More Photoshop Followup
After Wednesday’s Photoshop conference, I found some great online QuickTime movie tutorials here at the Apple site. They’re not small; most are 2 MB or more, so you may have to wait a while. The video quality is very good, and the tips are very useful for anyone, beginners or intermediate. I found more good QuicktTime tips for Photoshop here at www.lynda.com, a good site for training materials for all sorts of web graphics and multimedia, including Dreamweaver and Flash as well.
More Editing Software Options
I know that many educators use platforms other than Macintosh. I don’t have the time or budget resources to evaluate many different applications here, which is why so much of my coverage focuses on QuickTime, iMovie, and Final Cut Pro. I chose these tools because of my famiiarity with Macs and the ease of setup and use. That said, here are some alternatives, four for PC and one for Mac. None are more than $100, and all offer high usability and a not-too-steep learning curve. I haven’t used any of them, but they all seem worth a look depending on your needs.
PC Magazine’s Oct 16, 2001 issue has a look at four inexpensive PC-based editing applications. The PC Magazine review says nothing about system requirements, installation procedures, or potential conflicts, which I deem a large oversight on their part. Nonetheless, look over their reviews and comparisons. I list all four below, with links to their manufacturer’s sites.
Pinnacle Studio 7 a disorganized web page, but the PC Magazine’s Editor’s Choice
Sonic Foundry VideoFactory
Ulead VideoStudio 5.0
MGI Software VideoWave 4
The Mac-only is a shareware app created by Ben Bird, an independent developer in Britain called BVT. It’s built on QuickTime and offers features I haven’t seen before, including time lapse, motion detection, and a “frame-averaging” feature for saving clearer stills from video by combining video data from a series of frames to eliminate noise. The Pro version also offers TV tuner presets and scriptable programmability for certain video cards. Very cool to be able to program your computer to record and compress a TV show while you’re away from the computer.——-