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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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 ...

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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 ...

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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!

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First Look: iDVD 5

Continuing my series of first-looks at iLife ’05, MacCentral.com 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!

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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: ...

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First Look: iMovie HD at MacCentral

My second iLife ’05 First Look article, on iMovie HD, is now up at MacCentral.com: 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 ...

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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 ...

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First Look: GarageBand 2

I’m writing a series of First Look articles about iLife ’05 for MacCentral.com, 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.)

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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 ...

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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, ...