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Intelligent Assistance Updates Pro Apps Hub Databases

The Pro Apps Hub, the unique software engine that provides the Internet’s only index to articles and tutorials across sites by application, subject, topic and type has been updated again.

The index of Articles and tutorials now contains 2612 individual articles for 146 different applications. Although the software provides quick access to Apple Pro App articles, application start pages are available for the full 146 applications in the index. Browse by application, or by article type (Basic Tutorial, Medium Tutorial, Advanced Tutorial, Technique, Advanced Technique or Video Tutorial) or by Subject and topic.

In addition, there are 454 resources listed covering everything from reference sites to free brushes for Photoshop, including free stock, music, plug-ins and more.

The forum listings only include online forums that are active with knowledgeable people so you don’t waste time posting where you won’t get an answer. More than 800 forums were reviewed to find the 314 forums listed, indexed by appliation and subject.

The Pro Apps Hub is free software that makes sense of Internet resources. OS X 10.3 and 10.4 are supported with a windows version coming Q2, 2006.

Apple Knowledge Base Articles to February 25th

Logic Pro/Express 7: Logic Control input devices stop working when switching between Logic versions

When Logic 7.1 and 7.2 are installed on the same computer, communication can be lost with control surfaces. The solution is to power down the control surfaces and, after powering up, Rebuild defaults for the control surface. This will delete any user-created control assignments.

Logic Pro/Express quits when launched on an Intel-based Mac

Logic Pro or Logic Express version 7.2 may unexpectedly quit during launch on an Intel-based Macintosh if the control surface preferences file has been copied from a PPC Mac. Delete the preference file located at:

~/Library/Preferences/Logic/ (Logic Pro) or ~/Library/Preferences/Logic/ (Logic Express).

DVD Studio Pro 4: "Formatting failed" and "Muxer Bit Rate too high" error with H.264 for HD DVD

If you change either the H.264 presets in Compressor for HD DVD, by increasing the bit rate of the H.264 stream you may get a DVD Studio Pro 4 allows you to author DVDs with high definition (HD) video that conform to the HD DVD standard. There are two H.264 presets in Compressor 2 for encoding video for an HD DVD project.
"Formatting failed" error and the log would list "Muxer Bit Rate Too High" when you build your project in DVD Studio Pro. This can occur when you set the bit rate higher than the preset bit rate.

Either lower the bit rate in your custom Compressor preset, or turn off frame controls. Better still, use the presets unchanged.

Pixel Corp. releases custom version of Bougou Bullet

Alex Lindsay’s Pixel Corp., in partnership with 2D3, have announced the "Pixel Corps Version" of Boujou Bullet. Boujou Bullet is a super powerful and easy way to reverse engineer camera moves from camera footage alone. It’s a key tool for visual effects and up until now, getting "matchmoving" software this powerful has been very expensive.

The Pixel Corps Version of Boujou Bullet makes it affordable for almost anyone to get into the Matchmoving. For only US$399. Even better, when you buy you’ll get a three month membership to the Pixel Corp., itself valued at US$200. Buy before March 9th, and save another $100 if you us the 55xgft code at checkout.

The catch is that it’s limited to a maximum resolution of 800 x 600 (no HD for you!) and doesn’t export directly to apps like Flame like the regular version of Boujou Bullet does. It does export to Cinema 4D, Lightwave, Maya, XSI, Max, After Effects and Shake, so missing out on Flame might not be so important.

Check out the examples on the website.

BWF2XML for BWF into Final Cut Pro upddated

BWF2XML allows Final Cut Pro to seamlessly import the complete metadata set as well as the original timecode stamp using Final Cut Pro’s XML format. Dependent on the system setup polyphonic BWFs and merging of discrete mono BWFs are handled.

The new version matches the timecode settings of all major audio HDRs and allows a smooth match between those HDR settings and the Final Cut Pro timecode options. A “Target Project” option to direct the import to a specific project has been added.

These new features extend BWF2XML’s currently unique feature set – including “Metadata Mapping” and “Non Destructive Premix” – for professional handling of BWF audio in a Final Cut Pro editing environment.

BWF2XML is available now for 85 EUR (around US$95) per license/computer with a one year suscription for updates and free tech support.

Canopus EDIUS supports Canon XL H1

Canon U.S.A., Inc. and Canopus today jointly announced that the Canopus EDIUS Pro v3.6 and EDIUS Broadcast realtime video editing solutions support the new Canon XL H1 affordable, lightweight 24fps HD camcorder.

The Canopus EDIUS Pro 3 and new EDIUS Broadcast solutions provide realtime capture and processing of 1440 x 1080 resolution video at 24fps, 30fps and 60i via an IEEE 1394 interface, making it a good match the new Canon XL H1 camera.

EDIUS Pro 3 and EDIUS Broadcast nonlinear editing software provide realtime, mixed format editing of uncompressed SD, HD, HDV , DV, MPEG -2, and MPEG -1 formats. EDIUS Pro 3 and EDIUS Broadcast deliver increased quality and realtime performance through the company’s acclaimed variable-bitrate Canopus HQ codec, including realtime HQ batch capture from 1080i and 720p HDV cameras and decks.

EDIUS Pro v3.6 and EDIUS Broadcast are available now from Canopus and its authorized resellers for US$699 and US$999 MSRP respectively. The v3.6 upgrade, with support for Canon XL H1 and 720p YUV component out is available free for all current users of EDIUS Pro 3 from the company’s Web site.

Boris Blue Public Beta opens

Boris Blue is based on the existing Boris RED product, with the primary difference being that Blue makes more extensive use of the graphics card for real time compositing and motion graphics in a true 3D environment throughout. Boris RED has limited 3D extrusion features while blue imports objects into a full 3D space.

Like Boris RED, Blue functions as a stand-alone application although, unlike RED, it cannot alternatively be used as a plug-in – Blue is only stand-alone. Blue integrates 2D and 3D compositing, 3D modeling and animation and all the titling, motion tracking, compositing, vector paint and other features present in Boris RED. With Boris Blue you can adjust parameters with interactive real-time playback, including real-time particle systems.

Blue lets you extrude text, custom splines or imported EPS files with custom bevels and surfaces. Its 3D Model Import preserves individual geometry groups, texture maps, and bump maps for standard model formats. Material options include Texture Maps, Bump Maps, and dynamic Reflection Maps with per pixel lighting controls. Vertex Deformers provide 3D warping of 3D objects.

The real time performance comes from heavy use of specific OpenGL graphics cards, which is why NVIDIA GeForce (6800 and 7800-based cards) and NVIDIA Quadro (4000 and 4500-based cards) cards are supported under Windows XP. Without one of these cards, Blue will simply not function so don’t waste time downloading the beta.

Boris Blue 1.0 will be demonstrated at NAB 2006 at the Las Vegas Convention Center from April 24-27. The public beta will time out on April 1.

Adobe Premiere Pro: What Are Clip Notes?

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Workflow

In the Clip_Notes clip (5 min 04 sec), you will learn the what clip notes are and how to export your sequence for clip note.


Sonic eDVD: eDVD 4

Chapter: DVD Authoring

Topic: Web Integration

In this article, Dr. James Manz gives an overview and review of Sonics’ latest upgrade of eDVD to version 4. This is a major upgrade that brings ?Hollywood-level? capabilities of adding ROM content to DVD video to just about anyone who authors discs.


Working with Broadcast Safe Colors in After Effects

Chapter: Distribution

Topic: Broadcast and Cable

In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you a simple method of ensuring Broadcast-Safe Colors in your final output


Adobe After Effects: Working with Broadcast Safe Colors in After Effects

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Rendering

In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you a simple method of ensuring Broadcast-Safe Colors in your final output