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Recreating 1970’s San Francisco: Contrasting Approaches

Recreating 1970’s San Francisco: Contrasting Approaches

Every day that I cycle from my home into the Presidio I pass through the intersection of Washington and Cherry streets, site of a murder that is the centerpiece of…

Pardon the Interruption: UPS Musings

Pardon the Interruption: UPS Musings

We’re having the hardwood floors in the office refinished. They brought in a huge electric sander that didn’t even have a plug; they wired it straight…

External Drive Cables

External Drive Cables

While on the subject of external disk drives (see the previous post on LaCie power supply issues), problems with data corruption are also often caused by drive cables. There&#8217…

LaCie Power Supply Tips

LaCie Power Supply Tips

We own several of the LaCie Big Disk Extreme external hard drives (view on Amazon), which is part of their “d2” line. They provide RAID 0 speed in…

After Effects 8.0.2 and gamma issues

After Effects 8.0.2 and gamma issues

Adobe has released an 8.0.2 update for After Effects CS3. Its headline new features are support for Mac OS 10.5, as well as for P2 media. There…

review: Sony PMW-EX1 1/2″ 3-CMOS HD Camcorder

review: Sony PMW-EX1 1/2″ 3-CMOS HD Camcorder

The US$6500 (street price) Sony PMW-EX1 is a six-pound, high definition Handycam with three 1/2″ CMOS chips. It resolves a true 1920×1080 image…

AppleTV Take 2: New Software, Same Hardware

AppleTV Take 2: New Software, Same Hardware

I very carefully and duly noted when Steve Jobs, during an interview, said that Apple had 3 businesses (Macs, iPods/iTunes, and iPhones) and a hobby (AppleTV). If that wasn…

Let’s Play “20 Questions” About Red Drives…

Let’s Play “20 Questions” About Red Drives…

Let’s play “20 Questions” about Red Drives… Jarred Land announced on Reduser the other week that Red Drives were shipping. For those not keeping score…

DVMP – Windows-based DV25 utility

Colin Browell has released DVMP Pro 2, an update to his Windows utility for DV, DVCAM, and DVCPRO25 .AVI and .DV files. DVMP Pro 2 displays and edits the DV…

Working Around QuickTime 7.4 Errors in After Effects

As noted nearly everywhere motion graphics artists congregate on the web, QuickTime 7.4 and After Effects don’t play nicely together. Apparently Apple’s movie rental DRM…