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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

Playing media


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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

with Christopher Breen

Video: Playing media

Currently, there are three applications bundled with Lion that can play media. There is DVD Player which of course plays DVDs, iTunes which can play both music and movies, and QuickTime Player. In this movie, we'll look at working with media in QuickTime and now we need to open some movie files. Normally, when you're editing video you want to create a project of some kind. So I am going to take the assets, meaning the media files I have, and put them into a folder on the desktop. So we will call this QuickTime Project.
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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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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training
6h 4m Beginner Sep 13, 2011

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In this course, Macworld senior editor Christopher Breen provides a comprehensive overview of Mac OS X Lion, complete with insider tips for getting the most out of the operating system. The course shows how to configure system preferences, personalize the interface, and master gestures, as well as achieve fluency with applications such as Mail, iCal, and Preview. The course also includes tutorials on browsing the web with Safari, automating complex tasks with Automator, sharing over a network, and performing maintenance operations using the disk utility, along with timesaving techniques for using the Mac efficiently.

Topics include:
  • Migrating to Lion
  • Launching and working with applications
  • Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
  • Using Text-to-Speech
  • Searching with Spotlight
  • Backing up with Time Machine
  • Configuring wireless Bluetooth input devices
  • Staying current with Software Update
  • Understanding the Dashboard widgets
  • Filtering junk mail and sorting messages with rules in Mail
  • Playing and recording media with QuickTime
  • Video chatting with FaceTime
  • Monitoring system performance
  • Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
  • Screen sharing with a remote computer
  • Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
  • Troubleshooting techniques
Subjects:
Business Operating Systems Computer Skills (Mac)
Software:
Mac OS X
Author:
Christopher Breen

Playing media

Currently, there are three applications bundled with Lion that can play media. There is DVD Player which of course plays DVDs, iTunes which can play both music and movies, and QuickTime Player. In this movie, we'll look at working with media in QuickTime and now we need to open some movie files. Normally, when you're editing video you want to create a project of some kind. So I am going to take the assets, meaning the media files I have, and put them into a folder on the desktop. So we will call this QuickTime Project.

I will go to my Documents folder, take that audio file and movie file, and I will grab one more movie file and I want to put it there in my folder. So let's open my Travel Podcast movie in QuickTime. I just have to double-click on it. It's a .mov file, so it will open by default into QuickTime. Here's the Play button. I hit Play, and sure enough the movie starts playing. (Music playing) Now let's go back to the beginning.

You see we have some controls in this window. One is the Volume Control, Rewind, again Play or Pause, Fast Forward. This is the Share menu. I am going to show you that later, and we have the Timeline and the playhead. If we drag the playhead we could scrub through the movie. Then you see time indicators on either end. I'll take that back to the beginning. I can play full-screen video by clicking on the Full Screen button, clicking Play.

(Music playing) Go back to the regular size of the window, and there we are! Now that we have our movie, if we choose to, we can export it or we can share it and I will show you what those commands look like. We'll go to the File menu, choose Export, and you see we have a few options from the Format pop-up menu. 480p, 720p, iPod touch & iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPhone 4 & Apple TV, and Audio Only.

I am going to concentrate on the iPod touch & iPhone 3GS option and the other iOS option. The reason I am is because they both provide a different resolution. When you choose iPod touch & iPhone 3GS, you'll see that it exports up to 480p. So what's this 480p stuff? That is standard definition video. In the old television with an old CRT in it, it has kind of a square picture. That's 480p. It looks great on these older TVs. It doesn't look great on HDTVs because they like to be widescreen.

So they're not only lower resolution, but they're also smaller files and they're also compatible with these devices that are listed here. If you choose iPad, iPhone 4 & Apple TV, this is a higher resolution video at 720p. 720p is one of the HD standards. So 720p will be played on an HDTV. It can also be played on your computer or these iOS devices that are listed in this pop-up menu. Again, the video looks great, but it is a much larger file size.

You also have options to share your video. So we go to the Share menu. First option is iTunes. Again, we have 420p here which is for the iPod and iPhone or we have the 720p option which is for the iPad, iPhone 4 & Apple TV. Now if we had a 1080p video which is a higher resolution standard, we would also have the option to export this for Mac and PC. We don't have that option because QuickTime doesn't do something called upscaling, and that's taking a lower resolution video and scaling it up to a higher resolution video.

That kind of upscaling doesn't look very good, so QuickTime doesn't do it. I'll click Cancel. Also, in the Share menu you see options for sharing to MobileMe Gallery, YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr, and Facebook. These are all Internet-based destinations. Choose one of them. Let's say YouTube for example. A sheet comes down and you enter your Username and your Password. Once you do that, click Sign In and then the video is uploaded to that service. We also have the option to share the video via Mail, and this is what it looks like.

So I click Mail. I have two options. I can send it at actual size or I can send it at 480p. If I send it at actual size, that movie file is going to be quite large and it may not fit through an email gateway. Certain ISPs will limit the amount of data that can come through in a single email message, say to 10 Megabytes for example. I could certainly encode it at this setting, but there's a possibility that it won't be able to go through to the intended recipient. If I want to make a smaller movie, instead I choose 480p.

This is more likely to get through that gateway. Now I click on Share. Once we hit Share, QuickTime will export the movie. When it finishes doing that it opens a new email message with the movie embedded. So you can see it's embedded here, ready to send. All I have to do at this point is address it, fill in the subject heading, and send the message out. So I will close this window, don't save, and I will quit Mail.

There a few other things that you can do with your movie. For example, go to Edit and Trim. When you do that, a trim bar appears. So I can trim the beginning of the movie as well as the end. Now I am going to hit this Trim button in a second, but watch what happens here at the top of the window. Currently, it reads Travel Podcast.mov. I click Trim and it changes to Untitled and it does, because it's just created a new version of this movie.

The original movie file is still intact. It hasn't been changed. But what it's done is created a separate file. So I haven't really lost any of my media. I can always return to that original file if I want my source material back. Let's go to View > Show Clips. We have a single clip here. I will click Done. Now I will move the playhead to say this point right here, this bunch of olives. Now I'll go to Edit and choose Split Clip.

Now View > Show Clips and you can see that I have now two clips. here is the first one, here's the second. I can continue splitting clips if I wanted to. So I take the first clip, drag it over, and put it after my first clip. So now the end of the movie is at the beginning, and the beginning of the movie is at the end. Now I can do a little light editing by adding another clip. So we'll go to the Project folder, I'll grab the second movie, and I can drag it into my QuickTime project here, and now you see that I have another clip inserted between the first and second clip.

So if I bring my playhead over to the end of that first clip, click Play, now we go to the other movie. So this is the end of that one, click Play, and now I've moved to the other clip. So this is certainly not a full scale movie editing program. It's not even iMovie, but it is a way to do some quick and dirty edits using a free application.

One other thing I want to show you is that you can drag audio clips and add them if you want. Now quite honestly, this isn't all that useful a feature, because you can't alter the volume of the audio in the audio track or in the video track. So I can move my playhead say to this point, click Play. (Music playing) So I can add a soundtrack, but I can't knock down the volume so that I can hear what's happening in the video.

Anyway, just something you might want to know. You may find a use for it. Again, I don't find it incredibly helpful, but it is a feature that's built into QuickTime Player. With that we'll click done, we'll close this window, we won't save. I close my project file, and that's media playback and light editing in QuickTime. Now old time Mac users who miss some of the more extensive editing features of QuickTime Pro 7 should know that Apple still sells this version of QuickTime on its website for $29.

Also, if you have a version of QuickTime Pro 7, it will still run under Lion. If you want to learn more about QuickTime Pro 7, take a look at my movie on that very subject in Leopard Essential Training.

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