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How to Get Great Audio in iMovie ’11

I have a new article at Macworld about using iMovie ’11 to get better audio in your video and film projects. There are plenty of great sound tools in iMovie ’11, and good audio is very important. If you decide you want to step up to better audio mixing, then take a look at Final Cut Pro X. Check out my article on getting great audio in iMovie ’11 at Macworld!

New Apple Hardware Includes New Line Of Thin MacBook Pros With Retina Displays

Today at the 2012 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple did some major updates to its line of hardware, updating the MacBook Air (and dropping the price), the standard MacBook Pro line, and introducing a brand new, thinner MacBook Pro line with Retina display, which Apple is calling their new ‘flagship line.’ Editing in Final Cut Pro X at 1080p on this 15.4-inch laptop will look great, as will photos in Aperture (both apps will be updated to the Retina display of 2880 x 1800, nearly 5.2 million pixels). The laptop will be pricey, starting at $2199, so this is a workstation-style laptop, aimed at the video editors, Photoshop and Aperture users and graphics/animation designers. All on sale as of today! By the way, looking at Apple’s MBP page, it’s appearing that the 17-inch MBP is history…

This new, thinner MBP also features up to a quad-core i7 2.7 GHz processor, up to 16GB of RAM, next-gen graphics (Kepler graphics, GeForce GT 650M with 1GB VRAM), HDMI out, two (!!) Thunderbolt adapters, USB 3 and 2, great speakers, and more. It’s .71-inches thin! Solid State Drives, too (SSD), up to 768GB, battery life up to seven days, 30 days in standby mode. Check out more photos and video at doddleNEWS.

Apple is teasing that a ‘major’ update to Aperture is coming, and we’re coming up on the first anniversary of FCP X’s release. Larry Jordan got some inside scoops from Apple on the next FCP X update, including a built-in audio mixer, dual-viewer, RED support and more. I’m guessing this FCP X update with higher resolution for the retina display will include the new features and improvements Apple talked to Larry about.

Yes, there was a Mac Pro update, but it was VERY minor, blink-or-you’ll-miss-it. Basically, according to The Verge, they bumped up the option of two six-core processors from 2.93 GHz to 3.06 GHz. No Thunderbolt, etc. And some other, minor processor updates, too, bringing the tech to the latest Intel processors.

Apple also introduced some adapters, including a FireWire 800 to Thunderbolt, and Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet. iOS, hardware-wise (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), Apple has sold 365 million units up to March 2012. Think about that for a minute, just astounding!

They previewed more of Mountain Lion which will debut on the Mac App Store July 2012 for $19.99 (!!), and the upcoming iOS 6 (Siri is improved AND can launch apps and will run on iPads, YES!), both of which look great. iOS 6 will debut this fall 2012, likely when the rumored iPhone 5 will be released. I’m pumped about these new, thinner MacBook Pros running Mountain Lion, I bet editing in FCP X will be a dream! Also, there are 125 million iCloud users, which is stunning. Notifications (like Growl, which I love), dictation coming to Macs, new version of Safari (I quickly adopted the beta back in 2003, that’s how much I wasn’t interested in Internet Explorer), tighter integration with Twitter, Facebook and other services, and more. Plus, their new and amazing maps/Flyover app, with 3D city models and turn-by-turn navigation.

Adobe Photoshop Touch Now On The iPad

Adobe announced today that their Photoshop Touch is now available on the iPad for $9.99. Here’s what Adobe has to say about this, and I think it’s pretty darn cool!

The new Adobe Photoshop Touch app lets you quickly combine images, apply professional effects, share the results with friends and family through social networking sites like Facebook, and more — all from the convenience of your tablet.¹ Initially available for Android.

Check out the official page for more information.

Apple Announces OS X Mountain Lion 10.8

Apple introduced their next-generation operating system, OS X Mountain Lion 10.8, which will be released summer 2012. Of course! What comes after Lion but Mountain Lion? This looks to be an update similar to 2009’s Snow Leopard, giving the extra boost and new feature to Leopard, which shipped in late 2007. Yes, it’s OS X, not Mac OS X, though I noticed Apple had rebranded it when Lion debuted last summer. Looks like they’re taking some of the best features from iPad and iOS 5 and bringing them over, which I like a lot. If you don’t have a laptop with that great Multi-Touch TrackPad, you need to buy the Magic TrackPad, which I use exclusively with my Mac mini, and it lets you do all sorts of cool Multi-Touch gestures, like with the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, thanks to OS X Lion. You can download the developer preview now. Also, I’m curious how Final Cut Pro X will run on Mountain Lion, and if new features were added under OS X 10.8’s hood that FCP X can tap into? It’s already pretty fast with Lion. Plus, with Mountain Lion, you’ll be able to share your Mac’s screen with your HDTV via the Apple TV, which you can do with iOS. Imagine editing in FCP X on a 50-inch HDTV!

A brief rundown of the new features found in OS X Mountain Lion: Notes is pretty cool, similar in some aspects to the excellent Notebook from Circus Ponies, which I use almost daily; it’s linked via iCloud to all your iOS devices, too, which is great. The Notification Center alerts you to new emails, appointments, third-party app alerts, etc., like Growl notifications, which I’ve used for 2-3 years now. Share Sheets is part of tech right out of what we use in iPhone and iPad, and it’s easy to share sites you’re on via Twitter, Email, Message, add to your Reading List or just bookmark it. Game Center is coming to OS X! It’s pretty cool, and all about social networed gaming. Messages (download the beta now) is essentially iMessage, iOS 5’s free messaging service, and what’s cool is you can send video, etc., plus pick up on conversations when you go from Mac to your iPhone. Notifications comes to the Mac, though I still love using BusyCal and iCal to set up my appointments, reminders and alerts. AirPlay Mirroring lets you share what’s on your desktop, making it easy to do a Keynote presentation, visit websites, etc., via your Apple TV. Twitter is more tightly integrated withing OS X; I’d like to see Facebook integration, if it’s possible.

Check out the new features video to see everything in action:

Viggle: Get Rewarded With Cool Stuff For Watching TV

Viggle is a service I just discovered and signed up for, after finding a news story on it (via Drudge). Basically, you check in on the Viggle app (for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; Android coming soon), and you get points for what you’re watching. You can also view information, see what people are saying, post to social networks, and a whole lot more, related to the show. You can earn points by playing games, watching trailers and more. The rewards points can be redeemed for all kinds of cool things, including gift cards to Starbucks, Amazon and more. You can also donate your rewards to charity, too.

It’s all free, and you can sign up at Viggle.com, and download the app, also free, from iTunes.