Media

Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.

How can I use iTunes on two separate computers?

Episode 1197

Rob from Orange, CA
iTunes

Rob is a DJ and he would like to use iTunes on two separate laptops to mix between. Leo says there's two ways to do this. The first is to use the same Apple ID on both. He'll have up to 5 computers he can use at once. He could also use Family Sharing. That way he can manage all the music between multiple users. Home sharing is another option.

The fastest way would be to copy the library onto a disk, and then import the library into the other laptop.

How can I stop my video from buffering?

Jim from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1196

Jim is frustrated because he'll be watching a video on his phone and it'll buffer. Leo says that's a speed/bandwidth issue. Streaming will buffer about 30 seconds of video before starting to get ahead. Then if the packets come out of order or slow down, the buffer is there. If it happens a lot, the buffer will just run out and rebuffer. So it has to do with connection, bandwidth, and the ability of your system to keep up. Faster internet will solve the problem, as will a lower resolution stream.

Why am I getting error messages when recording music?

Scott from Westminster, CA

Episode 1192

Scott does music recording on his MacBook Pro, but some of his recordings are getting a "disk too slow" error. Leo says that has to do with how many tracks he's recording, and an SSD would definitely fix that. Scott should check out the Blackmagic Speed Disk Tester in the Mac App Store. It'll test the speed of his hard drive and it will tell him if his hard drive is fast enough for the recording he's doing.

Why am I having problems playing my MP3s?

Rick from Placerville, CA

Episode 1192

Rick wants to know why his acoustic MP3s skip around. Leo says it could be the software he's using to play them back. Leo says it's weird that it would get better over time, rather than just being from a bad encode. It could also be the software he used to rip the CD with.

The chatroom says that some MP3 players have a check box that says "skip gaps," and the acoustic music could have silent sections in it that causes it. Leo says to try a different player, different medium and look for commonality.

Why does the audio get out of sync with my Bluetooth headphones?

Paul from Michigan

Episode 1191

Paul is frustrated because his audio is out of sync with his video. Leo says that's a common issue because audio is much easier to compress and decompress than video. But Paul says it gets out of sync with his wireless Bluetooth headphones only. Leo says that's a latency issue. Wired headphones would likely solve the problem.

Should we do online tutorials or create DVDs?

Marilee from Highland, IN

Episode 1188

Marilee and her husband are both artists and they'd like to use the Internet to earn a living with her art. They're looking to do tutorials. Should they create a DVD or do online training? Leo says that online training is definitely the way to go, buy why not do both? There will be older people that want to do it as a DVD, but also have an online option for the younger crowd. Leo recommends checking out Lynda. Then Lulu for DVDs on demand.

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