Sept. 17, 2018

Whew! Finally, things are starting to happen again.

IBC opened last week, introducing a wide variety of new products. This Thursday, on the Digital Production Buzz, we'll be talking with Blackmagic Design, Avid, Adobe and Axle Video about their latest IBC announcements. The show airs live Thursday at 6 PM, PDT. You can listen afterword here.

Thinking of new announcements, KeyFlow Pro 2 was released Saturday. The new version includes the ability to directly import FCP X Libraries, annotate audio clips, create project groups and work with multiple files at once. I am a fan of KeyFlow Pro, due to how it helps track media and manage FCP X libraries. Learn more here.

Webinars return this week, finally. It's been a struggle to find the time to get these produced. HOWEVER! I'm moving the day to Thursday at 9 AM, PDT. This week, I'm illustrating how to take a dramatic scene in FCP X, move it to Adobe Audition for mixing, then bring the final mix back to FCP X for final output. Registration is always free - learn more and sign up here.

At IBC, Adobe announced new versions of all it's Creative Cloud software. What they didn't announce was the release date. (See my article below.) When it's released, I'll cover the new features in a webinar; which will be on a Thursday.

I mentioned that The Buzz will showcase key IBC announcements this week and next, but, last week, we had a great show talking about stories. I was especially impressed with my conversation with Tom Jennings, award-winning documentary producer, on the process he goes through to create a story. With more than 400 network programs under his belt, I was impressed with his comments. Check out last week's show here.

After the show, I found myself thinking more about what makes for a successful story, which is the subject of my lead article today. As well, I have an illustrated tutorial on how to remove "garbage" from a video clip using a variety of garbage masks.  Both are located in the Articles section below.

Finally, have you downloaded your FREE copy of my "Dance for Television: A Production Handbook?" This 85-page book explains the differences between producing and directing dance, as compared to drama. I've had lots of good comments on this. The book really is free! Click here to download your copy.

It's nice to be busy again. IBC has given us lots of new toys to talk about and new ways to think about providing services to clients. I'm looking forward to more exciting news later in the fall.

Chat with you next week. In the meantime, edit well .

Last Week On The Buzz!
Last week, we split our focus between new technology and the age-old craft of storytelling. We started with news from IBC and a report on a live multicam stream from boats in San Francisco Bay. Then, we talked with three leading filmmakers about their process of storytelling; from first idea to finished edit. Very cool stuff!
* Norman Hollyn, USC Film School
* Tom Jennings, 1895 Films
* Josh Apter, MEWshop
* Ron Vargas, Freelance Director 
* James DeRuvo, DoddleNEWS 
Join us LIVE every Thursday here.

New shows air live every Thursday evening at 6:00 PM Los Angeles time.

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Listen to this week's show here.
Color Correction and Grading in
Apple Final Cut Pro X
Color correction and color grading are the final steps in making our images look their best. In this session, Larry Jordan takes a closer look at the enhanced color tools in Final Cut Pro 10.4 and illustrates how to use them on your images.
* Learn the basics of color
* Analyze images using video scopes
* Learn automatic color correction
* Use new manual color tools to repair
   problems and create looks
* Use keyframes to modify color looks
Download your copy here.  
How to Audio Mix a Final Cut Pro X Project in Adobe Audition
Webinars return with a look at audio mixing for FCP X projects. The short answer is that, while FCP X excels at audio editing, it isn't that great for audio mixing. So,  
this session illustrates how to:

* Organize audio clips in FCP X
* Export an XML file for audio mixing
* Convert the XML file for Audition
* Edit and adjust clips in Audition
* Mix the audio
* Export the final audio mix
* Import the mix into FCP X
* Export the final project from FCP X
Registration is FREE - Sign up HERE.
» FREE Book! "Dance For Television: A Production Handbook" (Free Download)
   » Chapters on Dancers, Choreographers, Producing, Set/Lighting and Directing.
» Thinking About "Story" (Blog)
   » Defining what a "story" is and how to make it compelling to an audience.

» Adobe Announces Updates to All Creative Cloud Applications ( News)
   » New features in key audio/video apps announced at IBC.

 » FCP X: Take Out the Garbage! ( Tutorial)
   » Illustrated tutorial on how to remove unwanted portions of a video clip.
» EQ: Warm a Voice,
   Improve Clarity

   The New Font Menu

» FREE BOOK: Dance
» Frame Rates Are
   Tricky Beasts 

» View tutorials here

» Apple Final Cut Pro X:
» 261: Color Correction
   in Final Cut Pro X  

» 229: Lumetri Color in
   Adobe Premiere Pro

» Master Apple Motion 5

» View all webinars here
» Josh Apter: Creating
   a Story for Film 
» Tom Jennings: Stories
   for Documentaries 
» Norman Hollyn: The Art
   of Story-telling 
» Ron Vargas: Multicam
   Live Streaming 

» View all interviews here
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