Category: Misc

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HD Coming via Apple TV

At Macworld Expo, Apple hinted that the Apple TV would be able to play 720p HD video, but there weren’t many details. The last updates to QuickTime and iTunes bring some concrete evidence: QuickTime Player now offers an Export to Apple TV option that’s capable of creating videos at 1280 by 720 resolution. Hopefully, this ...

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My Macworld Expo Session Online

At Macworld Expo in January, I delivered a session called “Graduate from iMovie to Final Cut Pro” as part of the Users Conference track. I thought it went pretty well, especially since public speaking doesn’t come naturally to me, but I’m working on it. As I was leaving, one man asked if the presentation would ...

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Article on Making Money from Web Videos

Scott Kirsner (of CinemaTech fame) has an article in today’s New York Times about several people who are making money (anywhere from a few hundred dollars to $25,000+) by posting their videos on sites that pay for popularity: All the World’s a Stage (That Includes the Internet). When their video reaches a set number of ...

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Camcorderinfo.com Looks at Full HD 1080, Death of MiniDV?

Adam Nielson has taken over blogging duties at camcorderinfo.com, and starts today with two interesting posts. In the first, it appears that Sony’s “Full HD 1080” logo that appears on many of the company’s TVs is, as I suspected, marketing fluff. Although one would think that “Full 1080” might refer to 1080p (progressive, full-frame playback, ...

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Take Control of Mac OS X Backups v2.0

You know you need to back up your Mac’s data, but how? I’m happy to announce that Joe Kissell’s ebook “Take Control of Mac OS X Backups 2.0” is now available. I edited this title, and it’s now bigger and better (making the $10 price even more of a steal). New coverage in the 2.0 ...

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‘Eat at Bill’s’ by Lisa Brenneis

In 2003, I edited Lisa Brenneis’s Final Cut Express for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide, which thrust me into the world of digital video editing beyond iMovie. Lisa, of course, is better known for her Final Cut Pro VQS, and knows both programs inside and out. Back then, she mentioned a documentary project she ...

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Macworld Expo Coming Up

The champagne cork from New Year’s Eve hasn’t even fully dried out, and already it’s time for the main event in the Mac universe: Macworld Expo next week, January 9-12. The big question on my mind, of course, is whether Steve Jobs will announce iLife ’07, which has of late become tradition. Updating the iLife ...

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Interviewed in Wall Street Journal about Holiday DVDs

Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan interviewed me for the Wall Street Journal about creating a holiday DVD (versus a holiday letter), and the article has now appeared on the WSJ Web site: “Now on DVD: Holiday Cards.” What I find interesting is how the writer took some factual information and spun it in a way that isn’t ...

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iTunes Smart Playlist Adventure

I almost always listen to music via iTunes while I’m working, but I do find myself gravitating to the handful of recent albums purchased. At some point I created a Smart Playlist that shows me music that hasn’t played during the past year. It’s a nice eclectic mix of tunes, with 121 items covering 9 ...

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Kirsner’s Ebook on Web Video

Last month I posted a link to Scott Kirsner’s (who runs the CinemaTech blog) list of Web sites that enable you to Make Money from Your Videos. Now, Scott has published a $15 electronic book on the topic: The Future of Web Video: New Opportunities for Producers, Entrepreneurs, Media Companies and Advertisers. The 90-page book, ...