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Elaborating the video slideshow beyond all reason: Bert and Ernie BlogTourUSA, the movie

I got Final Cut Express HD for the Macintosh on Friday. Call it semi-pro video editing software, appropriate to folks like me with significant commercial needs but with neither the time nor the talent to make use of a higher-priced spread.

What you get with Final Cut Express is multi-track video and sound editing with cable-channel-like titling and a blue million sound effects. It doesn’t do green-screen superimposition (I don’t think), but the fanatical home-movie mechanic has everything he needs to alienate an entire family reunion in one elaborate film.

What I want, for now at least, it to insert slide-show images over live video, and I spent a bunch of time playing with those toys over the weekend. Today I built what I think will be my final statement on the video slide show: No full-motion video, but loads of fun with transitions.

I have loads to learn, but I think this hangs together pretty well. Give it a look. It’s fun.

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    7 Comments so far

    1. Kris Berg May 28th, 2007 5:20 pm

      You DO have a sense of humor! Hysterically funny, Greg. A weekend well-spent, I would say. :)

    2. Russell Shaw May 28th, 2007 6:24 pm

      LOL !! I think it is really fantastic. I hope you will show me how to do that.

    3. Tom May 29th, 2007 5:41 am

      Funny, well produced, but ouch…

      remind me never to publicize when I travel. :)

    4. Keith Jeppson May 29th, 2007 4:56 pm

      Very funny. I’ve always heard that what goes at the wharf stays at the wharf…or was that Vegas.

      Seriously, don’t know if it was my network or the link but the load was very slow. The audio hit and played prior to any video.

    5. Kris Berg May 29th, 2007 8:20 pm

      Keith, I didn’t have the same problem, but I always play in pop-up mode. Greg, I own the title of Friend and Family Alienator thanks to Pinnacle’s Studio software (which I have since lobbed onto the Interstate at rush hour, recognizing that the bugs and related frustration outweighed the way-cool transitions, and one of us had to go).

    6. Doug Quance June 4th, 2007 10:05 am


      That was pretty cool, Greg! You’re getting to be an old hand at this pretty quick!!

      (Although I doubt that neither Bert nor Ernie will like it.)

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