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FCP X: Unbelievably Cool Secret Import Tip

A very cool, very secret Final Cut Pro X tip that can speed both importing and editing.

Closed Caption Overview in Adobe Premiere Pro CC [video]

Closed captions are intimidating! But, closed captions are also vital to understanding a movie for anyone who has trouble hearing or speaks a different language. In this short video excerpt, discover what captions are and the key terms you need to know.

A Primer: I-frame vs. GOP Video Compression [u]

An explanation of the difference between I-frame and GOP video compression and why it matters to video editors.

Motion 5: Animate Text on a Curve

A step-by-step, illustrated guide to creating and animating text on a curve in Motion 5.

The State of Media Storage for 2016

These are the highlights of the 2016 Coughlin Associates survey on how media professionals use storage, along with a link to a PDF containing the complete survey results.

Move Projects Into and Out of Adobe Audition CC [video]

Just about every video editor wants to know more about audio, and just about every one of them doesn’t have the time to study audio repair and mixing as much as they would like. In this short video excerpt, Larry Jordan illustrates how to move projects between Adobe Audition, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro 7 and Final Cut Pro X.

Should You Work For Free?

Should you work for free? This chart, from Jessica Hische, helps you answer that exact question.

Analyze a Scene in “The Battle of Five Armies” for Reaction Shots [video]

Dialog conveys information, while reaction shots convey emotion. In this short video excerpt from a webinar on creative video editing, Larry Jordan analyzes a scene from “The Battle of Five Armies,” and shows how it used reaction shots to heighten emotions.

Shot Order Affects Viewer Emotions [video]

Dialog conveys information, while reaction shots convey emotion. In this short video excerpt from a webinar on creative video editing, Larry Jordan shows how changing the position of the same two shots changes the emotional meaning of a scene.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC: New Keyboard Shortcuts

With the June, 2016, update to Premiere Pro CC, Adobe added several new shortcuts that speed using keyframes inside the application. This illustrated article explains what and where they are.

First Look: Pulsar QC – Quality Control Your Media [u]

In the Wild West that is the Internet, technical quality is often ignored. But, in the worlds of broadcast, cable or DVDs, knowing that your file will pass technical muster can make the difference between making or missing the deadline. Pulsar QC, from Venera Technologies, is file analysis software, developed for the studios but priced for independents, will test your media files for technical quality; as this article explains.

Adobe Audition CC: The New Essential Sound Panel [video]

Last week, Adobe released updates to all their audio and video software. In this short video excerpt, Larry Jordan illustrates the new Essential Sound Panel in Adobe Audition CC.

The New Dynamic Link Between Adobe Premiere and Audition [video]

Last week, Adobe released updates to all their audio and video software. In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan showcases the new dynamic link between Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe Audition CC.

Product Review: Rampant Edit Essentials

If you are looking for visually interesting ways to style, degrade, or spice up your images, Rampant Edit Essentials is a great place to start. Here is an illustrated review of the product.

Product Review: Xsend Motion for Final Cut Pro X

A long-time weakness of Final Cut Pro X was its inability to easily move projects into Motion. Xsend Motion, from Automatic Duck, solves that problem. This is a detailed, illustrated review of this program.

Apple Compressor: Transfer Compression Settings Between Computers

An illustrated technique showing how to transfer custom Apple Compressor settings from one computer to another.

Speed Test: Adobe Media Encoder (2016)

A performance test of Adobe Media Encoder (2016) comparing its performance against earlier versions, with optimized suggestions for YouTube compression.

Readers Report: How I Archive [u]

A variety of media creators explain how they archive their media and projects for the long-term.

The New Media Browser in Adobe Media Encoder [video]

In this short video excerpt, Larry Jordan highlights the new Media Browser in the June, 2016, update to Adobe Media Encoder.

Compressor: Compress Video for Social Media [video]

In this short video excerpt, Larry Jordan shows how to compress files for social media using Job Actions in Apple Compressor.