What an amazing week!
First, the election was stunning to just about all of us, regardless for whom you voted. For me, though, there were troubling signs in what the polls were reporting about wide-spread mistrust of the media. This impacts all of us and I have some thoughts on that as
my lead story
. I'm very interested in your comments.
Second, while I was in this reflective mood, I started thinking about our blind rush for more pixels and higher-resolution. I think this is a mistake that will cost us clients and revenues. I wrote
my thoughts here
and, again, I'm interested in your comments.
The launch of my
new Final Cut Pro X 10.3 training
set new records - more on this in a moment - but one comment that I heard a lot was that people just wanted a "highlights reel" of new features. So, I've created one from last week's webinar:
New Features of Final Cut Pro X
. Plus, this has a special price of
, so you can save 20% and learn the new features at the same time.
The second big request I got this week was for a "Getting Started" webinar for people that are trying to make a decision on whether to move from FCP 7 to Premiere or FCP X. So, this week's webinar is an introduction to FCP X, with an emphasis on comparing FCP X with 7 and Premiere. If you know someone who's trying to decide, please encourage them to attend. Registration is free -
sign up here
As a heads-up, I found a bug in Compressor 4.3 (the newest version) that causes it to create very poor watermarks. Apple is aware of the problem and working to fix it. However, since everything I create is watermarked, this means that I need to do all my compression with Compressor 4.2 until an upgrade is released. Fortunately, I did not upgrade all my systems, so this is not a hardship. Still, this is a reminder to turn off Auto-Updating in
System Preferences > App Store
, and always make sure to keep one system running an older version of any critical software until you know it is safe to upgrade.
One last thing. I am very gratified with the positive response to my latest FCP X training. But, what we did not expect was that our server would totally collapse under the load. This caused last week to be very stressful as we struggled to get our server back up and my training in the hands of everyone that ordered it. Along the way, we also discovered problems in some of our movies that needed to be fixed. We are in the process of migrating our server to something much more robust and we've fixed all the errors we've found in our movies. (I'm sorry for the flood of upgrade emails, though.)
If you have any questions or problems with your purchase, or difficulty downloading the files,
please contact me
so that we can get this resolved. Also, if you ordered a DVD, we finalized the masters yesterday with all updates included. They go into duplication tomorrow and should ship by the middle of the week. DVDs are special order only,
please contact us
if you want a copy.
Six new articles this week - 2 editorials, 2 videos, 1 tutorial and 1 from DoddleNEWS. Enjoy your reading and, until next week, edit well.