Jan. 30, 2017

I have tons of good stuff for you this week. I rediscovered my studio after two weeks of intense plaster removal and painting and it is truly nice to just sit and think about sharing news with you.

First, my lead story looks at the latest release of Apple Compressor 4.3.1 - there's both good news and bad news here, so be sure to read the article. Then, as I was writing it, I saw some very weird behavior occurring when copying files between storage devices. This is one article that you need to read.

One of the problems we had with the 4.3.0 release of Compressor was that it often would not successfully burn DVDs. Then, Janice Edens - from Laurel Wood Images - sent me this tip:

In desperation today I went looking for a program to burn DVDs and found something in the Apple app store called miDVD, I bought the Pro version (only $10) and found I could bring in movies (it will do up to 16) straight from the master files and burn them quickly and easily; complete with a menu to let the viewer choose the movie to see. Of course, I'm strictly an amateur making movies for family and friends and I doubt this very simple program would be useful to a pro making serious films, but I thought you'd like to know about it in case others in my situation need a simple program to put more than one movie on a DVD. Here's the link to the software.

This is the time of year that Tom Coughlin, president of Coughlin Associates, sends out his annual survey to media pros asking how they use storage. Tom is directly connected with virtually every storage vendor and his survey goes a long way to helping them determine what devices and features we need. The survey is free, takes only a few minutes and will directly improve the products we see in the future. Take the survey here.

Thinking of cool things, Jon Gay sent me a special audio file that illustrates how the iXML metadata tags work in Final Cut. So, I wrote an article about it. Along with a first look at a new product from Rampant Design Tools.

Now that I have a studio back, webinars are restarting this week. I have two already planned: The Simple Things in FCP X ( Feb. 1) and The Simple Things in Premiere Pro CC ( Feb. 8). Registration is free and all the details are below.

Finally, last week's Digital Production Buzz was all about dance, choreography and, um, fighting. Oh, yeah, we also worked in a report on the amazing NAMM show in Anaheim. There were some great conversations - be sure to give it a listen.

It is good to be back to work. I look forward to chatting with you next week, in the meantime, edit well.

Last Week On The Buzz!

Our last show talked about dance, choreography and NAMM 2017:

   * Emma Dewing
   * Patrick Vest
   * Meline Tovmasian
   * Robert Salas
   * Scott Page
   * James DeRuvo

Emma was a professional ballerina who now choreographs dance. Patrick talked about fight choreography, Melina about Bollywood dancing, Robert about movement techniques, while Scott shared his thoughts on last week's NAMM trade show. And, as always, James presented our weekly DoddleNEWS update.
Listen or read each full episode here.

Text transcripts provided by Take1.tv. Read the written transcript from this week's show here.

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

Tune in live here.

Subscribe to The Buzz on iTunes. Click here.

Apple Final Cut Pro X:
The Simple Things
It is easy to get lost in the technology, only to bang your head against the wall trying to figure out an easier way to solve a simple problem. THAT'S what this covers: 

* Exploring the interface
* Editing, organizing, replacing clips
* Tweaking audio
* Simple effects
* And much more.

Join us - registration is always FREE
Sign up here
Adobe Premiere Pro CC:
The Simple Things
Turn-about is fair play. This week, we covered the simple things in Final Cut. NEXT week, we do the same for Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

Just what you wanted to know:

* Exploring the interface
* Editing, organizing, replacing clips
* Tweaking audio
* Simple effects
* And much more.

Join us - registration is always FREE
Sign up here, scroll down for the link. 
» Apple Compressor 4.3.1: Still Not Perfect ( Product Review)
   » The latest update from Apple improves Compressor, but not enough.

» Caution: Storage Speeds Can Vary Dramatically and Cause Problems! ( News)
    » Don't assume your storage is running smoothly. It isn't. Read this.   

First Look: Rampant Design Tools - FCP X Essentials ( Product Review)
    » High-quality effects, transitions and styles for Final Cut Pro X

» FCP X: Using and Importing iXML Audio Names ( Tutorial)
    » If you are recording dual-system audio, you need to read this.

» KitSplit Buys CameraLends, Now Largest Online Rental Portal ( DoddleNEWS)
    » Merger creates online service targeted at content creators.
» EQ: Warm a Voice, Improve Clarity

» Apple Updates FCP, Motion & Compressor

» Premiere Pro: Boost & Smooth Audio Levels

» Premiere Pro: Use 2 Monitors

» View tutorials here

» 183: Protect Your Stuff - Archive!

» 212: Hardware Side of Video Editing

» FCP X: Workflow & Editing (v. 10.3)

» The Super Bundle

» View all webinars here

» Tony Cariddi: ProTools Updates with New Tools

» Patrick Vest: Fight Scene Choreography

» Peder Jørgensen: Soundly Sound Design

» Kimberly Smith: "Movie Games" for Teaching

» View all interviews here
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