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iTunes 10 Essential Training
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Using the Visualizer


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iTunes 10 Essential Training

with Garrick Chow

Video: Using the Visualizer

So listening to music is a great pastime, but what if you're someone who just has to look at something while listening to music? While iTunes has you covered with the Visualizer. The Visualizer is like a built-in light show that reacts to the beats and sounds of the music you play. Overtime, Apple has quietly added more and more options and types of Visualizers to iTunes and some of them are just really gorgeous. The best way to see what's available is to just look at the Visualizer. I am going to start a song playing, and just pause it just so we have something queued up.
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  1. 1m 37s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 31m 45s
    1. Opening iTunes for the first time
      3m 20s
    2. Exploring the Source pane
      4m 49s
    3. Using the playback controls
      6m 33s
    4. Setting general preferences
      3m 21s
    5. Exploring the interface differences in the Mac and Windows versions
      7m 14s
    6. Setting parental controls
      4m 39s
    7. Using keyboard shortcuts
      1m 49s
  3. 57m 19s
    1. Understanding file formats
      8m 58s
    2. Importing from a CD
      5m 41s
    3. Entering song info manually
      8m 40s
    4. Finding and adding album artwork
      6m 41s
    5. Adding lyrics to songs
      4m 2s
    6. Dragging in song files
      6m 32s
    7. Converting single files
      2m 24s
    8. Using the Automatically Add to iTunes folder
      5m 0s
    9. Joining tracks
      4m 46s
    10. Importing videos
      4m 35s
  4. 25m 44s
    1. Consolidating your library
      4m 8s
    2. Upgrading to iTunes Media organization
      2m 29s
    3. Extending your library
      4m 47s
    4. Working with multiple libraries
      2m 38s
    5. Finding duplicate songs
      3m 56s
    6. Moving a library
      7m 46s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Browsing
      6m 34s
    2. Searching
      1m 52s
    3. The Snapback button
      1m 18s
    4. Rating songs
      2m 7s
    5. Exploring playback options
      9m 35s
    6. Creating playlists
      5m 53s
    7. Creating Smart Playlists
      7m 13s
    8. Creating playlist folders
      2m 55s
    9. Shuffling and repeating
      3m 4s
    10. Using iTunes DJ for party playlists
      7m 14s
    11. Using the Equalizer
      7m 1s
    12. Using the Visualizer
      4m 20s
    13. Using internet radio
      3m 27s
  6. 20m 6s
    1. Sharing over a network
      5m 6s
    2. Turning on home sharing
      4m 2s
    3. Burning discs
      6m 54s
    4. Using AirPlay to stream content from iTunes to an AppleTV or Airport Express
      4m 4s
  7. 38m 46s
    1. Store overview
      3m 29s
    2. Creating an account
      3m 28s
    3. Browsing for content
      4m 2s
    4. Searching for content
      3m 29s
    5. Purchasing content
      7m 32s
    6. Purchasing gifts for others
      3m 44s
    7. Redeeming iTunes gift certificates
      1m 15s
    8. Using the Genius sidebar and creating Genius playlists
      5m 50s
    9. Using the Ping social network
      5m 57s
  8. 9m 2s
    1. Finding and subscribing to podcasts
      6m 50s
    2. Listening to and interacting with enhanced podcasts
      2m 12s
  9. 27m 38s
    1. Managing your iPod
      7m 21s
    2. Syncing music and movies
      7m 16s
    3. Syncing photos from a Mac
      3m 51s
    4. Syncing photos from a Windows computer
      3m 2s
    5. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 5s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Windows computer
      3m 3s
  10. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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iTunes 10 Essential Training
4h 34m Beginner Nov 10, 2010

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iTunes 10 Essential Training takes an in-depth look into the popular music and media hub from Apple. Author Garrick Chow demonstrates how to perform the core functions in iTunes: playing, purchasing, sharing, and streaming content. The course also covers specialized features such as setting parental controls, syncing with iPods, subscribing to podcasts, listening to Internet radio, using the Genius feature, the Ping social network, and much more. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Using the playback controls
  • Setting preferences
  • Understanding audio and video file formats
  • Importing from a CD
  • Managing multiple libraries
  • Building playlists and smart playlists
  • Creating playlists automatically with Genius
  • Shuffling and repeating songs
  • Burning discs to share
  • Shopping at the iTunes Store
  • Managing an iPod
Subject:
Audio + Music
Software:
iTunes
Author:
Garrick Chow

Using the Visualizer

So listening to music is a great pastime, but what if you're someone who just has to look at something while listening to music? While iTunes has you covered with the Visualizer. The Visualizer is like a built-in light show that reacts to the beats and sounds of the music you play. Overtime, Apple has quietly added more and more options and types of Visualizers to iTunes and some of them are just really gorgeous. The best way to see what's available is to just look at the Visualizer. I am going to start a song playing, and just pause it just so we have something queued up.

Now I am going to go to the View menu and choose Show Visualizer. So we are just seeing the sort of moving ball of light on the screen right now. Nothing is really happening, because no music is playing. So let's start the music playing again by hitting Spacebar (Music playing) And you can see the Visualizer just explodes in this animation of light and movement. (Music playing) Go and pause that again.

So once you get the Visualizer going, you can see it just continues to move, but when we start the music it really moves again, reacting to the sound of the music. (Music playing) Pause that again. So there are several Visualizer looks or appearances available. To see each of them go to the View menu to Visualizer and this is the list here. What we are looking at right now is the default iTunes Visualizer. We have iTunes Classic Visualizer, which was the original Visualizer that came with early versions of iTunes.

Again, let me start the music playing. (Music playing) It just takes a second kick in. (Music playing) Take a look at another one. Here is Lathe. (Music playing) It's kind of pulses along with the music. (Music playing) Let's go ahead and choose another one while the music just continues to play. (Music playing) And the last one is Stix.

(Music playing) So that's kind of cool. And of course what you're seeing here on screen is probably looking a little choppy, but it's going to look a lot better and smoother on your own computer than you are seeing here in this movie. Now each of these Visualizers also has a set of controls to effect what you're seeing on screen. All you have to do is press question mark key on your keyboard, which is technically the slash key, and you will get a list of things you can change. So you can see we have here 1 for split.

Just pressing that puts it in the center and splits it. To a spread. There are really no rules that we are following here. I am just playing around with the control to see what's available. If I start the music playing and I hit 1, you can see it just starts there. If I hit 2, it does that. Each one of these Visualizers has a different set of controls. So if I switch over to Jelly and hit my question mark button again, you see we have a different set of controls there.

Lathe has another set of controls, and this one really only displays song information. So I just press I to display the song information, if it's not on screen already. Classic Visualizer has a lot more. Then there is the Default Visualizer. You can see we have some options there as well. Again, this is really just about seeing what's available and just hitting some keys to see what happens. (Music playing) I will just press F and that sort of freezes the pieces. I press it again, they will move again.

Now you can also go full screen with the Visualizer by choosing View > Full Screen or pressing Ctrl+F or Command+F. So you can just sort of fully immerse yourself in the sound and light show here. (Music playing) Just press Escape to leave Full Screen. So that's the iTunes Visualizer. You can press Escape again to completely close it. Again, the Visualizer who really serves no purpose other than to give you something cool look at or to display while you're playing your music.

So take some time to play around with the settings and have fun.

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