With my recent frustration with picture posting using Blogger, I had decided to do my next Soundtrack Pro tutorial as a video tutorial. To accomplish this on the mac, there are basically 2 choices: SnapZ Pro and iShowU. iShowU is written by a small company in New Zealand. I looked at both applications and decided to buy iShowU.
Buying iShowU supports the little guy and should meet my needs for the tutorial.
So, today I recorded the tutorial and then attempted to bring the iShowU file into FCP to clean it up before I converted it to FLV for the web. But FCP would not accept the file. After some experimentation with iShowU, I found out that it works fine as long as I do not record audio generated by the Mac. Well, a tutorial on an audio application is DOA without that ability.
It appears to be a bug in iShowU. If I record just audio of myself talking into the mic, FCP digests the file just fine. It is only when I record system audio that FCP generates a General Error and will not allow me to work with the media.
I fired off an e-mail to the author about this issue. He is pretty responsive (having answered my questions before I purchased the product). Hopefully he will have a reasonable solution to this issue. I don't want to have to introduce additional steps into the process just to overcome this audio issue.
I'll post my findings here in the next day or 2. I know this is not directly film making / Post related but hopefuly, some of you readers will gain some benefit from my experience with this.