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I just received my copy of Designer Sound FX and it is amazing! This is an amazing collection of intense sound effects put out by our friends at videocopilot.net. This collection includes, hits, swishes, Orchestra elements, ambient tones, drum build ups and many music beds. The great thing is they have also included five video tutorials to help you understand how to use this collection to it's full capacity! 

This collection includes:

500 Sound FX & Audio Elements
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After Effects Project File for the Promo
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2-DVD Set jammed full of extras!

Don't miss out on this great set for only $99.00 and get on your way to adding great sound to your video!

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Importing a picture or a Quick Time into your Avid editing system requires that you change some of the import settings. When you import alpha from an Avid QuickTime codec, select Alpha > Use Existing in the Import Settings dialog box. When alpha is imported from a non-Avid QuickTime codec, select Alpha > Invert Existing. This is because the Avid QuickTime codec inverts the alpha during the movie’s creation, saving time on import into your editing applications while not significantly adding to the creation time in a third-party program. This step will save you time and will also preserve the intended alpha setting. 
Finally a way to output realtimeHD with your Avid editing system! The new Mojo DX is the latest edition to the Avid editing hardware accelerator! Make sure you check out the full specifications and make this latest release supports Leopard and Windows Vista! f you are editing with HD footage or plan on it in the very near future then this is the best way to get you Avid system into the future! Here is a list of the all the features included in the Composer MOJO DX. 
  • New I/O hardware for SD and HD, with SD/HD SDI I/O and HDMI monitoring
  • Support for Mac OSX Leopard and Windows Vista
  • Additional HD codec support, such as Sony XDCAM-EX (using the Sony Clip Browser software), Panasonic AVC-I, JVC 23.976p & 25p HDV
  • Real-time playback of non-full-raster HD codecs through video output
  • Improved timeline responsiveness
  • Improved real-time effect performance with optimized CPU/GPU acceleration
  • Improved render performance with optimized multi-threading on multi-core CPU's
  • MetaFuze tool, for quickly merging single-frame files (such as DPX and TIF) from film scanning or CGI systems into a single media clip (Windows only)
  • Real-time multi-window timecode burn-in tool
  • SubCap subtitling tool

If you were waiting for the new JVC cameras to come down in price then the wait is over. Not only can you now get the GY-HD200U for $5,995 but it now includes the Anton-Bauer Trimpac battery/charger system at no additional cost. If you have a limited budget then the Gy-HD110U might be the right choice for you. It now has a new retail price of only $4995 and includes and extra long life JVC battery at no extra charge. The HD200U is truly the best value of the two choices. Not only do you add 60p recording but he Anton-Bauer package it worth the additional cost. If you decide to go with the GY-HD200U you will also get these additional features:
  • 14-bit A/D(greatly improves HSL)
  • High Speed Encoder for 50 and 60p recording, great for true slow motion
  • Pro Anton/Bauer batter mount, much better balance
  • Cross converter outputs 1080i live
  • Image inversion for prime lenses
  • 6-pin remote control connector
  • 2 year parts warranty
  Both cameras are a perfect match for editing with Final Cut Pro or Avid Media Composer / Xpress Pro. The wait is over for both of these highly proven cameras and now is the time to take advantage of the new pricing!  

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UPDATE: After this article was written, Media Composer 2.8.3 will no longer allow you to install the software on Leopard.  This means you'll need to download Media Composer 2.8.1 or 2.8.0 in order for the installer to work.

You have heard the rumors and read the blogs that Avid Media Composer will not work on the awesome Mac Leopard OS.

Well, we here at GeniusDV have found otherwise. There are a few quirks to installing Media Composer and a quick trick that allows the task bar to remain open. First and foremost you need to make sure that you download the latest version of Leopard OS but do not allow the latest version of Quicktime to be installed. There is no uninstall for Quicktime on Mac and you will be in big trouble with the Avid software if you do not have the correct version.

As you are installing Media Composer you will find that there are several error messages that you will encounter that make it appear your software is not being installed properly. Just make sure that every error message that you come across you accept them or click ok. The installation will continue and you will eventually be directed to the pace website to install the correct plugin to continue your install. Once you have gone through these steps you will have one more corrections to make once you launch your software.
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Once the software is up and running you will find that your task bar is on top is hidden until you hover over it. This is very aggravating because it will switch between the OS task bar and the Avid task bar. To fix this you need to navigate to Toolset in the task bar and select Fullscreen Playback. You only need to do this once and every time you launch Media Composer after that you will not have the issue again. So far I have not found once glitch in the software running on Leopard, but stay tuned for any updated information just in case.
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