December 31, 2002

Down to the Wire

Order prints with iPhoto.

iPhoto is currently in the process of uploading the Festivus photos. Which is good because there’s only 21.5 hours left until the offer expires and I want to enjoy my New Year’s Eve. Thanks to everyone who got some prints. Between the 48 photos that were ordered and the 44 that I added and the eight cards I made we managed to take full advantage of the offer that came with my .Mac membership.

Speaking of .Mac, my sister Nani put together a little digital movie a while back on my laptop while I was home for Thanksgiving. We’ve now got it hosted on Apple’s server. You should be able to play it but I haven’t built a real page for it yet so let me know if you have any problems. You’ll need QuickTime of course.

Finally this evening I’ve made some behind the scenes changes to the weblog. Now I can use any blog software which supports the MetaWeblog API to edit this weblog. For example, I’m currently using the NetNewsWire Pro beta rather than my homegrown Blogizer which was fun to build but tended to need a lot of maintenance.

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Scott Yager

And what are you doing on this New Year’s Eve?

Walt Dickinson
Rachelle Bowden

did something happen to bowski?

and.. i have a question on movies.. I have a bunch of little movies my niece made (she’s 6) when i was home for christmas.. my camera makes them AVI files. I should be able to edit them and string them together in iMovie? And is AVI a good, universal file type, or do is mov better?

Walt Dickinson

Nothing happened to Bowski. Why do you ask? The photo is of him returning from the ocean after retrieving his ball. With regards to the AVI files, your sister made these little movies on your Canon Elph? And you’re transferring them to your Mac and discoving they’re AVI files? I’ve been out of the video game for a while but I think you’ll find that converting them to QuickTime files (.mov) will get you more mileage.

Derek Gomez

Happy new year all! Rachelle, iMovie is primarily used (and should be used) for editing digital (or digitized analog) video meant for the television screen. I suggest using QuickTime Player to open, edit, combine, and convert to .mov, small AVI files. I don’t think iMovie will even accept .avi. If you’ve got a Pro version of QT, QuickTime Player is perfect (for editing it works just as you’d except a Mac program to: shift select a section, copy, paste into a new window, etc.). Must stress that QT Player’s functionality is hampered unless you’ve got a Pro version — can’t edit with that app if you’ve only got the free version of QT.

Rachelle Bowden

walt, from my canon they’re avi files. And I don’t have a sister :) I thought maybe something happened to Bowski because the song was “I Will Remember You”. What did Nani use to make the .mov?

Derek, the pro version is not free, right? Actually, I think I may have had some hacked copy of it at some point.. I’ll ahve to dig around.

Derek Gomez

Yeah, QT Pro is $29.99 (for a key which unlocks all of QT6’s features and the app’s extra capabilities). My guess is that Nani used iMovie with digital/digitized video and then exported that into a .mov suitable for the web (but I could be wrong). The only difference being that the original video Nani was using was likely DV-quality (for use in iMovie) whereas the .avis captured by your camera probably aren’t DV-quality. Walt, correct me if I’m wrong.

Walt Dickinson

Sorry, your niece I mean. Derek’s right, QuickTime Pro might be able to convert them. There are some freeware and shareware apps which might do it too. I see what you mean about the music on the Bowski movie. I think it’s just “puppyhood” that’s being remembered. =-) Yes, Nani used iMovie to edit the DV source, she put the final product back on the video camera and then transferred it to VHS tape. I created a Web-savvy version for the .Mac distribution.

Rachelle Bowden

walt, what format does your canon take? it’s not avi?

Walt Dickinson

I think it is AVI actually. I’ve never really used it though. I wish it were QuickTime, or at least MPEG.

Rachelle Bowden

so what is the process you use to take an avi from your camera and edit it and make it a mov? you use qtpro?

Walt Dickinson

Like I say, I’ve never really used the video feature on my camera. I could mess around with it tonight though.

Rachelle Bowden

i thought i was going to be really smart and do something in flash, but ive only had one introductory flash class and that was like a year ago, so i have no clue :)

Rachelle Bowden

and i think you cant import avi files into flash 5. have mx at work. maybe there