Sept. 4, 2017

Well, this is the last weekend of the summer - except for those areas where school has already started, in which case summer is already over. In the States, today is the Labor Day holiday, which provides, with the Memorial Day vacation in May, the closing bookend to summer.

I have lots of stuff for you this week: six new articles and videos, plus a collection of articles focusing on the "business of the business," along with a new webinar and other stuff.

But, first, I need your help. I need some short VR clips that I can use in my training to showcase the new VR software that's available today. If you own the rights to some VR media and are willing and able to share a minute or two, please email me. There's no money in it, but I'm happy to give you and your website credit. (I'm also looking for drone footage.) Again, these clips don't need to be long in duration and, ideally, should be in camera-native form. Thanks!

Over the last few weeks, as school re-started, I've had a lot of questions about how to start a filmmaking career. This culminated in a discussion I had with two of my teaching assistants, one wants to be a film director and the other was just turned down from film school. My advice to both of them was the same and I wrote it up as my lead story this week.

Thinking of getting a job in our industry, I've devoted a page on my website to articles on finding a job, improving your skills, and tips on how to run a creative business. I update this from time to time as I write new articles. If you are looking for work, or know someone who is, they will find reading these articles helpful. Here's the link.

One of my articles this week is how I use Roles in Final Cut Pro X to create my weekly webinars. Many times, I write about new features. This week, I wrote up a feature I've used every week for the last couple of years. Roles are now a regular part of my workflow. Read it here.

But, that doesn't mean I'm not covering new stuff. I also have three videos on new technology from CoreMelt that provides outstanding image stabilization, motion tracking and effects. One video shows how to get rid of objects in the frame, another how to blur a moving object and the third is an overview of a new plug-in for color correction called: "Chromatic." Cool stuff - you'll find links below.

Thinking of webinars, I have a good one this week: Audio Fundamentals in Final Cut Pro X. This will cover just about everything you need to know about audio in FCP X; from terms to techniques. This is designed for folks who are new to Final Cut or want to review the basics. Registration is free and there will only be ONE presentation this Wednesday. (In fact, I have a conflict between webinars and my teaching schedule this semester, so from now till December, there will only be one presentation a week.) Here's the registration link. It's FREE!

Remember to listen to the Digital Production Buzz from last week. We spoke with all the major standards groups - SMPTE, AES, IEEE and DPP - to learn what they do and what future technology they are talking about today. It was a fun show and I learned a lot. By the way, we have a new look for our podcast - take a look!

Well, time to put some hamburgers on the grill. Enjoy your week and chat next Monday. In the meantime, edit well!

Last Week On The Buzz!
Tonight, we meet the key standards organizations in the media industry. These are the folks that create the specs that allow all our gear to work together. They also determine the direction of our industry by setting the ground rules for future technology. Join us for a fascinating look "behind the scenes!"

  * Howard Lukk - SMPTE
  * Dr. Richard Cabot - AES
  * William Hayes - IEEE
  * Mark Harrison - DPP
  * James DeRuvo, DoddleNEWS

Howard started by explaining what SMPTE is and the technology they are looking at today. Richard followed by contrasting AES with SMPTE, William explained the roll IEEE plays in a wide variety of tech, while Mark talked about how they were working to implement a fully-digital workflow from production to broadcast, cable or the web. As always, James presented our weekly DoddleNEWS Update. 
Listen or read each full episode here.

Text transcripts provided by Read the written transcript for this week's show here.

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Tune in live here.

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We have a NEW Buzz Show Page!

Check it out here -- quickly listen to this week's show, or hear programs all the way back to 2010!

(Wow....that is a LOT of interviews!)
Discover the Power in
CoreMelt Tools for Final Cut Pro X
CoreMelt makes amazing tools for Final Cut Pro X.

This week, Larry shows you when you should use them and how they work, including:

* Lock and Load: Image stabilization
* Slice X: Masks and tracking
* Track X: Text and image tracking
* Drive X: 3D text & call-out tracking
* Chromatic: New color grading tools

Available as a download in our store, or as a part of Larry's Video Training Library. Join here
Apple Final Cut Pro X:
Audio Fundamentals
This week, we go back to the basics and cover what you need to know to get up and running with audio in FCP X.

This week, Larry starts at the beginning and goes thru to the end:

* Display and read the audio meters
* Set audio levels and pan
* Edit and trim audio
* Use the Inspector for audio
* Sync double-system sound
* Edit and trim multi-channel clips
* Use Roles for audio editing
* Export stereo & multi-channel audio

There is ONLY ONE presentation this week at 9 AM! Registration is FREE!

Sign up here.
» My Advice to a Young Filmmaker ( Commentary)
   » Thoughts shared with students pursuing a film career. 
» Apple Final Cut Pro X: How I Use Audio Roles ( Tutorial)
   » A step-by-step illustrated tutorial explaining how I use Roles to export audio.

» CoreMelt: Remove an Object From the Frame ( Video Tutorial)
   » This is almost magical - make something in the frame become invisible.

» CoreMelt: Motion Track and Blur a Moving Object ( Video Tutorial)
   » An illustrated technique to blur text or objects moving in the frame.

» CoreMelt: An Overview of Chromatic ( Video Tutorial)
   » Chromatic is a new, full-featured color-grading tool for Final Cut Pro X.

» Editing Is a Business ( Articles)
   » A collection of articles on job hunting, running a creative business, and more.

» Robert Rodriguez Celebrates "El Mariachi" with a Film Contest (DoddleNEWS)
   » Five prizes to fund filmmakers creating their first film. 
» EQ: Warm a Voice, Improve Clarity

» Configure a 2017 iMac for Video Editing

» Apple Ends All Support for FCP 7

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

» 229: Premiere Pro CC:
The Lumetri Color Panel

» Master -
Apple Motion 5.3

» 228: Multicam Editing in Adobe Premiere

» View all webinars here
» Richard Leonarz: Faster SSD Drives

» Yvonne Russo: Producing is Juggling

» William Boodell: The Perspective of an Editor

» Nancy Schreiber: Avoid Common Film Mistakes

» View all interviews here
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