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Trim your videos in iPhoto!

Did you know that you can edit a video clip in iPhoto? This is pretty slick! In iPhoto ’11 you can trim (cut) a video clip, so that the movie will stop when you want it to end. This is a quick and easy way to get rid of unnecessary fluff in your videos, without having to work in iMovie. You can quickly shorten a video of your recent trip and start a slideshow to show your friends.

Another great thing about this is that your edits don’t have to be permanent. Trimming a video clip doesn’t delete footage; it just divides the footage into two clips. To cancel the cut, choose Reset Trim from the Action pop-up menu.

Follow these few steps or watch the video below to see how to trim your clips.

To trim a video clip:

1. Do one of the following:
▪ Double-click the video clip.
▪ Select the video clip, and then press the Space bar.
2. Play the movie until you reach the point at which you want to insert a cut.
You can drag the slider at the bottom of the movie controls panel (shown below) to go to a specific point in the movie.

Choose Trim from the Action pop-up menu.




Enjoy the ease of editing!

Everything you need to know about Mountain Lion

Now that Mountain Lion has been released, we have put together a short list of the most talked about new features you should know about.

There are over 200 new features in Mountain Lion. If you want to see the whole list, head over to Apple’s site and check it out. Check out all the new features in OS X Mountain Lion.

If you have an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad these first few features will be familiar to you.


Allows you to set up a list of things to remember. You can set due dates and get alerts when they are due, or set a location from your Mac and get a reminder on your iPhone or iPad when you get there.


Take notes of anything you want. You can now add photos, images and attachments. Share notes through Mail or Messages or pin your notes to your desktop for easy access.


Send messages from your Mac to anyone with an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. You can also continue your conversation from your own iOS devices. You can also send photos, videos, documents and contacts.

Notification Center

Like the notification center on your iOS devices you can easily get updates when you get an email or message, a software update is available or a calendar alert. Pull it up when you want to see what has changed and then it will disappear so it isn’t cluttering your screen.


With the new features from iOS added to Mountain Lion, iCloud will know keep all your devices synced. Set up a Reminder, create a Note, send a Message or see what is new in Notification Center. iCloud will make sure it is the same on everything.


Talk anywhere you can type and Dictation coverts your words into text. The more you use it the better it is.


Built-in Facebook support so you can share what you are doing right from the app you are in. It will also add Facebook friends to your Contacts and update information when it is updated on Facebook.


As with Facebook, Twitter is integrated into Mountain Lion. Tweet links and photos directly from Safari, iPhoto, or Photo Booth.


The feature that I am most excited about. AirPlay Mirroring will allow you to display what is on your Mac to your HDTV. All you need is an AppleTV. Pick up your AppleTV at the Sandy or Logan store and start sharing your photos and videos.

Game Center

Sign in with your Game Center account and see all the game you’ve played and get new ones. Check leader boards and see how you rank. You can also start multiplayer games with your friends.


Gatekeeper helps protect you from malicious software. With Gatekeeper enabled, you can install apps from identified developers and it is the best way to make sure the apps are safe.

Now that you know you want Mountain Lion, check and make sure your computer can take it.

You need OS 10.6.8 or newer to purchase it through the App Store.

You will also need 2GB or more of RAM. You can check how much RAM you have by going under the Apple menu and selecting About this Mac. If you have less than 2GB of RAM come in and get upgraded.

To see if your computer can install Mountain Lion go under the Apple menu in the top left corner of the screen. Click on About this Mac. If you have Snow Leopard click the More Info…. button. If you have Lion click the More Info… button and then the System Report button. In the Hardware Overview window you will see a system identifier. The Model Identifier is your computer model.

Your Mac must be one of the following models:

iMac7,1 (Mid 2007 or newer)
MacBook5,1 (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
MacBook Pro3,1 (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
MacBook Air2,1 (Late 2008 or newer)
Mac mini3,1 (Early 2009 or newer)
Mac Pro3,1 (Early 2008 or newer)
Xserve3,1 (Early 2009)

Organizing your iPhoto Library

Last week in our iPhoto class, I got a lot of questions about what the best ways to organize your iPhoto Library are. When you import photos, they are automatically organized by date into Events, such as a birthday party or a picnic, and placed in the iPhoto library, which is visible at the top of your Source list (at the top left of the iPhoto window). But if you want to organize your pictures into more of a filing system, you will want to work with albums and folders.

A photo album in iPhoto is just like one you create with paper and print photos: It’s a collection of photos you select from your library and arrange in the order you want.

Creating an Album is simple. On the Menu bar in iPhoto, choose File > New Album. Or click the “Create” button on the bottom right corner and select Album (see photo). Type a name for your album where it appears on the Source list under “Albums” and press Return.

You can make as many albums as you like using any images from your photo library. You can also include the same photo in several albums without making multiple copies of it. Just drag and drop the photos into your album.

As you create more albums, you may find it helpful to group them into folders. For instance, you could put all albums about birthday celebrations into a single folder named “Birthdays,” which would then appear in your Source list. You can add folders to the iPhoto Source list to better organize your albums. You cannot add individual photos directly to a folder.

In the video below, I create a folder called “2012″ and add albums that were already in my source list in the folder. So here’s how the filing system works: Photos go into Albums. Albums go into Folders. Now your iPhoto Library can be beautifully and conveniently organized!