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How to Make a QuickTime X Video Podcast on a Mac

The QuickTime Player in QuickTime X lets you capture audio and video on your Mac for a podcast or short video. To create the video, QuickTime X uses the iSight or FaceTime camera built into your Mac. [more…]

Organize Your Mac Photos Automatically with iPhoto '11 Smart Albums

Use Smart Albums to automatically organize your photos in iPhoto, by grouping like photos together. iPhoto automatically places images into Smart Albums, based on the criteria you specify, such as photos [more…]

Stream Audio and Video with Mac's AirPlay and AirPlay Mirroring

The Mac has several clever features and one involves the audio minijack. If you connect AirPort Express to your home stereo receiver or powered speakers, you can pump the music from your Mac [more…]

Create Manual, Genius, or Smart iTunes '11 Playlists on a Mac

You listen to music on your Mac under a variety of circumstances, such as entertaining at a dinner party, soothing a crying baby, setting a romantic mood, or drowning in your sorrows after a painful breakup [more…]

How to Import Video From a Tape-Based Camcorder into Mac's iMovie '11

They're not as popular anymore, but you still may own a camcorder that employs MiniDV tapes, DV, or HDV. These connect to a Mac through FireWire, but remember that fewer and fewer Mac models have FireWire [more…]

How to Import Videos into iMovie

You may have existing video that you want to use in your final blockbuster — video that's already on your Mac's hard drive or SSD. Perhaps it's a project you previously created in iMovie [more…]

How to Import Video From a DVD Camcorder into Mac's iMovie '11

DVD, hard drive, and flash-memory camcorders typically use USB rather than FireWire to connect to a Mac. The biggest distinction of these camcorders compared with their tape cousins — and it's significant [more…]

Record Directly to Mac's iMovie '11 from iSight, FaceTime, or Other Camera

The Mac comes equipped to let you capture video without an external source, Of absolutely no surprise to anyone, iMovie works fine with video captured by Apple's own iSight or FaceTime cameras: the stand-alone [more…]

4 Ways to Review iMovie '11 Video

Your raw footage is in place — all in a single unified iMovie video library on your Mac. However, moviemaking really gets accomplished: by arranging scenes and adding music, pictures, titles, transitions [more…]

How to Mark Favorite Video Clips in iMovie '11

No matter how talented you are as a videographer, it will be evident as you skim your video footage on your Mac that some of your footage stands out above the rest and other footage is amateurish at best [more…]

How to Crop Video in iMovie '11

Your Mac comes with the ability to crop your video footage. Even under the best of circumstances — perfect lighting, subjects who actually flash a smile, terrific camera, terrific camera person [more…]

How to Improve the Sound in an iMovie '11 Video

On your Mac, you can tweak the audio in your video so that the sound remains consistent from one scene to the next. Bummer — the sound in one video clip is barely above a whisper, whereas in another, you [more…]

How to Apply iMovie Themes to a Video Project

Your Mac comes equipped with iMovie. iMovie generously provides for your — and your audience's — viewing pleasure so-called movie Themes that wrap the movie into a particular cinematic style. These can [more…]

Manage Events in Mac's iPhoto '11

All the photos snapped in a given day are lumped into an event on your Mac. The assumption is that you took a bunch of pictures during the kid's soccer game, birthday bash, or some other activity. [more…]

7 Cool Things You Can Get through iTunes for Your Mac

iTunes has lots of great stuff for your Mac. It was inevitable that the iTunes Music Store would become just the iTunes Store because, as you know by now, you can purchase a lot more than just music and [more…]

How to Make Movie Trailers in iMovie '11

On your Mac, iMovie gives you the ability to create your own movie trailer. If you go to the movies a lot, you know that the coming attractions are often as entertaining as the movie you're about to see [more…]

How to Make a QuickTime Movie on Your Mac

To make a video recording, launch QuickTime Player on your Mac, and choose File→New Movie Recording. Assuming that you're using the built-in iSight or FaceTime camera on your Mac, you see your own handsome [more…]

How to Share Your GarageBand Music Projects

It's great that you're so creative, and your Mac thinks so too. But what good does it do you if no one notices? Fortunately, you can share your GarageBand jewels with your soon-to-be adoring public in [more…]

How to Import Images to Mac's iPhoto '11 from a Digital Camera

You will probably want your digital pictures on your Mac. In the past, it was a challenge to get digital images onto your computer, where the real fun begins. iPhoto and iCloud drastically simplify the [more…]

Sync Photos from iOS Devices to Your Mac with Photo Stream

With the Mac’s Photo Stream, the 1,000 most recently imported pictures are uploaded automatically to iCloud, where they can then find their way to your iOS devices. More than 1,000 pictures can land on [more…]

Find Pictures in Mac's iPhoto '11 by Date

Suppose that you want to display just the pictures you took around a milestone on your Mac, such as when your little angel was born. Here's a quick way to home in on pictures based on the date they were [more…]

Find People in Mac's iPhoto '11 Using the Faces Feature

How awesome would it be to locate photos on your Mac based on who's in them? Your wish is Apple's command. The magical Faces feature is based on facial detection and recognition technologies. The feature [more…]

Find Pictures in Mac's iPhoto '11 Using the Places Feature

The Mac has a handy Places feature. Many of today's cameras (and virtually every state-of-the-art camera phone) are so clever that they can detect where they are — and, by proxy, where the shooter is — [more…]

Organize Photos on Your Mac into iPhoto ‘11 Albums

In the film age, really organized people took the time to methodically place prints in old-fashioned picture albums. Fortunately, on the Mac, the iPhoto equivalent of placing pictures in albums is much [more…]

How to Touch Up Photos in Mac's iPhoto '11

Don't like how you look in a picture? Your Mac has the answer. iPhoto is by no means a photo-editing superstar along the lines of Adobe's Photoshop or Apple's own Aperture. However, iPhoto comes with several [more…]


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