Web + Graphic Designer / Audio Producer / Video Director / Clothing Designer

M.A. (Multimedia) - CSU Eastbay / B.A. (Multimedia) - CSU Sacramento

Apple iPad 3 – Is It Worth the Upgrade?

3 / 7 / 2012

iPad 3

http://www.apple.com/ipad/

Available March 16th, preorders start today

Pros:
-4G LTE! HSPA+ (up to 21MBps) DC-HSDPA (42 Mbps) LTE (73 Mbps)
-1080p HD Video
-A5X Processor, quad-core graphics
-Retina Display (2048 x 1536 resolution) 3.1 million pixels – 264 ppi.
-Siri-like voice dictation
-Improved iPhoto with better editing
-Battery life on iPad 2 was 10 hours, 9 hours on 3G.

Cons:
-No HDMI out?
-Still pricey compared to other tablets – 16GB wifi/4G ($499/$629) 32GB wifi/4G ($599/$729), 64GB wifi/4G ($699/$829).
-The iPad 2 was good already (graphics lagging was never a problem, need for retina not as a big of a deal as the iPhone 4 introduction)

I’m probably going to wait for the iPhone 4G instead unless the benchmarks and new graphics are really that much better. I’m also curious how the current websites are going to look on the high res screen. Most websites are designed with 960 pixels as a width so will they be pixelated when they aren’t in the “reader” mode?

Stress Relief Yoga with Dr Sara Gottfried

3 / 5 / 2012

Check out the video I did for Dr. Sara Gottfried. She goes over how Yoga can relieve stress and shows you a Yoga pose called the “Butterfly.” Nice to shoot something different this time. More videos to come!

www.saragottfriedmd.com
www.twitter.com/DrGottfried

Backing Up Online – Crashplan

3 / 5 / 2012

crashplan

I just signed up for Crashplan on the $5 per month Unlimited plan which allows me to back up unlimited data and keeps my data on their server (Crashplan Central) forever! I went through the 30-day trial and was able to back up around 80gb mostly from home. I plan on uploading more in the coming weeks at school with much faster internet while I work on Concealed.

So why did I choose Crashplan? I am a digital creator of photos, websites, videos and have spent hundreds of dollars on extra storage in the last few months. The rule is, if it’s not on two drives, then be ready to lose it (data). I purchased a 4TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 with Raid 5 and love it for it’s balance of speed and storage, but 4TB is filled up fast when you are working with multiple video projects, especially Concealed!

Compared to other plans, which are around the same price (Backblaze, Mozy, Carbonite), Crashplan was the best for me because it was not only unlimited, but kept archives FOREVER! This will be great for holding on to old video sessions which can easily be 200gb each.

Upload speed is also very important. I currently have around 3TB to upload so this process will take months on the fastest connection from home. When I set the Data De-Duplication to Minimal and Compression to Automatic, uploads now seem uninhibited by any Crashplan thresholds.

Also, I can’t afford to have the backup process slow down my work from home so the 2-5% CPU usage on my 2010 Apple Macbook Pro i7 is marginal and not really an issue. You can also limit CPU usage to a certain percent, but keeping it under 5 as it is, is fine. Also, you can limit upload rate when away and present on the machine for different speeds.

WreckingSpot.com – New Website Designed By TY THA ARTIST

2 / 27 / 2012

Wrecking Spot Music Group

New Website Designed By TY THA ARTIST: WreckingSpot.com

Check out the website I did for the Los Angeles homie, Syphon, and his label, Wrecking Spot Music Group. Also, look out for his labelmate, Baby J, and his acting career.

Photoshop Touch leaked for iPad 2

2 / 26 / 2012

photoshop touch

So Apple slipped up and accidentally launched the new iPad 2 version of Adobe Photoshop. The official launch is set for Monday. Does this mean ditch the full version I use for my business in Snow Leopard? I think not. Maybe for some fancy instagram flicks or anything for a blog could be useful, but any high res stuff just won’t have the performance from a tablet. Video cards and lack of RAM on iPads will keep this app to small casual web graphics in terms of performance.

The new Adobe Photoshop Touch app lets you quickly combine images, apply professional effects, share the results with friends and family through social networking sites like Facebook, and more all from the convenience of your tablet.

photoshoptouch

Main Features:

Layers
Combine multiple images with layers. Adjust layer order, control individual layer opacity, and move and manipulate layers independently.

Versatile image browsing and acquisition
Choose images from multiple sources, including social sites like Facebook, online image searches such as Google Image Search, or a live feed from your tablet’s camera — all directly within Adobe Photoshop Touch.

Sharing through Facebook
Entertain friends and family by easily sharing your new images on Facebook. See their comments right in Adobe Photoshop Touch.

Interactive tutorials
Browse an inspirational gallery for the styles and results you’d like to achieve, and then follow step-by-step tutorial guides to easily learn techniques the pros use for great-looking results.

Selection tools
Scribble on the part of an image you want to keep, and then on the area you want to discard — Adobe Photoshop Touch magically does the rest. Other standard selection tools for extracting image elements are included.

Photoshop effects and filters
Apply popular Photoshop effects and filters to your entire composition, a particular layer, or a specific selection.

Filter brushes
Paint dazzling special effects onto your images using just your fingertip.

Edge-aware painting
Discover how precise painting with your fingers can be, using this option for auto-detecting where paint should stop. Easily add color or visual appeal right up to any object’s edge.

Refine Edge
Using just your fingertip, capture even hard-to-select image elements, like hair, with ease as you combine items from different photos.

Tone and color adjustment
Apply precise tone and color adjustments to your entire composition, a particular layer, or a specific selection.

Photoshop compatible file format
Start brainstorming and creating in Photoshop Touch, and then access your artwork through Adobe Creative Cloud for further refinement in Photoshop on your Mac or PC.² Requires a downloadable plug-in for Photoshop CS5.

Integration with Adobe Creative Cloud
Easily access your files, or share with others, thanks to the ability to sync files to Adobe Creative Cloud.³

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