Thursday, October 07, 2010
Love it with all my geekness.
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Inkscape is a powerful, free, cross-platform, vector-based drawing tool similar to Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW. The Book of Inkscape, written by Inkscape developer and graphic designer Dmitry Kirsanov, is an in-depth guide to Inkscape, offering comprehensive coverage and creative advice ...
Must have, sight unseen
Pros: Helpful examples, Creative, Well-written, Easy to understand, Accurate, Concise
Best Uses: Student, Intermediate, Novice, Expert
Describe Yourself: Video Editor, Designer, Educator
I have to admit I haven't read this book yet, but having read Dimitry's Tutorials in Linux Format (www.linuxformat.co.uk), I am going to buy this sight unseen. He always comes up with brilliant examples and solutions, which prove that he is a great designer who is not afraid to share his techniques with the world... and he is really good at communicating his knowledge.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Sony recommend the following procedure:
1. Switch off all equipment, including external drives which may be attached via firewire to the computer.
2. Attach firewire cable to camera/deck/drive
3. Attach firewire cable to computer
4. Power up computer
5. Power up devices (can be during boot-up)
BTW, the solution for a Mac with a burnt firewire port is not necessarily to replace the logic board, but get a multi-port PCI card from a company like Sonnettech (see link). On a camera or deck: speak to your dealer - expect to pay around R1400.00 (about USD150.00)
Take your time, power down and Don't get burned!
Thursday, October 09, 2008
I'm editing together a sort of slideshow in final cut express and there are
LOTS of pictures that need to go in. Is there a way to set it so I can just drag
them in to be 2.20 secs instead of the regular 10 secs? I'm SURE there must
be a way to do it (it would save a ridiculous amount of time).
This is so simple you're going to kick yourself! ;) I use Final Cut Pro, but I'm pretty sure it works the same in FCE.
Go to >Final Cut Pro > User Preferences (or press Alt-Q /Option-Q).
Click on the 'Editing' Tab.
Set your desired duration in the Still/Freeze duration window (top-left).
Now, select all the stills, or the bin they're in and hit backspace. This will "delete" them from the project, but not from the hard drive.*
Now re-import them (if they're all in one folder, choose > File > Import Folder and this will create a bin with the name of the Apple Folder). They will now all be the default duration.
TIP: If you highlight a whole batch and drag them into the CANVAS, and choose 'Import with Transition' they will all get a default transition in between them, saving you the hassle of putting a transition between each one.
WATCH OUT, EVERYONE!!!
Please read and be on the lookout for such an email. Thanks
Please be warned, there is a dangerous viral hoax email about to be sent out to thousands of computer users around the world, designed by bored nerds who couldn't write a virus if they wanted to. The aim is to wipe out Sector zero of your brain, kill your parrot and make your microwave explode. It may possibly turn your "significant other" gay.
The brilliant thing about this viral hoax is that it is spread by gullible people, and NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE in the world can stop it. The extensive use of CAPITAL LETTERS and exclamation marks!!!!, bad punctuation, speling mistaeks and strange colours is a dead giveaway.
This has been verified by external hoax companies who shall remain nameless. I could tell you, but then I'd have to... never mind.
I have personally checked with Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Linus Torvalds and Richard Stallman, and they all agree this is the worst waste of time EVER!!!! Even the Dalai Lama is annoyed.
Please DON'T forward this warning to any of your FRIENDS, FAMILY AND CONTACTS. Anyone with any savvy will think you are an idiot, and the rest of them will unplug their computers and suck their thumbs, waiting for the END OF THE WORLD.
It has been confirmed by Vircheck, Antivir, Morphos Galorphus and Andrew Norton, and IT IS REAL. Really, really real. And of course Microsoft, who know all about viruses and would hate for you to do something sensible like switch to Firefox. According to Webinfo, if you add up all the time wasted by hoax emails it will amount to one entire long weekend for each person on planet Earth. If they were all printed out they would reach to Proxima Centauri and halfway back. So don't do it. Don't click that "Forward" button. Just don't do it. Not even "just in case".
Jonathan H Pienaar
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
I plugged the machine into my DSL network and began the process of installation. Because my network uses assigned addresses, not DHCP, the MS installer couldn't get me online to register, so I had to dial in to MS, listen to a recorded voice, and then punch in the approximately 20-digit serial number via the phone's keypad. It took no less than 5 attempts - the MS software couldn't recognise the touch-tone digits! Finally, registration complete, came the download of updates. It took 5 hours!
Then I had to scour the net for an mpeg decoder so that her DVD player could play back DVDs... DVD playback is not included in XP home edition (or whatever it's called).
Of course, installing Firefox, Thunderbird, Inkscape and OpenOffice, and a few other Windows Open Source applications was a breeze, and only took about half an hour.
The Ubuntu installation on sda2 was a simple, one-hour affair, and it included all the software that I had to install separately, and more. And of course, testing Ubuntu on a new laptop is always fun...
Monday, February 12, 2007
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Monday, January 17, 2005
Friday, August 15, 2003
"You simply give the program your video, choose any piece of music (MP3 or WAV) you like, select an editing style and it does the rest.
From one piece of raw video you can create a dozen different productions in a few minutes - each one in a radically different style, each one a polished production with a finished, professional feel."
So a computer can now do my job... I knew the day was coming...
Thursday, August 14, 2003
It seems quite straightforward, because the bank will lend you money to buy property - unlike shares or commodities. So why not get another mortgage and buy a place and charge some sucker rent? that's how to get your money working for you.
5 years ago i was doing this. 5 years from now i plan to be not doing this. I will be house-hunting next week, and in 5 years time i plan to have at least 5 income-generating properties. And I'm not going to worry about CGT because I'll buy places I don't need to sell.
Simple? I thinks so. It's worth a shot.