Mac20Q Podcast 77 @PhilonTilt

This interview started over at Video20Q blog and podcast and seeing as Phil is a Mac user it is only right that I publish here on Mac20 Q also. I have cut out some of the interview that was more specific to film making and if you would like to get the full skinny on Phil, then you can listen to the interview in full at Video20Q.

Phil is working with an older Mac at the moment and is aware that he will have to trade up to a newer Intel based Mac soon.

Phil made the film short using his editing skills with FinalCut Pro on his Mac and the video is to be found on YouTube. Nice idea for a short movie. I actually like the was he did the titles at the start of the movie too.

His advice to people that are thinking of doing film or video work is to get training first if you can but mainly the advice is to get out there and just DO IT. No point waiting around doing nothing because that will get you no where.

What Phil did was to buy the computer and software he needed to do the work he wanted which was to edit in TV and movies and learn how to do it well and found work from that. Excellent way to go.

Video20Q Podcast 12 Philontilt

Phil Holbrook goes by the name of and also has a web site called CreativeJinx. He works in the TV business editing footage and during his free time he makes films.

Phil runs a film festival entitled and will be working hard on that up until February.

One of Phil’s’ films is ‘Honest Work’

The story of two gas station clerks and how they deal with some semi-ordinary customers. This is one job you’ll never forget! Honest Work.

This film was shot in Brainerd, MN. The entire cast and crew all reside there as well.

The HD version of this film, the movie poster, and the 5 song soundtrack, are all available for FREE download on our website. www.CreativeJinx.com Go to the Honest Work page.

more info on this post to come It has got too late now to finish. For now enjoy Phil’s work on YouTube and listen to the interview in the podcast.

Mac20Q Tip 15 Matching Audio and De essing

I used this technique when I was making the Hunting Boar movie, because using the mic on the camera is a bad idea because the sound is always rubbish. Far better to use an external mic and the put the sound in after. I used the sound off the camera to help me line up the audio from the Zoom H2 recorder. In this video I show the steps I took to line the sound up in AmadeusPro, which is my preferred audis editor. I could have done it perhaps in FinalCut Express but I can see the wave form of the audio better in AmadeusPro. That way I get a better alignment of the sound with the video. At some point in time I will have to try and match my voice again with the video in the ADR way of working. The actor has to repeat over the short pieces of dialogue to match them with the lip movement. Lip syncing….

Mac20Q Podcast 45 Donato Esposito

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In this interview I am talking to Donato Espositio. A Brummie of Italian extraction. He arrived at school knowing only italian because he only spoke italian at home. Now Italian is the second language and he speaks pure Brummie, to the extent of using the word Brummie as his signature and brand name. He goes by the name of on Twitter and also . On his web site he has had professors explaining the origins of the word Bostin which apparently goes back to Shakespearean times. Who would have expected that then?

Donato gave a demonstration of his app on the iPhone. Well he told me that it was using the application, it could have been live I suppose but we had better not go into that, at least he wasn’t complaining of any smells happening at the time. No – I believe him honest, really, cross my fart, I mean heart.

Donato has met the BBC presenter of the One Show Adrian Childs because he was filmed wearing one of the famous Bostin T shirts while covering the European football championship. Adrian is obviously proud of his West Midland heritage too. Naturally the conversation skirted around the football teams of the area seeing as Adrian is  a Baggies fan, for his sins.

Donato has recently switched to the Mac and came in via seeing the one on one presentations that his son was having as part of learning to use his Mac. He also has a nephew that makes music on a Mac using Garageband. I was only a matter of time before Donato succumbed, and got down and dirty with iPhoto and the rest of iLife. He has spent many an happy hour putting in the names to the faces and is very fond of the geographic features implemented with the Geo tagging of photos from his camera. Ah! Happy days.

Not a huge podcast listener but has promised to at least to . What?? He hasn’t done that already?

I recommended the back up strategy as I use myself, Time Machine for the day to day backing up, followed by a once a week SuperDuper and the belt and braces is the important files being saved to the cloud using and . 2 GB of space available on each of those services for free. It doesn’t get much better than free does it.

Please make the trip to Donato’s sites Like to find out more about the West Midlands, Birmingham and the Black Country and buy a T shirt while you are there. Why? Because they are totally Bostin and you can’t help but smile while wearing one.


Mac20Q Podcast 34 Ross Craig

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works in the Canadian Military has a 20 in iMac which came with the keyboard without the numberpad – uses neo Office and likes it – not had any problems with it at all. He had MS Office on a previous laptop and it bugged the system down too much so it had to be got rid of.
Uses a spreadsheet to catalogue his DVDs and I suggested he might look at Delicious Library
Ross has an ipod nano that he uses when exercising – there is a sensor that goes in the running shoe that somehow gives feed back about your work out. How cool is that?
Has used iMovie and tried to make a DVD with some movies downloaded from YouTube with not much success, but that could be due to the format that YouTube put out the videos in. Next on the list is to buy a guitar so that he can make use of the lessons that are in Garageband.
No iPhone yet due to the high costs of a Data plan with Rogers Communications in Canada, but would like one. Instead has the iPod touch.
Has a and was using Word Space also, His wife has an art based site
FTP – I mention that I use Cyberduck
Would like to see a touch screen mac because it would just be a cool thing to have.

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Mac20Q Podcast Paul Kingham

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Paul also known as which is a hark back to childish memories of the sherbet fountain sweet you could get in days of old.

Maybe it is still possible to buy a sherbet fountain and I can treat myself when I am in Dublin next week. Paul is a karaoke type of DJ and encourages people to sing while drunk. At least he can put on the headphones and not be inflicted with the auditory pain of the pub singer. Honestly though, he says he enjoys doing it. Paul has a huge collection of songs which he manages on the Mac and uses an application called . Which is nothing to do with Jim Jams, or so I am told. Paul is even able to allow the karaoke singers use the iPhone to log in and chose the song they want to sing and get in a proper queue for belting out their tune, amazing I say.

Paul spent the whole of the interview talking on his iPhone, which was all right seeing as he was using the new Skype iPhone application to be interviewed and I have to say I was surprised that the audio was as good as it turned out to be. better than I have had with from some people with the Mac and a microphone.

He listens to loads of Geeky podcasts to be able to do some time travel on his way to work. Makes a commute shorter when you can be distracted by a podcast and some games like Touch Physics on the iPhone.

Last Friday there was a meeting of the Mac 20 Questions in the GoToMeeting and a great time was had by all. For me I was testing the system and was able to show a few things with the sharing of my screen. Quite impressive really. We will have the next meeting in the Mac20Q town hall on Friday the 17th of April. be there or be square. First 15 people in the room.

I recorded the audio from last week using WireTap Studio and it worked for me so this week I will try to have some question set up and record it with a view to making it a podcast.

Next Monday I will be in Dublin and have arranged to meet with the Mac Craic lads if they can get a evening pass from the boss. Looks like we will meet up in the  Aussie Bar in Parnell street. If there are people there I will perjhaps do some impromtu recording. Why not?

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Matt Hillyer from Iowa, which is somewhere in the middle of America. He is a busy fella working and studying too. He has a MacBook Pro and is a video podcaster. Although he had a Mac many years ago he is really a recent switcher, with a bit of Mac history.

He has a 24 inch screen connected to his MackBookPro. He has to use Microsoft office running in Parallels for the work side of things, but uses Pages and iWork for his studying. He able to convert pages documents to office compatible versions.

He has a whole pile of Apple products and has recently bought a turn by turn GPS application for his iPhone. He bought the Western USA maps  which was a 900 mb download.

He has a 5Mb download internet connection and I tell him how lucky he is compared to my lowly 2Mb download speed. I have just got started with WiMax which is a long distance radio connection. As I am only 0.6 miles from the antenna so it is not too bad.

Matthew has been trying out the Safari 4 beta that many of us have been trying out. Did you know that it is possible to use a terminal command to put the tabs where ther were in Safari 3. I have Safari 4 but still prefer to use Firefox. I like being able to easily set the new site to open up in a new tab rather than a new window.

The choice for a microphone is a and chose it so that no mixer was required. He tells me that the snowball is quite big but does a good job for him. With his podcasting he got an App from and it is a Tricaster thing so he can feed in video and produce a TV show live with it.

I mention Photoshop TV on the podcast. The guys on that have a small TV studio for producing their show, It is a great place to learn more about how to use Photoshop. get a mention because Matthew is so impressed with .

Backups are important and that’s why I always ask people about their backup strategy. gets a mention here along with and Time Machine.

Podcasts Matthew recommends. ScreencastsOnline of course and the podcasts that are Typically Victor.

The SteathMac Podcast. Matthew has been running the podcast since last September which is a video type of podcast showing things he does with the computer.

He recommends by Cali Lewis. Podfeet from Allison Sheridan. and a few other web sites in the Podcast. Have a listen

Wayne Priestly – Mac20Q-podcast 2

Yesterday I had the pleasure of interviewing Wayne, otherwise known as Legion11. You can follow him by that name on Twitter. We had a good chat based on the Mac twenty questions. A family man and it was great to hear how his young son has taken to using the Mac like a duck takes to water. Wayne  is in the process of getting the rest of the family switched over to the Mac too.

Wayne has an ongoing project at the moment to learn about AppleScript, which is interesting because I think that AppleScript is an under used resource on the Mac, so I wish Wayne luck with that. I think that is going to be a well thumbed book you have there Wayne. Truely, a Geek in Training. We mentioned and his information he has made available about using Terminal while talking about geekyness.

Again my interviewee waxed lyrical about so I have put that in as the sponsor for the show on this podcast. I think that much of the Mac community has already signed in blood to be a user of Don’s Screencastsonline but if you haven’t done that yet then please use the link in this post to check out .

Wayne is still on his first Mac, a MacBook Pro he bought April 2007 which came with OSX Tiger, he changed to OSX Leopard as soon as it became available and he is planning to get a portable Mac when funds allow. Wayne and his son like movie making with . They will spend a half a day to make a very short movie, so Wallace and Grommit watch out.

We talk about word processing software, including iWork, and Bean. and good. Wayne’s daughter is using Bean for her school work and is happy with what it does and how it works.

There is some chat about backing up, virus problems with Windows and some just general Windows bashing, just for fun you understand.