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First Look: Simon Says v. 2.0 Automated Transcription

A first-look at the new features and current status of Simon Says, automated speech-to-text transcription for media creators.

Create a Smooth Credit Roll

An explanation of why rolling credits are hard to display smoothly, along with suggestions on how to improve smoothness.

Survey: Speech-to-Text Applications for Media [u]

Survey of applications and web services providing automated speech-to-text transcription focused on media creators.

When To Use H.264 vs. HEVC For Video Compression

A general analysis of when to use H.264 vs. HEVC for media compression, along with a recommendation for media creators.

First Look: Auto-Reframe in Adobe Premiere Pro

An illustrated tutorial on how to use the new Auto-Reframe feature for both clips and sequences in Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2020.

Premiere Pro CC: Archive Projects with Project Manager

The Project Manager, in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, allows you to gather all the files for a project and store them safely in one place. Here’s how it works.

Interview: ftrack Acquires Cospective

An interview with Fredrik Limsater, CEO of ftrack, about their acquisition of Cospective and what it means to media creators going forward.

Axle AI Debuts at Adobe MAX 2019 debuts, fast speech-to-text transcription through an Extension panel in Adobe Premiere Pro.

Adobe Releases Updates and New Apps at Adobe Max 2019

Adobe released new apps and updates to all their applications at Adobe Max 2019 this morning. Here are the details on their audio and video apps.

LTO Has Had a Hard Year

Due to an extreme shortage of LTO-8 tape, the growth of LTO stalled during 2019. The tape situation is now resolved, which means we can look forward to being able to archive our assets, as this article explains.

Match Foley or Audio Effects to Video in Final Cut Pro X

An illustrated tutorial on how to spot (locate) sound effects using Apple Final Cut Pro X.

Compare Real-World Speed: i5 vs. i7

A detailed look at the speed differences between a Mac i5 vs i7 system for video compression into H.264 or HEVC codecs. The results are surprising!

Apple Updates the Pro Video Codecs [u]

Apple updated its Pro Video codecs. These are of value to all editors, but you can’t upgrade to them using the Mac App Store. Here’s how.

Software Update – Wait For It

Software Update often displays extra update options – if you wait for it.

First Look: Lesspain Software Updates Kyno [u]

Lesspain Software update Kyno to version 1.7.1, which now supports Windows, as well as finding and converting older media that is not compatible with macOS Catalina. Here are more details.

Final Cut Pro X: The Basics of Roles

An illustrated tutorial of using Roles in Apple Final Cut Pro X to label, organize and display titles and audio clips.

How Changing Video Frame Rate Affects File Size

A look at the impact changing video frame rates has on storage requirements.

Problems Between macOS Catalina and Promise RAIDs

Promise Pegasus RAIDs are causing problems when trying to run Windows 10 under macOS Catalina. Read here for the details.

Compression Speed Test: Apple Compressor vs. Adobe Media Encoder

Apple released the latest version of Compressor (4.4.5) last Monday. One of the key features in the update was improved performance. Since all of us rely on compression to deliver our final projects, I wanted to see how much improvement …

Final Cut Pro X: Tuning for Extreme Performance

A new GPU selection feature in Final Cut Pro X positions it to take full advantage of the horsepower in the new, 2019 Mac Pro. Plus, if you are running a MacBook Pro with an eGPU, you need to read this.