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Up next in iTunes… Magic Key Combinations

Posted by on February 15, 2013 | Comments Off on Up next in iTunes… Magic Key Combinations

I’ve just discovered another use for the magical “Option” key in iTunes 11 that is pretty nifty: hold it down to change the “Play” icon…

iTunes album in Artist view

iTunes album in Artist view

… into a button that will add your selection to the “Up Next” queue.

iTunes add to queue icon.

Hold down “Option” to reveal the hidden button!

It also works on individual tracks – mouse over the track number to reveal the same icon 🙂

 

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What to do if you’ve locked yourself out of Apple’s Remote Desktop…

Posted by on December 10, 2012 | Comments Off on What to do if you’ve locked yourself out of Apple’s Remote Desktop…

Having stupidly locked myself out of a remote server by disabling the “Control” and “Observe” options under the “Screen Sharing” preference pane, I came across this handy Apple article with some very useful terminal commands.

The one that did it for me was no. 6, to “allow access for all users and give users full access,” :

sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/
ARDAgent.app/Contents/Resources/kickstart 
-configure -allowAccessFor -allUsers -privs -all

Just remember to reset the privileges appropriately once you’re back in control!

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Final Cut Pro X, Sony HXR-NX70u and 1080p60 video

Posted by on March 12, 2012 | Comments Off on Final Cut Pro X, Sony HXR-NX70u and 1080p60 video

“Trial and error” is what it’s all about.
If you have clips shot in 1080p at +/- 60fps, and saved as AVCHD, Final Cut Pro X will not recognise the camera’s storage (internal, SD card or “archived”) as a valid “Camera” from which to import video (sometimes it would complain about the directory structure being incorrect, instead). If you have accidentally switched from a lower frame rate partway through period in between computers, you will be unable to import ANY of your clips in the usual way until those 60p clips are removed from the source.
Naturally, the Sony seems to mount it’s internal storage as read-only in the Finder. Fortunately for me, the files I was looking for were easily identified as a block, backed up to my hard drive, and then deleted from the camera via it’s own built-in interface. Once the offending files were removed, Final Cut sprang back into life.
Look for another post on how to salvage those 60p clips, imminently!

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Final Cut Pro X (10.0.3) and ColorSync

Posted by on March 11, 2012 | Comments Off on Final Cut Pro X (10.0.3) and ColorSync

I’m doing a lot of work in Final Cut Pro X at the moment, and got off to a terrible start when every clip I tried to preview / play caused the application to lock up, while leaving me in control of the rest of my machine. Innumerable “Force Quit”s later, I spotted a post on Apple’s discussion boards indicating that this is to do with using a non-calibrated ColorSync display profile. It looks like Apple have re-introduced a bug that they claimed to have gotten rid of in version 10.0.1.

A screenshot of the displays section of System Preferences

Confusion

If you are unable to play or preview media in Final Cut Pro X check that you’re using the correct profile for your display in the Color section of the Displays area of your System Preferences. There is some guesswork involved here, as you can see in the screenshot of my own Colors section – the “SyncMaster Calibrated” profile doesn’t work, for example, and there are 6 undifferentiated “Display” options. I went with the one at the top of the list, though examining the Colorsync Profiles themselves, there do seem to be differences between them…

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TechBeast: iTunes Match syncing hell

Posted by on February 12, 2012 | Comments Off on TechBeast: iTunes Match syncing hell

An interesting post at techbeast.net delves into issues experienced with iTunes Match, syncing, and data duplication, as well as offering up some really useful tips on how you can use Automator to help you fix your iTunes library.

Thanks Gavin!

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iTunes accounts being hacked

Posted by on July 4, 2010 | Comments Off on iTunes accounts being hacked

Thanks for the heads-up on this go to my old friend, Gavin:

According to a story on thenextweb.com, there appears to be evidence of an ongoing hacking attempt / security breach at the Apple App Store, with some victims reporting charges of more than a hundred dollars being racked up on their account. Details seem to be pretty scarce right now, but Bad Apples Tech Support highly encourage any users of the App Store to keep a close eye on their accounts at the moment, and go ahead and change your password to something new: it can’t hurt, and could save you hours of fun, trying to get Apple to reverse any fraudulent charges.

Should you already have been affected, contact Apple’s Support team!

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