Thursday, February 21, 2013
There is, however, a catch. Somehow I got the notion that iMovie copied clips into itself, not used them directly from the Photo roll. When I went to export to the Photo roll, I was out of space on my 16 GB iPhone. So I deleted the source video clips and boom, iMovie could no longer find the videos, prompting this:
Accidentally deleted 4 videos on iPhone I thought iMovie copied, needed space back to export. Wish iOS had Time Machine, iCloud too broadSince the first iPhone in 2007, I've never accidentally deleted a video or photo. I've also been meticulous about backups. Since iCloud backups and Photo Stream in iOS 5, I am syncing photos and videos manually less and less frequently to the iMac. When I tweeted the above, I had no idea I would totally fail to get both the videos and iMovie project back together. Here's what happened.
— Dave Murdock (@davemurdock) October 13, 2012
The plan seems simple, restore from backup right? iCloud makes this super easy. Here's what I had to work with:
- iPhone 5 with iMovie project but no videos
- iCloud backup with videos but no iMovie project
- Restore iCloud backup onto an iPhone 4
- Email video clips to myself to get them onto iPhone 5
- Sync clips to iMac just in case something else goes wrong
- Finished exported from iMovie
iOS Won't Restore Photos & Videos from an iPhone 5 backup to iPhone 4
I've done a decent number of iCloud restores to move devices around amongst family members. It works great, I've never seen it fail. So at first when I restored the iPhone 4 from iPhone 5 and there were no videos, I thought it was either just taking a while to copy all the data back or for the first time it had simply failed.
So what do you in tech do if something doesn't work the first time? Like Sisyphus you do it again, and I did. Another round through restoring the device to factory and restoring from iCloud ended with the same result. I babysat it this time, and saw an alert like some items could not be restored blah blah blah. I was too annoyed to record the entire message and had sussed out what was happening. I had thought this might be a possibility because photos and videos from iPhone 5 are much higher quality, maybe even beyond the performance capabilities of the hardware. So I had to try this from a different angle.
The only way to get the videos back was to restore from iCloud to the iPhone 5:
- Backup iPhone 5 using iTunes to preserve iMovie project
- Restore iPhone 5 from iCloud to get the videos back
- Extract the videos from iCloud backup
- Restore iPhone 5 to iTunes backup
- Deposit videos on iPhone 5's photo roll
- Hope the iMovie project isn't busted
I knew I had seen iTunes offer me the choice to restore from multiple backups of the same device before, so I trusted it would be so here. It wasn't, iTunes overwrote it's last backup ending my dreams of recovering my iMovie project.
- I could have avoided losing the iMovie project if I had added Step 0 to Plan B and synced the project to the iMac using iTunes.
- I could have previously imported the videos to the iMac using iPhoto and avoid either Plan A or Plan B.
- A friend suggested undelete software. I did not consider that option until after I overwrote the iPhone in Plan B.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
"Lifeforce" was released June 21, 1985 in the USA. I was 10 years old that summer. My family went to the movies nearly every week, but we skipped that one. I can't be sure if it was VHS or HBO, but one Saturday my dad puts on "Lifeforce". I was 10, 11, or at the latest 12. I'll never forget the craziness that showed up on the Zenith tube TV when that flick started.
If you know "Lifeforce", you might think: "That is about as hard R rated as just about anything in the 80s, what the hell where your parents doing letting you watch that?!?"
That is my dad. My mom was always asleep when he put this kind of stuff on. I must conclude that he just didn't care about the ratings. I've asked him several times, and he just laughs. I saw "Aliens" in 1986 at the Movie City 5 theater in Woodbridge, NJ. I was 11, my brother was 8.5! I remember waiting in line and being in the theater more clearly than I usually remember today.
"Lifeforce" formed an equally monumental memory. I believe it was the first time I had seen a woman completely nude. When Mathilda May appears on screen, I remember looking at my dad shocked like I had just seen one of the secrets of the universe. He made mock big eyes, smiled, and we just kept on watching! I only now realize that she is only 10 years older than me. She was most likely 19 when they shot the film. If you told pre-teen me that she was still a teen, my puddle of jelly brain would have imploded.
I was vividly reminded of this because Roger Ebert has a long review, an essay really, of the film because it is being released on Blu-ray April 30, 2013. If none of that persuades you to take a gander at this hidden gem, then perhaps the presence of Sir Patrick Stewart in the cast will.
By the way dad, I'm glad you ignored the ratings. I love you! I'll try to closely follow your movie showing examples, but I don't know if I will let my oldest son watch this pre-teen. It will be on his must see list sooner rather than later…
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Saturday, February 09, 2013
Adobe issued an emergency Flash update for actively exploited vulnerabilities on OS X and Windows. Apple has blocked vulnerable versions of Flash for OS X and won't let you use Flash until you updated to the version at the time of this writing, 11.5.502.149.
I installed that update tonight, and at least for me, it's obvious the patch was rushed and needed more time in the oven.
For the first time in many versions, Flash crashed.
I saw John Gruber's post on the emergency Flash patch the other day too and remembered he linked to his November 2010 post about going Flash-Free. He says it's been working out pretty well for him in the 2+ years since.
So that's it, I'm done with Flash on the home iMac. If I didn't have the whole Creative Suite installed at work, I'd dump Flash there to.
Friday, February 08, 2013
You never can predict just how many ways there are to poorly word a dialog box.
Discredit: Epson Download Navigator 1.5.1