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Professional video editors should be aware of a cardinal rule.  Do not upgrade your operating system unless you are 100% sure your video editing software is compatible with it. 

This is particularly true with products such as Avid Media Composer, and Pro Tools.  Also, pay attention to the compatibility of 3rd party software and plug-ins.  Just because your editing software may be compatible with a new OS, some of your software plug-ins may not be.

This brings me to my next point.  If you purchase a brand new computer from Apple,  it will probably have the most recent operating system installed on it. This means if your version of video editing software doesn't work on the latest version of Mac OS 'Yosemite', you won't be able to run your software.

Please note: The hardware in a brand new Mac may prevent you from downgrading beyond the previous operating system.  So currently, that brand new Mac you just bought may only allow you to downgrade to Mavericks, and not Mountain Lion.

Fortunately, there is a way to re-download a copy of Mavericks.  You can even choose to partition your hard-drive so you can keep the Yosemite OS, along with Mavericks.  You can then boot between them.

To  perform a downgrade to Mavericks (Mac OS X 10.9) from Yosemite (10.10) you will need the following:

  • *A copy of the Mavericks installer (you can find this under the purchases tab within the App store)
  • A thumb drive or external drive that can be re-formatted
  • Some patience

Okay, ready?  Here are the steps.  You may want to print the steps out.

You may encounter issues if you are updating  your operating system to OS X 10.9 (Maverick).  One particular issue affects how the OS indexes files.  (keep reading for a simple fix).

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First off, make sure your video editing software is supported before updating to Maverick 10.9.X

  • Avid Media Composer:  Requires MC 7.03 to run on Maverick Correctly.
  • Final Cut Pro X:  You cannot upgrade to FCP X 10.1 if you are not running Maverick
  • Adobe Premiere: If you are running on the Creative Cloud, it will automatically provide you with free updates to run correctly on Maverick.

After updating to Mac OS X 10.9 (Maverick), you may discover that the finder runs slugish when you first start the computer.

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At GeniusDV, we have encountered this issue across eight different models of various iMacs and Mac Book Pro's.

Fortunately, there is a simple fix.

  • Launch the terminal utility from the Mac HD / Applications / Utlities folder.
  • Paste the following text into the command line of the terminal and press the return key: 
     rm ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist&&killall Finder

kill finder.pngThe finder will now index much faster, and you will not have to wait for the folders to populate.

Please note: If you perform this function, the preferences for the finder will reset back to the default values.  This will result in theMac HD icon disappearing from the desktop. 

To change this:

  • Navigate to the Finder menu and choose preferences.
  • A dilouage box will appear. 
  • Within the general preferences tab, turn on the option to show Hard Disks.

Turn Hard Disk on.pngOkay, now the finder will operate correctly when navigating between folders directories.

Note:  If you have multiple user accounts, you will have to repeat this process for each individual user.

The folks at Google have just released a cool new demo video showing some of it's features in SketchUp Pro.  SketchUp is a 3D modeling program used by architects, interior designers, civil engineers, landscape artists, filmmakers, game developers, and many other related professions.  SketchUp also allows the placement of models in Google Earth, and Google's 3D Warehouse lets SketchUp users search for, download and add free 3D models.  Check out this video showing some of the features of SketchUp Pro.



GeniusDV has a great 2 Day Google SketchUp training class at our Orlando facility, or onsite options are also available.  Check out our SketchUp class schedule and give us a call today to reserve your seat!
The new version of Apple's Mac OSX is full of exciting new features, including robust new layers of security.  Unfortunately, the new features break many of the applications that we teach here at GeniusDV.  As of today, avoid updating to OSX Lion if you rely on any of these software packages:

  • Adobe's CS3, CS4, and CS5 applications are mostly compatible with Lion, and Adobe promises to fix the remaining bugs with an update soon.  After Effects seems to be fine, although third-party plugins may break.  Photoshop's bugs are minor, and mainly involve automation and droplets.  CS2 and earlier versions will not run at all, ever on Lion.
  • Avid Media Composer, Symphony, and ProTools are not compatible with Lion at this time.
  • The Boris FX plugins for Final Cut Studio and Avid are not compatible with Lion, and will block Apple Motion from launching.
  • Google SketchUp will run on Lion, but it exhibits several known bugs.  The bugs appear mainly to be minor annoyances, but a few may freeze SketchUp.
  • Autodesk's AutoCAD is not compatible with Lion at this time.
  • Microsoft Office 2008 and 2010 exhibit several known bugs, many of them serious, when running on Lion at this time.
For these "serious" software packages, we recommend waiting for the manufacturer's go-ahead before upgrading your machine.  For more esoteric (and less business-critical) apps, you might find RoaringApps' compatibility matrix helpful.
If you work with multiple user accounts on your editing system, what happens if you forget the password for one of the users?

This becomes a problem is that particular user has left critical files on the desktop.

Even an administrator will not be able to access the other user's desktop.

Fortunately, you can activate the 'super user' or 'root' account.

You'll then be able to retrieve data from that particular user's desktop.
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