Category: Misc


Importing AVCHD from DVD Requires Leopard

iMovie ’08 finally brought support for tapeless camcorders that record to memory cards, mini-DVDs, and hard disks. (For a great discussion of getting that footage into iMovie HD, see the comments in the post “Sony DCR-SR100 Hard Drive Camcorder“.) Specifically, it supports video saved in the AVCHD high-definition format. Up until recently, iMovie couldn’t import ...


Moby Offers Free Film Music

Looking for some music for your non-profit film? Head over to, where musician Moby has posted music that you can use. hi, i’ll keep this brief. this portion of, ‘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 ...


My Leopard Review at The Seattle Times

My colleague Glenn Fleishman and I wrote the Seattle Times review of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, which is now available online: Apple’s latest cool cat. In addition to talking about Time Machine, Leopard’s signature built-in backup feature, we hit on a few things that I haven’t seen given a lot of coverage so far, ...


iMovie ’08 and Time Machine

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard launches today, and I’ve been using it to take screenshots of iMovie for my book (which, irritatingly, isn’t listed at Amazon yet for some reason). I like Leopard a lot so far, even though I haven’t had the time to really explore many of the new features. Although nothing about ...


iMovie 7.0.1 Fixes Bugs

Apple today updated iMovie ’08, fixing unspecified bugs and addressing an issue with publishing to .Mac Web galleries. The iMovie 7.0.1 updater is a 9 MB download, or is available via Software Update.


First Look: iMovie ’08

My first-look at iMovie ’08 article for Macworld has just been posted: First Look: iMovie ’08. It ended up being much longer than what my editor assigned, just because so much has changed since iMovie HD 6. Take what you know about iMovie, put it into an imaginary box, and store that box in a ...


Apple Releases QuickTime 7.2, iTunes 7.3.1

Apple has updated QuickTime and iTunes, resolving issues with the H.264 video codec and fixing bugs. The primary changes in QuickTime 7.2 are fixes for several potential security vulnerabilities related to playback of malformed movie files or visiting maliciously crafted Web sites. However, many people will probably notice one other long-overdue change: Movies can now ...


Seattle Times Column and Safari 3.0.2

My Seattle Times Practical Mac column today talks about Safari 3, which is a beta for Mac but also for Windows: “Trekking through Apple’s new Safari“. In addition to talking about improvements over Safari 2, I noted Apple’s initial hiccup with Windows security: Safari also offers better security, especially compared with Internet Explorer, which is ...


Back Up Data to Digital Camera

I contributed to a Macworld article that’s now available online: “Three for the road: Expert tricks for getting more from your Mac laptop.” My section talks about how to use the memory card in your digital camera (which these days are likely to be 1 GB or more) as an easy backup solution while you’re ...


My Apple TV Review at Seattle Times

Instead of a regular Practical Mac column this week, I reviewed the Apple TV: Computer, television learning to get along. Despite my few reservations, the Apple TV is compelling because Apple has done the living room right. The quality of the experience stands out the most, supported by the overall polish and attention to detail ...