Thursday, June 23, 2011

FCPX - Final Cut...The Re-Boot

Wow...there's some proper whining going on in cyberspace today. Every film maker under the sun is bitching about the new FCP rebuild...FCPX.

For the record, i haven't got it yet... i'm going to get it next week though. Here's my problem with the whingers; Why? Why are you whinging about a product that you didn't own 2 days ago? A product that didn't exist... a product that does things in a new way that allows you to work faster..?  You're all expecting Apple to release a fully matured product that does everything FCP7 did and more. The thing is, Final Cut has been slowly improved and added to over the years to make it the product that it was... it didn't happen overnight.

When Apple released Logic 8 a few years ago, it was the first big re-build in years... people moaned...people wanted all the old features back...and, eventually, not too long later...they got them...and much, much more.  I have faith that Apple know we need OMF, XML and EDL well as external monitor capability... and we will get them soon. People moan that Apple never let us know what direction they are taking software in.... well this is how they show you. You can jump in early and learn as it matures. And if you don't fancy that... just wait. Your old FCP still works fine.

A lot of people have got quite angry over some very little things too...and often without reason.

Don't like the magnetic timeline? You can turn it off.

Don't like the thumbnail look to the tracks? You can turn it off.

Prefer a list for your imported footage instead of thumbs? You can do that too...

You like to program your keyboard shortcuts? You can do that...

You see? It's not that bad... and there's no rendering...there's live previews of FX...there's colour matching, there's audio syncing, there's some great anti-shake and rolling shutter tools. Basically, it's pretty amazing... just give them a little while to get some updates out and it'll be awesome.

Rant over.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Some pics from 2011 so far...

 A few more photos i've taken.  These are just shot on my phone...the HTC Desire using the Vignette app. It's pretty good as long as there's plenty of light.

I always seem to get the seat next to the props on these planes... scary.

My Scarly at the fair.

I love the colours in this one.

More fairground stuff... a bit of Lightroom editing.

Again, really vibrant...

Taken near Antibes... looks like it's lit from's just the sun.

Front of the bus in Antibes

Cannes Harbour taken from the Radisson.

Halle, near Leipzig.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Some of my photos from 2010.

Ashtray in Valencia

Danube Festival in Vienna 2010

Clock Tower in Stevenage 2010

Guinness in Dublin 2010

Scarlett on 70's style roundabout 2010

Tilt-Shift in Valencia airport

Really cool looking skylights

Can't remember which airport this is...

Cool architecture in Valencia

Hotel Pool in Valencia

Dunno why i keep taking photos like this...

Art Deco diving board in Valencia

Original 1930's building behind the beach in Valencia

Sky reflections..

One of my favourite pics... it's the top of a generator


Winter Sun in Hitchin

Hotel on Daytona Beach

Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Toronto Airport

Spiral staircase in Hamburg Bunker

The Empire State Building...NYC 2010