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Happy New Year! (and an update)

First of all, Happy New Year to you! I hope it’s an amazing year for your video journey (and your other endeavors)!

I’m wrapping up preparations on my new Final Cut Pro training, so now I’m entering the recording stage. The problem is that my voice isn’t up to the task yet because I’m still recovering from being sick.

As soon as my voice is back to normal (any day now!), I’ll begin recording. Recording can be pretty time-consuming, so I’m thinking it should be done in a couple weeks.

In the meantime, I also decided to run another session of my “Intro to Motion” course. This is one of my favorite topics to cover because Motion can be so much fun (and super-useful).

And I’m planning to do something different this time. Along with the recorded videos and the online virtual workshops, I’m also adding a Slack channel. If you’re not familiar with Slack, it’s a platform that is kind of like a cross between a chat room and a forum. It’s a excellent way for a group to communicate.

When I add the Slack workspace, it will provide lots of additional opportunities for you to ask questions and get clarification.

So the revised “Intro to Motion” training will have three main elements:

  1. Training videos (like usual) which include downloadable practice media
  2. Online, virtual workshops where we’ll work through projects step-by-step
  3. Access to the Slack channel for communication with each other and me.

I’m planning to start the new session on January 16th.

Registration for the course will open on January 9th. Keep an eye on your email for more details about this.

I love training on Motion, so I’m excited to get back to it!

If you’ve already taken the “Intro to Motion” training before, you’ll have the opportunity to register for the new session at a super-deep discount. All the content and material will be the same as before, so the reasons to register again would be: 1) To get access to the Slack group, and 2) To work through the live workshops with me again.

If this will be your first time taking the “Intro to Motion” session with me, I hope it’s useful to you. The feedback I’ve received has been very positive. People tell me it’s a great way to get up and running with Motion. And of course, that’s my goal with this. :)

If you have questions or comments, please feel free to post them here. I’ll be monitoring the comments for the next couple days and answering as many questions as I can.

28 thoughts on “Happy New Year! (and an update)

  1. Looking forward to these. Hope you feel better soon.

    1. Thanks, Patty!

      I’m feeling a lot better. It’s only my voice that hasn’t recovered yet. :)

      1. Will we need up-to-date Final Cut Pro software? Looking forward to the chat room.

        1. Hi Etta,

          Yes, you’ll need to have the most up-to-date Final Cut Pro both for the new FCP training and for the “Intro to Motion” course. Even though we won’t use Final Cut Pro much in the Intro to Motion course, we’ll use it a little. Because we’ll be using the newest Motion, we’ll also need the newest Final Cut Pro for them to work well together.

          I hope that helps clarify. :)

      2. Mix you up a glass of lemonade with some honey and peppermint drops in it. Will fix you up quickly.

        1. Thanks, sounds good!

  2. Happy New Year to you too, Izzy! Hope that you are feeling better soon. I’m excited about both upcoming courses.

  3. Hi Izzy will the new FCP course cover 360 video workflow? Thanks

    1. It’s a possibility. I’ve done the planning behind it and I have the practice media for it ready to go.

      Right now I’m still trying to decide whether to have one course that covers the new color tools as well as the new 360 video tools, or to have two separate, smaller courses: one for each topic. I’m thinking most likely I’ll wait to make that decision until after I’ve recorded all the color training. Depending on how long that section is, I might decide to include the 360 video stuff or break it off into its own training.

      Good question. Thanks for asking! :)

  4. Most important to get well first. Don’t push it. Stress from working won’t help recovery. Everyone is patient with you being a good patient. (pun intended)
    Happy New Year to you and your family.
    Bill

    1. Very kind of you to say, Bill. Thanks for this! And Happy New Year to you as well. :)

  5. Happy new year and get well soon!

    I’m very happy with you, and also my husband is – who doesn’t do anything with videography :)
    Because he sees how happy I am to make beautiful projects with your help and tutorials.

    You make things very clear and easy, even the most difficult ones.
    Thank you so much.

    Get healthy and we’ll hear from you. And don’t push it. You’re members will wait.

    1. Very kind of you, Mitzy. Thank you! :)

  6. Izzy, living across the Atlantic from you makes the timing for your live workshops difficult for me. Could you please tell me at which hour they take place?

    Regards, b.

    1. Good question, Bent. I’ve experimented with different times and it seems like 11am my time in Arizona, USA is usually around 6pm in London for example, so that time has worked pretty well. I think it allows for the highest percentage of people to attend.

      And in the past I’ve done the workshops on either Fridays or Saturdays. I’ll probably do that again for this session.

      I hope the times will work for you because I’d love to have you involved!

      1. To me that would be 7 pm. If I can afford it (hard times) I will be there.

        Best regards,

        Bent

  7. Happy New Year, Izzy. I know what you mean about lost voice; I do online courses and couldn’t do a single take. (:>))

    I’m looking forward to the new course. What is your take on the updated version of the Final Cut? People have various complaints, mainly of it crashing all the time…

    All the best, Dragan

    1. Happy New Year, to you Dragan. :)

      It has crashed on me a couple times (which is more than it used to), but the improvements for me are worth it. It has a lot of really good new tools, so it’s definitely a step forward.

  8. Looking forward to the Motion and new FCPX training videos. I appreciate all the work you put into your tutorials.

    Happy New year to you and your family.
    Curt

    1. Happy New Year to you as well, Curt. Thanks for the kind words. :)

  9. Happy New Year to you and to all your family members.
    Thank you in advance for the information to come. I’m so happy to have a ‘teacher’ on the other side of the ocean.
    So, you need definitely to recover soon … that’s better for both of us .. ;-)
    Gerard, from Belgium

    1. Happy New Year to you as well, Gerard! :)

  10. Izzy,
    Hope you’re feeling better today. I had a wisdom tooth
    taken out recently and that’s no fun either.

    I have found most of the questions I wanted to ask you
    in the one on one discussion we had, so am looking forward
    to your updated FCP 10.4 especially on the color part.

    Best Wishes
    Ken Creed

    1. I’m feeling a lot better, thanks. And I appreciate the interest! :)

  11. I have FCPX 10.4. Is this the version you are planning new training for or is there a later version?

    1. Hi, Sam. Yes, 10.4 is the version I’ll be training on (unless Apple rolls out another update — who knows?).

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