Copying the clips you have used in a Final Cut Pro X movie project, or archiving them isn’t simple. You can use the Finder, but then you need to memorise which clips exactly you’ll need to move. Doing it with an XML based copying app is a lot more efficient. Automatic Duck Media Copy 4.0 has been upgraded to work with Final Cut Pro X and it works great.
CoreMelt added yet another plug-in to its mocha planar tracking product range: DriveX. The new plug-in is available as a separate product or in a bundle with SliceX and TrackX. With DriveX added to the bundle, CoreMelt now delivers planar tracking technology to create masks and tracks right inside Final Cut Pro X for every possible purpose, including some pretty spectacular compositing.
Apple’s Trackpad allows you to swipe and pinch on your Mac. With an iPad or iPhone these fine, small motions feel more or less natural, mostly because you can move the device. However, a Trackpad is another matter. Just like a traditional or Apple’s mouse you’re bound to run into painful problems at some point in time. Our shoulders and arm muscles are simply not made to make micro-movements with your hand in an awkwardly rotated position. To avoid the occasional pain from becoming a permanent agony you’ll need an ergonomic mouse. Until now, I personally used a Swiftpoint mouse, but an even better one seems to be the “DXT Wireless Mouse 2 (light click)” by City Ergonomics.
Are you reluctant to go mainstream and join the millions of cloud users? It depends. Let’s see what we learned of public cloud service providers over the past year… First there were the disclosures of Edward Snowden and the subsequent questioning of online security. Then we had cloud service providers admitting they’ll disclose your data to government officials in a jiffy. Some also admitted to shamelessly use your data for their own commercial purposes. Might that mean cloud computing/storage has been somewhat over-rated?
All that expensive video and/or photo equipment you’re carrying with you in the wild runs on electric power. Keeping it alive in Western urban areas can’t be that difficult, although it comes with its own problems. In some areas of the world it can be quite a challenge to power your cameras, monitors, lighting equipment and everything else involved. How do you go about planning for electrical scarcity?
How clean an output do USB ports really deliver? AudioQuest seems to think the output isn’t as clean as it should be. If you want to listen to music and enjoy a noiseless experience with a good soundstage, you’ll need to suppress electronic signals that aren’t music. The AudioQuest Jitterbug does precisely that. Perhaps you’re sceptical. I know I was. I knew my Apogee Duet iPad/Mac has dedicated circuitry to get rid of digital/electronic noise, so what would a €49 USB stick be able to improve on that?
Several years ago, Apple had a professional-grade, server-based media asset management system (MAM). Unfortunately, Apple decided to kill Final Cut Server and instead incorporate some of its management functionality into Final Cut Pro X. Managing your media files from within an editor is not quite the same as managing them in a MAM, so the door was wide open to third party developers. One of them developed a nice alternative under the name KeyFlow Pro. It targets individual users as well as small workgroups.