Friday, May 25, 2007

Fresh stats from Pirates of the Caribbean

These IMDb viewer's statistics are taken at 9:30pm on opening day (Fri., 5/25/07). What disappoints me about about IMDb is the (perhaps unavoidable) user bias. Look at this graph up close, at 100% scale, and you can see the majority of users simply voted Pirates of the Carribean: At World's End a "10," which is really unrealistic for an average.

These have to be just the fans, who saw the movie on opening day. Look at the popularity by age group, too.

IMDb also has the statistics as males rated the film a median of 8.7, and females a median of 9.4. So does Pirates have more of a love theme than the previous two incarnations or what?

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Al Gore's crazy multi-monitor setup

I was looking through Lifehacker's coolest workspace contest and figured most editors could most relate to the multi-monitor section. Once we edit with a dual-monitor setup, it's really difficult to go back to using a single monitor. These setups made me really jealous, until I saw Al Gore's workspace with three 30-inch cinema HD LCD displays with an HD LCD next to them. Crazy!

[via Lifehacker]

Transform your photos and videos with a film aesthetic

I came across this tutorial to turn an ordinary image into one with a more traditional film aesthetic. Although it uses Photoshop with still photos, I bet you can use the same concepts and filter adjustments to apply the same aesthetic to a video within your favorite video editor.

[via ebin]

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Build your own HDV editing PC

Videoguys has updated the original version of their DIY 5 editing computer with updates from NAB 2007. The new guide for building your own HDV editing workstation is complete with thorough explanations of every PC component and their reasoning behind choosing one model over another.

I like to take the recipe a step further and use the quietest PC components to make sure my new workstation isn't overpowered by one part that's louder than a jet engine--I like it better when my creativity isn't disturbed by something like an annoying $5 case fan.

[via Videoguys]

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Note to self: take more photos

I've been neglecting my digital camera lately, and the National Geographic Photo of the Day reminds me of that more and more.

So, note to self: take more photos.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Adobe CS3 apps coming soon

I can't wait for the release of Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium, rumored to ship June 12. Not only will there be a ton of new features as in every release, even tighter integration across applications, and...

...Mac compatibility, so those Final Cut Pro users can see what Premiere Pro is all about. I started using Final Cut Pro 6 years ago, and had to switch to Premiere Pro for work to match their work flow. I haven't stopped using one over the other, but Premiere Pro is easy to learn, and I've since preferred it over Final Cut Pro just as a matter of personal preference. They are equally capable.

I'd be interested to see what Mac users thought of Premiere Pro!

[via Studio Daily Blog]

Monday, May 14, 2007


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