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Help, before my macbook flies out of the window. [02 Feb 2010|11:11pm]

[ mood | frustrated ]


I had never used iMovies until today. Obviously, being the delusional girl that I am, I decided to do a proper cartoon, with 25 frames a second and whatnot.

After much tinkering, I figured out how to import the drawings from Photoshop. After a bit more tinkering, I figured out how to cut the clips, so that they are only one frame long.

After hours of work I had 75 (!!!!) frames, which is 3 seconds. Great. I hit play, to see if it's working smoothly.

Success! The first 3 seconds of my itsy-bitsy cartoon run like a charm!

Anyway, I decide to stop for the day and save it.

Right... "Can't save, 75 items rendering"


I end up giving up and rebooted the damned thing. I still have my drawings, of course, but this means I'll have to cut the clips into single frames all-over again!

And for what I been reading online, this is not supposed to "save and continue the next day."

What does this mean? Will I have to do all the drawings first, without being able to check if the cartoon is running smoothly?

And when I finish it? If it's taking so long to render 3 seconds, how many years will it take to render 4 minutes and 10 seconds?

Am I doing something wrong? Please tell me I am and correct me. PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE!!!!!!

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iPhoto [05 Jun 2009|08:24am]

Why is iPhoto such a pig? How can I improve performance?
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From a Powerbook to a Macbook Pro [28 May 2008|12:43pm]

I love my Apple laptops. I have had them all from 180C to my latest Macbook Pro. My last G4 Powerbook is now over four years old and still going strong although the battery now lasts about 10 minutes and it will soon be confined to a minor role running my effects in my recording studio setup.
I have one beef about the Apple system. I got my new Macbook Pro in March (I still use Tiger as there are still problems with some of my music software and Leopard) and decided not to transfer everything across from my old Powerbook. However, I now want to get my iCal, Address Book, Itunes and some other odds and sods transferred. Now we come across the problems of file transfer and protectionism.
All my itunes files are taken from my cd collection but I don't want to go through the process of inserting the CD's and importing them into Itunes again (I have some 150 CD's already transferred plus some of my own masters as I am a musician and record producer). I also want my ical transferred as it has my work schedule and a record of my pay. My Address Book is essential of course. I can solve the Itunes problem by using third party software but Apple's Migration Assistant seems to want to transfer everything which is not want I want to do.
I tried connecting the two laptops with a firewire and use target disk to make the old laptop appear as an external hard drive but it still doesn't want to transfer the ilife programs, safari bookmarks, address book, Ical with the entries intact. Anyone have any ideas ?
Just one more beef, Hey, Apple how about improving your software i.e.Safari (bookmarks system is awfully old fashioned) , Ilife and Address book features rather than trying to compete with Nokia in the cell phone world ?
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Final Cut Express 4 [23 Apr 2008|07:13pm]

I know it's silly, but i'm seriously frustrated to the point of tears.

I just recently switched from PC to Mac, and on my PC I used Sony Vegas 6 to make videos just for fun. But since vegas isn't for Mac, I jumped at the opportunity to buy Final Cut Express when I ordered my Mac off the site. I thought "Wow, with that price I can do ANYTHING!" Of course, I knew I was going to have to relearn a brand new system, and I expected it was going to be quite intricate and overwhelming.

So far i've figured out how to add music, and fading transitions.... and I figured out how to add effects, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to EDIT the stupid things!!! What if I don't want it to be THAT glowy or more contrasted???? Now I highly doubt I just have to deal with this fancy program's default effect settings. Not after I paid so much for it thankyouverymuch!

Can anyone help me out? point me in the direction of a detailed tutorial? I'd really appreciate it.
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Other Podcasting Tools [09 Dec 2007|03:35pm]

I am wondering if anyone knows any good Podcast collection tools other than iTunes that work well with the iPod. I am looking for both video and audio podcasts. I am looking for a solution that I can have a single list of podcasts no matter what computer I am on. I currently use three computers.
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transferring iLife [05 Nov 2007|07:24am]

I bought a new MacBook in June and never ever use the iLife apps on it. It's exclusively for watching movies and internet access when on the road, and using Parallels a little. How can I transfer the (universal) apps to my G5 desktop? The installers from the MacBook disks won't run. I tried just copying the programs across, but they evidently rely on some libraries that aren't installed/updated unless the actual installer is run.

There has to be some way to do this. I can't believe that I'm stuck here with a valid iLife license that I can't use.
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iTunes is funny. [06 Jun 2007|08:10pm]

not "ha" funny but "huh" funny..

during playback some of the songs are making random blips and beeps.

coincidentally it doesn't happen to any of the songs that i've downloaded/bought directly from iTunes.

is anyone else getting this?

wtf is happening?
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ringtone question [03 Jan 2007|12:37am]

Any of you guys know how to convert an mp3 into a ringtone?
The file I'd like to use is currently a Winamp Media file but it's just a simple conversion matter and it'll be mp3. Beyond that I'm lost.

x-posted to my personal lj and a few other communities.
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iDVD 6: Burn fails. [24 Oct 2006|11:33am]

[ mood | anxious ]


I'm trying to burn a very simple DVD that's basically a title I made in iDVD with one button that goes to a QuickTime video created from a Keynote 3 presentation. Instead of burning directly, I'm trying to save it as a disk image in case I need copies later (File -> Save as Disk Image). However, every time I try, it goes as far as finishing video encoding then I get the following error: Error During Track Initialization
There was an error during track initialization and iDVD cannot continue burning this DVD 'the disc has not been touched yet!). Please select Delete Encoded Assets' from the Advanced-menu and try burning this project again.

I've re-encoded several times, tried burning to an actual DVD, re-saved the entire project, with no change. All updates are installed. I'm running a Powerbook 12" G4 867 MHz with 640 MB with 10.4.8. Internal 60 GB HDD (21.51 GB free), and two externals (43.15GB of 57.88GB free and 32.82 GB of 92.98 GB free). All my project files are on the internal hard drive, spread around (most on the desktop, some from iPhoto). Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Edit: Also, in case this is important, the video I'm trying to burn is about 108 MB (~9:30 minutes), and its associated sound file (Keynote exports them seperately for some reason) is 5 megs or so.

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Adding functionality to Exposé? [01 Jun 2006|10:40pm]

I use Witch as a command+tab replacement and love it. Does anyone know of any software to add similar functionality to Exposé itself / use some similar replacement?

[X to various communities]
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12" 1.5/512 PB and GarageBand [31 May 2006|04:54pm]

Anyone have any tips or tricks for GarageBand? Helpful stuff? I'm playing around with basic recording on my PB and for the most part my projects are coming out nice, just looking for a little extra help =]

(RAM is on my "stuff to get" list)

Youth Of Nausea :: Where Nothing Stands
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[22 Dec 2005|11:26am]

can anyone help me?

i need help optimizing some images for video editing

the problem I'm having is when I import a jpg or tif into imovie
the copy/type is getting fuzzy
actually the whole image is getting kind of bleedy


anyone? anyone? bueller?
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Help Needed [30 Oct 2005|08:31pm]

I have a problem that's been annoying me all day and I can't figure it out.. If anyone knows how to fix this or has any suggestions, that would be awesome.

Some fonts in Safari are showing up corrupt. Or at least that's what it looks like.

Here's an example:
Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Here's another example:
Image hosted by Photobucket.com

It's only in Safari. It works fine on IE.

I've reset safari, re installed safari and tried everything I can think of. Does anyone recognize this?

Other problems:
When you type in a password nothing shows up.

I am getting this strange message:
Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Localized string not found?

Would downloading new fonts do this?

..any ideas? Thank you in advance..
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Hope this isn't a STUPID question... [17 Oct 2005|10:32pm]

[ mood | frustrated ]

I have iLife 4 & I have been trying to burn a DVD in iDVD for a slideshow but after it burns & I open it...it says that it is "write-protected". What does that mean? How can I fix that? Any ideas?????? I can burn movies in iMovie...but NOTHING in iDVD. :(


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imovie help [11 Sep 2005|11:01am]

My Imovie is messed up. when ever i press play to play a clip outside the timeline no audio. when i put a clip in the time line no audio AND it goes really slow like skips frams slowmotion type of slow. like 2 frames a second or so. this has happend for a few weeks. wonder why. im not mad about it. i have kept my cool for some reason. any help. Useing Imovie 4

imac G4; Mac OS X (10.4.1); 1 GHz PowerPC G4 256MB DDR SDRAM (51.04GB availbale)
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Occasional "beep" while importing CDs in iTunes [21 Aug 2005|10:12pm]

(I sniffed around the iTunes help and didn't see any obvious reference to this).

Every now and then, when I import particular CDs, the Mac makes an intermittent beeping noise. It doesn't do it with every disc, but when it decides to beep during an import, it seems to always want to beep when I try to import that disc. I can take the disc out, import some other discs (beep-free), put the original offending disc back in and - bang! - the Mac beeps again.

My import settings are "custom", I use the AAC Encode option, '256kbps stereo optimised for velocity engine'.

My suspicion is that the beep indicates where it's hit a read error on the disc. I've tried really carefully cleaning the CD, and it seems to change the pattern (or possibly timing) of the beeps. I have a huge CD collection, and many of the discs are pretty old. Most don't beep at all, some beep once or twice, some beep a fair few times.

I have noticed that when a beep happens, the importing details in the little iTunes window seem to imply that it's decided to slow the disc down - it tends to import around 7-8x, but sometimes it drops to about 4x for a while. I have the error correction option set in my iTunes preferences too, and I'm pretty sure the beeps are just the Mac's way of telling me it's a little unimpressed with a particular CD.

Anyone else noticed this? Is my guess right, or is the beep for something possibly more serious?

If t makes any difference - the Mac is a dual 2Ghz G5, 3Gb ram, about 10 weeks old. Latest Tiger, iTunes, iLife, software updates etc etc.
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[23 Jul 2005|12:59pm]

hello! i'm selling my apple ibook clamshell g3.

i've been needing to get rid of it for quite a while, and have finally decided to put it up on ebay in hopes of making some quick money.

if anyone has any other suggestions, please let me know.

if you're interested in possibly buying it, CLICK HERE to view the details.

if the moderators of this community find this entry inappropriate, i apologize, and feel free to delete it. thank you.
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Switcher needing iTunes advice [04 Jul 2005|07:52am]

Hi, I'm just about to move my 60Gb+ iTunes collection from Windows to my new Mac. There's probably about 300 iTunes-purchased tracks in amongst that lot too. I just wondered what the best way of doing this would be.

Do I authorise the new Mac for my purchases, tell the new Mac to copy any media files it finds into it's own iTunes library, then set up a temporary network share to my PC and "import" the iTunes music folder from the PC? Do I have to do anything special with the purchased music (I wondered if I needed to maybe copy it to my iPod and then back from the iPod to the Mac?)

Actually, thinking about that last point; my iPod is a 40Gb one and so I could, with a couple of trips, move the library by using the iPod as an intermediary, I guess.

Anyone have any suggestions? Is there a recommended way of moving your iTunes library across machines (and platforms!)? Any gotchas I should be watching out for?

Thanks in advance!

(now xposted to macosx)
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HELP? [08 Jun 2005|07:04pm]

I have run into a GIANT problem
i edited my final project movie for my english class on iMovie
now i need to be able to watch it on my teacers computer
when i tried to use a USB to see if it would work it asked for one of the transtion files...
i moved all of those over (took me an hour) and it still wouldnt work

me: iMac G4
teacher: pc with 2000 or 98

x-posted ...Macintosh
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how to get back to quicktime 6.5 [30 Apr 2005|07:51pm]

so i tried to watch the batman begins trailer in "HD" well it started off fine no frame skip but then not even a min though the trailer the frames skip. so any ideas how to get back to 6.5? i will say i did compare the pic to th full screen itunes trailer and will admit the HD pic looks much better. But many things on this new quicktime we can not do anymore.
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