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  • How-Tos: Bugs & Fixes: Troubleshooting Final Cut Pro X

    Coinciding with this week’s release of Final Cut Pro X, Apple has posted well over a dozen new Knowledge Base articles detailing various quirks of the new software. I’ve summarized the key issues below. I follow that with a brief look at users’ largely negative assessment of the update.

  • How-Tos: How to add Favourites on iPlayer

    The BBC's online catch-up TV service, iPlayer, allows web users to watch programmes that have already been broadcast on their PC for up to 30 days after their first transmission

  • How-Tos: Find and play high-resolution audio on the Mac

    Everybody is familiar with high-definition video these days, which packs more visual information (more pixels) into the shows you see on TV and on Blu-ray discs. But you may not know much about high-resolution audio, which offers music in formats with clarity and fidelity that can be superior to that of CDs. I took a look at the current offerings, and how you can play these high-resolution files on a Mac. Here’s what you need to know.

  • How-Tos: How to view online video on a tablet

    Mobile internet access delivers video content wherever we go and a tablet makes the ideal device for viewing it all. Here's how to access the best video on your tablet.

  • How-Tos: How to upload images to Twitter

    Micro-blogging service Twitter isn't just about 140 character updates, you can also share images on the site. There are a number of third-party services, including Twitpic and yFrog that allow you to do this

  • How-Tos: Five Simple Tips for Better Fireworks Photos

    This time of year, photographers dust off their cameras while dogs hide under the bed: It's fireworks season. Trance and Topher (my dogs) notwithstanding, I love fireworks displays--especially on the Fourth of July--and I'm always eager to capture some of the magic on film. In years past, I've given you detailed advice for shooting fireworks, but this year I've decided to distill it all down to five simple tips. Follow these, and you should have some nifty fireworks photos this year.

  • How-Tos: How to upgrade your PC to an SSD for video work

    Why installing an SSD is a good idea if you use your PC for video editing, and how to check for compatibility issues.

  • How-Tos: On the road with a camera, an iPad, and a Hyperdrive

    A quick iPad tip: Turkish Dolmuses—van-sized mini buses that provide inexpensive regional travel—are too shaky and bumpy for accurate typing on an iPad. I know this because I’m trying to type this while riding on a Dolmus.

  • How-Tos: Take Night Photos, Understand Focal Lengths, and More

    Have a question about digital photography? Send it to me. I reply to as many as I can--though given the quantity of e-mails that I get, I can't promise a personal reply to each one. I round up the most interesting questions about once a month here in Digital Focus. For more frequently asked questions, read my newsletters from January, February, March, and April.

  • How-Tos: Add lyrics to your iTunes tracks

    Music and lyrics—there’s a reason you hear those two items discussed together, because they are equally important parts in the composition of a song. While you can tap your foot or strum along with a tune on your air guitar, you can’t sing along if you don’t know the words. And how frustrating is that?

  • How-Tos: Importing clips into iMovie for iOS

    Old college chum, Steve Adams, struggles with a seeming limitation of iMovie on his iPhone. He writes:

  • How-Tos: How to create panoramas and collages in Windows Photo Gallery 2011

    Microsoft's free Windows Live Photo Gallery has several built-in tools that help you make the most of your digital snaps. Here, we walk you through how to use its panorama and AutoCollage features.

  • How-Tos: How to fuse photos in Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011

    Photo Fuse, a free tool built into Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011, lets you mix and match similar shots to create the perfect group portrait. We show you how to use it.

  • How-Tos: How to fix a working monitor that displays no picture

    My ViewSonic monitor refuses to display a picture. The LED blinks on and off for around 30 minutes, after which time the screen will often work following a restart. A local repair shop says there is nothing wrong with the hardware.

  • How-Tos: How to recover deleted files and photos

    Here's how to recover deleted files in Windows after you've emptied your PC's Recycle bin.

  • How-Tos: Convert audio to other formats

    Audio files come in a number of different formats. Some are lossy, such as AAC and MP3; they save space compared to the original files, but some of the original data is lost during compression. Some formats are lossless, such as Apple Lossless, FLAC, and SHN; these files can be converted back to their original form without the loss of a single bit. Finally, some are uncompressed, such as WAV and AIFF; they represent the exact data from a CD or a master.

  • How-Tos: Smartphone Video Tips: Shooting, Editing, and Sharing

    A few decades ago, even a short, amateur film cost hundreds--or thousands--of dollars to make. And your friends couldn't see it unless you invited them over and set up the 16mm projector.

  • How-Tos: How to upgrade from Windows 98 and keep the same printer, scanner, software

    I'm keen to replace my Windows 98 computer, but I want to be sure that I can continue using my software and peripherals before I do so. I have an HP 940c printer, an Epson Perfection 1200 scanner, Fujifilm and Olympus cameras with software that's compatible with XP and Vista, plus Microsoft Office 2007. Will I be able to continue using these in XP or Windows 7?

  • How-Tos: How to email images and documents with Windows Live Mail

    I am unable to send pictures or documents to Windows Live Mail using the 'Send to' instruction. Live Mail is the default program, but the options are greyed out and can't be altered. I have tried using Windows Live Photo Gallery and Word.

  • How-Tos: How to convert videos into an iPhone compatible format

    As well as being great for staying in touch on the move, smartphones are also great entertainment devices and allow users to listen to music and play back videos on their handset. Apple’s iPhone is no different, although it only supports video files in the MP4 format.


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