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Viewing Wi-Fi Details in Snow Leopard

In Snow Leopard, hold down the Option key before clicking the AirPort menu. Doing so reveals additional technical details including which standards, speeds, and frequencies you're using to connect, as well as what's in use by other networks. With the Option key held down and with a network already joined, the AirPort menu reveals seven pieces of information: the PHY Mode, the MAC (Media Access Control) address, the channel and band in use, the security method that's in use, the RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication) measurement, the transmit rate, and the MCS Index. In Leopard, some, but not all, of these details are revealed by Option-clicking the AirPort menu.

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Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3

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Apple has updated Final Cut Pro X to version 10.0.3, a minor version number adjustment that doesn’t properly convey the scope of significant changes to the professional video editor. Introduced to controversy last year, Final Cut Pro X 10.0 was a ground-up rewrite that lacked capabilities found in Final Cut Pro 7. Now, this third minor update restores some of those features. Multicam editing tops the list, with support for up to 64 camera angles (Apple’s Top Features page offers an impressive video of how multicam works, including automatic synchronization using the tracks’ audio). Also new are advanced chroma keying controls, a media relink feature to reconnect projects and events to new media, the capability to open layered Photoshop files directly, a beta version of broadcast monitoring with third-party PCIe and Thunderbolt devices, and more. Now we’ll see if pros who shunned Final Cut Pro X at first reconsider the app for future projects. ($299.99 new, free update, 1.37 GB, release notes)


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Comments about Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3

George Wedding  2012-02-01 16:22
From what I can see, the 10.0.3 Final Cut Pro update still has no support for Panasonic's extension of the AVCHD format (1080p60 .mts) files that competing applications have supported for a year or more. How can Apple be so far behind? If an editor can't see and organize such a common file type in Aperture or edit it in Final Cut Pro, how can Apple's Pro applications remain relevant? Premier supports this format. Sony Vegas suppprts this format. Why not Final Cut Pro?
Aaron Goy  2012-02-08 05:06
I can't be certain but I think that Final Cut Pro supports this via import via Camera/ Camera Archive. I have dabbled with projects requiring mts files before in fcpx.
Curtis Wilcox  An apple icon for a Friend of TidBITS 2012-02-10 13:39
Aaron's right, both FCP7 and FCPX can import Panasonic's AVCHD video. You can't just drop the .mts files on them, it wants the full folder hierarchy from the SD card which include additional files containing additional metadata.

I don't recall which ones but FCP is not alone is this requirement for this format.