Saving Movies From A Digital Camera for the Web

My Kodak digital camera takes movies in .MOV format. I’m currently using Apple QuickTime Pro to edit the movies and save them as .MOV files set to play before they completely download from my Web site. I would like to save the movies in a smaller file format. Would the QuickTime Pro export to MPEG-4 be a better solution? If I save to MPEG-4, will site visitors still need QuickTime Player to view the movies?

Exporting your videos in MPEG-4, which QuickTime saves as .MP4 files definitely results in smaller file sizes at the same resolution. It doesn’t solve the problem of some viewers needing to download QuickTime in order to view the movie. Mac users will be set whether you encode to .MOV or .MP4, because QuickTime is the default player for OS X users. Windows users have several options and may not realize they can play the .MP4 with QuickTime Player depending on choices they made during the initial install. Read on for the full explanation.

Auto Volume Leveling for Music

When I create a playlist with songs by several different bands, some songs are louder than others even though the volume of my system remains the same. How can I fix this?

Recordings are all mastered at different levels. Depending on the producers preference the final mix for an album will be louder or softer relative to other albums, although generally all the tracks on any given album will have a common threshold for loud and soft across tracks. The fix for this will vary slightly, depending on which media player you are using. Read on for the fix.

Creating a Smart Playlist of Recently Added Music in iTunes

I add new tracks to my iPod on an almost daily basis but I don’t always remember the artist name or song names to quickly find my newest stuff. How do I quickly find the music I added in the last couple days without needing to remember every track?

The solution is to create a Smart Playlist in iTunes. Smart Playlists let you quickly configure groups of songs based on pre-selected criteria with dynamically updating contents that change as files in your music library are added or removed. In this case you want a Smart Playlist based on the Date Added.

Date Added lets you configure playlists with songs added on a specific date, between range of dates, before a specific date, any tracks added not within a given time period, or in the case of getting the most recent files, Date Added is in the last 1 days.

A step-by-step tutorial for creating the Smart Playlist is available at the archive link above.