New Thing #341: Avid Video For iPad

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So many of the editing suites I’ve been in over the years have used Avid to cut the spots and videos I’ve worked on.

So you can imagine that I was a little surprised when they released an iPad app today. And it only cost five bucks; not too shabby if you ask me.

But I had a mixed experience with it.

The editing puts iMovie to shame. It’s simple, makes sense but gives you more control over the timeline and individual components than the neutered software that Apple ships. The interface is smart, but the elements have a decidedly un-Apple appearance to them which put me off a bit too.

And it may be because I’m using an original iPad that’s showing its age, but try as I might I couldn’t get a single title slide to render without crashing the app. I spent more time fiddling with that than it took to edit the entire short video in this post.

Also, this is version 1.0 of the software, so I’ll cut it a little slack. It just amazes me that I could theoretically cut an entire movie laying in bed in my pajamas.

Man, I wish I’d had one of these things when I was a kid.

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New Thing #196: VidRhythm


VidRhythm is a new iPhone app from Harmonix; the folks behind Rock Band

It’s a cheap, silly toy that I’ve been playing with all afternoon now. What’s it do? Well, in about 3 minutes you get the video that’s embedded above. All you have to do is choose a song, record a few samples and the app does the rest of the work for you. Did I mention it’s ridiculously stupid?

Sometimes though, ridiculously stupid is the best kind of fun.

New Thing #145: Mac OS X Lion

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Lion

Some might say that I’m an Apple Fanboy, and for the most part, they’re probably right.

Sure, I surround myself with Apple products and try to convince people to come over to the other side whenever I can. But I also admit when I don’t like something they’ve done. That’s why the new Lion operating system is a really weird one for me to talk about.

On one hand there seem to be a ton of little improvements that I think will make my life easier when I’m working, on the other hand there’s features that I just don’t get.

What I do like is that, for $30 and a quick install, my old MacBook Pro feels snappier than it has in years. I might actually use Spaces now that they’re essentially married to Expose and some of the new Finder views make it much more powerful that it used to be. It might actually be worth the $30 just to get the new Mail app. It’s instantly the best email client I’ve used. Sorry Sparrow.

But then there’s Launchpad, which is essentially an iPad view for your apps which just feels, well, stupid. I already have all the apps I use in my dock and I usually launch them a keyboard shortcuts anyway.

I’m going to give this new method of backwards scrolling a week or two to see if I can get used to it, but I don’t quite get what was wrong with the old way to begin with. Scratch that, I’ll give it another day, it’s already driving me nuts.

Full screen apps seem like a great idea, but it’s funny that we’ve come full circle back to my Amiga multi-tasking days. My Magic Mouse now seams to serve a purpose as a few handy gestures have been built into the OS, so that’s a bonus.

All told, it seems pretty good, but nothing here is blowing me out of the water yet. 

UPDATE: I’ve just switch scrolling back to normal.

New Thing #129: Make an iMovie Trailer

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I haven’t exactly been the biggest fan of iMovie 11. I’ve had a hard time adjusting to how the new “timeline” works and can only feel for all the professional video editors out there that have it shoehorned in their new version of Final Cut.

But I’ve needed to use it more and more often for these videos, so I thought I’d give the built-in trailer building feature a whirl. And actually, it isn’t half bad. Just drag some clips around, change a few titles and voila: instant Hollywood preview.

Now if only I’d shot more video over the years I’d be able to make another one.

New Thing #25: Sparrow Mail

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I’ve been wanting to try the new sparrow mail client for the Mac ever since it was released. Up until now though, it’s been a Gmail only client, and I’m probably the only geek out there who hates Gmail. With a passion. Now it’s been updated to work with MobileMe and so far I’m rather impressed.

It definitely takes its interface cues from an iPad UI perspective, which is nice, because they’re not conforming to all the conventions that every other mail application on the planet seems to.

There’s definitely some kinks I’m finding, but nothing that I don’t think will be addressed in a future update. 

I’ll give it a try for a week as my default email client and if I don’t find myself missing the standard Apple Mail app I’ll probably stick with it.

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