Silence noisy photos

Want to take sharp low-light photos without the glare of a flash? How about capturing high-speed daytime action? By using your camera’s menus to increase the ISO setting, you can capture tricky shots such as these and expand your picture-taking options—but at a cost.

Flip4Mac WMV Studio Pro 1.0.6

Flip4Mac does an excellent job of encoding content into Windows Media formats, and not having to transfer huge video files to a Windows PC for encoding is a great convenience. However, there’s plenty of room for improvement.

Final Cut Studio

Final Cut Studio is a substantial update to Apple’s professional-level postproduction software bundle. More than a simple bundle of stand-alone applications, all the applications are interconnected and their features complement each other nicely. Final Cut Studio is a very attractive and worthwhile buy, especially at $1,299 for the full retail box.

DVD Studio Pro 4

DVD Studio Pro 4 is a jaw-dropping value, offering features that even five-figure DVD-authoring systems can’t match. If you’re setting up your first DVD-authoring system, look no further.

Compressor expands

Final Cut Studio’s revision of Compressor, Apple’s video-compressing and -transcoding application, adds some very welcome features.

Adobe Photoshop CS2

Photoshop CS2 is a tour de force, packed with innovations that will make your images better and get you home faster. If you’re serious about digital imaging, you need it.

Prevent DVD disasters

For many iDVD projects, one click of the Burn button is all it takes to commit your work to plastic. But if you have a slow computer or a complex project, you may be better off taking a more circuitous route.

Digitize your LPs and tapes

Back in the day, your music lived on vinyl and magnetic audio tape. Prehistoric though the technology may have been, there’s still a lot of good music in those records and cassettes. If you’d like to move your old music to your new iPod, these are the steps you need to take.

Sorenson Squeeze 4 Compression Suite

Sorenson Squeeze 4 Compression Suite excels at compressing video to common Web and CD-ROM formats, especially if your needs revolve around the Flash or MPEG-4 formats.

Share Your Photos on the Web

If photos you promised to share with friends and family are still sitting on your hard drive, don’t despair. Jim Heid shows you how to share those digital keepsakes with the help of some Web-based services.

iPhoto 5

The update to the photo management program brings welcome improvements in almost every area. But some annoying glitches remain.

Photoshop Elements 3.0

Photoshop Elements 3.0 is a must-have upgrade for digital photographers. Whether you spend your time in Quick Fix mode or want to shoot raw and fix every flaw yourself, you’ll marvel at how much this inexpensive program can improve your photographs.

From Tape to CD

Those piles of cassette tapes you’ve got lying around the house aren’t just cluttering things up—they’re also deteriorating, turning your audio keepsakes into silence. But Contributing Editor Jim Heid can help you bring those old recordings into the future with tips for digitizing your old tapes, enhancing the audio, and burning your efforts to CDs.

Erase Flaws with Photoshop Elements 3

When an image needs serious retouching, you’ll want to turn to Adobe Photoshop Elements 3, with its Spot Healing brush and Clone Stamp tool. In this step-by-step tutorial, Jim Heid shows you how to use both features in Photoshop Elements 3 to turn otherwise flawed photographs into masterpieces.

Image Editing Beyond iPhoto

Apple’s iPhoto is great for organizing and sharing photos, but not much of a digital darkroom. Enter Adobe Photoshop Elements 3, which packs much of the power of a professional digital darkroom behind an easy-to-use interface. Its Quick Fix mode simplifies many common imaging chores, but it also includes tools for more-advanced tasks, such as removing unsightly utility wires. Best of all, iPhoto and Elements work well together—you can use iPhoto to import, organize, and share photos, and Elements to enhance them. Jim Heid shows you how.