Phil Peel

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New Final Cut Pro X? …in December

Posted by Phil On October - 22 - 2013

Apple have just  announced new generation of Final Cut Pro X.

UPDATE:  No …it wasn’t!  Just a new version 10.0.9 with minor improvements .. Apple announced at their press launch a “new generation” of Final Cut X..  but the reality …once I was able to read the details on the Apps Store was disappointingly not  that. Shame.

However the updated Final Cut Pro X will be released in December with the new Mac Pro.  Yesterday the did give the Press an opportunity to see the Mac Pro and the new Final Cut Pro X in action.

‘ this time out there were a trio of Pros actually plugged in. The most impressive of the three was 4K video editing in Final Cut. Thanks in no small part to the dual-GPUs, our friendly Apple demoer had the tower hooked up to two monitors (you can do up to three in Mavericks, mind), editing 16 angles in 4K with no discernible rending occurring. An impressive feat, to say the least.’

Apple announced that not only is the new OS X Mavericks available for download right now, but it’s available completely free.  The new OSX Maverick operating system seems good. I’ve been holding off upgrading my OS until I finished editing my last film, so I might now take the plunge.  But Lifehacker’s advice is…

Overall, OS X Mavericks doesn’t offer many compelling reasons to upgrade right now. While by no means terrible, we highly recommend waiting until Apple squashes most of the bugs and rolls out at least one update to the first version. If you really require one of the flagship features, however, go ahead and upgrade now. Although imperfect, it will work reasonably well and won’t cost you anything but time.

Apple’s also introduced faster, cheaper, and lighter 13″ and 15″ Retina Macbook Pros (but still no 17″ model) , the new update for OS X will be available for Macs going as far back as 2007, so even if you’re on Snow Leopard, you’ll be able to get the new update completely free. It’s also a way for Apple to make things more compatible. If an update is completely free, it’s more likely that people will update, and thus they can stop supporting older OS versions.

Not only Mac’s operating system but also iWork software suite, which compete with Microsoft’s Excel, Word and other applications, will now be offered free to all users.

By giving away its Mac operating system Apple is taking on Microsoft’s predominant Windows platform, installed on an estimated eight to nine out of 10 of the world’s computers and one of its most profitable cash cows.

Lamer Tree Festival & Editing

Posted by Phil On August - 23 - 2013

Oh dear ..sorry it’s been a long time since I updated my blog.  I could blame pressure of work.. but that would be untrue.  ..Well partly.

I have had a load of editing to do.  and editing I find is difficult to get into. It’s great when I’m in the flow and it’s going well, but when you’ve got to the stage of repeatedly going through what you are doing for repeated minor adjustments, then it’s a bit of a slog to start up each day.

So I’ve been feeling that writing my blog was just putting off  getting back into editing. So I’ve done the editing and not the blogging.

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There’s also the feeling that working on an edit suite isn’t very blog worthy. But if I think about it I have been doing some other interesting things.

Like going for a spin in a Lancaster Bomber ..more of that later

..and working at  the Lamer Tree Festival, which is a lovely little festival hidden deep in the country between Salisbury and Saftesbury.

I was helping out Salisbury Arts Centre’s Media Dreamspace project

I was editing their footage …with a very quick turn around …(working on FCPX which is great for fast work.) Very sunny, hot, hard work but great fun.
So whilst I was there I grabbed some of my own shots around the festival on my Panasonic GH2.

Music by Swingrowers.

Here’s the results.


..and here’s a few random photos




Unique Victorian stage



…a small audience!




Sharing a hula hoop




Food service with a difference




Seasiack Steve



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Hmm… Final Cut Pro X or Premiere? Which way to jump?

Posted by Phil On March - 16 - 2012