Nov. 18, 2019

Most of my articles this week were generated by reader questions, which is one reason I am always glad to hear from you.

The big news this week was the release of the new 16" MacBook Pro laptop from Apple. I'm researching what we need to know to configure this for video editing and hope to have more next week. Also, Apple announced that the new Mac Pro and XDR Display will be shipping in December. Both are very exciting. 

My lead story came from Richard, who was testing compressing media files using both H.264 and HEVC, then trying to figure out which to use. Surprisingly, the latest technology may not be the best choice. It's my lead story this week. Read it here.

I've been fascinated by the growth in automatic speech-to-text transcription. This week, I researched what was out there and discovered that these services fall into three main groups: mobile apps for dictation (by far the biggest), web services for general transcription, and specialized services specifically devoted to media creators. My second story this week outlines what's available. Read it here.

As I was thinking about transcription, the folks at Simon Says told me about the launch of a significant upgrade to their automated transcription service - version 2.0. Here's an article that details what's in the update.

Finally, Phillipa asked why it is so hard to create a smooth credit scroll. My first reaction was to think about gradients. Smile... yeah, I know, it seems like a stretch. Still, they have a lot in common, as you can read here.

Finally, The Inside Tips continues to grow. We are launching our latest Tip Letter this week, this time covering Apple Motion. It premieres this Thursday, with a new issue every Thursday. These tip letters are fascinating to write. We've published 26 Tip Letters so far, containing 84 tips. By the end of this coming week, we'll cross the 100 tip line! Cool.

Every Tip Letter is free. We cover five subjects every week. Sign up here.

That's it for this week.  Still, there's more news every week, which I'll share with you next time. In the meantime, edit well .

Using HDR Media in
Apple Final Cut Pro X
RAW, sLog, HDR, 12-bit, 16-bit... What are all these different video formats and how do you work with them in Final Cut?

It's easy to get confused!
This session covers:  
* What HDR and log media is 
* Tips to color grading HDR  
* How to work with RAW, HDR, log
   and ProRes media in Final Cut Pro X
Using HDR Media in
Adobe Premiere Pro CC
RAW, sLog, HDR, 12-bit, 16-bit... What are all these different video formats and how do you work with them in Premiere?

It's easy to get confused!
This session covers:  
* What HDR and log media is
* Limitations of HDR in Premiere 
* How to work with RAW, HDR, and
   log media in Premiere Pro CC
Download: HDR in Premiere Pro  
» When to Use H.264 vs. HEVC for Video Compression of Media Files ( Tutorial)
    » A non-technical analysis of what these do, along with some recommendations.

» Survey of Speech-to-Text Applications for Media Creators ( Survey)
    » List of links and features for automated transcription services.

» First Look: Simon Says v.2.0. Automated Transcription Update ( Overview)
   » New features and current status of the latest version of this web service.

» How to Create a Smooth Credit Roll ( Tutorial, kinda)
    » Smooth rolls are harder than they look. Here's why.
» New Font Menu in Premiere Pro CC

» EQ: Warm a Voice & Improve Clarity

» Premiere: Effects Control

» Pick the Right Version of ProRes
» View all tutorials here.
» Apple Final Cut Pro X: Complete  
» 222 : Working with Stills in FCP X  
» 274: HDR Media in Premiere Pro      
» 248: Basics of Editing in Premiere   
» View all webinars here.
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