Compressor, Another Apple App Worth Buying at $50, Even Without Final Cut

Let’s be completely clear: pop over to the Mac App Store right now, and in addition to grabbing Final Cut Pro X for $300, you can pick up, a la carte, either Motion or Compressor. Whereas for a time Apple required the purchase of Final Cut Studio to get the companion apps, you can now buy Motion on its own or Compressor on its own without any copy of Final Cut whatsoever – let alone the new-fangled Final Cut Pro X. As I said, $50 for Motion makes it a no-brainer for anyone doing visual work on the Mac, even …

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Reforge, iPad Audio Editor, Updated; 5 Ways to Make Tablet Audio Editing Workflow Work for You

Reforge, an iPad audio editor, has gotten a major update with version 2. It’s a ground-up rewrite with a new audio engine, and adds support for Sonoma’s increasingly-popular AudioCopy/AudioPaste API, which provides clipboard functionality for sound between iOS apps. The novelty of running an audio editor on a tablet is clear. But how would you actually use it, in practice? I asked Tib Horvath, Reforge’s developer, to answer that question. He responds to CDM with some tips. It’s a pitch for his product, of course, but then that’s true if you describe the utility of any tool, and he has …

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Miro 4 Media Tool Promises the Quality of Closed, Only It's Open; Could Be HTML5 Dream Utility

Miro 4, an open source video player, has long been promising at least on paper as a means of sharing and watching open video. But the delivery in early versions was shaky, suffering from stability issues in some cases and simply failing to provide a compelling use case in others – particularly with browsers and other media players. Miro 4 is largely about music, but that in itself is relevant to video producers. If Miro can be a compelling iTunes alternative – particularly on the Mac, where such choices are few – it could be an intriguing distribution outlet for …

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Miro 4 Media Tool Promises the Quality of Closed, Only It’s Open; Could Be HTML5 Dream Utility

Miro 4, an open source video player, has long been promising at least on paper as a means of sharing and watching open video. But the delivery in early versions was shaky, suffering from stability issues in some cases and simply failing to provide a compelling use case in others – particularly with browsers and other media players. Miro 4 is largely about music, but that in itself is relevant to video producers. If Miro can be a compelling iTunes alternative – particularly on the Mac, where such choices are few – it could be an intriguing distribution outlet for …

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Getting Started with Renoise: 5 Tips, Videos, and a Handy, Free Tool

The tracker is back. Piano rolls and fake multitrack tape turn out not to be the only way to conceptualize how music is put together in digital form. And Renoise is a terrific way to learn a ground-up approach to production, because you get the quick workflow of the tracker without having to sacrifice so many of the “comforts of home” we’re used to in modern DAWs. So we’re pleased to have our Renoise + Indamixx contest going, not only for existing users, but newcomers, too. Renoise users have one way of evangelizing why they love their tool, which is …

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Free Video Projection Tool for Mac, Windows: Projection Mapping More Powerful, Adds Mixing

The mouths are yelling “yay, a new version of Video Production Tool!” Photo (CC) hc gilje. HC Gilje’s Video Projection Tool is a powerful, open-source, Max-produced tool for video projection and projection mapping on surfaces. The new 4.0 release adds a whole bunch of goodness, including mixing signals and an enhanced interface: 16 layers (previously 8 ) 2 live sources (previously 1) 8 A-B mixers (previously 0) greatly improved MIDI and OSC capabilities enhanced interface monitor preview for 2ndmonitor (single screen, matrox 2x or 3x),live camera. lots of bug ?xes and more ef?cient code. I had been interested in doing …

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ArKaos GrandVJ to Support 50-60 fps, Framerate is Beautiful, Plus Why FRAPS Rocks

GrandVJ struts its stuff at the World Lighting Fair. Mmmm… light. Delicious light. Photo courtesy ArKaos. GrandVJ is the live visual world’s best secret at the moment. Maybe it’s the software’s streamlined feature set or simple-looking UI, or maybe hard-core visualists had come to associate the name “ArKaos” with the company’s previous product, which recently had indeed started to look long-in-the-tooth before GrandVJ finally replaced it. But here’s the reason GrandVJ is worth your consideration: it plays back video and it’s rock-solid and fast while doing it. And I’m happy to sacrifice some whiz-bang features to accomplish that. Here’s a …

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VLC 1.0: Now One-Stop Video Conversion on Mac, Windows, Linux

If you work with video at all, you’re likely already best friends with VideoLAN’s VLC Media Player, the lightweight, fool-proof Mac/Windows/Linux player that somehow manages to play any video file on any OS without intervention. So, it was big news last week as VLC hit the 1.0 milestone, a major, polished, stable release of this open source package. (And yes, it’s a video player that can sometimes put even Apple’s QuickTime Player on Mac to shame.) But the real news in the 1.0 release is actually that VLC becomes an easy one-stop shop for video conversion. There are plenty of …

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TaggedFrog: Free/Donationware Windows File Utility Adds Audio Support

Mac users luck out when it comes to managing audio files, with exceptional choices like Snapper from AudioEase and the all-powerful AudioFinder, not to mention – if your needs are light – features like Leopard’s QuickLook. Windows users, by contrast, have been mostly left out. But good news: we’ve got a lovely solution for you. TaggedFrog is a free/donationware utility for Windows XP and Vista that brings some powerful file management facilities. And what’s great here is that it looks dead-simple to use. Lunar Frog TaggedFrog [Publisher Site, Free Download] As the name implies, the tool is built around tagging …

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