Category: Editing


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 ...


iMac G5 for Video Editing

David from Florida wrote to me: The one iMac G5 thread I am hoping to read — how will it be for digital video? Let’s say I add 1GB of RAM — will it be fine for Final Cut Express? And how about Final Cut Pro? It doesn’t have to be top of the line. ...


Editing Other People’s Videos

Interesting article in today’s New York Times about companies that will edit up the video footage that you’ve shot and never gotten around to viewing or editing: For Neglected Video, a Hollywood Touch. “The problem people have with their home movies is mostly one of retrieval,” said Mark Smith, a co-owner of Pergamon, a video-editing ...


Learning by Seeing: Firefly

The best way to learn something is to do it, but when you’re talking about film/video editing, sometimes watching can be just as important. My wife and I have been re-watching Joss Whedon‘s short-lived television series Firefly, and although I’ve seen the series twice before (once during its televised run, and again on DVD), the ...


Errata: Rotating Video Clips

On page 29 of iMovie 4 & iDVD 4 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide, I wrote the following tip: Remember that a camcorder isn’t like a still camera. I’ve seen people rotate the camcorder 90 degrees as they would a still camera in an effort to shoot a “taller” image. Unfortunately, no matter ...


Editing 30 fps @ 140 mph

If you thought that carrying a PowerBook gave you the ability to edit on location, check out Geek My Ride, a Final Cut editing system built into a Lexus IS300. This concept car at Macworld Expo in Boston was put to the test by five editors, who were given 90 minutes in the hot seat, ...