Steve Jobs Interview

Veröffentlicht: Juli 3, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Steve Jobs 1995 Interview NeXT Computer from Steve Next on Vimeo.

Act of Valor – repost from Vincent LaForet’s Blog

Veröffentlicht: Februar 15, 2012 in Uncategorized
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„Act of Valor“ premiered this week on Sunset Blvd.   As you may know the film stars active duty Navy SEALs, and residents of Hollywood had themselves a momentary scare as the stars of the film parachuted down to the Red Carpet.  The film was Directed by Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh and the Cinematography was accomplished by Shane Hurlbut.

While there have been tons of HDSLR films out in the wild by now (a report stated that more than 70% of the films screened at Sundance in 2010 were shot on HDSLRs) Act of Valor should occupy a special place in HDSLR history books.    Mike, Scott and Shane were some of the first to jump onto the HDSLR bandwagon three years ago as they shot this film (and were forced to keep quiet about it as with any film in production – let alone one shot w/ the cooperation of the special forces) and what they pulled off is pretty spectacular.

Shane says that 75% of the film was shot on the Canon 5D MKII and the other 25% with film cameras.   This makes sense as it was nearly impossible to use the 5D MKII on remote/stabilized helicopter mounts in the early days of HDSLRs for example (there was no way to control the camera let alone start/stop it.)

While I’m sure there may be a little grumbling from some folks given the nature of the film – I would recommend ALL DSLR shooters go check it out.    Shane and the Bandito Brothers were generous enough to treat me to a screening of the film a little over two months ago.   I went in not knowing what to expect – my main concern was that the stars were active duty Navy Seals – not actors.   I was incredibly surprised at how well they came off on screen and how incredibly good the film looked on screen as well.

There is a very good chance this will become a modern „Top Gun“ for the Navy.  As you may know „Top Gun“ led to an incredible surge in sign ups to the Navy’s fighter wing.   As the Navy and US Military moves more towards covert ops – expect signups to be way up next year thanks in part to this film (not to mention the recent news in Pakistan and Somalia.)

I definitely hope you get to check the film out –   It is definitely one of the more masterful uses of an HDSLR I’ve seen – and the results are even more impressive on the large silver screen.

The film is out in theaters February 24th.  Head over to the film’s website to see some behind the scenes featurettes.

 

(Via Vincent Laforet’s Blog.)

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

Veröffentlicht: Oktober 6, 2011 in apple
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Neues Thema, neues Aussehen

Veröffentlicht: Mai 23, 2011 in slatenews
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Nanu? Slatenews sieht ja nun ganz anders aus? Das ist richtig, denn das Thema ändert sich. Ursprünglich war slatenews ja als eine Webseite gedacht, welche sich mit dem iPad befasst. Leider ist mein eigenes Interesse am iPad einfach nicht groß genug, als das ich darüber einen Blog schreiben möchte. Das iPad ist einfach großartig und ich finde es super eines zu nutzen und damit zu arbeiten. Aber es gibt nicht genügend neues und interessantes. Natürlich könnte man über die vielen Apps schreiben, aber dazu müsste man die Zeit haben sie alle auszuprobieren. Die habe ich aber nicht.

Bisher stand in der About Seite zu lesen:

Dieser Blog drehte sich im hauptsächlich um Apples neuen Tablet Computer. Das ist nun nicht mehr der Fall. Vielmehr ist Slatenews einfach ein weiterer Technologie Blog in welchem ich meine Gedanken zu aktuellen Technologieentwicklungen veröffentlichen und kundtun werde. Dies werden nicht nur Apple Produkte sein, auch wenn darauf ein Hauptaugenmerk liegen wird.

Mittlerweile fokussiere ich mich aufs Filme machen mit allem was dazu gehört und daher wird sich auch das Thema dieses Blogs in diese Richtung ändern. Über Mac, iPad, iPod und iPhone werde ich daher nur noch auf maccast. de bloggen.

Daher steht nun im About:

Dieser Blog dreht sich ums Filme machen. Im Moment ist der Schwerpunkt mehr auf dem Dokumentarfilm, da ich selber an einem arbeiten, über die Jahre werden sicher auch einige Beiträge zum Thema Spielfilm hinzu kommen.

Ich hoffe Filme machen finden auch viele Leser spannend und werden Geschichten darüber auf diesem Blog folgen.

Weiterhin viel Spass beim lesen.

Apple Wields Its Hammer, Smashes SuperMeet

Veröffentlicht: April 6, 2011 in finalcut
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If news broke that Apple was finally going to attend the annual Final Cut Pro User Group SuperMeet to announce a brand new version of Final Cut Pro, you might think it would be cause for celebration. Apple has periodically attended past SuperMeets, held for the last ten years during NAB. But except for an appearance last year, the company hasn’t had much of a presence or sponsorship for some time. As a result, you might assume every SuperMeet attendee would welcome the news that the very secretive Apple, which rarely shows previews or announces products before they ship, will show up. Well, you’d be wrong.

For weeks now the official SuperMeet website has been headlined by logos from companies like Avid and AJA, some of its main sponsors. Those logos have now mysteriously disappeared. For weeks on the site the presentation lineup listed people like Philip Bloom doing his Canon DSLR thing, Alexis Van Hurkman talking color grading, Autodesk talking Smoke for Mac and Avid bringing Kevin Smith to the stage. Those have been replaced by, and I quote, a ‘surprise sneak peek at something very special.’ For weeks there had been no second half of the agenda listed, only that an announcement would be coming soon.

The ball dropped on Tuesday when a rumor began going around that Apple had demanded organizers of the SuperMeet turn the event over to them. While we don’t know for sure, I think it’s safe to say Apple wants to use the SuperMeet to announce/demo/pimp the new Final Cut Pro that was shown to a small handful of folks in late February. That in itself should be fantastic news to all FCP 7 users suffering under the weight of the now outdated software. It seemed ideal that Apple might take the entire second half of the SuperMeet show, leaving the planned program in place.

But the latest rumor, encouraged by the disappearing logos, is that Apple has done something decidedly less cool by kicking all the other presenters—presenters who have planned, promoted and spent money on this event—off the stage entirely to take the spotlight for themselves. I want to call this what it is: a really dick move by a company that thinks they can do as they please, to whomever they please, because of who they are. If Apple is confident in the awesome, jaw-dropping, stunning product it has produced then it should want to present during the second half of the show and let the new product stand on its own against the competition.

The Apple fan-boys out there will say that Apple was right to do this as it’s a Final Cut Pro user group after all. But truth be told, Apple hasn’t really supported these events in quite some time while companies like Avid, Adobe, AJA, Autodesk and others that don’t even begin with an A have. These companies recognized that it’s not necessarily about the singular tool anymore but how their products can integrate into a bigger post-production community. It’s these non-Apple A and B and C companies that have kept SuperMeet alive and thriving year after year. Without these sponsors over the years donating time, money and especially prizes for the ‘world famous raffle’ there would be no SuperMeet. Unless there’s some hidden underwriting we don’t know about, it’s fair to say that it is really every company and person other than Apple who has made recent SuperMeets possible.

This decision to cancel many of these already announced presenters and sponsors must have put SuperMeet organizers in an impossible position. They are now damned if they do, damned if they don’t—damned by the FCP fanboys if they turned Apple down due to the last-minute nature of their request but now damned by the rest of us who think they should have stood up to Apple and stuck to the commitments (and possibly contracts) they previously made. Ultimately, Apple shows a total lack of respect for the Final Cut Pro user group as a whole to put it in this position. The user group is made up of tireless people who have dedicated years of their lives to making the SuperMeet a reality. It’s sad to see them cave to the big 800-pound gorilla in the room.

There are still a lot of folks out there who believe Apple can do no wrong, be it product, policy or action. To them, this move might not make a bit of difference. 
We’ll have to wait until next Tuesday night to see why the folks at Apple, when they finally show Final Cut Pro X, didn’t want to follow anyone else .

But I’m already sorry we’ll all miss Avid’s previously scheduled presentation featuring filmmaker Kevin Smith. He would have been the most successful filmmaker (that I’m aware of) to ever present at the SuperMeet. Plus, he happens to be a very entertaining speaker. Avid still has Smith scheduled at its NAB booth during the week but the SuperMeet would have put him in front of a big, targeted audience truly interested in his filmmaking process. Avid’s now thinking of giving him a stage elsewhere. You can follow that and even share your voice on Avid’s Give Kevin Smith a Stage at NAB blog post. My only hope is that Avid doesn’t counter program an event against SuperMeet; attendance would be way too low. Most have already purchased SuperMeet tickets and many others want to win the DaVinci Resolve panel up for raffle. While we love Kevin Smith, he doesn’t help us earn a living the way FCP does.

So as the rumors fly, we can only guess what will actually happen Tuesday night. Will Apple re-invite a lot of the same presenters to talk about how they can integrate their tools with FCP X? Will the company issue an apology to those who have been screwed over? Maybe Apple will make it all better, as some smart person suggested on Twitter, by giving a free copy of FCP X to every SuperMeet attendee in the audience, Oprah-style.

 

(Via Studio Daily Blog.)

Mac 911: Creating iTunes account without a credit card

Veröffentlicht: April 6, 2011 in iTunes
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Mac 911: Creating iTunes account without a credit card: „Mac 911: Creating iTunes account without a credit card Issue: You’ve given your child an iPod touch. That child naturally want to buy stuff. You, however, don’t want to give them access to your credit card. Here’s how to setup a credit-card-free Apple ID.

(Via Macworld.)

Endlich – back to the Mac!

Veröffentlicht: Oktober 14, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Apple hat für den 20. Oktober zu einem Event eingeladen. Das Thema : „Back to the Mac“. Auf diesem Event wird Apple zum ersten Mal einen Einblick in die nächste Version von Mac OS X geben. Da ein Löwe hinter dem Apple Logo hervorschaut kann man vermuten, daß die nächste Version Lion heissen könnte.