Feb 17

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I just set up my Apple TV and was very surprised that when I played a DVD from my Macbook  it came out all grey on the Apple TV. This thread claims that you cannot play a DVD on Apple TV due to copyright. Here are two ways to get around Apple’s DVD viewing protection.

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Feb 15

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Here’s how to stream a movie from you laptop or iMac to your Apple TV.

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Oct 02

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Here’s the process for how to copy a DVD to your iPad to watch on a plane or in the car. Continue reading »

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Sep 01

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There are so many movies coming round in junk emails these days that you may be happy you can’t play WMV or AVI files on your mac. But just in case you do need to actually look at one, here’s how.

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Mar 20

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There’s no easy way to get a DVD onto your iPad or into a Keynote presentation. You need to convert the movie from DVD format into a movie format that the iPad will play. Here’s how to copy a DVD to your hard drive and then convert it to a movie that will play on your iPhone, iPad or in Quicktime on your computer.  Continue reading »

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Jan 29

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I noticed when watching movies on my 27 inch iMac that they are too dark. There are a lot of details in the blacks missing compared to watching on a DVD player. Then at church for some reason our macbook air that’s hooked up to a projector plays movies that are very dark too. Turning the contrast or brightness up doesn’t work as it just washes out the black. But you can change the color profile in the preferences control panel to fix this up.

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Sep 28

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To connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod to your home stereo you just need a 3.5mm to RCA cable like this cable above. The RCA cable plugs into the rear of your stereo and the 3.5mm plugs into your iPhone headphone jack. Continue reading »

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Mar 20

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Mac the Ripper is a little program that allows you to copy a DVD to your computer, and at the same time it removes the copy protection. (This is called ‘ripping’ a DVD). This allows you for example to then copy it to a Macbook Air (that has no DVD drive) to watch, or you can take the extra step of converting it to a Quicktime movie so you can put it on an iPad or even into a Keynote presentation. Continue reading »

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Aug 08

The new OSX Lion comes as an upgrade from the Apple App Store – not on a DVD. The good news is that once you’ve paid for it once,  Apple allow you to install it on all the computers you own for free! After you purchase it from the App Store you  just have to go into the App Store on your other computers and Lion will be there – all paid for and ready to download again!

The Apple page on this is here.

Of course, you need to upgrade all your existing computers to Snow-Leopard first.

The main hitch is that it needs to download lots of files first.  See Paul’s comment below on how to avoid this.

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Jul 12

 

If you’ve tried watching DVD’s on your laptop (eg on a plane or in the car) you’ll notice the batteries wear down pretty quickly. Here’s how to copy your DVD onto your laptop, which you can do at home, so when you take your laptop on the road you don’t need to take the original disk, and so the batteries on your laptop will last longer.

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Apr 03

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There are two main ways to backup your Apple computer.

1. Use Time Machine to automatically backup. This is the Apple way – the easy way.

OR

2. Manually backup your computer with some other software such as Super Duper or Carbon Copy Cloner.

If you are a beginner I recommend Time Machine. Look here.

Apple’s way (Time Machine) is a lot simpler. It’s automatic. It doesn’t rely on you remembering to do anything. The big disadvantage  is that the backup is not bootable.  So if your computer crashes you need to insert the original DVD and restore from the Time Machine backup. This process can take hours – not good if you are just heading out the door and need a file. But it will get your computer back to what it was like the hour before it crashed!

The second method takes a few steps longer to set up, but  your backup will be bootable. That means if  you plug your backup drive in, and then hold down Option-Command-Shift-Delete during startup,  you can boot instantly off your backup drive. In an emergency you can plug in your backup and be running from it under a minute. You can’t do this with Time Machine. The downside it it will only take you back to THE LAST TIME YOU BACKED UP.

I do both. I have time-machine running so my most recent work is always backed up, and I do a CCC backup monthly so I have an instant bootable backup ready to go for emergencies.

This article describes how to manually backing up using Super Duper. If you want to use Time Machine as well, here’s an article on how to backup using time-machine.

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Sep 26

I’ve had a few people ask me how I did the  screen casts for Dragon Dictate.  I used a program called iShowU HD.  It costs $29 and you can get it from here. You can also use it to turn a keynote presentation into a Quicktime movie and avoid the sync problems of Keynote’s built in export movie command. Continue reading »

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Jan 03

It’s a two step process..

Firstly you rip the file from the DVD player and convert it to a small MP4 movie.

Then you copy the movie into itunes. Here’s how to do it step by step. Continue reading »

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May 07

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This Logitech presenter is great. After using the ATI remote wonder for a year or so, and a Microsoft cordless mouse also, I’ve done a bit of research, and came up with these little units as the as the best in my opinion. They are $79 at Officeworks and have all the features you need…

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Apr 15

Here’s a list of some programs that you can download for free from versiontracker.com or find via a google search to supplement the software that comes with your mac. Continue reading »

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Aug 29

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    I have a lot of .mov files. Each file is about 1 hour of movie footage but compressed to only 200-300MB. When I import them into iMovie it tries to convert them to dv files. Do you know a way to burn a collection of .mov files to a dvd so that they can be read with a normal dvd player?

Good question, let me explain a little bit about what you can and can’t do with CDs and DVDs.
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Jun 28

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Well, I’m on a bit of a run here with my new samsung D900 mobile phone, the latest being what are the best settings to compress a movie to watch on my phone. The phones resolution is 320×240, which I think is similar to an ipod. I use Handbrake to encode DVD’s, you can also use these settings to export from Quicktime pro, but Handbrake is free. Continue reading »

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May 30

This is a little bit advanced, but useful.

1. Insert the DVD/CD into your drive.

2. Run the TERMINAL application (In your Appplications Utilities Folder)

You will get a little window with a prompt something this: Macintosh:~ wayne$
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May 14

Someone asked me: “do you have any advice on how to copy a DVD onto another DVD.”

It’s quite easy, assuming it’s not a commercial DVD.

You use apple’s built in disk utility (in your utilities folder) to make a disk image of the dvd (select the DVD then select ‘new image’), it copies it exactly. The default options of compressed and none are fine.

You then use disk utility to burn the disk image you have just created back to a dvd. Select the image and choose ‘burn.’

It must be your own dvd, not a commercial one to to this.

This works with data DVD’s as well as movie DVD’s.

If you want to copy a Movie to your iPad or iPhone, that’s a different matter, see this article.

Wayne

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Apr 05

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When you’re watching a DVD do you get annoyed that there are those compulsory credits at the start, and copyright warnings, and you can’t skip them. Well, you can skip them with this simple program that modifies your apple DVD player so that it ignores the directions on the DVD about which bits are compulsory viewing. Continue reading »

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Mar 26

I just installed Front Row on my non-front-row mac and it works with my ATI Remote Wonder USB Remote Control. Very nice.

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Here’s how I think I got it working, I tried a few things, this is what I think did it: Continue reading »

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