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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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Got Workflow? The Small Tree Story.
By: Matt Geier on Dec 23, 2009 at 8:05:22 am

When it comes to video editing over Ethernet and real-time shared storage, your first thought probably isn’t Small Tree. Because of that, I want you to immediately ask yourself the following question:. Is Small Tree the only solution provider that offers shared storage for Final Cut in an Ethernet-based, real-time performing Mac OS X environment while also providing essential engineering support? The answer is YES. Those unaware that Small Tree is the only such solution provider are likely to go on a search that will lead them down a path of talking to a couple of value added resellers selling...

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The PCIe Based Storage Revolution in Creative Content Creation
By: Andrew De Lara on Sep 19, 2008 at 3:02:38 pm

The PCIe (PCI Express) standard will have a disruptive impact on the business and workflow processes in video/production/post production/etc. Leading storage vendors are catching on to the idea as we speak. The industry currently faces technology challenges in dealing with the continual purchasing of storage equipment to keep up with the rising needs of performance and archiving...

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How to Label DVD-Rs 2008 Edition
By: Noah Kadner on Jun 9, 2008 at 9:18:42 am

This question comes up a lot- how does one label a DVD-R? I would never use a print on inkjet disc- because they smear with just a droplet of moisture nor stick on labels because they peel and jam. Instead- I'd go for one of three technologies- depending on budget and how professional the labels need to look: 1. Sharpie. This is cheap as dirt and works like a charm for sending to replication houses and for internal backups. But not so much given to clients- looks decidely ghetto for that... 2. LightScribe - this is a type of DVD...

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Chronosync- invaluable tool for tapeless workflow
By: Noah Kadner on May 3, 2008 at 7:12:27 am

Here's a tool for anyone working with the solid-state and tapeless workflow, for example the Panasonic HVX200 and Sony EX1 . If you've been dragging and dropping footage from your folders to your hard drive you could be a bit more at risk than you realize. ChronoSync is a data management tool that allows you to efficiently synchronize files and folders from one disk location to another with full verification and resume capabilities. In other words, it's perfect for copying footage from your SxS card or P2 card onto your hard drive. About the only real drawback with ChronoSync is...

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Breaking the Speed Limit -- Editing Phantom High-Speed Footage in Final Cut Pro: Part 1 of 2
By: Noah Kadner on Apr 25, 2008 at 6:44:35 pm

I wrote two articles for the Final Cut Pro User's Group Supermeet at NAB. They appeared in the SuperMag magazine. Here's part one of the second article looking at Simplemente's work with the Phantom HD camera: Rune Hansen and Monica Reina at Simplemente in Mexico City recently acquired a Phantom HD Digital Cinema camera from Vision Research . We got to shoot a bunch of slow-motion footage and then worked with it in Final Cut Pro to create demo reels for theatrical projection. We needed to accomplish all of this in the space of about 48 hours. The Phantom HD’s...

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Mexico Goes to China - Part 2 of 2
By: Noah Kadner on Apr 23, 2008 at 3:38:36 pm

I wrote two articles for the Final Cut Pro User's Group Supermeet at NAB. They appeared in the SuperMag magazine(which I named btw). Here's part two of the first article looking at an Apple network system that is being used at the Beijing Olympics this summer in China. For part one click here. Simplemente chose to work with Gallery Software, a UK-based company that has been making QuickTime-compatible applications for over a decade. For the Beijing project, Simplemente selected Gallery’s SIENNA, a complete integration suite for connecting Final Cut Pro workstations to the traditional newsroom broadcast workflow. SIENNA was developed...

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Mexico Goes to China - Part 1 of 2
By: Noah Kadner on Apr 22, 2008 at 12:00:43 pm

I wrote two articles for the Final Cut Pro Supermeet at NAB this year. Here's part one of the first article looking at an Apple SAN network system that is being used at the Beijing Olympics this summer in China: Last NAB, we visited Simplemente, a production/post-production house and Apple Authorized Training Center/Dealer based in Mexico City. They’ve been working hard alongside one of their biggest clients, Televisa, the world’s largest Latin American broadcaster. This year Simplemente embarked on its most ambitious project yet, a complete post-production solution for Televisa’s coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Televisa’s...

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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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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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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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MORE ADVICE ON SOFTWARE UPGRADES
By: Shane Ross on Nov 30, 2007 at 1:34:07 am

Tim Wilson over at the Creative Cow started this blog post as a comment on the blog post I made over there about upgrading to Leopard (a reprint of what I posted here ). It really goes in depth about the dangers of upgrading, and how really there is no way that Apple and other third party vendors can possibly test every possible combination of hardware and software to ensure that no bugs sneak through the cracks. This is also very pertinent to the recent issue I had with Noise Industries FX Factory, and how it was missed. Many people...

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Tip: Use NTFS drives on a Mac OS
By: Aanarav Sareen on Nov 20, 2007 at 7:17:24 am

I purchased my first Mac in January of 2007 and have always been dissapointed (shocked, really) that the Mac OS refuses to write to NTFS formatted drives. However, as of yesterday, I am no longer dissapointed, thanks to Paragon s NTFS for Mac utility. http://www.paragon-software.com/home/ntfs-mac/ I tried editing files over an NTFS drive via that utility and worked like a charm and purchased the product instantly. Highly recommended and 5 cows! - Aanarav...

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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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CalDigit Compatible with Leopard
By: Shane Ross on Oct 30, 2007 at 11:03:19 pm

All CalDigit products are compatible with Leopard. This is a good thing as I am flush with Duos and a Firewire VR. Not that I have Leopard yet...on the G5. I do on my Powerbook, and I use these on this machine. And I can say that yes, they work.Oct 29, 2007 Placentia, CA CalDigit, the new leader in RAID storage solutions is pleased to announce the immediate compatibility of all of its products with Apple s new Leopard OS X operation system. Starting with the FireWireVR (Triple Interface RAID), our FASTA-2e 2-port eSATA card, our FASTA-4e and FASTA-4X 4...

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LEOPARD & FINAL CUT PRO
By: Shane Ross on Oct 23, 2007 at 8:43:13 pm

The new version of Mac OSX is due out on October 26...Leopard. To install, or not to install, THAT is the question.Now...those of you with editing systems should proceed with caution. I always, repeat ALWAYS say, if you have a stable working system, DO NOT UPDATE IT! Having a stable working editing system is the key to a smooth running business, a stress free life, and more time you can devote to reading, riding your bike, playing with the kids...ANYTHING but sitting in your office for hours trying to figure out what went wrong.OK, if you find that you MUST...

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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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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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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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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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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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A couple Mac-like Windows equivalent programs
By: Sterling Glass on Apr 11, 2007 at 12:48:23 pm

Spotlight? What s that? For the non-Mac folks that don t know what Spotlight is, it s a search-all tool that Apple introduced in OS X 10.4. From what I understand, it ll search your computer for all files that include a word or phrase that you are searching for, including searching email and metadata included within the files. Sounds neat. Now only if there was a Windows version of something like that ... Windows Desktop Search I didn t know about this until I installed Office 2007, but from what I can find on the web, the technology has...

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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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Internal vs. External RAID
By: walter biscardi on Mar 13, 2007 at 8:24:22 pm

So a recent thread in the Creative Cow Final Cut Pro forum about Internal vs. External RAID's got me thinking more about the subject. I'm a firm believer in external RAID's and really don't have any desire to install 3 or 4 drives inside my Mac Pro tower. Let's think about this. Companies like LaCie, Ciprico, Medéa, CalDigit, Facilis and others spend a lot of time in research and development to produce storage solutions that are not only fast, but reliable. Every board, every drive, every switch, everything about that storage solution has been drawn up, assembled and tested by...

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