Free Stuff

Wow!  I just installed this and have already regained 7.2 GBs and it’s not even done!  And in 15 minutes!

Squeeze is a preference pane (in your System Preferences) that runs in the background and auto-compresses your files using Snow Leopard’s new compression technology to compress your files without deleting media or limiting your abilities at all.  It runs in the background, using only free resources on-the-fly to keep you working.  Your files work as usual, but it just shrinks their hard drive footprint.  While I would advise against using this on things like your Avid and FCP projects, because you can ill afford one bit of data corruption, I’ve been using it on my FCP Documents folder, Applications, Movies folder, and am still adding other stuff too!

Usually this software is $10, but for TODAY ONLY, you can get a free license through MacHeist.  Just visit the site and create an account with MacHeist.  This place is awesome to begin with, but today is a extra-special day!

MacHeist via Lifehacker

Hey all.  Do you use stock footage ever?  Think you might want to keep some on hand, for that random occasion.  If you ever need that great clip as a background or insert or establishing shot that you couldn’t go out and shoot, Artbeats is there to save the day.  Well, Artbeats is now giving away one free clip of stock footage every day!  And now you can start building your collection through their Daily Free Clip program.  Just register for an account (also free!) and every day you can download either an HD, NTSC, or PAL quicktime for you to keep.  Unfortunately, they’re not letting people download anything higher than that for free, but who’s complaining?

All of Artbeat’s material is royalty-free unlimited-use, which means that you can use it over and over again without needing to pay them anything, as long as your project isn’t made of more than 25% stock footage.  Right now all the HD footage you get is Photo-JPEG, but the footage looks great and they claim there is negligible loss in quality as a result of the compression.  Obviously, it’s not ideal, but hey, IT’S FREE!  Check it out and get started on building your stock footage collection…