Oct. 2, 2017

I installed High Sierra on one of my computers over the weekend. While the upgrade process was reasonably straight-forward, though long - taking a couple of hours to download and install - there were enough issues with compatibility that I am not comfortable recommending the upgrade to all of us quite yet.

However, since this changes on a daily basis, it isn't worth writing as an article, which stay around for years; instead, I wanted to share what I've learned so far.

After upgrading, I needed to upgrade my RAID drivers, ScreenFlow, and Snapz, to the latest versions. There are still reports that Adobe Illustrator and In Design are not compatible with the new Apple File System ( APFS), as well as APFS causing problems with a wide variety of games. I expect all of these to get fixed fairly quickly, but they are not fixed yet.

Upon running Final Cut Pro X, I discovered strange screen drawing issues where audio waveforms were not in sync with video and the primary storyline would not display in a project. Both of these seemed to be fixed by doing a Safe Boot then using Disk Utility to repair the boot drive.

Given what I'm reading, if you don't need to upgrade immediately, you might want to wait until the 10.13.1 update. In all cases, make sure the software you need is certified to run on High Sierra and upgrade your software BEFORE you update the operating system. Roaring Apps, a crowd-sourced website, tracks what works and what doesn't.

Also, there was an article this week from Duo Security alerting us to a situation where the EFI (firmware) on our Mac systems is often out of date. ( Here's the article.) Apple does not make checking the EFI version easy, nor does it publish which version is current. However, according to an article in The Eclectic Light Company, High Sierra automatically checks for out-of-date firmware and updates it as necessary. Read their blog here. I don't think this is an immediate crisis, but you need to be aware of this.

Changing subjects, probably my most favorite lecture is " How to Get a Job." First, because  I wish I'd understood this when I was younger and, second, because it's just plain fun to present. Last week's webinar was exactly that: "How to Find, Get and Keep a Job - and a Client." Whether you've been in the job market for a while, or know someone just starting out, this session has a lot of insights you can use the next time you look for work; either full-time or free-lance. Here's link to the video.

In fact, my lead story this week is an excerpt from the webinar, sharing one of the four major insights in my presentation. Here's the link.

In other articles, I have a First Look at some amazing color grading software for still images: 3D LUT Creator, and " 3 Hidden Shortcuts" in Premiere Pro CC.

For the next two weeks, our webinars focus on Photoshop. This week, we look at how to repair images, and next week, we look at how to harness the emotions in our fonts. Both presentations are on Wednesday at 9 AM, both are FREE and you can sign up here.

Don't forget the Digital Production Buzz. Last week was our last look at new products showcased at IBC 2017, featuring news from DoP Choice, Lumberjack System, Multicam Systems, and ProMax; plus Terry Hope reporting from IBC and James DeRuvo reporting from GoPro's launch event. Listen here.

Fall is getting into full swing, with lots of exciting products and industry news on the horizon. As always, I'll keep you informed. In the meantime, edit well!

Last Week On The Buzz!
This was our final report from IBC, along with exciting new products from Lumberjack System, Multicam Systems, DoP Choice and ProMax. Plus, James DeRuvo has a special report from San Francisco on GoPro's latest cameras.

  * Terry Hope - Pro MovieMaker
  * Philip Hodgetts -
     Lumberjack System
  * Paul Stewart
- Multicam Systems
  * Stefan Karle
- DoP Choice
  * Jess Hartmann
- ProMAX
  * James DeRuvo, DoddleNEWS

Terry presented new storage products at IBC, while James reported live from GoPro's launch event in San Francisco. Philip showcased Builder, editing from transcripts, Paul explained their automated system for visual radio, Stefan highlighted new lighting control products and Jess introduced lower-cost shared storage. 
Listen or read each full episode here.

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Find, Get and Keep a Job...
or a Client
Job hunting is a game - and no one explains the rules. In this session, join Larry Jordan as he covers techniques you can use to find, get and keep a job... or a client.
* The process of job hunting
* Define the product that is you
* Marketing yourself - what works and what doesn't
* The importance of networking
* Build and maintain a referral network
* Master the job interview
* Negotiate better 
* Keep clients happy
Available as a download in our store, or as a part of Larry's Video Training Library. Join here
Repair Still Images Using
Still images are at the heart of many video programs, especially docs. But, what do you do if the images you are working with don't look that good? That's where this session can help.

This session covers:
* Cropping and content-aware scaling
* Backgrounds vs. layers
* Masks
* Aligning images
* Exposure and color controls
* Tools to repair images
Join Larry to learn how to make your images look great.
--> Next week: Harness the Emotions in your Fonts.

FREE! Register for both - click here.
» Two Key Secrets to a Successful Job Hunt ( Video)
   » This is an excerpt from my webinar: Find, Get and Keep a Job.  
» Adobe Premiere Pro CC: 3 Hidden Shortcuts ( Tutorial)
   » Three tips to edit faster in Premiere.
» First Look: 3D LUT Creator - Absolute Color Magic for Stills (Review)
   » An advanced - and amazing - tool for color grading still images.
» News from GoPro's Launch Event (DoddleNEWS) 
   » GoPro launches new cameras, stabilizers and drones.

» Adobe Premiere Pro: Ingest Setting - Using Proxies ( DoddleNEWS)
   » A tutorial written by Andrew Devis.  
» Be Careful Upgrading to High Sierra 

» EQ: Warm a Voice, Improve Clarity

» Configure a 2017 iMac for Video Editing  

» Premiere Pro: How to Use Two Monitors
» View tutorials here
» FCP X: Workflow & Editing (v. 10.3)

» 232: FCP X: Audio Fundamentals

» 231: The Power of CoreMelt Tools

» 228: Multicam Editing in Adobe Premiere Pro

» View all webinars here
» Laura Williams-Argilla: Adobe News at IBC

» James DeRuvo: IBC 2017 on DoddleNEWS

» Robin L. Bronk: Fund the Arts in our Schools

» Andy White: Cutting-Edge of Visual Effects

» View all interviews here
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