Steve Martin once again displays his skill as a teacher and his understanding of Final Cut Pro in this discussion of less-apparent but important improvements. If you want to learn about FCP or want to learn how to understand it well so you can teach it yourself, go check it out.——-
Last week I presented a pair of workshops on digital photographs and their use in documents, presentations, and on the web. Thanks to all who came to the workshops. It was lots of fun. I promised the great group that I would post my presentation on the web.
Then I returned the laptop without backing up the presentation, and the disk has been re-formatted, and the presentation, as the GASPP folks saw it, has been blown to little binary smithereens.
SOMETIMES I AM A KNUCKLEHEAD.Okay. What I will do is recreate, as best I can, the steps I went through in the presentation. I’ll have to do it in smaller increments, but I will try to do at least a little every day until it’s done. Look for the DigiPhoto Workshop link on the left of the home page. You’ll find the different steps linked there as I recreate them.——-
Newsday: ”...the proliferation of cheap, computer-based music technology, and the increase of freelance producers who know how to use it, threatens the survival of hundreds of small and midsize recording studios in New York City.” High quality low-cost tools are changing media production and the internet is changing distribution. All good.——-
Version 4.0 is announced at NAB, along with other pro upgrades. Reviews will come shortly; I’ll link to them. I won’t get the upgrade for a couple of months, at least.——-
Dave pointed to one of the new Harvard blogs, and David Carraher distills some of the difficulty of implementing any technology in the classroom, and follows with good scenarios for using weblogs in different levels of education. I don’t think the ideas are all new, but they are well-expressed and there’s no denying the impact of the Harvard brand.Now let’s see if the Harvard imprimatur helps to to get these ideas into the heads of principals, administrators, and IT folks, without whom blogs will remain just another good idea.
Wired’s May 2003 issue posts Steve Silberman’s piece on The Matrix: Reloaded. It opens in 5 weeks. If you’re a student, you’ll likely go see it – and if you’re a teacher of film/video students, you’d better, whether you want to or not. It looks captivating, for its type of movie. Ambitious multi-pronged marketing, apparently outrageous production values, and again cutting-edge effects (if the hype is half-right – Silberman claims “special-effects supervisor John Gaeta… reinvents cinematography” ... that’s a big wheel to reinvent). Me? I’m good for at least two full admission prices, with popcorn. Oh yeah, I’m willing to be entertained. Oh yeah.——-
Having just returned from a conference myself, I recommend Scott Berkun’s thoughtful approach to getting the most out of conferences – for yourself, and for the folks you work with.
ImageWell is a very snappy little freeware app that makes compressing jpg files for the web so easy you’ll do more than you need. Mac OS X only.——-
Today’s date seemed important but I just couldn’t place it. A friend just reminded me why. Martin Luther King Jr. died 35 years ago today.Think about what he worked for, and why, and consider doing some of that kind of work yourself.——-