Random Stuff, Part 16

* Magic Bullet Looks for Vegas is now out. The new version is a bit faster and adds more looks and control over the way you can grade, plus a “blur the background” template that I actually used in two shots of my HIJK video (I was a beta tester for Vegas’ version of MB Looks so I had access to it some months ago). Overall, this is a software package that deserves the money it costs. Color grading is not something you should be forgetting on your work.

* I recently started writing some music CD reviews for The OWL Magazine. I am only reviewing local bands, so through this opportunity I got to know the Dangermaker. Amazing band! One of the top-5 indie bands in the whole of the Bay Area (which has over 350 rock bands). Go to their site to download four of their songs for free.

* I decided to not buy the Sony DVP-FX820 external monitor for now, but to use the Linux-based Pontis PMP that I had in my closet for 3 years. Apparently, it has an AV-in, so I could use that for focusing and framing with the 35mm adapter. The good thing about this device is that it’s light and easily rotateable, although its 3.5″ QVGA screen and battery life are not ideal. I wish my Archos had on-board AV-in, that would have kicked ass, as the Archos has a much better resolution, 16:9 screen, and battery life.

* I have found over 10 bugs on Windows Live Mail in the month I am using it. I hate its guts.

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