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August DFCPUG Meeting – 08.23.2011

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August DFCPUG Meeting – 08.23.2011

Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at The Colorado Film School on the soundstage. Mixer starts at 6:00pm and the presentations will begin at 6:30pm.

At this meeting, AVID will be presenting Media Composer 5.5. As always there will be lots of raffle prizes and software giveaways including AVID Media Composer for the Mac. AND!!!!! there’s going to be pizza served for free too!

Edit projects faster and in ways you never thought possible. Media Composer 5.5 is now more open and interactive than ever, so you can work with practically any media format and expand your capabilities with options from Avid and third-party manufacturers. Media Composer goes where other video editing systems leave off. Edit the way you want—in real time—using full-featured, ACE-certified editorial and creative tools. Experience the fastest file-based workflows on Earth. Collaborate easily with video and audio editors. Get dependable, industry-proven media management. Save time—and money—with unique workflows and options. And more!

What have you been working on? We are looking for 1 or 2 DFCPUG members to present their latest project and workflow to the group. Please contact us if you are interested in presenting.

If you have a topic you would like covered in this meeting please post them as comments or contact us.

If you have any topic suggestions or would like to make a presentation at future meetings please contact us with your suggestion. If you have FCP questions or would like to start a discussion, please do so at our Creative Cow forum. The Creative Cow has been kind enough to give us our own forum for the DFCPUG to use.

Meetings are held at The Colorado Film School, which is located at 9075 E Lowry Blvd, Denver, CO 80230. This meeting will be held inside the studio. We hope to see all of you there.

Location and date are subject to change, so please check the DFCPUG site often for the latest information.

Written by Francisco Espinosa

August 22nd, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Posted in Film/Video News,Tech

Adobe Edge: What You Need to Know

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Adobe Edge: What You Need to Know
By David Daw, PCWorld

Adobe released a preview of its upcoming Adobe Edge software Monday morning. But what exactly is this new program, and why are web developers so excited about it? Here’s what you need to know.


What is Adobe Edge?

Edge is a new web development tool from Adobe that makes it easy to create animations and interactive websites with HTML5, the latest revision of HTML. HTML5 tries to add the interaction and multimedia we’ve come to expect from the web without forcing users to download plug-ins such as Microsoft Silverlight or Adobe Flash.

While there’s been a lot of hubbub over how HTML5 will change everything, older web formats such as Flash still rule the web–largely because they’re much easier to work with. Although it still has the upper hand with Flash, Adobe wants to ensure that if and when HTML5 becomes the standard, developers will still create it on Adobe software. So Adobe has created Edge as a tool to help developers create complex animations using HTML5.

How does Adobe Edge work?
At the moment, Edge seems to run on an interface similar to Flash. The familiar timeline and other tools are situation in approximately the same places in Edge as they are in the current version of Flash. Behind the scenes, however, Edge is very different. Instead of Adobe’s ActionScript format, the animations created in Edge are coded in JSON. So rather than actionscript the animation is coded in html and javascript and runs on all modern desktop browsers and most mobile browsers, such as Safari.

When Will Adobe Edge be Available?
The preview version of Edge is available right now from Adobe’s site, to anyone who has an Adobe ID. This version is really more of a promise than an actual release, however. Features such as compatibility testing with older browsers and support for interactivity are yet to come at this stage. A commercial version of Edge is still months away–Adobe expects to release Edge commercially in 2012.

What does Edge mean for you?

Unless you’re a web designer, the preview release probably won’t mean much. While you can download a copy of Adobe Edge from the Adobe Labs site, you probably don’t have much use for it. In fact, unless you happen to be a whiz with Adobe Flash or HTML5 coding, you probably won’t even be able to figure out how to use the software at this early stage of development.

For the average user, the release of Adobe Edge is mostly valuable for what it says about the future of Web surfing. For years now, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari have battled over who has the most HTML5-compliant browser–but these distinctions don’t really matter until there’s a stream of HTML5 content on the web. A user-friendly tool for creating HTML5 (such as Edge) may be just what the standard needs to really take off.

For now, Adobe says that both Flash and HTML5 can co-exist. According to Adobe, Flash is still stronger for games and streaming video, while interactive web design and advertising will be HTML5′s strong points.

Others (cough, Apple, cough) disagree, and think HTML5 is the way of the future–and that Flash is on its way out. iPad owners, at least, would be happy.

Written by Francisco Espinosa

August 2nd, 2011 at 8:14 am

Posted in Tech

Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4: Installation best practices

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Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4: Installation best practices

 

Summary

It is strongly recommended that you install Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, and Compressor 4 on a startup disk that does not have Final Cut Studio (2009) already installed. Use Apple’s preferred installation procedure when upgrading one version of Final Cut Pro or Final Cut Studio to the next. This procedure is not unique to Final Cut Pro X.

Products Affected
Compressor 4, Motion 5, Final Cut Pro X

If your Mac has only one hard disk and it already has Final Cut Studio (2009) installed on it, you can partition the hard disk to create a separate startup volume to install Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4. For instructions, see the section below titled “Install Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 on a new partition”.

If you must install Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 on the same startup disk as Final Cut Studio (2009), see the section below titled “Install Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 on the same startup disk as Final Cut Studio (2009).”

 

Install Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 on a new partition
Use Apple’s preferred installation procedure when upgrading one version of Final Cut Pro or Final Cut Studio to the next. This procedure is not unique to Final Cut Pro X.

1.) To create a new partition of your hard disk, follow instructions in Partitioning a disk. The partition must be large enough to contain all the files required by the version of Mac OS X you are installing, the applications you install, and enough room for projects and media.
Note: By default, Final Cut Pro X saves imported and rendered media files in your Movies folder in your home folder (/Users/username/Movies/). Final Cut Pro X Templates (generators, effects, titles, & transitions) and Motion Templates created in Motion 5, are saved to the Movies folder as well.

2.)Install Mac OS X on the new disk partition by inserting the Mac OS X install media and double-clicking the Install Mac OS X icon.

3.) Follow the onscreen instructions. In the pane where you select a disk, select the disk partition you just created in step 1.

4.) If you want to control which parts of Mac OS X are installed, click Customize, and then select the parts you want to install.

5.) To start the installation, click Install.

6.) Start up your system from the new startup volume.

7.) From the Apple () menu, choose Software Update. Install the following updates if they appear in the list:
• Mac OS X v10.6.8
• ProKit Update Version 7.0

8.) Purchase Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 from the Mac App Store. The app will begin downloading automatically, and the app icon will be added to your Dock with a progress bar below the app icon. Once the app is done installing, the progress bar below the app icon will go away.

9.) From the Apple () menu, choose Software Update to download ProApps QuickTime codecs and the Final Cut Pro X or Motion supplemental content.

You can now use Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 from this new startup volume. You can also restart on the other startup volume to use Final Cut Studio (2009).

 

Install Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 on the same disk as Final Cut Studio (2009)
If you are unable to install on a separate partition, this is an alternate method.

1.) From the Apple () menu, choose Software Update. Install the following updates if they appear in the list:
•Mac OS X v10.6.8 or later
•ProKit Update Version 7.0
•The latest versions of the Final Cut Studio (2009) applications

2.) Purchase Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 from the Mac App Store. The app you purchase will begin downloading automatically, and the app icon will be added to your Dock with a progress bar below the app icon. Once the app is done installing, the progress bar below the app icon will go away.
When you install Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 on the same startup disk as Final Cut Studio (2009), the Final Cut Studio (2009) applications are moved to a new location (/Applications/Final Cut Studio).

3.) To verify that the Final Cut Studio (2009) applications operate correctly, open Motion 4, and then quit Motion 4.
Important: Make sure to open Motion 4 first, before opening any other Final Cut Studio (2009) applications.

You can now use Final Cut Studio (2009) and Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 on the same system, from the same startup disk.

Note: Final Cut Server, Podcast Producer, Software Updates for Final Cut Studio (2009), and some third-party workflows and tools may require that the Final Cut Studio (2009) applications remain in their original location in the Applications folder.

 

Restore the Final Cut Studio (2009) applications to their original location
Follow these steps to move the Final Cut Studio (2009) applications to their original location while still being able to use Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 on the same system.

1.) Create a folder called “Final Cut Pro X” (without quotations) in your Applications folder.

2.) Drag the Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, and Compressor 4 apps into the Final Cut Pro X folder you created.

3.) When prompted, type your administrator password.

4.) Locate the Final Cut Studio folder in the Applications folder. Modify the permissions on the Final Cut Studio folder by selecting it and choosing File > Get Info.

5.) Click the disclosure triangle to the left of “Sharing & Permissions” to show the permissions for the Final Cut Studio folder (if they are not already visible).

6.) Click the lock icon in the lower-right corner of the window.

7.) When prompted, type your administrator password.

8.) For the “admin” entry, click the current privilege setting and choose “Read & Write.” Close the Get Info window.

9.) Drag the contents of the Final Cut Studio folder into the Applications folder.

10.) Open Motion 4 (now located in the Applications folder). After it opens completely, quit Motion 4.

Written by Francisco Espinosa

July 5th, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Posted in Film/Video News,Tech

July DFCPUG Meeting – 07.06.2011

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July DFCPUG Meeting – 07.06.2011

At this meeting, we’ll discuss Final Cut Pro® X, a revolutionary new version of the world’s most popular Pro video editing software which completely reinvents video editing with a Magnetic Timeline that lets you edit on a flexible, trackless canvas; Content Auto-Analysis that categorizes your content upon import by shot type, media and people; and background rendering that allows you to work without interruption. Built on a modern 64-bit architecture, Final Cut Pro X is available from the Mac® App Store™ for $299.99.

What have you been working on? We are looking for 1 or 2 DFCPUG members to present their latest project and workflow to the group. Please contact us if you are interested in presenting.

If you have a topic you would like covered in this meeting please post them as comments or contact us.

If you have any topic suggestions or would like to make a presentation at future meetings please contact us with your suggestion. If you have FCP questions or would like to start a discussion, please do so at our Creative Cow forum. The Creative Cow has been kind enough to give us our own forum for the DFCPUG to use.

Meetings are held at The Colorado Film School, which is located at 9075 E Lowry Blvd, Denver, CO 80230. This meeting will be held inside the studio. We hope to see all of you there.

Location and date are subject to change, so please check the DFCPUG site often for the latest information.

Written by Francisco Espinosa

July 5th, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Posted in Film/Video News

February DFCPUG Meeting – 02.25.2011

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February DFCPUG Meeting – 02.25.2011

Our next meeting is scheduled for Friday, February 25, 2011 at The Colorado Film School. Mixer starts at 6:00pm and the presentations will begin at 6:30pm.

Please note that this meeting is scheduled for Friday, February 25th.

At this meeting, DFCPUG members can vote on the Final Cut Studio topic they would like a detailed demonstration of. It will be presented by certified Final Cut Pro instructor Jerry Hofmann.

What have you been working on? We are looking for 1 or 2 DFCPUG members to present their latest project and workflow to the group. Please contact us if you are interested in presenting.

If you have any topic suggestions or would like to make a presentation at future meetings please contact us with your suggestion. If you have FCP questions or would like to start a discussion, please do so at our Creative Cow forum. The Creative Cow has been kind enough to give us our own forum for the DFCPUG to use.

Meetings are held at The Colorado Film School, which is located at 9075 E Lowry Blvd, Denver, CO 80230. This meeting will be held inside the studio. We hope to see all of you there.

Location and date are subject to change, so please check the DFCPUG site often for the latest information.

Written by Francisco Espinosa

February 24th, 2011 at 7:45 am

Posted in Film/Video News

New Final Cut Pro Is Real, And It’s Spectacular (NAB release?) – [02.22.11]

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New Final Cut Pro Is Real, And It’s Spectacular
Article by: Alexia Tsotsis

Because it seems like it’s Apple rumor day I’d thought I’d throw my (very small) hat in the ring. More than a year has passed since Final Cut Pro’s last release and we’ve seen two reported Steve Jobs emails talking up a product that many thought Apple had given up on (“Stay tuned and buckle up.” and “Next release will be awesome.”) but no product itself. This might change soon however, as we’re hearing that the highly anticipated revamped release of Final Cut Pro is imminent.

According our very own people familiar with the matter, a small group of video editors were on the Apple campus recently in order to preview the new version of video editing software, which is in the same space as Avid and Adobe Premiere. Apparently Apple is still putting the finishing touches on “the biggest overhaul to Final Cut Pro since the original version was created over 10 years ago” and wanted pro user feedback. Emphasis on “pro.”

One source described the new release as encompassing everything from low level architectural changes to a complete redesign of the user interface. It’s safe to say the newest version will be 64 bit as that’s what users have clamored the most for.

Early reports from people who have demo’d the new Final Cut Pro (FCP 8?) say that the changes are “dramatic and ambitious” and should alleviate concerns that Apple has shifted its video editing focus from the professional to the consumer space, shutting down work on FCP . Apple plans on releasing the new product in Spring 2011 according to our source, in a launch possibly coinciding with the National Association of Broadcasters conference.

Written by Francisco Espinosa

February 24th, 2011 at 7:41 am

Posted in Film/Video News,Tech

The 70 Gigapixel Budapest Photo, the world’s largest photo (for now)

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So I thought the 18-Gigapixel panorama view of Prague and 45 Gigapixel panorama of Dubai was pretty interesting, well this latest photo is fantastic also! Check out this link & see the photo taken in Hungary, zoom in and out of the photo and marvel in all it’s glory!

Click here :: 70 Billion Pixels Budapest – created by 360world.eu

Here’s a picture of the gear that took the shot. It’s two 25-megapixel Sony A900s with massive 400mm Minolta lenses and 1.4 X teleconverters, placed on a robotic camera mount. Combined, they took 20,000 images to create the photo and two days each of shooting and post-processing.

Written by Francisco Espinosa

August 1st, 2010 at 11:05 am

Posted in Art,Random,Tech

Study: Most Brands Still Irrelevant on Twitter

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Marketers Are Certainly Tweeting, but Users Are Barely Listening

Article by: Michael Learmonth
Published: July 27, 2010

NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Attention brands: Twitter users aren’t talking to you or about you. In fact, they barely know you exist. The most mentioned brands on Twitter tend to be there because they are part of constant daily conversation, not because of anything the brand is or isn’t doing on Twitter.
That’s one of the conclusions of a six-month analysis of the service’s ubiquitous 140-character messages conducted by digital agency 360i and released today.

Despite marketers’ embrace of the medium, brands are finding themselves on the outside of the conversation. Of the 90% of Twitter messages sent by real people — the other 10% come from businesses — only 12% ever mention a brand, and most of those mentions are of Twitter itself.

Further, only 1% of consumer tweets that mention a brand are part of an active conversation with that brand, meaning marketers are, for the most part, conducting one-way conversations — the opposite of the way consumers often use Twitter.

The most mentioned brands on Twitter tend to be there because they are part of a constant daily conversation, not because of anything the brand is or isn’t doing on Twitter. The most mentioned brands on Twitter are, in descending order, Twitter, Apple, Google, YouTube, Microsoft, Blackberry, Amazon, Facebook, Snuggie, eBay and Starbucks.

Embedded in the culture
Snuggie is the surprise brand on the list, but that appears to reflect the brand’s place in the culture, not its own Twitter activity. Official Snuggie profile @OriginalSnuggie has just 591 followers and @WeezerSnuggie, an account set up to promote the once-popular Weezer video, has just 693 followers and has been dormant since November.

After spending six months going over a statistically significant sample of 1,800 tweets, 360i Senior-VP Sarah Hofstetter was struck at just how mundane and personal they were. “They’re mostly doing what people mocked Twitter about in the first place, as in, what I had for lunch.”

The vast majority of real people’s tweets, 94%, are personal in nature. Most tweets, 85%, are original and not re-tweets of other messages. They’re also very often conversational: 43% of tweets begin with an “@” sign, meaning they’re directed at another user, not the sender’s followers at large.

While marketers such as Dell, Comcast, Ford and Starbucks have been, at times, clever participants on Twitter, the majority of marketers use it as a mini press-release service. Only 12% of messages from marketers are directed at individual Twitter users, meaning marketers still see it as a broadcast medium rather than a conversational one.

Showing up isn’t enough
“There is still a misperception that if brands show up, people will listen to them, kind of like Facebook a few years ago,” Ms. Hofstetter said. “Twitter can be used as a promotional RSS feed, but that’s not going to establish a relationship with anybody.”

The study was conducted before Twitter took any advertising, from October 2009 through March 2010. Twitter has since rolled out a series of ad units including promoted tweets and trends. Ms. Hofstetter said the ads are great to help boost things already popular on Twitter. “They are only going to work if they are relevant in the first place,” she said.

Twitter posts are intrinsically navel-gazing, conversational and personal, but they aren’t predominantly self-promotional. Depending on your circle of connections, it can certainly feel, as Wired’s Evan Ratliff noted, that “self-aggrandizement” is “standard fare” on Twitter. But the 360i study found only 2% of tweets were professional updates or career-related.

What do Twitter users talk about? Beyond the 43% of individuals’ tweets that are conversational, 24% are status updates, 12% are links to news or comment on current events, and 3% are seeking or giving advice.

The good news for brands is that when a consumer does mention them on Twitter, they’re usually not complaining about it. Only 7% of tweets mentioning brands indicated negative sentiment, 11% positive and an overwhelmingly 82% neutral.

Written by Francisco Espinosa

July 28th, 2010 at 7:03 am

Posted in Social Media,Tech

5.6- and 7-inch iPads Coming

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Rumors about OLED iPad resurface
Monica Chen, Taipei; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES

Apple reportedly plans to launch its second-generation iPad, using 5.6-inch and 7-inch OLED panels, as soon as in the fourth quarter of 2010 with Compal Electronics having a chance to receive the orders, according to sources from component makers.

The sources noted that Apple has recently placed new iPad orders to Taiwan-based component makers for the fourth quarter of 2010 and the first quarter of 2011 with 9.7-inch, 5.6-inch and 7-inch models all included.

The 9.7-inch model will see some minor changes, while Apple will add Chimei Innolux (CMI) as one of its panel suppliers.

The new 5.6- and 7-inch iPads will mainly target the e-book reader market, separating them from the 9.7-inch model, which mainly targets multimedia entertainment, the sources stated.

Although market watchers originally expected Pegatron Technology to land iPad orders from Apple, the sources indicated that the orders have actually been grabbed by Compal. However, Compal declined to comment on specific clients

The sources also stated that since Samsung Electronics and LG Display have recently been throwing heavy resources into the development of OLED panels, costs are dropping gradually and with Apple’s brand image and high average selling price (ASP), Apple should have no problem adopting OLED panels, which have higher price than standard panels, into its devices.

Commenting on the rumors, Digitimes Research senior analyst Mingchi Kuo pointed out that the largest OLED maker, Samsung Electronics’, current OLED capacity is not even enough to supply the company’s own handset products; therefore, the capacity is unlikely to be enough to supply Apple’s new devices for the fourth quarter of 2010. Tight OLED capacity may ease in the second half of 2011, Kuo added.

Kuo also noted that Compal is unlikely to strive for orders from Apple, since manufacturing gross margins on Apple’s products are at electronic manufacturing service (EMS) levels, which is a lot lower than notebook OEMs can accept.

Written by Francisco Espinosa

July 13th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Posted in Tech

Firefox 4.0 beta 1 out

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Article by: Adrian Kingsley-Hughes

If you like living on the cutting edge of software, you’ll want to download Firefox 4.0 beta 1.

Those keeping track of such things will know that Firefox 4.0 was previously known as 3.7. That aside, there are some cool new features available in this release:

- Tabs are now on top by default on Windows only – OSX and Linux will be changing when the theme has been modified to support the change.
- On Windows Vista and Windows 7 the menu bar has been replaced with the Firefox button.
- You can search for and switch to already open tabs in the Smart Location Bar
- New Addons Manager and extension management API (UI will be changed before final release)
- Significant API improvements are available for JS-ctypes, a foreign function interface for extensions.
- The stop and reload buttons have been merged into a single button on Windows, Mac and Linux.
- The Bookmarks Toolbar has been replaced with a Bookmarks Button by default (you can switch it back if you’d like).
- Crash protection for Windows, Linux, and Mac when there is a crash in the Adobe Flash, – - – - Apple Quicktime or Microsoft Silverlight plugins.
- CSS Transitions are partially supported.
- Full WebGL support is included but disabled by default at this time.
- Core Animation rendering model for plugins on Mac OS X. Plugins which also support this rendering model can now draw faster and more efficiently.
- Native support for the HD HTML5 WebM video format.
- An experimental Direct2D rendering backend is available on Windows, turned off by default.
- Web developers can use Websockets for a low complexity, low latency, bidirectional communications API.
- Web developers can update the URL field without reloading the page using HTML History APIs.
- More responsive page rendering using lazy frame construction.
- Link history lookup is done asynchronously to provide better responsiveness during pageload.
- CSS :visited selectors have been changed to block websites from being able to check a user’s browsing history.
- New HTML5 parser.
- Support for more HTML5 form controls.

Release notes here.
Download available here.

Remember that this is a beta product, and things can go wrong, so take care.

Written by Francisco Espinosa

July 6th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Posted in Tech