Category: Shooting


iMovie ’09 8.0.5 Released, Supports New iFrame Format

Apple today released iMovie ’09 8.0.5. In addition to improving support for importing video captured using the latest iPod nano, this version introduces support for iFrame, a video format employing H.264 video and AAC audio compression. According to Jim Dalrymple at CNET and Peter Cohen at The Loop, iFrame is a format developed by Apple. ...


HD Camcorders Buyer’s Guide at Macworld

Chris Breen has published a thorough guide to what to look for when buying an HD camcorder: HD camcorders: Buyer’s guide.


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 ...


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 ...


Pogue on Tapeless Camcorders

Sure, not five minutes after I write the previous post, I see that David Pogue’s column for the New York Times talks about the problems of tapeless camcorders: Beware the Tapeless Camcorder. He brings up several good points, including the dreaded storage issue: Suppose, for example, that you buy a hard-drive or memory-card camcorder. And ...


I think I just became a fan of tapeless camcorders

I’ve always been on the side of the fence that says, “Stick with MiniDV because you get the highest quality video.” But I’ve been playing with a Panasonic HDC-SC1 camcorder, which records in HD and saves it as AVCHD, and I’m pretty impressed. I haven’t really put it through its paces — I haven’t really ...


Importing from a Hard Disk Camcorder in iMovie ’08

I went to a Sony Style store yesterday to see how iMovie ’08 actually performs with hard-drive based camcorders (I don’t currently have one of these to test with). After convincing the staff there that I was legitimate, and agreeing that I would delete any footage of the store that I shot with their camera ...


Still Photo versus Video

One of the blogs I frequent is that of still-photographer Doug Plummer (who has also been uploading a photo of the day for more than a year). Doug is currently attending the Microsoft Pro Photo Summit, and reports on a panel called “Still vs. Video” that predicts a big shift in how image content is ...


Ken Burns on the Ken Burns Effect

Poynter Online has published an article about the Ken Burns Effect (pan and zoom), which includes information on how to best use the effect from editors such as… Ken Burns. For Burns, any motion on an image comes in pursuit of meaning. He says there are no hard and fast rules: “All there is is ...


Tapeless Camcorders at

This is basic information, but a good roundup of some DVD and hard-disk based camcorders and how they don’t work on the Mac: “Tapeless Camcorders and the Mac.” So if you’re an avid video maker and you plan to continue editing with your Mac, I’d say the safest bet right now is to stick with ...