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Dax Roggio

Dax Roggio

Dax Mackenzie Roggio is an editor, videographer, photographer, voice artist, private pilot, and managing director of Packafoma Philms. He lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife, Liz; their son, Kieran; and their daughter, Maisy. Liz is as an attorney at the Center City law firm of Dilworth Paxson.

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Time-lapse Calculator app now available for iOS

Use my 99¢ iOS time-lapse calculator app to quickly determine the shutter interval (time between shots) that you should set to achieve your desired clip length for a given recording duration. iOS app includes additional features for your iPhone or iPad. Besides serving as an intervalometer, my time-lapse app estimates the memory card storage that will be required for RAW or JPG image files, based on the megapixel count of your camera. I’ve also shared some time-lapse photography examples and video editing tips for Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Premiere Pro CC.... More »

Adobe Premiere Pro CC Gripes and Wish List

Update October 15, 2014: The list portion of this post is current through Premiere Pro CC 2014.1 (8.1). I have placed check marks and notes next to items that have been fixed since the initial release of CC. August 16, 2013: I switched from Apple Final Cut Pro (versions 1 through 7) to Adobe Premiere Pro as my primary NLE in 2012. Since then, Premiere Pro has improved by leaps and bounds. Yet, it remains stubbornly rough around the edges and is, to quote C-3PO, “not entirely stable.” I use several Adobe apps on a daily basis, and I remain optimistic that Adobe will continue to make my Creative Cloud subscription worthwhile, but they need to release more frequent and substantial updates.... More »

Panasonic Lumix GH3 Firmware Wish List (and GH4 Wish List)

This is a list of missing features in the Panasonic Lumix GH3 DSLM camera that I would like to see addressed in a firmware update, plus a few ideas for the next generation of the camera (GH4 or GH5). The list pertains primarily to the video functionality of the camera, which is what makes this camera a standout.... More »

Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 to CC: Wish List Scorecard

Premiere Pro CC is the first major release that began development after the FCPX debacle, and it shows. It caters directly to Final Cut switchers. That’s a good thing. There’s a reason that Final Cut gained supremacy among Mac users while Premiere settled into its place as a second-rate Windows alternative. At this point, I recommend Premiere Pro CC to Mac users who must inevitably say good-bye to the venerable and rapidly graying FCP7. Your Final Cut Pro 8 has arrived.... More »

Why Adobe Premiere Pro needs background rendering

The CS6 version of Adobe Premiere Pro went a long way towards winning me over after Apple stranded the FCP7 community with the release of FCPX. I still have many, many gripes, including major stability concerns in the Mac version, but I believe Premiere is close to being awesome. So it is a shame that it is still missing an important feature: background rendering.... More »

Display Vimeo play counts for embedded videos without slowing down your site

Learn how to use Vimeo’s Simple API along with PHP and jQuery to display the play counts of Vimeo videos embedded on your web site. The method described in this tutorial works asynchronously, meaning that the API calls won’t cause delays in page loading.... More »

Adobe Premiere Pro for Mac: CS6 Gripes / CS6.5 Wish List (FCP switcher)

Updated on May 7, 2013 (after the announcement of Adobe Premiere Pro CC): Overall, I would recommend that disgruntled FCP7 users make the jump to Adobe Premiere Pro. It’s a 64-bit, cross-platform NLE that’s as close to Final Cut Pro 8 as you’ll find. It integrates with AfterEffects and the rest of the Creative Suite in ways that no other editing application can match, and with the introduction of the excellent Creative Cloud service, it’s easy and affordable to stay up to date.... More »

Free downloads of my VFR flight planning forms (PDF)

Free PDF download of my simple, better VFR flight planner (cross-country navigation log and flight plan form), featuring a streamlined layout and a radio frequency column.... More »

Packafoma relocating to Brooklyn

After living in Los Angeles for nearly 15 years, I will be moving with my girlfriend to Brooklyn in August 2012. My producing partner, Shea Roggio, already lives on the east coast and keeps studio space in Philadelphia and New York, making for a promising opportunity to expand our collaboration.... More »

Separators for Safari bookmarks bar

A simple bookmark menu separator for Apple Safari that lets you organize your bookmarks into sections or categories within your bookmarks menu or bookmarks bar folders.... More »