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Configuring basic Audio and Video preferences

From: Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

Video: Configuring basic Audio and Video preferences

It's within the basic hardware preferences that you configure the behavior of the CDs and DVDs you insert in your Mac, how your Mac's display is configured, and the noises your Mac makes and receives. Let's start with DVDs and CDs by going to System Preferences here under Hardware. If you are tired of your Mac doing the wrong thing when you insert a CD or DVD, here's where you change that behavior. So for example you inserted a blank CD. By default it says ask what to do. You can also have it, Open Finder, Open iTunes, Open Disk Utility or Open another application. For example, blank DVD, same idea.

Configuring basic Audio and Video preferences

It's within the basic hardware preferences that you configure the behavior of the CDs and DVDs you insert in your Mac, how your Mac's display is configured, and the noises your Mac makes and receives. Let's start with DVDs and CDs by going to System Preferences here under Hardware. If you are tired of your Mac doing the wrong thing when you insert a CD or DVD, here's where you change that behavior. So for example you inserted a blank CD. By default it says ask what to do. You can also have it, Open Finder, Open iTunes, Open Disk Utility or Open another application. For example, blank DVD, same idea.

When you insert a music CD, by default it opens iTunes and that make sense given that iTunes is the Mac's default music player. When you insert a picture CD, it's going to open up in iPhoto. That makes sense, but if you're using a different photo viewing application, say Aperture for example, you may want to change that. If you have Aperture installed, it will appear in this menu. Otherwise you can choose to open it in another application. And when you insert a video DVD. Open DVD Player, again, you can choose a different application if you want to use that application with your DVDs.

Now take a look at Displays by going to the View menu. It's within displays that you choose your Mac's display resolution. The larger the number, the smaller the objects onscreen and the more that fit. In some cases you'll also be able to control brightness. It depends on what kind of setup you've got, whether you've got a laptop or whether you've got a monitor that accepts brightness controls. If you click the Color tab, you'll find that you can choose different display profiles and this will change the look of your monitor. Maybe it'll make it a little more yellow or little hotter or little bluer.

You can also calibrate your monitor, if you want. You do that by clicking Calibrate, and then you walk through this little wizard that will help you tweak the look of your monitor. We won't run through that right now. Here's a little tip for you. If you don't happen to be in the Display system preference, you can easily move to it by holding down the Option key and then pressing F1 or F2, and that automatically opens the Display System Preference. Now let's take a look at Sound. Here's our Sound system preference.

The Sound system preference not only controls your Mac system's sounds, but it also controls the inputs and outputs. So here are the sound effects you Mac make when it makes an error, and funk. You can also choose an output device if you happen to have it, so it can be Internal Speakers, Line Out, Digital Out. We have an advanced audio interface connected to this computer. You can choose whether you want to play user interface sounds or not, and you can also play feedback when the volume is changed and that means if you've hit the volume control, we hear this little blip, blip, blip, blip, blip, blip, blip, blip, blip, blip, as you go on.

And you can see that the volume slider changes as you do that and that's what that's for. That drops the volume or raises it or you can mute things altogether by clicking on the Mute button. If you like you can show the volume in the menu bar, and then change the volume from there. Also, hold down the Option key click on that Volume menu and you can get directly to your Sound preferences. I want to take that out of the menu bar. Output, again, you decide where you want the sound to come out.

You can have it come out your Line Out, Digital Out, Internal Speakers or other audio interfaces. You can also change the balance, so you have the audio come out completely from the right speaker, completely from the left, or somewhere in between. You have a separate output volume control just for the output port. Again, Show volume in menu bar if you like, and then there's the Input tab too and there's my voice. You can tell that I'm talking because here's the input level meter. Same idea, you can choose how the sound is going to come into your Mac, either with your Line In, Digital In as we're using, or some kind of interface that's connected.

And there is one more trick for getting to the Sound system preference. If you hold down Option+F10, F11 or F12, up pops the Sound system preference. And simple enough. You now understand how to configure your Mac's Display and Sound system preferences, as well as command what disks do when you insert them in your Mac.

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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

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  1. 1m 26s
    1. Welcome
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 4m 42s
    1. Installing Lion
      4m 42s
  3. 44m 44s
    1. Touring the Finder
      10m 19s
    2. Launching and working with apps
      4m 22s
    3. Sorting and starting apps with Launchpad
      3m 13s
    4. Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
      4m 35s
    5. Using trackpad gestures
      8m 22s
    6. Using mouse gestures
      2m 22s
    7. Understanding file saving in Lion
      4m 35s
    8. Using Text to Speech
      3m 9s
    9. Installing software
      3m 47s
  4. 26m 51s
    1. Personalizing the interface
      7m 31s
    2. Staying current with Software Update
      4m 13s
    3. Configuring Mail, Address Book, and iCal
      5m 2s
    4. Setting up printers
      3m 39s
    5. Backing up with Time Machine
      6m 26s
  5. 10m 49s
    1. Finding files with Spotlight
      5m 16s
    2. Digging deeper with Finder searches
      5m 33s
  6. 39m 6s
    1. Configuring basic personal preferences
      11m 14s
    2. Optimizing Mission Control preferences
      3m 42s
    3. Configuring basic Audio and Video preferences
      4m 34s
    4. Adjusting Input Device preferences
      7m 45s
    5. Configuring Bluetooth input devices
      2m 36s
    6. Modifying Date & Time Preferences
      2m 38s
    7. Getting on the internet
      3m 56s
    8. Using an alternate startup disk
      2m 41s
  7. 3m 22s
    1. Understanding Dashboard widgets
      3m 22s
  8. 23m 20s
    1. Navigating the interface
      6m 30s
    2. Filtering junk mail and sorting messages with rules
      4m 22s
    3. Scheduling appointments with iCal
      6m 38s
    4. Organizing contacts with Address Book
      5m 50s
  9. 37m 5s
    1. Basic word processing in TextEdit
      7m 56s
    2. Using Dictionary
      2m 51s
    3. Preview: Working with images
      6m 20s
    4. Preview: Working with PDFs
      6m 13s
    5. Installing and managing fonts
      5m 37s
    6. Creating quick notes using Stickies
      3m 24s
    7. Using Calculator
      4m 44s
  10. 34m 27s
    1. Navigating the web
      4m 49s
    2. Working with bookmarks
      7m 15s
    3. Adding and reading RSS feeds
      2m 38s
    4. Using Reading List
      3m 7s
    5. Saving web pages and creating web clips
      1m 15s
    6. Using Safari to search the web
      3m 13s
    7. Opening local files in Safari
      2m 33s
    8. Working with Safari's preferences
      4m 33s
    9. Configuring privacy settings
      5m 4s
  11. 13m 45s
    1. Playing media
      9m 3s
    2. Recording
      4m 42s
  12. 18m 26s
    1. Video chatting in FaceTime
      5m 26s
    2. Text and video messaging in iChat
      9m 6s
    3. Shooting videos and pictures in Photo Booth
      3m 54s
  13. 12m 46s
    1. Automating complex tasks
      12m 46s
  14. 13m 55s
    1. Monitoring system performance
      3m 20s
    2. Setting up a Windows installation in Boot Camp
      3m 49s
    3. Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
      6m 46s
  15. 15m 55s
    1. Understanding sharing
      4m 59s
    2. Sharing files on a network
      3m 23s
    3. Screen sharing with a remote computer
      4m 7s
    4. Sending files with AirDrop
      3m 26s
  16. 38m 47s
    1. Modifying Language & Text settings
      6m 38s
    2. Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
      6m 24s
    3. Configuring access for for the disabled
      7m 23s
    4. Using Energy Saver
      4m 42s
    5. Adding and changing users
      6m 19s
    6. Configuring Parental Controls
      7m 21s
  17. 18m 33s
    1. Preventive measures: Creating a Lion boot drive
      7m 40s
    2. Understanding and configuring permissions
      3m 6s
    3. Troubleshooting techniques
      7m 47s
  18. 6m 11s
    1. Techniques for using the Mac efficiently
      5m 22s
    2. Next steps
      49s

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