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Upgrading your macOS without forethought could cost you money – Part 3

Apple has been waging an effective marketing campaign during the macOSX/iPhone/iPad era, enabling the firm to attain dominance in a number of categories. Their promotional ads might contain a message similar to this: “Version 99.0 of our most popular widget has been updated so you can take full advantage of the latest technologies that enable you to enjoy life to the fullest and have fun in the process.” While product upgrades certainly serve a useful purpose and I’m not opposed to them in principle, the changes should not be so dramatic that they disrupt a company’s or a person’s workflow.

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Fix for common Final Cut Pro 7 import error

I recently encountered an error involving the use of Final Cut Pro 7 that has been discussed at great length on a multi-year forum thread posted on Creative Cow.

Dreaded File error: 1 file(s) recognized, 0 access denied, 1 unknown
Creative Cow Thread started on Oct 20, 2009

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Upgrading to OS X 10.11 El Capitan

After an operating system update, users invariably encounter feature and interface changes and apps that no longer work. While I certainly don’t claim to be the definitive expert and authority about Apple’s newest OS, I’d like to share a few things that I discovered during the upgrade process.

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Can’t play that DVD? Try these workarounds

Hand Holding DVD DiscThe year-end holidays have come and gone. You have been exercising feverishly to reduce your waistline that expanded a few inches due to the endless partying, and everyone in your household has unwrapped all their gifts. However, one of those gifts is perched silently on the coffee table. It’s a homemade DVD gifted to you by a cousin who lives on the opposite end of the country that features highlights of your uncle’s 70th birthday celebration. Because you couldn’t get the necessary time off from your job, you couldn’t be there in person to share in the family fun and festivities. While other DVDs play back fine in your MacBook Pro, this disc just spins and spins before it gets ejected by the drive. You’ve never experienced this type of hardware problem before. According to your cousin, the DVD is not defective, because she said that before she wrapped her gift, she successfully tested the same disc in her set-top player in her living room.

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Upgrading to Yosemite (OS X 10.10)

Using prior experience as a guide, I figured that that at least one program or hardware device would stop working if I upgraded my Mac operating system to Yosemite 10.10. Consequently, I didn’t instantly switch from Mavericks 10.9 right when Apple released its latest OS. I was proven correct in my prognosis, as a couple of favored applications ceased to work after I completed the system upgrade.

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Converting mp4’s using QuickTime X

A client asked me to submit a cost estimate to produce a short video from a series of screen captures saved as mp4’s. When I attempted to convert the movies using QuickTime Pro 7, I was greeted with the following error message: “An invalid public movie atom was found in the movie.”

Invalid public movie atom error

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The Making of an Xtranormal Movie

Imagine this scenario: You’ve written a time-sensitive script for a video that you want to post on YouTube and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Instead of narrating the script yourself, you are looking to hire talented actors who have distinctive speaking voices. More importantly, you prefer not to use a camcorder (or don’t own one) and don’t have extra funds to pay for talent or set design. All you have is a bit of free time to work on the project on a single weekend. Is it even possible to conceive that this can be done?

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