November 4, 2015
Encode web ready video simply and experience perfect playback every time. It’s as simple as drag and drop.
November 4, 2015
Encode web ready video simply and experience perfect playback every time. It’s as simple as drag and drop.
August 28, 2015
by Joe Marine, nofilmschool
The compositing and 3D application used by a number of Hollywood films was purchased by Blackmagic about a year ago, and they released version 7 for free, along with a $1,000 studio version containing more advanced features and options. While version 7 was only available on Windows, version 8 is now available for both Windows and OS X, and the $1K studio version will be available for Windows, Mac, and Linux when it’s finally released.
Here’s a general overview of Fusion from Rick Young:
Per the Blackmagic website:
Fusion is the world’s most advanced compositing software for visual effects artists, broadcast and motion graphic designers and 3D animators. With over 25 years of development, Fusion has been used on over 1000 major Hollywood blockbuster feature films! Fusion features an easy and powerful node based interface so you can construct complex effects simply by connecting various types of processing together. That’s super easy and extremely fast! You get a massive range of features and effects included, so you can create exciting broadcast graphics, television commercials, dramatic title sequences and even major feature film visual effects!
June 16, 2015
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June 10 ,2015
Apple’s latest version of OS X 10.11, El Capitan, landed with an unsurprising thud at the company’s WWDC 2015 keynote. Compared to Yosemite’s massive number of new features it’s a bit disappointing, but savvy fans already knew to curb their enthusiasm. This year’s update is about refinement rather than innovation.
Refinement isn’t exciting, but it is often needed, and it can provide opportunity to add the small, mundane conveniences that make an operating system more pleasant to use day-to-day. Apple’s decision to name OS X 10.11 after a rock formation inside Yosemite is supposedly symbolic of the company’s focus on the core experience. Has Apple conquered the challenges introduced by its last major update, or is the operating system hanging on by its fingertips?
The revision of Spotlight was my favorite addition to OS X Yosemite. It made the operating system more usable by negating the difficulties of Finder — which I’ve always found inferior to Windows’ Explorer — and drawing in results from the Web when appropriate. I had no major complaints about it when I reviewed Yosemite last year, but Apple has found new ways to improve it.
Natural language search is intuitive, but there are limits to what Spotlight will understand.
Natural language is the big news. Like most search functions online and off, Spotlight let users refine results by date, file type and other filters, but using those filters can be difficult and often requires memorization of annoying booleans. That’s no longer the case. Want to find documents from April? Then type “documents from April.” Need April of 2015? Add 2015 to the end of the sentence. It’s that simple. Spotlight is hooked into Apple’s Mail app, making mail search far easier.
Still, the feature isn’t perfect. Natural language input is useful, but it also blurs the line between what does and doesn’t work. You might think, for example, that “show me contacts with the last name of Smith” could draw all relevant hits from the Contacts app, but Spotlight isn’t connected to that app yet. Some frustrating trial-and-error is required.
A number of smaller improvements come alongside natural language. New types of content can now appear in Spotlight including Web video, stocks, and weather. And the Spotlight window can now be moved and re-sized. Desktop users will love that — having search stuck in the middle of the screen was pointless on a 27-inch iMac.
May 26, 2015
OK. I’m cheap. And brief. But here’s (another) 15+GB of FREE online secure cloud storage for you to try out, with lots of included free options. Of course, you can always upgrade for as little as five bucks a month for even more storage, but as I said– I’m cheap.
Sharing the contents of folders in Copy is simple and effective. All you have to do is right click on a folder, and click Share. A public link will be created that you can paste into an email, or share on social networks with the included Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus buttons.
Copy has two types of sharing: Simple and Secure. Simple sharing creates a public link that anyone can access. Secure sharing creates a link that’s “invitation only,” and requires recipients to verify their email address with Copy.
With securely shared folders, you can specify permissions that each user has. The available permissions are: Can Edit & Sync, View Only, and Can Manage.
Copy is also great for businesses – even with the free plan – due to the free plan supporting up to 5 users.
With 15 GB of free space, sync clients for almost any operating system, and fantastic mobile apps, there’s a lot I like about Copy.
Shared links display a simple file list, yet when you click a photo it will enlarge to fill your entire screen. The interface isn’t cluttered at all; it’s simple, clean, and effective. There’s a “Save All” link, so the person you’re sharing with can download all the files in the folder. Copy even displays CR2 files natively, making this a great service for photographers who work with RAW files.
April 21, 2015
Apple has published their user guides into iBooks. It’s a great way to get access to the manuals for FCPX, Motion and Compressor. Here’s everything you need to know about the features and controls in Final Cut Pro X, in a handy digital format. Get to know Final Cut Pro X and learn how to accomplish both basic and advanced tasks using the application. It’s the definitive guide to Final Cut Pro X, straight from Apple. You can download them for Free. Here’s a link to the Final Cut Pro X manual.
This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device, and with iTunes on your computer. Books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
September 25, 2014
Yesterday we asked you what your editing software of choice is and Final Cut 7 (not X) still rounded out the top spot with over 35% of the vote in it’s favor (see here and click “View Results”)
Now, we’d like to ask you what your favorite editing HARDWARE of choice is? Do you have a new black sleek Mac Pro or are you still using your Mac Mini for attempted hard core editing? Or, are you one of those PC users? Take a second and click your choice below…
August 7, 2014
by Larry Jordan
Editing guru Larry Jordan writes a post on why Apple Final Cut Pro 7 users might want to consider switching to Adobe Premiere Pro.
He writes, “From my point of view, Adobe has modeled recent versions of Premiere Pro after Final Cut Pro 7; extending it to run efficiently on today’s hardware. The big sea change occurred with CS6, when Premiere adopted FCP 7’s keyboard shortcuts, much of its nomenclature, its media handling and many of its features. This is not a bad thing. Final Cut Pro 5 – 7 had something like 2 million users, while Premiere Pro had only a fraction of that. If I were going to emulate something, I’d pick the biggest market I could find. In other words, Premiere Pro CC looks and operates very much like Final Cut Pro 7.”
Read the full story here.
June 3, 2014
by The Verge
At its annual conference for developers, Apple yesterday announced the next version of its desktop operating system, OS X. OS X 10.10 Yosemite follows in the footsteps of last year’s OS X 10.9 Mavericks with an even cleaner design and more features inspired by iOS. This year, the theme is all about “continuity.”
The flat design, translucent panels, and lack of gradients and textures of iOS 7 can be found throughout OS X 10.10, lending a much more modern look to the desktop operating system. App icons feature flatter designs, the dock and windows of apps have sharper corners, and a new system font is meant to improve overall readability. App windows can also adjust their color temperature based on a user’s selected background, just like iOS. There is also a new, user-selectable “dark mode” that dims the entire interface for better focus while working. Apple’s Craig Federighi calls it a focus on “clarity, but also utlity.”
The Notification Center has been expanded with a new “Today” view for calendar, reminders, weather, and more, and Apple says that it can be extended even further with third-party app widgets. Apple’s universal search tool, Spotlight, has been redesigned and improved with more functionality, including instant results for web searches.
iCloud Drive offers direct access to all files stored in Apple’s cloud service
One of the biggest changes is Apple’s new iCloud Drive service, which integrates all files stored in a user’s iCloud account into the Finder file browser. Users can browse their files stored in the cloud and organize them into folders and tag them like any other types of files. Apple says that all iCloud Drive files will sync across Mac computers and even Windows PCs. MailDrop is a new feature in Apple’s Mail app that lets users attach large files to emails with their iCloud accounts, bypassing the attachment size restrictions many email services have. Mail has also gained the ability to edit attached images with simple text and arrow overlays.
The theme of continuity in OS X is greatest seen in its new abilities to interact with an iOS device. AirDrop between OS X and iOS is finally supported, allowing users to transfer images and other data between their mobile devices and their desktop without using a cable. Users can seamlessly transfer the file they’re working on in Pages on their Mac to an iPad or iPhone. OS X 10.10 using location awareness, so email messages that are composed on an iPhone can instantly be continued on a Mac. It’s also now possible to start up a mobile hotspot directly from a Mac, without having to touch the iPhone.
OS X 10.10 integrates with iOS devices in more ways than ever
Apple’s iMessage service has been accessible across iOS and OS X devices for a number of years, but now the company is expanding it to include traditional text messages. Phone calls can similarly be relayed from an iPhone to a Mac, and a Mac can be used as a giant speakerphone. Calls can be intiated and dialled right from a Mac, as well.
Apple also says it plans to bring its Photo app from iOS to OS X early next year, but it did not go into detail as to how it relates to the existing iPhoto app.
Overall, OS X 10.10 Yosemite is more of a visual refresh than a complete overhaul of the operating system, much like iOS 7 was a refresh of iOS that didn’t change how the system works in a significant way. The biggest improvement for OS X is the better integration and interaction with Apple’s mobile devices, making it that much more beneficial for users to be completely bought in to Apple’s entire ecosystem. But overall, it shouldn’t be that jarring of a change for most users.
Available as a free upgrade this fall
Apple says that developers will be able to access the new OS X 10.10 Yosemite starting today, and a public beta will be available this summer. The final public release will be this fall. As with last year’s OS X 10.9, 10.10 Yosemite will be available as a free upgrade to existing users.
May 21, 2014
Apple on Tuesday improved the browser-based versions of its Pages, Numbers and Keynote applications, also known as iWork for iCloud, with support for larger files and more collaborating users.
Those who log onto iCloud.com and access any of the three applications will be greeted with a new splash page announcing the changes. For all three applications, the updates include the ability to:
In addition, Pages specifically has gained the ability to export files to the ePub format, object layering, and to insert and edit inline tables.
For Numbers, users can now have alternating row colors in tables, and files can be exported to the .CSV format. Finally, Keynote has the ability to show and hide slide numbers.
Apple has issued continuous improvements for its iWork for iCloud suite since the software debuted last year. The free service allows users to create and edit documents, then save, sync and share them directly from their browser on Macs, Windows PCs, and iOS devices.
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