B5_geek (638928) writes "I have ordered a new Macbook Pro 17" and I have a few questions.
What software would you recommend for semi-professional audio & video production? I will be creating/editing/producing some music videos for a hopefully 'up & coming" starlet. I have used audacity in the past (on Linux) but I feel I need something more polished and better suited for high-quality. I also plan on editing video and I don't know what software to use.
Audio: record, edit, effects, and multi-thread weaving Video: record, edit, effects, (green-screen capable but not a must) CD and DVD authoring from the above projects.
Hardware: I have never owned a camcorder. What do I get for HD (720P) recording without killing the bank? (The MBP already did that!) Firewire800 interface would be best. Flash or HDD?
Caveat: I have never used a Mac before, (Dos -> Windows -> Linux) so I don't even know where to start or if the included software is 'good enough'." top
B5_geek (638928) writes "My girlfriends daughter (15) has shown a keen interest in mathematics and computers. I would love to help encourage her and guide her in possible career paths that good math skills make use of.
What tools/guides can I use to introduce her to programming? My programming skills peaked with Basic,.bat and simple linux shell scripts.
The challenge; it can't appear too geeky. She will likely turn her nose up at anything that isn't 'cool'. It is her birthday soon, so I was planning on getting her an EeePC (she already loves mine), so it should be a decent platform to pound away code on."