May 30, 2008
the Adobe store might be offering a nice crossgrade discount on the CS3 Production Premium to owners of Final Cut after 9 pm on June 1, 2008.
Update: It looks like already a mail-in rebate for US$500 off Production Premium or US$300 off Adobe Premiere Pro for Avid Liquid, Liquid Pro, and Avid Xpress users.
You can get around not having shows on Zune marketplace by using iTunes to subscribe and download and set Zune software to pick up the files from the iTunes folder. That idea is sorta obvious but you can find real tips via CNET's Crave or Lifehacker, who pick news and tips from Zune fan sites.
In any case, if you're exporting video for the smaller Zune, you can use the iPod Nano preset found in many utilities.
May 29, 2008
Question: "Once the P2 files are imported into FCP, is there a way to quickly delete the original P2 files (.mvx, or whatever they are) without having to unlock each one individually?"
Answer: "I have an Applescript droplet called 'P2Purge' designed expressly for this: it'll unlock and erase the file hierarchy on a P2 card (leaving the folder structure and an empty LASTCLIP.TXT file), then eject it. It can also be set up to allow folder purging for on-disk copies of P2 cards.
Use at your own risk: no warranty of fitness or suitability; professional driver on closed course; files in mirror are bigger than they appear; P2Purge is not intended for the operation of nuclear reactors, air traffic control, avionics, medical equipment, or other life-critical systems; etc."
And if you're feeling especially technically competent, Adam still has his FXScript filters available; he mentions these every once in awhile in articles.
Wes Plate of Automatic Duck: "NEW Pro Export FCP 4.0"
Steve Martin, Ripple Training: "Soundtrack Pro and more"
Vicki de Mey, Robert Strong, Jeff Chang: "The Dead Sleep"
Kris Koch, Advanced Systems Group "Final Cut Server"
Kevan O'Brien, Adobe Systems "Adobe Media Encoder: Flash to Blue-Ray"
The event is at Adobe SF so you have to pre-register and see the details!
Frank's new Avid blog is Source / Record.
May 28, 2008
"Trapcode Horizon is a 3D camera-aware background gradient and image mapping tool for AE7 and higher. It is the perfect companion to the other 3D plugs from Trapcode such as Particular and Form, etc. USD 99. More info, examples, trial download here:
Update: On the AE-list, Jonas Hummelstrand asks, 'I can't see how "Horizon" differs from "Environment" that is included with Cycore FX HD? (Environment example movie) From the Cycore manual:
"Environment is a filter that enables the use of Spherical Map (Latitude-Longitude), Light Probe (Angular Map) and Vertical Cross images as environments in compositions, similar to 3D programs, where an AE comp camera is present and active. HDR images are supported for all three formats. When a camera's transform parameters have been animated, you'll appear to be looking around in the envi- ronment. Includes controls for horizontal panning and texture filtering. This effect would typically be applied to a solid layer the same size as the composition.'
May 22, 2008
Neat Video has a noise reduction plug-in for After Effects, Premiere, VirtualDub that provides "the most accurate video noise reduction currently available" using device noise profiles to reduce sensor noise, as well as reducing visible grain and compression artifacts.
Sounds good, though I haven't tried it, some Photoshop users seem to prefer it to Grain Surgery, the basis of the Reduce Noise filter built into AE.
May 19, 2008
Q&A: Audio Queries
What’s the Buzz? Curing Audio Problems,
I Can’t Hear You: Correct Audio Connections
Updating (from April 24): Mastering Multimedia has more advice in Great audio starts in the field, plus Jay Rose has been giving good advice from his DV column for years.
More Murch resources can be found in Murch's music of the spheres and other previous posts.
May 17, 2008
May 16, 2008
Update: Dylan Pank has some comments on the series over at HD for Indies:
"Basically it boils down to this: Pixel count does not equal resolution because of Modulation Transfer Function, which has an effect at every stage (light through lens, lens to chip, all the way to the projector lens and it hitting the screen in the theatre.) In addition, single sensor bayer cameras are essentially optically 4:2:0 cameras because they record 1/2 the red & blue data compared to the green channel.
I guess you COULD take their claims as a swipe at Red IF..."
Also below is another nugget from the BBC demanding TV fees (via).
May 14, 2008
"I've found the control surface easily doubles my productivity (you can read my initial experience here). So a 90 minute feature color corrected with a mouse could easily take 5 working days... just for the initial grade. And that's without even getting into establishing a look. And look creation in Color is an exercise in patience + fortitude + luck..."
Update: Fini explicately asked for control surface support in the next version of Magic Bullet; Steve Hullfish has a quick look at the JL Cooper Eclipse panel in his new blog CUT.N.COLOR.
Update: John Nack notes Flash-based and other multitouch coolness.
"Boxx is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year and in order to celebrate the occasion, the company assembled an ultimate visual effects machine based on Intel’s Skulltrail platform and Core 2 Extreme processors... Boxx will be giving away one these machines at Siggraph 2008. "
May 12, 2008
You can also convert the DVD file into some more common format like QuickTime using free apps like these:
MPEG Streamclip (Mac/Win)
Premiere Elements trial (Win)
Update: Some people prefer professional apps like Cinematize (Mac/Win) and TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress.
May 9, 2008
May 8, 2008
Flash Wars: Adobe in the History and Future of Flash [Part 1 of 3]
Flash Wars: The Many Enemies and Obstacles of Flash [Part 2 of 3]
Flash Wars: Adobe Fights for AIR with the Open Screen Project [Part 3 of 3]
May 7, 2008
John Nack shared links for 2 sessions of Adobe's 2008 Fiancial Analysts Meeting where some new technology (maybe CS4) was shown. The After Effects part was in session 2 around the 27 minute mark, but look for the button to reveal the transcript cue list.
Earlier sneak peaks were noted here in NAB 2008 on Adobe TV and Flash CS4: IK, curve editor, 3D postcards, XML, plus Technology sneak: InDesign -> Flash.
Converting to 32bpc in Photoshop Without Altering Pixels and Making a Linear ICC Profile.
May 5, 2008
"Tuesday marks the first San Francisco meeting of the San Francisco Bay Area Photoshop Users Group. According to the Evite, here's what's planned:
Photoshop Power Users with Kelly McCathran: In this session we will wow you with some new hot features and double wow you with some little known and under utilized tools... Adobe Bridge: Batch renaming multiple files; The Image Processor to batch convert to different file formats; Photomerge for building Panoramics. Creating and Batching Actions; Vanishing Point Filter; Placing Smart Objects; Image Warping; Patch & Spot Healing Brush Tools; Red Eye Removal Tool; History palette and painting with snapshots; Layer Masks; Setting the best Preferences Tips & Tricks as well as Keyboard Shortcuts.
Kelly McCathran is the Service Provider Evangelist for Adobe. Her mission is to maintain relationships with the top print shops in North America...
The meeting starts at 5:30pm at the Adobe SF office (601 Townsend St.). If you plan to attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org so that they can get the right amount of pizza and drinks."
May 4, 2008
Also in the "I see London, I see France" category is research into geomagnetic vision of birds (with a heads up display) and shrimp (humans have 3 cones, RGB, while mantis shrimps have 16 with 3 pigments in the ultra violet spectrum alone), as well as Fish Sounds and Mutualism.
May 2, 2008
There are more interviews in the related YouTube video thumbnails, including a Hitchcock interview from 1964 from Monitor (& part 2). Hitchcock interview from 1964 from Monitor (& part 2).
See also a previous post Hitchcock was a drama king which noted Jeff Bays' How to turn your boring movie into a Hitchcock thriller and a newer article Hitchcock Humor ("suspense doesn't have any value if it's not balanced by humor").
PrepShootPost notes that the free Google SketchUp now has a physics engine. It's in early beta and Windows-only with a Mac version in the works.