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Killer Titles

Intelligent Assistance reviewed By Stephen Schleicher
If you are like me, you often find yourself scratching your head at three in the morning while browsing through manuals looking for the solution to a seemingly simple problem. This very apparent with Apples LiveType application for Final Cut Pro 4. While the program is robust and versatile, the documentation and tutorials are really lacking. Thats where Killer Titles: Intelligent Assistance for LiveType and Calligraphy comes in.

If you are not familiar with Philip Hodgetts brilliant work in adding and assisting Final Cut Pro users, then I have to shake my head in sadness. You see, Philip and crew at Intelligent Assistance seem to have tapped into the collective unconscious and have been able to pull out nearly every single question you might possibly have on a variety of applications. Killer Titles is their foray into the Final Cut Pro ecosystem of applications.

The way this assistant works is simple contained on the disc are over 200 How2 topics, 40 step by step tutorial movies, and 50 LiveType effects. For the How2 topics, they are fully searchable, and can be viewed in either Text or movie format, perfect for the way you learn best. The How2s are an excellent way to get your questions or how to techniques answered lighting fast. If you want to know how to get the best results from Calligraphy, or what is the best way to do an effect with LiveType it is a simple search away.

How2s can be viewed in either Text or Movie mode.

The 40 tutorials walk you through exactly how to use LiveType and give great examples of how powerful the built in title generator (aka Boris Calligraphy) can be.

What I Like
Killer Titles can not really be called a tutorial disk as it really is a collected works of some of the best tips and ideas available. Regardless, Ill call it a tutorial disk. In no particular order, here are the things I like about this product:

Tutorials are easy to follow

There is so much information contained in the Intelligent Assistant that the chances of you needing to contact a technical forum for help are going to be a rarity.

Searchable, searchable, searchable! If you cant find what you are looking for it is because a) for some reason Philip has made a big mistake and forgotten to mention something, or b) you dont know how to type a keyword. Really, the searchability of this product really shines.

Search by keyword, or multiple words to find the solution to your problem

New How2s and other techniques are added and updated often.

What I Dont Like
While I think Killer Titles does a great job, there are few things that I dont care for.

In the video tutorials, many of the ?tech steps are rushed through. This prevents you from following along step by step. It would have been better to have the user trigger a key to move to the next sub-step.

The video files are very detailed and clear (probably one of the best compressions I have seen in a long time), but when you are using this Intelligent Assistant on an Apple Cinema Display, the text and images are still quite small. Unfortunately, you cant resize the videos.

With large screen real estate, Killer Titles may get lost

Other than that, I think this is a really helpful asset when working in LiveType and Calligraphy. $75 is money well spent for this product. I give Killer Titles: Intelligent Assistance for LiveType and Calligraphy a Strong Buy Recommendation.

For more information on Killer Titles, visit the Intelligent Assistance website at

When not working deep in the labs of the DMN Central Division testing the latest and greatest software/hardware products Stephen Schleicher can be found at the local university teaching a few courses on video and web production. He can be reached at [email protected]. You can also visit him on the web at

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Stephen Schleicher has crossed the country several times over the last couple of years going from Kansas to Atlanta , Georgia, and Southern California. In his time traveling, he has worked as an editor, graphic designer, videographer, director, and producer on a variety of video productions ranging from small internal pieces, to large multimedia
corporate events.

Currently, Stephen shares his knowledge with students at Fort Hays State University who are studying media and web development in the Information Networking and Telecommunications department. When he is not shaping the minds of university students, Stephen continues to work on video and independent projects for State and local agencies and organizations as well as his own ongoing works.

He is also a regular contributor to Digital Producer, Creative Mac, Digital Webcast, Digital Animators, and the DV Format websites, part of the Digital Media Online network of communities (, where he writes about the latest technologies, and gives tips and tricks on everything from Adobe After Effects, to Appleā??s Final Cut Pro, LightWave 3D, to shooting and lighting video.

He has a Masters Degree in Communication from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. As a forward thinker, he wrote his Thesis on how Information Islands and e-commerce would play a major role in keeping smaller communities alive. This of course was when 28.8 dialup was king and people hadnā??t even invented the word e-commerce.

And, he spends what little free time he has biking, reading, traveling around the country, and contemplating the future of digital video and its impact on our culture. You can reach him at [email protected]

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