Camera Operator / Editor

Recently, I was making a video in iMovie with pictures and titles. I prefer iMovie instead of iDVD when I need to add titles and Ken Burns effects. The only problem that I was faced with was to make the iMovie project work on a DVD. There is no visible way to do this, but with a few work-arounds anything is possible. Here’s how:

  1. With your project opened in iMovie, go to the Share menu and choose Media Browser.
  2. In the window that appears, select “Large” so it will be displayed at its best quality.
  3. When the movie has been uploaded to the Media Browser, open up iDVD.
  4. In the pop-up window that appears, click on “Create a New Project”.
  5. Enter a name and save the iDVD project to a location.
  6. Once your in iDVD, click on the “Media” button in the bottom right corner of the window.
  7. Click on the “Movies” tab at the top and select your movie project under the iMovie section.
  8. When you’re sure that you have everything ready, insert a blank DVD-R disc and choose “Burn DVD” from the File menu.
  9. Done! That wasn’t too hard was it?

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I’m sure many users have noticed .Mac’s new web gallery feature. As neat as it looks, it’s quite easy to create your own custom galleries right within iPhoto. Here’s how:

  1. Open up iPhoto from your dock or your Applications folder.
  2. Select an album or several pictures for which you want to be in the gallery.
  3. Go to the File menu and choose Export.
  4. In the Export Photos window, go to the Web Page section.
  5. Add a title and change the layout settings for the page(s).
  6. When you’re all set, click on the “Export” button and choose a location to save the pictures to.
  7. Then upload the “index.html” file, the “Images” folder, the “Resources” folder, the “Pages” folder, and the “Thumbnails” folder using an FTP program (Cyberduck).
  8. To see an example of what the gallery looks like, click here for a screenshot.

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Safari has always been able to read/open PDF documents quite fast using Preview. Some people choose to view PDF’s in Safari using Adobe Acrobat Reader because of the tools it has, but if you didn’t know this already—Preview can do just about all of what Acrobat can do (for viewing PDF’s in Safari). Here’s how:

  1. Open a PDF in Safari.
  2. Once it loads, right-click on the document.
  3. A contextual menu should with many options: Back, Reload, Save Page As…, Print Page, Open with Preview, Automatically Resize, Actual Size, Zoom In, Zoom Out, Single Page, Single Page Continuous, Two Pages, Two Pages Continuous, Next Page, and Previous Page.
  4. Most of those features I just listed are pretty self-explanatory, so I’ll touch base on a few of the less-known ones.
  5. Automatically Resize will expand the PDF size according to your browser.
  6. Single Page Continuous is the default setting for viewing PDF’s—all the pages will appear, scroll down to view them.
  7. Two Pages Continuous is similar to Single Page Continuous except there is one more page that will appear.

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For those of us who don’t own a copy of Microsoft Word, you may think that viewing Word documents you get in emails is impossible. Due to TextEdit’s word-processing capabilities, it can easily open any Word document, including 2007 Word documents. Here’s how:

  1. Locate your Word document.
  2. Right-click on the document icon.
  3. In the contextual menu that pops up, go to Open With, and choose TextEdit.
  4. The document should then open up in TextEdit.

screenshots: Click here for a screenshot