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January 29, 2009

New CompressorController

Fixed one little bug. Working on the fun bonjour-equipped full-cluser-controlling version now.

Posted by at 4:55 PM

iMovie09 reviews starting to come in

Now that iLife 09 is shipping, a few reviews of iMovie09 are starting to appear. Gizmodo covers some of the new features, and it certainly seems impressive. Crunchgear has a more general iLife09 review, and Beau Colburn just focuses on the new image stabilization features.

I've got my copy, but haven't had a chance to play around yet. Perhaps next week I'll do a more general review.

Posted by at 10:26 AM

January 28, 2009

UMCal for the iPhone

UPDATED: Screengrabs changed to allow for syncing more events. Check out C4 below.

This is off topic for the normal blog content, but here goes.

iPhone users at the UofM know that getting data from UMcal into your iPhone is painful at best, obnoxiously painful at worst. It involves a one way sync into iCal, then a sync through iTunes under the phone.

Not anymore! Synthesis AG has released "Todo+Cal+Sync" (clever names, those Germans). It's a $14.99 app for the iPhone which can sync with the UMcal servers. It's a standalone application on the phone - it doesn't sync into the phone's calendar app. That'd be ideal, but at least this solves the issue of adding events on your phone, or double checking an event, etc. No longer will I get to the east bank and then realize I don't know what building I'm going to.

Here's how to get it set up.

A) First, purchase and launch the app. Tap the sync settings icon in the upper left:


B) Next, select the settings tab at the bottom. You'll be modifying settings in the three areas I've highlighted below.

Settings Menu

C) First go into the server settings menu (B1). Add your username (C1) and password (C2) (university X500), and set the SynML version to 1.1 (C4).


D) Then, tap the url field (C3) and make it look like the screenshot below:


Get back to the main server settings screen (B1 above) and go into the Calendar and Todo settings. Make each of them look like they do below. You can choose the number of "past days" and "future days" - longer spans will take longer to sync.

Photo Calendarsettings

You're done! Click done on the settings screen, click the synchronize button, and it (should) work.

Posted by at 4:21 PM

January 27, 2009

Field terminate HDMI

AudioQuest has announced a system for field terminating HDMI cables. This is a big deal for folks doing custom home theater installs. At this point this solution seems to be simple a 3d model, but they say they'll have a product out in 2q 2009.

Saw it on Engadget HD.

Posted by at 12:44 PM

January 26, 2009

Compressor Controller - new app

Whipped up a small little app for controlling a Compressor cluster node. It'll let you start, stop, and reset Compressor and Qmaster. It goes a bit deeper than the system prefpane - actually stops the launchd process, kills any stray processes, etc. Reset will toss your cluster settings so that you can readd it to a new cluster, or recreate a cluster.

I've tested on a total of one machine so far, so who knows if it'll blow up and murder you...

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Posted by at 4:33 PM

January 23, 2009

Use a mono mic with a Sanyo Xacti HD1000/HD1010

We recently got a load of Xacti HD1010s, along with Azden WLX-Pro wireless mic kits. Hooked em' all together, and they sounded ... awful.

Here's the problem - the Azden has a mono output, while the Sanyo has a stereo input. You end up with your wireless mic going to just the left channel. However, the Sanyo seems to use joint stereo encoding, which ends up giving you a right channel 'warble' echoing the left channel.

So, what you need is a mono to stereo adapter in line. Of course, you can't magically make stereo out of a mono source, but you can duplicate the signal. So, I just make some adapters that went from the tip on a female minijack connector to both tip and ring on a male minijack. Problem solved.

I went looking for a premade adapter, but couldn't find anything that seemed sure to work.

Posted by at 4:56 PM

January 21, 2009

Quicktime 7.6 adds MPEG-demuxing

Apple has officially released Quicktime 7.6, which adds support for demuxing MPEG-1 files. IE, you can open a .mpg file and export it to an H.264 file. For the first time in the history of quicktime, the resulting file will have both audio and video.

So, that's pretty cool. Now we just need to see what else it breaks.

Posted by at 3:20 PM

Updated Xactis from Sanyo

Sanyo has announced a load of updates to the Xacti line. Engadget has some info, and Sanyo has the press release.

They've added three "traditional" camcorder models (meh) plus brought all of the models in the line up to at least 720p. The high end HD2000 gets higher resolution stills, 1080p60 shooting, plus some software improvements.

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There's no announcement about when these will hit the US, but hopefully it won't be too long.

Posted by at 10:22 AM

January 19, 2009

YouTube allows file downloads

It's not on every clip, but YouTube is allowing file downloading. What you'll get is the H.264, "High Quality" version (but not the HD version).

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That's pretty slick - how delightful to not have to worry about all of the semi-functional YouTube downloader apps.

Posted by at 10:55 AM

January 9, 2009

Need 400 gigs of HD footage from Nine Inch Nails shows?

Trent Reznor has released (sorry, some "mysterious shadow group" has released) 400 gigs of raw HDV footage from three concerts on a recent tour. They're available as torrents from this page, so you can cut your very own concert dvd. It even includes Final Cut project files!

Talk about crowd sourcing...

Posted by at 12:55 PM

JVC launches Quicktime-native prosumer camera

JVC has announced a handheld HD camera that records directly to Quicktime files on SDHC cards. The GY-HM100 is a smaller form factor than the other JVC HDV cams, and seems to tick all the right boxes for what a small prosumer camera should be. In addition to recording HDV, they have a 35mbit full raster mode, similar to the XDCam EX. There's also a GY-HM700 in the pipeline, which will look more like the rest of the JVC cams.

While it's nice to see a device that does away with M2T, we'll have to wait and see whether the rest of the camera can compete. I doubt many folks will pick a camera solely based on the wrapper format it lays to a memory card.

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Posted by at 8:51 AM

January 7, 2009

Oh yeah, Apple Stuff

Yesterday at the NotSteveNote, Apple introduced a new iLife, along with new iWork and MacBook Pros. Not a ton of excitement overall, but the new iMovie has some interesting improvements.

Personally, I really liked iMovie 08 - I thought it was a perfect product for folks getting started in video. Not many people seemed to share that opinion though, so iMovie 09 brings back a lot of the feature that people missed from iMovie 06, while retaining the new new interface and editing style. Apple's iMovie page gives the full rundown.

A few things they didn't mention at the keynote: green-screening, flip minoHD support, and archiving of file-based media. Here's hoping the Final Cut team is paying attention (assuming they still have jobs).


Posted by at 9:30 AM

January 6, 2009

Canon releases oodles of new cameras

Canon has announced a load of new cameras - The HF S10, HFS100, HF20, HF200, HV40 and a half dozen more.

The HV40 retains the HV* tradition of tape-based HDV, plus the ability to record to memory cards. The rest of the line is AVCHD to a variety of recording mediums, but adding the 24mbps AVCHD mode that's all the rage these days.

A nice bump across the line, and they've still got the mic input, which makes them loads cooler than anyone else. (Are you listening, everyone else?)

Posted by at 11:49 AM