Apple delivered on its promise of an update to Final Cut Pro X this morning. They released Final Cut Pro X v10.0.3 (Full Specs). The update fixes SEVERAL glaring gaps that users have been asking for.
The major features include:
- Multicam editing with automatic syncs up to 64 angles
- New chroma keying
- Enhanced XML for interchange with third party apps that can include color grading and audio keyframes
- A BETA driver for broadcast monitoring that supports Thunderbolt devices as well as PCIe cards.
- Layered Photoshop graphics support
- Manual media management with the ability to relink
- The application still costs $299.99 (US) to new users.
- The update is free from the Mac App Store
- A 30-day free trial of Final Cut Pro X is available at www.apple.com/finalcutpro/trial.
Apple has also taken down their FCPX FAQ document (http://www.apple.com/finalcutpro/faq/) which is too bad. I liked the company communicating status on what was coming next.
Intelligent Assistance releases 7toX for Final Cut Pro, a lightweight application for translating Final Cut Pro 7 projects to Final Cut Pro X.
The application sells in the Mac App Store for $9.99 (US). The application looks to rely on the new XML features released today in the free update.
- 7toX for Final Cut Pro translates Final Cut Pro 7 Bins to Keyword Collections in Final Cut Pro X,
- Converts Sequences to Compound Clips that can be browsed and edited.
- Metadata and log notes from Final Cut Pro 7 are migrated to Final Cut Pro X.
- Motion tab settings and keyframes are translated into equivalent parameters in Final Cut Pro X.
- Layers from Photoshop files are properly preserved
- More than 30 Transitions and 70 Filters are matched and applied — with detailed reporting in context in the Magnetic Timeline
- 7toX also allows editors to migrate their Final Cut Pro 7 multicam projects to the latest version of Final Cut Pro X.
I have not been able to test the above, but I know this company well. This is a HUGE accomplishment and I commend them. Apple, buy this code and put it into Final Cut Pro X. This fills in critical holes.
I am happy to see that many of the problems have been addressed. There is still work to do however.
- Non-beta broadcast monitoring
- The option to see a second window when working (I find it impossible to line up a 3 point edit with one window).
- Ability to switch to a track-based timeline
- Support for raw workflows
- Support for several missing codecs
A great detailed article from my friend Gary Adcock at Macworld Magazine
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I just got back from Macworld Expo in San Francisco. While there, I came across this device from Kanex – Sydnee (http://www.kanexlive.com/sydnee). It's essentially an iPad charger for a family or small office.
With one plug in the wall, you can set up to three iPads (or other iOS devices). You also can plug in a fourth device. You can keep things nice and neat without having a total cable nest in your family room. The system will auto-detect when devices are charged and then shut off the individual port (while other devices keep charging as needed).
The device is supposed to start shipping in March (at least according to the booth person I talked to). You can sign up for early info on the product's page. It's list for $149 at this time.
Facebook is the most popular social networking site in the world. In fact, in many countries, more than 50 percent of all adults have an account. Facebook is a free service that makes it easy to share video and news with friends, family, and colleagues. Most editing tools can publish directly to Facebook and it supports all major video formats like QuickTime and Windows Media but converts all these formats to Flash Video (and HTML 5 for mobile versions) after you upload.
Here's how to post a video to Facebook:
1. Sign up for a Facebook account at www.facebook.com. If you’re already a member, just log in.
2. Near the top of the page, click the Add Photo / Video button.
3. Click the Upload Photo/Video button.
4. Enter a description into the field labeled “Say something about this.”
5. You can use the buttons along the bottom of the post to tag people in the video or add location information.Be sure to give details about your video to help the viewer understand the scene.
6. Click the “Choose File” button to select a video on your computer for posting. Facebook says it supports more than 30 different formats, but it prefers an HD MP4 file. I find using the YouTube preset works great for Facebook. The upload limit on your account will vary, but to increase it, just verify your account on your profile page.
7. Click Post to add the video.
8. A status window opens to show you the progress of the upload. Depending on duration and site traffic, it can take a few minutes for your video to process and become available online.
9. The video is added to your video collection and is posted to your timeline. You can use the standard sharing features of Facebook to tell your friends about it.
|When you are shooting in lowlight conditions, it can be very difficult to get your camera to focus. Similarly, when shooting video, focus often becomes a manual process as well. If want to check focus, you need to take a few extra steps. Just turning on the LCD and glancing at it won’t cut it. The small screen makes everything look more in focus because it can’t show you all the pixels at once. The reduced image size creates the illusion of a sharper image.|
The TechniqueIf you want to really see what is in focus, you’ll need to zoom, and then zoom some more. If you’re using a zoom lens, zoom in as tight as possible on your subject. Zooming in on an area like the eyes works well; a button on a shirt works well too. You’ll then need to digitally zoom.
Typically, you’ll find a Zoom button (look for a magnifying glass with a plus symbol in it) on your camera. Pressing it will enlarge the image on your screen and only show you part of the image. You may need to use the command dial to navigate around the zoomed in pixels. Find the detail area that you want to focus on.
You can then use the focus ring on your camera lens to tweak the focus. Make minor turns to find the ideal focus. If needed, adjust the aperture and ISO settings of your camera to refine the depth of field. When you’re satisfied, you can either press the Zoom Out button or just press the Record button or shutter release to roll the camera.
|Recently, there was a lot of online static about Adobe changing its upgrade pricing. There were some conversations, overheard statements, and misinterpretations on what they were going to do. Many thought the only option to upgrade for CS6 was going to be a CS5 customer. I started digging into this a while back and have had a few conversations with folks to get clarification.|
I am glad to tell you that Adobe has made an official announcement today about what user's can expect. I have put Adobe's statement in bold and added my commentary in italics.
We’re very excited about the upcoming release of Adobe® Creative Suite® 6 software and Adobe Creative Cloud™. CS6 will be a major new release of our creative desktop tools, with huge improvements for every type of creative professional.
- I'm excited. More than anything in the past 7 years.
- You will be too.
Adobe Creative Cloud will be our most comprehensive creative solution ever, giving members access to all of the CS6 desktop software plus additional services, new tools, Adobe Touch Apps, and rich community features.
I am not clear on all that is in the bundle… but what I hear sounds good. A subscription based plan that looks to be about $50 a month. With access to apps as well as many online services for publishing and collaboration. Here are more details – http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud.html.
In addition, Creative Cloud members will receive continuous upgrades and updates to all products and services as part of their membership.
This is the biggest news. The next thing I am going to say is a little complex, but the Sarbanes-Oxley Act prevent publicly traded companies from doing free software updates after a certain period of time. It's a convoluted law that grew out of the Enron scandal that places limits on how companies can sell products and realize revenue if they are publicly traded. This is why Apple has to charge you 99¢ for FaceTime because you licensed the OS once, but can push out free updates for the iPhone because it has monthly services fees. See these articles for more details –
What's really cool is that apps could see more frequent updates. So support for new file formats could come out as needed. Adobe could be more nimble and release new features officially (instead of trickling out public beta versions through Adobe Labs). This could really increase the pace of innovation and has a lot of potential.
Adobe’s new Creative Suite upgrade policy, which goes into effect in the first half of 2012 when Adobe Creative Cloud™ and Creative Suite 6 are released, will require customers to be on the most current version of Creative Suite in order to qualify for upgrade pricing when new versions are released. This means that customers need to be on CS5 or CS5.5 in order to receive upgrade pricing when CS6 is released.
This is why everyone freaked out… take a breath and keep reading.
With these great new releases coming in the first half of 2012, we want to make sure our customers have plenty of time to determine which offering is best for them.
Therefore, we’re pleased to announce that we will offer special introductory upgrade pricing on Creative Suite 6 to customers who own CS3 or CS4. This offer will be available from the time CS6 is released until December 31, 2012. More details on this offer, as well as any introductory offers for existing customers to move to Creative Cloud membership, will be announced when CS6 and Creative Cloud are released later this year.
In other words, read between the lines.
- Just like recent releases, you can only upgrade from 3 versions back. They are going to continue this policy for a short while longer.
- Buy the upgrade to CS6 when its released if you want to own the software. Expect upgrade pricing to be similar to past pricing.
- If you have CS5, CS4, or CS3, upgrade to CS6. You will not be able to upgrade after December 31, 2012, unless you are a CS5 customer (or CS5.5).
- When CS7 rolls around (I AM NOT STARTING A RUMOR HERE) it sounds like you will need to be a CS6 customer in order to upgrade.
Read the details about our Creative Suite upgrade policy – http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/faq.html#upgrade-eligibility
Learn more about Adobe Creative Cloud – http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud.html
The lesson here is:
- Keep calm and carry on.
- You will be able to upgrade to CS6 if you own CS3, CS4, CS5, or CS5.5.
- Sounds like CS6 is around the corner.
- You can already subscribe to the Creative Suite bundles here – http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/cssubscription.html for between $65 and $130 a month… so the new $50 a month pricing is going to be even sweeter.
Hope this clears things up.
|Photoshop Extended lets you combine two great features for creative options. You can open up a video file and then use your painting tools to edit individual frames or to create an animation. This process is typically called rotoscoping.|
1. Open or create a new video file. You can either open an existing video file (File > Open). You can also create a new video layer to isolate your animation (Layer > Video Layers > New Blank Video Layer.
2. Prepare to animate. Animation tasks are easier when you change Photoshop’s layout. In the Application bar, click the Motion workspace button to reconfigure Photoshop.
3. Select a layer and time. You need to choose where to animate. In the Animation or Layers panel, select a video layer. Next, move the current time indicator to the video frame you want to modify. This is where the animation will begin.
4. Start Painting. You can use any of your painting tools to modify the layer. Try using several strokes to create an animated image. You can also use the Clone Stamp, Pattern Stamp, Healing Brush, or Spot Healing Brush to modify individual frames in a video file.
5. Move Forward. Since your goal is to animate, you’ll need to use more than one frame. You can use the playback controls at the bottom of the frame to advance to the next or previous frame. To make painting easier, click the submenu of the Animation panel (upper right corner of the panel) and choose Enable Onion Skins. This will show you a preview of the previous stroke when painting.
6. Change your Mind? Any painting you do on a video frame applies non-destructive edits. This means you can discard the altered pixels on a frame at any time. Simply choose Layer > Video Layers > Restore Frame or Restore All Frames command.
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