Live Capture in iMovie ’08

On January 2, 2008, in How-To, by Bakari Chavanu

I haven’t played around much with iMovie ’08 since it was introduced. I wrote a few articles, got over my initial negative impressions of the program, but then went back to using iMovie HD and Final Cut Express. While the latter two programs are the ones I’ll continue to use for professional editing work, I was pleased to discover that you can do live capture of video with iMovie ’08.

What this means is that you can plug in a firewire-based camcorder or iSight camera (built in to your computer or otherwise) and have iMovie ’08 import your video straight to the program.

Since I think iMovie ’08 is most useful for doing small video projects, this live capture is ideal for video podcast productions and the like, saving a major step in having to shoot video and then plug the camera for video import from video tape.

Here’s how it’s done:

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Numbers 08
Spreadsheets for the Rest of Us

On September 17, 2007, in Opinion, by Bakari Chavanu

After spending some time with iMovie ’08 and writing a series of articles on it, I thought I’d use this week to explore Apple’s Numbers ’08, the newest addition to Apple’s iWork ’08 suite of office applications.

Now, I must admit upfront that I have little or no prior experience with spreadsheet applications. My basic numbers calculations have been done in programs like Quicken and the analog pen and paper method. I think in the past I may have opened up Excel or tried to use Apple’s AppleWorks spreadsheet program, but not only did the programs look boring, but I had no idea where to begin in using these applications.

Leave it to Apple, however, to create yet another useful production program for the rest of us. That is, a program which is intuitive, practical, and stylish. Numbers ’08 is another fine program that can help you transform the analog fashion of pen and paper calculations and create functions that can help you become more efficient with various projects involving money, data gathering and calculations.

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MyMac Podcast 142

On August 31, 2007, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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An Apple event next week has the guys guessing what’s coming, and we spend quite a bit of time on what we hope to see. We also talk Fat Nano’s, what’s missing in the iTunes store, more on iMovie 08, some MyMac.com history, and product reviews.

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