The Sound Off computer screen

Just thought I would give you an idea of what computer screen looks like during the show. This is the new MacBook Pro and maybe now you can understand why I needed the 17″ screen. Plus I quadrupled the speed and RAM. Ha. But even with the wide screen it gets a little congested.

Computer screen

I also will download and re-compress videos from You Tube on the fly and that sometimes gets a bit tense. So I am asking the laptop to do an awful lot and the other Mac just couldn’t handle the pressure. Kind like TOTUS, he just bit the dust.

Here’s what I ask the MBP to do. After recording 10 news shows the night before on my iMAC at home, I compress them to iPhone size and transfer them to the MBP. The next morning I start at 6:30 AM reviewing the video and cutting the bites on the MBP using video editing software. Sound levels are adjusted then.Then it’s line up the sound and off we go.

As you can see we run the sound bites (actually videos so I can describe what’s going on a bit better), the music, the web cam, the chat room, e-mail and Internet research from the MBP, and at times hook in the iPhone too, while Mr Joyce is busy running sound levels, commercials, screening phone calls and compressing and cutting the podcasts.

One last little bit of inside baseball. The Mac, for a few years now, has allowed me to operate a number of different screens on the same laptop, called Expose. Imagine four screens, 1 up and 3 sitting out there in the ether. So at times I will move items onto to other screens which I can then switch to with a key stroke It gets a bit crazy and sometimes a little too complex and often I can be too smart by half. But, it works for me most of the time and never freezes, the older MBP not withstanding. Take that Mr Gates. Thank you Apple.

8 replies
  1. Anne-EH
    Anne-EH says:

    Wow, a day in the life of your new Apple computer laptop Jim. No wonder you have gotten very good at multitasking. But then again, the Captain of the SOC Starship has too and this new Apple Mac helps. Have a wonderful rest of the weekend and see you on Monday morning! :)=^..^=

  2. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    Just think of what it looks like inside your head, Jim!?? 😉
    Setting the swipe against PCs aside, is there something analogous to the “3D flip” function that showed up in Windows Vista in the Apple world?? I am sure there must be.? When I click the wheel button, I get a what looks like a series of desktops that I can spin through, then click on to bring front and center.? I thought it was goofy at first, but when you have scads of apps opened that you need to access randomly and quickly, it really is a help.
    That said, 17 inch screens are the minimum for real multitaskers.? HP has a 20 inch…..
    Can we count the death of the previous computer under “Obama death panel”, or the buying of the new computer as a “created job” for Apple?? 😉

  3. DuffTerrall
    DuffTerrall says:

    Oughta look into hooking up a second monitor as an extended desktop. I'm running that setup at home (on my PC, which works fine thank you very much) and my goodness if you think that's a lot of screen real estate…

  4. Anne-EH
    Anne-EH says:

    A Second PS: Jim, I still have my Power PC Duel Processor 450, which uses OS X to this day. This computer has seen 3 Presidential elections, 9/11, two wars, the death of one pope, election of another, a number of UConn championships, all my cats, and plenty of times in the SOC Chatroom! ;)=^..^=

  5. pjmarz
    pjmarz says:

    Mr. V,

          What you really need is a 26" wide screen external monitor to plug that mac into!!!!  That way you would be able to clear up some of that stuff… 



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