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MIDI Patchbay 1.01

MIDI patchbay lets you hook up your various pieces of MIDI software and hardware and pass MIDI data between them, applying assorted filters on the way. Things like key splits, MIDI channel remapping, transposition, etc. are made very simple.

Pete Yandell’s home page is full of music-related software, so even if MIDI Patchbay isn’t exactly what you need, SimpleSynth, MYMIDI Framework or the Roland USB MIDI Interface Driver might be useful. All the software is "beerware" (buy him a beer sometime) – he suggests other methods of compensation as well, not compulsory and none onerous.

OfficeTimer 0.1.2

A simple, free, timing application for those who need to track time for multiple clients.

OfficeTimer is a simple application that designers, motion graphic artists, video editors, composers and compositors can use to track the hours spent on a particular job. I like the easy switching between clients or jobs in the main interface. After all, time tracking applications don’t have any benefit if they aren’t used! Freeware, but obviously in early development, so it might be worth testing on a non-production machine before wide deployment.

Apple adds additional Logic Knowledge Base articles

Not sure why, but Logic seems to get a lot of Knowledge Base updates, mostly covering relatively small issues that might affect Logic Pro 7 or Logic Express 7 Users. Of all the Professional Application teams the Logic team seems the most open about even minor issues.

Logic Pro 7: End of stave line cannot be moved

Logic Pro 7: Instruments open up in Controls view after double-clicking

Logic Pro 7: Tutorial songs and settings missing from the installation DVD

Logic Pro 7 and Logic Express 7: Score Editor displays squares instead of characters

Logic Pro 7: Surround joystick may not work reliably for surround automation

Logic Pro 7 and Logic Express 7: Missing parameters in some dialogs

Search the Knowledge Base for "klogic" for the complete list of Logic Knowledge Base articles.

DI As Workflow

Chapter: 24P Film or Video

Topic: Digital Cinema Workflow

Experts discuss evolving pipelines, techniques, technology, and cost issues


Apple DVD Studio Pro: Scripting in DVD Studio Pro, Series 2 – Part 1: The basics of working with SPRMs

Chapter: DVD Authoring

Topic: Scripting

There’s absolutely no learning curve for DVD scripting. Rather, what most users encounter is a series of knowledge plateaus. You’re on one, or you’re not. And when you’re on one, you’re looking up a sheer cliff face leading to the next. Our first series of articles on scripting in DVD Studio Pro was designed to get you out of the void and onto that first plateau with some basic understanding of general scripting principles. Now, in our second series, we’ll attempt to boost you up to the next level with a look at SPRMs and integrating them into your scripts.


Making Old Soundtracks New Again: In the Studio With Film Audio?s Restoration Wizards

Chapter: Audio

Topic: Advanced Techniques

Just as the imperfections of records made during the golden age of AM radio show up glaringly over FM and on CDs, the films and television of years ago fare badly on today?s sets and DVD players. Artifact-laden audio becomes particularly noticeable; digital sound and perfect production have become the norms by which consumers judge sound. Improved playback and the ever-expanding universe of outlets for films has put a new premium on the digital restoration of Hollywood?s vast trove of catalog films.


Apple Final Cut Pro: Turn your brown eyes blue (Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #45)

Chapter: Color Correction

Topic: Creative

The Final Cut Pro HD Color Corrector 3-way effect is a great way to correct video.† In the upgrade from 4 to 4.5, the Limit Effect feature has become a bit hidden.† In this Final Cut Pro Quick Tip, I?ll walk you through the steps on how to isolate a particular color in your shot to turn someone?s brown eyes blue, or to achieve a Pleasantville effect.


SoundFrames 1.0.3

Although the latest release of SoundFrames is only a dot release, we haven’t reported it before and it might be a useful tool if you’re capturing audio for animation. SoundFrames prints the waveform of a file with frame boundaries marked in 15 frame (half NTSC second) strips. It prints from 16 bit AIFF files (CD Audio, Final Cut Pro, Logic) at 12, 15, 23.876, 24, 25, 29.97 and 30 fps.

It’s a very simple tool that’s free to try but has a shareware fee of $29.97 if you use it. Seems like it’s one of those tols where if you have the need, you’ll use it all the time, otherwise it will be near useless.

Apple Final Cut Pro: Adding Texture Using a Noise Generator

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Effects

The cheapest and easiest way to achieve some film-like qualities is with the video generators found in the Effects tab (command 5) or the pull down menu in the viewer.


Apple DVD Studio Pro: Importing iDVD Projects into DVD Studio Pro

Chapter: DVD Authoring

Topic: DVD Production Workflow

Many of us began authoring DVDs with iDVD long before we took the plunge into DVD Studio Pro. That being the case, you might be happy to learn that DVD Studio Pro 3 can actually open all your legacy iDVD projects should you decide you want to enhance them with DVD Studio Pro?s more expansive feature set.