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macOS Catalina provides a wide variety of benefits, but media creators should be wary of updating to the new OS too soon, as Larry Jordan explains.

What this experience taught me is that programming takes an idea, a philosophy, and makes it real. Every effective piece of software has a clearly-articulated philosophy of how to solve a problem behind it.

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Take a deep breath. Just because a new version of the macOS is released doesn’t mean you need to upgrade… yet.

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The technology of 360/VR uses the craft of film and video production; but its content takes its craft from the stage. When working with 360/VR, we need to use the tricks of stagecraft, not film production, to make sure the audience sees what we want when to see, when we want and where we want.

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Elon Musk wrote 11 rules to improve business communication and workflow, as reported by Inc. magazine in their June 14 issue. Here are his 11 points.

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Here’s a summary of pro video news from Apple’s WWDC 2019 keynote this morning.

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Larry Jordan’s podcast, “Digital Production Buzz,” goes on production hiatus. Here are Larry’s comments on the break.

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Apple thinks Pro laptops are thin, with limited ports. Pros disagree.

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Unlike the past, technology is no longer improving our lives. It is simply making them more complex. This reflects on the impact of technology on society and media, with a look into the future.

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Thoughts on what makes a good mentor and how they help shape a career.

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Technology causes consequences. This guest blog, written by Clayon Moore, looks at the impact the search for the most clicks has on speciality sites trying to survive. We need a “social roadmap.”

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A commentary on the danger of the growing trend of sponsored reviews and interviews.

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A tribute to Norman Hollyn. Editor, teacher, and irreplaceable friend.

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The Digital Production Buzz announces a partnership with SimonSays.ai to provide transcripts of all NAB podcasts.

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Technology is a moving target. New ideas are continually promoted at “the next great thing.” However, the landscape is littered with ideas that, over time, did not prove to be very great at all. Here’s a commentary about over-reliance on hype.

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Frame.io announced it was now SOC 2 Type 2 compliant. This is a MAJOR accomplishment in creating and maintaining data security for our media and sets a high-bar for other companies to follow. Larry Jordan reflects on this announcement.

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When is USB 3.0, 3.1 Gen 1 and 3.2 Gen 1 the same thing? Uh, now, actually. The USB-IF renames USB – again – creating a perfect storm of end user confusion. It’s gonna be a mess. Read the details here.

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Visual communication skills are no longer “nice to know;” they are a business survival skill. Content, creativity and quality are the touch-points to success, not only in filmmaking but in business today.

For many years, I’ve suffered from a deep internal conflict – I want to find all my media but I don’t want to do any work to find it. This has led me on a long, strange journey exploring a …

Along with the 2019 NAB Show, the Digital Production Buzz launches “NAB Insight,” presenting weekly thought leaders on how to succeed in an era of tumultuous change in the media industry.

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The biggest news from CES 2019 was not a product or technology, but something no one talked about. Larry Jordan and Mark Harrison provide insight on a trend that could shake the financial underpinnings of the media industry.

Apple announced it is discontinuing support for key legacy codecs in the next version of the macOS. This is a VERY BIG DEAL – here’s what you need to know. This article has been updated MULTIPLE times since its first release with info from Adobe, Apple, Avid, and Blackmagic Design.

Larry Jordan’s suggestions for improving the interface and usability for Apple Final Cut Pro X – along with the ability to add your own suggestions for Apple.

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You are filled with boundless creativity, with a toolkit filled with the latest software to create movie magic. Then, the real world intervenes. Clayton Moore and I were chatting via email this week about client problems that can kill a …

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Storage Visions 2018 opens soon. Here’s why you should consider attending.

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Storage Visions is a two-day conference devoted to the latest in storage technology. As in year’s past, the Digital Production Buzz is a media sponsor for this event.

I’ve discovered, in working in the media industry, that there are a number of relationships that impact the work we do and results we create. Two of these are triangles, the third is a balance-beam. I first wrote this in …

Thoughts on how to define what a “story” is and what makes it compelling to an audience.

One of my teaching assistants hopes to become a filmmaker after he graduates. Here are some of my thoughts on how to get a career started on the right foot. (Includes interview with award-winning director, Mark Toia.)

A guest blog from Andy Marken on the current potential and market for VR. It’s real, it’s big and it doesn’t involve stories!

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[ This commentary was written for the Digital Production Buzz podcast for August 9, 2018. ] I’ve been involved with technology all my life. Even when I was working in marketing, I was marketing software and explaining the benefits of …

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[ Updated 7/6/2018 to correct some typos and add links to the interview between Mike Horton and Randy Ubillos. ] “A single grain of rice can tip the scale. One man may be the difference between victory and defeat.” This …

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Boxcast launched an exciting new product – Boxcaster Pro – with a live video stream that showcased just how hard creating high-quality live video actually is. This was an object lesson in mistakes to avoid.

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A guest commentary on the challenges of media piracy, cloud-storage and the independent filmmaker.

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A real-world example from Brown University that illustrates how close we are to losing all our digital assets from the past. This needs to be a wake-up call for all of us to find a better solution for long-term archiving of audio and video media and projects.

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Changes in technology are at the heart of major issues in filmmaking today. Larry Jordan shares more thoughts on this subject.

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A personal look back at how media has evolved over the last 40 years.

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You may have heard of the new support for external Graphics Processing Units (eGPUs) in the 10.13.4 update to the High Sierra version of macOS. What these promise to do is provide much faster image processing by transferring calculations from …

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Descriptions and links to the best interviews for the Digital Production Buzz at the 2018 NAB Show.

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Larry Jordan looks back at the 2018 NAB Show and offers his thoughts on the trends and products that emerged from the event.

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A behind-the-scenes look at the setup, hardware and team of the Digital Production Buzz live coverage of the 2018 NAB Show. Cool, cool stuff.

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A look back at a hard disk from the late 1970’s compared to a brand new SSD drive. How far we have come…

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A montage of press releases covering media hardware and services released two weeks before the start of the 2018 NAB Show. This is an excellent illustration of the breadth and diversity of the media industry.

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The hardest thing for anyone creating stories for an audience is to think like your audience, because when we lose our audience, we’ve lost everything. Here’s an example.

I get lots of emails asking for advice buying “the best” computer. But you’ll need to connect it to a high-performance, high-capacity storage system to make the most of your media. Storage, more than any other component, will determine our success in editing the media of the future.

An interview with Stephanie Ciccarelli, co-founder of Voices.com, about how producers can work with voice actors to get the best performance.

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A guest blog, written by Andy Marken, CEO of Marken Communications.

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A guest blog, written by Andy Marken, CEO of Marken Communications, looking at Internet security from the perspective of media creators.

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A discussion on when is the best time to upgrade. The answer is: “It depends…”

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Larry Jordan’s thoughts on challenges ahead for technology in 2018.

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