Wow, clearly I've been killing myself- no blog posts. Loads of twitter.
I have a project that's almost finished (was hoping to get it done at the end of January), February was the Editors Retreat, and all of March has been a railroad ride to:
Post Production World, 2014.
If you attend my sessions, please, just ask anything you want. let me worry about if it's on topic; if it's not, I'll make time for you after the session is over!
In fact, if you have a question before the conference starts, like "Hey, are you going to cover X or Y?" Please email me.
Saturday, April 5th
12-3pm Boot Camp: Getting Started with Adobe Premiere Pro N260
This is a 'hit the ground' running 3 hour class on Adobe Premiere Pro. While it's labeled for complete novices, there isn't really time for things like what makes a good edit. This class is great for the transitioning editor...producers who want a 'feel' for how Adobe Premiere Pro works....and generally anyone who is self taught and finds editorial a struggle.
5:30-6:45pm Producing and Directing Multicamera Productions N259
With more and more productions having multiple cameras accessable to content creators, this session is a primer in the prep, direction and post with muticam, regardles of NLE. Special Guest Star Abba Shapiro will be hanging out and speaking with me.
Sunday, April 6th
11:45-1pm Get the Best Export: Mastering Export in FCP X/Compressor N260
Most of this session will live inside of Apple Compressor. We're going to plumb the depths of the way compressor works and make everyone capable of calculating data rates in their head. Seriously. And yes, I promise, it'll be fun too!
2-3:15pm Mastering Timeline in Adobe Premiere Pro N256
Three point editing. Trimming. Subtle interface adjustments. These are some of the gems I've learned in using Adobe Premiere Pro and from the book I just finished called Adobe Premiere Pro Studio Techniques.
3:30-4:45pm Premiere Pro Super Tips & Hidden Gems with Abba Shapiro N256
This "Dueling Pianos" format is between superstar and Master Trainer Abba Shapiro and myself as well find those gems and nuggets that are often missed. Come find out at least five things you didn't know Adobe Premiere Pro could do.
5-6:15pm Unlocking the Secrets of FCP X with Abba Shapiro N260
Yeah. and then Abba and myself rush over and do the same thing in FCPX. Seriously. And it's totally different. If you have dismissed FCPX as not being professional, come see the hidden tricks that lay under it's surface. It's educational. It's entertaining. It's a "don't miss" class.
Monday, April 7th
9-10:15am Mastering the Timeline in FCP X N260
The Timeline index. Audition. Trimming. There are some gems inside of FCPX editorial side - some of which are really smart insights on the way editorial happens. If you use FCPX (or if you're thinking about it) this is a fantastic insight to what editorial is like using this tool.
10:30-11:45pm Quick Looks and Color Grades in Final Cut Pro X N260
From the Color board through third party tools, I'm going to make sure you can do the basics of reading scopes and being able to perform primary and secondary grades in FCPX. With only 75 minutes, we're not going to cover the kitchen sink, but we are going to give you a strong strategy on how to color correct.
Tuesday, April 8th
10-1pm IN-DEPTH: Color Correction & Grading in Avid MC & Symphony N264
Avid's Media composer is designed for a full color correction environment. You'll learn to read scopes (hint, if you don't know what you're doing with the RGB parade, you need to be in this session), learn a strategy on how to color correct and see a fantastic third party tool called Baselight.
5-6:15pm Hot Panel: The Art of Editing (Moderator) N260
Sitting on this panel are Christine Steele (one of my co-authors for the Adobe Premiere Pro Studio Techniques book) Hector Berrebi, the dashing Maxim Jago and of course, Scott Simmons as we chat about Editorial technique, strategies when the edit isn't working...and strategies when the client isn't working.
Wednesday, April 9th
10-6:15pm FULL DAY: Video Compression N257
Yeah, you read that right. Want to learn Video Compression from top to tails? From frame sizes to how HEVC is going to be implemented. Then show up. I promise you a day that is fun, education and keeps you awake - the exact opposite of what you'd expect a day long workshop on Video Compression to do. We'll touch on all the major tools and give you some new tools to add to your arsenal.
Hey. Give me a day, k?
Promise. I'll have notes up by Friday if not sooner.
Yeah, I found one of those gems that everyone who owns a mac should use.
It's called Quicksand.
Super simple explanation: Copy the last 50 files that I've been working on to a cloud service (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.)
Think about that. Working on an important document? Synced.
It's donationware and the developer (I'd hate to call him a kid, but he is all of 15.) I just sent him money to 'encourage' him to keep doing it.
Let's get back to your files.
They're backed up to "a cloud." For me, right now, it's dropbox because I pay the extra amount for 100 gigs.
Items that would make *perfect* sense to sync.
- Recent word processing documents
- That photoshop file you just touched up.
- Your current directory of editorial projects* (I'd tell it to ignore .mov files so it doesn't do the QuickTime files.
Those things you're working on today? The important ones? Yeah, they're the ones you haven't backed up yet.
And Quicksand is a clever way to backup those files to the cloud.
Before you say, hey Jeff, what about backups, understand I don't trust backups.
I happen to: Use Time Machine, *and* backup to two different drives.
Time Machine problem 1: It only works on your boot drive; I have an SSD and my iPhoto library is over 100 gigs because of Sophie. That means, it had to come off my system drive. That resides on a RAID 5 (and yes, it has an extra backup too!)
TM Problem 2: I've had Time Machine Fail.
And for you full blown paranoia fans, when I travel, I have an extra drive that is another backup of my live machine. (Yes, I should really store a backup offsite, but uploading 200+ gigs doesn't sound like any level of easy.)
But Quicksand? It's part of my 'most important' utilities now.
Last Day of NAB!
Practical Compression in a Post Youtube World session notes here.
Wait, where are the FCPX tips? It's always unique - Abba and I go in with no plan (beyond there being 4-5 tips we each want to do.) So, sadly, there isn't a way to give you the tips we covered.
But you have my email from this site; you can reach abba by going to NAB at ShapiroVideo dot com.
Two sessions (and a great panel on the Art of Editing.)
The first one was getting the most out of FCPX and Motion to improve and take control of Titling.
The second was a technique to minimize media headaches in the CS6 Pro video tools in Prelude, Premiere Pro, Photoshop, After Effects, Audition, Speedgrade and Media Encoder.
I'm not procrastinating...just exhausted. All my notes should be posted by Friday!
Here are the zip files of the compression notes. One section (recipes) is still not updated yet - because I haven't figured out the best way to communicate the presets.
In the meantime (in order)
Bootcamp on Video compression.
Here are the key basics to understanding what happens and how to best compress video! We all do it, it's best we understand it!
Here are the notes! I got them online before I went to bed!
My key NAB apps.
I couldn't find a blog post that I saw that was really valuable about Apps - and I decided to write this post because Robbie Carman keeps telling me to post more about what apps I find useful. These aren't "where to find food,' but rather apps that help me at NAB (or any convention.)
So, here are a couple of apps that I'm heavily using, some that are just plain damn important for travel and a several that I'm going to try this year.
I'm a bit of an App Junkie. I have 600+ apps on my iPhone (gasp.) On average I install/delete an app nearly every day.
I've turned on comments for this post - if you find these useful or have a suggestion or three of your own, I'd love to hear about it.
These are the Apps that I've already found invaluable
Scan someone's business card. Do character recognition. Have a human being check to make sure the character recognition matches. Did I mention that this is free? It's owned by linkedin making it super easy to 'link' to someone after their card is recognized with the option to add it to your main set of contacts or keep it in CardMunch
I've been using this since they started (was it 3 years ago?). I love the scheduling, for example, here are all of my post production world sessions that you could attend. But it means that I can always find the booths I need quickly.
I wish that it would pinpoint where I am and I could say "Find Adobe" and via Augmented Reality show me where their booth is. Maybe next year (And thankfully Adobe's booth is very findable.)
Register NOW as it seems to take 24 hrs for the "MyNAB" features to be valid
Apple's location service (which is more battery sensitive than Google's Latitude) allows me to temporarily share my location with a select few friends.
Two business apps that lifesavers
These have nothing to do with NAB - but do have to do with travel. I rack up an easy 50k miles a year traveling.
Yeah, keep track of your expenses by taking photos. Enter the information ASAP (don't think you'll do it later, trust me you won't). Later generate PDF/CSV etc as well as the photos of the receipts.
Apps I'm playing with this NAB:
The problem with this category is that I install the apps - hope I'll use them and...sometime I do...and sometimes I realized that it's just wasted space.
Hello from Evernote.
It's supposed to let me collect business cards and jot notes about the card - who it was, etc. to help me remember the person. What I'm really interested in is if it allows me to find/search them on other social networks.
I've installed/deleted this app a good 4-5 times over the years. Cool in concept, fun done twice, beyond that? It's been so-so. I just reinstalled it and it (FINALLY) allows me to enter my own information rather than keeping a separate business card just for giving away to others.
This seems to be a cool location app where you can send your location to someone for a limited period of time (say 30 minutes.) This way you can let someone you're meeting with know you're on your way - and what your progress is, because getting places in Vegas can be messy and delayed. They don't need to have the app installed.
I don't really need to tell you about this checkin app. I'm not sure if I'll keep using it. I really want a 'check in' app that I can give a list of where I'm going and every 15-30 minutes it checks to see where I am...and if I'm at/near one of those locations, it checks me in.
Last words. Battery.
The only other thing that I'll tell you is with all this mobile goodness, you need some extra battery power.
Hope this helps your NAB survival!
All to frequently, I see QuickTime Files called "Sequence 01.mov" or "Untitled Sequences.mov"
You know why this is bad right? Because you have no idea what that file is.
In the same way you should stay organized in your edit, you should name your sequences and watermark your work.
Being organized means no bins named "Stuff", "Misc.", "Other", or my favorite "Other Misc Stuff."
Naming your sequences means you can look at the file name and know what the sequence is meant for (Approval? Mastering? Client h.264 delivery?)
Watermarking your video helps your client understand what you're giving them. Every version except the final should have a watermark. It protects your work and helps your client know what it's meant for.
Compression Tips like this can be found by attending sessions at Post Production World at NAB (this link includes links to non-PPW sessions)