Yesterday I noted the Wall Street Journal’s Career Journal linked to this site. Welcome if you followed that link. #
A colleague with a German visitor in his school wrote asking about “zones” or “regions” in DVD players. A Google search found a number of vendors with information; MPEG.org is the DVD standards body [oops – correction – the standards body is MPEGLA – Tim] which oversaw its development. Neither has any info on its site about Region codes (according to Google). I found this faq which seems competent, but I can’t absolutely vouch for its authenticity. Caveat et cetera #.
Steve Martin at Ripple Training has a November report, with great suggestions for easily making and organizing individual sub-clips from a long capture in Final Cut Pro, money-saving tips for testing a DVD project prior to burning, and a nice brief positive review of Sorenson Squeeze for compressing video for web or CD-ROM. Steve is one of the great multimedia answer guys – a compulsive teacher, and a good one. #
Digital Media Net’s Digital Video Editing site has numerous articles worth reading in recent updates: among them, an After Effects and Photoshop speed comparison between Dell’s latest 3.06GHz racehorse and Apple’s Dual 1GHz. Charlie White’s summation: “Mac slaughtered again.” Can’t argue with the numbers; Apple badly needs to keep up in the speed race. It’s not the only valid point of comparison, especially for educators who use or teach video, but it’s important. #
Other good reads from that site: a laudatory review of the new Cleaner 6 from discreet; features on QuickTime authoring and Final Cut Pro; customizing iDVD; a series on Lighting 101; and lots more. Go explore.
From Charles at Playbacktime: Looking for an inexpensive alternative to commercial rotoscoping and video painting tool? how about open-source Film Gimp, which runs on Linux and was used on Scooby Doo, Stuart Little 2, and others. They may not be the best movies, but the animation continues to push the state of the art. If you run Linux, you can do it too. #