Category: Misc

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Pogue on Why We Make Home Videos

In his weekly email newsletter, New York Times columnist David Pogue writes about how he’s copying his 140 DV tapes to a hard disk (using iMovie), and why all that video footage isn’t just something to be forgotten on a shelf. Why We Make Home Videos

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Frugal Mac Buyer Suggestions

My latest column for the Seattle Times is online, which looks at several areas to save money when buying Mac-related items: Plenty of ways for frugal Mac users to save on products (15 January 2010).

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VHS Conversion Utilities Compared

Wondering what to do with those mouldering VHS tapes? Christopher Breen at Macworld compares the Roxio Easy VHS to DVD and the Elgato Video Capture: VHS capture tools compared.

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Snow Leopard Pocket Guide Now in Stock

I received my first author copies of The Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Pocket Guide this week, and they look great! I also checked Amazon.com this morning and saw that the book is now in stock and available (and still costs only $10, with free shipping for Amazon Prime members!). Peachpit has also posted ...

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My Seattle Times Review of Snow Leopard

…is now posted: “Snow Leopard: The big improvements come under the hood“. Choice paragraph: How often in software do you get something that fundamentally makes something better instead of just making it bigger? When you’re talking about operating systems, that answer is once — now. Also, Peachpit confirmed that my book, “The Mac OS X ...

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Windows Live Movie Maker Says Goodbye to the Timeline

iMovie ’08 took a lot of flack for dispensing with the timeline, the single horizontally scrolling representation of a movie. Instead, your project is organized left to right, top to bottom like you read a paragraph of text. Microsoft is taking the same approach with its new Windows Live Movie Maker. View the movie on ...

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My Seattle Times Review of the iPhone 3GS

My review of the iPhone 3GS is now live on the Seattle Times Web site, a day ahead of when it’s scheduled to appear in print. I like the new iPhone quite a bit; Apple sent me a review unit, but I had also ordered one the day it was announced. I skipped the iPhone ...

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Listen to Me on MacVoices

Chuck Joiner of MacVoices interviewed me about iMovie ’09 and the book for an episode posted today. We had a fun chat, where I covered iMovie, iDVD, undocumented changes in the latest iMovie ’09 releases; I also delivered a short Video Encoding 101 course when explaining the new Optimize Video feature: Jeff Carlson is the ...

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iPhone 3GS Shoots and Edits Video

Look out Flip: Apple today announced the iPhone 3GS, with an improved built-in camera that records video and audio. It features auto-focus and auto-exposure, and also offers some basic editing capabilities: drag the edges of the filmstrip to select a portion of the video, then tap Trim to cut it down. You can’t mix and ...

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Recover Deleted Files from a Memory Card

Have you done the bone-headed thing I did recently? I erased a memory card in my camera, and then realized I hadn’t transferred the latest photos to my computer. Fortunately, they’re easy to recover as I write about in an article at TidBITS: Recover Erased Photos from a Memory Card (2009-06-03). Although the article’s focus ...