iPhoto ’08 version 7.0.2 – praise the lordy! Thumbnails are back!


I had some serious issues with my iPhoto library. Lots of missing thumbnails (basically all of my photos – 17,000+).

The update that came out today seems to have fixed it all up!

What’s New in this Version

This update to iPhoto addresses issues associated with publishing to .Mac Web Gallery, rebuilding thumbnails, and editing books. It also addresses a number of other minor issues.

Thank you very much Apple iLife developers dudes!


Apple Color – First Impressions from production

We just completed a small job for Thai Nissan’s new car “Teana”. I figured it would be a perfect opportunity to test out Apple’s Color seeing as the commercial only had 5 shots in it.

The colouring toolset in Color is fantastic compared with FCP. There are good tools in FCP, but Color takes it to another level.

The Workflow
After skimming over the Color manual I had got the idea of how it is meant to work. Basically:

Treat it as if you were taking an online edit to a telecine session.

Understanding that makes it all so simple.

I was making the mistake of thinking I could easily jump BACK and FORTH between FCP & Color and use lots of layers, but it is not meant to we worked that way.

How I do this:

  • Do your best to make your get your FCP sequence to be 1 video layer
  • Make sure your sequence is either Apple ProRes or Uncompressed 10bit/8bit CODEC. These are the native CODECs for Color.
  • Make sure all the elements in the sequence are Apple ProRes or Uncompressed 10bit/8bit CODEC QuickTime movies. Nested sequences and Still frames ARE A NO NO! This may mean that you have to export out portions of your edit as QuickTime movies clips and import them back into your sequence
  • Getting there and back

    There seems to be 2 ways to get your edit from FCP to Color and back to FCP.
    1. Use the ‘send to color’ & ‘send to fcp’ option
    2. export your sequence as xml from FCP, then open it with Color, then export as xml from Color, and import into FCP.

    I used option 1 for the Nissan job, but today I have been using option 2. I prefer this option because it allows me to save the XML files where I want to (good for our current workflow).


  • Color keeps all project files and renders in 1 place – similar to FCP, but more strict. FCP lets you save a project where ever you want to.
  • Any translations you do in FCP on a piece of video – such as Position, Anchor, Scale, Rotate – are transferred to Color and back to FCP
  • Any cropping/filters/animation will not be visible in Color – but it will be present once you go back into FCP from Color.
  • This takes me back to what I said about “Treat it as if you were taking an online edit to a telecine session”.
  • Basically what you send to Color should be like what you might ingest from a Digibeta tape – ‘a piece of video’.
  • I think Color is a fantastic version 1 release and hopefully it means there will be a lot more cool stuff to look forward too.

    Apple’s Color Discussion forums

    Final Cut Pro
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    Jeremy Pronk – “Spatial Image Based Lighting”

    Jeremy has some amazing work (i believe it was his thesis?) on Spatial Image Based Lighting.

    check it out:



    The aim of this research is to investigate a spatial extension to the common image based lighting (IBL) process suitable for practical use in areas such as visual effects, animation and gaming. 

    Pixelmator – new Image Editor for OSX

    I just got a link from the viddler.com blog about a new Image Editor for OSX called Pixelmator

    Pixelmator, the beautifully designed, easy-to-use, fast and powerful image editor for Mac OS X has everything you need to create, edit and enhance your images.  

    The screen shots look cool and the demo vid is good (the voiceover guy’s accent is pretty funny)

    Me & an iPhone – oh yeah, and a presentation by Autodesk & FxGuide

    I just got back from a presentation by Autodesk and some folks from fxguide.com – demoing the new versions of Flame and Smoke. The guys presentated well – Flame looked cool as always, but Smoke…. not for me.


    I had my first experience with an iPhone! And it was … hot!


    Unfortunately i look like I have some sort of disability in this photo – i just blaim it on the awesomeness of the iPhone.

    The iPhone is fabulous – it feels solid and the touch screen is kickass. I didnt get to look at too much except for iTunes / coverflow and the photo album – all very very very amazing!

    Here is the FX Guide man himself John Montgomery:


    Salvo & Nick also had a go:

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    Meeting Ron Brinkmann

    A few days ago I got asked if I’d like to go to a presentation by “the guy who created Shake”.
    I immediately said “Ron Brinkmann?!!”
    “No, that doesn’t sound like the name” I was told.

    I was curious who this could be, and also curious why “the creator of shake” would be spending an afternoon in Bangkok.

    Anyway, yesterday I headed off to the Siam tower with the vfx team to the presentation.


    Well, it did turn out to be Ron Brinkmann and he was on a whirlwind tour of some asian cities (i think it was bangkok, Taipei, Shanghei, Seoul and some other places) doing a bit of a promo of Nuke and explaining the concepts of Compositing (now that he left Apple a few months ago i think he said).


    He spoke for about 3-4 hours and demo’d some of the concepts from his earlier book “The art & science of digital compositing” and some the ideas he is gonig to include in his v2.0 release of his book 🙂 .

    He was a very nice guy and I think everyone who attended was pretty absorbed with what he was talking about.
    Thanks a lot Ron!

    Unfortunately he wouldnt reveal anything about where Apple is going to take Shake, but he said the future for Nuke looks great and they are going to make it a lot more user gui friendly – not more like shake, but more like shake 🙂




    Also, just when I thought I’d had a VFX overload for the week, I went to see Michael Bay’s “Transformers” – vfx were amazing!!! But they just couldn’t seem to keep the camera still. Such wicked looking robots but most of the action scenes were a big smear of motion blur. Maybe i need to see it again.

    Just because it’s there doesn’t mean you should…

    or in other words, don’t install the latest software updates as soon as they are available.

    Yesterday an update for Mac OSX, version 10.4.10, was released.

    We had just installed a new MacPro dual Quad 3.0gHz machine with the AJA Kona LHe card in it here at Finito. It was working fine in 10.4.9 except I was getting the odd machine hang when doing simple things like quiting apps like QuickTime player and iTunes. I thought installing the 10.4.10 update might fix things up. So I downloaded it and those few problems seemed to go away. But…
    THE VTR DECK CONTROL NO LONGER WORKED! Which is a bit of a problem when you are trying to conform a commercial!

    I am a retard!
    (*no offence meant towards mentally challenged people)