Six tutorials, two new book reviews, and all kinds of news this week. Let's start with the news.
Leadership guru Kevin Eikenberry has invited me to be on his podcast today at 9 AM PST / 12 PM EST. Kevin provides training, consulting and coaching services to organizations who believe in investing in their most valuable assets – their people. My interview will focus on helping leaders better understand how visual communication can empower their messages, attract an audience and help them motivate change. Please join us!
As most of you know, Apple has an event scheduled for 10 AM tomorrow. While Apple is tight-lipped about these things, rumors are running rampant that this will mark the formal unveiling of actual hardware containing the new Apple silicon. While Apple has told us this transition will take up to two years, it will be good to see the first steps. This event will also, most likely, provide a ship date for macOS Big Sur. This will be a MAJOR release - so be careful in updating. Don't upgrade any mission-critical systems for a few weeks until developers have a chance to test their programs against the actual release.
Thinking of announcements, Blackmagic Design announced DaVinci Resolve 17. They are releasing details this morning (Monday) at 10 AM PST. Specific features are under embargo until then. Resolve will continue putting pressure on Avid, Adobe and Apple to continue improving their software.
Avid announced a new version of Media Central. This version accelerates end-to-end workflows for TV news, sports and post production teams with the introduction of mobile apps and support for third-party newsroom computer systems (NRCS) that drive increased collaboration and openness. This also marks Avid's deeper support for Adobe Premiere Pro.
In another sign of our troubled times, TVTechnology reports that ESPN will be reducing their workforce up to 500 positions, including live production, to focus more on streaming.
SonicFire Pro announced a 6.5.3 update. This update supports the up-coming Big Sur, along with drag'n'drop functionality into any application that supports drag'n'drop audio file import. This features works both ways. Drag a WAV file from your NLE back into SonicFire and it will open the project that created it.
Trivia note: On Nov. 6, 1936, RCA demonstrated television to the press for the first time. That's 84 years ago. Pretty amazing.