Apple has a new Journal app and I hate it

With iOS 17.2, Apple added a journaling app called “Journal”. I was so excited about it that I jumped on the first beta that had it. Now it’s released for everyone to use, and I absolutely hate it. Here’s why, and what you should use instead.

Why does it suck so bad? Because it is only available on iOS — the iPhone. It’s not available on iPadOS (getting Weather app ... (more)

XPPen Mini Keydial ACK05 Shortcut Keyboard Review

This is my review after spending an hour with the XPPen Mini Keydial ACK05 wireless shortcut keyboard. I got this to assist with repetitive keystrokes in a work/production environment. Unfortunately it did not work out and here’s why.

This might be an unfair review for most people because this product is designed to assist artists who mainly draw on tablets, use Photoshop, etc. But it does have quite a bit ... (more)

Switching from FCPX to DaVinci Resolve after 15+ years

I recently decided to try and make the switch from editing my video projects in Apple’s Final Cut Pro X (FCPX) to the very popular alternative, Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Studio. I’ve used FCPX to edit over 100 episodes of my TV show, Motorz, plus over 40 episodes of Tool Talk and countless other projects over the past 15+ years.

I had high hopes that Apple’s Final Cut Pro X ... (more)

Insta360 Link Webcam: Honest Review

I currently own the ONE X2 and GO 2 from Insta360. Their 360 cameras are top quality, as is their software. When they announced their first-ever webcam called the Insta360 Link on August 2nd, I excitedly ordered it immediately and it arrived 6 days later directly from China.

Ok, that’s a little bit of a white lie. I actually watched all the available “influencer” reviews on YouTube (all of them ... (more)

Samsung Odyssey G9 Mac M1 5120×1440

This is how to get 5120×1440 on Samsung Odyssey G9 on Mac M1.

I have a 16GB 2020 Mac mini M1 with the Samsung Odyssey G9 ultra-wide 49″ monitor. I bought this USB-C to DisplayPort cable to get the max resolution of 5120×1440 but I had to jump through a few hoops to get there. Here’s how to do it.

These are the simple steps with macOS Big Sur 11.1:... (more)

Instagram’s Default Video Thumbnail Frame

What is Instagram’s default video thumbnail frame?

That’s the question I asked Google and to my surprise, there were no answers. There were a lot of tutorials about how to select a frame using the Instagram app, but what if you want to “bake in” the thumbnail frame, instead of trying to select it? Instagram’s frame selector is fine for most purposes, but for longer videos it can be hard ... (more)

My New Apps for iOS, Android & Kindle Fire

Motorz TV Show AppThe Motorz apps have all been updated and are completely new from the previous versions! These look better, are faster and easier for us to make changes.

Please grab one and if you could do me a favor and rate it 5 stars in its respective app store (and maybe leave a nice review, too?) all of us at Motorz would love it!

Download now for…

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Twitter Does NOT Retire Usernames

Angry Twitter BirdGrabbing yourself the ultimate Twitter username is the most infuriating process ever, which makes sense with over 695 Million registered Twitter accounts. But what if you find a username that you want, and it’s clearly not being used? Well, you contact Twitter through their Help Center and ask them about it, only to receive a canned response. It’s also posted here. The response looks like this:

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How-To Remove AdSense Ads From Your Feedburner RSS Feed

In the previous version of Google’s Feedburner and AdSense interface, it allowed you to add your Google AdSense ads to your RSS feed. You used to be able to disable them, however that is no longer possible. You’ve probably run into this problem if you’re reading this post. If you log into your Google AdSense and go to “My ads”, then click Feeds > Feed ads you will see all ... (more)

Solution to Apple Mac Pro Bluetooth Interference Issues

Ever since I changed my desktop computer from a Macbook Pro to a Mac Pro, my three Apple bluetooth input devices started encountering sporadic interference issues. My wireless keyboard would often lose connection or experienced slow or lost keystrokes. And both my Magic Mouse and my Magic Trackpad would exhibit “drunken” behavior including slow or jumpy cursor movement as well as connection issues.

It got to the point where even ... (more)

New Final Cut Articles

My comments about my post-production workflow have been covered recently in a few online magazines, specifically regarding the use of Final Cut Pro X and DLSRs. Check them out!

“In Defense of Final Cut Pro X” (StudioDaily)
Read the article

“TV Show Production on a Budget” (SHOOTonline)
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Final Cut Pro X: Background task annoyances

Final Cut Pro X finally has 64-bit background rendering. It’s fantastic, but it does have some issues which are painfully annoying. While active, here are a few things you can’t do. Hopefully Apple will fix this in a future release.

  1. You cannot delete an event when background tasks are running (even if tasks are paused).
  2. You cannot rename a folder in the Event or Project Library  when background tasks are
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Final Cut Pro X Training

I spent the last few evenings learning the new Apple FCP X by way of Ripple Training‘s awesome video tutorials (I highly recommend them) and one thing I discovered is this: throw out everything you knew about editing with FCP 7 because if you try to edit the same way, you will become very frustrated.

If you’re coming from a traditional NLE, get a book or buy some video

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Final Cut Pro X Migration for Final Cut Studio (FCP7) Users

Are you a current Apple Final Cut Studio (FCP7) user and thinking of making the jump to the new Final Cut Pro X that was released today? Then you might want to read this first.

Let me cut right to the chase. When relating it to the previous version, FCPX is quite revolutionary. It’s so revolutionary that it really is an entirely different product. You might as well consider other ... (more)

How-To Caption Your Videos For Broadcast

Making videos for online is simple enough, but at some point you might want to take your content to television like I have with Motorz. Making a commitment to going from a variable length video series to a half-hour (22 minute) episode series is quite an undertaking. As you explore your options for broadcast, you will quickly find that each channel/network has different requirements. And, depending on their age ... (more)

2010 Internet Usage Statistics

Check out the unbelievable Internet usage in 2010. There’s a full size chart below. Click it to view!

Geek Out: Cathode Terminal Mac App

I’m probably dating myself a bit here, but if you’re a fan of old computers and the terminal apps that ran on them, you should definitely check out this new Mac App which emulates them. It’s unbelievably cool.

Gizmodo has a video you can watch to see it, or you can download the App from the developer’s website and play with a free trial version.

[Secret Geometry]... (more)

I am iChris

I am officially out of control with iDevices. Currently in use: iPad, iPhone, iPod, and several Apple TVs, not to mention a Mac Pro. Not in service are a few older iPods, left for dead.

Are you as iObsessed as I am?

Apple iPad Donkey Kong Desktop Coin-Op

The Apple iPad isn’t even out yet and there are some seriously awesome apps being discussed. NetFlix is one I’m really looking forward to. But then a friend told me about this one today… the iCade which has “hundreds” of old arcade games such as Donkey Kong, DigDug, Qbert, and more. Too bad it was just an April Fool’s joke. I’m still hoping it becomes a reality one day.

I’ve ... (more)