Exporting Video From iPhoto
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- October 21st, 2014
Q. I have taken some movies with my Sony NEX-7 camera, and I have imported them into iPhoto. Is there a way or an application to edit these?
A. Even though it imports digital video clips from the camera along with still pictures, the iPhoto program is primarily intended for editing photographs and creating albums and projects from the collection. Once you have the movies in iPhoto, however, you can export them from the iPhoto Library, and then import them into a video-editing program so you can arrange the clips, trim them and then add music, scene transitions and titles to make a longer movie.
You can get the selected clips out of iPhoto in several ways. Using the Export option under the File menu or dragging the clips out of the iPhoto window to the Mac’s desktop may work, although some video formats may give you an error message when you try. You can also head right to the source by going to the File menu and choosing “Reveal in Finder,” then “Original File,” to see the actual clips on the computer and copy them from there.
You can find plenty of video-editing programs in the Mac App Store or online, like the Adobe Premiere Elements software for Mac, which costs $100 for the full version. Adobe’s site also has a free trial edition of the program to download.
If you do not have it already, Apple’s own iMovie software is $15 in the Mac App Store and can import the clips right from its iPhoto sibling. Apple has a step-by-step guide for importing media from iPhoto into iMovie at support.apple.com/kb/PH14677.
Safely Previewing Windows 10
Q. If I try the Windows 10 test version, can I go back to my old operating system?
A. According to Microsoft, if you install the Windows 10 Technical Preview (available to those who sign up for the company’s free Windows Insider program at windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview), you can go back to your previous system — but only if you reinstall it from the recovery media or installation DVDs that came with the PC. Depending on your computer, you may be able to restore the old system from a recovery partition or use a USB recovery drive, but check your options ahead of time.
Putting the Windows 10 preview on a separate hard-drive partition from the start is another approach. Because the Windows 10 Technical Preview is a very early work in progress and could behave erratically, back up all the important data on the computer before you begin installing it. It also makes sense not to install the preview on your primary computer that you need to use for everyday activity.
TIP OF THE WEEK If the Google Chrome browser begins to sprout pop-up ads, changes your preferred home page or displays unwanted toolbars, aggressive adware or malicious software has probably latched onto the program. Google has a free utility that can help you take your browser back — the Software Removal Tool at www.google.com/chrome/srt.
The program (which is still in the beta-testing phase) runs on Windows. Once installed, it scans the PC for software known to hamper Chrome and offers to remove it — including programs that may evade your regular antivirus software because they are not quite malicious enough. Google has more information on the Software Removal Tool at bit.ly/1wLmTG1.
Rogue toolbars and adware programs plague other browsers as well. Mozilla has troubleshooting steps for Firefox users at http://mzl.la/L2oGPJ, while Microsoft offers its own Safety Scanner for Windows systems at bit.ly/1dLgnFx. Macs are not immune to malware, and Apple has information on the malware detection feature built into OS X at support.apple.com/kb/HT3662 .
J. D. BIERSDORFER