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The eSeminar I presented earlier today is now live.

Ask A CS Pro: Updating Your Demo Reel with Premiere Pro

In this eSeminar, I talk about the importance of demo reels and provide an introduction to Premiere Pro, especially from the FCP editors point of view. I also demonstrate how to move FCP 7 projects to Premiere Pro via XML.

This is an Adobe Connect session. You can get to it by clicking either image below.



This Friday, I will be presenting an eSeminar on behalf of Adobe, entitled:
Ask a CS Pro: Update Your Demo Reel with Premiere Pro


Title: Ask a CS Pro: Update Your Demo Reel with Premiere Pro
Time: Friday, August 5, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. PT

More Info:
In this week’s Ask a CS Pro, Carey Dissmore will talk about the importance of demo reels, and provide an overview of the editing workflow in Premiere Pro from the perspective of an editor who is comfortable with Final Cut Pro. Carey will also share the similarities, differences and unique advantages of Premiere Pro, including its tight integration with other products in the Adobe Production Premium bundle such as After Effects, Photoshop and Audition.

We’ll see you Friday, August 5, at 12 p.m. PT in our Connect Room: The room will open up 15 minutes before the session starts. At this time, please sign in as a guest to join.

Session start time for other time zones follows:

About Carey Dissmore:

Carey Dissmore is a television and media production professional with 25 years in the business. His work spans the broadcast news, entertainment, advertising, documentary and corporate ranges. He considers himself an editor first, with a heavy amount of motion graphics design as well. He uses an enormous number of tools but the biggies are Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, After Effects and the full Adobe suite. Carey is currently working on shows for Food Network and Spike TV, while also designing, editing and animating a series of corporate and medical projects.

Carey founded the International Media Users Group and the MediaMotion Ball at NAB, establishing it as a strong user community event that has been running since 1998. He is active on the MediaMotion IMUG and AE email lists that he helps administer.

Carey is principal of Carey Dissmore Productions, Inc., based in Minneapolis, MN.


Disclosure by Carey: I’m not an Adobe employee, but they are funding and hosting this eSeminar. Having said that, Adobe has encouraged me to be really honest and straightforward. This presentation is of my own design, prepared from my own perspective.

Just a quick post to let everyone know that Blackmagic Design is the first one out with full support for Mac OS X Lion. The update supports Lion’s Core Video and Audio processing pipelines for our DeckLink, Intensity, Multibridge and H.264 products. And it is available now.

Full text of the press release is below.
Blackmagic Design Support Page

Blackmagic Design Releases Support for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
New software update 8.2 for DeckLink, Intensity, Multibridge and
H.264 Pro Recorder products is available for download now!

Milpitas, CA – July 20, 2011 – Blackmagic Design today released a new software update for its desktop video products that adds full support for the new Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. This Desktop Video 8.2 software update includes support for Apple’s new Core Video and Core Audio processing pipelines for professional grade video and audio functionality across a wide variety of applications.

Core Media is the new exciting way video hardware devices capture and playback to software applications and it’s the future of video API’s on the Mac OS X platform. Blackmagic Design is the first company to support this new standard, right from the very first day it’s available to customers. Now all developers can design modern 64 bit video software and get high performance capture and playback to hardware, while having the benefit of high quality broadcast solutions for video with new Core Media technology.

“Our close relationship with Apple has enabled Blackmagic Design to take full advantage of the many exciting new features in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, such as Core Video and Core Audio, from the very first day of its release,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. ”Our customers are constantly looking for performance improvements to their workflows and they will not be disappointed when they upgrade to the incredible new performance of Mac OS X 10.7 and Blackmagic Design products.”

This new software update supports all of Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink, Intensity, Multibridge and H.264 Pro Recorder products.

Availability and Price
Desktop Video 8.2 software update is available now free of charge for all DeckLink, Multibridge, Intensity and H.264 Pro Recorder customers from the Blackmagic Design web support page at

About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company’s DaVinci Emmy™ award winning color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check

I won’t give it away but the ending is a bit harsh.

Carey notes: This is the work of Rob Tinworth and his opinions are not necessarily the same as my own. However, I understand this is reflective of the kinds of thoughts many editors are experiencing right now.

IMUG and MediaMotion Ball community Founder Carey Dissmore shares a bit of his perspective three weeks after the release of the polarizing Final Cut Pro X. While the noise has started to lessen, a lot of editors remain bewildered as to what lies ahead for them. Should they switch editing platforms? Should they wait?

Carey brings his unique perspective on these & other issues, self-employment and has a few words for Apple as well.

Mentioned in this post:
Adobe Production Premium 50% off for FCP users

Avid Media Composer $995 for FCP users

Hey gang, While I maintain that in it’s current state I can’t use FCPX professionally, I also maintain that now is the best time to be learning the powerful capabilities of the software.

I continue to believe that FCPX will one day mature to a viable professional application, with the support of a robust 3rd party ecosystem. That’s why I think now, in it’s nascent early days, is a very good time for the enterprising editor to be developing their skills in this entirely new application.

One such opportunity is a live seminar by Larry Jordan which will be taking place tomorrow, July 12 in Burbank. If you are in the area I’d recommend attending. There’s a LOT you don’t know about the power of FCPX, but just as important, there’s going to be a ton of 3rd party developers, including FCPX competitors like Adobe and Boris FX there who can answer questions and provide facts and 1st person answers to questions. Also on hand will be video hardware vendors like AJA and Blackmagic Design. Will they make any announcements? Boy I’d sure like to know…

PowerUP: Discover Final Cut Pro X!
Larry Jordan Final Cut Pro X Training in Burbank, CA

Wish I could make it!

IMUG and MediaMotion Ball community Founder Carey Dissmore shares a bit of what’s on his mind 6 days after the release of the polarizing Final Cut Pro X. Many professionals have made a lot of noise about it’s missing features, claiming the software is inadequate for professional use.

The post tends to ramble a bit, but I hope you find value in it.

Mentioned in this post:
Apple Final Cut Pro X

Larry Jordan’s Compete Training for FCPX

Another very good, inexpensive training resource:
Philip Hodgett’s “Conquering the Metadata Foundations of Final Cut Pro X”

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Other interesting reading:
Apple’s Developer Site proclaiming the awesomeness of XML Interchange in FCP 7

UPDATE 1 6/28/11:
Evidence of XML Importer Found in Final Cut Pro X

UPDATE 2 6/28/11:
Piers Goodhew, posting on the IMUG list, notes conversation with Apple Engineers who state FCP7 will run on Lion

UPDATE 3 6/28/11:
Limited availability of FCS 3 (containing FCP 7) starting tomorrow.