Apple releases a Final Cut Pro X free trial and a major FCP-X update

Today Apple introduced a major update to Final Cut Pro X that restores many features users felt were missing in the original release, and also comes alongside a free 30-day trial version for people still a little gun-shy after Apple’s latest overhaul to its professional video editing suite. Read more about the free trial and … Continue reading “Apple releases a Final Cut Pro X free trial and a major FCP-X update”


Today Apple introduced a major update to Final Cut Pro X that restores many features users felt were missing in the original release, and also comes alongside a free 30-day trial version for people still a little gun-shy after Apple’s latest overhaul to its professional video editing suite. Read more about the free trial and what’s new in the update here.
As seen on GigaOm

With Logic Pro X on the way, Apple works to avoid Final Cut Pro X backlash

Apple is reportedly finishing an update to Logic Pro 9, its professional digital audio and music sequencing program, taking care not to rile existing users with significant changes. The new update is reportedly called Logic Pro X to maintain the same branding as Apple’s recent Final Cut X. However, according to a report by Japanese … Continue reading “With Logic Pro X on the way, Apple works to avoid Final Cut Pro X backlash”


Apple is reportedly finishing an update to Logic Pro 9, its professional digital audio and music sequencing program, taking care not to rile existing users with significant changes.

The new update is reportedly called Logic Pro X to maintain the same branding as Apple’s recent Final Cut X. However, according to a report by Japanese blog Macotakara, Apple’s Logic team is making great efforts to stress that it will not shift toward a GarageBand interface, heading off fears that Logic Pro might lose its professional edge. Read more at AppleInsider.

Added copies of popular home-use collection titles!

check ’em out! High noon – HU DVD 4* Sliding Doors – HU DVD 10* Big Lebowski – HU DVD 25* Apocalypse now – HU DVD 27* Nixon – HU DVD 28* The Graduate – HU DVD 29* General, the – HU DVD 34* Dr. Strangelove – HU DVD 37* Do the Right Thing – … Continue reading “Added copies of popular home-use collection titles!”

check ’em out!

High noon – HU DVD 4*

Sliding Doors – HU DVD 10*

Big Lebowski – HU DVD 25*

Apocalypse now – HU DVD 27*

Nixon – HU DVD 28*

The Graduate – HU DVD 29*

General, the – HU DVD 34*

Dr. Strangelove – HU DVD 37*

Do the Right Thing – HU DVD 38*

Battleship Potemkin – HU DVD 43*

Double indemnity – HU DVD 51*

Rebel without a cause – HU DVD 52*

Chinatown – HU DVD 54*

One flew over the cuckoo’s nest – HU DVD 55*

Videodrome – HU DVD 64*

Psycho – HU DVD 77*

Henry V – HU DVD 84*

Dinner game, the – HU DVD 87*

Run Lola Run – HU DVD 92*

Mr. Smith goes to Washington – HU DVD 102*

Last year at Marienbad – HU DVD 135*

Two women – HU DVD 139*

Casablanca – HU DVD 150*

Grand illusion – HU DVD 213*

Bamboozled – HU DVD 220*

Thirteen Days – HU DVD 222*

O Brother, Where Art Thou? – HU DVD 271*

Boyz N the Hood – HU DVD 327*

Wall street – HU DVD 329*

Requiem For a Dream – HU DVD 344*

Triumph of the Will – HU DVD 351*

Rear window – HU DVD 368*

Rashomon – HU DVD 370*

Hidden Fortress, The – HU DVD 376*

Lone star – HU DVD 379*

Yojimbo – HU DVD 391*

The Shawshank Redemption – HU DVD 405*

The Gleaners and I – HU DVD 417*

Y Tu Mama Tambien – HU DVD 454*

Breathless – HU DVD 456*

Mon Oncle Antoine – HU DVD 457*

The Conversation – HU DVD 537*

Day for Night – HU DVD 549*

Unforgiven – HU DVD 0582*

Gangs of New York – HU DVD 590*

The Player – HU DVD 614*

Bowling for Columbine – HU DVD 616*

Birth of a nation – HU DVD 640*

Wild strawberries – HU DVD 651*

Lost in translation – HU DVD 741*

Angels in America – HU DVD 774*

Fahrenheit 9/11 – HU DVD 775*

Ghosts of Rwanda – HU DVD 824*

Silence of the Lambs – HU DVD 925*

Falling Down – HU DVD 945*

Goodbye Lenin! – HU DVD 946*

Battle of Algiers – HU DVD 950*

Rocky – HU DVD 951*

The Untouchables – HU DVD 996*

Maria Full of Grace – HU DVD 1007*

Born on the 4th of July – HU DVD 1159*

I, The Worst of All – HU DVD 1162*

Strawberry & Chocolate – HU DVD 1163*

Like water for chocolate – HU DVD 1164*

L’Auberge Espagnole – HU DVD 1311*

Saving Private Ryan – HU DVD 1313*

State of Fear – HU DVD 1523*

Bonnie and Clyde – HU DVD 1605*

Haine, la – HU DVD 1639*

The Mission – HU DVD 1664*

JFK – HU DVD 1667*

Natural born killers – HU DVD 1670*

Doors, the – HU DVD 1691*

Enron: The smartest guys in the room – HU DVD 1700*

The Secret in Their Eyes – HU DVD 1704*

Crash – HU DVD 1736*

The Man Who Shot Liberty Vance – HU DVD 1809*

Good night and good luck – HU DVD 1870*

Judgment at Nuremberg – HU DVD 1887*

Repulsion – HU DVD 1944*

Gattaca – HU DVD 1949*

Harold and Maude – HU DVD 1962*

Lord of War – HU DVD 2097*

Darwin’s nightmare – HU DVD 2136*

Death and the Maiden – HU DVD 2149*

Blue vinyl – HU DVD 2188*

North by Northwest – HU DVD 2217*

Bob Dylan: don’t look back – HU DVD 2281*

Blood diamond – HU DVD 2362*

Little miss sunshine – HU DVD 2375*

Fargo – HU DVD 2393*

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown – HU DVD 2443*

All About my Mother – HU DVD 2446*

The Departed – HU DVD 2473*

Babel – HU DVD 2576*

Children of Men – HU DVD 2631*

Garden state – HU DVD 2709*

Zodiac – HU DVD 2982*

Lives of others – HU DVD 3070*

Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark – HU DVD 3251*

Freaks and Geeks, Disc 1 – HU DVD 3441*

Freaks and Geeks, Disc 2 – HU DVD 3442*

Freaks and Geeks, Disc 3 – HU DVD 3443*

Freaks and Geeks, Disc 4– HU DVD 3444*

Freaks and Geeks, Disc 5 – HU DVD 3445*

Freaks and Geeks, Disc 6 – HU DVD 3446*

Grapes of Wrath – HU DVD 3486*

Love actually – HU DVD 3510*

Wings of desire – HU DVD 3520*

Eastern promises – HU DVD 3665*

hakde! India – HU DVD 3688

Ratatouille – HU DVD 3814*

The Prestige – HU DVD 3831*

No Country for Old men– HU DVD 3882*

Darjeeling limited – HU DVD 3945*

Across the universe – HU DVD 3985*

Dick – HU DVD 4094*

Atonement – HU DVD 4142*

There Will be Blood – HU DVD 4196*

Knocked Up – HU DVD 4166*

Juno – HU DVD 4203*

La Vie En Rose – HU DVD 4228*

Persepolis – HU DVD 4498*

Reservoir Dogs – HU DVD 4676*

Big fish – HU DVD 4712*

Vicky Cristina Barcelona – HU DVD 4776*

Solaris – HU DVD 4830*

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World – HU DVD 5070*

400 blows – HU DVD 5251*

Burn after reading – HU DVD 5377*

Holiday – HU DVD 5407*

Milk – HU DVD 5460*

Rachel Getting Married – HU DVD 5501*

Synecdoche, New York – HU DVD 5557*

Doubt – HU DVD 5610*

City of lost children, the – HU DVD 5637*

The Wrestler – HU DVD 5680*
Slumdog Millionaire – HU DVD 5743*

W – HU DVD 5829*

Curious Case of Benjamin Button – HU DVD 5917*

Waltz With Bashir – HU DVD 6000*

Revolutionary Road – HU DVD 6004*

Harry potter and the half-blood prince – HU DVD 6046*

Bienvenue Chez les Ch’Tis – HU DVD 6197*

Moliere – HU DVD 6599*

The Most Dangerous Man in America – HU DVD 6630*

District 9 – HU DVD 6686*

Up! – HU DVD 6690*

Battle of Chile, disc 1 – HU DVD 6791*

Battle of Chile, disc 2 – HU DVD 6792*

Battle of Chile, disc 3 – HU DVD 6793*

Battle of Chile, disc 4 – HU DVD 6794*

A Serious Man – HU DVD 6904*

Neria – HU DVD 6979

Avatar – HU DVD 7045*

Fantastic Mr. Fox – HU DVD 7046*

In the loop – HU DVD 7060*

High fidelity – HU DVD 7069*

In Bruges – HU DVD 7081*

Julie and Julia – HU DVD 7096*

Invictus – HU DVD 7099*

Where the Wild Things Are – HU DVD 7208*

Taken – HU DVD 7230*

Up in the Air – HU DVD 7242*

A Single Man – HU DVD 7250*

Alice in Wonderland – HU DVD 7719*

Crazy heart – HU DVD 7727*

Layer cake – HU DVD 7777*

I love you, man – HU DVD 7778*

Matrix – HU DVD 7841*

Girl with the dragon tattoo, the – HU DVD 7891*

Girl who played with fire, the – HU DVD 7892*

Girl who kicked the hornet’s nest, the – HU DVD 7893*

Exit through the gift shop – HU DVD 7959*

Inception – HU DVD 8000*

Kick ass – HU DVD 8005*

I am love – HU DVD 8007*

Solitary Man – HU DVD 8008*

Waiting for superman – HU DVD 8017*

Milk of sorrow – HU DVD 8084*

Koyaanisqatsi – HU DVD 8631*

Cautiva – HU DVD 8773*

Lost boys, the – HU DVD 8775*

Before Stonewall – HU DVD 8801*

After Stonewall – HU DVD 8802*

This shot is the most expensive shot in silent film history

The General (1926) – HU DVD 34This shot is the most expensive shot in silent film history. It was filmed in a single take, that had to be perfect, with a real train and a ‘dummy’ engineer (notice the white arm hanging out the conductors window). Some of the locals who came to watch the … Continue reading “This shot is the most expensive shot in silent film history”

The General
The General (1926) – HU DVD 34
This shot is the most expensive shot in silent film history. It was filmed in a single take, that had to be perfect, with a real train and a ‘dummy’ engineer (notice the white arm hanging out the conductors window). Some of the locals who came to watch the filming, thought the dummy
was a real person and screamed in horror; supposedly, one person even fainted.

As seen on the Jaeger Amzallag blog and the Black and WTF blog.

Link

Hacked Ikea kitchen timers shoot time lapses

The Ikea timer is called the OrdningUse it to make a cheap ($5.99) and easy Ikea Time Lapse Panning Unit for your next photo shoot. Here’s an example:Pan Left Portland and another one:Pan Left Lido Key Here’s a great video that shows you how to make your own (jump to 2 min 10 sec):How to … Continue reading “Hacked Ikea kitchen timers shoot time lapses”

The Ikea timer is called the Ordning
Use it to make a cheap ($5.99) and easy Ikea Time Lapse Panning Unit for your next photo shoot.

Here’s an example:
Pan Left Portland

and another one:
Pan Left Lido Key

Here’s a great video that shows you how to make your own (jump to 2 min 10 sec):
How to Make a Cheap and Easy Ikea Time Lapse Panning Unit

For more details go here.

As seen on the Ikea Hackers blog and the Getaway Moments blog.

Ignite DC is having an event on October 20th

The ignite style format was developed in Seattle as a way to stimulate conversation and networking. The talks are limited to 5 minutes, with 20 slides that advance automatically every 20 seconds. The organizers help prepare the speakers with guidance to make the Powerpoints use visual imagery and only 3-5 words for each slide.

The ignite style format was developed in Seattle as a way to stimulate conversation and networking. The talks are limited to 5 minutes, with 20 slides that advance automatically every 20 seconds. The organizers help prepare the speakers with guidance to make the Powerpoints use visual imagery and only 3-5 words for each slide.

Film Screening: Professor Julia Reichert’s film – Growing Up Female – Screening at AFI Silver Spring Thursday, Sept 15 at 730 PM

AFI-Discovery Silverdocs presents:Growing Up FemaleA film by Jim Klein and Julia ReichertAFI Silver Theater and Cultural CenterSilver Spring, MDAmerican University School of Communications adjunct professor, Julia Reichert invites everyone to a special screening of her first film (made with Jim Klein), Growing Up Female.The film has been restored and is screening this Thursday, September 15, … Continue reading “Film Screening: Professor Julia Reichert’s film – Growing Up Female – Screening at AFI Silver Spring Thursday, Sept 15 at 730 PM”

AFI-Discovery Silverdocs presents:
Growing Up Female

A film by Jim Klein and Julia Reichert
AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center
Silver Spring, MD

American University School of Communications adjunct professor, Julia Reichert invites everyone to a special screening of her first film (made with Jim Klein), Growing Up Female.
The film has been restored and is screening this Thursday, September 15, 2011 at the American Film Institute in Silver Spring.

Growing Up Female is the very first film of the modern women’s movement. Produced in 1971, it caused controversy and exhilaration. It was widely used by consciousness-raising groups to generate interest and help explain feminism to a skeptical society. The film looks at female socialization through a personal look into the lives of six women, age 4 to 35, and the forces that shape them–teachers, counselors, advertising, music and the institution of marriage. It offers us a chance to see how much has changed–and how much remains the same. Purchased by more than 400 universities and libraries.

DIR/SCR/PROD Julia Reichert, Jim Klein. US, 1971, b&w, 50 min. NOT RATED

“We shot it in Spring of 1970 and first showed it in 1971. I am grateful to New York Women in Film and Television for the grant to make the restoration…. I have added a special treat, a short film made in 1969, Up Against The Wall Miss America. It was made by the women of New York Newsreel. Both of us filmmakers will be there to celebrate and to talk with the audience about the film, and about that era.” –Julia Reichert

Here are some Julia Reichert films currently available to watch in Media Services:

Emma & Elvis – VHS 1799

Last Truck – DVD 7467

A Lion in the House – DVD 2284

Seeing Red – VHS 820

Union Maids – VHS 4421

Greg Smith Sound Effects Collection Presentation & Reception Thursday, September 15, 2011 – 2:35–3:15 PM in Ward 2

Greg Smith Sound Effects Collection Presentation & Reception Hosted by: University Library & School of CommunicationSeptember 15, 2011, 2:35–3:15 PMWard 2 On Thursday, September 15, the Library and SOC will come together to introduce and celebrate the Greg Smith Sound Effects Collection, a resource comprised of 1450 sound effect tracks recorded by SOC adjunct professor … Continue reading “Greg Smith Sound Effects Collection Presentation & Reception Thursday, September 15, 2011 – 2:35–3:15 PM in Ward 2”

Greg Smith Sound Effects Collection Presentation & Reception

Hosted by: University Library & School of Communication
September 15, 2011, 2:35–3:15 PM
Ward 2

On Thursday, September 15, the Library and SOC will come together to introduce and celebrate the Greg Smith Sound Effects Collection, a resource comprised of 1450 sound effect tracks recorded by SOC adjunct professor Greg Smith over the course of his career in film and television.

Greg Smith has over 25 years of experience making films, and has traveled the world extensively as a location sound recordist, among other roles. While working on set for major studios such as Lucasfilm, he eventually amassed a large private library of sound effects, which he later used as part of his thesis project as an MFA student at AU.

The Greg Smith Sound Effects Collection is derived from the highlights of this thesis project, and includes unique sound effects of wildlife, vehicles, ambiences, and a wide variety of other things that go “bump” in both the day and night.

In providing this collection to the University Library, Smith has requested that his sound effects be shared openly for the benefit of filmmakers and video and audio producers around the world.

For more information about the Greg Smith Sound Effects Collection and to access its tracks, please visit the Media Services webpage.

Join members of the SOC’s Film and Media Arts division for the formal presentation of faculty member Greg Smith’s sound effects collection to the University Library. The presentation will include a sampling of key sound effects from the collection and a short Q&A session with Professor Smith. Refreshments provided.

Here’s some more background about Greg and his production company.

Here’s a link to Greg Smith’s personal site.

This image of recording a mountain lion can be found on his website.

The It Gets Better Project

The It Gets Better Project says:Many LGBT youth can’t picture what their lives might be like as openly gay adults. They can’t imagine a future for themselves. So let’s show them what our lives are like, let’s show them what the future may hold for them. The It Gets Better Project has a Youtube channel … Continue reading “The It Gets Better Project”

The It Gets Better Project says:
Many LGBT youth can’t picture what their lives might be like as openly gay adults. They can’t imagine a future for themselves. So let’s show them what our lives are like, let’s show them what the future may hold for them.

The It Gets Better Project has a Youtube channel where you can check out more videos like this one below.


11th Annual Faculty Lunch – Thursday, September 08: 11am – 1:30 PM

Thursday, September 8, 201111:00 am – 1:30 pm The Mud BoxLower Level University LibraryAll AU faculty members are invited to drop in between 11am and 1:30pm to meet new faculty and re-connect with colleagues from across campus, chat with library faculty who support your teaching and research, locate CTRL services that have moved to the … Continue reading “11th Annual Faculty Lunch – Thursday, September 08: 11am – 1:30 PM”

Thursday, September 8, 2011
11:00 am – 1:30 pm

The Mud Box
Lower Level University Library
All AU faculty members are invited to drop in between 11am and 1:30pm to meet new faculty and re-connect with colleagues from across campus, chat with library faculty who support your teaching and research, locate CTRL services that have moved to the Library, and learn about CTRL faculty development opportunities.