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Academix 2011


There is at least one presentation from this gathering I’ll be following up on:

Using mobile and social media for research and teaching
John Gallaugher, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Information Systems, The Carroll School of Management, Boston College

Full of good ideas for using mobile and social media to foster more involvement with students, including a class wiki from day one, a hall of fame for best student work accessible to students as examples of successful work, submitting questions and answers for exams so they can guide and raise the bar for each other. Very stimulating and provocative, and it’s implemented and successful already.

A big issue, though: as a previous presenter said, and as any reading educator will tell you, competence, much less expertise, requires regular practice. For more faculty to adopt and implement these practices will require time, and that time must be allowed and encouraged by chairs, deans, provosts, and other administrators.

The details of this mini-conference are at More good things to come, because they’re going to post video and supporting materials there within a couple of weeks. Good.

Apple Announces Final Cut Pro X

Peter Steinauer, FCP Architect, demos the new interface. Image courtesy Eric Reagan of Photography Bay. Click the image to go to his post.

Updated below.

Lots of questions remain, but things are gonna change. Among the biggest news: Mac App Store only, at $299. I wonder what the education pricing will be.

Eric Reagan of Photography Bay blogged it live, and has some follow up in the comments, so scan them all.

Macworld has an initial report.

A first response from Scott Simmons at Pro Video Coalition.

Even more reflections, which I believe to be informed opinion, from highly regarded FCP trainer Larry Jordan and from Philip Hodgetts, another trainer and industry observer.

Both Jordan and Hodgetts were among the group that saw the preliminary demo in February, with comments embargoed by NDAs. They’ve both built their businesses and reputations on deep knowledge of the industry and Apple and FCP’s place in it. They’re not wild-eyed boosters, in other words. Interesting, interesting.

UPDATE: More from Larry Jordan here, in his post The Sound of 1,700 Jaws Dropping. He also includes a massive screenshot of this screen from FCPX. Click on this thumbnail to see the large view:

A closeup view of the new FCP interface, provided to Larry Jordan by Apple. Click on the image to see the full-size 2740 x 1468 resolution image.
[Image courtesy Apple Inc. Click for enlarged view.]

Excellent FCP Resource: I’m Not Bruce

I'm Not Bruce's blog logo. He's an enthusiast, with a great eye for detail and a good way of explaining things. Bookmark him or subscribe to his feed

Thanks to a link in my daily Studio Daily e-newsletter, I’ve found Walker Ferox, a.k.a. I’m Not Bruce.

Who’s Bruce?

Not me. Seriously.

This blog is basically my little electronic notebook where I just jot down things I’d like to remember about Apple’s Final Cut Studio since it’s such a complex package. Little tips, hints, tutorials, urls for helpful things, etc…

I’m Not Bruce is the best new (new to me) FCP-related site I’ve seen in ages. If you use Final Cut, this should be a regular read.

Updated to add actual links to I’m Not Bruce. Which would have been nice in the original post.

Target Disk Mode Saves the Day Again

Helping a student burn a DVD on a laptop that for some reason wouldn’t accept the blank DVD. I hooked the MacBook up to an iMac in the lab with a firewire cable, booted the laptop while holding down the T key, and voila! The MacBook’s drive mounted on the iMac’s desktop, and I could access the DVD project and start burning. The latest MacBooks don’t have firewire any more :( but the Pro series and desktops do. Useful.