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New Raw Support for Mac Users

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If you’re a Mac user, two new camera updates have recently shipped. OS X Mountain Lion provides system-level support for digital camera RAW formats.  In order to use these files, you can access them through Aperture or iPhoto on your Mac.  You can also browse at the system level looking through folders.
Supported by Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.07* 
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G6
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF6
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A58

Supported by Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.06*
  • Canon EOS-1D C
  • Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D / Kiss X7
  • Canon EOS Rebel T5i / 700D / Kiss X7i
  • Hasselblad Lunar
  • Nikon COOLPIX A
  • Nikon D7100
  • Nikon 1 J3
  • Nikon 1 S1
  • Sony Alpha NEX-3N

You can find out about other recently added cameras that work on your Mac here – http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5371?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US
Note: To install Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Updates, you may need certain versions of Aperture or iPhoto already installed on your Mac.
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DSLR video tutorial: Syncing sound with PluralEyes


In this tutorial, Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman explain how to sync sound with PluralEyes. Watch more at
http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials.... This specific tutorial is from the DSLR Video Tips series presented by lynda.com authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman. The complete DSLR Video Tips course is presented as a weekly lynda.com series and covers the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras, from choosing a frame size and frame rate to understanding moiré.

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Transferring From a Card into Final Cut Pro X


In this tutorial, Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman explain how to import footage from a card into Final Cut Pro X. Watch more at
http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials.... This specific tutorial is from the DSLR Video Tips series presented by lynda.com authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman. The complete DSLR Video Tips course is presented as a weekly lynda.com series and covers the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras, from choosing a frame size and frame rate to understanding moiré.

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Creative Color Grading — Watch the Free Webinar


Here is a recording from the Tiffen Webinar I did.

Learn how to approach color grading tasks for video workflows. I show important techniques for both production and post. I also unlock some of my favorite filters in the Tiffen Dfx v3 and DFT Film Plug-ins sets.

You can download a free 15-day trial here: http://www.tiffensoftware.com/products/dfxv3-free-trial-download/dfx-v3-free-trial-downloads

Take 30% off with this unique code:
RHEDDFX13
It can be redeemed here:
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Better Keying From Production to Post — Watch the Free Webinar


Here is a recording from the Tiffen Webinar I did.

Greenscreen has become an essential tool in modern video, film, and photo workflows. To succeed, it needs to be the perfect combination of production and post. This webinar features visual FX industry veteran Marco Paolini and Motion Graphic Designer and Editor, Rich Harrington. You'll learn how to shoot footage and photos to produce better keying footage (particularly the need for quality lighting) as well as on-set advice to follow. With Digital Film Tool software products, you'll learn how to use additional tools for those times when you need a key, but there's no greenscreen to be found. This workshop will teach you techniques that work with any post workflow and also gives you a quick start on successfully keying with zMatte.

You can download a free 15-day trial here: http://www.tiffensoftware.com/products/dfxv3-free-trial-download/dfx-v3-free-trial-downloads

Take 30% off with this unique code:
RHEDDFX13
It can be redeemed here:
http://tiffensoftware.com/promos

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Great Lighting in Production and Post — Watch the Free Webinar


Here is a recording from the Tiffen Webinar I did. We discussed working with Variable ND Filters, Reflectors, LED lights, Portable Lights, and More. Get production techniques as well as postproduction tips for digital effects to enhance the lighting (or even relight) during the edit.

You can download a free 15-day trial here: http://www.tiffensoftware.com/products/dfxv3-free-trial-download/dfx-v3-free-trial-downloads

Take 30% off with this unique code:
RHEDDFX13
It can be redeemed here:
http://tiffensoftware.com/promos

Don't miss
“How to Key Almost Anything.  Greenscreen Solutions for Video and Photo Pros”
Register for free — https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/721949422
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Free Webinar — Great Lighting in Production and Post

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Production to Post Series- Great Lighting in Production and Post


Join special guest Richard Harrington and learn about great lighting techniques.  Rich will review how he uses Lowel lights as part of his production package.  Other tools like Variable ND filters, reflectors, and more to control the light.  Learn studio and on location lighting techniques for best results.  Once the shot is done, you'll learn how to enhance lighting (and even change it) in post with the  DFX lighting filters.  This is a popular webinar, click here to reserve your space!
 

Registration Link for June 5th  https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/718549206 

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Next Free Webinar & Special Offer From Tiffen

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June 5th 12pm EST   
Production to Post series with Richard Harrington
Great Lighting in Production and Post

Join special guest Richard Harrington again and learn about great lighting techniques.  Rich will review how he uses Lowel lights as part of his production package.  Other tools like Variable ND filters, reflectors, and more to control the light.  Learn studio and on location lighting techniques for best results.  Once the shot is done, you'll learn how to enhance lighting (and even change it) in post with the  DFX lighting filters.  This is a popular webinar, click here to reserve your space !
                                                                                   

Special Discounts

Thank you again  for attending our  Color Grading Webinar last week. We thought it rocked and we hope you enjoyed our event! As a special thank you to you lucky folks, we'd like extend a 30% discount off our newly lowered priced individual Dfx products. And to make it even more special, we extend the courtesy to discount the DFT product- FilmStocks Video Plug-in at 20% off.

Please visit: www.tiffensoftware.com/promos and enter promo code: RHEDDFX13 to get 30% Off the purchase price, but hurry - offer expires on May 24th!

If you own an earlier version of Tiffen Dfx software you may be eligible for a heavily discounted upgrade price. Please visit:http://tiffensoftware.com/support/upgrades

Please send your questions, comments and feedback to:jnoyes@tiffen.com.

PS to see a recorded version- please check our Tiffen YouTube channel-http://www.youtube.com/user/TiffenCompany


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Importing a Final Cut Pro Project to Adobe Premiere Pro

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Video editing is often a collaborative process. You may need to work with someone else’s editing project that was started using Final Cut Pro. Adobe Premiere Pro is a very flexible editing solution. You can easily import projects and media started on other edit systems. For example, moving a project over from Apple Final Cut Pro is a snap.

  1. In Final Cut Pro, mark an In and Out point within a sequence for the range you’d like to export.
  2. Choose File > Export > XML. In the dialog box that opens, choose Apple XML Interchange Format, version 4 (or later), and click OK.
  3. Specify a location for the new XML file (such as your project folder) and click OK. The XML file is small and references the original media on your drive. It will only take a few seconds to write.
  4. Switch to Adobe Premiere Pro and create a new project using a preset that most closely matches the video format you’ve been using.
  5. In Adobe Premiere Pro, choose File > Import. Navigate to the XML file you created and click Import.
  6. Adobe Premiere Pro creates a sequence and adds the media and a report to the project.
  7. Update the edit or work with the imported project sources.


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Creative Cloud User.
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Free Class — Creative Color Grading

Learn how to approach color grading tasks from production to post using Tiffen Dfx v3 and DFT Film Looks Plug-ins. You'll also learn about Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Final Cut Pro X.



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Free Webinar on Color Grading with Tiffen

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Creative Color Grading – Fast!

Learn how to approach color grading tasks from production to post. Learn important techniques about what to shoot in the field including camera profile, white balance information, and essential metadata. Then in post you'll learn how to create popular looks that clients want. This
workshop will explore both general techniques and theory as well as a detailed look at Tiffen Dfx Video/Film tool set.

  • Each attendee will receive a 15 day trial as well as a special discount on the software.
  • One lucky attendee with receive a give-away of a full license of the software
  • To register for Creative Color Grading Webinar, click here



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Selecting storage for video editing

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When it comes time to edit your video, the hard drives you use are going to have a huge impact on the performance of your system. No matter how much RAM you have or how powerful a video card, you won’t get real-time performance if your drives are a bottleneck.

Important factors

There are three factors when choosing a disk for video editing:

  • Speed: The speed of drive is the most important factor in determining what media you can play off it. Drives like internal laptop drives or bus-powered USB drives are generally not fast enough to edit HD video.
  • Capacity: When you start to edit HD video, you’ll quickly use up disk space. For example, each minute of video shot on a Canon 5D Mark II is about 320MB. In order to get the storage you need, you may invest in multiple drives or drives that are striped together for a performance RAID.
  • Redundancy: To avoid losing their video footage, most video creators choose to back up to two or more drives or to use additional methods like Blu-ray Disc. Look at redundant drives (such as RAIDs)


Drive technology


Be sure to consider your options when looking at hard drives.
  • Internal drive solutions: Many computers support multiple drive slots. Consider placing a fast SATA drive internally into your computer as a performance disk. Keep it only as a scratch disk and avoid installing application or system files on it.
  • External and portable drive solutions: Several different drives are available once you’ve maximized your internal storage. You’ll find both single- and multiple-drive solutions. Look for units offering connections like FireWire, USB3, or eSATA.
  • Networked RAIDs: Several professional drives allow multiple users to connect simultaneously. These solutions are important if you work in a multiple editor environment and need to share projects or assets.

For more on Adobe pro video workflow, check out the new website — Creative Cloud User.

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Keynote tutorial: Running a presentation from an iPad to a television via HDMI


Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/Business-Compute.... This tutorial demonstrates how to run an iPad presentation from a television using an HDMI cable and how to interact with that presentation using a touch-enabled "laser pointer." This tutorial is a single movie from the Delivering Keynote Presentations course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course duration is 1 hour and 36 minutes and shows you how to successfully deliver a Keynote presentation. Introduction 1. Getting Organized 2. Rehearsing Your Presentation 3. Using Keynote Remote 4. Connecting Keynote to a Screen 5. Alternate Presentation Techniques 6. Creating Handouts 7. Creating Movies and Graphics from Keynote Conclusion

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Save 30% on Tiffen DFX Software

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I have a great discount to offer my readers on one of favorite tools. I love using their collection to create fantastic film looks.

You can download a free 15-day trial here:
http://www.tiffensoftware.com/products/dfxv3-free-trial-download/dfx-v3-free-trial-downloads

Take 30% off with this unique code:
RHEDDFX13
It can be redeemed here:
http://tiffensoftware.com/promos

Here ares two tutorials I did that shows the effects in action. One of the things I like the best is that one license gets you a tool that works in every major video editing and motion graphics package. It's also fantastic when working with photos.



I also have a few new webinars coming soon on the software.

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Atlanta Post|Production Conference

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I'm speaking at a conference offering training for sports TV & post professionals. I hope to see some of you there.

Two full days of expert training sessions for video, TV, film & new media professionals, with a unique track 2-day track dedicated to technical workshops geared for Sports TV production. The
Atlanta Post|Production Conference is designed for professionals involved in the acquiring and designing of TV content who seek cutting-edge training to maximize their efficiency and creativity:

• Motion Graphics Designers
• Technologists
• Facility Managers
• DP's
• Photographers
• Producers
• Editors

Features:
  • 2 full days of expert training in 2 unique tracks: general post production and Sports TV production
  • In-depth sessions for deep immersion in the editing application of your choice!
  • Sessions taught by industry renowned experts and Certified Instructors
  • Browse the Exhibition Show Floor and network with industry professionals at the SVG College Sports Summit located at the hotel
  • Gain tips and techniques you can apply to your very next project




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Using Digital Publishing to Distribute Your Photography and Extend Your Brand


Slides from my Photoshop World class… enjoy

In this session you learn how tools like Apple iBooks Author and Adobe Creative Cloud make it easy to publish your images and creative work. Whether you want to distribute your photos or do work for your clients the topic of digital publishing has never been hotter. This class serves as a jump in point for those who want to start to create digital publications and applications. No coding experience required, this is all about using easy tools and new business opportunities. If you’ve always wanted to publish that book, or reach a whole new audience, this is the session for you.
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Keynote tutorial: Customizing the presenter view


Watch more at
http://www.lynda.com/Business-Compute.... Find out how to get the most out of the Presenter Display feature in Keynote, which allows you, as a presenter, to view presenter notes, set timers, and more. This tutorial is a single movie from the Delivering Keynote Presentations course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course duration is 1 hour and 36 minutes and shows you how to successfully deliver a Keynote presentation. Introduction 1. Getting Organized 2. Rehearsing Your Presentation 3. Using Keynote Remote 4. Connecting Keynote to a Screen 5. Alternate Presentation Techniques 6. Creating Handouts 7. Creating Movies and Graphics from Keynote Conclusion

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Keynote tutorial: Using landscape view in Keynote Remote


Watch more at
http://www.lynda.com/Business-Compute.... This tutorial shows how to view mobile presentations in landscape using Keynote Remote. This tutorial is a single movie from the Delivering Keynote Presentations course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course duration is 1 hour and 36 minutes and shows you how to successfully deliver a Keynote presentation. Introduction 1. Getting Organized 2. Rehearsing Your Presentation 3. Using Keynote Remote 4. Connecting Keynote to a Screen 5. Alternate Presentation Techniques 6. Creating Handouts 7. Creating Movies and Graphics from Keynote Conclusion

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New Class on Apple Keynote Released

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Those who know me… know I'm a big fan of Apple Keynote… In fact I just completed a new in-depth class to help you become a presentation master. It was released today on Lynda.com.

Having a killer Keynote deck isn't enough on its own. This course shows you how to wow your audience with a well-planned presentation. Author Rich Harrington shows you how to successfully export a Keynote deck once it's created and deliver the presentation. He also covers rehearsing your talking points, connecting to a screen, and creating handouts to accompany your slideshow.


  1. Getting Organized
  2. Rehearsing Your Presentation
  3. Using the Keynote Remote App
  4. Connecting Keynote to a Screen
  5. Alternate Presentation Techniques
  6. Creating Handouts
  7. Creating Movies and Graphics from Keynote

Take the class for free here

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New Camera? TIme to Update if You're a Mac User

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If you’re using a Mac, you need to fire up the software update engine….  Apple Menu > Software Update.  There’s been a trio of recent Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Updates.
Supported by Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.04*
  • Leica D-Lux 6
  • Leica V-Lux 4
  • Leica X2
  • Nikon D5200
  • Pentax K-5 II
  • Pentax K-5 IIs
  • Pentax K-30
  • Pentax Q
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1

Supported by Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.03*

  • Canon EOS 6D
  • Nikon 1 V2

Supported by Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.02*

  • Nikon COOLPIX P7700
  • Olympus PEN E-PL5
  • Olympus PEN E-PM2
  • Olympus STYLUS XZ-2
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH3
  • Sony Alpha NEX-5R
  • Sony Alpha NEX-6
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A99

If the updates don’t show up, you’re either current… or need to install a newer version of Aperture or iPhoto.

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Don't Miss the Editor's Retreat

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There's one event I've attended every time since 1998… the Editor's Retreat. This is a great opportunity to learn and network with top video professionals. It's a firehose of information set in a beautiful location. And I have a deal for you.

When you register… tell them I sent you…. and you'll save $200 on the cost of signing up.

An intensive, interactive environment for TV, video and film editors that fosters creativity and the exchange of ideas at the highest level.

Featuring:
  • Five Days of Sessions in Multiple Tracks.
  • Award-Winning Keynote Speakers.
  • Daily Social Networking with Experts.
  • Numerous Prizes.

Now in its eight year, the Editors Retreat has become an annual gathering for the post-production elite. Highly experienced editors from the worlds of film, TV and video come together to network, exchange ideas, share tips and of course, have fun! To ensure that only the best of the best attend, participation is subject to an application and screening process.

Running for 5 days and 4 nights, the Editors Retreat offers advanced sessions on post, visual and audio techniques and features valuable insight into emerging trends and technologies. An equal amount of time will be devoted to discussing the creativity, craft and business practices of successful editors.

Past keynote attendees have included such names as Alan Heim, Sally Menke, Stuart Bass, Chris Franklin, David Helfand, Dan Lebental and Maysie Hoy. Other Retreat alumni include representatives from HBO, FRONTLINE, MTV, Lockheed Martin, Harpo Productions and Telemundo, as well as Apple, Avid and Adobe experts.

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Sync Sound in Final Cut Pro X


Adorama Photography TV Presents DSLR | Video Skills with Rich Harrington. Now that Rich has explored the sync sound workflow and production process in earlier episodes, it's now time to bring the processed material into Final Cut Pro X and line them up.

Watch as he takes you through the different ways of synchronizing and also how to use popular programs, such as Plural Eyes, for those high volume projects.

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Try All My Lynda.com Training for Free

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You probably know I have a ton of classes over at Lynda.com on photography, video, and business. What you may not realize is that you can try them all for free (or even watch them all if you want to give up bad network TV for a week or so). Over at my photo blog (Photofocus) we have a unique offer.
Get TEN free days of Lynda.com with a membership trial. That deal is available know where else. Here's a direct link.

The fine print:
You’ll get 10 days of free unlimited access to lynda.com. We’ll ask for your billing information, but you won’t be charged unless you continue with a paid membership after the trial. Your membership will include access to all 1,601 lynda.com courses. Choose a premium membership for downloadable exercise files that let you work along with the instructors.

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iPhoto tutorial: Creating a PDF of your book to email


This iPhoto tutorial shows how to create a high-resolution PDF file of your book to back up the layout, and an optimized version to sync to iPads and email. Watch more at
http://www.lynda.com/iPhoto-tutorials/Creating-Photo-Books-iPhoto/115960-2.ht.... This tutorial is a single movie from the Creating Photo Books with iPhoto course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 2 hours and 7 minutes long and and shows how to make thoughtful, personalized gifts of photo books with iPhoto. Introduction 1. Getting Ready to Make a Book 2. Choosing a Book Theme 3. Customizing Layout for an iPhoto Book 4. Text and Captions 5. Formatting Images in a Book 6. Using Maps in a Book Layout 7. Finalizing a Book 8. Creating the Book 9. Other Export Options Conclusion

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Apple Migration Assistant Tips

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Apple offers a useful utility to transfer files from one machine to another — Migration Assistant. However, its pretty easy to make some bad choices that can make the process painful. Here are some do's and don'ts.

  • Do repair permissions with Disk Utility on the machine you are going to be copying from.
  • Do run Software Update on the source Mac to confirm that the latest updates are installed.
  • Don't try to run Migration Assistant over a WIFI network. (23 hours versus 2.5).
  • Do connect the two machines together directly with an Ethernet cable.
  • Don't run the Migration Assistant directly from the setup cycle when you boot a new machine for the first time.
  • Do complete the new machine setup and then launch Migration Assistant from the utilities folder on both Macs.
  • Do disable sleep on both computers using the Energy Saver control panel

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iPhoto tutorial: Customizing a map's location


This iPhoto tutorial shows how to edit the location tags added to images with the Map layout. Watch more at
http://www.lynda.com/iPhoto-tutorials/Creating-Photo-Books-iPhoto/115960-2.ht.... This tutorial is a single movie from the Creating Photo Books with iPhoto course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 2 hours and 7 minutes long and and shows how to make thoughtful, personalized gifts of photo books with iPhoto. Introduction 1. Getting Ready to Make a Book 2. Choosing a Book Theme 3. Customizing Layout for an iPhoto Book 4. Text and Captions 5. Formatting Images in a Book 6. Using Maps in a Book Layout 7. Finalizing a Book 8. Creating the Book 9. Other Export Options Conclusion

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Do Your ZIP Files Stop Working?

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I recently had the Archive utility on my Mac go bonkers. Double-click on any zip archive or download a file from the net and it just sat there spinning. Fortunately I have good friends who are geekier than me. Thanks to Jeff Greenberg (
https://twitter.com/filmgeek) I'm up an running again. Thought I'd share in case its happened to you.

  1. In the Mac Finder, hold down the Option key.
  2. Click the Go Menu and choose Library.
  3. In the search field, enter the text com.apple.archiveutility.plist.
  4. Narrow the search results to just your library.
  5. Trash one or both files that are named com.apple.archiveutility.plist.
  6. Launch Disk Utility (in your Utilities folder).
  7. Select your hard drive.
  8. Click Repair Permissions.
  9. When it finishes, reboot.
  10. Problem solved.
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iPhoto tutorial: Organizing images with a Smart Album


This iPhoto tutorial shows how to add your photos to a Smart Album automatically using parameters like ratings, keywords, locations, or even facial recognition profiles. Watch more at
http://www.lynda.com/iPhoto-tutorials/Creating-Photo-Books-iPhoto/115960-2.ht....

This tutorial is a single movie from the Creating Photo Books with iPhoto course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 2 hours and 7 minutes long and and shows how to make thoughtful, personalized gifts of photo books with iPhoto.

  • Introduction
  • 1. Getting Ready to Make a Book
  • 2. Choosing a Book Theme
  • 3. Customizing Layout for an iPhoto Book
  • 4. Text and Captions
  • 5. Formatting Images in a Book
  • 6. Using Maps in a Book Layout
  • 7. Finalizing a Book
  • 8. Creating the Book
  • 9. Other Export Options
  • Conclusion

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iPhoto tutorial: Improve a washed out photo with saturation


This iPhoto tutorial shows how to improve an overexposed or washed out image with the Saturation control. Watch more at
http://www.lynda.com/iPhoto-tutorials/Enhancing-Photos-iPhoto/115961-2.html?u.... This tutorial is a single movie from the Enhancing Photos with iPhoto course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 1 hour and 30 minutes long and shows how to increase the quality of your photos using iPhoto. Introduction 1. Controlling the iPhoto Interface 2. Essential Repairs 3. Improving Exposure 4. Improving Color 5. Black and White Effects 6. Polishing an Image 7. Managing Changes to Photos Conclusion

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iPhoto tutorial: Refining the black and white effect with temperature


This iPhoto tutorial shows how to improve black and white conversions by enhancing Definition and Contrast before applying the B&W effect, and refining the results with the Temperature slider. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/iPhoto-tutorials/Enhancing-Photos-iPhoto/115961-2.html?u....

This tutorial is a single movie from the Enhancing Photos with iPhoto course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 1 hour and 30 minutes long and shows how to increase the quality of your photos using iPhoto.

Introduction
1. Controlling the iPhoto Interface
2. Essential Repairs
3. Improving Exposure
4. Improving Color
5. Black and White Effects
6. Polishing an Image
7. Managing Changes to Photos
Conclusion

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iPhoto tutorial: Changing the page layout with options


This iPhoto tutorial shows how to take control of your page layout with Book Settings options such as Auto-Layout pages and Include the Apple logo at the end of the book. Watch more at
http://www.lynda.com/iPhoto-tutorials/Creating-Photo-Books-iPhoto/115960-2.ht.... This tutorial is a single movie from the Creating Photo Books with iPhoto course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 2 hours and 7 minutes long and and shows how to make thoughtful, personalized gifts of photo books with iPhoto. Introduction 1. Getting Ready to Make a Book 2. Choosing a Book Theme 3. Customizing Layout for an iPhoto Book 4. Text and Captions 5. Formatting Images in a Book 6. Using Maps in a Book Layout 7. Finalizing a Book 8. Creating the Book 9. Other Export Options Conclusion

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Checking the info on an image in iPhoto


This iPhoto tutorial shows how to check the image info in order to find the file format and resolution, which may impact image processing. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/iPhoto-

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One Day Sale on Cool Tiffen Apps

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Two of my favorite iOS apps are on sale. I love Tiffen's filters…. and they work on your iOS device too! For Cyber Monday (November 26 only) the apps are on sale.

Tiffen Photo fx iPhone and iPod Touch App

Optimized for the iPhone 5 and newest iPod Touch, Photo fx is the most comprehensive, feature rich photo app available for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Featuring simulations of many of our award-winning Tiffen glass filters, plus specialized lenses, optical lab processes, film grain, exacting color correction, natural light and photographic effects along a clever paint system with a variety of brushes are now at your fingertips.
Sale Price: $0.99


Tiffen Photo fx Ultra iPad App

Photo fx Ultra includes all the great features from the iPhone App and takes advantage of the greater "real estate" on the iPad and iPad Mini. Find out why "Pocket Lint" named Photo fx Ultra the App of the Day saying: "This app is absolutely essential for the keen photographer, but so simple that it could be used by anyone."
Sale Price:$2.99

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How to Get Any Software in Mac App Store for 20% Off

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I figured out this deal last year. Best Buy always drops $100 iTunes cards to $80 over Black Friday weekend. Free shipping included. You are limited to 3 per order. But not 3 total. I just ordered 15 cards (yes, I spend that much on software and digital publications easily in a year). The codes work on iTunes, the iBook store, and the Mac App Store.

Enjoy.

Direct Link – http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Apple+-+%24100+iTunes+Gift+Card/4056157.p?id=1218452832749&skuId=4056157
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My Books are On Sale for a Short Time

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Looking for a discount on some of my books or videos? Here's the complete list.

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  • Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro, 2nd Edition Book EBOOK
  • Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6 Book EBOOK
  • Creating DSLR Video: From Snapshots to Great Shots Book EBOOK
  • Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite Studio Techniques Book EBOOK
  • From Still to Motion: A photographer's guide to creating video with your DSLR Book



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Time-Lapse in Final Cut Pro X


AdoramaTV presents DSLR | Video Tips with Richard Harrington. In this episode, Rich answers some of your recent questions about the time-lapse workflow on a mac computer.

Join him as he takes you through the process of building a time-lapse sequence using Final Cut Pro 10.

In earlier episodes, you learned how to work with your processed or RAW files in Adobe After Effects, including techniques such as color stabilizing, adding a vignette, or scaling and sizing over time. The Final Cut Pro 10 post-production process is the next step when creating compelling and unique time-lapse animations.
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Getting Started with Apple iBooks


Learn the essential skills needed to work with Apple iBooks. Learn how to make iBooks and content-based "applications" for the iPad. This webinar is brought to you by the TAP!2013 conference (
tap2013.com).
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Thunderbolt and Lightning… Very, Very Frightening...

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This morning I started to think about the little things as I packed my bag for work…. "Dang, I sure have a lot of cables and dongles in here."

Apple seems to be leading the way in "innovation" on this front. If you want a smaller, thinner device, then those old bulky cords must go. After all, the whole world is wireless… right?

  • DVI + VGA — If I want to hook up to a projector, I'm carrying two adapters. One for DVI and one for VGA. While I'm happy HDMI is built-in… I still need to carry adapters to connect to 90% of the conference rooms and projectors out there. $29 + $29
  • FireWire — Remember FireWire? That connector that Apple told us for years stomped USB. Well I need to carry an adapter for that too. Except when you plug it in to the Thunderbolt port on the Mac, it doesn't put out enough bus power for most of my FireWire drives… meaning I also have to carry a power supply (and find another outlet) for my G-Tech portable drives. $29
  • Ethernet — Still relevant. Go to any hotel and the WiFi networks are often slower than a swamp in December. Want Ethernet… there's an adapter for that. $29
  • MagSafe — If I want to use any of the numerous power supplies I have, there's a $10 adapter for that. $10
  • iPod Cables – Why didn't I buy the iPhone 5? Well besides that fact that as a 4S owner it would cost me nearly full price (and the bump wasn't very big) I'd have to get all new cables. I'd need one for the car, work, laptop bag, and home. Add in the wife and suddenly that's 7 to 8 cables at $20 a pop. Want to adapt all those devices you have that use the old connector (from my heart rate monitor to a speaker dock)? Well those adapters cost $29 and $39. Yes the adapters cost twice as much as the new cables…. huh!?! Of course I still need to carry the old ones for the iPad since they won't make an adapter that goes the other direction. $19 + $19 + $19 + $19 + $29 + $39
  • Thunderbolt — This has been total vaporware. Try to buy a dock or port extender... nope. The cables are $50. The drives cost $100 more for the chassis. All for a 10% speed boost over USB3 for standard hard drives. Sure there are some desktop solutions that rock on the high end… but as a "universal" adapter that's "perfect" for drives, adapters, and displays… it just sucks. $150
  • Optical Drive – Need to get a DVD to install something (or burn a backup?) Nope. Gotta remember to pack the external drive and bring that too. $79

Oh… and what's really missing? The fact that I can't even connect a security cable to the laptop. There is no slot to attach a Kensington or other style lock to the device. So if you're on the road and need to walk away from the machine… don't.

Apple seems to be on a quest for thinner and lighter… but we're to the point where this means sacrificing core features. I'd like to be thinner and lighter too, but I can't think of any limbs or appendages I'd be willing to chop off so save some ounces and fit into a smaller space. Just like camera manufacturers are getting silly with the megapixel wars… Apple needs to slow down and actually look at what their customers need to do to get their jobs done.

Those cables and adapters I mentioned above add up to $500+. None come in the box… that's all extra cost. And if you do what I did, drop your adapter bag at home before you go on a business trip… prepared to be screwed. Even the Apple retail stores can't keep these things in stock. Apple you're missing the mark… start listening to what customers need and stop "saving us from ourselves."
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Free Color Grading Class for Video


A free class that shows a lot of tips for color grading. Some of it is specific to Tiffen Dfx software, but a lot of the concepts work everywhere.

Learn to color grade with your video editing program and Tiffen® Dfx® version 3 film/video plug-in software for Avid Systems®; Adobe® CS4/5/6 including After Effects® and Premiere®; Apple® Final Cut Pro® 6/7/X.



Take 30% off with this unique code: RHEDDFX13
It can be redeemed here:
http://tiffensoftware.com/promos
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PluralEyes 3 is Out

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One of my favorite video tools has been updated and is now shipping. PluralEyes is a HUGE timesaver that makes syncing multi camera video shoots and Dual System Sound projects (like DSLR and RED) a piece of cake. I have spent A LOT of time with the new version and it just rocks. To start… it's 20X faster… yes TWENTY.

I also love how it can create new media files from my merged clips for DSLR shoots.

The product is shipping and supports several formats and workflows. Several updated are in the works including support for more file types and an Avid version.

Check out the detailed product walk-throughs I did here – http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/videos/
Here's the FAQ – http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/news/featured/pluraleyes-3-faq/

Here's the Premiere Pro CS6 workflow
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The Return of the Save As Command

Recent versions of the Mac OS have decided that you weren't really smart enough when it came to saving your files. When you went to save a new version of a file, you'd be presented with options like Duplicate, Revert, and Move To. I (and many others) found them terribly confusing.

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Now with Mac OS 10.8.2 you can get the old commands back… the return of the Save As command:
"- Adds an option to discard the changes in the original document when choosing - Save As"
This is useful in the following scenario.

  1. You can choose to open an existing document.
  2. Modify it and make changes.
  3. Choose File > Save As (hold down the option key to access it).
  4. Save the file under a new name. The original file is closed without any changes being made to it.


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Come to DV Expo in LA this Week

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I'll be speaking at DV Expo 2012 in Los Angeles this week – http://www.dvexpo.com

Use code
ASMP for free exhibit pass and 15% off classes (enter at Step 3 of registration) http://www.dvexpo.com/content/dvexpo/packages_and_pricing.php. There's some great deals for students too.

I'll be teaching:
  • More than an Editor: Learning to be a Preditor
  • 10 Great New Reasons to use Adobe Production Premium
  • Building Budgets for Video Projects
  • Time Floats By: Creative use of Time-Lapse and Stop Motion
  • Innovation in Motion: What's new in After Effects CS6
  • Motion Control 3D: Bringing Your Photos to Life in Three-Dimensions
  • Hypersyndication: How to Publish Your Content on the Maximum Number of Screens and Devices

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Cool iOS App – FreezePaint


I recently came across a cool app called
FreezePaint. It allows you to create image collages right on the iPhone using the built-in camera.

Here are some diverse examples of how the app can be used –
http://freezepaint.tumblr.com
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Apple iWork.com Shutdown Reminder



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Remember, as of July 31, 2012, you will no longer be able to access your documents on the iWork.com public beta site or view them on the web.

We recommend that you immediately sign in to iWork.com and download all your documents to your computer. For detailed instructions on how to save a copy of your documents on your computer,
read this support article at Apple.com.

Moving forward, you can use iCloud to store your documents and make them available across your computer and your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Learn more about iCloud.

Dear iWork.com user,

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Creating a Film Look on a Video Budget


Here's the recording from my "
Creating a Film Look on a Video Budget" webinar (sponsored by Tiffen).

These days, a "film look" is more popular than ever. This workshop will give you practical shooting advice to achieve a shallow depth of field and more filmic look in camera. You'll also learn how to enhance even the toughest footage for a better look using a comprehensive suite of tools. Learn how to create realistic textures and curves using the DFT Film Stocks plugin. You can also create dynamic color mapping with PhotoCopy and enhance the light in your scene with Rays.

Take 30% off with this unique code: RHEDDFX13
It can be redeemed here:
http://tiffensoftware.com/promos
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Free Webinar on Getting a Film Look

Creating a Film Look on a Video Budget

July 18, 2012 (limited to 100 signups!)
Sign Up Here –
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/508525966 

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These days, a "film look" is more popular than ever.  This workshop will give you practical shooting advice to achieve a shallow depth of field and more filmic look in camera.  You'll also learn how to enhance even the toughest footage for a better look using a comprehensive suite of tools.  Learn how to create realistic textures and curves using the Tiffen Film Stocks plugin. You can also create dynamic color mapping with PhotoCopy and enhance the light in your scene with Rays.
  • Each attendee will receive a 15 day trial as well as a special discount on the software.
  • One attendee with receive a full license of the software – random drawing, but must be present to win.
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iPhoto Gets an Update

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About iPhoto 9.3.1

  • What's New in Version 9.3.1
  • Addresses a problem during the migration of albums from MobileMe Gallery that may cause photos to be moved from their original events into a new event called "From MobileMe"
  • Fixes an issue that in rare cases could cause iPhoto to hang when upgrading libraries

  • Included in Version 9.3
  • iPhoto can now open libraries from Aperture 3.3 or later 
  • AVCHD video is now supported
  • The Description field now automatically expands as needed when entering text
  • You can now flag a photo in Magnify (1-up) view by clicking a Flag icon displayed in the upper left corner of the photo
  • Keywords and titles are now preserved when exporting files with embedded GPS location data
  • A new Export option allows you to automatically organize exported photos into subfolders by event 

By the way, don't miss my great iPhoto Training.

iPhoto: Fix Your Photos – http://tinyurl.com/iphotofix
The videos provide easy to follow tutorials that help you fix common problems with pictures. You'll learn how to straighten and crop, adjust dark photos, and bring out the color in your snapshots. You'll also learn how to fix soft focus, red eye, and overexposed photos. Whether you're new to iPhoto or even an experienced user, you'll find useful techniques and powerful shortcuts to get your work done faster. Each lesson includes hands on files so you can work along with the instructor.

iPhoto: Share Your Photos - http://tinyurl.com/iphotoshare
The videos provide easy to follow tutorials that help you share your pictures over email or post them online to services including MobileMe, Facebook, and Flickr. You’ll also learn techniques for making slideshows and creating your own blog. Whether you're new to iPhoto or even an experienced user, you’ll find useful techniques and powerful shortcuts to share your photos easily. Each lesson includes hands on files so you can follow along with the instructor.
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Free Webinar on Color Grading

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Creative Color Grading – Fast!  

July 11, 2012 (limited to 100 signups!)
Sign Up Here –
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/706598326

Learn how to approach color grading tasks from production to post.  Learn important techniques about what to shoot in the field including camera profile, white balance information, and essential metadata.  Then in post you'll learn how to create popular looks that clients want.  This workshop will explore both general techniques and theory as well as a detailed look at Tiffen Dfx Video/Film tool set.
  • Each attendee will receive a 15 day trial as well as a special discount on the software.
  • One attendee with receive a full license of the software – random drawing, but must be present to win.
 
Take 30% off with this unique code: RHEDDFX13
It can be redeemed here:
http://tiffensoftware.com/promos
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Three Free Workshops for Video and Media Pros from Tiffen

The Tiffen Company and digital video expert Richard Harrington are teaming up to offer media pros three free webinars to take their video projects to the next level.  Richard Harrington will show techniques he uses at RHED Pixel (www.RHEDPixel.com) to enhance the look of video images, raise production values, and achieve better composites.  These demos will explore a variety of post production tools and show techniques that can improve the workflows for any user of Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects,  Final Cut Pro, or Avid.
 
These 60 minute workshops are free, but will only be offered live.
 

Creative Color Grading – Fast!  

July 11, 2012 (limited to 100 signups!)
Sign Up Here –
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/706598326


Learn how to approach color grading tasks from production to post.  Learn important techniques about what to shoot in the field including camera profile, white balance information, and essential metadata.  Then in post you'll learn how to create popular looks that clients want.  This workshop will explore both general techniques and theory as well as a detailed look at Tiffen Dfx Video/Film tool set.
  • Each attendee will receive a 15 day trial as well as a special discount on the software.
  • One attendee with receive a full license of the software – random drawing, but must be present to win.
 

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Creating a Film Look on a Video Budget

July 18, 2012 (limited to 100 signups!)
Sign Up Here –
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/508525966 

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These days, a "film look" is more popular than ever.  This workshop will give you practical shooting advice to achieve a shallow depth of field and more filmic look in camera.  You'll also learn how to enhance even the toughest footage for a better look using a comprehensive suite of tools.  Learn how to create realistic textures and curves using the Tiffen Film Stocks plugin. You can also create dynamic color mapping with PhotoCopy and enhance the light in your scene with Rays.

  • Each attendee will receive a 15 day trial as well as a special discount on the software.
  • One attendee with receive a full license of the software – random drawing, but must be present to win.
 

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Better Keying from Production to Post

August 22, 2012 (limited to 100 signups!)
Sign Up Here – https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/193658510

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Greenscreen has become an essential tool in modern video and film workflows.  This webinar features visual FX industry veteran Marco Paolini (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0660052/) and Motion Graphic Designer and Editor Richard Harrington (www.RichardHarringtonBloig.com).  You'll learn modern shooting advice to produce better keying footage (particularly the need for quality lighting) as well as on-set advice to follow.  You'll then explore how to prepare background plates, generate multiple mattes, wrap the light and more. This workshop will teach you techniques that work with any post workflow and also gives you a quick start on successfully keying with zMatte.

  • Each attendee will receive a 15 day trial as well as a special discount on the software.
  • One attendee with receive a full license of the software – random drawing, but must be present to win.
 
Take 30% off with this unique code: RHEDDFX13
It can be redeemed here:
http://tiffensoftware.com/promos

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New Drobo Units Announced

Two new Drobo Units are released. I first saw these a few months ago (we've been helping with the videos for launch).
We run our whole office on Drobos, love them. Incredibly reliable and easy to manage.

These two new units are awesome!

Drobo 5D

High-performance, desktop storage for professionals



  • 5 drive bays
  • 2 xThunderbolt
  • USB 3.0
  • Thunderbolt and USB cables included
  • SATA or solid state
  • mSATA solid state drive (Turbocharges cache)
  • Power Fail Protection
  • Mac OS X Lion & Mountain Lion
  • Windows 7 & 8


Drobo Mini

Portable performance storage with data protection.



  • 4 drive bays
  • 2 xThunderbolt
  • USB 3.01 x USB 3.0 port
  • Thunderbolt and USB cables included
  • 4 2.5" SATA or solid state drives
  • Mac OS X Lion & Mountain Lion
  • Windows 7 & 8



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Tiffen Digital Filters @ NAB 2012

ProVideo Coalition - Tiffen Digital Filters - NAB 2012 from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.



Richard Harrington interviews Michael Cassara about Tiffen's digital filters for NLEs at NAB 2012.
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In-Depth Interview About All the AJA New Products

ProVideo Coalition - AJA Video Systems from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.



Richard Harrington interviews Bryce Button about exciting new products from AJA.
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A Sneak Peek at Pluraleyes Version 3

ProVideo Coalition - Pluraleyes & Singular Software at NAB 2012 from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.




Richard Harrington interviews the founder and CEO of Singular Software about Pluraleyes version 3.
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iWork.com Service is Discontinued

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One of my favorite things about iWork from Apple was its ability to share documents online for review and approval. It made it very easy to control access of clients and give them a unique login to view and comment about what you were posting. Whether you were collaborating with a team or just needed secure delivery, the service just worked well.

So of course, Apple just killed it.

Last year, we launched iCloud, a service that stores your music, photos, documents, and more and wirelessly pushes them to all your devices. Today, there are already over 40 million documents stored on iCloud by millions of iWork customers. Learn more about iCloud. With a new way to share iWork documents between your devices using iCloud, the iWork.com public beta service will no longer be available. As of July 31, 2012, you will no longer be able to access your documents on the iWork.com site or view them on the web.


Apparently, no one explained to them how the two services were different. It's the same sort of logic which killed iChat in favor of iMessage (which of course doesn't integrate with GarageBand for group recording, let you share your screen with another user, or collaborate on a file interactively.

Be sure to
sign in to iWork.com before July 31, 2012, and download all your documents to your computer.
For detailed instructions on how to save a copy of your documents on your computer, read
this support article at Apple.com.

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Create a Form Letter with Apple Pages

Oftentimes in you’ll need to create a form letter to send to a group of people. If you’d like to personalize these letters, Pages makes it easy to insert data you’ve defined for contacts in Address Book. This can save you time because you can reuse a letter, envelope, or other document for multiple people. This feature is generally called a mail merge.

Several of Pages’ templates contain Address Book fields. Your contact data can be automatically inserted into these fields. Students can also use this Pages feature for letter writing campaigns if they are writing about issues.

  1. Launch Pages. The Template Chooser opens.
  2. Click the Word Processing category and choose Letters or Envelopes, then select a style, and click Choose. A new, untitled document opens. AppendixA_Fig08
  3. Choose File > Save; name the file and store it on your local hard drive. The letter or envelope is ready to be modified to match the and needs for your classroom.
  4. Pages has already inserted your information into the sender fields. Your name and contact information has already been entered. Pages fills sender fields using the Address Book card that’s designated My Card.
  5. Write your letter and fill in all text information as needed. The text you see on-screen is placeholder text, simply click on an area and start to type. When ready, you’ll need to set up an address group for your targeted group.
  6. Launch the Address Book application by clicking its icon in the Dock or your Applications folder.
  7. Enter the contact information for your students’ families. Create one card for each address.
  8. Create a new group for your classroom by choosing File > New Group.
  9. Drag all of your classroom cards into the group.
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  11. Switch back to Pages. When ready, you can easily personalize your document for multiple recipients.
  12. Choose Edit > Merge Address Book Cards.
  13. Choose an Address Book group to merge from the pop-up menu.
  14. Specify where to Merge Cards to: either a New Document or to Send to Printer. AppendixA_Fig10
  15. Click OK. Pages generates multiple documents, one addressed to each recipient in the Address Book group.
  16. Save your work by choosing File > Save.



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iBook Creatives – A new site about iBooks Author

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I've joined a new website, it's all about Apple iBooks Author. If you missed Apple's announcement, this is the change in publishing that we've all been waiting for.
Be sure to check out
iBooksCreative.com

This is the official home of iBookCreatives.com. We’re a community for and of iBook authors.Here you’ll find tips, tools, news, reviews, and tutorials related to publishing e-books with Apple’s free publishing tool – iBook Author.We’re also available to consult with authors who want help publishing iBooks.This site is not affiliated with Apple, Inc.


The site is
iBooksCreative.com

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Using Slideshow Presets with Apple Apeture

This Aperture tutorial titled Creating a Slideshow Album and Picking a Theme is from chapter four of the Creative Slideshows with Aperture course presented by lynda.com author Richard Harrington. This specific tutorial describes how to create a custom slideshow by picking different themes for your photo album. The complete Creative Slideshows with Aperture course has a duration time of 1 hour and 19 minutes and describes how to use Apple Aperture to quickly and efficiently create a slideshow to impress any audience, from family and friends to colleagues and potential clients.

To view more of this course on lynda.com, click the link above.

Creative Slideshows with Aperture table of contents:

  • Introduction
  • 1. An Overview of Creating Slideshows
  • 2. Gathering Your Slides
  • 3. Gathering Your Slides
  • 4. Setting up a Custom Slideshow
  • 5. Customizing Individual Slide
  • 6. Working with Video Slides
  • 7. Adding & Customizing Transitions
  • 8. Sharing a Slideshow Movie
  • Conclusion
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How to Create a Custom Slideshow with Apple Aperture

This Aperture tutorial titled Creating a Slideshow Album and Picking a Theme is from chapter four of the Creative Slideshows with Aperture course presented by lynda.com author Richard Harrington. This specific tutorial describes how to create a custom slideshow by picking different themes for your photo album. The complete Creative Slideshows with Aperture course has a duration time of 1 hour and 19 minutes and describes how to use Apple Aperture to quickly and efficiently create a slideshow to impress any audience, from family and friends to colleagues and potential clients.
  • To view more of this course on lynda.com, click the link above.
  • Creative Slideshows with Aperture table of contents:
  • Introduction
  • 1. An Overview of Creating Slideshows
  • 2. Gathering Your Slides
  • 3. Gathering Your Slides
  • 4. Setting up a Custom Slideshow
  • 5. Customizing Individual Slide
  • 6. Working with Video Slides
  • 7. Adding & Customizing Transitions
  • 8. Sharing a Slideshow Movie
  • Conclusion
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Managing Media in Final Cut Pro X

Final Cut Pro X has several tools that let you sort, sift, filter, and find the perfect shot. You can use embedded metadata as well as attach powerful keywords to improve your ability to locate the perfect shot. In this chapter you'll learn the many ways to organize your media.

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The act of video editing is not really about learning which buttons to push. The hardest part of editing is learning how to cull through large amounts of footage to find the “good parts”—the best sound bites, the most expressive b-roll, and the shots that just work. Of course, you then have to figure out how to put all of those pieces together.

In a sense, the act of editing video is much like having ten different jigsaw pieces mixed together. You have to find the right pieces and figure out how they go together while ignoring the pieces you don’t need.

Let’s just say that getting organized will be a critical step in your journey to a compelling story. Fortunately, Final Cut Pro X has several tools that let you sort, sift, filter, and find the perfect shot. You can use embedded metadata as well as attach powerful keywords to improve your ability to locate the perfect shot.

In this chapter we’ll explore the many ways to organize your media. Although you may want to skip ahead, we encourage you to tough it out. Learning how to organize an edit will make the whole process run faster and ensures that you’ll have the best shots at your fingertips.

Read the whole chapter here –
http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1822623

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How to Buy Multiple Copies of FCPX without Multiple iTunes Accounts

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One of the initial concerns with Final Cut Pro X was how to actually purchase more than one copy legally, without setting up multiple iTunes accounts.

I recently had a chance to catch up with a member of the Final Cut Pro team and he pointed out a useful link to me.

The Apple Store for Business DOES sell Final Cut Pro X, and you can get as many licenses as you need.


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How Many of These Apple Gadgets Did You Own?

I enjoyed a great article over at MacLife magazine on 11 Apple gadgets that faded into history.

Have a
read, it's quite fun. I owned or used 7 of these at my jobs through the years…. How about you?

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"All around Apple’s Cupertino campus there are people working on the Next Big Thing: it could be the iPhone 5 or an iPad 3, a proper Apple TV or a new kind of Mac. It may even be something you could never imagine. And that happens all day, every day. And it’s been going on since Apple was founded.

Of course, not all of the products Apple has come up with over the years have been successful. For every iPhone there’s been a G4 Cube. Or even a Flower Power iMac come to that. But it’s by experimenting with new ideas, coming up with different kinds of products, and learning from each failure that has made Apple the company it is today. It’s only by delving into its past that we can understand its present and future. As Apple proudly declared ahead of the iPhone’s launch in 2007: the first 30 years were just the beginning."

Keep reading it here –
http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/11_apple_gadgets_time_forgot

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Final Cut Pro X Update Released + FCP7 Project Converter

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Apple delivered on its promise of an update to Final Cut Pro X this morning. They released Final Cut Pro X v10.0.3 (Full Specs). The update fixes SEVERAL glaring gaps that users have been asking for.
The major features include:

  • Multicam editing with automatic syncs up to 64 angles
  • New chroma keying
  • Enhanced XML for interchange with third party apps that can include color grading and audio keyframes
  • A BETA driver for broadcast monitoring that supports Thunderbolt devices as well as PCIe cards.
  • Layered Photoshop graphics support
  • Manual media management with the ability to relink
Pricing:
  • The application still costs $299.99 (US) to new users.
  • The update is free from the Mac App Store
  • A 30-day free trial of Final Cut Pro X is available at www.apple.com/finalcutpro/trial.

Apple has also taken down their FCPX FAQ document (http://www.apple.com/finalcutpro/faq/) which is too bad. I liked the company communicating status on what was coming next.

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Third-Party News:
Intelligent Assistance releases 7toX for Final Cut Pro, a lightweight application for translating Final Cut Pro 7 projects to Final Cut Pro X.
The application sells in the Mac App Store for $9.99 (US). The application looks to rely on the new XML features released today in the free update.

  • 7toX for Final Cut Pro translates Final Cut Pro 7 Bins to Keyword Collections in Final Cut Pro X,
  • Converts Sequences to Compound Clips that can be browsed and edited.
  • Metadata and log notes from Final Cut Pro 7 are migrated to Final Cut Pro X.
  • Motion tab settings and keyframes are translated into equivalent parameters in Final Cut Pro X.
  • Layers from Photoshop files are properly preserved
  • More than 30 Transitions and 70 Filters are matched and applied — with detailed reporting in context in the Magnetic Timeline
  • 7toX also allows editors to migrate their Final Cut Pro 7 multicam projects to the latest version of Final Cut Pro X.

I have not been able to test the above, but I know this company well. This is a
HUGE accomplishment and I commend them. Apple, buy this code and put it into Final Cut Pro X. This fills in critical holes.
 

What's Next?
I am happy to see that many of the problems have been addressed. There is still work to do however.
  • Non-beta broadcast monitoring
  • The option to see a second window when working (I find it impossible to line up a 3 point edit with one window).
  • Ability to switch to a track-based timeline
  • Support for raw workflows
  • Support for several missing codecs

A great
detailed article from my friend Gary Adcock at Macworld Magazine

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Meet Sydnee – The iPad Accessory Even My Wife Approves Of

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I just got back from Macworld Expo in San Francisco. While there, I came across this device from Kanex – Sydnee (http://www.kanexlive.com/sydnee). It's essentially an iPad charger for a family or small office.

With one plug in the wall, you can set up to three iPads (or other iOS devices). You also can plug in a fourth device. You can keep things nice and neat without having a total cable nest in your family room. The system will auto-detect when devices are charged and then shut off the individual port (while other devices keep charging as needed).

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The device is supposed to start shipping in March (at least according to the booth person I talked to). You can sign up for early info on the product's page. It's list for $149 at this time.



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Free and Discounted Passes to Macworld

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I am speaking at this year's Macworld | iWorld event. The event runs 1/26 – 1/28

I have a special discount.

100 FREE Exhibit Only Passes

$15.00 OFF an iFan Pass

Be sure to
enter SOURCE CODE:  BPB15330

REGISTRATION URL: https://register.rcsreg.com/r2/macsf2012/ga/index2.html 

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Opening My Mind Has Opened Doors

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The past few years has forced me to rethink a lot of my business decisions. What I'm going to lay out for you is how I reached the decision to switch from Final Cut Pro to Adobe Premiere Pro, as well as why part of my postproduction department is running on Windows.

Read the whole article here –
http://magazine.creativecow.net/article/opening-my-mind-has-opened-doors

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A Two Part Fix for a Corrupt Mac Drive

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Photo — iStockPhoto.

Yesterday while in the middle of a huge back-up, the power went out.

My drive (which was not on an Uninterruptible Power Supply) went down…. hard.

After a reboot... things did not look good. The Drobo Dashboard saw the drive… but my Mac wouldn't mount it. No disk repair program would bring it to life…

Disk Warrior – Fail

Drive Genius – Fail

Disk Utility – Fail

Four more other apps… nope.



Then I had an idea.

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I used Drive Genius to reparation the drive. I told it to just create a new partition that was the exact same size as the current volume.



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When that was done… I was able to use Disk Warrior to rebuild the drives directory.

In about 12 minutes, all 8 GB were recovered (with zero data loss).

Whew…

Hope this helps some of you… especially when all seems lost.

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View Your iPhone or iPad on Your TV

How'd you like to play Angry Birds on your TV? Need to browse a website with your family? Or maybe show your portfolio on the big screen?

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Well if you have an iPad or iPhone running iOS5 as well as an Apple TV you can.

1. Turn on your iOS device and make sure it is connected to the same WiFi network.

2. Turn on AirPlay for your device. Double-click the home button.

3. On an iPhone, swipe twice to the right.

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On an iPad swipe once

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4. Press the AirPlay button.
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5. Select your Apple TV from the list and enable Mirroring.

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6. Browse, launch, play, surf while sharing with all around you on the big screen.

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I can show my portfolio from 500px on the big screen.


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iTunes Searching: How Will You Be Discovered?

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Whether you're publishing a podcast or an app, you'll be found in one of three ways on the iTunes store. Understanding how these methods work will improve your chances at success.

1. Search

The iTunes Store contains a search field. Results are returned based on popularity and relevance. Popularity relates to the number of new subscribers you’ve had in a given period (which is an uncontrollable factor). Relevance is due largely to your show’s description and keywords (which you have complete control over). Be sure to write an accurate description that addresses your show’s topic. You can also use keywords to address misspellings or additional search criteria.

2. Featured Content

The iTunes Store routinely features content. There are several factors that contribute to a show being featured. First and foremost, the quality of content is considered. Second, your show must have attractive artwork (which does not include Apple items like logos or iPods). The staff at the iTunes Store also favor shows with consistent content that is released regularly (e.g., weekly or daily). It should also go without saying that your feed needs to be valid, so periodically check it at www.feedvalidator.org.

3.Top Lists

On each page of the iTunes Store there is a “Top List.” These lists showcase the top shows in each category. Making these lists is based on new subscriptions. We often recommend launching a show with four episodes (simply pre-date the first three to offset their “release”). This way a new show offers visitors multiple options. This initial surge can help you make a splash. Once you are on a Top List, it is essential you maintain your release schedule and quality. Staying on a Top List is very helpful, as it makes it much easier for visitors to discover your show.


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Spot Color Effects for Video Plus a Free HD Download



A free tutorial using After Effects or Final Cut Pro X to do advanced secondary and spot color effects. Learn how to tweak a color in a video clip (even with a moving subject). This technique is fast and easy (and is a client-pleaser too).

Plus thanks to iStockphoto, you can get:
This vide clip for free –
http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-video-13410332-poppy-on-meadow.php
A free audio file too –
http://www.istockphoto.com/freeaudio

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Animation for Producers — Free Panel at GV Expo

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Wednesday, November 30 | 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Washington, DC Convention Center
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Don't miss this special Animator's Roundtable at GV Expo. It's
FREE and open to the public. This is the chance for DC's best Animators, Motion Designers, and VFX Artists to meet their Producer counterparts.

Producers and Animators don't always understand each others areas of expertise. Creating an animation or graphics heavy video can often be daunting, so the Animator's Roundtable has activated its universal translator to help Producers and Animators speak the same language and communicate better! Our expert panel, a mix of Producers and Animators, will share their knowledge and a few tips on planning for and using animation effectively. They'll help you figure out how to solve your creative challenges with the magic of graphics.

Special Guest Panelists:

  • Chris Dominici, Potomac Motion
  • Richard Harrington, RHED Pixel
  • Pradeep Mistry, PCM Animation
  • Ann Ramsey, US Dept. of Health and Human Services

This is a FREE event starting right after the close of the exhibit hall floor. Come join us for some networking and a great discussion, so if you're a Producer, an Animator, or just intrigued, this event is for YOU!


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Syncing with DSLR Footage with DualEyes

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A great way to sync your DSLR and sync-sound footage is with a stand-alone, third-party application called DualEyes from Singular Software (www.singularsoftware.com/dualeyes.html). What’s really cool is that DualEyes can sync your DSLR video clips and your separate high-quality audio recordings before you import them into Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid etc. It creates a new video clip containing the good audio married to the original video, so there is no loss in video quality. Plus, your original files remain untouched on your drive.

In my tests, DualEyes was significantly faster than Final Cut Pro X's automatic syncing (but it will set you back $149).

Here is a quick overview of how DualEyes works.

1. Launch the DualEyes application.

2. Click the New Project button.

3. Give the project a descriptive name, and select a location where you want to save the project. I suggest saving in a media folder related to the project you are syncing because DualEyes does create new media and temp files when it runs. The application also generates a report file that you can peruse to determine any problem clips.

4. Drag in the video and audio files that you want to sync or click the Add Media button (the plus symbol).

Officially, you can add multiple video files, but it is best to stick with only one good audio file. This is not multi-camera prep, so you should only put video in from one camera or camera angle. Don’t throw everything in at once. With that said, I dumped in the sound track from a concert and every video angle (even a few random clips), and it did an excellent job of matching the sound.

5. Click the Options menu and choose from the following options:
  • Replace Audio for MOV and AVI files. DualEyes will create a new file that contains the video from the original clip and the synced audio for MOV and AVI files. Make sure you select this option, or you won’t get a new self-contained movie file with clean audio.
  • Correct Drift. Cameras can record at 24P, 29.97i, and so on. Audio devices like to keep rates at 30 frames per second. These timing differences between the audio and video can sometimes cause drift, which means audio and video could be perfectly synced in one segment of the video but unsynced in a different segment. The Correct Drift option corrects this so that everything is in sync all the time. This problem tends to show up in very long recordings.
  • Level Audio. Before DualEyes, the creator of the software had a great product used by podcasters worldwide called the Levelator. This product did a wonderful job of smoothing out variations in sound. Well, that’s built into DualEyes. If your audio levels vary a lot between clips, DualEyes can normalize the audio levels. If you’ve recorded from a professional soundboard at a venue, this might be overkill, but for interviews and most other situations, it works great. It’s almost always safe to use this option, but it will take a bit longer to process.

6. Click the scissors button to start synchronizing clips.

7. You can monitor progress within the app and view the Output column to track progress. When it’s done, you will see a new clip that contains the good audio and the good video (minus the bad audio). You will find this movie in the same folder as the original movie with the bad audio. Its name will be appended with “_from_” and then the name of the good audio file you referenced.

8. Simply import it into Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro, or Avid and you are good to go.

DualEyes is a popular choice with those who need to prepare footage to hand off to clients or other team members. It’s popular because it’s fast and it saves several steps at the editing stage (which often get screwed up due to poor communication).
I recommend you download the free demo and try it out.

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Want to Recharge Your Video Editing Mojo? Join Me at Editor's Retreat 2012 (Discount Code)

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I have been going to the Editor's Retreat event for almost 15 years (back when it was known as the Avid Master Editor Workshop). This is a great event that lets professional editors get together for several days of learning and networking in a small intimate event. The next time its being held is February 1–5 in Austin, Texas.

Editors Retreat from Editors Retreat on Vimeo.

Now in its fifth year, the Editors Retreat has become an annual gathering for the post-production elite. Highly experienced editors from the worlds of film, TV and video come together to network, exchange ideas, share tips and of course, have fun! To ensure that only the best of the best attend, participation is subject to an application and screening process.



The Editors Retreat is an intensive, interactive environment for TV, video and film editors that fosters creativity and the exchange of ideas at the highest level.Now in its sixth year, the Editors Retreat has become an annual gathering for the post-production elite. Highly experienced editors  come together to network, exchange ideas, share tips and of course, have fun!  Running for 5 days and 4 nights, the Editors Retreat offers advanced sessions on post, visual and audio techniques and features valuable insight into emerging trends and technologies.  

Keynote attendees have included such names as Alan Heim, Sally Menke, Geoffrey Richman, Dan Lebental and Maysie Hoy.  Retreat attendees are known to walk away with incredible raffle prizes and swag, often worth more than cost of attending!


For more info visit : 
EditorsRetreat.com
Special 10% Discount Code  :  ERRH12


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Posting to Vimeo from Final Cut Pro X

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Vimeo is a popular website for sharing video (especially amongst professional and amateur filmmakers). It offers both free and paid accounts with different levels of service. Once you’ve set up a Vimeo account, you publish a project to Vimeo directly from Final Cut Pro X.

1. Select the project (or click in the Timeline) and choose Share > Vimeo.

2. Choose an account from the Account menu, or click Add to add an existing account. You can add more than one account to the list but can only export to one at a time.

3. Fill in the requests field:
Password. Enter your Vimeo account password. You’ll need to enter it each time you want to publish for security purposes.
Viewable by. Choose who can see the video.
Title. Enter a name for the movie so others can search for it.
Description. The information here helps power search features on the site and can convince others to watch your movie.
Tags. You can use keywords to help viewers find your movie.
4. Select the “Set size automatically” option or deselect it and choose from the menu to control the size of the output movie. Vimeo has limits on free accounts as to how many clips and data can be uploaded each week.

5. Use the Compression menu as well as the Advanced and Summary areas to control the quality of the file generated. These controls are identical to the options previously discussed.

6. Click Next to read the terms of service. Click the blue hypertext to go directly to the terms of service and review the rights you are granting the video hosting provider.

7. When ready, click Publish. You can monitor progress with the Share Monitor in your Dock.

Be sure to preorder the new book –
From Still to Motion: Editing DSLR Video with Final Cut Pro X


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Media and Social Media Symposium by RHED Pixel – Day 2









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My company, RHED Pixel is offering a two day Media and Social Media Symposium. The event will be streaming live for two days (we have several 45 minute sessions). Below is the schedule for day two, Wednesday, October 26. We'll stream these only once… so if you want to catch these live you can watch below or at this link –
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/rhed-pixel-open-house-day-1


10:00 AM EST
Video on the Go: Producing Video for Smart Phones, Apple iOS and Google Droid
Richard Harrington & Mark Weiser — RHED Pixel

11:00 AM EST
Measuring Social Media Results: Real World Metrics
Amy DeLouise

12:00 PM EST
More than 140 Characters: Enriching Twitter and Facebook with Photos, Video, and More
Richard Harrington— RHED Pixel

2:00 PM EST
You Can Hear the Difference: The Benefit of Audio Sweetening
Cheryl Ottenritter –Ott House Audio

3:00 PM EST
Color Grading your Video Project: When You Really Want to Fix it in Post
Robbie Carman — Amigo Media

4:00 PM EST
Fix it in Post: Rescuing Footage from Production Disasters
Brenda Spevak and Adam Martray — RHED Pixel

4:45 PM EST
The Perfect Key: What You Need to Know About Green Screen
Richard Harrington & Xi Lin —RHED Pixel



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Media and Social Media Symposium by RHED Pixel – Day 1









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My company, RHED Pixel is offering a two day Media and Social Media Symposium. The event will be streaming live for two days (we have several 45 minute sessions). Below is the schedule for day one, Tuesday, October 25. We'll stream these only once… so if you want to catch these live you can watch below or at this link –
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/rhed-pixel-open-house-day-1


10:00 AM EST
Hypersyndication: How to Get Your Social Media and Video More Eyeballs
Richard Harrington — RHED Pixel

11:00 AM EST
Nobody Cares What You Had for Lunch: Practical Writing Tips for Social Media
Mary Fletcher — Fletcher Prince Marketing

12:00 PM EST
DSLR Video: Hollywood Style – DC Budgets
Rich Harrington & Mark Weiser — RHED Pixel

2:00 PM EST
Why 3D Matters: How your Brain Sees 3D Video
Chris Mayhew — V3 Imaging

3:00 PM EST
Hard Drives and Your Media: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You
Mark Fuccio

4:00 PM EST
Five Innovations in Video Editing: How to Work Faster and Smarter
Richard Harrington & Adam Martray — RHED Pixel

5:00 PM EST
From Inspiration to Animation: Motion Graphics Design Showcase
Xi Lin & Esin Ozdag — RHED Pixel

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Apple Updates Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’11

Apple just released two new software updates for their photo editing tools. If you're using iCloud with iOS 5, be sure to check out the update.

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About Aperture 3.2

 Aperture 3.2 supports compatibility with iCloud and iOS 5. This update also addresses minor stability, performance and compatibility issues, including:
  • Resolves an issue that could cause the "Loading" indicator to reappear in the Viewer when cropping a photo
  • Aperture now automatically relaunches into Full Screen mode if the application was in Full Screen mode when last quit
  • Pinch-to-zoom gesture now automatically activates Zoom mode in the Viewer
  • Left and right swipe gestures can now be used to navigate between photos in the Viewer
  • Microsoft Outlook can now be chosen in Preferences as the application used by Aperture for emailing photos
  • Fixes a problem that could cause Aperture, running on OS X Lion, to quit unexpectedly when using brushes to apply adjustments
  • Loupe now correctly displays magnification levels between 50-100%.
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Aperture, running on OS X Lion, to display the incorrect color profile on externally edited images
  • Import window now includes an option to delete photos from iPhone and iPad after they have been imported into Aperture
  • The Lift & Stamp tool now displays the correct cursor icons when being used in Split View and Viewer only modes

For detailed information on all recent updates, visit this article: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2518



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About iPhoto 9.2

 
 iPhoto 9.2 supports compatibility with iCloud and iOS 5. This update also addresses minor stability, performance and compatibility issues, including:
  • Left and right swipe gestures can now be used to navigate between photos in Magnify (1-up) view
  • Previously imported photos are now displayed in a separate section of the Import window
  • Book/calendar themes and card categories can now be selected using a pop-up menu in the carousel view
  • Resolves an issue that could cause some pages of books to print incorrectly
  • Rebuilding a library now correctly preserves saved slideshows and books 

The update is recommended for all users of iPhoto '11.

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Syncing Clips Automatically in FCPX

If you're working with dual system sound (very common in DSLR workflow) you'll need to marry the camera footage with an external audio recording.The easiest way to sync is to let Final Cut Pro X try to do it automatically. As long as you have sufficient levels in your reference audio, we find the process is successful most of the time. The process works best when you need to sync a singe video file to a single audio file. Here’s how:

1. Select both and audio clip and a video clip in the Event Browser.

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You can select multiple clips by holding down the command key and clicking on each clip. You’’ll know a clip is selected by the yellow selection box at the edge of each clip.

2. Choose Clip > Synchronize Clips (Opt+Cmd+G.)
A new clip is created in the Event Browser. This new clip is a compound clip. Which means it is really a clip made up of at least two other clips.

3. Look for a new clip in the Event Browser.
Newly synced clips do not have any Keywords attached. If you’re filtering your Event Browser using a Keyword collection you might not see the new clip. Be sure to switch your view to see all clips in the Event. You might want to tag the synced clip with additional keywords.

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Depending on the size of the original files, this new clip could appear very quickly or take a while. If you can’t find the clip, simply select the search box in the upper right corner of the event library and type in “Synchronized clip.” You probably will find it after you type “synch.”

4. Select the clip in the Event Browser and click the Play button.

5. Watch the clip back and check for sync.

You should hear both the reference audio and the dual system sound playback. Later you’ll learn how to discard the audio.


Want to learn more about editing DSLR video in Final Cut Pro X? Then check out
From Still to Motion: Editing DSLR Video with Final Cut Pro X (Coming Soon)

Don't worry Adobe Premiere Pro fans… that version is in the works too and will be updated and ready for the next version.


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RIP Steve Jobs – You Changed the World

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If you would like to share your thoughts, memories, and condolences, please email rememberingsteve@apple.com


I just heard the news… and it hurts. I find it strange that I am fighting tears over the loss of a man I've only met in passing.

But the truth is that I owe much of my professional career to this man's vision.

The first computer I learned on was an Apple. I had a Mac from day one in college.

I built my company around Macintosh technology.

I've used the portals Steve built to reach so many others. From the books I write to the podcasts I publish, Apple technology helps me reach the world.

I think at all the people who have captured and shared their memories thanks to Steve and his concept of the Digital Hub.
His move to put iLife and iWork into the hands of so many has changed the way people communicate.

So while many will remember his technology genius…. I remember a man who believed that the world could be a better place.

One where everyone's voice could be heard.
One where sharing video and photos was as easy as pushing a button.
One where the boundaries of cost wouldn't prevent creatives from achieving their dream.
One where students could learn and be better connected.
One where people could use technology to create better experiences and interactions.

Thank you Steve for all that you've done.

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Please share your thoughts below as well as send them to
rememberingsteve@apple.com

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The State of DSLR Video Editing

I recently had the chance to be a guest on the Planet 5D podcast. We talked about the state of the art in editing HDSLR footage and more!

Watch for free here.

podcast #52 Richard Harrington from planetMitch on Vimeo.

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Final Cut Studio Goes Back On Sale

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I just got off the phone with a lovely woman at 1-800-MY-APPLE.

Here are the highlights of the call.

  • Final Cut Studio 3 is back on sale. In fact it’s been available for 4 days.
  • The studio costs $999 (just like it used to).
  • If you're a student, that’s $899 (just like it used to).
  • There are NO other discounts or upgrades that the representative could find.

This product is not on the consumer Apple website. You have to call 1-800-MY-APPLE. According to the representative… she says that there’s been A LOT of calls asking for it to go back on sale… so she was glad to be able to sell it again (instead of telling people no).

So there you have it…. Those of you sitting on older versions of Final Cut Pro can step up (but not upgrade). You’re now set if you needed new licenses to go with that new Mac Pro (oh wait, still waiting for that…).

Here’s
another story on the re-release, if that helps.

I’ve updated my chart on where things stand for Final Cut Pro X (which still seems stuck in the middle).

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Apple Updates Digital Camera RAW for New Cameras

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About Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.8
This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11:
  • Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200
  • Olympus PEN E-P3
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G3
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF3
  • Samsung NX11
  • Samsung NX100
  • Sony Alpha NEX-C3
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A35
For more information on supported RAW formats, see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4757
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Repairing An Aperture Library


This is a guest post from Scott Engel

I want to thank Richard for giving me the opportunity to be a guest blogger. I am a freelance photographer specializing in wildlife, but I do a lot of zoo photography as well. In a past life I also worked for Apple Retail as a Creative/Trainer and I hold an Aperture 3 Certification.

Aperture is a wonderful application. Sometimes, however, you might encounter an error with your library and it will not open. Aperture has a great set of troubleshooting tools in case your library becomes corrupt or fails to load.

1. While holding down the Option and Command keys, click on Aperture to launch it.

2. There are three tools to help you repair a library:
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  • The first choice, Repair Permissions, will address a majority of issues and is the fastest.
  • The second Choice is to Repair Database. It takes a little bit longer but it’s more thorough.
  • If your library needs some extra attention, then choose Rebuild Database. This is the most time consuming, but is very thorough.

3. Click Repair to make the fix.


You can contact Scott on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/Engelimages | Twitter @Engelimages
He also has a small photo gallery at
www.engelimages.com
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Final Cut Pro X App Store Scores Rise

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The App Store scores for Final Cut Pro X continue to rise over time. In the strictest sense, the app is no longer failing.

Here are a few observations I'd like to share:

  • The App has fallen off the Top 10 list of selling apps (down to 11). This is largely due to initial demand being satiated and Apple removing it from the home page (except for a little button below the fold).
  • The App is firmly entrenched in the #2 spot for Top Grossing. This means Apple is making good money of the application and it can b considered a success financially.
  • The user community remains fiercely divided. I've spent the last few weeks entrenched in user group events and industry functions. Apple, Adobe, and Autodesk are certainly gaining new users.
  • The next dot release update is going to be a watershed moment. MANY (and I mean many) are taking a wait and see approach to see how much Apple can put back in.
  • I heard from a reliable source at the Atlanta Cutters Event that the XML resources will be released to developers in the next two weeks. This will open up new opportunities for FCPX to participate with other professional applications. No word on cost implications however.
  • I have heard from many people switching (or thinking of switching) to Adobe Premiere Pro how surpassed they are at its performance and features. These same people love After Effects and Photoshop, yet seem surprised at how good the integration is between the three. Dynamic Link, Native Editing, and Adobe Media Encoder continue to please.
  • Hardware companies like AJA are broadening their support to all the manufacturers. Avid, Adobe, and Apple are all seeing new products and new support with drivers.
  • Several major places are adding in or strengthening their use of Adobe and Avid tools. I've spoken to folks at Discovery, CNN, Turner, American University,
  • The DSLR crowd (including Vincent Laforet, Phillip Bloom, and Shane Hurlbut) are now using Adobe Premiere Pro. The RED community is quickly switching too.
  • The industry got a quick shot of evolution. "Everything just changed in post" rings true. It's just that a lot more shuffling is occurring than anyone expected.


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Adobe Offers Path to FCPX Editors

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As disgruntled Apple Final Cut Pro users search out options for professional video editing, Adobe Systems has been a major beneficiary of the big switch since FCPX hit the market. In her interview with Jim Guerard of Adobe Systems, Debra Kaufman finds the result of Adobe's offering for former FCP users to be a big uptick in pro video users.

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Creative COW has posted a great article that goes in-depth with both Adobe staff and users about why folks are switching to Adobe Premiere Pro.

Some of my favorite parts:

Adobe also created another key feature: ensuring integration of Adobe Premiere with the new generation of digital cameras. "We natively support all these camera formats from Sony to Panasonic, from RED to the Canon 5D Mark II," says Guerard. "You don't waste hours and hours of transcoding on ingest. The time and money we save people and the amount they're able to get done is huge."

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Who's making the switch to Adobe Premiere Pro? According to Guerard, the broadcast and indie filmmaker arenas are the most likely suspects. "In broadcast, there is so much happening with multi-screen delivery and distribution," says Guerard. "With Premiere, you can seamlessly take the content out to all kinds of platforms. And broadcasters know us and trust that we're dedicated to this market. They know they'll get a brand new release every year. For professional editors who count on their software application to pay the bills, they need that kind of partnership and collaboration."

Be sure to read the whole article here – http://library.creativecow.net/kaufman_debra/Adobe-offers-switch-FCP/1

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Listen to this Maccast on Final Cut Pro X

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I recently had a chance to talk with some very smart folks about the release of Final Cut Pro X. The show looks at several issues and tries to explain why people had such a hard time with the release.

"A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 357. When Apple released the latest version of Final Cut Pro they created quite an impact although it may or may not have been the one they wanted. The Final Cut Pro X (FCPX) release was very anticipated and had a lot of hype. When it shipped many in the high end pro video market cried foul. In this episode I invited three video pros, Richard Harrington, Ron Brinkmann, and Chris Fenwick to come on and help the average Mac Geek make sense of why this release was such a big deal. The changes impact not only those in the video community, but also bring insights and revelations for the rest of us as well."
Be sure to listen to the show here –
http://www.maccast.com/2011/07/16/maccast-2011-07-16-final-cut-pro-x/
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Investing and Doing Business In the Apple Ecosystem

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I recently had the chance to be a guest on the very cool podcast called The MacJury.

"Operating in the shadow of Apple may be different from any other company in the world. A special MacJury convenes to discuss the benefits and challenges of doing business in and as part of the Apple ecosystem. What makes the Apple space different and what that is attractive from a business and investing perspective, the most recommended area for developers to get involved in, and a case study of how one hardware company approached it, are included in the deliberations. The question of the number of apps in the Mac App Store, the store’s features and how what is and isn’t there affects vendors, the importance of demo versions and much more are covered by the very diverse panel of Mark Fuccio, Tom Loverro, Rich Harrington, Jean MacDonald and host Chuck Joiner."

You can listen to the show or download it here –
http://is.gd/WMsOpB

It was a very interesting show with lots of view points and insight.

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OSX Lion Windows Driving You Nuts?

When it comes to my laptop, I'm a bit of a control freak. I live or die professionally because of this machine.

I've been very happy with the OSX Lion upgrade, except I was missing a lot of controls in the Finder windows.

By default, your windows will look like this...
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Or like this (depending on your previous preferences).

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The key is to go under the view menu and turn on several options:
  • Show Path Bar
  • Show Status Bar
  • Show Sidebar

Now your windows will look like this.:

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Much greater control. You can quickly switch between common folders with the sidebar. You can also drag items into the sidebar to add them. You can also press Command , or choose Finder > Preferences (when in the Finder) to customize windows more.

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Along the bottom you see a clear path of where you are working. Importantly for me is a status of how full a drive is getting. When working with videos and photos its easy to overfill a drive (which can lead to major performance issues or corruption). I try to leave 10% of a hard drive free at all times. If I get to 5% I start removing things to backup.

While I'm at it, here's a useful tip to switch folders. If you command-click on a folder name, you'll get the whole path. You can now switch to a parent directory very quickly. If viewing the Path Bar you can also click in the string to switch folders.

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Importing a Final Cut Pro Project into Adobe Premiere Pro



Learn how to exchange data from Apple Final Cut Pro to Adobe Premiere Pro in this movie. This movie is by Robbie Carman, my co-author.

For more videos and a complete training experience, check out
An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro from Peachpit Press — http://www.peachpit.com/premiereguide.

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A Good Argument for Larger Type

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Remember when your mom used to yell at you for sitting too close to the TV? Now look at you, just inches from your computer's screen.

When designing video graphics, speaker slides, or even websites, you’ll likely use type that’s entirely too small. Remember, use a larger font and get some distance between you and your monitor. Get up, and stand a few feet away for a while (or even stand in the back of the room for slides. Review your graphics from a more reasonable vantage point.

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All Creative COW Training DVDs Have Low Prices

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NY Post Conference Returns October 11–13

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An Update About PluralEyes and FCPX

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I've been a big fan of PluralEyes since I first met Bruce Sharpe (its inventor) at Podcast Expo (nearly five years ago).
We use this product for both multi-camera projects and DSLR sync sound workflow.

We use it both in Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro. Unfortunately, it can't work in Final Cut Pro X yet. I've pushed this tool to many of you, but wanted to let you know about its future.

Here's a quick update on the status from Bruce.



PluralEyes and Final Cut Pro X Questions and answers

We are getting lots of questions about PluralEyes and Final Cut Pro X. Here are the answers.

Q: Does PluralEyes support FCP X today?
A: No

Q: Will PluralEyes support FCP X?
A: As with any new host release, we intend to support FCP X as soon as we can, but the technical information that we need to do so has not been released yet. In the meantime, the engineering team has begun the process of analyzing FCP X.

Q: When?
A: We can't make any promises. We haven't seen the technical specs to know how much effort will be required and we don't know when those specs will be available.

Q: Will it be a free upgrade?
A: Yes, for anyone who bought PluralEyes (for FCP 6 or 7) recently.

Q: I thought I detected some weasel words in that last answer.
A: Our updates have always been free up until now. We can't guarantee that an FCP X update will be free for those who didn't buy recently, but that would be our preference.

Q: I see other plug-ins are supporting FCP X already. Why aren't you?
A: There are several different developer kits. One of those has been released and is being used to update some plug-ins. The one we need has not been made available to us.

Q: What about those of us still using FCP 6 and 7?
A: PluralEyes will continue to support those versions for some time and through subsequent releases.

Q: Hey, wait. Doesn't FCP X have auto sync built in?
A: As expected, a basic auto sync feature has been included in FCP X. We also expected that PluralEyes would be able to add value to FCP X, and our experience with it has confirmed that. We have heard from several customers that they still want PluralEyes.

Q: I need PluralEyes for FCP X! Can't you do something? A: We're doing everything we can think of. If you would like to make your wishes known to Apple, they provide a page where you are invited to give feedback about Final Cut Pro. http://www.apple.com/feedback/finalcutpro.html.

Best regards, The PluralEyes Team


Do note... PluralEyes and the companion product DualEyes are cross platform and available for several editing platforms.

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More Questions Raised by the Final Cut Pro X FAQ

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Apple just posted an FAQ document that addresses the top questions. This is a certainly step in the right direction (open communication always is). I respectively submit my commentary and additional questions to respect additional clarification.

Gary Adcock contributed to this article and added clarification.

Readers, please add to this list in the comments section.

Import


Can I import projects from Final Cut Pro 7 into Final Cut Pro X?

“Final Cut Pro X includes an all-new project architecture structured around a trackless timeline and connected clips. In addition, Final Cut Pro X features new and redesigned audio effects, video effects, and color grading tools. Because of these changes, there is no way to “translate” or bring in old projects without changing or losing data. But if you’re already working with Final Cut Pro 7, you can continue to do so after installing Final Cut Pro X, and Final Cut Pro 7 will work with Mac OS X Lion. You can also import your media files from previous versions into Final Cut Pro X.”

  • If we are willing to lose some data, what could be imported?
  • Can we import the bin structure of a project to use existing organization?
  • You say that there is no way to translate or bring in old projects. Can we definitely take this that there will be no way now or ever?

Gary thinks that the question becomes how much can be brought in and how much of the previous structure is not translatable to the new app. Gary thinks that it should be possible to import the media files into a FCP X event. Folders and subfolders could carry over the existing naming conventions and folder nesting as Smart Collections and use the folder structure to achieve hierarchy via keywording.


Can I import my video directly into Final Cut Pro X as I could in Final Cut Pro 7?

“Yes. Final Cut Pro X allows you to import video from a wide range of devices, including many AVCHD-based cameras and DSLR cameras. You can find a list of supported cameras here: http://help.apple.com/finalcutpro/cameras/en/. The list will grow as we continue to test and qualify new cameras.”

  • We also use decks to ingest media too, what about them?
  • Any plans for device control for decks and standard protocols?

Gary thinks that third-party tools will be required for acquisition and playback of tape-based media, and are not yet available. He feels that Log and Capture is gone. Options like serial control will be in the hands of the hardware manufacturers.

  • How about third party capture cards?
  • What about Firewire based capture devices like the AJA IO HD?

Gary says that there is billion dollar ecosystem built around Final Cut Pro. He feels confident that there will be devices and they will be able to do more that output a Mirrored Desktop signal. He is of the opinion that this is the number one priority at this time for Apple. However he wants that just like how most three year old capture cards do not work with FCPX, users should not expect older capture hardware will likely need to be replaced too.

"Some camera manufacturers will need to update their import plug-ins to work with the new 64-bit architecture of Final Cut Pro, and we are working with them to provide these updates as quickly as possible. Until then, you can use your camera manufacturer’s import software to convert video for Final Cut Pro X."

  • Which manufacturers are you working with?

"For example, Sony offers an XDCAM Transfer application that allows you to convert XDCAM video without transcoding so it can be imported into Final Cut Pro X. You can find more information here: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4724. If you are working with RED cameras, you can use the free RED software REDCINE-X, designed to transcode RED RAW video to ProRes for use in Final Cut Pro X: https://www.red.com/support/all/downloads.”

  • What if we don’t want to transcode to ProRes (defeats the purpose of Raw workflow for many)?
  • What about Arri Alexa?
  • How about camera raw formats for time-lapse?
  • Any plans to recognize the advanced metadata created by high end cameras? Many use FCP7 XML side car files, how do we access this data?

Gary points out that Raw is a viable workflow for many users, however, that long form or documentary projects have always done the Online / Offline process to keep the overall media size somewhat manageable.


Editing


Can I edit my tape-based workflow with Final Cut Pro X?


"Yes, in a limited manner. Final Cut Pro X is designed for modern file-based workflows and does not include all the tape capture and output features that were built into Final Cut Pro 7. Final Cut Pro X does support FireWire import for DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO HD, and HDV. In addition, companies like AJA and Blackmagic offer free deck control software that allows you to capture from tape and output to tape."

  • Are you saying that anything to do with tape, outside DV and HDV, is up to third-parties?
  • What about other decks (such as those from Panasonic) that can use FireWire to pass DVCPRO and DVCPRO HD data?
  • What APIs have you opened up? In other words what features are possible if third-parties choose to use them?


Does Final Cut Pro X support multicam editing?

"Not yet, but it will. Multicam editing is an important and popular feature, and we will provide great multicam support in the next major release. Until then, Final Cut Pro X offers some basic support with automatic clip synchronization, which allows you to sync multiple video and audio clips using audio waveforms, creating a Compound Clip that can be used for simple multicam workflows."

  • By next major release, do you mean version 2?
  • Historically there has been approximately two years between major versions, can you comment on a timeline more specifically?
  • By simple multicam workflows , do you mean two angles?


Does Final Cut Pro X support external monitors?

"Yes. If you have a second computer monitor connected to your Mac, Final Cut Pro X gives you options to display the interface across multiple monitors. For example, you can place a single window — such as the Viewer or the Event Browser — on the second monitor, while leaving the other windows on your primary monitor. Like previous versions, Final Cut Pro X relies on third-party devices to support external video monitoring. We’ve been working with third-party developers in our beta program to create drivers for Final Cut Pro X, and AJA has already posted beta drivers for its popular Kona card: http://www.aja.com/support/konaNEW/kona-3g.php."

  • Will we be able to mirror that second window to two places?
  • What color space is that second monitor going to function in?
  • How can we view a true video signal on that external monitor?
  • Any plans to support a second computer monitor and an external video monitor at the same time?
  • Will devices like the AJA IO Express and IO HD as well as Matrox MXO line work for laptop users and those with limited card slots?

Can I save different versions of my project?

"Yes. Final Cut Pro X automatically saves your project during the editing process, so you never lose your work. If you want to save a version of your project, with or without duplicate media, select it in the Project Library and choose File > Duplicate Project."

  • Will I be able to choose a Restore command to go back to a specific point in time?
  • Can I set a control for how often FCPX saves? Currently it appears that the app is literally saving every keystroke and movement.
  • Can I view separate states of an autosave so I can choose to compare two versions of a project based upon their time stamp?


Are keyboard shortcuts in Final Cut Pro X different from those in Final Cut Pro 7?

"Many keyboard shortcuts for navigation, start/end marking, and tools are the same in Final Cut Pro X and Final Cut Pro 7. Some keyboard shortcuts have changed to support new features. Final Cut Pro X offers powerful keyboard customization, and you can view and modify keyboard shortcuts at any time by choosing Final Cut Pro > Commands > Customize."

  • Is there a way to save my settings to move to another machine?
  • How can a user backup their settings?


Can I use my third-party plug-ins in Final Cut Pro X?

"You’ll be able to use them as soon as they are updated. Because Final Cut Pro X has a modern 64-bit architecture, third-party plug-ins must be 64-bit too. Final Cut Pro X already supports 64-bit Audio Units plug-ins. For motion graphics, third-party developers can build effects, titles, transitions, and generators as templates in Motion 5 for use directly in Final Cut Pro X. Developers can also build 64-bit FxPlug 2 plug-ins for Motion 5, and integrate those plug-ins into templates that can be used in Final Cut Pro X. These templates, together with any associated FxPlug 2 plug-ins, will work in Final Cut Pro X even if Motion is not installed on the computer."

  • In the future, will you release the plugin specifications before the day of software release to give developers adequate time to develop? It is very inconvenient to keep having your tools break because of secrecy.
  • Is there a way to create a bundle installer as well as to protect the work if you develop effects or templates using Motion?
  • Will Apple offer a market place (or open the App store) to help distribute these effects?


Media Management


Can I specify a scratch disk location?

"Yes. When you import media, you can specify the Event and the drive where you’d like to put it. You can also specify where you’d like to put your project. In Final Cut Pro X, a project and its rendered media always travel together in the same folder, so it’s easy to move projects between different hard drives and computers."

  • Many prefer to keep projects on one drive and renders and media on another drive, is this workflow possible?
Currently the only choice seems to be to keep the render files and project files together, which can place a performance hit on your system drive. The alternative is to place your project files on the media drive which makes project recovery difficult after drive failure.

Can I share projects with other editors?

"Yes. You have several options for sharing projects. You can hand over just the project file, and the recipient can reconnect the project to his or her own copies of the Event. Or you can send the complete project and Event as a package to another editor. Final Cut Pro X includes options for duplicating, moving, and consolidating projects and associated media to streamline sharing between editors."

  • Will we gain the ability to trim unused media using handles? This allows a project to be consolidated to a smaller package.

Can I store media in locations other than my system drive?

"Yes. Turning off the “Copy files to Final Cut Events folder” option leaves the imported files where they are currently located. You can also move the project and associated media at any point during the editing process by dragging the project to another mounted hard drive within the Project Library."

  • Can we gain some easy setup options that make this simpler? I find that I need to take 11 steps in order to prevent transcoding. I must uncheck options for both import and automatic rendering?
  • When will we see support for many popular networked drives formats that are not HFS+? Many are also reporting issues with gigabit ethernet, please address?


Can I hide Events that I am not working on?

"Yes. You can hide Events in Final Cut Pro X by moving them out of the Final Cut Events folder. In the Finder, navigate to the /Users/username/Movies folder and create a new folder. Then move the Events you are not using out of the Final Cut Events folder and into your new folder. The moved Events will no longer appear in Final Cut Pro X. If your Events are located on an external drive, you can move the Events to a new folder on that drive, or you can simply unmount the drive."
  • Are you open to other options?
  • How about the traditional concept of a project file?
  • What about the approach of Apple Aperture which uses multiple libraries that can be easily switched between on import?


Export


Can Final Cut Pro X export XML?

"Not yet, but we know how important XML export is to our developers and our users, and we expect to add this functionality to Final Cut Pro X. We will release a set of APIs in the next few weeks so that third-party developers can access the next-generation XML in Final Cut Pro X."

  • Are you saying that it will be the same type of XML that is supported currently by numerous manufacturers industry-wide? Or is this a new version?
  • In order for export to be useable, XML exports would have to be able to conform to the industry standards for inter-device communications
  • Will this ability cost us extra money like the OMF export option or will it be built-in?



Does Final Cut Pro X support OMF, AAF, and EDLs?

"Not yet. When the APIs for XML export are available, third-party developers will be able to create tools to support OMF, AAF, EDL, and other exchange formats. We have already worked with Automatic Duck to allow you to export OMF and AAF from Final Cut Pro X using Automatic Duck Pro Export FCP 5.0. More information is available on the Automatic Duck website: http://automaticduck.com/products/pefcp/."

  • You say when the API’s are available... is that dependent on Apple or another company to make these available?
  • Are these features waiting on the hardware API set as defined for Lion?
  • What is the priority of these features? Is it this version or the “next major release”?


Can I send my project to a sound editing application such as Pro Tools?

"Yes; you can export your project in OMF or AAF format using Automatic Duck Pro Export FCP 5.0. More information is available on the Automatic Duck website: http://automaticduck.com/products/pefcp/."

  • Any plans for native support?


Does Final Cut Pro X allow you to assign audio tracks for export?

"Not yet. An update this summer will allow you to use metadata tags to categorize your audio clips by type and export them directly from Final Cut Pro X."

  • Will this be a bundled feature or one that requires a third-party plugin?
  • Can we actually view and organize tracks in the timeline?
  • What about clips that are reused in different ways?
  • Will this still require a plug-in like the one made by Automatic Duck to fully function?


Can I customize my export settings?

"Yes. Compressor 4, available from the Mac App Store for $49.99, allows you to create a wide variety of custom export settings that you can use in Final Cut Pro X. The most popular export options and formats, including ProRes and H.264, are already built into Final Cut Pro X."

  • What about using the media manager to go to other codecs from companies like Cineform and Avid?
  • What about choice on import for more than two codecs?

PurchaseCan I purchase a volume license?

"Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, and Compressor 4 Commercial and Education Volume Licensing will be available soon via the Apple Online Store for quantities of 20 or more. After purchasing, customers will receive redemption codes they can use to download the applications from the Mac App Store."

  • What about 5 users licenses? 10 user?
  • How does a company purchase more than one license without using multiple credit cards or iTunes accounts?
  • How many machines can a single copy be installed on?
  • How many users can use it at once?


All in all, a good start in the right direction. Please add your questions below. Hopefully the official Apple document will keep growing.

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How to Render Less in FCPX

Got a great tip from a friend... You can work natively in Final Cut Pro X. You just need to change some settings to overcome its desire to eat up disc space. Start by launching Final Cut Pro X. Be sure to keep an eye out for Abba Shapiro's forthcoming title.

Playback Settings

You need to adjust how media is played back as well as rendered.

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  1. Choose Final Cut Pro > Preferences.
  2. Click the Playback button.
  3. Uncheck the Background render box.
  4. Check use original or optimized media.
  5. Set Playback Quality to Better Performance.

Importing Settings

Now it's time to adjust how media comes into the system.

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  1. Click the Import button.
  2. Uncheck Create optimized media.
  3. Uncheck Create proxy media.
  4. Uncheck Copy files to Final Cut Events folder.
  5. Close the preferences panel.
There you have it... looks like its possible, it just takes some extra work to disable the many preferences that will want to transcode or render.


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The Final Straw that was FCPX

There has been a lot of collective wondering going on lately. People keep asking me and many others why we are so upset by the release of Final Cut Pro X. Why is it a bad thing? Both apps can still be installed ... right? The price is more affordable ... right? The needed updates will come eventually ... right?

The release of Final Cut Pro X was the defining moment for many. In my line of work, I get to interface with a lot of video editors and other video professionals. I have spoken at numerous user groups and conferences. As a forum leader and podcaster for Creative COW, I have been hearing complaints for years. I also get to sit in edit suites with clients. The waiting for transcode on import as well as the 32-bit nature of Final Cut Pro 7 has caused a lot of impatient waiting in edit suites around the globe.

Final Cut Pro X was supposed to fix this. At least that was the belief most held. It would be “awesome” we were told. I guess that can mean different things.

People are not breaking up with Apple because of what Final Cut Pro X is. They are ending their relationship because their fears have been confirmed. I present to you a summary of the issues that have people freaked out. Please pass this list on to anyone who asks you what the big deal is. These are my 10 reasons that people are switching.

These are just opinions. Opinions formed by my interactions with many and my professional experiences and connections.


The Long Wait

The release of Final Cut Studio 3 was seen by many as a stopgap. DVD Studio Pro removed its HDDVD features. Color saw a .5 bump up. Other apps saw improvement but nothing “killer.” The biggest feature seemed to be the Share menu (which added several export capabilities and speed). And we got more flavors of ProRes (nice, but nothing that impressed my clients). In terms of life, it was an appetizer to hold us over to the main meal.

Here is the summary of events according to Wikipedia (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Final_Cut_Studio).

NAB 2007 – Final Cut Studio 2 [14]: Final Cut Pro 6, DVD Studio Pro 4, Motion 3, LiveType 2, Soundtrack Pro 2, Color, Compressor 3

July 2009 – Final Cut Studio (2009) [15]: Final Cut Pro 7, DVD Studio Pro 4, Motion 4, Soundtrack Pro 3, Color 1.5, Compressor 3.5

The pent up demand from 2007 made this feel like a four year wait form many. A wait filled with little communication about the vision or future. In tough economies, people want leadership that is visible and clear. They want to be able to talk to the companies that work with at industry events and trade shows, not just their local shopping mall.



The Warning Signs

There were lots of warning signs that had people concerned about the future of Final Cut Studio. For example:
  • iPhoto got several key features like Faces and Places well before its professional sibling Aperture.
  • Aperture saw its priced slashed several times and its sales soar on the App Store. I think this proved to Apple that make applications approachable and affordable could make them more profitable.
  • The App Store model also doesn’t offer upgrade pricing. Currently, a person must pay nearly $400 to get three applications. In the past, they paid $500 for seven applications as an upgrade (in fact it was only $299 for FCS3).
  • This article here (http://t.co/ET3Qa3w) does a great overview of the demise of Apple’s pro products like Shake, Cinema Tools, Logic, and more.

This of course takes us to the current release. People are nervous when updates to applications like Color, Soundtrack Pro, and Cinema Tools are gone. Broadcasters and large facilities which spent significant resources investing in Final Cut Server are also less than pleased. People aren’t sure what to think when such large holes are left open and no one is talking from the company.


The Market Evolves

There have been a lot of questions about how people could be jumping ship so quickly. How can you go back to Avid? Why are you switching to Premiere Pro? People did not make these decisions overnight.

I myself stopped by both the Adobe and the Avid booths at this year’s NAB. Both companies have also been actively supporting user groups (even groups that use to be exclusively Final Cut Pro). Professionals have been looking over the fence since the release of Final Cut Studio 3.

They want the following features:
  • Native Editing – True ability to import media without having to transcode first. We got that in FCPX sort of... it just keeps transcoding in the background.
  • 64-bit Support – We buy expensive computers, please see those processors and RAM so we can make our deadlines.
  • GPU Acceleration – This too is implemented in FCPX. Unfortunately the hardware requirements were released after FCPX and after many found out that their systems would not be supported by the new application.
  • Support for Third Party Hardware – Final Cut Pro boomed thanks to great manufacturers like AJA, Blackmagic Designs, Matrox, and others. The ability to use a wide range of hardware (as well as storage choices) was the key selling point to many customers. Products like Avid were a closed technology for many years (but even they have changed). Apple says they are open, but shipped a product which for the most part ignores or cripples third party hardware. Folks aren’t mad about the $299, its what that $299 does to the monitor, deck, and capture card (estimated price $10,000–$50,000). I have also heard from film editors and colorist who are baffled why they control surfaces for color grading and audio mixing don’t work.


Open Standards

In a given week, I will use most of these formats: XML, layered Photoshop files, AAF, OMF. I will also capture and output to tape (far more often than I like to).

With Final Cut Pro 7, Avid and Premiere Pro, I can exchange projects. I can go to ProTools, Audition, or Soundtrack Pro for an audio mix. I can send to Apple Color or DaVinci Resolve for color grading. I can export via XML and easily exchange footage with After Effects for compositing or motion graphics.

Professionals want to run around the entire playground, not just sit inside a single sandbox (especially when that sandbox keeps getting smaller).


Open Communication

In today’s market ... it takes vision. New products are not visionary if customers can’t understand them. Customers don’t want to be told what they want, rather they want to feel that their company of choice is listening.

The amount of noise on the net over this release is insane. Look at Twitter with the hashtag
#fcpx. Visit the Final Cut Pro X forum at Creative COW (http://forums.creativecow.net/finalcutprox). Read my response to the New York Times (http://www.richardharringtonblog.com/files/fcpx_response.php).... They changed their review the next day thanks to people like you.

What’s missing in all of this is a statement from Apple. Instead they have responded through a few bloggers and trainers. What people want is a road map. What features do you intend to keep. What can we expect to see in the future. I know its difficult to say when... but something. I really like what Adobe did here –
http://tv.adobe.com/watch/industry-trends/adobes-vision-for-professional-video/. I also like that they are all over social media and blogs and forums. I can interact and I can get answers. That really does matter and is the greatest factor when it comes time to decide where I spend my money.



Native/RAW Workflows

I know we mentioned this point, but it bears repeating. Native and RAW workflows matter. Camera technology is amazing these days. Efficient codecs for storing video in high definition. Several camera even offer raw capabilities (whether shooting stills for time-lapse on a DSLR or market leaders like RED and Alexa).

Last week I got the joy of working with Vincent Laforet (
http://www.laforetvisuals.com) for a few days. We did a bunch of Raw time-lapse and played with RED Epic footage in 5K HDR. My mind was blown away by what we could do with the source material. This is the future. By the way we have something in common, he’s switched to Adobe Creative Suite for his RAW and time-lapse workflow.

But every day at my own shop we are pulling in tons of media shot on Panasonic P2 cameras and DSLRs. I can work with this material immediately in Adobe or Avid.

While some say that you can in Final Cut Pro X, you’ll quickly notice a key difference. The material wants to transcode to ProRes. Even if you import natively, as soon as you adjust or modify it transcodes. It wants to transcode on import, you can disable it. But time and time again, as soon as I work with the files, they begin converting. In the course of a normal edit gigabytes of render files (even unused ones) pile up. Why can’t I pay the render tax on final export instead of filling up my drives with files I don’t want?


An Existing Ecosystem

Apple was a popular solution because it worked so well throughout the facility. We had hardware options for storage, capture, and monitoring. We had a rich system of supporting applications like Plural Eyes, After Effects, Photoshop, and more. We had thousands of plug-ins to choose from.

We are told that we will have those choices. What I hear often is that Apple was so secretive that they have only released some of the technology needed at this point. Most developers and hardware makers got their copies of the software that I did.

It’s a partnership. We bought into Apple because it was the captain with a great team behind it. What we get from others (and even Apple in the past) is support for entire workflows on day one of launch. People don’t want to give up on their total investment just to get a few new features. Especially when those features already exist in other tools on the market.


The Version 1.0 Argument

Most of the Apple Certified Apologists (not my term) keep arguing that this is a version one product. Don’t worry, the features will come. Surely we’ll see XML and multi-camera support and the ability to import projects. What makes you so sure?

  • When you launch Final Cut Pro X it says version 10.0. (For an interesting commentary see Steve Hullfish’s article – http://provideocoalition.com/index.php/shullfish/story/proof_that_fcp_x_is_really_just_imovie_-_directly_from_apple/)
  • When you have 11 years of functionality, you don’t expect to have to start over. (For a laugh, watch this – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgXUh1HrYOw&feature=share.
  • There are paradigms that people want to follow. Just because you invent something new doesn’t mean you destroy the way people have worked for centuries. Good software is flexible, allowing people to work they ways they like. If a new (or “better”) way coms along, you let people choose to migrate at their own pace.


The Walled Garden

So here’s the truth ... when it comes to hardware, I give most of my money to Apple. I’ve been buying Macs since my days at Drake University in 1990. For more than 20 years, I’ve chosen Apple hardware. For ten years, I’ve stood in front of professional conferences and presented off Mac hardware.

I’ve bought every iPod, iPhone, and iPad. I have filled my company with their products as well as my home. I think I’ve convinced more than 100 people to get an Apple TV.

I am an Apple fanboy (but perhaps I am now recovering).

I’ve started to use other people’s stuff. I’ve played with a Droid phone. We have some smoking fast PC’s in the office from Dell that just chew through motion graphics and video production tasks. I have more choice.

Choice isn’t always good ... it can make support difficult. But choice is becoming less and less a factor with Apple products.
  • I cannot choose where I buy their software. The VAR network offered a valuable service of configuring machines and supporting them to many clients.
  • I can only get support on the software on day one from the two trainers they choose to give advanced access to the software.
  • I cannot choose third party tools or hardware with any confidence.
  • I have to wait months (if not longer) for small developers to catch up and get plugins working. Many are choosing not to or are at least taking a wait and see approach.


The Trust Factor

This takes us to the final point. Can you expect that the investment you make today will work in the future? Can you invest in training your employees so they are ready for the future? Can you trust Apple?

I am going to speak no further ... that is a personal decision for you to make.


-Richard M. Harrington, PMP

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Motion Graphic Resource Books

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A lot of resources are available that can impact your designs. The following list offers a few that we find most essential. This list is not exhaustive, but think of it as my "top picks."

Typography



Color


Design



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Previous Final Cut Pro Updates Restored

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It appears that Apple listened on one point (which is great). The software updates have been restored to Apple's website. Previously, many just pointed to the Mac App store to buy Final Cut Pro X. You were able to run the update through Software Updater, but it was difficult to access the files for backup.

  1. Go here http://support.apple.com/downloads/#final%20cut%20studio.
  2. Download the ones you need.
  3. Burn them to disc and put them with your Final Cut Studio install discs.

Thank you Apple.


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A Public Statement on My Relationships and Recent Writings

Due to my recent writings, my thoughts and activities have come under much greater scrutiny. I think it is important that I fully disclose my involvement with technology companies as well as much of my day to day existence.

What is Your Primary Job?

The primary focus of my activities is as the owner of a production company in the Washington, DC area. I started the company in 1999. I have built my company’s infrastructure around Final Cut Pro and have used Adobe Photoshop and After Effects extensively. We also use a lot of other software tools as well.

Our storage networks are primarily Drobo. We use mostly Panasonic cameras and shoot to P2. We do use a lot of DSLR equipment (both from Canon and Nikon). We use AJA hardware for the most part. We are 80% + Mac shop, but we do have some Dell computers (as well as Windows installed on several Macs).

What Other Jobs Do You Hold?

I come from a family of teachers. I have taught university. I have taught online. I have taught at conferences. I usually get paid to teach, but I have spoken and done several free events. I have spoken at Apple stores (both paid and for free). I have worked at Apple’s booth at NAB. I have spoken at Adobe’s booth there too. Both of those positions were unpaid (though Apple covered my expenses, lodging, and airfare).

The bulk of my training has been around teaching video pros and photographers. I have an obsession with slide presentations (and a passion for Apple Keynote). My goal with training has first and foremost been to help people. My secondary goal has been to earn money to support my family. It is an economic reality that I need to make money for my teaching as it takes me away from my company.

Over the last ten years I have written approximately 30 books. These have been predominantly on Apple and Adobe software. I have also written about web video, DSLR video, workflow, and even PowerPoint.

I have made money as a podcaster for Creative COW. I have also been paid to blog by ProVideo Coalition. I have been hired to write for DV magazine, Creative COW magazine, Photoshop User, and Mac Design.

In 10 years, I have been fairly visible. The revenue I make is sufficient (although I certainly cannot quit my day job if I wanted to support my family). I have rarely been supported by advertisers or sponsors. I have made enough money from my training efforts to justify the time and effort (as well as to release hundreds of free podcasts and thousands of blog and forum posts).


Which Companies Have Hired You Recently?

I have been hired by the following companies to produce training or do video production services. This list is in alphabetical order for ease of use.
  • Adobe
  • Apple
  • Creative COW
  • Drobo
  • Focal Press
  • Kelby Training
  • Pearson Education

I have been approached by several others. I have turned down advertisements on my blog.

I have received products from many companies through the years. This ranges from software to review, to products to test. This list is not complete (as I cannot remember everything at my age). These groups have supported my efforts and training with equipment loans, not for resale software, etc. Most of these items are loaned, and have to be returned upon request. Again in alphabetical order.

  • Adobe
  • AJA
  • Apple
  • Artbeats
  • Dell
  • Digital Anarchy
  • Drobo
  • G-Tech
  • Hoodman
  • Matrox
  • Redrock Micro
  • Red Giant
  • Singular Software
  • Wacom
  • Zacuto

What Do You Edit With? 

I started on Avid at KCCI television in Des Moines, IA. Paid for my own classes out of my own pocket and learned it. I actively edited on Avid for about 7 years. I was an Avid editor at dhg Productions and PCI Communications. Also freelanced using Avid for several years (and still have a respect for the product today).

I started with Final Cut Pro on version 1. I still use it a whole lot (and it is the most popular application with our clients). My company did 90% of its editorial work in Final Cut Pro last year. We are migrating new projects to Adobe Premiere Pro in most cases, but have many clients and existing projects that will need to stay in Final Cut Pro 7.

I decided to get over my snobbishness and learn Adobe Premiere Pro about 2 years ago. I struggled, I whined, I complained. Then it got better. I used it for all my DSLR workflow starting with CS5. I’ve now switched to using it about 50% of the time for my work, and I am excited by the growth I see.

My own company is in the middle of being retrained. Like many things related to video workflow, I wrote it down and sell it as a book. If you buy it... I make 50¢. Let’s just say I live off my client work — my book writing is a bad addiction spurned by being bred from a family with 14 teachers in it.

Do You Have an Agenda? 

Heck no. I consider NLE choice like religion. That’s up to you. Except when it’s not. Like a client demands, or the shop you work for switches. I helped a lot of Avid editors learn Final Cut Pro (I mean A LOT). I’ve also started helping Avid and FCP users learn Premiere Pro. Use the tool you like if it’s up to you.

If you freelance... know all three (more money). If your job requires you to learn a new tool, do so. I regularly post links to great trainers, conferences, and educational products (not just my stuff).

I use what the job or the client demands. Do I like Adobe... yes I like where they are going and find it reassuring that they lay out a clear roadmap. I also commend Avid for being much clearer about where they are going and opening up support for AJA hardware, etc.

What I would like Apple to do is communicate its vision with words (not just software releases). I’d like to have time to transition and see both roads stay open while the bridge is under construction. As a pro, I cannot accept dramatic interruptions in my workflow. It saddens me that it is easier to migrate to other manufacturers and keep my Mac computers and AJA hardware working, than it is to migrate to the shipping version of Final Cut Pro X.

Do You Hate Apple/FCPX? 

Absolutely not. When I launched my company I was faced with taking out a second mortgage for an NLE or trying Final Cut Pro. I have been there since version 1. I built my company using Apple hardware and software from Apple and Adobe.

To this day I use both heavily. If you have any doubt.... look at the Final Cut Pro podcasts on Creative COW. I think it's a great tool for some users, really. But its not what I hoped for as it stands now.

I am currently working on training for photographers who want to edit DSLR material in FCPX. I am happy with it for that use, as I know it will be approachable to many photographers who find “traditional editing” confusing. If you like FCPX, I am genuinely happy for you. Getting new software should feel like birthday presents for a six-year old.

Do You Have Agreements with Companies?

I have multiple non-disclosure agreements and I honor them. I have never disclosed details about one manufacturer to another. I have (to the best of my knowledge) never disclosed anything improper to end users. This agreements are a necessity as they give me advanced access to the tools we all use.

This advance access lets me figure out problems. Some companies use this feedback and make their products better. I also can work on training products so they can be ready when the application ships (or as close to possible). These agreements are entered in so I can create a product that is ready when you need it.

My opinions have never been bought. I have never been told what to say. I have never colluded with a company to change the opinion of the market. I have been hired by companies to help them understand the end user. I have written and produced as well as reviewed and commented on efforts that impact the professional video industry.

Why are You so Vocal Now?

I have always tried to be fair in my opinions. And I always try to give software developers helpful feedback about their tools. I have been blogging for more than 5 years and release approximately 5 posts a week. I’m also active on Facebook and Twitter as well as contribute to several photography and Photoshop blogs.

My opinions raised through my writings and podcasts on the Final Cut Pro X release have been from the point of view of a facility owner who now has to retrain his own staff. I am also frustrated that my investment in hardware and training is currently being wasted by a product that seems to ignore both.

I am vocal because there has not been a clear public statement about the issues many pros are raising. I am vocal because there is not a shared plan to address migration. I am vocal because ten years of my company’s work is frozen to an application that may or may not run in the future.

As a trainer and author... these are good times. Lots of work and consulting to do.
  • I recently released a book on Premiere Pro for migrating editors. I had no inside knowledge on Apple’s plans. I decided to diversity my company and cross-train my employees.
  • I am currently writing two books on video editing for DSLR photographers. One is on Final Cut Pro X while the other is on Premiere Pro. I truly believe that both are great products for this segment of the professional workforce.
  • I have had lots of demands from both Apple and Adobe users to help them with problems. If you look at the training products I’ve released in the last 3 years you will see my focus has always been on collaboration. Helping pros and emerging pros to get their jobs done has been my goal.
  • I also weave business ethics and best practices into most of my content as I genuinely want to see our industry succeed.


In Conclusion

I hope this post does three things.
  • First, I have a legal obligation to reveal my professional relationships.
  • Second, I hope it helps readers and listeners understand my motivations.
  • Third, I would like the industry and Apple to engage in meaningful and professional conversations to ensure the long term health of the professional video industry.

These are challenging times. The economy is rough and competition is high. Please continue the debate with respect and integrity. Choose what is right for you. My opinions are not very important, I will be here to help in whatever way I can with the knowledge and skills I have built through the years.

Richard M. Harrington, PMP

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Updates Below (Round Two)

I've posted additional updates to the article entitled My Response to David Pogue’s  “Professional Video Editors Weigh In on Final Cut Pro X”
I will continue to do so as people add useful clarifications and point out verifiable sources.
Thank you for keeping the discussion going and keeping things civil.
Updates here – 
http://www.richardharringtonblog.com/files/fcpx_response.php
Thank you to all my friends for your support and keeping things civil during these difficult times. Remember to keep the focus on Apple (and not attack others in online forums or blogs). Keep posting and pass this article around to those who tell you that you are wrong. Be civil, reversing a "revolution" won't happen with angry words. The initial shock is over... move past anger. Make your opinion known with respectful words. Apple corporate is the one who made these decisions... address the cause of the problem.
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My Response to David Pogue’s  “Professional Video Editors Weigh In on Final Cut Pro X” *Updated June 25*

Before I begin ... let me say this.  
  • David Pogue is a fine gentleman who I have met several times.  He is smart, he is generous in his knowledge, and he is fair. He is not a shill and his article was trying to be helpful (I commend him for getting Apple to answer questions).
  • He is not a video editor. Nor does he try to pass himself off as one.
  • I am sorry this response is SO long. It's technical and it's important I be clear and detailed (I've already been criticized and accused of being an Apple hater or colluding against them).
*Updated – 6/24 8:05 AM – I just got a great phone call and a few emails. I am inserting some updates in Orange. I will add corrections and clarifications as they come in (and I can verify).
*Updated – 6/25 5:26 pm (I am adding additional context and links to article). Also be sure to look at the many comments and answers below the article. Please keep posting issues you find (but keep things civil here). The time for anger is past... let's work to get a clear list of issues and give Apple some context as to what we want and why.
Here is the original article – http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/23/professional-video-editors-weigh-in-on-final-cut-pro-x/
*Updated – 6/25 5:26 PM – I won't call this winning, because it is not about that. But David now says "Having read through hundreds of comments from professionals, both civil and uncivil, I’m now convinced: Final Cut Pro X may indeed be ready for the future. But for professional video editors, it’s not yet ready for the present."
Please read
http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/24/the-quarrel-over-final-cut-continues/. Stop beating up on David... but do head over and read it. If you work in pro video, voice your support for his reversal.
I would like to briefly respond.  But before I do, a brief overview.
  • I have been a certified instructor for three of the A’s that make video editing software.
  • I have produced Final Cut Pro tutorials which have been given away for free for years as podcasts through iTunes.
  • I have written several books on Final Cut Pro (as well as other products). 
  • I do use other company’s tools (always have).
  • My opinions here are based on owning a 10-person video production company which has built its infrastructure around Final Cut Pro for 10 years.
  • I am not even going to touch on the challenges of completely retraining my staff and myself on something that is so radically different.  You thought people whined when Microsoft added the Ribbon to Office...go look at what editors are saying in the App Store reviews.  Remember only people who actually BOUGHT the application are allowed to rate it.
*Updated – 6/25 5:29 PM – The comments below this article as well as the forum over at Creative COW are excellent places to see the confusion. The FCPX techniques forum is a great place to get help too.
Hopefully that’s enough context...  Let’s begin. (Red is Pogue’s summary of the complaint.  Blue is his answer (with input from Apple).  Green is my response.

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Complaint: There’s no multicamera editing. In the old FCP, you could import the footage from various cameras that covered an event (say, a concert) from different angles simultaneously, and then easily cut back and forth between them while editing. It was a star feature of Final Cut, and it’s gone from FCP X.”
Answer: Apple intends to restore this feature in an update, calling it “a top priority.” Until it does, here’s a stopgap facsimile of multicam editing: If you drag two clips into parallel timeline tracks, you can choose Clip->Synchronize Clips. By comparing their audio tracks, the program aligns the clips exactly. Now, each time you select a piece of the upper video track and press the V key (“disable”), you are effectively cutting to what’s on the lower video track.”
My Take: Final Cut Pro could previously edit up to 128 angles.  While that is a tad excessive for most, using three to nine angles is very practical.  We regularly cut programs such as talk shows, concerts, and events using this feature.  The method described by Pogue is like telling a NASCAR driver to turn over their car, strap one roller skate on, and push as fast as possible with the other foot.
*Updated 6/24 8:27 AM – In order to edit a lot of angles, you used to have to use several hard drives and they had to be really fast. We'd also off the option of using a a flavor of the Offline RT codec, then easily relinking. It was complex (at times), but powerful.

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Complaint: You can’t share a project with other editors. In professional editing companies, editors routinely exchange projects. But in FCP X, “all of your project organization is now globally contained in the application rather than in your project file. You literally have to give that other editor your entire computer,” writes one blogger.
Answer: Not true. You can share your project, your files, or both. If the other editors already have the raw video files, you can hand over the project file. The other editors can inspect the Project Library; on its Info panel, they can click “Modify Event References” to reconnect the project to their own copies of the media files.
If the other editors don’t have the raw files, the various commands in the File menu let you move the project file, the media files, or both to another computer on the network, to another hard drive or whatever.
My Take: I am glad that some of my initial fears are wrong.  However this command is much less robust than the previous Final Cut Pro media manager.  It seems to lack the ability to force a file to reconnect or to invoke a search if the file says it can’t be found.  The Media Manager seems to also lack ability to trim media with specific handles to make the media smaller.  
Gary Adcock (my genius technical editor) Offers this useful summary

  • Duplicate Project — Functions much like the FCP7 media manager did. You can choose the Project only, Project & all References or Project with just used media.
    • Move Project —
    Will move all media and Associated to new volume. This can be used for uploading a field edit to a desktop system. It too can move just project or project and media
    • Merge Events —
    This can combine two copies of the same project into a single Project file. This can be used to bring last night's changes you did on the train into your desktop at the office.
    • Consolidate media —
    The is the clean your desk command.
    • Organize Project –
    This will consolidate media for the scratch disk only.
My Take: With all of these options there are still things missing. Also despite my best efforts to keep project and media split, a ton of files still end up on my internal drive in the movie folder (especially when I use generators). FCPX seems to be always rendering. So when I tweak an effect, it re-renders and those files keep adding up. In the "old days" you'd get lots of precomputes you'd manually clean up on an Avid (or other system). This problem was solved years ago by all manufacturers it seems. Render files are usually smarter these days. Also, being able to work in real-time and experiment is great. But I want to choose WHEN I render. Otherwise I am using machine power and disk space unnecessarily. I like to render when I leave the room. Not while I'm sitting in front of my nonlinear editing system.
You also have the ability to transcode to only two flavors of ProRes (a proxy file or a high quality file).  Previously you could manage the project to any installed codec (format) that you wanted (including third-party formats).  This made collaboration and exchanging media with others much easier. There are five flavors of ProRes... why can I only choose two of them (let alone everything else).
Gary points out that the transcode settings appear to follow logic.
  • That 8-bit material and DSLR videos files are rendered to ProRes 422.
  • Animation and Uncompressed codecs are converted to Pro Res HQ if 1920 x 1080 or less
  • Animation and Uncompressed codecs are converted to Pro Res 4444 if 2K or larger
  • Turn off the Optimize media check box to cut your re-rendering in half
Gary catches a potentially troublesome problem:
"If you start a project by using the “ prefs based on first clip” and then import content, all renders will be based on that content level. I found this out when starting with PR4444 from Alexa and found all of these huge renders on my system."

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Complaint: You can’t freely organize your media files. “There is no way to customize the organization of the project media,” gripes one blogger.
Answer: You can customize the organization freely if you’re willing to understand the new keyword tagging system. Dragging a clip into a folder essentially applies a new keyword to it.
My Take: I am glad we have these options.    But there are fewer ways to customize the view.  You can’t seem to add custom columns.  There are collections, but not the simple ability to use folders and nests of folders to organizer.  Imagine if you had no folder structure on your Mac hard drive.  Just Spotlight.  You could only organize by tagging keywords onto all your stuff. 
You also can’t organize media while any background tasks are running. Such as rendering, transcoding, stabilizing, etc. Background tasks are frequently happening as things automatically render.  Change a color effect, it renders.  Adjust the size it renders.  In the past you would choose when to render.  Now you have to keep opening the Background Tasks panel and canceling. 
*Updated – 6/24 8:30 AM – You can make folders in events with a right click on the event in the Event Library. It is very different in appearance than FCP 7, but does seem to work better than I thought. I stand by my lack of creating custom columns as well as the challenges of constantly looking from the far left edge of my screen to the right to see the Events Library and Inspector panels. Wish I could move panels next to each other.
*Updated – 6/25 5:57 PM – Turns out you can also drag keywords into folders (and be sure to learn how to use collections too).
Gary says
"I found the keywording for organization is like having Google searching my project, it’s faster and you can sort the materials based on any variety of keywords or even strings of words."
My Take: I agree this is awesome... but I'd also like the ability to use the thousands of projects I've organized already. I'd also like to not let one client see another client's media. The current media browsing seems to be based on the idea that you only have a couple of projects. I may grow to like events... but right now I don't.
Events didn't make it into Aperture (from iPhoto). Projects did. By the way I can have many libraries in Aperture making it easier to isolate client's work from one another (as well as personal projects from work). Maybe FCPX and iMovie could grow a little more distant (as well as over useful documentation like this –
http://www.apple.com/aperture/iphoto-to-aperture/how.html that address how to move projects and libraries in).

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Complaint: No Reconnect command when media is offline. When media is offline, you get a red screen with an exclamation point. There is no Reconnect Media command, as there used to be.
Answer: True. Then again, the old Reconnect dialog box got people into a lot of trouble; they often reconnected a project to the wrong files, or the wrong versions of files.
FCP X assigns a unique behind-the-scenes identifier to every single video clip. When you reconnect the missing hard drive, your project reconnects to its original files automatically, even if you have moved them around or renamed the hard drive. You can’t reconnect to the wrong thing.
My Take: I am glad that some of my initial fears are wrong.  However this command is much less robust than the previous Final Cut Pro media manager.  It seems to lack the ability to force a file to reconnect to a new version (such as an updated graphic file) or to invoke a search if the file says it can’t be found. Finding the information is a little tricky and involves opening a panel. It also appears that you also can’t invoke the re-connect command unless the media is offline.
While the command COULD get you into trouble if you made bad choices.  It also gave you important controls that professionals really needed.
*Updated – 6/25 6:10 PM – Gary pointed out to me that this seems to be a huge change. Previously Final Cut Pro just remembered the file pathways. Now it is actually polling and tracking media via a database. (based on SQL actually). Updated files are automatically included as part of the metadata management. This also means that when you add a new volume to your system, X will poll it, looking for FCP event or content flags in the media. (He is still trying to find out what this file is called and where it is hiding on the drive).
My take: Again this sounds better, but we need to ability to force a re-connect. We also need to be able to backup that database for safety.

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Complaint: You can’t assign audio tracks. “We send all our audio files out for ProTools mixing,” writes one editor in an e-mail. “We always put narration on Track 1 and 2, interviews on Tracks 3 – 6, and so on. So our audio engineers know exactly what’s on which track. But FCP X’s ‘trackless’ design makes that impossible.”
Answer: For now, you can use a utility called Automatic Duck Pro Export 5.0 ($200 to upgrade) to create and manage these tracks automatically when you export to ProTools. Apple says  it will restore this feature to FCP X.
My Take: That’s $200 to upgrade from a full version of Automatic Duck (not a $200 upgrade to FCP).  It’s $500 new.  Gone is also the version to map specific output when going to professional tape formats (a frequent requirement for professional delivery). In fact if its not HDV or DV, tape support seems to be gone all together.
But it's not just ProTools output.  Several of the exchange methods are gone. XML is the biggest deal which would allow this tool to continue to communicate with the now discontinued Apple Color, Davinci Resolve, Adobe After Effects, and many other tools that people use for special purposes and collaboration.
*Updated – 6/25 6:16 PM – Gary says that the XML should work in Lion. Also that the necessary hooks are in FCPX already. He says he can also find output libraries for DPX and Open EXR that are already visible. He also feels that there should be some changes in how hardware can be accessed with Lion.

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Complaint: No custom frame rates or custom frame sizes. Editors are complaining that you can’t specify unusual frames-per-second rates or frame dimensions.
Answer: Not true. When you create a new project, you can specify any frame rate or size you want, right in the Import dialog box. You can also change the frame rate or size when you export the finished product — if you’re willing to spend $50 on Compressor.
My Take: Sorry ... you are 95% wrong.  If you choose custom in Final Cut Pro 7, you have the option to enter just about any size or rate. When I choose custom in FCPX... I can choose from several standard options.  But I can’t enter any value. If you choose Other, your choices are:

  • 640 x 480 or 960 x 540
  • 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, or 30
Final Cut Pro 7 was resolution independent.  You could enter custom sizes, pixel aspect ratios, and frame rates.  This made it a great tool for producing irregular sized videos for web or presentation use as well as doing things like custom video walls for installations or retail.
Changing the frame rate on export is not what we’re asking for.  Being able to work with a setting that matches footage or lets you work with custom settings as needed is gone.  You also cannot save you own easy setups or sequence presets that let you store the settings you’ve made for easy access.

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Complaint: No support for RED digital cameras. The RED camera is a favorite of filmmakers; it records incredibly high-resolution video directly to a hard drive. But FCP X can’t import its files.
Answer: Apple is working with RED to create a plug-in that will give native RED support to FCP X. In the meantime, you can set your RED camera to shoot and capture video in the QuickTime format, which FCP X imports just fine. Or you can use RED’s free conversion program, which converts its own files into the Apple ProRes format, which FCP X loves because it’s so much faster and easier to edit than the native RED files.
My Take: David, you don’t understand why people choose to shoot RED.  The benefit of shooting raw video is the same benefit as pro photographers choosing raw stills over JPEG.  Shooting or converting to QuickTime throws away A LOT of information and latitude in adjustments.
What pros wanted was the same level of control they get in Adobe Premiere Pro or Red Cine X.  The ability to truly grade color, work with high dynamic range features and more. They also need greater controls on media management and reconnection.  The reason why pros are so furious is that Apple and RED had the closest working relationship in the industry.  People don’t understand why the program would ship without support.
*Updated – 6/24 8:40 AM – It's not just RED... it's other Raw formats too (like Alexa). A few pointed out that we have 4K sequence presets, but no easy workflow for getting in 4K footage.

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Complaint: No ability to pause or fork the Autosave. Final Cut Pro autosaves your work as you go. Editors complain, therefore, that they can’t save different versions of a project as they go along.
Answer: You can duplicate your project at any time, thus freezing it in its current condition. Just click it in the Project Library and choose File -> Duplicate Project.
My Take: David... have you ever been affected when an application like Microsoft Word crashed?  Sure you could open up the last version you CHOSE to save ... but sometimes the Auto-Save comes to the rescue and you get back work you would have lost.
You could choose when and how often FCP auto-saved.  It also stored multiple versions automatically.  This let you go back in time when clients changed their mind.  It also could save you if a project became corrupt.  While these don’t happen every day ... they happen more than we like. The new method requires you to choose to backup, not set an interval.  Isn’t this why Apple invented Time Machine in the first place (which does let you choose how often to backup). I don’t know how Time Machine and FCP project files will work ... but I am less than confident that I will have the same level of control I do now.
*Updated – 6/24 8:33 AM – Several point out Lion's autosave abilities. I can't comment further as I don't have it running since it's not shipping. What about those who can't go to Lion, however?
*Updated – 6/25 6:23 PM – Also, what's big is the ability to run the Restore command which let you choose which backup to use.

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Complaint: Can’t specify the scratch disks. In previous versions of Final Cut Pro, you could choose individual hard drives for storing your project’s render (preview) files. But if you didn’t know what you were doing, things could get messy. For example, you might store the project on one drive, and then render files on another; then, later, you would open up the project when the render-file disk wasn’t available. You would have to re-render the whole project.
Answer: In FCP X, the render files are stored on the same disk as the project, so they don’t get separated. You can still store your files on any drive; you determine that by where you store the project file.
My Take: Duplicate the project also starts to spread files out to more folders.  Those renders, pre-computes, and cache files are with the project.  You choose to duplicate, there’s more to copy.  That means time and disk space.  In the past, these render files were in a folder of your choosing.  Duplicating the project was no big deal as the project just looked at the files in the same folder that you specified.  Less time, less disk space (which in my world means saved money, happier clients, and a greater chance of dinner with the family).
Also this level of control is less than before.  I could choose to but my project files in one place and renders on another.  Like I said before ... most people choose to split their project files to a different location than render files and media files.  This is because the project file is usually small, and you want to back it up (or even keep it on a USB thumb drive for easy portability).  The media and render files on the other hand need to be on a performance hard drive.
*Updated – 6/25 6:27 PM – A new issue:
A trusted colleague (who asked not to be named) raised a huge potential issue. Personally, I have not been able to fully test this, but this person would know.

  • It appears that the new FCPX doesn't work with Apple's (previous) XSAN system
  • You can only save to an HFS+ drive.
  • This also means no go for most networked storage systems as Events appear to be incompatible with a XSAN, AFP, NFS or SMB volume

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Complaint: Can’t output to tape. Videotape is on the way out  — you would be hard pressed even to find a camcorder that takes tape anymore — so it’s not built into FCP X. This is one of several ways that FCP X is clearly a program designed more for the future than the past.
Answer: You can buy tape-deck control programs like AJA VTR Exchange and Black Magic Media Express. AJA and Black Magic are two major makers of add-on circuit boards for professional video editing. These apps work with their boards.
My Take: Tape is NOT dead (although we’d like it to be in many cases).  Tapes don’t demagnetize though like hard drives on a shelf.  They also outlast hard drives in most cases.
TV stations want tape.  My government clients want tape.  My nonprofit association clients want tape. Tape is typically required by the vast majority of clients that professionals serve (those that make their living editing video).  
David... Print is dead.  It’s on it’s way out.  Could the New York Times stop printing newspapers tomorrow?  You may want to (environmental concerns, costs of paper and delivery, those annoying children who throw newspaper and yell that they want their $2 back)?  Print is not dead ... neither is tape.  Are they dying? Yes... a SLOW and PAINFUL death.
When Apple killed the floppy disk, you could still buy them yourself and hook them up.  Even though Apple doesn’t let you burn a Blu-ray disc, they let you buy a burner yourself.  The built in the “hooks” that let hardware and software manufacturers connect.
In the past, companies like AJA and Apple collaborated closely.  When Apple would ship software, new hardware would be out. In fact, old hardware would have updates that made it work too.  These devices often cost $1,000–$5,000 dollars. We have five of these devices in my offices.  They are currently serving as paper weights when we launch Final Cut Pro X.
So you say just use the old version.  But how long will Apple ship updates and support the old software.  What happens when your computer fails and you have to buy a new one.  Will you be able to install 5 year old software on it? 
Never mind the fact that pro customers feel they deserve to get to use a 64-bit editing application.  Why? Because other companies have 64-bit applications on the Mac that edit video quite well AND support the same hardware that Final Cut Pro 7 supported.

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Complaint: Can’t export AAF or OMF files. These formats are successors to EDL. They let you export your project to other programs, like Avid, Quantel or Pro Tools, for more sophisticated editing.
Answer: Automatic Duck ProExport 5.0 adds AAF and OMF exporting to FCP X. There will be other companies offering similar export plugins (including EDL, by the way), once Apple publishes its XML programming guidelines (API).
My Take: Why are pros mad? Because all of these formats (as well as EDL and XML were supported). David, how would you feel if you couldn’t get your photos out of iPhoto?  You could sync them to your iPad ... you could look at them on your Mac.  But printing? Opening the image in Photoshop? Handing it off to a website authoring or page layout tool?  Nope.
These exchange formats allow professionals to collaborate.  Would you like special effects, great color correction, and a superior soundtrack in your next Hollywood film? Not gonna get it (or at least not yet).  We’re told we have to wait for third-party folks.  Who all have to rewrite their tools to standards that aren’t even fully clear or released.
*Updated – 6/25 6:28 PM While we're talking about XML export, how about the ability to send to Apple Color?
Commenters on this blog even point out the difficulty in sending clips to Apple Motion (a previously supported workflow).
I also have heard from many plug-in developers crying foul.   A couple people seem to have had early access and knowledge.  Apple lists two plug-in packages on their site.  What about the 100+ companies that had tools working before?  We now must wait ... and hope these companies can afford to redevelop and redeploy.  We’ll also have to repay for tools that worked just fine because these (often small) companies will have to scramble to redevelop their tools to keep their customers.
*Updated – 6/25 6:29 PM I've been told that some plugins work by "luck" since they were designed with the previous version of Motion in mind. I do not know the validity of this statement. I do know that I have talked and read about many developers who are crying foul.
Speaking of secrecy...  there’s a lot of confusion throughout the reseller community that helped ensure local sales and support for Apple products. The training companies seem to be confused and their trainers are too. I am not allowed to say more here.

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Complaint: Can’t connect an external monitor. Pros work with Final Cut on the Mac screen, but they prefer to view the actual edited video on a dedicated second screen. While Final Cut Pro X works just fine with a second computer monitor — you just choose Window -> Show Events on Second Display (or Window -> Show Viewer on Second Display) — there are complaints that it can’t connect to an external video monitor (TV), which pros feel offers better color fidelity.
Answer: Just as before, you need a Mac Pro with a video-output card in order to connect a TV monitor. Apple expects that the output-card companies will soon offer the necessary drivers for FCP X; AJA, one of the major makers of these boards, already offers beta versions of such drivers. Apple is working with Black Magic to offer drivers for its boards.
My Take: You have several mistakes here ... but I would make the same mistakes if I tried to talk about the professional printing presses your company uses to make newspapers.

  • You do not need a Mac Pro.  Several manufacturers made devices that use FireWire connections.  They also use the Express Card slot (which seems to be on the way out).  We suspect that Thunderbolt will help here too (Blackmagic showed this at NAB this year).
  • It’s not a TV.  We use higher quality monitors.  Often with unusual connections like HD-SDI or professional component connections. We also run the signal out the hardware tools that help us calibrate and legalize the color for broadcast (just like how you have to fix out of gamut images for color printing). The method Apple has now does not let us see a true video signal.  It also doesn’t work if you have two computer monitors and a video output card attached.  It’s one or the other (at least according to the AJA documentation).  Be sure you READ that documentation ... it’s filled with apologies. The signal Final Cut Pro X sends out is not in the correct color space or proper size. David, I’d like you to switch the New York times to consumer inkjet printers...  tell me if that would work for you?
  • What about the others? There are more companies besides AJA and Blackmagic Design. What’s happening there? The lack of information is what scares professionals.  People want a road map ... especially in this economy.  I know companies need some secrecy.  The keyword is some.
*Updated – 6/25 6:33 PM – Gary Adcock responds with greater detail (Gary has consulted and worked with many hardware companies... those who know of him can more than certify this is his expertise.
Gary says: "All of the hardware solutions currently available are not of a quality that pros can accept. Without the ability to control audio and video timing signals direct from within the application all anyone is looking at is an RGB desktop preview being converted back to YUV by the hardware to make that signal viewable via HD/SDi.
Adding 3rd party hardware output to previous versions of FCP forced the application to respond as a professional tool in regard to timing inaccuracies, issues with low performance storage or color issues when outputting content. In FCPX we have only Apple’s word that the output files would conform to SMPTE standards and Practices.
My Take: For those of you who just had their heads explode... it basically means don't plan to submit anything you do to a broadcast station or even expect it to look the same when you play it back on a television. This is just huge! Even bigger here is the question of which hardware can work and which cannot. Unusually the support has come for only certain products in AJA's line. Some of the newer products have not had anything said about them yet. I'm still looking for info on other manufacturer's as well.

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Complaint: Can’t import old FCP files.
Answer: As I noted in my column, this is true; your old projects are stranded forever in the older FCP program. You’ll have to keep both programs on your hard drive, and edit the old projects in the old program. When you install the new FCP, your old copy is safely preserved.
My Take: This is partially true. Many users have reported problems with having both on the same system.  Apple even has a very detailed and useful article on the topic (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4722). 
This document provides critical information.  It’s not called out in the App Store.  It’s not called out in the installer.  Apple could have released it two days before Final Cut Pro X and said “Get ready for Final Cut Pro X.”
Nope... no communication or warnings on how to avoid potentially large problems. In fact I found out about the new software from Twitter.  It didn’t even make it to the Apple home page.  The article I mentioned isn’t on the product page or even the support page in a prominent position.
The application is also not “safely” preserved as you have to move things back and rename things if you want to actually use the applications in many workflows.  Apple says “Note: Final Cut Server, Podcast Producer, Software Updates for Final Cut Studio (2009), and some third-party workflows and tools may require that the Final Cut Studio (2009) applications remain in their original location in the Applications folder.”
Also, would you accept that you couldn’t open up your iPhoto library with future versions of the application?  How about if all the music you imported into iTunes would no longer play and all your organization and playlists were gone. Oh, and what if Adobe decided that Photoshop CS5 (the 64-bit version) couldn’t open up files from the past.
The argument of "finish your project before you upgrade" is crazy. Clients always come back with changes. Filmmakers decided to make updates and re-release. Even hobbyists want to go back and look at something they did and potentially reuse some of their editing. Even if both applications are properly installed, you can’t have them open at the same time. Want to look over a FCP 7 project, you can't launch both apps as it will prompt you to close FCP X.
*Updated – 6/25 6:39 PM Visit https://discussions.apple.com/message/15469892#15469892. Scroll halfway down the page to this post.
FranklyFilm — Re: FCPX, just the tip of the iceberg — Jun 23, 2011 6:35 AM
Mail form Randy Ubillos, the designer of FCP X
“FCP7 projects do not have enough information in them to properly translate to FCPX (in FCP7 all of the clip connections live in the editor's head, not in the timeline). We never expected anyone to switch editing software in the middle of a project, so project migration was not a priority.
Final Cut Pro X 1.0 is the beginning of a road, not the end.”
My Take: I do not know if this is true. It is on Apple's website. I would assume given how widespread it is being pushed around the net... someone would respond or clarify. I hope this is not true, but I have now heard this same information from different sources more than 10 times. This rumor or statement needs confirmation. This is the DEAL BREAKER for many.

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The Bottom Line: Apple has followed the typical Apple sequence: (1) throw out something that’s popular and comfortable but increasingly ancient, (2) replace it with something that’s slick and modern and forward-looking and incomplete, (3) spend another year finishing it up, restoring missing pieces.
These are fair statements. Remember your feelings on iMovie ’08 (http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/08/17/apple-takes-a-step-back-with-imovie-08/)?  Apple reversed course and continued to make the previous version of  iMovie available.
With Final Cut Pro X, Apple discontinued to entire Final Cut ecosystem in one swoop.  Final Cut Server, Color, Soundtrack Pro, Cinema Tools, and DVD Studio Pro.  "So what" you say ... just use the old one.

  • But you can’t buy the old one from Apple any more.  In fact I have been told that many resellers were asked to ship their stock back to Apple. 
  • Many were waiting to upgrade from older versions until Final Cut Pro X shipped. Now they find out their computers won’t work with the new Final Cut Pro.Several computers aren’t supported due to their graphics cards.  Even machines that are slated to work on Lion may not work with Final Cut Pro X because they lack Open CL compatibility.  Here is the list (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4664).
  • The exact same time the new product started shipping, the old one went away. Yes, some stores still have inventory, but not Apple (apparently). The existing stock will run out and people don’t know if will be refreshed.
  • There was not sufficient details warning people about compatibility issues.
  • If you go to Apple’s webpage and try to look up old documentation or links about the old Final Cut Pro, it redirects you to the new page.  If you visit the support page and try to download an update to a previous version (often needed after changing machines or doing a software restore). Guess what, its sends you to the App Store to buy Final Cut Pro X. I tried several of the links on the support page (http://support.apple.com/downloads/#final%20cut%20studio).  Go see what happens
*Updated – 6/27 12:17 PM Looks like most of the links are back to working on the support page. That's a GREAT thing.

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Professional editors should (1) learn to tell what’s really missing from what’s just been moved around, 
I agree, but the training and support industry is scrambling to catch up.
(2) recognize that there’s no obligation to switch from the old program yet
That is correct.  But pros were told it would be “awesome.”  I guess that word means different things to different people.  And if you need to update your old software, most of the links on the downloads page keep sending me to the App Store to buy the new one.  Subtle, I know.
(3) monitor the progress of FCP X and its ecosystem, and especially (4) be willing to consider that a radical new design may be unfamiliar, but may, in the long term, actually be better.
Most in the Final Cut Pro community like change.  They also wish that the investment in time as well as thousands in equipment would continue to be supported.
David, your article was helpful and answered many questions for me.  I know you can reach me on the phone.  I raise a few more questions that maybe your Apple contacts can answer.
Will I ever be able to import a layered Photoshop file? This is a common workflow that lets editors easily work with graphics.
*Updated – 6/24 8:41 AM – You can import the file (I knew this) but layers are flattened. Motion supports this workflow, but Final Cut Pro X no longer does. This was a common scenario.
What about volume licenses?  How do companies buy multiple copies for the employees to use?  Do they really need to set up an iTunes account for each and need to use elaborate combinations of credit cards or gift cards?
What about educational licenses? Apple gained much of its success from students who learned it in school then moved into the workplace.  Students always got a discount as did schools.  What about them?
What is the intention with the apparent decimation of the previous ecosystem? Are the broken links and missing documents temporary?  Will we be able to buy the application in 2 months (or next year)?  Will there be software updates ... if so for how long?
Will there be physical distribution?  Broadband access is not a reality for much of the world.  I have interfaced with editors in Africa where broadband is scarce.  I have also talked with several who pay by the megabyte for data (and pay a lot).  There are many places in the world where the user will pay far more to download the software than to purchase it. What if I need to reactivate (such as after restoring from a backup) but I can’t get Internet access?
In conclusion, I appreciate your article.  You attempted to get to the bottom of things.  I hope I have opened some new doors here for you to knock on.  Keep making the world a better place for techno geeks.
There are SEVERAL posts in the comments about missing and confusing features. Since I have violated every rule about length of a blog post, I will respond below. Apple (or others looking to develop new products) please see the list below. There are also several other places that have good lists going.
Thank you to all my friends for your support and keeping things civil during these difficult times. Remember to keep the focus on Apple (and not attack others in online forums or blogs). Keep posting and pass this article around to those who tell you that you are wrong. Be civil, reversing a "revolution" won't happen with angry words. The initial shock is over... move past anger. Make your opinion known with respectful words. Apple corporate is the one who made these decisions... address the cause of the problem.

And to leave you with a laugh... the issue made it all the way to the Conan O'Brien show. Most have seen this, if not, go laugh. We all need one right now.
http://teamcoco.com/video/conan-editors-love-final-cut

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How to Make a Seamless Transition to FCP X and Lion

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I just want to point you to a great article over at Creative COW that addresses a timely topic.

"Forget all the rumors and speculation about Final Cut Pro X, Creative Cow Contributing Editor David Roth Weiss delivers nothing but facts as he guides you through the steps necessary to partition your Mac system drive with a cool multi-boot setup that will allow you to easily and efficiently switch back and forth between different versions of Final Cut Pro, between different operating systems, or all of the above."

Be sure to head over for the whole article.
A must read.

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Managing App Development



Here are my slides from the 7th ANNUAL INNOVATIONS IN E-LEARNING SYMPOSIUM. Sponsored by the Defense Acquisition University and the George Mason University Instructional Technology Program.

With the increase in mobile computing the use of apps has significantly risen. Whether you're targeting mobile phones or tablets, an app can be a cost-efficient way to reach your audience. In this workshop, you'll learn the major steps involved and how to manage application development(even if you're not a programmer yourself).

Join Richard Harrington, a certified project management professional as he unlocks the development process.

  • Learn how to identify your distribution options and register as a developer.
  • You'll also learn how to target your audience and refine the functional goals of your application.
  • Learn how to assemble your development team and efficiently develop graphic and video assets.
  • Discover multiple methods for authoring applications including software as a service, authoring tools, and programming.
  • Learn how to test your apps then submit them to marketplaces for distribution or use ad hoc methods for small groups.
  • You'll also learn practical approaches for marketing your application to your target audience.

You can download the PDF here

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10 More Free Copies of iWork Training Apps

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I have three new iPad apps out on the market. The teach you how to use the very cool and useful iWork apps for iPad (Keynote, Pages, and Numbers). They are on sale at a special introductory price of $4.99 each.
Here are the links for each app.


And for the loyal blog reader... here are five codes for a free copy (for two of the apps). To redeem these, go to the home page of the iTunes store and click the REDEEM link in the Quick Links column (top right corner).
If you download a copy, please be sure to leave a review on the iTunes Store (it helps a lot).

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iWork Training Apps – Free Copies

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I have three new iPad apps out on the market. The teach you how to use the very cool and useful iWork apps for iPad (Keynote, Pages, and Numbers). They are on sale at a special introductory price of $4.99 each.
Here are the links for each app

And for the loyal blog reader... here are five codes for a free copy (for each app). To redeem these, go to the home page of the iTunes store and click the REDEEM link in the Quick Links column (top right corner).

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Pages
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iWork for iPad Videos Back on Sale

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Would you like to learn how to create stunning new presentations, documents and spreadsheets on your iPad or iPad 2, using Apple’s iWork productivity applications? If so, we have you covered with Apple-certified video training on Keynote, Pages and Numbers for iPad. If purchased separately at list price, these videos would cost $44.97.

Save over 50% – get all 3 iPad training videos for just $19.99 – by using coupon code IPADVIDEO at checkout.

You can redeem the offer here –
http://www.peachpit.com/promotions/promotion.aspx?promo=138286

Apple Video Training:Numbers for iPad
Learn to customize existing templates or create documents from scratch, take control of tables and style charts. It's easy to find exactly the information you want, whether it's help with the basics, such as learning the touchscreen controls, or more advanced tasks like working with formulas and calculations.

Apple Video Training: Keynote for iPad
It's easy to find exactly the information you want, whether it's help with the basics, such as learning touchscreen controls, or more advanced techniques like creating tables and charts, or bringing your presentations to life with animated graphics and transitions.

Apple Video Training: Pages for iPad
Whether it's help with the basics, like touchscreen controls, or more advanced tasks like inserting graphics with wraparound text, you'll learn all you need to know to create dynamic personal and professional projects.

These videos are also available as native applications...
and are currently on sale.

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Color Controls in Aperture



In this week's video, instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to use color controls to make precise adjustments in images.

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NAB Handouts are Live for Download


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Here are the promised slide decks from my recent classes at the 2011 NAB Show.
Remember you can find notes from most of my presentations here –
Conference Handouts.

  1. DSLR Workflows From Field to Edit
  2. Practical Project Management
  3. Essential Pre-Production for DSLR Projects
  4. DSLR Workflow for Adobe Creative Suite
  5. Hypersyndication @ NAB 2011
  6. Strategic Budgeting
  7. Giving Your Web Video A Graphic Identity
  8. Delivering HDSLR Video – Web, Disc, and Beyond
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  10. More Than 140 Characters Integrating Video, Audio,Photos & Rich Media with Twitter



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Quick Audio Controls on a Mac

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Need to quickly change your audio options on your Mac? There's a great shortcut to quickly access both Input and Output devices as well as Sound Preferences.

Simply Option+click on the volume button and it will change to your relevant audio controls.

Thanks to Jeff Greenberg for teaching me a great tip.

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Three New iPad Apps Ship on iWork

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Would you like to learn how to create stunning new presentations, documents and spreadsheets on your iPad or iPad 2, using Apple’s iWork productivity applications? If so, we have you covered with Apple-certified video training on Keynote, Pages and Numbers for iPad. Our iWork for iPad training is now available as native iPad apps! The training runs in full-screen with clear video and indexed chapters. You can view comprehensive help even without an Internet connection.

The best news? A special introductory price of only $4.99 per app!

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Apple Video Training:Numbers for iPad
Learn to customize existing templates or create documents from scratch, take control of tables and style charts. It's easy to find exactly the information you want, whether it's help with the basics, such as learning the touchscreen controls, or more advanced tasks like working with formulas and calculations.

Apple Video Training: Keynote for iPad
It's easy to find exactly the information you want, whether it's help with the basics, such as learning touchscreen controls, or more advanced techniques like creating tables and charts, or bringing your presentations to life with animated graphics and transitions.

Apple Video Training: Pages for iPad
Whether it's help with the basics, like touchscreen controls, or more advanced tasks like inserting graphics with wraparound text, you'll learn all you need to know to create dynamic personal and professional projects.



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A Useful Article on Final Cut Pro X

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Over at Macworld.com, industry veteran (and personal friend) Gary Adcock has a
detailed overview of the new Final Cut Pro X. The software was shown at NAB as a sneak peak.

"As a professional user, I was excited by a lot of what I saw Tuesday night—particularly magnetic tracks that keep audio and video from losing sync, auditioning that will more easily separate good takes from bad ones, and non-destructive color correction and filtering. All will be fantastic additions to my workflow. Additionally, metadata will now be harvested on import, allowing for better online/offline workflows, while the application's new content aware environment keeps everything in line for easy alternate versioning (similar to Photoshop's history palette).

As intriguing as the brief demonstration was, we weren't shown enough for me to make a critical judgement on whether this will be a home run for professional users, as Apple's presentation certainly implied, or something less spectacular."

Be sure to read the whole article here – http://www.macworld.com/article/159202/2011/04/final_cut_pro_x_blog.html

I'm reserving my own judgement until I get my hands on the software and try it out fully.

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iPad Screen Rotation Lock Returns

I always like when Apple listens to customer feedback. With the launch of OS 4.1, the switch on the side of the iPad went from a lock switch to a volume switch. This really came into play when showing photos and passing an iPad or trying to read a book while laying down in bed. Sure you could access the switch through the voodoo magic of double tapping buttons, swiping, and finding an icon (Street Fighter II was easier). But now, the switch works again as expected... just go to preferences and change its behavior.


Customize the switch on the side of your iPad to lock the screen rotation or mute the volume. Just configure the side switch in Settings.
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Silent or screen rotation lock


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Apple Updates Aperture to 3.12

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Apple just released a small update to Aperture that addresses many small (but important) issues.

Here are the highlights:

iPhoto Compatibility

Resolves an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when importing large iPhoto libraries.
Aperture now correctly handles albums contained in folders when importing iPhoto 9.1.1 libraries.
Improves reliability when importing iPhoto 9 libraries that include slideshows containing text slides.
RAW images imported from iPhoto 9 libraries no longer show the Reprocess brick in Adjustments.

Import

Addresses an issue that could cause Aperture to stop responding when attempting to process damaged images.
Olympus E-5 images with a 3:4 aspect ratio now import with the correct rotation.

Library

Addresses an issue that could prevent referenced images from being reconnected.
Resolves an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when switching libraries.

Adjustments

Resolves an issue that could cause your Mac to become unresponsive when using brushes.
Resolves an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when using Retouch.
Addresses an issue that could cause the white balance value for certain RAW images to be displayed incorrectly.

Other

Fixes an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when panning a zoomed image.
Addresses compatibility of exported XMP Sidecar files with third-party applications.
Resolves an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when using Align to Beats in a slideshow.

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Slide Decks from RHED Pixel Open House

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We recently held an open house at RHED Pixel for our clients. During the event we gave several informational presentations. We recorded these and intend to edit and release over the next few months. In the meantime, here are the slides.



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Useful Videos About Documentary Editing

A colleague of mine, Steve Audette has posted some useful videos about the art and theory of documentary editing. Steve is a lead editor for WGBH public television and a very talented editor. Be sure to check some of these options out.

Here's one on After Effects:




Here are three more:

"Thoughts on Documentary Editing part one"
http://vimeo.com/13853751

"Thoughts on Documentary Editing part two"
http://vimeo.com/14002312

An Overview of After Effects for Documentary Editors
http://vimeo.com/18281019

Avid ScriptSync for Documentary Editors
http://vimeo.com/17502817
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Boost your productivity with your new iPad 2!

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Would you like to learn how to create stunning new presentations, documents and spreadsheets on your iPad or iPad 2, using Apple’s iWork productivity applications? If so, we have you covered with Apple-certified video training on Keynote, Pages and Numbers for iPad. If purchased separately at list price, these videos would cost $44.97.

Save over 50% – get all 3 iPad training videos for just $19.99 – by using coupon code IPADVIDEO at checkout.

You can redeem the offer here –
http://www.peachpit.com/promotions/promotion.aspx?promo=138286

Apple Video Training:Numbers for iPad
Learn to customize existing templates or create documents from scratch, take control of tables and style charts. It's easy to find exactly the information you want, whether it's help with the basics, such as learning the touchscreen controls, or more advanced tasks like working with formulas and calculations.

Apple Video Training: Keynote for iPad
It's easy to find exactly the information you want, whether it's help with the basics, such as learning touchscreen controls, or more advanced techniques like creating tables and charts, or bringing your presentations to life with animated graphics and transitions.

Apple Video Training: Pages for iPad
Whether it's help with the basics, like touchscreen controls, or more advanced tasks like inserting graphics with wraparound text, you'll learn all you need to know to create dynamic personal and professional projects.

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A Tour of the Apple Factory (Humor)



Yes, it's funny and a little offensive. Yes, I love Apple and am counting the days until my new iPad 2 arrives. But if you can't laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at.

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Importing a Final Cut Pro Project into Premiere Pro

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Video editing is often a collaborative process. You may find that you need to work with someone else’s editing project that was started using Final Cut Pro. Fortunately, Adobe Premiere Pro is a very flexible editing solution. You can easily import projects and media started on other edit systems. For example, moving a project over from Apple Final Cut Pro is a snap.

  1. In Final Cut Pro, mark an In and Out point within a sequence for the range you’d like to export.
  2. Choose File > Export > XML. In the dialog that opens, choose Apple XML Interchange Format, version 4 (or newer) and click OK.
  3. Specify a location for the new XML file (such as your project folder) and click OK. The XML file is very small and references the original media on your drive. It will only take a few seconds to write.
  4. Switch to Adobe Premiere Pro and create a new project using a preset that most closely matches the video format you’ve been using.
  5. In Premiere Pro, choose File > Import. Navigate to the XML file you created and click Import. Premiere Pro creates a sequence and adds the media and a report to the project.
  6. Begin to update the edit or work with the imported project sources.

For more on DSLR video, check out From Still to Motion.

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Create a New Presentation on Your iPad



Learn how to get the most from Keynote on your iPad. Be sure to check out the full length title
here.

Apple Video Training: Keynote for iPad, Online Video from Peachpit Press.

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Find Special Typographic Characters on a Mac

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Need special characters (like å é î ø ü) but can’t remember where they live on the keyboard?

Mac OS X has a great feature for this—the Keyboard & Character Viewer.

  1. Go to System Preferences > Language & Text > Input Sources, and enable the Keyboard & Character Viewer.
  2. Check the box for Show Input menu in menu bar.
  3. Notice the new icon in your menu bar (likely a flag that matches the language). When needed, simply click it and choose Show or Hide Character Palette.
  4. The palette automatically floats above your active application.
  5. Be sure to check that you’re using the same font in the text generator or other application.
  6. Double-click or drag to use the special character.

This panel is really useful as you can search by category using the lefthand column. Be sure to also try searching using the bottom search field as well as you can search by name or keyword. Lastly the View menu offers additional filters, I find the All Characters and Glyph views most useful.


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Three New Apple Video Training Titles about the iPad (Plus Free Copies)

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In these new online videos, author and trainer Rich Harrington provides a complete tour of Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. Each complete video features more than 40 segments dedicated to performing a specific task. Apple Video Training: Pages for iPad – In this Apple-certified guide to Pages for iPad, master trainer Rich Harrington takes you on a comprehensive tour. You’ll learn everything from customizing existing templates by adding your own graphics, charts, and styles to creating documents from scratch. Featuring over 40 videos, each one is dedicated to a specific task in Pages. So it's easy to find exactly the information you want whether it's help with the basics, like touchscreen controls, or more advanced tasks like inserting graphics with wraparound text. You'll learn all you need to know to create dynamic personal and professional projects.

Apple Video Training: Keynote for iPad – In this Apple-certified guide to Keynote for iPad, master trainer Rich Harrington takes you on a comprehensive tour. Featuring over 40 videos each dedicated to performing a specific task in Keynote, you’ll learn how to create professional-looking presentations quickly. It's easy to find exactly the information you want, whether it's help with the basics, such as learning touchscreen controls, or more advanced techniques like creating tables and charts, or bringing your presentations to life with animated graphics and transitions.

Apple Video Training: Numbers for iPad – In this Apple-certified guide to Numbers for iPad, master trainer Rich Harrington takes you on a comprehensive tour. Featuring over 40 videos, each dedicated to performing a specific task in Numbers, you’ll learn how to transform your data into organized, professional-looking documents. You'll learn to customize existing templates or create documents from scratch, take control of tables and style charts. It's easy to find exactly the information you want, whether it's help with the basics, such as learning the touchscreen controls, or more advanced tasks like working with formulas and calculations.

FREE COPIES
Below are 15 digital voucher codes for use on Peachpit.com. Each code can be used once and will give a user access to the Keynote for iPad Online Video. First come, first serve.
Here are instructions for use:
  1. If you have a Peachpit.com account, go to www.peachpit.com/account and log in. If you do not have a Peachpit.com account, go to www.peachpit.com/join and create an account.
  2. On the Account page click the link for "Enter your code here" that appears under "Digital Product Voucher" in the right column.
  3. Click Submit.
  4. The video will be listed under Digital Purchases on your Account page; click the title to generate the download.

Here are the codes:
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All the Creative COW Podcasts on One Page

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Just wanted to let you know that you can now find all the
Creative COW podcasts on one page. I am a co-host on several shows.

  • DSLR Essentials
  • Photoshop for Video
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Final Cut Help

There are HOURS of free video training here.... plus several other topics. Be sure to check out the
page. Most shows are available in both HD and SD versions.


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Easy Path to P2 Software


I was on a shoot last week and I was trying to remember where to find the latest P2 and AVC Intra drivers from Panasonic. Seems like these keep getting updated and moved around, meaning its not always easy to find where this software lives.  Sure you can bookmark the page, but seems like I always need it when I’m in an edit suite or trying to help someone else out through their problems. So, I have solved the problem once and for all (I hope).

I used the URL shortening service TinyURL.com to trim the long URL.
While the software is available at
https://eww.pavc.panasonic.co.jp/pro-av/support/desk/e/download.htm that is just too hard to remember. We used the TinyURL service to shorten it to http://tinyurl.com/p2swdl. Just think P2 Software Download and you’ll remember it.

Check it out –
http://tinyurl.com/p2swdl


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Adding a Vignette in Aperture

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The term vignette is used to describe an image whose brightness fades to its periphery from the center. This produces a darkening at the edges of the image. In some cases, vignettes are desirable and they’re applied or enhanced for artistic effect after the image is shot. Fortunately, Aperture provides flexible controls for both removing and adding vignettes to your photos in a nondestructive fashion.

Aperture offers the Vignette adjustment controls to apply an artistic vignette to an image. With these controls you can add vignettes to a photo after it’s shot. This is often done to simulate old-style photographic techniques, such as those used on portraits.

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Aperture offers two styles of vignettes: Exposure and Gamma. The Exposure vignette is intended to simulate a lens-created vignette. The other method, the Gamma vignette, intensifies the pixels in the affected area and creates a more pronounced effect.

  1. Select an image in the Browser.
  2. Click the Add Adjustments pop-up menu and choose the Vignette controls. A Gamma vignette with default values is applied.
  3. Choose Exposure from the Type pop-up menu.
  4. Drag the Amount slider all the way to the right. The slider stops at a value of 1.0, but this isn’t the limit for the effect.
  5. Click the right arrow next to the Amount value slider and set the amount of dark shading to 1.7.
  6. Drag the Size slider to the right to set the distance in pixels that will be affected by the darkening vignette. Choose a value of 1.5.

Note:
You can use the Lift and Stamp tools to take the vignette from one image and easily apply it to others.


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Keep Your Mac Calendars and Address Book Clean

At RHED Pixel, we use the Mac’s built-in calendar and address book to keep the office organizer. Technically, this is a no-no as they’re not really designed for 20 different devices to be syncing at once. But hey... we’re risk takers. I did find two great apps on the new Mac App store today (they are also on the web too).
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Here are the official descriptions:

If you're like us, your calendar is how you manage your life. And that means that bad data can mean a really bad day—or worse.
Calendar Cleaner removes duplicates, finds subtle problems with your events, and keeps everything clean as a whistle.

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Your contacts are the center of your personal social network, and as such are often synchronized among your Mac, your iPhone, and many other apps, services, and devices.
Contacts Cleaner finds and fixes the little problems that can creep in while you're not looking.





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I'm Speaking at the San Francisco Apple Store

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I’ll be teaching a class on the iWork apps for iPad on Thursday, January 27 at the San Francisco Apple Store.

The class is totally free and starts at 6:00 pm

Address:
One Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 392-0202
Driving Directions & Map

I hope you can attend.

Also, be sure to check out our new training...




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Pages for iPad, Online Video - 10 Free Copies

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In this Apple-certified guide to Pages for iPad, master trainer Rich Harrington takes you on a comprehensive tour. You’ll learn everything from customizing existing templates by adding your own graphics, charts, and styles to creating documents from scratch. Featuring over 40 videos, each one is dedicated to a specific task in Pages. So it's easy to find exactly the information you want whether it's help with the basics, like touchscreen controls, or more advanced tasks like inserting graphics with wraparound text. You'll learn all you need to know to create dynamic personal and professional projects.

Below are 10 digital voucher codes for use on Peachpit.com. Each code can be used once and will give a user access to the Pages for iPad Online Video. First come, first serve.
Here are instructions for use:
  1. If you have a Peachpit.com account, go to www.peachpit.com/account and log in. If you do not have a Peachpit.com account, go to www.peachpit.com/join and create an account.
  2. On the Account page click the link for "Enter your code here." that appears under "Digital Product Voucher" in the right column.
  3. Click Submit.
  4. The video will be listed under Digital Purchases on your Account page; click the title to generate the download.

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If you don't win a copy, you can get one here. http://www.peachpit.com/store/product.aspx?isbn=0321765141

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Aperture 3.1.1 Released

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Apple released a free update to Aperture that addresses overall stability and performance issues, and also includes specific fixes that:
  • address compatibility with the iLife Media Browser
  • improve reliability when upgrading existing Aperture libraries
  • address issues with publishing photos to MobileMe, Facebook and Flickr
The update is recommended for all users of Aperture 3. For detailed information on this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2518
Here are the highlights:
  • iLife ’11 Compatibility
  • Resolves an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when a camera was plugged in to your Mac.
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent the Aperture First Aid from opening correctly after upgrading a library from 3.0 to 3.1.
  • The Noise Reduction adjustment brick now correctly displays Radius and Edge Detail sliders when applied using a Quick Brush.
  • Aperture now correctly sets the "Photos Viewable by" setting for images published to your Flickr Photostream.
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when the "Fit Slideshow to Main Soundtrack" button was clicked.

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Macdinked – Word of the Day

In my efforts to keep you a member of the techno-elite, I bring you a new tech word.


MACDINKED – verb: When a designer (or client) continues to tweak a project beyond an appropriate level because they are technologically capable of doing so.

This word was brought to my attention by my Dad (and yes... I felt slightly aghast that he was more plugged in). Feel free to comment or add your own.

I'd love to hear any other tech words that have popped up into modern vocabularies.



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New iWork Training on its way

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We're just putting the finishing touches on some new video training for Apple iPad. It's all bout iWork – Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. The videos will be released as web streaming content first then as apps for the iPad itself.

Some training will be out in
December, the rest in January.

In this Apple-certified guide to Pages for iPad, master trainer Rich Harrington takes you on a comprehensive tour. You’ll learn everything from customizing existing templates by adding your own graphics, charts, and styles to creating documents from scratch. Featuring over 40 videos, each one is dedicated to a specific task in Pages. So it's easy to find exactly the information you want whether it's help with the basics, like touchscreen controls, or more advanced tasks like inserting graphics with wraparound text. You'll learn all you need to know to create dynamic personal and professional projects.


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Making Color Adjustments to Photos or Video

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The perception of color is very subjective and can vary from person to person. It’s often difficult to make objective changes accurately because the human brain skews perception to make colors appear as natural as possible. Because of this compensation factor, you’ll want to optimize your work environment to have the least impact on your perception of color.
  • Set your computer’s display to its highest-resolution setting. The increased resolution will give you the best view of your image. The highest setting generally displays the native resolution, which means you’ll be working at the optimal resolution for clarity.
  • Make sure your computer displays are set to their maximum brightness.
  • Reduce the amount of ambient light in the room where you’re working. This will help prevent the light from skewing your perception.
  • If possible, paint the walls a neutral gray in the room where you perform detailed adjustments.
  • Keep bright-colored objects to a minimum in the room to avoid skewing your perception.
  • Make sure you’re employing good color management practices. Be sure to calibrate your printers and displays. For more information, see Calibrating Your Aperture System, which is Appendix B in the Aperture User Manual.
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Jumping from Aperture to Photoshop

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One of my personal workflows is to use Apple Aperture to organize my images. I then jump into Adobe Photoshop for advanced editing. Few people know how easy this is. All you need to specify which application Aperture will use and that it should exchange files using 16-bit file formats. You only have to set these preferences once, then the settings will be used for all future adjustments.
  1. Choose Aperture > Preferences then click Export.
  2. Click the Choose button below the External Image Editor field.
  3. In the dialog that appears, navigate to the application that you’d like Aperture to use when you want to edit an image in an external editor. The application’s name appears in the External Image Editor field.
  4. In the Preferences window, set the External Editor File Format pop-up menu to the format you’d like to use for exchanging files. Select PSD because we’ll be using Photoshop as our external editor. We could also have selected TIFF, but we know that PSD will support all of the Photoshop features that we might choose to use.
  5. Next to the External Editor File Format pop-up menu is a small field labeled dpi (dots per inch). Set this to 300. This will specify that the image should be exported with a resolution setting of 300 pixels per inch.
  6. Close the Preferences window.

As you know, Aperture keeps all of your images organized using its Library. When you want to edit an image elsewhere, the easiest way to do so is by using the specified external editor. Aperture will then use its round-trip capability to automatically re-import the image for you.
  1. In the Browser, select an image.
  2. Choose Images > Edit With > Adobe Photoshop or press Command-Shift-O. If it’s not already running, Aperture will open the application that you specified in the Preferences window. Your image will be opened automatically (with the Exposure adjustment applied).
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Final Cut Pro's Dividing Line


When dragging tracks in the Timeline, where you drag is as important as what you drag. Careless dragging may result in an unintended overwrite edit when you intended an insert edit. If you look closely at the Timeline, you’ll notice that it’s divided by a thin gray line. When dragging, look to see which region you enter to determine the edit type.

When dragging from the Viewer or a bin, use these tips:
  • Dragging to the upper-third of the track results in an insert edit.
  • Dragging to the lower two-thirds of the track results in an overwrite edit.

When dragging in the Timeline, use these tips:
  • Dragging in the Timeline horizontally results in an overwrite edit by default.
  • Dragging in the Timeline horizontally results in an insert or swap edit when you hold down the Option key.
  • Dragging in the Timeline vertically results in an overwrite edit by default.
  • Dragging in the Timeline vertically results in an insert edit when you press the Option key after you start to drag.
  • Pressing the Option key and then dragging in the Timeline vertically results in a cloned copy added to the Timeline via an insert edit.
  • Pressing the Option and Shift keys and then dragging in the Timeline vertically results in a cloned copy added to the Timeline directly above the clip


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Converting MP3 Audio for Video Editing

Seems like we're often being handed MP3 files to use in our video projects. It might be a sound effect or an audio track we've got the rights to use. The problem is that the MP3 format is not very good for video editing (wrong sample rate... rarely works in real-time). Fortunately there's an easy fix... iTunes. If you don’t have access to the original files, you should convert the compressed files to an AIFF file for use in a video editing or motion graphics tool.

  1. Drag the file into iTunes.
  2. Choose iTunes > Preferences, then click on the General button and click the Importing tab.
  3. Choose AIFF and set the sample size to 16 bit and the sample rate to 48kHz. Specify if the file is stereo or mono.
  4. Click OK then Click OK again to close the second window.
  5. Highlight the files you want to convert and choose Advanced > Create AIFF version.
  6. To reveal the converted file, highlight it and press Command + R to reveal it at the Finder level.


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Five Rules for Great Presentations



A great lesson on presentation theory from the talented Nancy Duarte.

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Organizing Images with Aperture


In this video you’ll learn to rank and sort images in Aperture. You’ll also learn about contact sheets and Web galleries for client review.
This a sample of the 6 hours of video included with the book Video Made on a Mac.

You can also visit the website www.peachpit.com/videomac in order to download sample files.

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The New Apple TV – Best $99 I've Spent this Year


I've been an Apple TV fan from the very beginning.... I've often talk about how much I like it and even have a few blog posts on it (1, 2, 3).

Here's my short review of the new one. It's awesome.

Okay, now I'll tell you why I love it so much.
  • It's cheap – $99 is a steal. Sure they got the price down by removing an internal drive... but things change. I no longer need a hard drive to store movies. I've been using a Drobo FS as my home media server with iTunes and before that a regular Drobo hooked up directly to our home's iMac.
  • Netflix support is built in. There are thousands of on demand movies for free. Some of my favorite things include the extensive selection of documentaries, as well as TV shows that I miss episodes while traveling. Plus, we have two kids who just adore the extensive selection of kids programming (including classic Bugs Bunny fare and multiple PBS shows). At $9 a month... it's a steal.
  • The new Remote App is killer – With an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad you can take complete control. I love using the Apple TV through the home stereo. I have an extensive music collection. I love being able to DJ right from my device. Great when hosting get togethers or for changing music up based on the mood at hand.
  • TV Rentals are now reasonable – Miss an episode, catch it for 99¢. I must admit I've used this feature more than a few times.
  • Easier connection to multiple devices – Apple simplified sharing media. Right now I can access media off any of the computers in our household that share the same Apple ID. Mind you we have an iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and a Mac Mini. My understanding is that we'll soon be able to stream from our iPads and iPhones too. For those of you counting, that's ten devices sharing media seamlessly throughout the whole house... (yes... we are a terribly geeky family of four).
  • Streaming Photos and Video is easy – Whether you use MobileMe, iLife, Aperture, YouTube, or Flickr it's a piece of cake to send stuff to your TV in HD.

It's $99... I must say I know what I'll be putting in several people's stockings this year.


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Move Projects from FCP to AE Seamlessly (and Free!)


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I am always on the lookout for things that can make my life easier… sleep in a can, comfortable shoes, great software.
If you use Final Cut Pro and After Effects… do I have a find for you!  I just finished a new book called
Video Made on a Mac, and in the process of writing about Motion Graphics workflows, I’ve discovered an absolute gem, from a little place called Popcorn Island.

From Final Cut Pro to After Effects

Getting your footage from Final Cut Pro to After Effects is a very common workflow. In fact, so many people choose to work this way that there are several free and for sale workflow tools on the market. But I have a new favorite.
The script Final Cut 2 After Effects supports the following features:
  • Cross Dissolve Transitions
  • Basic Editing Translation
  • Segmented Clips
  • Basic Keyframes
  • Time Remapping
  • Nested Sequences
  • Multiple Frame Rates and Aspect Ratios
  • Audio Channels
  • Name Length Error Checking
  • Support for PAL25 and 60

Oh and in case you missed it…
FREE

Here’s how the process works:

  • Download and install the After Effects scripts from here.
  • Launch After Effects and Final Cut Pro.
  • Open a Final Cut Pro project with media you want to exchange.
  • Select one sequence in the Browser.
  • Choose File > Export > XML. Choose XML Level 4.
  • Target a location and click OK.
  • Swith to After Effects and choose File > Scripts and select the newly loaded script (PI_FCP2AE.jsxbin).
  • Navigate to the XML file you created in step 5 and click Open. The footage and a new composition are created in After Effects.
  • Explore the composition and check the results.

Enjoy…
Also, be sure to check out the new book,
Video Made on a Mac.  More than 400 pages and 5.5 hours of video on Production and Postproduction Using Apple Final Cut Studio and Adobe Creative Suite.

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Why You Need MobileMe

Apple's MobileMe suite of online tools is a very useful group of services. Whether you'r a photographer, graphic designer, video pro (or even an accountant) you need it. While it’s not really designed to be an enterprise-level tool, it is quite helpful to small and midsize companies. MobileMe offers several features that can help organize a project. These features are fully documented on Apple’s site, but here are the most useful:

  • Address Book syncing. It’s possible to have a shared Address Book for the entire company. This really helps keep records up to date and clients easier to locate. If you have multiple iPhone users who want to sync, they can make a group to streamline their contacts.
  • Calendar. MobileMe offers a robust online calendar tool that can also sync with iCal. This is particularly useful because it can help coordinate meetings and schedule staff and facilities. The shared calendar is also useful for iPhone users who are out of office and need to keep their meeting schedule up to date. If you need to share a calendar with clients or non-Mac users, you have two viable options. You can grant Web access to a MobileMe calendar (simply visit mobile.me.com and sign in). The drawback is that you grant write access to all calendars or no calendars. A better option for "selective" sharing is to use a Google calendar, which is also free (calendar.google.com).
  • iDisk. An iDisk is a great place to back up critical files. You can download the free Backup application from your iDisk, and then set files like Final Cut Pro project files to back up remotely. You can also use an iDisk as a drop box (Mac or Windows users) because it can be easily accessed through a Web browser. Similarly, you can access your iDisk through me.com and select files for file sharing with other users. Sharing files with clients is easy with MobileMe. They can get a personalized invitation, and you can even require a password.
  • Back to My Mac. This little-used feature is a true lifeline. It allows you to easily access any of your Macs remotely. You can use it to log into a machine back at the office and check progress on a render or grab a file that you forgot.
  • Find My Phone. Lose your iPhone or iPad, this device can tell you where you left it. It can also trigger an alarm, display a message, or remotely wipe a device. We've used the service three times in my house (and each time led to a successful recovery).

Get more useful techniques (and 6 hours of video) by reading
Video Made on a Mac.

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Free Plug-In for Apple and Adobe



The Boris Continuum Materials Unit can be used to create a nearly infinite variety of animated backgrounds in After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Final Cut Express. The plug-in suite includes 15 Boris Continuum Complete filters that can be stacked or used individually to create abstract animated backgrounds or lifelike footage. For a limited time, Eye Scream Factory and Boris FX have teamed up to offer COW members a fully licensed version of BCC Reptilian, one of the included filters. BCC Reptilian is designed to simulate the look of scaly or spotted animal skin. By adjusting the colors, textures, and lighting, you can create an amazing variety of effects. Download the Reptilian Filter

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How Everyone Can Create Better Video



An Interview with me.

"Author and video expert Richard Harrington discusses his efforts to bring superior video techniques to the rest of us. Rich discusses getting it right from the ground up, from camera set-up to final production, why so many users want to use greenscreen, and why the tools you have on the desktop are more than adequate."
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How to Make an iBook Using Apple iWork

So just yesterday, Apple announced a free update to its iWork software. The newest version allows for the export of ePub files (which happen to work great as iBooks and can be easily converted into files for Kindle and Nook readers). To test things out, I decided to give it a whirl. I took an old chapter from a book and a few movie files (yes... video IS supported on the iPad and other iOS devices).

Installing an ePub File


I whipped up my first ebook (you can download it here). To install the file, do the following.

1. Download the ePub file and unzip it.

2. Connect your iOS device.

3. Launch iTunes.

4. Drag the file onto your device.
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5. Launch iBooks and select your book.


Creating an ePub File

Now... here's the QUICK tutorial on how to make one with Apple Pages.... I promise a detailed tutorial next week (but I had to get this out there).

1. Download this template file –
http://images.apple.com/support/pages/docs/ePub_Best_Practices_EN.zip

2. Open the file and fill in your content. Be sure to use the styles drawer to use proper formatting.


3. Add photos or media files (such as audio or video). Stick with iPad compatible formats like MP4 and MP3. You can convert your files using iTunes.

4. When finished choose File > Export.

5. Choose the ePub format and enter details.


6. Click Next and choose a destination, then click Export.

For more... see this support document –
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4168

For more on using Pages and iWork, be sure to check out the
Apple Training Series book.


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Free Font Converter



Have an old font that's not working right? Maybe it's PC-only and you're on a Mac. Here's a free service to convert fonts –

FreeFontConverter.com allows you to quickly convert between many font formats without the hassle of installing any software on your computer. Our service works on any operating system including Windows, Mac and Linux. Our font converting service works for all of the common font formats including TrueType (.ttf), OpenType (.oft) and PostScript (.ps). We can also convert many of the less well known font formats including Suitcase (.suit) and Data Fork (.dfont) fonts.

Thanks to
Rod Harlan for pointing this one out.
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New Digital Camera Update from Apple

Apple releases Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.3 for Canon Olympus Panasonic, and Sony http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1072


About Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.3
This update extends RAW image format compatibility to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '09 for the following cameras:
  • Canon PowerShot SX1 IS
  • Olympus E-PL1
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10
  • Samsung NX10
  • Sony Alpha DSLR-A390
  • Sony Alpha NEX-3
  • Sony Alpha NEX-5

Get it here


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How To Avoid Bad Powerpoint

Seven Deadly Sins of PowerPoint

  1. Too few slides
    2 Too many words
    3 No ‘road signs’ (where are you going?)
    4 Reliance on gimmicks (skip sound effects)
    5 Ignoring design
    6 Not rehearsing
    7 Forgetting your audience

The Rules of Presentation Design


  • Limit fonts used
    • Use a heavy font
    • Avoid stock templates
    • 3-7 bullets per page
    • A bullet is 2-5 words
    • Readability test, (stand 15 feet away from the screen, can you read it easily)
    • Design for the back of the room
    • Create your own templates
    • Use builds or simple animations to bring bullets on line by line
    • Justification & capitalization (be consistent)
    • Consider screen vs. print
    • Use transparency
    • Ease to change
    • With multiple presenters, utilize a style guide and templates
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Safari Extensions Coming Soon




Looks like Apple is making it easier to find Safari extension soon. The Firefox community is already pretty vibrant in this regard and I look forward to more coming out for my favorite browser.

Apple sent out an email today asking for submission to their "Safari Extensions Gallery".

We'll soon be launching the Safari Extensions Gallery, a new destination that provides you with an opportunity to increase the visibility of your Safari extension beyond your website.
The Safari Extensions Gallery will feature selected extensions that offer an innovative user experience. And a one-click installation process will allow users to seamlessly install extensions from a developer’s website without ever having to leave the Gallery. MacRumors.com has early extensions that have already been released.

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Now I Really Want a BMW



BMW introduces the next level of automotive consumer electronic device integration by supporting Apple's new iPod Out functionality. The new feature allows applications on Apple devices to be controlled and experienced with the iDrive interface concept.

Of course my kids would probably destroy it.... maybe they's loan me one.


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Keynote for iPad –Animating Photos on a Slide Part 6

Did you miss part 5? Keynote for iPad – Animate a Chart, Graph, or Table on a Slide

Animating photos on a slide is an easy process with Keynote. There are two major approaches you can employ. You can use builds to add or remove elements from a slide. You can also use the Magic Move transition to create more elaborate animations.

Let's explore the build process.

1. Tap the animate button . Keynote prompts you to select a slide or object.

2. Tap a photo on the Canvas that you want to animate.

Buttons appear near the object, indicating any build effect that has already been applied. If no build effect has been applied, both the build in and build out buttons are labeled “None.”

Design Tip
Be sure your photos are high enough resolution. You'll typically want to size them so they are double the size of your design canvas. For Keynote on the iPad, make sure your pictures are at between 2,000–4,000 pixels wide. This will give you flexibility to size or zoom an image.

3. You can now choose to add an effect that reveals (build in) or removes (build out) the chart. Tap the “Build in” or “Build out” button, depending on how you'd like the chart to move onto or off of the slide. The Build In or Build Out window appears.

4. Tap the name of an effect from the Build In or Build Out window. You can scroll to choose from any of 13 effects for chart or graph builds.

Once you choose an effect, a preview animation plays automatically. You can click the play button in the Build In or Build Out window to repeat the preview.

5. Once you've selected an animation in the Build In or Build Out window, you can customize it.
  • To change the duration of a build, tap the Options button at the bottom of the Build In or Build Out window. You can then drag the duration slider to adjust the speed of the animation.
    • Many effects in the Build In window have additional options such as direction or Up and Down choices.

• To specify when a build starts, tap the Options button at the bottom of the Build In or Build Out window. On Tap begins the animation when you tap the slide. After Transition lets you set a time interval with the Delay slider.You may need to scroll in the window to see all options.

Changing the Order of Builds

As you add multiple builds to a slide, you'll notice that they have numbers that indicate their build order on the slide. The build in numbers are yellow and the build out numbers are black.
The default numbering is based on the order that you added the animations. You have complete control however and can reorder things, as you like.
  1. Select any object on the canvas that you've applied a build to.
    2 Tap the animate button in the toolbar.
    3 Tap an existing Build In or Build Out button.
    4 In the Build In or Build Out window, tap the Order button. The numbers on the slide and in the window indicate the order of animation.
    5 In the Build Order window, touch and hold the right end of an item. You can now drag it to a new position.

If you see three yellow-colored dots on the upper-right corner of a slide thumbnail (in the slide navigator) it means that a build has been applied to a slide.
Interleaving Builds

In Keynote, you can interleave animation elements, so that multiple events take place concurrently. For example, you can have a block of text and a photo animate concurrently. You can change the order in which objects move on and off a slide at any time, even interspersing

In order to interleave a build, you must have more than one Build animation applied.
  1. Select any object on the canvas that you've applied a build to.
    2 Tap the animate button in the toolbar.
    3 Tap an existing Build In or Build Out button.
    4 In the Build In or Build Out window, tap the Options button.
    5 Choose one of the following options to link two animations together.


  • With Build # – Let's two builds happen at the same time. You can also set a delay for the second object with the Delay slider.
    After Build # – Let's you create a hierarchical relationship. One build occurs immediately after the other finishes. Again, you can set a delay for the second object with the Delay slider.

To preview the animation, click the Play button in the Build In or Build Out window.

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Keynote for iPad – Animate a Chart, Graph, or Table on a Slide Part 5

Did you miss part 4? Keynote for iPad – Creating Builds to Reveal Text

Keynote offers stunning 3D and 2D charts and graphs that can really bring your data to life. When you combine Keynote's animation controls with your charts, the audience can really visualize the data you're presenting.

1. Tap the animate button . Keynote prompts you to select a slide or object.

2. Tap a chart of graph on the Canvas that you want to animate.

Buttons appear near the object, indicating any build effect that has already been applied. If no build effect has been applied, both the build in and build out buttons are labeled “None.”

3. You can now choose to add an effect that reveals (build in) or removes (build out) the chart. Tap the “Build in” or “Build out” button, depending on how you'd like the chart to move onto or off of the slide. The Build In or Build Out window appears.

4. Tap the name of an effect from the Build In or Build Out window. You can scroll to choose from any of 13 effects for chart or graph builds.


Design Tip
While there are several effects to choose from, a few work particularly well for charts and graphs. Be sure to try our Scale, Pop, Dissolve, and Move In. Once you choose an effect, a preview animation plays automatically. You can click the play button in the Build In or Build Out window to repeat the preview.

5. Once you've selected an animation in the Build In or Build Out window, you can customize it.
  • To change the duration of a build, tap the Options button at the bottom of the Build In or Build Out window. You can then drag the duration slider to adjust the speed of the animation.
    • Many effects in the Build In window have additional options such as direction or Up and Down choices.

  • To specify when a build starts, tap the Options button at the bottom of the Build In or Build Out window. On Tap begins the animation when you tap the slide.
    After Transition lets you set a time interval with the Delay slider. You may need to scroll in the window to see all options.

  • To build a chart or graph by segment or series, click the Delivery button. Depending upon how you're data is displayed; you'll see options like By Wedge, By Series, By Set, and more.

Design Tip
Be sure to experiment with the Delivery options. By controlling the pace and order that your data displays, you can better guide your audience through the presentation.

Be sure to read Part 6 – Keynote for iPad – Animating Photos on a Slide
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New Final Cut Pro Training DVD

Join Apple certified trainer Richard Harrington as he takes you through the color correction features of Final Cut Pro. As a leading author, trainer and presenter, Rich cuts to the chase, giving you access to the most important information fast.

Final Cut Pro's Color Corrector is the first wave of color tools. Whether its because of time of budget, you'll often need to get your project right inside of Final Cut Pro. Addiitionally, most of the work you can do in Final Cut Pro will translate to Apple Color if needed. Being able to improve your footage in a fast and efficient manner improves your rough cuts, and helps speed client approval!

Richard is an expert at motion graphic design and digital video. Since 2003, he has been the manager for conferences for the National Association of Broadcasters. His book, Photoshop for Video, was the first to focus on the use of the masterful Photoshop within the world of video production. He is also a contributing editor for Final Cut Pro on the Spot, Video Made on a Mac, and From Still to Motion.

The master series DVD includes hands-on practice files. So instead of watching, you can actually get real practice. There is also extra footage with which you can practice. The movies are also in an iPad/iPod compatible format so you can carry your lessons around easily!

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Keynote for iPad – Creating Builds to Reveal Text Part 4

Did you miss part 3? Keynote for iPad – Designing with Magic Move

The most common style of animation on a slide is a build, an animation that sequentially reveals the slide content. When used appropriately, builds can focus your audience’s attention on the current topic.

Builds are often used to reveal lines of text as you click. Some effects animate the entire text box at once; others break up the text by word or character before animating. All text animation is controlled within the Inspector window.

Design Tip
The key with text animation is to find a tasteful balance of animation that enhances the audience's concentration (as opposed to distracting them).

To Add a Text Build

Keynote offers several builds that can be applied to text. These range from subtle transitions that work well for bullet points to dramatic reveals for title slides.
1. Tap the animate button . Keynote prompts you to select a slide or object.

2. Tap the text on the Canvas that you want to animate.

Buttons appear near the object, indicating any build effect that has already been applied.

If no build effect has been applied, both the build in and build out buttons are labeled “None.”

3. You can now choose to add an effect that reveals (build in) or removes (build out) the text. Tap the “Build in” or “Build out” button, depending on how you'd like the text to move onto or off of the slide. The Build In or Build Out window appears.


4. Tap the name of an effect from the Build In or Build Out window. You can scroll to choose from any of 21 effects for text builds.
Once you choose an effect, a preview animation plays automatically. You can click the play button in the Build In or Build Out window to repeat the preview.

Customizing a Text Build


While the build animations are ready to use, Keynote does allow you to change the speed, timing, and order of a text build. These options give you greater control over your presentation.

Once you've selected an animation in the Build In or Build Out window, you can customize it.
  • To change the duration of a build, tap the Options button at the bottom of the Build In or Build Out window. You can then drag the duration slider to adjust the speed of the animation.

  • To specify when a build starts, tap the Options button at the bottom of the Build In or Build Out window. On Tap begins the animation when you tap the slide.
    After Transition lets you set a time interval with the Delay slider. You may need to scroll in the window to see all options.

  • To build a text block in segments, you can click the Delivery button. Depending upon how you've formatted your text, you'll see choices like All at Once, By Paragraph, or By Bullet.

The Delivery option is only available after you've applied a build in or build out effect.

Coming Soon Part 5 – Keynote for iPad – Animate a Chart, Graph, or Table on a Slide
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Keynote for iPad – Designing with Magic Move Part 3

Did you miss part 2? Keynote for iPad – To Customize a Transition

An easy way to create visually stunning animations is with Magic Move. You apply Magic Move to two instances of an object on two slides. Magic Move can animate changes (such as scale, position, or opacity) between the first slide to the second.

Note
The easiest way to use Magic Move is to create the first slide and then let Magic Move duplicate it.

1. Create a slide and arrange all the text and graphic objects, as you'd like them to appear.

2. Tap the animate button. Keynote prompts you to select a slide or object.

3. Select the desired slide

4. Tap the name of the slide transition that appears next to the selected slide (it may be None).

5. Tap Magic Move in the Transitions window and tap Yes, when prompted to duplicate the slide.

The slide is duplicated and a second copy appears in the slide navigator.

Note
You'll notice star icons next to each object. These indicate that the Magic Move transition has been applied to those objects.

6. Arrange the objects how you'd like them to appear.


Design Tip
You have lots of flexibility when using the Magic Move transition. You may choose to modify the objects on the first slide (so they appear to move in to their landing positions on the second slide). You can also animate the objects on the second slide to add emphasis to one or more objects.

To make things easier, you can use a two-finger pinch gesture to zoom out and see the slide and your work area. This can be useful to have elements transition completely off of the slide.

7. Adjusting the timing of the effect is easy. Tap the original slide in the slide navigator and then tap Magic Move to open the Transitions window again.

8. Tap Options at the bottom of the Transitions window.

  • You can set a duration for the effect between 10 and 5.00 seconds.
    • Choose whether to start the transition when you tap or automatically after the previous transition. You can also set a delay for how quickly the transition begins after the previous slide.

Be sure to read Part 4 – Keynote for iPad – Creating Builds to Reveal Text
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Keynote for iPad – To Customize a Transition Part 2

Did you miss part 1? Keynote for iPad – Introduction to Animation

All Keynote transitions can be customized. The options vary with each transition offering its own choices. The primary reasons to change the transitions options are to avoid repetition and to control the pacing of the presentation.

1. Tap the Options button in the Transitions window

2. In the Options window, drag the duration slider.



Design Tip
You can choose duration of .10 to 5.00 seconds. Slower transitions are more dramatic, but should be reserved for special use. A value of 1.00 – 1.50 seconds is a good value for most transitions.

3. If you’ve selected a transition with directional controls, drag the arrow to set the direction from which the new slide moves in.

4. Choose when you want the transition to start (you may need to scroll the list).

  • On Tap – The transition is applied when you tap the screen.
    After Previous Transition – This option can be used to create a self-running presentation. Be sure to set the Delay timer so there is enough of a pause so the slide can be read before the transition occurs.

5. To apply another transition, just select another slide in the slide navigator.

6. When you’ve set up all the transitions how you want, tap Done in the top-right corner of the screen.
If you see a yellow-colored triangle on the bottom-right corner of a slide thumbnail (in the slide navigator) it means that a transition has been applied to a slide.

Design Tip
If you want to reuse a transition, you can duplicate a slide. The new copy is easy to modify, and will already contain any transitions or builds you've applied.

Be sure to read Part 3 – Keynote for iPad – Designing with Magic Move

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Master iPhoto Dirt Cheap

I have two iPhoto training titles released today from Peachpit Press and they've lowered the price to $8.99. I am very proud of these and hope you enjoy them. For you pros... its perfect for your family members/parents. These are two very cool titles that I made especially for the iPhoto users out there.

iPhoto: Fix Your Photos – http://tinyurl.com/iphotofix
The videos provide easy to follow tutorials that help you fix common problems with pictures. You'll learn how to straighten and crop, adjust dark photos, and bring out the color in your snapshots. You'll also learn how to fix soft focus, red eye, and overexposed photos. Whether you're new to iPhoto or even an experienced user, you'll find useful techniques and powerful shortcuts to get your work done faster. Each lesson includes hands on files so you can work along with the instructor.

iPhoto: Share Your Photos - http://tinyurl.com/iphotoshare
The videos provide easy to follow tutorials that help you share your pictures over email or post them online to services including MobileMe, Facebook, and Flickr. You’ll also learn techniques for making slideshows and creating your own blog. Whether you're new to iPhoto or even an experienced user, you’ll find useful techniques and powerful shortcuts to share your photos easily. Each lesson includes hands on files so you can follow along with the instructor.

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Keynote for iPad – Introduction to Animation Part 1

Once you've built a presentation in Keynote for iPad, you'll likely want to enhance it with some inspired animation. Adding movement to your slides doesn’t just keep your audience’s attention; it transforms a static presentation into a compelling and persuasive display piece.
With Keynote, you'll find a wealth of options available to animate your presentation. You can create several types of slide animation, including builds—elements that animate one at a time onto a slide—and cool transitions between slides that go far beyond the simple transitions used by other programs.
  • Transitions – Using a transition lets you add an animated effect as you switch from one slide to the next.
    Magic Move – An easy way to create object movement is the Magic Move transition which animates an object between two positions.
    Text Builds – A practical presentation technique is to control the flow of information to the audience using text animation.
    Object Builds – Keynote can reveal (or remove) objects on your slide, such photos or shapes, with animated transitions.
  • Charts Builds – Keynote offers special transitions to reveal the data in a chart or graph.

Add Transitions between Slides

Keynote offers a category of animations called transitions. These animations are used between slides and are meant to signify a change in topic for your audience. Although Keynote offers several transition options, good design practices call for using the right transition mix in a presentation.

To Add a Transition


Transitions are applied to the first slide in a transition pair. That means you should apply the transition to the slide that appears first in the slide navigator. You are essentially transitioning from the selected slide to the next slide in your presentation.
1. Tap the animate button . Keynote prompts you to select a slide or object.

2. Tap a slide's thumbnail in the slide navigator.

A button appears next to the slide to identify which transition has been applied to the slide. If you've not applied a transition yet, it is labeled None.
3. Tap the arrow button or the name of the transition that appears in the button.


4. Swipe the Transitions window to see a list of available transitions.

5. Choose a transition effect.

Once you choose an effect, a preview animation plays automatically. You can click the play button in the Transitions window to repeat the preview.

Be sure to read Part 2 – Keynote for iPad – To Customize a Transition


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Safari 5 is Released

While the iPhone announcement got most of the press today, Apple also released Safari version 5 today. Here are the highlights of the new version:

  • 30 percent performance boost over Safari 4
  • Addition of Bing to the Google and Yahoo! options.
  • Addition of Reader option for websites with news articles. Just click the Reader icon in the Smart Address Field to display the entire article for clear, uninterrupted reading with options to enlarge, print or send via email.


  • Runs JavaScript 30 percent faster than Safari 4, three percent faster than Chrome 5.0, and over twice as fast as Firefox 3.6.
  • Full screen playback and closed captions for HTML5 video

Safari 5 is available for Mac and Windows as a free download at www.apple.com/safari.
The Safari Developer Program is free to join at
developer.apple.com/programs/safari.

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Steve Jobs Interview at D8 Conference



I've been waiting for this entire interview to go live. Here is the full, uncut interview with Steve Jobs at this year's D8 Conference. The interview is by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg on the New York Times.

"The wide-ranging chat runs for more than 90 minutes, and covers everything from Jobs’ fraying relationship with Google (GOOG) to his stance on Adobe’s (ADBE) Flash, to his lack of interest in the TV market. And, of course, a lot of iPad talk. Enjoy."

Here's the link here – http://d8.allthingsd.com/20100607/steve-jobs-at-d8-the-full-uncut-interview/

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HTML5 Demo


Apple has released a new demo of what is possible with HTML 5. This is a very cool gallery of how the new technology can be employed.
Here's the top demos –
http://www.apple.com/html5/showcase/gallery/

Web developers can learn more here –
http://developer.apple.com/safaridemos/
In fact the developers page has 14 demos.... including a very cool movie trailer viewer and Photo Gallery.

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New Aperture 3 Training

Since Aperture is the number one search term on my blog... I wanted to let you know that I have two Aperture 3 training titles out from Kelby Training.

Professional Adjustments with Aperture 3
Professional film and video editor Richard Harrington shows viewers how to bring out the best in their photography using Aperture 3. Follow along with course project files and learn how make corrections, adjust color, and add style to your images using a variety of tools inside Aperture 3.


Make the Move to Aperture 3
Aperture 3 is a powerful photo management tool from Apple. It includes features for organizing, adjusting, exporting, publishing, displaying your photos, and more. Rich Harrington takes you through the software and demonstrates just what Aperture 3 is capable of.

Also, a lot don't release we have DSLR Video training posted too.

Editing Your DSLR Video on a Mac
Your DSLR shoots video! Cool right!? Now what? You've probably got more video than you know what to do with. Richard Harrington created this course to help you with how to edit that video footage (using Mac software). Rich covers everything from in-the-field tips all the way to post-production techniques using Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express and iMovie.


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White Balancing in Final Cut Pro




Richard Harrington, a trainer for FMC, shows how to use white balancing in FCP to make up for improper white balancing on the camera.


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Free Final Cut Pro/Motion/AE Plug-ins



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The Share Menu in Final Cut Pro

FMC trainer Richard Harrington demonstrates how to share and publish projects in a variety of formats.


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Using Blending Modes in Final Cut Pro



FMC trainer Richard Harrington discusses how the Blending Modes feature can be used to lighten a dark shot, or impart various stylistic changes.

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Use Apple Pro Apps? Time to Update.

Use FCP, Aperture or Logic? Be sure to download the Apple ProKit 5.1 update to fix memory leaks –


About ProKit 5.1 (Leopard & SnowLeopard)

This ProKit Update fixes issues with user interface software resources that are shared by Apple's professional applications.
  • The issues addressed include:
  • Corrected an issue with improper scrolling behavior.
  • Resolved memory leaks for improved performance.
  • Addressed layout of interface elements in certain application alert windows.
The update is recommended for all users of Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Soundtrack Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Aperture, Final Cut Express, Soundtrack, Logic Pro and Logic Express.
Get it here – http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1008

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How to Automatically Add Copyright Metadata in Aperture 3



Learn how to add copyright information to your videos upon import with Aperture 3. Just a short tip (banged out in the basement with my new Yeti mic to give it a test).
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Apple Updates Aperture and Digital Camera Support

I've been quite happy with Aperture 3, but like many of you... I looked forward to the first update to address minor bugs. Well it's here! Apple released two updates: Aperture 3.0.1 which has several bug fixes and a digital camera update to add support for several camera models.

About Aperture 3.0.1
This update improves overall stability and addresses a number of issues in Aperture 3, including:
  • Upgrading libraries from earlier versions of Aperture
  • Importing libraries from iPhoto
  • Importing photos directly from a camera
  • Memory usage when processing heavily-retouched photos
  • Face recognition processing
  • Adding undetected faces using the Add Missing Face button
  • Printing pages containing multiple images
  • Printing photos and contact sheets with borders and metadata
  • Editing photos using an external editor
  • Display of images with Definition and Straighten adjustments applied
  • Zooming photos in the Viewer and in the Loupe using keyboard shortcuts
  • Accessing Aperture libraries on a network volume Selecting and moving pins on the Places map
  • Adding and editing custom locations using the Manage My Places window
  • Switching between masters when working with RAW+JPEG pairs.

The Digital Camera update also added several new cameras to Aperture and iPhoto.
  • Hasselblad H3DII-50
  • Leica M9
  • Leica X1
  • Olympus E-P1
  • Olympus E-P2
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
  • Pentax K-7
  • Pentax K-x
  • Sony Alpha DSLR-A500
  • Sony Alpha DSLR-A550
  • Sony Alpha DSLR-A850


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Aperture 3 Supports Video


With Aperture 3, Apple has fully embraced video acquired on DSLR cameras. In fact, you can now manage video and audio files as easily as any other image in your library. If you are used to using Aperture as part of your photo editing workflow, you'll find the addition of audio and video support quite welcome.

Importing Video

Video and audio files are added to your library in the same manner as any other image. You can import files directly from a memory card or from a hard drive. It is important to decide where you want to store the files before you import them. Follow these steps to choose a location and import your files:
1. Select a project or album then click the Import Files button in the toolbar.
2. Navigate to the desired files in the File Browser at the bottom of the main window (this can be files that already exist on hard drive or a memory card).


3. Select the check boxes for the desired clips. You can also click the Check All or Uncheck All buttons at the top of the window.


4. In the right column, choose a destination for the files. Specify where you want the files to be located in Aperture:
  • Click a project or folder in the Library pane to target it.
  • Choose New Project from the Destination menu to create a new project to hold the imported items.
5. Specify the media management approach you'd like to use. Click the Store Files menu and choose one of these options:

  • In the Aperture Library moves the files into a managed library. These files can be exported but will be copied to a new location.
  • In their current location leaves the files where they are located. This is the best approach if you've already copied your video files to an editing drive.
  • Your User folder is available (and is labeled with your default name).
  • The Pictures folder in your home directory is another option.
  • Choose lets you specify another location. This option works well when you want to target a specific drive (such as your project's media drive). The Choose option can be used to copy the media from the camera memory to an editing location.
6. Click Imported Checked when you’re ready to add the files to your project. The files are then added to your library.

READ MORE AFTER THE JUMP Read More...
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Creating Motion Templates

Want to create your own Motion templates for use in Final Cut Pro? In this video lesson you’ll learn how to combine After Effects and Motion into a template project that can then be updated from within Final Cut Pro.



You can also visit the website www.peachpit.com/videomac in order to download sample files.
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New iPhoto Training

I have two new iPhoto training titles released today from Peachpit Press. I am very proud of these and hope you enjoy them. For you pros... its perfect for your family members/parents. These are two very cool titles that I made especially for the iPhoto users out there.

iPhoto: Fix Your Photos – http://tinyurl.com/iphotofix
The videos provide easy to follow tutorials that help you fix common problems with pictures. You'll learn how to straighten and crop, adjust dark photos, and bring out the color in your snapshots. You'll also learn how to fix soft focus, red eye, and overexposed photos. Whether you're new to iPhoto or even an experienced user, you'll find useful techniques and powerful shortcuts to get your work done faster. Each lesson includes hands on files so you can work along with the instructor.

iPhoto: Share Your Photos - http://tinyurl.com/iphotoshare
The videos provide easy to follow tutorials that help you share your pictures over email or post them online to services including MobileMe, Facebook, and Flickr. You’ll also learn techniques for making slideshows and creating your own blog. Whether you're new to iPhoto or even an experienced user, you’ll find useful techniques and powerful shortcuts to share your photos easily. Each lesson includes hands on files so you can follow along with the instructor.

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Aperture 3 Announced – New Training on Way

Hi all... happy news in the Aperture 3 was just announced and shipped. This is not a full review (I am slammed with Macworld and finishing up a book for print). But I couldn't resist playing with the new version and look forward to jumping in.

Here are my top 10 reasons to upgrade for current users. More details soon...

  1. Better Filmstrip and Fullscreen View – It's much easier to work with your images and really get at the details.
  2. Backup on Import – Have your media go to two drives at once. This is HUGE.
  3. Places – Yes it's in iPhoto... but now that GPS tag makes it so much easier to sort by location. I also use this as a tool for site surveys and planning from shoot scouts.
  4. Faces – Again... was in iPhoto last year, but I'll take it. Facial recognition to organize your library. This is great for finding pictures of one subject. It's freaky good too.
  5. Focus Points – Actually see where the camera used points to auto focus. This is very useful for evaluating sharpness.
  6. Search on Steroids – Okay, that's not its actual name. But it's amazing... you can sort by usage, face, place, time, file type, all sorts of things. Literally search by Who, Where, When... I'm still waiting on Why.
  7. Nondestructive Brushes with Edge Detection – Easily cleanup images with all sorts of spot adjustments. Completely nondestructive and editable, including the ability to view the selections mask and tweak it at any time. Oh... and they work with Wacom tablets too. The skin smoothing brush is dreamy good.
  8. Curves! – 'nuff said.
  9. Adjustment Presets – Useful starting points or make your own. Can even apply them upon import to batch fix problems.
  10. Video – You can organize it, trim it, media manage it, drag it into Final Cut Pro, export out versions, use it in new slideshows. Uh huh... that's right... video.

You can see a detailed list of all 200 features here –
http://www.apple.com/aperture/features/

I am working on two new DVDs and video titles for
Kelby Training – tell them you want more!

Also, be sure to check out the great site –
http://www.apertureexpert.com/

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Create a Line Item Budget in iWork '09

This line says it best – "Budgets lead to money and money leads to exciting things"



Check out more shows from MacBreak –
http://www.youtube.com/user/macbreaksf

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Media Placeholder in Apple Pages

Richard Harrington shows Alex Lindsay how to streamline document updates with a customized media placeholder in Pages '09.

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Using Video in a Keynote Presentation

Adding video elements to a presentation is an easy way to make a good presentation a great one. In this video, we add a video to an Apple Keynote presentation and go through all the options of using video in it.



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Using Mail Merge in iWork '09

We've got another episode of MacBreak Work! Rich Harrington shows Alex how to use Mail Merge in iWork '09. This is a great way to create several customized documents from a database.

Here are links to get the free episode.

http://www.pixelcorps.tv/macbreak_work018

http://www.youtube.com/user/macbreaksf

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=308761591

Direct Download





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Special Video Book and Content Deal

Our friends at the Peachpit User Group Program are making a special offer for all Mac User Groups who are interested delivering both great information on video production and a great price on a Peachpit book to their members.

Peachpit would like to give your group a unique opportunity to provide your members with high-quality articles and video instruction from Richard Harrington and Robbie Carman’s critically acclaimed Peachpit book, Video Made on a Mac: Production and Postproduction using Apple Final Cut Studio and Adobe Creative Suite absolutely free.
Get more information – 
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An Interview About my New Book

Richard Harrington and Robbie Carman are both Apple Certified Trainers and have an extensive background in video production. They talk with publisher Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel about their new book Video Made on a Mac: Production and Postproduction Using Apple Final Cut Studio and Adobe Creative Suite, explain who it is written for, and reveal why the Mac is their platform of choice for professional endeavors.



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Aligning items in Keynote '09

MacBreak Work is back! In this new episode we cover how to align items in a presentation. You'll also learn cool new transitions in Keynote ‘09.

Here are links to get the free episode.

http://www.pixelcorps.tv/macbreak_work017

http://www.youtube.com/user/macbreaksf

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=308761591



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The New Drobo is Awesome... Come Learn More

We've been playing with the new Drobo Elite at our offices at absolutely love it. It's a great 8 bay unit (for desktop or rack-mount). It's fast enough for HD video editing, it can expand as you grow, and it works fantastically well.

Join me for an educational seminar on Thursday, December 10, 2009 where we review how it (and the rest of the Drobo line) can benefit video editors, motion graphics artists, and videographers.

The event starts at 8:30 AM Pacific / 11:30 AM Eastern. Its a 30 minute seminar and you can ask any questions you want.

We've been putting it into play with our tapeless workflow and have been very pleased.

Sign up for your spot here –
http://bit.ly/7vhDJr




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Photo of nearly every Apple product ever released

Here's a cool picture for those of you into Apple. Click the image to view the full-resolution poster.



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Get More Out of Your Mac

Have you seen our new book? Be sure to check out the Facebook group for more resources.

We've also got a new podcast series too with free tips and practice files.
Web or iTunes for free.

"On a Mac, the sky's the limit for creating professional video. With all the tools available though, it can be a daunting task to decide which ones offer the best solutions for combined efficiency and high-level results. How can you effectively communicate your vision to clients and crew? How should you calibrate your camera for multi-camera and green screen shoots? Is it better to do your keying in After Effects, Motion, or Final Cut? How should you set up your edit suite for efficiency and accuracy? How do you manage large amounts of media and a multitude of formats for multiple software applications?

In Video Made on a Mac, you'll learn the answers and much more. Chock-full of practical advice and step-by-step instructions, each chapter provides insight on the critical components of production and postproduction that can make all the difference when you're up against a tight budget and schedule. The accompanying DVD supplies you with project files and high-definition footage so you can follow along with the examples, as well as 50 training videos. Whether you're an advanced Mac user or just beginning to incorporate Adobe Creative Suite into your Final Cut Studio workflow, you'll learn to apply best-practice techniques to all your video projects."


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Clean Up Your Mac's Hard Drive for Free

I just found a great shareware tool called Daisy Disk that graphically shows the contents of your hard drive. It gives you a great visual map of what's on your drive and makes it easy to drill down and clean up files. The best news? It's currently free as part of the MacHeist promotion. Visit their site and solve the puzle (look at the top banner for a clue). Then tweet your results and you get the software for free.



For example... I saved over 1.5 GB of space in just a few minutes.

  1. I used it to identify some HUGE template files for Apple Motion on my internal drive.
  2. I then opened up the files with QuickTime Pro. They were Photo-JPEG and Animation codec files (both beefy).
  3. I converted the Photo JPEG to Apple ProRes 422 and the Animtion to Apple ProRes 444.
  4. Voila.. space saved.



I am currently on a seek and destroy mission to locate large downloads and forgotten files. If you are a little weary, back up your drive before you start the purge in case you trash a needed file.

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Editors Retreat

Recharge Your Creativity and Craft • January 13 - 16 • Miami Beach, Florida

Now in its fourth year, the Editors Retreat has become an annual gathering for the post-production elite. Highly experienced editors from the worlds of film, TV and video gather to network, exchange ideas, share tips and of course, have fun!

Past keynotes and attendees have included such names as Alan Heim, Sally Menke, Stuart Bass, Chris Franklin and David Helfand as well as Apple, Adobe and Avid experts and industry power users. Attendees have included representatives from HBO, FRONTLINE, MTV, Lockheed Martin, Harpo Productions and Telemundo.

Running for 4 days and 3 nights, the Retreat offers advanced sessions on post visual and audio techniques and features valuable insight into emerging trends and technologies. An equal amount of time will be devoted to discussing the creativity, craft and business practices of successful editors.

To ensure that only the best of the best attend, participation is subject to an application and screening process. Visit
www.EditorsRetreat.com for the full schedule and more details.

Attendees all receive a huge goodie bag! Right now its valued at over $4500 in gifts:
  • Megasuite from Digieffects $799
  • Plug-in from Automatic Duck $495
  • Plug-in Collection from CGM $199
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 $799
  • Free Training Course from FMC $1,500
  • NAB Post Production Conference Pass $895
  • Music License from Free Play Music $100
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New Podcast Featured on iTunes



Our new podcast, Video Made on a Mac, is in the New and Notable section of iTunes.

Richard Harrington and Robbie Carman show you how to create professional video on the Mac. In this series, they share videos and project files using real world examples in Final Cut Studio and Adobe Creative Suite. From pre-production to post, and accomplishing it all within a tight schedule, this podcast series gives you a sample of what you can learn using their book, Video Made on the a Mac.

Be sure to visit the site to get the
free downloadable files or order the book. Be sure to use the code VMMBOOK at checkout to receive a discount.

The new podcast is brought to you by the fine folks at Peachpit Press.
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Budgeting with Apple Numbers

For a quick overview on creating video budgets with Apple Numbers, be sure to watch this informative video. You can also visit the website www.peachpit.com/videomac in order to download the budget template.

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Important Update for Recent Macs

While it is said to affect only a "small number of customers," I am glad this update was released (I'm small apparently). Apple released an update to fix "intermittent hard drive related pauses" that could impact performance.

The update is for the following machines:
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2009)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2009)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.53GHz, Mid 2009)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2009)
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2009)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2008)
  • MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2009)
  • MacBook (13-inch, Early 2009)
  • MacBook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008)
  • MacBook Air (Mid 2009)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008)
  • iMac (20-inch, Mid 2009)
  • iMac (24-inch, Early 2009)
  • iMac (20-inch, Early 2009)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009)

The update is available for both Snow Leopard and Leopard.


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Want to Learn How to Make DVD Menus?

Peachpit Press has posted a free chapter from the new DVD Studio Pro book. They have a free chapter and hands on media files on how to create custom DVD menus (just click the Sample Content tab).

You can view it
here as well a check out the whole book.

"Updated for DVD Studio Pro 4.2.2, this best-selling, Apple certified guide uses striking real-world footage to build four complete DVDs and share a Blu-ray disc. It covers how to use DVD Studio Pro on its own, as well as how to integrate it into your workflow with Final Cut Pro 7, Motion 4, and Compressor 3.5. Each lesson takes you step-by-step through an aspect of DVD creation and finishing, with hands-on projects for you to complete as you go."


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How Good is that Laptop Battery?


Do you ever wonder what’s going on with your laptop battery? Does it seem like it just doesn’t power your MacBook Pro as long as it used to?

Check out
coconutBattery which shows you the current maximum capacity of a battery in relation to the original capacity your battery had as it left the factory. You can also find out how many battery-loadcycles (how often did you fully load your battery). This information is useful because you can tell when a battery is going bad (and if you aren't being a good laptop owner). Plus it will tell you how old the computer is, which is useful for birthday parties and whining about needing a new machine. You can get coconutBattery for free by clicking here.

If all this talk about
battery maintenance has you confused, visit this page for some useful tips. While its an Apple page, the same advice holds true for Windows laptops with Lithium Ion batteries.
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Macintosh Clippings made Useful


I often find when I am browsing the Net to select text and drag it to the Desktop. I often use these clippings as a way to gather a few notes. The only problem with this system is that you can’t modify the clipping. If you open the clipping in the Finder you can read it, copy the text to your clipboard, but that’s about it. But don’t worry, there’s a great piece of freeware to make tweaks.

Everyday Software has released ClipEdit so you can modify both text and image clippings. The program is free and very useful if you collect bits of knowledge/trivia. For best results try the following.

1. Right-click (Control-click) on a clipping file and choose Get Info.
2. Change the Open with: drop down menu to ClipEdit
3. Click Change All…

ClipEdit is now set as the default editor for all clippings… much more useful and all it’ll cost you is a visit to
Everyday Software.

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Photo Books Tip


So, making a book using iPhoto is still the best. I sat down and was going to use Aperture, but it didn't have the theme I wanted (although both use the same engine and printer service). If you've never made a book, the process is a snap.
1. Select the photos you want in the browser (pick more than you think you'll need)
2. Click the Book icon in the Toolbar
3. Flip from page to page (choosing layout options from the Toolbar)
4. Drag photos in and scale and position using intuitive controls.

Mini books start at $4 and larger books range between $20 -$30 depending on soft or hard covers. It really makes a nice keepsake for friends or even a new way to build a portfolio. But what about 'proofing?' Well you can share the book before you print it.

1. In iPhoto, choose File > Print.
2. In the Print Window, choose Save as PDF.
3. Pick a destination, then name the file and click OK.
4. Send the PDF to those who need to review it.

The mini books make great leave behinds for clients or potential employers.

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High Definition Review and Approval with Apple TV


Image courtesy Apple
My production company, like many of yours, has jumped with both feet into the HD waters.  Production is easier than ever with great tapeless acquisition formats.  Post keeps getting simpler with powerful desktop solutions and great breakout boxes.  Seems like the only place it really falls apart is the client review stage.

Sure, you can compress HD clips for web delivery.  Problem is most clients don’t have the monitor resolution, RAM, etc. to view HD (and don’t even get me started on color and contrast issues with the average PC monitor).  You could burn a Blu-ray disc, except at $12 a pop (plus rush courier) that gets pretty expensive (and time consuming). So what’s a discerning post company to do? No the answer is not VHS… it’s Apple TV.

Read the whole story at ProVideoCoalition.com
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Final Cut Studio Documentation and Workflows Now Online


Need to know the latest about Final Cut Studio? Want to look something up about ProRes from your iPhone? Hate those big printed manuals that waste paper?
While its not a revolutionary step (others like Adobe have already placed their docs online) it is still a welcomed event. Some might wonder if trimming the manuals out allowed the huge price cut?
Regardless… the manuals and an even better Workflows document are now online.
The Apple documentation team has converted all of the documentation for the web.  It is freely searchable and can even be linked to if you need to point to a specific article to help a colleague (an even nicer way to say RTFM).
You’ll find them here at
http://documentation.apple.com/
A great document is also the “Final Cut Studio Workflows.” It’s a little hidden within the Final Cut Pro help library:
http://documentation.apple.com/en/finalcutstudio/workflows/
It offers great ideas on how Final Cut Studio applications fit into a post-production workflow.  You’ll also find practical guidance on how Final Cut Studio apps work with one another.
Enjoy.

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Final Cut Studio Price Shocker


Yes we all new it would eventually come… the “new Final Cut Studio” was announced. We’ll let the cheers and moans begin after a few days of testing the final release (just ordered mine 30 minutes ago).
But there are a few surprises.. mainly price! Here’s the great news (especially in this economy)
Final Cut Studio 2 – NEW was $1,299
the new Final Cut Studio – NEW is $999
Here’s the best news Final Cut Studio 2 upgrade – was $499 - $699
the new Final Cut Studio upgrade – is $299
I have confirmed… doesn’t matter which version you are upgrading from… I took it right to Apple and got a straight answer.
That is $299 for ANYONE to upgrade from a full copy of Final Cut Pro or Final Cut Studio (except Student or NFR copies).
More on new features soon… but let me just say:
In the current economic client, it’s truly appreciated to see software pricing that respects the long-term customer.  This is a no-brainer upgrade… speed and power without pinching your wallet.  Thanks Apple… I mean it!
Full press release
HERE
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Want to Know What’s New in the “new Final Cut Studio”


Like many of you, I went digging to find the most information about the new Final Cut Studio release.  Sure.. there are tutorials and flashy pages on Apple’s site.  These have some great info… but I’m a details kinda guy.  After so poking and prodding… I found these great documents. 

The Final Cut Studio Product Overview shows the new features with great descriptions.  It’s easy to navigate and serves as a menu of what to explore. The document clocks in at 66 pages

Most importantly (for quality nuts) the ProRes white paper offers in-depth technical information about the Apple ProRes codec.  This was just updated to 4:4:4:4… that is fantastic as we have a lossless codec with embedded alpha channels.  Goodbye Animation codec and your sluggish performance.  Read all about it in 22 informative pages.
Start Reading!



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A Good Deal on Time Machine

I just got this email from Apple about a special on Time Machine.

“Save $30 on a 500GB Time Capsule. Time Capsule works with Time Machine in Leopard to back up your Mac computers wirelessly and automatically. And as a MobileMe member, you can access files on your Time Capsule drive over the Internet, wherever you go.”

Use this Promo Code at checkout:
T2N3L7GJE8

The code might be a one-time use.... so try it (first come first served).

I already have one and these work great.

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Powering Audio Search for Video

“Across the Production Premium toolset, Adobe has provided increased support for metadata… [pause for audience applause]. What? You didn’t clap? Well metadata is pretty dang important—it can speed up your editing, improve collaboration, or even make your videos more accessible on the Web. Sure, it’s not as enticing as yet another tutorial on making things glow, but give it a shot.”

Continue to the
Layers Magazine website to see the full tutorial for free.
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Two New Apple Books Ready To Order


If you’ve wondered why I’ve been so quite lately... it’s because I’ve been hard at work on both of these books. I’m proud to announce that these will be shipping in just a few weeks. Both feature a ton of new projects and all sorts of new tips. Even if you have previous editions of the books, you won’t want to miss these. We’ve completely rewritten nearly every chapter with a ton of new projects, design tips, and a bunch of really helpful advice.


Apple Training Series: iWork 09
In the only Apple-certified guide to iWork ’09, you’ll learn to create everything from first-rate business presentations and newsletters to effective budgets and event planners. Focused lessons take you step by step through all aspects of Keynote, Pages, and Numbers. The self-paced book/DVD combo uses real-life material and practical lessons that you can apply immediately to your own projects. You’ll learn to:

• Master the iWork suite of tools quickly through fun, real-world projects
• Design a Keynote presentation from storyboard to Web export
• Add animated charts and motion backgrounds to a presentation with ease
• Publish great-looking newsletters and brochures in print and on the Web
• Build a professional marketing package from scratch
• Create expense reports, track budgets, and plan special events
• Sort, organize, and chart data using sophisticated spreadsheet calculations

Get iWork ‘09 for 34% off the cover price

Apple Training Series: iLife 09
In the only Apple-certified guide to iLife ’09, the authors have you working miracles with iLife within the first few pages. Featuring footage and images from around the world, this book/DVD combo uses real-life material and practical lessons that you can apply immediately to your own projects. Focused lessons take you step by step through all aspects of iLife ’09—everything from organizing and sharing your photo library to creating polished video and soundtracks. Along the way, you’ll produce movies, photobooks, podcasts, websites, blogs, and custom DVDs.

Get iLife ‘09 for 34% off the cover price

I worked hard on these... there’s a ton of new stuff and I really hope you check them out.


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A Change in the Market – Apple Releases HD Movies for Sale



Seems like times are changing... Apple (and more importantly, movie studios) have decided to start offering high-definition movie sales and rentals through the iTunes Store. This is yet another sign that consumers want digital downloads (and are willing to pay a fair price). Let’s hope more studios come on board.

Starting today, movie fans can purchase box office blockbusters for download in HD for $19.99 from iTunes, and films will be available as iTunes Movie Rentals in HD for $4.99 within 30 days after release. Customers can enjoy these films in HD on their Mac or PC and on their widescreen TV with Apple TV, as well as in standard definition on their iPhone or iPod with video.

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3-Way Color Corrector – Final Cut Help

This video tutorial reveals a little known fact of color correcting different actors in a scene with the 3-way color corrector in Final Cut Pro. This tutorial is presented by CreativeCOW.net and is part of a video tutorial series at www.creativecow.net.



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Editor's Retreat – "Virtually Free"



If you’re an editor, be sure to check out the Editors Retreat. This great event is a lot of fun and a wonderful learning experience (I’ve been 5 times its that good). The price is lowered, but you need to put a reservation in ASAP.

“With respect to the current economic times and in response to your requests, we are pleased to announce a price reduction for 2009 Editors Retreat. By shortening the length of the Retreat by one day, we’ve managed to cut the price from $3,150 to $2,300 without losing any of our key sessions.

The Retreat now includes:
• 4 days and 3 nights of sessions and activities
• All-inclusive resort stay
• See more here

And, a package of give-aways for each attendee worth $2,400 to include:
• A Full Pass to the 2009 NAB Post-Production World Conference in Las Vegas! (Valued at approx. $700)
• An Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium! (Valued at $1700)

With all of the give-aways and savings you actually receive more than the price of the retreat!

Join us for an amazing conference of advanced sessions, networking, creative workshops, award winning keynotes, raffles and unlimited access to representatives from Apple, Adobe and Avid!”
Registrations must be submitted before December 10th, 2009 with a 30% down payment. Visit www. EditorsRetreat.com for more info.



 
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Apple Releases Pro Apps Updates

Apple has just released a set of Pro Applications Updates which improve reliability add add new features. The applications included in the update: Final Cut Pro 6.0.5 Compressor 3.0.5 Color 1.0.3 Shake 4.1.1. Here are some of the highlights of the updates (the full list is here).

Improved High-Precision Rendering – This means improved reliability and quality when rendering still images and footage in high-resolution formats.
Improved AVCHD Support – This affects the Panasonic AG-HMC150 C and the Panasonic HDC-SD9 Camcorder
Improved Support for Metadata Imported from P2 Cards
Improved Format Support for Color –
Color 1.0.3 provides support for XDCAM 422 media and for the RED plug-ins for Final Cut Studio.
Improved EDL Handling – Accuracy and reliability during EDL import have been improved.

To Download Files

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What’s That Exclamation Point?

A lot of new users call us up asking about that exclamation point or nice green check mark on their image. We tell them that Final Cut Pro has an Artificial Intelligence engine, and it’s approving of the shot or edit. Or, if there is an exclamation point, then there’s content that’s inappropriate for people younger than 18. They thank us and hang up the phone.

After about five minutes, they call us back and ask if we were pulling their legs. Well, Final Cut Pro does have a secret AI engine. If we told you more, we’d be put on double-secret probation, but the exclamation point and checkbox actually mean something
else.

They’re used to determine if your video is broadcast safe/legal. An exclamation point means you’re not broadcast safe, and a green checkbox or one with an up arrow means you’re okay. Now how did this get turned on? Well, the keyboard shortcut for this is Control + Z, so people often accidentally hit it when trying to do an Undo (Command + Z) or a Fit to Window (Shift + Z).



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Aperture 2 Quick Tip – Now on iPhone

We’ve partnered with the cool folks over at mDialog to bring you our Aperture show... now on Apple TV and the iPhone. To view our episodes on your phone, just download the free mDialog application from the iTunes App Store.

“The mDialog application is always available as a free download worldwide from Apple's App Store on iPhone and IPod Touch, or at www.itunes.com/appstore/ or click on the link on the mDialog site.”



Be sure to download and try it out.... it works great and is absolutely free.

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Cloning an Image in Aperture

Besides repairing, the Retouch brush in Aperture offers the ability to clone within an image. This works well to copy pixels from one area of an image to another as a way to hide imperfections or repeat objects. The cloning option is fast because it doesn’t attempt to blend pixels.

1 Press X to select the Retouch tool.
2 Select the Retouch HUD and click the Clone button.
3 In the Retouch HUD, adjust the brush Radius and the Softness.
4 Hold down the Option key and click the area you want to sample.

Tip
It’s often better to take a few strokes to build up the texture. Be careful as you clone so you don’t introduce stray strokes.

5 Brush over the area you want to clone.
6 Repeat brushstrokes as needed.

Tip
If you get an unintended stroke, you can choose Undo. If you return to a retouched image you can also delete a Retouch brush stroke at any time by clicking the Delete button in the Retouch area of the Adjustments pane. Note that brush strokes can be deleted only in reverse order because they’re recorded sequentially.

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How to Fix Apple Compressor

If you’ve ever had issues launching Apple’ Compressor software, you’re not alone. The software seems to frequently get stuck and fail to launch. Fortunately, Digital Rebellion has a free tool to fix the issue called Compressor Repair.

“Apple's Compressor relies heavily on a service called Qmaster in order to work. Qmaster allows you to split rendering tasks across multiple machines in a render farm but it is still required even if you are only rendering on a single computer.The link between the two is so important that if the Qmaster service fails to launch, Compressor will be unable to submit batches. Should this occur, Compressor Repair checks for problems that could be preventing Qmaster from operating correctly. It checks for missing files, incorrect permissions, and attempts to manually start the qmasterd process.”



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Importing iPhoto Images into Aperture

As an iPhoto user chooses to migrate to Aperture, they’ll likely have a large library of images to bring with them. Aperture offers twoasy ways to migrate iPhoto images into your Aperture library. Which method you select will vary depending upon your needs.

Migrating an Entire iPhoto Library

When you launch Aperture for the first time, a dialog offers to let you import your entire iPhoto library. You can choose to copy the images into your Aperture library or to simply reference the images in their current location. Even if you choose not to import your Aperture library the first time you launch, you can do so at any time.

Because Aperture and iPhoto are both manufactured by Apple, the two programs are designed to share information seamlessly. For example, any organization you did to create albums in iPhoto will translate into projects in Aperture. The EXIF, keywords, ratings, and applied adjustments are also maintained.


Importing an iPhoto library is very easy. To import your iPhoto library, do the following:
1. Choose File > Import > iPhoto Library. Aperture navigates automatically to your current iPhoto library.
2. Select the iPhoto Library folder using the file browser.

3. Choose the location where you’d like Aperture to store your images.
    • Choose "In the Aperture Library" from the Store Files pop-up menu to store imported masters in the Aperture library. This will allow Aperture to manage the images in its library architecture.
    • Choose "In their current location" from the Store Files pop-up menu to import the files as referenced images. This means the files are stored in their current locations on your hard drive.
    • Choose "Pictures" from the Store Files pop-up menu to store imported masters in the Pictures folder for the current user. The images are treated as referenced images.
    • Choose "Choose" from the Store Files pop-up menu and pick a folder where you want to store the imported masters as referenced images. You can also specify an organization method for the images by clicking the Subfolders pop-up menu.


4. Specify a naming convention from the Version Name pop-up menu. You can choose Master Filename from the Version Name pop-up menu to store your images using the current master filenames assigned by the camera. There are also several options for assigning custom names.
5. Click Import to add the images to your Aperture library.

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Reasons to Upgrade Videos Over at Peachpit.com

Peachpit Press has released a cool series on reasons to upgrade to Photoshop CS4.



You can check out cool videos by:


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iPhoto versus Aperture – Part 1

Welcome to Part 1 in our series comparing iPhoto to Aperture. I invite you to check out the Apple Pro Training Series guide to Aperture 2 for more information on getting the most out of this powerful software.

Nondestructive Image Processing

Both Aperture and iPhoto offer nondestructive image processing.At any point during the image adjustment process you can restore your image to its original state.Although both iPhoto and Aperture feature nondestructive imaging,they take a different approach to achieve it.

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Aperture Podcast Gets Featured

It’s always nice to start your day and find out that Apple has listed you on their homepage for Hot News. Seems they like our new podcast on Aperture 2, which is a great program.



By the next day the show was #3 on all of iTunes (beating every television network except for one show from HBO). So, thanks! And for those of you new to the site - welcome! Please look around and explore the many
books, training titles, podcasts and resources we have here.

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MommyCast Interview


We had Gretchen Vogelzang from MommyCast speak at the DC Podcaster Alliance Meetup. She gave a great talk on how to attract an audience. The meeting audio is here (she starts about 30 minutes into the recording). Download the files Meeting audio for Sat., 8-9-08, Part 1 and Meeting audio for Sat., 8-9-08, Part 2. You can download the audio recording here for free. Some really good ideas, be sure to check it out.
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Convert MPEG-1 for FCP

bbDEMUX – Free

http://sourceforge.net/projects/macbbdemux

I stumbled across this great piece of freeware when stuck with an editing problem. My client had some MPEG-1 files they wanted to edit together for their website. While I was able to import them into FCPand set the timeline to 320X240, I couldn’t get the audio to import. Turns out with MPEG-1 files, the audio and video are merged into one track (muxed). This great little app does nothing more then split them apart, but that’s all that was needed and its free!

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Create a Form Letter with Apple Pages


Oftentimes you’ll need to create a form letter to send to multiple clients (such as an address change or a promotional letter). If you’d like to personalize these letters, Apple Pages makes it easy to insert data you’ve defined for contacts in Address Book. This can save you time because you can reuse a letter, envelope, or other document for multiple people. This feature is generally called a mail merge.
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Adjusting Boost and Hue Boost in Aperture

The following tip comes from the Apple Pro Training Series: Aperture 2 book published by Peachpit Press.

Let’s look at two adjustment controls in the RAW Fine Tuning controls group: Boost and Hue Boost. Aperture includes a set ofcamera profiles for all supported cameras.These profiles give Aperture specific details about each camera’s imaging characteristics,and are used to determine what color and contrast adjustments should be automatically applied to the RAW file.These adjustments are done to apply the optimal decode based on the manufacturer ofthe camera.

The Boost slider lets you control the degree to which this default adjustment is applied to your image.By default,the Boost slider is set at full strength,so your image appears with the full level ofcorrection.As you drag the slider to the left,the correction is reduced.The Boost slider is handy for times when you feel your images have too much contrast or are a little too saturated.

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Editors Retreat Returns



Recharge Your Creativity and Craft • January 28 - February 1 • Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Now in its third year, the Editors Retreat has become an annual gathering for the post-production elite. Highly experienced editors from the worlds of film, TV and video gather to network, exchange ideas, share tips and of course, have fun!

Past keynotes and attendees have included such names as Alan Heim, Sally Menke, Stuart Bass, Chris Franklin and David Helfand as well as Apple, Adobe and Avid experts and industry power users. Attendees have included representatives from HBO, FRONTLINE, MTV, Lockheed Martin, Harpo Productions and Telemundo.

Running for 5 days and 4 nights, the Retreat offers advanced sessions on post visual and audio techniques and features valuable insight into emerging trends and technologies. An equal amount of time will be devoted to discussing the creativity, craft and business practices of successful editors.

To ensure that only the best of the best attend, participation is subject to an application and screening process. Visit
www.EditorsRetreat.com for the full schedule and more details.

WATCH THIS YEAR'S VIDEO

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Rebuilding Permissions

This sounds like something from etiquette class, but this little activity can save hours of headache throughout your system. In the Utilities folder in the Applications folder, there’s an application called Disk Utility. Under the First Aid tab there’s a button to repair permissions (Repair Disk Permissions). Select your drives and let it rip. You should run it a couple of times. It’s amazing how so many of those little quirky problems will go away.



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Like this tip? It comes from the book
Final Cut Studio On the Spot from Focal Press.






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Laugh at Bill & Steve – The Silicon Apartment

What would happen if you locked Bill Gates and Steve Jobs in the same apartment (like Big Brother)? Well you get the risque comic strip – The Silicon Apartment (PG-13). The strip is really quite good and skewers both sides.
The Silicon Apartment

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When in Doubt, Shut Down and Restart

Things can and do go wrong. A simple reset to your system is often the best way to “cure” software problems. Don’t just click Restart, however; let the system fully reset itself by shutting down. As a favorite engineer used to tell me, “Shut down, count to 20, restart—if there’s still a problem, then call me.”



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Like this tip? It comes from the book
Final Cut Studio On the Spot from Focal Press.






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Why Every Post House Needs an Apple TV

There’s been a lot of ho-hum reviews on the Apple TV… too much of this, not enough of that… but these have all been focussed on the consumer space and the living room.  What I’m here to tell you is why video pros should care about the Apple TV (and why we swear by it in my shop).  Here are a few reasons we use Apple TV at my shop, RHED Pixel.

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New Aperture Podcast

In the category of so new the paint is still drying.... I present to you the Aperture 2: Quick Tip podcast. You can find the first two episodes online now (as well as embedded here for streaming).

To see the show online and subscribe in a web browser:
iPod iTunes http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=282371245

Looking to learn all about Aperture 2, Apple's powerful image-editing and organization software? Whether you are new to Aperture or an experienced pro, there's a lot to learn. Aperture 2 is a major update, adding over 100 new features as well as support for a wide- range of digital SLR cameras. This podcast is based on the best selling book, Apple Pro Training Series: Aperture 2 and features co- author RIchard Harrington. Join us each week for a concise, but detailed look at the useful tools and workflows used by imaging professionals. Aperture 2's new features are completely covered, including a new RAW-image processing engine, a streamlined interface, powerful new adjustment tools, and added integration with Mac OS X and other Apple products for instant web publishing and one-click portfolio syncing. You'll learn time- saving techniques for sorting, ranking, and organizing images, effective methods for correcting and enhancing images, plus efficient ways to display images for client review, apply metadata, update your online portfolio automatically, and much more. Real-world exercises feature professional photography from a variety of genres, including photo-journalism, sports, wedding, commercial, and portraiture. To learn more on the software, be sure to check out the Apple Pro Training Series: Aperture 2 book.”

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Configuring Aperture for Multiple Displays

The following tip comes from the Apple Pro Training Series: Aperture 2 book published by Peachpit Press.

Once the displays are attached, you’re ready to configure Aperture for multi-screen viewing. When two displays are connected to your Mac, Aperture considers the main display—the one with the menu bar—to be the primary Viewer. The other display is the secondary Viewer. By default, the primary Viewer displays the Aperture application.

Let’s specify the function of the secondary Viewer.
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Cool Video Prodution Widgets for Your iPhone or Laptop

I often find I have too much information to remember (and for some reason people expect me to be able to spout pixel aspect ratio numbers like a multiplication table). Fortunately the fine folks over at Digital Rebellion has solved this (and for free). They offer several video widgets that do important math, these run on a web browser or iPhone (and a couple can run offline as well).


Video Footage Calculator – Calculates how much storage you'll need for your footage type and duration.
WebiPhone versionOffline version

Film Rate Calculator – Determines how much film you need for a particular scenario.
WebiPhone versionOffline version

Aspect Ratio Calculator –
Determines the aspect ratio for different footage formats.
WebiPhone version

Depth of Field Calculator – Calculates depth of field for many camera sensors.
WebiPhone version

Pixel Aspect Ratio Calculator – Determines relationship of Pixels for many digital formats.
WebiPhone version

Lens Angle Calculator – Helps calculate the lens angle for a given sensor size and focal length.
WebiPhone version

Power Load Calculator – Calculates the load on a circuit to see if it is excessive. You can also calculate the minimum circuit breaker size for the given load.
WebiPhone version

These tools are cool, free, and useful.... three points that make them a must have for my iPhone.


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Analyze Video Files on a Mac with Video Spec

Looking for a useful application to tell you more about your video files? Mac users should check out the free (and still in pre-release) Video Spec software tool. The tool is a little rough around the edges (it has one major bug which is the aspect ratio of DV and HDV is not reported accurately) but it is still truly useful.

• The latest version has been tested on Mac OS X Tiger and Leopard.
• It is compatible with PowerPC and Intel Mac (Universal Binary).
• This version is localized in english and french.


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The Mac OS X 10.5.3 Update – What it Means to Media Folks.

I know a lot of folks who are hesitant to upgrade.... I admit, I've been burned by installing updates as soon as they come out... but hey, that's why I'm an early adopter. The latest Mac update looks to include several important bug fixes and enhancements. Here's a few that tip the scale in favor of installing.

  • Addresses an issue with stuttering video and audio playback in certain USB devices.
  • Fixes an issue in which certain attached hard drives may not show up in the Finder.
  • Includes additional RAW image support for several cameras.
  • Improves 802.1X behavior and reliability.
  • Improves reliability when using Time Capsule.
  • Fixes reliability issues with authenticated RSS feeds.
  • Addresses compatibility issues with Aperture 2.
  • Addresses reliability issues when performing a full restore from a Time Machine backup.

You can access the update through your Apple Menu.... I’ve been running it for several days and all seems happy. Additionally, several new pro digital cameras were added for Raw support.



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Get Photos from Aperture to Final Cut Pro

Sometimes third-party plug-ins fill obvious holes... this is truly the case here. Wouldn't it make sense to be able to quickly send photos from Apple Aperture to Final Cut Pro? You'd think that sort of thing would be built right in (its not). Fortunately the fine folks over at Connected Flow over an elegant (and free) solution.

“The Aperture to Final Cut Pro plugin lets you take your images stored in Apple's professional photo management application and send them directly to a video sequence in Final Cut Pro. From within Aperture, you can select photos, set their order and duration and select transitions between frames.”

The Aperture to Final Cut Pro plugin is a
free download and is provided on an as-is basis.


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Timecode Burn-in and Encode in One Step

Timecode burn-in is used to assist in referencing back to parts of show. Typically this has been used on VHS tapes for producers so they can comment on shows, etc. These days it’s more common to use QuickTime files and DVDs for this type of work. Since you’re going to have to encode the video anyway (most likely using Compressor), why not add timecode burn-in at the same time?

Fortunately, a great new feature in Compressor 3 allows you to do this.
  1. Inside Final Cut Pro select the sequence you want to export.
  2. Choose File > Export > Using Compressor.
  3. Inside Compressor select the setting you’d like to apply to the file. With the setting active, select the Inspector window and click the Filters tab.
  4. Choose Timecode Generator.
  5. Change the settings for the Timecode Generator as you see fit.
  6. Apply the setting to the clip in the Batch window.
  7. Submit the job.

Note: If you’re trying to choose the Timecode Generator for an Apple preset you’ll notice there are no filters in the Filters tab of the Inspector. To be able to add the Timecode Generator to one of the Apple presets, you’ll have to duplicate it first (then it becomes a custom preset).



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Like this tip? It comes from the book
Final Cut Studio On the Spot from Focal Press.






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TWIP Podcast Episode #25 - Rich Harrington’s New Aperture Book

I just appeared on the latest episode of TWIP (This week in Photography). The show is hosted by Scott Bourne & Alex Lindsay
We discussed the new book
Apple Pro Training Series: Aperture 2 (Apple Pro Training Series). Here are a few highlights:
  • As both a photographer and author, his challenge in writing books like this one is to remember that the purpose of the software is not to bring something out that wasn’t there, but rather to enhance something that (for whatever reason) you couldn’t capture. We’ve all been in those situations where time is so short that you don’t get the lighting quite ideal, etc.
  • Right now, use of an Aperture plug-in works much like a round-trip to Photoshop. A new version of the image is created, edited via the plug-in, and “returned” to Aperture’s control. Granted, you never alter your original image, so you never lose the ability to go back and start again on a process that utilized a plug-in. Ultimately, true non-destructive plug-ins might happen, but there’s no absolute way to know with Apple being so tight-lipped about their development process.- The book covers a wide range of output targets including prints, books, web use, iPhone, AppleTV, etc.
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Nice Tutorial on Using Motion for Pan & Scan Effects

A trainer that I respect a great deal has released a free tutorial. Mark Spencer offers a free tutorial on Motion Control effects with photos:

“Animating photos is a staple effect pioneered by celebrated documentarian Ken Burns. In this tutorial Mark Spencer shows you why you should be doing these types of effects in Motion rather than Final Cut Pro.”

Click here to watch Mark's tutorial


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New Aperture Book is in My Hands

I came home tonight and found a copy of Apple Pro Training Series: Aperture 2 sitting on my door step. I'm quite happy with how the book came out (especially since we were able to work in all of the new features in the 2.1 release). The book should start shipping within days... you can order it here. In the mean time (here are some features you won't want to miss).

Customize the Default Adjustment Set
Specify exactly which adjustments you want to appear by default in the Adjustments Inspector/HUD. Two new commands — Add to Default Set and Remove from Default Set — are accessible in the Action pop-up menu for each adjustment in order to configure these settings.

Keyboard support in Adjustment Panels
Make precise image adjustments using the arrow keys on your keyboard to drive the various sliders in the Adjustments Inspector/HUD. To activate keyboard control, click once in the numeric field of an adjustment control (such as Exposure). You can then use the arrow keys to increase or decrease values. Hold down the Option key when using the arrow keys for even more precise adjustment. You can use Tab to move to the next adjustment control (and Shift-Tab to move to a previous control).

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Adobe Demos Future Technology at NAB

Following up on my "Really Cool Adobe Announcements" post...

Adobe has actually posted their "secret" presentation from NAB. Hart Shafer talks about four cool things Adobe has up their sleeve.



You
SO need to watch this... trust me. BTW (for those of you waiting... they did show OnLocation for Mac in this demo).



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Two Updated Final Cut Pro DVDs

I just released two newly updated Final Cut Pro discs. We updated our Absolute Training for Final Cut Studios Disc 1 & 2. Both DVDs are full current for Final Cut Studio 2 and include hands-on training files as well as HD resolution training and iPod files.

Apple Final Cut Pro
Volume 1: Getting Started in Final Cut Pro
Volume 2: Going Deeper in Final Cut Studio

Also, you may have missed that we recently released the following titles. These also include HD and iPod versions on the same disc.

Apple Color
Volume 11: Introduction to Color
Volume 12: Advanced Color
Bundled for Savings

Apple Motion
Volume 13: Getting Started with Apple Motion
Volume 14: Going Deeper with Apple Motion
Volume 15: Advanced Techniques with Apple Motion
Bundled for Savings



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Final Cut Server World Tour


Apple has launched a road tour in support of Final Cut Server. I got a chance to look at this at NAB and I must say it is impressive.
The tour is going to hit several cities:

Hollywood – May 13 | New York – May 22 | Chicago – May 28
Korea – May 28 | Washington, D.C. – June 3 | Beijing – June 3
Mumbai – June 11 | Seattle – June 17 | Sydney – June 18
Singapore – June 18 | Hong Kong – June 24 | San Francisco – June 26
Taiwan – June 27 | Atlanta – July 2 | Dallas – July 8

“Beginning in May, Apple takes Final Cut Studio 2 and Final Cut Server — Apple’s new media asset management and workflow automation software — on tour around the world. Attend a free, in-depth seminar that features workflows used by some of the industry’s leading film and video production companies. Apple experts will give step-by-step demonstrations that reveal how each of these customers used Final Cut Studio 2 and Final Cut Server to achieve exceptional results.”

Find out more or register
here.



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Get the Adobe Media Player Now!

This is an excerpt from an article to be released in full later this week:

Adobe released the Adobe Media Player software on April 9, which allows a customizable, cross-platform media player experience. Built using as an Adobe Air application, the media player harnessed the power of Flash to create a rich media experience. To complete the experience, Adobe adds support for both RSS feeds and H.264 video, two of the open standards used by the podcasting movement.

What does this all mean? I had a chance to sit down with Deeje Cooley, who serves as the evangelist for Adobe’s Dynamic Media Organization (and formerly as the product manager for the Adobe Media Player). Cooley was tasked with bringing the product to market and he shared insight into Adobe’s motivation for the product and goals for its role in the market. Unlike competing products, the Adobe Media Player has chosen to focus on being a video-only player.

“The growth of video online, the dramatic growth of flash as the video delivery mechanism of choice… there was a ripe opportunity to take advantage of all these events around the industry,” said Cooley. “We started to build an RSS aggregator and quickly recognized that video was going to be a significant media online and so it became a video RSS aggregator. And so that’s really the birth of the Adobe Media Player.”



The Adobe Media Player is immediately available as a free download for Windows and Macintosh platforms from http://www.adobe.com/go/mp.


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Aperture Book – Now with 2.1 Updates

The Aperture book is DONE and off to print. We worked in complete coverage on Aperture 2.1 which has some great new features. I've logged a lot of time with the application and wanted to offer some insight on the best of the new features in the free 2.1 update.

  • Dodge & Burn Plug-in – This plug-in offers much more than just Dodge and Burn. You'll also find brush-based tools for Contrast, Saturation, Sharpen Fade, and Blur. The plug-in also opens the door to third-party development (including some cool tools from nik Software.
  • Customize Default Adjustment Set – You can now specify which adjustments appear by default in the Adjustments Inspector/HUD.
  • Updated Crop Tool – The crop tool has been simplified. The new UI makes it easier to preserve an image's original aspect ratio, match the aspect ratio of your display, or use one of the standard preset aspect ratios.
  • Flip Images – You can now flip or flop images horizontally or vertically within Aperture.
  • Save Books as JPEG or TIFF images – This means you can now submit books to several third party websites.

The book will be out very soon... you can
order it here.
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Apple TV Rocks

I took the plunge and got an Apple TV for our living room (we already had one in the office). The Device is cross-platform and works really well. Apple updated the software in February and added some great features. Here's what I like the most:

  • The HD Rentals work great and look on par with Blu-ray
  • Movies are affordable, priced between $2.99 and $4.99
  • Downloads start to play in less than 5 minutes
  • I can watch podcasts on the big screen (it's weird to watch yourself in HD)
  • Accessing music, movies, and photos from any computer in the house is near instant
  • The device is easy to hook up
  • My three-year old can figure it out
  • YouTube's expected switch to bigger image size will be great

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Nice Review of iWork ‘08 Book

I just got forwarded a nice review on the Apple Training Series book on iWork ‘08.

“Apple’s iWork applications are quite easy to use. However, if users want to go beyond the meager instructions given in the little pamphlets that come in the box with the software, Apple Training Series: iWork ‘08 is a great way to extend their knowledge of the software.

The applications in the iWork suite are designed to be easy to use from the get-go. Install, launch, poke around a little, do a little dragging and dropping, enter some text, and ...Shazam!.. get surprisingly good results. However, the ease with which users can use the software initially might prevent many from realizing the full potential of the iWork apps. Working through the lessons in Harrington’s manual, The Apple Training Series: iWork '08, will take users to the next level.”

“Richard Harrington has come up with a real winner for Mac users who are serious about developing new and valuable skills with The Apple Training Series: iWork '08, though it may be overkill for casual users of the iWork applications.”

You can read the full review
here – You can get the book here

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Cool Site for iWork Users

Numbers is a really useful spreadsheet program that comes in the Apple iWork suite. I'm a big fan (I wrote the official book after all). I just stumbled across this great website called NumbersTemplates.com that offers a ton of free templates that makes Numbers even more useful.

Some of my favorites include.

Project Management Template
Baseball Scorecard
Scuba Log

If you are on the fence, don't be. The application suite costs $79, has a 16% market share, and reads and writes all of the Office Formats.

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21 Years of Apple Evolution

When I look at what Apple has accomplished its been an interesting journey. The company has released a ton of great products (and also a few clunkers). I have found a great image that lets you see much of the product line laid out chronologically. After all, you can't get to the great Mighty Mouse without first passing the "hockey puck."

It really is pretty interesting to
see the "big" picture. Be sure to click on the graphic so you can zoom in and view.



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Two More Classes on Kelby Training


Two more of my classes are now online at Kelby Training.

Photoshop for Video - Working With Photos
Richard Harrington uncovers techniques essential for video editors who are working with Photos in Photoshop. He shares his best practices for working with graphic and still images in a video environment.

Photoshop for Video - Technical Essentials
Join Adobe Certified Trainer Richard Harrington, as he uncovers the Technical Essentials of Adobe Photoshop CS3 for video professionals and enthusiasts.

You can access all the classes online for only $19.99 per month (besides mine there's a ton of great stuff up there).


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Aperture 2 – What's in it for You?

Forgive the short blog posts... I'm a little busy for the next two weeks finishing this:

“Fully updated for Aperture 2, this comprehensive book-DVD training combo starts with the basics of image management and takes you step by step all the way through Aperture's powerful photo-editing, image-retouching, proofing, publishing, and archiving features. Aperture 2's new features are completely covered, including a new RAW-image processing engine, a streamlined interface, powerful new adjustment tools, and added integration with Mac OS X and other Apple products for instant web publishing and one-click portfolio syncing. Apple Pro Training Series: Aperture 2 delivers comprehensive training - the equivalent of a two-day course - in one project-based book. You'll learn time-saving techniques for sorting, ranking, and organizing images, effective methods for correcting and enhancing images, plus efficient ways to display images for client review, apply metadata, update your online portfolio automatically, and much more. Real-world exercises feature professional photography from a variety of genres, including photo-journalism, sports, wedding, commercial, and portraiture. All the files you need to complete the exercises are included on the DVD.”

And by fully-updated... its a completely new book with all-new photos and a ton of cool new things.

In the meantime... check out these free
online videos and my review: Top 10 Reasons To Upgrade to Aperture 2.


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Troubleshooting Apple Compressor

A lot of folks use Apple's Compressor to create podcast video files. That is when its running. I use Compressor all the time and think its a great application that harnesses the power of Apple hardware and software... but it can be a bit buggy.

Apple has posted a useful article on what to do when Compressor isn't starting up properly or performing normally.They offer basic troubleshooting steps to remedy the situation. This is the right place to start if you are attempting to to submit a batch and you see the following message:
Unable to submit to queue. Please restart your computer or verify your Compressor installation is correct.

Check out the whole article here.



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New Class on Kelby Training

From Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider Blog

We’ve posted our first online class from Digital Video Guru (and Photoshop World Instructor) Richard Harrington, and it’s one a lot of people have been asking for: Getting Started with Apple Motion. Here’s the link to Rich’s new online class over at KelbyTraining.com. Note: We’ve got a lot more classes coming from Rich very soon, so stayed tuned! (That’s TV talk. I thought Rich would appreciate that type of jargon).



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Blu-ray Wins?

Digital Media Wire has a very interesting article about the fate of HD-DVD. Seems Wal-Mart had dropped HD DVD (along with Best Buy and Netflix).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Toshiba "is expected to pull the plug on its HD DVD format in the coming weeks." THR noted, however, that Toshiba says no official decision has been made. "Given the market developments in the past month, Toshiba will continue to study the market impact and the value proposition for consumers, particularly in light of our recent price reductions on all HD DVD players," Jodi Sally, VP of marketing for Toshiba America Consumer Products, told THR. Toshiba had hoped that slashing the prices on its HD DVD players last month would help bolster sales, but subsequent sales data from NPD showed that Blu-ray maintained its wide sales lead despite the move.  



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New DVDs on Apple Motion

I've just completed three new DVDs on Apple Motion. We shot the titles in HD, and the screen quality is awesome. On each title you get a regular DVD, iPod ready files, and HD files for viewing on a computer or Apple TV. There are three volumes at $59 each or a bundle of all three for $139. Each comes with hands on lesson files and a lot of cool stuff is covered.

“From beginner to master in one set, these three DVD’s will take you step by step through Apple Motion and have you ready to tackle complex projects in just hours. Join Richard Harrington in this three DVD set of clear, concise training that will have you producing higher quality work with Apple Motion in no time.”

You can get the training from
VASST.com. If you want a discount code... Post a comment and I'll send it to you.


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Apple Releases Aperture 2

Major Upgrade Features Improved Interface, Faster Browsing & Enhanced Image Processing

Press Release: CUPERTINO, California—February 12, 2008—Apple® today introduced Aperture™ 2, the next major release of its groundbreaking photo editing and management software with over 100 new features that make it faster, easier to use and more powerful. With a streamlined user interface and entirely new image processing engine, Aperture 2 also introduces new imaging tools for highlight recovery, color vibrancy, local contrast definition, soft-edged retouching, vignetting and RAW fine-tuning, and lets users directly post their portfolios on the .Mac Web Gallery* for viewing on the web, iPhone™, iPod® touch and Apple TV®. At a new low price of $199, anyone can easily organize, edit and publish photos like a pro.

The new update is great.... I'm actually co-authoring the official Apple book on the software now. More details soon.



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Amazon has Final Cut Studio On the Spot at a Special Price

Just wanted to let you know that Amazon is running a special on the new Final Cut book I co-authored. They've got the book for less than $20 (thats a third off the cover price).

Book Description
Packed with more than 500 techniques, this book delivers what you need to knowon the spot. It is suited to editors of all experience levels, whether you are:
  • Migrating from another NLE
  • Upgrading to Final Cut Studio 2
  • Seeking a handy reference to raise your proficiency
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New Plugins for Broader DVCPRO HD and P2 Support

This is just awesome, Calibrated Software has a bunch of new plug-ins on tap that make it possible to work with MXF and DVCPRO HD codecs. This will streamline P2 workflow for both Mac and Windows users, as well as make it easier to move DVCPRO HD material to a PC. I promise a detailed review soon. The codecs cost $49 each. Here's the info.

QuickTime P2 MXF/DVCProHD Decode Components for Apple
For playing P2 MXF Files and QuickTime DVCProHD Files on Mac OSX (Intel) and importing native P2 MXF Files into Final Cut Pro Studio 2 Applications (see Read Me)
Please note: The P2 MXF plugin has NOT been tested in long form projects in FCP Studio 2 Applications and the DVCProHD Codec should NOT be installed if the Apple DVCProHD Codec is already installed.
Download BETA 1.0.0 (Build 18) for OSX 10.4 (Tiger) - Intel Only
Download BETA 1.0.0 (Build 18) for OSX 10.5 (Leopard) - Intel Only
Download Read Me
Download License Agreement


QuickTime P2 MXF/DVCProHD Decode Components for Windows
For playing P2 MXF Files and QuickTime DVCProHD Files on Windows (see Read Me)

Download BETA 1.0.0 (Build 18) for Windows
Download Read Me
Download License Agreement


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Apple Updates QuickTIme

Lot of bugs lately with QuickTime (especially in pro video applications). We've personally seen issues in both Final Cut Pro and After Effects.

Apple has released a new update to QuickTime... lets hope it's elusive “improves compatibility with third-party applications” actually means something.
Visit
http://www.apple.com/support/quicktime/ for more information.


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Useful Mods for Mac Leopard Users


Like many out there... I find some of the cosmetic changes in Leopard are bothersome. Fortunately, a donationware application named
Xspinner does the trick.

  • Customize the Dock
  • Change the look of the menu bar
  • Use Widgets outside of the Dashboard
  • Customize the default Save and Print dialogs in all applications
  • Tweak Finder settings
  • Run system maintenance scripts
  • and access system utilities and system logs
The biggest changes I like are making the menu bar opaque again, showing file paths in windows, and tweaking the Dock. The application is highly recommended as it is very stable and does not have to keep running after the changes are made.


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Two New Discs on Color

I just wanted to let you know that our new training on Apple Color is shipping (Motion will be coming very soon as well).

Absolute Training for Final Cut Studio, Vol. 11
Introduction to Color
Join Apple Certified Trainer Jeff Greenberg as he takes you through the basic and intermediate features of Apple Color. As a leading presenter, trainer, and creator of multimedia content, Jeff guides viewers through the most important features in Apple Color. His presentation style empowers users to get up and running in Color immediately.

To Order


Absolute Training for Final Cut Studio, Vol. 12
Advanced Color
Join Apple Certified Trainer Jeff Greenberg as he takes you well beyond the basics in Advanced Color from VASST. This DVD is designed for users who want to take advantage of the high end features found in Apple Color. As a leading presenter, trainer, and creator of multimedia content, Jeff’s presentation style allows viewers master the advanced features in Color quickly and easily.

To Order


By both and save....



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Useful New Book on Final Cut Pro Workflow

I just picked up a new book that I highly recommend on maximizing your efficiency and workflow with Final Cut Pro. Be sure to check out Final Cut Pro Workflows: The Independent Studio Handbook by Jason Osder and Robbie Carman. The book has a lot of coverage on integrating graphics with Final Cut Pro and is truly useful.

“Today's digital production tools empower the small team to produce multimedia projects that formerly required large teams. Orchestrating a production requires more than proficiency with the postproduction tools. Final Cut Pro Workflows: The Independent Studio Handbook offers a cookbook of postproduction workflows that teams can follow to deliver an array of products to their clients. It describes appropriate postproduction workflows, team roles and responsibilities, and required equipment for some of the most common media productions.”

With an easy style and great depth,
Final Cut Pro Workflows: The Independent Studio Handbook is an enjoyable and important read. Osder and Carman offer a diverse background and extensive experience with Final Cut Pro.




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New Resource Site Launches – Final Cut Help

I've launched a new resource site called Final Cut Help to offer you more news on Final Cut Studio as well as centralize all of my Final Cut resources and training products. Here are a few things you may like.



As always... comments and requests are very welcome.



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Great Mac Shareware Bundle

I've taken part in MacUpdate's bundle deals for a while now... here's their latest and greatest. This deal runs out soon.

“MacUpdate has partnered with 11 Mac developers to bring you a great software bundle. You can buy this bundle for $49.99 instead of $666.74, a savings of $616.75 This amazing offer is time limited so buy today.”

Here are my favorites from the bundle
  • ForkLift – A useful FTP application
  • RapidWeaver – A great website and blogging tool, how this website is made.
  • Xslimmer –Trim an applications by removing universal versions (going to just PPC or Intel) as well as Internationalization files.
  • Yep – A really cool cataloging tool for PDF files
  • SRS iWOW – Makes iTunes sound great on a laptop.
  • XMIND 2008 Pro – A mind-mapping application that helps creative types get their ideas down.
  • iStabilize – A REALLY good image stabilization program for shaky footage.
  • PulpMotion – A surprisingly useful motion graphics tool with some cool templates


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Final Cut Studio On the Spot – 3rd Edition is Shipping

I am very proud to tell you that the new book Final Cut Studio on the Spot is shipping. This third edition has a ton of new things including dedicated chapters on Multi-camera Editing and HD (and the audio chapter is HUGE). In told, more then half the book is new... so if you own a past edition, this update is worth it (and if you don't have it.. then go now). This time Robbie Carman came on board with some helpful tips and tricks.


  • Optimize system performance
  • Create impressive titles with Generators, Motion, LiveType, and Photoshop
  • Work quickly with buttons and keyboard shortcuts
  • Color correct to save vital shots, and keep them broadcast legal
  • Fix and mix for professional-quality audio
  • Design and import graphics seamlessly
  • Integrate with other applications including Motion, Soundtrack Pro and Color
  • Manage media and backup strategies
  • Export and publish finished projects to tape, DVD, or the Web

Get the book
here for the best price.


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Charts and Graphs with Keynote

We absolutely adore Apple’s Keynote software. Besides importing PowerPoint files and creating beautifully animated 3D charts, it likes to share. In fact, it can create any QuickTime format. Just set up your document for a video size and export a QuickTime movie with the Export command.



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Like this tip? It comes from the book
Final Cut Studio On the Spot from Focal Press.








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FireWire – A Technology with Many Names

If you are shopping for FireWire technology, you’ll often see it referenced by two additional names. Sony frequently calls the technology i.Link, while others favor the generic IEEE 1394, which refers to the number given to it by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

The technology is identical, what is at play here is a resistance to use the FireWire logo and name which is closely associate with Apple, Inc. which co-developed the technology. Adding to the confusion is that there is FireWire 400 and FireWire 800. The technology called FireWire 800 uses a 9-pin connection type and is much less common. It is generally used for higher-speed hard drives and is usually not found on cameras.



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Photoshop CS3 & Leopard Bug

I just got done fighting with Adobe Photoshop in front of a live audience of people (which is pretty frustrating). Photoshop crashed every time I tried to open a file, save a file, etc. Pretty frustrating... but I solved it. The culprit was Version Cue from Adobe. Every time File Navigation Services were invoked to Open, Browse, or Save... Photoshop crashed.

Here's the fix.

1. Choose Photoshop > Preferences.

2. Click the File Handling tab.

3. Uncheck the Enable Version Cue box.

4. Quit and re-launch Photoshop.

5. Enjoy.


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.mac Has Got Your Back

Apple offers an excellent service for online storage, tools, and utilities. One of those utilities is Backup, which is designed to synchronize some of your key system settings. Any file can be added to Backup and be told to archive to your iDisk (the Internet storage that comes with a .mac account). Be sure to add your active project file to the backup list and tell it to archive every night. This is an excellent way to preserve a clean copy of the project file.



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In-Depth Review of Mac OS X Leopard

The website ArsTechinca has posted an in depth review of Leopard (a full 17 pages, in fact). The review takes a very deep look at the new features and the core technology. Of interest to designers is the effect Leopard will have on Adobe and future developments for 64-bit computing.

If you are a Mac user, take the time and give it a read. You'll learn a lot about some of the less obvious changes.



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New Books on iLife 08 and iWork 08

The official Apple Training Series titles for iLife 08 and iWork 08 are on their way. The iWork book will hit first, but both books are on the printing press. There are a wealth of new features and changes in these two suites of applications (you can see videos here and here). These apps have a lot to offer for both consumers and media pros. You can find out more on the iWork book here, and the iLife book here. Enjoy!
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New Book on iWork ‘08 is Ready to Ship

Hey all.... seems like I've been on a nonstop writing streak (5 books this year...). The latest update is about to ship on iWork. The book has four new chapters and all of the chapters have been updated. The iWork ’08 update is significant as it adds a new application called Numbers. Plus the apps can all read and write Office 2007 files. To be honest, its pretty hard to beat at only $79 for the software.

Book Description Apple's enhanced iWork productivity suite is poised to allow Mac users to create, present, and publish their work with style. iWork '08 offers three powerful applications—Pages ’08, Keynote ’08, and the brand-new spreadsheet program, Numbers ‘08—for creating everything from newsletters and stationery to polished business presentations to graphics-rich spreadsheets. This self-paced learning guide, which includes  a companion CD jam-packed with practical media files, takes readers step-by-step through essential, real-life tasks for home and office that cover all aspects of iWork '08. The book is both a self-paced learning tool and the official curriculum of the Apple Training and Certification Program, used by schools and training centers worldwide, and is ideal for users of all levels.”
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The Insomnia Film Festival is Back


The Insomnia Film Festival is back—and while the world sleeps, you could be making film history. Calling all high school and college filmmakers.

At 9:00 a.m. on October 13, you’ll get the green light: The requirements for the 2007 Insomnia Film Festival will be posted at www.apple.com/go/insomnia, and your team will have 24 hours to write, cast, shoot, edit, score, and upload your movie.

Once the films are in, your friends, family, and adoring fans will be able to watch them online and rate their favorites. The 25 entries with the highest rating on November 9 at 12:00 a.m. EST will be screened by industry professionals, including Barry Sonnenfeld, James Mangold, and Nora Ephron.

If your film is the biggest hit with either the public or the pros, each member of your team will receive a MacBook Pro, Final Cut Studio 2, Logic Studio, and Shake so you can get started on that first sequel. How’s that for a Hollywood ending?
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iDisk Tip

Have an iDisk? They are a useful part of a .mac account that allow you to store and backup files to an Internet hard drive. If you use an iDisk with clients, it can get a little tricky for clients to figure out how to access your iDisk using Apple's iDisk utility. An easier way is through a web browser. Just have your client type http://idisk.mac.com/your iDisk name and they'll be connected.





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Get Your iPhone Rebate


Thanks to Terry White for saying this so well:
”Apple released the
details on getting your $100 Apple Store Credit if you bought AND activated an iPhone before August 22nd. I have to admit that I was expecting Apple to make it harder than this. I was expecting to download a PDF, fill it out, mail it in and wait 4-8 weeks for a snail mail certificate. Apple could teach the world how to do rebates! Go to the link above on your computer and you basically enter your iPhone phone number and serial number. You then get a SMS text message on your iPhone with your code. You input your code on the same page you were on above and a couple seconds later your rebate certificate is there in your browser (on your computer) for you to print!”
Kudos Apple, the whole process took about 15 seconds and now I have two $100 store credits (for our two iPhones) in my hands!

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Learn More in iWork 08

If you'll be at the Podcast and New Media Expo show this weekend, consider checking out these free classes on the show floor. Podango is offering an “Unconference,” a featured program of the Podcast and New Media Expo (PNME) taking place September 28-30, at the Ontario Convention Center.

Podango, the online video and audio network that enables publishers and advertisers to “get heard” by today’s hard-to-reach, niche audiences, is heralding a wide range of topics and speakers. They include: new media pioneer Scott Bourne, host of The Apple Phone Show; Paige Heninger and Gretchen Vogelzang, hosts of MommyCast; as well as Jason Van Orden, David Lawrence and others. Speakers will share ideas for building and monetizing audiences in today’s niche-oriented, interest-driven new media marketplace.
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A New Blog on Digital Video

If you'll be at the Podcast and New Media Expo show this weekend, consider checking out these free classes on the show floor. Podango is offering an “Unconference,” a featured program of the Podcast and New Media Expo (PNME) taking place September 28-30, at the Ontario Convention Center.

Podango, the online video and audio network that enables publishers and advertisers to “get heard” by today’s hard-to-reach, niche audiences, is heralding a wide range of topics and speakers. They include: new media pioneer Scott Bourne, host of The Apple Phone Show; Paige Heninger and Gretchen Vogelzang, hosts of MommyCast; as well as Jason Van Orden, David Lawrence and others. Speakers will share ideas for building and monetizing audiences in today’s niche-oriented, interest-driven new media marketplace.
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I’m Back in the Pasture

If you'll be at the Podcast and New Media Expo show this weekend, consider checking out these free classes on the show floor. Podango is offering an “Unconference,” a featured program of the Podcast and New Media Expo (PNME) taking place September 28-30, at the Ontario Convention Center.

Podango, the online video and audio network that enables publishers and advertisers to “get heard” by today’s hard-to-reach, niche audiences, is heralding a wide range of topics and speakers. They include: new media pioneer Scott Bourne, host of The Apple Phone Show; Paige Heninger and Gretchen Vogelzang, hosts of MommyCast; as well as Jason Van Orden, David Lawrence and others. Speakers will share ideas for building and monetizing audiences in today’s niche-oriented, interest-driven new media marketplace.
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Got a Broadcast Monitor? Then Use It!

All of the major applications in Final Cut Studio support the use of an external video monitor. However, each application is a little different in how you set it up and not all applications will support every configuration of hardware cards or decks. Be sure the hardware is powered on and properly connected before launching an application.



Final Cut Pro

  1. Choose Final Cut Pro > Easy Setup. Pick the profile that matches your hardware.
  2. Choose View > External Video > All Frames (Command + F12).
  3. If you have more than one device, you can specify it by choosing View > Video Playback > and choosing the device.

Color
  1. Choose the Setup Room by pressing Command + 1.
  2. Locate the Video Output menu toward the right edge.

Note: Color currently does not support FireWire monitoring of any kind including DVCPRO HD and AJA IO devices.

Motion
  1. Choose Motion > Preferences and click the Output tab.
  2. Select an Output path based on your active hardware.

Soundtrack Pro
  1. Choose Soundtrack Pro > Preferences and click the Video Out tab.
  2. Select a device from the popup menu.

DVD Studio Pro
  1. Choose DVD Studio Pro > Preferences. and click the Simulator tab.
  2. Choose a Video and Audio path for the Simulator and click OK.
  3. To invoke, click the Simulator button and use the virtual controls on the Simulator window.


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Windows and Mac Users Agree – Type is Good

If you'll be at the Podcast and New Media Expo show this weekend, consider checking out these free classes on the show floor. Podango is offering an “Unconference,” a featured program of the Podcast and New Media Expo (PNME) taking place September 28-30, at the Ontario Convention Center.

Podango, the online video and audio network that enables publishers and advertisers to “get heard” by today’s hard-to-reach, niche audiences, is heralding a wide range of topics and speakers. They include: new media pioneer Scott Bourne, host of The Apple Phone Show; Paige Heninger and Gretchen Vogelzang, hosts of MommyCast; as well as Jason Van Orden, David Lawrence and others. Speakers will share ideas for building and monetizing audiences in today’s niche-oriented, interest-driven new media marketplace.
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Dock Options

If you'll be at the Podcast and New Media Expo show this weekend, consider checking out these free classes on the show floor. Podango is offering an “Unconference,” a featured program of the Podcast and New Media Expo (PNME) taking place September 28-30, at the Ontario Convention Center.

Podango, the online video and audio network that enables publishers and advertisers to “get heard” by today’s hard-to-reach, niche audiences, is heralding a wide range of topics and speakers. They include: new media pioneer Scott Bourne, host of The Apple Phone Show; Paige Heninger and Gretchen Vogelzang, hosts of MommyCast; as well as Jason Van Orden, David Lawrence and others. Speakers will share ideas for building and monetizing audiences in today’s niche-oriented, interest-driven new media marketplace.
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Producing Video and Animation for Multiformat Delivery

If you'll be at the Podcast and New Media Expo show this weekend, consider checking out these free classes on the show floor. Podango is offering an “Unconference,” a featured program of the Podcast and New Media Expo (PNME) taking place September 28-30, at the Ontario Convention Center.

Podango, the online video and audio network that enables publishers and advertisers to “get heard” by today’s hard-to-reach, niche audiences, is heralding a wide range of topics and speakers. They include: new media pioneer Scott Bourne, host of The Apple Phone Show; Paige Heninger and Gretchen Vogelzang, hosts of MommyCast; as well as Jason Van Orden, David Lawrence and others. Speakers will share ideas for building and monetizing audiences in today’s niche-oriented, interest-driven new media marketplace.
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Motion Graphics Resource Site


Interested in Motion Graphics? The check out the evolving MographWiki which has a nice collection of user contributed content and articles. Its a great place to browse for ideas and talent. There's a lot of useful things up here including:
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Cool Free Fonts

Looking to expand your typographical toolbox? Then be sure to visit Dinc Type at the unique URL www.GirlsWhoWearGlasses.com. The site is sassy and filled with great fonts. The unique thing is that while fonts are free, the selection frequently changes and fonts appear then disappear. Its like an incredible import shop where everything’s free, but the inventory keeps changing. Bookmark and keep checking back as their fonts are absolutely fantastic.



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True Uber-Geekdom: FSCK

If you’re having system problems and want to clean the disk, check partitions, and so on, here’s a way to fix problems without any third-party applications: Start up in single-user mode, and run FSCK. Uh, what was that?

FSCK stands for “file system check,” and the –fy you’ll type just says to go ahead and fix any problems it finds. Here’s the drill:

  1. Restart your Mac.
  2. Immediately press and hold Command + Option + S. You’ll see a bunch of text begin scrolling on your screen. (Cool, you’re now a geek.) Soon you’ll see the Unix command line prompt (#). Don’t cry; it’s still your Mac—you’re just a true Unix god–well, demi-god.
  3. Type fsck -fy (that’s fsck + space + minus + f + y).
  4. Press Return.

The FSCK utility will do its magic, running some text across your screen. If there’s damage to your disk, you’ll see a message that says: “FILE SYSTEM WAS MODIFIED.”

If you see this message, it found some problems and fixed them—repeat steps 1 and 2 until that message no longer appears. It’s normal to have to run FSCK more than once; the first run’s repairs often uncover additional problems.

When FSCK finally reports that no problems were found and the # prompt reappears, type reboot to restart or type exit to start without rebooting. Then press Return.



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Saving Space on a Mac

When a Macintosh application is installed, it tends to install several language localization files on your drive. If you have a robust Applications folder, these files can quickly add up to gigabytes of space. On a laptop, this can be particularly bad. Instead of manually performing a 'seek-and-dstroy' mission, you can harness the power of DeLocalizer. This useful piece of freeware will remove all non-American English localization resource files that you specify. This useful program lets you customize which languages to remove and can save you a lot of space on your drive.

For more information click
here.



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A New Windows Browser


In case you missed it... Apple released a public beta of Safari 3.0 for both Mac AND WINDOWS! To be honest, I never saw that one coming... With great new features, its a worthy upgrade for both platforms. I've seen an occasional hang-up, but the program is faster and adds some great features.

Inline find – Search within a web page by pressing Cmd+F (Ctrl+F)
Resizable Text Fields – More room when working online
Improved Security – Shoo!
Pick up the tabs – Rearrange tabs with drag and drop ease
PDFs Control – Zoom, Save, or Send to a PDF app

Get the free download
here.
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Layered TIFFs Save Time


While it’s useful that you can import layered PSD files into Final Cut Pro, it’s unfortunate that not all features carry over. On the other hand, when you need to change a graphic (such as a spelling mistake) it’s very useful to have those layers...Have your cake and eat it too—hmm.

Okay, this is easy. In Photoshop, save your files as LAYERED TIFFs. Final Cut Pro will read it in as a flattened file, but you can make changes. Better yet, if you use the Open in Editor shortcut, you can open and modify the file. In fact you can add, delete, move, and rename layers with no ill effects (try that with a PSD file you’ve imported and watch what craziness breaks loose).




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Convert Your Fonts


I just had a need to pull out TRANSTYPE SE. This useful utility comes in handy when working on a design project and getting client-provided materials? Oftentimes fonts come over (which is great), except they are for the wrong platform (which isn't so great). Instead of rushing out to buy the font again, you can usually convert it.
This shareware application converts Mac fonts to PC fonts, or vice versa. Simple in concept, clean in execution--this tool has been a lifesaver that has kept many a motion graphics project on track.
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Motion TIps (A Little Old – But Still Useful)


I present a slightly old (but still relevant) article on Apple Motion. Here are Ten things you should know about Apple Motion (thanks to DV.com).

For example:

DIRTY ALPHA
Not happy with the alpha channel you get when you cut a Motion project into a Final Cut Pro timeline? Well, your alpha may be off. Final Cut Pro sometimes misinterprets the alpha channel data, expecting you to have a straight alpha channel, when in fact you may have a premultiplied alpha.

1. Select the Imported Motion project file in your Browser.

2. Choose Modify > Alpha Type Black.
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Quick Switcheroo

Do you like carpal tunnel? Stop clicking on each window in FCP when you want to use it and start using keyboard shortcuts! With a little practice, you’ll be flying around the different windows without clicking.
  • Command 1 = Viewer
  • Command 2 = Canvas
  • Command 3 = Timeline
  • Command 4 = Browser
  • Command 5 = Effects Tab in the Browser
  • Command 6 = Favorites Bin in new Window
  • Command 7 = Trim Edit.
  • Command 8 = Log and Capture Window
  • Shift Command 8 = Log and Transfer Window



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New Book on Final Cut Studio that I want to Read

I know both of the authors on this book and I am looking forward to reading it (as soon as I finish my own updates that is). But if you have no looming deadlines... I strongly suggest checking out this cool title.

Apple Pro Training Series: Motion Graphics and Effects in Final Cut Studio
“This practical book focuses on just the parts of Final Cut Studio that editors and designers need to create motion graphics in their daily work. Using footage from the BBC archives along with Motion, Final Cut Pro, and Live Type (all included in Final Cut Studio), you’ll build broadcast-quality titles, motion menus, show bumpers, and news opens. As with the other titles in the Apple Pro Training Series, each chapter in this Apple-authorized guide represents a complete lesson--with projects to complete and a review section to reinforce the lessons. Author and video editor/producers Mark Spencer and Jem Schofield begin by introducing the basics of creating an animated title sequence with Final Cut Pro. From there, you’ll learn everything from text animation, compositing, and keyframing to 3D set creation and camera animation. Step-by-step exercises and a DVD with project and media files will have you creating stunning motion graphics in no time.”

You can order it here
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Understanding Apple's ProRes 422 Codec

Okay... I'll admit that the words "pro video codec" and "white paper" won’t elicit excitement in many of you. But Apple has released details about this new format for video. What is exciting is that you get better quality at smaller files sizes (in plain English things look better and cost less to store on drives). So... maybe you can do something else like skydive to add excitement into the mix.

For those who want the tech-know-how....
check out the white paper. It’s only 11 pages and is filled with great info for video pros who need to create video or motion graphics for mac-based systems.
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New Final Cut Express Title



I just finished a new training title on Final Cut Express. It's called Final Cut Express HD 3.5 Essential Training (but it will work for just about any version of the application). It is priced at $99, or you can view it as a member of the lynda.com online library.

Here's the official blurb:

Instructor Richard Harrington covers each detail of using Final Cut Express HD 3.5 to effectively edit, organize, and publish digital video and audio files for DVDs, web-based projects, and iPod productions. From understanding the finer points of the workspace to using the tools to their full potential, Final Cut Express HD 3.5 Essential Training teaches the complete process, using hands-on examples. Exercise files accompany this tutorial.

Duration: 6 hours
On 1 DVD

I hope you enjoy!
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Illustration Done Easy


We’ve always wished that we were incredible illustrators. Alas the whole hand-eye coordination thing never really worked out. However, we have a nice, happy medium.

  1. Choose a clip you’d like to effect.
  2. Choose Effects > Video Filters > Stylize > Line Art. Whoa! Isn’t that cool? Your footage has instantly been transformed into a moving illustration!
  3. Load the clip into the Viewer and click on the Filters tab. Here you can adjust paper color and opacity, and ink color.
  4. You can also control threshold and smoothness to adjust what is included as a line and the blend between the lines and the paper.
  5. Use the Mix control to blend in your original image.


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Final Cut Pro Update

In case you missed it... Apple just released an update to Final Cut Pro. Version 5.1.3 adds a few bug fixes and minor updates:

Render File Compatibility – Render files created on both PowerPC-based and Intel-based Macintosh computers
now work properly on either type of computer. This means you can move machines without having to re-render.

Keyboard Layout Issues Resolved – Several commands to the default keyboard layout that were missing in the previous version.

Issues with Cross Dissolves in Nested Sequences Resolved – Resolves cases in which cross dissolves did not work as expected in nested sequences containing still images with adjusted motion parameters.

You will need to be running FCP 5.1 to install this update. You must have loaded it from the DVD-ROM update (it is WAY too big to download). The 5.1 update is a paid update as Apple has to ship you new media (but it is a really big update for a 'dot release' and is worth it.) Apple offers $49
upgrades and crossgrades that start at $99. This is a phenomenal opportunity to bump up to the whole studio for a bargain price.

For more information about all of the updates,
visit this detailed overview.

Looking for FCP support news as it breaks? Check out
the official RSS Support Feed.



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Apple Recognized for Good (Architectural) Design


Just saw this cool blurb over at MacRumors (it’s a rumor/news site). The American Institute of Architects named two Apple retail stores to its list of the 150 best works of architecture. You can view the entire list here, which is also a great chance to look at good design.

• The 5th Avenue Apple Store in New York City was the 53rd favorite example of architecture

• The Apple SoHo in New York City took the 141st spot

Head on over and explore some great works of design.
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Aperture to Final Cut Pro Utility

I was literally just using Apple's Aperture photo manager software for a client session. We were sifting, ranking, and sequencing images for use in a video edit. The whole process was very smooth and professional. The only issue was getting the images quickly into the NLE. Sure Aperture allows for exporting images, but all that organizational work would be lost.

Fortunately I am not the only one who thinks this way. The fine folks over at Connected Flow have released
Aperture to Final Cut Pro. This free plug-in allow you to export images, pick a format, specify transitions, and send it all from Aperture to Final Cut Pro as a sequence with media. This is a super flexible exchange that allows for changes (including scaling) within Final Cut Pro.

Oh... it's free too. If you use Aperture and Final Cut Pro, be sure to
check it out.


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Cool OSX Widget for Aspect Ratio

I found a great article over at the Editblog as a part of their Useful Tools for Editors series. It's a dashboard widget for OS X that lets you calculate frame sizes for graphics to match a wide range of tape and film formats. The widget is called called Aspect and it's totally free. Grab the widget from this file hosting site by clicking the Download link at the top.

Be sure to stop by and visit the
Editblog for lots of news for video pros. The blog is frequently updated and a source of excellent information.


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Thoughts on the iPhone


I was there... I oohed and aahed with the rest of them... then I asked questions. Is the phone really cool? Yup. Will I buy one? Yup. Is it perfect? Nope... and here's hoping that Apple will listen to some of the criticism.

First off... if you haven't looked at the online demo on Apple's website, be sure to
check it out. It is both informative and an impressive use of the web for an interactive demo.

Cool... huh? I agree... but here's my list of gripes.

1. The battery is not user changeable. I travel
a lot and carry three cell phone batteries with me. I've also run my iPod dead while on a plane. See the math? What also happens when the battery stops charging all the way? Currently Apple needs to service iPod batteries and it takes a few days.

2. They say it runs OSX and "desktop class" applications – but that doesn't really mean any application and no they won't let third-party software develop titles independently. Rather, it'll be more like iPod games, just a few titles and tight control.

3. It looks to have none of the following items – no iChat, no AIM, no Games, no GPS, no Java, and no Flash (yet most carriers and phones offer these).

To be fair... here's what's great about it:
1. You iPod accessories and chargers work with it.
2. Apple has confirmed that they can (and will) release updates for it like the iPod.
3. Apple i supporting third-party hardware development.
4. The map features is really cool.
5. It has an "airplane mode" so you can turn off wireless but leave the unit on.
6. You can see all your voice mails as a list and check them out of order.
7. Widescreen video playback.
8. A great looking web browser.
9. It's really thin!

David Pogue has lots of great info on his blog |
post 1 | post 2

And hey... the release date isn't until June. So maybe they'll continue to tweak it a bit.
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Free Online Class on Designing HD Graphics

Looking for some free training? The folks from DV Expo have put up one of my classes on Designing HD Graphics. The class is streaming video and it also has the slides synchronized and shots of the HD Graphics I design for the crowd. The class was taught at DV Expo West back in November, but you can take it for free. You'll need to register, but that only take 45 seconds and again... it's free. Be sure to set some time aside (this is a 2.5 hour class). Fortunately there are chapter points and you can digest it in pieces. Plus there are many other great classes there including legal issues facing creatives, Flash video, and video camera tips.

Enjoy!




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Great Deal on Shareware for a Good Cause



Some of my favorite tools are on sale this week as part of a great shareware bundle (deal ends this Sunday). Over at MacHeist (an online game) they have a shareware developer bundle. For $49 you can get the following programs.

1. Delicious Library (allows you to catalog music and DVDs)
2. Foto Magico (a cool slideshow application)
3. ShapeShifter (for changing the Mac UI)
4. Devon Think (a database application)
5. Disco (a disc burning application)
6. RapidWeaver (the blogging tool I use for this site)
7. iClip (a clipboard organizer that is very useful)
8. A game from Pangea software (several to choose from... I like Bugdom)
9. Newsfire (a RSS reader)
10. TextMate (a great text editor - unlocked if they raise 100K for charity)

Plus... 25% of the purchase price goes to a charity (of your choice). This is just a great example of geeks doing good... I am ordering mine today and suggest that other mac users
take this great deal up before it is gone.
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Aperture Update – Lot's of Tweaks

If you use Aperture, Apple's photo management application (I do), you'll be glad that they've released a new update. Here's the highlights (and my interpretation).

Aperture 1.5.2 addresses issues related to overall reliability and performance in a number of areas, including:
• Contact sheet printing (useful for sending to clients)
• Smart Albums
• Watermarks (useful for clients you don't trust)
• Lift and stamp
• Image export (Cuts down on artifacting when converting)

This part is essential
If you haven’t already done so, it is strongly recommended that you also download the Digital Camera RAW Support Update 1.0.1, which is available on the Apple Downloads support page at http://www.apple.com/support/downloads.

The Digital Camera RAW Support Update addresses the following issues:
• Handling of large Canon RAW files (.CRW)
• DNG compatibility on Intel-based Macintosh computers
(Important for Adobe users)
• Lines sometimes appearing in images exported from Aperture (sometimes? try all the time)



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A Colloborative Note-taking Tool – SubEthaEdit


I was talking with some software developers over a great dinner last night and we got on a favorite topic, collaboration. I brought up one of my favorite tools, SubEthaEdit ($35 from www.codingmonkeys.de). You can collaborate on one open document across your network. It's also Apple Rendezvous (aka Bonjour under OS 10.4)-enabled, so it's easy for other Mac users to join in. Nice features such as color-coding for each user and time stamping make this a flexible tool. If you need some group-think without the use of a projector, this is a perfect tool.

For more on great shareware,
see this useful article.
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When Camera Memory Cards Go Bad


I’ve found a great tool for rescuing photos from your digital camera. Accidentally delete an image? Picture Rescue can save the day. In fact it can even work with reformatted or damaged cards. It works with all types of camera media, compact flash, memory sticks, SD cards, and more. It really works well and I used it to recover 3GB of data recently with no hitches. The best thing is the try before you buy. You can download the demo and scan your cards... if the demo version sees the pictures it can recover them. Be sure to give it a shot.
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New Video Screen Capture Tool – iShowU

Looking for a great screen capture tool? I’ve got a new favorite for grabbing video on a Mac. Be sure to check out iShowU from shinywhitebox. This tool is much more stable then others I've tried and it is a true universal application that runs great on both Intel and PowerPC Macs. What’s truly unique is that the video files are captured and encoded in real time. This means as soon as the capture is stopped, the file is ready to use. You can create screen captures for web tutorials, DVDs, or even HD. What will all this power set you back? A whopping $20. Be sure to check it out.



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New Training DVDs Released

In need of someone training this Fall? We've released five new titles. Three are brand new for Final Cut Pro users: Color Correction, Advanced Trimming, and Media Management. These are three areas that even the most experienced user can gain speed and confidence.

We've also significantly updated two of our best sellers: An
Inside Look at the HVX-200 and a guide to working with HD Media. There are these and several more available at VASST.com. We hope you enjoy them!



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Great Tee-Shirts for the Mac Oriented

I own a few geeky Mac shirts already. I've got my Mac Genius shirt with the logo from Apple‘s Genius Bar that is discontinued (this is close). My son has two shirts that say mini with an apple logo (back from the days of the iPod mini). My wife also found my favorite tech shirt that simply states RTFM (if you aren't sure what those letters mean...). Fortunately there's a new company in town. and the geeks can go even longer without doing their laundry. Insanely Great Tees has a preview site up and they look to have some good shirts when they launch.



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New iMac is Breath-taking


We found ourselves 'hardware-crunched' due to recent project deadlines. To get by, we picked up one of the new iMacs. For the money, these machines are very impressive. Here's the features that matter to pro designers.

Set-up
• Plugged in the power cord and network cable, it was up an running
• In less than 5 minutes the computer was un-boxed and running (sure.. installing the Apple and Adobe collections took longer.... )


System Specs
• 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor (very fast at encoding DVDs!)
• Comes with 1GB memory (more is nice... but this was enough to 'just go')
• A robust and fast 250GB Serial ATA 7200-rpm hard drive
• 8x SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) (yes... does just about everything)
• High-speed 802.11g, Bluetooth, and Ethernet built-in

The Display
• A HUGE 24-inch widescreen LCD (everyone from staff to clients stares and comments on how nice the screen looks... everyone)
• Very bright and crisp with a wide viewing angle
• a reasonably powered NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT graphics processor with 128MB of GDDR3 SDRAM using PCI Express (fast enough for Motion and After Effects).
• Support for external display in extended desktop

Other Nice Things that come in handy
• Built-in iSight camera
• One FireWire 400 and one FireWire 800 port
• Three USB 2.0 ports
• Internal 24-watt speakers (not bad sounding.... but use monitors for real audio work)

What's really cool is the system is actually approved for running Final Cut Studio. I highly recommend if you are in a system crunch or need an extra machine to check the iMac out.

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iDisk Tip

Have an iDisk? They are a useful part of a .mac account that allow you to store and backup files to an Internet hard drive. If you use an iDisk with clients, it can get a little tricky for clients to figure out how to access your iDisk using Apple's iDisk utility. An easier way is through a web browser. Just have your client type http://idisk.mac.com/your iDisk name and they'll be connected.





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A Universal Media Player

Tired of trying to open your media files in a variety of players only to suffer from incompatibility and versioning issues? Video Lan Client (or VLC) is the most universal player I've found. In my tests, I opened Windows-formatted media files on my Mac with surprising success. I also see greater compatibility on the Windows side as well (plus an easier-to-use interface than Windows Media Player). If your Web video experience seems incomplete, or you are looking for another app to test your media files before distribution, be sure to check this one out. You can open and view pretty much any form of audio or video on both a Mac or a PC (or any flavor of Linux for that matter).
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My Laptop Backup Strategy

I have bad luck when it comes to laptops (or perhaps as the Apple tech said, I work my laptops harder than 99% of the users out there). It seems I have experienced data loss a few times to many and I finally sat down and figured out a back-up strategy. So you can save yourself a headache, I offer you my workflow to achieve data nirvana.



1. Get a small, high-quality drive that you can take with you. My choice was to get an OWC Mercury On-The-Go case. There are four different options to choose from and they each offer connection options that are impressive. My choice was to get the case only and drop in a SATA laptop drive. I was able to get a 160 GB drive that is big enough to hold the contents of both my MacBook and MackBook Pro. (If you are curious... the MBP is my small writing/blogging machine while the 17 inch is for teaching and production... 17 inch laptops and coach seats don't go together.)

2. Get backup software like Data Backup from Prosoft. I like this package because its affordable and I have had great experiences with the company's other software like Data Rescue and Picture Rescue. This package allows you to Clone your drives and make a bootable image so you can easily restore files. My favorite feature is its robust scheduling tools including the ability to have a backup start whenever you plug in the backup drive. Simply set the program to automatically open as a login item (right click on its icon in the Dock at choose Open at Login). Then choose to set a schedule and set an event for the presence of the backup target.

3. Remember to plug-in the backup drive weekly, and keep it in the bag of your laptop.

That's it... much less stress for the road warrior.
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Automating FCP Project Backups (Works for others too!)

Over at RHED Pixel, we've finally come up with a reasonable backup strategy for our FCP systems. Figured I'd share for those of you who need it

1.
Target One Folder – We save all FCP projects to an FCP folder on the internal drive.

2. Use Backup Software – We've started using Data Backup from Prosoft. I like this package because its affordable and I have had great experiences with the company's other software like Data Rescue and Picture Rescue. This package allows you to pick a folder for backup. My favorite feature is its robust scheduling tools.

• Simply purchase a 1-4 GB USB thumb drive and plug it into your system.
• Then set Data Backup to automatically open as a login item (right click on its icon in the Dock at choose Open at Login).
• Then choose to set a schedule for backup and target the thumb drive.

May your project files find a safe haven.... All for about $150 a machine (software plus thumb drive).



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Why You Must Download iTunes 7 Today


The short answer... it rocks.

Apple has taken a nearly perfect piece of software and made it better. There's a
full write-up on Apple's site, but I'd like to share some standout features and what they really mean to the end user.


Movies – So they're only from Disney-owned companies (for now)... someone had to be first. What's nice is Apple upped the quality to 640X480 which looks great on a laptop and playing off an iPod to a TV set via the AV cable. By the way... it's you buy movies (and everything else) from the iTunes Store (they dropped the word Music).

Cover Flow – You can now flip through all of your 'albums' by cover.... it's a cool 3D effect that encourages browsing and helps put a face back on those 'virtual' albums. Missing artwork? No problem... iTunes will now download artwork for free and add it to any song in your library (provided the album is listed in the iTunes store).

New User Interface – The Source List allows you to view and manage all of your files and devices. It really lets you take control of your collection (especially if you have multiple iPods). iPod Games – Just what I need... a waste of time... but I've already bought three. So far Cubis is my favorite, game-play with the scroll wheel is enjoyble and at $4.99, it wasn't a hard sell. The games only work with the 5G (or video iPods) but no problems for me as my nearly year-old iPod worked fine.

Device Management – You know get total control over each iPod, including which elements sync. I particulary like the visual interface that displays the contents of an iPod.


Download Manager – You can now control the order of downloads (useful when you want to hear the music you just chosen and its stuck behind a HUGE movie file. What is even better is the ability to pause (or stop) a download and resume where you left off. This was helpful while riding the Amtrak Acela to New York as my Internet connection kept dropping (hey... tunnels... Hudson River... I understand).


Onscreen Video Controls – Straight out of QuickTime, you now get a great controller that floats over the picture (when you move the mouse). Convenient controls are easy to reach (including a useful full-screnn button). I find this most useful as my keyboard shortcut database has no room left in the brain.

Library Backup – Having lost music... I really appreciate this feature. You can now initiate a “Back Up to Disc” command. This quickly allows you to back up your entire iTunes library to CD or DVD.

Reverse Sync –
If you plug your iPod into another computer that has been authorized for your iTunes account (up to 5 machines), you can now transfer music OFF the iPod. It only works with music purchases... but its flawless.

To get the new update...
visit the iTunes page.
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Paralells Gets Even Better

Long time readers will know that we are big fans of Parallels Desktop solution for running Windows on a Mac. No need for multiple partitions or rebooting, you can have both Operating Systems going at the same time. Plus you can install the optional Tools that allow you to copy and paste between systems and even access folders on your Mac.

The good news... their
trial is still available and a new update has been released.

Recent improvements include:
  • Support for new quad-processor Mac Pro towers outfitted with up to 3.5GB of RAM
  • Experimental support for Windows Vista
  • An improved Parallels Tools package
  • Better video output improvement and acceleration
  • Added isochronous USB devices support (including WebCam devices)
  • Keyboard support improvement: Eject CD key support and more
  • Clipboard synchronization tool
  • Sound playback and recording improvement
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Final Results of the NLE Survey

The polls are now closed for our August survey.
We asked:
Which NLE do you prefer to use the most?



We set an all time record for responses. All said, 510 users weighed in... and the results were surprising.

1. Apple Final Cut Pro/Final Cut Express (36.27%)
2. Avid Nonlinear Editing Systems (
31.96%)
3. Sony Vegas (
14.12%)
4. Adobe Premiere Pro (
13.73%)
5. Media 100 (
3.92%)

Given the number of respondents, we have determined that the survey is accurate within +/- 4%... That means Final Cut Pros lead was slim, but it still took the top spot.



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Useful Shareware – Art Directors Toolkit

Looking for a helpful tool to for designers? Then check out the Art Directors Toolkit. Although this handy application can't make you an art director for 40 bucks, it replaces a bunch of tools that always seem to get misplaced in my office. It's designed for print pros, but motion graphics and web designers will appreciate some of its key features:
- A Scale Calculator to help you determine percentages for resizing to a specific target. - A text-preview window so you can see source copy in a variety of fonts. - A symbol-conversion pane to unlock specialty characters in your fonts. - A Swatch Book for viewing Pantone colors and finding related colors. - A Blend window to find a third color that will work well with two others. - A Units Converter to calculate different measurement conversions. - A very robust RGB color picker.
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Omni Dazzle – A Great Tool for Teachers and Presenters

What piece of Mac shareware has me most excited... a cursor enhancer called OmniDazzle. Yup... giggle if you want. But the Omni Group has released a killer program that has dramatically changed my teaching style. This useful application add several visual effects for the screen and mouse pointer.

Now some of them are downright cheesy, but educators should really check out the following effects:
Flashlight – Which points a spotlight on the area of focus and dims the screen
Focal Point – Which darkens all but the active UI element
Scribble – This gives you four colored markers to draw on the screen like a NFL commentator
• Zoom – My favorite, which lets you marquee a selection, which is then magnified full-screen

So yes... its version 1.0 and Mac-only (and requires OS 10.4.6 and Core Video)... its still worth checking out. It's $14.95 and you can download a demo from the
Omni Group website.
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Microsoft Kills Virtual PC for Macintosh

Microsoft has a bad habit of buying technology... then killing it. It'd not really their fault... they've got all of that cash just lying around. The recent victim is Virtual PC. Originally developed by Connectix, it was sold to Microsoft in 2003. In a statement today Microsoft said it "has made the decision not to move forward with a Universal version of Virtual PC at this time."

At this time is corporate speak for never, in fact never ever. Recent competition from Parallels and VMWare have made the Windows on a Mac space a bit cluttered. Additionally, Microsoft alluded that rewriting Virtual PC to run on Intel Processors would mean having to essentially rewrite the program.

"The (Macintosh business unit) still recognizes that customers need access to Windows applications from their Intel-based Macs and feels confident that alternative solutions offered by Apple and other vendors, combined with a fully packaged retail copy of Windows will satisfy this need," the company said.

Anyone else find it ironic that Microsoft which started as a company that made Mac software, has decided that it is too difficult to get their software to run on Intel chips. Go figure. Guess they're too busy getting Vista out the door.


For more details, head over to
CNET.

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Mighty Mouse Goes Bluetooth


It was only a matter of (too much) time. First, Apple launched wireless mice and keyboards (for those who hate the clutter of cables). Then Hell froze over and Apple released a two-button mouse called Mighty Mouse (do they have to pay royalties to the cartoon character?). But it appeared the two products would never meet. But like all good mice, they eventually created off-spring, and the Mighty Mouse has gone wireless.

I am glad that this has finally happened for several reasons.
• When I use pro video and graphics apps the right-click is a huge time saver as it unlocks many features
• When running Windows on my Mac (don't hate the player) I find myself need to right-click a whole lot
• Trackpads aren't great for precise control such as illustration or design

So, is it worth buying? The short answer is yes (if you need a multi-button mouse). Getting the mouse to pair with a computer is easy (provided you have
Bluetooth). The tracking is accurate (with an improved sensor over original models) and the product appears to have good battery life. The buttons are programmable and most users will find the control button on top of the mouse useful for scrolling and panning. The only annoyance (which is an easy fix) are the side buttons. These are a bit too easy to trigger for my taste as my larger hands tend to trigger them easily. By default, this launches Exposé which will re-arrange your windows on screen. A quick visit to the Keyboard & Mouse System Preference Pane allows you to deactivate these buttons. If you need additional control, then pick this mouse up online or at your local Apple store.
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Great Tool for Presenters Using Keynote

I came across a great piece of software called ProfCast that lets you turn a Keynote presentation into an enhanced podcast. These podcasts are very small as it is jut an audio file, but when viewed on an iPod or within iTunes, the artwork changes for the slide. It's a pretty cool way for teachers to share their lessons, and the whole process is very easy for the mildly tech-savvy to perform. I covered how to do this very task using iWork and Garageband in the new iWork book, but this application saves several steps and is very pleasant to use. You can create a podcast directly, sent it to GarageBand or iWeb, or take it directly online to a user-specified server (.xml authoring for the feed is included). At $25 its an affordable tool all Mac-based educators or technical trainers should add.

UPDATE – The new version also works with PowerPoint

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Windows Media Works on New Macs... Finally

Mac users can now access Windows Media files... for free. Telestream has updated Flip4Mac, so it works with the new Intel-based Macs. Telestream has a series of QuickTime components that enables Mac OS X users to play, import and export Windows Media files using QuickTime-based applications. Mac users can access the free player from Microsoft's website, while those creating pro vide will want to check out the different options at Telestream's site.

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Macintosh Clippings made Useful

I often find when I am browsing the Net to select text and drag it to the Desktop. I often use these clippings as a way to gather a few notes. The only problem with this system is that you can’t modify the clipping. If you open the clipping in the Finder you can read it, copy the text to your clipboard, but that’s about it. But don’t worry, there’s a great piece of freeware to make tweaks.

Everyday Software has released ClipEdit so you can modify both text and image clippings. The program is free and very useful if you collect bits of knowledge/trivia. For best results try the following.

1. Right-click (Control-click) on a clipping file and choose Get Info.
2. Change the Open with: drop down menu to ClipEdit
3. Click Change All…

ClipEdit is now set as the default editor for all clippings… much more useful and all it’ll cost you is a visit to
Everyday Software.

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iPhoto Books Tip

So, making a book using iPhoto is still the best. I sat down and was going to use Aperture, but it didn't have the theme I wanted (although both use the same engine and printer service). If you've never made a book, the process is a snap.
1. Select the photos you want in the browser (pick more than you think you'll need)
2. Click the Book icon in the Toolbar
3. Flip from page to page (choosing layout options from the Toolbar)
4. Drag photos in and scale and position using intuitive controls.

Mini books start at $4 and larger books range between $20 -$30 depending on soft or hard covers. It really makes a nice keepsake for friends or even a new way to build a portfolio. But what about 'proofing?' Well you can share the book before you print it.

1. In iPhoto, choose File > Print.
2. In the Print Window, choose Save as PDF.
3. Pick a destination, then name the file and click OK.
4. Send the PDF to those who need to review it.

The mini books make great leave behinds for clients or potential employers.

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Richard Harrington on Inside Mac Radio

I got a chance to appear on the July 1 edition of Inside Mac Radio. I was on to promote the new book on iWork ’06 and to offer some tips on using iWork and iLife. It was a quick interview, but I think we got some good information out for the loyal listeners. If you'd like to hear the episode (it's free), just click here. Inside Mac Radio offers both a daily version that's a short news blast on all things Mac and a two-hour Saturday program that airs live in some markets and is ready to download in others.
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Take Our Monthly Survey – Hardware

It's that time again... we've launched our survey for July. This time its all about hardware. For your next computer purchase will it be Mac or PC? Desktop or Laptop? Be sure to vote for your next credit card bill... inquiring minds want to know.


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My Favorite Case for a Video iPod

Well, I finally found the perfect case (albeit a little too late). One of the benefits of the black iPod is that video is easier to see due to the higher contrast. The downside is that the black finish shows off scratches a little too well. I finally found a case that protects the iPod without affecting the viewability of the video screen. The Agent 18 VideoShield has been the perfect case so far.

• This hard shell case doesn't significantly increase the size of the iPod
(its still comfortable to hold)
• The price is reasonable (it lists for $25, but I bought it at Target for $19)
• The switch and dock connectors are easy to access
• It’s simple to snap it on and off

To find out more, click
here.
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Saving Space on a Mac

When a Macintosh application is installed, it tends to install several language localization files on your drive. If you have a robust Applications folder, these files can quickly add up to gigabytes of space. On a laptop, this can be particularly bad. Instead of manually performing a 'seek-and-dstroy' mission, you can harness the power of DeLocalizer. This useful piece of freeware will remove all non-American English localization resource files that you specify. This useful program lets you customize which languages to remove and can save you a lot of space on your drive.
For more information click here.


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Windows vs. Mac – the OS Showdown



With a sense of humor firmly intact, New York Times columnist David Pogue
reviews Microsoft Windows Vista. David takes a look at several of the new features in the latest version of Windows (set to ship next month). His mission... prove that “Microsoft did not steal ideas from Mac OS X.” Does he succeed? It all depends on your perspective so you'll want to judge for yourself. You can take a look at the quick video for free online.
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Another way to run Windows on an Intel Mac

So, I am a cross-platform kinda guy (but its hard to be while mobile). No one wants to lug two or three laptops around. I frequently need to teach Adobe products (such as their video apps) but not all run on a Mac. Toss in my writing duties and I really need to dabble on the other side at least weekly. Most of you probably heard of Boot Camp from Apple, but that wouldn't work for me. Why?

1. It requires you to not have your drive partitioned when starting the install. This doesn't work as I keep my laptops split into 2 or 3 partitions for media management purposes.
2. I really hate having to reboot.
3. Just cause I'm in windows doesn't mean I want to run another email client, give up access to my iCal, etc.

The solution? Its called Parallels Desktop. It functions just like Virtual PC did, allowing you to run windows in, well a window, or go full-screen. Why do I like it?
1. It's FAST. it uses hardware, not software emulation.
2. It's easy to install and tweak.
3. Windows is installed into a virtual machine... if things go 'bad' you can just trash the virtual machine or create a new one. Its just a disk image file.
4. Its affordable. During public beta its only $39. Later it'll go up to $79. (You do need to provide your own legal copy of windows - but it runs nearly all flavors of windows, not just XP).

Download and Evaluate Parallels Desktop Release Candidate 2 for Mac.
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New Book on Apple’s iWork

Be sure to take a quick peek at my latest book, Apple Training Series : iWork 06 with iLife 06. It was co-written with the entire office at RHED Pixel. It goes in-depth on both Pages and Keynote and shows off the latest features. We use pages to create newsletters and flyers for the office and I usually use Keynote to create dynamic multimedia presentations. The book is full-color and comes with a DVD-ROM and all the source files you need to get hands-on with both programs.

For a free handout, click here.
For more information, click here.
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MacBook Pro Thoughts

Took the plunge and bought a MacBook Pro 17 inch laptop. Been using it for about two weeks and figured I'd share my thoughts.

Pros:
- It's fast as heck
- The Dual layer DVD and FW800 port are back in
- The screen is beautiful from almost any angle
- Running apps under Rosetta (like Photoshop) is pretty smooth
- The built-in iSight camera makes it easier to see my family while on the road.

Cons:
- After a while, it feels like you can cook an egg on it (with great power comes great warmth)
- My Wireless Internet card doesn't fit as Apple felt the need to adopt a new Express Card format which no one has released wireless cards for
- Can't get any spare batteries and Apple's site says shipping in 2-3 weeks (no luck in stores either)

All in all... very happy and I suspect with time the missing hardware will come available and the charred flesh on my lap will grow numb
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FCP Resuce Saves the Day

When using Final Cut Pro, it's a little too easy to corrupt your user preferences (especially if you have multiple video decks hooked up). This useful program allows you to quickly backup and restore your user preferences. This shareware program allows you to save the following:
• User preferences
• Audio/Video settings
• System settings
• Windowsettings
• Keyboard setup
• Easy setups

Free download
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