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10.1.2 Killed the Sparse Disk Star
By: John Davidson on Jun 30, 2014 at 4:31:17 pm

Hey gang, just wanted to give you a little update on what we're uncovering right now. The new update to FCPX 10.1.2 brought the ability to export xml of entire events. This is huge. The primary reason we have stuck with sparse disks in our office environment was so that we could quickly and easily maintain our huge and growing database of keyword tags and open those libraries on any system in our office. The way we worked, we would tag various network shows we work on because in our type of integrated promotion this information is critical to keep...

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Phishing Email scam underway using your Apple account as bait
By: walter biscardi on Dec 7, 2013 at 6:49:50 am

If you have an Apple Account (iTunes, iPad, iPhone) there is a Phishing email scam going on. Here's an email I received, note that the return email address is fake. Looks real though, pass this along and if you receive the email do not reply to it or click the link....

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Keynote tutorial: Assembling a Layered Graphic File in Keynote
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 6, 2013 at 8:18:00 am

Keynote integrates well with Photoshop, which means you can easily import PNG files for use in your presentations. In this tutorial, find out how to assemble a layered file in Keynote, and get some expert tips for building presentations based on Photoshop images, such as making your PNGs all the same dimension. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/Keynote-tutorial... .   Keynote tutorial: Assembling a Layered Graphic File in Keynote Republished by Richard Harrington...

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Keynote tutorial: Running a presentation from an iPad to a television via HDMI
By: Richard Harrington on May 10, 2013 at 12:35:00 am

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...

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Keynote tutorial: Customizing the presenter view
By: Richard Harrington on Apr 27, 2013 at 12:33:00 am

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...

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Keynote tutorial: Using landscape view in Keynote Remote
By: Richard Harrington on Apr 17, 2013 at 10:33:00 pm

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 Keynote tutorial: Using landscape view in Keynote Remote Republished by Richard...

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Apple Migration Assistant Tips
By: Richard Harrington on Jan 25, 2013 at 10:08:00 pm

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...

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Do Your ZIP Files Stop Working?
By: Richard Harrington on Jan 15, 2013 at 10:01:00 pm

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. In the Mac Finder, hold down the Option key. Click the Go Menu and choose Library . In the search field, enter the text com.apple.archiveutility.plist. Narrow the search results to just your library. Trash one or both files that are...

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How to Get Any Software in Mac App Store for 20% Off
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 22, 2012 at 10:24:00 pm

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=12 18452832749&skuId=4056157 How to Get Any Software in Mac App Store for 20% Off Republished by Richard Harrington...

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The Return of the Save As Command
By: Richard Harrington on Sep 24, 2012 at 6:58:07 pm

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. 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. You can choose to open an...

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Apple and their TV hobby
By: Andrew Kimery on Jun 28, 2012 at 10:23:53 pm

Recently at the D: All Things Digital conference Tim Cook, when asked about the various Apple TV rumors, said that TV is "an area of intense interest for [Apple]." In the past Steve Jobs referred to Apple TV as a hobby and ever since then Apple fans have been waiting to see when, or if, it would graduate from hobby status to center stage along side the iPad and iPhone (though I doubt there is anything Apple TV could do to steal the limelight from the those two). I think the TV market right now is a very tough nut...

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Return of the Pizza Box?
By: Andrew Kimery on Jun 12, 2012 at 10:40:27 pm

The recent, um, 'upgrade' to the Mac Pro followed by the unconfirmed leak (which was later confirmed) about real upgrades possibly coming to the Mac Pro next year got me thinking again about what a totally redesigned Mac Pro could look like. My theory is that the next gen Mac Pros could resemble the Mac Mini but larger to accommodate multiple hard drives, more RAM, dual CPUs and allow for proper air flow so the machine doesn't cook itself (kinda like the old 'pizza box' form factor but not quite as big). It will have Ethernet, Thunderbolt, USB 3.0, HDMI,...

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Biscardi Creative switching to Avid Media Composer 6 for Broadcast projects.
By: walter biscardi on Mar 27, 2012 at 3:03:28 pm

After lots of testing and comparing, we've made the decision to move two original series to Avid Media Composer 6. PBS series "This American Land" is starting up Season Two next week and in about a month or so we'll be kicking off a new original reality series. Over the past for months or so, I've had one of my editors working primarily in Adobe CS 5.5 with another working in Avid Media Composer 6 to really see how they operated in all sorts of situations. Short stories, longer form, news features, etc... My editors and I struggled to come...

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iWork.com Service is Discontinued
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 10, 2012 at 3:58:51 pm

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...

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A Two Part Fix for a Corrupt Mac Drive
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 19, 2011 at 12:30:00 pm

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

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Apple Updates Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’11
By: Richard Harrington on Oct 15, 2011 at 8:13:00 pm

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. 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...

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OSX Lion Windows Driving You Nuts?
By: Richard Harrington on Jul 24, 2011 at 10:52:43 pm

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... Or like this (depending on your previous preferences). 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.: Much greater control. You can quickly switch between common folders with the...

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Transitioning: An Update on our search to replace FCP
By: walter biscardi on Jul 3, 2011 at 12:43:01 pm

We’re one week into our search to transition our facility away from Apple and Final Cut Pro so I wanted to bring everyone up to date on where we stand so far. This was a very busy week as you can imagine with both production work in the shop and many MANY requests for myself to speak to national media outlets, podcasts and personal visits to our facility. So the testing will really ramp up this coming week. Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5.5 This has been installed both on my home machine (27″ iMac) and our testing Mac Pro at...

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Color Controls in Aperture
By: Richard Harrington on Apr 30, 2011 at 6:56:00 pm

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

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Quick Audio Controls on a Mac
By: Richard Harrington on Apr 24, 2011 at 8:12:53 am

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. Quick Audio Controls on a Mac Republished by Richard Harrington...

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Apple Dropped the Ball....
By: walter biscardi on Apr 16, 2011 at 1:34:31 pm

I’m seeing this all over the various forums, blogs and twitter feeds in one variant or another in regards to the big Final Cut Pro X reveal at the FCPUG SuperMeet in Las Vegas last Tuesday. “Hey, don’t knock down this product when it was just a SNEAK PEEK people! Sure there’s some questions out there but we should all be happy that Apple has at least shown us something. You know they’re normally super secret so the fact that actually showed Final Cut Pro X is a big change in the company. I’m excited about these new changes! Now...

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Apple Updates Aperture to 3.12
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 23, 2011 at 10:22:21 am

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. ▪...

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Thunderbolt, connections for the future
By: gary adcock on Mar 2, 2011 at 8:42:38 am

Let’s talk about Thunderbolt ( and why wasn’t the name LightPeak good enough) The Thunderbolt technology offers users a 10 Gbps - that is roughly 1028 MB {1+ GIgbytes} per second data transfer as a Dual Channel, bi-directional, multi protocol connection, that also allows power over the cable a la FW. On a laptop. OK, as someone that has constantly pushed the bounds of working on location, this is finally the real deal, at that max data level, we are talking about viewing 4K (theoretically) in realtime, however for the near future we are really talking about only about ½...

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Should be an interesting April for Apple Color
By: walter biscardi on Feb 13, 2011 at 5:20:20 am

So NAB is rapidly approaching and as par for the course, we know nothing about Apple's plans for the event. We know they don't have a booth planned but will they announce anything at all? Last year we had a completely underwhelming (you might say embarrassing) presentation by Apple at the SuperMeet. What will we see / hear this year? In particular I'm curious what is going to happen to Color. Apple has really done zero to promote this application since it was acquired. When it was purchased I felt strongly, and still do, that it was a mistake to...

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Adding a Vignette in Aperture
By: Richard Harrington on Jan 17, 2011 at 2:16:00 pm

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...

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Aperture 3.1.1 Released
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 11, 2010 at 10:57:00 pm

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...

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The New Apple TV – Best $99 I've Spent this Year
By: Richard Harrington on Oct 20, 2010 at 6:46:16 am

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...

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How stable is Final Cut Pro? Very.
By: walter biscardi on Sep 7, 2010 at 2:15:49 pm

As I've been on the Creative Cow Final Cut Pro forums about 9 years now, I have seen all manner of people whine and complain about stability issues with Final Cut Pro. Sometimes it's truly Apple breaking stuff or releasing versions of Quicktime or FCP before they're ready. But often, it's operator error / configuration error. Here's an example of just how stable Final Cut Pro is. Been running my current Mac Pro Octo 2.93 for about 18 months now. ATI 4870 and AJA Kona 3 are the graphics and video cards in there. On Sunday I pulled them both...

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Less is more and more is crap
By: Paolo Ciccone on Jun 26, 2010 at 2:00:10 pm

By now some of you probably think that I am an Apple fanboy. That's actuslly not the case. I spent the largest part if my professional life with PCs and Linux machines. I did write quite a bit about Apple lately because they simply make excellent products that I enjoy greatly. Apparently the Cupertinians have become a favorite target of blogger and technopress lately, probably because of the Gizmodo fiasco, even though Gizmodo acted in unethical ways, bordering on the criminal. Anyway, i was reading a review of the iPhone 4 on the Wired magazine website and I noticed a...

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The two killer features that we need on iOS
By: Paolo Ciccone on Jun 17, 2010 at 4:09:12 pm

The iPad is a wonderful device. Day after day it's changing more radically my way of working. Nevertheless it could use some improvement and there are two crucial missing features that I hope will be soon implemented and that don't need new hardware. Number 1, the iPad has to become the master of its own domain. Today you need a computer and you need iTunes to activate the iPad. This is limiting the way this device can be applied. For example, my 70+ year old father is a brilliant photographer. He has been a photographer all his adult life, used...

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NLE on the iPhone!
By: Paolo Ciccone on Jun 7, 2010 at 11:01:22 am

This is going to be my shortest blog entry but it marks a new era for the COW crowd. iMovie for iPhone! Yep! iPhone 4.0 records 720p HD video at 30fps and you can edit the movies directly on it. From the makers of FCP! Announced today at the Apple World Wide Developer Conference....

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Windows tablets: a good alternative to the iPad?
By: Paolo Ciccone on Jun 1, 2010 at 9:45:39 am

With a slew of announcements from Asus and LG about Windows-based tablets, people might wonder if those products could be a better alternative to the iPad. The funny thing is that all these manufacturers are applying the old trite "clone PCs" mentality to the tablet metaphor: take some form-factor designed by another company, slap together a bunch of ports, add a Microsoft OS, call it a product. These products show no design, no vision, no study on human interaction. The touch interface and the mobility of the tablet make interacting with the device a completely different affair than using traditional...

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Apple iPad Luster is waning without Flash support.
By: walter biscardi on May 30, 2010 at 6:11:01 pm

Note: part of this entry appeared in a previous blog entry. Let's just say my opinions have been changed..... Why did I purchase this? I took delivery of the 16GB Wi-Fi Apple iPad in April. No, I did not wait in line, I took the leisurely deliver it to my front door method. I guess waiting in line could have been fun hanging with the crowd, but that's ok. It got here. No, I'm not typing this blog on the iPad. This is still easier on the laptop. I'm generally not an early adapter. When the iPhone first came out,...

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Apple = Sony = Nintendo
By: Paolo Ciccone on May 6, 2010 at 3:31:30 pm

I just had lunch with some of my ex-colleagues from Borland and, of course, we talked about the Apple iPad controversy centered around the choice of development tools. We all heard reports of the government being on the verge of starting an anti-trust probe, so this is a sensible subject for anybody involved in high tech. While we were weighting all the different sides of the argument my friend Kevin brought up the fact that Sony and Nintendo have quite a closed environment for the development of games. And suddenly the whole issue made perfect sense to me. Here we...

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The Three A's; Avid, Adobe and Apple
By: walter biscardi on Apr 18, 2010 at 7:27:50 am

The 2010 National Association of Broadcasters convention had the Post Production world buzzing about the Three A's of the industry.  Apple, Adobe and Avid.   Well, really more Adobe and Avid since they were actually at the show and had something to demonstrate. 
Adobe brought their CS5 creative suite to the show with some incredible announcements.  Not the least of which to me is the ease of integration with other NLEs like Final Cut Pro and Avid.  Adobe has decided to "play nice" with with their competitors to make it easier for Post Houses like mine to get projects into...

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RED High Quality Viewing Tip in Quicktime
By: illya laney on Apr 8, 2010 at 10:43:11 am

I stumbled upon this a few months ago when I was adjusting some settings in Quicktime... Have you ever opened a RED proxy in Quicktime and wondered why it looks so soft or compressed? Well basically Quicktime can be moronic and automatically prioritizes playback quality over image quality with certain codecs. Here's how to more accurately view the footage... Make sure to tick the High Quality option in the Quicktime Movie Properties window. Here's some untouched/unprocessed screenshots from an LG spot I worked on last year... Regular High Quality These are low quality JPEG's, but I think you can imagine...

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i5 and i7 iMac Ethernet Controller Update
By: walter biscardi on Mar 2, 2010 at 5:41:10 am

We now have the actual product features page from the Broadcom 5764 Ethernet Controller that's now in the i7 and i5 iMacs. It's been said a photo tells a 1,000 words. I think this pretty much tells the story of the "i" line of iMacs. Jumbo Frame Support - NO. Without Jumbo Frame support, there's no way to connect to our Final Share SAN which is all ethernet based. No Jumbo Frame support, no professional video editing in our facility. I've had all sorts of people write to me with various theories and ideas as to why Apple would take...

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Apple i5 and i7 27" iMacs do NOT support high speed ethernet transfer
By: walter biscardi on Feb 25, 2010 at 3:52:58 pm

SEE UPDATES BELOW, I've updated this story twice since the original entry. We took delivery of the brand spankin' new 27" i7 iMac last week and connected it immediately to our Final Share SAN in about 5 minutes for video editing. Quick tests showed the SAN was connected and working fine. Then today I started really editing on it and I'm dropping frames every 10 to 30 seconds. Now it appears the ethernet controller that is in the new Mac cannot support the speeds necessary to edit video via the SAN. Our 2 year old iMacs can, but the brand...

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Apple lays off 40 from FCP team, My Take.
By: walter biscardi on Feb 20, 2010 at 12:41:50 pm

“Apple lays off 40 people from the FCP development staff right before NAB 2010. Is it doomed?” “Apple has laid off many people involved in the development in FCP. Will FCP languish now?” If it’s getting close to NAB, it must be time for the new “Final Cut Pro is going away” rumor to start. By now, anyone who works with Apple’s Final Cut Pro software has probably seen the “tweet heard ’round the world” that Apple has apparently laid off 40 people from the Final Cut Pro development team. So of course we have to have multiple threads appear...

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Apple Tablet Details leaked
By: walter biscardi on Jan 22, 2010 at 5:29:22 am

http://www.businessinsider.com/henry-blodget-new-apple-tablet-details-leake d-2010-1 Well, these MIGHT be the actual details. We'll know soon enough. Full article: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703405704575015362653644260.h tml...

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Apple Mac Pro Octo 2.93 a lemon?
By: walter biscardi on Dec 10, 2009 at 7:34:46 pm

Apple quietly updated their Mac Pro lineup last Friday and the Octo Core 2.93 is now absent. This is the machine I purchased in July 2009 that has been pretty much nothing but trouble since it was installed. As I've noted on this blog recently, there is a bad issue with the Intel Hartwell chip that runs the ethernet ports that causes the Mac Pro to disconnect from our ethernet SAN multiple times per day. We also have difficulties reconnecting to the SAN multiple times per day. Our other 5 workstations don't have these issues with the SAN and none...

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Avoid the latest Apple Mac Pro if you use networking
By: walter biscardi on Nov 23, 2009 at 4:42:06 pm

As we have discovered with worsening problems over the past 6 months, Apple has a very serious problem with their latest Mac Pro machines running the Intel "hartwell" chip on the ethernet ports. With bi-directional traffic to / from our ethernet based SAN, we can predict that our latest Mac Pro, the 2.93 Nehelam quad core machine, will disconnect from our SAN 8 times out of 10. The problem has been worsening and so far Apple has zero answers to the problem. Even Snow Leopard does not address this issue. If you have any machine prior to the 2.93 Quad...

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They're baaaaack: Super Bowl Commercials selling out
By: Tim Wilson on Aug 30, 2009 at 8:21:27 pm

The Hollywood Reporter reports that 65% of the 2010 Super Bowl is already sold out, including all of the first-half "A" spots. The prices are running in the $2.7-2.8 million range - just off the 2009 rate (as high as $3 mil, but largely in the $2.8-2.9 mil range), but still ahead of 2008. It's not that CBS doesn't have its hands full, and its work cut out for it. Last year at this time, NBC had already sold 85% of its spots - but they're feeling good about getting there in fine shape. It's certainly far from the cratered,...

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Apple Mini-DVI adapter not working with DVI Extenders - Fixed
By: walter biscardi on Aug 18, 2009 at 7:19:06 am

My edit suite runs two 25' DVI extenders, VERY heavy duty extenders that were about $120 each. This suite has run with the G5 Quad 2.5, the Mac Pro Quad 3.0 and the Mac Pro Octo 3.2 with zero issues running two DVI monitors and the extenders. Now I get the $7,000 top of the line Apple Octo Core machine with the ATI 4870 graphics card which of course Apple mandates with one regular DVI port and one Mini DVI port. I got the adapter that allows me to run two standard DVI monitors. The one connected to the Mini...

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Apple's Snow Leopard requires an Intel Mac
By: walter biscardi on Jul 16, 2009 at 5:09:40 am

In case you haven't read the light grey print on Apple's website.... Mac OS X Snow Leopard requires an Intel-based Mac. No whining, no griping, if you haven't upgraded to an Intel Mac, then stay on Leopard and keep working away. When the time is right, you will be able to upgrade to an Intel Mac and Snow Leopard at the same time. Oh and Snow Leopard is only $29 to upgrade from Leopard so that's pretty cool. No $129 upgrade fee or whatever is has been for the past few OS updates....

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Apple's new One-on-One training policy. Nice way to treat long-time customers
By: walter biscardi on Jul 4, 2009 at 12:05:48 pm

So I was at an Apple Business Networking event last week here in Atlanta and I asked my business rep about signing up for some One-on-One training for iWeb. It's a simple enough program but there are some aspects of it and re-working my website that would be better if I worked with a trainer one-on-one at the store. He told me I can't sign up for one-on-one unless I purchase a computer. It's Apple's new policy that people cannot simply sign up for one-on-one training anymore unless you purchase a product. Ok, so I have 4 Mac desktops, 4...

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Editing Tug-of-War: PC vs MAC
By: Tim Robinson on Jun 10, 2009 at 9:34:50 am

Tim Robinson is the Corporate Video Editor for Pride Mobility Products Corp. Makers of the Jazzy Powerchair, Scooters, Lift Chairs and other mobility products! At our company we’ve been strictly a PC world. When the new head of IT asked us, “Why don’t you guys run macs? My daughter’s graphic design school runs nothing but macs!” We had to explain his predecessor strictly prohibited using macs because his IT staff could not “support” them. Before he even finished the sentence “What if we bought you guys…” we excitedly shouted ‘YES!’ The transition was not easy for both IT and later...

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$6000 for a Mac! Are you out of your mind?
By: Russell Lasson on Mar 3, 2009 at 8:59:40 am

My first thought after finding out that the new Mac Pro with two 2.93GHz quad-core processors was going to cost $5899 was, "Six grand for a computer? And that doesn't include AppleCare!" For some people, the extra money is worth it, but more most, it's going to be a waste. If I was going to spend that much money on a computer, I'd rather throw in another $600 and buy two of the 2.26GHz Mac Pros instead. OR TEN OF THE NEW MAC MINIS!!!!. It will be interesting to see some real world specs comparing the new and the old....

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New Television Pilot Completed
By: walter biscardi on Nov 28, 2008 at 4:14:31 am

Editorial has been completed on the new business television pilot developed by Biscardi Creative Media, ideaWercs and Arriving with BB Webb. BCM Principal Walter Biscardi, Jr. served as Director, Editor and Post Production Supervisor on this project. Additional credits include Brian Mead for logo design, Aaron R. Stewart for graphics design and Brian Little for opening title design. The episode was produced in 720p HD. More details will be provided as the series moves towards full production of Season One....

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River Blindness Introduction delivered on BluRay disc
By: walter biscardi on Nov 28, 2008 at 4:13:58 am

Biscardi Creative Media recently delivered an introductory project for an upcoming feature-length documentary about River Blindness disease. Produced by Gary Strieker and Cielo Productions, the project was a 10 minute overview of what the disease is and a brief look into some of the preventative measures being implemented by The Carter Center. The presentation, "The Crab and the Fly" was shot in 720p HD in multiple locations in Africa and Latin America over a two year period. Editorial was performed by Aaron R. Stewart and the final presentation was delivered on 1080i BluRay disc using BCM in-house BluRay authoring &...

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Walter Biscardi, Jr. Directing new Television Pilot
By: walter biscardi on Oct 15, 2008 at 4:26:03 am

Biscardi Creative Media principal, Walter Biscardi, Jr., will be Directing the Pilot episode of a new business television series. Being developed jointly by BCM, ideaWercs and Arriving with BB Webb, the series will feature success stories and inspiration from women in the business world. I m honored to be launching this new series as the Director and have always believed that editors make great directors, notes Biscardi. As an editor you know what you want to see and what you wish you had when cutting the show together. Knowing what will make the show better in Post helps me in...

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Biscardi Creative Media creating original television programming
By: walter biscardi on Oct 15, 2008 at 4:24:32 am

Biscardi Creative Media is creating an original lifestyle television series. Developed by BCM principal, Walter Biscardi, Jr. the series will be presented to major U.S. networks by a production partner. The series re-unites Biscardi with actress Cynthia Evans who played the lead role in BCM s The Rough Cut short film, and Producer Sharon Collins who worked with Walter in the Environment Unit at CNN. The Pilot is scheduled for production in mid October 2008 with editorial slated for completion by late November 2008....

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Assignment Earth Season One BluRays completed
By: walter biscardi on Oct 7, 2008 at 2:56:20 am

BCM has completed all BluRay disc production for Season One of "Assignment Earth," airing nationally on PBS stations. Assignment Earth covers environmental and wildlife stories from the front lines around the world. Lead by Producer Gary Strieker, the series has traveled to Mexico, Thailand, China and Africa in just the first season bringing back stunning 720p and 1080i High Definition footage. Artists Walter Biscardi, Jr. and Aaron Stewart teamed up to create the first 5 episodes on BluRay disc, bringing the full quality of the original shows to the home viewer. The entire series is being self-published at BCM's facility....

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BCM color grades "Keepsake" for Stormcatcher Films
By: walter biscardi on Oct 7, 2008 at 2:52:40 am

BCM has completed all color grading for the feature film, Keepsake from Stormcatcher Films. Shot on location in Virginia, the film was Directed by Paul Moore and shot over a 24 day period. D.P. Todd Gilpin did an incredible job with setting up the look of the film. He created a very rich canvas from which Colorist Walter Biscardi, Jr. was able to create an incredible palette of color. Biscardi worked closely with Moore, Gilpin and Producer Scott Tanner to bring out the gritty details and haunting images of the fight for survival. Keepsake is the first feature film project...

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BCM completes Preeclampsia Fund Raiser
By: walter biscardi on Oct 7, 2008 at 2:50:12 am

BCM is proud to have recently completed a fund-raiser for the Preeclampsia Foundation. When we started this project, we honestly had no idea what Preeclampsia is or what it can do to pregnant women and/or their babies.   From the Preeclampsia Foundation website: Preeclampsia is a disorder that occurs only during pregnancy and the postpartum period and affects both the mother and the unborn baby. Affecting at least 5-8% of all pregnancies, it is a rapidly progressive condition characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine. Ultimately the condition can lead to death of the...

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Creating Commercially Replicatable BluRays on a budget - Step 1
By: walter biscardi on Aug 25, 2008 at 4:33:18 pm

So many of you have read of our failings with Adobe Encore trying to create BluRay discs.  Today we start a new chapter in BluRay authoring by transferring all our needs to NetBlender's "DoStudio."   NetBlender has instituted a really neat month to month licensing option that's approx. $250 per month to use the software.  This is truly a month to month deal.  So I can activate it for September for $250 and then sign up again in December.  There's no extra fees, nothing.   They have several plans for 6 months, 12 months or you can outright purchase the...

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Primera Bravo Pro on a Mac
By: Simon Malcolm on Jul 28, 2008 at 3:44:08 pm

I have been using a Primera Bravo Pro on my MacPro for 2 years now. Most of that time i have experienced many problems, however, with perseverance comes the answers if you look long enough. One of the most frustrating issues was a faded start to discs when printing successive discs. This has been reported to be a known Mac/Bravo Pro issue and so far the fix appears to be in the following information. [start article] If you have recently changed the image sharpening value to "12" as described in this article http://www.simonmalcolm.com/blog/bravo_fix.pdf you may need to change it back...

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Charismac Discribe Version 6.0.8 Fault
By: Simon Malcolm on Jul 28, 2008 at 3:41:03 pm

I have found that when using Discribe 6.0.8 by Charismac (this is the software that runs the Primera Bravo Pro for Mac) on my MacPro running 10.4.11 the following error can occur. When setting up the project, the first folder in the list (usually AUDIO_TS) will be renamed by the software to AUDI_001. This isn't a real problem if you're not using that folder, but it can be a real problem if you don't have an AUDIO_TS and the VIDEO_TS folders gets renamed. When this occurs, the renaming can result in the VIDEO_TS folder being renamed to VIDE_002. This will...

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Primera Bravo Pro on Mac (Printer Driver)
By: Simon Malcolm on Jul 27, 2008 at 12:37:01 am

I discovered after much trial, error and pain that the following can occur. If you have a Primera Bravo Pro installed on a Mac running 10.4 AND you have an Epson printer driver installed on the same machine which is SET TO DEFAULT, the Primera machine will not print to the edge of the disc. Set the Primera Printer Driver to default and the problem is fixed. Hope this helps, Simon Malcolm, Australia....

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Apple iPhone or Samsung Instinct?
By: walter biscardi on Jul 15, 2008 at 7:22:26 am

Well Samsung has released the supposed iPhone killer and I ve wondered how it stacks up to the newly released iPhone 2.0.   Fortunately for all of us, MSNBC has done a really nice head to head comparison of the two.  In the end, they both work well, but the one thing I was surprised about is that the live Sprint TV they advertise in the ads is not entire shows, just snippets of shows.   And the comparison of the screen brightness and clarity is pretty impressive. Anyway, really good reading for anyone thinking about one or the other....

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Calibrated {Q} Another native MXF importer
By: Noah Kadner on Jun 27, 2008 at 1:43:23 pm

Here's something interesting. An app that gives you native MXF in all QuickTime applications including FCP. Calibrated Software's unique solution successfully joins the separate video and audio P2 MXF files so that Final Cut Pro sees them all as ONE file - complete with TimeCode and Reel Name. PullDown can also be removed or added for select frame rates. And you're not just limited to Final Cut Pro, you can also natively import files in Compressor, Motion and Sound Track Pro. Not only that but they have also unveiled a DVCPROHD decoder for Windows. This is something our friends across...

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Mac Octo Core RAM upgrade note
By: walter biscardi on May 2, 2008 at 4:46:51 pm

For those of you who are purchasing a new Mac Pro Octo Core and planning to upgrade your RAM after the purchase, be aware that Apple s instructions on upgrading are actually wrong.   In my case, I purchased an Octo Core 3.2 with the minimum 2GB RAM and ordered an 8GB Upgrade Kit from Crucial.   This consists of 2 sticks of 4GB each.   According to Apple s instructions, if you have the standard 2GB RAM configuration (1GB on each Riser) you should install the next pair of RAM equally on each Riser.   So I placed a 4GB stick on Riser...

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Breaking the Speed Limit -- Editing Phantom High-Speed Footage in Final Cut Pro 2 of 2
By: Noah Kadner on Apr 28, 2008 at 8:57:38 am

Once we have the actual shot, we can then control the downloading of footage from the camera using Vision Research’s software. Thus far they’ve only released a version that runs on Windows. In order to preserve the Mac-loving image of Simplemente, we decided to run it on a MacBook Pro with Boot Camp. We can then select the ins and outs of any particular shot. Typically the exact moment you want to save is a tiny fraction of that 6 minute take and the rest is a lot of frames with no activity you can delete. The selected portions are...

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A DiscMakers Lesson: Don't let it happen to you
By: walter biscardi on Apr 17, 2008 at 6:36:53 pm

So a while back I wrote about our new DiscMakers Medley and how it was a so-so DVD Printer / Replicator. http://blogs.creativecow.net/node/402 Well, I have to tell you, this thing is a piece of garbage and if you re considering one of these all in one DVD copier / printers, stay away from anything with the DiscMakers name. To date, we ve been able to duplicate and print about 250 DVD s. Then the printer stopped working. We ve called tech support for approx. 6 straight days. Oh and tech support is not DiscMakers, it s a company called XLNTIDEA...

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FCP Render Issue, might be QT 7.4.1 related
By: walter biscardi on Mar 21, 2008 at 6:41:40 am

We re experiencing a sudden Memory Error issue with Final Cut Pro that has led to bad renders. The issue has been happening on my Mac Pro for about three weeks now and it started happening on our PowerMac G5 Quad 2.5 yesterday. I also checked with a client in New York who is experiencing the same issue. When working on a project and attempting a render, we sometimes get the following error. Most often this error pops up if the system has been running a while, four hours or more, or I m rendering out a full episode of...

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Warner Bros tilts High Def DVD's to Blu-Ray
By: walter biscardi on Mar 20, 2008 at 4:41:14 am

The New York Times reports that Warner Brothers has now lined up in Blu-Ray DVD corner effectively giving the Sony format about 70% of the high definition DVD market. They'll continue to release movies on both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray until May and then switch exclusively over to Blu-Ray. This leaves Universal and Paramount along with Dreamworks as the only major studios backing HD-DVD. As a production company that had to jump into Blu-Ray production in support of one of our clients, this is welcome news for us. I have to say, if you have not seen Pixar's "Cars" and "Rattatoule"...

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Call for Submissions - SFMUG Short Movie Festival - Great Prizes totaling over $2800
By: Giuseppe Quinn on Mar 18, 2008 at 10:13:42 pm

Call for Entries - 2nd Annual SFMUG Short Movie Festival Deadline Physical- Postmarked by 4/16/08 Digital- Uploaded by 4/21/08 Any movie 5 minutes and under, any genre, any topic, but no commercials, industrials, or explicit adult content. Movies do NOT need to be made on Apple Macintosh computers or any specific software. Guidelines http://www.santafemug.org/film_fest/2008_film_festival.html Prizes: Best of the Festival Award - Apple Final Cut Studio 2, Toon Boom Studio 4 & Toon Boom Storyboard 2 Gold Award - Apple Final Cut Express 4, & Aquafadas iDive Silver Award - Aquafadas PulpMotion, Aquafadas BannerZest Pro, Aquafadas VideoPier & $50.00 Apple iTunes...

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Bypassing NAB
By: walter biscardi on Mar 17, 2008 at 8:35:11 pm

Just a note that I ll be bypassing NAB after all this year. Our production schedule is very fluid right now and I just can t justify the cost and time away from the office right now. I was hoping to meet many of you at the Artbeats booth this year, but it ll have to be another day. I will be creating a pretty cool demo for Artbeats that ll be online in April though. Enjoy the show everybody!...

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Why is there Air?
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 16, 2008 at 9:39:14 pm

I was reminded about our MacBook Air conversations (including the comments on a recent post from Walter) by seeing it as one of the minor stories on the cover of Laptop magazine. So I did some poking around the web to see what platform neutral and PC-oriented pubs had to say about Air. By far the most often-cited reason to love it is how cool it looks, and how much fun it is to use. An undeniable sexiness , says Gizmodo. PC Magazine tested it running Vista under Boot Camp, and says it s hard to pass up. The reviewer at...

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Shane makes it look easy
By: Aaron zander on Mar 16, 2008 at 6:51:59 am

Ok, to start, I've been reading about Shane's exploits for a long time on lafcpug here and now on his blog and he's had some interesting rigs involving rubberbands (i seem to remember that was you in a g5 with a rubberbanded set of drives) and now his latest macbeast. Well i've had my mac pro since about a month or so before the octos came out. And Since then I've added a HDD a few times, which started first as a place to put media, than it was a third drive to put music and project files on. then...

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TIME MACHINE...and other things.
By: Shane Ross on Mar 11, 2008 at 11:21:25 pm

Here is the Kona KBox mounted on the back of my IKEA rack. I had to add an extra piece of wood to the side, but the 2U rack brackets fit nicely.Now...onto TIME MACHINE. In my MacPro I have 5 drives. The system drive is in Bay 1, I have three Seagate 500GB drives in the other 3 bays. One stands alone as a work drive, where I store show exports, imported footage and other odd and ends that I transfer to the server. The final two are RAIDED as RAID 0 and I use them to capture media too...

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Mending the Heart
By: Aaron zander on Mar 5, 2008 at 3:20:42 pm

this is in response to shane ross, who if you don't know, is a leader for FCP users here and several other major websites. he posted in my previous blog I agree that FCP can work very very well but let me ask you the following questions: Do your computer run on more than a gig of ram, a lot of the ones I work on at the computer labs I work at do not which is a problem. Are your computers built and run to just do that kind of work, or do you have people doing flash, photo...

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NEW SYSTEM Part 7: Install, part 2
By: Shane Ross on Mar 5, 2008 at 9:16:12 am

Here it is. It took me a while to get this post up because...well, I am beat. I spent last weekend finishing the desk...and taking the remaining wood and unused scraps to make THREE bird houses...well, help my daughters make them. Kids demanding their dad s time...how can I refuse? So that was Saturday.But I am jumping ahead a little. The computer arrived on Thursday, Feb 28...a day ahead of schedule. I jumped for joy at work when my wife called. And when I got home from work...and after a quick meal...I put my full attention onto this machine. Installing...

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Blu-ray drives in MacBooks soon, or...
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 2, 2008 at 7:52:18 am

...or so some observers believed in 2006!  This was upon the news of the second laptop to include Blu-ray drives, this one from Dell. And why not? When Apple joined the Blu-ray Disc Association in 2005, they said they were committed to promoting the format. Seen anything to back that up since then? Anything? I think Dell makes better computers than a lot of people think, and you certainly have them to thank for the idea of truly custom configurations and computer sales over the internet, both of which they practiced years before many others did. But their stuff is...

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NEW SYSTEM Part 6: Install, part 1
By: Shane Ross on Feb 29, 2008 at 11:26:13 pm

OK...the good news is that the ATI X1900 XT card works in the new Mac Pro. All that was needed is for the firmware update to be run on it. The bad news is that this update cannot be run on the current machine. The machine will say this update is not needed, which is complete crap! What you have to do is find someone with a PREVIOUS Mac Pro, like the April 2007 model, have them install the card and run the update. Then the card will work. That is exactly what I did...I had my buddy Patrick Sheffield...

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UNINSTALL FINAL CUT STUDIO
By: Shane Ross on Feb 29, 2008 at 2:45:26 pm

If you have ever wanted to uninstall Final Cut Studio (FCS), for whatever reason, doing so was a bit of a challenge. If you are like me, you don t know where all of the components and extras that FCS installs are located, or what half of them are even called. Now there is a way to do this. Jon Chappell, a contributing member of the Apple Final Cut Pro forums, has developed a small handy little application that finds and removes all the components Final Cut Studio installs. It is called the FCS REMOVER. Now I haven t tested...

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NEW SYSTEM Part 5: Arrival!
By: Shane Ross on Feb 29, 2008 at 8:55:08 am

IT S HERE! It was supposed to be delivered tomorrow, but it got here a day early. I was tracking it on FedEx and it seemed to be sitting idle in Fort Worth Texas...it was there for a while. But then I looked up the tracking number just after lunch yesterday and suddenly it was in Sun Valley CA (here in the Valley, close to Burbank Airport) and on the truck to be delivered! I called my wife...she was going to be out of the house from 11:45 to 3:00...and sure enough, that was when the delivery occurred. But then...

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NEW SYSTEM Part 4: Shipping
By: Shane Ross on Feb 29, 2008 at 8:49:21 am

Quick update. My MacPro is finally shipping. And it turns out that I will be getting the original machine I ordered. Even though my dealer bent over backwards to get me the older version of the MacPro, I will be getting the new machine. Why? Well, the XSAN we will be getting will be running Leopard, so the fact that my machine will be running Leopard as well can only be good. And this saves me a few hundred bucks too...which is also a good thing. I am still tracking the progress of the shipment at Apple ...building the excitement....

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New MacBook Pro and MacBooks released
By: walter biscardi on Feb 26, 2008 at 7:52:45 pm

Apple released some nice speed bumps on both the MacBook and MacBook Pro lines. Can t remember the last time both versions of the laptops got updates on the same day. MacBook: 2.1Ghz, 1GB RAM, 120GB HD $1099 2.4Ghz, 2GB RAM, 160GB HD, SuperDrive White $1299 2.4Ghz Black, 2GB RAM, 250GB HD, SuperDrive $1499 (larger harddrive) MacBook Pro: (all have SuperDrive with the spiffy new multi-touch pad) 2.4Ghz, 2GB RAM, 200GB HD $1999 2.5Ghz 15 , 2GB RAM, 250GB HD $2499 2.5Ghz 17 , 2GB RAM, 250GB HD $2799 Nice update all around, but if you have a one year...

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My broken heart
By: Aaron zander on Feb 20, 2008 at 4:42:44 am

This is something i wrote in another forum about Phenomenon apple s new compositor. it s sad. i trouble shoot fcp daily...actually..a lot more than that. they do such a sh*t job of making apps. really they do. I have NO faith in any major app they release with the spotty work they have done since i got into their proapps fcp 4.5 was THE most stable fcp ever, 5.0 went down the hole, 5.1 showed a resemblance of coming back to ok, and to say that i ve been happy with fcs2 and all that has happened around that...

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Hello Apple! BluRay is the Winner! How about it?
By: walter biscardi on Feb 18, 2008 at 6:52:47 pm

Hello Apple Engineers! Word is Toshiba is dropping HD-DVD. BluRay is the winner by a knockout! So how about including BluRay authoring support in DVD Studio Pro now? I mean hasn't Apple been on the BluRay side of things since the format was announced? Doesn't Compressor already create files for both HD-DVD and BluRay? Don't BluRay burners for the Mac already exist? Why am I asking so many questions? For some reason, despite Compressor supporting BluRay and HD-DVD, despite BluRay burners being available for the Mac, despite Apple supporting the BluRay format (how I'm not sure), we can't author BluRay...

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NEW SYSTEM Part 3: The Pickle
By: Shane Ross on Feb 16, 2008 at 4:39:45 pm

Ongoing discussion at the Apple FCP forum.I am in a pickle. And goes to show that even people who are FCP Gurus and forum leaders aren t infallible.OK...the situation thus far. I needed a MacPro 3.0Ghz that was to be included in a Tiger SAN network running XSAN. The new MacPros...the one I ordered, do not come with Tiger installed, they come with Leopard. In fact, they are designed to work with Leopard and Apple highly recommends AGAINST installing previous OS versions on the newer machines as they might not function properly. They are designed to work with the new...

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NEW SYSTEM: The Apple Thread
By: Shane Ross on Feb 15, 2008 at 10:23:42 pm

Well, I am still awaiting my MacPro. Everything else has arrived: Kona 3 with K-BOX, HD10AVA, RAM, X1900XT Graphics card...heck, I even bought the pieces to the desk I intend to build today. I am discussing the arrival of my machine on this thread on the Apple forums. Trying to build tension, and have fun discussions that aren t meant to solve issues.I ll post desk pics when I get the thing together. I bought various pieces at Ikea, but the design will be unique....

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MXO NOW NVIDIA COMPATIBLE
By: Shane Ross on Feb 14, 2008 at 9:32:15 am

With the most recent Mac OS Update, OSX 10.5.2, the Matrox MXO is now compatible with all Mac models, INCLUDING the new MacBook Pros. Finally.To get this to work, the following is REQUIRED:Update to Leopard 10.5.2Then Update to Leopard Graphic Update 1.0Then install the Matrox MXO 2.1.1 drivers.This has been tested by Matrox and according to them, it works. This has always been a thorn in my side, as I try to recommend this great box, only to have to tell people, sorry, it doesn t work with the new MacBook Pro models. Well now it does. Wheeee! EDIT: Well,...

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NEW SYSTEM
By: Shane Ross on Feb 11, 2008 at 12:34:36 pm

(Freemont Street light show - I was in Vegas this weekend)I am on the verge of buying a new edit system for my next project, so I thought that I d take this opportunity to talk about setting up a good working system. Unfortunately I won t get into exact details on OS versions and QT versions, because that is information that I and others keep closely guarded as this is information we use for consulting. But I would like to explain the general steps and reasons for those steps.First off, lemme get into the specs of the system. This...

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Apple Drops NAB, follows Avid's lead for good
By: walter biscardi on Feb 7, 2008 at 5:20:43 pm

So after dropping NAB once then reappearing, Apple has decided to join Avid and skip the NAB show floor altogether. This is an incredibly disappointing decision for a company that supposedly supports over 800,000+ Final Cut Pro users and countless other pro-apps users. NAB and IBC are the two shows each year where professionals, such as myself, can get the opportunity to see and try out the equipment and software we're all going to purchase for the coming year. People like myself spend thousands of dollars on these purchases and I have always found NAB to be particularly useful in...

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Aharon Rabinowitz on NPR!
By: walter biscardi on Feb 5, 2008 at 9:38:50 am

I ve found out that our very own Aharon Rabinowitz is now doing occassional Technology reports for NPR! How exciting is that?! He s done one report and hopefully this will lead to many more. As someone who has gained a LOT of knowledge from this guy with all his After Effects tutorials and training, I want to congratulate him on this latest achievement. Hopefully this is just the first of many reports we can expect to hear from Aharon. Congratulations buddy!!! For those who haven t heard his first report yet, http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18617289...

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SupaWipe for Final Cut Pro 6.0.2! SupaGreat!
By: walter biscardi on Jan 29, 2008 at 11:06:14 pm

Peter Wiggins has released his newest creation for Final Cut Pro called SupaWipe! Ok, we ve all had to create sliding graphics in order to create custom wipes. You know, you do an edge wipe underneath a graphic that you slide over the transition to make it appear as if the graphic is actually doing the wipe. Well, this is what SupaWipe does all as one transition! Peter supplies you with a bunch of preset graphics like an airplane and construction tape, but the really really cool thing is, you can use your own graphics. Anything you ve created and...

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Tabs in Final Cut Pro. Use Them!
By: walter biscardi on Jan 29, 2008 at 6:14:12 pm

So you want to work more efficiently in Final Cut Pro? Well I have just the answer for you, Tabs! Yeah, those things you see in the corner of every window. They can make your life so much easier if you would only use them. Here, let me show you how in my newest tutorial! http://library.creativecow.net/articles/biscardi_walter/tabs/video-tutorial .php...

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DiscMakers Medley a so-so DVD Replicator / printer
By: walter biscardi on Jan 29, 2008 at 5:21:25 am

For those of you who followed my blog about the issues with the Primera Bravo II DVD Replicator printer, you know that I purchased a DiscMakers Medley unit to replace it. http://blogs.creativecow.net/node/330 Well, while DiscMakers claimed the print quality of this unit would be equal to the Bravo II, in reality it isn't. This is disappointing because they both feature the same printing unit from Lexmark. The difference appears to be in the Bravo II drivers as there are many more options available to the user to achieve incredibly sharp text and good solid colors. What was printed as a...

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Power to the iPhone people!
By: walter biscardi on Jan 28, 2008 at 6:09:57 pm

So according to a new Reuters article, over 1/4 of the Apple iPhones sold in 2007 have gone missing by the end of the year.  In other words, they have been unlocked and are running on other networks.   Maybe they don t want to be snooped on by at t (see related blog entry) or maybe they just want to be able to choose which phone they want to use on which network.  Gee, that s an original concept! http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22887583/ Maybe there should be an iPhone hackers convention like the internet hackers convention.  Which, of course, doesn t really exist,...

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Links to full Quicktime package installers
By: Shane Ross on Jan 28, 2008 at 2:41:12 pm

HUGE THANKS goes to Scott Simmons over at the Edit Blog. If you have trouble with ANY recent Quicktime update...specifically QT 7.4 or QT 7.3, The solution is to go back to a previous version of Quicktime. Apple still hosts them, and Scott dug them up. The name of the link has the version number is listed in the link. And if you don t want to do an Archive and Install of the old OS, you can use Pacifist to remove QT before you install the one you want. http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/quicktime731forleopard.html http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/quicktime731fortiger.html http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/quicktime731forpanther.html http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/quicktime72formac.html http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/quicktime716formac.html http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/quicktime652formac.html...

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Shane's MacWorld 2008 Wrap Up.
By: Shane Ross on Jan 28, 2008 at 7:29:25 am

When Steve Jobs was giving his keynote speech for MacWorld 2008, my buddy Jared and I were standing in the CalDigit booth, both of us staring at our iPhones...parked on the MacRumors site and reading the announcements as they came. That s right...we BOTH had our iPhones out. Wy didn t we just look at one and conserve the other s battery? We were excited. WE ARE MAC ADDICTS! And last year the keynote was exciting. But, with each announcement, our excitement faded. iPhone update? OK...cool. Now I can make my icons dance. Now what? Oh, I can find where...

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AT&T to monitor your network use
By: walter biscardi on Jan 28, 2008 at 7:27:19 am

Interesting news from the MSNBC website that at t now plans to monitor all internet use by users of their networks. Which of course will include all 4 milion+ iPhone users. at t claims they will be looking to stop illegal copyright sharing and such, but they will have full, carte blanche access to review all your emails, all your internet surfing and instant chat messages. Now of course all ISP s have the ability to review anything you do, but at t has come out said they are absolutely going to keep an eye on everything you do. Kind...

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Still Image export of DVCPro HD broken in FCP 6.0.2
By: walter biscardi on Jan 24, 2008 at 9:49:37 am

I have just noticed that exporting a still image from a DVCPro HD 720/60 timeline in FCP 6.0.2 yield a choppy, pixelated mess. Definitely wasn t the case with FCP 6.0 and I don t think it was a problem in 6.0.1 either. I also noticed that the images are not being exported in the true DVCPro HD aspect ratio either. Generally when you export an image, it will show up in another application at the same 960x720 frame size as the original, but upon opening the image in Photoshop or Preview, the image is now 1280x720. I would expect...

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Best AirBook Accessory EVER!
By: Tim Wilson on Jan 21, 2008 at 6:49:10 am

Seriously. Check it out. Be sure to click on the image to see a close-up detail. The story comes courtesy of Steve Jobs. His blog and The COW are all the internet you need....

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Biscardi Creative delivers "Green Evangelicals" for The Weather Channel
By: walter biscardi on Jan 19, 2008 at 4:27:57 pm

1/19/2008 SUGAR HILL, GEORGIA Biscardi Creative Media provided primary post production for the feature story, Green Evangelicals airing on The Weather Channel s Forecast Earth tonight. Artist Walter Biscardi, Jr. worked closely with Producer Bruce Burkhardt and The Weather Channel production team to bring the story together. Using Final Cut Pro 6 with the AJA Kona 3 capture card, Biscardi integrated BetaSP, DVCAM and DVD material into an uncompressed, widescreen standard definition timeline. He also created original graphics and motion graphics in Photoshop After Effects.  The Weather Channel added all final lower thirds to the show. This was our first...

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ModBook named Best of Show at MacWorld....
By: Tim Wilson on Jan 18, 2008 at 9:35:32 am

...in, uhm, 2007. It really did make a huge splash at that show: in addition to MacWorld naming it best of show, I love this article from Ars Technica called ModBook Rules MacWorld. It s easy to see why - this is the super cool thing that Apple should have released this year...if not last year...if not before. Yeah, yeah, laptops get all the buzz right now, but I m telling you, tablets have been rocking the PC world for years because for a dramatic part of the laptop market, tablets work so much better. By such a long shot...

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The MacBook Air as a Final Cut Pro video editing machine
By: Paul Escandon on Jan 18, 2008 at 8:18:03 am

Everyone is talking about the new MacBook Air that was announced by His Jobsness yesterday at Macworld 2008 in San Francisco. I think you ll find that the majority of people s initial reactions are not glowing and positive as is the buzz with most newly announced Apple products. Yesterday was a far cry from the fan fare surrounding the iPhone announcement last year at Macworld or even all-but-forgotten Mac Mini in 05. I m a professional video editor so I m going to be looking at the product from this specific professional point of view and trying to see...

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The iPod as a timecode slate
By: Scott Simmons on Jan 16, 2008 at 10:48:28 am

Originally posted on The Editblog . I recently got suckered into a low budget music video. How low budget? The decision was made not to hire an audio person for playback. Without that audio person it meant there would be no audio master made for the song and no timecode slate for syncing later in post. What was the solution? Use an iPod with video and make our own timecode slate! We dropped the audio into a timeline and then applied a timecode generator to a slug for one version of the song and color bars to another. This was...

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HEY APPLE! I love Media Manager
By: David Battistella on Jan 16, 2008 at 10:47:07 am

OK. I am going out on a limb, but I am going to say it out loud and on the World Wide Web. I love MEDIA MANGER IN FCP. I am sure that you are all hearing the sounds of people hitting the floor, but it is true: I think that the Media Manager in FCP rocks. I am a bit sick of people bitching about the MM in FCP but I have to say that I have become a student of it and I have been using it to my advantage. I think that the biggest problem with MM...

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Video tutorial - Final Cut Pro bleach bypass film look
By: Paul Escandon on Jan 16, 2008 at 10:39:49 am

Hey everyone - I just finished my first tutorial here with a new site I am starting ProVideoSchool.com. Please check it out and feel free to comment. (not sure if I can do embeds here so if not, I ll post the direct links. Also, these and future video posts can be seen on my other blog site, www.paulescandon.com/blog) http://www.paulescandon.com/blog/?p=21 http://vimeo.com/313140 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPoeSSVeKis The tutorial is how to achieve a quick and dirty bleach bypass look using nothing but the Final Cut Pro color correction filters....

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Final Cut Pro 6.0.2 Option / Snapping Workaround
By: walter biscardi on Jan 16, 2008 at 10:35:30 am

For those of you, like me, frustrated with Final Cut Pro 6.0.2 turning on Snapping when you try to Option+Click a clip , Apple has a workaround. Actually, the FCP team steered me to it. Read this closely: Ensure Snapping is turned OFF in your timeline. Hold the Option key as you select and begin to drag either Audio or Video of the clip As soon as you are dragging the edit point RELEASE the Option key. Did you read that last part closely? I didn t the first time and it didn t work. So Option Click your clip...

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MacWorld Keynote a little Ho-Hum for me. You?
By: walter biscardi on Jan 15, 2008 at 12:29:59 pm

I don t know, maybe I m missing something here, but overall, the announcements are a bit ho-hum for me. Super thin laptop , ok, but I would have preferred a mini laptop, something smaller like the size of a portable DVD player. Movie downloads , ok Netflix was already doing that. Time Capsule , ok the Mac Mini re-branded as something else Am I missing something here. Haven t seen the entire keynote yet, but nothing really jumps out and says Dang! I have to have that! Walter Biscardi, Jr. www.biscardicreative.com...

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Mac Pro (8 core) RAM available on 3rd party sites
By: walter biscardi on Jan 15, 2008 at 5:50:25 am

While spec ing a new Mac Pro (8 core) system today, I found that RAM is now available at 3rd party sites. At www.crucial.com it s almost 50% less than Apple s pricing. 4GB RAM at Crucial - $269 4GB RAM through Apple Store with Mac Pro - $500 www.edgetechcorp.com has the same RAM for $229, though they only list the 3.0ghz as the top of the line machine, not the 3.2Ghz so I would check with them before purchase. Other World Computing (www.macsales.com) has their own RAM for $249.99 Nice to see the 3rd party sites have caught up...

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MacWorld Mini-Laptops? You heard it here before!
By: walter biscardi on Jan 14, 2008 at 4:57:21 pm

The big buzz leading into tomorrow s keynote speech from Steve Jobs at MacWorld is the potential announcement of a mini-laptop, possibly along the size of a portable DVD player or smaller. Just a reminder that we have discussed this very scenario back in March of 2007 right here on this blog!   http://blogs.creativecow.net/node/59 Back then it was just a what if question. Now it s possibly a reality in less than one year from that entry. I m really curious to see if our discussion turns out to be a winner tomorrow!...

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Apple buying Adobe? Again.
By: Tim Wilson on Jan 14, 2008 at 6:12:04 am

Robert Cringely is one of the higher profile tech pundits, and like all pundits, is only barely credible based on predictions coming to pass. But he brings up again the possibility of Apple buying Adobe .  Actually, he says flat out it s going to happen. His reasons are a teensy bit more interesting this time, plus inside sources, but I wasn t persuaded before and I m not now. He uses the Final Touch acquisition as an example of Apple s commitment to pro apps, and it is...but Final Touch wasn t a $36 billion purchase, as Adobe is...

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Macworld 2008
By: Shane Ross on Jan 14, 2008 at 4:49:01 am

MACWORLD Yup...I m going. And I will be working for the same company I have been all year...CalDigit. And they will have new and exciting products they will be announcing. Pretty cool ones. I ll talk more about them after the show, or during the show AFTER the announcement. So I ll be at the booth. Not in my NEON ORANGE shirt they made me wear last year. Ugh. Nope...Navy Blue. Whew. Much better. And I ll be giving two demos while working the booth. The P2 workflow with FCP 6 and a field package...and utilizing an I/O HD in...

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Apple follows Avid's lead at NAB 2008?
By: walter biscardi on Jan 10, 2008 at 2:14:03 pm

So first we hear of Avid s pulling off the NAB 2008 Show Floor. During a lively debate in the Business and Marketing Forum, one Cow user noted that Apple had suddenly disappeared from the Show Floor Exhibit Map. I was looking over the Exhibitor List and Apple is not listed there either. So by all outward appearances, Apple has pulled out of NAB 2008 as well. At least off the main Show Floor. Now Avid has been known to have had cash flow issues over the past few years as Apple s Final Cut Pro has made huge inroads...

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Internet Killed the Video Star
By: Aharon Rabinowitz on Jan 10, 2008 at 7:41:48 am

Hi everyone - I ve been pretty silent for the last few months because I ve been hard at work on a new Creative Cow Master Series DVD - Internet Killed the Video Star: A guide to Creating Video for the Web. The 4.5 hour DVD will be available very shortly. Feel free to spread the word. Here s the basic description of the DVD: Whether you’re posting video for a client, putting your demo reel on-line, creating a video podcast, or building video training for the web, the Internet is conspiring to keep your work from looking its best....

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Multiple Track Example from FCP
By: walter biscardi on Jan 3, 2008 at 6:28:17 am

In response to a query in the Final Cut Pro Basics forum, here s an example of why we would use more than one video track in FCP. This is an older project from 2003 hence all the video is offline, but it shows 17 track of video in use. Why? Because there is a lot of compositing and overlays going on to create an urban / gritty look requested by the Producer. When I get a chance, I ll pull a screen grab of this scene, but for the moment, as best as I can remember, here s what...

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at&t: Faster iPhone in 2008
By: walter biscardi on Nov 30, 2007 at 4:33:31 am

Well of course Apple would never say anything in advance, but thanks to the CEO of at t, we know for certain an iPhone that can run on the 3G high speed internet networks will be out in 2008 . No word on the exact date of availability or the cost, but at least it s something. This is what I ve been waiting for personally, although I hope the new phone will also have at least 16GB of storage as well. Full Story: http://www.ajc.com/business/content/business/stories/2007/11/29/ATT_iPhone_ 1130.html...

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More advice on software upgrades
By: Tim Wilson on Nov 12, 2007 at 9:08:49 pm

First, I want to underscore Shane Ross s outstanding, super-critical advice on upgrading your operating system. Although he wrote it in the context of upgrades to Leopard affecting your Final Cut Pro installation, it applies much more broadly of course. What he recommends is the right thing to do for any OS update, on either platform. (Yo, Mac users...of whom I m one. Following Shane s directions, the upgrade to Vista is smooth as silk. Certainly no more disruptive than OS 10.2, less disruptive than the migration to Intel architecture, and FAR less disruptive than the first OS X....which doesn...

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Apple Color - What it can do.
By: walter biscardi on Oct 27, 2007 at 7:00:08 am

So there's been a lot of talk on the forums lately about Magic Bullet Looks now being available for use in editing systems and I'm even going to try it out shortly myself. But for those of you with Final Cut Studio 2, keep in mind you have probably the most powerful color grading software available for desktop computers in Color just sitting there . Yeah it's not perfect, there are some issues to work around, but I have to admit, even with the issues, the end results are nothing short of stunning. I thought I would share some before...

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Stop Staring, Start Grading with Apple Color! Now Taking Orders!
By: walter biscardi on Oct 10, 2007 at 3:59:40 pm

Hi all, At long last, my traning DVD for Apple's Color is now taking orders!  If you've been staring at this incredible color grading software for a while, it's time to start using it!  "Stop Staring, Start Grading with Apple Color" is what you need to get going. Here's the sales page with all the details and an incredibly cool trailer.   It's my absolute pleasure to bring this title to you guys! http://library.creativecow.net/articles/biscardi_walter/stopstaring.php  Enjoy! ...

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Shooting an NPPL Live paintball event next weekend
By: Paul Escandon on Sep 13, 2007 at 12:45:52 pm

Next weekend I’m going to be travelling to Kansas City, MO to shoot an NPPL paintball event that is going to be broadcast live over the Internet on www.nppllive.com .  This is going to be the first time that I’m going to be working an event like this and I’m looking forward to the run-and-gun shoot, edit, and deliver process that we’re going to have going. Basically, the event is streamed live over the Internet with a production switcher that I imagine handles 3 or 4 camera angles. Since there is down time during the day that would normally translate...

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DRM: Updates from Apple, EMI, Microsoft and more
By: Tim Wilson on Sep 13, 2007 at 2:21:53 am

I ll be honest, I thought Steve Jobs was blowing smoke when he encouraged the end of DRM. I still think the timing around the unfair business practices investigations in the EU is way, way too convenient to be a coincidence. It really did have all the hallmarks of a diversion and little more. So I ll give him all the credit in the world for actually making it happen. You ve heard the news by now of course, but I have to tell you, reading the transcript from the press conference with Steve and the guy from EMI is...

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Of leopards, rumors and getting it right
By: Tim Wilson on Sep 13, 2007 at 2:15:42 am

So on March 23 we hear that Leopard s coming in October rather than spring, to wait for Vista compatibility. Later that day, Apple s official response is that we don t respond to rumors. The same day, someone says that Apple says Leopard ll come out on time. Three weeks later Appple announces that Leopard is coming out in October, but the reason is iPhone, not Boot Camp. So there you go. Wait . Did somebody say they re delaying Leopard to wait for Vista compatibility?!?! Taipei-based DigiTimes was first on the scene . On March 23, they cited...

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See, I don't need the iPhone!
By: walter biscardi on Sep 10, 2007 at 11:08:07 am

See, I m so glad I didn t rush out for the iPhone. Now I can keep my little Razr phone that I like and get the iPod for everything else. Very cool! http://www.apple.com/ipodtouch/...

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The company that does it right: Apple
By: Aanarav Sareen on Sep 10, 2007 at 11:07:19 am

Yes, an Apple post... In times when technology is changing every second, it is hard to find a company that does a good job, in terms of customer service and customer retention. Today, one day after the iPhone price reduction, Apple CEO, Steve Jobs wrote this letter: http://www.apple.com/hotnews/openiphoneletter/ To sum up the article: Anyone who purchased the iPhone prior to the $200 price drop will get a $100 store credit, retail or online. Even though I don t own an iPhone, I have to say that I am excited about companies that still treat their customers this well and focus...

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Early iPhone buyers get $100 credit
By: walter biscardi on Sep 10, 2007 at 11:06:26 am

If you purchased an 8GB version of the iPhone right off the bat, Apple is offering you a $100 credit since they ve already cut the price of the phone by $200. http://money.cnn.com/2007/09/06/technology/iphone_price/index.htm?cnn=yes.. .

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Jonathan Demme's "Man from Plains" Premieres, BCM provides assist
By: walter biscardi on Sep 8, 2007 at 4:11:30 am

SUGAR HILL, GA9/8/2007 Jonathan Demme s new documentary, Man From Plains , about former President Jimmy Carter had its World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 7th, 2007. The film received a two minute standing ovation and will next be presented at the Toronto Film Festival with the Carters in attendance on Monday, September 10th. The film is an intimate two-hour portrayal of the 39th President set against the backdrop of Carter s Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid book tour. Biscardi Creative Media, located just outside Atlanta, Georgia provided extensive production support for this project working with Producer Gary...

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Pulling your Internet Connection for too much use!
By: walter biscardi on Sep 7, 2007 at 3:51:01 am

So MSNBC.com has a story about Comcast pulling the accounts of internet users who hog too much bandwith. Wait a minute. How many of you have seen those ads on TV or in your magazines / newspapers? Cable offers you Unlimited Access. High Speed. Downloads 50% faster than dial-up. And so on. But now if you actually try to use too much of these services, you might get cut off. Comcast says they re trying to make sure everyone can access the internet properly. Well, then either improve your bandwith capabilities or make it VERY CLEAR what you are and...

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iPhone slashed $200
By: walter biscardi on Sep 5, 2007 at 4:53:36 pm

Almost lost in the new iPod rollout was the price slash by $200 on the 8GB iPhone and the discontinuation of the 4GB model.  I m quite surprised Apple dropped the price so quickly, but according to Steve Jobs, they want the phone to be in a lot of stockings this christmas. Still don t agree with their decision to lock the phone to AT T (the hack workaround not for the faint of heart) as they would most likely sold double or triple the devices if it was an open phone for all networks. But glad to see the...

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500 hours to an unlocked iPhone
By: walter biscardi on Aug 26, 2007 at 11:24:54 am

When I was 17 and it was summer, that generally meant lazy days out by the pool with friends. For George Holz, it was 500 hours to unlock an iPhone so it can run on any carrier, not just AT T. The times they are a changin! Along with a secretive group of online collaborators, the 17-year-old broke the restrictions that make Apple Inc. s iPhone, arguably the hottest gadget of the year, work only on AT T Inc. s cellular network. The feat took him 500 hours, or about 8 hours a day since the iPhone s June 29...

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Serious Apple Mac Collector!
By: walter biscardi on Aug 21, 2007 at 5:52:46 pm

Now here s a guy with a serious love of All Things Apple! Over 100 Apple computers from the classics to today in his basement! http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/ptech/08/08/mac-collector.ap/index.html...

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Biscardi Facility overhaul with Bob Zelin
By: walter biscardi on Aug 18, 2007 at 2:46:45 am

So I just have to pass along this wonderful experience we ve had and it really underscores the tremendous community we have here at Creative COW. For about a year I ve been contemplating an upgrade to our facility to make it more efficient. When I started in 2001 I had one edit suite and hoped to add a 2nd one at a later date. In 2003 we expanded to that 2nd suite and I was eventually able to get a full sized rack unit to hold all my tape decks, my computer and some storage. It worked pretty well...

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Blu-Ray Players, shop wisely
By: walter biscardi on Aug 17, 2007 at 7:08:51 pm

Hi all. We're entering the wonderful world of Blu-Ray authoring and with it, we've discovered that not all Blu-Ray DVD Players are created equal. To author our discs, we have to use BD-R media, as in Blu Ray Disc Recordable. We're using Sony Discs and to my surprise, my $999 Sony Blu Ray player does NOT support BD-R. Worst part about it is we purchased this machine two months ago, it's been used a total of one hour, and Best Buy will not let me exchange it for a machine that does support BD-R. I even said I don't care...

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Cool down your Mac Pro
By: walter biscardi on Aug 17, 2007 at 7:08:01 pm

A technology company I regularly talk to told me about this cool little tool that can really help keep your Mac Pro cooler by increasing the Fan RPM s inside the box. What s really nice is that the change in RPM is completely silent. It s freeware called SMS FanControl and it s up to version 2.1.2. After installation you simply set the RPM you want for the various regions of the machine. In the case of the Mac Pro there are four regions and the default for these regions are 500 - 600 RPM. The folks suggested I...

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Fake Steve Jobs revealed!
By: Tim Wilson on Aug 6, 2007 at 4:52:40 am

I ve made no secret that I think Fake Steve Jobs has the funniest blog on the web, and that he s also a consistently outstanding (and entertaining) source of Apple news and commentary, and uncannily accurate predictions. Today, he unmasked himself as Dan Lyons, a senior editor at Forbes who lives in the Boston area. As that article notes, he was contacted by the New York Times Brad Stone, who d noted strong similarities with the blog Lyons keeps at Forbes. And WHERE did Brad unmask Steve? Why, at the NYT s Bits blog of course. Needless to say,...

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iPhone makes the cake...but Apple makes the battery
By: Tim Wilson on Jul 31, 2007 at 6:35:34 am

From Fake Steve Jobs , who remains the absolute best resource for Apple information, and by far the funniest blog on the web:   The nice folks at Sugarcat Cakes sent along this photo of their latest cake creation. They call it the Jesus Cake. Feeds a whole party of hungry geeks, but alas, you can't remove the battery.   You know that you can't remove and replace the iPhone battery yourself, right? Just like the iPod, you have to send it to Apple, and pay $79 plus $6.95 for shipping for them to ship it yourself. On top of...

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Apple iPhone can apparently be hacked
By: walter biscardi on Jul 23, 2007 at 6:28:06 am

According to a newspaper article in today s Atlanta Journal Constitution , a security group claims the iPhone can be easily hacked to retrieve personal information. According to the article: A team of computer security consultants say they have found a flaw in Apple s popular new iPhone that allows them to take control of the device. The researchers, working for Independent Security Evaluators, a company that tests its clients computer security by hacking it, said that they could take control of iPhones through a WiFi connection or by tricking users into going to a Web site that contains malicious...

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Apple in Best Buy
By: walter biscardi on Jul 18, 2007 at 3:46:29 am

Went to my local Best Buy last night just before closing and found signs for the Apple Shop - Now Open!. Lo and behold, the store has what looks like a mini Apple Store in the computer section with a full lineup of MacBook, MacBook Pro and iMac product line. There were also a few accessories but I did not notice how much software they had as it was just before closing. Best Buy has been selling Apple computers on line for some time now so it s great to see them move the products into the stores. Not sure...

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Harry Potter in 3D IMAX, um sort of......
By: walter biscardi on Jul 12, 2007 at 3:58:43 am

I was really looking forward to seeing the new Harry Potter film in IMAX next week and even the fact that they had digitally enhanced it into 3D wasn t all that disappointing. Until I read an article about how once again, as they did in Superman Returns, only approx. 20 minutes of the film is actually in 3D. The finale. So I m going to skip the IMAX presentation because quite honestly, putting on 3D glasses at the end of a film (on cue) will simply break the experience for me. Either make a film in 3D or don...

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Cheaper iPhone by fourth quarter?
By: walter biscardi on Jul 11, 2007 at 2:33:26 am

In a report from today s Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Fresh off the launch of its much-hyped iPhone, Apple may be preparing to offer a less expensive version that could be used with several wireless carriers, a telecommunications industry analyst says. ...new model could sell for less than $300.... to be based on Apple s iPod Nano music player,.... , Full article here: http://www.ajc.com/business/content/business/stories/2007/07/10/iphone_0711 .html Personally, I m waiting for the original iPhone to drop in price and hopefully work with a faster internet service. I have used AT T for about 8 years now through their various name changes with my cell...

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Apple Color Testing Part 1 - DVCPro HD 1080i/50
By: walter biscardi on Jun 22, 2007 at 6:33:00 am

I ve started my in-depth testing with Apple s Color and my first tests show that DVCPro HD 1080i/50 material is a major problem in Color. Test One: I opened Color and brought in a 1080i/50 DVCPro HD clip to a timeline.1 - The clip shows as 1920x1080 DVCPro HD and not 1440x1080 like it should.2 - I cannot select DVCPro HD for the codec anywhere.3 - I cannot set the Frame Rate to 25. It is greyed out in 23.98. UPDATE - This was operator error, frame rate needs to be set before adding a clip. 4 - What...

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Apple Color Testing Part 2 - 1080i/60 DVCPro HD
By: walter biscardi on Jun 22, 2007 at 6:32:28 am

My tests on DVCPro HD 1080i/60 Material Test One: I opened Color and brought in a 1080i/60 DVCPro HD clip to a timeline.1 - The clip shows as 1920x1080 DVCPro HD and not 1280x1080 like it should.2 - I cannot select DVCPro HD for the codec anywhere.3 - I cannot set the Frame Rate to 29.97. It is greyed out in 23.98. UPDATE - This was operator error, frame rate needs to be set before adding a clip. 4 - I could not render out a DVCPro HD File, the option to render out in “Original Format” is greyed out.Now...

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Apple Color Testing Part 3 - 720p/60 DVCPro HD
By: walter biscardi on Jun 22, 2007 at 6:31:53 am

My tests on DVCPro HD 720p/60 Material Test One: I opened Color and brought in a 720p/60 DVCPro HD clip to a timeline.1 - The clip shows as 1280x720 DVCPro HD and not 960x720 like it should.2 - I cannot select DVCPro HD for the codec anywhere.3 - I cannot set the Frame Rate to 59.94. It is greyed out in 23.98. UPDATE - This was operator error, frame rate needs to be set before adding a clip. 4 - I could not render out a DVCPro HD File, the option to render out in “Original Format” is greyed out.Now...

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Final Cut 6 False "Shift Fields" error
By: walter biscardi on Jun 18, 2007 at 5:41:04 am

When opening high definition projects created and finished in Final Cut Pro 5.1.4, FCP 6 is giving me what I consider a false Shift Fields error. Now the problem with this error is that I know for a fact that the Shift Fields filters was not applied anywhere in any of the HD projects I m opening. So I have been answering No to this message each time and have had no issues with playback of anything in the timeline. We are not getting this warning when opening a standard definition project. I have seen some posts in the forums...

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My fault AJA Io HD might be delayed
By: walter biscardi on Jun 15, 2007 at 6:25:36 pm

Me and my big mouth! I innocently asked if the folks at AJA could make a few tweaks to the unit so it could REALLY be useful in the edit suite. I think they took my prototype to heart so it s probably my fault if the unit ships late. I think it ll be worth the wait though, I may never leave the edit suite again!...

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Sprint supports Mac OS 10 for Wireless Broadband
By: walter biscardi on Jun 12, 2007 at 6:07:58 am

So I ll be the first to admit, I m not a fan of the Blackberry. Really don t need that thing strapped to my waist at all times so I can answer an email at a moment s notice. Don t want to deal with that little tiny keyboard and besides, better than half the emails I recieve require some sort of document to be sent back to the recipient, which resides on my laptop. My wife convinced me to take some needed time off and we traveled to the Pittsburgh area for a great visit with her grandparents....

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Fun with WWDC predictions
By: Tim Wilson on Jun 11, 2007 at 4:54:00 am

Check this out: The Unofficial Apple Weblog features an AppleScript for opening major WWDC news sites!!!   Anyway, I ve been meaning to get to this for-freakin-ever, but here we are. It s the morning of Apple s Worldwide Developer s Conference. There was a time when this was nothing but code geeks and the like, getting their dev ducks in a row. It has since become a key venue for rolling out products and announcements. Some of these have been development-related (move to Intel), some not (iSight, new flat panels), but increasingly, a good time will be had by...

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New Apple Final Touch offer, 2 months late
By: walter biscardi on Jun 7, 2007 at 4:37:55 am

As noted in the Apple Color forum today, Apple has now extended an offer to all former Final Touch users to purchase a full copy of Final Cut Studio 2 for only $499. This offer was made two days ago. Studio 2 was announced in April and started shipping the end of May. Oh and where is this announcement? On the Silicon Color Support Forum . A company that no longer exists. I just tried searching the Apple website for Silicon Color and got a bunch of user stories using the old product. I tried searching the Apple site for...

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All Things Apple - Audio Production Links
By: walter biscardi on Jun 5, 2007 at 5:46:50 am

Hi all! Here are some links referenced by our All Things Apple - Audio Production episode. Jayne Olderman - www.redwarriorrecords.com Patrick Belden - http://www.beldenmusic.com/Home.html Apple Logic - http://www.apple.com/logicpro/ DigiDesign ProTools - http://www.digidesign.com/index.cfm?navid=2 langid=100 itemid=22700 For collecting royalties: http://www.soundexchange.com/index.htmlFor registering copyrights:  http://www.copyright.gov/ And here s a couple of shots of Jayne, Patrick and I at Jayne s Studio during the podcast recording....

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Lots about SmoothCam
By: Scott Simmons on Jun 4, 2007 at 7:50:11 pm

Originally post on The Editblog Does that say 14 hours? Yessssssssssssssssssss it does. There’s a great thread at the Apple support forums called the SmoothCam dirty little secret about the massively huge analysis times for the magic camera stabilization tool in Final Cut Pro 6 known as SmoothCam. Yep, they are quite large. According to the FCP 6 user manual this is how SmoothCam works: Unlike other filters in Final Cut Pro, the SmoothCam filter must analyze a clip’s entire media file before the effect can be rendered or played in real time. Using the SmoothCam filter requires two independent...

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Back-Side interface!! Apple said it. Not me.
By: Tim Wilson on May 15, 2007 at 2:53:50 pm

Apple is notorious for filing bogus patent applications, but this one looks kind of cool. Ars Technica points to the Apple-filed patent application 20070103454 , Back-Side Interface for Hand-Held Devices . Dude, they really said Back-Side Interface.   An electronic device uses separate surfaces for input and output. One of the surfaces (e.g., the bottom) includes a force-sensitive touch-surface through which a user provides input (e.g., cursor manipulation and control element selection). On a second surface (e.g., the top), a display element is used to present information appropriate to the device s function (e.g., video information), one or more control elements...

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Control Surface for Pro Editing / Graphics / Compositing
By: walter biscardi on May 14, 2007 at 3:57:02 am

In response to a post on the Creative Cow Final Cut Pro Forum, my choice for a control surface to run all Pro Apps on a Mac is a Wacom tablet. I run a 9x12 Intuos 3 in my suite and I just can t see working without one. For one thing, carpel tunnel syndrome just doesn t happen with a tablet, so you can work your 14 - 20 hour days and have no wrist pain. Second you get your entire workspace right on your tablet so there s no pick up the mouse and drag a second time...

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iPods may interfere with Pacemakers
By: walter biscardi on May 11, 2007 at 3:31:52 am

Very interesting article posted on CNN.com that iPods can potentially interfere with pacemaker monitoring equipment when placed too close to the chest. In some instances as far away as 18 inches. As the article notes, most people with pacemakers are not the iPod listening audience, but still a very interesting development here. As the study notes, only iPods were tested to date and it will be interesting to see if they get around to testing other audio and small electronic devices. http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/conditions/05/10/heart.ipods.reut/index.html ...

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What else the Green letter told us
By: Tim Wilson on May 7, 2007 at 11:08:41 am

There were a couple of (wholly legitimate) nits I had to pick with Apple s green announcement, but here s something I totally missed until Jason O Grady pointed it out: Apple also divulged a technology advancement currently in development – LED backlight technology .  (His emphasis.) He continues: Backlit LEDs provide higher brightness, significantly larger color gamut (greater than NTSC and EBU) – expanding the range of reproducible hues by as much as 45 percent, lower voltage and emissions. LED backlighting technology is currently integrated in Sony s 40 and 46 QUALIA series televisions. The technology, also called Lumileds,...

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Nifty FCP 6 Feature overlooked by many
By: walter biscardi on May 6, 2007 at 5:42:58 am

You know it's been a few weeks since NAB and surprisingly nobody has talked about a nifty little feature of the new Final Cut Studio and how it interacts with the new iPhone . You can actually install a "lite" version of Final Cut Express by putting the install discs in your machine and then connecting the iPhone via USB. Go into the Customize settings of the Installation screen and you'll see a "Lite" option appear. This only shows up when the iPhone is correctly attached via USB so be sure to connect the phone first before launching the installer.What...

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A Greener Apple
By: walter biscardi on May 3, 2007 at 2:56:26 am

Today Steve Jobs released a statement in regards to the greening of Apple.  Faced with criticism from all over the world regarding Apple s environmental practices, Mr. Jobs felt the time was right to lay out the facts on what Apple has done and what they plan for the future.  I, for one, applaud the decision to release this document and am quite impressed with what the company has done to date and where they are headed in the future.  One of the television programs I work on is Assignment Earth with noted environment reporter Gary Strieker and I m...

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Quicktime Player now reads Timecode
By: walter biscardi on May 1, 2007 at 3:57:15 pm

As Chi-Ho Lee noted on the Final Cut Pro forum today, Quicktime 7.1.6 has been released in anticipation of Final Cut Studio 2 and you can now read timecode in the Quicktime Player. Wow! Finally! Not sure why it took so long, but here s the proof. If you click on the running time you now get a drop down box which gives you three choices of the Standard Running Time, Timecode and Frame Number. Here s the clip now showing the original timecode off the camera tape. VERY cool and now anyone with Quicktime Player can accurately see timecodes...

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Post-NAB thoughts and musings - PART 1
By: Paul Escandon on Apr 20, 2007 at 10:46:06 pm

I returned back home from Las Vegas and NAB on Tuesday night after spending 2 1/2 days in the City of Sin, my last few hours being spent at the wonderful Hofbräuhaus next to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino where I, along with coworkers and friends, downed their great tasting German lager out of ridiculously massive 1 liter glass steins while enjoying what I have to imagine is "classic" Bavarian folk music. After having a few days back home to digest what I saw and learned (not to mention playing catch up on the current show I'm editing for...

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Soundtrack!
By: David Battistella on Apr 20, 2007 at 8:18:50 pm

Well. I might have bought Logic for no reason (thank god I make music too), But i was relieved to see that they finally got the OMF imtegrated in this version of soundtrack.  How many times have I wanted to export an OMF from my FCP timeline into another app (other than Protools) on my mac to do the final mix on some of my projects.   I can tell you that there was a huge sign of relief when I saw that the new version of the software was going to make it really easy to import OMF.  For those...

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NAB_From a Distance
By: David Battistella on Apr 19, 2007 at 2:15:23 pm

It s a relief because the speculation has ended and we can focus on how we are going to use these creative tools in our everyday lives.  In my case it s as a film maker and I have to say that I am thrilled.  I like to think of myself as a complete film maker.  My background is as an editor and everytime I see a release like this, I can t help but think about how much I wish it was all coming sooner.  I mean, I m not getting any younger and these are all of the...

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Apple's Color, my thoughts
By: walter biscardi on Apr 17, 2007 at 6:40:52 am

On Sunday, April 15 at the NAB Apple Event, I fully expected to see the application formerly known as Final Touch re-released under the Apple name. What I did NOT expect was for the product to re-christened Color and for the application to simply be given away as part of the new Studio 2 package. A little history here. Final Touch was the brainchild of Silicon Color and was positioned to compete against the likes of daVinci, a very high end color correction tool used for broadcast and feature films for years. Generally a daVinci session goes for anywhere from...

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Cheap cam phone images of NAB Exhibit Day 1
By: Paul Escandon on Apr 17, 2007 at 2:41:09 am

Well here are some images for those of you who aren t able to be here. I ll give my full verbal breakdown a little bit later... I m too tired to get into it right now......

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Motion 3 vs AECS3
By: Filip Vandueren on Apr 16, 2007 at 10:21:39 am

My my, the public beta of After Effects CS3 gets released AND Apple anounces Motion 3 . Go feast your eyes ! I've never played with Motion (I bought FCP & DVDSP, and never felt the need to upgrade to the studio), although I've sometimes wondered if Motion wasn't a better tool for some simple jobs. But looking at the pressreleases begs the question: is Motion still AE's little brother ? It used to look and feel like an iApp that found it's way in a pro-studio, but here are some observations on it's latest incarnation: The biggest surprise for...

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Biscardi NAB 2007 Diary - 4/13/07 4:30pm
By: walter biscardi on Apr 13, 2007 at 5:48:19 pm

We ve arrived in Sunny Las Vegas! Checked in to the fabulous Flamingo hotel which we really used to enjoy for the penquins in the outdoor habitat, but they checked out last year so it s not quite the same. Still gotta love staying in the original strip hotel that started it all. As you can see from the photo we re staying in the top of the line penthouse suite with a classic Strip view, only the best for Cow members! Tonight will be a little rest and relaxation as we ll be taking in the Jay Leno show...

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Walter Biscardi's NAB 2007 Schedule
By: walter biscardi on Apr 13, 2007 at 5:25:41 pm

Well folks, NAB 2007 is upon us and I hope to be able to meet some of you. So if you re going to Las Vegas, here is where you ll definitely find me! Sunday April 15 - Apple Event AM, Panasonic Event PM Monday April 16 - AJA Booth all day, Booth SL6113 directly across from Apple. Tuesday April 17 - AJA Booth AM, Booth SL6113. Creative Cow booth PM, Booth SL2626. Between Adobe and Grass Valley (on your right as you walk to the Apple booth.) Wednesday, April 18 - Presenting HD Finishing in Final Cut Pro as...

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Google Desktop for the MAC: What files are really installed?
By: Paul Escandon on Apr 6, 2007 at 1:54:24 pm

To all my fellow MAC user buddies out there, if you haven t heard Google has released the first version of their Google Desktop software for the MAC. I installed it last night and it has a pretty slick interface and is supposed to be a replacement (or competitor) for Apple s own Spotlight (which I admit to using less and less of since I started using Quicksilver ). I haven t gotten a chance to play around with it since installing it last night but I always wonder when installing software that uses a proprietary installer, what files are...

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Crazy 8s! Mac Pro goes octo before NAB
By: Laura Scott on Apr 4, 2007 at 8:37:10 am

We've been poised to get a Mac Pro for some time now, but knowing that the octo-core Mac was coming out soonish, we were hesitating. Add that the uncertainty whether Apple would match the 3.0 GHz clock speed of their existing quad-core machine and we were pondering whether to just jump on what was out and move on. In fact, on Sunday we were standing in the Apple Store in Boulder , ready to buy right there. Imagine the heartache we would have felt to see the 8-core Mac Pro announced right around the time we would have just completed...

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Dumb NAB PR
By: walter biscardi on Mar 30, 2007 at 2:55:54 pm

Ok, it s NAB time and I ve been receiving quite a few of those MUST SEE emails touting everything from Apple to Avid to everything in between. Today I received what has to be the dumbest PR I ve ever gotten from someone who teaches Avid. I m guessing this person doubles as a Porn Spammer on the side because it has all the qualities of the endless junk email I receive. Well, here, you can judge for yourself. I guess Avid is going all out this year to woo Final Cut Pro users, I wonder what the private...

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AT&T CEO: 1 million inquiries for iPhone
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 29, 2007 at 6:48:28 am

That s from AT T s CEO Randall Stephenson, in his keynote speech at the CTIA wireless technology conference. But made the audience snap to attention was when he pulled one out during his speech. Before the speech, the chairman of the FCC grabs the phone from Stephenson. He spent more time with it than I did, Stephenson said in an interview afterward. For a minute, It seemed like he wouldn t give it back. The part of the story I find most remarkable is that there a million people who ve taken the time to get on AT T...

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Yes, this is the Animation Process
By: walter biscardi on Mar 28, 2007 at 7:53:16 pm

So as many of you know, in addition to being an editor and owner of Biscardi Creative Media, I m also the animator for the Food Network s Good Eats. As such, most of our animations are based on food or food history. Now generally I rely on clip art / artwork books, websites like clipart.com and istockphoto.com along with my own photographs of headshots and hands to pull together the necessary elements for the script. But there are times when you just have to take matters into your own hands. Take our latest animation for example, it referenced a...

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Apple TV shipping!
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 21, 2007 at 5:32:13 am

CNN reports  that Apple has started charging credit cards for the shipment of Apple TVs. They continue, Analysts say it s likely to sell well initially. Wow. You think so? The same analysts believe that Apple has taken pre-orders for more than 100,000 units, and, well, since I read it on the internet, it must be true. Blog pioneer (he was doing it 10 years before blogging had a name) Dave Winer reports that one of his readers says he got a notice from Apple that his has actually been shipped. I got Dave s link from NewTeeVee, who quotes Dina...

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Mini laptops coming from Apple?
By: walter biscardi on Mar 17, 2007 at 3:28:14 pm

According to a report on MSNBC.com, Apple may introduce a new mini laptop later this year that uses Flash memory instead of a hard drive. Apple Inc. may sell zippy notebook computers later this year that use the same type of fast memory as music players and digital cameras, driving down prices of hard-disk drives, an analyst said Thursday. Full Story: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17521893/ So this begs the question, what type of work will we be able to do on it and will it rely solely on internet based software? Email, Browsing, those are a given, but what other types of work...

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Apple gets its game on?
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 9, 2007 at 5:11:41 am

One of the favorite games of Mac Kremlinologists is looking under the hood of new releases to find hidden text strings for hints of what s coming. Monday s release of QuickTime 7.1 hints at a whopper : Apple TV could be doubling as a game hub. What Apple has not yet said, but is quite apparent from Monday s iTunes release, is that Apple TV will also sport some rudimentary gaming capabilities. Are you sure you want to sync games? All existing games on the Apple TV, reads a localized string file hidden in the software. Another reads, Some...

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Firewire issue with Panasonic AJ-HD1400
By: walter biscardi on Mar 7, 2007 at 5:23:11 am

We've discovered an audio issue when using the Panasonic AJ-HD1400. A high end "crackle" is being added that sounds somewhat like sizzling bacon or crackling cellophane when laying back to tape via Firewire. I honestly can't hear it as I have a hearing loss in both ears, but the fine folks at CineFilm in Atlanta who convert our DVCPro HD masters to HDCAM heard it and alerted us. We tested a second 1400 unit and the problem occurred there too so it appears to be an issue with the model line. Panasonic is aware and are currently working on the...

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From the Edit Suite
By: walter biscardi on Feb 28, 2007 at 6:46:45 pm

I have a blog now, so I thought I would take you guys and gals into the Edit Suite and let y'all know what we're working on at Biscardi Creative Media. 2/28/2007 , Cutting Episode 4 of the environment series, "Assignment Earth" and this episode focuses on the Mekong River in Thailand. Footage is stunning HD shot by Roger Herr of Atlanta who traveled to Thailand with Producer / Host Gary Strieker. Roger and Gary took a Sony Z1 HDV camera with them because a lot of travel was via very small boat on the Mekong and if they were...

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