Dec. 12, 2016

I somehow managed to catch a cold this last week. Given a choice, I would rather have let it go. It always surprises me how exhausting it is to have a cold.

I'm right in the middle of a lot of new product reviews. As you know, Apple released the new MacBook Pro laptop a couple of weeks ago. I borrowed a brand-new 15" unit from a friend and now I'm in the process of looking at new hardware from:
  • Promise Technology
  • OWC
  • Highpoint Technology
  • And cool new software from NewBlueFX and Audio Network
The shift to USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 has deep implications for media pros and I'm looking forward to writing what I learn in the next couple of newsletters.

Thinking of that, in last week's webinar - Ask Larry Anything - I did an update on  HDR. The more I learn about high dynamic range media and its components of high-resolution, wide color gamut and greater dynamic range, the more complicated it gets. In spite of marketing which makes it seem that HDR is  already here, full support for HDR will be a long, evolving process; probably taking 2-3 years. We are headed in the right direction, but we are a long way from achieving the final goal.

To that end, I created a short video slide show that describes where we are in the transition into HDR, specifically covering how the latest versions of FCP X and Premiere handle this extended range media. There were several things I learned that surprised me, so I recommend you watch the video - it takes 8 minutes - and  will help put this whole issue into a current perspective.

And, unlike 3D and VR, I think HDR will last for the long-term. But it won't get here quickly.

Webinars, by the way, are taking a holiday break. We'll return with new material on Wednesday, Jan. 4.  As always, I'll let you know what we are covering in upcoming newsletters.

Enjoy the season!  I'll chat with you next week. In the meantime, edit well.

Last Week On The Buzz!

Last week's show looked at camera gear, rigging and lights:

   * Patricia Rattray
   * Tyler Phillips
   * Wes Phillips
   * Ned Soltz
   * Toby Sali
   * James DeRuvo

Patricia told how her company was born out of frustration, Tyler's company invented the C-stand, Wes looked at video monitors and HDR, Ned covered camera rigging, Toby looked at new LED lights and James had the latest industry news from DoddleNEWS.
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Webinars Take a Holiday Break
Our Wednesday Webinars are taking a break for the holidays and will return on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.  (Which seems very strange to write.)

This is a perfect time to take a look at more than 200 titles in our store - plus our latest training on Final Cut Pro X 10.3. I'm sure you'll find something to capture your attention during these long winter nights.

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» Current State of HDR in Final Cut Pro X and Premiere Pro CC (Commentary)
» A short video update on HDR and how its handled in FCP X and Premiere. 

» AMD Announces Largest Software Update in its History (News)
» AMD announces free updates to all its graphics software.

» Premiere: Create Multicam Clips with Different Frame Sizes (Video)

» Hands-on review to embed keywords back into media files. Very cool. 
»  Has Virtual Reality Failed? ( DoddleNEWS)
» Sales of VR headsets are way below projections. Is VR dead? 
» EQ: Warm a Voice, Improve Clarity

» Premiere Pro CC: Boost & Smooth Audio

» NEW! Apple Releases Final Cut Pro X 10.3

» FCP X: Optimized, Proxy or Native Media

» View tutorials here

» FCP X: Workflow & Editing (v. 10.3)

» 208: Get Started with Final Cut Pro X 10.3

» 207: New Features in Final Cut Pro X 10.3

» 209: Compare AME to Compressor

» View all webinars here

» Dylan Higginbotham: Developing FCP X Plugins

» Michele Terpstra: Fun, but obscure, plug-ins

» Nick Mattingly: Stream Live Video from iPhone

» Paul Kobelja: Replace Backgrounds, Without Green Screen

» View all interviews here
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