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DivX releases Production Suite for Macintosh

The release of DivX for Mac version 6.5 includes the first release of an official DivX for Mac player, which provides Mac users with free full-screen playback of high-quality DivX videos on a desktop or through a browser.

This release also marks the first official DivX encoding tool for Macintosh. With DivX for Mac 6.5 users can also easily convert movies into DivX format for playback on all DivX Certified DVD players, portable media players and other devices. The DivX Converter also outputs video files and the necessary HTML code to embed those movies into websites for use with the DivX Web Player.

DivX for Mac 6.5 includes the DivX Converter for Mac, a lightweight, drag-and-drop application that enables users to create high-quality DivX videos from a variety of sources in one easy step. The release also includes the DivX 6 codec for Mac, a Quicktime plug-in that lets Mac users easily playback and export to DivX video from any Quicktime-based application.

DivX for Mac 6.5 is compatible with Quicktime 7 and Mac OS X 10.3.9. The full version of DivX for Mac 6.5 is available for download on DivX.com for US$19.99. The trial version includes a 15-day trial of the DivX Converter and a 6-month trial of DivX Codec for Mac with Pro features. The ability to play back DivX videos does not expire at any time.

DivX is a very popular content distribution format that uses an MPEG-4 (Advanced Simple Profile) compatible video codec in a proprietary combination with MP3 audio in an AVI wrapper. The video quality is very high but the files are not compatible with ISO MPEG-4 playback. Natively QuickTime Player can play some DivX files but will often not play audio. DivX do not note whether DivX for Mac 6.5 is Intel compatible or not.

Apple Knowledge Base Updates May 26

Final Cut Pro HD: Keyframes are not pasted when you choose Paste Attributes

When pasting attributes of one clip to another, the keyframes are not pasted, even though they should be using the Paste Attributes command. The workaround is to drag the filter from the source clip, from the Effects Tab, onto the clip where you want the keyframes.

In Final Cut Pro 5.0 and 5.1, keyframes from the Motion tab are pasted if selected, and the timing of the keyframes is scaled for parameters in the Motion tab, if Scale Attribute Times is selected. Filter keyframes are also pasted, but their timing will not be scaled. The Scale Attribute Times setting does not apply to the timing in Filters.

Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express: Compatibility With Multiple Users and Macintosh Manager

All local users can use Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express in Mac OS X. Both Admin and non-admin users are supported.

Note: Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express should be installed only when logged in as an Admin user

Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express do not work with a Macintosh Manager server environment.

Logic: Some languages appear twice in Finder Info window

After updating Logic Pro/Express, one or more languages are duplicated in the Info window for Logic. This happens if you have disabled languages before updating. To prevent duplicate languages being installed, enable all languages before update. If you’ve already updated, the steps to resolve are in the Knowledge Base article.

Eyeon Digital Fusion: Simulating Helium Neon Laser Holograms (HeNe)

Chapter: Visual and Creative Effects

Topic: Reproducing TV or Film Effects

Science playsa big part on computer graphics as you all know very well, but to what degree do you study your art? Here is a greaat example of pushing the ‘thought’ envelope so that your work can eventually stand in a slightly brighter spotlight. More detail, or even concept, can lead to better results. This quicktime video will need to be viewed in quicktime 7 on Mac or PC. It uses the H264 codec. Watch this video if you want to learn how to perform cool effects inside of Fusion 5 AND Shake 4. Again, we are simulating Laser Light from a Laboratory enviroment to display a true 3d holographic feel.

http://www.cmivfx.com/m/Hologram_biAppSm.mov

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Simulating Helium Neon Laser Holograms (HeNe)

Chapter: Visual and Creative Effects

Topic: Reproducing TV or Film Effects

Science playsa big part on computer graphics as you all know very well, but to what degree do you study your art? Here is a greaat example of pushing the ‘thought’ envelope so that your work can eventually stand in a slightly brighter spotlight. More detail, or even concept, can lead to better results. This quicktime video will need to be viewed in quicktime 7 on Mac or PC. It uses the H264 codec. Watch this video if you want to learn how to perform cool effects inside of Fusion 5 AND Shake 4. Again, we are simulating Laser Light from a Laboratory enviroment to display a true 3d holographic feel.

http://www.cmivfx.com/m/Hologram_biAppSm.mov

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Apple Motion: Faking Collisions

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Animation Techniques

Motion’s simulation behaviors allow for many kinds of interaction between objects. With a simple drag-and-drop, you can create entire orbital systems affected by wind, gravity and drag, all without a single keyframe. What it doesn’t allow for, unfortunately, is collision between objects.

http://www.motionsmarts.com/tutorials/collision/collision1.html

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How To Make Your Movie Sound Like A Real Movie

Chapter: Audio

Topic: Basic Techniques

Sound is probably the most important asxpect of filmmaking because good sound = good experience, but often getting the least attention in the days of cheap production tools. The article explains the differences betweed video sound and film sound, digital vs analog and talks about some ways to improve the sound of your dialogue.

http://www.articlecity.com/articles/music_and_movies/article_305.shtml

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Stone Design ships Videator™

Stone Design, the creator of Stone Studio™, Create®, and iMaginator™, today released Videator™ 1.0, a powerful movie-making and video processing application that Stone Design calls "Movie Magic for Mere Mortals"

Videator runs natively on PPC or Intel Macs and lets you quickly make movies with all sorts of effects from live video or existing movies. It uses OS X 10.4’s Core Image and Core Video technologies through an easy-to-use interface to let home users and video professionals easy access to over 108 effects, transitions, and filters.

With Videator, users can layer movies, images, paint, music and text over video, as well as apply, modify, and re-order multiple effects to achieve subtle enhancements or astounding artistic results. Crop, scale, rotate, flip, skew, change exposure and brighten movies in real time, and then save processed movies as QuickTime or iPod, and images as industry-standard TIFF or JPEG files.

Videator takes any Core Image “Image Unit” and automatically creates an interface for accessing the unit’s options. It will load and display all of the Image Units that are provided with Tiger, including blurs, color adjustments, distortions, styles, compositing effects, edge sharpeners and transitions, as well as any custom image units provided by third parties. In addition, it comes with nine custom plug-ins from Stone Design, including Mask by Color, Oval Mask, Crop Fade Mask, Make Transparent, Colorize, Fun Mirror, Grayscale and Polka Dots.

For professionals, Videator is Applescriptable so it can be included in any production workflow. Sequences of effects with set parameters, known as an "Effects Chain", can be saved and re-used with the drag and drop Library Videator supports Spotlight searching on user-supplied keywords and image and effect names.

Videator is a "LinkBack" server for integration with other Stone Design software. Videator is available now for US$49 and requires OS X 10.4. A full-strength demonstration version will run for 14 days to try out the software or check their sample movies.

Adobe After Effects: Using more than 2GB of RAM in After Effects

Chapter: Video and Computer Technology

Topic: Software and System Maintenance

If you are as RAM-frustrated as I am (I’m running a 750 frames long 2K render in 16-bit in the background right now) you’ll be happy to know that you can bump up After Effects RAM-usage over the WIndows XP limit of 2 GB by changing a simple command in a text file.

http://generalspecialist.com/tutorials/ae7_ram.html

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On2 updates Flix Pro to version 8.5

With the ubiquity of Flash 8 with the On2 VP6 codec (aka Flash 8 Video) On2 have announced the latest release of the Flix Pro encoding tool: version 8.5.

New features in Flix Pro 8.5 include:

  • Chroma Keying tools for green-screen effects within Flash;
  • Advanced control of encoder settings for the uber-geek with control over buffer and quantizer control, encoder speed, and sharpness; and
  • Support for video cue point insertion to facilitate bookmarking/chaptering within videos, closed captioning, and event triggers.

Flix Pro 8.5 is available immediately for Windows and Macintosh. Current On2 Flix Pro 8.0 licensees are entitled to a free upgrade to version 8.5; On2 Flix Standard 8.0 licensees are entitled to an upgrade discount while new purchasers will pay US$249. The product is also offered at a discount as part of the On2 Flix Studio application suite, which costs US$380.

Aliasing In Detail: With undersampled sensors, traditional resolution readings don't measure up.

Chapter: Image Acquisition

Topic: Camera Comparisons or Modifications

Back in “Lookin’ Sharp,” (Aug. ’00 DV), I looked at sharpness, resolution, and aliasing (www.adamwilt.com). With the advent of low-cost, undersampled HD camcorders, it’s time to revisit the topic and reconsider how we measure camera resolution. Undersampling and its companion artifact, aliasing, aren’t just a problem in HD, but the demands of packing too many pixels into too tiny of a chip make them more common in small HD cameras.

http://www.dv.com/print_me.jhtml?articleId=187202363

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