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Apple DVD Studio Pro: DVD Studio Pro: Troubleshooting Basics

Chapter: Video and Computer Technology

Topic: Software and System Maintenance

If DVD Studio Pro isn’t starting up properly or performing normally, try these basic troubleshooting steps to remedy the situation. Please note that these steps aren’t exhaustive and are not intended to cover any specific issue. They are fundamental, basic steps that are most effective in getting DVD Studio Pro into good working order, and are the steps most often suggested by AppleCare Technical Support.


Keeping Corner Pinning inside Avid

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Effects

This all-encompassing tutorial from John Lafauce introduces you to the new Corner Pin filter in version 4.0 of Boris Continuum Complete AVX (BCC AVX4). Several of Corner Pin?s powerful features will be demonstrated, and other BCC AVX filters will be used to help create an integrated, realistic composite. This compositing primer will place emphasis on workflow and techniques.


Adobe Flash: Inside Flash 8 Professional: Part 2 – text.antialiasing.blend.modes.filters

Chapter: Distribution

Topic: Interactive

Franklin McMahon goes over the new features of Adobe Flash Professional 8 such as the new text modes, antialiasing, blend modes and filters such as blur, drop shadow and bevel. This is part two of a three-part series.


Apple Final Cut Pro: Final Cut Pro: How to Calibrate Serial Timecode

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Capture, Digitize, Import

Unless you’re capturing a DV or HD video format via FireWire, the timecode and audio/video signals are received separately by Final Cut Pro. Timecode is captured via the serial device control cable (using RS- 422 format in most cases), while audio/video is captured via the cable connected to the video capture interface (composite, S-video, component, or SDI). Because the signals are separate, they can possibly arrive at different times, causing the wrong timecode number to be recorded onto captured video frames.


Final Cut Pro 4 or 4.5 and earlier will not work on new G5 PowerMacs

Final Cut Pro 4 and 4.5 requires an AGP Graphics card to run and consequently will not run on the newly announced PCI Express based dual core and Quad PowerMacs, which use a PCI Express Graphics Card. Final Cut Pro 3 will not run on OS X 10.4 Tiger so it will also not run on the new PowerMacs, which require 10.4 as a minimum.

To use Final Cut Pro on Power Mac G5 (Late 2005) you should upgrade to Final Cut Pro 5.

Note: Hardware cards that worked in previous PowerMacs – video, graphics or storage controller cards – will not work in the PCI Express PowerMacs. New cards will be required.

Final Cut Express HD will run on the PCIe PowerMacs by updating to version 3.0.1 released today. See previous news item on updates to Final Cut Pro 5 and FInal Cut Express HD.

Podner released

Splasm Software have joined the rush of developers offering solutions for converting video to a format compatible with the new video-capable iPods. Podner enables users to drag and drop videos on its window, tweak settings and send their files to iTunes, ready for the next iPod sync.

Podner supports MPEG-4 and H.264 single or multi-pass.

Podner costs US$9.95, with a free trial that processes the first 2.5 minutes of an unlimited number of files. Mac OS X v10/4, QuickTime 7.0.3 and iTunes 6.0 are required.

Podner competes with Digigami’s free MovieToGo.

MoviesForMyPod (was MovieToGo) converter for iPod (video)

Digigami today announced they are shipping MoviesForMyPod, a simple batch processing application for converting QuickTime movies into iPod friendly 320×240 H.264 movie files. The Macintosh program, available as a free download from the Digigami web site, makes it easy to convert a collection of QuickTime movies "To Go" with you on your video iPod. 

MoviesForMyPod requires QuickTime 7.0.3 (or higher) and iTunes 6.x (or higher).

Final Cut Pro 5.0.3

The latest update for Final Cut Pro 5 provides "improved reliability" although no details have been released. The 85 MB update is available for download or through Software Update.

The update is aimed at all applications included with Final Cut Pro 5 including Final Cut Pro, Cinema Tools 3, LiveType 2 and Compressor 2. It requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, Final Cut Pro 5.0 and QuickTime 7.0 or later. QuickTime 7.0.3 is highly recommended by this author.

Apple have also posted an update to Final Cut Express HD to take it to 3.0.1 to be compatible with the new PCI Express G5 PowerMacs, specifically the graphics cards in those computers, removing the requirement for an AGP graphics card.Apple has posted Final Cut Pro 5 Updates, aimed at all applications included with Final Cut Pro 5 — Final Cut Pro 5 itself, Cinema Tools 3, LiveType 2 and Compressor 2. The 85MB download is available from Apple’s Downloads Web site.

The updates provide “improved reliability,” according to Apple, which offered no other details about what’s changed in the new release.

This 984 KB update is for OS X 10.4 only.

Gmax: Modeling Fake rooms in Gmax for animation

Chapter: 3D Modelling and Animation

Topic: Modelling

As I have had Gmax for a while now and am familiar with modelling, I wanted to start doing some basic animation and make some movies out of it. In this tutorial I will show you how to construct a basic fake room and start animating it. I will also include how to use Gmax?s drag and drop texturing. A fake room is a way to get models to look like they are actually somewhere rather than the vast expanse of nothingness that is a view port. For this technique I use Gmax because it is good and free from Discreet but this idea can be used in any modelling program.


Digital Anarchy releases Data Animator 1.0

Available now, Data Animator streamlines the creation of a wide range of charts and graphs for business presentations or scientific visualizations within motion graphic design. The results from Data Animator’s set of eight plug-ins are perfect for news programs, simulated displays, corporate communication projects, and other animated visualizations of data.

The data is imported from a tab-delimited text file to build the chart, then the user customizes the look and animation of the data in 2D or 3D designs. Data Animator dynamically updates from the source file allowing graphic artists to start work on the motion graphics before the data is finalized.

Data Animator’s other features include:

  • Bar, Line, Pie, Range/Stock, Bubble, Polar and Timeline charts;
  • Easy Chart, the 8th plug-in is a simplified chart creation tool;
  • Most charts can display as flat 2D, faux 3D (2.5D) or true 3D;
  • Easily handles large data sets, including stock market prices;
  • User Control over the animation of each chart element;
  • Chart elements can be separated so additional effects can be applied; and
  • Flexible labeling and font control.

Data Animator for Windows is available now for US$495, although for the first month of release you can buy for US$429. A version for OS X will be available on November 15th. Data Animator requires Adobe After Effects 5.0 or higher.