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).

6 Responses to Just Got Booted

  1. Charles Lai says:

    Bob, when you mention:”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 get the feeling that these Mac users would prefer to run those applications under OS X instead of Windows, but Boot Camp is definitely a great option which precludes you from buying another computer for your Windows only apps.

  2. Michael Johnson says:

    Hey Bob,I doubt you will remember me but I am an old fan of the Rake’s and a former student of your father when he teached at John Bowne. I was curious if it was possible to get copies of any of the old Rake’s material beyond Altitude and Cheese Food? I’ve looked high and low and have been unable to find anything online. I came across your blog via an internet search and was hoping it was possible to purchase some of the old Bsides you guys once gave away on tape through the old mailing list (long since lost in a million moves), the unreleased “Tijuana Ass” CD, any live material, etc. from you, either through the mail or you emailing me MP3s. I’d even be willing to borrow the material and dub it then return it via fedex. I’m just looking to have them for my own personal use obviously because I miss you guys playing. Anway, thanks and feel free to contact me at AGENTCLPT@aol.com either way. I appreciate you taking the time out to read this.Best,Mike Johnson

  3. David Lewis says:

    Hey Bob:What a life! Hangin’ with AE/Flash crowd, goin’ to ball games, running around the country…and all with hardware and software that actually WORKS and kicks digital butt.Great job with these posts and tutorials, keep it up.Also, I’m hearing pretty good things about Parallels, http://www.parallels.com, which sells for about $80, but eats up RAM as it can run both systems at once.Great to see you at Siggraph–catch up with you soon.Dave

  4. Bob Donlon says:

    Hey Mike — of course I remember you! Didn’t miss a Rakes show in NYC for years, did you? I’ve been trying to get some of the unreleased stuff online, a sticky issue since our old label actually owns most of it, but I’ve put a few things up here http://www.ny2sf.com – click on the Rakes Archive link. Should have more there soon.Take care,-bob

  5. Jeffrey Katz says:

    Hey Bob . . . just did a general search for a few people and came across your pages, so I had to shoot you a post on here to say hi. Great pics and graphics work as well as the music you have been up to — the “Rooms” video was great to watch. Haven’t heard from you in ages . . . shoot back an email to the address I left — would be great to hear from you.Jeff

  6. Matt Hand says:

    So I too am beginning to work with Premiere on a mac. I am thinking I will definetly wait for the Mac version, but until then I will have to wait and use Boot Camp. I however have been less than successful with the process. Is there anyway you could email me off line and see if I can figure out what I may have done wrong? I suspect it has to do with the current version of Boot Camp and the iSight camera.Any help would be appreciated.Thanks,Matt