Adobe After Effects on Metal

If you saw the entire WWDC 2015 presentation, you probably heard that Adobe is committed to bringing Metal to all of its applications.  What does that mean for After Effects users? It means speed, dammit, SPEED!

Apple says that the new Metal API will offer up 8X the rendering speed, which is great. I just hope it doesn’t also mean I will need to get a Mac Pro to do it, as I’m kinda poor right now. Still, if this works seamlessly on my iMac, then a lot of the post work I’ve been doing on the Major Spoilers Video YouTube channel is going to be a breeze.

I’ll find out more, and see exactly how well it performs when everything is released.

Cyber Bullying

comicstew.jpgI found this article by Stacy Baugher very interesting as it seems more and more indie websites are being pressured to remove negatively reviewed material by the major corporations and publishers under the guise of protecting the company’s interests. My guess is, as long as you are being a yes man and drinking the corporate Kool-aid you’ll be ignored, but say something that is probably the truth gets you a dreaded C&D.

Is this a sign of things to come? Are certain parties using legal means to quiet some voices in the comic community. Look at some of the larger, more successful comic communities out there. The site reviewers rarely have bad things to say about product and tend to depend greatly on press releases and information which comes directly from the publisher, if they review comics at all. In the interviews, these sites never really seem to come across and ask questions that actually have any teeth. The members of the message boards, if the site has one, tend to be critical, but this often seems to be a knee jerk reaction and more of a ?look at me ? tactic than a serious contribution. Also, there are few people who go to a site to read about the latest upcoming issues or news and are willing to sift through all the comments. The flame wars can get pretty ugly fast on some of these message boards.

If you have been listening to the Coolness Roundup podcast, you know Charlie and I have talked about corporate watchdogs and blog sites being the last bastion of good information out there. What’s even more interesting is a good reviewer/commenter who calls BS when s/he smells it, can actually end up being a good thing for the company – just ask Steve Jobs how he feels about Charlie White, and then look at how the company changes for the better.

via The Comic Stew