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.


iDVD 5 erases RW media

This is probably one of those no-brainers, but until now I wasn’t certain whether one needed to manually erase a DVD-RW or DVD+RW rewritable disc that already contains content. In iDVD 4, you could write to rewritable media by inserting a DVD-R after you click iDVD’s Burn button, then sneakily ejecting it and inserting a ...


Slick Fixes for iMovie HD

As I noted shortly after Macworld Expo, people who had some of GeeThree’s Slick plug-ins for iMovie installed ran into problems in iMovie HD (Apple didn’t make the software available to third-party developers, so the folks at GeeThree and other plug-in vendors have been working hard to get caught up). Now, GeeThree has released the ...


First Look: iPhoto 5

The last of my iLife ’05 First Looks is now online: First Look: iPhoto 5. Yes, the middle picture is a photo looking down into a coffee cup. I was running out of time and needed to import some new pictures, fast!


First Look: iDVD 5

Continuing my series of first-looks at iLife ’05, has posted First Look: iDVD 5. Not only does it feature info on iDVD’s new burning capabilities, you can see the espresso machine at Diva Espresso where I pay homage nearly every day, as well as (gasp!) watch me make a sports analogy!


iMovie HD 5.0.1 Released

Apple today released iMovie HD 5.0.1 as a 2.4 MB download via Software Update. The update fixes unspecified audio and video synchronization issues. According to Apple, you should apply the patch if your iMovie HD projects include “DV Widescreen assets [16:9 footage], titles, transitions, or video effects” …which entails pretty much any iMovie project. Update: ...


First Look: iMovie HD at MacCentral

My second iLife ’05 First Look article, on iMovie HD, is now up at First Look: iMovie HD. Here’s the kicker: The addition of HD import and editing is a very cool thing, if you’re wealthy enough to afford an HD camera or if you’re looking to the future (HD prices are bound to ...


Slick Conflicts with iMovie HD

If you’re having troubles with iMovie HD (and you’ve already repaired permissions on your Mac), check to see if you have any third-party iMovie plug-ins installed. GeeThree has run into a few conflicts, and posted a page detailing current problems and workarounds. Unfortunately, this is one byproduct of Apple’s product secrecy; as far as I ...


First Look: GarageBand 2

I’m writing a series of First Look articles about iLife ’05 for, the first of which went online today. Check it out: MacCentral: First Look: GarageBand 2. (Big thanks to my colleague Jeff Tolbert, who’s more adept at GarageBand than I am.)


Where is the QT reference movie in iMovie HD?

iMovie 3 introduced a clever thing: when you saved a project, it also created a QuickTime reference movie of the contents of your timeline, effectively creating a QuickTime movie of your movie. Being a reference movie, the file itself was just a pointer to the various media files in your Media folder, but you could ...


Giamatti Robbed by Academy

Just saw the list of this year’s Oscar nominees. Looks like an interesting year, except that Paul Giamatti got shut out of Best Actor category. That’s a shame. But nice to see his Sideways costars Thomas Haden Church (Supporting Actor) and Virginia Madsen (Supporting Actress) get nods. And The Incredibles for Best Original Screenplay! Okay, ...