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About scottrussell

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  1. emailing iWork documents

    This isn't EXACTLY the solution your caller requested, but it might help. In every Cocoa application (including the iWork apps), you can use the Services menu (available in the drop-down menu under the application name in the menu bar). Choose the "Mail" option, and you can send whatever portion of your document you have selected to someone via email. The mail app will automatically launch and populate the body field with the text. Cheers, Scott Russell Leawood, KS
  2. iPhone video files

    I'm about to launch into a massive video conversion session -- taking all my home movies & DVD rips, and converting them into a format that works well on my new 8 GB iPhone. However, I'd also like these same videos to work on my AppleTV. Is there a conversion strategy to create video files that look great on both? Much thanks! Scott Memphis, TN
  3. iPod video support specs

    During the show, Adam mentioned that the video iPod could play movies with pixel ratios of 720x304. This is true for movies encoded with the MPEG-4 codec, which on the iPod has a total pixel limit of 307,200 and a bitrate limit of 2.5 Mbps. (720 x 304 = 218,880 pixels) (640 x 480 = 307,200 pixels) However, if the same 720x304 movie was encoded with the h.264 codec, it wouldn't play on an iPod. The video iPod only supports this codec with a "hard" limit of 640x480 (the total pixel count isn't taken into consideration) and bitrate limit of 1.5 Mbps. Since 720 is too many vertical lines (more than 640), the iPod won't play it. These numbers are a moving target, as Apple could change this stuff again in a firmware update tomorrow! Both are improvements from the original video iPod limitations of 230,400 total pixels for MPEG-4 and 320x240 for h.264.
  4. 720p

    I'd like to elaborate on Mabsey's comment above. When you hear people talk about a 720p (720 progressive) signal, 720 is describing the horizontal lines - not vertical. Assuming a 16:9 ratio, this means a total pixel ratio of 1280 x 720. Remember, it's customary to list the vertical line count first and the horizontal line count second when describing screen sizes (ie. 640 x 480 = 640 vertical lines by 480 horizontal lines). A 720p signal is much higher quality than that of a standard DVD, which typically delivers 720 x 480 pixels. Notice that in this case, 720 is describing vertical lines, which is much less than the 1280 vertical lines (at the minimum) that an HDTV can display.