Friday, April 16, 2004
Posted 10:25 AM
Ken Burns Zooms Out Too Quickly
There seems to be a problem with the Ken Burns effect in iMovie 4: If you zoom out on a photo, the resulting move is often very awkward: the zoom-out begins very slowly, then very rapidly ramps up. The move is not at all what iMovie displays in its preview monitor.
This problem is particularly noticeable in short clips -- a few seconds long, for example. It's ugly and makes zooming out pert-near unusable.
But where there's a will, there's a workaround: Rather than zooming out on a photo, zoom in. Then, select the resulting clip and choose the Advanced menu's Reverse Clip Direction command. You'll get a much smoother zoom-out.
Monday, April 12, 2004
Posted 10:40 AM
Chatting About eBay Tonight -- Join In!
Tonight, I'll be participating in an online chat at the World without Borders site. No, tonight's chat isn't about iLife. It's about eBay -- specifically, about selling on eBay.
I haven't mentioned here that much, but I recently coauthored a book on eBay selling with my friend and business partner Toby Malina. Sell It on eBay is a roadmap to successful online auctions. Its design is very similar to that of my iLife book -- a full color, innovatively designed book that tells you exactly what you need to know to clean out your attic and make a few bucks in the process.
Oh, and set the TiVo -- Toby will be appearing on TechTV's Call for Help this Wednesday to talk about eBay. We're regulars on the show, usually making an appearance every month or so.
What's an iLife guy doing co-authoring a book about eBay selling? It's simple. Selling on eBay lets me satisfy my addiction for digital cameras.
Let's chat tonight!