combustion on a Mac
by Phil Radelat on May 27, 2005 at 4:52:08 pm
I now know why people complain so much about combustion on a Mac.
Today I discovered that I can only hotkey view modes (ctrl+shift) 6,7,8, and 9. Zero through 5 don't work. However, if I right-click (you don't really think I'd use a Mac mouse, now do you?) and call up the onscreen view mode options, as long as they're visible onscreen, I can hotkey 0-5! Futhermore, the first time I right-clicked and called up the onscreen view mode options, their hotkey symbols show up in the select box. The next time you do it, the hotkey symbols are gone.
As I've mention in several other threads, the clone/reveal tools need to be "messaged" to get to work. The transform functions are Russian Roulette, especially the scale controls. Scrolling them is "heavy", they jump in blocks of numbers instead of being a smooth scroll. The other day I called up the tracker, and the trackers showed up off-screen, each tracker arcing on some bizarre tangent of it's own. Occasionally when I switch over to another app like PShop, I'll get a system message that tells me combustion just went on vacation.
Fortunately I always save a project before switching apps, so I haven't lost anything. I can't imagine what other fun and games I'll find as I call up various other processes.
Re: combustion on a Mac by shin kurokawa on May 31, 2005 at 2:43:31 pm
For hotkeys in OSX you can edit
"host.key" with a text editor.
Specifically, change "Control Shift"
to "Command Shift".
You may also want to disable/edit
some hotkeys defined under Expose
and Keyboard shortcuts (in system
Re: combustion on a Mac by zolotroph on May 31, 2005 at 10:55:19 pm
[Saeed Faridzadeh]"Combustion on Mac sucks. There I said it.
This point was very painfully driven home to me lately... I have a dual 2GHz G5 at home, running c* 3. I recently sat down on a friend's bog-standard 1.7GHz Pentium 4 Dell Optiplex to show him a few techniques in c* and I was astounded to see that it cached clips into RAM much more quickly than my Mac. On the PC, it only took one pass for the clip to be completely cached into RAM, and on the second pass it played back at full frame rate with no stuttering. The same clip on my super-duper dual G5 takes two or three passes before the clip will play back at full speed without stuttering. On the PC, I had no problems using my Wacom Intuos2 tablet. On the Mac, using the tablet to scrub on the timeline or work in the paint operator invariably freezes up the Firewire framebuffer, requiring it to be turned off and on again in the preferences panel to restore functionality. This is all very embarrassing. Something is very, very wrong here.
As a general statement, combustion just feels smoother and more responsive on a PC, even a midrange machine. On the Mac, even a high end dual G5, it's a labor of love. I like combustion enough to use it versus After Effects on the Mac, but I've decided that ultimately I'm going to buy a Dual Xeon workstation to run combustion as it was meant to be run. It's too bad that I can't do everything on one platform, but that's reality, so I deal with it. So it looks like the Mac for Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro and perhaps Motion, and the PC for combustion. Use the best tool for the job, that's my philosophy. I like to think of myself as platform agnostic.