Mac Pro Features User-Upgradeable CPU and RAM

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Macs aren’t always the easiest to deal with for upgrading internal components. The new iMacs are locked down to only RAM upgrades and the Macbook Pro Retina models have zero internal upgradeable parts. So, when Apple announced its trashcan-looking Mac Pro, most of us figured that would be the end of upgrading components inside the Mac Pro as well. As it turns out, it’s not as bad as we feared. [Read more...]

iPhone 6 Might Have 10+MP Camera and f/1.8 Lens

iPhone 5 iSight Camera

Among all the other things Apple has figured out is the camera on the iPhone. I recently switched from an iPhone 5 to the Galaxy Note 3. While it has numerous advantages over the iPhone (for my use), its 13MP camera still lags well behind the iPhone 5 and 5s. It’s not all about the hardware either. Apple does a great job with the image processing and I just get better images out of it than I do any other smartphone I’ve used.

Apple has been stuck on the 8MP camera for three generations now, dating back to the iPhone 4S from 2011. However, the aperture has dropped from f/2.4 in the iPhone 4S/5 to f/2.2 in the iPhone 5S. Apple has clearly demonstrated that 8MP is enough for a smartphone as it has continued to focus on the overall photography experience. [Read more...]

SmartSound Releases FCP X Plugin for Customizing Songs to Fit Your Sequence

Sonicfire Pro Plugin for FCP X

SmartSound.com is a royalty-free audio library featuring tracks that can be customized with length, instruments and intensity using its proprietary Sonicfire Pro software. It’s pretty powerful stuff that offers timing control, mood mapping, custom length, variations on the tracks and the ability to search all of the tracks directly and make purchases without leaving the software application.

I’m a big fan and frequent user of Smartsound. All of the music from my recent short Nerfed and my intro segments from my CES videos were built inside Sonicfire Pro 5.8.3 and, ultimately, ended up in my final sequences in FCP X. Now, the company has extended the power of Sonicfire Pro with a plugin for Final Cut Pro X, which allows you to use a generator to create a custom length audio track and then select a track from Sonicfire Pro to send to a library within FCP X.

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Final Cut Pro X Version 10.1.1 Released

Final Cut Pro X

Apple has released Final Cut Pro X version 10.1.1, which provides the following bug fixes.

  • Preserves media files if an external drive or network is disconnected while consolidating a library
  • Resolves an issue with loading audio content in the Music and Sound Browser
  • Fixes a stability issue when applying a Motion effect with Scroll Text behavior
  • Faster switching between proxy media and original or optimized media
  • Improves Timeline responsiveness with very large projects

The update is available through the Mac App Store.

Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 5.03 Now Available

Aperture 3

Apple has issued an update to Digital Camera RAW to version 5.03, which adds RAW image support for the Canon EOS M2 in Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’11. The update also resolves an issue that prevented lens correction from working properly with Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 images and address a color cast issue on some Olympus OM-D E-M1 images.

The update is available through the Mac App Store’s “Updates” tab.

Final Cut Pro X Background Rendering in OS X Mavericks Not Working? Turn Off App Nap.

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One of the grand new features in OS X Mavericks is App Nap, which saves on power to extend battery life on MacBooks. One of the unfortunate side effects is that is kills background rendering in Final Cut Pro X and other apps that take advantage of background rendering.

To make background rendering work again, simply turn off App Nap. The process is simple.

  1. Right-click on the application.
  2. Choose Get Info.
  3. Check the box “Prevent App Nap.”
  4. Enjoy background rendering again.

[via Planet5D]

Final Cut Pro X Version 10.1 Released

Final Cut Pro X

Along with the release of the new Mac Pro last week, Apple quietly released an update for Final Cut Pro X. The new 10.1 update adds a ton of new features – some of which are rather big.

Final Cut Pro X has totally changed the way that it organizes media. The new method makes use of libraries, events and projects. It offers the ability to only load the library of events that you are working on without loading all other events you have ever created. I’ve embedded a quick primer video on the new library system in FCP X below. [Read more...]