Final Cut Studio 2, ATI Drivers for Linux, Nokia N800, 3D Films, Joost, FIOS TV and Al Gore

Final Cut Studio 2

I finally got a copy of Final Cut Studio 2 today –delivered in May as Apple promised at NAB– and I’m installing it on my MAC Book Pro as I type. One thing about Final Cut Pro and a lot of MAC software is it takes a long time to load. In fact the instructions say it can take as long as 20 minutes a disk and to wait 25 minutes before removing a disk if you feel it’s not installing correctly…. And in the case of Final Cut Pro it also takes a lot of disk space. To save on disk space I decided not to install Soundtrack 2 or the Cinema tools.

Nokia N800

Many responded in comments to my May 23 post. He tells me that “It’s (his hand held device) actually the N800 (newer version). It runs Debian Linux (known as Maemo).” If you check the comment he includes a weblink that demonstrates the N800’s video streaming capability via its built in camera.

3D Films

I did my usual review of Digg overnight and I saw an article that some Hollywood producers are thinking 3D is going to get “hot” again. This is on the heels of U2’s new 3D feature and both Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson signed on to direct and produce for Paramount’s DreamWorks Studios a trilogy of 3-D movies about the intrepid Belgian comic-book hero Tintin. 3D is definitely something that’s been in the back of my mind for a few years. There is a lot of “backroom” research going on in this area and the NAB 2007 report points to some technology I saw at NAB that does not require glasses. Nonya’s VLOG has some instances of the technology as well. Hopefully that VLOG will be available next week.

Community Support – Linux Drivers and ATI

I have to echo two things that I read on the Internet today. ATI’s lack of Linux support relating to their Graphics Card is a big problem. We ran an Open Source Research Lab last semester at Ryerson and this was one area where we had problems. ATI had better pay attention to this community. I also see that a group of people are starting to talk about ADOBE’s pricing and ADOBE reader.

In case someone is reading this post from ADOBE, I use Acrobat 7 and I get sick of the screen gymnastics that occur when I create a PDF document from inside Word. It takes a long time and it the way the screen jumps around I fear that my Windows machine will crash. I’ve taken to using Open Office that employs an Opens Source PDF creator. I click on the Icon (in the same manner I do using Word) and it creates the PDF so quickly –and cleanly– that I think it did not create it. But it does it every time better –in my opinion– than the pricey Acrobat add on for Microsoft Word.

If the quote about price sensitivity is true in the article I can assure ADOBE that educational institutions (especially publicly funded ones) are price sensitive as well as manpower challenged. Again I hope ADOBE is sensitive to its community however my recent experience included stopping at ADOBE’s booth at NAB and specifically asking for some answers to some questions. In the end they could not be answered so I left my business card. I have received no follow-up telephone call or e-mail. That was over a month ago….

Joost and FIOS TV

I managed to fire up my Joost account over the weekend and get it going on my Mac Laptop. I noticed today that Verizon is launching something called FIOS TV that looks like some form of IPTV that they are launching. Their site is funny. Lots of flashy moving images to the point where I could not discover the link to explain exactly what the product is except that it’s connected to a Fibre Optic Network of some sort….

Al Gore

I watched Al Gore’s movie An Inconvenient Truth over the weekend. I see today that Steve Jobs feels that he will become the US president if he runs. I have to say after watching the movie Al Gore comes off as an intelligent and thinking man who brings real life experience to the information presented in An Inconvenient Truth.

One Response

  1. N800 “Perfect for me” Great screen, web browser and wifi range.

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