption display & search. 
» EQ: Warm a Voice,
   Improve Clarity

Premiere Pro: The
   New Font Menu

» Premiere Pro: Use
   Two Monitors

» Configure an iMac
   Pro for video editing

» View tutorials here

» 252: New Features in
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» 251: Compression
   Basics in Compressor

» Apple Final Cut Pro X
   10.4 Complete

» 246: Text Animation
   in Apple Motion 5.4

» View all webinars here

» Jayse Hansen: Create
   Holographic Sets

» Jeromy Young: ProRes
   RAW and Atomos

» Chris Bailey: A Faster
   Way to Move Files

» Larry O'Connor: Inside
   Scoop on eGPUs

» View all interviews here
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