Zoom has released a new Thunderbolt interface for audio I/O geared toward Macs – more specifically, the new Mac Pro. The Zoom TAC-2 features a single, large knob that is used to control all parameters of audio connections. [Read more…]
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 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.
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.
- Right-click on the application.
- Choose Get Info.
- Check the box “Prevent App Nap.”
- Enjoy background rendering again.
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…]
The new Mac Pro is finally available for pre-order, starting at $2994 for the base model and going up to $9599 (for a 12-core model with 64GB RAM, 1TB PCI-e flash storage and Dual AMD 6GB FirePro D700 graphics cards) with an expected shipping date of February 2014. B&H has several configurations available and, of course, you can create your own custom configuration on Apple’s website.
I picked up a new 27″ iMac a couple weeks ago when B&H dropped the price of the previous generation iMac by $300. Specifically, I bought the 3.2GHz Core i5 unit with a nVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX 1GB GPU. I paired the iMac with a HP ZR2740w 27″ IPS display.
After using it for a couple weeks, I thought I would take a few minutes to share my thoughts on my new setup. I figured this would be an appropriate time since we have an active “Mac or PC” thread going on over on our Facebook page now.
I am generally not an early adopter. In fact, I often purchase a product near the end of its market life cycle (there are exceptions though – e.g., the 5D Mark II). This has worked well for me with Mac desktops and laptops over the years for a couple of reasons. [Read more…]
Apple has just announced that the new Mac Pro will be available for the first time tomorrow, December 19. Recall that Apple announced the new Mac Pro back in June 2013 with a radical departure from the Mac Pro form factor we have known since 2003. [Read more…]