Adobe needs to bring back send to SpeedGrade in Premiere Pro

I have made a lot of posts about Adobe needing to upgrade SpeedGrade, but I had been using it with premiere Pro 2014. And with Direct link to Adobe SpeedGrade you could send your sequence and do a full grade in SpeedGrade, then send it back to Premiere and it showed up as a Lumetri Grade Filter on the clips. It was awesome!

Sure DaVinci Resolve is more powerful, but mainly because it has been consistently upgraded. There are still some things that I like better in SpeedGrade, like not only overall grading controls, but the same controls in light, medium and dark. I love just being able to increase contrast and saturation in just the mids! And the best features was Direct Link because the grade came back to Premiere, instead of being a rendered export from Resolve, making itinerant version changes much easier in commercials so much easier!

What I hadn't realized because I was using SpeedGrade with an earlier  Creative Cloud, was that not only have try not upgraded SpeedGrade, but in Premiere Pro 2015.3 they removed Direct Link to SpeedGrade!?!?!? So it is obviously gone in 2017.

Sure they have put some Lumetri controls in Premiere, but nothing like SpeedGrade. You can do color corrects, but the controls are very dumbed down, and not nearly as powerful! With most of the masking controls gone, and such simple controls, it is no replacement for SpeedGrade! And while DaVinci Resolve stills works great, the loss of Direct Link is a huge minus! There is of course a thread about it at Adobe Forums, but I doubt adobe is listening!

Honestly this move is so very Apple like. Exactly like Apple buying Shake, making it affordable, then gutting it for the smallest technology out of it. Or Apps buying FinalTouch, turning it into color and killing it. Or killing Final Cut Pro 7 for iMovie Pro, oops, I mean Final Cut Pro X.

And the best part is that while SpeedGrade could use some upgrades, even without them it is still so much more powerful than Lumetri controls in Premiere Pro!

Adobe has made a huge mistake in losing it's powerful color correction tool. It is a huge sore point missing in Creative Cloud now.
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Simon Wyndham on RedShark News on him considering leaving the Mac for Windows Editing

Simon Wyndham at RedShark News has a good read on why he is considering moving back to PC after the lackluster Pro Laptops and the lack of a real Pro Mac.

Now I have been saying this for years now. I don't want to leave Mac, as I like it much better than Windows, but Windows has really become superior for Professional Computer work. There is not the choice with Mac, and the fact that the MacPro is from 2013 and itself has no upgrade ability really limits the Mac. Sure I could go Hackintosh, but working on a Quo at work I have seen the issues with upgrading, and don't really want to deal with it.

Apple has given up on the creative professional, and Microsoft has stepped up. Look at the next Windows Update for Creatives, and the Suface, Surface Book, and Surface Studio are really for creatives!

I think Apple is making a huge mistake by not making machines for the market that kept them afloat through all the bad years, but Tim Cook doesn't seem to agree, and Apple will suffer for it.
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No one is talking about the fact that Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017 runs on Yosemite, El Capitan and Sierra on Mac

So Adobe released it's latest update to it Creative Cloud Suite yesterday, and no one is talking about one of the biggest things for Mac OS X users! The last version 2015, only ran on El Capitan, which was an issue for many (especially Hackintosh Users), not running on any earlier OS. Well with 2017 it seems things have changed!

Just check out the Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017 System Requirements on Adobe's site, and you will see what I mean!

Mac OS X  v10.10, v10.11 or v10.12

Yes, that means it now runs on Yosemite, El Capitan and Sierra! Who releases a new version that works on earlier software? A company that listens! Wow! Awesome!

And I can finally upgrade to Sierra on my home machine!
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Adobe releases Photoshop Creative Cloud 2017

Adobe has released the new version of Photoshop Creative Cloud 2017, here are the new features.

You can now chose templates to start a project from Adobe Stock.

There is now a Comprehensive Search, across UI elements, documents, Help and learning, and Stock assets.

There is now support for OpenType SVG fonts which include multiple colors and gradients in a single character glyph. And support for Emojis which can combine to change colors or create country flags.

The Polygonal Lasso has been added to the Selelct and Mask Workspace. And have high quality refined previews on mousedown.

Face-Aware Liquify now allows the eyes to be done independently or symmetrically.

Creative Cloud Libraries can now be archived and restored. And you can find stock assets similar to library assets with visual search, and you can drag and drop Adobe Stock elements into Creative Cloud Libraries. And you can share your libraries and Library Assets, which will update across Creative Cloud apps.

There are Property Panels Improvements. It is now part of the Essentials Workspace, and there are additional properties for type layers and stuff can be modified here. It also displays document properties when nothing is selected.

Adobe Camera Raw 9.7 has new been updated. There is now Pressure Sensative Support as well as new cameras and lenses.

And it now works with Adobe Experience Design CC, as SVG's can be copied and pasted.

Other features include, Match Font Improvments, Click outside of a text box to commit text, open PSD files in your Creative Cloud files from the Start Screen, Layer Count is more accurate and includes Group Content, Improved Marquee Selection, Select Highlight Color, Minimum Radius threshold with Smart Radiu, Surface Blu is 10x for 16 bit images, improved contrast in interface, new Preview checkbox in Liquifiy, ability to hide widgets in Face aware liquify, use Apple MEtal with AMD processors in Mac with Oil Paint Filter, Gpano Metadata is preserved in Export As.

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Adobe on working simultaneosly is Shared Video Projects with Team Projects in Creative Cloud 2017

Adobe has posted a great support document on working in the paid Team Projects (Beta).



I am looking forward to trying this out in the future. Looks like an impressive solution, and really brings this more in line with AVID.
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Adobe releases Prelude Creative Cloud 2017

Adobe has released Adobe Prelude Creative Cloud 2017, here are the list of new features.

They have added Collbration using the paid Team Projects.

AVC LongG Peformance Improvments, and Event Panel Filtering Options.
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Adobe released Adobe Media Encoder Creative Cloud 2017

Adobe has released Adobe Media Encoder Creative Cloud 2017, here are the new features.

It can stitch multiple clips into a single clip, with control over the order.

Destination publishing with support for Behance.

You can now render the Alpha Channel only, especially useful for when rendering to MXF.
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Adobe Released After Effects Creative Cloud 2017

Adobe has released Adobe After Effects Creative Cloud 2017, and here are the new features.



We have Collaboration with Team Projects.

Very excitingly a new 3D composition renderer from Cinema 4D, which I have read may be as fast as 20 times faster! Wooohoooo!!!



Performance Improvements with smarter GPU usage and more GPU accelerated effects!

An Improved Live Text template workflow, and Character Animator scenes in After Effects via Dynamic Link.

Also seamless integration of TypeKit Fonts, which will automatically sync if a font is missing when a project is opened (nice!).

New Project from Template with settings like color management and folder structure, which you can sync through Creative Cloud. I am so excited about this!

You can now freeze on the last frame.

You can set marker duration by dragging.

Avid DNxHD codec quicktime writing.

And finally Date and Time values in output name templates (YES!!! I know many companies that need to use this!).
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Adobe Released Premiere Pro Creative Cloud 2017

For the start of the MAX conference in San Diego Adobe has updated Creative Cloud to 2017. Here is a new Feature Summary of Adobe Premiere Pro 2017.



First they have released Collaboration with Team Projects in Beta. And it is actually fairly reasonable. You it is an additional 29.95 a month for a single app or $69.95 for all Desktop apps (though currently it is Premiere Pro, After Effects and Prelude). This is in addition to the monthly for the suite.

Then their is additional VR support.

Visual Keyboard Shortcut Mapping (which they should have had since the start).



Enhanced open captions, Refined Lumetri Color Tools, and HDR support, Expanded Destination Publishing (something I have never used), Live Text Templates with Dynamic Graphics, Extra File Format Support including natvie QT DNxHD / DNxHR export! Improved Audio Effects with Higher Quality Sound Processing and improved Fidelity from Adobe Audition. Also faster GPU Accelerated effects, and improved support for Apple Metal.

Improvements to Dynamic Link with After Effects (woohoooooo)!



And a Global FX Mute Button for improved playback!

And it still works on El Capitan, which is nice for the Quo I work on, which I just spent too long getting it to run on El Cap to get it to Sierra. In fact it says it works with 10.10 10.11 or 10.12, so this actually goes back before El Capitan to Yosemite!
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Mr. Reader for iPad has stopped development and has been pulled from App Store: The Horror!

 

My hands down favorite RSS reader for the iPad, the great Mr. Reader has had it's development stopped and has been pulled from the App store as of September 2016, after no updates for a year. The worst part is even after no development for so long it was still by far the best. Honestly all it needed was to add the in line Safari viewer so it would support add and pop up blockers!

Now I use Feedly, but never liked it's app much, so I have been going through all the RSS readers in the store to find one i like as much as the late Mr. Reader. Now I used to use REEDER, and I think it works, but not nearly as well as Mr. Reader. I miss scrolling to mark articles as read and marker all as read moving to the next category. And honestly the main the I like in Mr. reader over Reeder is that instead of just showing sites ico files, it showed a preview of the post, usually the featured image, which I have really come to rely on. Especially for photo feeds, such as 500px!

If anyone has any suggestions for anything that will work for me, please let me know.
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Apple removed my post on removing 5 Star Ratings from iOS 10!

So i started a discussion on apple discussions about them removing 5 star ratings from iOS 10. It was to get people to contact apple about this to get the feadback, and hope people would show their displeasure and Apple might change their wrongful change, but they erased the posts as of today! The posts were at this point.

Apple dontacted me with the following e-mail:

Hi Jonah (Jonah Lee Walker), 


Thanks for participating in the Apple Support Communities.

We’ve removed your post No 5 Star Song Rating in iOS 10 because it contained either product feedback or feature requests that was not constructive.

To read our terms and conditions for using the Communities site, see this page:  Apple Support Communities  - Terms of Use

We hope you’ll keep using our Support Communities. You can find more information about participating here:  Apple Support Communities  - Tutorials

If you have comments about any of our products, we welcome your feedback:  Apple - Feedback
This is bullshit! Apple is not ony ignoring the posts, but erasing them from existance! WTF! Obviously they have no plans to put this feature back! This could not be more B******t! Nice wat to treat your customers Appke!
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Working on 1.1.3 of Sharpei Puppy Stickers

I am working on version 1.1.3 of my Sharpei Puppy Stickers app for iOS 10 Messages. I already have 10 more images of Indy to add. So I need to add more JK Pics, and then will put it up to Apple for a new change.

I have made a few sales, but am hoping for more. Hopefully if people give it reviews it might show up higher in lists, and I am hoping as I add more and more images it will be more of a value! It currently has 46 images, so the next version will have at least 56 images and likely more than that.
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Kamerar Baton Extender for DJi OSMO

I have been looking at 3rd party accessories for a DJI Osmo of late and came across this, the Kamerar Baton Extender.



This $100 device basically extends the reach of the OSMO by 22" with electronic extension controls and a second handle for control (and so you don't break the mount on your Osmo handle).

It looks very interesting, especially becoming more like a jib.

Mr Cheesy Cam has an interesting video review.


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Sharpei Puppy Stickers has reached version 1.1.2 and now has 46 stickers!

My first iOS 10 Messenger Sticker app has reached version 1.1.2 and now has 46 stickers for ¢99. I hope that people enjoy it. I plan on adding more stickers to the pack in the near future!

This picture from the iPad version shows all the current stickers available in version 1.1.2.

I will update this site when I add more images! I hope people enjoy the stickers!

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Cinema 4D lessons on making 3D Grass

So I have been learning Cinema 4D of late, as a new weapon in my arsenal. Been doing lessons every day, but the next job where I might be using it would include grass, so I have been doing a lot of lessons on how to do grass in Cinema 4D.

If anyone is interested Toolfarm has posted a page of the best Cinema 4D Grass Lessons, and they are all really worth checking out!

Chris Schmidt's is awesome, and I have been trying to get the movement from Quick VFX, but haven't pulled it off yet.


I have combined a couple of the ideas in different lessons to make growing grass in a small section as you can see here.
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Released my first iOS 10 Messenger Sticker app, Sharpei Puppy Stickers

So I have released my first iOS 10 Messenger Sticker App, Sharpei Puppy Stickers for 99¢.

It is a set of stickers of images of my 2 Shar Pei's Indiana Bones and J.K. Growling. It started with 10 images, but with the second update is already up to 28 images, and I already have 9 more ready to go for the next update (though will probably add at least another 9 to that). All the updates are free, as I figure it is just adding value to the app! I really hope you enjoy it!

I have also added a section of my web site devoted to the app, and future apps, as I already have plans to do a new app with my mother Linda Lee Carnegie who is the amazing artist behind Carnegie Designs.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, comments, suggestions or issues. Thanks and I hope you enjoy my new app!
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Verizon FIOS's replacement Frontier is not the same service

I was a very happy user of Verizon FIOS and it's amazing internet, but Frontier is continually proving that it's service is not nearly as good!

First off the same internet speed seems much slower, but that is just my feeling, because the speed always shows up well on speed tests, though it does feel slower.

The biggest problem is the internet tv streaming! They took a while to add more than one user, but now that they have, the big problem is that now the TV logins don't work well. In fact I have to log out and re-login every time to get them to work. Literally every time I try and watch a streaming show it fails, and to get it to work i have to log out and log back in. This is nuts! Literally this is nuts! This is a main feature now for many of us, and to have this work is one of the main feature that does not work! Are you kidding me? This should just work, but Frontier has not just worked since it took over from Verizon.

The Frontier takeover of FIOS has been a disaster! And this is not acceptable because I was not even told until I was already a Frontier customer! WTF!
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Apple has removed Star Ratings in iOS 10, WTF!

And Apple continues it's downward spiral of removing much used and important features in it'/ latest upgrade. I can't beliwve it, but apple has removed it's 5 Star Ratings from Music in iOS 10! Seriously What The Fuck Apple!  I have spent years rating my songs in itunes and a good year re-rating my songs after El Capitan fucked up my iTunes Library!

Now I get the newer and simpler like or don't like,  but I don't use it! I use the 5 stars I have used for years! And I like to rate music on my phone, but with iOS 10 I can't! WTF! This is literally insane!

DO I NEED TO MOVE TO ANDROID? FUCK YOU APPLE!

If you agree please contact apple and tell them to add this feature back! I have!

UPDATE:

I stared a thread on the Apple Support Communities in the hopes of getting enough people to request the return of this feature, and so far the thread is already 6 pages long.
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Adobe pulling an Apple with it's awesome SpeedGrade and gutting it, and not updating it

As you can see from my last post, Adobe has just announced it's next set of features for the Video Tools in Creative Cloud at IBC 2016. Unfortunately once again one program has been left out, Adobe SpeedGrade. Yes they are adding more color correction tools from SpeedGrade into Premiere Pro, but it has now been many years since SpeedGrade has had an update.

This is really a shame as it is a great color correction tool that needs some love, especially since it's ability to do a grade, and have it roundtrip back to Premiere Pro as a plug in, makes it so much more powerful for projects that have many versions than doing a grade in the more powerful DaVinci Resolve, in which you have to render out your grade. With Master Clips Grades in SpeedGrade those grade would be there for whole clips in future versions while you edit.

I just think it is a shame that they seem to be gutting SpeedGrade and not giving it the love it deserves. It really needs multi-monitor support so you can pull your scopes to a different monitor, and it needs some updates, especially moving some of the tools they have created for Premiere and moving them back into SpeedGrade. The lack of updates make it looks like it will go the way of the dodo, much like Apple did with the amazing Shake and Color apps that they purchased and then killed.

The death of SpeedGrade is a real shame!
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Adobe Creative Cloud Video and Audio Tools New Feature Reveals at IBC 2016




I just wish they would fix some of the bugs of 2015.3 quickly, as I have heard nothing but issues from people.

Check out an overview of the new features by Victoria Nece at the Adobe Creative Cloud Blog.

As for new features, the big one is Team Projects. A hosted service allowing collaboration between Premiere Pro, After Effects and Prelude. This could be huge if it works well. I like how media mapping can be different for each user. Finally something to fight AVID in large multi-user environments!




Premiere Pro and Media Encoder are next. Bronwyn Lewis has written about it at the Adobe Creative Cloud blog.



In addition to team projects, it now has enhanced Captions and Subtitle support.



Enhancements to the Lumetri Color Tool Sets, which rocks, though unfortunately likely also spells the death of the separate and more powerful Speed Grade Application which once again is not getting an update here.

There is even more expanded VR support.



And destination publishing (something I will likely not be using).



And something I likely will be using enhanced Live Text Templates from After Effects! As well as visual Keyboard Shortcut mapping tool like AVID has always had.



It also will work better with Apple Metal, and have faster Dynamic Linking, And Media Encoder will stitch together multiple clips to ease file management.


After Effects has new features gone over by Victoria Nece at the Adobe Creative Cloud.



It has the afore mentioned Team Projects, a new 3D rendering allowing bent planes and extruded 3D text and shapes within After Effects using Cinema 4D's standard renderer!



It has faster performance with GPU's and more GPU accelerated effects. The aforementioned Improved Live Text Templates, with TypeKit Font Sync.

And more Powerful Dynamic Linking.




And when creating projects from Templates settings like color management and folder structure can be passed on!


Dave Werner shares new features of Adobe Character Animator CC Beta.




Durin Gleaves talks about Audition CC's new features. It has a cleaned User Interface, that more matches the rest of the creative suite and will work on high resolution monitors.






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Installing Boot Camp on High Capacity Disks

Other World Computing has a great article on how to install a bootcamp partition on disk larger than 2.2TB.

I wish I had seen this earlier. As I recently replaced my 2TB that had bootcamp on a partition on it with a 3TB drive that I took out of my Synology, and I could not restore my old BootCamp partition using WinClone because I could not make the partition. I could do it again now, but would have to reback up the drive and then move it back afterwards, and am not sure I have enough hard drive space for this, unless I wipe out the old disc with BootCamp on it. And I have yet to do a WinClone Restore so I am not sure it will work and don't want to lose the BootCamp partition just in case.
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Batch Converting Pages Documents to Word Documents with Applescript

So if you read this blog you already know that I have pretty much come to the decision that my next computer will not be a Mac. I love my old MacPro 4,1 but it is getting long in the tooth, and I haven't even been able to do the Firmware Upgrade to get it to 5,1, so the next OS Sierra will not work on my current MacPro as it will only work on a 5,1 (I haven't tried putting in my old video card before the upgrade, which might help, but it looks like El Capitan makes it harder).

Unfortunately in 2007 I moved over to Pages to do my invoices, resumes and cover letter. Now you can individually export your documents to the modern word format docx, but I am talking hundreds and hundreds of files that I may want to access at some point, so I wanted a way to batch those files.

This requires applescript, and while I used to be OK at Applescript all those skills have since gone away.

A quick google search showed one page dedicated to scripting the iWorks suite, and it is iWorkAutomation. Specifically there is a script to Export to Word, but it is not a batch export, just a single use, and so not of use to me, except for stealing some of it's commands.

So then I went back to the old faithful applescript forums MacSpripter, and did a search. And I found an awesome script from Yvan Keonig, which automates the process, allowing you to pick a folder with you pages documents and then chose a destination folder, and it batch converts to PDF files.

Luckily my limited Applescript skills and the fact that the script was so well written, let me use the Microsoft Word commands from iWork Automation and combine them to make a script to convert to Word documents.

Just copy this script and paste it into Script Editor and run the script. You can also save the script to your scripts folder.



set theSourceFolder to (choose folder with prompt "Select a folder whose files you wish to convert to word:")

tell application "Finder"
set filesArray to every file of theSourceFolder whose name extension is "pages"
end tell

set theDestinationFolder to (choose folder with prompt "Select a folder where you want the converted files to be placed: ")

tell application "Pages" to activate

repeat with aFile in filesArray
tell application "Finder"
set fileAlias to aFile as alias
set fileName to name of fileAlias
set fileExtension to name extension of fileAlias
end tell
set theOriginalName to fileName
-- remove extension
set prevTIDs to AppleScript's text item delimiters
set AppleScript's text item delimiters to "." & fileExtension as string
set fileName to first text item of fileName
set AppleScript's text item delimiters to prevTIDs
-- prepare desktop folder path and name
set docPathAndName to (theDestinationFolder as text) & fileName & ".docx" # EDITED
tell application "Pages"
-- open the file
set targetDocument to open fileAlias -- EDITED : was aFile which is a Finder reference, not what Pages requires
repeat 10 times # I added a loop which may be useful if the original document is very long
try
export targetDocument to file docPathAndName as Microsoft Word
exit repeat
on error
tell me to delay 0.5
end try
end repeat
-- close it
close targetDocument saving no
end tell
end repeat

tell application "Pages" to quit

display dialog "Done!"

Awesome, now I have batch updated all my pages documents to Word documents. Sure the formatting needs some updating, but at least they will all work on a PC!
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Edelkrone SliderPlus, Target Module and Action Module

Edelkrone has released the SliderPlus system. This includes the impressive SliderPlus that can slide twice the distance of it's size in 3 normal sizes and pro sizes that go from medium to xtra large for $399.99-$799.99.



More impressive is the $569.99 Action Module which records movement and replays it, allowing you to adjust the acceration and time of the move to recreate moves for vfx multiple passes.



And the Target Module for $569.99 where you set a distance and it will turn the camera so it keeps the subject in the same framing through the slide!



This means for $1500 you can literally get the ultimate product shot setup! And you can use it to dolly, and for so many other ways.

This is really mindblowingly impressive! I so want one!
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Edelkrone has released the Wing slider for $199!

Edelkrone, a company I have never heard of has released an impressive and inexpensive portable slider called the Wing for $199. This is an impressive and portable slider, and I want one!
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DJI has released the Osmo+

DJI has released an updated version of it's 3 axis stabilized camera, the DJI Osmo+. The new version includes a 22-77mm zoom lens, 3.5x optical and for 1080 video an additional 2x lossless digil zoom. It has a 50cm minimum focus distance, and support for motion timelapse! And it is $649.

The original Osmo for $569, includes a free spare battery, a $35 value, but the new camera should be worth the difference.

Damn I want one!
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Davinci Resolve 12.5.1 Supports Quicktime ProRes on Windows, death knell for Quicktime

BlackMagicDesign's Davinci Resolve 12.5.1 has been released and it includes Quicktime ProRES decoding on Windows! You can check out all the new features here.

With Apple having ended Quicktime support for Windows, and now Adobe and DaVinci adding Quicktime Pro Res playback on Windows, that basically means that you can use all the old ProRes files you have, but it is time to move on. And it is unfortunate as ProRES HQ had really become a great intermediate format and ProRES 444 is an awesome alpha format.

And it looks like it is time to move to AVID's DNxHD format, since like ProRES it is pretty much visually lossless at higher bitrates.
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Simple Background Music Player App for the Xbox One

Well a company called TroubleAcres has an app that can play music off a USB stick on your XBOX one. It is free and it works, but it is very simple. It only plays MP3, WMA and FLAC files on a FAT32 or NTFS USb drive within a folder called "Xbox Music Library" and it has a limitation of only 200 files and plays them in alphabetical order. It does read files in folders, but only to add to the alphabetical list.

It works and I can finally play my own music. Just have to keep it to 200, and put music on I want at the time.

I am on a Mac and use ALAC files, which are not supported, but luckily the $5 M3Unify app from the awesome Doug's Scripts will convert to MP3 and put files in folders by artist and album. Of course for now those folders are useless, but hopefully it will work at some point. And ALAC support would be great too, since the One does support AAC in it's Media Player app (which also supports a DLNA, and folders, but for some inexplicable reason doesn't support Background Music making it next to useless).
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Moving from Rapidweaver to a PC Web Site Creation Tool, any help would be appreciated! MacPro 4,1 EOL, so time to move to PC.

So if you have been reading my posts you know that my MacPro is nearing the end of it's life. The next version of OS X, macOS Sierra, officially does not support my MacPro 4,1. Now it does support the MacPro 5,1, and I can do a firmware flash and make my Mac think it is a 5,1, since the only different was a firmware upgrade and newer processors. So I will be able to Install Sierra, but the writing is on the wall and Sierra will likely be the last OS to support a 5,1 MacPro.

And it is not like I have a stock 4,1, it has an SSD, an NVIDIA GTX 670 with 4GB of RAM, and a ton of Hard drives, but the big issue is that Adobe Creative Cloud big updates tend to only work with the latest Mac Upgrade so my MacPro has maybe a year or at best 2 before it can no longer get OS upgrades, and will literally be a paperweight. Sure I can still run it for some things, but it won't be getting security upgrades, and software will stop working on it.

Now for most software I can easily move it to a PC, or if not easily it can at least be done. I can resave all my Pages files to word docs, and things like that, but for Web Site Creation it is not so Easy.

I run Rapidweaver 6 for web site creation. I used to make my own web sites in HTM, and have run many many programs from Net Objects Fusion when it was Mac, to Dreamweaver, but I don't want to code anymore, as basically when the web moved heavily to CSS I moved to WYSIWYG completely and gave up on coding for the most part.

So now I run RapidWeaver 6 (I know 7 is out, but do I really want to upgrade, when in the next few years I will be likely be moving to windows? Not really!) and do my 2 web sites, as well as my mom's web site for her business.

Of course RapidWeaver is unfortunately Mac only. So the question becomes what to rebuild my web sites in that would work on a PC. The obvious choices are not so obvious.

I already run Adobe Creative Cloud, so Dreamweaver makes sense if I wanted to code HTML, but I don't.

So I recently took a look at Adobe Muse, it's WYSIWYG web creation tool, that was created not by the Dreamweaver team, but by the Indesign team. And MUSE looks fantastic and powerful, except for one major thing, BLOGS!

And it is blogs that hurt the whole equation! I have one local Wordpress Blog, my Movie review blog, and 4 google blogger blogs. Now I know that not having a blog local means that it won't show up in search for the site, though I get around this in RapidWeaver by user the Loghound SiteMap plug in, which scans all of your blog entries and gives them local entries in your siteindex.xml. And honestly if I had to I could move all those Blogger blogs to local Wordpress blogs, to have all the entries show up as local pages, but even that doesn't help with Adobe Muse.

With Adobe Muse, there are no blogs. Sure a few third party plug ins have been made to make local blogs, and you can show blog entries from RSS, but there is literally no way to show your whole blog. Not even a local Wordpress blog! And it sounds like even if they do it will have to be blog posted on Adobe Business Catalyst and not on your own hosted web site.

If Adobe would let you use locally published Wordpress Blogs I would be fine, and could move my Blogger blogs to their own Wordpress blogs, and publish locally, but that doesn't sound like it will happen.

And so the point of this point, to ask, does anyone have a solution for me. The best solution would be a cross platform WYSIWYG solution that lets me remake my sites on my mac before I move to PC, and lets me integrate my Wordpress and Blogger blogs into the site easily. Now I could also go for a PC Only solution, and run it in either Bootcamp or Parallels ( I currently have both, so I can do that), but then I need a powerful WYSIWG web site editor that can incorporate outsite and local blogs, and is something like Rapidweaver.

Any input would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
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Xbox One Background Music still can't play your own music, WTF!

This is my second post on this subject, but I just can't believe that Microsoft has released background music and not updated Media Player to work with it, so you basically can't play your own music on the XBOX ONE. This was a release feature on the Xbox 360, WTF Microsoft!

The first app was a damn Podcast app! What is that? And now I guess that Groove Music, Microsoft's paid music service will work in the background. And supposedly it will play music you have copied to your OneDrive, if you have enough space, but you seem to have to have a paid account for that to work (though I could be wrong on that). The thing is that the 360 worked off a DLNA server from your computer, so with the help of an app, I could stream all my music from my Mac to my XBOX and pick tracks and play them. I want to play my own music, not paid music, and not even Pandora (which is supposed to work soon). I want my own music!

And honestly the fact that Microsoft's paid music service GROOVE will work soon makes me very wary! WTF! Let me play my own music! Hell if I have to I will rip CD's to my One as I could with my 360! It is better than just streaming or paid music! Hell even if I have to put them on a USB stick and do it that way, it is at least my music, but again that would require Microsoft to update their Media Player app!
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Picked up an LED worklight at Costco







I was at Costco today and saw a new LED Worklight on Sale for $29.95. It is a Snap-On LED Worklight 2000 Lumens that promises a 5000K color temperature. It has a nice little adjustable base, and I am planning on shooting the rest of my 4th Macy the Bear short, and realized I likely need more light so I am going to give it a try.

I figure at the worst I can use it to bounce off the ceiling.

I will report on how it works out as soon as I give it a try.
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