Capture, Edit and Share With QuickTime X

Capture, Edit and Share With QuickTime X

Capture, Edit and Share With QuickTime X

When it comes to editing video there are a lot of different options. Within Apple’s line of software products you can choose from iLife’s iMovie, Final Cut Express or Final Cut Pro. But what happens if you are on the go or need to quickly edit a video and you don’t have these software options. Completely redesigned for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, QuickTime X is a brand-new version of QuickTime Player. With QuickTime X you no longer have to buy the QuickTime Pro to be able to edit and convert videos. This can now be done free using QuickTime X. Although the editing is limited sometimes you don’t need more. Here are some some editing tips covering most of your editing needs,

You can now capture video with QuickTime X. You don’t need any other application to capture video from the iSight camera, a FireWire camera, your desktop or an audio input. There are three new options to get you started.

  1. 1. Plug in your device, or if you are using the iSight Camera just hold tight.
  2. 2. Choose File > New (Movie, Audio or Screen) Recording.
  3. 3. A window will appear with a record button. When you are ready just click Record.
  4. 4. When you have completed your capture you can edit it.

Using QuickTime X you can easily shorten or remove unwanted content or remove a portion of the beginning or end of a video clip. Shorting a video is called trimming.

Editing with QuickTime X

  1. 1. Launch QuickTime. (Applications > QuickTime X)
  2. 2. Open the clip you want to edit.
  3. 3. Choose Edit > Trim. A trimming bar appears at the bottom of your QuickTime window.
  4. 4. Use the Trim bar to select the portion of the movie you want to keep.
  5. 5. Drag the start and end (yellow handles) of the trimming bar to select the portion of the movie you want to keep.
  6. 6. Click the Trim Button. Your movie will be shortened to the portion you selected.

Note: If the start and end portions of your video don’t have sound you can, Choose Edit > Select All Excluding Silence to set the trim points to exclude the silent part of your video. One drawback, you can’t import or edit two clips into one sequence. This is meant only to edit one sequence at a time.

Now that you shot and edited you video its time to share it. You can upload videos to iTunes, MobileMe or YouTube. You will need either a Apple, MobileMe or YouTube Account to post your videos. To upload videos from QuickTime X to YouTube, open a video with QuickTime X and press Share on the menu bar. The same menu will enable you to upload movies to MobileMe and convert movies so you can send them to iTunes. All the compression and encoding is already preset.

Apple Remote Desktop 3 Not Launching in Mac OS X 10.6

Apple Remote Desktop 3 Not Launching in Mac OS X 10.6

Apple Remote Desktop 3.3 v1.1 Not Launching in Mac OS X 10.6

Ran into some trouble recently after upgrading to Mac OS X 10.6. I did a clean install of Mac OS X 10.6 and upgraded to Mac OS X 10.6.2. After migrating my files over using the Migration Assistant. The Migration Assistant can be found in your Applications > Utilities folder. It is the easiest way to transfer files from a user account from a previous system. Simply launch and follow the prompts. Once migrating the files over everything should be restored to the way it was in your previous system, without having to do it manually. Most of the time this works but sometime there are Applications that cause trouble, for me it was Remote Desktop.

After migrating I found that all my Applications are launching normally, all except for Remote Desktop. I tried launching Remote Desktop and it wouldn’t finish launching. Essentially Remote Desktop would start loading and appear in the dock and the menu bar would appear but would beach ball and would not continue to load. Once loaded the application asks for your user name and password but this was not the case with the current version.

After some research I found the ARD requires an upgrade to Remote Desktop 3.3 v1.1 to work with Mac OS 10.6. Even after updating ARD did not finish loading. After further research and troubleshoot I came up with the following solution:

Remove the Administration Software
To remove the administrator software:

  1. 1. Drag the Remote Desktop application to the Trash.
  2. 2. Empty the Trash.
  3. 3. Delete the ARD database from /var/db/RemoteManagement/ by executing these commands in Terminal:
  4. $ sudo rm -rf /var/db/RemoteManagement $ sudo rm /Library/Preferences/ $ rm ~/Library/Preferences/

Double check these paths by going to the Finder menu and select Go > Go To Folder… and enter /var/db/ to check the first location. Do the same with the Library/Preferences. Finish by running the following commands from Terminal:

$ sudo rm -r /Library/Application\ Support/Apple/Remote\ Desktop/ $ rm -r ~/Library/Application\ Support/Remote\ Desktop/

Ready to Reinstall
Reinstall Remote Desktop 3.0 or your latest version. Once complete DO NOT LAUNCH. Next run Software Update from the Apple Menu and Upgraded to Apple Remote Desktop 3.3 v1.1. Restart your Mac. Once restarted launch Disk Utility (Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility). Repair Permissions. Once Complete Launch Remote Desktop and test. You should be up and running!

For more information on compatibility and about Remote Desktop 3.3 visit:

Getting Started with a Macintosh Laptop

Macintosh Laptop Setup Guide for MacBook and MacBook Pro

Got a new MacBook or MacBook Pro? If the answer is yes or even if you are just setting up a used Mac laptop here are some pointers to keep in mind. I setup new Macs on a daily bases and have my own new MacBook Pro 17-inch. The most important thing to remember after getting your new Apple laptop is setting it up properly. Before you get to far past the packaging here area few tips to keep in mind as you set up your new laptop.

Unpacking and Preparing
Carefully removed your new Apple Portable from the box place it on a sturdy work surface and near a power supply. You will want to locate the power adapter and connect it to the appropriate MegaSafe or adapter insert on your laptop and plug in the adapter portion into a wall outlet. Your connector should have a indicator light to let you know that the battery is charging. Connect your laptop to the internet by Ethernet, phone, tethering or have Airport connection info handy. To maximize the life of your battery please refer to my MacBook Calibration instructions.

Recalibrating MacBook Battery

Powering On and Setup
If you don’t already have your laptop open, open it. The latest MacBook line doesn’t have a latch button it will simply just open. Press the power button on the top right corner of the keyboard. Once on the Setup Assistant will appear and walk you through how to set up the basics for your Account. Setup your primary account and please for me, setup a password. I can’t tell you how much trouble that causes when someone brings in their machine with a corrupt or failed system and the password is missing. If you have another Mac and are planning on transferring information from it to your new laptop you can use the Migration Assistant. If you want to do this later you can find it in under Applications > Utilities > Migration Assistant. Once complete repair permissions.

Up and Running!
Once you are up and running check out my tips and tricks to learn more about Mac OS 10.5 and Mac OS 10.6. If you are a brand new users Follow my weekly Mac OS X QuickTips on Twitter or my audio based Mac OS X QuickTips. Hope you have fun using your new MacBook, MacBook Pro or other Apple portable!

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