Digital Video Editing, part of the Digital Media Net Community, has a nice tutorial here on using markers in the timeline for editing a music video – which could mean any segment timed to the rhythm of the music. Quick and easy, and makes good use of the flexible features of the Browser, for sorting clips by their thumbnail image, and of the great drag-and-drop characteristics of the Canvas window.——-
Steven Klepow – The Streamy Underbelly: ”[T]he problem is that the rules that apply to traditional video – and are followed religiously by some producers – don’t necessarily apply to Web video.” Solid shooting and editing tips for producing streams that look good and stream well.
I use OS X all the time now, and I really like it. I can do all the Mac-friendly stuff I used to, I can open a Terminal window and practice some command-line instructions and scripting, and I can run Windows in an emulator, all while using the web and processing a DV effect. For those who can consider it, think about moving to Macintosh, especially because of OS X. It’s a good-looking interface, yeah, but it’s stable. Stable like you’ve never seen, unless you’re used to other Unix-based OS’s.
I can do wonderful things so easily – like hook up your digital camera and have iPhoto automatically create a web page for browsing your images, or for immediate uploading to your web site. I do it regularly.
The O’Reilly Network, the web site of the excellent tech-book publishers, has a number of staff who have made the move and who are documenting with regular postings. Look here – I’ve Switched from Windows, Now What? – for the comments of an experienced Windows user encountering OS X.
This piece describes the procedure for moving Windows Outlook information to Entourage, the equivalent on OS X.
Forwarding Address: OS X covers the move of other experienced people migrating from other operating systems – Classic MacOS, Windows, and Unix-based systems (called “Unixen”).
There’s lots of great help for this move, and I’ll post more links about it.——-
Some quick links: The usual great updates at Ken Stone including book reviews on OS X and Final Cut Pro as well as Chawla on Nesting in FCP; an article about the really easy sound-track generating application SonicFire Pro at Creative Cow, and this nice post from Macintouch:
Version 1.3 of Virtix Sample Effects for iMovie provides three free effects for iMovie 2: Extreme Black and White, Flame, and Letterbox. Available for iMovie 2 for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X, the new version improves compatibility with different versions of iMovie, improves memory handing for dual processor machines, and removes the custom help button because of incompatibilities with iMovie 2.1.——-
Anita Davis, music professor at Southern Mississippi University and a former Atlantan has just created a Music Education schoolblog: http://www.schoolblogs.com/musiceducation. I also showed here some nice OS X tricks. Welcome, Anita!——-
I won’t report every word of the keynote – Lily Tomlin is funny and interesting, but she hasn’t started yet, and I won’t use up my battery and bandwidth for it unless it becomes awesome – but i will update if I find good stuff in the Exhibitors hall, with some pictures too.
Showing off Manila to a PT3 webmaster from Clemson.
Here’s a picture of Lily Tomlin onstage during NECC 2002.
I just heard Cheryl Vedoe talk about iTunes in foreign language instruction: teachers using iTunes to record, organize, and review student assignments. The students record mp3s of their speaking practice, upload to a server, then the teacher downloads it into iTunes and can review them on her laptop or her iPod. An excellent idea.——-
Teachers are cool.——-
Workshop is OVER
The evaluation forms spanned from “This was the best laid out workshop I have been to at NECC in 3 yrs” and “I loved the pace of the workshop… this would be a nice 2-day workshop” to “This was a waste of time and a waste [of the workshop fee].” I wish I had had universal acclaim, but I deserved the feedback I got. In part, the difficulty and frustration stems from the complexity of Final Cut Pro and the difficulty of finding any group of 20 people with the same expectations and levels of experience. The other part is my own preparation; I can always be better prepared. I was able to convey a lot of information that was helpful, but I could have structured it better and provided even more hands-on time.
Some thought I spent too much showing of the interface and not enough working through tutorials; there were other criticisms regarding my organization of the workshop. I will email everyone who I can reach them that I hear and respect the criticism, and to say the workshop doesn’t have to end today. I invite them to come regularly to this site to continue to learn and share, and to help me become a better teacher.
Workshop in progress
I’m doing the workshop and so far no one has thrown anything. Not at me, anyway. Here’s where you’ll find links to all the things I talk about today.——-
Here I am, in Room 203 A/B of the Henry Gonzalez Convention Center. (You should read Molly Ivins on who Gonzalez was). I’m looking out at five groups of tables, each with six iBooks on them. I have 19 folks signed up already, and more could show up at the door in the morning. Time to polish the presentation, and if things go right, I’ll post some pictures during the day tomorrow.——-
For a host of difficult, non-work-related reasons, I have been able to do almost nothing on the presentation over the last week, and I give it Saturday morning to a group of expectant educators. I’ll post a report on how that goes from San Antonio at the NECC conference. Just you wait; we’ll see some good things from there.——-