Brandon wants to start making videos to post to YouTube, but he's noticed that a lot of his favorite YouTubers have great animated graphics. What can he use to get those great graphics? Leo says on the Mac, Apple's Motion is great and popular for filmmakers.
Mike is planning to write an app that will help him find where he's parked the car when he goes to an event or amusement park. It uses GPS and embeds it on Google Maps. How can he advertise it?
Apple announced this week that its new OS X Mavericks software update will be free to Mac users. Apple has also made all iLife apps free as well, underscoring the notion that Apple is a hardware company first and foremost. Leo says it's a great development and should put pressure on Microsoft, which wants to become a hardware company.
George has a camera that shoots in RAW, and wants to know what software for Mac will handle this best. Leo says that RAW is the uncompressed, raw data coming from the sensor, so it's huge, unwieldy, and unprocessed. The Mac already has a program that can handle those RAW files, though. iPhoto should handle it, but Apple Aperture is another good option that will give him additional capabilities. Leo also likes Adobe Lightroom.
Steve wants to add voiceovers to his dog when he takes pictures of him to make him look like he's really talking. How can he do that? There's a software called Syncro-Vox, which is used to sync static images to moving images. Now it's called Crazy Talk. They used to do similar stuff on the animated TV show Klutch Cargo, but they used moving lips.
The Chatroom found an iPhone app called Jabbermouth.
Steve says that DVD Decrypter was a great DVD ripping program. Leo says that Hollywood closed them down by suing them. He can still find it on the net if you look hard enough, but it's really out of date. The chatroom says that DVD Shrink is back.
Kevin is looking for an alternative to Adobe's Creative Cloud since he thinks that $40 a month to use Photoshop is too much. Leo says that Adobe has been wanting to do this for a long time. Adobe is afraid of piracy and have figured out they can make more money by renting out the software instead of selling it.
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Sean is looking to get a video camera for private investigations work. He needs a camera that will "burn" the time/date stamp on the video itself as opposed to only being able to see that time/date stamp in the viewfinder.
Leo says that used to be a popular feature, but people have complained because they don't remember to turn it off. So it's fallen away as a feature in most video cameras. In that case, Sean may need a program that will read the meta data from the video and burn it into the image while importing to the PC. Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere both support this.
Mark wants to know what Leo thinks about Adobe moving to subscriptions instead of selling software. Leo says it's been obvious for awhile that Adobe would rather sell subscriptions rather than software. It's really the trend everywhere now. Leo says if enough people just bought the last version and then stopped, they'd get the message that people don't want a subscription.