Another busy week on the PI email forum with nearly 60 emails whizzing around the internet with problems and their solutions.
Two members had problems with their elderly Mac Pros, which appeared to be approaching the end of their lives with spares difficult to find. Other members came up with suppliers who specialised in elderly Mac parts, and the computers were taken off the ‘do not resuscitate’ list.
Another member with a mass of family videos that had been digitised to QuickTime’s .mov format wanted to know how he could convert them to a format that Windows Movie Maker could understand, so that he could edit them. Many members provided solutions, some free, some not.
A member had a pdf file he wanted to edit, to change the text in it. He thought Acrobat Pro would do the trick – but it didn’t. It turns out that Adobe Illustrator is the software to use, and failing the possession of that, other software was recommended.
Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Muse – would they work together nicely to build a photo gallery web site? After various suggestions the problem was reported as solved!
Another member with two displays connected to his Mac running Yosemite noticed an anomaly in the displays behaviour. Our well known resident ‘Mac Guru’ PI member pronounced that this was a feature of Yosemite, not a problem….
Amusing responses came to the question of why a video looked different when played back in FCP compared to Quicktime. To many photographers who are quite anal about their colour calibration, it was a question of ‘forget it – all video looks different. Just go into your local TV shop and look at the variation on display on the different TVs.’ This was followed by comments on the North American NTSC standard: ‘Never The Same Colour.’
Lastly, a member had supplied a panorama, made up of several overlapping stitched images, to his client. The client wanted to know what the angle of view of the finished panorama was. Answers on a postcard please!