Saturday, November 22

iMovie to Dropbox, is it Possible?

    Short answer, yes.

    Long answer, it's probably not advisable.

    Today someone came in looking for a Studio to reserve and an external hard drive to rent out so she could save her work and edit it later, but there was a problem. We were out of hard drives. This was a deal breaker for her because she had no other way to save it and her project was going to take much longer than two hours to edit. So she asked if she could save it to DropBox in the meantime. I had no idea, which prompted me to make a quick search and I came upon someone who had a similar question and had posed said question to the apple community (so we know the answer is legit). Which brings me back to the beginning of this post.

    As a disclaimer, I did not test this out. The student who had the question decided not to try it for fear of losing the hours she would have put into her work, but there it is, if someone ever asks you the same question now we'll all know what to say:
    Yes it is possible.
    Just a little difficult because you have to drag everything that was used, photos, music, etc. to dropbox so the new computer will be able to open the files.

Thursday, November 20

Coloring Scanned Images Using Photoshop

When it comes to coloring line drawings or other forms of media, I prefer to scan the image at a high resolution and then opening the image in Photoshop to add color. Teagan White created a concise tutorial that does a much better job explaining the process than I could do in this blog post, so take a look at the tutorial in the link below.

Wednesday, November 19

Studio Abuse

Hey guys,

So as the semester is winding down students are using the studios now more than ever for their projects. Remember that they only have a two hour window to utilize the studios. They may come up to request an additional two hour block for the same day, only when at most 30 minutes of an existing reservation remains and time slots are available. If they have not made another reservation and are continuing to do their work, politely inform them that their time is up and KICK THEM OUT (just kidding, be nice about it).

Also be sure to ask them specifically what they are using the studio for when they go to reserve one. Appropriate use for studios can be reviewed at:

Have fun removing people!

Audio not working in certain parts of iMovie

Today we had a student who was working in iMovie and while inserting audio clips into the project, no sound from those clips would be projected but only at certain parts in the movie. Most likely the cause for this is that there is another audio clip that is corrupt or damaged in some way that is preventing that audio clip from working. To check/fix this problem:

  • Click on the waveform button
  • All of your audio clips should load and you should be able to see the various sound levels from each of your clips
  • Look for any clips that have a loading circle that just doesn't seem to go away (also check for clips that have a yellow triangle with an exclamation point in them)
  • If you find any of these clips, simply delete that clip and the rest of your audio should work. 

Free Downloads for Designers

Hi guys,
As a design student I am constantly looking for high quality images on the internet to incorporate into my work. Recently I came across a great resource that we could all utilize for our SMDC projects. You The Designer is a blog for graphic designers and includes a tab for FREEBIES that are all high resolution downloads. Lots of cool backgrounds, textures, PSDs, and brushes for Photoshop are available. These downloads can really boost your work to the next level, and save you the time of scouring through low quality pixelated google images.

Here is the link to the freebies page:

Enjoy! Happy designing :)

Tuesday, November 18

Media Encoder

Hi everyone!
Today, there was a person who has trying to convert an m4a audio file to an mp3 file. Marcy helped me figure out what to do in this situation so I thought I would share just in case someone else came across the same problem. To convert the audio file, you simply need to open Adobe Media Encoder and export the file in (or just drag the audio file into the encoder from the desktop). After it is opened in Media Encoder, you need to select what file you want it to be converted to under the first column called F4V (I think that’s what it is called); in my case, I selected mp3. After you have selected mp3, under the file menu, select Start Queue. The audio file will then be converted to an mp3 file. The file will open onto the desktop and then the student can use it however they need to.
Hope this helps!
Have a great week everyone!

Monday, November 17

iMovie vs. Final Cut- Which to Use?

    Professors frequently assign video projects to students in a variety of classes. When it comes down to editing the video, it can be tricky to figure out what software to use. iMovie is the usual go-to editing software and can create a great basic video fit with transitions and simple editing. However, in some cases this is not enough, and a more thorough editing software is needed. This can be found in Apple’s Final Cut Pro X.

    iMovie is an excellent beginner’s introduction to video editing. Some features of interest, particularly to students, are the ability to create video titles and credits, making easy transitions between clips, and the ability to export the video into a few different types of video formats. The drag-and-drop format is easy to use, and themes are available. However, there are some limitations to iMovie that those wishing to create a more professional film may not like. For example, only one video effect per clip can be added, which cannot be adjusted to fit the user’s needs. Editing can be slow if you must drag-and-drop an effect to every single clip, as opposed to working all the clips together.

    Final Cut Pro X is another type of Apple video editing software focused more on professional editing and projects. A particularly helpful aspect of Final Cut is the ability to edit multiple videos simultaneously to get the job done faster. Also helpful is the ability for Final Cut Pro software to be used with formats that are not typically supported by Apple. iMovie projects can be uploaded into Final Cut and the user can then take advantage of the more advanced editing shortcuts. One interesting feature of Final Cut of the Color Board, where the user has complete control over the video’s color, saturation, and exposure, much like Adobe Photoshop.

    Ultimately, both iMovie and Final Cut are two excellent video editing programs. They are similar in a variety of ways and are capable of creating great final products. Ultimately, it is up to the user to decide what kind of professionalism is necessary for their film. If the purpose of the project is simply on the information presented, iMovie might be the way to go. However, a film class that emphasizes the video quality and manipulation might prefer Final Cut Pro X being used.