Mike Curtismike@mikecurtispictures.com, TechHive

Mike Curtis has been pushing pixels for a living for about 25 years, having worked in print, interactive, video and feature films. He writes video product reviews for Macworld, is a founding contributor to ProVideoCoalition.com, and created and wrote the popular HDforIndies.com blog with over 3500 entries. His cinematography work can be seen at mikecurtispictures.com.

Review: Adobe Premiere Elements 11 offers an easy, fast, and simple take on video editing

Next to Apple's iMovie '11, Premiere Elements 11 is about the same, a little bit more, a little prettier, and easier to use.

Scribbeo for iPhone and iPad

DFTI’s Scribbeo makes it possible to collaboratively annotate still images and videos, but the app has a lot of rough edges.

iStopMotion Pro 2.7

Stop motion animation package is fun at first but frustrating as you try to go beyond the basics.

Create HDR time-lapse video with a digital camera

For the last couple of years, self-described video nerd Mike Curtis has been developing his technique for shooting HDR time-lapse video with a digital still camera. He shares his secrets with Macworld.

Gorilla 4.5.5 (Pro Edition)

Gorilla is a deep and comprehensive set of tools designed to help you plan and execute the logistics of a video or film shoot. It’s targeted to independent productions from student projects to million-dollar features, as well as commercial and corporate video projects.

Final Cut Pro 7

With Final Cut Pro 7, Apple started with an already excellent market-leading video editing tool and takes it further with significant improvements that will benefit editors doing realistic day-to-day tasks, and enable them to get better work done even faster.

Soundtrack Pro 3

From a videographer's standpoint, the new version of Soundtrack Pro constitutes a worthy upgrade. A large number of significantly more efficient features get the same work done faster and better.

Compressor 3.5

Compressor, the video compression uis now more powerful and easier to use–a win-win proposition

Motion 4

in Motion 4, Apple continues to enhance the realism of motion graphics with new rendering capabilities to simulate shadows, reflections, and depth of field.

Color 1.5

Color has reached a very workable threshold where most projects, most of the time, can be round tripped successfully between Final Cut Pro 7 and Color 1.5. Still graphics, speed effects, multicam clips, and other common elements no longer translate incorrectly between Final Cut and Color, a very noteworthy improvement.

Review: Final Cut Server 1.1

Final Cut Server is a client-server-based workflow tool that can potentially help you in three ways: in cataloging and searching assets, especially video-based assets; with version control through check-in and check-out capabilities and approval; and with automation capabilities to convert, copy, and execute scripts.

Final Cut Pro 6.0.1

Final Cut Pro 6 is a solid upgrade featuring greater ease of use and enhanced workflow flexibility. For users of previous versions, the decision to upgrade will be a no-brainer, as the new ProRes and Open Format Timeline features alone are worth the price of admission.

Review: iMovie '08

iMovie ’08 is a definite hit for consumers who want quick and easy editing for a variety of video formats and the ability to three-click publish to YouTube or a .Mac Gallery. While great for its intended audience, I would not recommend this version for any kind of prosumer or professional use because of the quality issues and editing limitations.