Friday, April 28, 2017

Downloading a Friend's Video from FB and Rotating the Video

How to Download a video a friend or family member posted on Facebook:

Facebook currently, doesn't give an easy option to download videos. However, following the steps below allows you to download any uploaded video on Facebook conveniently.

1. Log in to Facebook and find the video you want to download.
2. control-click on the video and select Show video link.
3. A small pop-up window should appear, with the video link. Copy the link.
4. In your browser's address bar (URL field), press paste the video link.
5. Now, modify the video link, changing the "www" at the beginning of the URL to "m". The URL should then start with
6. Once changed, press Enter to open the mobile version of the page

If using Google Chrome browser:  Control-click on the video and select the Save as... option.
If using Firefox browser:  Control-click on the video and select the Save Link As... option.

How to Rotate or Flip Videos in Mac OS X
1. Open the video or movie file you wish to rotate into QuickTime Player in Mac OS X on your laptop.
2. Go to the “Edit” menu and choose one of the  rotation options for the video: (rotate left, right, ...)
3. Save the newly edited rotated video as usual by hitting Command+S or by going to File and “Save”

I chose to save the smaller file size 480 resolution option.

Monday, March 13, 2017

How do I know if I'm being watched too?

All this talk about wiretapping, wikileaks, hacking and such makes some of us, very edgy. 

How can you tell when your camera is active on your Macbook Air?

Next to the camera at the top, middle of your screen is a very small led indicator that comes on when your camera is active. It is pretty hard to see this hole when not active.

To see the green light - try running PhotoBooth application and you should see it.

If you fear someone might be watching you, try putting a post-it-note over the camera.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Using Airdrop

I use airdrop as a convenient way to transfer photos from my iphone to my Mac laptop and to transfer files from one Mac to another Mac.  If you haven't tried airdrop, you should.

There are some excellent articles on the Apple support pages:

Share content with AirDrop on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Use AirDrop to send content from your Mac

Key to successfully using Airdrop is making sure your Mac and devices support Airdrop and that the user you are wanting to share with also has a Mac or device that supports Airdrop and that they are set up to receive and send.