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Video Production and Hardware: October 2009 Archives

magic_mouse.gifAs we've mentioned our excitement here at GeniusDV the last few days regarding the new Apple iMacs, I wanted to take a closer look at the new Magic Mouse that is included with every new iMac.  The things this new mouse can do is amazing.  Although I've not yet had the chance to try it out, I'm looking forward to the day when I can.  As with any other time you're switching over to a new mouse, it takes some time getting used to.  Just like when I started using the Mighty Mouse; I hated it at first, but after working with it over time, I'd have a hard time reverting back.

Magic Mouse uses the same multi-touch technology as you would have on your iPhone or MacBook Pro, using finger gestures.  There are no visible buttons, no scroll wheel, just a sleek and smooth design.  The multi-touch area covers the whole top surface of the mouse and the mouse itself is the button.  You can scroll in any direction, and swipe through photos just as you would on your iPhone.  It's so intuitive, it knows just what you want it to do, and it won't confuse a scroll with a swipe.  You can also change these features in the System Preferences pane, to specify one button clicking or 2, or to disable swiping or scrolling.

magic_mouse2.gifThe new Apple Magic Mouse connects to your Mac wirelessly via Bluetooth; so before running out and purchasing one, be sure your Mac is Bluetooth enabled.  At least you won't have any of those tiny USB adapters to worry about losing like with other wireless mice.  Like I said before, all of the new iMacs come with the new Apple Magic Mouse, not to mention a wireless keyboard as well; but you can buy it separately, currently retailing just under $70.  Magic Mouse brings a whole new feel to the way you get around on your desktop!

sketchup_icon.gifOne of our newest 2 day training classes, Google Sketchup, will be offered  at our Orlando training facility November 5th & 6th, 2009.  We are offering a special price for the November class!

Google's Sketchup is an amazing 3D modeling program that has users from all walks of life from professionals to first timers.  Whether you're an architect, civil engineer, or filmmaker, you will be astounded at what Sketchup can do for you.  And the best part?  It's one of the easiest programs out there to learn and use.  With Sketchup, you can build everything from basic 3D models to entire scenes with a virtual walk-through, and it allows you to add your 3D elements into your video projects.

sketchup_images.gifOther features of Sketchup is the ability to facilitate the placement of models in Google Earth, which is a great tool for video producers when trying to figure out where your shadows lie at a specific time of day during a video shoot.  Another great feature is the ability to use the 3D Warehouse, which lets users search for models that are created by other users and lets users contribute their own models to the warehouse.

There's no limit to what you can create with Google's Sketchup.  There is a limit however to our class size, so call today to reserve your spot!

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