OS X tips

Downloading YouTube clips

This has to be one of the most common questions that students (and teachers) ask me. And it can be a tricky one to answer. The legalities around ownership of these videos is a consideration, and is it right to download YouTube clips to be used in your own presentations or assignments. Well the discussion usually ends up on "if its on YouTube... it's gotta be fair game... right?". Well my job isn't to judge, just to assist, so here goes Use Firefox so that we can expand it with the 'Add Ons'

  1. Launch Firefox and simply Google 'add ons'
  2. Your top result will be our destination - Add Ons for Firefox
  3. This will take you to the Firefox add on search tool.  Simply search for YouTube.
  4. Now, scroll down the results until you find the most popular "YouTube download"  add on.  This will most likely be the most stable add on.
  5. Then all you need to do is click 'Add to Firefox'
  6. A warning window will pop up but just click 'Instal Now'.
  7. Now just restart Firefox and navigate to YouTube.
  8. It is here where you will see the difference, just have a close look below the video which you are after and a new option has appeared 'Download As:'
  9. MP4's work best in a Mac environment.  And don't forget to credit your source when you use the video!

Keynote - Getting started

Keynote is a very powerful application from Apple's iWork suite. In this getting started video I've provided a link so that you can download the actual keynote file that I use in this tutorial. So grab a coffee and work along with me.

  1. Click here to get that Keynote file.
  2. Watch the video below!

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eV7rT9uYZI]


iPhoto - the basics

This video really does cover the absolute basics of importing and handling pictures inside iPhoto. A tutorial aimed at absolute beginners. One thing I would say is forget those habits from using Windows! Don't go rooting around in your pictures folder if you are looking for a photo. Use iPhoto for emailing, exporting pictures to disk everything If you really want to get your hands on the actual file itself.

  1. Highlight the picture that you want and then choose File>Export.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpz0b21H65s]