Category: Editing


More on Encoding Video for iPod

iLounge looks at the options for encoding video for the new video iPod: “iPod-Ready Videos? Not So Fast, and Not So Clear.” QuickTime 7.0.3 adds an export option to QuickTime (and therefore, to applications such as iMovie) to encode video for iPod, but you don’t get to customize its settings. Jeremy Horowitz performed a bunch ...


iMac G5 or Power Mac G5 for HD?

Mike at HD For Indies takes a good look at the question: should I buy an iMac G5 for now as a lower-cost bridge before the new Intel-based Power Macs appear, or go with an existing Pwer Mac? He’s focusing on editing HD with Final Cut Pro, of course, but his points are still mostly ...


Shining: Wonderful Re-editing

Making editing available to the masses has its humorous effects. Someone took scenes from Stanley Kubrick‘s scary thriller The Shining, and edited them into a trailer for what looks like a heartwarming comedy called Shining (9.5 MB QuickTime movie file). Update: The New York Times wrote an article about it here.


How to create a vodcast

Christopher Breen once again proves that he doesn’t sleep and knows everything. I, on the other hand, have been actually catching up on some sleep and don’t know a whole lot yet about vodcasting (or the terrible “vlogging,” which sounds like “flogging” when you say it out loud, or just “video blogging”). Just as I ...


WiebeTech G505 Editing Contest

WeibeTech is sponsoring a video editing contest to win a G5Jam+, which lets you install up to 10 drives (six internal and four external) and a TrayDock eSATA, which is an external drive enclosure holding four drives that can be configured as a RAID. Entries are to be no longer than 5 minutes and be ...


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. ...