Ken Stone’s latest on Composite Modes explains, with examples, the effect of the different composite modes when layering video. He’s working in Final Cut Pro, but the definitions should apply regardless of the NLE app you use. It’s posted at LAFCPUG, too.——-
I’m now showing off the ease of updating with Manila weblogs to one of GSU’s reference librarians*.
Here’s a list of permalinks – permanent links you can use to research your topic
Here’s the To Do list:
- Two FCP conference presentations require completion and polishing
- Three workshops next week: Intros to iMovie, Dreamweaver, Flash to finish
- Travel arrangements for both conferences need finalizing
- Research and proposals for end-of-year budget funds
- Reformatting and upgrading video lab machines
- Prep half of the Center’s space for new carpet
- The usual editing and compression projects, large and small
- Re-organize DV for Teachers
thanks to don marquis——-
A new article for this week.
The Range Check Tool in Final Cut Pro 3 – Checking Luma and Chroma Ranges. This is a quick read.
Found in the Basic Section
I have updated several pages at my site.
1)The Mac Standalone OS X Update Installers page
2)The Apple Knowledge Base Documents For FCP section has been updated and rebuilt. It’s now broken up by year and month for easier download.
Ken Stone runs arguably the best FCP resource page on the web. Thanks.
Funny thing at the Apple Store opening Saturday. I was in line behind a guy who constantly said “Dudeman, you gotta see this,” or “I was looking at some new features and said to myself, ‘Dudeman, this is awesome!” Dudeman, you need to find a different way of speaking.——-
I’m showing Pam Irwin, an Education support person from the Apple Atlanta Market Centerthe power of updating your page from anywhere, and I’m doing it on the floor of the brand-new, just-opened-an-hour-ago Apple store. Yes, it’s very cool to be among the converted.
It’s also exciting to be in a store filled with people who want to help you make good use of technology to further your goals. Whether you’re trying to make your digital pictures easier to handle so distant relatives can easily see them on the web, or teach kids how to use a computer for research and writing, or make a video that demonstrates a math concept, the Apple store has people hired to help, not just sell. ——-
Here’s the online blurb for my NECC workshop: “SAF123: DV for Teachers: Essential Final Cut Pro Tips
Tim Merritt, College of Education, Georgia State University – Apple’s Final Cut Pro editing software puts affordable professional-level tools in your hands: smooth transitions, complex layering and compositing, and precise sound edits. Learn the essentials of this powerful application to make top-notch video for tape, Web, or CD-ROM.”
I’m trying, in the midst of end-of-semester busy-ness and new carpet installation here (which means everything must be moved) to finish my presentation for that as well as the co-presentation at SIGGRAPH. So sparse updates of late, even though the DV news just keeps coming. Please look and web-search the usual links among yourselves.
QuickTime 6 and QuickTime Broadcaster With Preview: Key features of QuickTime 6 include:
*the world’s first complete media solution for MPEG-4 content creation and streaming when combined with the free QuickTime Streaming Server and QuickTime Broadcaster;
*the video codec for encoding and decoding MPEG-4 video content;
*Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), the next generation audio format;
*adherence to the Internet Streaming Media Alliance (ISMA) 1.0 specification;
*MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 playback, ideal for content creators who wish to preview and share work throughout the production process;
*DVC Pro (PAL) support;
*an updated user interface for easier access to QuickTime content; and
*skip protection enhancements.
QuickTime 6 and MPEG-4 will mark more changes to the world of streaming, and the way most students, especially K-12, work with video of all types.
Streamingmedia.com – A Guide to Great Web Video: Preprocessing Video, Part 2: “Putting video on a web page is easy, but making it look good is still a challenge given the limited bandwidth connections of the end user. To make the most of any encoder, you need to feed it the highest quality video and take advantage of all the tools and techniques available for preprocessing that weÔFD5ve discussed here.” Web or streaming video is more important than ever for artists, teachers, trainers, students, school systems, and universities, as well as the news and media corporations. This article explains significant hows and whys of preparing your video so it looks its best.
...[U]ntil last year I used Windows PCs and SGIs exclusively, I can honestly say that had I not been technically inclined and possessing a pretty good knowledge of both hardware and software, I’d probably be writing this column from an insane asylum….The main problem with PCs is that no one is to blame when something goes wrong. You play a very stupid game of [unknown entity]it’s their fault[unknown entity] with every technical support call you make…. I can’t believe how most people take this so lightly! ...So this week I discovered the unexpected bonus of working with Final Cut Pro. Dealing with Apple as the sole company responsible for the software, hardware and the OS makes things extremely easy.
Yeah, buddy; you can get a machine made of the lowest-cost parts and tinker to get high performance if you have the time… or you can buy high performance and support out of the box.——-