All posts by Jeff Carlson

Author, photographer, and late-nighter Jeff Carlson is a columnist for the Seattle Times, a contributing editor for TidBITS, and writes for outlets such as Macworld, DPReview, Creative Pro, and others. He is the author of Take Control of Lightroom CC; Take Control of Your Digital Photos; Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course; and The iPad for Photographers, among many other titles.

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cf/x Plug-ins Updated for HD

I just noticed that cf/x! has updated several of its iMovie plug-ins to work with iMovie HD. I pointed someone at the iMovie discussion boards to my tutorial on how to rotate video clips, and then Christian Franz at cf/x noted that their free turn clip plug-in does the same thing. Very cool.

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Making Slideshows on the Mac

I forgot to post this when it was live, but my last Seattle Times column covered making slideshows on the Mac, using iPhoto, iMovie, and iDVD: So many iPhoto options make creating slide shows fun (the headline doesn’t make sense, since it’s not just about iPhoto, but I didn’t write it).

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Too Nice Not to Share

Sometimes the life of a computer-book author is lonely, which is why the following email truly made my day today. Thank you so much for publishing your Visual Quickstart Guide to iMovie and iDVD. My daughter had a project (a DVD about Middle School Band) that all of a sudden was due last Friday. She ...

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Morgan Stanley Web Rant

Like many people right now, I’m putting together my taxes. My wife and I have investments and a shared money market account through Morgan Stanley. I need some information from the money market account. Although we have lots of paper statements at home, I figured it was time I put all of it into Quicken, ...

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Red ink falling out of favor with teachers

My mind reels. Apparently, using red ink to grade students’ papers is “too stressful,” so an elementary school in Connecticut has banned the color from teachers’ editing arsenals: Red ink falling out of favor with teachers (CNN). Are we raising children to be so coddled that they can’t handle the color red on their homework? Maybe ...

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MPEG-1 Movies Import without Audio

Following my review of iMovie HD in Macworld, a reader wrote to say, “While you stated that iMovie can now import MPEG-4 video, you didn’t mention that it can import ONLY video. There is no sound. One of the main reasons I got iMovie was so I could use it to create a video using ...

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5-star Review of Making a Movie…

macCompanion.com reviewed Making a Movie in iMovie and iDVD: Visual QuickProject Guide, giving it five stars (out of five)! I have an iMac G5 with a SuperDrive, so I’m halfway there. All I need is a video camera and I’d be set to really enjoy this book and the necoffee.com website to the fullest. That, ...

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Now Available: iMovie HD & iDVD 5 QuickProject!

Kent the UPS driver just delivered a slim package containing my first copy of my latest book, Making a Movie in iMovie HD and iDVD 5: Visual QuickProject! Amazon doesn’t have it in stock yet, but usually does within a week or so of when I receive my first author copy. This version covers iMovie ...

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Now Available: iMovie HD & iDVD 5 QuickProject!

Kent the UPS driver just delivered a slim package containing my first copy of my latest book, Making a Movie in iMovie HD and iDVD 5: Visual QuickProject! Amazon doesn’t have it in stock yet, but usually does within a week or so of when I receive my first author copy. This version covers iMovie ...

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Ars Technica Builds $14 Steadicam

Ars Technica reviewed Make magazine and built the $14 steadicam that is one of the Make projects. Go to page 3 to view a movie comparing footage shot with and without the steadicam.