DVD Studio Pro 1.5 Supports Mac OS X -- Apple today announced the release of DVD Studio Pro 1.5, a new version of the company's professional DVD authoring tool that adds Mac OS X compatibility. DVD Studio Pro, which sells for $1,000, offers high-end features such as full-motion menus, higher-quality audio and video, and inclusion of DVD-ROM material along with video, to separate itself from Apple's free consumer-level iDVD authoring utility. The new version of DVD Studio Pro can also use chapter markers set in Final Cut Pro during the video editing phase of a project to create chapters on a final video DVD. (This feature requires Final Cut Pro 3.0.2, scheduled for release later this month as a free update for Final Cut Pro 3 users.) Owners of earlier versions of DVD Studio Pro can upgrade for $200. [MHA]
Record Online Meetings in Pear Note
While Pear Note is primarily geared toward recording notes in the physical world, it's possible to use it to record things in the virtual world as well. For instance, you can use it to record and take notes on Skype calls. To do this:
- Download Soundflower and install it (along with the Soundflowerbed app that comes with it).
- Download LineIn and install it.
- Start Soundflowerbed, and select Built-in Output (or whatever output you'd like to listen to the conversation on).
- Start LineIn, and select your microphone (e.g. Built-in Mic) as the input and Soundflower (2ch) as the output, then press Pass Thru.
- Open Pear Note Preferences, select Recording, and select Soundflower (2ch) as the audio device.
- Open Skype Preferences, select Audio, and select Soundflower (2ch) as the audio output and your microphone (e.g. Built-in Mic) as the audio input.
- Hit record in Pear Note and make your Skype call.
This will allow you to conduct your Skype call while Pear Note records both your audio and the other participant's.
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