Category: Editing

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Say Goodbye to iMovie HD 6

Many longtime iMovie users weren’t happy when iMovie ’08 came out, because the new version was completely different from what they’d grown accustomed to. But it wasn’t a big deal, because Apple made iMovie HD 6 available as a free download to anyone who owned iMovie ’08. (If you already had iMovie HD 6 on ...

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Video Encoders Compared

Real World Video Compression looked at four Mac compression tools: El Gato’s Turbo.264 1.3 hardware dongle and software, Apple’s Compressor 3.0.3, Episode Pro 5.0.1, and Techspansion’s Visual Hub 1.3.4 to see which performs best in terms of speed (not necessarily quality; all rendering was done with default settings). The tests were run on a beefy ...

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Make iMovie ’08 Work Your Way

Macworld has posted online an article I wrote that appears in the current print issue: Make iMovie ’08 work your way. The idea for the article came to me when I was writing the book, because I found several things you could do in iMovie ’08 that people thought had been abandoned in iMovie HD ...

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Looking for Voiceover Talent? Consult Your Mac.

Last week, I wrote a short article for TidBITS about the Aperture 2.0.1 update. In addition to bug fixes, the update improves AppleScript support in the digital photo editor, and I pointed to a page at Apple that included videos demonstrating what could be done. To my surprise, those videos used text-to-speech narration instead of ...

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My Final Cut Express 4 Review at Macworld.com

I wrote a review of Final Cut Express 4 for Macworld, which is now available on the magazine’s Web site, giving it four mice and noting that iMovie HD users who aren’t impressed with iMovie ’08 might want to just move up to Final Cut Express instead. I also included a screenshot that demonstrates the ...

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Now Available! iMovie ’08 & iDVD ’08 Visual QuickStart Guide

I received my first author copy last week, but now I’m thrilled to announce that the new iMovie ’08 & iDVD ’08 Visual QuickStart Guide is now available! Due to Apple’s decision to scrap the old iMovie HD and write a completely new iMovie ’08 from scratch, much of the book has been rewritten to ...

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Import AVCHD Later with Voltaic

One potential drawback to using a camcorder that records to AVCHD format is the time it takes to transcode the footage during the iMovie import process. Even on a fast Mac, it can take a while to convert AVCHD to Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC), which iMovie uses internally for editing HD video. But what if ...

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A Few Quick Final Cut Express 4 Followup Notes

I ended up having an impromptu briefing with Apple today about Final Cut Express 4 (see the last post) and learned a few new details that I speculated about earlier today. AVCHD footage is indeed transcoded to AIC on import. I was 99 percent sure this was the case, but since it wasn’t expressly mentioned, ...

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Final Cut Express 4 Adds AVCHD, iMovie ’08 Interoperability

Apple today released Final Cut Express 4, the latest version of its intermediate video editing software. Taking its cues (and code) from Final Cut Pro 6, the new Final Cut Express features an open format Timeline that lets you mix DV and HD formats in the same project and adds the capability to import AVCHD ...

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Moby Offers Free Film Music

Looking for some music for your non-profit film? Head over to Mobygratis.com, where musician Moby has posted music that you can use. hi, i’ll keep this brief. this portion of moby.com, ‘film music’, is for independent and non-profit filmmakers, film students, and anyone in need of free music for their independent, non-profit film, video, or ...