Creative Live

16 04 2010

Wow – free workshops from a new provider – Creative Live – seems like the deal is that you can watch them live, but have to pay if you miss the live session. Some great looking sessions though. This is certainly picking up momentum as a new way to learn, especially for people with full-time jobs who can’t afford the time otherwise. I’ve been a long time fan of fxphd who offer a great service – 10 week courses, forums, trial versions of the software, and a great community. Looks like creative live are offering some of the same.

2 courses I’m keen on are below – to give you a flavour.

HDDSLR Cinema with Vincent LaforetThe Creative Eye with Art Wolfe


Using an LCDVF with glasses.

11 04 2010

A while ago I started using an LCDVF. For those who are wondering, like I was, about the situation with using glasses with a viewfinder eyepiece like this. I can explain my own situation. I use glasses which are -4.75 strength, and are a reasonable size.  I was initially worried as before ordering I tried looking at the LCD panel on my camera from a short distance, approximately the same length as it would be when using the LCDVF, and found that I couldn’t focus clearly enough without taking off my glasses. However, upon using it I find the opposite to be the case – I can use my glasses easily, but not without. I have had absolutely no problems in using the glasses with it. It looks a little weird when first attached to the camera, as it sticks out a lot more than looks right with a small lens attached to the front, but it’s a marvellous device, certainly recommended by me, and used frequently.

It looks like the first step in rig expansion. Just look at what can happen if you have a few quid to play around with. Yum.

Quicktime X – Oh dear.

11 09 2009


Now I’m sure somehow it is an improvement, but I can’t see it. Quicktime x has installed as a part of snow leopard on my macpro. Now snow leopard is great – much quicker, and more stable (don’t believe the ‘mac never crashes’ crowd – System 7/8 was amazingly stable, but that was 10 years ago). Only designed as an ‘under the hood’ update, the idea was to keep as much as possible the same as leopard.

But having used Quicktime X for a few days, I was sorely missing quicktime 7. The pro version allowed great flexibility and is in constant use by me. It was an amazing piece of software, and just worked so well. So what do Apple do? They simplify it and take away all the features that made it great. D-oh.

But the reason why I’m writing this post is that

1. If people complain about this rubbish update, then they might address the problem, and

2.  I have discovered that you can get Quicktime Pro 7 back. Hooray.

If you want to get quicktime 7 back, you will find it in Applications>Utilities.

If you want video files to open natively in this then – ‘get info’ on any video file (holding command(Apple)& I). Then you can set ‘open with’ to other, navigate to Quicktime 7 in Applications>Utilities. Then click ‘change all’ to ensure all filetypes like this open in QT7.

Now I like change, but it should be for the better, not dumbing down an already simple application.

Oooh, rant over.