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If you are running your video editing system with multiple OS X users, you may run into a scenario where you need to grab something from another user’s desktop.  This sounds easy, but the built in permissions of OS X will prohibit you from accessing another user’s desktop. Even with administrator rights, you still will not be able to access another user’s home folder.


If you are like me, you store all sorts of things on your desktop while editing.  For myself,  the desktop is one of my primary workspaces.  I’m always moving items to and from my desktop while editing.  Because of this, I’ve developed a habit of using the shared folder a bit more frequently.  The shared folder is a common area where all users can freely access material. 

This doesn’t sound like a big deal, but imagine if you need to grab an element from another user’s desktop, and you do not have their password.  Worse yet, what if that particular employee or contractor is no longer around?.  You now have no way of logging into their OS X account to retrieve the material.

Fortunately, there is another work-around.  You can enable the Mac OS X root user account, which will allow you to access all the files and folders from another OS X user. The root user account is also referred to as a ‘super user’, since it provides unlimited privileges.  Better yet, until a root user account is enabled, any account with administrator privileges can enable it.

Here are the steps to enable the root user account for Mac OS X.

photoshop_icon.gifHave you ever had a problem trying to get Photoshop to do something that you know you've done before, but it just simply won't work this time around?  I had that very issue last week with trying to see my text I was typing in photoshop.  No matter what I tried, my text kept coming up invisible.  I could see that I was typing something in the layers along the right handside of the interface, however, the text would just not show up in the picture I was working on.  It was very frustrating.  Until someone suggested we reset the Photoshop settings.

It was as simple as pressing CMD+ALT+SHIFT (all three keys at once), when opening Photoshop; you will then be prompted to Delete the Photoshop Settings; click Yes, and now you have reset your settings back to their defaults.  This solution worked perfectly.

If you are a PC user, use CTRL+ALT+SHIFT.

reset_photoshop_prompt.gifWhat do you have to lose by resetting Photoshop?  Basically any personal preferences you may have set, but you won't lose any filters or plug-ins you may have.
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If you are having problems capturing into your Avid or Final Cut Pro system using a DV / firewire connection, you might want to check the length and quality of the firewire cables that you are using.


I've run into the follow problems that all turned out to related to a firewire cabling issue.

- Bad / Distorted Video Signal
- Missing / Inacurate Timecode
- Dropped frames while capturing
- Audio Pops while capturing
- No Deck Control
- An audio signal with no video signal
- Audio interference
- Audio sync problems while capturing

- Intermittent capturing problems

When purchasing firewire cables, keep these important factors in mind.....

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