Category Archives: Video

Managing Your FCP X Events & Projects using Disk Images

The new Final Cut Pro means a new way of working, and Steve Martin tells us how

Steve Martin of Ripple Training, on Ken Stone’s site: Managing Your FCP X Events & Projects using Disk Images. This looks like an excellent workflow. Haven’t upgraded/downgraded/sidegraded to FCPX yet, but I know I will, and this will make working with it so much easier. A real find.

The Definitive Guide to Display Ports | Mac|Life

A handful of Mac video adapters. There are lots of them. Image courtesy MacLife
Mac|Life magazine presents The Definitive Guide to Display Ports. There have been many and many over the years, and it can be confusing. Bookmark or print this guide if you or your colleagues have portable Macs and you use them to give presentations or video on monitors or projectors. Valuable info!

iPad Wireless HD mirroring

iPad2 screen mirrored wirelessly on an HDTV. This screenshot taken from the YouTube video demonstrating the hack

Well isn’t this interesting? A presenter can mirror the iPad screen wirelessly – what could teachers do with this? Very impressive, and apparently they spent only about $150.

Teachers and corporate presenters alike begged Apple for video mirroring capabilities for the iPad, and the company delivered the feature in the iPad 2. Apple’s solution still leaves users tied to a cord, however, so two employees at networking service provider Straight Up Technologies developed a simple hack to give their client wireless HDMI output and freedom of movement while sharing the iPad’s screen.

via iPad wireless HD mirroring hack makes for better presentations.

Extra photo and video storage for iPad – Mac OS X Hints

image courtesy Pocket-Lint

How cool is this – add storage space for media to your iPad!

I have discovered, after reading a hard-to-find hint elsewhere on the web, that photos and videos can be stored on an SD card, and imported with the SD card adapter in the Camera Connection Kit, as long as the filenames are in a recognised format. The original hint I found suggested that just naming the files correctly would work but I found that the files need to be in a specific folder to be recognised.

via Extra photo and video storage for iPad – Mac OS X Hints.

New 64 bit Final Cut Pro? | Philip Hodgetts

Will FCS go 64-bit, and what will that mean?

Philip Hodgetts, long a Final Cut authority, asks if the rumors about a new 64 bit Final Cut Pro might be true and speculates on what that would mean. It’s only speculation, and the comments include lots of wishful thinking, but it’s informed speculation. After the unveiling of the new iMovie for iPad and the praise it’s had, there’s apparent reason for anticipation.

Aspect Ratios: History and Workflows

Images of frame size comparisons, a framing chart, and Panavision anamorphic lenses from the article

Creative COW is the odd acronym for “Creative Communities of the World,” an online community where established pros in filma and video come to learn, teach, and share information about the ever-changing world of moving image production, post-production, and exhibition. The author of the article linked below, for example, created the trailers for James Cameron’s Avatar. At the proper forum on the same site, you can find basic help regarding iMovie or Windows Movie Maker.

The particular article I’m linking here, called Relax, and Quit Bluffing: Aspect Ratios and Workflows, offers a history of the different frame sizes for feature film production and exhibition from the invention of film through the contemporary use of digital SLR still cameras for capturing high-definition video. You don’t have to be deeply into the history of technology to appreciate this; knowing how current standards evolved will only help you better grasp where they may be going.

Phone + Dropbox = TV

Just recorded this outside a few minutes ago, uploaded via wifi to my Dropbox, and posted this here. The whole process took less than 10 minutes.

Click here to watch the video.

Update: fixed broken link to video after moving it to Public Dropbox folder. Login no longer needed.

Shot and Edited on an iPhone 4

John Gruber pointed to this video made entirely on an iPhone 4: “Apple of My Eye” – an iPhone 4 film on Vimeo.

Further evidence that it’s not the tools, but how you use them.

“Ins and Outs of Social Networking”

I gave a talk three weeks ago (omg time has flown) to the Atlanta chapter of MCA-I about social networking, and use of the web for building and maintaining connections with colleagues, peers, and clients. Below the jump are many many links to the sites we visited during the lively discussion.

Before I get to the mechanics of everything in this post, I want to say a bit about why to do all this, and it’s much more than “branding” yourself. I had not long before found a post on 3 Quarks Daily, a group blog on current affairs, about thinking and working in this new economy and this new century. It was a link to an interview and podcast with Seth Godin, an unconventional marketing consultant and author. In this service economy, most of us have to provide something unique—there are videographers and editors all over. To be successful, Godin asserts that we have do our work as an artist would, to add ourselves in essential ways to what we do. After listening to this podcast a few times, and starting to read his blog, I’ve tried to consciously bring more of that attitude to what I do, and I encourage you to do that as well, and tell the story of it through social media. Now, to the links:

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MakeMKV Backs Up DVDs and Blu-Rays

Apparently, this tool will rip Blu-Ray discs. It makes sense to back things up, I say.

MakeMKV Rips DVDs and Blu-Rays With Just Two Clicks – dvd ripping – Lifehacker.

I haven’t tested this, but it is worth pointing to.