Archive for the ‘Post-Production’ Category

Software Update: Final Cut 5.1.3

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Apple has just released an update to Final Cut Pro (5.1.3). Apple describes it as a maintenance release that “resolves performance and other issues.” Specifically:

Render File Capability – apparently, render files created on a PowerPCs and Intel-based Macs weren’t playing nice

Keyboard Layout Issues – “adds several commands to the default keyboard that were missing”

Issues with Cross Dissolves in Nested Sequences – “resolves cases in which cross dissolves did not work as expected in nested sequences containing still images with adjusted motion parameters”

You can read more here.

Of course, as with any upgrade, you might wait and see how others are faring with the update before you upgrade yourself. The VersionTracker message board is one good place to look for this kind of feedback.

Also, if you move between different computers using the same project files make sure all the machines will be upgraded at the same time so that your files aren’t rendered incompatible, as sometimes happens.

Finally, use extreme caution when upgrading software while in the midst of working on a project. I have seen nasty stuff happen to FCP projects when someone upgraded their system from, say, 4.5 to 5.0. I’ve even seen it happen with a “dot something” upgrade. Such a small incremental update like this (5.1.3) is probably okay. But I’m not going to guarantee it. Safety first: If things are working just dandy for you with 5.1.2, don’t chance it. Finish that project, output it, archive it, and then do the upgrade.

Some Sound Links

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

Sync.sound.cinema is a promising new blog by Christian Dolan. As you might guess from the title, its focus is all things related to production sound. One of Christian’s first posts links to an Open Letter from your Sound Department.

And while I’m at it, here are two other helpful sound-related sites:

Equipment Emporium

Small Gauge Madness: Home Movie Day

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

August 12 is Home Movie Day. As part of the festivities, small-gauge film-related events will be held in 27 states and 6 countries this year.

This is the first I’ve heard of it, but apparently Home Movie Day is in its fourth year. Here’s some information from the website:

Home Movie Day was started in 2002 by a group of film archivists concerned about what would happen to all the home movies shot on film during the 20th century….

The Home Movie Day founders envisioned a worldwide celebration of these amateur films, during which people in cities and towns all over would get to meet local film archivists, find out about the long-term benefits of film versus video and digital media, and—most importantly—get to watch those old family films! Because they are local events, Home Movie Day screenings can focus on family and community histories in a meaningful way. They are also an education and outreach opportunity for local archivists, who can share information about proper storage and care for personal films, and how to make plans for their future.

Great stuff. If you happen to go to one of the events, post a comment and let us know how it went. My ladyfriend and I are hoping to attend the one in Richmond.

On a related note, if you’ve got a lot of 8mm or Super-8 movies that you need to have transferred to video, check back tomorrow.