Month: December 2017

RX 6 Advanced

Workflow to make the audio for your movie sound the best with iZotope RX 6 and Ozone 8

If you are recording audio separately when shooting a documentary, interview or movie, chances are you’ll not only have to synchronise it with the footage but also edit your audio to make it sound perfect in post production. The two apps I use for this are the iZotope RX 6 Advanced Audio Editor and the Ozone 8 mastering suite. To be honest, my workflow will only work well with one or two microphones. If you’re recording a classical concert, you may have more than two mics set up to record audio from different parts of an orchestra. You might also be preparing a soundtrack CD from multiple recordings. That’s not the audio post production I’m covering here as those also require careful mixing. Mixing is less of an issue when you’re recording an interview or a commentary to go with a documentary, for example. What I’m going to discuss is how I optimise such recordings. To create a good sounding audio file, you’ll have to record at a high enough gain. If your gain levels …

ChronoAgent synchronise your Mac and/or access files remotely with your iPad/iPhone

When I reviewed ChronoSync earlier this year, I saw another app on the Econ Technologies website that puzzled me. It’s a small app – more a Preference panel than an app – that allows you to remotely access a Mac from anywhere in the world. It’s quite powerful, secure (encrypted traffic) and is a boon if you regularly work on your iPad even when you’ near the Mac. ChronoAgent is an invisible application that runs in the background on a Mac and provides ChronoSync or InterConneX a direct connection to a remote Mac. That’s the main and major reason for ChronoAgent’s existence. There’s more to ChronoAgent than meets the eye, though. For starters, it provides a much more secure, reliable and indeed faster connection than standard file sharing. And if you’re using ChronoSync to synchronise files between two machines, ChronoAgent is far better at keeping a connection alive than standard macOS remote file sharing. When you install ChronoAgent, you’ll get a new entry in the System Preferences. The new module comes with a number of …

Moom is the window manager that helps you meet your deadline

Moom is the name of an app that may save you a lot of window resizing, moving and organising on your Mac. Moom allows you to resize, zoom, move and organise Finder and apps’ windows exactly — and I do mean exactly — per your needs. Forget about windows management apps in the App Store that cost something like €1.5. Those only contain a list of preset windows with no customisation whatsoever. When I use Final Cut Pro X or Logic Pro X, or when I’m subediting, I have about four to six apps and/or windows open simultaneously. Some of those I cannot hide as the developer hasn’t incorporated standard macOS functionality throughout their application. The end-result is that I lose time over figuring out where a window is that I need at any given moment. Deadlines hate chaos on the macOS desktop. A couple of days ago, I came across Moom. Moom costs €10.50 and it’s 100 times more efficient and effective at solving that chaos. Moom offers presets, but it also lets you …