Category: Editing

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Apple Production Value of HD Session

I went into downtown Seattle today to attend a free “Production Value of HD” session put on by Apple and IrisInk. For the most part, if was a good overview of what Final Cut Studio can do, though it did include some material I’d seen before (such as this video of Walter Murch and Soundtrack ...

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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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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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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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iSci-Fi

Okay, raise your hand if you’re involved with movie editing because you’ve secretly always wanted to make a Star Wars movie. Now you’re one more step in that direction: Samples4.com has release iSci-Fi, a collection of science fiction themed sounds and music as Apple Loops (AIFF format), which are compatible with iMovie and Final Cut. ...

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Just How Much Disk Space Does HDV Use?

Until iMovie HD came out, it was easy to estimate how much disk space you needed to store a project: roughly 13 GB per hour of DV footage. HDV, however, is a different beast — an HDV camcorder such as the Sony HDR-FX1 captures high-definition video and then compresses it in-camera using MPEG-2 compression (the ...

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HD For Indies

I’m a new reader to HD for Indies, a great resource on HD shooting and editing. My brain is suffering overload from all the information here: HD For Indies.

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Hollywood Calculator 1.0.1

I’ve wanted something like this for a long time: Hollywood Calculator 1.0.1, a simple Mac OS X application that easily calculates timecode. Need to quickly figure out the total length of your movie if you add a 3:43:19 (that’s 3 minutes, 43 seconds, 19 frames) to it? Plug it into the calculator; it works with ...

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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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iMovie 4/iDVD 4 VQS Correction

Alert reader Michael pointed out a typo in iMovie 4 & iDVD 4 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide: Page 100, Figure 9.7 should read “Use the Save Frame As command…” (not Safe). True, it’s not a life-threatening error, but why give the typo the satisfaction of mucking up the book? Thanks Michael! If ...