Avid vs FCP

Patrick Inhofer has updated his Avid vs FCP article. His comments are now up-to-date with the latest versions of the software.

Question: What is the difference between Apple’s Final Cut Pro and Avid’s Media Composer?

Answer: None.

Not at least when it comes to creating first-class, professional results in a timely manner. They both get the job done on-budget and on-time.

But when it comes to how we approach our projects or how we interact with the software itself, there are some meaningful differences. I generally classify these differences into two types: Big picture and Smaller stuff.

Carry too much stuff?

Walk outside and take a look around. People on the same city streets are loaded down. They are laden with books, newspapers, Gatorade jugs, personal stereos, knapsacks, briefcases and canvas totes with high-heel shoes inside. They have iPods strapped to upper arms, fanny packs buckled around waists and house keys Velcroed to shoelaces.

Perhaps it’s because we are multitaskers. Or because we’re insecure. Maybe we are becoming more independent. Whatever the reasons, we are more and more burdened by our belongings.

From Washington Post.

Reams of stories have been written about children being injured by heavy backpacks. Now they tow large suitcases on wheels. They look like so many little flight attendants.


The buzzword bingo

Zach Inglis made the buzzword bingo. Take it to the next seminar, presentation or roundtable discussion!

Buzzword bingo

Update Zach tells me that it’s Jeremy Keith that made the buzzword bingo, and there’s an interactive version at Jeremy’s site. Thanks, Zach!

The original idea probably comes from a Dilbert strip, this one. Which of course is a good excuse to mention that Scott Adams blog is much funnier that the cartoons he makes.

The net’s third wave is about humans

Richard Giles has an interesting graph on how the net developes. First wave is research, second is commercialisation. And third – where we are now – humanisation. What does that mean? Richard explains on his site:

Look at Podcasting. Does it really matter where a band starts now? Not really. Indie music finally gets a steroid boost with the Podcast network. Humanisation has provided tools for human nature to co-opt the internet.

Third wave

He then lists some good reasons why companies should start blogging:

  1. Because the internet is humanising, and blogs help humanise a company.
  2. Because the blogosphere helps keep your finger on the pulse of the industry, and being a part of that sphere adds credibility.
  3. Because consumers are smarter today. E.g. – We’re sick of corporate speak. We can see right through it.
  4. Because it means you can communicate with your communities unfiltered, and it promotes instant feedback.
  5. Because it builds a network.
  6. Google.
  7. Because you become the expert.

What if every video was tagged?

Basketball blog True Hoop writes about Synergy Sports Technology, a company that will record and tag every miunte of NBA basketball played. The C|Net article they refer to, has an interesting point:

In an e-mail interview, Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks owner and the co-founder of Broadcast.com, said he has been impressed with Synergy but was “only surprised that it took this long” for a service like this to emerge.

True. Why did it? The concept of tagging things is amazingly simple and still very effective. Now coaches in NBA teams can search any tag and combinations of tags and get video of their team up on their screen. Find “3-point lastminute leftside” or whatever.

Tagging tv

Now let us take this a step further. What if you could search for anything a broadcaster (like NBC in the USA, or BBC in the UK) broadcasts? Search for “laughter” and you get every good joke that made people laugh, in a talk show, a movie, a sports programme etc. Search for “shot”, “goal”, “kiss”, “man”, “woman”, “joke”, “sad” and so on.

Is it possible? Is there a business in this? Why would someone want to do this? Sales? Reuse of material in new programmes? I just find it fascinating, and I would like your comments on what this could be used for.

Tagging movies

What if videos had a system where people could tag them? Ok, let’s say that IMDB.com (Internet Movie Database) made a system where every scene in a movie were listed under the movie. And the movie companies let them do this. They were not to whow the actual movie, just a picture illustrating the scene. Then people could add tags to that scene. “Carchase”, “man”, “sun”, “orange”, “horse”, “Kim Basinger” etc. I’m pretty sure that lots of people would tag their favourite movies in no time.

What could we use these tags for later? Sales? Rentals? Dating? Any ideas?

This database then could be used for rentals, and soon internet downloads. Amazon.com has added tagging of the products they sell, but you can only add tags to the whole product. Would it be useful if you could tag chapters in books?

Where have you been lately?

Some people think Thomas Hawk need to get out more. Cool idea, and I suspect a few followups and maybe a meme coming from this. And as Thomas himself says in the thread: ” It would be nice is someone could write an app to capture a graphic like this for you automatically. It seems like a great way to remember where you have been.” Maybe the most amazing thing about it is that he tagged it with all the names.

Where have you been?

A mess

Brilliantdays.com is a mess today. I finally took the plunge, deleted all the movabletype stuff I have used almost a year to put up. And installed WordPress. I’ve had a few problems, but it will be ok as soon as I manage to put the little bits back again. All the posts should be there, and most of the pictures.

The redirects are not working as they should yet. They will be fixed!

And the layout look crap. It will also be fixed!

Stay tuned!

Update: Layout fixed. Working on redirects.

New design

Update: Redirects fixed. If you find any “old” links that don’t work anymore, feel free to contact me!

Amazon plogs

When logging on to Amazon.com today, I was welcomed by this:


So what is a “plog”? Amazon defines it as…

Your Amazon.com Plog is a personalized web log that appears on your customer home page. Every person’s Plog is different (hence the name) and just like a blog, your Plog is sorted in reverse chronological order. Each post also gives you the opportunity to provide feedback to the sender as to whether you liked the post or not. This feedback loop means your Plog becomes even more relevant and interesting over time. Your Plog will appear if you are logged into our web site and is visible only to you.

Authors with at least one book for sale on Amazon.com are eligible to participate in Amazon Connect.

In other words: Authors of books can make a special blog inside Amazon.com. Their posts will show up on your plog if you ever bought on of their books.

So here’s John Lithgow showing up on mine:


Now I can comments on John’s post, and rate it which will give him feedback if his post was worth it for his readers too.

I like this. It’s a good idea, and will…

  1. Make Amazon sell more books
  2. Make people want to log onto Amazon more often
  3. Help authors connect with their readers in an easy way
  4. And the opposite: Make readers connect with the authors

I hope more authors do this, and also start their own blogs outside of Amazon.

(The book I bought by John Lithgow was this)

Upgrading WordPress with ONE click

Dreamhost just added upgrading in their Control Panel. Which means that you can upgrade WordPress blogs, MediaWiki sites, Gallery photogalleries etc. without messing with FTP and downloading. Just click a button and your blog is updated to the latest version. Excellent!


Come to think of it, you need two clicks. There’s an OK button to click too…

They also have added support for MySQL 5.0, and all new databases created will be 5.0.

And third: They just passed 200.000 hosted domains. Or 204.921 right now.

Air pollution is a WORLD problem

Boingboing writes about an article in NY Times, about how pollution from China pollutes the air in the USA:

China is already the world’s second-biggest producer of greenhouse gas emissions and is expected to surpass the United States as the biggest. Roughly a third of China is exposed to acid rain. A recent study by a Chinese research institute found that 400,000 people die prematurely every year in China from diseases linked to air pollution.

Nor does China’s air pollution respect borders: on certain days almost 25 percent of the particulate matter clotting the skies above Los Angeles can be traced to China, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Environmental experts in California predict that China could eventually account for roughly a third of the state’s air pollution.

Unfortunately NY Times has a lame subscription system preventing me from reading the actual article, but the excerpt Xeni posted had me think about a few things.

In 1998, the world produced almost 400 quadrillion BTU of energy (BTU – British Thermal Units – is a way to calcualte energy, no matter where it comes from – see wikipedia entry). USA alone consumed about 95 quadrillion BTU of these (several sources, but this is one easy to read).

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