Two new Automator gems

First there’s the “Add spotlight tags” from Adam Rice. There’s no download, you make it yourself in Automator. Save it as a plugin in Finder, for right-click tagging. Next time you download a file, choose it in Finder, ctrl-click it and choose Automator>Add spotlight tags. Let’s say you’re working with a project, and the file downloaded is a picture that belongs to that project. So add some tags belonging to that project with this Automator action. Next time you use Spotlight to search for that projects tags, the file will show up, wherever you have put it on your drives.

Second: Complete Digital Photography has made lots of Photoshop Automator Actions. With these, you can automate lots of boring tasks in Photoshop CS and CS2.

Then head over to “Getting things done with Automator and Spotlight” and see how to use these in a brilliant way!

ProTools 6.9 out

Version 6.9 of DigiDesign ProTools is out. And I’m using the occasion to ask: Why isn’t it possible to see several graphs for a track at the same time in ProTools? I must have mailed DigiDesign this feature wish 20 times the last 10 years.

If you’re looking at a volume graph in ProTools, you can’t see the pan graph at the same time. Or if you are keyframing parameters in an eq, you can’t see the graphs for all the parameters at the same time. It’s so lame. Work one hour in After Effects or Motion or almost any program that deals with keyframes on a timeline, and you’ll see how lame ProTools is on this thing.

Try this: Grab a DV-camera and have someone run in front of you, starting on the lawn outside the house, into the front door, trough a long narrow hall, into a big livingroom, then a kitchen, and out on the lawn again, screaming all the way, all in one take. Then replace the original sound (which includes your own feet tramping) with a new scream from the studio. Then add the right eq and reverb etc. on the whole take, to make it realistic.

It’s a total mess in ProTools.

You have to change between the different graphs about 8 000 times. I once discussed this with a DigiDesign representative, and aske why they don’t adobt the multiple graph approach that graphics and video applications have. All I got was a answer like “people are used to doing it this way”. Oh, then leave it the way it is.

Final Cut pro feature wish #1

One of my top wishes for Final Cut Pro 5, is a check box somewhere at the import files dialog box. This checkbox would say “Move to Capture scrath before importing”. With it checked, Final Cut would move the file you are about to import, from wherever it is located, to the current Capture scratch folder of your project.

FCPimport

So the next time I want to import a file from a server somewhere, i don’t have to…

  1. Switch to Finder
  2. Locate the file on the server
  3. Locate my projects Capture scratch folder in another window
  4. Copy the file from the server to Capture scratch
  5. Switch to Final Cut
  6. Choose import file
  7. Locate file and press OK

The checkbox would read “Move to Capture scratch before importing”. With it checked, Final Cut would move the file you are about to import, from wherever it is located, to the current Capture scratch folder of your project.

See also Final Cut Pro – the Larry way.