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Great Multimedia Experience

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If you asked people at Apple, they’d probably tell you that Mac OS X is a product that gives its users an excellent multi-media experience. They might even take another breath to point out that buying a computer with them means you’ll also fork over money to get a copy of iLife with it – a suite of applications that’ll give you all the multimedia capabilities you’ll need.

Ah, well… then could someone please tell me how to get the damn machine to rotate a film that was taken on a digital photo camera in portrait mode by 90 degrees, so it can be watched correctly? And no, answers including the rip-off that is QuickTime pro won’t count as valid answers. I’d just like to see that my multimedia savvy computer is up to such a trivial – and I suspect not quite uncommon, possibly more common than proper video editing – task right out of the box without any hassle.

To me it looks that iPhoto’s movie handling might suck even more than iTunes’ and, erm, naturally the damn app won’t rotate my films for me. Similarly, QuickTime Player is just a ‘Player’ you know and won’t let you adjust what you are viewing. Even with a bit of AppleScript goodness the rotating didn’t work properly. I even went so far as to launch iMovie which for sure should let me handle such a trivial matter. But after some wait for it to ‘import’ – argh, whatever – my files, I couldn’t find a simple rotate command in their either.

So that’s what they consider ‘just works’ these days.

March 21, 2006, 0:34

Tagged as Mac OS X.


Comment by Dan: User icon

  1. Lift computer
  2. Rotate 90’
  3. Rest computer on it’s side a la book style.
  4. Congratulate yourself for succeeding where other great multimedia experiences fail.

Do I win a prize?

March 21, 2006, 12:10

Comment by dertyhiyu: User icon

very smart =)

May 8, 2007, 2:53

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