Dave Girard of Ars Technica provides one of the most in-depth reviews of the Apple Mac Pro to date, looking at it from the POV of a "pro with serious workstation needs."
He writes, "At first glance, the new Mac Pro seems like a finger in the eye for demanding creative professionals. But after actually using the system, I am convinced that this is a very successful workstation design that can be a great template for future versions. As novel as the tube design is on the surface, it is simply a solution to a design problem for workstations. How do you keep a high-performance machine with two powerful compute GPUs cool? You make it small, you make it a wind tunnel, you put all the devices along the walls of a giant heatsink, and you make the case metal to assist with cooling. James Dyson couldn't have done it better."
TIME.com has a rare, wonderful video features Steve Jobs in 1984 presenting the Apple Macintosh computer for the first time to the public at a meeting of the Boston Computer Society (BCS).
Says Dan Bricklin, co-founder of Software Arts and the man responsible for taping the BCS meeting, "This one was Steve really selling. This is the Steve that we’ve now known for many years announcing other products. This is that Steve, giving the talk he’s given so many times that he knows it cold. It really makes a difference. You get to see Steve when Steve became the Steve Jobs. Seeing him smiling up there is the way a lot of us would like to remember him.”
Watch below and read the whole, fascinating history here.
In the below video, John P. Hess of FilmmakerIQ goes over the birth of cinema and how the basic tenets of film editing and continuity came to be. It's like a nicely compressed film school lecture (15 minutes), available for free.
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of its revolutionary Macintosh computers, Apple executives reflect on what has made the company so successful and continuously growing.
Says Philip Schiller, svp of worldwide marketing, “Every company that made computers when we started the Mac, they’re all gone. We’re the only one left. We’re still doing it, and growing faster than the rest of the PC industry because of that willingness to reinvent ourselves over and over.”
Read the full story here on Macworld.
The crew of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues was tasked with building a functioning 1980s-style cable news studio and creating the featured (and background) videos that appear throughout the newsroom and news studio sets. According to computer and video playback supervisor Todd A. Marks, “This included shooting original content, acquiring stock videos, creating both still and animated graphic elements, and compositing and editing.
Peter Haas of RedShark News gives some practical editing advice he has accumulated over the years.
His first one: "Be up front. A very important lesson I've learned over the years is to put your thesis and visual concepts upfront. The screen is a sort of keyhole that the audience is peeping blindly through into the lives of your characters and story. When you're putting your film together, you need to place yourself on the opposite side of that door and hang out in your audience's mental space. By putting the important factors of your story up front you are setting up the context for the rest of the film."
Read the full story here.
Oliver Peters provides a primer on color concepts and terminology on his blog.
He writes, "It’s time to dive into some of the terms and concept that brought up modern color correction software. First of all – color grading versus color correction. Many use these terms to identify different processes, such as technical shot matching versus giving a shot a subjective “look”. I do this too, but the truth of the matter is that they are the same and are interchangeable. Grading tends to be a more European way of naming the process, but it is the same as color correction."
Read the full story here.