It has been over a calendar year since my last active post. To reinvigorate my love for blogs and blogging, I’ll re-imagining my whole structure. I’ve secured the domain rexonline.blog and will assess my long-term plans.
For those of you who have relied on Nero Burn Express or other products and have now decided to upgrade: caveat emptor! If you have been watching Blu-ray discs on your computer, don’t rush to upgrade unless you get a great discount.
Because Nero quietly has not included a Blu-ray player.
Users around the net have been vocal in their unhappiness, particularly on Nero’s Facebook page.
My personal recommendation is for WinDVD Pro 11 from Corel, as I had been using it since the early days. I thought, in getting Nero Platinum after years of just getting the basic Burning version, I’d get the Blu-ray player.
The problem I have with Nero is that they won’t specifically say that they will no provide a Blu-ray with the upgrade. You’re supposed to figure it out by implication.
You like Nero? Great – just get the basic setup. Forgo Platinum.
In getting my Final Cut Pro X doing what I want it to do, I have to admit that cheating via powerful plug-ins has been fun. Currently at the top of my lists are these themes and plugins from Pixel Film Studios. Using with local productions and having a lot of fun with them.
These were in the first batch that I ordered. Wow!
I, of course, don’t pile them into a single production but it is wonderful having access to some tools that reduce the turn around time on productions!
This LG 29UB65-P is a monitor that isn’t on everyone’s tongue. It’s on mine, though.
This model is different from the “consumer” version still being marketed; among the details I’m sure makes it different is the ability to raise and angle the monitor.
Here are some other details:
- 2560 x 1080
- 300 cd/m2
- 5000000:1 (dynamic)
- 5 ms
- anthracite dark
The videos are gradually being completed. For every successful edit and render, I have had four or five incomplete attempts.
The footage was shot with a Sony stereoscopic video camera, is being edited on an i7 Sony VAIO with 12 gigabytes of RAM and a 2-gig nVidia video card with the Sony Movie Studio Platinum but the system just seems to struggle.
If you want to have access to the entire collection when it is ready (Days 1, 3 and 4), please try this link.
I am compiling ideas for posting here and on our companion blog, technotraveler.com. Stay tuned!
We are exhausted. We have completed the second of two days we could be at CES. Tomorrow – Friday – will be the last of the show and for us to attend.
Here are a few of the photos we have accumulated…
The latest incarnation of the high-end Mac OS X-based desktop computer was made available for order in the wee hours of December 19, 2013.
Thanks to my contact at Apple, Matt Miller, I completed my order just around 6:20 am PT. Still it was a bit late to expect a January 2014 delivery date.
In the meantime, here are some links and a video on the new system and related accessories:
- MacPro from Apple’s site
- Mac Pro: Everything We Know (MacRumors)
- The new Mac Pro: First Impressions (videoguys.com)
- Lab tested: New Mac Pro is the speedster we’ve been waiting for (finally) (MacWorld.com)
- New Mac Pro now on sale, Sharp 4K monitor appears with it (iMore)
- Thunderbolt peripherals (Other World Computing)
I have been privileged to use Digital Juice products for over 13 years. I still have my first animated backgrounds from 2000 but it’s the new stuff that keeps me coming back and shelling out $$$ for their products. Think about how many tech companies have come and gone in the meantime!
These are what I have been purchasing over the last month. Don’t be surprised if you see these on the YouTube channel or on my Vimeo videos!
- Toxic Themes for Adobe After Effects, Collection 2: Awards & Ceremonies
- Animated Wipes & Transitions, Collection 4: Shifting Strength
- Animated Wipes & Transitions, Collection 5: Changing Paths
- Drag & Drop Visual Effects Collection
- Animated Canvases, Collection 24: Starting Blocks
- Animated Canvases, Collection 25: Original Basis
For that past few years, the Black Magic Design Intensity Pro has been my reliable pathway to Xbox 360, iPad and iPhone captures. Recently, I found that my iPhone 5’s output was still seen a valid signal but the neither the Xbox 360 nor the iPad provided a signal.
Strangely, I could hook up my AppleTV to the Intensity Pro and get an iPad output if I sent the video to the AppleTV via AirPlay. This is not an accept workaround. I don’t relish the idea of having to move the AppleTV about the house. Plus, it doesn’t solve the problem of capturing from other devices, like the Xbox, which doesn’t support AirPlay.
Sooooo, I purchased the Elgato Gaming Capture HD. I’ll be putting it through its paces.
In the meantime, if you want to see the video quality of an unedited MP4 capture (77.3 megabytes), click here to view/download a quick sample.
I have tweeted and posted that I have less than an assured feeling about Barnes and Noble, the nook and B&N customer service. One tweet mentioned the Kindle.
I’ve purchased the Kindle Paperwhite from Amazon and put my money where my mouth is.
I won’t really review this as much as continue to comment on the differences between the devices, the experience and any support issues. Barnes & Noble really needs to step up and improve its game. I am not totally abandoning them, but I don’t want to be caught not knowing how to run and use the competition. Sure, I have the apps on my iOS devices, but I really like to have the portable ereader experience.
Comparing the experience starts with J. Alexander Greenwood’s third installment of the John Pilate series, Pilate’s Key: