Category: Editing


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 ...


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 ...


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.


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 ...



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: 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. ...


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 ...


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.


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...