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I Need EditMonkey (by Ebberts + Zucker) In My Life!

I Need EditMonkey (by Ebberts + Zucker) In My Life!

One of my key bread n butter apps is Adobe After Effects. It’s one of the standard compositing and motion graphics packages that allow you to do everything form animated gifs to effects on motion pictures. I use it for corporate product videos, which means I use about 5% of the app’s potential. The main drawback to After Effects is the learning curve. It’s extremely deep and you can spend years learning it’s intricacies. Luckily, there are a bunch of templates and plugins that allow you to bypass a lot of the heavy lifting. EditMonkey is one of those plugins. It may be clocking in at an expensive $119, but the time and effort it saves more than makes up for the expense.

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EditMonkey is the latest release from Ebberts + Zucker that harnesses the power of After Effects to generate and sequence complex multi-page animations quickly and easily. Our latest tool is capable of creating dozens of animations with a single click, perfect for a wide range of projects that require transitions from one graphic to the next….but is flexible enough to create simple animations as well. This Monkey is our most versatile product to date, making it an invaluable part of your everyday toolkit.

Key Features:

  • Keyframeless and dynamically linked to markers
  • Built-in Text Generator that operates on lines, words or letters
  • Groundbreaking Color Label Aware feature to facilitate multi-layered page builds
  • Transition in and out endless builds with one click.
  • Marker-based Retime feature to make time-remapping adjustments easy
  • Marker Sync to automatically retime based on an existing marker layer
  • Dozens of ways to add variations between multiple animations
  • Automatic Animation option for great results quickly.
  • Custom Animation settings for more control
  • Thousands of motion combinations
  • Flexible workflow to allow for easy post-build changes
  • Makes quick text animations a breeze
  • Bonus Marker Ramper script to create accelerating & decelerating edits.

I Want The Edelkrone SurfaceONE Slider

I Want The Edelkrone SurfaceONE Slider

I’ve been looking at upgrading my camera rig. I currently shoot with a simple camera and tripod, but now I wanna add some ‘sizzle’ to my shots. Edelkrone camera accessories seem to be the way to go. The first thing that’s caught my eye was the SurfaceONE, a  motorized motion device that gives you perfect slider and pan shots. The video says it all.

Website: edelkrone.com/products/surfaceone

Despite Negative Reviews, It Might Be Time to Get An Apple HomePod

Despite Negative Reviews, It Might Be Time to Get An Apple HomePod

One of the last pieces of technology missing from my household is an intelligent speaker. Not just intelligent, but with great sound speakers. I’d been considering getting something forms Amazon or Google, but I was holding out for something that would fit nicely into my Apple ecosystem. We’re a Mac platform home. Everything we have run on… or is fully compatible with Mac OS X or iOS, so when I heard the rumors that Apple was developing a speaker, I was already trying to find a way to give them my money.

Now it’s early 2018 and the Apple HomePod is here. The reviews have been a little mixed. The consensus is the audio quality is phenomenal, but the Siri integration isn’t as good as Amazon’s or Googles assistants. Honestly, I don’t really give a crap. That sounds like a software problem that Apple (like history has shown) will remedy pretty quickly. My main concern audio quality and if I get that right out of the box, I’m a happy brother. Viva La Apple!!!!

#Gadgets The Roli Blocs Music System

#Gadgets The Roli Blocs Music System
It’s a new year, with a lot of creative opportunities. Since I’m at An impasse on make mg music, maybe I should build a whole new workflow to get more creative. Earlier today, while waiting for my wife at Sephora, I ducked into the Apple Store to look at the new hardware and see if there were any new third-party peripherals I should consider purchasing. What I discovered with the Roli Blocks Modular System. It’s a custom made set of music, production modules that fit together to create a complete production studio.

The Rock & SIRI Dominate The Day

The Rock & SIRI Dominate The Day

Gadget: I Want The New iMac Pro

Gadget: I Want The New iMac Pro

When they unveiled this monster at this year’s WWDC conference, I nearly fell on my ass. Sure, it just looks like an iMac they covered in space gray. But the specs are something the loyal Mac User isn’t used to. POWER!!! This overclocked machine is a BEAST! Something that a video editor like myself salivating onto the keyboard. The RAM and storage capabilities are enough to have you consider the purchase. Up to 4TB of storage space means  I can have a nice Mac and PC partition with enough graphics power to work in Mac OS and then Switch over to Windows for gaming (and uh.. work too..). The base model starts at $5G’s so you know the one I need to get will be pushing around $7G’s easy. If it’s upgradable, then I won’t mind spending the money. If not? I might have to go back to my original plan of a tricked out Macbook Pro.

Finally Going Wireless With Apple’s Beats X Headphones

Finally Going Wireless With Apple’s Beats X Headphones

It was only a matter of time. After Kitchen Rebel‘s serious bluetooth sync issues with her wireless headphones, I broke down and got a pair of the wireless Beats X headphones from Beats/Apple. The main issue with bluetooth headphones and Mac/iOS has been the inconsistent pairing issues. Apple’s W1 chip makes it pretty damn seamless pairing your wireless compatible (read: Apple). $150 is pretty steep or headphone for me. I usually don’t go higher than $80 since i’m the DESTROYER OF HEADPHONES. But if the pairing solutions work as well as everyone says, they’ll be worth the money.

I’m loving Apple Music

I’m loving Apple Music

I haven’t been a big user of music streaming services (i.e. Pandora, Spotify), but i have to say i’m really digging Apple Music. Still trying to work out the merging of online and offline libraries. They’ve had a crappy time explaining it. But as a simple streaming service, it’s been great. I think being someone who’s been in the Apple ecosystem since day 1, it was an easy integration. The curated playlists are on point, and access to iTunes music on day one is pretty damn nice.

Time To Upgrade: My Jet Black iPhone 7 Pro is On The Way

Time To Upgrade: My Jet Black iPhone 7 Pro is On The Way

It’s a little after midnight on September 9th, and I’ve just finished up ordering my new iPhone 7 Plus directly from the AT&T website. The last time I did this was a couple years ago with the iPhone 6 Plus. I was in Temecula, California with limited wifi, so I spent 2 hours on the AT&T website hitting refresh, trying to get a spot in the overly crowded line of other fanboys trying to get their new phone as quickly as possible.

And I’ll admit it: I’m an Apple fanboy to the scariest power. I’ve been a resident of the Apple ecosystem since I got my first Mac in college (RIP, my Centris 610). This will be my 3rd iPhone. I started with the original, then upgraded to the iPhone 4s, and later to the 6 Plus when they finally started making larger screen sizes. God, how i loved my iPhone 6Pro. That thing was NEVER a phone. I can guesstimate that I spent about 10% of its usage making calls. Nope, it was my all-in-one communication device. I lived and died by that thing. For two years, it faithfully stayed by my side and help me do everything from navigate, entertain and keep me mobile, whether at work or play.

screen-shot-2016-09-09-at-1-42-55-amI have to admit, this year’s iPhone update is a little underwhelming. New colors.. faster processor.. it’s all good. But everyone was waiting for that WOW FACTOR that Apple has been known for. I don’t care. Like I said, I LOVE my iPhone 6 Pro. And if the 7 is the same exact device with a little bit more juice and storage space, I’m a happy camper.

I even toyed with the idea of trying an Android phone this time around. I have to admit, the Samsung Galaxy s7 Edge was a sexy-ass phone. So was the Google Nexus 6P, Huawei Mate 8 and  the GIGANTIC (and not available in the states) Xiaomi Mi Max. But it all came down to a phone that fits into my whole workflow. My laptop, tablet and phone are all integrated into a digital workflow that helps me keep things moving with no effort. I’ve lived under the ‘all my devices just work with each other’ umbrella for a decade now. And after talking with a few ‘experts’, it became clear that Android could be tweaked to work just as good with the rest of my stuff, why break the rhythm if nothing’s wrong with it?

Another thing I’m intrigued about, is the new camera. It looks like the  ƒ/1.8 wide angle and ƒ/2.8 telephoto apertures can create a good shallow depth of field when taking pictures. If I can get those same specs while shooting video, it may be a good replacement for using my DSLR for work. 4K resolutions video and RAW photo formats don’t hurt either!

My wife picked up the ‘matte black’ version, while i went with the ‘jet black’ shiny version. Judging from the text on my receipt, my new iPhone won’t be shipping for another 2-3 weeks, but I still have plenty of quality time to spend with my favorite device.

#iWant A Keydisk Designer Keychain

#iWant A Keydisk Designer Keychain

I never knew that a keychain would be so difficult to find. I was looking for a clean, simple looking ring to put my keys on. But I got was a trip down the rabbit hole into precious metals and finished leathers. Through all the noise, I found a few choices that seemed pretty cool. At the top of the list, is the KeyKlip by KeyDisk. For around $50, I can get a compact key holder that looks awesome. I’m not really that into ‘flashy’ stuff, but the KeyKlip and KeyDisk seems like something right up my alley.


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