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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Apple Intermediate Codec 1.0.1 Improves Performance

[Busy week, so I apologize if this is old news to some.] Last week, Apple posted an update to one of its core video-editing components, Apple Intermediate Codec 1.0.1. If you use iMovie HD or Final Cut Express HD, work with HDV-formatted footage, and are using QuickTime 7, this update is highy recommended. Both applications ...

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iMovie HD VQS to Peachpit!

The sprint from Macworld Expo to now is finally over, now that iMovie HD and iDVD 5 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide has been sent to Peachpit, and by now is on the hallowed servers of the book’s printer. Looking at Amazon, the book is currently priced 32% off, or $13.59. You can ...

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Tiger, Articles, and Sleep

Last week was a mix of all-out working and some rare relaxation, which is why I’m a week late in posting this: Glenn Fleishman and I reviewed Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger for The Seattle Times, which includes a goofy picture of me (and, again, has only Glenn’s name on the byline for the online ...

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This Tiger Purrs

Last week was a mix of all-out working and some rare relaxation, which is why I’m a week late in posting this: Glenn Fleishman and I reviewed Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger for The Seattle Times, which includes a goofy picture of me (and, again, has only Glenn’s name on the byline for the online ...

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QuickTime 7 HD Gallery

So, you’ve installed Tiger or QuickTime 7, and want to sample some juicy HD video content? Apple has posted a QuickTime 7 HD Gallery, with movies, music videos, and trailers in H.264 format.

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New Power Mac G5s with Dual-Layer SuperDrives

Apple announced new Power Mac G5 models today, speed bumping the processors and lowering prices. In addition to more power, all models except the low-end single 1.8 GHz configuration include dual-layer SuperDrives, which can burn up to 8.5 GB of data (or three hours of MPEG-2 video). According to Apple’s Power Mac G5 page, iDVD ...

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Hotwire Coffee

I’ve been working all hours lately to finish iMovie HD & iDVD 5 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide, but there’s only so much time I can spend at my regular office or in my home office. So a few nights ago, Kim and I ventured out to a coffeehouse I’ve been wanting to ...

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Pricing Deal on iMovie HD/iDVD 5 QuickProject

It’s funny, but Amazon has offered discounted books for so long that I just assumed that discounts automatically apply. But when I last looked at the Amazon page for Making a Movie in iMovie HD and iDVD 5: Visual QuickProject Guide, it has no discount. (Of course, the book is ridiculously low-priced at $12.99, but ...

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Slick 1.0.3 Update

GeeThree has released an updater that fixes some title issues and other glitches in their Slick iMovie plug-in packages. The updater is a 6 MB download.

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Typo in iMovie 4/iDVD 4 QuickProject

Alert reader John pointed out that a sentence was cut off on page 72 of the first edition of Making a Movie with iMovie and iDVD: Visual QuickProject Guide. In the last “extra bits” column, the sentence should end, “… via Bluetooth in the Share dialog.” Fortunately, that error was corrected in the second edition ...