Day: June 26, 2011
(CNN) – The latest version of Apple’s widely-used Final Cut Pro high-end video-editing software may not be ready for its closeup.
Apple “rebuilt from the ground up” the new Final Cut Pro X, the company said in a statement, rather than adding a few features to the familiar interface from Final Cut Pro 7.
For the digital-only release on Tuesday via the new Mac App Store, Apple reduced the price to $300 from $1,000. An Apple statement described the new version, in its signature grandiose marketing style, as “revolutionary.”
But some outspoken video producers, who rely on the Apple program in their daily work, are staging a revolt. The backlash is not unlike what was seen when Apple released another retooled video-editing program, iMovie ’08.
In a flood of online postings, people who took an early dive into the program griped about the lack of important features from Final Cut’s predecessors. For example, users can’t easily edit multi-camera shots, layered audio tracks or projects started on older Final Cut versions, they say.
An Apple spokeswoman says the company plans to eventually add multi-camera and more advanced audio features.
The goal for Final Cut Pro X, it seems, is to make the complex editing software more accessible to “prosumers,” or folks who fall somewhere between casual hobbyists and working professionals.
Apple hit the same stumbling blocks when it rewrote its introductory iMovie software. iMovie ’08 was slammed by reviewers for oversimplifying and leaving out basic features, such as the ability to add multiple tracks. Apple added these features in later versions.
Some customers are having iMovie flashbacks.
“This is no longer a professional application,” read one popular Final Cut review on the App Store. “This is just an upgrade of iMovie.”
Conan O’Brien and his editors chimed in with a comedy sketch taking jabs at the program. The segment, from Thursday’s episode of “Conan,” is available for viewing online. “Conan” airs on the TBS network, which, like CNN, is owned by Time Warner.
When Apple makes a change as drastic as it did with Final Cut, the company perhaps shouldn’t be surprised by some criticism. Especially after going through something similar once before with its other line of video-editing applications.
The new Final Cut product is getting flogged by customers in its App Store listing. Many customers have doled out 1-star ratings for it and and the app is currently carrying a “C” grade.
“The oversimplification of the interface makes me feel like I’ve somehow lost a lot of precision and control,” wrote App Store user Fraize in a review that hundreds of shoppers marked as “helpful.” “I get the impression that folks at Apple that design software don’t actually run a production environment, and don’t understand our needs at all.”
An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment on the criticism.
Sports fans are being urged to be aware of the risk of scams that could take advantage of people’s disappointment at missing out on Olympics tickets.
Some will be unable to secure tickets, even following the second wave of sales.
Trading standards officers fear that some fake websites will be set up promising to supply tickets.
Websites that take people’s money and disappear have been set up prior to other major events and festivals.
About 1.8 million people applied for 20 million tickets, but only 6.6 million tickets were available for the London 2012 Games.
Only approved resellers are allowed to sell the tickets, all of which are listed on the official London 2012 website.
A website checker is also in place to help people cross-reference whether the website is legitimate.
Other tips for major sporting events in general include checking contact details and terms and conditions before applying for tickets online and being suspicious of tickets sold in bulk and temporary websites.
Nicola Schofield, team manager at Nottinghamshire Trading Standards, said they were expecting some issues in the run-up to the Games.
“People should keep to genuine sources of tickets, otherwise tickets might fail to turn up or people may be denied entry,” she said.
Ahead of the last Olympics in Beijing, the parents of gold medallist swimmer Rebecca Adlington, who is from Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, spent nearly £1,100 on tickets they ordered from a website, which turned out to be a scam.
Any tickets unsold by organisers for the 2012 Olympics will be made available in further ballots, along with the possibility of additional tickets for higher-profile events being released as venues are tested and capacities finalised.
Ebay, the internet auction site, has said it will not allow the resale of Olympic tickets.
Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Podium, which deals with Olympics-related fraud, says it is continuing to monitor the internet for ticket touts.
A 19-year-old charged with hacking the website of the UK Serious Organised Crime Agency has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a court has heard.
Ryan Cleary, from Wickford, Essex, was arrested as part of a Scotland Yard and FBI probe into online hacking group LulzSec.
His counsel told City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court he suffers from the form of autism, along with agoraphobia.
He was granted bail, but remains in custody after prosecutors objected.
Ben Cooper, defending Mr Cleary, said he was concerned the alleged hacker would have to remain in custody over the weekend.
The court was told he is of high intelligence but has difficulty interacting with other people.
But prosecutors refused to reconsider their bail appeal.
Mr Cleary is alleged to have set up a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack on the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) on 20 June.
A DDOS attack typically involves flooding a target website with data, in an attempt to overwhelm it so it cannot serve its legitimate users.
He has been accused of attacking the website of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry in November 2010.
And Mr Cleary also allegedly attacked the British Phonographic Industry’s website in October.
He was charged under the Criminal Law Act and Computer Misuse Act by the Met Police’s e-crime unit.
The charges against Mr Cleary include conspiring with other unknown people on or before 20 June to construct a botnet – a collection of hijacked home computers – to conduct distributed denial of service attacks.
He is also charged with making, adapting, supplying or offering to supply a botnet, intending that it should be used to commit, or to assist in the commission of a distributed denial of service attack.
The bail appeal will go to a Plea and Case Management Hearing at Southwark Crown Court on 30 August.
If Mr Cleary wins bail he will be banned from having any possession which can access the internet.
No internet access will be allowed at his home, which he will be prohibited from leaving without his mother, Rita Cleary.
Mr Cleary has not entered a plea to any of the charges.
‘Cigar is my Fren, Internet is my Girl-Fren’
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