Wednesday May 30 2012 20:52
I get a lot of spammers trying to post comments here, but so far none of you have made it onto my website.
I thought it may help improve your success rate if I told you how to get your comments published.
First, don't expect to get published here if you're illiterate in my language. Second, try working out what a post is about before you comment on it. If your comment isn't apposite, it won't be published.
Tuesday February 21 2012 22:57
It isn't. That's right, it's just not. So Photoshop is. After Effects is. Perhaps the other 20 applications in the "Master Collection" are. Premiere Pro isn't.
So if you're using a calibrated display, then the chances are that you're in a worse position that those using something vaguely close to sRGB. That's because your display, like mine, is spot-on with colour managed applications, but those applications which don't colour manage don't have the benefit of your nice profile, so they're likely to be further away from reasonable than a dumb old uncalibrated box. Great.
Well it's not quite as bad as it may seem, once you know there's a problem. The good news is that After Effects is colour managed, although you do have to switch it on. To do that, set the project's colour space to something other than "none", weird but that's it. So that's why people muck about with a second tool, After Effects, for colour management; because you're working pretty much blind if you try it in Premiere Pro.
Maybe they'll fix that in the next version. Meanwhile, anyone know how to get After Effects to import my Premiere Pro project without missing bits out?
Friday December 09 2011 21:58
I've been experimenting streaming FLAC from various UPnP servers controlled by a separate UPnP control point running on Android, with the rendering being on my Naim. Control points seem to be a weak point in the chain. Maybe that's because they haven't been a big issue until recently, or perhaps it's because they have interfaces "pointing both ways", but for whatever reason it seems quite hard to get them to play well with renderers and servers.
Saturday November 19 2011 17:31
After a while I got bored with using the remote control and the little green screen on my Naim to suck music from my UPnP server - it's just a little bit too fiddly. I ended up using the excellent Media Monkey to play FLAC, and then send the output out of the optical feed on my sound card to the Naim UPnP player.
That's fine, but then I happened to listen to the player again direct, using streamed FLAC. I noticed straight away that the sound was better when the Naim does the decoding rather than when Media Monkey did it on the PC.
I did suspect I'd turned into a hi-fi moron, but the difference was definitely noticeable and not just the level, it was more complicated than that.