Sept. 23, 2019




IBC is over. The "next big thing" is Apple's release of macOS 10.15 and the new Mac Pro. As I was thinking about this week's issue I realized these might happen together, and hopefully early in October. I don't know anything for sure, but it is fun to dream. Plus, we also get to wait for the products announced at IBC to ship

On a far less pleasant note, I found myself in the embarrassing position of  someone hijacking my email address and spamming people. I first mentioned this last week, but the situation got worse. In desperation, I reached out to a friend who specializes in digital forensics and security to see if there was anything I could do to stop this. I discovered, to my surprise, that there was a LOT that could be done.

My lead article today explains what happened in more detail - and more importantly what I did to stop it. In this article, I also provide links for you to learn more. If you are running your own business, with your own email and website, you need to read this article. There are specific, practical steps you can take today to lock out hackers and minimize opportunities for someone to hijack your email. It only took a few hours and it stopped the problem. Here's the link.

One of the cool things we can do in Photoshop is create cast shadows. This used to be hard, but, recently, Adobe added new features to make it a lot easier. While, I grant, creating cast shadows in Photoshop strays a bit from the video focus of my newsletters, this is such fun to do that I want to share it with you.

Finally, my last story is on planning and storyboards. As soon as I start my "Time to Plan" lecture, I can see my students eyeing the exits. Smile... I know, planning is boring. But it is also essential. In this article I share my thoughts on the key questions that planning needs to answer, the role that storyboards play, and I provide a FREE storyboard PDF you can use for your own projects.

As always, feel free to send questions. I'm always looking for something to write about. Until we chat again next week, edit well.

P.S. macOS 1015 is coming soon and all 32-bit applications and codecs will break. I've included an article to help you get ready - but, above all, do NOT upgrade when this version ships. Give developers time to make sure nothing broke.
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  
» Protect Your Business - and Your Reputation ( Commentary)
    » Email spamming is real and a real pain. Here's how to stop it.

» Too Cool! Create a Cast Shadow in Adobe Photoshop ( Tutorial)
    » A very simple - and fast - way to create a cast shadow.

» Why Use Storyboards? To help you think! ( Commentary)
    » Thoughts on planning and storyboarding - with a free download.

» Rerun: How To Tell Which Mac Apps are 32-bit ( Tutorial)
    » Find problem apps BEFORE you upgrade.

» Rerun: Don't Lose Access to Older Media In macOS Catalina ( News)
    » Learn which media won't work after a Catalina upgrade.

 » Rerun: Convert Legacy Media Using Apple Compressor ( Tutorial)
    » You've found media that won't play in Catalina. Now what? Read this!
» Create a Dual-Boot Mac System Disk

» EQ: Warm a Voice & Improve Clarity

» New Font Menu in Premiere Pro CC

» Pick the Right Version of ProRes 
 
» View all tutorials here.
» Apple Final Cut Pro X: Complete  
   
» 273: HDR Media in Final Cut Pro X  
 
» 73: Audio Filters in FCP X 
 
» 266: Better Workflow in FCP X     
        
» View all webinars here.
 
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