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March 30, 2009

Install iMovie 06 on a machine with iLife 09

I just unpacked some new iMacs which ship with iLife '09. When trying to install iMovie 06 on these machines, I was prompted to install iLife 08 first. Solution?

Open a terminal and type "touch /Library/Preferences/com.apple.iLife08.plist"


Posted by at 11:53 AM

Canon using dSLR sensors in camcorders?

Gizmodo has a rumor that Canon will be using the chips from their dSLR cameras in a future XL-H1-style camera. Certainly wouldn't be surprising, but it'll be interesting to see what form this product takes.

Posted by at 11:06 AM

March 25, 2009

Scopebox 2.1

Scopebox 2.1 has just been released, bringing a wide range of changes, including better HDV and QT performance, interface tweaks and a number of usability enhancements (bugfixes). A free download for Scopebox license holders, so go grab your copy.

Posted by at 2:17 PM

March 24, 2009

RAID is not backup

Stumbled upon this article regarding a lawsuit filed against Promise Technology. It seems that online backup firm Carbonite was using Promise gear to store their data (mistake number one). They were relying strictly on RAID to keep the data safe (mistake number two). An alleged firmware bug caused the arrays to get trashed. So customers lost data, and Carbonite is suing Promise.

Just a good reminder that RAID Is Not Backup.

Posted by at 9:23 AM

March 19, 2009

Whaa? Cisco acquires Pure Digital

I was rather surprised to learn that Cisco has acquired Pure Digital, creators of the Flip Video line of cameras. These cameras have been hugely successful, but it's surprising to see Cisco getting into that field.

The $590 million dollar purchase price is also pretty surprising. Obviously Cisco thinks there's a lot more value to be found in the Flip line. I've been more inclined to consider them a nice transition product on our way to properly video enabled cell phones.

Posted by at 11:10 AM

Microsoft Embracing H.264

Was that a pig that just went by my window?

Ben Waggoner from Microsoft made a post on the quicktime-users mailing list yesterday announcing that Silverlight 3 (currently in beta) will support H.264. This extremely exciting, as previously Silverlight was Windows Media only.

Take a look at this post from Ben, detailing some of the media-related changes. This means it'll now be possible to deliver the exact same file in Flash, Silverlight and a podcast.

Posted by at 8:43 AM

March 9, 2009

ProApps press conference on March 24th?

MacRumors is reporting that some dude in Germany thinks there'll be a proapps oriented press conference on March 24th. Normally these rumors are pretty "meh," but lots of people are itching to see an update to Final Cut Studio, or some sort of statement from Apple about their long term feelings on the proapp sector.

Posted by at 11:23 AM

March 5, 2009

Hi there, my name is rolling shutter

If you want an example of just how bad rolling shutter can be, take a look at this video shot on a Canon 5D Mark II. Wow, that's some craziness.!

Posted by at 1:36 PM

March 3, 2009

Finally, something to spend all that extra money on

Apple has released significant updates to the Mac Pro, iMac, Mac Mini and Airport products.

The iMac and Mac Mini get faster video, speed bumps and a variety of other bumps. The Mac Pro gets the new Nehalem Intel chips, more ram and new graphics cards with Display Port.

So, go out, support the economy, buy some Apple gear.

Posted by at 8:32 AM