Archive for October, 2006

Just Got Booted

I’m still giggling as I write this, as I installed Production Studio on my brand new 17″ MacBook Pro this morning. No, we didn’t come out with a Mac version, I’m running it on Windows XP with Apple’s Boot Camp Public Beta.

Premiere Pro on this hardware? Believe it!

Well, this machine is theoretically the same as an Intel-based machine you’d run WinXP on anyway, so theoretically Production Studio should work (I draw your attention to the words theoretically and should as I’ve yet to do extensive testing). So far it’s working the same as it does on my Dell XPS, with the one exception that the graphics card in the MacBook doesn’t support high-fidelity OpenGL in AE7. That’s OK, I can deal with that one for now.

I just finished capturing 30 minutes of DV footage via the MacBook’s native Firewire port into Premiere Pro with DV scene detection and it worked flawlessly. Also tried a 4-angle multicamera edit in Premiere Pro (using DV footage) and it worked great.

So I’ve got some more testing to do. Stay tuned for results, so far it looks really promising. I’ve spoken with so many Mac users that want to be able to run Premiere Pro, Encore, and Audition — the components of Production Studio that are currently Windows only. With an Intel-based Mac and a copy of WinXP Pro (around $299) this could be the way. I’ll be posting my findings over the next couple days. If you decide to try this yourself, please let me know how its working, and please remember that this is in Beta and is in no way guaranteed to work and could potentially even mess your system up so until more results are in back up all important data!!! Don’t say I didn’t warn ya.

The basic procedure is that you download the Boot Camp Public Beta, make sure your Mac OS & Firmware are up-to-date (instructions are included with the download on how to do this), and run the Boot Camp Assistant which helps you create an NTFS or FAT partition on your hard drive, burns a CD with all the drivers WinXP will need to run on your Mac hardware, then prompts you to install your WinXP installer disc. After WinXP is installed, you install the drivers from the burned CD and you’re done. When you start the machine, holding down the option key brings up a screen where you can select which OS you want the system to boot with.

On a different note, last week was FITC Hollywood, the Canadian Flash festival’s first event in the epicentre of entertainment (I had to just go back and retype “epicentre” 4 times because Word kept automatically changing it back from the Canadian to the US spelling. I guess it doesn’t like my subtle humour . . . jeez, just had to go back and retype “humour” 4 times . . .) For some reason I always wind up speaking at Flash conferences in a less-than-optimal state – this time it was the day after my birthday, and getting up at 4:30am to fly to Burbank didn’t help either. But I needn’t have worred since the attendees were in much worse shape than I — the party the night before having claimed several victims (I’ve gotta hang out with the Flash crowd more often). Thanks to all who attended my session on 3d in After Effects – for more learnings here’s a link to a great tutorial by Aharon Rabinowitz on Creative Cow on effectively using the Z-scale property on a 3D layer.

I’ll be in NYC next week for some “non-disclosable” business – and while there will be reveling in watching Mets playoff games on TV with other Mets fans for a change (it’s lonely here in SF). But tonight I go to the Oakland Coleseum to watch the ALCS (thanks Mark) and hope for an A’s, Mets World Series that I can try and scam tickets to on both coasts.

[updated on 11/6/06]

Well, as we all know by now I was on BOTH losing ends of that equation . . .

“San Francisco Bob” vs. “New York Bob”

2 playoff games on 2 coasts in 1 week. Met fans still kick butt more than anyone (and if you were sitting in row “U” of the upper deck at Shea like I was then you have to be a real Met fan, the view of the game is so freaking bad).