Wednesday, April 11, 2007
In my Digital Foundations class we recently started working with Adobe Illustrator and After Effects. Adobe Illustrator lets you create forms instead of only manipulating them like in Photoshop. You can professionally illustrate and color your ideas. Like Photoshop, Illustrator consists of layers and it is convenient to know how you want your illustrations to move and interact before you import the document into After Effects. After Effects lets you animate your illustrations. you can set up the time frame and add Effects to your piece. At this point I am learning about the settings in After Affects. It seems like the amount of affects and settings in these programs are endless. This allows creative thought and development in technology.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
iDVD is a great way to make your movie from Final Cut Express look professional. iDVD comes with various layouts and settings which enable you to transfer clips or even stills into the menu. You can also add audio to the menu from itunes. Your movie becomes a DVD and it can be played in a regular DVD player or computer. So if you have a Mac or have access to one open up iDVD and navigate through the program and play around with the settings. I love this program now, it is easy to use and it gives you professional results. It enables the user to be creative, which is an important aspect in technology.
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Do you like the features and design of a MAC computer but wish you could have the software of a PC? The parallels desktop for MAC computers allows you to have both MAC and PC windows at the same time. Potential computer buyers who are torn between MAC and PC can benefit from this innovation. this product enables the user to join these two technologies and use them to his or her advantage. Having both software in one computer will give the user access to more resources for educational purposes or work.
Here is a list of the features and functions that the Parallels desktop offers:
* Run your favorite Mac and Windows applications at the same time without rebooting
* Seamlessly connect to any network in both Mac OS and Windows using a shared network connection
* Achieve a high level of performance for Windows on your Mac by leveraging Intel technology - an industry leading solution available on Parallels Software
* Copy and paste items between your Mac desktop and your Windows desktop
* Quickly create multiple virtual machines by using the new Parallels Installation Assistant
* Create “Active” backups by using Parallels Desktop for Mac in conjunction with Parallels Compressor
* Achieve optimal virtual machine performance and reduce disk space by 50% or more with the new Parallels Compressor
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Are you a creator? A Mac computer along with i Life are a great source. i life comes with i Photo, i Movie HD, i DVD, Garage Band, and i Web. I love to take digital photographs, i Photo is a great way to arrange and organize all of my digital pictures. as soon as you connect the USB cable, i Photo will open automatically and ask if you want to import the photos. It is both fast and easy to import and edit, and you can fit up to 250,000 photos in i Photo. Want to create your own film? i Movie can be used to edit, add cinematic titles and effects to your footage. i DVD is used to organize and transfer either your film or photo projects into a CD. Are you loving this yet? Well...are you a musician or a Musician want to be? With GarageBand, you can add as many different instruments, and create your own music. Last but not least, i Web is great for creating Websites and adding your projects made from i Movie, i Photo, or GarageBand. Seriously, who would'nt want a Mac? This allows us to not just be viewers, but become creators. This is about expression and creativity. Why not become active and participate in creating your own art with this technology?
Friday, February 16, 2007
For my second project in my Digital Foundations class we are using final Cut Express HD. This program allows you to make your own movies!! You can transfer your footage from your video camera and start editing and adding special affects. This program is comprehensive to beginners and convient to the advanced. Its quality is high definition and the results look professional. You can make smooth transitions and layer footage. You can also add audio and text to your film. If you ever have an opportunity to learn to use this program I suggest you take advantage. My new obsession is Final Cut Express...for now at least.
Friday, February 9, 2007
Work by Nancy Guevara
I am recently taking a digital foundations class and for our first project we had to work with photoshop. During these two past weeks of using photoshop, I really got into the program and I enjoyed working with it. You can manipulate, arrange,edit,and retouch photographs. With so many tools and options, the effects that you can create are endless. Photoshop has become a new art form, the more you practice and learn about the program, the more you will improve your craftsmanship. My friends often tell me that they randomly get ideas but they have no way to execute them because they do not know how to draw. With this program you can take your own photos and scan pictures to follow through with your vision. You can make your own artwork with photoshop.
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
During the unproductive break and isolation during the snow days, I discovered a new online feature. ABC.com has a selection of television series that you can fully watch online! They have current episodes of Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Lost, and my personal favorite Ugly Betty. You can catch up with any episodes you have missed with even shorter commercials. Now a days, we do not have time to follow up on a television series. Today, ABC has the latest hit shows, and with hectic schedules this is a convient way watch any episodes missed. If you have a computer and access to the internet, this site is both free and easy to use. With high quality definition and high quality sound, you can have the same viewing experience.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Are you a Mac lover like I am? Well in case your not, this new Mac Product is compatible to PC's also. The Mac TV connects your iTunes from your laptop to your television, wireless. You can download movies online from iTunes for a certain price and save them in your laptop. You can soon have a selection of movies, up to fifty hours, on your laptop and watch them instantly. I know that it is not convenient watching movies on your laptop, but hat is where the Mac TV comes in. The MAC TV allows you to view your iTunes in a larger screen, for a more comfortable and convenient watch. You can also view movie trailers, podcasts, listen to your music, and view your photos through iTunes with high definition. Thruough the wireless connection, you can join up to five laptops to the Apple TV. This allows more people to share their iTunes on one television. The Apple TV can also store up to fifty hours of video for a quick and easy selection process. The Mac TV is $ 299, and the purchase comes with the 7.7" by 1.1" inch Apple TV, the Apple remote, a power cord, and a quick start guide. If your thinking of purchasing this product, you would want to make sure it is compatible with your television. Other than that, the MAC TV is easy and fast to install. You will no longer have to resort to viewing your mementos from a small screen or making your friends huddle up to watch a movie. MAC is genius!!