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Transferring iTunes videos to another computer

At least once a week I get asked about transferring iTunes music from one computer to another, but recently someone said to me:

“My sister bought a bunch of episodes of Gossip Girl and some other shows on iTunes. I’d like to watch them on my computer, too, but I don’t want to buy them again. How can I get them onto my computer and iPod?”

I told them they’ll be able to watch them on a computer, but they won’t be able to watch them on an iPod.

“Why not?”

“Because the iPod is linked to a specific user or account. And the music and video files are linked to a specific user or account. So once iTunes sees the account attached to the video file doesn’t match the account attached for the iPod, it will refuse to transfer the file.”

“How does it know?”

Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl

“There’s no easy way to explain that, but, trust me, it won’t work.”

“Well, how do I copy them to my computer?”

Find the files on your sister’s computer. Typically the videos will be in the “My Music” folder on the hard drive. In that folder there is an “iTunes” folder, then a “iTunes Media” folder, and lastly a “TV Shows” folder. Inside that folder you’ll find folders for all the shows your sister bought. You can just copy these folder onto a CD, DVD, or external drive, and then copy them onto another computer. You can copy them to the same location on your own computer. Or you can have iTunes import them.

When you try to play them, iTunes will tell you that you’re not authorized to play them on your computer. At which point you will need to enter your sister’s iTunes account information.

“And, no, you still won’t be able to play them on your iPod.”

Video: Galactic Center of Milky Way Rises over Texas Star Party

A friend of mine shared this time lapse video link with me over the weekend. The video was posted on Vimeo, a video sharing web site.

The video shows a band of stars which make up one of the “arms” of the Milky Way galaxy — our galaxy. If you live in an urban or suburban area then it’s not likely you’ve seen it at night. Light pollution from street lamps, buildings, and homes wash much of the star light overhead, but if you are able to get far enough away from the cities (or find yourself in a massive night-time blackout) then you could see an arm of the Milky Way. I once saw it myself while camping at camp Epworth upstate in High Falls, New York in the Catskills, two hours outside of New York City about 30 years ago. Now there are two many lights even in that area for this sight to be seen. These photos were taken at Fort Davis, Texas which is about 8 hours from Dallas and 6 hours from San Antonio.

The video is comprised of a series of 810 photos taken with a modified Canon EOS 5D 12.8 MP Digital SLR Camera.

One photo was taken every 40 seconds over a 9 hour period. The shutter remained open for 20 seconds during each shot. The photographer, William Castleman, used a special “anti-alias (AA) filter” which allowed more red light to enter the camera. Specifically the type of red light emitted by stars and nebulas. He used a Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens which allows a wide field of view — 180 degrees in fact. He mounted the camera on a tripod and attached an external battery. Exposures were 20 seconds at f/2.8 ISO 1600.

Other equipment used by the photographer included:

He then processed the photos using Adobe Photoshop and created the video using Apple’s Quicktime Pro, and then editted the video using Sony Vegas Movie Studio 9.

Canon EOS 5D

Canon EOS 5D 12.8 MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

Canon Fisheye EF 15mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens

Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens

Canon TC80N3 Timer Remote Control

Canon TC80N3 Timer Remote Control


Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 (Windows)
Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 (Mac)


Apple Quicktime Pro


Sony Vegas Movie Studio 9 Platinum Pro Pack

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Flutter and other Twitter Humor

Some time ago I found this bit of humor from Slate magazine and SlateV.com on YouTube. The description read, “As Twitter-mania reaches new levels, Slate V presents a mockumentary about a company that wants to take microblogging to the next level.”

If you’re not familiar with Twitter, then check out my last post.

Here’s some other bits of Twitter related humor from around the web:

Got any Twitter humor of your own? Please share with a comment below. Links welcome.

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Star Trek, MacGuyver, 90210, Young and Restless on YouTube

CBS Networks has started adding past episodes from such popular TV series such as Star Trek (1966-1969), MacGuyver (1985-1992), Beverly Hills 90210 (1990-2000), and The Young and the Restless (1973 to present) on Google‘s YouTube web site.

There are currently 5 episodes from each series, and 13 episodes for The Young and the Restless. The site is carrying the full length episodes with a 15 second ad before each epidoe, and another ad spot in the middle of the epsiode, and another at the end of each episode.

Google has been trying to patch things up with content owners (networks, etc) due to the constant unauthorized uploading of copyrighted material by fans to the YouTube site.  Many of the fan uploads were of poor picture and sound quality. The involvement of CBS should reduce unauthorized uploads of their content while providing superior sound and picture. It also creates a new revenue stream for the network and Google by selling ad space on re-runs of old episodes.

I’m wondering if any royalties will be paid to the actors on these programs. Certain airing agreements entitle actors to residual income from re-runs and syndicated programming after the series has ended production. The growth in online broadcasting has been a sticking point with the professional acting unions such as SAG (Screen Actors Guild) and AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists). (See the July 27, 2008 New York Times article “Board of Screen Actors Guild Backs Negotiators’ Internet Demands“).

New Features

The episode pages will differ from the standard YouTube pages, which usually feature a filmstrip icon and the ability to add tags or labels of your own to the video clips.

YouTube has also added a “Theater View” option whcih presents an enlarged views of the video (and the ads) while hiding all other content on the page.

There is also a “lights out” mode, which will keeps the standard YouTube interface with a darker screen thereby putting more emphasis on the video.  It may also be useful for viewers who like to watch their videos in a darkened room.

Go the the CBS Playlists on YouTube to view the episodes.

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