Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.
This is because of copy protection. To play back a Blu-ray and project it, all of his hardware has to be compatible with HDCP copy protection. Anything in the chain will throw it off. Leo says that unless the laptop has an HDMI connection, it's likely that it won't support it. In fact, Powerlight is largely for powerpoint presentations. Another thing to try is turning off hardware acceleration. He could try the mirroring feature with the projector as the primary display.
The Hobbit will be shown in several different ways, including 2D, 3D, IMAX and the new 48 frames per second. Most movies are shot in 24 frames per second. When there are as many as 48 frames per second, it stands to reason that it would look more realistic. Some people, however, think it actually just looks weird, and less realistic. There's too much detail and too clear, so it takes away from the film quality that people are so used to.
Garrett started a podcast running through Audio HiJack Pro on the Mac. They've now decided to record locally at each end, though. Leo says that's called double-ended recording. Leo doesn't do that because it's a big hassle due to latency. If it's done right, it can sound incredible, but it's a lot of work and takes time to get it just right.
Don dumped his iPhone for an Android Galaxy Note 2, and he loves it. Now he wants to move his music from iTunes to Google Play. Some of his music is protected by copy protection, though.
Leo says copy protection has been recently dropped by carriers, but if he has songs that have DRM on them, the easiest way to remove that is to turn on iTunes Match to match all his copy-protected songs. They'll upgrade them to DRM free songs at greater quality. Then he can delete all his copy-protected songs. After he does this, he should be able to import them into Google Play with no trouble.
Leo says there isn't a file system on the iPad, which is a common complaint. All files stored on the iPad are owned by an application. So in order to get a document onto the iPad, he must sync it to the application through iTunes, or download it from something like DropBox.
He also wants to be able to upload photos and videos. Leo says that he can buy the Apple Camera Connection Kit that will read SD cards and import photos to the iPhoto app.
Steve wants to connect his HDTV via an antenna and get the best possible reception. Leo suggests going to AntennaWeb.org for tips.
Tom has a HAM Radio podcast called HQARadio that he’s been doing really well, but he hosts a lot video now and needs a third party hosting option to keep the costs down. He’s doing uStream for live streaming and that’s working well. But he is concerned about video buffering. Leo says that video can kill your bandwidth cap pretty quickly. It’s not like radio where there’s no difference between 100 and a million listeners because it’s over the air. Podcasts are more like magazines where you have hard costs for each viewer.
Ron wants to know about codecs. He just got a new Mac Pro Tower and wants to move everything over to it from older computers. But he has a few videos recorded by an RCA Little Wonder pocket camcorder and are AVI files that are a flavor of H.264. He has to re-encode it. Leo says that it’s possible that the codec is proprietary and that could pose a problem. The good news is that once Ron makes the codec “vanilla” he won’t have to reencode it again. But getting there is the challenge.
Josh has become a “chord cutter,” and is has his computer recording OTA HD TV which he streams using XBMC. But it’s starting to freeze up a lot. Leo says that recording two things at the same time will likely overtax the computer’s capability. If you were watching one and recording another, that would be one thing. But two separate HD video signals writing to a hard drive is a challenge. You could also see if Windows Media Center allows you to record to two different hard drive. But that’s unlikely. Boosting to a faster processor and a faster hard drive will make a difference.
Matt is looking to become a Cord Cutter. He’s seen the Belmont list of what set top boxes do what. But he’s concerned about bandwidth caps. Leo says that video can really add up, especially if you’re streaming HD. But if you supplement it with over the air broadcast television via an antenna, then it helps. The other downside is that some TV shows aren’t available right away, depending on the network.