Back to Pics……

Flickr, Photography
Wow I just realized I hadn't posted any of my recent photos. I think the last set was from my trip to Portland. Anyways, I guess this will be a combo post. I've been busy shooting people for a bit before the holidays (Toronto Strobist Group and a private shoot) and while that was fun, I also gave food a try recently. I have to admit Food Photography looks easy (light from the back, blah, blah, blah), but it's damn hard to get a good shot. Getting the food to do what's in your head is another mammoth task, all hail the Food Stylists, they are (potentially) more important than the photographer. Last but not least, was my night out with the Toronto Photographic meetup group. More than a hundred…
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._ resource fork files don’t work properly in OSX 10.6 Samba……

Apple, Macintosh, OSX, osx Server, Samba, Windows
Well the title is a bit misleading.....here are the details. I found out that if you have a NTFS native shared directory on your server, everything works fine as long as you're using OSX 10.5 (Leopard) or below as a client. You can move files from Leopard and/or Tiger clients to the share and as long as you don't mind the ._ files everything works.Well something new has been introduced in Snow Leopard that kinda breaks this. If you have a Snow Leopard client machine accessing a NTFS native shared directory (via smb), by default the shares are mounted with the new xattr (Extended Attribute) feature, instead of those "old" ._ files. This messes everything up if you're in a mixed environment with 10.4, 10.5, and 10.6 clients all accessing…
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Hiding Files and Folders in OSX Finder…..

Apple, Macintosh, OSX, osx Server
If you ever have a need to simply hide extraneous files and/or folder entries in Finder you can use the following command:chflags hidden ~/MoviesThis example will hide the "Movies" folder from showing up in Finder. There is a easy way to get to the folder if you decide to later on, just go to Finder's "Go to Folder" menu option. If you want to reset this option you can use the following command:chflags nohidden ~/MoviesIf you want to check a file or folder for hidden files you can issue the following command: ls -lO
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PodCamp Toronto 2010 is right around the corner

podcamp, podcamptoronto
Yep it's that time of the year again. Mark February 20 & 21 in your calendars.....PODCAMP TORONTO 2010 IS COMING TO TOWN. PodCamp Toronto 2010 is a FREE "unconference" bringing together professionals and hobbyists from Toronto and the surrounding area to explore the cutting edge of new and social media. If you are an online content creator - hobbyist and professionals - who are building communities online in a variety of ways, then PodCamp Toronto 2010 is for you. Share ideas, discuss theories and learn lessons from an audience of experts.We’ll be at Ryerson University’s flagship centre for studies in converging communications and interactive media -- Rogers Communications Centre. In operation for almost twenty years, the Rogers Communications Centre has grown to become Canada’s premier facility for education in digital…
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Solid Colour background in Windows causes 30-second login delay…

crap, Microsoft, Windows
Yep MS strikes again. This time though it's funny as hell. Turns out a bug in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 causes a whopping 30 seconds delay to your login process if you have a solid colour background set as your desktop wallpaper. Why? Well it's MS, what did you expect, a working OS....HAH??? My solution.....Format C:\.....If you prefer an MS solution, check the support page.
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DisplayPort does true 4K video….plus other stuff….

DCinema, DisplayPort, Video
Well, it's taken a bit of time, but I think with the announcement of DP1.2 specs last December, the specs (and hopefully soon the vendors) are ready for True Digital Cinema home implementation. The DisplayPort connector supports 1, 2, or 4 data pairs in a main link that also carries clock and optional audio signals, each with a symbol rate of 1.62, 2.7, or 5.4 Gbit/s. The video signal path supports 6 to 16 bits per color channel. This allows the updated DisplayPort 1.2 specification to drive 4K x 2K display (3840x2160) with 30 bits per pixel and 3D over a single 2m cable.DP 1.2 supports a maximum of 5.4Gbps per lane, with 4 lanes providing a whopping 21.6Gbps throughput, more than enough for 10-bit 4xHD resolution (3840x2160). To achieve…
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Elgato turbo.264 HD video encoding coprocessor review…….

Apple, HDTV, Macintosh, MP4, OSX, osx Server
I just picked one of these babies up from the apple store and after testing it a bit for the past hour, I have one word for it: WOW. This little guy is no gimmick, it's zippy as hell and it does exactly what they say it would. The details for the device are on Elgato's Website, but this is just a mini review of the tests I ran against a couple of software encoders.Here is my setup:- Mac OSX 10.5.8 with latest updates running on a 2.16Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo Black MacBook w/ 2 GB 667Mhz DDR2 SDRAM.- Test input file was a HD movie I grabbed from vimeo through BT. It's 12.5 minutes in lenght.- Output was done through the Elgato Turbo stick, Mpeg Streamclip encoder and…
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OpenShot Video Editor 1.0 released…..iMovie for Linux is here.

Linux, Opensource, Ubuntu, Video
For those of you who don't know OpenShot Video Editor(TM) is an open-source program that creates, modifies, and edits video files. OpenShot provides extensive editing and compositing features, and has been designed as a practical tool for working with high-definition video including HDV and AVCHD.Jonathan Thomas and crew have reached their 1.0 milestone (congrats :-)). The program is rock solid and is running beautifully on my Ubuntu 9.10 installation.OpenShot's Features include:Support for many video, audio, and image formats (based on FFmpeg)Gnome integration (drag and drop support)Multiple tracksClip resizing, trimming, snapping, and cuttingVideo transitions with real-time previewsCompositing, image overlays, watermarksTitle templates, title creationSVG friendly, to create and include titles and creditsScrolling motion picture creditsSolid color clips (including alpha compositing)Support for Rotoscoping / Image sequencesDrag and drop timelineFrame stepping, key-mappings: J,K, and…
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Best 12 minutes you’ll spend in January……

Art, Photography
The Third & The Seventh from Alex Roman on Vimeo.Check out Alex Roman's "The Third & The Seventh" video. Absolutely amazing and right up there with some of the best produced pieces of art I've seen on the net. The amazing part is that except some small compositing elements, the rest of the movie is ALL 3D. Watch it in full screen for the full effect (and turn up your sound to 11) :-).
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