Editing Video From an iPod Touch

  • Import the video(s) into iPhoto
    • With iPhoto running, attach the iPod Touch to the Mac, iPhoto should recognize the device.
    • Create a new photo gallery in iPhoto and just drag/drop the videos/photos from the Touch into the new gallery.
    • In iPhoto right click on a video and choose 'Show File' to see where iPhoto has stored the video file on the hard-drive.
  • Use Final Cut Express to clean up the video

Adding a Reflection to a Graphic In AE

The following reflection effect will be created for a static graphic image.

It has become very apparent that if you want to be adept in using After Effects you need to become familiar with the 'Effects & Presets' panel and all the effect/presets that are provided. Unlike Photoshop where you can learn how to create effects manually (such as reflections : duplicate the layer, transform about X, add a foreground to transparent gradient mask to the duplicated layer), in AE you seem to need to understand what effects to add - a much more macro view than in PS. For example, to create the reflection in AE, add a Linear Wipe effect to a duplicated, scaled-in-Y layer of the original. Being someone who always wanted to learn all the manual steps needed in PS to create an effect - rather than just applying a filter or installed effect to a layer - this has been quite a revelation while learning AE.

1. Import the image and position it in the top half of the Comp.
2. Pre-comp the layer. All of the following instructions apply to this pre-comp layer.

3. Open this pre-comp, duplicate the graphic layer, position the duplicate at the bottom half of the comp, invert it and ensure it is the active layer. Note that the duplicated layer was inverted by changing just the Y-Scale parameter of the duplicated layer to '- 100%' (from the original 100%).

4. Add the 'Layer Wipe' Effect to the duplicated layer, adjusting all three parameters of the effect. Set the Opacity of the duplicated layer. The result of the adding the linear-wipe effect and adjusting the opacity of the duplicated layer is a reflected layer.

Loading Brushes & Other Assets Into PS

  • Brushes come in *.abr files.
  • Copy the ABR brush file into the Photoshop Presets directory,

    Applications/Adobe Photoshop CSx.app/Presets/Brushes

  • Under the Brushes panel in PS, you will need to load the new brushes
  • Loading assets under the Presets directory applies across the board - load gradients (GRD files into ./Presets/Gradients/), patterns (PAT files into ./Presets/Patterns/), and so on.

Transfering Files Between Macs and PCs

To share data between a PC and a Mac there is some setup involved.
    From the Mac side:
  • Create a directory ("macwin") that is used to transfer files.
  • Set permissions for access to that directory on the Mac
  • Create a sharing account ("winxfer") that is a user login with access specifically for the transfer directory "macwin". This is a security step. You can share data between public directories easily, but some level of safety should be used - especially over wireless transfers.
  • Enable the Mac to follow the SMB protocol - a protocol used to access PCs.
  • From the PC side:
  • Discover the Mac from the PC side.
  • Find the data on the PC to be copied and then drag it to the Mac ("macwin") directory.

Here are the details. If you have already setup the transfer directory on the Mac side (you only need to do it once) then remember to turn on file sharing on the Mac side and skip to step 5.

1. Setup the transfer directory on the Mac.
Under System > Preferences select the Sharing option to bring up the Sharing dialog as shown here. You will need to have already created a directory that you can choose. 2. Create the sharing account 'winxfer' which is nothing more than a user login. You will need to then select the sharing-account, just click on it and choose select 3. Enable the selected sharing-account with Read & Write access. 4. Enable the SMB protocol on the selected sharing-account

At this point you have the Mac and PC ready to share. Bring them both online and you should be able to see the Mac on the PC as follows.

5. On wired Mac and PC, open a directory browser and click on the Network icon and ... There should not be any problems here. With File Sharing enabled on the Mac (and the appropriate setup in Steps 1-4 above) the PC should see the Mac.

6. The Mac shared directory should now be visible from the PC. You have access.

Please! Do not forget to turn off file-sharing on the Mac when you are done transfering files. While there are safety protocols followed here, at least give the girl with the dragon tattoo a little bit of work before she is able to hack into your system.