Monday, January 16, 2006

Useful and free / reasonable software

Somethings old, something new - as promised, I've collected the URLs for my 'useful software' presentation from way back in Oct 2004, together with some new announcements.

Windows Media files (.wmv)
You may have seen the statement that M'soft will no longer be supporting Windows Media Player on the Mac, but for each door that closes, another opens. As a gift to the community (and a handy way of publicising the paid-for upgrades), Flip4Mac are now offering a free download of their WMV player. It gives Quicktime the ability to play .wmv files and, if you go for the paid upgrade, you can export them too. Good documentation in the package, available at

**WARNING - I'm reading reports around the web that the current Flip4Mac doesn't play nicely with 3ivx - If you have the 3ivx codecs (as QT plugins) on your system and install Flip4Mac then Microsoft Office, for one, won't work. Also a report that DSR30 decks lose function with FCP. Apparently Flip4Mac are working on the issues.

Video data calculator
As demonstrated by our very own Richard Atherton at last week's meeting, a free download to calculate data storage needs based on media settings and duration. The web-page has a load of AJA-related links on it, the free stuff is at the bottom.

This free software generates tones. Em, that's it. Don spotted it in my quick flick through slides, as presented way back in Oct 2004. Here's the link
Bad news is, it's not for OS 10.4 (hence the quiet tones it generated last week)

Joe's Filters
One of the earliest sets of FCP filters outside Apple. Still available at
Huge numbers of effects, as you can see from his site. They're available on trial, but none are free that I can see.

1z1 screenworks plugins
Another filters site at
There are a couple of freeware plugins here, including one very useful script to output source timecode and text in vision.

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