Category: Editing

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Photos for OS X Editing Extensions

The version of Photos for OS X that shipped with OS X El Capitan adds a new capability to Apple’s built-in photo management software: editing extensions. Although the adjustment tools in Photos are surprisingly sophisticated, they’re still fairly limited (and you still can’t edit an image in another application without exporting it first, a feature ...

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Giving Away 3 Free Copies of Photoshop Elements 13 Classroom in a Book

Congratulations to Fuad K., Johnny S., and Agnes O., who each received a code to download the ebook! When I recently gave away five free ebook copies of my Photos for OS X and iOS book, I discovered some codes I’d overlooked for Photoshop Elements 13: Classroom in a Book. I can’t just let them ...

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Photos Everywhere with Lightroom CC and Photos for OS X

While I was away on my photo workshop, I put the last touches on an article that’s now at TidBITS, Photos Everywhere with Lightroom CC and Photos for OS X (which enabled me to include some photos on location, like the Yoda statue at Lucasfilm headquarters). After writing the review of Lightroom CC for Macworld ...

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An Impromptu Lightning Photo Opportunity

Seattle experienced a record-setting high temperature of 96 degrees (F) yesterday, and with it came an unexpected lightning and thunder show. We don’t often see lightning here, so I was thrilled to sit in my living room with all the windows open and watch the display. And then I realized I should try to take ...

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Macworld Reviews iMovie 10

Serenity Caldwell reviewed the new iMovie 10 for Macworld: iMovie 10 review: a lot to like, a few quibbles. As a longtime iMovie user (and author of several books and articles about it), here’s one line that particularly stood out: The app’s fast enough now that it doesn’t need you to downscale your HD clips ...

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Add a timestamp in iMovie

My latest Macworld Create column looks at a relatively simple feature: adding a timestamp to your footage. It’s much better than the old days when cameras would burn the date and time directly onto your footage (and the typography is much better now). I also reveal how to fix footage that has the wrong date ...

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Complete Green Screen Setup for $250

In the New York Times, David Pogue discovers that the Westcott uLite Green Screen Lighting Kit is an effective and affordable way to capture green screen footage. iMovie can then knock out the green and let you add other footage in its place. Hollywood-Style Tricks on the Cheap (Although I have a minor quibble: Pogue says ...

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Import Flip Video into iMovie for iOS

When I was reviewing iMovie 1.2 for iOS, I was surprised to discover that I could import video directly from my Flip MinoHD camcorder. During the tech edit, Macworld editor James Galbraith had a few questions (for him, he needed to plug his Flip into a powered hub for it to be recognized by the ...

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Mastering iMovie Trailers at Macworld

When iMovie ’11 was released, the snazziest new feature was movie trailers, an easy way to create a short movie that had professional-quality editing and a soundtrack (recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra, no less). But a movie trailer seemed like a one-shot distraction. Sure, it was fun, but was that it? In my latest ...

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Talking iMovie ’11 on MacVoices

On Tuesday I chatted with Chuck Joiner about what’s new in iMovie ’11 and my TidBITS article, “15 Secrets of iMovie ’11” for the MacVoices podcast. Chuck is always great to talk to, and indulged me when I found myself having to back up and explain things like rolling shutter, CMOS camera sensors, and interlaced ...