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Create custom alert sounds for your Mac

Originally composed custom alerts add character to your Mac system and are very easy to produce. Chris McVeigh takes you through the steps.

Tips and tricks for iMovie transitions

Transitions can lend needed context to your videos. Jeff Carlson walks us through the basics of setting up transitions in iMovie '11.

Four reasons to rip CDs without iTunes

For many people, iTunes is their main music management tool, and using this program to rip CDs fits perfectly with the way they work with their music. But, in some cases, you may not want to rip CDs with iTunes. Here are four times when others apps are a better choice.

Creating custom GarageBand samples

GarageBand includes the facility for adding custom samples to create individual software instruments. It goes a little something like this.

Spiffy up your music with album art

The quickest way to find a CD in a pile of jewel cases is by looking for its cover. Similarly, you can use Cover Flow in iTunes to scroll through your songs and albums, and the iPod lets you do the same thing; the iPod touch and iPhone even let you flick through a Cover Flow view with your fingertip.

Create HDR time-lapse video with a digital camera

For the last couple of years, self-described video nerd Mike Curtis has been developing his technique for shooting HDR time-lapse video with a digital still camera. He shares his secrets with Macworld.

Staying sane while shooting video on the fly

Last week, as part of our Macworld 2011 coverage, we put together a series of videos highlighting unique and interesting products on the show floor. Though the tools for shooting and editing have gotten better in the last few years, it remains a challenge to figure out how to put these pieces together on the fly, as so many things can (and will) go wrong. Here are a few tips we've found that work (and that don't) when shooting video on a show floor.

Projecting the iPad's entire interface

How did I project my iPad's screen during Macworld 2011 without the aid of an overhead camera? Here are the steps.

Mastering iMovie trailers

iMovie trailers offer more than what appears on the surface, including a way to use the trailer as a starting point for a larger project. Jeff Carlson takes you through the steps.

Create a custom template in GarageBand

GarageBand '11 has a lot of automated features to get you started, but musician Jim Galbraith prefers to customize GarageBand's templates for his own compositions. He walks you through the steps.

How to move your iTunes Media folder

If you're serious about digital media, it's likely your iTunes library is bumping up against the limits of your hard drive's capacity. Here's how to move your iTunes content to another drive.

10 essential iTunes keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts can save you time and energy in oft-used app such as iTunes. Here are 10 essential shortcuts for Apple's multimedia jukebox software.

How to rip CDs with iTunes

You already have a load of music just waiting to make its way to your computer and iOS device--your CD library. Here are the steps for turning your discs into digital files.